My work and specialty in fearful, feral, and traumatized dogs is partly a result of having run an international sighthound rescue, which involved intaking and working with many dogs who had been abandoned to survive on their own, sometimes after being purposely harmed so that they couldn't get back to their abandoners' homes. Often these dogs then had to survive the disdain and cruelty of myriad strangers before being rescued. Before running the rescue, I worked with greyhounds, in whom learned helplessness, masking fear and other trauma, is often mistaken for easiness.
Having been a college professor, I understand the nuances of adult learning and the importance of mutual respect. I am dedicated to helping you achieve peace of mind and a happy life with your dog while simultaneously working to help you ensure your dog's safety and well-being. Metaphorically speaking, your new training program should result in a strong trust account with your dog, where you'll continue to grow your investment while making as few 'withdrawals' as as possible so that your future together becomes more enjoyable and secure over time. You can have a happy life with your dog; it's a matter of working with instead of against. Scientifically speaking, it's a matter of committing to R+ (positive reinforcement). You'll be amazed by the changes, and you’ll be positively reinforced for achieving them without aversive equipment or methods.