Meaghan & Missy
I wanted to let you know that yesterday was one of those days when reality really hit me regarding how far Missy has come since starting FC1. Through a combination of check-in, open bar, proper distancing and treats, Missy had zero reactions the entire 40-minute walk. This was an incredible feat for her, especially with so many loud noises and so much movement going on. Our walk ended with us passing a total of four dogs, all sitting next to their owners while they watched their kids play soccer. No barking, no lunging, no staring. All good focus on me!
Seeing her walk with confidence past other dogs and loud children has been extremely humbling for me. Before we began classes with you, there were days where I felt completely hopeless. I resented people who “lucked out” with dog-friendly dogs. But today, I have so much more confidence in Missy than I’ve ever had. Thanks to you, I know how to spot situations and figure out ways to cope with them properly before Missy goes over threshold. I also feel more empowered to handle Missy’s reactivity in a productive way.
Today, most people we encounter wouldn’t even know that Missy is reactive. That’s all thanks to the skills I’ve learned in your classes. I no longer feel ashamed or embarrassed to have a dog that struggles with certain triggers and situations. Missy is much happier and more confident too, which was my main goal in starting training.
Jess, I’d like to send a BIG thank you to you in helping Missy be the best dog she can be. I never realized her true potential until it came out through training.