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Dogspeak is Tricia Dunlop

As long as I can remember there have always been dogs in my life. Over the last 12 years though, dogs have become more than ‘just the dogs’.

My Border Collie, Byron was the dog who started me on this journey of discovery. I discovered that there was so much more to dogs than I had ever imagined. Byron was the dog I got because I wanted to participate in the sport of agility with him. It never occurred to me that it may not be what he wanted or what he was even able to give me. I had never considered that my dog even had such a thing as a choice.

When Byron started showing signs of being aggressive when around other dogs, off we went to the local obedience dog club. I was immediately told that I needed to be tough and show him I was the boss and in control. Being tough and in control I soon found out, meant that I needed to physically punish him for this behaviour and the instructor quickly gave me a demonstration on how I should accomplish this. Before I could blink, Byron was walked into the face of another dog, promptly growled and was then flipped 360 degrees, landing on his back. I was told by the instructor with a smug look on his face, “that is how it’s done”.  The smug look was quickly wiped from his face, when Byron scrambled to his feet and promptly peed on his leg.

That day as I took my beautiful boy home, I decided that I would never allow anyone to ever get the chance to treat my dog that way again. I also made a decision that was to change my life. I would find out for myself how I could help Byron. My journey into the world of dogs and educating myself about the science of animal learning had begun.

Fast forward to the present and my time is spent helping others to see how they can enjoy the relationship with their dogs and teach them the behaviours they want, continuing my never-ending quest for knowledge and training for and participating in the sport of agility.