Two years ago we adopted two young pit bulls from the local animal shelter, Mick (male) and Birdie (female). They had instant chemistry when we introduced them and before taking them home, but many challenges laid ahead. We thought we knew what we were getting into, having had another wonderful pit bull. Over the first 9 months, we saw several trainers, schooled ourselves on becoming pack leaders, and exercised them a lot. But our skills were lacking somehow, and these two crazy dogs were getting the best of us for sure. Then came the fights. The first, we thought was a fluke. The second happened a few months later and it was devastating (ER, stitches, surgical drains, the whole nine yards). We worried that no one would be able to help us. Then we found Christine.
She helped us take our previous training, knowledge of dog dynamics, and practices and make them WORK for our dogs. She helped us fine tune and amp up the things we were doing correctly; and she quickly identified the things that we were doing wrong. She taught us to see the signs early before things got out of hand. She taught us what to allow and what to correct. She taught us how to make the most out of their energy and to actually use their excitability to help train them. Finally, should they ever fight again (which we doubt — we’ve had 8 months of no fighting), she taught us how to break it up safely. We still have a lot of work to do (in correcting both our and their behavior), but the progress we have made under Christine’s guidance is very encouraging and reinforces that we are on the right track. I know Mick and Birdie would thank her too. She really has helped us to restore the peace in our lives.