I am the owner of two very different huskies. My girl, Kona, is 2 and a purebred Siberian. She was typical husky in the sense of bolting and not coming when called. My boy, Makai, is 4 and a mix. I adopted him when he was about 2 and a half, and he and Kona got along perfectly.
I was very happy with the adoption. But as time went on, he became aggressive towards certain dogs and even towards certain people.
At home, with just me and Kona, he was perfect. He listened and seemed to be very happy, but when I took him out of the house, he became a different dog. It got to the point where I was always on edge whenever we were out. I got to the point, with both of them, that I just couldn’t take the lack of obedience and random aggression anymore. So, I called Ty the Dog Guy. I decided to do boot camp.
I spoke to Joe Tomsich, one of their trainers, a couple times before their start date. I was pretty skeptical that bad behaviors would be fixed in both dogs, but he was very calm and reassuring. I emailed him, a pretty long email, a couple days before he came to pick them up. When he got to the house for the pick up, he stood outside (in pretty cold weather, sorry Joe!) with me and the dogs and talked about all of my concerns and how the program worked. He answered every question and made me feel very comfortable in letting my dogs go live with him for a few weeks. He told me I could call as often as I wanted during the time they were with him.
I ended up calling once a week for a check up on their progress. And Joe sent a couple videos of their progress as well. When I called, I didn’t feel like I was a burden or annoyance. I felt important and Joe took the time to update me and answer all of my questions.
When he brought them back, it’s like they were different dogs. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. They both came when called, walked off leash, stayed in the down position until released – it was amazing. Joe then spent a few hours with us, showing me how to use the e-collar, teaching me how he trained them, taking them out in public.
It was a great experience. And now after a few weeks of having them back, we are a much happier household. I owe it all to Joe. I cannot express how much gratitude I have towards him for not only training my dogs, but treating them like his own.