On Sunday 7th of February 2021, Radio 2 Wales published an interview ‘ Rural Care & The Dog Handler’. LWDG Founder Jo Perrott was interviewed by BBC Presenter Caroline Evans on Country Focus. Caroline chatted with Jo Perrott about all things working dog!
We would like to thank Caroline and BBC Radio 2 Wales for chatting with us and helping us promote the amazing work of our community further.
The interview can be accessed here, and we have included a transcript of the interview below:
Back in 2015, a group of women got together to create an online community, offering friendship advice and encouragement to other female working dog owners. Today the lady’s working dog group has developed into a community of over three and a half thousand m women worldwide. But it hasn’t all been a walk in the park. It was founded by Jo Perrott from her home in Cwmdare in the Cannon Valley, and who as a new handler with her dog Grace was looking for help and support at a time in her life when she really needed it
Caroline Evans BBC Radio 2 Wales
And she is doing a good job just got a nose to the ground.
And then, I was told that I had grown back, and I just really took my anxiety to a different level because now I was having to deal with an illness that was in my head, and was a type of brain tumour I had meant that they don’t touch unless they need to slow growth when it’s benign. Thankfully, I was told I had the best brilliant tumour you could have. And I basically became almost housebound, I could put on a brave face and go out for a little while but then I would need to get home, I would sit in restaurants and my back to the wall alert noises would frighten me and go really really bad so my dad said you need to get out. So growing up, we’d always hunted on horseback at 18 when I went off to get a job and stuff I sort of come away from the horses, but he continued he broke his back twice. And so he was told he couldn’t do that anymore and that’s when he started working fine as if he couldn’t hunt on horseback he was going to hand another way. So, when I was this bad my dad decided the best thing to do was to get me back out into the outdoors into the fresh air, and he just took me out on Interstate and he gave me this one and said get on with air just enjoy yourself and just have fun and I absolutely loved it I think on that day I walked 11 kilometres. I just enjoy being outdoors and the more I walked the more physical exercise I had the more My mind was wrapped up in making sure she was doing a job, more, I could forget about what I was suffering with.
So when I went out on the shoot that my dad took me in I knew no one at first, there was another lady Fiona who was l really absolutely lovely to me, but it was mostly men, and I found over the years and the majority of men are absolutely wonderful and behaved very well in front of me and then as in every walk of life you had a minority who make you feel like you shouldn’t be there but it was a man’s sport.
If somebody’s got a dog like grace in the house and they don’t keep them mentally stimulated. They’ll normally find challenges with them. If they’re not taught properly they will self hunt they will self-reward. And that’s when you get dogs that won’t come back, they will chase sheep they will do all these behaviours that we don’t want to see. So it’s really, really important if you have working dogs that you teach them working commands into dogs tend to narrow working them out in the field so that you can control them and you can have the best out of them. And now they can get the best out of you.
So are all the women that you support them online. How does it actually work?
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