By Helene Jorgensen, WHS Volunteer Trainer and Owner of Happy Pack Dog Training
It had not been a good year. Fulton, my faithful companion for eleven years, had passed away and I was sick with Lyme disease unable to work and some days too sick to leave my bed. I needed a new best friend desperately. Rufus seemed like the perfect dog according to his Petfinder.com profile: old and mellow. So we adopted him. However, it quickly became apparent that Rufus was not as old as he looked, and definitely not mellow. He seemed to have little prior training and after putting on 15 lbs - mostly muscles – he grew much stronger than me. On days I was well enough to venture outside, the leisurely strolls to the local dog park were now replaced by Rufus dragging me down the sidewalk. At times I found myself hugging trees or parking signs as to not getting pulled into traffic. After Rufus got into a dogfight in the dog park, I realized that I needed professional help!
But how to pick the right dog trainer?