Our First Dog

  Georgia, Pit Bull Mix, Bridgewater, MA Georgia’s owner contacted me because she was the first dog the family had ever had and wanted to make sure they started out on the right foot. Georgia is a rescue dog from Georgia who was facing her final days if a home or rescue could not be found.  Luckily she was saved and found herself heading north to her forever home. Her only problems seemed to be approaching other dogs while barking and pulling on the leash.  Once she would reach the other dog, her tail would start wagging and a new friend was made. So we worked on basic obedience along with getting her out on a regular basis for socialization. I’m happy to report that she is extremely smart in obedience and seemed to take training in stride, which made the whole experience easier than expected for her family. To date, her only real problem now is that she’s not thrilled with winter!  I can truly relate. You all did such a great job and your lives will never be the same now that you share it with a dog. Best wishes my sweet southern bell.      ...
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Non- Social Barking Dog

Kona, German Shepherd Mix, East Bridgewater, MA Kona’s owners contacted me because they wanted more for their dog. They wanted to be able to take her for walks, car rides and outings other than their own neighborhood.  They wanted to be able to enjoy her company. In the beginning, just being in the front yard was too much for Kona to handle.  She would bark at anything and everything, whether it was something she saw or heard.  She was never at ease to just go for a nice walk or simply be outside having fun. So we started working on behavior modification techniques and obedience training. The big goal was to be able to take Kona away on vacation to Cape Cod with the family instead of boarding her for a change. I’m happy to report that not only was the Cape a success but also the various trips since then. This family did a fantastic job and I couldn’t be prouder of them and Kona and the strides that have been made in such a short time. Nicely done!...
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A New Family Member

Ana, Chorkie, Carver, MA   Ana’s family reached out to me because they wanted to do it right from the beginning. Unfortunately Ana was an orphaned pup and didn’t get the benefit of being taught the basics that all moms teach. We worked on housebreaking and basic manners. I’m happy to report her family just adores her and are grateful they were able to teach her what they hadn’t with their previous dogs. Disney’s Ana has nothing on you, little sweetie. Good work.          ...
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Double Trouble

Cudda & Theo, Chihuahua Mixes, Halifax, MA Cudda and Theo’s owners contacted me because they adopted two rescues within a few weeks of each other and behaviors were starting to reveal themselves. Cudda still had housebreaking issues at the age of 6 (which is most likely why he was found as a stray).   Getting his owners to realize a crate was their allie took a little persuading, but once they started to see results, the guilt they originally felt seemed to fade quickly.  Establishing a housebreaking plan was also put in place. Theo was just a happy go lucky kind of guy who didn’t see why chewing everything was such a big problem. Redirecting these dogs was the easy part.  Doing it while chasing after two toddlers was the balancing act.  But when getting things under control is your priority, it didn’t surprise me that this family got it done. Cudda and Theo are doing great and are happy they didn’t receive their eviction notices in the...
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Eva, a Shar Pei/Terrier Mix, Halifax, MA Eva’s owners contact me because they are both avid hikers and wanted to be able to bring Eva with them with the confidence of knowing they could control their dog and be able to enjoy the outdoors together. Since they were also first time dog owners, they wanted to make sure they were doing the right things the first time around. I’m happy to report that everyone is doing just fine....
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No Chasing the Horses

Niro, A German Shepherd Dog, Plympton, MA Niro’s  owners reached out for help because they didn’t want him to be out of control with their horses like his predecessor.   So once Niro started demonstrating unsolicited herding skills, they knew they needed help. Getting kicked by a horse was no laughing matter, especially for Niro. We got to work right away on obedience training along with incorporating a protocol to teach self control while being in the presence of the horses. I am over the moon with the success this family has had teaching this handsome boy that there is enough space for all the family members and what mom says, goes! So proud of you handsome. I had all the faith in...
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