My name is Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KA. I became interested in dog training and behavior modification after adopting a fearful, reactive and very salty Siberian husky/AmStaff cross named Lana. Through the years, Lana has taught me the compassion, patience, and communication skills necessary to help other reactive, anxious, and fearful dogs grow and thrive. My goal and passion is to help other dog lovers in the Blue Hill area learn how to effectively communicate with their dogs, to help them build lasting relationships.
Lana! The #1 Salty Dog, described by other trainers as “one of the most fear-conflicted dogs I’ve ever met” Lana has taught me more than I could have imagined. Over the past five years together, she has shown me that every dog is an individual and that what comes so easy to one dog might take months and years of practice and patience to be do-able for another dog. Or, sometimes that behavior is never do-able, and that’s okay too!
Tessa! After a very rough start to life, Tessa spent the next three years with the wonderful people at Peace Ridge Sanctuary, where I volunteer my services to the dogs living there. Tessa’s an Aussie mix with her own set of special needs. She came to us reactive to dogs and people, with a bite history and not much feeling of safety in the world. Once Tessa could learn to trust and feel safe, it became very apparent that she’s not quite so salty as she is sweet, and she and Lana, two of the most difficult dogs I know, now live together peacefully and happily!