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We have two Great Danes both of them went to Ridgeside and now both of them are model doggy citizens. Before our older Dane Jack went he was on Trazadone for extreme anxiety. When he came back the confidence he had gained through training and desensitizing made him a completely different dog. We are a year post training and the team still checks in on us and works on fun, new things that challenge the dogs and us. Thank you Will and Taylor so much for everything you have done and continue to do!!Oct 15, 2019
Hands down the best training money can buy. Ridgeside K9 holds themselves to the highest of standard. From cleanliness of their facility to the care for you dog. It was the best possible investment in my dog I could have made. I dropped of a wild animal and got back a best friend and for that, I am forever grateful.Oct 15, 2019
You couldn’t ask for a better training venue or trainers. The professionalism and devotion Ridgeside K9 Carolina provides is unmatched. Regardless of the breed/age/temperament/drive your family pet or working dog may have, the trainers will provide a training solution for you.Oct 15, 2019
My husband and I used Ridgeside K9’s training services in North Carolina for our dog Pedro at the end of 2019 this past year. Will provided exceptional training for Pedro, a dog others told us we would need to put on drugs or put down. Pedro is a fear-aggressive dog that has had multiple bites with humans. Additionally, when he would go outside, he would bark at our neighbors if they were outside. He constantly pulled on the leash on walks, especially when he heard loud noises. Furthermore, he would often nip at my husband or I if we tried to pull him off of his places of comfort (couch, bed, etc.). Pedro had a very tight inner circle; The only people he would tolerate were me, my husband, and our immediate family. Therefore, when my entire immediate family had to attend a wedding, we were at a loss in figuring out how to find a place to house Pedro for a few days. That is when I found Aaron from Ridgeside K9 in northern VA. He took care of Pedro for four days without issue and referred us to Will in North Carolina for follow up training. Pedro originally was supposed to spend three weeks with Will, but due to the nature of his behavior, Will did the right thing and kept him a little bit longer to ensure that he would receive the training he needed. We loved watching Pedro’s progress through text updates and daily stories on Instagram. We missed him a lot, but we could tell he was receiving the best of care and was learning a ton. During turnover, we were astonished at what Will had accomplished with Pedro during his short six-week stint with him. Will spent almost a day with us in our home, backyard, and out at Lowes to show us how to interact with Pedro. He even brought his own dog to show how Pedro interacted with her. Pedro no longer barked at anything he saw in our backyard, was desensitized to noise, came when we called him, and was a breeze to handle on the leash. Will provided us with an excellent toolset and set us up for success. Now every time we walk Pedro in our town, we get multiple compliments on what a great dog he is. We are more confident, and Pedro is more confident. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Ridgeside K9, especially Will. He is a true expert and is extremely dedicated to the dogs he works with. Thanks so much for providing us with such confidence and peace of mind in our lives related to our dog!Jan 6, 2020
Best decision we ever made was sending our dog to Ridgeside K9 Carolinas, Will and Taylor did what we thought was impossible and took our EXTREMELY REACTIVE 4 year old GSD and turned him into the dog we dreamed of. Throughout the time our dog was boarded Will and Taylor kept us informed, sending pictures and videos of our dog during his transformation. Not only did they make our dog less reactive, they made us be able to better understand what were the causes and how to control it. They took ample time going above and beyond to ensure we knew what to do and also why we were doing it. Even after we have our dog back Will and Taylor continue to help us with any questions we have and follow on training. This whole experience was and continues to be amazing. I can’t recommend Ridgeside K9 Carolinas enough for their amazing work.Oct 15, 2019
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have worked with dogs in many aspects from little pet dogs to multi purpose canines in special operations.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I started training dogs back in 2011 when I got into doing dog sports with my German shepherd. Fell in love with dog training then!
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Ask a lot of questions!