Zak’s Story E-mail

Zak, the Border Collie, Calm and RelaxedZak was adopted from a border collie rescue centre at 6 months old having been found on the streets of Ireland.

No one knew anything about him except he was happier if he was with other dogs.

  • He was terrified of the lead and took up a “commando” position. Now he can’t wait to go for a walk or jump into the car.
  • He chased traffic on or off lead – he soon learned by a few corrections that there was no need for this and within two weeks had stopped.
  • He chased and snapped at cyclists and runners, charged at people in the park or on a walk, barking and nipping at their heels. By showing him leadership and introducing him to my rules and boundaries this eventually dissipated.
  • He has a very sensitive digestive system – I tried a number of different foods and eventually found the one that suited him and he has never had any more trouble.
  • Zak, like Megan had no idea how to play with a toy – he has since won rosettes in agility and flyball and achieved his bronze Good Citizen award – what a turnaround!
  • He was terrified of brooms and large sticks and would sprint across the room to get away from them – we worked with him daily using clicker and treats and he now stays quite still while I clear up around him.
  • Zak hated being brushed or having his tail touched. He gradually became accustomed to having his thick bushy tail brushed but  it took much time and patience.
  • He could not be approached or touched by members of the family or any visitors, other than me – he would lunge and snap his teeth. He eventually became a friendly, happy, sociable and contented animal. He helped me with by classes as my demo dog and helped to teach the puppies their manners.
  • He was extremely aggressive at the vet and would only allow a female vet to get near him. I can now trust him 100% at the vet and he is happy to have anyone examine him and simply snoozes in the waiting room until we are called.

Zak in the gardenZak has experienced a number of Reiki healing treatments and it was quite noticeable how he began to calm down after the first three sessions. He has a treatment now and again, especially if he is showing lameness or has a minor injury.

I had no knowledge of his past experiences but had no intention of dwelling on this. All I wanted was to focus on the future. Zak made incredible progress. He lived life to the full and the whole family continued to show him leadership and consideration of his issues. 


Sadly passed away on Christmas eve 2017. He was my best friend, guide and I loved and miss him so much. He was a living testimony to the fact that with patience, kindness and calm assertive leadership is so important to show any dog how to live in harmony with us. Rest in peace dear Zakkie.