I wanted to thank you so much for helping me these last 3 months overcome my fears and anxiety and making me a "good boy". My mom and dad are really happy that we all met and worked together. I was a really scared little 12 lb. terrier dog. I had a busy 2015 being adopted last February from a shelter, then I got really sick and had to have back surgery. The shelter people told my parents I needed dog training but I ended up in a crate trying to get well and couldn't run around for almost 2 months. Then Mom and Dad surprised me and we moved from Illinois to Pinehurst.
It was a confusing time for me. I started to get really scared of things around me...cars, people, big dogs, everything made me bark and I wasn't happy at all. Mom and Dad tried their hardest to help me but Mom was even scared to take me for a walk not knowing how I would act. Mom and Dad knew I needed help but didn't know where to turn.
Then a lady told Mom about you. You would come to my house almost every week and show Mom and Dad how to train me. At first I was scared of you and acted out but you had lots of treats and always praised me and made me feel happy when I did things the right way. We did fun things like "Touch" and "Watch Me" and you showed Mom how to decrease my barking and walk nice on a leash. You also taught us how to help with my fear of cars and other people. I sensed Mom was really scared and it made me feel scared too. When Mom felt better that she could handle me I started to feel better too! Now we take nice long walks together.
We just finished our lessons with you this week. I'm not the perfect dog but I'm a much better dog and I'm happy now! Mom and Dad still need to work on "counter conditioning" me. They understand this may time some time so my lessons continue every day and they're fun!
I wanted to write you this letter to say thank you for everything you've done for me. But most importantly I wanted to write this letter for you to share with other people who might decide to start training their dog and then just give up after a lesson or two saying it doesn't work or they're too busy to continue.
These Moms and Dads just don't understand how much they're hurting us by not giving us a chance to be better. We're not happy dogs. We just need the proper training and a chance to be good. It can happen....it will happen if they follow the training like we did. Please tell them not to give up on us.
I'm a better and happy dog because we've all met and worked together.
Parents: Cindy and Ken G.