BBC ALBA tries to transform petulant pooches into heavenly hounds

Donald MacSween and Border Collie, Bud.
Donald MacSween and Border Collie, Bud.

A dog is man’s best friend. So the saying goes, but whoever coined the phrase obviously hadn’t met Donald MacSween and his boisterous Border Collie, Bud.

TV presenter Donald along with Bud join ten other owners and their dogs for a new series on BBC ALBA, all with one thing in common – the ambition to have a well-trained dog.

Throughout the series, ‘Sgoil nan Cuileanan’: ‘Where Obedient Dogs Rule’, Donald follows the progress over eight training classes where both owners and their dogs have a number of commands to learn in order to achieve their goal - starting with the basics including sit, down and stand, right through to agility work including hurdles, see-saw and weave poles.

To help them on their way they have their very own dog trainer and self-confessed dog addict, Christina MacAulay from Uist, who firmly believes that dogs are better than humans...“they are, aren’t they?!” Christina and her trusty Labrador, Wallace, show how, step by step, the very best in our four-legged friends can be brought out.

Julie MacDonald, who runs her own dog training school and is a qualified dog behaviourist, is the Puppy School’s resident dog expert and is also on hand to offer help and advice.

Each programme in the series sees Julie visit a different dog and their owner to help solve their doggie dilemmas. Known for her ‘no messing’ attitude, Julie is here to help transform petulant pooches into heavenly hounds.

In the first episode of the series, we meet all ten dogs and their owners and discover why they’ve signed up to Sgoil nan Cuileanan. Julie visits class members Ann-Marie McGregor, from Muir of Ord, and her dog Breagha, an Irish Wheaten Terrier, to give them some helpful advice on toilet training.

‘Sgoil nan Cuileanan’: ‘Where Obedient Dogs Rule’ was produced by Charlene MacLeod and Terry Wolsey of Eyeline Media and directed by Michael Hines. The series starts on BBC ALBA on Monday 1st April at 8.30pm and each consecutive Monday thereafter.