Madeleine. We were so lucky to be referred to Dr. Barbara Sherman at the Animal Behavior Service by our veterinarian. Our Boston Terrier, Madeleine, started displaying destructive behavior when left alone in the house. Even though she was a small dog, she had jumped repeatedly and managed to tear down a large, metal window blind. We had to confine her to a crate for her safety. The very first time we met Dr. Sherman, Madeleine responded to her immediately, which was very reassuring to us. After diagnosing separation anxiety, Dr. Sherman taught us behavior modification training techniques to use with her at home and prescribed anti-anxiety medication for Madeleine. It was a gradual process, but Madeleine slowly improved to the point we were able to leave her un-crated again while we were at work. Our lives, and Madeleine's life, improved dramatically thanks to the professional help we received, and continue to receive, from Dr. Sherman and her staff. Their kindness to us, to Madeleine, and to her little sister Matilda, has truly been a blessing. We are so lucky to have this wonderful resource available locally, here in Raleigh, NC.
Sherri G & Mark R, Raleigh, NC
Teddy. I brought my dog Teddy, a chow/terrier mix, to see Dr. Sherman last year on referral from my primary veterinarian. Teddy is a young rescue dog who showed signs of aggressive behavior towards people, mostly men, shortly after I got him. His biting eventually resulted in a potentially severe attack on a young man that prompted the referral to Dr. Sherman. Her kind, compassionate approach was very reassuring to me. Through behavior modification exercises recommended by Dr. Sherman, and appropriate medication, Teddy is now markedly improved, especially in his responses towards men. He appears much happier and much less anxious than before treatment was initiated. Teddy and I are very grateful to Dr. Sherman and the Animal Behavior Service at NCSU.
Dr. William B, Chapel Hill, NC
Caesar. I brought my dog, Caesar, to Dr. Sherman four years ago because he was a very anxious dog and particularly afraid of going to the vet. I didn't know how to help him, but Dr. Sherman did. She taught me how to give him a positive attitude about the things that frightened him using methods that were gentle and easy to follow. In addition, she prescribed anti-anxiety drugs that lessened Caesar's fears. It was great to see Caesar become less fearful and more confident. Dr. Sherman's patience and compassion for both pets and people made her great to work with. I highly recommend the Animal Behavior Service.
Victoria H, Camden, NC
Jack & Pause. Our household had become extremely stressed due to many changes created by us humans – kitchen remodel and adding two new kitties (strays from our backyard) all at the same time. There had always been issues between our original two male cats expressed by occasional spraying, but these “bad” behaviors had escalated to the point that my husband and I were cleaning up the baseboards several times a day. We were all suffering from frustration and anxiety! Our vets referred us to the Animal Behavior Service. During our first appointment, I poured out every detail of our problem to Dr. Gruen, when then developed a behavioral management program for us. We have seen great results with the changes we have made. The cats are definitely more affectionate – with NO bad behavior! Peace has settled over our household and we are very pleased. The “gang” is doing much better with eating and daily living and my husband and I are no longer cleaning baseboards. We can have company over again! The best part is I can keep in contact with Dr. Gruen about issues that arise and questions we may have. We’re not being left to fend for ourselves. I HIGHLY recommend working with the Animal Behavior Service!!
DW, Raleigh, NC
Scruffy. I adopted Scruffy when he was 2 years old from the animal shelter for my elderly father, who lived with me. After we had Scruffy for awhile, he became very protective and aggressive towards anyone who approached me or came into the house, even my dad. I tried obedience lessons to no avail. Scruffy’s veterinarian recommended the Animal Behavior Service and we have had remarkable results. Dr. Sherman pointed out the role of anxiety in Scruffy’s behavior and taught me how to be proactive in reading signs that Scruffy was becoming anxious. I am forever grateful to Dr. Sherman for giving me the knowledge and recourses to be able to make Scruffy a very enjoyable part of the family and companion to my elderly father.
Joanne F, Sanford, NC
Six & Greene. About two years ago my two youngest dogs, Six and Greene, began fighting. The situation was very upsetting and I was very worried that I would have to get rid of one of them. I just couldn't do that and, thank goodness, I found the Animal Behavior Service. Dr. Barbara Sherman developed a management plan for Six, Greene, and my other dogs, emphasizing positive interactions and managing the anxiety that they expressed. Two years later we are all together and doing well. Six and Greene are both happy, fulfilled dogs and I’m living a much less stressful life!
Jennie D, Clayton, NC
Lilly. I have a giant schnauzer that I got from rescue as a puppy. Although crate-trained as a puppy, she began to drool and cry when crated and would tear apart any crate and escape. Then, in a highly aroused state, she would start fights with my other female dogs. When I went out of town, I could not board her and my pet-sitter could not manage her. Finally, I made an appointment with Dr. Sherman. Dr. Sherman diagnosed her behavior problems and made suggestions for how to manage my dog. After working together, it was like someone had flipped a switch. My dog was suddenly able to compose herself in less than a minute, pay attention, and remember how to “act right.” She is now able to be confined and doesn't start fights or stare at my other dogs any more. As a result, she is a very sweet dog who loves people, and people can see what a wonderful dog she really is. I have told a lot of people with similar dogs that don't respond to training alone that they need to go to see Dr. Sherman.
Jill K, Durham, NC
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Riot. Riot, our one year old male border collie was referred to the Animal Behavior
Service of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, by our veterinarian. We obtained Riot from NC Border Collie rescue and he came with many behavior issues, including separation anxiety, phobias, and aggression. On our first visit to the Animal Behavior Service, we had to take Riot wearing 2 leashes and a soft muzzle. He would not make eye contact and growled at his reflection in the window of the exam room. Dr. Gruen studied his history and observed his behavior, then developed a safe management plan for everyone in the household and a treatment plan for Riot. Over the course of 5 months, he has become a different dog. He knows that he is loved, and is much easier to live with.
Kim M, Fuquay-Varina, NC