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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
Stop for a moment and look
It was rather grey this morning, but perfectly good enough weather for going for a walk with Brith. It was just about warm enough to dispense with gloves but not so hot that I had to worry about carrying water for him.

We just did our usual walk along the lane and back. Here is Brith at furthest point of the walk.

Brith

As I've explained before, Brith isn't my dog but I walk him twice a week as a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust an excellent charity that does a lot of useful work for the elderly or those who are ill and cannot look after their pets.

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: April 19th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a handsome dog!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 19th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
He is, isn't he? I actually think his good looks may have saved his life when a) he was found as a stray by a farmer and b) when the farmer discovered that he had no aptitude whatsoever for herding sheep. The farmer who found him obviously thought he was appealing enough to take on and even when he failed as a sheepdog, the farmer took him to a rescue and asked them to find a good home for him.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: April 20th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
There's a lot be said for being able to win people over, without doing anything at all.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 20th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also in his favour is the fact that he loves people. He's terrified of other dogs, but he thinks people are wonderful. :)
la_marquise_de_ From: la_marquise_de_ Date: April 19th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
He looks like he's enjoying the walk.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 19th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
He does enjoy his walks, even though he has a terror of meeting other dogs while we're out.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: April 19th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know I've said this before, but ... what a handsome dog. And what a great program that is!

Charlie had a real fear of other dogs (and people) when I first got him, too, but after a lot of work he's evolved into quite the social butterfly. He's still terrified of little kids, though ...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 20th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brith is getting better, but it's a slow process. Part of the problem is that the elderly ladies who own him never could manage to take him out for walks, so he was exercised in their huge garden. More recently, they have got a professional trainer to work with him and that helped tremendously. In fact that got him to the point where he was manageable enough for me (a novice with dogs) to take out and slowly, slowly he improves.

Our big problem is the big, scary bullying black Labradors who come hurtling up to the fence of their garden and bark whenever anyone goes past. But he doesn't even get as upset about them as he used to. Partly it's because I've discovered that if we run past them, it becomes a game.

I don't know what Brith thinks about kids. Because we walk out of town along the back lanes in order to avoid other dogs as much as possible, we don't meet many people and thus I haven't come across any little kids while out with him.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: April 20th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, that kind of training would be very hard to do ... especially if you weren't living with the dog. It's a challenge!

After some fits and starts with Charlie during his early days with me, I started taking him to the town's most popular dog-walking area, but not actually walking him ... instead, we'd just sit on the hillside and watch everyone pass by. A few days of that helped a lot, for some reason ...
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