So today was the start of Teddy’s dog training classes. Evie the dog trainer told me to arrive half an hour after the dog training class had started to give the other dogs time to settle. I drew up in the small car park at the rear of the village hall and I saw Teddy in my rear mirror. His frame had stiffened and his nose was twitching. He could smell the dogs from the car!
Carefully opening the tailgate and grabbing his lead firmly we managed the 10 yards to the doors with difficulty. I knocked and waited. Nothing. I tried the handle. It was locked. I knocked again. By this time Ted was up on his hind legs pawing at the door. I heard someone call out to wait while all the dogs inside were put on leads. As the bolt was pulled back and the door started to open I was catapulted into the village hall by Ted, landing on my knees and, still holding onto the lead, dragged across the wooden floor into the middle of the room. 40 pairs of eyes were on us. It was total humiliation. The humans looked bemused whilst the dogs’ reaction was a mixture of fright or aggression. Teddy was berserk to be let go and explore but I managed to hold on for dear life before my saviour appeared. “I’ll take him from you, shall I dear”. She took the lead whilst I got up and tried to regain some dignity. “I’m Evie and this must be Teddy”. Already Ted had calmed down to a degree and was looking up at her. How on earth did she do that?
After about one hour Ted had upset most of the dogs and all their owners. We spent 10 minutes in the kitchen (sin bin) when it got too much for me. It was the most stressful hour I have ever spent. At the end of the evening Evie said that, yes, she thought that she could help me but it was a big challenge and it would take time. The good thing was he had no aggression and was just a frightened, inquisitive Labrador who didn’t understand the world. She suggested we train for The Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen Award. She said I that I needed training too and was going to have to toughen up to get some respect from him. Ha Ha! Teddy already knew I was a pushover.
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