Timidity in young dogs is a red flag to prospective new owners that future behavior problems may await them. Such was the case with Max, who appeared shy and uneasy at the pound. In time Max began showing signs of aggressive behavior directed at the things he likewise seemed afraid of. Max did not like children or other animals, lunged aggressively at fast movement, and became very defensive in small spaces. Concerning was the family’s active life-style with a large family of kids, dogs, and family events. Max needed to fit in. After our evaluation, a behavior therapy plan was implemented that included extensive manipulation of his emotional states, confidence building, and absolute responsiveness to his owners. In the end, Max has become a well-mannered dog that feels safe and loves family reunions.
“We knew that rescuing a dog came with challenges, but Max gave us a run for our money and we almost lost him. We adopted him in September of 2010, we were prepared to work hard on making him part of our family, but we were not prepared for his behavioral problems that began surfacing over the next few months. Max became nervous of everything, he was a flight risk having run away several times and it climaxed into a biting incident out of fear involving our own family member. We knew we needed help and heard about Animal Learning Systems. Frantically, we called to make an appointment. This was no quality of life for us or Max. After our assessment with Jim, I cannot tell you the comfort we felt, however I was still skeptical that Max could be saved. Max’s behavioral issues all stemmed from fear and Jim said he could work intensively with Max and give us the dog we had hoped for. After 8 weeks of training, we were astounded at the difference in Max. He was the dog we had wished for and if not for Jim, we don’t want to think what would have happened to Max. In fact, we trust ALS so much that our other dog is enrolled in his obedience training. Jim gave us hope and an amazing dog and now we have our perfect family. ”