“My husband and I rescued Harley at 10 months old. In search of a medium-sized breed that would adjust well to apartment living and outdoor activities, we visited multiple shelters for weeks. Harley was a stray found wandering a park with no owner to claim him and no signs of having been trained or housed. He was extremely timid when we met him, but we were reassured by the shelter that he would get used to us soon and was friendly to people and dogs. Eager to bring our newest addition home, we fostered him that same day. Not an hour into having him, he lost his temper, fiercely barking when he saw another dog on his first walk with us. Confused, we simply kept walking. This behavior only got worse. Barking turned into pulling and pulling turned into fits of growling, barking, lunging, and thrashing that would begin the minute he even sensed another living thing within a mile. We had no idea how to handle this behavior and our walks turned into nightmares. As soon as we put on his leash and left for a walk, his chest would puff up and he became extremely vigilant and alert, reacting to any noise or sight. In addition to this, he was terrified of cars, busses, and trucks, which didn’t translate well living on a busy street. He thrashed, barked, and even nipped at us at any distraction. He’d bite his leash and even our hand if we got too close. No one could come near us while he was leashed. What we mistook for aggression was true fear and lack of confidence, which lowered our confidence as dog owners, too.
We had planned on training our dog even before meeting Harley, but these explosions made it clear that this was needed sooner rather than later. We signed up for classes at the local pet store within three weeks of owning him. Excited to start our training, we brought him in. We barely made it through the door and it was obvious he would be distracted and reactive during his time training. Desperate for help, we reached out to you for private lessons and never looked back.
Once we were able to send Harley to board-and-train, we did so. We missed him terribly while he was away, but by our first session with him, we knew made the best choice for him. He was able to walk on his leash, by our side, and had increased confidence around people, dogs, and passing vehicles. It was nearly a complete turn around. He’s been back home with us about a month, and his behavior has completely changed. He’s a happy dog on walks and can even enter pet shops calmly and confidently. He’s a hard worker and does anything to please. This really showed us that training is just as much about the dog as it is about the owner. We now know how to confidently raise a happy and well-behaved dog. We’re excited to take him to our follow-up group lessons now, where he can actually be around other dogs and people and not just behave while we train, but learn and grow.
Training Harley has been a lesson in confidence, love, and genuine patience. We’ve learned so much from the K9 Bootcamp team and really owe our sanity to them. We can’t thank the team enough, and hope that anyone considering training will choose K9 Bootcamp. The team is knowledgeable, friendly, patient, honest, and kind, with an obvious love for what they do. Put your trust in the team and you won’t be disappointed!”