Trigger is my English Mastiff who became a member of my pack in 2011. He is the epitome of a calm, submissive dog, and I credit Trigger for saving my life and for where I am today. Before Trigger came into my life I had two serious concussions, and was in terrible condition physically, mentally, and spiritually. With his Buddha like presence, he helped me to heal, both body and mind. I have always been someone who likes dogs, but because of Trigger, I now understand how important our dogs lives are to us. They will never be just pets, they will always be family.
When the weather is bearable and cool, trigger is my right hand man. His calm behavior is a mirror, and will undoubtedly help you and your dog(s) become more at ease. You will immediately fall in love with him, as I did.
Favorite activity: Trigger's absolute favorite thing in the world is to sit in the bathroom when someone goes in. Weirdo.
Favorite Trick: Playing Basketball (he dunks like Lebron)
Best Obedient: Stay. He once stayed for over 2.5 hours, while being completely alert to the situation
I found Thurman at the Humane Society on the Pennsylvania Maryland border. He was about 5 months old in the middle of winter when the rescuers found him tied to a stop sign. I am very thankful for someone else's ignorance or I might not have him! He is a black and tan coonhound mix who above all else loves one thing, running! He is your typical farm dog, and gets along with all animals; goats, horses, cats, deer, and even a chicken! When working with reactive dogs he is my go to dog, as his happy go lucky attitude never fades.
Favorite Activity: You guessed it, run run run
Favorite Trick: Opening and closing the car door.
Best Obedient: Off leash heel. The freedom to be able to take your dog for a walk without a leash is truly rewarding.
Xena is the newest addition to the pack, and God do I love her! She is so sweet and mild mannered. She was owned by an older woman who just couldn't handle the size, and was lucky enough to be her new owner. I rescued her in December of 2016 at 7 months old, and she is already coming with me on the road to help teach dogs how to properly behave! Xena wants to please humans more than I have seen before, and that is what makes her such a special dog! I can't wait to see how she matures into her young adult life
Favorite Activity: Playing with her favorite brother Thurman on the farm.
Favorite trick: Easy guys, I've only had her for a month! Her stay is impressive, she is up to twenty minutes without moving!
My Newfoundland Gunner unfortunately passed away in the spring of 2015, but the lessons that he taught me will live on forever. Gunner was originally my family's dog, and before I had the ability to say it once, my family had dogs with behavioral issues. Gunner was no exception. He would jump on guests, run away when the door was open, steal food, get into the trash, and chew furniture. He had these issues for the first part of his life, that is until I learned why he was displaying these said behaviors. For anyone who met my old man Gunner in the last 6 years of his life, they would talk about how sweet and well behaved he was. Gunner was important in showing me how dogs will always have the ability to change, at any age, and that all dogs want to live in a state of calmness instead of anxiety, he just needed someone to show him how.
I know a lot when it comes to dogs, but when it comes to horses, well lets say there is still room for improvement. What I do know, is that my horse Smokin Joe is an extremely calm horse, and he completely trusts me when I bring a dog to come meet him. Even though Joe is a completely different species, the one thing that all animals understand is energy. Joe trusts my calm and firm energy to be in control at all times, and in turn he stays calm when interacting with my dogs, or clients dogs who he has never met.