When we first decided to adopt Oli from the Humane Society, we knew our little Carolina Dog/American Dingo had a sweet, submissive personality. We also knew we had some work to do. She was smart, wanted to please, and knew several tricks, but had no “manners” when walking on-leash. She showed high anxiety in unfamiliar places, around other people and completely lacked impulse control with every deer, rabbit and squirrel she saw. Most dramatically, Oli turned into Cujo when she saw another dog even at a distance. With some online research, a book or two, and a bit of patience, we trained Oli to walk nicely on-leash within about 3-4 months of having her in our home, and managed a lot of her impulse-control issues. We made a lot of progress—but we hit a plateau with Oli’s dog-aversion issues. She was simply unruly around other dogs. We decided we needed help and began the search for a trainer, and we had Oli nearly a year before we found Robert, the Durham Dog Wizard. We can’t say it was easy, but after six months we now have a dog that we trust both on- and off-leash, and miraculously she can meet and interact with other dogs politely. Most importantly, we can say without question that Oli is a happier dog—she’s less anxious, plays a lot more, and is calmer overall. Finding Robert helped us enjoy the playful, outdoorsy life we envisioned having with our dog. Oli’s a great dog, and we’re so grateful Robert continues to help us bring out the best of her personality. Our only regret is that we didn’t  have Robert’s guidance from the very beginning.