Cleo, my husky, and I have been attending Unleashed Potential since April, 2010. Cleo was 5-years-old at the time and was becoming increasingly aggressive towards other dogs, was not recalling very well when off leash, and was food-aggressive with other animals (both cats and dogs). Although she was never aggressive towards our children, I was fearful that an incident may occur and wanted some concrete training to correct her existing problematic behaviour and prevent future aggressive incidents.
I was satisfied after my initial consultation at Duke’s straightforward and common-sense approach to dog behaviour. His experience and knowledge immediately came through as we discussed a plan and what was expected of myself as her owner. As a mother of 2 young children aged 5-months and 3 1/2-years, and completing a MSc at the same time, my time was limited, but I could do a lot of mini-training sessions at home in my “spare-time”. I could also attend the Stratford obedience group every other week to reinforce our training sessions at home.
She responded well and adhered to commands. With time she got better, and we did drills with food and other animals to modify her behaviour and reduce aggression.
Although we have advanced a great deal, there is always more to learn. I enjoy the group sessions as I continue to learn ways to improve her behaviour and train myself to train her. There are ample opportunities to ask questions specific to Cleo, and they are answered or addressed in classes or sooner in an e-mail or phone call.
I am thrilled with what I’ve been able to do with Cleo. She now enjoys regular walks, often off-leash as I have confidence she will come back. I know Duke’s classes have also fostered a better bond between Cleo and I. I fear that if I had not gotten assistance soon, Cleo may have had to been euthanized as her aggression may have escalated. I am fortunate that I was able to prevent that possibility, and enjoy a great relationship in the process.
There is no deadline and perfection is not the goal. This is a life-long process for dog and owner that focuses on on-going maintenance. I truly look forward to each group-session and walk with Cleo.
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