Its coming up to us having Ollie now for three months and he is starting to become a really well mannered dog, with the odd quirk.
I have had to resort to walking him back on the lead as it is hunting season here in Belguim and the countryside is full of game at the moment. Ollie (when chasing anything) has painted on ears which obviously means he cant hear me calling him. this can be dangerous at the best of times but right now as it became the season on the 16th, there are people hunting all over the place.
I began to lose the will to live with his pulling, as nothing worked. I have tried Animal communication, Reiki, Halti's, Techniques from the Dog Whisperer, Advice from Dog Trainers, My Mum, Food, Clickers and nothing has worked he was still hell bent on pulling my arm out of it' socket and walks were just horrible as it became very disheartening.
Then at the weekend I found the most amazing dog harness called an "easy walker" and it was only 6.50 euro, so a bargain to boot.
Since Saturday we have had some lovely walks, Ollie is a lot calmer, does not pull very much if at all and seems much calmer around the house as well.
He has also decided not to chase the cat and even greets him now every morning when he comes in, although sometimes I think he is really after the cats food.
His stress anxiety has reduced quite a bit, instead of raiding and emptying the whole of the rubbish bag and laying it on and around his bed he has now become selective about what rubbish he chooses, I guess this is a good sign.
He also travels better in the car and every time he gets a bit stressed Odie is great at settling him back down.
He has become a very large lap dog, as soon as I sit down at night he is desperate to lie on me in some way, so i need to grow a bigger lap.
I have started mountain biking with the Ollie to add to running with him. He loves biking and pulls me along even without pedalling, this tires him out as a bonus but the fun he has is the main reason we do it.
He is a lovely dog, becoming very muscular and powerful but calm and loving.
Once again it proves the only thing that heals is love, time and trust