Since we have been having trouble with Coco, and it seems as though our training her ourselves wasn't doing much good, we decided to get a professional trainer for her. I am so glad we did! Bruce from Groovy Dogs has helped us take Coco from neighborhood hooligan, to model citizen (almost) in a matter of weeks!
Specifically, we were having trouble with Coco mauling visitors when they came in the front door, just about knocking them over with her excitement (or disdain, depending on the visitor). And of course on walks, where she was lunging and barking at strange people and dogs, so that she was getting a bad name around the neighborhood. Both behaviors were embarrassing, but more importantly, made me feel like I was failing her. Both Bill and I knew that we had to do something.
I contacted Bruce and with just a few easy to implement strategies for us to practice, he had Coco in shape in no time! I mean, really it took just a few sessions at the door before Coco let Madam's Mommy in without jumping on her. This was a miracle.
In addition, after practicing Bruce's method of walking with Coco, she can now let strangers pass without any anxiety at all! What we had been trying to correct for almost a year, with Bruce's help, we managed to almost eradicate within a few weeks.
I was hesitant about getting a trainer for Coco, but for the life of me now I don't why. Coco is happier (she gets more walks), we are happier, and I'm sure our neighbors are happier (some have even commented on how good she is behaving).
If you are considering a trainer, I would highly recommend it (if you are in Tally, look Bruce up!). It was one of the best decisions we ever made!