A lot of our clients are fed up and frustrated with their dog’s behavior. They live with it day in and day out that they get angry at themselves, their dogs, their situation, etc. I’ve found that many people in this state of mind often think that their dogs are untrainable or their problems are unsolvable.
We’ll often hear skepticism about whether or not their particular brand of aggression can be overcome, or of their dog’s destruction can really calm down. Because they haven’t seen hundreds of dogs do a complete 180 in their behavior they find it hard to believe that their dog would be capable.
The reality (and I don’t usually like to rub this in) is that 99% of the dogs we work with are quite easy to train. In fact, when we do our Boot Camp dog training programs within the first day we’ve got the dog under control and doing great. The reason we keep the dog for a few weeks is to work through all issues, proof the training around various distractions, and more.
Every now and then, though, a really tough dog comes along. For whatever reason, be it genetics or upbringing, we have a harder time getting through.
Such is the case with a recent client of ours.
The owners loved this dog and doted on him. He didn’t always return the favor, though. Try to put a collar on him and he’d attack. Try to guide his rear end into a sitting position and he’d want to bite you. He’d dominate you by jumping all over you. With him we were starting from BEHIND the 8-ball because the simple act of putting him on a leash and collar just to START the training meant he’d try to attack. His owners had scars to prove it.
After years and years of experience I don’t get worried too often but I was nervous about this guy. How could we see progress if we couldn’t even get a collar on him?
Well, I’m pleased to say that with the work of two dedicated owners and our great training director, Joe Tomsich, they’ve been able to see dramatic turnaround with their dog. To this day the owners continue to work hard to maintain his training but this dog has made a complete turnaround based on our training program.
So the next time someone is worried they can’t get their dog trained I want to show them the video of the dog who wouldn’t be leashed with some stellar obedience training.
We’re thrilled to have helped these folks out and are thrilled to accept their testimonial:
“I am the proud owner of the cute dog in the video above and am amazed by the transformation we’ve seen in him, with the help of Ty the Dog Guy. Rufus has gone from rearing on his back legs, thrashing his neck around, and gnashing his teeth to the point of exhaustion when we would try to put a collar on his neck during our first visit with Ty the Dog Guy to being one of the stars of our group training sessions each month.
He happily sits and waits for us to put on his collars, goes to his “place” when we have guests, and follows commands off leash. Ty the Dog Guy by no means has a magic solution that solved his problems over night – they are simply great trainers with absolute devotion to developing happy, balanced dogs. They worked hard for months on training us to handle him and breaking through to him to get him to the point that he is today.
After our first session or two, we realized that we didn’t have the skills to train Rufus to overcome many of his existing issues (sensitivity to touch, anxiety, fear) that was holding him back from beginning his obedience training. He went to live with Joe as part of the boot camp for six weeks (three times as long as the average dog).
Joe spent a big portion of his day suited up in his bite suit, working with Rufus to overcome his issues and learn to trust in him. After a couple of weeks, Rufus was able to wear a collar with less of a fight and could finally begin his obedience training. Several weeks after that, we were reunited with Rufus who for the first time felt like a dog – carefree, happy, and seeking to please.
We have since done our best to remain consistent with his training and have continued to receive ongoing support from Joe. We are so grateful that we found Ty the Dog Guy and that they were willing to work with Rufus who had always been turned away by others (groomers, vets, daycare centers, pet sitters). We don’t know where we would be if we did not have this intervention. Thank you for believing in Rue and sticking with us!”
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