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Being able to participate in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with my dog Rocco was a goal for 2013. My young Champion Great Dane had never competed in a ‘bench’ show let alone one of this magnitude in the big city. I went to Happy Dogs Boarding & Training to see if they would help me work with Rocco’s confidence and focus issues. I wanted him and I to be confident and willing participants but most of all I wanted to have fun with my dog. One of the challenges was/is finding a method without using the sit command. They first helped me work on focus and we are progressing with obedience commands conducive to creating a well balanced and focused dog. Following a simple formula of practice and consistency Rocco has in a very short time exceeded all of my expectations. He not only showed extremely well but be he was magnificent with the spectators, press and media he encountered. I am so happy I found Happy Dogs!
One cannot go wrong using this woman. I would give her ten stars for her dog training. In addition, the place is spotless and the kennels, if one boards a dog, are really nice. They actually have dog runs so that your dog can be inside and out. The place is a true winner in all respects!f gifted trainers.
Last month I was told about happy dogs. I contacted the school and explained my situation. It was agreed that boarding and training would be the best option.
I had some reservations that a 4 year old dog could change his ways, but after 15 days of training, Buddy was a completely new dog. Now, Buddy and I enjoy our walks together; he always walks at my side.
No more pulling, lunging or snapping. Conversations with neighbors during our walks are now enjoyable.
Buddy sits at my side, even if the other person has a dog. The training has also helped us with other concerns we had with buddy…I highly recommend Happy Dogs.
John has a facility where you meet to train both inside and out. He is competitively priced and we chose to do one on one training as opposed to working with a group. John did introduce other dogs when teaching Sadie how to deal with this everyday distraction.
John exceeded our expectations. He shows a great deal of compassion towards dogs however is not afraid to give corrections when needed. He sets the dog up to succeed and has realistic expectations in relation to the dog’s maturity. It became evident that many problems lay with us as handlers. He never made us feel self-conscious and gave us clear articulate instructions each step of the way. He was always willing to answer our questions and address any of our concerns. Sadie was always happy to see him which is a great recommendation in and of itself.
Sadie now reliably sits, comes, lies down and walks with no pulling. We decided to move on for a second series of lessons and Sadie is now able to go for walks beside us off leash which is very handy when hiking.
I know that anyone who takes their dog for training at Happy Dogs will be more than pleased with the results. We won’t hesitate to return when Sadie needs to brush up on her skills when going through her teenage years.
Thats all i needed to hear and ive remembered those words. It was so true. She knew it all. Mommy had to do her part now.
Anyway time went by and i have to say i noticed more and more how priceless it was to have john train lilly. I believe i will see even more as time goes on and she is out and about with her family. I have since brought lilly into the farm supply store, petsmart etc etc. I was floored. People came in and I didnt even need to say anything to Lilly. She sat and stayed and the compliments poured in. I didnt know how to react. I was soooooooo proud and thought of john everytime. I had to have the verizon company come in to my home several times recently. I assumed i would have to lock lilly in my room 🙁 Well, the men came in while i was walking her up the steps and what did she do??? She sat. She looked so beautiful. I kind of looked at her thinking “who are you?” The men said the same thing i have been hearing. Wow she is such a well mannered dog. I was proud. Very proud. I could take a deep breath it was awesome. I walk and run lilly every day. Our walks now are so enjoyable. Again i get compliments. I can walk her by other dogs with out her going insane. I enjoy being out with her. I could NEVER have done this especially in such a short period without John. I watched John with her. I saw how he was a strong leader but would praise her with such respect for her. Lilly will continue other types of training. I feel so lucky we found him. When lilly and I would return to Johns for my sessions she went nuts to get out of the car and go in. His handler Chris was very kind to my lilly as well and seemed sad to see her leave. I will continue to see the benefits of what John has taught us especially with the warm weather coming in. Even with that training complete he still puts up with my many questions and texts about anything. I never knew how important just the basics were for lilly to learn. They are the foundation to everything else she can learn. Thank you John Soares. I want to thank his wife also who was so kind and took time to teach me some things about feeding etc. So much knowledge and care from them. I tell everyone about John. Cant thank you enough. The journey goes on.
Do not waste time with other trainers. There is no better.