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> I Need Advice .. Not Ed For A Change!, Confidence needed
janeddie
post 3rd Mar 2012, 9:10 am
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Hi all - nothing serious but I am a really worrier and even though I have the most obedient and loyal dog I have ever owned, I still doubt myself. After Alfie, who was always a terrier on a mission and losing him for days on end during one of his missions, I think I am over protective with Ed! Ed has fantastic recall and is only ever a few steps away from me but I really struggle with letting him off. I know that if he spies another dog, all I have to do is change direction and he choses me instead of the other dog so why do I panic sad.gif OH lets Ed off all the time, even on the smallest amount of grass or down the canal etc., but I have been on a wonderful walk this morning, loads of fields and no other dogs but I still did not let him off lead sad.gif I am always thinking of what might happen instead of enjoying the moment ). I did let him off the other morning on our walk and he was perfect but I still could not relax. Once I get into a routine of letting him off it becomes easier but I seem to have gone back to step one for no apparent reason and I really worry. When I come back from a walk and have let him off, I feel great and really proud to have a dog with good recall. What is the matter with me?
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janeddie
post 6th Mar 2012, 7:11 pm
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OK, I give in lol.gif Couldn't let him off tonight because it was pitch black but promise I will again and SOON -I wouldn't mind but he doesn't even do a lot and barely breaks into a trot, just spends ages sniffing in bushes and then trots a little to catch me up - the only time he actually runs is if a cat dares come into our garden and then he is like a bullet lol.gif Wished he did balls but not a flicker of interest, he believes in leaving the ball games to the labs and collies .. obviously too much like hard work for Ed lol.gif
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