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Nanette: A Very Brave Dog

and how one little dog showed her life

Bertie goes to bed!!

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This is Bertie in bed!!! he puts himself there every evening around 9.30pm. He will only sleep under a mountain of covers!! even in the hot weather!!

 It's interesting that when he first came and for several months afterwards, he would not let me help him make a comfortable bed. I would approach the bed and at first he would immediately launch an aggressive attack!! which usually meant getting bitten ( me that is!! )... Of course, I quickly learned not to do that!!!

 After a few months, I discovered I could approach and he would adopt the aggressive stance without leaving the bed in a full attack. Nowadays, he waits for me to make the bed for him ...jumps in and licks my hand as I cover him up!! ...a big improvement don't you think?. The question is...How did this come about? and the answer is all too simple!

 I well remember an evening at the beginning when He was ' dangerous' and I was questioning myself as to the best way to deal with this....suddenly I found myself humming a well known Nursery Rhyme!!It went like this....' Leave them alone and they'll come home bringing their tails behind them.....'  There was the clue!!! So I did that. The rule was , No emotional reaction, no action, no concern. turn away.... This was not going to be easy as I found him quite frightening in these moods but I also remembered another saying ...' Fake it until you make it...' That's what I did. I never could get my head around why people would physically reprimand an aggressive dog...aggression for aggression could never work!!

 I was surprised at how soon it became easy and of course as soon as I found it easier, Bertie began to radically change. This firms up my view that it's always the owner's 'energy' which determines the behaviour and posture of his dog. It's true that Bertie's previous owner was obviously a b.....d and responsible for this aggressive behaviour BUT the minute the Adoption took place, He and it became my responsibility. xx

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 September 2009 17:32 )  


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