is a four year old border collie. I collected her when she was seven weeks
old and a week later she had growled and snapped at two dogs! I've always
owned border collies and thought I had a fair understanding of their needs
but it was to be a huge learning curve with Flick. At ten weeks old, I
took her to dog training to socialise. She flew through the exercises
effortlessly but became increasingly aggressive. The same thing happened
Flick was now two and a half yars old and the problems were: growing aggression,
chasing anything, and growling at me in the house. All advice I received
was unhelpful and certainly not good news for Flick. The final straw was
when she attacked another dog.
Yet another search for help which ended when I phoned Mike Grantham. He
listened patiently and we prioritised the problems. Mike came to the house
to observe Flick and I and our re-training began. Mike spent four hours
with us and Flick showed her aggression over and over again. He didn't
give up and by the time he left he had addressed all the problems and
I was left with clear instructions on how to continue. This was backed
up by a written training programme specifically for Flick and me. Mike
was also on the end of the phone for help whenever needed.
year later, Flick is a much improved dog. If I'm not vigilant we get the
odd relapse and I do have to keep one step ahead of her but I now thoroughly
enjoy owning her and she safely enjoys our outdoor lifestyle. She is still
pushy, compulsive and stubborn but she is also very intelligent, more
relaxed, happier and much easier to live with.
All thanks to Mike and his very patient dog Paddy.
on Flick May 2009
I would send you a quick update on Flick's progress.
She's a reformed character; perhaps not quite an angel - her halo slips
every now and again! But people that knew Flick before your help can't
believe the constant improvement in her.
As I write this she's asleep at my feet too tired to even bother watching
television. She now spends nearly all day every day outside with me only
being shut away for her own safety if things get too hectic. I can't remember
the last time she chased a horse or behaved in a way that meant she had
to go in the house before she caused an accident.
No more growling when I groom or towel dry her; a lot less watching of
television (she still can't resist a football match!) and a lot less aggressive
to other dogs. She is still quite protective of home but doesn't bother
with dogs away from home and at the vets etc. I think she's less compulsive
and more relaxed.now that her behaviour is better.She is such a fun,clever
dog to have around.
I have even had a weeks holiday and left her with a friend; she behaved.
Long may it continue.
Many thanks again