Online & Skype Animal Behavior Clients
“I can’t believe it! I can’t thank you enough for all your help!…”
“Thanks for checking in! Obi has been doing really well. We have been able to completely stop the barking habit, and the pinning has largely stopped as well. It really didn’t take too long, maybe a week or so. Recently, he has even started to play again with some of the dogs that he was pinning.
We ran into one of them the other day, and Obi went right up to him doing the boxer wiggle and play bowing. The other dog was pretty confused given what happened in the past.
The only real issues that persist are an aversion to golden retrievers in general, and some of the leash aggression stuff towards dogs that bark at him when he is on leash. We are working on it!
We have been carrying treats to assist with training, and Obi has been fine even when other dogs beg. I can’t believe it! I can’t thank you enough for all your help! Thanks again and Happy New Year!”
~ Hanna Griffiths & Obi, Skype Client
In December 2012, I adopted two rescued Siberian Husky pups, Ari and Hina, found running in the desert west of Tucson. I brought them home in a large kennel, thinking “Oh, I’ve had dogs all my life and I’m good at this,” and realized right away I was in way over my head. At almost 5 months old, they were extremely skittish, hand-shy and literally terrified of me and everything around them. The first night it took me 3 hours to catch them and bring them indoors for the night.
Then I remembered Alana. I had magically run across her book at a New Zealand book shop on a trip in 2011. I contacted her and we set up a phone consultation and it was the BEST start I could have ever asked for. Alana’s advice on the use of food as positive reinforcement for basic eye contact and distance work was a pivotal tool and helped me set the right tone with Ari and Hina. She also instructed me on important signals I could give to the dogs through my body-language that would get them to trust me so they would allow me to approach them. I saw immediate changes in Ari and Hina after implementing Alana’s suggestions. Learning to understand what my dogs need (and not what I want them to do in any given situation) has been the most powerful education I have ever had in my life with dogs.
Because of Alana’s direct support and the knowledge she shared, Ari and Hina are now calm, happy, well-behaved, and well-adjusted dogs.
~ Susan Banes (OMDog), Tucson, AZ, Phone Client
“…the new litter box arrangement you recommended has been working great.”
I think I neglected to tell you… the new litter box arrangement you recommended has been working great. Mica covers his projects like a pro—no more pathetic scraping at plastic sides!
~ Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., author of Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals and The Exultant Ark, Phone Client
“Thanks for all your help!”
Charlie is doing great! Katie has baked him some carob treats and now some peanut butter treats—he loves both of those—the running and food treats are working really well. Now he isn’t growling or even lunging for other dogs — worst case he tries to turn and look at the dogs—but he is not being aggressive at all when we see other dogs on the walk.
The leash techniques have meant much less pulling in general. So a huge improvement in such a short time! Thanks for all of your help!
~ Nick Pendergrast & Charlie, Australia, Skype Client
“…thank you for all your help with my cat.”
Just wanted to write to thank you for all your help with my cat. MiYammo has not only used her litter box exclusively since you advised me on changing the box, but she is also visibly a happier cat.
She has been purring more often than not for the past few weeks. Her coat is super shiny and healthy thanks to the bonito flakes you recommended.
I got a new couch about two weeks ago, and she has taken it over as a napping and cuddling place— and NOT a litter box—so I am so happy.
~ Liz Clayman & MiYammo, Brooklyn, NY, Skype Client