New Training Testimonial As of Dec. 2009
Teanna owner of two Cane Corso Italiano.
How do you begin to write a testimonial about two people who helped
save your dogs life?
I was the proud owner of two beautiful Cane Corso Italiano and I
treated them like spoiled children. I adopted the belief that love and dog treats would make them listen and that I would
naturally fall into the pack leader roll. Don’t get me wrong I attempted to discipline them but usually it resulted
in me getting frustrated and giving up. I thought that several of the behaviors they developed as puppies were cute and quirky
but I soon learned that these "behaviors" could be very dangerous when dealing with an adult dog.
My female Bella was very dominant and protective from the very beginning,
she had more attitude then any dog I had ever owned. On the other hand our male Vito was terrified from the moment he stepped
off the plane, especially of men. He hid from everyone but me and would panic if anyone got too close. I started to watch
The Dog Whisperer and attempted to replicate his techniques with my dogs. The dog walks were about the only thing that actually
worked…. I just couldn’t muster the "calm and assertive energy." If I was calm then I wasn’t assertive enough,
if I was assertive then I was usually anything but calm. My dogs were basically obedient, but only listened to a certain degree.
Bella started to develop "issues" with other dogs at about 1 ½ after
two other dogs attacked her. From that moment things changed. A part of me became very nervous when she was with other dogs;
the more anxious I became the more she began to lash out. Usually the altercations she was involved in didn’t result
in any harm to the other dogs or to her, just flustered dog owners and verbal threats. Bella’s issue seemed to only
be with dogs, that is until one weekend in July.
We were at a BBQ at my parents’ house for my mom’s birthday
and Bella had behaved herself most of the day. It was getting late and she tried to attack the neighbors golden retriever
out of nowhere. I was walking to my car to put her away when my cousin stopped me to ask me a question about her breed. Bella
took a seat on the warm pavement for some much needed rest when suddenly one of the children at the BBQ ran across the driveway
and jumped right by Bella’s head. Bella sat up startled and I freaked. I told the little girl not to play like that
around the doggies and that she scared Bella and myself. I told her to go find her parents and play somewhere else. The girl
turned around and headed in the opposite direction and I resumed my conversation with my cousin, feeling very shaken and nervous.
The little girl came running back and did the same thing, this time closer, before I new it Bella jumped up slammed the girl
onto the ground with her two front paws and was barking in her face. She didn’t bite her but it really didn’t
matter…I flew on top of Bella crying, at that point I wasn’t sure if she hurt the girl or not and I thought I
was going to have to put her to sleep. The only injury the girl sustained was some scratches and some road rash from the pavement.
Fortunately she wasn’t even fearful of dogs after that. I wish that I could say the same for myself; I was hurt, angry
and shocked at what my "baby" was capable of. That night when I went home I new I needed help and if I couldn’t find
it then I might have to put Bella to sleep. That is when I found Alaska Dog Boarding and Training.
Brigitte immediately recognized the severity of the situation and
her and Shaun came out to our home for a home visit. From the instant they walked through our front door you could tell that
there was a presence about them.
Both of my dogs fly off the handle when anyone comes and knocks on
the front door, which can be very terrifying for those people behind the door. It didn’t seem to faze Brigitte or Shaun.
From there we started out on a walk…a walk with my dogs and theirs as well. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t
nervous because I certainly was. I didn’t feel like I could trust my dog, I was afraid that Bella would freak out and
attack her dogs and then she wouldn’t want to help me. Brigitte noticed my apprehension and took the leash from me,
Bella transformed. She was relaxed, calm, and attentive. Every step was purposeful and she really wanted to please Brigitte.
She trusted her more than she trusted me…this trust was instantaneous. I commented on my observation and Brigitte said,
"She trusts me because I trust her. You can’t expect her to trust you if you don’t trust her in return, you have
to know that she WILL listen to you". It was like a slap in the face, so obvious yet so not. She also told me that I had to
live in the moment, forget what has been and move on. From that moment on I knew I had to make the change. When we got back
to the house we worked on the other issues at the house, the door aggression being one of them. She got Bella to ignore the
door in less than three tries…. something I'm still not able to replicate. That night before they left I watched their
dog Drift work for them. He was amazing, the epitome of obedience and I was absolutely inspired.
I have been training with the Lytle’s since August 2009 and
both of my dogs have come leaps and bounds. Vito no longer fears his own shadow and he gains confidence with every training
session. Bella is eager to please and loves having a job. She works in a room with multiple other dogs and is able to focus
her attention on me. Most importantly I have gained more confidence then ever before. I am learning how to be calm and assertive
at the same time, learning how to prevent Bella from targeting other dogs, learning how to recognize how I am feeling so that
it doesn’t travel down to my dogs. Every second I am in their presence I am learning.
I am eternally grateful to have the Lytle pack in my life. They saved
Bella’s life and my sanity. They have taught me more about dogs in the past 4 months then I had learned my entire life.
They are dedicated to their animals and to their training; they work endless hours bettering the GSD breed as well as hundreds
of other breeds. They are true experts and practice what they preach. Without them I would be lost!
Thank You, Teanna
Story of Heidi the Doberman!
We bought Heidi, a Doberman puppy, from an out-of-state
breeder. Before too long our pup was developing a personality to say the least. She has a dominant personality,
very willful right from the beginning, and was running us ragged. She would constantly tackle and bite our
4 y.o. son, seeing him more as a litter mate than a human, bite at our feet, and appeared to be trying to kill our mild-mannered
cat. She would use our home as a toilet simply as a display of attitude and dominance. We were beyond frustrated!
Looking for somewhere to turn we found Alaska Dog Boarding and Training.
Testimonial as of July 2009!
Let me say this about the training with Brigitte GREAT, she is the original dog Whisper. Please keep
in mind all the dogs she works with are fully intact. Before she came I was asking myself what am I doing with two Gladiators????
she first started to work with my dogs and me what a RED ZONE case we were. Just two days before she arrived my female pup
tried to kill the male. Of course I panicked which made matters worse, I know both dogs were reacting from my
energy. I know now what to do, thanks to Brigitte.
By the next evening Brigitte was walking my Gladiators together.
Then in two days I was walking my two GSD together to the beach.
Now when you come to my place you do not hear my dogs barking.
My dogs and I can go for walks together
I have a total of four dogs a Golden Retriever, and three GSD one 8 yr. old male, one 16 month old GSD, and one 10
mo. old female GSD. The golden and the 8yr old GSD are fine and mellow.
Now the other two GSD are great, thank you Brigitte.
my young shepherds are from your kennel, great drive.
I know now if someone comes to my place and they are not to be there
my dogs will protect me.
We will continue to work and I know if I have any questions I will be able to call or e-mail you
I just can't stop saying thank you. I will continue to tell people if they have a Red Zone case
to call you, well worth it.
I had a wonderful time while you were here with my family Brigitte please come again soon.
I know I will be going to visit you and your family in Alaska soon.
With great gratitude and appreciation,
2009 The Packs Summer Outings
(Camping, Fishing, & Swimming)
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