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I highly recommend Innovative K9 Academy for a dog of any age they are amazing! We recently added Shae, a Havanese puppy, as a new addition to our family. Bringing a 12-week-old puppy into our home has not been the easiest of transitions we felt like new parents with not much skill or knowledge, which makes potty training and all the other things that require patience more difficult. I began to search for some help online of things we could try, but there were so many variations of what the right way was, it became even more frustrating. I then began looking for puppy training classes online and asking other people about their puppy training experiences at local pet stores, etc. No one could give me a great solution and then I found Innovative K9 online and decided to give the Puppy Group Training Class a shot. I was nervous in the beginning, but left the first class feeling confident we made the right choice. When we were on our way home that day that feeling was confirmed as we stopped by a PetSmart to pick up some supplies, and there happened to be a puppy class going on. WOW, was there a significant difference we could see just from the moment we were near their small class area where everyone was crammed in. Puppies were barking and going crazy, so much the trainer had to yell so people could hear her appeared to be complete chaos. Even the staff at the registers in front were complaining about the noise and barking that was coming from the back of the store. In the weeks we have attended Innovative K9 classes, all of the puppies seem relaxed and eager to learn because of the positive attitude and excitement the trainers bring! The week following our first class, Shae was already doing much better with potty training, focus, socialization and has continued to improve all because we have been given great advice and shown how we could be better puppy parents to help her learn (and help us keep our sanity) in a positive way. We have also had the opportunity to see David and Sean in action working with other dogs who had come to them with behavioral issues, therapy dog in training, and their own competition dogs displaying their abilities to manage a diversity of training needs. They show great passion and love for what they do, and we will continue to seek guidance from Innovative K9 expertise.Mar 29, 2016
The team at Innovative K9 is amazing! I rescued a dog that had really bad anxiety and aggression whenever she saw a dog. Within a week of having her, her behavior issues progressed to where she began barking and growling at people as well. She also pulled the leash while I walked her and overall had zero obedince. I sent her to Innovative K9 for the 5 week bootcamp. She came back a completely different dog. She came back from Innovative K9 as a confident well behaved dog with no aggression or anxiety issues. Just this past weekend I took her to a family get together where there was a lot young kids and a dog. She did amazing! She got along with the dog and loved on the children. And despite all the distractions she still obeyed her commands when I gave them to her. I definitely recommend sending any dog to Innovative K9. They do an amazing job and really do care about your dog not just when the dog is at their bootcamps but also after. Its been about 3 months since my dog came home from training and even now if I have any questions the head trainer still is more than willing to answer to give tips and advice.Jul 27, 2016
David is a Godsend! With our three dogs of varying ages and breeds it was near impossible to manage the chaos at times. Each one has a different temperament, learned behaviors and ways of relating to others. Leo & Betsy went through David’s 5-week boot camp - from the time David has spent with our dogs, utilizing his seasoned craft and advanced insight of their minds, a totally new order has emerged. Shortly after camp, our daughter’s dog Alpine joined our little pack. David educated our whole family and provided workable techniques and knowledge to incorporate Alpine into the order. Not a day goes by when I’m out with my pups, all three off leash, that a stranger doesn’t compliment them on their good behavior! We are able to adventure off leash on the trail, walking/jogging on the road and even biking! They come when called. They stay in down-stays on their beds when people come to the door, during dinner, or any time we need them to stay put! Betsy needs a little more help with distractions & Alpine with his barking, so we’re going back for more training! Any time and money spent with David is time and money very well spent! Thank you David!May 20, 2016
Innovative K9 kept our Lab over the summer for board and training, and we couldn't be happier with the result! Not only was she treated very well, but she received such good training, and has been a joy to have around ever since! I highly recommend them!Mar 26, 2016
Innovative K9 Academy is incredible. I have a very intense Belgian Malinois that I do not trust to board with anyone but David. Not only can I travel without worrying about the welfare of my dog, but Sammy is receiving the best training you can find. I refuse to use anyone but Innovative K9 Academy for training and boarding our dog. If anyone needs to board their dog, or needs help training your K9 I highly recommend Innovative K9 Academy no matter what challenges you have with your dog.Mar 13, 2016
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?We are continuously keeping our education and skills up to date by attending seminars, training clubs, competitions, the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers, and our daily training with our customers! We believe there is no better way to be the best than to continue with education and training through helping our customers with their dogsÃ¢ÂÂ daily problems.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?After having a dog that wanted to attack everything that moved I knew I had to get help. I hired a professional dog trainer and loved training. That has stuck with me for 19 years now.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Our typical job is aggressive dogs and high level obedience. We specialize in boot camps because it is the most effective way to get high levels of obedience.