We first met Art and Anne in Klyde Warren Park where Art was giving a talk about dogs and humans. Although we were only in their presence for around an hour, from the demonstrations Art was doing, we could already tell that they had a gift with dogs…… and their owners.
Barney our dog is extremely fearful of new or loud things. He was scared of Adams racing helmet and the vacuum cleaner. On top of that he was also fearful of new people approaching him. Art and Anne worked with Barney for a day to experience Barney’s mannerisms and then bought him back to our house to work in familiar surroundings. Art sent us videos and photos throughout the day and you could see the sheer joy that he got out of working with Barney and also how happy Barney was to be with Art and Anne.
When they brought him back home Barney had the biggest smile on his face and we just knew he had had a fantastic day. Art showed us methods of how we could make Barney feel safe in his surroundings and rather than be fearful accept the items surrounding him. It was amazing, although Barney was still a little afraid he didn’t run away or try and attack the items, he merely accepted them being around. Art also taught Adam and I how to be calm around Barney so as not to make him more nervous. He taught us also that Barney feeds off how we act and therefore having a calm mindset will also pass onto him, this is unbelievably true!
I should have also mentioned that for 6 years of owning Barney he has always pulled on the lead, so much so that walking him on the lead became a chore! We have used a couple of trainers in the past for this and all tried various methods, which worked for a week or two but then Barney went back to pulling. This was not the case with Art and Anne, we are a month on and FINALLY our dog walks by our side, with his head in the air, rather than pulling and sniffing…it is like a dream come true!
I am sometimes skeptical when I read reviews, and all I would say to you is your dog should be a pleasure to be around and should always be happy. If you are finding this is not the case give DogFit Dallas a try, you won’t be sorry…30 seconds in the presence of Art and Anne and you will know you are in safe hands. Not only are they fantastic with our best furry friend but they are absolutely two of the most heart warningly wonderful people you will ever meet!
– Nichola, Adam & Barney