“Canine like Sally get handed over by potential adopters as a result of she doesn’t present effectively. I don’t suppose she’s ever had any sort of coaching. Coaching with Scott is instructing her good conduct and to beat her fears. We need to discover her the correct house.”
She additionally hopes the coaching will take away the stigma that shelter canines don’t make good members of the family. “It’s not the canine’s fault they haven’t been skilled or socialized. We regularly don’t know their previous, the circumstances they lived in, in the event that they have been uncared for or abused.”
Sally is one in every of three canines receiving coaching at Rock River. There’s additionally Koda, a Chesapeake Bay retriever who was super-fearful, and Teddy, a 4- or 5-month-old border collie who’s already being adopted. Teddy was terrified of individuals, however conversely, additionally suffers from separation anxiousness.
“Not simply crying, however it seemed like screaming. It was heartbreaking to listen to,” Gardner mentioned. “However he’s actually opened up and is responding to coaching.”
Dewey received concerned as a result of he’s a believer in “coaching good canine residents. An enormous a part of that is that it offers each canine an opportunity to discover a house. That’s what actually hit me, when you consider the lifetime of a shelter canine. We may also help change a canine’s life,” he defined.
He has a wealth of expertise as a canine coach and conduct specialist. Dewey based Rock River Retrievers in Waverly in 2000, coaching retrievers for nationwide competitors. In 2011, he launched the non-profit Retrieving Freedom to coach service canines for autistic youngsters and veterans. In 2020, he returned to Rock River and renamed it Rock River Pet Resort to mirror its vary of providers from day care and spa therapies to lodging and coaching.