Blossom’s main area for concern was her lack of social skills with other dogs. She was a rescue dog and had never been introduced to other dogs and felt threatened and anxious at their presence.
Jenny worked hard at teaching me to read Blossom’s anxiety and arousal, to notice the negative signs before Blossom reacted. It was crucial that this behaviour was dealt with in a private and controlled environment before I took her to public places.
Blossom is a Staffie Cross and they have a bad enough reputation without the owners of this breed being able to read the signs and know how to cope with issues should they arise. We spent time meeting different dogs, learning how to walk properly on the lead towards other dogs and then away from those dogs when things seemed like they might get out of hand and generally spending time in the near vicinity of other dogs.
Had Jenny not been there to offer her experience, knowledge and guidance, it could well have been a different story. A big thank you! (Lucy, Cirencester)