Tasha's dogs ~ the current pack!
Dolce, NTD, ITD, ATD. Born 12/2009. He's the inspiration for Tasha's training in behavior modification, and the reason she no longer believes in punitive-based ideologies. She's a cross-over trainer, having first tried the correction-based methods; unfortunately, they not only didn't help, but started to make Dolce even more reactive. Dolce's history prior to her adopting him makes him a great example of dogs who needed adequate socialization as a puppy to counteract nervous tendencies, but did not receive it. He has come so far overcoming his fears in Tasha's care, but will never get that socialization window back. He is what's called an "at-home service dog," where he helps Tasha deal with night terrors and panic attacks.
Maya, born 4/16/2011. Maya was adopted from the GAC in El Cajon, California. Her racing career in Mexico has caused severe, chronic muscle pain; she's also developed arthritis from the stress on her joints. Maya's need for rehab veterinary care has taught Tasha a lot about how pain can affect behavior in dogs, how to manage it without medication, and which medications help which kind of pain. Maya loves everyone, except kids, and has taught Tasha a lot about counter-conditioning a large dog's response to the wild antics of children. Otherwise, you may meet her if your dog is getting over their fear of other dogs -- Maya is excellent at ignoring reactions from other dogs.
Takoda, NTD, ITD, ATD, BB, BN, BI, BE, BCh. Born 7/7/2017. Takoda is a purebred golden retriever from a breeder in Santa Ana. Tasha has rescued or adopted dogs her whole life, but wanted Takoda to be the service dog she takes in public with her. Maya began training for that role, but her track injuries forced Tasha to wash her from service work. Takoda loves sports, is an eager and willing partner. He's taught Tasha a lot about overcoming sound aversion/sensitivity; but has otherwise been a model prospect. He's starting to take over for Maya helping with reactivity cases, and goes with Tasha on the IDOGS hikes now that he's getting older. Tasha hopes to compete with him in rally obedience and any other dog sports he's interested in, as well as certify him as a therapy dog so they can visit patients in hospitals -- he adores children most of all, but will dote on anyone who gives him a treat or some love when he's not working for Tasha. He's trained to alert to her nervous habits such as skin picking and stopping breathing, as well as grounding/DPT and guiding out of a crowd.