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Kronk

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Co-founder

Kronk foundedFriends of Kronkat 5 months when he was diagnosed with III degree Sensory Deprivation Syndrome.

He was born in October 2018, as one of 13 puppies in an extraordinary litter. His mother, a white Labrador with a sweet look, and his father, an imposing Sable German Shepherd with great presence. 

Her story of overcoming inspires others through Friends of Kronk, providing support and resources to dogs and owners facing similar challenges.

 

With love and patience, he has shown that it is possible to help dogs overcome obstacles and lead full and happy lives.

Ariadna Basilio

Foundress

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With 5 years of experience in the canine world, my passion and experience cover three fundamental areas: training, education and canine ethology. My goal is to strengthen the relationship between people and their beloved pets.

I have expanded my knowledge in specific areas, including odor detection and animal-assisted interventions. These specialized skills allow me to provide valuable solutions for special and challenging situations.

In addition, I have training as a veterinary assistant specialized in nutrition and physiotherapy. This comprehensive training enables me to address the health and wellness needs of dogs holistically. I'm proud to offer a comprehensive approach to ensuring your furry companions live happy, healthy lives.

My Commitment to You and Your Dogs, as a dog trainer, educator and ethologist, my goal is to help you prevent and deal with everyday problems with your dogs. I offer expert advice and practical tools that improve the quality of life for your pets. I am here to be your ally every step of the way, giving you the confidence and knowledge you need to raise happy, well-adjusted dogs.

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Our Story

I was looking for a puppy when I saw on Facebook that they were giving some away near a restaurant, in a garbage area. I ran out of the house to find them. When I arrived, there were only 4 scared puppies left, and before I could choose, Kronk put his paw on me and I felt like he had chosen me.

When I got it home, I quickly realized it was special. He was 3 months old and, instead of being an active and unconscious puppy, he was a very fearful dog, almost to the extreme. He was scared by any new movement, sound or object. He always felt unprotected and sought refuge under a table or bed. He was a very calm puppy and hardly played. After a month at home and with the vaccinations completed, it was time to go outside, and my worst fear came true: I was terrified of going outside.

At that time, I decided to start a dog training course and, despite following the advice of my trainer teacher, Kronk's fear only got worse. At 5 months old, we went to a clinical ethologist, and after several tests, Kronk was diagnosed with Sensory Deprivation Syndrome.

This behavioral pathology causes a conflict in the management of the sensory response to various stimuli, which leads to problems adapting to the environment, generating excessive and generalized fears and phobias.

In short: Kronk was a dog with an extreme fear of everything. The ethologist recommended me to medicate him with Selegiline to reduce the effects of the syndrome, a medication that works as a disinhibitor in dogs.

Thanks to the medication, we began therapy that was based on socializing Kronk. We got him to walk comfortably around my neighborhood, and then we started working with people. One by one, my friends walked Kronk neutrally, without looking at him or touching him, until he wanted to come closer or play tag.

But there came a time when Kronk accepted the existence of my friends, but was still afraid when he saw strangers on the street. We needed him to get used to walking with a lot of people, and he didn't know what else to do. But before I gave up, I thought and thought, and it occurred to me to make a Tinder account for Kronk. I uploaded photos of Kronk with me and the description began like this: "We are looking for companions for our dog therapies." I briefly discussed Kronk's problem and asked if they could accompany me on a walk. The truth is that both Kronk and the people responded positively. From going for walks with Kronk's friends so much, Kronk's friends stuck to him like his name.

Currently, thanks to this and a lot of effort, we have achieved that Kronk is able to go out and accept strangers better and more quickly, both inside and outside the home. You are no longer in a state of chronic stress and are much more self-sufficient. If you watch him play, he seems like a very happy dog, like any other, but Kronk is still suffering from Sensory Deprivation Syndrome, and there is still a long way to go.

Even though everyone has assured that Kronk will never be a normal dog, I will never stop trying to make him a little happier.

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