Hamish came to me when he was 11 months old. I believed he was housebroken, leash-trained and liked to ride in the car. I soon discovered he had never been in a house before, he had spent his 11 months in the breeder’s kennel, and he was totally out of control. He had never heard the words “Sit”, “Stay” or “Come”. He didn’t like riding in the car, was terrified of the crate, and soon jumped over my very sturdy fence. The day we got home, I called Kyle! He came the next day.
It is now two years later, and without Kyle, I don’t know what I would have done, but Hamish is now a fine dog with a great temperament. I have had to be more patient, more consistent, and more willing to keep at it than I might have wanted, but it is paying off! Flora tries to help with his training because she knows just what to do, but she isn’t as patient as Kyle.
We are presently in group classes and in the varied settings, Kyle’s knowledge of each dog’s individual personality and needs strengthens their socialization and their behavior. Hamish is developing an understanding of boundaries in the fields and woods as well as learning to walk on leash in the village. Watching him overcome his developmental delays has been both a challenge and a joy, and I could not have done it without Kyle!
Sandra Scheuer West Shokan, NY