The story of Sibley

Although I've lived with dogs my entire life, my passion for training dogs started when we got our 7-week old puppy, Sibley.  We thought we did everything right with her- from socialization to basic obedience (little did we know at the time, we "almost" did everything right).  At about 7 months old, she started to act spooky around strangers and kids and I didn't know what to do.  After employing methods from books and  television programs about whispering to dogs, I still had a shy and fearful dog.  I realized this wasn't an easy fix.  I started volunteering at the local shelter and found I had a passion for basic obedience and a knack for working with shy, timid dogs but what could I do for my own dog??  As I completed my trainings at the SF SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, the plan became more clear.  Sibley is currently "working the plan" and improving with strangers and kids.