“When I met Brittany Robinson, I was at my wit’s end. I had just lost someone close to me and I had a 140 lb. worth of dog that was desperate for some firm direction. Direction that at this point in my life I was simply unable to give. It was not because I didn’t want to, it was simply because I didn’t know better. Don’t get me wrong, I gave him tons of love, in fact, I think I over loved that poor dog. I took a dog that had lived his previous 18 months of life outdoors protecting sheep and brought him inside for a life of love and luxury. I just didn’t get the fact that it alone was not going to be enough for this particular dog.
When I brought Bo to Brittany, he had already bitten four people. I half expected her to tell me I was crazy, that the dog could not be rehabilitated and that I should just put him down but I had to try, I mean he was my responsibility and I did not take it lightly. I’m sure Brittany thought I was crazy, I was an emotional mess. She asked me about my history with Bo and I cried while recounting most of it, she never judged nor interrupted me. She simply listened and at the end of my hour long diatribe, she looked at me and said “I know I can help you guys, from what you have told me you have done the best you can but he needs more than love, he needs direction and he currently has none”. First, I was a little put off because I really thought I knew what I was doing. I had owned two perfectly behaved protection GSD’s and told Brittany so. Brittany’s reply was perfect and I’ve thought about it since many times; Bo, she said was not a GSD, he was a GP and he was not a “rescue GP” as I kept calling him, he was just a GP in need of some training. She showed me that I was actually letting Bo’s prior circumstances define him and that I was using them to excuse his behavior. In any case, she told me about a program they had for dogs like this. It was intensive. It was a boarding program for three weeks and she thought I should make arrangements to leave Bo there ASAP. I was nervous; I mean how could I just leave him there, I was worried he would feel abandoned. What if it didn’t work? She told me that we really didn’t have anything to lose, I mean what I was doing wasn’t working. She also told me that she would personally guarantee that when Bo was returned to me, he would be markedly improved but that it would take dedication on my part as well. She intended to train us both. She also stated that she would not turn Bo back over to me until she thought he was ready and that she was willing to put her money where her mouth was. She was going to let me pay for three weeks but keep him as long as she thought necessary. In turn, I had to turn bo over to her and learn to trust.
In all, I think he stayed with her for about six weeks. GP’s are notoriously territorial and protective of their surroundings so he is not your standard case but she and her team worked hard and when I picked him up, there was vast improvement. She cautioned me time and time again about bringing him home with structure and I did. Today, Bo is a much happier dog, he still needs structure and is not perfect but with Brittany’s help, I have a much clearer understanding of what we both need to do. When you work with Brittany, you just don’t get a trainer, you get lifelong support. I have called her many times since then and dropped him off for refresher training as I think all people should do but today I’m happy to report that both Bo and I are happy and healthier and a lot of that has to do with Brittany.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.” – L.H. & Bo Gilroy, California