Cassie contacted At Your Service for help with her puppy, Bodhi, a future service-dog-in-training.
Sharon, your visit really opened my eyes big time! I am really thankful for your visit. So, even taking a small few steps in a day has changed my relationship with Bodhi a ton. Outside he did well with prevention. In the morning, I use a comand “sit, down” and, he doesn’t get attention unless he is down, and calm. I have my clicker ready and, treats. So, I am working on controling the jumping that caused the port to dislodge. Bodhi needs to go out BEFORE I even infuse. Today, his crate was dry all day and, that was great! He is really doing much better because I feel more in control and, more capable with the skills to stay on top of things. I had no idea how much work this would be but, I realize, I must keep Bodhi busy and, use prevention with positive reinforcement in order for him to be happy and, healthy emotionally. The same goes for Taboo and,Casey. And..me. This kind of training is non-agressive and, is perfect for my dog. With Lyme people constantly judge me. One moment I can walk, the next I am falling that is judged. So, I started to lose confidence in US. I am so thankful that you helped us, I will be in touch. And, I feel a lot better about my ability to care for Bodhi. I can do a good job. I did not have the tools when you arrived however, I feel I am now on the right track with him and our pack. People are complicated. Dogs are not. It is hard to learn how to be uncomplicated and more like Bodhi. I think I can though.
You helped us a lot. You know a ton about dog behavior and, service dog training. I did not know what I would learn or, what you had to offer as advice. I used to work with dogs for a living and have thought I had “seen it all” and, have seen other forms of training too. I was surprised that their was so much information I learned about dog behavior I have been now able to add to my knowledge. But more importantly, you were kind to us, explained things to me in a way I could understand, did not judge me despite that having occured in many other places in my life. It is hard having a “stranger” over (any new person), but, when you arrived, it was like mary poppins for dogs and, although my day was rough, it was a good feeling that I was doing right by Bodhi and, I did not feel my ussual nervousness as your form of training brings positivity into the home, and the “energy” feels different. I began to feel empowered and, Bodhi is happy. You really know your stuff. Anyone anxious about inviting a trainer to their home could know, with you if they feel that way, they need you to come visit. Thank-you Sharon. Sincerely, Cassie, Bodhi, Casey,Taboo