Post by krw
Doggy boarders mainly - when we are not travelling ourselves we usually
have a pooch in the house. Normally we only take one family's pet(s) at
a time but Soda - the Jack Russell is a friendly little thing and not
too territorial so we have been able to welcome some other regulars to
stay - we have done odd days before but our last CQC inspection gave us
a 5 star rating so we are taking extra bookings where we know the
animals and believe them to be capable of not causing warfare if
co-resident. There are some regulars where we would not overlap - Soda
has been far more accommodating than I had expected not getting upsest
when Joey was playing with his toys!
On the subject of doggy good behaviour, or lack of it ...
I rather like Graham Umbrella on Five who puts the blame for badness
firmly on the owners. I very much like that on 2 occasions recently he
has removed harnesses from very big dogs and told the owners to use the
collar, instead. I've never understood the current fashion for
harnesses; yes for smaller dogs (1) and VERY well-behaved larger ones
but on many dogs they make no sense at all. With horses one puts a
harness on when WANTS the animal to pull and the harness gives it the
ability to do so; for basic control and steerage one uses a headcollar
and for maximum effect a bridle, which is a headcollar with a bit in the
However, I'm surprised he doesn't recommend a headcollar (Halti) for
these very large, boisterous dogs as they not only allow even more
control than a collar but are also much kinder and gentler for the dog.
(My Feisty always wore a heacollar for her comfort. Now she usually
wears a harness because she is often on a coupling lead with Plum but
she is old and a bit unsteady on her legs so control is never a problem.)
One thing which horrified me in a recent programme was him allowing the
owner of a large, strong dog to tell her parent to "wrap the lead round
your hand." Hopefully the training will take effect and the dog will
forever behave beautifully, but if it SHOULD ever lunge away for some
reason it would be far, far preferable for the lead to be dropped than
for the person holding it to be dragged to the ground or - worse - into
the path of a vehicle.
(1) Especially for those, like Plum, whose faces don't lend themselves
to a headcollar.
Jenny M Benson