Susan has been wonderful with our Border Collie, Baxter! We rescued him from Nor Cal Border Collie Rescue several months ago; he came to the rescue with almost nothing known about his previous training or background. Over the course of the first month, it was obvious that there were some behaviors that needed corrected, especially in how he interacted with our other dogs at playtime. Leash manners and recall were also issues. We took him to a basic dog obedience class, but their reward (treat)-driven methodology is not a successful approach with a dog as motivated and clever as Baxter. We were referred to Animal Minds by one of the foster parents at the Border Collie rescue, and what a lucky day that was for us all!
Susan truly understands Border Collies, and what drives them. We have had 3 of our 4 sessions with her, and the progress Baxter has made is remarkable. He's now a joy on leash walks, and a trusted hiking, fishing and camping buddy. We are now working on the complex behaviors that a border collie displays when other dogs are playing, and he thinks he needs to herd, nip and corrale them. He is already showing progress, which is a relief to us all.
Susan is kind, sensitive and respectful in handling Baxter, and even though the sessions with her are tough for him, he's always excited to see her. It's like he knows she has his best interest in mind, and he can definitely sense that she is a dog lover.
Baxter isn't the only one learning from the sessions. While he is learning to be an even better dog, we are also learning to be better and more consistent dog parents. There is no doubt in my mind that this is money very well-spent!! I would highly recommend Animal Minds to anyone dealing with dog behavioral issues!
Cathy C. (Posted on Yelp)