Life was quite routine and quiet until Ben came along. Suddenly it was like we had been hit by a tornado.
Tara our previous dog who died at the ripe old age of 18, was the most obedient, lovable dog you could hope to have as a pet.
Ben, on the other hand, was the complete opposite. We rescued him when he was 2 years old and he was stubborn, aggressive, disobedient, and not the least bit friendly. He bit both my wife and myself.
I thought that I could maybe change his behaviour and make him into a more friendly dog. I took him on long walks on the lead and tried to calm him, but it didn’t seem to make any difference.
He ran after anything moving and attacked it, footballs, prams, buggies, and other dogs. When someone passed by he would turn round and bite for no reason. On one occasion it cost me £30.00 for a gentleman’s trousers. The last straw was when he bit the vet.
That was when I realised I needed help. I contacted Mike Grantham who took over completely. He took Ben and I to different locations including supermarkets, as the small wheels on trolleys and push-chairs seemed to make him want to attack. Mike showed me how to gently teach Ben to ignore all of these things.
Since Mike trained him, Ben has become a much more contented, loving dog. He returns to me when called. He is friendly with other people and dogs, even the postman. He is an obedient, happy, and relaxed pet.
I would recommend Mike to anyone who has any problem with their dog.
Note from Mike:
Ben’s rehabilitation from a dangerous dog to a loyal pet is a tribute to the persistence and determination of George and his wife Jessie, who are not a young couple. Most people, including the vet, would have had Ben put to sleep.