DOG SPECIALTIES
DOG SPECIALTIES

DOG SPECIALTIES

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Introduction: I make every effort in the time allowed to get client and their dog working together I make training fun! Helping those with their pets succeed in a balanced relationship Very rewarding to see a dog change his behavior
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Excellent 4.9

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Patty T.

Dog Training

Our rambunctious, full of energy, 6 month old German Shepard did not know how to walk on a leash, pay attention with any distractions, and was overwhelmed easily. Luckily we found Cynthia who was able to help with all of these concerns as well as help train us how to handle her. She now waits before going out, walks beside me and heels when told, and comes right away when called. Cynthia gave many great tips and one of our biggest fears was learning how to properly socialize her so she even agreed to meet us at the dog park over the weekend for a session to help us help our pup. Every time we went for a training session I could tell how much respect my pup had for not only Cynthia, but her son who helped out as well. We are so glad we chose to board and train our girl for 3 weeks. Cynthia was also very accommodating in scheduling when I told her we were leaving town for a week and worked our pup into her schedule so the times coincided perfectly. We are happy with the value and results and are excited to continue working with Harlow to see her flourish into an amazing pet companion.
DOG SPECIALTIES's reply
Thank you for the great review Its a pleasure working with all of you You have a great pup Keep up the good work!! Cynthia
Mar 26, 2021
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Kelly S.

Dog Training

First off, I don’t usually write reviews. But after our interactions and involvement with Cynthia at Dog Specialties, I really wanted to share our experience with others looking to find their puppy/dog a trusted trainer. A little bit about our specific situation is that We have a puppy we named Olive, who is going on 5 months old. She is an adorable pure breed black German Shephard. We have had no prior experience with this specific breed, although i have always had dogs in the past. I feel like we were grossly unprepared for how different it is raising a German Shephard puppy, compared to having a smaller, older dog. Which is what my previous experiences with dogs was coming from. Everything was wonderful until our darling little bundle of fur started growing by leaps and bounds. Never having a larger size breed before it quickly became apparent that she didn’t know her own strength in regards to play biting and pulling us on the leash. Since Olive is just a puppy, she loved to do the puppy thing which included play biting (still hurt pretty bad, sharp little teeth), chasing our cats, being rowdy when around other people, etc. we especially needed to stop olive from “talking back” to us when we’d ask her to follow our commands. Honestly we were failing miserably at providing the basics needed to raise a happy, healthy and well mannered puppy. With Olive being on the bigger size already I felt the problem would only get worse with each passing day that she went without professional training. I knew that I needed to find a good trainer and quickly. So I started asking around and looking online for places that could help us. I of course found the regular puppy training programs, that is only for a couple hours a day generally at a rate starting around $150/hr and goes up from that price. But what I really wanted was a place that Olive could go to that she could be in a puppy boot camp of sorts. We had already instilled some bad habits with her behavior unknowingly and those needed to be corrected before they became part of her personality. Although the thought of giving someone we didn’t know our cute puppy for an extended amount of time made me very nervous to say the least. I worried that she wouldn’t be cared for the same way that she had been accustomed to being babied by us. Ultimately, I knew that Olive would best benefit from a one on one type of training program but I was having a really hard time finding one that fit in our budget. More importantly finding a place that didn’t use shock collars as the main tool of training. The thought of Olive being put in a shock collar made me feel sick. Especially since she is so young and the behaviors she had been doing that I found needed to be corrected, I didn’t feel warranted the use of a shock collar. I’m not opposed to people who use them because they definitely have the right time, place and dog that that is the only means with which to train a dog. But not a very young puppy who had displayed no aggression or an unwillingness to take direction. At that point I had contacted 4, yes 4 different places that all had good reviews, but NONE of them were willing to use other methods-just the shock collar! Besides that, the cheapest one I found was a 2 week stay, for get this $3,200! I about fell over every time I’d be quoted some crazy high price. It just wasn’t in our means to afford the cost of these other places. I’m not sure why I decided to look at thumbtack but I had recalled using the thumbtack app in a previous project we needed done and it was a positive experience. So I thought I’d check to see if by some small chance there would be anyone able to help us on that app. I truly believe now that it was divine intervention, not to be dramatic about it, but my level of desperation was high and I hadn’t had any luck finding a place for Olive to go to that fit my requirements of the cost & humane training practices. That’s when I found Cynthias business, Dog Specialties. I looked through and read every single review and knew that based off of her reviews she was the perfect fit for what we needed. More importantly, what Olive needed. I reached out to her and shared what our situation was with Olive. We arranged for Olive to spend 2-2 1/2 weeks with her at her home. Not only was her price quote extremely fair and very reasonably priced but she never recommended the use of a shock collar for Olive. When we dropped Olive off at her house I must admit I was worried that Olive would be confused and that she wouldn’t be taken care of the way she had become used to being babied. Wow was I completely off by having those irrational fears! Let’s just say that by the time we came back to pick olive up it was abundantly clear that not only was olive very well cared for but olive didn’t really want to leave lol! Not only did we get almost daily updates about Olives progress and videos to show her improvements but Cynthia also helped figure out how to calm Olives anxieties with separation issues. She helped with Olives skin problems and her always itching. I cannot say just how grateful we are to both Cynthia and her son J.D. for how they made Olive a part of their family while Olive was in their care. So much so that when we came to pick Olive up she was very excited to see us of course. But soon as Cynthias son, J.D. walked past us Olive stopped being concerned about greeting us and followed J.D.! It was kind of heart breaking at first that Olive wasn’t entirely excited to see us, but at the same time I knew that they had formed a special bond. One that wouldn’t of happened if she had been mistreated or not completely made to feel like she was part of their family. In fact, I wouldn’t of wanted Olive to have behaved any differently because I know that Olive will always be taken care of, like she was one of their own dogs. Not just some dog who is there for training. We received a lesson when we picked Olive up and are eager to come back to get more lessons and to have Olive get more training. But overall I’d say that if you are looking for someone who will love and care for your dog the way you do then look no further. Cynthia and her son JD are the most knowledgeable trainers who will teach with love, compassion and a firm hand to get the results that you are looking for. Olive is a much better puppy for the time she spent there and we will be forever grateful for the time they both devoted to Olives training. I’d also like to add that Cynthia has been extremely accommodating with my text messages and questions after we came home with Olive. I don’t know of any other place that would return text messages and be so kind and patient with previous customers as she has been. It is just another thing that goes to show how passionate and devoted she is to the dogs that have been in her care. To sum everything up I highly recommend anyone needing any type of training for their furry friends to get ahold of Cynthia and JD. You will be more then impressed with the results and overall experience both you and your dog have working with them. Thank you for ALL that you’ve done for our family and for Olive. We can’t thank you enough for the time, energy, kindness and compassion you’ve shown our family!!
Mar 12, 2021
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Jack R.

Dog Training

Very knowledgeable relates well with dogs and thier owners training sessions went well and good suggestions for homework
Jul 23, 2020
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Darla M.

Dog Training

Cynthia and her son JD were fantastic in working with our overly eager hyper Soft Coated wheaten Terrier. He is full of energy and I had a great deal of concern around my small 8 pound dogs and as well as he was nipping at me and jumping all over guests. Cynthia worked with him and he now takes my command and listens but of course I continue to work with him but when I put him on his leash, he immediately heals. He walks by my side, sits and remains at my side when someone comes to the door. It is a bit like ADHD for a dog, just too excited to stop and listen and he now has a good understanding of what is acceptable and not acceptable. I am so very thankful we found her. I was with great apprehension dropping him off with strangers, would he feel we didn't want him anymore and this was his new home? :( My husband had tears in his eyes as we drove away but Cynthia took the time to send us video and updates as he progressed. Once we had our first lesson, I felt better he now knew we would be back and eventually take him home with us. He is happier not being yelled at or hurting me any longer so it was a win for both Vinnie and our family. Cynthia is soft spoken but I can assure you these animals know who is in control, she had to control me a bit too. Hahaha. Thank you Cynthia and thank you JD and we look forward to always having you should we need anything. Highly recommend.
Jul 6, 2021
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Sonja T.

Dog Training

My puppy was a velociraptor when I took him to Cynthia. I could not walk him because he thought I was a chew toy and kept biting me. Three weeks later we brought him home and I have taken him on three walks already and it is only the first 6 hours of our new life together.... it was actually fun! He is still a puppy, but he is learning fast and now I know how to help him. I am definitely planning to do follow up training sessions. Thank you Cynthia!!!
DOG SPECIALTIES's reply
Thank you very much Its a pleasure working with you family and SAM!! Cynthia
Jan 26, 2021
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Board and train is 500.00 a week with a two week minimum Some, puppies I suggest 3 weeks

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Meeting them and their pet discussing their home , work situation and time for pet. Exploring any issues that need correction and lessons for the owner on how to work with their dog

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been showing breeding and training German Shepherds and training clients pets for over 30 years

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