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    Working my butt off for something I want is just my thing. What kind of experience would I gain from dog club?

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    Lemme look at this from a potential dog walking customer point of view.

    First thing I'd want to know and see is potential dog walker is confident with dogs. All dogs. Strike 1.

    I wouldn't roar at every dog that approaches - just the ones I think are about to attack me or my bike, or get run over by my bike because they're wandering aimlessly on the bike track at the bottom of a really fast hill, and they are not responding to their owner's pathetic attempts at recall.

    Roaring is designed to freak a dog into running and probably will freak the dog you are walking so I guess you'd need to be aware and prepared.

    I'd want to be confident that the person I am handing my precious dog over to is reliable and will listen to and use any advice about how to deal with my dog. Strike 2.

    If I saw someone walking dogs on the oval on a regular basis and had good doggy control, and often had different dogs and got along well with my dog - I'd consider them a good candidate for walking my dog. It would help if I knew where they lived and their parents too. There's a kid across the road I'd consider a good possibilty - they don't have dogs but she gets along well with Frosty. I'd go for the first walk or two with her and let her manage Frosty to see how we go. There's a couple of kids a couple of doors up that have a dalmation, and their idea of walking the dog is to take it around a block of about 8 houses, in the back lanes where the nasty prickles grow - so not good candidates there. A bit too lazy. Their mum is better.

    You need to find people who are willing to forgive you if you stuff up and you need to get some practice with other dogs besides your own. Dog club classes are the best way to start. Come and ask us more questions when you've been doing that for a few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Come and ask us more questions when you've been doing that for a few months.
    Was that a hint to shut up?

    I will walk Bella, and gain as much confidence as I can.

    i am fine if I odnt havea dog or horse with me. Its just a phobia of the animal im with getting hurt I guess. Brilliant advice, and I will take it to heart.

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    It is good advice. Do take it to heart.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Nah - she'll be right - I'm just a bit gassy
    Been into the old Christmas cake Occy??

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    Nattylou - I love plums but they don't love me

    Boxerini - you will learn many things - at a good club you will learn all the commands you need, you will learn how to handle your dog and eventually how to help others handle theirs and you will learn about dog and human behaviour

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    Thanks guys. You have all been extremely helpful.

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    Hooray.

    I felt like I was playing the "why" game with a 2 year old for a second. You answer the question and they ask it again...

    Yes Boxerini - the answers we give aren't going to help until you've had some practice.

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