At the end of 2005, I adopted an American Bulldog/Pitbull mix named Wally. Within days of having him, there was an "incident" at a dog park in which he displayed some dog aggression.

Nearly everyone at the park was convinced I had a "dangerous dog".   There were serious moments of wondering if this was a dog I should keep.   But a bond was already starting to form between me and Wally, and I sought professional guidance.   That led me to Linn Boyke.

Meeting Linn was like being able to breathe again.   The moment he laid eyes on Wally, my dog was in Linn's complete control.    But what I appreciated most about Linn was his honesty.   In making my appointment, I asked him to tell me straight out if I had a dangerous dog on my hands, and Linn assured me that he'd give it to me straight.   He has no allegiance to any rescue group, or any one dog for that matter.    If the dog is trouble, he will tell you.   As luck would have it, Linn was able to determine in a matter of minutes that not only was Wally not dangerous, but that he was a fantastic dog.

He then proceeded to guide me on how to act with Wally.   How to lead.   How to exercise him.  How to recognize his behavior and respond accordingly.  In short--how to fulfill Wally's potential.

The result--almost a year to the day that I got Wally, he is now a working therapy dog.   The two of us visit children in hospitals, where Wally is a huge hit.    He has never displayed a single moment of aggression since our work with Linn, and he is an invaluable part of my life.