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Executive Canine Services has been a real find for our family and our German Shepard. I have often felt reluctant to have typical "dog walkers" take Apollo out. When I heard about Executive Canine's Training Walks, I thought that's what we needed. Apollo is enjoying play time away from home but getting additional obedience during these activities. Our family has notices a big improvement in temperament and overall behavior.
We're working with Todd to reinforce training with our adopted german shepherd puppy Zoey and to help her - and us - work with her anxiety issues. Immediately, Zoey took to Todd, and we could see that Todd really understood her - both as the breed and an individual puppy. Todd has given us some really helpful tips to practice after our training sessions, and we have noticed great improvements in Zoey! Todd is amazing! We call him the dog whisperer - it's truly wonderful to see how he connects with Zoey and his insights are invaluable. If you need someone who is caring, knows what he's doing, respects your puppy, and responds quickly to your emails/calls/texts, Todd is your person.
We are just getting started but John really impressed us. We had a GSD for thirteen years and he's great with them. He will be great with our mini Aussie Shepherd too!
My rescue Astro, an Australian Shepherd/Akita/Husky mix, is naturally dominant, and fearful/anxious of almost everything. Rusty's knowledge and hands-on experience truly shine with these issues and breeds. Always professional, Rusty is flexible with working around our schedules. We have completed over 15 hours of training with Rusty. After an initial meet n' greet and one session, Rusty immediately had a good feel for Astro's fears and was able to pinpoint root causes. He provided in depth lessons for both me AND Astro. Much of the training is teaching us humans proper technique for recognition, prevention, and reaction to behaviors.Therefore, the true work starts at home, with the owners post lesson. Rusty has provided me with the tools I needed to become a genuine leader for my dog. I've learned SO much and cannot be more grateful to his dedication and patience. Rusty goes above and beyond EVERY time he meets with us, and I've never been disappointed. He provides a plethora of resources, even outside our training hours via email; from printable PDFs for your fridge, to recommended toys and dog food, to articles on a variety of topics! He will answer any questions you can throw at him, and if he isn't sure, he'll do in depth research to find the best answer! You name it, Rusty will provide solutions and advice. I've seen VAST improvements in my dog's behavior over the past few months! Consistency and dedication to your pet at home is key, for sure. However, we could not have done it without Rusty's guidance, and I could not be more happy with the tools and training he has provided us. I highly recommend Pawgress to all! Excellent job, keep up the great work! All our thanks! ~ RoxAnne & Astro
Maj is amazing, we have learned so much in 3 lesson, she is fantastic. Our rescue German Shepard is really settling in, all thanks to Maj.
Heather is very knowledgeable and helpful. She listened to our concerns and came up with some small goals for our next meeting. We are very excited to work with her in upcoming weeks with our German Shepherd puppy.
It is an honor to recommend Robyn Potts as your pet companion / house sitter. It is because of her that we are finally able to take worry-free vacations after adopting a mother-daughter dog duo three years ago. I cant say enough good things about Robyn. As a dog sitter, she was willing to treat our (spoiled) dogs the way we do: many kisses and cuddles and letting them sleep with her. As a matter of fact, after keeping them the first time, she returned to our house for a social visit, and I got a little jealous! My usually reluctant canines were ecstatic to see her, running circles around her, wanting to be held, sitting by her on the sofa (rather than me unheard of!) and wanting to follow her out. I knew then Robyn was a find! As a house sitter, I am always completely comfortable with Robyn. Shes neat and tidy, confident about taking care of any problems that might arise [we live on a floating home], and totally trustworthy! I almost hesitate to recommend her because it creates competition for her time :-), but as a pet family, I know that its difficult to find sitters who are honest, capable, and warm so I feel I must share.
Outstanding! Koru K9 trained us to be successful owners of a well-behaved dog. It was well worth our time and effort. When Scruffy rescued us, he was a 2 year-old, fearful, psycho-biter terrier who had been badly abused. It's taken 2 more years to get win his trust and love but he still went crazy around other dogs and strangers. Koru K9 taught us how to win Scruffy's focus, keep him calm and start working on obedience basics. How much was that worth to us? A lot more than we paid!
We've been working with Suzanne for about 2 years, and could not be happier. We have a 3 year old German Shepherd who can be a bit of a handful, but Suzanne handles her masterfully. While we always try to keep a consistent schedule, she is always accommodating for last minute walk needs, and has NEVER left us in a pinch. Suzanne is able to read the body language and behaviors of the dogs in the pack so well, we are never concerned about having her take our pup. She knows how to group dogs that will get along best, and gets to know the specific personality of each and every dog she has in her groups! Her attention to the detail of every puppy-personality is second to none. She also does overnight / dog sitting which we've used a number of times- she leaves the house in perfect shape and we come back to an EXHAUSTED pup. We trust her with our fur baby and our home. She's the best!
My husband is training our German Shepard puppy with Bob. We didn't have the funds to take both dogs to Bob, but i have over 40 years training Samoyeds. We will work at home.
Cookie my 9 month old German Shepherd puppy loves the balanced K9 family. She uses the boarding services and the walking services. Its literally impossible to calm her down once she see's Mahogany. I always get nervous that one day she won't want to come home with me :) I am so thankful for all the love, goodness and wisdom that is shared with me about raising a happy, healthy and well-behaved pup. I wouldn't trade them in for the world.
Courteous, professional, compassionate, friendly. I would highly recommend Pampurred Pets. We have a German Shepherd and two Standard Poodles. Our dogs get groomed every four weeks. The groomer did an outstanding job.
Rudy is probably the best thing to happen to the dog -- and dog owners -- world! Ever! He was recommended to me by another dog trainer and what a gift that was! Rudy took a beautiful rescue Shepherd who had almost no previous training and I can't tell you how amazing the results have been! Rudy's presence, confidence and ability to read dog language is nothing short of amazing. Yes, I would say "dog whisperer" applies here -- our own local one. In my case, he had his work cut out since I (the dog's person) -- needed co-training and he did a remarkable job with that part too. Endless patience, understanding -- and the requisite humor! I'm almost as well-behaved as my dog. The neighbors took notice and there are now other dogs -- both small and large breeds -- who are walking testaments to Rudy's skills. Thanks to him, my dog easily got his AKC Canine Good Citizen rating and is now about to be a therapy dog -- visiting and bringing joy to both kids and Veterans. Rudy's a big man, with a heart to match, who clearly loves and cares for dogs -- and they know it. I can proudly say that both my dog and I are products of Angelwings -- a perfect name.
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Kenneth Griffin provides reliable dog training services. He also carries out pet walking work. Inquire regarding the rates of this dog trainer.