"13 years ago, I picked my first puppy. Benjamin was a Shih-Tzu. I wanted to do everything right for him. I read puppy training books, I planned on taking 1 month off from work and then I researched Dog Trainers. I was told I should speak with Lyn Morningstar. Lyn explained to me how her program worked and it sounded like just what I wanted. For the first few weeks Lyn came to my house and worked with Benny. Benny was very smart and eager to learn. After Lyn worked with Ben, she patiently taught me all she had taught Benny.
I believe Lyn gave Benny the tools to learn how to learn. I took this opportunity to teach the fun stuff to Benny as Lyn was teaching him obedience. He could wave bye-bye, rollover, and speak. He learned by verbal commands and hand signals. The hand signals I picked up from Lyn. And of course he learned how to walk on a leash, sit and stay, heal, and stop at street curbs with Lyn.
I may be prejudiced, but Benny was a perfect dog. He was well mannered and well behaved, smart and funny too. He came to work with me for 3 1/2 years and he was loved by all. Benny passed away recently. Even though I knew the end was near for Benny, I was absolutely devastated. A few days after Benny died I thought of Lyn Morningstar. I often had thought of Lyn during Benny's life as I knew she was a big part in developing Benny's outstanding personality. Sure, I (his mommy) had a lot to do with shaping this perfect little boy. Having Lyn work with Benny as a puppy was an outstanding decision I made and anyone who is lucky enough to meet Lyn will see how valuable she is for their dog.
This letter is a "Thank you note" to Lyn Morningstar for her compassionate heart."
"Lyn, just wanted to send you a quick note this morning to first and foremost thank you and Ted for taking so much time out of your day to speak to me about Lucy yesterday. We took your advice and were a kind and gentle (QUIET) family this morning, and she did great!!! She didn't even bark at the cleaning woman or either of the kids when they left. Had them leave through the garage and put all their clothing on downstairs (shoes, coats, hats, etc.) on their way out so that they were not shuffling through the house in all their winter gear. Only while my older son was getting ready to leave did we jackpot slices of cheese, and it worked wonderfully.
We are going to continue a calmer quieter environment first thing in the morning (while it may take more time and effort) as it's more calming for everyone. So, thank you for that!!!
But, more importantly, the time that you spent with Lucy as a puppy (when she was only 3.5 months old) is clearly the reason she has been the most loving, well behaved, and even tempered dog. For someone who never had dogs growing up (Lucy was my first dog at age 33) I needed the tools to properly train, and discipline a dog since I had a baby on the way. You helped me to understand why proper training is so important to the lifespan of a dog. She has brought so much love into all of our lives. Needless to say, I will not know how I will live without her when the time comes. The good news is that I believe she has a lot of good days left!
Again, thank you for your generosity. You will never know how much that means to all of us. I will be in touch. Best to you and Ted!"