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This is one of the best experiences I've ever had with a trainer. We have a 2 year old male standard poodle, Beau. His behavior, fear aggression, was not conducive to downtown living. Since neither of us knew how to handle it on our own, we reached out to Mike for our options. From the very beginning he managed our expectations, explained every step of the training process, and best of all took time to listen to our concerns. Before recommending the 3 week obedience board and train, Mike heard all of Beau's behavior, asked questions and gave us some preliminary feedback. When we went to drop him off with Mike, we thought it would be a quick hand over of the leash and we would be out. However, Mike took his time with us, and with Beau, getting to know him and his temperament. He also reassured us since Beau was an inside dog, most of his training and all of his boarding would be inside, to keep with our conditions at home. This was very comforting for us. During the training, Mike recommended we visit once a week to see Beau to play and work with him. It was comforting for both of us. Mike treated Beau like a pet, just as we do with affection and play, and yet managed Beau's behavior and obedience like a trainer. Such a dynamic was critical for us in seeing the transition from home to training back to home as seamless as possible. When we went to pick Beau up, Mike spent over 45 minutes with us going over the commands, shoring up any last minute concerns, and "training" us. (If you don't know it, humans are often just as much to blame for the dog's behavior as the dog, but I digress.) We highly recommend Mike for your dog as well.
Amy and John were able to give us excellent advice on the very first meeting. In less than a week we have already seen improvement in our dog's behavior with using the tools and suggestions they provided.
We love the joy and excitement of our Labrador puppy, but we were at our wits end with her out of control behavior. JR visited our home and assessed our puppy's behavior. He shared his philosophy and explained how he could help. After a week of training, we couldn't believe it was our dog. She was really excited for my visit but wasn't jumping up at me. Then she walked calmly on a leash, heeling by my side. By the end of her training, she was responding to the here command at a park and my mind was blown! We are thrilled with our new dog and having a place to board her when we need to leave town. Thanks JR and Diane!
Lee is very knowledgable about various dog breeds and their behavior. She is patient and very easy to work with. We are very pleased with the training session and excited to continue the training process with more sessions.
It is my pleasure to write a review for Nick as well as, give him the highest recommendation as a trainer. Nick has worked with my two German Shepherds for almost a year now. Nick is not only a very competent trainer, he is professional, empathetic and shows how much he cares for your pups overall needs and your needs as an owner. Working with Nick over the past year results in your confidence as an owner, as well as, your dog's confidence. I brought a 12 week old pup and a 4 year old GS to him and the results were two amazing dogs. Not only does your dog get trained, you get trained to be in control of your dog's behavior. My dogs get so excited every time they see NIck...they have definitely bonded with him and trust him. I can't say enough about Nick as a person, trainer and friend. I would never hesitate to give a recommendation in his training abilities. The biggest compliment I can give, is his training abilities are priceless.
If anyone is having behavioral issues with their dog i STRONGLY recommend that you give Amy a call. Books & shows are nice, but actually having someone come into your home to observe your dog's behavior, SHOW you how to effectively correct it, all while educating you and your family on dog behavior, is phenomenal! I'd strongly recommend contacting Amy even if you just got a new puppy! She'll teach you how to properly train & raise them to be the most obedient, loyal, fun loving dog ever! It's not as hard as one might think. As long as you do it right! And Amy could definitely help you with that. I'd recommend Amy with Furever Home to anyone and everyone!!
When I first spoke with Kristen and I told her all my concerns, I thought she would tuck tail and run. But she did not. Prior to placing my listing on Thumbtack, I had spoken with quite a few trainers and the feeling I received from them was not about loving the dog so much as the money. It seems the ones that cost the most cared the least. I had enrolled Sophie in training at Petsmart and that turned out to be a waste of time, money and effort. Petsmart training. My conversation with Kristen was a bit lengthy and I could tell that she has a genuine love for dogs. I was still a bit nervous after all we were strangers. The Pre-Kristen Era: Sophie is an 8 month old Lab Mix. She is full of energy and walking her was a nightmare. The pulling, the walking from side to side and jumping. Of course bolting through the door and running through house like a wild banshee. She ignored my calls to come and our walks were strictly potty walks; not to mention the money I spent on puppy pads. I kept potty pads in every room of the house. Handling her was becoming more difficult with each passing day. I knew I had to do something, so I decided to give Kristen a try. I was a little nervous, I didnt know much about her other than what I learned from our conversations and read on the site. She picked up Sophie on September 4th and she would be gone for two weeks. She sent me pictures and progress reports. When Sophie returned on September 19th, I was blown away. In just two weeks, Kristen transformed Sophie into a well behaved young lady. She taught her to walk up the stairs gracefully. She sits at all doors and waits before entering or exiting, she is not all over the place when we walk. I stop, she sits. She lays on her spot oblivious to what is going on around her and most of all she has not had an accident in the house since she has been back. It is amazing what Kristen did in just two weeks. I suspect if she stayed with her longer, who knows, Sophie could possibly prepare gourmet meals or at least help with the laundry. We met at a location of my choice and we went through every command until I was comfortable with handling her. She did not bring Sophie back and leave me on my own with no guidance. She sent me a list of command words and instructed me how to use them. She contacted me to ask me how it was going and to address any problem areas. I am so glad I chose her. The only regret I have about the entire process; I did not do it sooner. She is the best because she loves what she does and loves dogs. Seriously, if you are experiencing behavior problems with your puppy or dog, contact Kristen and in just two short weeks, you will be amazed at the results.
We are so happy with the results from our 2 week training for our dogs. Justin absolutely changed our dogs behavior. We can take them for walks at ease not worried if they will run away, try to fight, or go crazy somehow. We walk with them by our side anywhere without a leash and they behave amazing now
Mike was amazing with our dog. Would definitely recommend him to anyone having obedience issues...after 1 session our dog is like new...
Matt has been walking my dog Mama for 2 years now. Mama is a special case dog, who does not like other dogs, however as her mom I refuse to keep her in doors all day. So I spent weeks and hours finding the RIGHT dog trainer/handler for my precious baby. So that I could be at work at ease, knowing she was in safe hands, but also getting some fresh air in her day. Matt fulfilled all of my requirements. He was knowledgeable and knew exactly how to handle Mama in order to keep up with her training. I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was to find him! He is respectful, timely, and GREAT with communication. You're family member will 100% be in the right hands with Matt.
Gwen is very knowledgeable about animals, she knew when my dog looked like it was feeling sick and called me right away! She even tried to cheer it up giving it a ride in her car. When I got home, I brought it to the vet, and now my dog is feeling much better! She also pet-sits my parrot inside, and my neighbor's horse. She's trustworthy and has a lot of experience with all kinds of animals. She makes me feel safe to entrust the animals in her care.
Tricia was a blessing training our new dog. We found a stray tied to a lamp post in our neighborhood. We had to help the dog so we took him in. He had been abused and Tricia help us. When we first go Bear he was very frightened and peed in the house. After her instructions, which we carried out to a T, he became an excellent dog. It took some work but it was well worth it. I would use Tricia again for any of my animal training or behavior needs. She also does boarding which I will use in the future.
Myself, my family and our pets have been customers of Tri-County K9 Academy for over 12 years. Whether our dogs are just starting obedience training, are working out for a dog trial, if we have a pet we have a behavior issue we need help with, or if I need assistance with my Service Dog, both Darryl and Tammy have been patient, excellent instructors and their daughters are great helpers. The environment at Tri-County K9 is set up to be safe, educational and rewarding for both animals and humans. They have watched over several of our dogs when we have had to leave town on short notice and we have always come home to happy, clean dogs that you can just tell had a well rounded fun time. Tri-County K9 Academy is an excellent experience for all whether you are training with your own dog, having your dog trained, adopting one of the many dogs rescued and rehabbed at Tri-County, needing boarding, or becoming a better dog owner. Tri-County K9 Academy should be your first stop for all your K9 needs.
Alan Digges is a great dog walker. He has walked my dog for several years and I have seen a great change in my dog's behavior. Steady, my Catahoula, is calmer and happier. Alan spends great care walking, exercising and playing with him, and he is very prompt and trustworthy.
They are the best groomers I have ever used. I also board my mini schnauzer there and he is spoiled rotten when he stays. Tammy has also trained him and solved several issues we were having with him. He was a very dominant dog as a puppy and was biting the kids and also running out the door. She solved these issues we were having with him. I have recommended her to several people and will continue to do so. Love them!
The Cat Nanny took care of our kitty baby while we were out of town for two weeks and she was amazing! It was wonderful to know our baby was being taken care of by someone who is a cat expert! She understands everything about cat behavior and your baby will be in good hands wi
I can not say enough about how AWESOME Sheena is when it comes to training your dog. We have a Cane Corso and she is the best. I love her climb command. Several times I have had a contractor or someone come in and they had no ideal she was even there. One guy asked me if she was real because she had been so still and quiet. I can have a house full of kids running around and if I put her in a down command or climb she never leaves that command. I never knew how great it is to have a well behaved dog. Shenzi walks so well on her leash heeling perfectly. If you are having any issue with your dog or need any kind of training. I highly recommend Sheena. I took Shenzi in to be groomed at a pet store and everyone in there was complimenting on how well behaved she is. The owner wanted to know who my trainer was so she could send some of her clients to her. No matter where we go I always get compliments on her behavior. Love Love Love what she has done for Shenzi and our family. Thank You Sheena!!!
Tammy has been walking our family dog for about 2 weeks now and Joshua(my dog) and I have grown to love Tammy. We are beginning to seeing improvements in our dog's behavior - he is more calm. I like that Tammy checks in with me after the walks and gives me highlights of their activities for the day. My experience with Tammy have been very pleasant and I am so happy to have found her services and she is someone that I can trust.
As soon as I met Kirk it was obvious that he truly has a special understanding of dog behavior. My dog is normally very nervous, anxious and reactive with strangers, but Kirk was calm and confident in his first interactions with my dog, Sophie and was able to gain control of the situation instantaneously. Over the course of the next 90 minutes, Kirk was very personable and patient with both Sophie and me. His experience and knowledge of dog behavior is apparent and he does a great job of addressing problem situations by empowering you with the knowledge, the tools and most importantly, the confidence to do it on your own. It has only been a few days from our initial session but I am very pleased with the results thus far. I am much more confident in my ability to manage Sophie’s less than ideal behaviors (barking at the door, reacting on leash at other dogs, etc.) This in turn has had a noticeably positive effect on her behavior and energy. I look forward to continue working with Kirk and continuing our progress. I absolutely recommend Kirk if you’re looking for insight into dog behavior and are seeking assistance with your own pup.
We highly recommend Terry. Our dog, Tango was a challenge for us, jumping and pulling on the leash, we couldn’t even have people over without her going crazy. We knew we need to call a trainer but most use either shock collars or treats and I wanted someone who could just understand my dog and show us how to train her without bribery or shocking her. So I saw Terrys website and called. Terry is excellent with Tango. He explained why she does the things she she does and gave us LOGICAL solutions for her behavior problems. Now we can enjoy Tango and not feel overwhelmed by her! Terry gave us a companion. My only regret is not calling him sooner!
I have been a canine behavior specialist in business since 1982. While much of my work currently is with working canines, I have begun to take on private clients here in Houston. My specialties are all forms of aggression, anxiety-related disorders and rescue dog integration issues. I see clients in their homes or for less severe issues such as socialization and obedience, I offer a reduced rate if customers come to me in the Hobby Airport area.