Prolonged isolation and confinement is psychological torture. Zephyr was adopted after 4 years in a no-kill shelter where the staff there could barely manage him. Although he loved Olivia, his new owner to be, he was very unstable with all others. At our evaluation, Zephyr tested to be a dog that likely was beyond what even we could do to make him a reasonably normal dog. That said, he was admitted into our facility on an experimental basis, with no promises to the family. Four months later, he is the best dog in the neighborhood, enjoys company and pool parties at home. He was certainly a challenge, but we were up to it!
I adopted my dog, Zephyr, from an animal rescue in March 2016. Before sending him to Jim and Evan, we couldn’t have Zephyr around strangers, and he had become dangerous to have around my parents’ dog. We thought his behavior was something we could manage on our own, but as his aggression became more frequent, we knew we were going to need professional help. We had heard good things about Animal Learning Systems, so we knew the work they did was amazing, but the transformation that they were able to do in Zephyr is truly unbelievable.
Jim and Evan worked with Zephyr from January to April 2017, and the two months that we’ve had Zephyr home have been better than I could have ever imagined. Zephyr has met a handful of new people since coming home, all of which he was great with. Before we had to shut him in a room whenever people came over, but now he’s calm and relaxed in the presence of guests. We can take Zephyr for walks in busy, overwhelming areas and have him listen to every command we give.
Overall, Zephyr is much more relaxed than before his behavioral work, and he doesn’t feel the need to defend himself anymore. Zephyr’s not Lassie, but he is completely manageable, and he is able to live a happier life because of what Jim and Evan did for us. I would absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend Animal Learning Systems!
– Olivia, Trevor, and Zephyr Viney