Last weekend we visited German Shepherd Rescue Cyprus – GSDRC again and spent some time walking and training a few of their dogs. This is what we call a two finger walk, meaning you shouldn’t need more than two fingers to hold the leash during the walk.
When we walk our dogs we want to avoid losing control over them. We often see dogs controlling the pace and usually give their owners a hard time holding on. Walking should be peaceful for both dogs and humans.
There are no excuses for pulling behaviour. The dog in this video is a rescue, living in a kennel and was super excited to get out for a longer walk, yet the walk is calm and the pulling is minimal.

Stray Haven in Cyprus Facebook page

Last weekend we visited Stray Haven and helped out with introducing new dogs to make sure there won’t be any fights in their new pens. We plan to come and help out with more than just introductions. Many of the dogs there have never been trained before and we are sure they will respond with amazing results. Our aim is to boost their chance for adoption and a better future. https://www.facebook.com/cypruspawshomelessdogs/

This beautiful mixed breed takes a break from training basic dog obedience in Limassol to sniff Petspot's camera.

Overexcited dogs most likely lack stimulation or are just plain bored, and there are different ways of correcting this. First off, ask yourself what role you play in your dog’s behaviour? Dogs will sense their owners energy and reflect back. If you are full of energy, stressed, worried, sad, nervous or anxious you will see a changed behaviour in your dog. If you come home and the first thing you do is get your dog excited over the fact that you are home by greeting and cuddling them, they will learn that overexcitement is acceptable because they are being rewarded for it. Ignore them for just a few minutes until they settle down, then give all the love and affection you want. A dog doesn’t understand hello and good bye the same way humans do. They understand attention and no attention. Attention while presenting bad behaviour=reinforcement of that very behaviour. Also make sure that when you intentionally get your dog excited – follow through! Don’t wind them up and then call it quits when you’ve had enough. Follow through with the “play-time” until it is out of your dog’s system. Hyperactivity in dogs can come from psychological needs as easily as it can from physical needs. Take them out for a walk or give them a task to preform. Giving your dog a mission can change their state of mind completely. You will notice a sense of pride when you put a little backpack with your water bottle for your dog to carry. The hyperactive behaviour will redirect from being unfocused or easily disrtacted into getting this job done! Remember that even though you take your dog out for a walk to get rid of built-up energy it’s not an excuse to pull or walk uncontrolled. They will still get tired by walking nicely next to you.

German Shepherd Rescue Cyprus GSDRC Facebook page


This is from today’s session with Fiona at German Shepherd Rescue Cyprus – GSDRC
She is a highly trainable GSD looking for a home.
Kennel life can be boring and once outside she was all over the place but we quickly turned her excitement into focusing on simple everyday commands. She did such a good job today and we really hope she finds a good home soon.