Three years ago our Youth Group went to a Renegades Game…instead of coming home with a baseball we came home with a puppy…Fiddle!! Fiddle was one of two puppies who was selected to go the Renegades game in hopes of being adopted. (He was born in Virginia and had traveled to New York with a bunch of other animals in hopes of finding a new family…and he did. He is cute, and funny with a quirky personality. He learned very quickly to sit, fetch and rollover, but failed to learn a few basics through my training. To be honest, as much as we love him….some of his behaviors have been very challenging to me personally…and I got to the point that I began to wonder if I could live with his behaviors for much longer. I have never given up on an animal before…but he was testing my patience!! One day when I had just about had it…I contacted Josh the owner of Fearless K9…it was my good fortune (or maybe Fiddles) that I knew Josh and finally asked for help!!
I don’t want to over dramatize our situation but when you have a dog who for three years returns from going to the bathroom outside and within 15 to 30 minutes urinates on the floor…then barks to let you know he did it. I tried bringing him out again just about the time I thought he might go again…he still wet on the floor….I will tell you as I told my son recently (when he questioned me being upset)…multiply 365 days times 3 years and that is at least how many times I have washed that floor. Some days it was more than once. Fiddle also has an issue with barking at people as they walk by our home or as we walk him on a leash. I rarely had friends over because he would bark the entire time people were here. It was so stressful and embarrassing…
The first day Josh came to our home he went over some basics with us, he explained some ideas he had and basically gave me hope that he/we could turn this around. I have got to say I felt really hopeful after our first session.
The second time we got together Josh reinforced some of the information he shared with us our first session and then he added a walk. I love exercise and walking but walking with Fiddle has basically taken the fun out of it because I often had to turn around and go back home because of the way Fiddle acted when people were within our sight. While there was work involved in this walk, I could see right away some changes in Fiddles behavior when he was taught so that HE COULD understand what was expected from him. By the end of our walk he had actually laid down on the ground within a short distance of kids practicing a sport and parents walking by to bring them home.
I cannot tell you how it feels to believe that there is hope for change in an animal that in some ways seemed just not able “not to get it”. It helps when you yourself learn that you need to learn the right way to help your dog understand what is expected of them!!! Thank you Josh at Fearless K9…you are a wealth of knowledge and we look forward to continuing to grow with your assistance!!