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I have a dog who is an extremely rare breed of dog. She is a German Pinscher (not to be confused with the min pin). She has an extremely strong personality, everything she does, she gives it her all. She is a very loving and loyal dog; however, she has some issues with strangers and territorial aggression. She would not let anyone else into our home, even our friends. In our ignorance, we were trying to socialize her and keep her around when people came into our home so that she would get used to it. For this reason, we have many friends who are now terrified of her, and for good reason. It killed me to have my friends talk about how vicious my dog was and how we should not allow her around my son. I really did not want to have to re-home her or put her down, because I know for a fact that Zoe would fight to the death before she let anyone hurt me or my family. She would never bite anyone in our family, or even growl at us. She is so very loyal, and these types of dogs only have one true owner. So I know that even if I did re-home her instead of putting her down, all I would be able to think about was how she would never be the same, and neither would we. She is a member of the family. We have had many, many trainers work with her, and they all had different theories. Many told us that she would never really be safe to have around other people. I can't describe how exhausting it was to think about being on edge for the rest of her life. In effect, owning Zoe was controlling our lives. Earl was very helpful for multiple reasons, but two really stand out. The first is that he knew of Zoe's breed, and had seen her breed in action before. So the first thing he told me was that, she was not doing anything abnormal for her breed. She is a strong dog, and her breed is naturally wary of strangers and are said to be excellent watch dogs (though not many progress to the guard dog stage that Zoe thought she was at). This made me feel better because even though he saw her aggression first hand, he did not think she was vicious or bad. Earl has extensive experience with working dogs, like Zoe, and with extremely aggressive and dominant dogs. There really are not many trainers out there who truly are qualified to work with aggressive dogs, and Zoe most definitely had not been responding to the 'tree hugging' version of training that is so popular now. For most dogs, that may work fine, but Zoe had progressed to biting and needed specialized training, not out of the box training. The other thing that really helped that Earl did was explain the theory of dominance and pack structure in a way that I could understand. Of course, with a dog like Zoe, I had read a lot of material on being a pack leader and watched every Caesar Milan episode he has made, but it seemed like a lot of it was just mean, to me. Earl explained why a dog needs to know where s/he stands in the pack and that it is not all about asserting yourself in a violent way. There are many subtle and easy things that you can do to establish your rank in the house and we were doing them wrong. Things like letting her have free reign of the house instead of making that an earned reward, and allowing her on the furniture and to sleep on our bed. Just beginning to change these simple things I have seen a huge improvement with Zoe. She used to be kind of a spaz, and we thought that was just her being weird, but really it was her not knowing her place and being confused. Sometimes we were dominant, others we weren't, and we were not being consistent. Now, she is calm all the time! She has had NO problem not sleeping with us anymore (and it is fantastic to have our bed back) and she spends a lot of her time calm and sleeping in her area. She gets to go out and play when I decide, and that has been more than enough for her. I thought it was mean to keep a dog confined, that they needed the stimulation, but I can already see how much calmer and happier she is, just after a few days! We still have a lot more work to do, but I can see that Earl's approach really works and is making her happier, not making her feel unwanted. There is much, much more that we were doing wrong, but the long and short of it was that we were treating her like a person, not a dog. And with some dogs, that may never pose a problem, but with a working dog like Zoe, it definitely did. She didn't have a place, she didn't have a job, so she took on a job of her own, protecting the house. Now, it is my responsibility to take on that job and let her know she does not need to handle it. Finally, another thing that really helped me, was the amount of material that Earl gave me to peruse. I am the kind of person who likes to learn as much as I can about an approach so that I can really do it right, and Earl was able to provide that for me. I now have so many things to work on, I will have to make myself an objectives list to be sure that I touch on all the issues. The other good thing about all the reading material is that it is hard for a trainer to really see all of your dogs issues in just an hour or two, or even after a month of working with them. I live with Zoe and see all the things that she does. There were many things that she was doing to assert herself as dominant that I never realized were an issue. So now I know even more that I need to correct than what Earl saw. He, of course, saw how she reacted to strangers, but I was able to see how she was asserting herself with me. I thought she knew I was alpha because she was obedient and would listen to me (except when she didn't). She had decided that she would listen when she wanted, but that she got to decide when to obey and when not to. That is why I had so little control over her when people came to our door. All of this I got from only two days working with Earl. I appreciate all his help so far, and I intend to gain off leash control/obedience from Zoe, so watch for my call Earl! You will be hearing from me! I could write more, but I'm sure no one is interested in the life and times of Zoe; however, I think that the most important thing we will gain from this experience is MY confidence. A lot of trainers talk about the dog gaining confidence, but for me I needed to be confident of my place and ability to control Zoe. She didn't trust me to handle the situation, so she took charge. That will be changing now. Thanks again, Earl!
We are so thrilled to have found Cindy! She has been reliable and so easy to work with. She makes us feel comfortable leaving our dogs and our home with someone, knowing they will be well cared for. She is trustworthy, dependable, and we highly recommend her for daily dog visits or overnight stays.
These guys are great! They leave journal and write in it every day so I know how my pup did on walk/visit. Show up on time. Very responsive and okay with last minute changes. I also used their obedience training for my dog and we are improving every day!
Thanks Lea. This was a great experience for me. Great tips and techniques on how to train my dog as well as how to understand my dogs breed specific behavior. Lea is more than a dog trainer, she's a dog expert. I wanted someone to teach me how to best teach my dog and that's what I got. Very reasonable price for that kind of experience. Thanks again, Lea.
Kati was very professional & personable! We can't thank her enough for taking care of our little guy, Petey. We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation because we weren't worried about leaving Petey in her care. We came home to a happy dog!
Jeff at Show Me K9 Dog Training has helped my dog go from pulling on walks, lunging and barking at dogs, etc. to walking without pulling, looking up and listening for direction, and now knows come, sit, off, wait, heel, and place after only two lessons. Jeff is always willing to answer questions in between sessions at any time of day, gives great directions for me during the week, and very helpful feedback on our progress during lessons. Feels good to throw away the harness and relax on walks with my Buddha! I HIGHLY recommend Show Me K9 Dog Training!
Melissa has been my dog walker and pet sitter for almost 2 years. She always does what she says she will and comes when she says she'll come - and she always leaves some kind of little sign that she has been here (in case I had any doubts, which I don't!) As a pet sitter, you won't find anyone better - she even takes the trash out before I come home!
Definitely recommend Zana as a dog trainer. Really friendly and definitely knows what she is doing. We were shocked how well behaved our German Shepherd was after just 2 weeks with Zana!
Very professional and easy to work with. It is nice that we don't have to take our dog to a kennel.
You cannot go wrong! Sitting Comfortably, led by Summor, can and will meet any and all your needs as they relate to pet care. We've lived in many different cities, and have had to rely on pet care for the past 5 years. We have yet to experience a business as complete, professional, and personalized as good as Sitting Comfortably. We use the service for daily walks, daily boarding, and overnights when we leave town (they picked my dog up, gave him a no-kennel experience, and dropped him off when we arrived back in town!). As long as their in business, I will not even consider anyone else.
Angela has a very high level of knowledge in both dog behavior and dog training. She was always on time for each appointment and was willing to stay a little late to make sure I understood each facet of the training. You can tell she loves dogs and loves helping people train their dog. She would always return my call when I had questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone serious about training their dog.
I sent out the request to find a dog trainer and I received a quick response from the Turn Around Dogs. I'll have a follow up review after they come to my place and do the consultation.
I can't say enough good things about mother-daughter team Kristen and Natalie. It's obvious that they're doing this because they love being with animals. The first day I was gone they sent me a video of Natalie playing with my dog which I absolutely loved! I have never felt more comfortable with any dog sitter I have hired in the past. I knew that I could trust these two in my home and with my much beloved dogs. Kristen is professional, super friendly, and always responds quickly to messages. I have zero complaints and will use K&N Pet Sitting any time I need a sitter in the future!
When I first got my puppy, I was in over my head! Regan was able to train my dog using only gentle techniques and show me how to continue the training myself. I cannot say enough about how much Regan helped me and my dog form an even closer bond with my pet. Highly recommended!
Creature Comforts was amazing. We went out of the country for 10 days and Carol went above and beyond taking care of our pets including playing the dog's favorite games and buying pine shavings for the rabbit and letting us reimburse her when we got back. Highly recommend.
Carol is very great with my pet! She is very good in communicating how each meeting went and is available to provide advice. My dog is very happy every time he gets to hang out with Carol. I would recommend her to a friend.
I had to go out of town on a business trip, and my cat Gigi, and my yorkie, Bella, needed to be let out and fed twice a day. They hate the noise at dog boarding, so home care is what I prefer. Adrienne came every morning , and again on the evening , fed them, and played with them also. I was so happy to Find Adrienne at Halo Per sitting, to keep my fur kids calm and no disruption In their schedule. I plan on calling her every trip I have.
Diana did a great job dog sitting our boys. We were very surprised when we came home after a long weekend with the family and noticed that she hand wrote all of the daily activities that she did with our babies. You can definitely tell that she cares very strongly about animals, hence her current profession! Thanks Diana for the great care :)
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I have many years of experience in pet sitting. If your pet stays with me, I have a collie mix who I have had for 7 years. Exercise is important when caring for animals. I am very active with my pet. I take my dog out for at least an hour everyday. If you have any questions, please text or call me.
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We offer in-your-home private lessons in the Greater KC Metro area. We train your dog where you need them to listen - at home! We are certified dog trainers with 5+ years of experience. We cover basic obedience (sit, come, down, etc.) and basic problem solving (nipping, potty issues, barking, leash pulling, etc). We work on what you need your dog to do! Positive Reinforcement techniques are preferred, but not exclusive; ask us about our techniques! Clicker training is offered as well. Trainer Kellie Sadler excels at personalizing her work, her sensitivity to you and your dog, and offers email or phone support for the life of your dog(s).
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Susan J has had a passion for animals since childhood with a special enthusiasm for canines. Every dog she has had has completed obedience class, one winning first place in the class finale trick contest. Susan is familiar with canine health, basic nutrition, and the importance of exercise in a dog's life.