After we brought Reign home, we immediately began working on her basic training. He was definitely going to be a big dog and require a firm hand. At 5 months we boarded him with a local, yet “world famous” training academy, which promised he would return with 8 basic commands, and crate and house training completed. This sounded great since he already had a firm grasp on sit, down, crate training and had a 75% success ratio in being house broken. After $2500, providing 50lbs of beef, 50lbs. of dog food, 10 days of missing my lil guy and 3 days of intensive handler training, we came home with an amazingly skinny dog with a firm grasp of sit, down, going to the crate and a 80% success ratio with being house broken.
Shortly after, while getting a check-up, a young lady at Vet people thought he would do amazing in a training class with CalSearch K9. I explained to her our experience, and she shared hers. A REAL testimonial about the entire experience, the bonding with her dog, the results and THE PRICE (A FRACTION OF WHAT I PAID)!!!
We started January 15, 2020. The first night Mike, Ann and Dave laid the plan out. Each week we were to learn 1 to 2 techniques, practice 10 to 15 minutes a day for 6 days, return to class to test and repeat for the next 7 weeks.
Being probably one of the youngest, Reign was super excited by all the dogs, all the smells and all the people. HE WOULD NOT SETTLE DOWN. I was barely able to listen to the instructions. Luckily, we were provided a booklet and a video library the first night we could reference.
Reign and I worked on our skills most days, 2x a day for approximately 20 minutes. Not consecutively; some times were scheduled, but other times we were just around the house and we’d throw the leash on and practice heeling, or a sit stay.
Yet, most class days I felt like we just weren’t getting it. I asked many questions from all 3 trainers and they shared various tips and tricks to improve our home workouts little by little.
We were able to win 2nd place overall in our class. Reign pays attention more closely to the family. Even on free time he checks in to make sure we are good. He doesn’t pull on leash, sits, downs, stays ( for minutes at a time), heels (on and off leash), comes when called, waits patiently to eat (even when the bowl is in front of him), goes to his crate on command, goes to bed on command, and doesn’t jump on family or visitors. He even automatically sits when we come to a stop.
THANK YOU AND MUCH LOVE TO ALL THE TRAINERS AND MY CLASSMATES. WE CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT CLASS!