I wanted to take the time to thank you for the work you put into helping myself, Pip, McKinley and Early.We had been worried about McKinley being leash reactive since she was attacked by another dog whilst she was on leash some months ago and her propensity for attacking other dogs she perceives as weaker than she is. Early coming into our home brought our concerns to a head as she took on the role of protector of the puppy. You spent considerable time with us, passing on information and valuable skills, leading us to a place where we could confidently become pack leaders who McKinley trusts to take care of her and the puppy. It took less time than we anticipated but the change has been stunning with no coercion or dominance skills needed. McKinley is a changed husky, she is more relaxed, happier and confident, she's great on lead and reports from day care are that she is willing to listen to and obey her leaders there when her instinct is to go into protect mode. She isn't confused as to who is in charge, she's willing to allow humans to take the lead in protecting her and Early and she obeys commands instantly, whereas before she would consider and debate commands as only a husky can. Thank you for giving us skills and techniques that we can use for the rest of our dogs lives that are simple, yet totally effective in every wayMaureen (and Pip) Stewart with Mackinley and Early.
Leadership and dominance are different. Dogs seek guidance from a leader, they do not require physicality in their training.