“We adopted a pit bull, Jersey Girl, from the Oregon Humane Society. She is young, about 1.5 – 2 yo, and was picked up off the streets of LA before being transferred to OHS.
She was WAY more of a handful than we bargained for. Not a mean bone in her body, but high-energy, wanting to jump and bite hard as a way of engaging in play. It was bordering on dangerous, and our arms and legs were soon covered in bruises. It became apparent to us that she had probably never lived inside before except for shelters, and had probably suffered abuse at the hands of a male. She tended to cower around me (and no, I never raised a hand to her), and use my wife as a play toy. I’ve owned a lot of dogs in my life, some puppies and some not, but I was at a loss on where to start with her. We thought about taking her back, but we couldn’t have lived with it.
So, we got help. Cheryl at “For the Love of Dogs” helped us understand our dog. We purchased a package of 10 in-home lessons. Her method (clicker training) is pure positive enforcement, and our dog responded immediately to it. My wife had to do most of the training due to Jersey’s fear of men, but that gave them the opportunity to establish a more healthy relationship while I just focused on bonding. Training takes time, so Cheryl also helped us find ways to separate ourselves from Jersey when things started to get out of hand. She even met with us at the dog park so we could introduce Jersey to being around other dogs.
We just completed the package, and now have the tools we need to continue the work and already enjoy a much-improved relationship with our sweet Jersey. All she ever wanted was to please us and be loved, and now we are able to work with her to learn how. I have a dog to run with, and she adds lots of positive energy to our home. She even lets me train with her now.
We can highly recommend Cheryl and For the Love of Dogs Training.”