How to transform a pet from a pet who’s just been abused into a trained animal trainer.
It was not just a matter of turning an animal into a trainer, it was about making it into a companion, said Mr Eriksson, who is also a dog trainer and trainer-in-training.
“I used to think that I could only go so far as to teach a dog.”
Now that I think of it, I can teach a cat how to walk, a dog how to lie down, a horse how to run.
“A lot of the dogs, it’s a matter for the trainer.”
Mr Erikson, who has worked with a variety of dogs and cats over the years, said that with a bit of experience and dedication, a training dog could be transformed into a guide dog, which can then become a pet.
“With my training dog, it just took the dog two years and he became a guide,” he said.
“In the end, it came to me that I was going to have to teach my pet to become a guide because I can’t get him to understand the rules.”
He would get frustrated, he would have tantrums, he wouldn’t understand.
“That was because I didn’t want to teach him the rules of a game and I wanted to be able to go out there and have fun.”‘
A dog can’t help me’With the help of Mr Ericksons trainer, Mr Ekson is now working with a group of dogs at a local animal park.
“We are trying to teach them to do tricks and things like that, but the problem is that they don’t know how to do it,” he told RTE.
“That’s why we are doing this.”
It’s about teaching them to understand what the rules are and it’s about getting them to think in terms of rules.
“Mr Eksons dog trainer said that while it was not easy, he could do it with a dog, with the help and guidance of other people.”
You can’t do it yourself, but if you have a good dog who has a trainer you can do it.
“For more information on dog training visit www.dachshunds.com.au.