A Dogs Life

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About A Dogs Life

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We offer an off-leash obedience training and free evaluation.

We are A Dogs Life. We specialize in off-leash control, in and around severe distractions.

The level of dog obedience training that you can expect will be an advanced obedience level, with your dog having become well-versed in the following commands (all taught in English):

* Come on command
* Let's go ("follow me")
* Heel
* Place
* Sit (until released into another command)
* Down (until released into another command)
* Sit at a distance
* Down at a distance
* Car manners
* House manners
* Off (verbal correction command)
* Quiet on command (stop barking or whining)

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Some of the areas that we cover are Jacksonville, Swansboro, Emerald Isle, and New Bern.


Jacksonville, NC 28540


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  • 5/5 stars

    Samantha, is hands down the best! Lucy spent two weeks with her, during the board and train program. Thanks to A Dog's Life, I can take Lucy ANYWHERE and know that she will listen and be well behaved. I can't thank Samantha enough!

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Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. We do free in home evaluations to see your dogs behavior first hand, and also for you have a chance to meet the trainer before you make any commitments to the training. During the evaluation you will get a chance to meet one of my dogs and see them perform so you will know what to expect from your dog once the training is complete. We will also cover what training package and training tools will be appropriate while we are training your dog. Together we will set up a plan that fits your needs and addresses everything you want your dog to learn!

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Our boy ,Jameson (Boxer; age 4), has always been a larger than life puppy at heart, but the moment my husband deployed I took the the "puppy" too literally and allowed my 90lb "puppy" to become a confused, insecure, sheltered grown dog stuck in a unhealthy rut because myself and my husband did not have the proper tools to correct him and send him down a suitable path, I know this now because of Refined K-9. We have taken Jameson to obedience school at a much younger age but all we were given were the generic "how to's" you can read in any book. Samantha and Refined K-9 specify all their mentoring to each client, making it a remarkable experience because you know your individual concerns are being acknowledged and met. All this has made our "road to recovery" with Jameson pleasant and ,to our relief, plausible. Jameson had become male aggressive, especially when left alone with just myself. The male aggression included almost ALL males, especially larger men, in uniform, or wearing hats, but didn't just apply to men but also dogs, ESPECIALLY any and ALL husky's male or female. I dreaded walking him, always in fear of someone with another dog or a man walking too closely. It was always so embarrassing and a miserable experience for myself, the public and Jameson. For an active traveling family it saddened us when we weren't able to allow him to join us but exhausted us every time we tried. In the time spent with Refined K-9, Jameson has become the dog we knew he was capable of being. Myself and my husband have been taught the tools to expand his life tremendously by giving him ,and us as well, confidence. He is no longer confined to the leash and back yard. We are able to explore our surrounding new duty station with our focused and secure best friend at our side. He has come so far ,even with other males at a public park ,which hasn't happened since he was a pup. He walks with distractions while maintaining focus on us, he enjoys doing his place commands and eager to try new commands as if it was candy on Halloween, and has made it much more enjoyable to order pizza :). With a new baby in the house the commands shown to us and the significant difference it makes day to day have exceeded our initial expectations. We cannot imagine a life with out Refined K-9 and what it has done for us. We are still on the road in showing Jameson and ourselves what we're capable of , but in this short time we cannot express our gratitude enough to Samantha and Refined K-9. We will continue to learn from them and grow, as LONG as we can, and then some. Jameson's results are night and day, we get compliments by those who get to see that kind heart and incredibly loving, goofy personality we had been dying for those around us to meet. He has become an impressively obedient dog and we will continue to grow everyday, but more so than anything.. he is a happy "puppy" because of it! Thank you Refined K-9!

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