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My company produces large expos for pet lovers across the country. As a result, I’ve met literally thousands of dog trainers, from Anchorage to Miami and Boston to San Provider name locked. - and gotten more advice than I’d like from many of them. I can confidently say that Provider name locked. , owner and head trainer of Provider name locked. , is one of the very best and she quite literally changed our lives.
I originally reached out to Provider name locked. because my canine soulmate, Enzo, had become fear reactive and I knew it was only a matter of time until someone was seriously injured by him; he’d become a very dangerous dog and could no longer be trusted.
Even though I had originally been working with another trainer, who talked a lot about “rehabilitation” and “being balanced,” “dog psychology,” being the “pack leader” and making sure I was the “alpha,” the original problems I had sought help for (Enzo behaving like a normal six-month teenage brat), ended up becoming much much worse. One of the first things that this trainer did was fit Enzo for a pinch collar and the second thing that he did was show me how to properly snap the lead to correct any undesirable behavior or even to prevent an anticipated unwanted behavior.
I really hated how Enzo yelped with each correction. When I expressed concern, I was told that it was simply doggie “drama" and that the collar didn’t really hurt him; it was just like the correction that a mother dog gives her puppies and it was meant to get his attention - that if I didn’t buck up and start acting like a pack leader, like the human “alpha” I should be, Enzo would turn into a monster. According to the trainer, the problem wasn’t with Enzo at all - the problem was with me.
In the meantime, Enzo started displaying some new and scary behaviors, like lunging and growling at strangers and anything human in shape, including sculptures and statues, and no longer enjoyed his daily walks. And he absolutely terrified of his trainer - like “pee on himself when the trainer arrives” scared.
I decided that I didn’t care about any “theory” or “rehabilitation,” I cared about Enzo’s well-being, so I fired our trainer and began searching for options that I hoped could help make Enzo whole again. The more I read, the more I learned, the more (legitimate) canine behavior experts I spoke to, I came to realize that Enzo wasn’t being “trained” by his former “trainer,” he was being bullied, terrorized and abused.
After a ton of research on Provider name locked. and their training methods, I thought that they might be the answer to our prayers. Provider name locked. was a very different type of trainer and proved to be everything that I had hoped for: patient, understanding, kind and respectful of Enzo’s needs. Enzo loved her immediately - and most importantly - Provider name locked. loved him right back.
As a result of her patient work with building Enzo’s confidence and educating both of us on how to better understand one another, my boy is now a happy and healthy canine who no longer lives in constant fear of strangers. Provider name locked. believed in him and believed in us and I can’t even tell you how much that means to me - and Enzo.
I made some big mistakes - HUGE mistakes - with Enzo’s early training and may never get over the guilt; I can promise you that if you introduce Provider name locked. to your own best friend, you’ll be nothing but happy and your canine companion will thank you for it.
- Sheila R.
I'm just now writing a review, but we've been using Provider name locked. for at least 5 years. When we lived closer, we used them frequently for daycare, but now we primarily use them for overnight boarding when we are out of town. We have recommended them to dozens of friends with dogs, who all use them, too.
I really love the cage-free (except for meal-time) environment. I love that they are staffed 24-7. I love that they don't nickel and dime for service that should be automatic like some other popular boarding facilities in the area. The people who work there seem to be genuine animal lovers. One of my dogs has significant health problems and lots of medication, and I never worry about them taking proper care of him.
We used their training services long ago (5 years?) with Provider name locked. , and it was great for awhile. They are a handful, and we should have kept up better on the training.
However, we are very unimpressed with their grooming services. We have used them probably 10 times, out of convenience when they were there for boarding. Our dogs were not properly brushed out prior to the bath so that any existing mats or tangles became much worse and were not taken care of after they were dry. And they often have cut them funny -- not following breed standards. I'm really not picky about such things, but I figure there is a dog-groomer's reference guide by breed they ought to have on hand to get the basic look/outline of the breed correct. If you have a breed with a very easy to care for coat (short hair) I'm sure they could do well enough with a Provider name locked. bath, but with a double-coated breed like mine, I have not been satisfied.
Grooming aside, we love Provider name locked. and rest well knowing they are well cared for by caring and responsible staff. The prices have gotten tough to swallow, but I have yet to find a good alternative so I have no choice but to pay for the quality care I know I'll get there.- Megan B.
The person who Provider name locked. was a single trainer. She gave us some great advice for our dog. She had a great helping hand in getting our dog well-behaved. She was on time for the job and was easy to communicate with. She was great with my dog and very perceptive. She was also good in assessing what?s going on in the house. I liked her services a lot and will use the same in future.- becky O.