And, as the topper for my mother’s day, he was able to ignore a small dog that walked by without much more than picking his head up to mindfully watch.
I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you again for your help with Berghoff. Today for mother’s day we went to one of the only “dog friendly” restaurants in town with Bergs. Halfway through our meal, a woman walked up to me and said, “can I ask you a question about your dog… where does he go for training?” I smiled and said, “I do all of his training with the help of a trainer online named Jeff Gellman.” She said, “well, I have a German Shepherd and I could NEVER bring her out with me. I can’t have company over without her going ballistic and she is over protective of my family. I noticed that the server walked around your dog and even between you and your dog and he didn’t flinch. I’ve never seen another Shepherd so calm. We’ve tried training but still, my dog could NEVER do that…” I was quite proud and I said, “well, your dog can be just like Berghoff, I promise… look up Jeff Gellman (and I spelled your name) He trains dogs that other trainers can’t handle and he can give you the info you need to help with your dog… trust me, Berghoff wasn’t always like this!”
So, thank you, Jeff. This experience was such a confirmation for me that I did the RIGHT THING ignoring all the people who told me that a prong was cruel, that I was abusing Bergs and I was lazy if I needed to use it and that I just needed to “connect” with him more. Today, Berghoff was sitting at a restaurant enjoying the breeze coming off the water while so many other dogs are stuck at home because they can’t behave. I think if Berghoff could talk he’d beg me to stick with my “cruel” methods so he can continue to enjoy going around town with us and all the attention he gets because of it! And, as the topper for my mother’s day, he was able to ignore a small dog that walked by without much more than picking his head up to mindfully watch. He used to growl and bark at every dog that came within eye-shot and it’s been the last stumbling block for him. Now I just need to dedicate more time to getting him off-leash… it is a work in progress.
Thanks again, Jeff.