MARY & TEDDY
I cannot thank Dr. Sue Kapla enough for all she’s done to help my dog Teddy and myself. I adopted Teddy at 2 and half years old in January 2017. He’d never known a home and had been severely abused before being rescued. His muzzle had been taped shut and he had grown into the tape leaving him with a horrible scar and he had been shot. He was dog reactive and would bark nonstop. At home with me Teddy was a good dog but taking him out in public was a nightmare of him barking uncontrollably at people and dogs. His anxiety was through the roof, if he saw something that upset him he’d bark even after the “threat” had passed. He’d chew his tail and paws when he was anxious. My vet recommended Dr. Kapla to me and I contacted her to evaluate Teddy’s behavior. After meeting Teddy and me she gave me a detailed behavior analysis and plan. She was upfront and honest about Teddy’s issues and the amount of commitment it would take to help him. It wasn’t easy to hear but reality is what I needed! For the past year I have met with Dr. Kapla at her canine training center several times and talked with her weekly. She has always been available to offer suggestions and help with Teddy’s training.
Teddy and I still have more work to do but he has come so far in just a year and that is thanks to Dr. Kapla. He is able to walk on leash and not bark at people who pass us. He’s calmer and much happier. The tail and paw chewing have stopped. His behavior has improved so much and I am more confident in my ability to handle him. Teddy is now truly my best friend and a joy to have in my life.