I recommended Show Me Your Dog whole-heartedly. SMYD was highly recommended to us when our pup was 8 weeks old. We starting working with them during our pup’s 8th week of life, an ideal opportunity to get her learning from other (healthy, vaccinated) puppy-friendly dogs which they hand selected and introduced in a controlled setting. Since we started, her individual training sessions have been tailored and paced for her and her age, building skills with long-term goals in mind. When I drop her off at Train and Play Day Camp, I have comfort knowing that she is in a focused and stimulating as well as a safe and caring environment. At the end of the day, we hear about what she is working on and training videos are often available. The trainers are available for our questions and when we need tips (as new things always arise with puppies). In addition, the SMYD trainers will explain the reasons for the approaches, in the context of building for the future.
Their unique approach to Train and Play Day Camp involves a cycle of training and rest. Dogs socialize (get to be a dog, in a group, with appropriate levels of oversight), rest, have individual training sessions, and rest (repeat). This way, dogs use their minds and bodies but get the much-needed recovery to behave and focus well during interactive sessions. When your dog attends Train and Play Day Camp, it is in conjunction with individual training sessions involving you, the owner. Through hands-on involvement, you learn how to continue your dog’s development at home and thus create a consistent environment of learning.
SMYD is not simply doggy day care. It is a lifelong program to develop your dog’s socialization and capabilities (obedience, agility, plus whatever you desire and your dog enjoys) in ways that fully exercise and challenge your dog’s mental and physical being. This is exactly what your dog needs, regardless of its breed, age, or personality: mental and physical engagement in a safe, controlled setting with attentive, knowledgeable staff. Your dog is encouraged to be a dog (some dogs raised in isolation actually need to learn this!) while gradually building skill sets to become an ideal citizen, family member, and, if desired, service dog or competitor.
An important and inspiring aspect of SMYD’s work involves rehabilitating rescues and orphans. With confidence and plans that come with experience and knowledge, dogs written off as damaged or dangerous can be reprogrammed to trust and appreciate other dogs and people. This is critical work and these folks both know what they are doing and care enough to offer these services to really tough cases. We have used SMYD’s services for 13 weeks so far and have seen several ongoing, successful rehabilitations. With no reservation, I recommend them for help with any issues you encounter and want to solve. While training your dog, they will also train you!
Lastly, I will mention that it is a pleasure working with Dave, Nikki, and Bernie. They have knowledge and experience but are always learning and researching to be dynamic. They would be willing to work toward your goals, whatever they may be, and embrace new tools and ideas. I like them personally and my dog loves them. They are focused and they care. I am grateful and fortunate to be raising my dog with them.