We first contacted Marilyn for a telephone session in July of last year, when our Irish setter puppy was almost six months old. We were deeply concerned with her viciously biting at her retractable lead, as it often got wrapped around her legs (hog tying her); as well as our concern about her wanting to chase moving objects (cars, bikes, roller bladers)!
Marilyn was able to put our minds at ease, first of all, that Angel was not an aggressive dog despite her display with the lead, but a very loving, gentle spirited dog! It was a great relief to have out beliefs not only confirmed, but then given an understanding which increased our compassion, as to why then she would act like she did with the lead - which was because Angel thought it was attacking her and she was attacking back in defense! Marilyn's suggestion to use a halter and work with Linda Tellington-Jones's TTouch has made a tremendous difference for us in understanding Angel (along with bringing us a great sense of relief) and for Angel in being able to enjoy her free walk with the retractable lead without experiencing the attacks as frequently and to the degree that she did! Marilyn also helped us to understand that Angel's desire to chase was because it was Angel's belief that she was a herding dog! Angel helped us help her by telling Marilyn that she needed to be distracted by having her do something before she caught sight of the moving object! Not only were we given a greater understanding but effective techniques to use in working with Angel with both concerns! The first session with Marilyn was very powerful, touching our hearts with relief, hope, compassion and understanding!!! We know that Marilyn helping Angel is a response to Angel's personal behavior pattern, not solely a species or breed pattern.
We not only continue to call Marilyn, as needed to help us with Angel, but we both frequently refer our family, friends and acquaintances to Marilyn because of the accuracy of her communication; the assistance she gives to the animal in being able to communicate their problems/needs to their human owner; and the support and understanding she gives to both!
Etienne & Sue
Green Bay, WI