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TESTIMONIALS - Patches
Annie-Dog

Our lives before Linn... When my wife or I would take the dog for a walk we would have to make sure that no people or dogs were anywhere nearby, and if someone came to the door we would have to put her in the bedroom. Any strange person or dog would send her into a frenzy of barking, growling, and lunging. For the most part we just told ourselves that she was friendly just not very sociable because she was well behaved with people and dogs she already knew. We convinced ourselves that there was not really a problem. The day she bit one of our neighbors, all those lies we told ourselves died on the table. We were blown away... I took the dog upstairs and put her away while my wife stood and talked to our neighbor, we had no idea what we were going to do. We thought we were going to lose our dog, and even as I sit here writing this my wife is crying thinking about that day and what Linn has done to change our lives.

The next day I thought about a man I had met at a dog training seminar. A few weeks later I was dropping our dog off with Linn and hoping for the best. It was several weeks before we were able to see him or our dog again, but when we did we were absolutely blown away by what Linn had done. He told us to stay in the car at first, then got her out of his car (at the dog park where we had dropped her off) walked her over to the grass and promptly took her off the leash. Now at this point we were already freaking out, and then what we had never thought possible he walked up to a complete stranger with our dog in tow and they began to walk together with her just trotting along as if it was the most natural thing in the world. He walked her by the fence with dogs everywhere and she didn't even flinch.

Over the next few weeks we met with him several more times before we took her home and each time he worked with us to convey to us what we needed to do to get her to behave this way with us. He taught us the things we were doing that were making our dog unbalanced, and what we needed to do to change our behavior so we could let the dog know that she did not need to protect us and that our presence should make her feel safe.

In the time since then she has shown continual improvement she no longer lunges at everyone we see on walks, and a few days ago I had her out on a run and we actually almost ran into someone and as I stopped to apologize she stood there calmly without any sign of aggression. Linn has changed our lives and we will never be able to repay him for what he has done for us.

Peter