Our first training experience with Elizabeth was before she joined with All Dogs Allowed (and was teaching classes for another training company). Elizabeth had to take on training in the middle of a class. None of the dogs or parents were familiar with her and we had numerous *personalities* in the class. She aptly handled the fearful and the rambunctious. She gave great tips and quickly developed rapport with the dogs as well as the parents. I was happy she handled the class and helped all of us get our dogs certified for Canine Good Citizens.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you both so much for accepting Eye-Lean into the All Dogs Allowed Family. I know she can't do much with her disability but just the couple of things we have all helped her accomplish has meant so much to me watching her grow. She has gotten to where she knows she is going to school with Bugg and it's been a huge bonding experience for them. They now snuggle together in the car on their ride in and out of town and while they are together at the clinic. Arty experienced E-L's enthusiasm as well today. Deep down she doesn't know she is broken and anything I can do to prove her right brings happy tears to my eyes. I can never ever repay you both for all you have done for her. You girls are the best and I love you both!
You don’t know how much you have helped to make my dreams come true.
In 2012, I nearly died from an infection that set in after having major surgery for peritoneal cancer. It took me almost 2 years to recover from surgery, the infection, and chemo treatments. It was during my recovery phase that I dreamed about getting a young Sheltie who had the potential to become a therapy dog and then train it and volunteer as a therapy dog team. I thought this would be a good combination of both my love for Shelties and my skills as a speech language pathologist to make a difference for people with challenging situations and help get my life back on track.
I feel like I was blessed with a 2nd chance and it means so much to be working with a little dog that got a 3rd chance at making a difference. You see the Sheltie we adopted at 7 months of age had already been rejected by two owners so she had a very unstable puppyhood. We had lots of issues to address and the training we received at ADA has helped us to successfully become a registered Therapy Dog Team. Together, I know Mosie and I can bring many blessings and joy to people who need it.
Asimo is a 3-year-old black and white mixed breed rescue. His DNA test showed that he’s part Treeing Walker Coonhound, Boxer, Labrador Retriever, and Dogue de Bordeaux.
We were looking for a dog and visiting rescue groups around the Raleigh-Durham area. We first saw Asimo with Hope Animal Rescue at the Durham Farmer’s Market in August 2015. Asimo, another littermate, and his mom were rescued from a kill shelter in Hoke County. His foster mom, Tara, named him after a Honda Robot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASIMO). After going through the application process and a home visit, Asimo found his forever home with us on Labor Day weekend 2015. We loved his unique name and decided to keep it.
Asimo loves All Dogs Allowed and attending his weekly agility class. He always gets so excited and whines with excitement when we pull up in the car before class. He loves the socialization aspect of Agility and being around the other dogs. Our training goals for him are to work on his fear of moving objects such as the wobble board and the teeter – which he’s already made some improvements in those areas. Overall he is an awesome dog. He loves to please, has incredible manners, and has never tried to get food off the counter or chew up anything in the house. He’s social and loves dog-friendly people. He loves car rides and “field trips” to pet stores. He is just such a sweet dog. We don’t know who’s luckier to have found each other.
I know it's been about three years since I brought Dakota to you for help with her anxiety (which often led to aggression while on leash or when other dogs came into our house), but I wanted to share with you a personal triumph we had, and it's all thanks to you and ADA.
Dakota has always been a super anxious dog. I don't know why, but as she got older she became aggressive towards other dogs while on leash or when they came into our home, so I couldn't foster for BFPA anymore. I took her to to see you for some training to try and curb this behavior, but we moved away before I could take her through the second level of classes which I really think she needed. Because you cautioned so much about backsliding, I've been working with her quite a bit, and we are to the point now where I am able to foster young puppies without issue (in fact, she seems to actually enjoy them). The huge test (and triumph!) came twice in the last 10 days.
Last week we were out walking when a neighbor's Boston Terrier came flying down the driveway, barking and snarling like crazy with his owner in hot pursuit. Dakota's hackles were up but she stayed with me as I guided her away. At one point that little thing even bit her tail, but she didn't become aggressive or even snap at it. Three years ago she would have destroyed that dog the minute it came flying down the driveway.
Tonight we were out walking when we moved out into the street to let a woman walking her yellow lab pass on the sidewalk. I'm not quite sure what happened, but the woman dropped the (retractable--don't even get me started on that) leash and that thing snapped so hard the dog bolted right at us, teeth bared. Again Dakota stayed right with me as we danced around trying to get away from that other dog until his owner just sort of fell on him. It was intense, but I am SO proud of her, and I just had to share because you are the biggest reason why she didn't rip the face off either of those dogs.
Before I walked into that class at ADA, I just assumed she was a crotchety adult dog and that's how it was going to be from now on. But thanks to you, I learned so much about canine behaviors and how to help her become a much more confident and relaxed dog, and above all to teach her to trust me and follow my lead--even in high-adrenaline situations.
So thank you, we couldn't have done it without you & ADA!
Before All Dogs Allowed, I'd grown up with dogs and been to dog training, so I thought I knew something. I also thought I was very bad at dog training. A previous trainer I'd worked with told me that I was not dominant enough. When I adopted Gaston, I asked around about trainers and a friend recommended All Dogs Allowed. Gaston and I are sooo glad! We love ADA and we love their classes!
Gaston has learned so much and done so well. He's developed into a very pleasant, easy, and well behaved dog. I have to give a lot of credit to Gaston for his success, because he is the bestest, sweetest, smartest little doggie there is. But I don't think he would be nearly as happy and well behaved without ADA's classes. He thrives with positive training methods. Gaston gets so excited when he sees that we are going to class that he yelps and wags and can't wait to get out of the car and into the class.
I've discovered that I'm not so bad with dogs after all. All Dogs Allowed uses methods are positive and fun and get terrific results, a great holistic approach. You are taught how to care for dogs in all ways - nutrition, grooming, behavioral issues, and every aspect of how to care for your dog. Gaston has developed confidence and a love for learning that I think will last a lifetime. ADA offers a variety of fun classes and I intend to keep Gaston in classes at All Dogs Allowed as long as I can.
We started out in a group Beginner class when we realized Chance may have been a little more high energy than he let on as the "sad puppy" at the animal shelter. We continued into Intermediate and kept up training at home, but found All Dogs Allowed again when Chance started encountering some "bumps in the road". Chance has come so far from the nervous puppy that was afraid of the Petsmart floors to the confident dog he is today, and I attribute so much of that to All Dogs Allowed and their help. We came to understand each other a lot better, and now Chance has moved on to much more advanced material, and is looking forward to future training and fun that he could only be involved in with what we have learned in our group and private lessons with ADA. We highly recommend All Dogs Allowed because you will get nothing but the best AND it is the absolute best value for the money!
Little Bear -
When LB came to us, we were her foster parents. She was a terrified, mangey little eight week old. We pulled her out of her crate from transport, covered in ticks, and thought she looked too much like a bear to not be named Little Bear. She had some traumatic experiences for such a young pup, so we knew she would need a helping hand to gain confidence. The rest of our crew had already been training at All Dogs Allowed, so we reached out to Meagan. We wanted to be the best foster parents we could be and get LB ready for her forever…we just didn’t know that was with us at the time.
Her first puppy class, LB and I sat in the corner and it took about 30 minutes before she was calm enough to take a treat. Slowly she started to come out of her shell. She started to play with other puppies and socialize with new obstacles and people. After a few classes with LB as foster parents, it was clear we couldn’t let her go. There is something so special about bonding with a fearful dog and growing and learning together.
We took puppy starters twice (and learned new information both times as LB was changing from puppy to teenager!) and then went into Foundations then agility and now Focused Fidos. We always went at LB’s pace, which was sometimes slower and sometimes faster than the rest of the class. We learned about her play style, her body language, calming signals, and more. Because of who LB is, she will always be a reserved, shy girl. We set up a few private sessions with Lindsay to have some specific exercises to work through with LB in new situations. Lindsay helped us understand LB’s world even more and gave us more games to play with her to keep training fun and help her experience new things. She helped us set up friendly stranger drills and even introduced her to photography equipment in a positive way. (She took the stunning picture in the middle!)
Lindsay and Meagan told us about Dognition and we got to learn even more about LB. She’s an expert! We played so many fun games and each step of the way learned more about how LB sees the world. They also gave us book suggestions to read to help us grow as LB’s people. As much as we ask of LB in learning and work, we try to give her back by learning and growing as her people.
LB is an incredible dog who has grown so much her first year in life. She went from being terrified of the world, to being cautious but ok with new situations. (She will even cuddle with Lindsay and Meagan now!) We have always said, we don’t need LB to be a ‘perfect’ dog, we just want to understand her and how she sees the world and help her live a happy and fulfilled life. We are still learning everyday and we are so thankful we have All Dogs Allowed to continue to help her grow.
Parker & Preston -
Signing up for puppy class at All Dogs Allowed was one of the best decisions we ever made, and it's really helped us to be confident and competent puppy parents for Parker and Preston. We truly can't thank you enough!
Louie has been going to All Dogs Allowed off and on for the last 5 years. I had every intention of training him, but after about 18 months of no progress, it was time to call the professionals. When we started with the Foundations class, he was a little over 2 years old and obnoxious. He destroyed everything, jumped on everyone, stole food, pulled on his leash... even though he had the best personality, it was difficult to take him anywhere because his behavior was so bad. After Foundations, he was a different dog. We could take him to dog friendly restaurants and he would sit nicely. We could go on walks and, barring a rogue squirrel, he did well on leash. He would sit and wait for pets and attention instead of demanding them with flying ninja kicks. As we continued with Focused Fidos, Louie has earned his CGC, Novice Trick Dog and CGCa titles. Louie loves learning new things and hopefully we can work on the next Trick Dog title or maybe even get therapy dog certified. We couldn't be more appreciative of All Dogs Allowed helping us transform Louie into the dog he is today.
Hannah and I had a wonderful time doing the Puppy Class. It was great to see her self-confidence grow - almost as much as she has grown this fall!
The puppy class is a great introduction to training and building a truly solid bond with your new dog. All of the exercises, well designed for both dogs and owners learning about each other, are discussed and taught to build this successful relationship. Everyone with a new pup who wants a long, fun, and fulfilling relationship with their dog should take this class.
I cannot say enough about our experience with All Dogs Allowed in our Pet Therapy Class. We were given real life scenarios to prepare us for certification and service in the community. Their work is certainly a labor of love. Thanks to All Dogs Allowed - I can truly say being a certified Therapy Dog Team has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Level 1 (Puppy Starters) classes with Karen for Rocket, my son Angus, and I were so wonderful that I came back for Level 2 (Focused Fidos) classes with both Karen and Meagan. We also enrolled Rocket in Doggy Dates with Meagan to give Rocket time to learn social skills (and me a chance to learn NOT to panic when Rocket barked). Rocket was an insecure pup who frequently displayed leash reactivity around other dogs, but after our classes his confidence is growing (as is ours as trainers/owners). Kudos, too, to Karen and Meagan for the positive environment they provided for my teenaged son as he learned to train his challenging pup. It is difficult for a teenager to feel comfortable in a class full of adults, learning new training skills with a somewhat hyper dog, but Karen and Meagan treated him as an adult, answered questions, and demonstrated techniques that we still employ today. I heartily recommend All Dogs Allowed!
When we took our first puppy class elsewhere I was told Ernie was "too social" to graduate on to the next level. All Dogs Allowed helped us see this as a positive and rise far beyond that next level. Ernie has far surpassed my expectations -- he passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test at 7 months old! With ADA's help, I can see the only thing holding him back is my ability to appropriately communicate with him. What an amazing experience --we will continue to learn and grow at All Dogs Allowed.
Hank is a min-pin beagle mix and when we came to All Dogs Allowed, he was a pretty unruly one year old puppy. We started with Foundations class hoping to improve his behavior and noticed some immediate improvements.
We have since moved on to multiple Focused Fidos classes. Hank and trainer learn something new in every class and Hank is always excited to go to class. ADA's method of positive reinforcement works wonders and Hank is learning skills and tricks that I never thought possible.
So, thanks All Dogs Allowed and we look forward to continuing Hank's training with your help.
My dog, Izzy, and I first met All Dogs Allowed at the SPCA Down by the Tracks event. Karen soon became one of Izzy's favorite cuddle buddies and walking pals. We just took Pet Therapy class with All Dogs Allowed to begin our journey to become a therapy team. Izzy and I had so much fun in class together and learned a lot. I can tell that Izzy really loves Karen and responds well to her. Karen "gets" Izzy and knows when to be friendly and when to be firm. Karen is more attentive than other trainers whom I've worked with in the past. It is obvious that she really cares about all of her furry clients and their people. I look forward to taking more classes with her in the future. And Izzy says, "I wuv Karen. Tshe ith tho much fun!"
Murphy or “The Murph” lived up to his name from the beginning. He was an unusual Golden with a slightly longer tail and an incredibly long tongue but he very quickly became our “Bud”. His puppy days were not your typical, socializing, and learning times, because at just 7 months of age, Murphy was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia and underwent laparoscopic surgery. He was then put on severely restricted exercise for much of the next year causing him to have a lot of pent-up energy. He became our “wild child”, overly excitable and uncontrollable in new situations and when meeting new dogs.
We tried several other trainers but were not getting results. As a last hope we registered for the Foundations class at All Dogs Allowed. Meagan recognized his reactivity and suggested we try some private classes with Lindsay. What a difference! We have been learning to watch for his triggers and to be careful to keep his arousal from escalating. We focus on positive reinforcement and catching and rewarding good behavior. Murphy is responding and showing improvement every day! He’s even been able to get his Novice Trick Dog title. Meagan and Lindsay and the All Dogs Allowed team have done a great job in socializing The Murph over the last year! He’s able to attend his Fantastic Fidos class and enjoy being out and around other dogs and people. Our hope is that he will be able to control that rambunctious behavior and maybe even work on becoming a Canine Good Citizen! Murphy is also a proud participant in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, helping to find a cure for canine cancer.
Trinity, Pippa, Ralphie, Byrd, and LB -
Our pack loves All Dog's Allowed! We first discovered All Dog's Allowed back in February and did Agility for Fun with our beagle mix, Pippa Lee. I'm always a bit nervous trying new training places, but Meagan probably talked on the phone with me over thirty minutes asking about Pippa, her siblings, what she likes, what her quirks are, and just dog stuff in general.
After getting into Agility for Fun, we signed Ralphie, our lab/shepherd/husky mix, up for Focused Fidos. He loves it! It's challenging and new every week and keeps him on his toes. He'll be going into their upcoming CGC class next!
We foster failed a medical case and I wanted to get him somewhere fun while he was recovering from his gunshot wound... and so we tried out private training! Lindsay was amazing. Byrd would occasionally mark at the vet's office, but never at home. I couldn't figure out if it was a dominance thing or what. After taking Meagan's body language workshop and meeting with Lindsay, it was clear the poor guy just had some mild anxiety from having to go to the vet so much for wound care. Lindsay helped teach us some great mind games and activities to keep Byrd thinking and happy while he recovered and taught us how to watch his queues for when he is anxious.
Annnd because our house has the opposite of black dog syndrome, we foster failed again this summer and enrolled our new timid little puppy in the Successful Socialization and Puppy Starters class. LB was so timid her first class, it took 30 minutes sitting in the corner with her for her to take a treat. We never felt pressured or like we couldn't keep up. She came out of her shell more and more every week and now loves going to class because we let her go at her pace! Although you can learn sit, down, stay just about anywhere, what is great about Puppy Starters is you also learn your dogs play style and how to match them with other puppies and redirect the play if it gets too intense. It's a pretty valuable skill and one of the best take away's from the class.
Bonus - we recently got to try out a new Nosework for Fun class that will be launching soon! Pippa has taken nosework before, but we took a break because sometimes it wasn't as fun for her because of the teaching style. Amanda is amazing at teaching nosework! Her timing is on point and she really gives her all to the class. Each dog gets an equal amount of time when they take turns and Amanda learns that dog's style and goes at each dog's pace. Pippa will be doing Nosework for Fun, and our oldest, Trinity will be doing the next intro course when it launches!
All Dog's Allowed is the only place that every single member of our five pack has trained...from our almost 5-month-old puppy, to our medical case, to our talkative lab mix, to our beagle butt, to our 10-year-old young-at-heart!
We love them and all of their trainers!!
I adopted Tao, aka Mr. T, when I realized that my other two Aussies were at the age in which walking was their preferred exercise. My hope was that Mr. T would become my new running buddy. My older Aussies are well behaved, so I figured a one year old Aussie wouldn't be too much work...boy was I wrong. We enrolled in All Dogs Allowed's class so I could take Mr. T back to the basics and break all the bad habits he had developed in his prior home. We were both blessed to have ADA come into our lives, because with out their knowledge and guidance we would have had a rough start to our new lives together. The classes are not your typical training classes. They are so much more! I love going to class and learning how to be a better doggie parent. Mr. T needs a lot of work to build his confidence and channel his energy and intelligence. Both Mr. T and I know that All Dogs Allowed will help us reach our full potential as a training team!
Thank you very much for the time you spent with us the past ten weeks. We really enjoyed all the classes on how to be the best owners and parents to our boy Johnson. The information in the classes on how to train Johnson has been well worth the time and effort. It has definitely given us the knowledge on how to be much more responsible, smart and caring dog owners! We're so proud of him!
Roscoe is a happy 6 month old yellow Lab (but on the white side). Though we previously owned a Lab for 14 years, he was 10 months old and trained when he came to live with us. Roscoe is our first puppy and I didn't have a clue where to begin!
My friend highly recommended All Dogs Allowed. As I waited for Roscoe to age and receive all of his shots, I told another friend about All Dogs Allowed and she confirmed how quickly her puppy learned. Yay! Two great recommendations from trusted friends!
We started classes with All Dogs Allowed when Roscoe was almost 4 months old. I soon realized that the classes were meant for us PEOPLE, not the pets. :-)
They do such a great job explaining new steps. Even if it is a lot of information, it's broken down and we're shown an example how everything works -- using our own pets. Afterwards, we're given time to practice and for questions and instructions. The hands-on experience is priceless!
Roscoe and I had a great time in the Puppy Training class and are looking forward to starting Focused Fidos next month! My handsome Roscoe already knows how to sit, wait, lay down, play "touch", roll over, and is learning to walk nicely on the buddy leash.
I highly recommend All Dogs Allowed as a company. You will be happy you came!
Bitsy & Amy Beth -
My name is Bitsy and I'm a Cockapoo. I was born on Thanksgiving Day in 2007. My job is going to assisted living places where people sit around and wait for me to come visit them. Boy, that's a great job! People talk real sweet to me and hold me and rub my fur and I show my appreciation by doing tricks for them. We do another program called "See Spot Read" when children are supposed to read to a dog name Spot. Spot must be real busy because he never shows up so the children read to me! That's like heaven because children are my favorite people. My favorite pastime when I'm not working is doing agility, rally obedience and learning tricks at All Dogs Allowed.
Dad came home with a little sister for me three weeks ago. She is a Cockapoo too and we named her Amy Beth Walker. She aggravates me a lot like little sisters do. Dad has enrolled her in Puppy Starters Class at All Dogs Allowed so she will learn some manners. Dad wants her to have a job visiting people too.
Lucy and I started with the foundations training class with All Dogs Allowed when Lucy was 5 months old. We have learned so much and I do mean WE, I have learned so much about how dogs learn and how to be the best pet parent and Lucy is learning how to be the best dog she can be. Lucy is a very smart but shy Golden with some "performance" anxiety. That is until we started agility in addition to the foundations class. As Lucy accomplished each of the obstacles you could actually see the confidence and pride build. By the second week of agility she was like a different puppy. I was amazed at how much easier her training became by simply building her confidence level. My ultimate goal is to become a therapy team and I am sure we will reach that goal at All Dogs Allowed.
This weekend I was walking my dog in the woods with my friend who is not a "dog person". As a matter of fact she has been bitten and is decidely not a dog fan at all...she is afraid of dogs.
As we met the 3rd or 4th dog coming towards us we noted the same pattern repeated in each encounter: the dogs coming the other way were pulled off the trail to the side facing us,while the owner stood with their back to us pushing the dog down, clinging to the collar of the lunging sometimes snarling or barking dog,repeating quite loudly over and over again : "SIT! STAY! SIT! STAY! NO! NO! SIT! STAY!" and then "I'm sorry he's very excited, she get's very excited". The loud commands having no effect on the dog whatsoever, actually the dogs looking glazed over as if they were hearing "blah blah blah blah" if anything at all. Meanwhile after we passed and went on a bit my dog (who was not perfect, who would have also liked to give a friendly greeting but which I passed on) was sitting looking at me with Xray eyes, intently focused waiting for his treat reward. My friend asked me: "Why do other people shout at their dogs that way? Why is your dog so calm and well behaved?" The answer I gave her was that they don't know any better. My trainer is teaching me in spite of all my years of experience with dogs and working at veterinary clinics and kennels, new things and ways of interacting with my dog. This is because she is an behavior specialist and she is teaching me how to bond with my dog and be a part of a working team. "Hmmmm" said my friend.... "all of those other people should learn how to do that." With that we went on our way through the golden filtered light of the beautiful autumn afternoon... hoping we wouldn't run into more dysfunctional stressful dog/human pairs.
Thanks to you and your help, I'm slowly turning my friend into a fan of at least one dalmatian!
Sam came into my family as my mom's foster for the NC Lab Rescue. He was completely underfed and shut down, and it was clear he was recovering from an unfortunate past. My mom began working with All Dogs Allowed and they slowly brought him out of his shell. After we decided to adopt him as a family, I brought him to school with me in Boone under a "joint-custody" agreement with my mom. Sam and I quickly bonded and my mom soon realized she was not getting him back. Sam didn't mind living in the mountains where he could go swimming, hiking, and play ball as much as his heart desired.
After graduating from App this past May, Sam and I returned to Cary and started taking classes again with All Dogs Allowed. I had picked up tips and tricks from seeing my mom and sister take classes but this was my first time working with ADA as Sam's handler. Sam and I have both learned so much since we started and I love watching him continue to learn new things each week. We are working on getting Sam's CGC and hopefully one day doing therapy work.
I love taking classes with All Dogs Allowed! When I started looking for classes to take with Chief, I knew that I could not just go anywhere as he has reactive issues that require a more knowledgeable and forgiving trainer. Most people shy away from those troubled dogs, but we were welcomed and treated no differently than any other students in the class (other than to give us extra space). All Dogs Allowed does not allow anyone to feel embarrassed or ashamed of the way that their dog behaves, only offers advice on how to make the situation better.
We went through the beginning Foundation level, even though my dog had been through classes previously elsewhere. I was hesitant at first that it would be too boring for us as we knew the basics, but I gave it a shot anyways thinking that worst case it was good socialization. We walked away from this class with way more than I had bargained for. Yes some of it was repeat, but the way it's taught makes it easy for dogs of all levels to still learn something. We are now taking the second level of classes and have renewed for another round. Our goal is to be able to pass the CGC test, something that previously was out of reach but now I believe with hard work and time it can be done.
All Dogs Allowed is a life saver and I highly recommend their classes to everyone. I can see a huge difference in Chief. Just last night, a dog he had never seen before walked in to class and he didn't react! He just glanced over and then brought his focus back to me!
Molly and I headed out this morning, she had her Buddy System leash and Freedom Harness on and I had a cup of coffee. We were approached by a man with two large dogs on the other side of the street and his wife. The dogs were lunging and jumping, pulling the man down the sidewalk. The wife looked at him and said "look how good that little dog is walking." Then she turned to me and said, "I'm so jealous." I just smiled and said thanks, Molly just looked at the other dogs and kept walking. Love it!
We are taking a lot more walks since we moved and Molly lost her big back yard. My girls think it's funny how "all the dogs walk the people" in our new neighborhood. We've even seen one large dog who the man could hardly control and Kelsey said, wow, he needs to call All Dogs Allowed!
Thanks again, we love the Buddy System and Freedom Harness.
I adopted Freya when she was about 5 months old from Collie Rescue of the Carolinas in February 2012 and it was love at first sight. She was one of 8 puppies rescued from a hoarder who had over 30 collies at her house. As a first-time dog owner, Freya was quickly spoiled and had the run of the house so I wasn't off to a great start with her training. She knew basic commands when she was at the house with me, but once out in public, it was a completely different story. She would pull on her leash, wouldn't listen at all, and always wanted to play with everyone that came near. She was also a very anxious puppy barking constantly and unable to settle in general. I knew I had to get her some formal training or her behavior would only get worse.
A coworker recommended All Dogs Allowed and I quickly contacted them and had Freya enrolled in Foundations in early 2014. The first class I was mortified as Freya sat and barked for the entire hour of class. I really felt that she was beyond help, but the trainers encouraged me to keep at it and I gradually saw improvement as classes continued. Luckily for us, she is highly food motivated and was able to learn her commands quickly. We were so proud her when she graduated Foundations and I immediately enrolled her in Focused Fidos and she has been attending classes ever since. She now has an excellent recall, can walk off leash, follows all commands when out in public, and overall is a model citizen.
Freya has gone on to get her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and most recently her Canine Good Citizen Advance (CGCA). She still likes to make herself known in class, but we have realized that she just likes to talk sometimes. We frequently receive compliments from our neighbors, friends, and strangers about how well behaved she is and I always tell them it wouldn't be possible without all the training that she's done over the years. I cannot thank the staff at All Dogs Allowed enough for helping us get Freya to this point. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a trainer for their dog.
Thank you for all that you've done and awarding Freya the Dog of the Month. This being her birthday month it's an excellent present.
I cannot recommend All Dogs Allowed enough. They have changed our relationship with our dogs. We loved them before, but now we love AND understand them. You just don't "sit," but how to teach them to sit and why the method worked.
If you have a dog, you owe it to yourself, the dog and the family to take a class or two here. We've taken the Foundations class, and are now in a tricks class. The reactive dog seminar is also fantastic and chock full of information, research and activities. It doesn't matter if your dog is well mannered, needs a touch up or is crazy! All Dogs Allowed has seen it all, and will help you.
So, in summary, go to alldogsnc.com, click that contact button and begin a new relaitonship with your fur baby!
I wanted to brag about how GREAT Baxter did on his recent trip to San Diego. As I watched him shine in so many new situations, I couldn't help but believe that his behavior and responses were all due to the wonderful training he has received at All Dogs Allowed! I am beyond proud of him.
Before we flew to San Diego, we took him to RDU and had practice runs in the airport to get him used to sights, sounds, and smells. We worked on getting him to go into his travel crate (he flew in coach with us) and his crate ended up becoming a very fun place for him. When he wanted extra treats or attention, we would find him just sitting in his crate waiting! In the airport as we awaited each flight, I allowed him out of his crate to practice greeting people - he was phenomenal! I would hand children and adults a treat to give him and he would sit patiently for his treat, often without a command!
He flew four different legs (to and from San Diego) at my feet without a peep! He did so well that I was able to leave the top part of the crate unzipped so he could see me. At the end of all four legs, people were shocked to learn a dog had been sitting next to them!!
He had never been to San Diego before nor met our family and friends there. Each day he encountered new people and situations and just shined! He would sit when he greeted someone and was a very polite dog. The hotel said he was the best behaved dog they had ever encountered - no barking or whining. He spent Christmas Eve with a relative that has a small female dog. He politely met her, played with her in their yard, let her sniff him, and towards the end of the evening let her know he was done... by just looking at her! He spent Christmas day with my brother's family. With all of the activity and excitement of the day, I was shocked to see what confidence he had in this new situation - no barking, no cowering - he just walked around that house like he owned it!
During our trip, I often reflected on the once shy, cowering dog that showed up first in Foundations class and who is now a Focused Fidos regular. I compared that dog to the dog I see now... he has come so far and I am SO THANKFUL that we've continued with classes. Thank you for helping me train Baxter to be the best dog he can be!!
We adopted Dara in 2012 from Best Friend Pet Adoption. She had been found as a stray wandering the streets of Sanford with the chain and post she had been tied to still attached to her. She was really quite fearful and very prone to flight. She escaped from her foster family a couple of times before she ended up with us. She had clearly never lived inside or even had much contact with people.
We started classes at All Dogs Allowed as soon as we got her. The first 1/2 or better of foundations all she did was shiver and drool. Slowly over time she got comfortable with us and class. She grown to the point now where most days she acts like a fairly normal dog. She seems to enjoy class and has even vocalized in class when a dog has a toy she wants. For our classmates that have seen her for years this came as quite a shock. While she may never be a happy go lucky dog she has certainly come out of her shell.
I adopted Spencer from Laurinburg Humane Society through a Petsmart/Petfinder event. Spencer had been placed in an overnight "drop box" overnight outside the Humane Society as an anonymous drop. When I first received Spencer, he was EXTREMELY affectionate, and was just bursting with energy. Learning to walk on a leash was a VERY long road as he seemed to have a habit of being permanently off-leash. Spencer has accomplished a foundations class, and attends agility on a weekly basis now. Spencer is now a Canine Good Citizen, and we are hoping to eventually get his CGCU or Community Canine. We still have to put treats in a lock box, but his training continues to improve every day.
Erin and I brought home Casco (named after Casco Bay in Maine) in September 2015 just a few months after we got married. Erin learned early on in our relationship that adding a dog to our family was a non-negotiable. :) Luckily Casco is the perfect fit for us! He was a very well behaved puppy and a quick learner, earning his CGC at 7 months old. It was clear from the beginning that Casco loved people and dogs of all shapes and sizes. As he grew older, his excitement to meet people and dogs became overwhelming for his first-time dog parents, and we realized that we needed help.
We reached out to All Dogs Allowed in hopes of learning how to best respond in situations where Casco's excitement was out of control. We began working with Lindsay to learn how to keep Casco in a more relaxed state. Our sessions with Lindsay have been amazing, and we have all enjoyed coming to work with her over the last few months. We have seen so much progress in his behavior, and he has responded so well to Lindsay. While I could list many, I will just highlight a few areas of improvement:
1. Loose leash walking - Before working with Lindsay, Casco thought he should choose which direction to go on walks and, most frustrating to Dad, he also thought he should choose which direction not to go! Now he is much better at keeping the leash loose and is willing to follow us even if that means turning around to go home :)
2. Refocusing - When Casco would see another person or dog, it was impossible to get his attention. His need to meet everyone made walks extremely challenging for all of us. All leash manners went out the window, and it was difficult to get him to calm down post-meet and greet. Casco is still very interested in the people and dogs he sees out on walks, but we are able to get him to quickly refocus on us and go into calm sit or down positions as they walk by.
3. Reaction to little kids - Casco had always been skittish around children. He would bark excitedly and want to play. As a big dog (70+ pounds) with an even bigger bark, this can understandably be scary for little kids. We've seen such a big difference in his reaction and energy around kids. He is much calmer and gentler leading to an overall better experience for everyone involved.
We can't thank Lindsay and All Dogs Allowed enough for helping our family. There is nothing more important to us than Casco's happiness, and there is no doubt that he is a happier puppy today than he was when we started. We may have even found Casco's new favorite activity: agility! Thank you for choosing Casco as the August Dog of the Month!
We adopted Cooper last February from Carolina Hearts Aussie Rescue. He and 14 other dogs were rescued from a single-wide trailer when was about 7 months old. Like most puppies from a hoarding situation, he had no socialization. We met him the day after his foster parents, our daughter and son-in-law, got him. He was a quite overwhelmed at his new environment but seemed so sweet! After he settled into his foster home, his reactivity and lack of proper socialization quickly began to show. A lot. He couldn’t meet new people or dogs without barking, lunging, and looking crazy. He needed a very understanding family who would work with him.
We decided to be that family. Shortly after adopting him, we took him to our long-time family vet for an exam. It didn’t go well. He was not the sweet, goofy, loveable pup he was at home. He barked and growled. He looked crazy and uncontrollable. He wasn’t able to stand for a hurried exam. They suggested he wasn’t a good fit and to return him to the rescue. When we asked if he’d be a fit for anyone, they thought he’d never overcome his aggression and probably should be destroyed. We disagreed and began looking for a trainer. And another vet.
Enter All Dogs Allowed. After explaining the situation, Meagan suggested taking the Foundations class before private behavior training so that we had a good understanding of training techniques so we could build on that in private training. She found us the perfect Foundations class with just one other dog. Cooper barked like crazy at the other dog, Chaucer, so Meagan put a barrier between them. Being a smart Aussie Shepherd/Foxhound mix, Cooper found that if he did good things, he’d get cookies. He learned quickly under Meagan’s patient tutelage. He and Chaucer got to play and became friends. All Dogs Allowed became his happy place. Everywhere else, though, he barked, lunged, and carried on. The world was a scary place to him.
Cooper began having trouble sitting, so he needed to see a vet. The new vet clearly wasn’t very comfortable with him and his crazy behavior, but at least was able to examine him thoroughly and suggest we continue with the training. He was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and the pain might be contributing to his reactive behavior.
After graduating from Foundations, Lindsay began working with him in private sessions. To our pleasant surprise, she won him over in about 15 minutes with her calm demeanor and tasty treats. Lots of treats. She told us his aggression is actually fear, and he hopes to scare scary things away before they can get him. She taught him how to look at scary things, like Frederico the stuffed dog, and not freak out. She brought in scary new people who turned out to be very nice people with lots of treats and were fun to play with. She showed him that he can run through agility tunnels and that it was fun! The dog gained confidence, and the humans learned a number of techniques to help him through new and different situations.
Time to go back to the vet for his annual visit. We’d see a third vet, one who hopefully is more comfortable with him. We were not looking forward to yet another reactive visit. Armed with the tools we learned from Lindsay and Meagan and a pouch full of tasty treats, we confidently walked into the vet’s office. Before the entire length of him got through the door, he realized where he was and tried to make a hasty retreat. Using the arsenal of tools and lots of treats, Cooper got into the office and was able to keep his composure through all kinds of sights, sounds, and new people. He barked a few times to answer another dog’s bark, but did not have a major reaction for the entire hour and a half visit! The vet saw the techniques we used and praised how well Cooper does and how well we were trained. She thinks Cooper’s a great dog and is looking forward to working with him!
Cooper still has a ways to go, so he’ll continue working with Lindsay. But he’s come SO far! Cooper is looking forward to starting Agility for Fun, and will bring along his foster brother, Bear. We look forward to gaining more and more confidence with more training. We’re hoping to someday pass the Canine Good Citizen test.
When we started at All Dogs Allowed, our goal was to have a dog that won’t bark at visitors for hours on end or scare passers-by as he lunges at them while we are on a walk. What we didn’t understand was just how much you can get out of training. The 5 to 15 minute sessions several times a day in between formal training not only got him to learn commands like sit, down, spin, bang, and jump through a hula hoop, but also built a deeper connection with him. At first, they were fun homework. But now, they are a time to play together. We’ve built a trust together. He’s much more of a companion to us than just a goofy, friendly lap dog. He’s extremely smart and very eager to please. He enjoys learning new skills as much as we enjoy teaching him. Our investment in him has paid off so much more than we every could have imagined.
We’re so honored that Cooper is Dog of the Month! We owe it all to Meagan and Lindsay, though. The honor goes to them for being able to teach us in a fun and informative way.
By the way this has been the best training class I've attended, and I've been to quite a few over the 15 years I've fostered. Not only do you have common sense techniques, but also tools that make training much easier. And the the biggest difference is that you have people skills which most trainers lack. I suggest to any adopters that they attend your classes. I know others in our organization do the same!
Many thanks to All Dogs Allowed who I HIGHLY recommend. My pup Molly and me are currently taking the Foundations class and I cannot believe how much we've learned. Thanks to ADA, both of us are learning the basics and my pup is making strides toward reducing her MAJOR issues with impulse control and reactivity while walking on a leash. I am not an easy sell and I am extremely impressed with the very effective and thorough approach to training.
Teddy Roosevelt -
My puppy, Teddy Roosevelt and I took the Puppy Starter class and it was the PERFECT way to begin training with my new puppy. The class is informational beyond belief about not only training dogs, but on all aspects of owning and caring for them. I learned so much relating to my new puppy in the puppy starters class- from grooming and nutrition to understanding how dogs think and learn. The class gave me all the tools I needed to help Teddy learn basic commands and helped me learn how to encourage positive, healthy behaviors. Me and Teddy are so thankful that we found All Dogs Allowed!
Gracie and I attended Therapy Dog class under Karen Smith's leadership. To me, the outstanding characteristic of All Dogs Allowed classes is the small class size, which allows the trainer and dog team to receive personal attention. Karen is an enthusiastic and professional instructor, who makes both the owner and dog feel welcomed and relaxed in the class setting. She loves her canine clients and establishes a personal relationship with each of them. Karen is adept at tailoring her training techniques to fit the personality and needs of each dog. Thanks to Karen, Gracie and I are now certified with Therapy Dogs, Inc. and are thankful for the opportunity to serve in our community.
Lorenzo's New Freedom Harness -
My elderly dogs had died and my kids were both launched off on their own. I was an empty nester and had it made in the shade....or so I thought.
Then I noticed I felt uncomfortable walking by myself in the woods, even worse I was anxious and jumpy walking in the neighborhood in the dark of early am or early evening. I would find excuses not to go for my daily walk. So I took the leap and got a new puppy....a very active and intelligent Dalmatian puppy. By pure chance I found "All Dogs Allowed" and I am ever glad I did. I was introduced to the concept of a Hands Free Leash attached to a Freedom Harness. I had previously had great "control" of my dogs using a pinch collar and a flexi lead, both tools which All Dogs Allowed actively discourage.
Tonight I walked in the dark and had my now 1 year old dog right by my side with a loose leash. I was able to move right along pumping my arms freely. Not only does this give me freedom of movement it gives me great pleasure that we are working together as a team. My dog is cooperating with me because he wants to, not because he is being forced into a behavior. I feel tremendous pride when people comment on what a beautifully behaved dog I have or when they ask me what we're training for. We are training to continue to improve our bond and our partnership. My dog is a source of motivation and pleasure for me. I walk him every day to keep him and me happy and healthy. Thank you for giving me new and better tools and knowledge to continue to refine our relationship.
We just wanted to tell you that Puppy Starters was a great class! I am so glad John did a lot of research and found you for our animal/human training sessions. If we took any of the other classes that were advertised, we would never have gained the amount of knowledge you gave to us each week. We still have so much to continue to practice and your background is incredible. You amaze us every week with your knowledge.
My name is Abbie Willingham Posillico-Brito. I am 10+ years old and have led quite an interesting life as a little diva darling. When I joined the Brito family full-time in August 2012 I started training at All Dogs Allowed. I've heard it said that one cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but my mom didn't believe that for a minute. I took my 10 week Foundations class & breezed right through because I really am quite the smart girl. I then enrolled in Focused Fidos and was able to earn my Canine Good Citizen title on my very first try at the exam! My education is continuing as I start my Pet Therapy class on Monday. My goal is to become certified so that Mom & I can visit libraries and schools to help children develop confidence in their reading abilities. I am confident that with guidance and lots of practice I can achieve my goal before the end of 2013. Although I am an older girl, I am still spunky and happy & looking forward to this next chapter in my life!
Tealy Mae -
We wanted to thank you for all your knowledge and help over the last 10 weeks in Puppy Starter class. We have had several people comment on how well behaved Tealy Mae is out in public and how well she walks on her leash. She is only 4 1/2 months old! I am so proud of her and we wouldnt be where we are today without your class. We look forward to the next level and cannot wait to see what it brings.
We highly recommend your class to everyone in need. When we started researching trainers your name always came up and All Dogs Allowed was at the top of the list. Thank you for everything!
Before coming to All Dogs Allowed, Bijou my tiny Papillon was a scared timid puppy. New situations with any new person or dog would be perceived with distrust and proved too much for her to handle which sent her shaking and running into my arms or between my legs. As the weeks progressed in class I noticed she began to come out of her shell, her curiosity began to outweigh the fear. New things that used to shut her down i.e..loud noises or sudden quick movements were now brushed off in just a few minutes.
After we finished Puppy Starters class I felt we needed more challenges and wanted to continue our growth. My instructor Meagan suggested Focused Fidos Class with her and Tiny Tots Agility with Rebecca where she is loving the collapsed tunnel and jumping. Seeing her explore new textures, sites and equipment is so rewarding. She has blossomed into a confident and joyous young dog and it makes me so happy knowing I'm helping her conquer her insecurities.
Meagan mentioned a program called "Do More With Your Dog " that encourages you to bond with your dog while teaching new behaviors and tricks using positive reinforcement. Bijou is thriving and has been doing so well that we just finished our first title "Novice Trick Dog." All Dogs Allowed has given us new goals to accomplish and peace of mind knowing she is on her way to being a well adjusted and socialized pup. Thanks so much for helping us!
Just wanted to share - I love the hide and seek "go find it" game we learned in class last week. We've played it everyday. I am working from home today and just finished lunch. I got the bag of lamb lung out and before I said anything Molly ran into the downstairs bathroom and sat down! She knows to go in a wait for me to release her and then she can "go find it" I love it!
This is another example of the fun bonding activities we have learned from you. Something so simple, but she loves it and it gives us a quick minute to bond. So glad we are back in class. Thank you!
Jaco and I have been attending classes at All Dogs Allowed for 2 years now. It has bonded us beyond anything words can express. I am so excited to see the recognition in his eyes when I have read his behavior correctly. Previously, my husband and I had been caregivers for three elderly Maltese who were with us until they were each 15 years old. We had a wonderful family and were quite adept at reading their needs, but had not had a youngster in the house for years. It was obvious we needed help to assist us in communicating with this teenage canine who was filled with both interest and energy. Fortunately, we were enthusiastically directed toward All Dogs Allowed by our local pet store, Unleashed. The staff shared their own personal success stories, so we called Meagan and joined the first Foundations class available. We knew within the initial visit that we were in the right place - All Dogs Allowed is entirely focused on helping both pup and handler communicate their needs to one another in a positive, productive way.
Jaco now has his Canine Good Citizen Certificate, Advanced CGC, and several levels of Trick Dog Titles. But, for all his success on paper, and most importantly, Jaco is a happy and enthusiastic member of our family. He loves his Agility For Fun class. And can’t wait to be with all his canine mates on a weekly basis! I credit the staff at All Dogs Allowed for giving us the platform and information we so desperately needed to learn about one another. They are simply the best.
Eloise and I took a Beginner and an Intermediate training class with All Dogs Allowed and I'm not sure which of us got more out of it! I found Eloise tied to a pole on the side of the road only about a month before we started classes. She was very nervous, distrustful, and not confident in herself at all. The trainers at All Dogs Allowed knew just how to work with such a special dog, and really helped turn her around. When we finally got her to do a "sit" in class after five weeks, it felt like winning a marathon! I learned a lot of training tools and how to adapt them when something isn't clicking. A lot of the more traditional methods didn't really work, which is probably true for a lot of rescued dogs, but All Dogs Allowed didn't give up on little Eloise! It's been so fun to continue to watch Eloise's personality develop as she learns new skills - she loves to show off!
An update on Maizy - she absolutely loves agility. And she's doing so well overall. I've focused a ton on capturing her 'good manners’. She is so much calmer and happier because of it.
Thank you for teaching me how to deeply connect with Maizy. She is such a wonderful girl who just needed me to learn how to understand and guide her.
Kudos and thanks to All Dogs Allowed. Jackson passed his CGC test today! We are so grateful to all the patient people and dogs who shared this journey with us. It has been about 17 months of training as a team-- and we look forward to the next adventure with All Dogs Allowed. Hugs and kisses to you all!
Hank started coming to All Dogs Allowed as a very unruly one-year-old puppy. We even had doubts for a while if he was trainable at all. We enrolled him in a Foundations class and he spent the first few classes trying to jump into the trainer's arms. Eventually, after a few classes, he began to learn more appropriate behavior and, by the end of the Foundations class, he was much improved.
He went on to enroll in Focused Fidos, Doggie Dates, and Agility for Fun classes, learning new skills in each one. He loves tricks, agility and 'find it' nosework games. He went on to get his canine good citizenship and became a certified therapy dog.
We will continue to enroll him in various classes, because, like humans, dogs are lifelong learners and he benefits from each.
Phynn Disco -
Now I don't just have an ordinary puppy, I have a big guy. He's a Bernese Mountain Dog and was about five months old when we started with All Dogs Allowed. Karen didn't bat a lash at my big kid who was three times the size of the rest of the class and a tad unruly. She was firm yet SO friendly and had so much knowledge to pass on to us. She helped whip Phynn into a puppy who actually listened! She was always available for extra help, had TONS of helpful tips, and she was also always very willing to be flexible with schedules to make sure we never fell behind. Karen is a respectful and kind person who has a vast knowlege of animals and how to train them. I talk about her all the time, and I wish I still lived in Raleigh so we could have continued our training with her. (The only reason we stopped seeing Karen was because I moved away, had we stayed, we would still be taking lessons with her!) Even after I moved away she has been available to me and has answered questions and concerns I have had about Phynn as he's grown and gone though different "stages". Phynn will be one year old on January 2nd, and he is a good boy who listens to his commands and we still practice our training we learned with Karen every week. Without her I would truly have been lost. She goes the extra mile and shows every day how much she cares.
Here is the pic from last Thursday's level 1 graduation. Thank you so much for the knowledge and practice you gave us on level 1. I am enjoying working with Watson on his new skills. We still have many more to master but he is a much calmer and more relaxed dog. And that makes our family very happy! We look forward to learning more in level 2.
Copper came to us as a rambunctious eight week old puppy. We knew immediately that we had to get help training her to be the well mannered pet we wanted her to be. Thank goodness we found All Dogs Allowed for that training. Over the last year she has matured and is learning to calm herself in social situations. She has gone from “wild child” to sweet social teenager. She continues to make progress every week and we find that we have more success stories than failures to share at class. Foundations class helped us understand the behaviors we wanted and the training to achieve them. Focused Fidos helps us continue to help her calm down and learn new behaviors and tricks. Agility for Fun class channeled her “inner child” into the appropriate use of her boundless energy. We are happy to report that Copper is dog of the month due to her progress!
Reynolds & Finley -
Last winter, my wife and I enrolled our lab mix, Reynolds, into a puppy class with Elizabeth. Initially, we did not know what to expect, but we knew we wanted to make sure we were raising our dog to be obedient, well-mannered, as well as a happy pup. Elizabeth was instrumental in helping us mature our dog in this way as she demonstrated through positive reinforcement we could train Reynolds to 'sit,' 'stay,' loose leash walk, as well as many other behaviors that make for an enjoyable pet at home.
Seeing the benefit of Elizabeth's teachings, we enrolled Reynolds in the intermediate classes where he went on to earn his Canine Good Citizen certification. We were so impressed with the classes with Elizabeth, we even got a second dog, a pit mix named Finley, and put her through the classes as well! We highly recommend the training classes with Elizabeth as she played a key role in the development of great behaviors in both of our dogs as well as helped us to be confident dog owners. Working with Elizabeth was fun, she was flexible with our schedule, and we looked forward to working with her every week!
Henry & Bandit -
I have been taking classes with Karen (All Dogs Allowed, Inc) and Suzanne (Superior Dog Training) for 2 years now, and they are both wonderful trainers!! Bandit and Henry look forward to agility every week it is their favorite thing to do!!! Karen and Suzanne have helped me out tremendously with one of my dogs Henry, who has aggression issues. Suzanne is very nice and caring. She will go out of her way to make sure each class you take with her is special! Karen is an amazing dog trainer!! She is very passionate and full of spunk! Karen also will go out of her way with helping you and your dog with any problems, and making your class memorable!
My dogs and I love them both! They are the best dog trainers I have ever been too, and we have tried several in the area before settling on Karen and Suzanne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will continue on taking training classes with them. When taking classes with them you can really tell how much they love and care about what they do! going to agility with my dogs every week with Karen is awesome! Along with my dogs, I look forward to it as well!
Nestle and I have had the pleasure of training with Karen for the past 8 months. I was shocked by how quickly Karen and Nestle developed a relationship. It was evident that Karen was confident and consistent - and Nestle picked up on that. Nestle began to trust her very quickly, as did I. After completing beginner, intermediate and advanced training with Karen, I wouldn't even consider working with anyone else. Even though Nestle has graduated from training, I still call Karen to meet at the dog park because Nestle actually misses her. She is an unlimited source of knowledge, has unbelievable experience working with many different types of animals, and genuinely cares about her clients (and their owners). I would highly recommend Karen to work with your companion. Karen delivers nothing but a loving, enthusiastic and professional experience.
We really enjoyed going to school at All Dogs Allowed and have learned so much! Trixie is working on her Canine Good Citizen now, so she can eventually be a therapy dog in my dental office. The classes are thorough and the instructions are clear. My dog is so much better behaved and more of a pleasure to be around since our very first class with All Dogs Allowed.
Storm “Slooper, Sloop, Stormy” Bagby is the sweetest dog I’ve ever known. He weighs in at a tiny 200 pounds and its all heart. He is equal parts sensitive and smart, which is his greatest strength and his greatest weakness always. He rescued us when he was age 2 or 4 (no one seemed to be able to say for sure) and he has been ours for 3.5 years now. During our first meeting with Storm, we were careful to give him his space and let him choose us. While we were sitting on the floor in front of him at his foster mom’s house, he reached his paw towards us asking for a pet and the rest is history!
After we got home, it quickly became apparent that Storm didn’t have much experience with anything outside of a pen and a concrete pad. Reportedly, he was a forced surrender to Animal Control from a backyard breeder. He didn’t chew anything or counter surf or pee in the house or jump or dig under the fence. His issues were different. He seemed to be scared of everything - loud noises, the car, the bathroom, street signs, the beach, trash cans, the vacuum cleaner, guitars, and the pots and pans drawer to name a few. We had absolutely no experience with reactive or fearful dogs, so with a good heart, we did all of the wrong things thinking he would just get over it. We took him on vacations and the pet store and invited our entire family over for first-meetings. About six weeks into our relationship, his behavior started to change for the worse. He stopped getting in the car. He also started subtly punching us in the face with his muzzle when he didn’t like something. At first, we thought he had bad eyesight or he was playing (hello limited experience). He quickly got louder with his protests until, one day, he nipped our adult daughter in the back during a visit. He didn’t break skin, but we intuitively knew that this situation was going to continue escalating unless there was a change.
Storm’s biggest triggers for reactive behavior were strangers, which at that point in his life was basically everyone other than his dog parents. For the next two years, Storm had no direct contact with anyone other than us and his vet. This means that we didn’t leave the house for longer than 8 hours at a time unless Storm could go too, and we couldn’t have many people over to our house. If we did have people over, Storm was separated into another room by a gate. But, that seemed to make him anxious too, and he barked like crazy. Desperately wanting to help Storm and secretly hoping he wasn’t one of those aggressive “bad” dogs, we actively searched for a trainer. However, most trainers that we found either 1 - only offered obedience training (these trainers never talked about reactive dogs at all) or 2 - wanted to use shock collars or other negative training techniques that we didn’t think would help a dog like Storm. Through a recommendation of a friend of a friend of a friend, I attended the Reactive Rehab seminar at All Dogs Allowed. I listened in awe that day as I learned that Storm’s behavior had a name. I learned that he wasn’t a bad dog - that his fear and his negative behavior were connected. And I learned that we could get help for Storm and for us. Many tears of relief and happiness were shed that day. We still had a lot to learn, so we took a Foundations class without Storm. In this class we learned the basics of mark and reward, focus, wait, sit and down and many other techniques and calming signals that helped us communicate better with Storm. We practiced these games and commands at the training center, and then practiced them at home with Storm. During this time, we really became more connected with Storm in a way we never had been before. We learned that Storm loves games! Though he is a bit of a lazy trainer, he loves to “touch” and “find it”. He’s also very food motivated, which helps, and a little goofy. We also learned how to practice getting Storm used to the car again in a positive way.
We still had big goals of helping Storm gain confidence (and thus happiness) and us going on a dog-free weekend away. To accomplish these goals, we enrolled in private lessons with Lindsey. Our first session was at the training center, and we started slowly by just having Storm (on-leash) sit in the same room with Lindsey to have a non-negative experience. Much to my amazement, Storm took treats from Lindsey during our second session and gave a little wag of his tail-he was very proud of himself. For the last ten months, we continued to work with Lindsey in private sessions at our home and at the training center. Storm has made so much progress - he is definitely a different dog. I can’t say that he snuggles in stranger’s laps and gives them kisses because, for Storm, that isn’t something that would make him happy. Storm loves his inner-circle people dearly and is happiest at home snuggling with them on the couch. When people come over, he is happiest when there is a respected barrier between him and guests. Lindsey helped us set up a gate system strategy in our house that lets Storm semi-interact with guests, while keeping our guests and Storm safe and happy. Storm is able to relax behind the gate and we are able to comfortably have guests over consistently. Overall, Storm has gained more confidence and is less reactive when he encounters a situation that he doesn’t like. He now looks to us and checks in for guidance in uncomfortable situations. For my birthday in October, my husband surprised me with a weekend trip to New York City. “Here we go”, I thought, “are we ready for a dog-free weekend away?” Lindsey worked with our dog-sitter (my mom) and us to develop a strategy. We figured out how Mom could feed Storm over the gate and reach over the gate to let him out. For the first time in two and a half years, we were able to leave our house and travel without Storm! Storm was able to remain in his house and have his needs met, and Mom was safe and happy to build a stronger relationship with Storm.
We are so thankful for Lindsey and Meagan and All Dogs Allowed - they saw the good things in our sweet boy and helped him have a happy life-and gave us our life back in the process.
Luna is our new yellow Labrador retriever puppy. She started with All Dogs Allowed when she was 17 weeks - just after completion of all of her shots - and we've been amazed at the progress that she's made. Her puppy class has been fantastic, and much more detailed and methodical than I was expecting in a dog obedience class. At just over 5 months, Luna already has reliable 'sit', 'down', 'wait', 'leave it', and 'stand' commands (among others), and she's well on her way to reliable 'stay' and recall commands. She's also learning to walk without pulling her leash, and she's getting the chance to socialize with other dogs. We think that the class has been well worth the time commitment and we plan to continue working with All Dogs Allowed in future classes; I recommend the class to all new puppy owners.
I adopted Puffin when he was about 4 months old from Cause For Paws of North Carolina! My first dog was 6 years old when I adopted her so I knew I needed to sign up for training classes because I had no idea how to train a puppy! Puffin had the most wonderful foster parents who encouraged me to sign him up for Successful Socialization and Puppy Starters at All Dogs Allowed. We loved both classes and learned so much! Puffin had a lot of typical puppy behaviors such as leash chewing and counter surfing so we focused on learning basic commands. Puffin also completed Foundations, Focused Fidos, and Agility for Fun! We are on our second round of Agility for Fun because Puffin loves the class and it’s great practice for teaching him to focus on me even with distractions. Puffin has his Canine Good Citizen and Novice Trick Dog titles thanks to All Dogs Allowed!
Duke was rescued by the Neuse River Golden Retriever (NRGRR) group when he was about 18 months old. Then he was gaunt, had two tumors on his back and behaved a bit wildly. In fact, the club name for him was Runner, because he kept running away from his keepers. I agreed to foster Runner and kept him for a couple of weeks before I fell in love with him and adopted him. He clearly needed basic training and manners and I enlisted another dog training company for that. We worked for weeks to get him to become a good citizen. Eventually this led to his testing for the AKC's good citizenship accreditation.
Duke's temperament seemed perfect for getting him to be a therapy dog. He loves people, adores being petted and does not bark. I knew little about the skills sets we would need as a team to do Therapy Dogs work, nor how to get certification and insurance, and so found All Dogs Allowed's program and specifically the knowledge and training of teams (human and dog) for Therapy work. We were taught the skills we needed to get to the next step. We worked with key skills like how to communicate with a patient to seek their approval to interact, how to deal with wheel chairs and walkers and what to do to safeguard your dog from the potentially hazardous environment of hospitals and health centers.
After several weeks of training and practice we were ready to be evaluated. There are several accreditation groups for Therapy Dogs. We chose Therapy Dogs Inc. (TDI). We called their local evaluator and arranged a 3 (consecutive) day evaluation. The evaluation is clearly of the team (dog and owner) and is on site at a health care institution. The evaluator rates the interaction of the team with all kinds of patients in every setting one can imagine. Each evaluation session last 1-2 hours and then there is a debriefing to catch any miscues. On one particular occasion Duke and I visited a woman in her early 90s who we had been told had given up life and had not been out of bed in a long time. She took a real liking to my baby, Duke, and after a while she had called him to her bed. He lay for 30 minutes with her stroking his head which rested on her lap in her bad. I took a photo of her hands on Duke and I think the photo says it all about the therapeutic effect of a sweet dog. Only at the end of the third evaluation session did Duke and I learn he had done very well and passed with flying colors. In the process of the training and evaluation I got to know Duke so much better. We had a purpose, one we both enjoyed.
This week, we drove to NY for our wedding. Zimmy, came along with the plan being for her to stay at my parents' house while we are on our honeymoon. We knew we were up against the odds however, because my parents' dog, Tali, is the exact profile of dogs who Zimmy does not tend to befriend: female, bigger than her, older than her. While we respect Zimmy's right to be selective about her dog friends, we really needed Zimmy and Tali to get along. After talking through recommendations with Meagan, we set off to try.
Per usual, Zimmy's first approach was overly eager, enthusiastic, and in your face; Tali did not approve. We set out on a walk, working our way to side by side with no reactivity. They met each other briefly and appropriately and we nervously brought them both inside on leash. We kept a careful eye, still not convinced, but things seemed to be working. Today, this happened without any human intervention! We are so grateful to Meagan and All Dogs Allowed for helping us reduce one of the many wedding week stressors in our lives!
Bodhi adopted me when he was about a year old and boy did he bring his baggage along with him! As a new owner, I thought I was doing the right things to help him with his fears (loud noises, new toys, other dogs on leashes, new people, you name it....) but he never seemed to "get better." Thing slowly started to turn around for Bodhi the first time he went to All Dogs Allowed. It was only then that I realized what I needed to do (as his owner) to really help him.
From our first Focused Fidos session (where he barked at Meagan non-stop and tried to hide from her) to now (where he goes to her willingly to get treats and check-in) he's gaining a sense of confidence that he didn't have before. He's started making even more progress since also joining Doggie Dates... trying to play with other dogs and even approaching the people in the room. His massage therapy sessions with Melanie Hampton have seen him (slowly) learning to trust and relax with "strangers."
Bodhi will be a "lifelong learner" because of how deep the lack of socialization runs and I will never expect him to be the most social of dogs. But with the help of All Dogs Allowed, Bodhi is well on his way to being a more balanced and happy dog in his own way!
I want to take the time to personally thank All Dogs Allowed for such an awesome experience in our "puppy starters" class. Lacy has learned so much and has come so far from her first day of class. All Dogs Allowed makes training fun and we truly looked forward to what we would learn each week. We are now looking forward to moving on to a Focused Fidos class to keep on learning new things. I would highly recommend this class to anyone. I don't think there could be a better place to start your puppy off right! Thank you ADA! See you at our next class!!
William & Allan -
I received the best compliment I could ask for during a recent visit to the vet’s office. While completing separate, but same-day appointments for William and Allan, one of the staff members remarked, “You are so good with your dogs!” Imagine my pride! I was able to apply the learnings of our individual and group classes, and both William and Allan (who have very different personalities) responded beautifully in what many folks and dogs would consider a stressful situation. This experience reinforces for me that what we are learning with the All Dogs Allowed Team is not just about dog training, its about human-canine teams working together and enjoying the relationship!
I just wanted to let you know that Tellie and I have been having a truly wonderful experience in our Foundation's class with Elizabeth. Elizabeth is knowledgeable, impressively patient and not only does a great job teaching Tellie how to behave but also teaching me how to successfully coax out that good behavior.
Without hesitation we will be signing up for your Level 2 classes and I hope Tellie and I will get to continue to work with Elizabeth. She is, hands down, the reason we'll continue to make the drive to your facility every week in the near future. I just wanted to pass along the glowing recommendation and let you know you've got a terrific trainer on your hands.
Our daughter Sarah's 21 birthday present was Tank! She adopted Tank, an Akita/Husky puppy, as her first dog after spending over a year convincing us she was ready for the commitment. We always had dogs as she was growing up but now she is a college student at Appalachian State University in Boone. We still live in Cary. We knew we wanted a puppy class that both Sarah and Tank could learn and we found All Dogs Allowed. We have been so delighted with what Sarah and Tank have accomplished. Not only has Tank learned so many of the basics he needed to be a well mannered puppy, he has learned skills that have helped with things they encounter every day.
The week after they finished their puppy class, we took a road trip to Alabama to see my family and of course Tank came along. He has always been a great boy in the car but on our way down we stopped in Savannah, Georgia and stayed in a pet friendly hotel. One of the issues we had worked with was Tank's hesitation to walk into a new environment with different flooring. Our room was on the second floor so not only did he have to walk through the hotel lobby, but Tank had his first experience riding in an elevator. He was a little tentative to go in but with some encouragement he went through the hotel and into the elevator. By our return trip, Tank walked into the hotel and elevator like an old pro! Everyone at my parents was so impressed how well behaved Tank was. He visited my Mother's "shut in" friend and was a perfect gentleman, performing all his tricks he had learned and then sitting at her feet letting her pet him as long as she wanted. He made a friend for life. At my Father's assisted living home, Tank was also a perfect gentleman, sitting in front of my Dad's wheelchair and letting him pet him. We know without All Dogs Allowed, Tank would not have been the superstar he was!
Sarah and Tank are back in Boone as she is finishing college but they are continuing to work privately with All Dogs Allowed when they come home on breaks. We know Tank still has so much to learn as does Sarah too, but we can't think of anyone else we would rather have guide them.
Diem, a four-year-old Wirehaired Vizsla, joined our family in January 2017. We adopted her after she was retired from a showing/breeding program. She came to us with quite a diverse background, having participated in everything from agility to dock diving to barn hunt to rally. With such an active foundation we thought she would be quite socialized, so we were totally taken by surprise when she began displaying stranger and dog reactivity.
We immediately began looking for a training facility to help us address this behavioral issue. We chose All Dogs Allowed because we liked their positive reinforcement training methods and their inclusiveness (accepting and accommodating *all* dogs). We signed up for Private Training and began a series of one-on-one training sessions with Lindsay Marr.
Lindsay determined that Diem’s reactivity was based on insecurity and fear, not aggression. She has been teaching us techniques to help distract and redirect Diem's reactive behavior, as well as games and activities to do with her to build up her confidence. The best part is that all of these training techniques reward desired responses instead of punishing undesired ones, which works well with Diem’s sensitive personality. We also attended the Understanding Dog Body Language seminar offered at the training facility, which helped us learn to recognize the signs that she is nervous or uncomfortable in a situation so that we can quickly intervene to alleviate her stress before it escalates.
Diem is making great progress! She is becoming more relaxed and confident and much less reactive during her outings and interactions. We hope to soon be able to progress from private training to participating in some of the fun group classes offered at All Dogs Allowed.
We have been taking classes with Karen since Zoe was about 9 weeks old. Our first class with Karen was puppy class, which was so much fun and so informative that we decided to enroll in her Intermediate class. Intermediate was a lot more hands on work but so helpful in improving Zoe's responsiveness. Her stays and recalls got so much better, even with the addition of the three D's. Zoe is now almost 9 months old and is currently enrolled in Karen's CGC class. Hopefully, she will pass her test next week!
We are so lucky that we found Karen! With her help, Zoe's first year, so far, has been more fun and less frustrating because of the information and tools Karen shared with us. Thanks Karen!
Since I adopted Quincy from a rescue back in November we having been struggling with his extreme fear of men, anxiety around strangers, and other dogs while we are on a leash. It got so bad he was starting to bark and lunge forward when a man approached (even my father who he has been around almost daily since day 1). I've never experienced this behavior with any of my previous dogs so I was lost and felt hopeless. My Vet recommended All Dogs Allowed to me and I immediately scheduled a private session. After the private session I knew that ADA was going to have a HUGE impact in Quincy's behavior and really provide me with the tools to make both of our lives better.
Since then I've started Foundations and attended the Anxious/Fear/Aggressive Seminar offered. All together I knew we were learning great things but last weekend I really put her seminar to work. My best friend, a man, came into town and stayed with me for a couple of days. Quincy did AWESOME! We combined several of the tools from Foundations class (4 steps to focus when someone is at the door and more) and then many more from the seminar (practiced Classic Conditioning, kept Q at a comfortable proximity, and rewarded his relaxed behaviors, along with many more).
I can't even explain the sense of relief I had after this weekend. I know our work is not done - we have a long way to go - but this past weekend proved to me that this hard work is paying off. The time, patience, and knowledge have proven to be priceless. When I first went to All Dogs Allowed for the private lesson I was so incredibly worried and tore up inside. But now I'm armed with tools and knowledge and hope to be a better handler and give Quincy a very good life!
When I first adopted Cricket she was a shy dog that was having issues with house training, manners, leash walking and basic commands. I got All Dogs Allowed's information from a web page at work and decided to sign her up. Being a puppy her attention span is very short and everything is a toy or it is always play time with her. After graduation I took her for a walk on a hands free leash and she was excellent. Paid attention to me, sat when asked to and kept up with my direction changes. We look forward to continuing our training with All Dogs Allowed.
We came to All Dogs Allowed hoping to improve our two-year-old lab's behavior, especially around other dogs, and with important commands like recall. We had taken an obedience class before, but felt like we were only part of the way "there" with our understanding of how to train our dog. The clear explanations of how to teach each command, and the reasons for each method, made us feel confident that we would be able to practice and improve at home.
We decided long before the class ended that we wanted to continue working with All Dogs Allowed and signed up for the next level of class. We've learned so much, and we've discovered that our former class dunce is a natural at agility! We are grateful to All Dogs Allowed for improving our relationship with our dog and are excited to build on our new skills.
As a first time dog-owner I had no idea where to start with training for Mabel. I looked at a lot of other training facilities out there but All Dogs Allowed stood out to me and had great reviews. I loved the comprehensive course work over the last 10 weeks. I know we aren't done with training but we have a great foundation and I feel a lot more confident.
<3 Courtney & Mabel (and husband/assistant Jake)
We have finally switched to a high-end dry and raw diet with goats milk and it has done wonders for her! Between the new food and having a yard to run around in, she has become a much happier and calmer dog. We've been working on the four steps of focus and her leash walking has improved so much! She will also willing come and sit in my lap for a cradle and massage when she is overwhelmed and stressed about the environment.
We are so incredibly thankful for the tools and knowledge you gave us that enable us to be better pet parents. We've seen night to day differences in Kali and your class takes all the credit!
3 1/2 yr old Moki came to us from a rescue group after enduring a sad start in life. He had lived his entire life in diapers and had become a biter which ultimately led to his surrender to the rescue group. Moki was a nervous little guy with lots of trust issues. He didn't know how to play and enjoy being a dog. He was even afraid of his toys. We found our way to All Dogs Allowed. The positive training methods and clear instructions have really helped me to connect with Moki and deepen our bond. It has been a wonderful experience to see his personality coming out as he is developing more confidence. When working on basic obedience in the Foundations Class it has been great to see him 'get it'. He is so excited to be understanding what we want him to do. The classes are structured with lecture, practice, handouts, and homework. Practicing our 'homework' is one of the highlights of the day for both of us. I am very pleased with my experiences with All Dogs Allowed. Moki and I will be continuing to the next level of obedience training as well as agility classes.
Training at All Dogs Allowed with our older dog, Rigby, gave us the confidence to start with Neely at home right away. Neely loved class from the start, though she struggled with the distraction of other dogs. She's come so far since then! Now at almost 3, she is confident and focused, but also loves to socialize and give kisses. When we aren't at class, you can find Neely snuggling her people and playing with her big sister.
We enjoy "Summer School" all year long... I'm not sure which one of us has more fun. We are learning how to refine the basics and improve our communications... one spin, twirl, down, stay and .... crawl .... at a time! School is cool and so is Summer ;)
My husband and I became the new "parents" of a baby Cairn Terrier, Moxie right after Christmas of 2012. We wanted to socialize Moxie and ourselves after just moving here so I started a small dog/puppy meet up group on meetup.com where I was introduced to All Dogs Allowed. Moxie, at that time, was about 9 weeks old. I knew it was the right age to start training but I was thinking to myself, "I can train her." While growing up, my family had a German Shepard/Black Lab, Sam. I trained Sam- He knew sit, stay, down, come, walking nice on a leash, roll over, paw, etc. He was a very good dog! I figured if I could train Sam I could train Moxie, right? Things were going pretty well with Moxie but I knew a professional could help even more. I decided to enroll Moxie in ADA's puppy class and I am so glad we did!!!
When out in public or even outside in our yard, we always get compliments on how well behaved she is and how attentive she is. All Dogs Allowed has taught us so much about how dogs learn and some great, simple learning techniques that we can apply to different situations. I will admit the puppy class is a bit difficult for Moxie to sit through because it is a lot of lecture but the information is invaluable. Moxie is due to graduate her puppy class in Spring of 2012 and we are already signed up for the Step Up class starting late Spring 2012. Step Up will allow us to practice and hopefully "perfect" what we learned in the puppy class with some more hands on time with our instructor. I am excited to see what this class will bring! I guess signing up for another class with All Dogs Allowed is a testimonial in itself! Thanks ADA!
Some people think that they do not need to take a training class because they have had a dog before or they may have taken a class before. I really wish people did not have this misconception. I am a dog trainer and I still brought Kota to class. You can ALWAYS learn something new! Whether it is something you have never worked on before, or maybe just a new technique or adaption you have to make for this dog.
I thoroughly enjoyed bringing Kota to class at ADA, she had a blast and we learned a lot about each other and what it takes to keep her motivated. Sometimes she is just too smart for her own good, she keeps you on your toes!
I HIGHLY recommend anyone and everyone with a dog or puppy to take a class with ADA, you won't regret it! These days we are all so busy, sometimes our dogs suffer, let this be that one on one time you spend with them each week!!
I am a first-time dog-owner, and when I adopted my dog, Ava, I realized that I needed to be trained in order to be a responsible pet owner. So, I enrolled in a beginning course at All Dogs Allowed. Ava and I learned so much from that first class that we took the intermediate and advanced classes. At the end of the advanced class, Ava obtained her AKC "Canine Good Citizenship certificate. I was really impressed with All Dogs Allowed. I would not hesitate to recommend ADA to anyone!
We're so proud of Freya. Honestly when we started I never thought she'd come close to ever passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. I will forever be an advocate of ongoing training for dogs. It really does make a difference.
I want to thank you for a great Foundations class! I have learned so much and I really appreciate how well you explain the why of dog training techniques not just the "how to." Cortland and I have signed up for the Focused Fidos...maybe we will see you in class!
I adopted Lucy from Saving Grace NC. She caught my eye because her profile said she was a low-maintenance dog. Her backstory stated she was rescued from a rural shelter and had been picked up as a stray. She had been shot by a BB gun and had bald patches on her rear. She had had puppies recently but I don't know what happened to them. She seemed reserved the first few days at my home and was content to lie down in another room away from me. She had to learn what house noises were and hated car rides. She would get as low as she could in them and shake.
After a few days of constant feedings, structure, and kindness, she relaxed. Her personality emerged and love blossomed between us. We have been a pair ever since. She is my shadow and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Our family grew when I got married. Along with my husband came his two dogs, brothers for Lucy. They were a welcome addition that showed Lucy how to enjoy car rides. She came out from the bottom of the car and began to sit on the seat and enjoy sticking her head out of the car. She has retained her maternal feelings. She has never forgotten her puppies and loves to "mother" smaller dogs and recently my baby daughter with licks (under intense supervision). She is loyal, curious, and loves receiving petting and attention from people.
Since Lucy was a stray I took her to training a few months after I got her to help her and myself with some general skills. Her training goals included learning to walk better on a leash, tricks, and positive general behavior. She has been in training class for four years now and training has now evolved from learning these goals to becoming a place for Lucy and myself to continue to bond, just the two of us. She and I love class. Lucy loves to please and works hard to do well. I am so pleased she is Dog of the Month. Thank you for all you do!
We adopted Nibbler when he was just over 3 months old. He was a goofy, but at the same time, serious puppy. He enjoyed making new doggy friends, and we enrolled him in Puppy Starters as soon as all of his vaccinations were done. It took patience to teach him, as his limit was about 15 minutes for those first 6 months or so, but soon he was picking up on all of the tricks that his older sister, Leela, was now a pro at.
Unfortunately, teenage angst hit him pretty hard and he started developing fearful behaviors towards new things, including other dogs. That fearful shyness soon turned into aggressive behaviors towards his doggy-colleagues and we decided to start taking private lessons to work out the behaviors early-on. We had the privilege to work with 3 trainers during the past 6 months: Meagan, who he gets to see during Focused Fidos, Karen, who we worked with for our first few private lessons, and Lindsay, who we have been able to work with for our last two.
While he has improved slowly throughout this time, the biggest improvement we saw was working with Lindsay, who brought us outside where we were able to train ourselves on how to help Nibbler adjust to "scary" world of unknowns. When we left our last lesson he resembled a brand-new dog, initially weary of strange dogs walking by, to being able to trust his humans to keep him safe-by the end of the lesson he barely gave passing dogs a glance. We are so happy to be part of the All Dogs Allowed family and are excited to continue moving forward with this amazing team.
In 2006, my then girlfriend received a Maltese puppy from her parents as an early graduation present. Appropriately, she named the puppy Scooter because of his tendency to slip and scoot across the floor as he played with his toys. We have never really pinpointed when or where Scooter's nervous behavior began, but by the time he was two years old, Scooter would aggressively react toward any dog that came into his field of vision. Due to his quirky nature (and extreme cuteness), we allowed Scooter to continue his downward spiral of nervous behavior to the point that he began to bite people who made him uncomfortable. All of this finally culminated with Scooter biting my wife, unprovoked, and drawing blood from his owner of four years.
This disturbing occurrence set into motion a search that eventually led us to All Dogs Allowed. We were incredibly hesitant to bring our reactive dog into a confined space with three other pups, but we were given the tools to help calm Scooter and refocus his nervous energy from the very first class. Though Scooter still barks and reacts to every other dog in his class, All Dogs Allowed continues to work with us, and the change in Scooter's demeanor has been dramatic. It may seem insignificant, but after less than a year of training at ADA, our dog can now sit, lay down, spin (right and left), wait before taking a treat off the ground, come when called, and he's well on his way to understanding "stay." We had no idea how much he would enjoy learning these commands, and how badly he desired to earn our praise and affection. In addition to his commands, Scooter now chews on a bully stick (a great outlet for his nervous nature), as opposed to his worn out elephant toy that he would continually tear cotton stuffing out of and swallow.
A few days ago, I took Scooter with me to our local pet store and hardware store, where he was approached by several strangers who wanted to pet him and get close to him. Scooter sat and relished in the attention as I handed off his leash to one of the store employees so that I could pay for my purchase. One of the pet store shoppers even commented that she wished her dog could behave as well as Scooter, and I silently chuckled at how far my crazed dog had come in a year. Before All Dogs Allowed, we had become resigned to the fact that giving Scooter a warm bed, food, and a lot of love would be the best thing we could do for him. With direction from ADA, we've been able to expand both our our lives to not only desire, but expect more than just the basics. The patience that ADA has shown with Scooter is encouraging and empowering to my wife and I, and it is for that reason that we will continue to return as long as they offer classes.
We recently retired to Chapel Hill and decided to get a dog, after not having one for ten years. We were lucky enough to find Mac, an 11-month-old labrador retriever with a wonderful disposition. We had already made vacation plans to go on a 2-week vacation several months after Mac came home with us, and were concerned about where we'd leave him while we were away. A friend recommended All Dogs Allowed, and we were immediately relieved, knowing that Mac would be happy and well cared for.
As new owners of an active dog, we struggled a little with handling a couple of overly exuberant behaviors with Mac, including jumping up in excitement after a session of ball playing or engaging in the "zoomies" late in the day. He also has a touch of stubbornness and tested us out with "planting" behavior when it was time for his jog from time to time. We were taught effective techniques for working on those problem areas and we then focused on basic obedience. We were able to suggest an agenda each session, including walking on a loose lead, "come" and retrieving a ball, and working with Mac on overcoming his fear of traffic.
We know training takes discipline and is an ongoing process, but we now have the information we need and also know we can call on All Dogs Allowed at any time. We have the confidence to let Mac know we are in charge, which also helps him feel a sense of security. He gets lots of positive reinforcement and is very pleased with himself when he learns new behaviors. All Dogs Allowed provides so many services and we recommend them unconditionally.
Will and I rescued our golden retriever/yellow lab mix from from the Raleigh SPCA in April of 2009. Dillon has a ton of energy and an absolutely wonderful, sweet disposition but we had a difficult time trying to teach him basic commands. We thought training him would mean we were not loving, sweet parents but we finally realized that this 70 pound tank full of love and energy needed some discipline. Thanks to All Dogs Allowed he can sit and lay down and actually listens to us now - it's amazing! I would recommend ADA to anyone and everyone - they are the best trainers and friends any dog could ask for.
Paws of Hertford County -
Darla, LuluBelle and Chelsea were adopted recently - after their work with us on auto watch, touch, and making choices at the shelter and / or adoption events! I talked to a new volunteer about working with 8 under-socialized "J-Litter" puppies; not approaching them or trying to pet them, just walking around and dropping treats. (Indy shared her Cheerios and cheese.) At the end of Taylor's time with them (45 minutes of just hanging out on the deck) they were coming up to her tails wagging and also coming to others. Other volunteers and visitors were amazed. Amy has a transfer offer for them in the works to a great rescue. The pups were going to rescue anyway, but imagine how they are now different when they 'land' in their new fosters' and rescuers' hands. We use what you teach. You are making a big difference here - 2.5 hours away.
I have been to sessions/series with 6 dog trainers through my life and you have made the largest impact on me, thus allowing me to help the shelter dogs more. We are going to try "treat train" this afternoon at the shelter with some new volunteers. Hopefully, seeing the dogs respond will also have the volunteers responding positively and making a choice about returning to work with the dogs soon. And, short term, the dogs are entertained, happier and people are more understanding of who dogs are and what they need.
Thanks to you for all the great tips and insight!
We adopted Midna from a shelter two years ago. She was picked up as an adult, un-spayed stray, who didn't know what a leash and collar felt like. The lessons I learned in puppy class (because make no mistake, you learn as much as your dog, or more) helped me connect with Midna on a deeper level and see that she wasn't stubborn; she was just waiting for the right signals. Everyone with a dog should check out classes at All Dogs Allowed!
I got my first dog, Charlie, about 7 1/2 years ago. We went to classes every year for about the first four years. All with different trainers, from PetSmart to private lessons. I wish I had known you back then. After I adopted Louie, I knew I wanted to work on Therapy Dog Certification. But he had no focus, and tons of uncontrolled energy. Taking your class has been the best to date. Your classes are informative (not with just how, but why) and I love the follow up information. I've now got both of my dogs paying more attention to me and have been able to curb some of the bad behavior I let slip with Charlie. After the first month, I was able to take Louie out to dinner and he didn't try to scarf food from someone else's table. He sits and waits instead of dragging me out of the door. He's not as mouthy and has learned a couple cute tricks. I'm looking forward to continuing our learning and growing together as a team. Thanks again for all your help and enthusiasm!
We are so proud of our little man, and want to thank Meagan and her team at All Dogs Allowed for helping us reach our goal. We are also grateful to the staff at Unleashed for referring us to ADA. It's no wonder that they did as Meagan's knowledge is beyond extensive, and there are so many class options and times to choose from.
We love that the focus is first and foremost on the canine and their care. Not only have we learned basic commands and communication, but more importantly, how our pet is interpreting what we are asking of him. And did I mention the fun atmosphere?! Jaco and I can't wait to share our good news with our fellow classmates in Agility and Focused Fidos. Their support and interaction has been invaluable.