We adopted Remy from a shelter after she’d been there for four months and all her puppies were adopted. We knew she was a little shy but didn’t realize the true extent until we had her home for a few weeks. Remy was terrified of the outside world – walking her consisted of her darting around nervously yanking on the leash to steer clear of other people, and flinching every time there was a loud noise. She became so fearful of the outside world she would hide and tremble whenever we brought out her leash.
With Mary’s help and a lot of hard work, Remy BEGS to go out and whines eagerly with her tail wagging in excitement whenever we ask her to go on a walk. She can now handle visitors in our home and will approach them curiously for treats and sniffs instead of hiding in the corner.
With consistency, Mary’s recommendations really worked for Remy. The best and most rewarding part has been seeing Remy trust us more. She is more cuddly and sweet than ever before, all because she knows she can trust us to keep her safe and not push her beyond her boundaries. She still has a ways to go, but it’s been amazing to see her confidence grow and we are so grateful to Mary for all her amazing guidance and advice!
Meagan T. from Washington, DC
A year later and your advice and guidance has made such a huge difference in her. Remy used to be terrified of my Dad and would cower in the corner when he visited and would refuse to eat. This time when he visited she kept running up to him for pets and attention and even rolled over to get tummy rub. It’s almost like she’s a different dog! It can be so hard in the moment to keep up with the training but it’s amazing to look back and see how far she’s come in a relatively short time. Just wanted to let you know she’s doing awesome and continuing to make great progress.
I wanted to let you know we’ve seen even more progress with Remy when it comes to her fears of strangers and walking outside. We took her to a moderately crowded trail this morning for a walk and her body language was super confident and happy, she couldn’t be more excited to be outside. She ran up to all the other dogs we passed to greet them and was also running up to their owners to sniff their hands and beg for treats. When larger groups of people walked by I was able to get her to focus on me and sit for a treat. Normally groups of people walking and talking would freak her out, this time she focused on me as they walked by and didn’t seem to care at all that they were there. It’s incredible how much she’s changed. Thanks again for all your help and guidance, we are so thrilled with her progress!
Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Elite Fear Free Certified Professional
Montgomery County, MD
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