Testimonial 14 - Stanley
We have a 15 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Stanley, and have had him since he was a puppy. We have had Rhodesian’s previously so we knew he would be a high energy strong willed project. We have spend countless hours working with Stanley and generally he is obedient and great to be around, especially for a 15 month old. The breeder did some things correctly and some other things well intended, but not necessarily in his best interest, causing some insecurities that we were at a roadblock to fix. We knew we needed a professional who would understand the big picture.
We could not have picked a better professional than Mary! She spent extra time with us on the first session working so we really understood what makes him anxious, what makes him calm and why. She really brought out all the stops with equipment to try, treat balls, exercise pens to allow Stanley to work through his anxieties and be confident on everything he does.
Stanley had us confused because most of the time he is extremely confident, as a typical Rhodesian, but Mary really understood that he becomes fearful and anxious in some situations. She worked with us to build his confidence by allowing him to focus on us and take the attention off everything else. I can not say enough positive things about working with Mary. She definitely has many tools in her back pocket and a wonderful understanding of dogs as individuals and their own positive and negative ways of doing things.
Stanley is like a different dog now that we understand him better. I wish Mary worked closer because we will definitely be visiting again for more training techniques.
Michele G. from Warrenton, VA