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I brought my dog here for a week for board and train program. I was able to check in all week and they were very fast in responding and even sent pictures. I was nervous to leave him but felt better after that. My dog is still working on everything but they laid a very good foundation. I will be bringing him back here for additional training. The family is very knowledgeable.Dec 16, 2017Verified
I brought my 4 1/2 month old Siberian Husky, Takoda for the one week program. I picked him up today, and I am amazed at how much K. and S. have been able to teach him! They showed me what he could do. Then they worked with me for an hour to give me the tools to continue his training. Takoda loved it there where he got to play with other dogs and he seemed to enjoy learning his boundaries.Dec 19, 2017Verified
Hulk is barely a year old, a bit of a wild child if you will. I took him to Burrell Handling LLC for some much need training. We chose to do what I've been calling puppy boot camp; Hulk stayed with them for the week where he was able to learn the basics. At the end of the week we sat down for a little over an hour and got trained so we could continue all their hard work. They also gave us paperwork to read for tricks and tips for trainings as well as cell numbers and emails so we can follow up with questions and training tips. They were awesome at giving us detailed updates daily with pictures! Hulk is like a new dog with better manners. We would definitely like to work with Katherine and Susan again! Thanks for having Hulk.Jun 26, 2017Verified
I would recommend Sue and her daughter Katherine very highly. My dog was very very timid and very reactive to almost everything. I had used a few different trainers with no change. A friend of mine recommended Sue to me. She showed me how to be dominant over my dog without intimidation. This in turn has helped my dog be more confident and a much better pet. She truly cares about the dog and owner whether or not you have a show dog or simply a family pet. I do not know what I would have done if I had not found Sue. Thank you very much!Jan 27, 2015
I have been blessed to work with and learn from the Burrells many times. They are professional, knowledgable, personable, excellent teachers and have the highest standards in dealing with both dogs and their owners. Their are few I would trust to train my dogs, I would send them to the Burrell's without hesitation. Highly recommended for puppy evaluation and selections, training and breed show handling. Also consider their handling classes if you show your own dog. You will be blown away by their kind and professional manner both at the shows and away.Dec 15, 2014
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Our services are varied and so therefore is the process. But every customer is asked to meet with us for a free consult first, where we can discuss your troubles, goals, and expectations. Every dog is different, there is no magic button to push for a fully trained dog, so the length of time it will take for each dog to reach its full potential is different case by case. During that initial consult we'll give you a realistic estimate as to what your dog needs.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?We are a family ofhandler/trainers with more than 100 combined years of experience. Bill started working with dogs when he was 10 years old, and since has done just about everything you could think to do with a dog. He met Sue when she came to one of his puppy classes, and took her under his wing. Katherine and Virginia grew up in the business, learning to growl before they learned to speak! The Burrell family has worked around the world, having either worked on, or had clients from, 5 of the 7 continents. We've trained dogs for movies, for police, military, and protection work, for service work, therapy work, and for obedience, agility, rally, and conformation showing. All these areas and more. We've helped to rehabilitate hundreds of aggressive or fearful dogs, some of whom would have been euthanized otherwise. We have coached numerous people into being successful trainers and handlers, with approximately 100 students who have taken Best in Show to date. Last year we put 35+ titles on dogs we handled. Bill co-founded the United States Temperament Testing Association (USTTA), a system of determining whether or not a dogs' temperament is appropriate for its breed.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?Just recently, we had a success story that's certainly one of our favorites. About a year and a half ago, we had someone approach us with a Samoyed named Mojo that had become extremely aggressive. They told us that he had exhibited more aggression than was normal for a sammy when he was just a puppy, so they put him in a puppy kindergarten class, but he only got worse. So they tried taking him to a Schutzhund trainer. (Schutzhund trains dogs to do guard work- have you ever seen a guard dog demonstration where the dog bites the sleeve of the attacker? That's Schutzhund.) The Schutzund trainer misread Mojo's behavior, thinking that he was being aggressive simply because he was trying to climb the pack. His solution was to harshly correct him at every sign of aggression. While that may have worked with another dog, it only made Mojo worse. His owners turned to us in desperation. Mojo was supposed to be a show dog, but every time he entered a show building, he got so aggressive that it wouldn't be safe to show him. When they brought Mojo to us, it became apparent that his aggression was fear based, not dominance based. We taught him that he could trust us, that we would protect him and that he didn't have to worry about anyone else. He responded rapidly to our training methods, and his confidence began to climb. Soon he was able to participate in our dog class relaxed, happy, and with a waggy tail. After a year and a half, Mojo now looks forward to shows, participates in them gleefully, and is just one major away from his championship! His aggression is gone, his confidence is high, and we could not be more proud of him and his family.