Congratulations to Eevee! She is our most improved dog for Jan-Feb 2022.
Eevee was a rescue and terrified of everyone, even her own family when she first arrived. She and her humans worked with Miss Marie and Sue at home, and then Eevee joined Canine Good Manners Class. Her first class was spent hiding behind dad and pulling away from the other dogs during recess.
By the end of 4 weeks, she was actively playing with the other dogs, happy to see everyone in class, and respecting and responding to her human mom.
She is continuing her studies to become a therapy dog.
Cooper is our Most Improved Dog of May, 2022.
Cooper is a 4-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. He has always been very fearful and biting at individuals who he felt threatened by. He gave little to no warning before biting and his biting became worse over time. Several other trainers, over 3 years, have attempted to help Cooper. He was successfully muzzle trained; but was unable to safely interact with people without his muzzle.
A veterinary behaviorist prescribed a drug regiment, which decreased his ability to control his reactions. Marie and Sue began working with Cooper in February 2022. In the past 3 months, he has been able to stop all but one behavior drug. He is now growling and hesitating before attempting to bite. He is now able to wear only his head collar, without a muzzle, for training sessions. He has been learning to trust our staff and is working up to letting extended family members pet him.
We will continue to work with him and his “mom” to help him become more relaxed and trusting of people.