Testimonial: The Tribunas & Shayna

Our​ ​eighteen​ ​month​ ​German​ ​Shepherd​ ​has​ ​been​ ​nothing​ ​but​ ​successful​ ​in​ ​her​ ​training​ ​with  Kathleen​ ​and​ ​Dogtra.​ ​Our​ ​family​ ​adopted​ ​Shayna​ ​last​ ​February​ ​with​ ​a​ ​limited​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​her​ ​background, and​ ​were​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​surprised​ ​with​ ​her​ ​initial​ ​demeanor.​ ​

Upon​ ​her​ ​arrival,​ ​she​ ​was​ ​never​ ​aggressive​ ​toward​ ​us,​ ​but  rather​ ​extremely​ ​skittish​ ​and​ ​fearful,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​tendency​ ​to​ ​become​ ​over​ ​stimulated.​ ​At​ ​first,​ ​Shayna​ ​was​ ​quite  uncomfortable​ ​in​ ​our​ ​home.​ ​She​ ​had​ ​no​ ​idea​ ​how​ ​to​ ​go​ ​up​ ​or​ ​down​ ​the​ ​stairs,​ ​slid​ ​around​ ​on​ ​the​ ​hardwood, and​ ​didn’t​ ​take​ ​an​ ​immediate​ ​liking​ ​to​ ​the​ ​screen​ ​door.​ ​

We​ ​spent​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​time​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​burn​ ​some​ ​of​ ​her  nervous​ ​energy​ ​by​ ​taking​ ​her​ ​for​ ​walks​ ​or​ ​finding​ ​enclosed​ ​spaces​ ​to​ ​let​ ​her​ ​run​ ​around.​ ​Our​ ​yard​ ​is​ ​not  fenced,​ ​and​ ​Shayna,​ ​not​ ​knowing​ ​her​ ​boundaries​ ​was​ ​constantly​ ​testing​ ​them.​ ​Since​ ​chasing​ ​her​ ​around​ ​the  neighborhood​ ​was​ ​not​ ​the​ ​most​ ​desirable​ ​activity,​ ​that’s​ ​how​ ​we​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​at​ ​the​ ​local​ ​tennis​ ​courts.​ ​Shayna  would​ ​spend​ ​the​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​her​ ​time​ ​dashing​ ​about​ ​like​ ​a​ ​maniac​ ​while​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​us​ ​ran​ ​after​ ​her​ ​trying​ ​to get​ ​her​ ​back​ ​on​ ​the​ ​leash​ ​when​ ​it​ ​was​ ​time​ ​to​ ​go.​ ​

Over​ ​the​ ​weeks​ ​we​ ​practiced​ ​“come​ ​commands”,​ ​and eventually,​ ​she​ ​learned​ ​to​ ​return​ ​to​ ​us​ ​so​ ​we​ ​could​ ​refasten​ ​the​ ​leash.​ ​Foolishly,​ ​we​ ​thought​ ​that​ ​we​ ​were  done,​ ​and​ ​Shayna​ ​was​ ​trained​ ​after​ ​that.​ ​When​ ​the​ ​weather​ ​started​ ​to​ ​warm​ ​up,​ ​we​ ​took​ ​Shayna​ ​on​ ​her​ ​first  trip​ ​to​ ​the​ ​beach.​ ​We​ ​came​ ​equipped​ ​with​ ​the​ ​leash,​ ​treats,​ ​and​ ​water.​ ​She​ ​ran​ ​up​ ​and​ ​down​ ​the​ ​shore​ ​happy  as​ ​a​ ​clam​ ​for​ ​close​ ​to​ ​an​ ​hour.​ ​

However,​ ​when​ ​it​ ​was​ ​time​ ​to​ ​go,​ ​we​ ​couldn’t​ ​get​ ​her​ ​to​ ​come​ ​anywhere​ ​near  us.​ ​We​ ​called​ ​her​ ​name,​ ​we​ ​shouted​ ​for​ ​her​ ​to​ ​“come”,​ ​we​ ​got​ ​down​ ​on​ ​our​ ​knees​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sand,​ ​we​ ​left​ ​a​ ​trail  of​ ​treats​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​the​ ​car​ ​like​ ​Hansel​ ​and​ ​Gretel,​ ​but​ ​Shayna​ ​wouldn’t​ ​have​ ​any​ ​of​ ​it.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​like​ ​her​ ​fear​ ​was  reborn​ ​and​ ​something​ ​snapped.​ ​All​ ​she​ ​did​ ​was​ ​run…and​ ​run,​ ​and​ ​run.​ ​Nearly​ ​2​ ​hours​ ​later,​ ​the​ ​beach​ ​had  emptied​ ​out​ ​and​ ​we​ ​found​ ​Shayna​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nearby​ ​parking​ ​lot.​ ​From​ ​there,​ ​we​ ​opened​ ​each​ ​of​ ​the​ ​car​ ​doors  and​ ​waited​ ​for​ ​her​ ​to​ ​get​ ​bored.​ ​Once​ ​she​ ​did,​ ​she​ ​hopped​ ​into​ ​the​ ​car​ ​as​ ​though​ ​nothing​ ​had​ ​happened.​ ​We  were​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​nervous​ ​after​ ​that,​ ​not​ ​knowing​ ​what​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​malevolent​ ​creature​ ​had​ ​taken​ ​over​ ​our​ ​dog,​ ​so​ ​we  called​ ​Kathleen.

With​ ​Kathleen’s​ ​professional​ ​training,​ ​we​ ​began​ ​to​ ​see​ ​immediate​ ​improvement,​ ​but​ ​nothing​ ​could  rein​ ​Shayna​ ​in​ ​once​ ​she​ ​got​ ​going.​ ​Upon​ ​hearing​ ​our​ ​story​ ​about​ ​the​ ​mysterious​ ​and​ ​fantastical​ ​being​ ​that  lived​ ​somewhere​ ​within​ ​our​ ​dog,​ ​Kathleen​ ​introduced​ ​us​ ​to​ ​Dogtra.​ ​Our​ ​initial​ ​fear​ ​about​ ​a​ ​shock​ ​collar​ ​was  that​ ​we​ ​would​ ​lose​ ​whatever​ ​trust​ ​we​ ​had​ ​built​ ​with​ ​Shayna.​ ​We​ ​were​ ​concerned​ ​that​ ​if​ ​Shayna​ ​ever​ ​saw  someone​ ​holding​ ​the​ ​remote​ ​control​ ​for​ ​the​ ​collar,​ ​she​ ​would​ ​cower​ ​in​ ​fear​ ​and​ ​be​ ​forever​ ​resentful.​ ​In  hindsight,​ ​maybe​ ​we​ ​were​ ​giving​ ​Shayna​ ​too​ ​much​ ​credit.

After​ ​several​ ​conversations​ ​with​ ​Kathleen​ ​reassuring​ ​us​ ​and​ ​testing​ ​the​ ​shock​ ​on​ ​each​ ​of​ ​our​ ​hands,  she​ ​promised​ ​that​ ​we​ ​had​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​worry​ ​about.​ ​She​ ​explained​ ​that​ ​Dogtra​ ​wasn’t​ ​a​ ​shock,​ ​but​ ​rather​ ​a  tingling​ ​sensation​ ​that​ ​would​ ​simply​ ​get​ ​Shayna’s​ ​attention.​ ​

Eventually,​ ​we​ ​agreed​ ​to​ ​try​ ​it​ ​out.​ ​Let’s​ ​just​ ​say  it’s​ ​a​ ​good​ ​thing​ ​we​ ​did,​ ​because​ ​within​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few​ ​short​ ​weeks,​ ​Shayna​ ​was​ ​sitting​ ​on​ ​command,​ ​able​ ​to​ ​run loose​ ​in​ ​the​ ​backyard,​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​beach,​ ​and​ ​return​ ​with​ ​the​ ​call​ ​of​ ​her​ ​name,​ ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​the​ ​click​ ​of​ ​the  control. Thank​ ​you​ ​Kathleen​ ​and​ ​Dogtra​ ​for​ ​ridding​ ​Shayna​ ​of​ ​that​ ​malevolent​ ​alter​ ​ego,​ ​and​ ​giving​ ​us​ ​the​ ​most  loving​ ​and​ ​well​ ​trained​ ​pup​ ​we​ ​could​ ​ask​ ​for!  Many​ ​thanks,

The​ ​Tribunas & Shayna