When I adopted my Pomeranian/Chihuahua, Winnie, in September 2016, she was a senior pup who had recently been given up for adoption. While very sweet and affectionate the overwhelming majority of the time, I started seeing another side of her within a month of bringing her home. Her attacks increased in frequency and intensity until I finally decided to seek help and contacted Mary on the recommendation of my vet. I am so incredibly happy that I did.
We only had one session in person, but the amount of insight she was able to give me into my girl was unbelievable. She stressed the importance of realistic goals and opened my eyes to the ways I had unknowingly been stressing Winnie. Her advice was very detailed, extensive, and actionable. Very importantly, she helped me to understand that while Winnie will never be a dog for whom the instinct to attack would never occur to her (as was the case with the only other three dogs I’ve lived with in my life), I have enormous control over making sure she doesn’t get to that point.
Mary has completely changed the way I interact with Winnie, and I cannot express just how precious that is. In addition, not only has the frequency of incidents decreased dramatically - and been predictable and avoidable at that - but I feel that Winnie's general level of irritability has lowered significantly, making her less likely to react in general.
I cannot recommend Mary highly enough, and having this secure, loving and trusting bond with my girl has made the session worth every penny.
-Brandy U. from Eldersburg, MD
Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Elite Fear Free Certified Professional
Montgomery County, MD
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