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Rona was truly a great trainer. I needed a trainer for my rescue dog who is shy and easily scared. I've had dogs before and were able to train them, but this one I had no idea what to do. I needed a way to let my dog know that she can trust me. Without me saying this, Rona taught me and my boyfriend a way to gain our puppy's trust and to build our relationship. It's been a couple of days now and the trick totally works! Even when we go out now our dog would look at us instead of panning left and right. What I truly appreciate from Rona's training is that she taught us just enough for us to get started on the dog training. I wasn't overwhelmed with information and the tricks she taught us were useful ones for this stage of the dog's training. I think dog trainers need to realize that as much as they are training the dogs, their main task is to train the humans on how to train their own dogs, and that's exactly what Rona did. Thank you Rona, Lucy is doing a lot better (still problems here and there but getting better)!
Kenny has been fantastic!! In just a few sessions, he has got my little Cosmo listening to me like never before. He is very attentive and listens to any questions or concerns I may have. I've worked with several different dog trainers, but K9 Kenny is by far the best. I've already recommended him to several of my friends!!
My little dog is very fearful.-frightened of strangers. Not the K9 trainer! My dog was analyzed and I was told exactly what could be done to help her. And how it would be done
Taylor is a professional in every way. She came prepared for the problem and offered and demonstrated techniques that worked immediately. It was really an eye opener. Her confidence with and in the dogs made a world of difference in their behavior. We were having problems with our dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior towards other dogs. By the end of the session, we had both dogs inside the dog park, showing no aggression. She followed up with a written synopsis of the problem and steps to take for behavior change. I would highly recommend Taylor. She has a complete grasp of dogs and their behavior, and is not afraid to " think outside the box" to problem solve. She is a pleasure to work with, and dogs respond very positively to her!
Kevin is a great trainer. We had our two dogs trained while we were on vacation for 3 weeks. We were a little hesitant at first because of our past experience with a previous kennel. Kevin explained his training to us and assured us that they would be in good hands. With the updated emails every few days and the ability to see our dogs at any time of the day, we knew we were in good hands with Aloha Canine Development Center. Our dogs came back trained, and now we have a good base to grow from. I would recommend his service to anyone I know, and Iâll definitely use Aloha for future kennel stays and training.
I was looking for puppy training up and down San Antonio and I decided on Carol Anne. Best decision! She did and taught so much in two hours for a great price as far as I'm concerned. She knew her stuff and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking dog training.
Dog trainer seemed very professional got past what I thought he could not get past my dog is very large and has a very mean bark but that did not stop the dog trainer for going in and handling him very gentle of course but affirmative loved it what would make it better is more consecutive sessions I know the days closer together
My boyfriend and I adopted a 6 week old pit bull named Huck in November 2013 the very first night we brought him home to feed him, I leaned down to pet him and he immediately starting growling. We tried to work with him ourselves but his food aggression started escalating as he got older and he also started being very aggressive towards us and family before he was 4 mo. Old. Our vet at the time told us that he needed to be neutered ASAP. So after we did that, we expected him to be more calm and less aggressive. Nothing really changed except he became more aggressive to the point where he would never let us give him a bath, clip his nails, being at the vet, pet him while he was eating or had any kind of bones to chew on, putting a collar on him, getting close to him and trying to touch his face. He would lash out at us if we did any of those things. It broke my heart more than anyone could understand because I was always so loving and affectionate towards my other dogs and the fact that I couldn't even love on my dog just ate me up. I became very scared of him and anytime he growled at me which was daily, I just left him alone. Me and my boyfriend have taken him to a few dog trainers in the past but we were turned away because they said he was too agressive and he should probably be put down. We even were recommended to go see a (Dog Phychiatrist) so he could be put on meds forever to help him be obedient. When I found out how much that was, it was insanely amount of money that we just couldn't afford. I was actually starting to consider to have him euthanized because so many people have told us that he is just to dangerous. I felt so alone and I just didn't want to be scared of my own dog anymore. My final attempt to get him help was actually on thumbtack. I listed my needs for a dog trainer and explained how agressive he was and expected to get no reply back from anyone because of his behavior. But then within 5 minutes of me posting my request, Christie said that she could help us. My boyfriend and I were kind of skeptical about it at first cause we didn't think she fully understood his condition and that maybe she just turn us away like all the others. But she explained to me that dealing with agressive breeds was actually her specialty which made me feel a lot better. On His very first day there of training he acted up pretty bad and Christie told that Huck needed to stay there for a while so she could work one on one with him without us being around. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make at that point but we decided to leave him there. It was very hard on us but we would have rather had to say goodbye for a little than have to say goodbye to him forever. Christie made us feel better by sending us emails and pictures almost daily about Huck's progress. We were finally able to bring him home 3 months later and we could not be more pleased with his behavior right now. I can finally say that we are able to put Huck's collar on him, clip his nails, and my most favorite part of all, he finally let's us love all over him and get close and touch his face. We know that he still has a long way to go, but he has made so much progress and we are so thankful from the bottom of our hearts for Christie. She is absolutely amazing with all of the dogs. You can really tell that she is genuine and really cares about what she does. We are learning so much from her and Ms.Jessica. That is why we drive 3 hours to see her for Class every Saturday morning from Houston.
At this time I'm quite pleased with 1st Class K9 Dog Training and Cory V. Very professional, respectful, responsive and punctual. Cory up on meeting my puppy went wright to worke and had him work in a more positive manner is short order. I believe this company is going to be a good value for the money!
From the first day I brough Bambi home from the shelter, she was not a fun dog to walk. She would go crazy if we saw another dog while walking, so I began to avoid other dogs whenever possible. But after five years of that and a few failed attempts with other trainers (who labeled her with "dog aggression" or "barrier frustration"), one day she got off leash and sent a dog to the emergency vet. That's when we met Kris. Despite her history, Kris knew just within minutes after meeting Bambi that it was a socialization issue, not aggression. After just a few hours with Kris, Bambi had made great strides, and after just a few days she was playing at the off leash dog park! Kris understands dogs - from pack dynamics to individual temperament - unlike any trainer I've worked with. He has a calm, confident, and positive training style that relies on the reinforcement of good behavior instead of treats or punishment. He has transformed Bambi into a differnt dog, and I know that there isn't a dog (or owner) out there he can't help.
Jennifer at Lucky Star is an excellent dog trainer. She is extremely knowledgeable and she truly cares about the well being of your dog. We started taking our border collie to her at a young age and we constantly get compliments on how well behaved our (very hyper) dog is. Whether you’re looking for general obedience training, boarding, or doggy daycare, Jennifer at Lucky Star is the among the best there is.
Canine Academy will love your dogs like you do! They will take great care of them, play with them, and make sure they are happy and safe when they're not at home with you. And if your dogs need help behaving, this is the place to take them. They will teach you how to work with your dog, and a well behaved dog is happier and so are his parents!
Highly Recommend Elisha!! One of our dogs was about to find a new forever home. After a few sessions, Elisha trained all of us, we were able to keep the dog and everyone lives happily together.
Loved working with the trainer. She not only trained my dogs but also very helpful by providing the right tools to continuing training at home on a day to day bases. My dogs today are house trained and most important have great social skills with people and other dogs.
Amy has been jogging with our Doberman "Moose" for the last couple of months. Moose was a rescue dog and is quite shy around strangers and new surroundings. She has does an absolutely wonderful job with him and he now adores her. She has helped him tremendously with his socialization. I would highly recommend Amy or Germaine.
Wonderful personalized care for our dog. We especially liked his overnight accommodations, including his own plush chair!
Michelle was fantastic! She came to my home to work with me and my puppy, Bennet. We worked on all kinds of things from obedience to loose leash walking to greeting other people and dogs. Bennet has been making such progress, I don't know what we would do without Michelle's help!
My husband and I have been very happy to have found Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. We had adopted a rescue dog back in March. The we decided to have him trained as well. Our dog Pistol Pete has been so great since we went through the training. He gets so excited every time Ms. Jan comes over to the house and now since the training is complete, knowing that we can contact her anytime, if we ever need anything or have any questions or concerns. She is wonderful and so helpful. We also take Pistol Pete over to spend time boarding with Ms. Jan for a few days to a week when we are out of town. We are very happy knowing he is being taken care of when we can't be home with him. She has the most clean environment for your pets and they all have a great space to run around and meet new friends. Every dog we saw there were so happy and comfortable in their own kennel. That made me happy knowing when we leave our dog there, he is kept comfortable, happy and spoiled in his air conditioned area and it was always clean!!! And it does not smell like a kennel in there and that really made me happy! If you are thinking about getting your pet trained, you could not pick a better person, or company to do this. We did our homework before choosing her. We contacted several other places in our area but was not happy with any of them and then Ms. Jan was recommended to us by our Vet's office. She came highly recommended and we are so glad we have her taking care of our dog. She is like family to us now and couldn't be happier with the professionalism and services she provides to her clients. So if you are in need of a wonderful, caring and loving person to take care of your pets or need them trained, you really need to check out Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. You will be very satisfied that you did.
My dog responded well to the trainer and her dog even though he is very shy.
Katy took care of my dogs and my home while we were on vacation. I have multiple dogs and she did an excellent job! My house was in perfect condition when I came home, cleaner than I had left it. Katy is extremely conscientious. I feel very fortunate to have found someone as caring and capable to take care of my dogs when I am out of town. It's nice not to have to worry about your pets when you are away from home. Katy allows me that.
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Kim Roche tailors her dog-friendly and scientifically proven training methods to real people with busy lives. The goal? Relaxed and attentive dogs, strong relationships, and clear communication. There is an undercurrent of kind-hearted, calm and consistent leadership combined with a joyful sense of play in all of her training. Vets, rescue groups and past clients all recommend Kim Roche because she gets long-lasting results. Group Classes: The pace and structure of our small workshop-style classes are the easiest and fastest way for most owners to achieve their obedience goals. You will love the changes you will see in your dog, and your dog will learn how much fun good behavior can be. All classes are led by Kim Roche herself, never an assistant or intern. JumpStart! Boot Camps: At the end of your rope, do want to see results fast? We can turn your dog around. Let us do the training for you while you are at work with an intensive training plan designed especially for you and your dog.