Dylan is my friend Dominique’s brother. When I casually mentioned to Dominique that I was watching a seemingly endless playlist of dog training videos for Daisy, she asked if I would want her brother to come over to work with her. Dylan’s worked in animal shelters for years and is, as Dominique put it, their family’s “Cesar Milan.” So an exchange was worked out, and I provided the pizza and Dominique provided her brother.
Dylan not only brought himself, it turns out, but several gifts Daisy: a blue hippo, a big Kong dog toy, and treats in abundance. He asked what I wanted to work on with her, and I flat-out told him that I was overwhelmed with several things. He kept my reality in check and asked if we could just work on “sit” instead.
And then, for two hours, Dylan sat on my kitchen floor and attempted to teach Daisy to sit. He got a lot of laughs from her and her apparent cluelessness and patiently waited it out as she tried to put the pieces together. He exclaimed more than once, “I just want to leave here having accomplished something!” And accomplish he did! I’m happy to report that while we didn’t advance any further than just “sit,” Daisy’s been sitting on command, whether I had a treat or not, including on our walks, which is especially impressive given how she loves to pull at her leash.
Dylan, I may have given you a tough case to work with, but even so you were able to help me out with her! Thank you for your time and effort in making Daisy a better-trained dog.