The Naughty-But-Nice retreat was amazing! It was a whirlwind of a week, our second visit of the year and we are still moving forward steadily. Bursting with new knowledge and confidence, we’re more able to step out into the world and enjoy life. Our group was brilliant, everyone did so well. Hugs and high-fives all-round!
The bake-off was a fun way to get to know everyone in our group and make tasty dog treats. We learned about disengagement, arousal, fitness, dog physiology and so much more in the group and 121 sessions. We reviewed our dogs’ stress buckets, how our homes are set up and our daily routines. The trainers gave us great advice on what we can improve and a plan to implement when we get home. A fireside chat with Lauren and a delicious meal home-made cooked by Michelle was a great opportunity to ask questions, share experiences and have fun together.
Our dog Sam is reactive to people and dogs. It was amazing to see him walk past a line-up of people in the car park without barking or lunging, and sitting behind our group calmly on a boundary during a lesson. It’s incredible to be in such a supportive space where we can help our dogs (and ourselves) overcome struggles. This means the world to us.
The retreat culminated with a group walk at Prewley Moors, where we put our new-found skills into practice. All of the dogs did brilliantly when faced with sheep, a cyclist, walkers and an off-lead dog. This felt impossible just a short while ago.
Live with Lauren
We also got to be involved in Live with Lauren and a recorded session on reactivity for YouTube. We were so touched to read the lovely comments people around the world posted on Facebook, it was great to be part of something so special. We’ve still got a long road ahead, but what a journey!
Sending love to all the other NBN dogs and their owners out there. Here’s to fun, games and brighter futures! We’re looking to see how we get on back “in the wild” at home. Until we visit again….
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Featured image of Sam by Dr David Edge