What is a complicated dog? A dog who may overly react (lunge, growl, bark excessively) to other dogs and humans. Even those dogs we love, that have bitten another being.
A few years ago, I started having behavior issues with my Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Cory. Though obedience trained and working as my service dog, she was reacting negatively to other dogs and in some cases to men. I took her to see Ann Waterbury who, to my surprise, identified that Cory was anxious and afraid. She seemed happy to me, but when Ann helped me see our situation through Cory’s eyes, I understood what was affecting her. We started Nosework training under Ann’s guidance and the change in Cory’s attitude and demeanor has been significant. She is so much more confident and relaxed. We are getting ready to compete in a Nosework trial. As I see other dogs working in that sport, I can’t help but compare how they work with Cory. Ann taught us to go slow, to build a solid foundation and to let Cory lead. Now, I understand how much that foundation will benefit us in not only the sport of Nosework, but in life. I also took our son’s dog to see Ann. Sai is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi who I incorrectly thought was having dominance issues. Again, Ann helped me identify his fears and once we worked through those and built his confidence through Nosework, Sai is also a different dog. I highly recommend Ann Waterbury’s training methods. I can attest that she can transform your dog’s, and your own, life if you work with her.