"My hope in writing this review is that if you have a leash reactive dog, I want to encourage you and let you know that there is hope!"
I rescued a 7 pound Chihuahua/Terrier mix, Henry. He LOVES people and LOVES playing with other dogs. Everything was great right off the bat with one noticeable exception. When I would walk Henry on his leash, he would become extremely aggressive each time he saw another dog. He would lunge at other dogs or bark hysterically. The dog could be 2 feet away or 2 blocks. I found Stephanie through Animal Justice League (rescue group where I found Henry), and I decided to give her a call. After meeting with Stephanie, she let me know that I was not alone, and that many other dogs react aggressively when on a leash when encountering people, dogs, bicycles etc… Stephanie helped me to understand that his reaction is because he is uncomfortable or upset, and that through a science based approach in training that we could help to minimize his reactivity when on our walks, and that they can be fun and not have to be a frustrating event each and every time.
My hope in writing this review is that if you have a leash reactive dog, I want to encourage you and let you know that there is hope! With Stephanie’s help, I have a structured plan in place to help Henry move towards a place where he is learning that walking on a leash can be ok. It is a lot of hard work for Henry, and it is also a lot of hard work for me. Sure, it is extremely frustrating at times. Sure, I want to throw in the towel sometimes. Stephanie has worked with me just as much, if not more, than Henry so that we can set Henry up for success. I can’t even describe the joy that I get to share with Henry when we make small strides of progress. Henry and I’s bond is growing. His anxiety is lessening. He is starting to truly enjoy going outside and do his trot of confidence for the world to see. The times where I wanted to give up, Stephanie encouraged me not to, and to trust the process.
I simply cannot say enough about my experience with Stephanie. Henry and I would not be where we are today without her. Today I get to go on long walks with Henry, and we both get to enjoy it!