Maggie spent her first 5 years as a “breeder”. A Rescue adopted her out to a couple who were wanting a pup to cuddle, rather than one to rehab. After 3-4 weeks in that home, she was released to my care for intensive rehabilitation.
She was placed on Clomicalm and Alprazalam to reduce her stress and facilitate training. This began on Oct. 10th. She began in a wire crate in a secluded part of the house and gradually moved to the main living area as she tolerated the activity level in the house. She has also been interacting with the other dogs outside and my demo dog, Gabby inside. Today, she consistently took treats from my hand. She approached me to take the treats and even copied Gabby responding to the “sit” cue. The crate door is now open to allow for greater exploration as remedial socialization continues. She is finally beginning to trust. Now the real work begins. ... See MoreSee Less
The best part of my job is the opportunity to help pets transition from bad situations to realize their full potential.
The first photo is Samantha when I first saw her on Facebook. Her owner had died and the family was looking to re-home her. The second photo was taken about 3 months later. (Photo courtesy of 22 Tzu Photography)
Recently, Samantha was adopted by a college friend & her husband, whose rescued pup I was training. As you can see, it was truly meant to be. ... See MoreSee Less