Halo has an upbringing unlike many dogs. She was raised by soldiers in very austere conditions in Afghanistan. Upon moving to the states, she encountered a few surprise attacks from dogs she knew as well as from some dogs who came out unexpectedly. This changed Halo’s trust in dogs, she shifted to being defensive around most dogs, even with little ones. Because we live in a high-rise condo and most of the dogs are smaller than her, I worried that Halo might react to them constantly barking at her. I didn’t want to be the owner with the bigger dog who hurt the little ones. Thankfully, Tink was going through the rREST practitioner certification course with me and Halo got to be the first dog Tink worked on.
First, we focused on Halo and her stress response to little dogs. Later that day, all the students took a walk on the beach and the ultimate unplanned test happened. A little dog came up from behind Halo and surprised her. While she didn’t love the unexpected visitor, she simply communicated that she didn’t want to play without reacting in a way that made me concerned over the safety of the curious unleased furry friend.
It’s been a year since Halo’s first rREST session. We encounter little dogs regularly at our condo and they love to bark at Halo. She ignores the majority of them. The staff and security guards witness this encounter often and compliment me on Halo’s ability to disregard them…I should tell them the compliments goto Tink! I’m confident had it not been for Tink and her desire to help animals remove their stressors, my walks with Halo through our condo lobby would be stressful. All dogs deserve some time with Tink. It’s in her nature to help and she is incredible at it!
Christy Lee Maxwell