We are currently fostering a dog for a no-kill animal refuge. He was very frightened and virtually "shut down" when he first came to live in our home. He is a 10 month old Border Collie/Setter mix with an unknown background. We choose to foster him because we knew that he had little to no chance of being adopted unless he got into a home and was given love and correct training. Catherine Zehner of DogSmith has been fantastic! She has helped us to bring this dog out of his shell and gain much needed self esteem and confidence. Under Catherine's guidance, the use of clicker training, reinforcing eye contact and the Gentle Leader system, we have drastically improved this dogs life. Friends who initially saw this dog are amazed to see how much progress he has made in such a short period of time. Catherine is a very effective trainer for both dogs and people. She made the training enjoyable for both us and the dog and also drew up a daily training program that was really workable. Thanks to Catherine this dog now has a chance to get a great home