These are testimonials by clients of their transformative experience with Four Paws, Four Directions Dog Training. Contact me if you want to realize similar changes in your dog's behavior!
I just wanted to show you Sheba today. From a dog that would go crazy at any sight, sound or smell of another dog to this. We will do this. Thank you for all your help . . . It's made my year.
(From a very happy client, 2021)
"Olive crushed her calmness training today! There were dogs on the trail, dogs coming out of the house next to us, dogs over on the boardwalk doing scent work, maintenance folks coming to do work, people viewing open houses, bikes, ducks, gulls, etc. Not once did she bark or move to get up off her mat. I'm floored and wanted to share. She even took a small little cat nap, which is unheard of for her. Thanks so much for your guidance!"
I've been working with Rocky and his owner for about a year. Rocky's owner originally contacted me after Rocky escaped on leash, ran across a busy city street and attacked another dog, also on leash. After a year of hard work, Rocky can now play appropriately with another dog! This is an immense breakthrough for this very sweet but very anxious dog. As Rocky's owner commented: "That's a year of working on this together! high fives to all involved!!"
This is Sirius when I first started working with him. He was almost impossible to walk because he would thrash the leash and actively resist the human on the other end. We worked on giving Sirius choices, voluntary cooperation while walking, calmness exercises and mat training.
This is Sirius after we had been working together for over a year. This is from my Control Unleashed class where one dog is working inside the ring gates, one dog is in their "CU station" and Sirius is walking in between them. Notice how calm, focused and attentive he is. This shows what can be achieved with excellent training and owner commitment. Congratulations Team Sirius!
"Sterling has made amazing strides forward, more than I ever expected. It all started of course with your training techniques and i have slowly but diligently been working with sterling. he was moving along slowly until a few months ago when he somehow jumped over the fence in the backyard, still not sure how. It's 6' high, must have been a one in a million chance that he jumped up onto the small box that holds electrical stuff for the power company and the adrenaline carried him over after a squirrel. When I looked over the fence I saw him a few houses down wandering the backyard, and I called to him to let him hear my voice. I got into the car and went around the corner and parked out front of the house where he was. I called his name and he came running and we got into the car. Just as simple as that. It's like something clicked in his head and he associated his name with something positive because after that he started listening to me and his learning has accelerated quickly. When we are outside and I call his name to come back inside he actually comes. Walks right beside me and gets excited about it. Going inside is no longer a negative thing in his mind because he knows he is going to get rewards for it, whether it be treats, praise or affection. Usually all three. He doesn't run away from me anymore, has no issues with me putting a leash on him. The transformation has been incredible. "
" In good news, Phil has seen some great behavior with Freda: She came to get HIM in the house to take her outside a few times, and they even had a decent walk down to the corner of the block at night. 123 Treat has been a WONDERFUL tool. "
(The 1,2,3, Treat! Game is a Control Unleashed pattern game that I regularly use with dogs who worry about their environment. Since this is a current client, I have changed the names to protect their privacy.)