This is the story of our Border Collie cross called Badger and how when conventional dog training was unable to solve her numerous issues, I discovered Animal Communication which provided me with the insight and understanding to help her become a happy and fulfilled dog. In fact, I would have to say that Animal Communication changed my life and enhanced my dog training for ever!
Life had become settled and dare I say boring so to spice things up a little we decided to look into getting a puppy! We read dog training manual after dog training manual and the day eventually arrived when we felt we had read enough and we were ready to go get one!
As soon as Badger arrived we started the training. Firstly, we tried treat training and she picked up all the usual commands with ease: sit, down, leave, drop and paw. We could also take away a toy when she was playing with it and put a hand in her bowl when she was eating. I wanted to ensure that we were the dog trainer and she wasn’t the human trainer!
Sadly not long after this, this all changed, this cute little responsive puppy had started showing her teeth and growling if we went near anything she considered hers. The dog training went out of the window.
The day arrived when the inevitable happened – she bit me. It didn’t stop there, this then transferred to my husband and anyone we met, she wasn’t choosy anymore. On a walk if someone went to stroke her head she would whip round snarling, she decided what was hers and would shoot across the room if you went near ‘her’ things food, water, toys, anything really. She would lay in her bed curled up into a little ball just staring at us. ‘What’s wrong little girl’ we would ask, if only we could get into her head and work out what really went on in there.
Life became very limited to say the least. We could not trust her in any situation any more and the invitations to friends and families with the dogs dwindled to nothing, too many people were understandably now frightened of her. No-one to look after her so that we could have a holiday, days out were limited to a few hours. We were at a total loss as to what to, we could no longer get through to her and we felt she was out of control I guess we all were by this time.
Dog trainer after dog trainer, behaviourist after behaviourist, they all came and went with their various techniques and methods to overcome her problems – nothing worked at all and at 1 year old she was now a fully grown dog in size. This feeling of hopelessness was totally suffocating, we had no idea what to do or where to turn to next.
Life by now was incredibly stressful. We couldn’t carry on living like this, was she going to bite me today? Was she ever going to change? Is this just the way it is always going to be? Can we cope? We just wished we could understand her we knew that one day something serious would happen and then it would all be too late. Re-homing was out of the question as she would never actually leave the rescue centre as she had already displayed aggression. It had been suggested to us that she should be put too sleep for her own good was it time to make that decision?
We loved this dog and could not simply give up on her. A friend had recently had some great success with her own dogs using an Animal Communicator so sceptically we decided to give it a go we had nothing to loose any more.
We needed the understanding and insight of our dog to move forward and with no idea whether it would work we contacted the Animal Communicator, James French.
Our life’s were saved! This may sound a dramatic statement but our life’s really were saved Badgers and ours! James gave us the insight we needed to eventually start to move forward. He told us what motivated her, what she needed and actually what she didn’t need!
We learned that Badger’s digestive system was shot to pieces. The vet had never picked this up, despite numerous visits. This explained why she could not bear to be touched, she was not aggressive after all, she was just in constant pain.
The other thing we learned was a little more mind blowing. Whilst we knew she was highly anxious yet extremely dominant this was not technically her fault?! Badger had become my mirror, I reeled when I was gently informed of this. How could this be? What on earth had I done to my dog? But I had read all of the dog training manuals and done everything to the letter? It suddenly dawned on me we had been going through this for 3 years now and I was practically a nervous wreck and between us we were caught up in our own little vicious circle.
We made immediate changes starting with her food. We threw away the high quality biscuits and replaced it with a complete raw diet and amazingly very soon after we started to see some changes, we were too scared to breath was this really happening? After all this time were we at last making progress?! I also had some work to do too! If Badger was my mirror then I had to start looking at my own life and start to make my own changes.
I gave up my very stressful job, I started having more ‘me’ time to enable me to relax properly. Most importantly, I decided that I also wanted to train to become an Animal Communicator.
If our own dog had been placed in rescue she would not have been re-homed or worse still she would have been put to sleep. How many dog owners out there were suffering like we had? How many dogs were dumped at rescue centres never to be re-homed or put to sleep simply because they do not have a voice and cannot be heard?
I am now a very proud fully qualified Animal Communicator! I fulfil my dream everyday of helping humans and their animals share a rewarding and lifelong friendship and I have Badger to thank for this. Dog training on it’s own did not work for us however combining Animal Communication and Dog Training together wow, what a powerful combination!