First Place Dog Training

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    McHenry, IL 60051

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I learned how to use different distraction tools that has significantly reduced her biting and jumping on us, the cat and our older dog. Family life is much better now. I enjoyed learning about all the things that I was doing wrong and

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I learned how to use different distraction tools that has significantly reduced her biting and jumping on us, the cat and our older dog. Family life is much better now. I enjoyed learning about all the things that I was doing wrong and

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Remi learned to listen better while at bootcamp. The most improvement was shown in not jumping, staying, and rug-training, but everything was great overall! I can already imagine a more controlled, peaceful home environment when friends

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Remi learned to listen better while at bootcamp. The most improvement was shown in not jumping, staying, and rug-training, but everything was great overall! I can already imagine a more controlled, peaceful home environment when friends

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Chana really improved in listening to commands, and knowing who is in control. What I had enjoyed the most were the improvement in my dog and the patience of the trainers. The instructor reinforced the rules which helped me get my big dog

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Chana really improved in listening to commands, and knowing who is in control. What I had enjoyed the most were the improvement in my dog and the patience of the trainers. The instructor reinforced the rules which helped me get my big dog

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Chumley is no longer invading my space, and the mouthing has stopped. The rug technique seems to be a great training method! They helped me with clear explanations on my questions.

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Chumley is no longer invading my space, and the mouthing has stopped. The rug technique seems to be a great training method! They helped me with clear explanations on my questions.

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The mat work and distractions helped Image. I liked the ability to work around a wide variety of dogs and people. I enjoyed the interacting style so as not to let our dogs get bored. They described new methods to help work through

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The mat work and distractions helped Image. I liked the ability to work around a wide variety of dogs and people. I enjoyed the interacting style so as not to let our dogs get bored. They described new methods to help work through

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Roscoe listens and pays much better attention to me. I enjoyed the human training; reminding me how to behave. I received constant correction when I was doing something wrong, really helped drill in the training.

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Roscoe listens and pays much better attention to me. I enjoyed the human training; reminding me how to behave. I received constant correction when I was doing something wrong, really helped drill in the training.

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Luigi is a great at listening and is staying calm when normally he would be over-excited. I liked learning to enjoy my dog. What helped me the most was being taught to be in control over Luigi.

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Luigi is a great at listening and is staying calm when normally he would be over-excited. I liked learning to enjoy my dog. What helped me the most was being taught to be in control over Luigi.

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When we first arrived Ouray seemed to be afraid of nearly everything. Now he enjoys being with all the puppies and enjoys learning. I enjoyed watching my son be able to bond with Ouray and know how to handle him when he doesn't

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When we first arrived Ouray seemed to be afraid of nearly everything. Now he enjoys being with all the puppies and enjoys learning. I enjoyed watching my son be able to bond with Ouray and know how to handle him when he doesn't

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Max is now staying when told to. I enjoyed watching the dogs and owners in my class learn how to change bad behaviors. We were taught the proper way to train our dogs.

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Max is now staying when told to. I enjoyed watching the dogs and owners in my class learn how to change bad behaviors. We were taught the proper way to train our dogs.

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Bailey has improved on sitting, down, walking on a leash, now allows me to touch ears, paws, I love the rug. Vince is very helpful and taught me how to treat my dog like a dog (not a kid). Just learning how to teach her the basics, the

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Bailey has improved on sitting, down, walking on a leash, now allows me to touch ears, paws, I love the rug. Vince is very helpful and taught me how to treat my dog like a dog (not a kid). Just learning how to teach her the basics, the

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I can not believe Wrigley is the same dog. I enjoy being able to control my dog! He has really improved. I would not change anything.

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I can not believe Wrigley is the same dog. I enjoy being able to control my dog! He has really improved. I would not change anything.

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Harley was put into boot camp to learn basic commands and manners. I enjoyed seeing the improvements in such a short time. He showed the best improvement in focusing on me. It was nice to have the personalized instruction which made it

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Harley was put into boot camp to learn basic commands and manners. I enjoyed seeing the improvements in such a short time. He showed the best improvement in focusing on me. It was nice to have the personalized instruction which made it

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Easton needed to be human socialized, was very aggressive towards other people. Now I can take him on walks. I was shown everything I needed to know about Easton and how to continue working with him.

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Easton needed to be human socialized, was very aggressive towards other people. Now I can take him on walks. I was shown everything I needed to know about Easton and how to continue working with him.

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Otis improved on his biting and chasing, I enjoyed learning how to correct bad behaviors. The instructors are always willing to help. Good course, I can't think of any way you can improve the course.

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Otis improved on his biting and chasing, I enjoyed learning how to correct bad behaviors. The instructors are always willing to help. Good course, I can't think of any way you can improve the course.

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Turley was enrolled into boot camp to work on his mouthing, jumping, comes, and other commands such as sit, down, and stay. He improved on everything. I came out with a much better understanding and knowledge on how to interact with my

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Turley was enrolled into boot camp to work on his mouthing, jumping, comes, and other commands such as sit, down, and stay. He improved on everything. I came out with a much better understanding and knowledge on how to interact with my

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Charlie improved on everything, but if I had to choose one thing it would be listening, the most important. The trainers gave one-on-one time during class to help with specific issues which I think is so helpful. You really just care about

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Charlie improved on everything, but if I had to choose one thing it would be listening, the most important. The trainers gave one-on-one time during class to help with specific issues which I think is so helpful. You really just care about

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Ginger improved all around, jumping, biting and pulling leash, mouthy, fearing certain noises, and much more. I enjoyed the positive approach. The instructor always asked if there were any concerns or questions.

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Ginger improved all around, jumping, biting and pulling leash, mouthy, fearing certain noises, and much more. I enjoyed the positive approach. The instructor always asked if there were any concerns or questions.

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The frequency and pattern of the reviews (they almost all start with the name of the dog and are all very generic dog names) indicate they were all written by the same person, or same group of people. Anyone who must do this isn't producing quality results to have real rave reviews. Stay far away and consider a different dog training company.

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The frequency and pattern of the reviews (they almost all start with the name of the dog and are all very generic dog names) indicate they were all written by the same person, or same group of people. Anyone who must do this isn't producing quality results to have real rave reviews. Stay far away and consider a different dog training company.

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This is truly the place to take your pet if you want it to bond with a box of Captain Crunch, Cheerios or whatever your choice of cereals. If Vince had been up front with me when questioned on his training methods he would not have had the chance to pocket my $115.
Instead of experiencing the real bonding that takes place during proper training your dog is taught to concentrate on whoever has the biggest box of cereal.
As for training, Vince hasn't even taken the time to Google to find the correct "heel" position is on the left hand side of the trainer and not "whatever side you want" as instructed for puppy class.
I'm not at all surprised another reviewer was of the opinion that Vince was condescending as well. When questioned (during class) by Vince as to why I didn't want to train with food and I responded that I thought it was best to train with positive reinforcement he responded with "Oh, the dinosaur method." If really bonding and having a companion dog is the dinosaur method, I'll take it over the General Mills or Kellogg's method any day of the week. It's quite obvious that Vince prey's on those that don't know the difference, and enjoys trying to belittle those in front of a group of people when he has a mic at his disposal.
It's a shame that a 1/4 Star isn't available.
I could relate a story regarding his "Boot Camp" but I'll talk to the owner so she can put it in her own words.

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This is truly the place to take your pet if you want it to bond with a box of Captain Crunch, Cheerios or whatever your choice of cereals. If Vince had been up front with me when questioned on his training methods he would not have had the chance to pocket my $115.
Instead of experiencing the real bonding that takes place during proper training your dog is taught to concentrate on whoever has the biggest box of cereal.
As for training, Vince hasn't even taken the time to Google to find the correct "heel" position is on the left hand side of the trainer and not "whatever side you want" as instructed for puppy class.
I'm not at all surprised another reviewer was of the opinion that Vince was condescending as well. When questioned (during class) by Vince as to why I didn't want to train with food and I responded that I thought it was best to train with positive reinforcement he responded with "Oh, the dinosaur method." If really bonding and having a companion dog is the dinosaur method, I'll take it over the General Mills or Kellogg's method any day of the week. It's quite obvious that Vince prey's on those that don't know the difference, and enjoys trying to belittle those in front of a group of people when he has a mic at his disposal.
It's a shame that a 1/4 Star isn't available.
I could relate a story regarding his "Boot Camp" but I'll talk to the owner so she can put it in her own words.

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I am extremely surprised to see this place has only received one negative review. I took my puppy to their training class and felt that trainers were very CONDESING, especially Vince. Instead of calling me by my name he kept calling me, Babe??? I think that is rude and very unprofessional as an owner/trainer. My puppy did not get anything out of their training besides the socializing with the other pups, which I could have done easily for free at Petco or Petsmart. Instead of reading the supposedly raved reviews, check with someone who has actually been there. \n

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I am extremely surprised to see this place has only received one negative review. I took my puppy to their training class and felt that trainers were very CONDESING, especially Vince. Instead of calling me by my name he kept calling me, Babe??? I think that is rude and very unprofessional as an owner/trainer. My puppy did not get anything out of their training besides the socializing with the other pups, which I could have done easily for free at Petco or Petsmart. Instead of reading the supposedly raved reviews, check with someone who has actually been there. \n

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Lincoln is now staying, lying down, remaining calm while I walk around. I liked the obedience part of the follow up. My suggestion is this, really, the only thing I can think of would be for you to be closer to my Place!! (1 hour away)- great job.

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Lincoln is now staying, lying down, remaining calm while I walk around. I liked the obedience part of the follow up. My suggestion is this, really, the only thing I can think of would be for you to be closer to my Place!! (1 hour away)- great job.

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Brandi learned her basic commands (sits, stays, down). I enjoyed the repetition and clear directions. They helped me to train my dog to do well-behave and listen to basic commands.

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Brandi learned her basic commands (sits, stays, down). I enjoyed the repetition and clear directions. They helped me to train my dog to do well-behave and listen to basic commands.

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Fate is paying attention to me while there were distractions/ other puppies and people. I liked seeing the demos of what was going on to have us teach all puppies-it gave me a goal.

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Fate is paying attention to me while there were distractions/ other puppies and people. I liked seeing the demos of what was going on to have us teach all puppies-it gave me a goal.

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Eazy is now staying on the mat. I enjoyed the simplicity of the follow up. I was taught to understand the importance of repition and follow through.

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Eazy is now staying on the mat. I enjoyed the simplicity of the follow up. I was taught to understand the importance of repition and follow through.

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Roxy is paying attention to me while I am giving commands. I like the ways to use the things we learned in class at home. Vince gave good analogies and answered my questions.

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Roxy is paying attention to me while I am giving commands. I like the ways to use the things we learned in class at home. Vince gave good analogies and answered my questions.

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loose leash on our walks, and is staying on command. I learned how to give him correct feedback when he needed it, as well as everything else.

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loose leash on our walks, and is staying on command. I learned how to give him correct feedback when he needed it, as well as everything else.

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Vince is a great trainer- extremely helpful. Roscoe has calmed down- more obedient.

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Vince is a great trainer- extremely helpful. Roscoe has calmed down- more obedient.

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Ernie has really responded well once we purchased the correct equipment. They observed and corrected when we weren

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Ernie has really responded well once we purchased the correct equipment. They observed and corrected when we weren

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Hemi in a short time is listening and staying in general! I enjoyed the contact I had with the trainer while my dog was here and the fact there was a briefing with me for the training. They let me know what I was doing wrong while I was learning the training.

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Hemi in a short time is listening and staying in general! I enjoyed the contact I had with the trainer while my dog was here and the fact there was a briefing with me for the training. They let me know what I was doing wrong while I was learning the training.

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They really taught Rudy how to be calm. Several of the instructors came over and helped me w/Rudy. They all encouraged both of us.

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They really taught Rudy how to be calm. Several of the instructors came over and helped me w/Rudy. They all encouraged both of us.

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He actually comes when called and is much calmer than he was before. I actually really enjoyed all of what we

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He actually comes when called and is much calmer than he was before. I actually really enjoyed all of what we

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listening to me, and I am learning to break my bad habits. I liked the rug training. I was helped with reinforcement in the areas that I needed to work on.

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listening to me, and I am learning to break my bad habits. I liked the rug training. I was helped with reinforcement in the areas that I needed to work on.

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Holly is now staying, sitting on the rug. I am now the boss. Vince and his staff are extremely patient.

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Holly is now staying, sitting on the rug. I am now the boss. Vince and his staff are extremely patient.

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We were pleased with all the behaviors for the better, we are very pleased. I enjoyed Chris the trainer as her post training for dog owner, she is very patient. Chris also explained everything and what needs improvement on.

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We were pleased with all the behaviors for the better, we are very pleased. I enjoyed Chris the trainer as her post training for dog owner, she is very patient. Chris also explained everything and what needs improvement on.

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Coco improved on the carpet training, sit stay. I enjoyed the positive reinforcing training of all commands, making sure that we were doing the right thing. They taught me how to watch and to learn positive re-enforcement with Cocco.

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Coco improved on the carpet training, sit stay. I enjoyed the positive reinforcing training of all commands, making sure that we were doing the right thing. They taught me how to watch and to learn positive re-enforcement with Cocco.

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Toby has learned to listen so much better. I enjoyed seeing him walk on a leash without pulling me around. The instructors demonstrated methods of training with individual dogs.

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Toby has learned to listen so much better. I enjoyed seeing him walk on a leash without pulling me around. The instructors demonstrated methods of training with individual dogs.

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I brought Vader back for additional training and he learned all of my hand signals, I liked the way that they advanced his education. The instructors worked with training me on the advanced hand signals.

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I brought Vader back for additional training and he learned all of my hand signals, I liked the way that they advanced his education. The instructors worked with training me on the advanced hand signals.

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Biddy really improved with sits and downs. Good instruction and clean facility, very clear, concise instructions.

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Biddy really improved with sits and downs. Good instruction and clean facility, very clear, concise instructions.

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Bentley is so improved in his calming down and staying. Great information, personal instruction and feedback.. They showed me how to correct specific behaviors that I was doing to encourage misbehaviors in my dog.

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Bentley is so improved in his calming down and staying. Great information, personal instruction and feedback.. They showed me how to correct specific behaviors that I was doing to encourage misbehaviors in my dog.

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Armani has made such a great improvement by staying on his rug, listening while being distracted by other dogs and people. I really liked the easy going way of training my dog and he is responding well. They helped me with the proper way to train.

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Armani has made such a great improvement by staying on his rug, listening while being distracted by other dogs and people. I really liked the easy going way of training my dog and he is responding well. They helped me with the proper way to train.

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Cilantro comes good now. Thanks so much for training me. We will be back! Thanks for helping us enjoy our dog and taking such good care of her.

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Cilantro comes good now. Thanks so much for training me. We will be back! Thanks for helping us enjoy our dog and taking such good care of her.

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Foxie and Grizzly learned to stay and respect me more. I liked seeing our dogs improve and relax around other dogs. I was taught how to praise my dogs correctly.

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Foxie and Grizzly learned to stay and respect me more. I liked seeing our dogs improve and relax around other dogs. I was taught how to praise my dogs correctly.

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Hector improved with his overall obedience! He learned commands, pull less on walks, seems more tolerant (less aggressive) with other dogs and people. He also appears much less stressed. I liked the manner in which the training was conducted. The training techniques were always appropriate, unlike some other classes I have looked into- some are too aggressive. The instructors gave me many pointers to help my particular situations with Hector and to help us both improve.

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Hector improved with his overall obedience! He learned commands, pull less on walks, seems more tolerant (less aggressive) with other dogs and people. He also appears much less stressed. I liked the manner in which the training was conducted. The training techniques were always appropriate, unlike some other classes I have looked into- some are too aggressive. The instructors gave me many pointers to help my particular situations with Hector and to help us both improve.

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The calmness on the mat seems to be very good with Coco now. She has been taught to know and understand her space now, rather than just jumping on me other people or kids Etc. Vince listened to my questions and answered them clearly.

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The calmness on the mat seems to be very good with Coco now. She has been taught to know and understand her space now, rather than just jumping on me other people or kids Etc. Vince listened to my questions and answered them clearly.

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Buddy has improved with his listening skills. The instructors walked around to give constructive criticism and answered all of our questions. They also used their dogs for demonstration examples. Vince gave a lot of good information, shared his knowledge.

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Buddy has improved with his listening skills. The instructors walked around to give constructive criticism and answered all of our questions. They also used their dogs for demonstration examples. Vince gave a lot of good information, shared his knowledge.

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Wow Conan is now listening and following directions! also no longer aggressive towards people or other animals. I enjoyed when I picked up my dog, he had actually learned something, I was extremely happy with the results! Also liked the hands on portion at pickup time. Training the dog owners is hard work. I was spoken to directly; they helped me to learn how to fix bad behaviors.

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Wow Conan is now listening and following directions! also no longer aggressive towards people or other animals. I enjoyed when I picked up my dog, he had actually learned something, I was extremely happy with the results! Also liked the hands on portion at pickup time. Training the dog owners is hard work. I was spoken to directly; they helped me to learn how to fix bad behaviors.

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Barking! Famous has stopped uncontrollably making noise. And the rug has cut his possessiveness. Gave him his own space. Vince suggested small techniques to ensure my dogs success.

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Barking! Famous has stopped uncontrollably making noise. And the rug has cut his possessiveness. Gave him his own space. Vince suggested small techniques to ensure my dogs success.

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Guinness is no longer jumping up, or leash biting. I enjoyed the instructions and approaches. I learned many different techniques, and repetition with eye contact.

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Guinness is no longer jumping up, or leash biting. I enjoyed the instructions and approaches. I learned many different techniques, and repetition with eye contact.

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Madchen and Dasher are calmer at home now. I was shown better easy to control my dogs for our family. ( rug training, chair etc.) and not going through open doors. I enjoyed the rug training and the obedience as well. The trainer were great!!. After the bootcamp the homework sheets were helpful to help us keep them focused.

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Madchen and Dasher are calmer at home now. I was shown better easy to control my dogs for our family. ( rug training, chair etc.) and not going through open doors. I enjoyed the rug training and the obedience as well. The trainer were great!!. After the bootcamp the homework sheets were helpful to help us keep them focused.

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Otis really improved in not chasing dogs. I liked the rug/ and Otiss attention to us. The instructors gave tips on when to praise or correct.

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Otis really improved in not chasing dogs. I liked the rug/ and Otiss attention to us. The instructors gave tips on when to praise or correct.

 

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