“This sharing with the dog was magical. It resonated deep within me.”
As a young adult, he has other (pre) occupations, enters the army, leaves, works for a training center. He has flair. He feels that the security dog has the wind in its sails. He obtains his dog training capacity certificate with bite, intervenes in Saint-Gervais-d’Auvergne (Puy-de-Dôme), authorized center, is regularly called upon, becomes a decoy with his Bibendum costume to train the dogs.
“All of this was very precise and very stereotyped”, sighs Frantz Thielen, who wanted to be able to see beyond “he wags his tail, he is happy, he growls, he is mean”. He then changed his life, private and professional, created his training company in first aid and fire.
Other facets of the dog
In the early 2000s, he had a decisive encounter with his mentor, who introduced him to other facets of the animal with the sheepdog. He follows and then leads courses. It is an intimate upheaval. “This sharing with the dog was magical. It resonated deep inside me, it boiled in my guts. It’s hard to explain because it’s a paranormal relationship. »
His childhood resurfaces. “It’s not the same mode of communication, the same culture or logic. But when you get to such a symbiosis, it’s like the clownfish and its anemone. He knows, with hindsight, that he was not ready in 2005 when he welcomed Åsse, who has since joined a group of shepherds.
He doesn’t make the same mistakes with Nills. In 2011, he decided this time to live the relationship “to the full”. “It was life with a capital V. I raised him like a child, with a framework, prohibitions and above all, time and freedom to express himself”, explains this father of twins.
“He was a life companion. I wasn’t his master but his guide in a world that wasn’t his at first, but to which he was able to adapt with incredible ease. He shared my sorrows, my fears and my joys. We had a close relationship. He has “pocket-filled anecdotes” like that of Nills stopping to let an old lady out of a store.
The notion of education came later. A bit by chance. On the terrace of a café, in the street, witnesses of this strong complicity come to solicit him. “They were breathless,” describes the behaviorist. “They wanted to achieve the same thing with their dog. He said no for a long time. “I didn’t have the words. I knew how to feel, not explain. “Until the day he is touched by the story of a young woman and her border collie, left by her ex. “While I didn’t know how to put a price, say how long it would take, that I didn’t have a business card, I was his only hope. »
“It was my dog who acted as an intermediary, who interfered to enter into communication with the other dog to gain his trust”
“I asked Nills if he agreed and it started like that,” explains Frantz Thielen. “I have them harnessed. They were side by side. » Connected by a kind of umbilical cord of 30 centimeters. “The principle is simple. It was my dog who served as an intermediary, who interfered to enter into communication with the other dog to gain his trust. It was Nills who brought the other to heel and led his student. The young woman and her border collie are now in osmosis and even do rhythmic obé!
Hundreds of owners
“We just put him on the right track,” summarizes Frantz Thielen. “I thought maybe there was a niche. Finally, I had my living business card. He has helped hundreds of owners since. Word of mouth worked, videos and advice posted on his Facebook page too.