Near Fougères: the dog Nova only eats when she receives the order!

On the left René Janvier and on the right the president of the dog club of Gosné Bruno Morin, alongside Nova, 5 years old, the mascot of the club. ©The Republican Chronicle

HAS Saint-Georges-de-Reintembault, René Janvier, 66, is a dog lover. A hunter for 43 years, he owned seven beagles but two years ago he decided to stop hunting and entrusted his dogs to other hunters.

When he retired six years ago, he bought himself a golden retriever, the breed of dog he had always dreamed of owning.

Nova, a five-year-old female, arrived home a few weeks old. A puppy should not leave its mother for two or even three months.

Before having Nova, René had gone to see the Club cynophile de Gosne, created 18 years ago, to find out how it was. The club, which offers education, cani-cross and agility, has 70 members and more than 600 dogs have been educated there.

Education of the dog… and his master

At six months, René decided to take Nova to the club once a week to begin his education.

The president of the club who has 35 years of experience explains that at 70% it is not the dog that is educated, but the master!

In the education of a dog, you should know that the master must have three intonations of voice: normal, severe and a intonation of compliment. The club and the master must teach the dog the right behaviors to adopt for a good integration in the family or outside. You must always use the same words, the dog on the leash must always be on your left. Many orders are made simply by gestures: sitting, lying down…

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When Nova was eight months old, René, discouraged, wanted to give up, she did not listen to her master’s instructions, but the educators encouraged her to continue, and to persist.

The whole team presents Wednesday, May 18 at the club for the education of their dog
Dog owners present Wednesday, May 18 at the club for the canine education session. ©The Republican Chronicle

Demonstrations on June 25

Today, Nova is five years old and she listens to her master. René Janvier still takes his dog to the club once a week. One day, he gave the bowl to Nova and took the opportunity to get his mail. When he came back, Nova was sitting in front of her bowl and hadn’t touched it, because René had forgotten to give her the order to eat. Nova is a magnificent dog, very obedient and surrounded with love by René and his wife Chantal.

René Janvier and his club Cynophile de Gosné will be present at the St-Georges-de-France festival on Saturday June 25 from 10 a.m. all day and will give educational demonstrations.

Classes are held Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m.

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