MANAGING YOUR DOG ON AND OFF LEAD
In the complex, urban and technological society we live in, the use of a lead as a guidance tool is a necessity not only for the protection of our dog and other living beings, but also because it is a legal requirement. It is therefore important for us, as owners, to be able to use the lead in such a way that our dog experiences it like a safety belt, like an instrument of collaboration between us and him, and not as an impediment, or a constriction, which could then be a source of misunderstanding and stress in the relationship between us.
This course aims to offer participants the knowledge and tools for proper lead management, and to help both owner and dog experience on-lead activities in a spirit of collaboration and enjoyment for both. In this context we shall be looking at the importance of using a harness instead of a collar. Another important moment in the development of the relationship with our dogs is how we manage them when off-lead. It is of fundamental importance to offer our dog the opportunity to experience freedom in the right sort of environments because it allows him to develop his exploratory drive, learn to socialise in appropriate ways with other dogs, and improve his self-control and problem-solving abilities.
Clearly, managing a dog off-lead requires a high level of maturity in the relationship between dog and owner. For this reason, it is not something that can be improvised. It’s not enough that the dog, once unleashed, stays near his owner, but requires the owner and dog to have reached a high level of understanding, and to have developed a whole series of preparatory abilities which would enable them to enjoy a walk in freedom where possible, without the risk of the dog endangering himself because his attention has been caught by a scent, something moving, or by someone or something attracting his attention (other dogs, humans, other animals).
The course will show in very practical ways how freedom is built, which are the requirements needed by both the dog himself and the owner and dog together for freedom to be possible, and in which cases it is not possible. So what are you waiting for to get involved? By improving your ability to relate to your sighthound, you will increasingly enjoy your relationship with him. Programme: 1) What is freedom: risks and benefits 2) How to build freedom: centralising to decentralise 3) Unleashing: where, when, how 4) Profile and character of the dog 5) When freedom is not possible The workshop will take place Saturday 11th January from 9am to 5.00 pm at the following venue: GHEZZI AZIENDA AGRICOLA S.S., Via Adamello, 28 23807 MERATE (Lecco). The venue has a large fenced in area where one can work with the sighthounds on and off lead. The cost to join is €60 per person. Payment will be made on the day at the venue, with €50 covering the rental of the venue and the lecturer’s fee, and €10 going to Pet Levrieri. Please be aware there is a maximum number of 12 dog and owner pairs! To join: Please email [email protected] and put “Iscrizione al corso La gestione del cane al giunzaglio” in the subject field, and give your name, surname, mobile phone number, the name of the sighthound who will be taking part in the course (also include the type of sighthound, whether galgo, greyhound or lurcher, and the adoption date) (Dr. Katia Galbiati is a veterinary practitioner and canine behaviourist within the cognitive animal-human relationship based approach. She is also a lecturer, educator and SIUA dog trainer, and works with animal-human relationship based teaching methods. She is also involved with the basic medical care and wellbeing of the patients of the veterinary clinic she collaborates with. She lives in the county of Como with her dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Two of her dogs are sighthounds.)