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I had seen a new client that told me when he had booked the appointment he had taken on a dog from someone that had moved out of the country.
The client complained that the dog was not trained and never listened to anything. When I arrived at the house the client told the dog to be quiet using his name, it is the unique name of a dictator. I looked at the dog and knew the dog immediately. He had been trained and had even successfully completed my Rosslyn puppy class. When I saw him the first time in his previous home, he was in fact running the house as a small white fluffy puppy.
The family was new to dogs and thought many of the behaviors were merely cute (they had no idea that the pup sitting on their feet was scent marking them or that perching on the back of the couch was the pup elevating himself physically to increase his status.) He was the equivalent of a toddler giving the orders in the house.
We did a few sessions at the house and instituted a good manners policy meaning that if the dog wanted to be petted he must first sit. If he wanted to play ball he must lie down first. This is a give to get program. It puts the people back in charge of the dog in a humane way.
At the new owners house he told the Dictator to sit. The dog stood with a blank confused on his face the client said “See, he doesn't know it, he is not trained.” I took a training treat in my hand gave the hand signal to sit and said sit. The Dictator stood, and looked away from me. Again the client said “He doesn't even know sit!” I told the client to just wait, I stood still and kept my hand out in the sit sign and waited some more, finally after a heartfelt sigh the Dictator sat! We rapidly went through all the basic commands that I knew the dog could do and he was a star! My client stood there agape… he had been fooled by a 6 kilo fuzzy ball of fluff! Dogs are smarter than we think.
Other than fooling his new owner, he had extinguished the marking, getting on furniture, resource guarding and is now a generally well behaved 2 year old dog. We are still working on some breed specific traits, but all in all the Little Dictator has turned out to be a very nice dog after some “charm school” for improving his manners in his first home.
Amy L. Rapp
Companion Dog Trainer
Canine Education, Welfare and Rehoming
+ 254 733 255 406
Yesterday was the first day of training for many of our members.
We had a lot of new faces and new puppies who were full of beans!
It was lovely to hear not one dog bark or growl during the entire session. The dogs who were training for their "Good Citizen" award (1 for bronze, a couple for silver and quite a load for gold!) were all able to interact beautifully, some broke their stays and went to play when they were off leash, and even here there was not one nasty noise!
Its about time some new dogs tried for bronze! Have a look at the information if you are interested! (its NOT strict obedience training! its great fun! Read more on the LRCEA page of this site.
The training classes run by the German Shepherd Dog League on
Saturdays were not well attended last year. It was therefore agreed by all in Dogdom that the classes should be moved to Wednesdays after the Labrador training. The plan is to have a bit of agility and field trial practice between the two sessions. The first week 9th January only a few dogs turned up, but after the first Labrador session on 16th January a total of 7 dogs participated, and it is hoped a few more will join next week. The 7 dogs there were of a fairly advanced standard, working off lead and we think everybody gained from it. The GSD training is just a bit more of a discipline, leading up to the Obedience Tests which are held at each of the 5 dog shows during the year. The classes are still fun and there are some great characters taking part. For those unable to get to the grounds on Wednesdays, we are planning to do a Sunday morning lesson elsewhere, for those dogs which can work off lead.
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Just to clarify, the dog beneath is the owner of the home, in his favourite spot. A true bred, terrifying Staffordshire Bull Terrier, showing of the REALITY of this breed! the little dog on top is his young daughter Gatsby who was a house guest.
Join the Labrador Club of Kenya!
the LRCEA welcomes dogs of all colours, sizes and makes (even three legged!) are welcome!
Members enjoy free dog training sessions every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 under supervision of experienced trainers. Your dog will learn basic obedience and socialization. You can also choose to practice agility and retrieving, as well as interact with other dog owners, and breeders.
Wednesday mornings are a great chance to learn about dog behavior and care. You can gain free advice on any issues you may have and it's great fun too!!
Membership fees are only 1,500/- (KSH) per year with a one time fee of 2,500/- to join.
(Charges are liable to change without notice.)
Did you know our Police force has a very nice dog unit? Their dogs have been entering the dog shows recently. Have a look on their website!
Don't cook your pet!
If your pet comes with you in the car, please be aware that day time temperatures of 24 degrees celcius can easily turn a parked car in to a convection oven for a pet!
Sometimes leaving windows open is simply not enough! If you HAVE TO, leave your pet in the car, make sure they have access to water (or bring them water regularly) take them out, any chance you have and keep the windows OPEN (not cracked a little).
Please download our car badge(above) and stick it to your car window help us raise awareness on this issue! click on the yellow & black image above if you wish to print it, and display it in your car! (it looks really nice laminated!)
Obedience classes are held by the Labrador Club on Wednesday mornings, and by the German Shepherd Dog League on Saturday afternoons, at the Kennel Club Show Ground, off Jamhuri Road
The trainers are also ready and able to help you with
‘one on one’ training and advice. For those of you on "Runda side", ring Amy on 0733-255406. For "Karen side", ring Linda on 0722-415869.
Click here to have a look at our photo gallery!
The Kennel Club sells a wide range of excellent dog and cat foods at very competitive prices. Come to the office at the EAKC Show ground and start saving!!