Alpha-Zen K-9 Academy
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21 years in business
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Jan - Jun
Jan - Jun
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Dog training type
Board and train at a facility
Tammy is a fantastic trainer. I had a shiba inu that had anxiety issues, and I wasn’t able to bring her outside the house without her shaking. After a few initial training sessions, I opted for a 4 week board and train. I could clearly see a huge difference in her behavior. Though her anxiety is still in progress, I am able to bring her out on a walk! Tammy definitely is knowledgeable about dogs and cares about both the dog and the owner. Highly recommended.Sep 27, 2019Verified
Buddy will be working with Tammie in a few short weeks. My husband and I appreciated Tammie's initial visit with us to get to know our frustrations regarding our dog. She listened to Buddy's history, shared insights regarding working with previous dog clients and gave us hope that Buddy could become a more socialized dog. While we wait for Buddy to board and train with Tammie, she gave us suggestions regarding collar, crate, and muzzle training to help reduce Buddy's anxiety. She spent an hour plus with us to understand our dog and the needs of the dog's owners.Jan 7, 2020Verified
Tammy is literally a life saver..in that I may have killed my dog were it not for her (kidding). We have a jack russel who has been so very difficult to train...I've gone to other trainers. Tammy worked miracles. She is the perfect mix of loving and rewarding but strict and firm. Our dog can hear her car coming and he lights up. I am a little worried he likes her more than me. He was prety dog aggressive and now he is able to play off leash with our upstairs neighbors dog, something I never thought possible. I cannot recommend her enough. She really has changed our lives for the better.Dec 4, 2019Verified
Tammy is a great trainer and super responsive. My dog Penny is leash reactive and ever since working with Tammy I’ve noticed a great improvement. Penny and I are still a work in progress, but I’m confident that soon I’ll be able to walk Penny with no issues. Thanks for everything Tammy! Brenda, Roland and Penny!Feb 23, 2019Verified
Very positive, patient training focusinf on the issue with our small senior dog. We understand what to do to train between our sessions to as pet parents.Sep 15, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My fees are based on how much time I think it will take to train the dog and the humans.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to start with an evaluation and/or phone consultation. This gives me an opportunity to assess the training needs of both the dog and human family members.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I started working in the veterinary field in 1990 and was licensed as an Animal Health Technician (AHT) in 1993. AHT has since been changed to RVT, Registered Veterinary Technician. I've spent most of my veterinary career doing Emergency and ICU work and started studying animal behavior as a hobby. In 1999, I graduated from United States K-9 Academy, after which I started Alpha K-9 Academy. After graduation, I continued to work with my teachers for additional training and still continue my education regularly. My veterinary and behavior careers have proven to be very complimentary to each other. When there was a behavior issue at the veterinary clinic, I was consulted. When there is a health question or issue with a dog that I'm training, my veterinary experience comes in handy. I’m no longer active in my veterinary career, but still maintain close relationships with my veterinary colleagues.