“My dog Jake is the sweetest dog I have ever owned. That is as long as he was in our house, with his familiar family. When he was placed in an unfamiliar situation, such as the veterinarian's office or on a walk passing by strange dogs or people, then he became a completely different dog. He showed signs of aggression to the point that I was unable to even walk him in my own neighborhood without complications. After working with Dr. Radosta and working within her reactive dog class, Jake is not only a better behaved dog, but he is a happier dog. Dr. Radosta saw that Jake was stressed by these unfamiliar stressors and found ways that we could work with him effectively to minimize his stress and outbursts. I can walk him throughout the neighborhood now and even took him to the veterinarian the other day without any problems. Dr. Radosta knows animals, she obviously is well educated, trained, and has a soft spot in her heart for them; but most importantly, she knows how to work with the animal and their owner to get the best result for them both. Thank you Dr. Radosta for making both Jake and my life much happier!”
Jake and Emily
“I was referred to Dr. Radosta by my vet when my dog Stanley's anxiety had reached an all-time high. Stanley was unable to be crated in my absence as he would bite the cage and break his teeth or paw at the crate until his foot pads were bloodied. He shook uncontrollably whenever we got in the car or he had a grooming or vet appointment. He sat at my front door all day and barked at passing dogs. When on leash, he "snapped" when another dog approached. He was earning a reputation in the neighborhood as a "mean dog". I was truly desperate when I called Dr. Radosta for a consultation. She evaluated Stanley and gave me a detailed plan including behavioral modification and medication. I learned that many of Stanley's behaviors were attributable to my own actions and that I was, in essence, reinforcing his bad behaviors. After nine months of working with Dr. Radosta, Stanley is not perfect, but as a proud "Dog Mom" I can say he IS getting there. My regular vet could not believe Stanley was the same dog when we came in for his latest exam. Stanley rested on the floor and was not nervous. He was relaxed despite receiving vaccines in a room separated from me. He no longer "freaks out" when I leave and his on-leash reactivity to other dogs is greatly reduced. I feel like I can walk him and not be completely humiliated by his outbursts since I am generally in control of him and can see when he is becoming uncomfortable. I can truly say I have a happier dog and a much improved relationship with him because of Dr. Radosta and her amazing clinical and behavioral experience.”
Elizabeth and Stanley
“I adopted Teddy when he was about a year old. Soon after I adopted him, I noticed that he would become very reactive around strangers (barking, growling, lunging, etc.). We went through some basic obedience training, but over time his reactivity began to intensify and he started becoming very aggressive with other dogs (and he had played great with all other dogs when I first got him). The trainers at Very Important Paws recommended I contact a veterinary behaviorist and I found Dr. Radosta online.
Dr. Radosta diagnosed Teddy as having fear-based reactivity and recommended a number of training exercises to help me have better control over Teddy and also help counter condition Teddy to be less fearful around certain stimuli. Although the training really helped me control Teddy better, he was still becoming highly aroused to the same stimuli so Dr. Radosta recommended we try a medication to help Teddy.
Between the training and medication, Teddy has improved dramatically. We can walk past people without Teddy reacting and Teddy doesn’t bark and growl at people in the elevator in our building anymore. We have had 2 appointments with Dr. Radosta and participated in one of her 6-week reactive dog classes and I am very pleased with the progress Teddy has made.”
Teddy and Danny
“I truly believe that Dr. Radosta saved my dog's life. At the time that I consulted her, Vinnie was a two year old puppy (a Doberman) who was sweet, funny, lovable and beautiful. However, he had bitten me on three separate occassions. He's the fifth Doberman I've owned and this had never happened before. Most curious was the fact that he was in no way an aggressive dog and each time he bit me, it almost seemed to
happen without his knowing it, and he would runoff to another room and sit in a corner shaking. When it happened for a third time. I was devastated, felt betrayed and feared I'd have to give him away (but to whom after he had bitten me) or worse -- would have to put him down -- unthinkable.
My vet told me about Dr. R. and the kind of work she did. I myself am a psychoanalyst and the thought of going to her was both fascinating and gave me with hope. I was impressed by the detailed and very long questionnaire I had to fill out before seeing her and further impressed by how apparent it was that she had read and integrated all that I had written into her thinking -- even before seeing the dog. Vinnie, Dr. R. an assiant and I spend two and a half hours together, during which time she observed Vinnie and thought out loud about what she was observing. She modified her thinking several times as she gathered more data and finally indicated that he was essentially a dog who became hyper-reactive when over stimulated and not given enough personal space. While my interaction with him had been fine with my previous four dogs, it was wrong for Vinnie. She gave me a long list of reccomendations, two books and a video. In the past year, I've carried out all of the recommendations (which were challenging to me) but hae been rewarded with a calm dog whom everyone loves. While Dr. R. told me that he would never become cuddly (that was OK with me as long as I could keep him) he surprisingly has become like velcroe with most people. At least once a day, I look at him, alive and in my house and I silently thank Dr. Radosta for making it possible for me to keep the best dog I've ever had.”
Penny and Vinnie
“He is such a happier boy and it is a joy to see him. With my friends who are often at the house, they call us as they are getting close, we go outside, both dogs 'sit' till they park the car, and then they both run to greet them. This is quite the change for Paco, indeed. When we are out in the yand and a 'stranger' is out there, Paco retreats and sits quietly at the door waiting to go in, no charging, no barking. When we are walking he is calm. I still ask people not to reach for him. He sometimes approaches them for pats, especially if Rainha is getting some loving, but sometimes he just comes and sits by me. Both responses as fine with me. I am so grateful for the help, instructions and encouragement you gave me. I still do 'touch' exercises to keep 'the game' going and fresh in his mind. I know I will always have to be cautious with Paco, but we made it through all the visits from family up north without incident and I think he is feeling much more confident and happy.”
Barbara, Rainha and Paco
“I have referred numerous clients from my busy dog training business to Dr. Radosta. Without exception, they have raved about her strategy for handling their aggressive or fear-filled pooch. Dr. Radosta has an easiness about her that infuses both pet and pet owner with the confidence they need to succeed. Her ability to reach even the most troubled canine student is nothing short of miraculous. She consistently shows me that both dogs and owners are exceedingly receptive and responsive to her instruction. Whether you’re a professional or a pet owner, Dr. Radosta is one resource you should keep in your rolodex.”
Angel Wasserman Paws in Training, Inc.
“Please, help us, we can’t go on like this anymore!” I believe that summarizes our initial panic call to Doctor Radosta. Our family rescued a troubled dog who was suffering from just about every anxiety and aggression you could imagine and her fear of thunderstorms repeatedly left her and our home physically scarred. We were on the brink of giving up ourselves when we received a life-line from our vet. ‘Go see Doctor Radosta’ he said. “If anyone can reach this dog, it’s going to be her” he advised. We were skeptical...for about 2 seconds! Her work with our dog was life altering for our entire family. She gave us the tools we needed to bring our dog out of her fear-based world and into a world where wonderful things were waiting for her. The process was long and hard for such a troubled pooch but she started to respond almost instantaneously to Doctor Radosta and her techniques. Our dog is completely different today. She is relaxed, happy, trustful of others and her aggression went out the door with her fears. Our vet was right, Doctor Radosta is a miracle worker!”
Howard and Marie
We have “special needs” dogs: Bella is a five year old Boston Terrier who is afraid of feathers, balloons, fireworks, thunderstorms, is a resource guarder, has a history of fighting, and not so keen about her newest housemate, Basha, who is our two year old pit mix rescue with reactive dog issues (she had to be sedated for her first vet appointment) and separation anxiety (over $300 worth of damage to items in our house). The primary catalyst for contacting Dr. Radosta however, was due to sibling fights: Bella (our Boston) would initiate fights over toys and treats with Basha (our pit mix). Even after a number of fights, and Bella losing all of them (not to mention the $500+ vet bills per each fight, and me getting injured in trying to break up the fights) we were left with three options: 1) Re-home one of the dogs; 2) euthanize the pit; or 3) get professional help/recommendation. The first two options were out of the question, especially after having just lost our Yorkie the month prior.
Dr. Radosta provided us with a diagnosis and treatment plan with really clear instructions for training the dogs in a positive manner. I felt overwhelmed at first with all the re-training, but determined to make positive changes. It took time, consistency and commitment. For a while I had a vocabulary of six words: Sit, stay, down, watch, and leave it. My husband and I had to implement new house rules for the benefit of our dogs. Basha was enrolled in Dr. Radosta’s Reactive Dog class. She did fabulously, and I am much more confident walking her in our community and keeping her aggressive side at bay. [Recently while walking Basha we were charged by two other pit bulls. I was able to remain calm, and we averted a dangerous situation.]
Although not thrilled with the idea of medicating my dogs to help them with their individual anxiety issues, after trying an array of natural products, conceded to the medication; WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Neither dog has lost her personality, both have a much more calm disposition, and a better quality of life. And, the best part: the dogs have gotten along! We are at 6 months (and counting) of amicable housemates!!
Dr. Radosta came highly recommended by our vet, the Pet Emergency vets and other qualified animal trainers. I am sure I cried during our first appointment because of the serious nature of our doggy dilemma: dog fights. [As I type our pit mix resuce is growling at a passerby; in a calm voice I said, “leave it,” and our pit walked over to me, left the passerby alone and was rewarded. YEA!] Dr. Radosta was professional, calm (I was a basket case), and direct. From the first visit we saw signs of hope. What was most helpful to me, was feeling like I had an advocate, a coach and a cheerleader! I emailed Dr. Radosta on a daily if not weekly basis updating her on observations of our dogs, and asking a million questions to help be a better handler to my pups. Dr. Radosta was not only prompt with her replies, but she affirmed me for all my hard work, giving me the encouragement and advice I needed to continue to help my four legged kids. We have worked with Dr. Radosta for a year now - the result: a much more confident me, and two content and well managed dogs. Jennifer and Bella
“Regan was surrendered by a family in Georgia and spent 2 months in a shelter before Atlanta Lab Rescue pulled him from the shelter. He was vetted, neutered and placed with a foster home for a few weeks when we met him and immediately decided to adopt him.
He was a calm and gentle Labrador Retriever, except when we took him out to walk and he saw other dogs. Not every dog, but most dogs elicited a negative reaction from Regan. He would jump straight up in the air, spin, snarl and growl. Quite frightening to me and the other owners and dogs.
I contacted a trainer who told me you cannot train that out of a dog and to just realize that Regan would not have any "doggy" friends. When I told my veterinarian about this, he referred me to Dr. Lisa Radosta, a veterinary behaviorist. She came to our house and spent several hours with us and with Regan and taught us how to deal with his reactiveness. We worked with him and did what she suggested and in a very short time, Regan turned around and became calm and friendly around other dogs. He also reacted to golf carts and we were able to correct that behavior as well.
Recently, I took Regan to an orientation for Share-A-Pet, a pet therapy organization. The room was full of people with their DOGS! He was fine with all of them. He was so well behaved that they suggested he take the test to be a therapy dog and see how he did and HE PASSED on the first try! Regan is now a therapy dog at Broward Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He visits the residents at least once a week and brings joy to a lot of people. I am grateful to Dr. Radosta because Regan now has the confidence to go anywhere and it is a pleasure to be able to take him with us and know that he is well behaved!”
Joyce and Regan
“Thank you so much for your candor with me and your sensitivity with my daughter and you explained your findings and your recommendations. We have referred back several times to your ‘impersonation” of a Sheltie meeting someone at the door!”
Maggie and Stacie
"Thanks so much for all the help you have given us this year. Things are going really well so far this season.”
Diana and Lucy
My precious little boxer girl Chrissy "Pants" has been a patient of Dr. Radosta's since January of 2008. Over the period of time since then, our lives have changed significantly for the better. Not only did Dr. Radosta give us medication to alleviate symptoms, but she gave us training advice and helpful hints as well as a true shoulder when we needed her. "Pants" suffers from compulsive/aggressive disorder, and focuses her fury on our oldest boxer, Rosie, which has made our lives very difficult. Dr. Radosta has given us many alternatives and ways to take the control back in our home, not just one solution, which has been the true difference for us. We have felt much more in control with Dr. Radosta leading us through this time in our lives with her vast knowledge, expert advice, and most importantly, her unending compassion.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Radosta for all you do and all of your support!!”
Ken and Caroline and Chrissy
“Although Dr Radosta has very good scholastic credentials, it was her love of the animals that attracted us to her. We could tell she truly cared about the well-being of our dogs at our first meeting. Her observations and constructive criticism have helped us to re-integrate our K9 family.
Before we found Dr. Radosta, we were frustrated by the aggressive behavior of our young male Doberman toward his sire. We had read all the trendy books on dog training. We had tried just about every technique these books suggested but the problems between the two dogs continued and became even worse. We couldn't even have the two males in the same room together. We just wanted to be able to live in peace in our own home without the stress of waiting for the next attack to occur.
After many months of working with us, Dr. Radosta taught us how to relate to the dogs. She showed us how they were communicating with each other. We learned their body language. We learned that the young male responds inappropriately to other dogs and how to re-direct his aggressive tendencies. Both dogs are able to co-exist now. Although they will probably never be able to be together without our supervision, life is a lot easier for us since we no longer have to keep them in separate rooms all the time
If you love your pet enough to change your own behavior, if you make training your animal a top priority, if you remain consistent in your training routine, Dr Radosta will help you get the results you are looking for.”
Rick and Marian
“Dr. Radosta literally saved the life of my beautiful Springer Spaniel Sophie. When we moved to Florida two years ago, Sophie had a hard time adjusting and unfortunately, she bit someone on the beach. My husband and I took her to a veterinarian who had been recommended by a friend; without even touching her or examining her, this vet declared that she had "springer rage," that it was incurable and we would have to put her to sleep. We were completely devastated and I spent the next several days crying in my bed.
Thankfully, we got another opinion and the second, wise and fabulous vet referred us to Dr. Radosta. We spent several hours with Dr. Radosta, who diagnosed Sophie's problems as fear-aggression and separation anxiety, both of which are manageable. She assured us that Sophie is a wonderful dog and could absolutely be helped. We went home with so much more knowledge of our dog's behavior and plenty of handouts and exercises. We worked with Sophie consistently and regularly based on Dr. Radosta's instructions and today she is a different dog -- happy, less fearful, loving and full of life. We are still careful with her but she has never biten again and continues to thrive. We are so grateful to Dr. Radosta -- she is Sophie's heroine!!”
Beth and Sophie
“Before I met Dr. Radosta, I was truly at a wits end… My dog turned aggressive and I didn’t know what to do. My vet recommended Dr. Radosta. With explicit detailed information provided via a questionnaire, visits with Dr. Radosta, staying in close touch and follow-ups, my dog began to improve. Each consultation things kept improving and the iclick concept is an excellent tool to use. After a few months my dog still needed further help and Dr. Radosta was there for me and my loving little guy. She knew exactly what the next step was for him. I wasn’t aware animals could be treated with medication for behavioral issues. Dr. Radosta not only helped my dog, I have learned a great deal throughout this process and she is always there for support and guidance. I am so thankful to Dr. Radosta and all her help. Without her excellent expertise and caring for animals I just don’t know what I would have done. I am enjoying my little guy and he is enjoying his life.
My sincere thanks to Dr. Radosta.”
Boo Boo and Ellen
“I adopted Hazel, a German Shepherd mix, when she was 8 weeks old from a local shelter. Hazel was a little shy at first. As time passed, Hazel started showing signs of aggression toward strangers and other dogs for what seemed to be no reason. I thought I was an experienced dog owner and could fix the problem myself with love and obedience classes but nothing was working. Unfortunately the problem got worse and my wonderful, loving puppy became Cujo. I felt like I had failed my dog.
It’s not easy to live with a dog that has serious behavior problems so, by the time I met Dr. Radosta, I was emotionally drained but not willing to give up on the dog I loved. Dr Radosta quickly recognized that Hazel was not a bad dog and I was not a bad owner. Hazel was diagnosed as a very fearful dog exhibiting fear-based aggression. Dr Radosta helped me understand why Hazel was behaving the way she was and guided us through every step of the treatment process of changing Hazel’s behavior. I enjoyed working with Dr Radosta because she always explained what was going on. She also had a talent for developing realistic ways to help my dog which were not only based on scientific knowledge but also practical for me to do.
I am so grateful to Dr Radosta for showing me how to help my dog, Hazel. The support and practical guidance and insight we got from Dr. Radosta helped me build a strong bond with Hazel. Hazel is now 7 years old and doing extremely well.
Carol and Hazel
“When we brought in Maya from the shelter, we knew we were in for a lot of work. But we thought it would be the basic potty training, eating the furniture and chewing expensive shoes type of work. We never thought it was going to be aggression related, trying to bite my stepkids, who never owned a dog before, kind of work. We tried everything from reading everything out there, getting "unvaluable dis-information" from perfect dog owners to a basic obedience trainer. And that was when my vet, after getting one of those looks we were already getting used to, recommended Dr Radosta. My husband needed a little convincing as he had never heard of a little mutt needing a "psychiatrist" but he finally realized something needed to be done, mainly after being told, more than once that, no matter what, the dog is staying! So we did make the appointment for Maya, a stray pit mix, who, we came to find out, basically needed a translator - well, maybe more of a mediator at that point. And this is what Dr Radosta was: a translator, a mediator, sometimes a marriage counselor and most of the times a crime stopper between should I go after my stepkids or after my dog. And she did it with patience, with humor, and with more patience. By email, by phone, on any given day of the week and on any given time of the day (or night). And because of Dr Radosta here we are today, a happy family with stepkids and dog, all in the same house, and all in one piece even after playing catch in the backyard. Thank you so much for bringing me to where I am today - I don't think you will ever know the extent of what you did....”
Maya and Sandra
“Upon the recommendation of our vet I took our dog, Jack, to see Dr. Radosta. Jack has storm phobia and it was heartbreaking to see him so petrified every storm and watch him get progressively worse. I am happy to say that with Dr. Radosta’s help Jack has improved dramatically with storms and is making progress with his noise fear and fear related aggression. I know because of his generalized anxiety he will probably always be a work in progress but I am confident that under Dr. Radosta’s care we can overcome his problems to keep him a happy and well adjusted dog.”
Lyn and Jack
“I have been through Dr Radosta's Reactive Dog Class with each of my dogs as well as private consultations with my two miniature poodles. Even though they are well trained and compete in AKC competition obedience, I had some difficult problems with them. It got to the point that my husband wanted to either put Zippy to sleep or place him (which was not an option with his temperament and age). Her reactive dog classes were amazing. Watching how all the dogs progressed from week to week was wonderful. She gave me tools to use for managing their reactive issues. The exercises were very simple to learn and use. Both of my dogs responded very well. When I had additional problems I met with her privately and again she gave me some helpful tools as well as medicine to manage Zippy. he is so improved and now my husband has even commented " What a nice dog Zippy is" thank you so much Dr Radosta for caring and helping us.” Kathie, Jinx and Zippy
Seele was like no other puppy I had ever owned in my lifetime. She was not a warm and fuzzy, lick face puppy that we all dream to own. She was skittish, afraid of a blowing leaf, people, children just to name a few of her “issues”. When I walked her, I never knew what to expect or do when she reacted to something, and trust me-on any given day she was afraid of something. I felt inadequate as her owner as I couldn’t work her through her stress and walking her became a giant stress ball for both of us. I took the Reactive Dog Class taught by Dr. Radosta, at Lucky Dog Sports Club. She not only provided individual assistance to address each dog’s issues but also provided a wealth of knowledge and tools for me the handler, enabling me to gain confidence in handling Seele. Seele’s reactions are minimal now because
Dr. Radosta taught me the “pre-reaction” signs to look for and we can now avoid going into a full-blown reaction. I now have the confidence in handling Seele through any situation that may arise. Thanks Dr. Radosta!”
Cheryl and Seele
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