Dispelling negative stereotypes
When I found my dog Mollie as a stray over a year and a half ago, it was obvious she’d had a hard life. She was emaciated and had clearly been used as a fighting dog. Mollie was sweet and loving from the start, but having presumably been raised outside, she had no manners at all.
In addition, due to her fighting history, she was pretty dog aggressive. “Last spring, I thought Mollie was ready to start some obedience training and organized socialization, so I began looking specifically for a trainer who used positive reinforcement. The last thing I wanted to do for Mollie was introduce any more negativity in her life.
That’s how I found Synergy Veterinary Behavior. “We signed up for a beginner (Family Dog I) course, and I was truly amazed at the progress Mollie made! By the end of the class, she was an old pro at her “sit”, “down”, and “stay.” Even better, she was able to behave nicely around other dogs and focus very well on me during class.
In the months since, I can see how Mollie’s training continues to work for us. She obeys all her commands and is still improving her behavior around other dogs. “Because Mollie is a Pit Bull Terrier, I feel that it is important for her to be a good ambassador for that misunderstood breed. Her training with Synergy is really helping her overcome the difficulties of her previous life and understand how to just “be a dog.” I really enjoyed working with Scott, and plan to enroll Mollie in their advanced class to work towards her Canine Good Citizen certificate.
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Andrea Jones - Portland, Oregon