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Getting that focus

This is Freddie the border collie, named after Freddie Mercury. He is not your typical high-drive border collie - Freddie is a high energy, but he’s not really got much drive for a border collie. He’s a perfect “pet” border collie rather than one that should be working sheep on a farm.

Freddie is a bit traffic reactive, pulls on the lead, he watches people, and is an impulsive greeter, meaning that he wants to go and see people, but changes his mind as soon as he gets there and gets a little bit anxious around them, he can growl, lunge forward and sometimes nip, he can bark at some other dogs as well. His owner has only been able to walk him on the lead around the housing estate and cuts through it, she can’t take Freddie for a big run to the field across the main road as he reacts to cars so badly that he’s pulled her into the road in the past.

Freddie has got no focus at all when he’s outside, even in the garden, he’s not focused on his owner at all so we worked on that during our session. We started building it up, getting some nice focus off him in the garden, and then taught him a nice heel position in the house. He picked all of it up super quick. The plan is to make sure we can get focus out and about with him.

Freddie and his owner are doing really well and he will be a perfectly behaved dog in no time!

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