Dan, Mel (Tate and Boston)
My partner and I had been having issues with our two foxy crosses for a number of years. After being very diligent in the early stages of our older dogs life with behaviour and consistency, things had slipped considerably and both (the eldest in particular) had settled into some learned behaviour that was rooted in fear aggression. Though they were both vested with a natural exuberance and nervous energy common to foxies, their behaviour had become enough to influence OUR behaviour and choices, who we could be around, where we took them in public. We always had an eye on them when our friends came over, never trusted (the eldest) around children or strangers, and more often than not we’d end up locking her away when people came to our house. We knew we had to do something but after trying many different approaches over the years had become frustrated, and in turn became lax and inconsistent with our training.
We found the K9 Centre while looking for a boarder for the dogs (we hadn’t been on holiday for 3 years because we couldn’t trust them with anyone!) He introduced us to the techniques that we still employ regularly now, in a gradual and straightforward way, that was as much about training us as it was the dogs. We noticed an improvement after the first session and then went on to build on the fundamental principle in the following weeks. Our eldest dog responded so quickly we were astounded (she’s 11!) – she went from trying to eat his boot to wagging her tail and walking beside him in the space of about 4 sessions. It didn’t hurt that our trainer himself is an amiable, easy going guy who
knows his training and knows how to communicate it (no dog whispering or puppy xanax here!). He had a genuine affection for our dogs and they for him. We enjoyed our time training with The K9 Centre too and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone for any dog behaviour issue – the results speak for themselves.