My dog, Tressa, and I had a wonderful experience with the Basic K9 Obedience Course provided by Cal Search K9 Detection & Training Academy!! On the first day of training, my 2 year-old, 12 pound, scruffy mutt was shaking, quivering and hiding behind me, as she was in unfamiliar territory surrounded by other dogs that towered over her. She was the only small dog in the class. But by the 3rd week, she confidently hopped right out of the car as we headed to class!
It was amazing to see Tressa’s progress as we worked together with our weekly assignments. 10-15 minutes, twice a day is all it took! It was important to commit to those two short daily sessions in order to achieve great results. This simple commitment strengthened the bond between me and Tressa along the way!
Tressa learned to pay attention to me when she was on leash. I was taught how to hold a leash, and truly walk her in a heel, which positively changed our experience of going for walks! It is so much more pleasant to walk a dog that pays attention to you, instead of struggling with a pet that is pulling on the leash or wrapping the leash around your legs! Now, Tressa gladly walks at my side, easily adjusting when I make turns, and sits whenever I stop,….. whether she is on or off the leash! That’s how fabulous this training is! And, it all makes perfect sense!
Mike, Ann and Dave are wonderful at explaining and demonstrating each lesson. In addition, we, the handlers, developed a wonderful bond as we worked together training our pets. Classes were fun, and it brought such joy to see others achieve successes with their pets, too. We trained our dogs to heel, sit, turn, sit-stay, down, down-stay, figure 8’s, about-face, recall and how to release our dog when we were finished. We even learned to recall our pets with a whisper when they were off leash and free roaming. Much more information was provided about dogs; how they think and respond, and what they ultimately want from their handler………affection. Our successes were accomplished with the reward of praise, which can be offered any time in any location!
I am so pleased with the results Tressa and I had with this obedience course. Now, I am in the process of applying to same concepts to my 12 year old Lab/Australian Shepherd. And I am doing something which was never possible prior to my taking the Basic K9 Obedience course; I’m walking both dogs together on my left without difficulty! It’s such a joy! ~Carrie Breitung & Tressa~ Moorpark, CA