Living with a dog is supposed to be relaxing and fun. But when your dog finds the world a challenge, it can be anything but. Walks are done at night or spent trying to avoid meeting anyone – and the things you always wanted to do with your dog – days out, doggy sports, relaxing holidays – forget it. It’s got so bad you find yourself tensing up when you see a dog or a person coming – and you feel so isolated from the rest of the world.
You are embarrassed and feel a failure, especially when someone say “there are no bad dogs, just bad owners”! People tell you that you have to relax – and you know your tension makes your dog worse – but how on earth are you meant to do that, when your dog is spinning like a dervish at the end of the lead? And most of all, it hurts that no one else sees the lovely, loyal dog that he is with you. You know your dog is a great dog – but how can you convince others when all they see is flashing teeth?
Help is at hand with Your End of the Lead by Janet Finlay