Havi has a pup friend that has been in training with Shelby since he was a small little pup. Although we portray Havi as the perfect pup, she is far from it. We never truly trained her. She was good at being "our pup" (rarely destructive or anxious, a good cuddlebug, and good on the leash). But Havi has some serious leash aggression issues, as members of her pack walk can attest to!
We invited Shelby over for a two hour introductory lesson, where Havi proceeded to jump on her the second she walked in the door....
I am not going to bore you with all the details, or let out all of Shelby's secrets, but Havi and the Grad Students learned a lot! Havi reinforced her sit and down, she learned look, touch, she taught us how to properly feed and treat Havi, and then we went on a walk to work on Havi's aggression! We were left with handouts, homework, and a tired pup! We even passed some pups on our late night walk and Havi concentrated on her looks and touches instead of being aggressive towards the pooches. Havi loved every second, and Dental Student and I found ourselves working on our own tricks all night.
The best tip Shelby gave us, is that just because Havi should be an ambassadog for her breed, that is a lot of pressure to put on Havi and us! She noted that she brings her own pup with issues to her training classes, and the most important thing she hopes to teach everyone is that every pup is always learning!
Contact Information: Shelby Semel, ABCDT, Positive Dog Training/Behavior Modification
Disclaimer: We received this introductory training class free of charge. We chose to review the product because we were so satisfied with our training session. Dental Student (who was never a big fan of trainers) suggested we use her to "brush up" once a month...
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