If you’re reading this and considering sending your pet to Animal Learning Systems, maybe you’re thinking: How can I be away from my dog for SO long? Will she lose her personality? My dog is SO bad, we need a miracle worker!
Let me assure you, you’ve come to the right place. We thought all of these things and more. Lola was nervous, scared, sensitive to noise, scared of anything new, barked at visitors and even barked at us sometimes! We attended a nearby obedience class, but she just could not listen and obey if the environment was not familiar and distraction-free. After months of frustration, we called Animal Learning Systems. We were skeptical and not sure we wanted to embark on this road. Jim came to the house, evaluated Lola, knew exactly how to handle her (she was bringing him toys within minutes of his arrival!), explained their process and patiently answered all of our questions and doubts…of which there were many!
During her training we received weekly updates and pictures. She came back to us with all of the personality she had before, but with much more restraint, a willingness to listen and obey and we were given the tools to navigate situations that before would set her off. The subsequent support we received after Lola’s return home was beyond our expectations. Did I mention how poorly behaved Lola was before? Jim had managed our expectations from the beginning, as Lola had some very challenging issues. She required a fair amount of follow-up and observation. Jim and Evan were always available by phone or email and made many, many visits to our home to work out some kinks. They truly went above and beyond to help us get Lola to a manageable point, even attending and observing a weekly meeting we host in our home and trailing me on a walk to witness Lola’s behavior and give us strategies to get her under control.
Today, Lola is a joy! She is spunky, funny, playful and affectionate. She warms to new people relatively quickly. She no longer loses her mind when I use the vacuum or hairdryer. She participates in agility training, confidently navigating strange equipment and other dogs without issue. For us, the time away from her was well worth it! We now have a well-behaved, manageable dog, friend and companion.
The Moore Family