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"This is what happened to us when we hired this company, Shelter Dogs To Dream Dogs, this review is honest, factual and true. On May 21, 2014 I, along with my" foster and her hubby and Sandy's previous trainer, delivered Sandy into the care of Ms
. I personally wrote Ms
a check for $1000 for the first week of her board and train program for our dog Sandy. She did not provide us with a contract of any kind. She simply handed me a business card and I gave her the check. We were all excited for Sandy's "happily ever after". With Ms
permission, I filmed and took photos of him being left at her place of business. We had planned to make a short YouTube story about him and his journey to living happily ever after. Things hummed along, Ms
posted public updates on her Facebook page. Both movies and photos, Sandy sitting by the pool, being petted, coming in and out of his crate. At the end of the first week, she was paid an additional $800 for a second week of training. At the end of the 2nd week, our foster let Ms
know she wouldn't be able to take Sandy back as a foster. Ms
emailed me right away on June 7 and told me she'd like to make Sandy her "property" and "help him find a home in the right way". She said something like no guarantees, we had no idea what that would mean. I was traveling at the time, and told her I would create a transfer to her upon my return. That email was dated June 7th in the morning about 7AM, My foster was so happy with how things were going she donated $ 2500 to Ms
for her work. Ms
received those funds on June 9th into her bank account. She now has received $ 4300 for Sandy. On June 11, I ask how he was doing, she said fine, coming along, on June 15th I provided her with the transfer/relinquishment. She accepted it and said "I'll take it from here" Then, randomly on June 20th I received a text message that she had euthanized Sandy without so much as an email or call to anyone who was involved with his care. She said he hurt himself ( there are 3 different versions she's reported) and had to be euthanized. We were shocked and horrified. But that was nothing compared what to what we would find out a few months later. For the last 8 months I have been told a series of different stories, I have been told to go away. I have been called a cyber bully for sharing my story and trying to find out what REALLY happen to our dog. Today Feb 8, 2014, I can tell you I still don't know what happen to my dog because of this cover up. I filed a small claims court action to receive a refund and subpoenaed several people who we thought might have been involved or know the truth. After 6 long months of asking for a refund, we received it. There was no court hearing. But what we found out from the subpoena's was that she had our dog KILLED at the shelter where her friend works on JUNE 7, 2014. The very day I was emailing her about transferring Sandy into her care. She pretended he was alive for nearly 2 weeks with fake updates, and then on June 20th send a TEXT message to us. And that $ 2500 donation from our foster was received 2 days after Sandy was dead. On the intake form from the shelter where she had him killed, it says he was killed for behavior issues, no mention of any injury of any kind. She took a dog that didn't belong to her, a dog that she had been paid $4300 to help into be killed without any contact to the owners. Ms. Sacks was in direct contact with me the VERY day she had him killed, and never mentioned he was injured, or needed to be killed. She took him to the shelter at 4 pm the same afternoon she was emailing me. She then went on, in WRITING to give fake updates to me on June 11 and June 15th in emails. Telling me that he was coming along.. Instead of ANY remorse of any kind, this "trainer" has tried to shift the blame to our dog Sandy, to me, to our foster. We received a refund, but our dog is still dead and we were betrayed in the most dishonest and hurtful way. We STILL don't know the truth. What happened at that place is inexcusable-- especially from someone who professes to be a dog trainer. We now know that she has no formal credentials of any kind for this work. Reports have been filed with BBB, Sheriffs Dept, Animal Control. Instead of a "happily ever movie" of Sandy's life, we ended up with a short documentary film that was donated called: " What REALLY happened to Sandy at Shelter Dogs To Dream Dogs ?" on YouTube.

-christine H.

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"This is a bad breeder if you get a dog with hip displasia. They put you through hoops and through h***. They have lawyers that intimidate you, and they do not follow" the California puppy lemon laws if you wish to get the surgery. My dog had hip displasia in all 4 limbs. It was severe and I took it to an orthopedic specialist who did a
Hip xray and a regular xray. The breeder would not let me be present when their vet checked out my dog. They wanted me to drive up to
, wait four to 6 hours while they drove my dog up to Riverside to their vet. It was my dog. I had the right to be present at the examination. They refused me. I went to three vets, one specialist in orthopedic surgery. I am going to take them to court as a result. I have also contacted CA attorney general who told me to take them to court since they were violating the law. It will take awhile to get that law enforced. They may be great if you get a good dog, but BUYER BEWARE IF YOU GET A DEFECTIVE DOG. They will put you through h*** with their big lawyers and fine talk. I am a teacher. My students were heartbroken when they found out that Amigo had hip displasia on all four limbs, and would no longer get training as a service dog. He was to replace my 12 year old service dog. They will refute their actions, but again, buyer beware if you get a defective dog Most of us who have had horrible experience with
's dogs are bad mouthed by her rebuttals on yelp. Be it known that 3 board certified vets in osteoporosis diagnosed my dog. They all came to the same conclusion that it was hereditary. Gonzo seems to put out bad dogs and yet they continue to breed this dog. No matter what
says, my dog who has hip dysplasia on all 4 legs was bred by Thinschmidt and her. For all of us who had horrendous experiences with her bullying when we tried to use the the CA Puppy Law to get our dogs surgery, it was a terrible, painful experience. I have filed a complaint with the Attorney General of CA. I was told that if enough people take the time to file a complaint, they will investigate. I encourage that those who took a pup home that had hip dysplasia...my dog started noticeably at 3 months. They told me it was just growing pains that the dog would come out of it. They didn't want me to bring it to a board certified specialist, Dr.
. I updating this because
's rebuttal was a huge lie. I still have the X-rays and the doctors' diagnoses of a dog who was supposed to be trained as my service dog.I took my dog to an orthopedic board certified vet. I also paid extra and the xrays were sent to another board certified vet--PenHip. They both said the dog had severe hip dysplasia in both hips. This was well within 6 months and before. They refuted both Orthopedic certified vets. They said that these vets including the PenHip vets didn't know what they were talking about. They knew my dog had hip dysplasia within 4 months. they told me that it was just a part of the dog's growing spurts.Again, they don't take responsibility for their breeding practices. As for refusing, that is a lie as well. I wanted to take my dog to a vet of their choice and I would go with them, but they would not allow me to do that. Instead, they wanted to take my dog to their vet without me being present. I still made an appointment with their vet and sent him the x-rays. My dog had hip dysplasia according to him when we talked on the phone.

-Roberta S.

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Even though I have lifetime retraining, I would not go back to PROTRAIN since they lost
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who was by far, the backbone and the heart of that company.
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knew dogs. She could train a police dog if needed but she also had the heart to train a family pet if that was what was needed.

I do not, however, recommend anyone getting a service dog from PROTRAIN. If you do, make sure the dog can pass the Canine Good Citizenship test (Given through Humane Society and other places as well) My service dog could not have passed that test when I got her and can not pass it today (and an actual Service dog should be able to pass it). My dog jumped with fear at silly things like a leaf falling on her back. She still jumps if a child runs up and touches her from the back. She has been in dog fights and had been in dog fights when I got her - I don't think she could pass the test on that basis alone.

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was a good trainer. She was overworked but she was a good trainer. She no longer works for ProTrain and her replacement in
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Cajon facility is fairly new to dog training.
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is a long time experienced dog trainer. He knows dogs. I am sure he could train any dog. He is in Vista. If you have issues with electronic collars, discuss that with
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before training begins.
- Corinne B.
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I am completely deaf without my hearing aids and needed a dog to alert me to door knocks, doorbells, people coming up from behind me, smoke alarms, etc. I was recently divorced so I did not want to wait on the long waiting list for a service dog obtained through the various agencies that provide low cost animals to people with disabilities. I also did not have a permanent home that they could inspect which is part of the process. So I chose to have a dog professionally trained knowing full well of the amount of training these dogs need. I chose ProTrain because I was able to get information via email and then meet at the Vista facility with the "big boss"..
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. I loved how much care I saw given to the dogs in the facility.
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chose a dog for me based on her personality. It took about a month for them to train her on some of the fine tuning a hearing dog needs and then lots of practice with me, the trainer (
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) and the dog. I now have a dog I can depend on to help me get through what other people take for granted. Hearing a smoke alarm seems so
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, doesn't it? It's not for me! Hearing a doorbell? Well, sure dogs will bark their heads off when someone comes knocking on their owner's door. That doesn't work for me...I can't hear the bark without my hearing aid. So my dog has to alert me in other ways. And she does. Perfectly. I could not be happier. My only complaint would be the cost of days for boarding if
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needs a refresher course. So far, she hasn't but I did have her boarded for a week. It cost me $30 per night, which is not above the average cost of boarding. So, it's fair....I would like to see that amount reduced for dogs that have been trained by ProTrain.
- Corinne B.
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We toured the facility which was nice and clean and heard the sales pitch. Since we didn't want to sign up right then and there we had to pay a $50.00 consultation fee which we were not told about over the phone, also we did not get a receipt for the fee. We decided to hire another trainer that was twice the cost, because the dogs that the lady @ ProTrain showed us were not listening to her commands, she had to give the commands over and over again & one dog still ran into an adjoining yard. Also many of the dogs that were there seemed hyper aggressive....she told us that one had killed another dog, another bit a neighbor, etc. We knew right then that this was not a place to bring our dog.
- CRISTIN K.
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I have nothing, but good things to say about
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or anybody else associated with
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. They have been extremely receptive and responsive to my situation and needs. I really like the group classes, fun for all.
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knows each and every dog as a unique individual, this helps him to focus training tips where owners most need help. The training collar is so effective (feels like a buzz), I just wish it were more attractive.
- Kimberly D.
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The trainer picked up our dog and took him to their facility. We didn't see him for 2 weeks, but were updated with progress reports whenever we requested. The trainer brought him back and "trained" us, which is the hardest part. This is a very thorough, solid training system which works. They do use "negative" training techniques, but it works, and the dog and family is better for it.
- EDWARD M.
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is a true dog whisperer. He trained our English Mastiff to be an angel. He truly understands and knows dog psychology, which is as critical as anything when training. His methods work and stick. He is punctual and devoted. He even allows his students (dogs) to board with him at his home if the owners leave town. Highly recommended.
- JOSH B.
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Not only did
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give great training, but he really cares about his dogs and gets to know each one well. He also offers free weekly classes at Mission Bay for all the folks who graduate his training. It's a way for him to connect with all his alumni and for the dogs to play with all their friends.
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also offers boarding which you can count on, too.
- MARK R.
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I am extremely satisfied. I initially found them on the internet and sent them an e-mail on a sunday. Some one called me first thing back right away & was able to have
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come out that same day for a free consultation. I was able to start training the very next day. I am seeing immediate positive results. The training uses a collar that shocks the dog. At first it seemed harsh to me, but I felt the shock in my hand & it is not painful at all. We have a potential problem dog who was showing signs of aggression & never listened to anyone. We looked into different training options & this was the only one that worked for us. Since training has started he is like a new dog, well behaved & friendly to everyone. I would recommend this company to anyone. They have done wonders for our dog. The positive changes we are seeing in our dog is priceless.
- CRISTIN K.

Dog Trainers in San Diego

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A WELLS TRAINED DOG

1213 FIRST ST
Coronado

ABSOLUTE K-9 TRAINING

P.O. BOX 345
Valley Center

AMERICAN CANINE TRAINING

11724 JOHNSON LAKE RD
Lakeside

Anite

9710 Scranton rd

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

12445 Caminito Brioso
San Diego

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

3539 Granada Ave
San Diego

Behave!

La Mesa

BEST FRIENDS PET CARE

8020 RONSON RD
San Diego

BONITA COUNTRY RESORT FOR PETS

5775 QUARRY RD
Bonita

CAMP RUN-A-MUTT

3265 INDIA ST
San Diego

Camp Schultz Dog and Cat

5540 San Miguel rd
Bonita

CANINE COMPANIONS-INDEPENDENCE

124 RANCHO DEL ORO DR
Oceanside

Cate Sacks - Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs

9617 Palamino Drive
El Cajon

Circle Of Friends Veterinary

17532 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda

COLONY VETERINARY HOSPITAL

7748 REGENTS RD
San Diego

Companion Animal Behavior Training

27575 Cool Water Ranch Lane
Valley Center

CrazyDogs

15075 sycamore canyon
Poway

Dog Day's Ranch

12771 Cobblestone Creek Rd
Poway

Dog Dayz of California

1995 Peacock Blvd
Oceanside

Dog Walks 'N More, LLC

10300 Baccus Ct
San Diego

Doggie Days in Paradise

2449 Fenton St
Chula Vista

Doggie Tech

PO Box 715
Valley Center

Doggy Hydeaway

11170 West Lilac Rd.
Valley Center

DOGMAN

Poway

Dogs On The Run

PO BOX 1853
Carlsbad

EAST COUNTY FEED & SUPPLY INC

10845 WOODSIDE AVE
Santee

Fido & Co.

1228 University Ave

Fon Jon Pet Care Center

5050 Santa Fe St.
San Diego

FurTheLoveOfYourPet

4655 Ohio Street #10
San Diego

Great Dane's Great Dogs

28 bahama dr
Escondido

GREAT DOGS TRAINING-EDUCATION

12289 SAGE VIEW RD
Poway

Healthy Paws Pet Specialists

6510 Avenida Wilfredo
La Jolla

HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTER

6461 AL APAJO RD
Rancho Santa Fe

IQ K9 Training

Mobile Dog Training
Oceanside

K8's Gr8 K9s

3728 Vermont St
San Diego

K9 Dog Park

2750 Auto Park Way
Escondido

Kalm K9's

6017 Paseo Acampo
Carlsbad

Kimberly Ann Jackson

Woodland Hills

Kindred Spirits Dog Training

3343 E Vista Way
Vista

MARKIM PET RESORT

4393 CARMEL VALLEY RD
San Diego

Mission Animal & Bird Hospital

655 Benet Rd
Oceanside

Nanny 4 Pets

9545 Genesee Ave.
San Diego

PawsNstay Pet Sitting

542 Manzanita St
Chula Vista

PawsNstay Pet Sitting

542 Manzanita St
Chula Vista

Pawtopia

San Diego

Pepper Creek Equine center

385 Creelman Lane
Ramona

Pepperock Farm

12570 Old Campo Rd
Spring Valley

Pet Buddy Services

17419 Caminito Caldo
San Diego

PETCO

1215 BROADWAY
Chula Vista

PETCO

540 N 2ND ST
El Cajon

PETCO

9745 MISSION GORGE RD
Santee

PETCO-GROOMING SALON

8501 FLETCHER PKWY
La Mesa

PetPartners Grooming & Daycare

851 Mimosa Avenue
Vista

PETSMART

865 JACKMAN AVE
El Cajon

PETSMART

820 PASEO DEL REY
Chula Vista

PETSMART

3396 MURPHY CANYON RD
San Diego

PetSmart Store Support Group Inc

3420 Marron Rd
Oceanside

PRO-TRAIN

1544 AVOHILL RD
Vista

Puppies Dot Com LLC

2407 Nabal St
Escondido

Rancho Bernardo Pet Hospital

16588 Bernardo Center Dr
San Diego

RANCHO SAN CARLOS PET CLINIC INC.

7850 Golfcrest Dr.
San Diego

RON ALLEN PERFORMANCE HORSES

2017 WILLOW GLEN DR
El Cajon

Samantha Mears Pet Sitting Service

6717 Limonite Ct
Carlsbad

San Diego Humane Society

5500 Gaines St
San Diego

Sandy Pawz

630 Nordahl RD
San Marcos

Seizuredog.com

P.O. Box 7

The Animal Keeper

12280 Oak Knoll Rd
Poway

The Collared Scholar

15075 Sycamore Canyon Rd
Poway

The Dog Stop

155 Lake Drive

The Educated Pet

8141 Engineer Rd
San Diego

The Total Dog

3060 Industry St
Oceanside

THE UNCOMMON CANINE

PO BOX 1538
Poway

TWO PAWS UP

PO BOX 1196
Valley Center

Unlimited Web Design

12 Hopkins Street

Veterinary Behavior Consultants

5040 Convoy St.
San Diego

WAGS N' WIGGLES

San Diego

Wet Nose Villa Pet Care

Bonita Road & Palm Drive
Bonita

Whole Dog Training

10035 Carroll Canyon Rd.
San Diego

Willow Creek Stables

3049 Camino Del Rancho
Encinitas

www.aPaws.org

Canyon Country

Your Pet's Angel

914 Erica Street
Escondido

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