Meet Stella and her mom, Brittany! Brittany is a traveling nurse who is currently stationed in the ICU and ER in our Milwaukee territory. Stella is a 5-year-old chihuahua who has made it her sole purpose to protect her home and her humans from other dogs. She’s quite unsure of other dogs’ intentions so she tries to keep them away by barking and lunging towards them. She’s even bossing her older fur brother, Braun, around and making sure he stayed away from things she perceived as hers. Make sure to follow Stella’s journey: #StellasStrides
By the end of Stella’s first lesson, Stella was already walking a lot better on her leash AND was able to sit on the couch and relax as Braun walked by. Stella is such a smart cookie, so we cannot wait to see her improvements over the next few months. #StellasStrides
Stella is making STRIDES! When Stella’s trainer first arrived, her owners were embarrassed to take her outside because she’d get so worked up when she saw another dog. By the end of the second lesson, Stella has not only improved while seeing other dogs but could sit within a few feet of another dog and not act out! Great job Stella!
Before her training started Stella had a lot of issues with sitting on hard or wet surfaces, let alone sitting at all. She has not only learned how to sit on command, but it’s been raining A LOT here in Wisconsin so she is learning how to overcome her fears with wet surfaces. It was a hard process for her since at first as she likes to do things on her own time but she eventually learned it and will continue practicing it!
Brittany said Stella isn’t perfect but has made a great amount of progress with being kind towards her brother, Braun. She said that she’s seeing improvements with everything and is learning so much herself! #StellasStrides
During lesson 3, we worked on her sit-stays and downs. Due to the weather, we stayed inside as Stella is not a big fan of the rain or puddles. We accomplished a lot! We were able to get her to stay with her toys being thrown, which was a major accomplishment for this fetch loving pup. We were also able to use treats for her sit-stays as distractions. We also started the command of off for when she needs to not be on the couch snuggling. #StellasStrides