Abbe currently has eight personal dogs: Gemma, Oliver, Tango, Scout, Huck, Sly, Jett, and Mayhem.
Gemma, CGC, TDI, RATI, RATN, RATO, RATS
An American Staffordshire Terrier/English Bulldog mix rescued from the Lorain County Dog Kennel at approximately 2-3 years old, Gemma initially displayed extreme leash pulling, resource guarding, and food aggression towards other dogs. After intensive training, she was not only able to work through her behaviors, but also passed her Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Certification with flying colors - in a matter of months. Gemma has been a certified therapy dog since March 2014 and is currently visiting a local primary school, participating in a reading program for young students, kindergarten to second grade. Gemma also began competing in a dog sport called Barn Hunt in March of 2019 and has already accomplished titles in Instinct, Novice, Open, Senior, and hoping to complete the last two legs of her Masters title before taking on her Championship title in 2020.
An American Staffordshire Terrier, Oliver was surrendered to the rescue at 5-6 weeks old and has been with Abbe (fostered, then adopted), ever since. In addition to being a great ambassador for bully type breeds, attending dog events, speaking engagements on dog safety, and visiting an assisted-living facility, Oliver is also calm, sweet-natured, and the go-to for testing and socializing new dogs.
Tango, CGC, RATI, RATN
A black Labrador retriever, Tango was born in January 2017. She has been with Abbe since eight weeks old, off-leash trained by six months, and currently accompanies Abbe as a demo dog to most evaluations, lessons, and events. Tango was started with a solid foundation of communication, engagement, and obedience exercises, and has become a very good example of what can be accomplished, at a young age, within the context of the human/canine relationship. Tango has passed her AKC Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog tests. Tango has also began competing in Barn Hunt and has earned her Instinct and Novice titles so far.
A Bloodhound born in March 2017, Scout had a rocky start. With poor breeder socialization and little to no human contact up to 12 weeks of age, she was food aggressive, extremely fearful of other dogs and terrified of the outdoors. She started as a rehabilitation foster at about 15 weeks old, being subsequently adopted by Abbe and her pack. With training and appropriate socialization, she began to trust and gain confidence. Food aggression is now a thing of the past, and she has comfortably (and joyfully!) attended numerous dog events for the past two years. Scout has passed AKC Canine Good Citizen test as well as Therapy Dog Test.
Born July of 2017, Sly is a Chihuahua/Pekingese/terrier mix. At only 17 lbs, he is social, confident, occasionally full of attitude, and Abbe’s helper for socializing clients around smaller dogs. (And yes, he was another foster failure.)
A bloodhound born March of 2017 is a littermate of Scout but they were not raised together. Huck was returned to the rescue he was adopted from in October of 2018 due to severe territorial aggression, and resource guarding behaviors. Being over 100 pounds and level of his behaviors Abbe decided best to keep Huck as she could best handle his behavioral concerns.
A pitbull mix approximately born October of 2018 is missing a front leg (amputated after he was found as a stray to what is believed to have been a deformity that was not able to be corrected or saved). Jett was adopted by Abbe in April 2019 and has worked through miscellaneous behaviors from resource guarding and rigidness with other dogs. He now happily plays with many new dogs weekly and shares toys. He has become very helpful working with the puppies that come for training or fostering in Abbe’s house. He will be working on his therapy dog test soon and has enjoyed visiting friends and family in hospitals already.
An Australian Shepherd born February 2019 is an up and comer in the pack and taking on a large role of helping clients and foster dogs learn how to properly interact with other dogs. She is also off leash trained with excellent recall.
In addition to having brought her current, eclectic “pack” to a state of balance, some of her past dogs had also been worked through severe human and dog aggression, leash reactivity, and resource guarding.