There's nothing I find more fulfilling than being able to help a dog who someone once thought was 'aggressive.' Pepper, the black and tan pup sitting in the middle of the pack has been with me for 2 weeks now. I had received a phone call from a family a couple days before I moved back to Santa Barbara and they told me how their dog Pepper had an appointment to be euthanized by their veterinarian the following day, but they had just received my name from a person who had adopted a dog from me a few years ago. They shared with me that their dog was aggressive with humans and other dogs. They worked with trainers with all different methods and their veterinarian started the dog on Zoloft (an antidepressant) and Trazadone (a pain medication that has a sedative effect). They explained to me that the medication was to control Pepper's anxiety.
Fast forward two weeks later and Pepper has been weaned off all medication, is amazing around other dogs and has had practice meeting new people of all different energies. This wasn't training that I've provided her with. I provided her with an environment where I understand her and she understands exactly what it is I'm asking of her. Pepper is far from aggressive. She's a very sensitive dog which can sometimes be a challenge for people to really understand. This morning when I walked these guys all together I felt so fulfilled and happy that Pepper was in the pack and just one of the homies. What an amazing dog she is and I'm so grateful that I am the one that was able to show her the light. 🙌