If he sees another dog he just wants to go and greet them, with no thought to me being dragged along behind him. If I stand my ground he stands up on his hind legs and howls!!! Not acceptable behaviour for a Hearing Dog! So his trainer, Elin, came for a home visit this week and brought a harness with her. So I got training in how to use it – very important I get it right because it will be part of his “uniform” once qualified. He’s just so sociable and loves dogs, children and anyone who’ll make a fuss of him.
We have just returned from a 4-week holiday for the 1st time ever! So Harley’s been on his holidays too. He went to a family living close to The Grange and they loved him. They didn’t want to give him back and encouraged us to go away again soon.
Harley also has a new little friend. A neighbour of ours was so impressed with him they decided to buy a cockapoo puppy so, as they don’t have a computer I passed them the details of one I saw on the internet. They went to see her and it was love at first sight. Her name is Amber but she looks more like a spaniel than a cockapoo at present. They walk together every morning but Harley is so big he tends to flatten poor little Amber. Just as well we’re having to keep them on leads at present as the meadows we usually walk them round are under water.
By Christine Ellis.....Harley's Socialiser.