Meet Mak. Wakulla Animal Services called me because Mak's adopters were considering returning Mak to the shelter. Mak was having separation anxiety. He would bark, whine and destroy his crate and objects in his crate. Mak's adopters felt that Mak needed a family that had someone home during the day. Even though it would break their heart to return him, they wanted him to have a happy life.
After working with Mak's adopters, I'm happy to say that Mak will not be going back to the shelter! Here is the latest update from Mak's adopters:
"Doing good! I think he's enjoying the quarantine haha. When gab and I were both working and gone all day he was still doing so well staying out in the living room all day. Not tearing anything up at all and generally calm when we'd leave and get back.
You're guidance was a huge help and we still use quite a few of the things you showed us everyday! Seriously, thanks a million."
Yay, Mak!!! I greatly appreciate the work the adopters put in, and their desire to give Mak a happy life. ... See MoreSee Less
This was a complement I recently received from a stranger that I crossed paths with on a hike with my dogs. That's the highest level of complement that I can receive. One of my dogs is highly fearful and was dog aggressive. My other dog was dog reactive. Now, you can see why that is a high level complement. The goal of Dog Psychology is to create calm and balance for dogs. That's why I train all my clients' and their dogs using Dog Psychology.
This video was filmed today at Cascades Park. There is loud construction going on across from where we are sitting. Can you guess who is the fearful dog?
I hope this encourages you to bring fulfillment and balance to your dog's life. 🐶❤ ... See MoreSee Less
Dogs need challenges and mental stimulation. The LickiMat provides both. Here is a video of my dogs' experience with the LickiMat. **Spoiler Alert** They loved it! Keep your dogs happy! ... See MoreSee Less
It is fun to take your dog out to eat with you. Don't think you can? All it takes is some work. My Jack Russell was dog reactive and my Pitbull has extreme anxiety. They can go lots of places now. The work you put in will reap you and your dogs lots of rewards!! And doughnuts!😊
Meet Lola! Lola's human contacted me because Lola would bark, lunge, and has bitten people when out on a walk. Many dogs with these issues become isolated and don't get their much need walk. Luckily, Lola's human did not want that kind of life for Lola. They have both worked hard and it is paying off. Here are a couple of the many shining moments Lola had today on our walk. Lola was walking past people without incident. Let's hear it for Lola and her human!! 🙌 ... See MoreSee Less
I have been working with a dog named Bronson at Wakulla Animal services. I wanted to create this video for two reasons. First I wanted to show Bronson's potential and advocate for him. Second, I wanted to help people to see that pity and sorrow is not what fearful dogs need. I was able to help Bronson in 4 visits. I never used treats. I earned his trust by showing him that I understood him. He is still a very fearful dog and will always be a fearful dog. But, that doesn't mean he can't learn to trust and love his people. It also doesn't mean that he won't have a fulfilling life with lots of adventures. It just means that he needs patience, time and understanding. Please advocate for fearful dogs, don't pity them. Also, please feel free to share and help Bronson get adopted!!!
Heading home after volunteering for Training Cesar's Way Fundamentals 2 course at The Dog Psychology Center. It is such a magical place to visit. I always leave feeling calm and loved. Most importantly, I leave wanting to help more dogs have balanced and fulfilled lives. ... See MoreSee Less
I had an amazing time learning from Linn Boyke a couple weeks ago. He flew to Tallahassee and spent five days teaching me more about Dog Psychology. Linn worked with Cesar Millan before Cesar had his TV show. Once Cesar started "The Dog Whisperer", all Cesar's clients went to Linn. Linn has 20+ years experience in Dog Psychology and started The School of Dog Psychology. He has adapted his own style and techniques, and I was honored to learn from one of the best in the field. You can learn more about Linn Boyke on Facebook. In addition, he has many great videos on YouTube. ... See MoreSee Less
We had a great puppy social last Saturday. Here is 12 week old Kelsey exploring new sights, sounds and smells. She seems very comfortable and curious. That is exactly what we hope to see with puppies. Her humans are making sure that Kelsey has lots socialization during her peak socialization period before it expires between 13-16 weeks. ... See MoreSee Less
Last weekend's puppy social was held at Bass Pro Shop. Dolce and Auggie were learning to be calm in a busy environment. We are helping them to relax with a soothing massage. Who wants a dog that is calm in public places? Everyone!!! Great work Dolce and Auggie!❤ ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Auggie. Auggie's human called me saying that I was her last hope. Auggie was suffering from a severe case of thunder phobia. One time his human came home during a thunderstorm to find Auggie inside the washing machine! He was also damaging the house, hurting himself, breaking out of crates and deficating while inside the crate. It was very traumatic for both Auggie and his owner. Auggie, his human and I put in a lot of hard work. Together, we succeeded in overcoming Auggie's thunder phobia. His human reports that Auggie has done well the last two times that it has rained. Yay, Auggie!! ... See MoreSee Less
We had a wonderful time at the Leon County Human Society's Caturday Night Fever event. The best part being that all the funds raised will go to help more homeless animals. Way to go LCHS!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Puppy social! Dolce and Auggie are practicing being clam when people, children and bikes go by. That's not easy for many adult dogs, but they did fantastic!! Did mention that Auggie is only 16 weeks old? Notice that both dogs are using their noses to investigate what is passing by. This is exactly how they should be responding. Dogs gather 60% of their information through their nose. In addition to practicing good behaviors, they are getting exposed to new sights and sounds, which is so important for puppies. This helps them to grow up to be more confident. Thanks to their humans' commitment, Dolce and Auggie are on their way to becoming balanced, happy and fulfilled dogs. ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Skylar. I recently received an update on her progress. This update touched me, because it shows the love and devotion of Skylar's humans. Skylar was a very nervous dog that would act in an aggressive way to get people away from her. She even bit someone. While this got her humans very upset and concerned, they never gave up on her. Skylar had their complete support. The road to helping dogs become calm and balanced is not always an easy one, as this update points out. But, it can be very rewarding watching your dog grow and blossom. ❤
"We’ve got a long way to go before we find her chanting Om in a lotus pose, but Skylar has made great progress in her journey to calm. She reliably and docilely sits both waiting for and riding in the elevator. When surprised by strangers there or elsewhere, she’ll may give a short couple of barks, but nothing like the lengthy barking and lunging tirades she engaged in before. When we go into the back yard in Tallahassee, she doesn’t pace on alert the whole time; increasingly she stretches then lies down in the grass closing her eyes against the afternoon sun and breathing in the world. During the last four weeks - due to Hurricane Dorian among other things - Skylar has had to deal with more than a dozen houseguests and visitors. It was unavoidable chaos at times, but Skylar, having been given the chance to meet the interlopers on her own terms, accepted them far sooner than we expected, presenting them toys to play with and resting her head on their knees with a soulful, ‘pet me’ gaze that melted everyone in the room. We’re still finding our way, but you have been a real savior. Thanks for your help!" ... See MoreSee Less