Chloe has been to 3 other dog trainers and was not able to correct the behavior.
This has taken me a couple of days to take in all that has happened in the last 2 weeks. I would like to rewind so maybe you would have a better understanding of Chloe and me… She was a rescue dog who I never intended to keep. I found her being raised by a man who kept her in a bathroom with no human contact at all…I never cared why he was doing that to her I just wanted her out of there… She was solo skinny and was wormed infested when I brought her home… Don’t know how it happened she wound up being a keeper… Fast-forward 5 years later and here I am writing this.
From the very beginning she has always been very protected of me.as long as people stayed away from HER space things were good in her world…. I somehow conformed to this over the years and always justifying why the way she was…it got so bad when she started to fight with the other dog Chanel… 3 days in a row was enough for me. The easy way out of this was to put her down but my daughter Jennifer encouraged me to seek help and find the right person who would work all of us. After 2 sessions I have come along way. I truly realize that I have enabled Chloe the way she is. I have never meant for that to happen but it did. Leonard you have taught me to take the control back and I really want it back. You have showed me on how a dog is suppose to be, I’ve learned to respect the dog and how Chloe should respect me… You also have showed me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel where there can be a very happy ending. I now know that this can’t all come Chloe, I also have to be rehabilitated. You have pointed out even the most settle body language from her that I never took notice to. I love your philosophy on training. You never sugar coated the situation, gave it to us straight. Explained thoroughly how a dog thinks in a pack mentality. So with all this said I take my hat off to you with working with Chloe and the family. I owe you so much gratitude and words can never express how blessed we are.
This is quite a long journey for Chloe and I. As I continue this process I realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I would like to go back to 8 weeks ago. In the very beginning I wasn’t so sure that Chloe and I were ready for this drastic change in our lives. I loved the idea of Leonard being so brutally honest but wasn’t so sure of all the changes that were going to take place. The unknown and learning to trust someone that I met only for a couple of sessions seemed so unreal to me… I either was going to jump on board or sink. I decided to give this my all and at the end this was the best decision for Chloe. Once Leonard took Chloe I had to get busy fixing myself mentally for her return. I loved reading all the emails and seeing all the pictures of her on a weekly basis.
That alone gave me strength to continue the program. All of the pictures were amazing and never thought in a million years would I see her laying next to Leonard and giving him a kiss, driving behind him on a quad, running along the side of him with a pack of dogs, walking on a busy street with kids all around her. This was amazing to me…I couldn’t believe this was my Chloe…. Then I got the call to see her for the first time. There were so many emotions going on inside of me…when I seen her I was in shock. I’ve never seen a dog so calm and so sure of her. Just being around people was a miracle in itself. I knew in my heart I truly made the right decision. I’ve had numerous training sessions and each time got better and better. She is home now and love the new Chloe. We are learning a new way of life with Leonard right by my side. This man has so much knowledge and shares every bit with us. Knowing that I can call him any time of the day is such a reassurance to me…just to think for 3 weeks Chloe wanted him for dinner in it was truly amazing. It is a awesome feeling to walk side by side with her, have total control of her and knowing that I’m taking care of her not her talking care of me. Words can never express on how much we owe you. If you want to change your life and better your dog I challenge you to take this step and seek out help from the best out there and his name is Leonard.
This is what I’ve channeled through this amazing journey:
I have realized that it is during the times I am far outside my element that I experience myself the most. That I see and feel who I really am, the most. Taking yourself out of your own element, comfort zone and hurling yourself out into the unknown, will help you learn about you. Because it’s during those scary moments, those unsure steps taken, that you will discover a smile that you didn’t know that you had, uncover a feeling that you didn’t know that existed in you…. You will see yourself. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they are supposed to help you discover who you really are. No regrets, No sorrows, No disappointments!!!
Leonard, I’m glad that I got the chance to work with the best of the best…Chloe and I are internally grateful and beyond blessed for all that you have done for us…We will always be your number 1 fan…
Thank you Leonard Ludovico from (dominantdogs.com) for all your help
This is a update on Khloe
This has taken a couple of days to figure out on paper what I want to say. It’s interesting to me what my mind wants to say and then writing it on paper doesn’t make sense. I have gone over in my head a thousand times and now I’m finding myself when I’m with Chloe paying such close attention to detail when I’m with her. I now notice my tone of my voice, my movement when I’m approaching her. Even at times she now knows when I’m upset and when I’m happy. I never thought about it before but now I’m intrigued by her and mine body language. I do believe now it all starts with the handler. I think we create on how the dog becomes. Look at me I am a classic example enabling Chloe’s bad behavior. On a good note if you find the right trainer they can teach you how to change the bad behavior to a positive behavior. I know Chloe can feel and see my body language and I can see and feel her body language. I think it’s a process on both sides and as the days go by it gets better and better. For me I have to stay focus, pay attention to her movement and always be aware of our surroundings. That’s my job not hers… Even my voice I have to learn to control. There is a time and place for certain tones of my voice. I’m still in the very early stage of learning this. But I’m willing to do whatever it takes to have a happy dog. I also have to go with my first instinct and not to question or analyze the situation. By then it could be too late and the dog could suffer from my hesitation. Again I’m in the very early stages of learning this. Chloe and I are ready to go the distance with learning a new way of life. I want to challenge myself to the fullest and want to continue this journey with Chloe and you right by my side.
Thank you Leonard Ludovico from (dominantdogs.com) for all your help,
This is a update on Khloe
I came across some pictures of Khloe that were taken well over a year ago… As I looked at the pictures I found them quite interesting and kept going back to them..at first I couldn’t figure it out and suddenly I realized she wasn’t the same dog.. Her features were the same but the look in her eyes were different, Her posture was different, her demure was different…everything about the dog was different. At first I thought that I was looking into the picture way too much… But I couldn’t let it go. I actually went and found recent pictures of her… At that moment it all made sense to me. Khloe is no longer the dog she used to be.Khloe recently had a accident out in the fields. I have gone over and over what I seen…after she tumbled, she stood up and focused on me… At first I didn’t realized why she was so focused but as I got closer I realized how hurt she really was… She followed my every lead until we got to the vet…I was even surprised at one point that she wasn’t licking her wound. Even now on her way to recovery she still has followed my lead on what I wanted her to do… I have come to realize is all about her trusting me on her part and myself listening to my intuition concerning her. I still struggle from time to time, fighting within my self to listen to that voice, second guessing that voice. Maybe I’m afraid still haven’t figured that part out.
Khloe and I have come such a long way… I know the both of us know what’s expected from each other. Training never stops. Even when we are having fun at anything we are doing training is in there some where. I’m trying to be ahead of the game with her following my lead. Again that goes back to listening to my intuition…I realize the importance of her following that lead… I know that at the end of the day it’s all about me… She has done her part and its up to me that she stays that way… Nobody should ever think that you put a dog in training and then that’s it, your job is done… That’s not the case it is constant training weather you are in your own home or out and about. I can’t even let her get away with the little things because that will roll over to more serious things. If we have a hiccup I correct the bad behavior and keep it moving. In the past I would beat my self up and couldn’t let it go but now I am more excepting of my inner self. I have learned to deal with it and make a mental note to myself on what went wrong and never let it happen again. I’ve gotten better on letting it go and keep pushing forward. As far as listening to that voice, it’s taking a lot of patience and trust within myself to listen to that voice…I’m still in that learning stages but I actually get it…with the help from Leonard I see things clearer and clearer. He pushes me out of my comfort zone and tells me like it is. I let it sink in and sometimes takes days for me to process the whole training session… I don’t take anything for granted because one grave incident can cost me everything.
In closing I will always spread the word about Leonard and all that he has done for Khloe and myself. We would not be here today if it wasn’t for him. If you would take the time just to listen to his knowledge he can take both you and your dog to new levels.
Both Khloe and I will always be internally grateful for everything that you have done. There is a peaceful feeling always knowing that you are always there for us. weather picking up the phone or telling us to come over for a training session.. That my teacher shows me the love you have for animals. Thank you for all your support and continued support… Your number one students…
Khloe and Diane
This is a update on Khloe
I just wanted to drop in and share what happened yesterday with Khloe and I. We were on our daily walk to the trails and I ran into one of the guys that did our tile last year. He stopped to say hi and he finually asked where my dog was. To his surprise I explained that she was right next to me. He could not believe that it was her. What he remembers of Khloe was her leaping at him several times and barking aggressively at him. I explained what we have been doing with her for the past year. He was speechless. She was right next to me not paying any attention to him as we talked. We finished our conversation and I had a HUGE smile on my face. It was the best feeling I had and was so proud of her. This truly made my night and was perfect timing because this keeps me in check and keeps me pushing forward with her. As always thanks for everything that you have done for the both of us. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for you!!!! Talk to you soon!!!!
This is a update on Khloe two years later ESA dog emotional distress dog.
As I sit here and ponder this journey that Khloe and I have been on for the past 2 years it simply is a incredible feeling of accomplishment for the both of us. It’s hard to believe it’s been this long and on how far we have come. In my wildest dreams I would of never of thought we would be were we are today. I’m amazed at the great strides that we have overcome and continue to push forward every day with her. There is a bond between the both of us that sometimes I feel nobody understands. There is mutual respect between the two of us which you can see when we are out in public. I take her everywhere with me now. Always pushing the envelope. The past 4 months I wanted to see how far I could take her. I made a decision to see how she would do as a emotional support dog. As I found resistance from some I struggled for a bit but the inner feeling would not go away. I finally made that decision to go ahead with my vision because at the end I never wanted those what if’s to haunt me. I am so glad I did.. As we continue to move forward Khloe ceases to amaze me. She now knows when the vest is on it’s time to work. She absolutely loves going everywhere. She is getting better and better at the unfamiliar places we go. Some of the most recent places have been.. Farmers market, Costco, Church, happy hour in Pismo beach,walking through the mall,the airport and Pechanga Casino..our future goals are The Safari Park and flying to Las Vegas.
I want to take this time to say thank you for the bells and whistles from the very start… I wouldn’t be were we are today if it wasn’t for you sharing all ur knowledge and giving me all the tools to achieve my goals with Khloe. You have given me the strength and courage to go beyond.. I have never looked back and will continue to thrive for the best of us…Thank you Leonard for saving the both of us…You are truly the best of the best…Diane and Khloe