At some point, I realized I could not handle Joey without help. I decided to take him to an obedience school.
The first place we went, didn’t go well. Joey was wild and the trainer could not get him to sit still long enough to do anything. She eventually decided Joey was just “not that bright.” After a month, she expelled Joey for his destructive behavior.
The second place was not any better. Joey got into a fight with another dog in the class and was expelled for aggressive behavior.
I talked to the receptionist at my veterinarian’s office and told her about Joey being expelled from two different schools. She recommended a trainer named Steve.
I called Steve, told him my story, and asked if he would allow a juvenile delinquent dog into his school. Steve laughed and said he would love to get a chance to work with Joey.
We went to class twice a week for a couple of years. Joey ended up repeating the beginner class four times, but he was improving and I was learning how to channel his energy and how to manage his behavior in a positive way.