Changing Lives Through Training

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Apr 122018
 

Kingsley, Yorkshire Terrier, Taunton, MA

Kinglsey’s owner contacted me for help with her new little guy who was causing big problems and on her last nerve.

Fortunately for Kinglsey,  he had to be re-homed because his original owner could no longer keep him, which gave Kingsley a new lease on life and all its wonders.

However, because Kingsley’s original owner never taught him anything or ever took him anywhere, there were a lot of things he had to learn at the age of 5.

One of the biggest problems was that he would freak out when visitors would try to leave.  He would frantically bark at them and bite at their ankles.  In addition, he became very possessive of his new mom when others would simply hug her or come in close contact with her.  He would also bark excessively at every dog he came across (this is still a work in progress).

We used, and are still using, a variety of tools to help change his ingrained behaviors, such a clicker training and the use of a remote collar with amazing success.

I am happy to report that things have significantly changed for the better do to hard work, perseverance, and lots of patience.

As for Kingsley, he is loving his more relaxed life and realizing that making dog friends is pretty great too, all because of training.

I will be dropping in from time to time to make sure things are still on track and to grab a hug!

So happy for all of you.  You guys are proof that hard work really does pay off.

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on 04/12/2018

Little Dogs Like Training Too

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Apr 092018
 

Stella, Yorkshire Terrier, Halifax, MA

 

Stella’s owner contacted me, because she began exhibiting random acts of aggression.  They felt it all started after she was accidentally stepped on my a family friend. Because this is a young family, children visiting is a common practice and became a safety concern.

We quickly identified the triggers that forced Stella to react. Once we had addressed these problem areas, we began practicing specific exercises to desensitize Stella from being fearful and  ultimately stop her reactive behavior.

I cannot stress enough how devoted this family is to this cute girl.  They were determined to “fix” the problem to save their dog.

Stella is proof that not only are small dogs capable of training successfully, but they are also capable of changing their unwanted behavior, in a mighty way!

Amazing work from all of you.  I enjoyed every minute of the time we spent together.

Nicely done!

 

 Posted by on 04/09/2018

Training and Brawn Go Together

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Apr 092018
 

Chance, Doberman Pincher, Halifax, MA

Chance’s owners contacted me, because they wanted peace of mind knowing he was properly trained and that they could control this big beautiful boy.

Chance took to training immediately.  Not only is he a smart dog, but he also enjoys training and likes to please anyone who works with him.

I had so much fun with this family.  They gave 110% at each lesson and did their homework, which only made it that much easier for Chance to succeed.

Can’t wait to bump into you guys walking one of these days, especially when I need a kiss from my guy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on 04/09/2018

Success Does Happen

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Mar 222018
 

English Bulldog, Halifax, MA

It all started when Jack began exhibiting aggressive behavior shortly after bringing him home.

Even though they were experienced bulldog owners, this family wasn’t confident they could curtail his behavior while guaranteeing a safe environment for their young children.  As a result, they reluctantly returned Jack to the breeder in exchange for another dog that might be a better fit. Unfortunately it was not, but only because their heart belonged to Jack, faults and all.

Meanwhile, the breeder was hard at work making successful strides with Jack, presenting the option of giving Jack another chance.  Enter me.

To continue Jack’s success, it was imperative to teach Jack boundaries and to teach his owners the importance of exercising their leadership, especially when Jack’s stubborn side rears its head.  In addition, we were also able to resolve some housebreaking issues.

I’m happy to report that because of a responsible breeder and a little training that Jack is home to stay!

I would like to thank this family for their commitment and patience that turned their imperfect beginning into their happy ending.

Love him and love that face!

 

 

 Posted by on 03/22/2018

Housebreaking and Crate Training, Piece of Cake

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Feb 262018
 

Ellie, Golden Retriever, Plymouth, MA

Ellie’s owner contacted me because she was having difficulties with housebreaking this little cutie.

Even though Ellie’s owner was an experienced dog owner, things were a little different this time with 3 toddlers added to the mix.  How much can one mom juggle?

We got right to work setting up a schedule that was easy to follow, which eliminated accidents almost immediately.

Another issue Ellie had was her severe dislike of her crate.  Trying to get her in it had become a power struggle nightmare. So we worked on a more positive approach and now she loves her crate and going in it has become a breeze.

Only good things for this little girl in the days ahead.

I had so much fun with you guys.  Keep up the good work.

 

 

 

 Posted by on 02/26/2018

I’m Glad I’m Not In Charge Anymore

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Feb 122018
 

Tank, American Pit Bull Terrier, Middleboro, MA

 

Since Tank already knew basic obedience, we took those skills and practiced long line work to build distance and reliability in preparation for off-leash.  We also worked on distractions at the same time by having one of his toys right in front of him while practicing.

Tank is very smart when it comes to training, but has a bit of a stubborn streak and because of that his owners admitted to giving up at times.

Tackling a dog’s willfulness is not always easy but it is something that an owner must conquer if you ever plan on having an obedient dog.

I was so happy to have spent time with this family.  They are truly committed to Tank and know their responsibility to him includes his education.  That being said, it was easy to emphasis to them the need of being in charge with Tank and not the other way around, which was previously the case.  Those days are gone Tank, sorry.  You don’t drive the bus anymore.

I’m happy knowing this family will continue to be good ambassadors for this breed.  They are definitely on the right path.

Tank, if they start to slack off just let me know.  I’m here for you buddy!

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on 02/12/2018

Behaving Better Together

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Feb 022018
 

Jake & Oscar, Labrador Retrievers, East Bridgewater, MA

I started training these handsome boys when they were only 4 months old.   Double trouble is always better than just trouble and clowning around was never in short supply.

Other than being babies that didn’t know the rules yet, there really wasn’t anything out of the ordinary except to conquer the kinks of puppyhood. So we worked on housebreaking and obedience training.

It was important for their owner to know how to correctly handle them at the same time, which is always a little more challenging with two.  But if you keep things in perspective and remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, you quickly realize that those individual training sessions pay off in the end.

I’m happy to report they haven’t received their eviction notices yet.

I will miss our fun filled mornings.

Nice work my boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on 02/02/2018

Walking Better on Leash

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Jan 292018
 

Tucker, Hound Mix, Plymouth, MA

Tucker’s owners contacted me because they hadn’t had a puppy in a long time and wanted some assistance.

Tucker didn’t have any particular problems other than a little backsliding with housebreaking and pulling on the leash, so we did some work with obedience and walking.

He’s much better with walking on leash but still has a tendency to pull when he gets excited seeing someone new, so that is still a work in progress.  The thing to remember is that correcting is done through leash work, positive reinforcement and sometimes a collar change because of strength.   But continued practice is always the remedy, which is the case with obedience work anyway.  Practice, practice, practice and when you think you’ve practiced enough, practice some more.

Tucker also learned the place command to keep him from wondering around the studio getting into mischief, so his dad can concentrate on making music.

Tucker is a lucky boy who just happens to have a famous rocker for a dad and a pretty terrific mom.

Keep up the good work guys.

 

 

 Posted by on 01/29/2018

Training for Safety

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Jan 202018
 

Jenny, Beagle Mix, Halifax, MA

A friend contacted me to help train her father’s dog, Jenny.

There is no denying there are times that our dogs can get underfoot.   Let’s face it, we all trip over our dogs once in a while.  However, as we get older that can become a real safety concern.

Jenny’s biggest problem was that she would crowd her owner’s space while walking on leash.  She would also pull on her leash which added more of a safety issue.

Training with Jenny was about as easy as it gets.  She is not only eager to please but as sharp as a whip. Look at the attention!

I’m happy to report that Jenny’s owner quickly learned how to properly handle her on leash by directing her with positive reinforcement.

We also worked on door training for Jenny’s safety.  No more darting out the door.

I’m happy to report that these two did a wonderful job and now can enjoy their walks together even more.

I look forward to running into the two of you one of these days while out for a stroll.

Thanks for the chocolate, Joe.  I ate the whole thing! Ha ha

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on 01/20/2018

Isn’t she cute?

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Jan 192018
 

 

 

Nala, Labrador Retriever, Halifax, MA

 

Nala’s owners reached out to me to help them train their new puppy.  With a face like that how could I refuse?

Nala is a typical fun loving puppy that likes to play and be with her family.  Teaching her and working through the typical puppy behaviors is easy when you are fully committed, as this family has been.

We started with reinforcing the dos and don’ts of housebreaking, which she has done successfully.  Then we moved onto very basic training for now.

Keeping her attention, as with any puppy is limited, so it’s important to be clear in the small window you have during each training session.

She is off to such a great start.  Things will only get better from here.

Thanks for sharing her with me.  I had such a fun time and looking forward to doing more advanced training with her in the near future.

P.S. If you can’t find her one of these days, I swear I have no idea where she could be in my house!! lol

 

 

 

 Posted by on 01/19/2018