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..... the workshop helped me to realise that we should think more in terms of how dogs see and experience our actions, our communication...  

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This section has kindly been completed by a number of clients either after a home consultation or a workshop. Each title represents a story.. some are very short other are a bit longer ... Do browse by clicking on each respective name
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Snoopy Sammy and Betty a short story Noro Wapsoha Plume Muffin Gus Tillie Sidonie Vicki Ella Belle & Harry Lady Atelier Workshop workshop worshop Workshop Workshop Atelier et chien Chinook Atelier - vivre harmonieusement avec son chien Newton Cours Chiot - Watson Cours Chiot - Lola Cours Chiot - Lexus workshop Workshop Workshop and Sidonie 2nd Parallel walking sessions & social walks Hammer - marche en parallele ... Conference - L'Art de Promener son chien Conference - L'At de promener son chien Mini-workshop - Live harmoniously with your dog Atelier - comment vivre harmonieusement avec son chien - 2 Marches Parallèles - Judy Atelier - Comment vivre harmonieusement avec son chien - 2 Lilou Cours Chiot - Elsa Lulla Oulah - Cours Chiot Taïga Owen 
11-07-2010 Susanne Heinitz
  In February, it was one of the coldest days of this last winter, I found myself in the vast living room of a Dutch woman, who was running a dog kennel. She also fostered rescued dogs from time to time and that was the reason why I was here: Neighbours had asked me, if I knew how to find a small dog as companion for their son. Yes, indeed: I had seen 3 Shi Tzu’s on a Dutch Dog Rescue Website. They had been rescued in Spain from a horrible place and needed a lot of patience, said the website.
We learned more about that horrible place later, when the little ones were already in front of us: An international dog rescue found and rescued them from a windowless shed on a flat roof terrace at the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, more than 60 of them, some of already dead or too weak to carry on, sick and filthy with lots of bites all over their bodies. 60 little ‘Kaspar Hausers ‘ not knowing anything but darkness, horrible noises, heat, thirst and the stronger biting the weaker.
While the boy and his parents tried to make his choice and we were listening to the story, I sat down carefully on a giant sofa, as one of the three had remained there, trembling, very much concerned, but not running away or trying to hide as the other two did. He constantly looked at me and every movement I made. After a couple of minutes there was this link between the two of us that encouraged me to - slowly and without looking at him – extend one finger of my right hand towards his nose, so he could sniff at me while otherwise there was a lot of unrest in the room. He did not try to extend the distance between my finger tip and his nose but kept on watching me. I took the hand away and heard myself saying: ‘I would like to give this one a home!’ While it took almost half an hour until the dog for the boy could be caught and put into a crate, the mini-bonding between me and ‘my’ little Shi Tzu luckily gave us the opportunity to hold him – although he was shaking and peeing of pure fear – and gently push him into his box.
Many hours later I carried the dog box into my bedroom on to the bed, switched on lights, opened the box and while leaving the room saw that he immediately left the box and rushed behind one of the cushions.
We are now 5 months later and Muffin’s most secure place is still on my bed. I always considered myself being the most patient person in the world, when it comes to animals, but half way through I badly needed reinforcement that I was on the right track and if not how to avoid mistakes. Luckily Marina and I had crossed paths before on difficult cases of rescued dogs and the like and she was only a phone call away. By the day she came for a consultation, Muffin had already achieved a lot in terms of trusting me, being almost clean, going into the garden on his own, coming to the kitchen for some company, having his bowl together with my other dog in the kitchen, taking treats from my hand, even sometimes allowing for cuddles or – very rarely – tummy rubs, enough in any case to become very attached to the dog. Without Marina – no matter how much progress we had made already – I think I would have lost the case at this point because of becoming too emotional about the dog. She made me watch myself through the dog’s eyes, showed me which of my signals would reassure the dog and helped me understand the questions the dog was asking by his whatever behaviour.....and: That too much affection or emotion shown can be another threat to a dog like Muffin, having grown up with his space being invaded all the time. I learned to present myself more as a leader that can be trusted, which of course included my second dog, Milou. Et Voila: more distance indeed created more of the opposite. Muffin is becoming more and more relaxed with visitors he does not know, he has stopped trembling almost completely in any situation, I could even cut his hair the other day (which almost took an hour) and brush him without any major concerns from his side. This morning we took our first walk in the garden on a leash ever without any panicking - by the help of my super relaxed For Terrier of course, who did not quite understand, why he would have to walk the garden on a leash now. All in all, it is mainly about educating people to do a proper job as pack leaders and translate into dog language. Thank you Marina! We are getting there. Susanne
 
Snoopy Sammy and Betty a short story Noro Wapsoha Plume Muffin Gus Tillie Sidonie Vicki Ella Belle & Harry Lady Atelier Workshop workshop worshop Workshop Workshop Atelier et chien Chinook Atelier - vivre harmonieusement avec son chien Newton Cours Chiot - Watson Cours Chiot - Lola Cours Chiot - Lexus workshop Workshop Workshop and Sidonie 2nd Parallel walking sessions & social walks Hammer - marche en parallele ... Conference - L'Art de Promener son chien Conference - L'At de promener son chien Mini-workshop - Live harmoniously with your dog Atelier - comment vivre harmonieusement avec son chien - 2 Marches Parallèles - Judy Atelier - Comment vivre harmonieusement avec son chien - 2 Lilou Cours Chiot - Elsa Lulla Oulah - Cours Chiot Taïga Owen 
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