There really are not words to truly express my gratitude for Barbara Jean of Really Special Animals. After working with multiple trainers using various methods and techniques I was making limited progress on handling the reactivity. I was in a frustrating cycle of one step forward, one step back (sometimes two+ steps). I felt I was severely failing my new family member and was hesitant to take him out into a public setting. That is when I engaged Barbara Jean. During the first few minutes of our first consult I knew we were finally in the right place! Barbara Jean listened to my concerns, was extremely patient and nonjudgmental. Today is a whole new world!! Thanks to Barbara Jean my confidence in my handling skills has grown. I am now relaxed during our walks and am no longer nervous each time we pass another dog. I now have the skills to better read my dog’s body language and our bond has surely deepened. All huge steps..Forward ! Thank you Barbara Jean for helping us transition from hopeless and frustrated to hopeful and confident! I highly recommend Really Special Animals for any training or boarding needs. I also frequent Barbara Jean’s Structured Strides weekend classes and board my dog with her when I am out of town. Leaving my dog is difficult, but knowing he is in the care of Barbara Jean makes it easier knowing he is in the very best hands!