We rescued Oakley from a shelter when he was just a puppy. He is super loving, gives kisses and cuddles all day long. Oakley started going to daycare every day right off the bat and we never had any problems with him and other dogs. We thought he was the perfect dog. However, right before he turned 2 years old, we started noticing some behaviors we had never seen from him before. He would be very leery when people came to our house and he would growl or bark at children. We started to get very nervous because the behaviors seemed unpredictable, but we knew that he wasn’t a bad or mean dog.
These behaviors escalated and he would back up, put his tail between his legs and eventually growl, bark or lunge. We then tried to seek out trainers to help Oakley with the behaviors. We thought that Oakley was not socialized enough with children when he was a puppy and that exposure is what he needed to “get over his fears”. That is until we met Kari. Kari helped us understand the reasoning behind the behaviors Oakley was going through and that they actually were predictable if we looked for the right signs and signals he was giving us. We now understand these behaviors stem from fear and anxiety. He was so adrenalized and stressed that he could not see or listen to us when he was in the presence of his triggers, making it impossible to train him in that environment.
We noticed an improvement from Oakley right away after our first session. We were working to build his confidence and to focus on his training before we ever introduced his triggers. We learned so much about Oakley’s behaviors and how to desensitize him in a way that his stress is reduced in certain situations. We can’t thank Kari enough for giving us the tools and understanding we need to help Oakley thrive in any environment or situation.
Sarah H. Denver, Co.