Philip rescued Willie from as an older dog who had never been exposed to the world.Our first lesson was in a empty park and poor Willie had trouble with the odd person at over 100 feet away. She wanted to bolt and run.She was also distant and detached from Philip which isn’t uncommon in dogs who didn’t bond to a human early in their lives.
Right from our first lesson Philip noticed how well Willie took to training and her focus and connection to Philip started to emerge very quickly.
By lesson three she became accustomed to riding in the car and we had to work with her around a huge school day in a park in the west island - hundreds of kids running around and yelling and loud music - all the things to stress poor WIllie out - yet she did great.By lesson 5 she was working alongside all the people coming in and out of Fairview mall as well as the trucks and buses passing through the parking lot.
There was a crowd of people getting off of a bus at the mall and everyone wants to pet Willie. Many of the people from the bus were in wheelchairs which can be stressful even for a confident dogs without the issues that Willie has.This was a great opportunity to see how far Willie has come.In the past she would have tried to climb on top of Philip or run away - but she sat there and accepted the petting and even leaned into the people’s hands - showing comfort and trust.
UPDATE: Kaylee was rehabilitated through Family K9's methods and Sheree and Anthony's efforts and not only goes to the dog park - but was brought in to a local doggie daycare facility - where the trainer there evaluated her dog and told Sheree that she was "very sweet and did not need any training". Sheree grinned and took that as a compliment - of course this trainer didn't know the "old" Kaylee:-)
Anyone reading this who has rescued a dog knows that the dogs can come with their own individual quirks and challenges.Kaylee is a dog who lived on her own in the country and had to fend for herself until Sheree and Anthony rescued her. Kaylee had MAJOR dog aggression problems and had tried training @ another school with no success prior to finding Nick. The trainer they worked with told them that there was nothing to do about it and to avoid otherdogs and squirrels and all animals because it could not be fixed.
This video has a playful tone.And why shouldn’t it?
Two of these four dogs had aggression problems with other dogs prior to coming to NIck for training. One of which whose owners had worked for quite some time with another school to no avail.