Re: [IRLGuideDogs] Granger spending on walks again

  • From: "Ed Harper" <goat@xxxxxx>
  • To: <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 13:12:59 +0100

Here here Darragh.

As I think I might have remarked before, dogs work worst when you need them
most because you are feeling bad tempered/sad/drunk/have a cold etc.
That's why we are all such sickeningly happy sunny heros getting over our
disability!!  If you lose your cool so do they, but Darragh does what I do
if faced with that level of frustration.   Getting the dog to do something
very simple means he'll get it right and you will definitely know he has and
the establishment of control and the praise will make you both feel happier.

Good luck Tim, You are doing fine.

  -----Original Message-----
  From: irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Darragh Ó Héiligh
  Sent: 12 October 2007 09:20
  To: irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: Re: [IRLGuideDogs] Granger spending on walks again


  Don't worry about it. No one on this or any other list has any right to
judge.  All that said, I don't think anyone here would judge though.  We
all have days when we seem to spend all our waking hours at boiling point.

  There are times they can drive you crazy and you feel like just picking
them up and throwing them into their bed for the day because their just not
doing what you want either out of stubbernness, uncertainty or as their just
having a bad day.  I've never resorted to anything particularly crewel but I
remember when I got this fella first there were days that I just felt that
using the cane was so much less hastle as at the beginning, while he was
getting use to me he was a very sensitive dog.

  Lighten up on your self.  No one expects you to get it right all the time.
Your going to have days when your more stressed and frustrated than others.
You'll just learn to deel with it.

  This fella frustrates the hell out of me some days.  HE insists that he
doesn't want to walk in the rain so he pulls me into any shop door that's
open.  I've no idea why.  he's just strange like that.  If walking in an
uncrouded area he has no problem with it.  other days, he just constantly
pulls left.  So much so that his tail hits off the wall!  It drives me crazy
as I usually end up hitting every single over hanging tree on the way!
  I've realised though that if he's doing that he's most likely more
sensitive than usual and me getting frustrated is going to make him worse.
Someone told me once that if their like that, taking their mind off it is
the best way to do it.  Making the dog sit and lie down five times is simple
but it really works for me.  Even if it's raining, sit, down, sit, up, sit,
down, up sit, It feels like your going round in circles but after a few goes
and he gets the reward for doing it right all thoughts of being over
cautious go out the window and the tail starts to go ninety again.

  Of course, your problem is different, but try to get to the route of it.
understand that they respond to posative reencouragement, take a few moments
to settle your self down and then sort the dog out.  It will make for a much
better working relationship all round.

  Of course, I'm just drawing from my experience here but this fella,
although excelently behaved, is a right f**ker when he wants to be just like
every single dog out there.

  No one or their dog is perfect.  If we were, who would we complain about.

  Darragh Ó Héiligh
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        "Tim Culhane" <tim.culhane@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
        Sent by: irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        12/10/2007 08:20 AM Please respond to

       To <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
              Subject [IRLGuideDogs] Granger spending on walks again


  Following my mail on this subject earlier in the week I have had a chat
  Neil and Jane  from IGDB.

  I just wanted to state here publicly that my actions in correcting Granger
  when he spent on the pavement during a walk were completely out of
  proportion and in fact could have been detrimental to our working

  I know now what I did was wrong and I would not encourage or condone such
  actions from other GDOs.

  I apologize to anybody on the list who might have been upset by my mail.
  can only say that my actions were out of character and resulted from a
  up of frustration on my part.

  I hope that people won't think the worse of me for my actions and will
  believe that in the future I'll try to behave in a more controlled manner.



  Tim Culhane,
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