I didn't always know, what I know now!
The Early Years:
First there was Smudge the border collie:
Then there was Dayna, the rough collie:
I then got married moved out and grew up, we decided that we wanted dogs, so we got Turkish (English Mastiff) . Turkish destroyed everything, including chewing on my piano, the front door, a bookcase and various valuable things,
so to stop this because we decided he was "bored" we got Stella,
who did exactly the same!!!
We took Turkish to puppy classes, which did nothing outside of the class, we did everything we were told to do by them, even marching him around the town on a Sunday making sure he met 7 people and visited 7 different places a week, loads of walks to "burn all his excess energy", gadgets, gizmos, funny commands, you name it we tried it.
It got to the point where I couldn't walk them anymore because they were out of control, they would drag me to wherever they wanted and I'd spend most of the "walk" on my back. They chased everything, barked at anything, had no recall at all, I could see that they were both incredibly stressed out, I just didn't know why.
One afternoon on the internet, desperate for help, I stumbled across a lady who was a using a kind, non-confrontational method, within half an hour I'd booked a consultation with her and two weeks later she changed my life by giving us a one to one consultation, it blew my mind. After implementing the method, over weeks/months, our dogs suddenly relaxed, stopping trying to take responsibility for us, their "bad behaviour" wasn't needed anymore and have since been happy, stress-free dogs.
In the end:
I have now been working with dogs including my own for almost 4 years, and have helped many owners with their troublesome dogs to lead a wonderful life without the "bad behaviours" they had previously.
I am currently a participant in Gill Tuxworth of Top Dog's Quality Assurance Verification Scheme working toward the High Entry Level, the details are below: