Improving Relationships Between People and Pets!
From: Jill Corley
To: Lori Brandt
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 20:11:35
Subject: Behavior Tech request for
Kristen asked me if I would email you to let you
know how my dog, Duke, is doing since we've
began the program.
He is doing WONDERFULLY well! He has a history
of separation anxiety that had been totally
under control for 3 years. Then in July he had
a major setback that caused secondary panic
attacks. The first panic attack caused him jump
out of our living room window (dropping about 15
feet). When my husband came home he found Duke
in the yard. He was ok physically, but he was a
mental basket case. We went a couple of very
stressful weeks trying to rid him of the
In the middle of August, Duke had his second
major panic attack and his second trip to our
vet. We had a follow up appointment a few days
later at which time our vet set us up with Dr.
Tripp and his team.
They are truly amazing and wonderful to work
with. We have followed the program and Duke is
98% his "old self". He still has some minor
issues we are working to control, but those
issues went from scale 10 (worst) to a 2 in just
a few short weeks.
I have been in close contact with Kristen about
challenges we've faced and training that wasn't
quite working for Duke. She and the team came
up with alternatives that worked for us on an
When I had my interview with Dr. Tripp I
wasn't thrilled with the technique of "close
tethering". However, once it was explained and
I began to use it I WAS AMAZED! It worked so
well for Duke that it just floored me. I still
am using the technique if he begins to get
agitated and it settles him almost instantly.
The "invisible dog" was the HARDEST part of the
whole program because I missed being with Duke
the way we used to be together. HOWEVER, that
technique actually saved our relationship. He
no longer pests for attention; he doesn't shadow
my every move, he stopped his whining and
crying, his pawing and jumping up at me for
attention. Now, he understands that to earn my
attention he needs to be on good behavior and
he's there about 98% of the time. It is hard on
us "parents" but it really works wonders for our
I could go on for hours on how well the program
has worked for us. I am sure you will find Dr.
Tripp and the team to be truly helpful and
supportive throughout the process and that you
too will have a successful outcome.
I wish all the best for you and Cocoa.
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