Dear Rob and Kerry,
It has been a year now since I first introduced you to my yellow Labrador Jake. He was 14 months old with a serious dose of attitude. I had very little control over him, and certainly no connection with him. Living with Jake and taking him out for walks was bordering on a nightmare, and I was quite literally at the end of my tether.
After that first meeting I don't think any of us quite knew where the future would lead. The only sure thing was that it could not possibly get any worse.
Unsuitable for classes, we embarked on frequent one-to-one lessons with Rob over the course of the winter. Progress was immediate, and a small chink of light appeared at the end of the tunnel. By the beginning of March, Jake was ready for obedience class, a few weeks after that and we were doing agility. Here was something that we both loved doing. It is great fun, and Jake is pretty good at it, and we work well together.
A year on and what a transformation. Jake is now a real pleasure to live with and take out for walks. I sometimes have to pinch myself to believe how different he now is compared to 12 months ago.
I really cannot thank you enough for all your help and support over the last year. I would never have been able to do it without you, and I am eternally grateful.
Jake is still very much a work in progress, but I know with your help the future now looks very bright indeed.
Julian Dyer & Jake