KELLI . – German Shepherd – Los Angeles, CA
After having taken my german shepherd mix, Nava, to a couple other trainers to help with her dog aggression and receiving very little help and making no progress, I was at a loss as what to do and completely worried about her. As it was, I couldn’t take her on a walk without her barking, growling, and lunging at other dogs. She couldn’t be around them in any space, and would barely listen to me if there was another dog around. Other trainers had told me ways to help, but their ways were useless and I was having no success with her. Upon finding the Dominant dogs website online, I read over it and I called Leonard the next morning to speak with him. He was very confident in his ability to help, and had me bring Nava to him that same day. I had hoped to see even just a little bit of an improvement, just something to show me that my dog could be helped. Instead, within the first few minutes of us being there, Leonard had taken Nava and showed me how to correctly get her attention and keep her from being so dog reactive. In the hour and a half I was there for my consultation, he had her walking next to two other dogs with no problems whatsoever. I was definitely blown away, and hadn’t thought it would be possible for that kind of progress to happen so quickly. Leonard showed me why my dog was being aggressive towards other dogs, and explained to me her behavior around them and me. More than that, he taught me how to watch for that behavior and correct it whenever I did see it, and how to keep her from completely losing it around other dogs. He taught me how to stop her from exhibiting dominant and unwanted behaviors as well. He was very firm with her, but also incredibly confident and that was exactly what Nava needed. He’s helped her-already-more than the other trainers I’d taken her to, and she’s already become so much easier for me to manage at home. It’s amazing how much improvement he’s made with her after only a few hours, and I’m looking forward to the next time he works with us.