Avril Shaw & Spartan (GSD)
Our 8 month old German shepherd Spartan went to stay with Craig and his wonderful family for three weeks residential boot camp training. It was the hardest decision I’d had to make to leave him as I’d never left him before, but Craig and Kate reassured us that he would be fine and the results would be worth it.
So Spartan’s story began. His puppy training with me was going great until he reached the dreaded adolescence!! Then just like over night BOOM!! He wouldn’t do a thing he was told! He became reactive to everything-dogs, birds, cats even leaves blowing in the wind, no aggression he just wanted to play but it became very dangerous when he was pulling me like a freight train, reactive and lunging at traffic, it was only a matter of time before he would pull me in front of a car or worse. His general behaviour was naughty in the house, counter surfing, and cheekily misbehaving to get a reaction, his puppy biting had stopped but if we did anything he thought was unacceptable ie: taking him by the collar to put in crate for unwanted behaviour he would mouth.
It was hard without him with me for three weeks but Craig sent us regular texts, pictures and video updates of his progress, and handover was fantastic. Everything explained and demonstrated and then Craig taught me how to walk him like he does, plenty of time on handover not rushed at all. Craig calls us regularly also to see how the training is progressing.
Spartan has been home a few days now and his behaviour has dramatically changed for the better. He is much more chilled in the house and listening to me again. His lead walking is second to none! He walks on a lose leash by my side and never pulls, what a joy our walks are now! No reactivity! His personality is the same cheeky boy he always was, just behaving now. I have even taken him to our local pets at home store and he’s perfect in the shop, before he would pull me to the pick n mix and help himself to biscuits, yay!! he’s welcome in the shop again with no fear of shelf surfing.
Thanks to these wonderful DOG GODS our future with our cheeky Spartan is looking the best ever, he can come anywhere and everywhere with us. He has always been cheeky and strong willed but now with expert training in place, training equipment and following Craig’s instructions checking him if he needs a reminder we have the delightful GSD he was always meant to be. We will be staying in touch with Craig and attending more training together to further advance Spartan.
We highly recommend Craig and his family at Vislor training, I don’t know where we would be without them. So if you are struggling with training or may be walking your dog early mornings and late evenings to avoid other dogs and people, look no further, get in touch with Vislor training, they WILL change yours and your dogs life!