Issue: Murphy, a 2 year-old mix breed, was extremely dog reactive. She would growl, lunge, and bark when she saw other dogs, and pull excessively on leash.
How we helped: We taught Murphy to be polite on leash and from there, we were able to work on her behavior toward other dogs. We helped give her confidence in everyday situations, as well as during encounters with other dogs. Instead of feeling the need to act out, Murphy learned the proper way to act and interact around other dogs. By the end of our program, Murphy’s confidence increased dramatically, her reactivity was almost completely eliminated and now her owners have the tools and knowledge to give Murphy the active lifestyle she deserves!
From the Owner: “I sent my 2 year old mixed breed for the three week board and train. I needed to help her work out her severe dog reactivity which was beyond anything I was capable of dealing with. Growling, lunging, pulling me onto the ground—it was completely unmanageable. I had already spent close to a thousand dollars on personal dog training which did absolutely nothing for us. In the end, that trainer recommended I see an expensive vet behaviorist for intervention with medications. We had to walk at obscure times of day to avoid other dogs and it was just so upsetting to see her so stressed and out of control. Miraculously, as soon as I handed the leash over to Morgan on drop off day, my dog didn’t react to any of the dogs at the facility. We got several updates during the course of the board and train stay, and we loved following her progress on the UCA Instagram. She looked happy and comfortable. When I picked my dog up, Morgan spent over an hour with us teaching us how to transition all of Murphy’s new skills to our home. I was really nervous that as soon as we got home, nothing would stick and we’d be left with all the same issues. This did not happen. Murphy has been home for several weeks and is more balanced than I ever could’ve hoped. She behaves politely toward every dog she meets and her favorite hobby is now playing with other dogs rather than growling and lunging at them. My dog’s world is infinitely bigger now that she can calmly and happily interact with other dogs. I can’t say enough how much UCA changed our lives. It was worth every penny, and I’ve already recommended UCA to other owners who are struggling to help their dogs overcome issues.”