Good morning everyone! Right I have been meaning to do this for ages, but dont have much time to myself (as usual) so whilst I have a bit of time, I thought Id finally start The Terrors training thread! *tah-dah!* In light of recent posts/threads I thought it would be a nice idea to start this up for others who own reactive/nervous/aggressive dogs to post up their own day-to-day experiences, walks, ups and downs! I'm trying to keep this brief (but as I'm sure you all know, I never do "brief" threads/posts!) So in a nutshell... As most of you know I own Dottie and Charlie 2 Jack Russell Terrors. Low down on each. Dottie: Spayed, 3 yo, bitch. Brought from a BYB by another lady who "couldnt leave her in those conditions", then bought by my sister who, soon lost interest, taken on by me when I moved back home. Reactive around other dogs, especially on lead. Very stiff meeting new dogs, doesnt like having her rear sniffed by other dogs and will sit and look away to avoid this, if the dog doesnt leave her alone she air snaps. Would rather one very quick sniff then wants to be left alone. Barks at strangers and children. She can be around children fine, once shes calm and distracted. Chaaaaaaaaaaaarlie... Neutered 2 yo dog Brought from a BYB by myself, did everything I could to ensure he didnt turn out like Dottie. Once he hit one he started growling and snapping at male dogs. Doesnt like males in general and is okay with most bitches. Although some dogs are the exception, like the big, entire male Lab he played with. Has a stupidly high prey drive and if allowed will chase and nip/bite joggers, cyclists, even me when I start running. Resource gaurder too, be it me or food. He likes children and generally most people when they give him fuss. Both dogs are currently walked together as when I walked them seperatley (an hour each) I was getting physically run down as I had work straight after. Charlie on a flexi with other dogs about and Dottie off lead with a ball to play with so she stays close to me and focused. Had an incident last week where Dottie air snapped at a dog and wouldnt stop snapping, I think it was over a ball but couldnt be sure (big DUH! moment for me, I know) I apologised lots but the owner was very sweet and friendly and I was so mad at myself for not being more vigilant. My confidence crashed back to the bottom and I didnt feel like walking them any more. Ofcourse I still do but now I am questioning my own handling skills, although despite this, I walked them through popular woodlands and parks with no troubles, so I must have been doing something right. This for me was a moment where I thought, do I really want us to have another 13 years of stressful, on edge walks or shall we knuckle down once and for all? Theyre only young (and so am I!) and I want our time together to be full of fun and adventures, not constantly looking over our shoulders and being on edge. I have just composed an email that I am going to send out to ADPT trainers in my area to see if any are willing to take on me and The Terrors. Ive started training then got disheartened and stopped so many times over the years. These dogs are so clever! I just need the confidence to keep persevering. I wouldnt say Im not training at the moment, but it is more of a management situation currently. I have contacted trainers in the past, one who used the Pack Leader theory and told me all their problems were dominance issues, the second who I contacted several times was brilliant. Right up my street, the only issue I had with them was keeping in contact. I would email/message but didnt get any replies back and felt on my own again. In my message I have mentioned wanting to keep in regular contact and to meet up say once a month to keep things in check and track progress. I myself am currently studying a ThinkDog course, I have had the privilege of meeting and working with Sarah Whitehead, have tons of great books on dogs (havent got round to reading them all yet!) and of course come on here which is by far the best form of support I have! But sometimes I feel clueless and very alone. As those of you with DR/DA dogs know, it can be very isolating. Walking at unsociable times, in lonely places, seeing big groups of dogs down the park playing and thinking "What is so wrong with my dog that they cant do that?" its very emotional. Oh the tears I have cried! People slate you, look down their noses at you, bitch about you...I have had all that! I am VERY lucky that where I work has a huge woodland, complete with pond and paths that no-one uses bar me, so I can drive my dogs there where they can just be dogs. I dont walk down my local park any more which is JUST outside my front door, too many judgemental people. I hope this thread can also help others without DA/DR dogs, know what its like for people who own unsocial dogs how it feels and how we dont allow or encourage this behaviour but its something we have to work with and deal with everyday. Please everyone feel free to add your own stories/experiences/diary entries/questions/comments/compliments (I like those!)/photos/rants ANYTHING! I really would love this thread to become a big group of supportive like minded people who can laugh and cry together. Just about to take The Terrors out for their morning walk now with my sister. See you on the other side! Get typing! xxx P.S excuse any typos or ramblings that don't make sense!