Our story begins with Lola an America Staffy X Boxer/Labrador retriever.
Lola was a surrendered dog to a shelter we visited where we then decided to adopt her into our family. Unfortunately Lola's history was lacking in information.
We fell in love with the concept of adopting and rescuing a dog and the dream that everything will work itself out.
Lola was at the time of adoption a very boisterous 2 year old.
We also have a seven year old family Shiba Inu.
I truly had no idea of what lay ahead.
Our family consists of four.
Our children are young adults and with that we all have different ways of dealing and expressing ourselves. We are also very relaxed, stress free and generally a quiet household.
We felt extreme pity for Lola and there was the start of our own undoing. She was on the beds, the couch, walking in the kitchen, pulling when on walks, barking at the gate, barking at our family dog, showed dog aggression and people reactive traits.
It was chaos.
We trained Lola where she would sit, drop, wait and walk beautifully on a lead whilst in our backyard but once on the street it was hell. Her behaviour was out of control at times, whether it was anxiety or nervousness.
In stepped Peter from Bark Busters.
He has trained not Lola but US.
We are now, as a family, all on the same page. He has shown us not to pity Lola but to embrace her and show her where she fits in the family order.
We now have no issues in the household with her. Our Shiba is no longer being barked at. Peace has been restored and tensions have gone.
Peter has given us the tools to now enjoy our walks on the street and outings to the parks. Slowly each day Lola improves on her outings; coping better and responding quickly.
Peter has given us the confidence to tackle a situation that we crumbled at before. People I met on my walks who knew Lola before bark buster can't believe it's the same dog.
Each day is a new day and some of those days we have hiccups however the next day seems better than ever. We still have more work to do but the outlook is positive. Peter's words of wisdom ,encouragement
and praise are rewarding as too are the efforts of completing the training schedule. The outcome has been worth every bit of effort. It is an awesome feeling when you walk somewhere with a well behaved dog because it actually turns heads.
Life is not perfect and I don't expect Lola to be perfect, she is a dog with a wonderful personality.
Lola has come such a long way and so have we.
The bond between Lola and us and also with our family dog is amazing.
Lola has been with us now for 7 months and I have no regrets. Peter has helped us so much. Actually My only regret is that I wished I called bark busters sooner.
The tools Peter has taught us are life skills in which my children now have for when they have their own pets.
Thank you bark busters!
THANK YOU Peter!!!
Bark Busters dealt with Aggression, Barking, Other, Pulling, Sibling rivalry
Trainer note from Peter :
Thank you. Chris it was a pleasure to help you and Lola. she is a lovely girl and your commitment to her training will help her in the future Thank you for letting me help you and using the bark busters' techniques to help Lola you can call me anytime through her life for the free on going support.