Once every four weeks or so, we meet for a group walk... actually thats not really what its like - I take my dog for a walk somewhere within West Lothian and you are welcome to join me..
Its not a group training session.. however if you are working on certain skills, maintenance, or to a program that we have set.. we will use the walk as a great opportunity to put in and progress the work together..
(If you would like some additional private tuition.. see our page for services or get in touch)
In the interest of all the dogs.. prevention of social group behaviours & the welfare of other venue owners - Walks are on-leash, unless notified otherwise or by mutual agreement.
Not suitable for dog reactive dogs - unless you have been assessed and are following a program - speak to me first about suitability.
(If you wish for your dog to be off leash there may be opportunities to do so.. we like dogs to be recalled upon seeing other venue users with children or dogs as a matter of good manners - alternatively once the walk is completed, perhaps stay and play with anyone willing for some off leash fun or even to use the opportunity keep working on any skills that you want to practice )
Some are wet and muddy so bring a towel and wear wellies or similar.
We carry a comprehensive first aid kit and are qualified in both canine and human first aid.
The walks will be about an hour and a half long or so, but you can join us for just part of the walk if you have a pup/older dog.
The next walks are;
Sunday 23rd July 2017 10am Eliburn Park, Livingston
Sunday 25th August 2017 10am Dechmont Law, Deans, Livingston
Sunday 17 September 2017 10am Polkemmet Country Park - Train Car Park
(Coffee in the coffee shop afterwards?)
Sunday 15th October 2017 10am Along the Almond - Livingston Village / Charlesfield Lane
Sunday 12th November 2017 10am Almondell & Calderwood Country Park,
East Calder Car Park
There is no charge for this service, If you wish to make a donation to a canine charity however on our behalf, we are happy to make suggestions to our favourites.
Don't live close-by?
Check out this list of professionals across
the UK who offer group walking.
Local authorities are aware of such events held by us and give consent within West Lothian for controlled walking groups. You remain responsible for your own dog at all times.
We are aware of other organised group dog walks in the area and would suggest that you are careful when considering using them, Any organised walks should be small, controlled and have regard for the general public at all times, a qualified responsible dog handler and a canine first aider should be present. Up to date knowledge of domestic canine behaviour is essential in the handler - even more so if dogs are to be off leash or advice on any training methods is given
WHY CANT I BRING MY REACTIVE DOG ALONG TO GET USED TO BEING WITH OTHER DOGS?
you have a reactive dog...have you attempted to get him to make friends with
others, your friends dogs etc.?
" let's take them for walks
together...they'll get used to each other "
kind of training activity can make the behaviour worse not better.
you work to rehabilitate fear aggressive/nervous dogs it is important to make
sure the dog is not pushed beyond what he can cope with. You would be putting him in to situations that he can't cope with yet.
you been trying to walk him closer to a friends dog and it seems to be going
However, when you are out on other walks, he is still barking aggressively at
other dogs ?
you are with your friend and her dog, do you notice that they are avoiding
making eye contact with each other - This is a conflict avoidance strategy by
both dogs. Maybe
your dog pulls away from the direction of your friends dog- it is assumed he
just has bad leash manners. No, he is trying to avoid close proximity to the
other dog. However, he is being forced back in close proximity to the other
dog. Your dog is actually doing the right thing here; he is avoiding close
contact rather than trying to show aggression.
This still is not working. If he finds that trying to create distance doesn't
work.. Your dog may go on to show more dramatic behaviour in an effort to avoid
dogs until he finds a successful strategy.
therapy only works if the subject is not experiencing any fear when exposed and
is prepared to look at the stimulus. It should never be used for social experiences. The more the dog continues to
experience fear in exposure therapy (or in daily life) the deeper the neural
pathway for that response becomes.
- So, when you are working on exposure therapy with your dog, ask yourself the
question. Is my dog calm or is he actually shut-down? If he is shut-down.. He is dealing with it...but
not ever learning from it.
Want to have your dog walk with others? ..seek our professional advice first, and
learn how to help your reactive dog under the control and the guidance of
an aggression specialist behaviour consultant... then come along and join us working on the maintenance and progression of his skills.
See 'Cupar-Cam' footage of a past Group walk (walks are on-leash these days, footage is taken from a previous service) .