Harley learns some self-control

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 25 September 2014 | 5 Comments


After I had owned Harley (formerly Roger) a few weeks, I wrote to let you know how well he has settled in.

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He has the most beautiful personality and is much loved in Wanneroo by all who meet him.  However he did display some traits that gave me some concern. He would attempt to be the dominant dog when meeting other dogs in the park, and although he was never aggressive and accepted rejection gracefully, I was worried that he might select the wrong dog to dominate, resulting in 2 injured dogs and 2 unhappy owners. My vet suggested one on one training to teach Harley more self-control around others dogs and to still remain obedient to my commands.

We have been working with a wonderful lady for a few weeks now, and although Harley was a little shell-shocked on the first lesson (after all, he had been getting away with some of these things for about 5 years), he has really taken to it now and is very happy to see the trainer and learn new things.

The pictures show us at the local park practising 'sit-stay' and 'drop-stay'.  In the last picture, he is getting slightly restless as he had been in 'drop-stay' for 8 minutes.  Pretty good for a first time!

Harley is transforming from a lovely dog into an amazing dog.  I am so grateful to the Home and to Natalie who guided me through the adoption process and gave me the 'thumbs-up' to adopt him. This lovely dog enriches my life and those of everyone he meets.  In fact, he is known as 'Happy Harley' at Doggy Day Care.

We are loving our life together, and the training is creating a bond that is stronger than ever.

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  • Hi Leslie,
    I enjoyed reading your success story with Harley. My daughter is looking to find a temporary home for her dog Lucy. I hope she finds someone like you who is caring and loving and devoted to the welfare of dogs. Thankyou for sharing your story, happy life together with Harley.

    Posted by Vicki, 24/10/2014 9:37am (4 years ago)

  • I am using Alert Dog training. The lady's name in Leiani. Her husband Del also trains dogs.

    Phone 9404 5303 or her mobile is 0400 246 801. I am so pleased with the results I'm getting.

    Posted by Leslie Duxbury, 02/10/2014 12:13pm (4 years ago)

  • Actually, I think I'm the lucky one!

    Posted by Leslie Duxbury, 28/09/2014 3:54pm (4 years ago)

  • Could you please give the name and phone # of the dog trainer you are using as my daughter is having similar doggy dominance issues as Harley had.

    Posted by Lynne Bowes, 27/09/2014 12:33am (4 years ago)

  • Harley is so lucky having you to invest in developing his behaviour.

    Posted by Ali, 26/09/2014 3:49pm (4 years ago)

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