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Working with Will and Shana was a pleasure. Our large Golden needed some fine tuning regarding his social skills and their tips and guidance was very helpful. We got as much training as he did. On one of our training session outings to a pet store, we talked about nutrition and the right foods/supplements. He has lost 5 pounds and we are walking 2miles a day. And he greets other walkers and dogs with good manners. So grateful. Thanks guys.Oct 25, 2017Verified
I have had THE BEST experience and results working with Shana and Will. They are quick to respond, very flexible and easy to work with. I chose to work with the Grateful Dog after speaking with other trainers because Shana is so confident and knowledgeable she immediately put me at ease in our phone conversations. I appreciate that she took the time to not only explain her plan with my dog but also what she expects from me. After our first session I felt more confident in handling my anxious dog in various settings- each session has been extremely beneficial for myself and my dog. We are noticing tremendous changes in behavior. Many thanks to Will and Shana!!Sep 20, 2017Verified
Very "down to earth" dog trainers. They use appropriate correction and positive reinforcement. Best of all, we could tell they really enjoyed our dogsAug 26, 2017Verified
Shana and Will have helped me gain confidence in training my problem dog. This isn't our first time using a trainer, but with Grateful Dawg, we are actually facing my dog's fears and learning how to control his behavior when he is in an uncomfortable situation rather than totally avoiding his triggers. We have been so impressed with our results, and we are only on our third session!Jul 29, 2017Verified
i have had THE BEST training experience with shana and will. they are a great team. they are very knowledgable, patient, understanding, helpful and they really care about my dogs. they are also concerned with my success. they are very easy to work with and they address the issues that i have w/out any fluff or unnecessary training. i am dealing with a reactive dog issue which i have a ton of anxiety about. shana and will have given me the best advice and tools to address the situation in a way that i feel confident and comfortable with. i can't express enough how thankful i am to have them helping me and my dogs. with their guidance i know that i can successfully achieve my training goals.Sep 26, 2017Verified
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We start off by setting up a phone consultation to better understand your and your dog's training needs. From there, we schedule our first session. At the end of the first session we give you the option to upgrade to a package. We want to make sure you are 100% comfortable and satisfied with your training purchase.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?The Grateful Dawg NC is owned and operated by Will Sepich. Will's experience began by working with rescues and animal shelters in rehabilitating aggressive dogs. He has been mentored by a number of other trainers and has since developed, refined and adapted his own training style. Specializing in reactive/aggressive behavior modification. Together, we have a wide range of experience and a large base of knowledge to impart on our students. We can tackle a wide range of problem behaviors through basic obedience and/or behavior modification training. We consider ourselves harmonious trainers; using positive training ideals and motivational corrections, we help you establish clear communication between you and your canine companion.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?In the last month, we have had the pleasure of working with Vance County Animal Shelter (VCAS). We were contacted by an animal rescue transport group, Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society, that works very closely with VCAS. They hired us to assess eight dogs that had been deemed "dog aggressive" at VCAS. We spent about three hours in Henderson, assessing the dogs. Both the shelter staff and the rescue volunteers were present and interested in the training. Out of eight dogs, we were able to show them that seven of them had been deemed aggressive unjustly due to lack of understanding of their behavior. By assessing the dogs with the shelter staff and volunteers present, we were able to show them how to set the dogs up to succeed when conducting assessments of their behavior towards people and other dogs. It was so rewarding to have changed the shelters overall view towards assessments and training. Those eight assessments were the start of a beautiful working relationship between The Grateful Dawg NC and not only a rescue group, but a shelter that truly cares about helping their animals find their place in the world.