Second wave? Second chance?

”I want to be absolutely clear, these measures are not a national lockdown. The whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown” Mr Johnson’s words in the first Downing Street coronavirus briefing since July.

I woke up this morning and did the first of the arm out, arm back in performance as I noted the chill in the air, outside of my duvet. It’s turning cold.

Yesterday, I noticed it on our 10 mile adventure round Wolfscote Dale, Hartington. Though I didn’t brrr and bloody hell on that as much as I did this morning. As I mentally prepared myself for the jumper and jeans on, scurry, I headed outside to let the dogs out. Another slap in the face from the coldness hit me, glaring my torch amidst the darkness checking where each of the dogs were, shivering and hopping from one leg to the other, I said to myself. Winter is coming.

The news goes on in the morning, but I can’t say I’m an avid concentrator on it. It tends to be background noise as I contemplate the day ahead. But today I couldn’t help but focus on what was being said.

Pubs will shut by 10pm (does the virus only operate at night?)
The rule of six is being enforced. (but we can be in a supermarket, cafe or pub full of other people?)
NHS Test and Trace now has 1 million plus downloads. (Great, what about all of those without smart phones?)
Numbers are increasing. (Keeping my eye on this…)

Then I thought. Didn’t they say the virus could thrive in the winter? And that respiratory virus’ and the fact people spend more time socialising indoors could be a leading cause in this escalating…

Ah man, I’m sat here waiting now for the announcement of the second lockdown.

Personally, I’m in favour of it happening right now. If only for a few weeks, I think it’s better to act sooner rather than later. Save lives! Save Christmas! Who knows what’s going to happen, but that’s where I stand on this whole thing.

My mind then began to drift back to the first lockdown. I had a pretty intense but immense time during the weeks I was at home. I met some brilliant people through my lockdown group, helped hundreds of people to tire their dogs using strategies that worked and bought them results in more ways than just the tiredness.

And as much as I helped these people, and are now working with some of them in person to date.

I saw the other end of the scale from people who hadn’t received the same support. Those who weren’t in the group or perhaps weren’t online savvy to get what they needed.

And with this, alongside specialising in barking dogs, I saw an increase in unsociable, canine behaviour.

Throughout lockdown, I was recommending reactive dog owners made the most of the restrictions for their dogs behaviour. This included a full decompression and increase in mental stimulation time for their barking dogs. To get out there whilst other dog owners had used their allocated dog walking time (though I’m still not convinced people weren’t taking the piss with this and out more than usual, using their dog as an excuse) and practicing the process of how to help their barking dogs, to build the bank of goodness whilst distractions were low.

I was beyond delighted to hear from every single one of my Elite team that their was no change or a massive improvement in their dogs behaviour due to this advice. We didn’t have a single regression on my teams, dog behaviour.

Billy who was still in the early stages of training, was hit and miss with his reactions to street walking when seeing a dog and traffic came back a different dog! I had to double take him when he arrived for his first post lockdown session because I couldn’t believe how chilled out he was, compared to when I last saw him three months prior.

Ole, who was still unsure of the outside world and new locations, got dealt the off lead dog intrusion card a couple of sessions in after coming back. He got charged at by not one, but two off lead and out of control dogs, circling and barking at him. Not only did he cope better than we ever thought he could, he recovered and continued with his training almost immediately after the ordeal. I think his owner, Lisa and myself were more concerned than Ole was!

And every one else on my team had improved.

They’ve been able to progress like this because of following the advice I gave to them as soon as I heard we were on lockdown. The lockdown and their behaviour was my prime concern. I don’t train dogs just because I love dogs. I do it because I want to improve canine behaviour and create a better society of dogs, people can enjoy.

Nobody gets a dog for daily barking episodes, constantly being dragged down the streets and feeling fed up with the whole thing. I don’t want people to see walking or being with their dog as a chore or something that just has to be done.

Dogs are in our lives to be a part of our family. To listen to all of our feelings and emotions when we’re happy or sad (thank god they don’t verbalise those moments though, eh. Imagine that! My dogs could write their own book on all the fuck ups, craziness and wild dancing routines I’ve made, that happen behind the scenes of HPDS)

I wanted to write this blog today to broadcast the fact that IF we do enter a second lockdown, tighter restrictions or whatever the hell is going to happen with this virus, see it as a second chance for you and your dog.

I, like many others, took to learning new skills during the last one. Be it keyboard, more guitar, fitness or, like my followers, dog training.

Which is how they once again learned to love everything their dog has to offer them.

They took the opportunity to improve their relationship and life together. Sought advice and training from someone who has the knowledge to help them. Went out there and did the bloody work, and are in a better and more stable position, for it.

If we get a second lockdown. See it as a second chance.

And if you want to jump on that second chance now, and get access to all of the training videos (14 of them) they received during lockdown 1, then simply click here

Stay safe,
Claire x

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