“We adopted a beautiful cocker spaniel from The Southeastern Mass Humane Society. Logan was fine with his new family for the first few weeks, until he became territorial about his new home and didn’t want others to enter it. He would lunge and try to bite anyone whom he was afraid of. We didn’t want to return Logan to the humane society because he was very lovable with those he trusted and it wasn’t his fault that he had issues. I came upon Harmonious Hounds on the web and liked that Lauren had quite an extensive education and experience with animals.
We wish we had video of Lauren’s first visit with Logan. She sat perfectly still on our couch and we brought Logan out and he displayed every behavior of an animal that is going to bite, while Lauren sat calmly on the couch and explained every single action Logan was taking or about to take – teeth showing, standing on back legs, outstretching his neck and head. Anyone else would have run and never come back.
Lauren has given us great instructions on teaching Logan to remain calm and relaxed when people enter our home and while out and about in the world. He is able to go to the groomer every four weeks. On our initial visits with the groomer (Michelle – owner of Go Fetch!), she wore boots when she knew Logan was on her schedule – she no longer has to take that precaution. Now when Lauren comes over, she is no longer a trigger (something that frightens him into reacting), we are able to leave him loose in the house and she can actually hand-feed him his training rewards. Yesterday we were able to bring Logan to the vet and all of his training paid off as he made us so proud; he let the Dr. do everything she needed to do without displaying any aggression behavior and stayed on the floor after the exam in a polite down-stay. We can not say enough good things about Lauren – she was Logan’s lifesaver, he is such a happy, fun dog that just needed a chance.”
-Nancy, Bruce, Oscar & Logan W., Dartmouth, MA