Let me introduce you to Milly! She’s a very sweet girl with social fears and noise sensitivities. She also has pain issues, largely related to a ruptured cruciate ligament. Milly and her human are a fantastic team and they’ve worked very hard together this year and come a long way! When I first met Milly, she was struggling hard to deal with anything new or relax at all in a calm environment that she knew well. She was also struggling to cope with the other dog she lives with. Milly was seen by Dr Nichola at Perth Vet Behaviour and referred through to me for help with behaviour modification. Through the use of appropriate anxiety and analgesic medications we were able to help Milly be more comfortable mentally and physically to start work. As well as basics, like relaxation, one of the first lot of things we started training were things that would help her cope with cruciate surgery: crate, Elizabethan collar, calm on lead around the house, handling, etc. Milly did amazingly well with her surgery, recovery and also had another major surgery to help with recurrent urinary tract infections. Following her recovery, we’ve been able to go back to working on counter conditioning with a much more comfortable and relaxed dog. She is learning to do better with the dog she cohabits with (who is also doing better himself) and in this picture, we are doing our first work outside with her. She is learning to relax outside in an environment that is more stressful. We were also able to counter condition for things that happened around us (bikes, kids in the park across the road, dogs barking, people going past). Thanks to the dedication of her human, Milly has made fantastic improvements and will hopefully continue to do so. They’re a fantastic team!