These pictures are of some of Helen's regular Day care
Dogs and her out and about with them and their owners. Also George her son a
budding junior handler. HELENíS
PACK Hereís a little bit about the dogs that work with me on a
regular basis. As you will see I have nicknames for all of them, and they
answer to them too! BOYCIE (BOO) Boo is mine. He is a 14st English Mastiff, who Iím afraid
makes Scooby Doo look hard as nails!! I have had Boo since he was 8 weeks old and he is the
most laid back dog you will ever meet. He is now 8 years old, (getting on
for a mastiff) though to look at him you wouldnít think he was a day over 5!
I use Boo an awful lot in my work with rescue dogs or dogs with issues,
particularly those that have nervous aggression, dog aggression or who
generally just donít know how to be a dog. The reason for this is that Boo
will never react or retaliate ever!! I have lost count of the times he has
been bitten and never once does he bat an eyelid or seek revenge! Boo is
very calm but all my dogs that stay or work with me, know that he is top man
and they all love him as much as I do, due to his loving and calm nature.
Booís favourite things other than me are snoring,
cuddling, eating bones and his best friend, Benjamin Marley the Wolfhound,
whom he helped when he was first rescued. (see testimonials for clients
comments on Boo). Boo also likes his holidays with Aunty Bev, Uncle Billy
and Benjamin, on the rare occasions I get to go on holiday!
Hereís a little bit about the dogs that work with me on a regular basis. As you will see I have nicknames for all of them, and they answer to them too!
Boo is mine. He is a 14st English Mastiff, who Iím afraid makes Scooby Doo look hard as nails!!
I have had Boo since he was 8 weeks old and he is the most laid back dog you will ever meet. He is now 8 years old, (getting on for a mastiff) though to look at him you wouldnít think he was a day over 5! I use Boo an awful lot in my work with rescue dogs or dogs with issues, particularly those that have nervous aggression, dog aggression or who generally just donít know how to be a dog. The reason for this is that Boo will never react or retaliate ever!! I have lost count of the times he has been bitten and never once does he bat an eyelid or seek revenge! Boo is very calm but all my dogs that stay or work with me, know that he is top man and they all love him as much as I do, due to his loving and calm nature.
Booís favourite things other than me are snoring, cuddling, eating bones and his best friend, Benjamin Marley the Wolfhound, whom he helped when he was first rescued. (see testimonials for clients comments on Boo). Boo also likes his holidays with Aunty Bev, Uncle Billy and Benjamin, on the rare occasions I get to go on holiday!
MADDY (ALSO KNOWN AS MOO)
Moo is an Irish Terrier and belongs to Fran, she is 7 months old. Moo has been with me from 10weeks old. She is with me 3 days a week. I have her for day care and training. She has also attended my obedience classes.
Moo is very balanced and has none of the terrier tendencies, which most people would associate with the breed. This is because from day one she has been taught what is acceptable behaviour and what isnít. I use moo a lot in pack work as her recall is fantastic, she has a very playful, friendly yet balanced nature, which is brilliant for bringing nervous and shy dogs out of their shell and getting them to socialise and behave like a dog.
Mooís favourite things are Ben the wolfhound and pretending to be a wolfie by copying everything he does and following him. She adores Boo and the rest of the pack and enjoys a good cuddle. She likes to stir up mischief by winding up the wolfhound till he plays chase, when he does chase she then runs and hides while he races after the other members of the pack. Moo lives with two beautiful event horses Merlin and Sly and a gorgeous little pony called Charlie. When the horses roll Moo barks and chases round them trying to get them to play, but they just ignore her. Moo is very cheeky!
|BEN (AKA THE WOLF!)
What can I say about Mr Wolf, well when I first met him, the day after he was rescued, I walked in to Bev and Billyís and was confronted by this enormous shaggy white Wolfhound with the biggest kindest chocolate eyes and daft expression I have ever seen. For me it was love at first sight and there was no way was I ever going to give up on him or let Bev and Billy for that matter.
Ben had a range of problems starting with horrendous separation anxiety, where he had clearly been shut away (he hates doors being shut on him) and had never really been exercised or loved. He used to lunge at anything and everything, mostly dogs when he was on his lead as he had never experienced anything or been socialised. He would chase other dogs when he was off lead and be a bit of a bully (donít you just love sight hounds!) Despite all this and masses of commitment and hard work from Bev and Billy, Ben has become the wonderful wolf I always knew he was. He is amazing with children, mine especially and Bev and Billyís little grand-daughter, and is now a valued member of the pack as he is fun, likes to play tag, and will hopefully take over the mantle from Boo when he gets too old to lead the pack.
Above all despite some outbursts (and there have been some) Ben is a soft, tolerant kind wolf, who is an absolute clown. It upsets me when people have seen him have what I call a relapse as he sounds like he is going to tear said dog or person to shreds, but this is not the case it is just a defensive noise and he is all mouth and no trousers. Thankfully it would seem we are pretty much over that stage now.
Benís favourite things are Bev & Billy and me (or his princess as Billy calls me!) bones, Boo, children and believe it or not belching, which believe you me is as loud as anything you have ever heard!!
|DAISY (AKA DOOZER)
Little Daisy is a cockerpoo. I first met doozer when she came to my obedience classes as a tiny pup. You would be hard pressed to find a more happy, fun and playful dog as Daisy. She does not have a bad bone in her body. She is clever, obedient and is full of energy.
Doozerís role within the pack is that she never takes no for an answer!! She will persevere with the grumpiest of dogs and will make them play even if they donít want to, to enable them to experience what its like to have fun and interact like dogs should. Daisy is very very cute and this can be her downfall as she does attention seek sometimes and I can understand why people would find it hard to say no to her. If you give Daisy an inch though she will take a mile, so she always needs to be kept in line as to whose boss!
Daisyís favourite things are her best friend Moo, those two play fight and mess about for hours. Playing chase, boys (she is a terrible flirt) and Booís bed or lying between Booís paws.
OLLIE (AKA NORMAN)
Ollie is a Springer Spaniel and belongs to Graham and Jackie Garrett who own the Westhouse Restaurant in Biddenden. Norm as I like to call him has not been without his issues, another case of separation anxiety and would howl when left upstairs, not great for business as you can imagine! My house is now like his second home, due to the demands on Graham and Jackie it is not always possible for them to put my separation anxiety programme into practice, so Norm comes to stay with me while service is taking place> Quite handy really when you consider I only live 4 doors down.
You may be wondering where the name Norman comes from and why? Well Iím a northerner and itís an expression used a lot from my part of the world for people who do daft things, which sums Ollie up perfectly.
Ollieís role within the pack is mainly that of teaching dogs how to explore and use their noses. Ollie is trained to work to the gun and flush things out which is all he does when out walking. He is amazing at scent and this was no more apparent than when I lost my Blackberry on two occasions over the fields. I gave Ollie my scent and asked him to go find and off he went, both occasions he brought it back to me and it had been 3 fields away on the first occasion!
Ollie is very non-invasive when he meets other dogs and this is particularly helpful if you have dogs working with you that donít like to be forced to play or interact. Ollie is perfect in this respect in that he goes about his own business and the dogs with these hang ups tend to follow him and make friends with him as he shows them the fun of being a dog, they then gradually come out of their shell. Ollieís favourite things are being out with the pack, swimming (hilarious to watch as he belly flops in and then his docked tail acts like a mini propeller), tennis balls and sticks.
JOCK (AKA MR STICK)
Jock is a Westie. He is a rescue dog and had 3 homes till my good friend Amanda took him on. To say Jock was horrendous when she first brought him home is an understatement! Jock would bark and bite anything that came near him. He had obviously been very badly treated and abused as he was so defensive, he would always flinch and we think he is also partially deaf, probably due to being beaten. He has nipped Boo on a few occasions when he was first rescued, but Boo just ignored him, after all a Westie biting 14st of Mastiff is neither here nor there for Boo. Boo has been very patient with Mr Stick (he is called this as he was so evil when he first started with me he was nicknamed Mr S**t Stick!!), that gradually he started to learn to interact and trust.
Its taken a long time to get to where we are now but I can hand on heart say that Jock (and he does answer to Stick in case you were wondering) is 99% rehabilitated. He walks beautifully with me when I have 6-7 dogs at a time, you know he will come when called first time every time, and he no longer barks or acts aggressively towards other dogs when on lead or off lead.
Stick is currently on my diet plan at the moment as he is very fat and words have been had! Stick likes nothing more than playing wolfhound tag. It usually starts off with him being the hunter and the wolf being the prey, as soon as Jock tags the wolf he turns tail and runs for his life as then Ben becomes hunter and he usually ends up with a big muddy wolf paw print on his back from being tagged back, it then starts all over again!
Jockís favourite things other than food are sleeping (he can be very lazy), wolf tag and long walks with the pack.
|BOB (AKA BOBLET)
Boblet is a Jack Russell and I first met him when his original owner enrolled at classes. Bob is not the usual run of the mill Jack Russell. He does not yap or bark at other dogs he has no aggression in him (we sorted the food aggression very early) and he is very loving. Unfortunately Bobís owner found she could no longer keep him and luckily for him I knew just the people who would rescue him. My childminder Elaine and her husband Dave stepped up and Bob couldnít have fallen on his feet anymore if he tried! Bob also lives with Summer a Cocker Spaniel who he adores but winds up on a daily basis, and is surrounded by children and babies, (mine included) on a daily basis and is fantastic with them.
Bob is useful in pack work if I have a dog come to me that is dominant and a bully, particularly towards small dogs. Although Boblet is a tiny Jack he is as tough as old boots and will stand his ground without being aggressive, while I teach the other dog that their behaviour towards him is unacceptable. Bob is an absolute loon (in a nice way) and is a ball of energy. He loves Daisy and Moo and they are often found chasing each other around my dining room!
Bobís favourite things are Summer, coming to work with me, food (such a greedy little dog), looking for rabbits and playing with Daisy and Moo.