Over the last few weeks, there’s been a super programme on the BBC called “Me and My Dog”, you may have seen it?
Before I saw it I wondered whether a TV programme could really hold viewer attention for 4 weeks – as a programme about dogs (and that isn’t veterinary, showing or rescue focused) is quite unusual. But it was fantastic! It showed how a variety and types of dogs, and a variety and different types of owners could increase their bond. It’s fair to say that for the owners they all joined the programme with differing perspectives on what their dogs could do, but through a series of exercises to test communication skills, intelligence, partnership, and “senses”, all the dogs and owners strengthened their partnerships.
It was set in the Lake District which is beautiful, and they had great weather, and all stayed there for the duration of the experience. What a wonderful opportunity to spend time away with your dog, focussed on learning new things.
The final was a canine triathlon – yes a triathlon (with the swimming, running and cycling!). Although there was a winner (I won’t say who in case you’ve not seen it yet!), for me all of the show participants were winners, as what a wonderful experience they’ve all shared and as Chris Packham the show presenter concluded, to have happier and healthier canine/human relationships is priceless. For all of us animal lovers we know how true that is!
I must admit to a favourite dog – Mitch, so adorably special (as of course they all are though!)
If you’ve not had a chance to see the series yet, check out the BBC iPlayer.
The show did have some experts to help with the training, and it again reinforced to me that with anything – whether training dogs, horses or other animals, having professional 1-1 tuition is invaluable – the internet can only teach so much!
There are a variety of complementary therapies that can help support your dogs learning too – e.g. Bach Flower Remedies. You can find Bach Flower Remedy practitioners who work with animals – if you’d like help locating one for your animal, then please email me at info@ taranet.co.uk
For more information on different complementary therapies for your animal, take a look at the Taranet Directory at http://www.taranet.co.uk.
Until next time,
Director, Taranet Complementary Therapies for Animals (Business Consultancy, Social Media Training and Forever Business Owner)
Animal Health Info Online: www.taranet.co.uk
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