Rubin a beautiful 9 month old giant schnauzer, was a regular member of a local doggie day care I worked at. He was a little trouble maker but when he came to the doggie day care and spent a few hours with me he was more than willing to take the guidance of a pack leader. I found out that the owners were moving and could no longer keep Rubin. I took this into personal interest and found Rubin a wonderful and loving forever home with the Hodges family. The owners of Giggle Bug Boutique. I am so happy to hear Rubin, now Odo is enjoying his new family, and taking kindly to proper leadership. I am so happy to hear updates from his family and love getting pictures from them with how happy they are!
We love him…he’s definitely family now! We honestly can’t imagine not having this big booger in our lives. We just love him so much! And we are eternally grateful to you for finding us for him!!!!
-The Hodges Pack
Gypsy & Shadow
Gypsy and Shadow struggled with some minor aggression issues with strangers coming on their property and dogs passing by, They also barked excessively at passing loud vehicles. Gypsy got himself into some trouble when he acted aggressively towards a child who bothered him. After "doggy jail" being quarantined, his mommy & daddy had quite the change waiting for him back home. The Stanfield's got some pack leader training and learned how to better control their dogs and prevent the negative behaviors their dogs were exhibiting. He took beautifully to proper leadership, him and Shadow are now balanced calm submissive pack members! A very happy ending for this loving family!
yup; the the kind of radical we love associating with, you are a wonderful dog trainer, your love of animals, and common sense of direction, are and should be accepted by ALL! we thank you. love and peace.
-The Stanfield Pack
Valentino AKA Valley
Valley's owners adopted Valley after he was hit by a car. They quickly discovered an odd behavior issue Valley had. They aren't sure whether it was brought on by the accident with the car, or if the accident with the car was caused because of his obsession. Valley had an issue with lunging, snarling and barking at any car that passed by on a walk. His owners struggled to keep control of him while he tried to attack the cars. He would viciously bark and smash himself at the window in the house to get to them, and even bark at them while he was riding in the car.
After working with Valley and his owners and showing them how to give corrections and show him that behavior was unacceptable and that they had it under control, Vally began to relax around cars. Valley has shown HUGE improvements using my techniques and doesn't respond to cars on walks anymore.
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Maggie the pitbull struggles with some dog aggression. She gets over excited and when another dog is excited she tries to correct them and starts a fight because she corrects them with unbalanced energy. She does fantasic with dogs when everything is calm or when they energy level is playful and matches hers exactly. She doesnt exactly know how to be a dog, and is insecure about things. I am now rehabilitating her and I will try to continue to upload videos of Maggies progress as I work with her. I must say so far she is coming along BEAUTIFULLY and I am so proud of her!
I just want to thank you for being willing to teach me what you know. It has helped me tremendously both with the dogs and in my personal life, and that is a credit to your skills as a trainer.
With just the few things we went over, I am starting to get Ally back. She is calmer around me and is paying more attention. I am no longer arguing with her over sit and wait. She knows the commands and is now giving them when asked. Maybe it is me who has changed or Ally or both, either way thank you.
My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy but is willing to see what happens. Hey, he can't complain. Ally came back with one come at the park today.. I'm very happy.
-Melinda, Ally and JaJa (the Maltese)
Fozzie was the typical case of over excited puppy and overwhelmed owners. He would demand to be let out in the middle of the night and couldn't let his owners out of sight due to separation anxiety. He took over the kitchen and stole his best friend Parker, their 2 year sons food! After his owners went through Basic Obedience lessons, they now know how to communicate with Fozzie, and have better control over his actions. Fozzie now gets to sleep in bed with them because he is such a good boy, he stays out of the kitchen while his owners eat, and walks like an ANGEL on his leash! I am so proud of all of them!
We can't even begin to thank Maris for all she has done for us. Fozzie Bear has become part of our family. He is now happier and we are happy to have the BEST dog ever. A month ago we were at our wits end, and we knew we couldn't continue on the same path with him. I was lucky enough to find Maris and she came and taught us all the essential tools. We always thought - Oh Fozzie is such a bad dog.... well that was not the case at all... we were the ones that needed training!! It is truly about changing how you communicate with your dog. Well I could go on and on.... Thank you Maris, and if you (tired and overwhelmed dog owner) are wondering if Maris can help your dog - I fully believe she can! Good luck!
Beamer an American Bulldog who grew up with no rules, boundaries and limitations and had taken over his house hold. Beamer was fearful of a lot of things he wasn't exposed to as a pup and used inappropriate ways to cope with them. Beamer had fear aggression issues with humans and would use his big body and dominant attitude to control situations he was uncomfortable with. This was an uncomfortable situation for his owners, new strangers, and himself. Beamer was not meant to be a leader, he just wanted to be a big goofy guy. He has now been taught a positive way to deal with new situations. Now that we have worked on him, built his confidence, gained his respect and trust, he now shows his true personality.
Beamer is now social with others (dogs and humans) and has a very open minded attitude about things. His owners report hes like a new and improved dog!
Mickey and Maggie
Mickey (rat terrier) and Maggie (german shepherd) struggled with each other after introducing Maggie into the pack. Mickey hadn't been properly socialized so he didn't like new dogs and Maggie wanted to be the pack leader. Because of this it caused some dog fights in the home and eventually led to worse fights. After working with Maggie, Mickey and their owners we were able to get them to finally see each other as a pack and like each other!
to see more videos of Mickey and Maggie's rehabilitation as well as other things For The Dogs Training is up to visit http://www.youtube.com/user/forthedogstraining
"All of your hard work is paying off!
Thanks so much for all you've done for our family! We have all our animals home in a stress-free environment. A month ago this was not even in the realm of possibility. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
-The Appleberry Family
A Jack Russel Terrier who grew up in a drain pipe in the Ozarks with no human contact. She would defecate upon sight of a human. Gracie now after rehabilitation has a happier than ever enthusiasm for life! She bounces around and gets excited when she sees humans now and allows us to interact with her and she engages us.
Gracie has been adopted after her rehabilitation and has come leaps and bounds from when we first met. She now lives with a wonderful loving pack who will give her a forever home.
Video of Gracie when she first started coming around, still will barely allow me to touch her but she is showing excitement for humans and bouncing around!
Maddie & Seymour
Maddie is much better with people. She is so much calmer and will even approach people without being coached to be petted. She is much better on the leash as far as aggressiveness towards other dogs. Now we can pass dogs while we are walking. I would say that Maddie is a completely different dog than she was last year at this time. It really is an amazing transformation. I like to think she is happier. I know she is less stressed. I just don't think it would have happened without you Maris. Maddie is different dog and I am a different dog owner. All the training I got is really helping with Seymour, who isn't aggressive or dangerous, but can be quite stubborn as I said before. I can never thank you enough for all your help. I will continue to recommend you highly whenever I have an opportunity.
-The Coffman Family
Just wanted to let you know that since your visit yesterday Sukie has already made some HUGE improvements. She is no longer terrified of the metal slip collar noise! She is wearing it around the house now and has no problem getting it on or off. (She even sticks her face in it on her own!) Also after you left yesterday, I decided to take advantage of her mental exhaustion and worked on nail clipping. With a TON of positive reinforcement and some awesome advice from you she let me clip her nails no problem. She was actually falling asleep while I was clipping! Mike and I have had some great opportunities to work on her barking at noises and door knocking and we will continue to be consistent with this. Although we have only completed two sessions we are ecstatic at the progress you've allowed us to make. We look forward to learning new ways to be pack leaders! Thank you so much for all your help so far-we are beyond encouraged and certain we made the perfect choice in choosing a trainer!
-Courtney & Mike
Bear, Carmen & Zing
Rosie and Lucy
More Happy Stories To Come!