When we first started working with Alexandra, our pup, Rolo, was alert and whining at our door after about two minutes of being alone. We worked with Alexandra for 8 weeks and then a few additional weeks on our own, and now Rolo snoozes comfortably for 2 hours. Alexandra is knowledgeable in her field, has a calm and professional demeanor, and most of all we appreciated the collaborative nature of our relationship with her. She was always willing to offer suggestions and listen to our feedback, and she would adjust her plan accordingly, for example, scaling back the training when Rolo wasn't feeling well. Alexandra was communicative, easy to work with, and we feel it was money well spent as Rolo has made incredible progress with his separation anxiety. She has even been so kind as to follow up with us after we completed our sessions with her, and she gave us the tools for us to continue behavior training on our own. We credit Alexandra with helping us and Rolo to enjoy a better quality of life, and that is all we wanted for Rolo, the ability to feel comfortable and safe while home alone. Thank you, Alexandra!
Without Jennifer's help, I am convinced that we would have ended up re-homing her. We felt in over our heads, exhausted, and hopeless. Jennifer helped us turn everything around. She expertly guided us through SA training, including some bumps in the road, and helped us to better understand our sweet girl, suggesting mental games to help tame her endless zoomies and cat fixation. We started training with a baseline of less than 15 seconds (with Lola doing a backflip when we left!). With Jennifer's help, we made it to an hour and 15 minutes (with Lola falling asleep two minutes after we left). As we move to training on our own, we feel confident that we can do it with all of the tips and guidance that Jennifer has provided. Now, we can enjoy our sweet girl and also leave her behind sometimes. (And, Jennifer is a really cool person, who we enjoyed getting to know.)
Last summer, I couldn't leave him alone for more than 2-3 minutes; now in January he snoozes on his own for 4+ hours (but is always eager to jump up and greet me with the nearest shoe in his mouth as soon as I come home). Learning to manage Rusty's anxiety was often overwhelming for me, and I could not have gotten through it without Joanna's patience, responsiveness, and empathy. Joanna taught me SO much about how to read Rusty's cues and body language, and develop trust with him. I honestly feel that I understand his emotional and psychological state of being on a far deeper level than I anticipated when I first adopted him. We went through many challenges (including an ill-timed move) and Joanna was there every step of the way checking in, celebrating small wins, and giving me the encouragement I needed to stay patient. Now that he can stay home alone, Rusty and I have some other challenges to tackle - but I feel far better equipped and confident to handle those moving forward