By Alex Matthews
This lurcher is the most disruptive kid in the class.
As three-year-old Benji practices a two-minute sit in the grass, pal Frank does everything he can to put him off.
But despite 12-month-old Frank’s best efforts Benji, a springer spaniel staffie cross, keeps his discipline and stays calm.
‘Goofball’ Frank tries every trick in the naughty schoolboy’s book to put book.
He puts his paw on Benji’s shoulder, stands right in front of him, wags his tail in his face, and even charges right up to him in a desperate attempt to get him to play.
The video was shot by Southend Dog Training owner Adam Spivey, who has worked with 1300 dogs over five years.
According to Adam, Benji was previously very nervous around other dogs after being attacked, so his discipline was even more admirable.
He said: “Benji belongs to a client who called me after her dog was failed by another local dog training company.
“He has a friendly personality around people and Frank is just a goofball. Benji was very dog reactive when I met him after another dog trainer let their dogs attack him during a training class.
“Accidentally or not he should never have been in that environment as he was just not ready for it.
“Since working with him he can be around other dogs and is a lot more confident than he used to be.
“The process of teaching ‘sit means sit’ is simple. Ask the dog to sit, and if the dog moves pop them back into a sit. If the dog moves five times, you put them back five times.
“When you’re doing this you must remain patient and calm but consistent.
“When you are happy, release the dog and reward it. If you are consistent then it will be easy for the dog to grasp.
“Once the dog is fluent then you add in distractions slowly. If the dog struggles then reduce the distraction. Calm and consistent is the key.
“Since we uploaded the video we have had a great response, mostly from people finding Frank funny or simply amazed by how much impulse control Benji has.
“The most important thing to teach a dog is captured, not forced, eye contact. If you have the dog’s attention, everything else is easier.
“It is my favourite thing to teach, as there is nothing better than having a dog’s attention and being able to utilise that in any and all areas.
“The most important advice for clients however is to relax, be calm and consistent and don’t be afraid to take chances.”