Canine Class Room Dog Training in Portland

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  • 8138 SW Beaverton- Hillsdale Hwy

    Portland, OR 97225

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  • 503-291-1992

About Canine Class Room Dog Training in Portland

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  • Dog Trainers
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M-Su 9am-9pm (Open Afternoons, Evenings and Weekends by Appointment)
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Year Established
  • 1993
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We have always had german shepherds; however, last year, we had an issue with our current two. They got into two fairly good scraps two days apart which we'd never had before. We'd heard of Canine Classroom in the past and they were the

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We have always had german shepherds; however, last year, we had an issue with our current two. They got into two fairly good scraps two days apart which we'd never had before. We'd heard of Canine Classroom in the past and they were the

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We have been going to class for almost two months now. We have seen a remarkable change in our dog Buster. He use to drag us on walks, and was leash aggressive with other dogs. Now he just notices them. He now comes when we call him. I can make him stay on a spot for over an hour. Just a remarkable turn around Steve and Wes are easy and fun to work with.

We highly recommend them!!

Greg.

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We have been going to class for almost two months now. We have seen a remarkable change in our dog Buster. He use to drag us on walks, and was leash aggressive with other dogs. Now he just notices them. He now comes when we call him. I can make him stay on a spot for over an hour. Just a remarkable turn around Steve and Wes are easy and fun to work with.

We highly recommend them!!

Greg.

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Review from Milo D.\r
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I had resigned myself to our 2 year old Australian Shepherd pulling us down the street on her leash when we took her for a walk, and running off to the green space whenever she

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Review from Milo D.\r
Clackamas, OR\r
2012 July 26\r
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I had resigned myself to our 2 year old Australian Shepherd pulling us down the street on her leash when we took her for a walk, and running off to the green space whenever she

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I did A LOT of research before choosing Steve as a trainer, including visiting facilities, reading online reviews and weighing costs of different training. I chose Canine Classroom because its one on one training for my dog, he gets the undivided attention and Steve is a professional that has been in this business for a very long time. Yes, you get what you pay for, execellent training and remember its like taking a college class, you have to do your homework too. Steve isn't going to follow you home but he shows you and your dog the skills you both need to be successful. Yes, dog training is expensive but if you do it right the first time then it saves you money. Your dog is welcome back even years later at no cost. I have my pup in Canine Classroom right now, we have been going there for months and it has been a wonderful experience. Both Steve and Wes are very nice, patient and knowledgeable. I have the happiest well-behaved pup because of both of their efforts. I highly suggest doing some research and then checking out Canin Classroom, you'll see what I am talking about.

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I did A LOT of research before choosing Steve as a trainer, including visiting facilities, reading online reviews and weighing costs of different training. I chose Canine Classroom because its one on one training for my dog, he gets the undivided attention and Steve is a professional that has been in this business for a very long time. Yes, you get what you pay for, execellent training and remember its like taking a college class, you have to do your homework too. Steve isn't going to follow you home but he shows you and your dog the skills you both need to be successful. Yes, dog training is expensive but if you do it right the first time then it saves you money. Your dog is welcome back even years later at no cost. I have my pup in Canine Classroom right now, we have been going there for months and it has been a wonderful experience. Both Steve and Wes are very nice, patient and knowledgeable. I have the happiest well-behaved pup because of both of their efforts. I highly suggest doing some research and then checking out Canin Classroom, you'll see what I am talking about.

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I did A LOT of research before choosing Steve as a trainer, including visiting facilities, reading online reviews and weighing costs of different training. I chose Canine Classroom because its one on one training for my dog, he gets the

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I did A LOT of research before choosing Steve as a trainer, including visiting facilities, reading online reviews and weighing costs of different training. I chose Canine Classroom because its one on one training for my dog, he gets the

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Steve and Wes are absolutely incredible with dogs! The second we arrived our dog Fletcher was at ease and followed every direction they gave him. These guys do a phenomenal job of walking you through step by step on how to achieve your

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Steve and Wes are absolutely incredible with dogs! The second we arrived our dog Fletcher was at ease and followed every direction they gave him. These guys do a phenomenal job of walking you through step by step on how to achieve your

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I can not speak to their training as we only had one class, but the hard sell techniques used greatly upset both my husband and myself. It all started when I called to find out rates, and Steve the owner refused to give me a straight answer insisting we come in for a "free" evaluation. When we did we were caught off guard by Steve's manipulative techniques (opening the door before we knocked or even touched the door, ushering us in and commanding us to sit while he stood over us.) He proceeded to tell us that our dog, distracted by all the doggie smells in the place, didn't respect us at all and would require at least three months of training at 425$ a month but that the third month was free and that he would offer support after that. He then employed a divide and conquer strategy pushing us to stat right away, and shouldn't my husband go get cash from the ATM since we hadn't brought our check book and he doesn't take cards. After we left whirlwind first "class" My husband and I had a chance to talk things over and after coming to the conclusion that we we both feeling uncomfortable and railroaded, we called to cancel and ask for our money back, and were told that was out of the question, if we wanted we could continue with the classes we had already paid for, but that they don't do refunds. In conclusion if you are comfortable paying over 200 dollars an hour and okay with the hard sell go ahead but generally I find them to be sketchy at best.

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I can not speak to their training as we only had one class, but the hard sell techniques used greatly upset both my husband and myself. It all started when I called to find out rates, and Steve the owner refused to give me a straight answer insisting we come in for a "free" evaluation. When we did we were caught off guard by Steve's manipulative techniques (opening the door before we knocked or even touched the door, ushering us in and commanding us to sit while he stood over us.) He proceeded to tell us that our dog, distracted by all the doggie smells in the place, didn't respect us at all and would require at least three months of training at 425$ a month but that the third month was free and that he would offer support after that. He then employed a divide and conquer strategy pushing us to stat right away, and shouldn't my husband go get cash from the ATM since we hadn't brought our check book and he doesn't take cards. After we left whirlwind first "class" My husband and I had a chance to talk things over and after coming to the conclusion that we we both feeling uncomfortable and railroaded, we called to cancel and ask for our money back, and were told that was out of the question, if we wanted we could continue with the classes we had already paid for, but that they don't do refunds. In conclusion if you are comfortable paying over 200 dollars an hour and okay with the hard sell go ahead but generally I find them to be sketchy at best.

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We have the world's best dog. Steve and Wes are one of the reasons. if you want someone to teach you how to train your dog - and if you put in the time to consistently work on the lessons they teach you - you will be amazed. They gave us

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We have the world's best dog. Steve and Wes are one of the reasons. if you want someone to teach you how to train your dog - and if you put in the time to consistently work on the lessons they teach you - you will be amazed. They gave us

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Steve and Wes communicate in the way a dog needs to hear and understand, and an extra "perk" is that the training is ONE DOG (yours) in the class. No more waiting for another dog or another owner to straighten out or stop talking ... the classroom time is all yours, and it's all good. We are so happy. It may seeme a bit expensive, but you could easily spend MORE money taking multiple courses and a lot more time than it takes at the Canine Classroom. It's definitely worth the time and money. We highly recommend it.

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Steve and Wes communicate in the way a dog needs to hear and understand, and an extra "perk" is that the training is ONE DOG (yours) in the class. No more waiting for another dog or another owner to straighten out or stop talking ... the classroom time is all yours, and it's all good. We are so happy. It may seeme a bit expensive, but you could easily spend MORE money taking multiple courses and a lot more time than it takes at the Canine Classroom. It's definitely worth the time and money. We highly recommend it.

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I can't tell you how much your private sessions did for us. Our six-month old puppy has responded so well to the training and the tips that Steve recommended. Most of the issues we had with our dog (barking, begging, nipping, housebreaking) disappeared within a week of the training sessions. He also gave us many great techniques that have helped my dog with boredom issues while I am away at work instead of eating my house up! If you are having any behavioral issues with your dog, I highly recommend training with Steve at the Canine Classroom. I recommend him to all my friends with new puppies, adopted dogs, or dogs with issues that have never been addressed.

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I can't tell you how much your private sessions did for us. Our six-month old puppy has responded so well to the training and the tips that Steve recommended. Most of the issues we had with our dog (barking, begging, nipping, housebreaking) disappeared within a week of the training sessions. He also gave us many great techniques that have helped my dog with boredom issues while I am away at work instead of eating my house up! If you are having any behavioral issues with your dog, I highly recommend training with Steve at the Canine Classroom. I recommend him to all my friends with new puppies, adopted dogs, or dogs with issues that have never been addressed.

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I can't say enough about The Canine Classroom. Steve and Wes are great!!! Our dog loved the classes and so did we. Virtually all the training really worked! It's a pleasure to take our dog for a walk everyday now!! And the incidents at

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I can't say enough about The Canine Classroom. Steve and Wes are great!!! Our dog loved the classes and so did we. Virtually all the training really worked! It's a pleasure to take our dog for a walk everyday now!! And the incidents at

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After trying group classes, my dog still didn't behave or mind me that well. I made an appointment for the free evaluation and Steve took my dogs leash. In less than five minutes I saw improvements I could not believe if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. He makes it look so easy. My dog enjoyed the training sessions as much as I did. There was lots of praise and positive reinforcement and just enough discipline and correction to get the point across. Now my dog can down stay while company is over. No longer jumps on people and seems happier and more well adjusted. Can't recommend the Canine Classroom strongly enough!

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After trying group classes, my dog still didn't behave or mind me that well. I made an appointment for the free evaluation and Steve took my dogs leash. In less than five minutes I saw improvements I could not believe if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. He makes it look so easy. My dog enjoyed the training sessions as much as I did. There was lots of praise and positive reinforcement and just enough discipline and correction to get the point across. Now my dog can down stay while company is over. No longer jumps on people and seems happier and more well adjusted. Can't recommend the Canine Classroom strongly enough!

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I can't even put into words how bad my experience was. Every issue we had with our dog, the trainer suggested we buy something that 'might help us'. AFTER we paid him $950 up front!

We were promised 10-12 sessions, but after the sixth, he

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I can't even put into words how bad my experience was. Every issue we had with our dog, the trainer suggested we buy something that 'might help us'. AFTER we paid him $950 up front!

We were promised 10-12 sessions, but after the sixth, he

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Stever Fuller is the ONLY dog trainer in Portland who has a remote clue as to what he is doing and he is AWESOME!!!!! I am the other owner of the puppy who was jumping on counters, chasing our cat, walking terrible on a leash and just plain not listening. Steve gave us the tools the first class to get our pup to walk on a leash, not run out the front door, and to restore the balance we had temporarily lost and they worked immediately! Having read various dog training books, and completing various PCC, PetSmart, Pupparazzi, and Barkbusters courses they have nothing on Canine Classroom!!!! I normally do not post online comments but reading some of the negatively on this site really made me feel like I had to be a strong advocate for Steve.

To the naysayers:

1) This training is NOT what you learn in Petsmart or in a book. Having put multiple dogs through Petsmart classes either I am delusional or the person who wrote the post on this is. I challenge this individual to train their dog to come to them while distracted (sorry, being called out of a stay for a treat doesn't count), to not leave the yard while distracted , and to stay while distracted using either Petsmart techniques or one of Ceasar Millans chapters.

2) As for Steve being abusive, that is absolutely ludicrous!!! If you want someone to train you how to kiss your dogs butt and treat it like a furry child then yes, this is NOT the course for you. However, if you want someone to train you how to have your dog respect you, which in turn will further deepen the bond and the happiness of your pooch, this course IS FOR YOU. There is nothing worse than a miserable, unbalanced dog that makes your life miserable. Steve has an amazingly calm demeanor and communicates the calm but assertive approach and teaches you, as the owner, how to emulate this. Dogs are animals, not furry humans (trust me, I have been reminded of this a few times ;-) and there is nothing more rewarding then the relationship you will have with your dog with solid training. It is a great stroke to the ego, I must admit, when I can have a 7 month old GSD puppy hold a distant down stay for 15 min. We have only been working on this for one week!

3) As for Steve being a rip-off; consider the money and time wasted in crackpot group training classes where you are continually frustrated. I have always had smart dogs so they went through the motions but a large percentage of the dogs in these courses are completely un-trainable. You cannot put a price on having a positive, rewarding relationship with your canine pal. In life you get what you pay for (for the most part) and this is NO EXCEPTION!! Steve and his son are awesome. Yes, you do have to do your homework (and there is a lot of it to have a well trained dog). Steve cannot magically transform your dog in 30 min a week, you need to do the time and take it seriously.

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Stever Fuller is the ONLY dog trainer in Portland who has a remote clue as to what he is doing and he is AWESOME!!!!! I am the other owner of the puppy who was jumping on counters, chasing our cat, walking terrible on a leash and just plain not listening. Steve gave us the tools the first class to get our pup to walk on a leash, not run out the front door, and to restore the balance we had temporarily lost and they worked immediately! Having read various dog training books, and completing various PCC, PetSmart, Pupparazzi, and Barkbusters courses they have nothing on Canine Classroom!!!! I normally do not post online comments but reading some of the negatively on this site really made me feel like I had to be a strong advocate for Steve.

To the naysayers:

1) This training is NOT what you learn in Petsmart or in a book. Having put multiple dogs through Petsmart classes either I am delusional or the person who wrote the post on this is. I challenge this individual to train their dog to come to them while distracted (sorry, being called out of a stay for a treat doesn't count), to not leave the yard while distracted , and to stay while distracted using either Petsmart techniques or one of Ceasar Millans chapters.

2) As for Steve being abusive, that is absolutely ludicrous!!! If you want someone to train you how to kiss your dogs butt and treat it like a furry child then yes, this is NOT the course for you. However, if you want someone to train you how to have your dog respect you, which in turn will further deepen the bond and the happiness of your pooch, this course IS FOR YOU. There is nothing worse than a miserable, unbalanced dog that makes your life miserable. Steve has an amazingly calm demeanor and communicates the calm but assertive approach and teaches you, as the owner, how to emulate this. Dogs are animals, not furry humans (trust me, I have been reminded of this a few times ;-) and there is nothing more rewarding then the relationship you will have with your dog with solid training. It is a great stroke to the ego, I must admit, when I can have a 7 month old GSD puppy hold a distant down stay for 15 min. We have only been working on this for one week!

3) As for Steve being a rip-off; consider the money and time wasted in crackpot group training classes where you are continually frustrated. I have always had smart dogs so they went through the motions but a large percentage of the dogs in these courses are completely un-trainable. You cannot put a price on having a positive, rewarding relationship with your canine pal. In life you get what you pay for (for the most part) and this is NO EXCEPTION!! Steve and his son are awesome. Yes, you do have to do your homework (and there is a lot of it to have a well trained dog). Steve cannot magically transform your dog in 30 min a week, you need to do the time and take it seriously.

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Steve is world class. I went to Steve because I had a friend who's dog would never leave his front yard, even though the dog was never on a leash. My friend recommended me to Steve and the results were instant.

I have completed obedience classes at PCC, Petsmart, Puparrazi and Bark Busters. All gave some results, but none like a mere one session with Steve.

Our puppy was jumping on the counters, chasing the cat, barking, and getting into everything. After only a few sessions with Steve I started receving compliments about his behavior everywhere I took him.

Everything we learned from Steve was a substantial improvement over what we had previously learned.

I couldn't be happier with the results and would recommend Steve to anyone.

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Steve is world class. I went to Steve because I had a friend who's dog would never leave his front yard, even though the dog was never on a leash. My friend recommended me to Steve and the results were instant.

I have completed obedience classes at PCC, Petsmart, Puparrazi and Bark Busters. All gave some results, but none like a mere one session with Steve.

Our puppy was jumping on the counters, chasing the cat, barking, and getting into everything. After only a few sessions with Steve I started receving compliments about his behavior everywhere I took him.

Everything we learned from Steve was a substantial improvement over what we had previously learned.

I couldn't be happier with the results and would recommend Steve to anyone.

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At only 5 months old I brought a German Shepherd to Steve because he was behaving badly. He was too powerful to walk and I was embarassed of his behavior. I was in way over my head.\r
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Steve was able to immediately get him under

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At only 5 months old I brought a German Shepherd to Steve because he was behaving badly. He was too powerful to walk and I was embarassed of his behavior. I was in way over my head.\r
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Steve was able to immediately get him under

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Don't bother taking your puppy here unless you are the kind of person that doesn't mind blowing $800. I didn't do my research before taking my puppy to Steve. On his website, it shows that he was highly recommended by Portland Monthly magazine, which was good enough for me. Wrong! Here's what I didn't know. That if you are willing to start from day 1 and teach your dog manners (sit, down, stay, come, etc), you can learn everything you need for training in a book. Honestly, Steve didn't teach my puppy one thing. I'm not kidding either. Everything my puppy learned was from my girlfriend and myself after we did extensive research on how to train our dog. When I asked Steve how to get my puppy to stop barking at other dogs while on the leash, he told me to buy a shock or citronella collar. Also, after the third visit, he started saying that I would need to buy a choke/pinch collar for my dog. What!? That's training? I just paid you 800 bucks so you could tell me to go buy something else? What am I paying you for again? I expected a lot more than some basic commands and advice to buy more crap after forking over that much money to someone that claims they "train" dogs. It's also very easy for your dog to obey Steve because the class takes place in a room with the blinds down and no other dogs for distractions. I don't know about anyone else, but this isn't a typical setting for my dog. Don't you want your dog to listen to you anywhere you go? If you have an older dog that is very aggressive and needs tons of correction, this may be the place for you, but for all puppy owners, please either take the time to read a book and train your puppy yourself. If that's not possible, enroll your puppy in a class that includes dogs and other distractions. They are much much cheaper, and you won't be haunted by the memory of how much you spent on Steve's so called "training."

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Don't bother taking your puppy here unless you are the kind of person that doesn't mind blowing $800. I didn't do my research before taking my puppy to Steve. On his website, it shows that he was highly recommended by Portland Monthly magazine, which was good enough for me. Wrong! Here's what I didn't know. That if you are willing to start from day 1 and teach your dog manners (sit, down, stay, come, etc), you can learn everything you need for training in a book. Honestly, Steve didn't teach my puppy one thing. I'm not kidding either. Everything my puppy learned was from my girlfriend and myself after we did extensive research on how to train our dog. When I asked Steve how to get my puppy to stop barking at other dogs while on the leash, he told me to buy a shock or citronella collar. Also, after the third visit, he started saying that I would need to buy a choke/pinch collar for my dog. What!? That's training? I just paid you 800 bucks so you could tell me to go buy something else? What am I paying you for again? I expected a lot more than some basic commands and advice to buy more crap after forking over that much money to someone that claims they "train" dogs. It's also very easy for your dog to obey Steve because the class takes place in a room with the blinds down and no other dogs for distractions. I don't know about anyone else, but this isn't a typical setting for my dog. Don't you want your dog to listen to you anywhere you go? If you have an older dog that is very aggressive and needs tons of correction, this may be the place for you, but for all puppy owners, please either take the time to read a book and train your puppy yourself. If that's not possible, enroll your puppy in a class that includes dogs and other distractions. They are much much cheaper, and you won't be haunted by the memory of how much you spent on Steve's so called "training."

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I am half way through the classes and I am very happy with them. I inherited my son's dog. She is very sweet with the people she knows but he did not socialize her enough. She's a 72lb dog and was lunging at every dog she saw and some people. She was very afraid of men and I was very worried she might bite someone with her fear aggression issues.

Western Pet Supply (I would recommend them also) gave me Steve's name and told me he was good with aggressive dogs. In about 5 minutes my dog was comfortable with Steve and his son. They were both very good at getting my dog relaxed and handling her.

The very first lesson, getting my dog to keep her eyes on me made a huge difference. Walking her back and forth if she's nervous was a huge help. I am taking this training very seriously. Steve can only teach and coach me on what to do. It's up to me to do the work and it is work! Koko was a very nervous and jumpy dog. What good is it if she's fine when the trainer has the leash? She's a powerful dog and I have to know how to handle her.

This is the first time I have had a dog. I have been working hard to get up to speed. My son started with Cesar Millan and I've been reading his books and watching all the DVD's. Steve has helped to build my confidence. He's helping me to be the calm assertive pack leader my dog needs. I am learning the proper way to do corrections. I do not feel Steve has ever been harsh with my dog. I needed to learn how to EFFECTIVELY communicate to my dog that certain behaviors are not acceptable. Steve has always given lots of praise and positive reinforcement when working with my dog.

I've had lots of questions. Steve has taken the time to talk things over with me. He has helped me know what are reasonable expectations for my dog. For example she's actually walking with other dogs (!), but we're holding off on nose to nose encounters.

I asked about using a shock collar because my dog goes crazy at the gas station. Could that be a useful tool to help condition her? I did my research first (can be a useful tool if used PROPERLY). Steve was a good resource to discuss the pros and cons.

These classes are expensive. But I was desperate. I did not want to see a good dog have to live her life in isolation because she was unbalanced. I needed someone to work with me who could handle a dog with issues. My dog needed more than just training. Steve has been a huge help. I work on the training with my dog every day. I believe in the power of the walk and I walk her 1-2 times a day. I need Steve's guidance and encouragement but I'm the one who has to do the work.

Koko is doing sooo much better. It's pretty great when the neighbors tell you she looks like a different dog. Steve does have a gift. If you are working with a dog with problems, he can help you.

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I am half way through the classes and I am very happy with them. I inherited my son's dog. She is very sweet with the people she knows but he did not socialize her enough. She's a 72lb dog and was lunging at every dog she saw and some people. She was very afraid of men and I was very worried she might bite someone with her fear aggression issues.

Western Pet Supply (I would recommend them also) gave me Steve's name and told me he was good with aggressive dogs. In about 5 minutes my dog was comfortable with Steve and his son. They were both very good at getting my dog relaxed and handling her.

The very first lesson, getting my dog to keep her eyes on me made a huge difference. Walking her back and forth if she's nervous was a huge help. I am taking this training very seriously. Steve can only teach and coach me on what to do. It's up to me to do the work and it is work! Koko was a very nervous and jumpy dog. What good is it if she's fine when the trainer has the leash? She's a powerful dog and I have to know how to handle her.

This is the first time I have had a dog. I have been working hard to get up to speed. My son started with Cesar Millan and I've been reading his books and watching all the DVD's. Steve has helped to build my confidence. He's helping me to be the calm assertive pack leader my dog needs. I am learning the proper way to do corrections. I do not feel Steve has ever been harsh with my dog. I needed to learn how to EFFECTIVELY communicate to my dog that certain behaviors are not acceptable. Steve has always given lots of praise and positive reinforcement when working with my dog.

I've had lots of questions. Steve has taken the time to talk things over with me. He has helped me know what are reasonable expectations for my dog. For example she's actually walking with other dogs (!), but we're holding off on nose to nose encounters.

I asked about using a shock collar because my dog goes crazy at the gas station. Could that be a useful tool to help condition her? I did my research first (can be a useful tool if used PROPERLY). Steve was a good resource to discuss the pros and cons.

These classes are expensive. But I was desperate. I did not want to see a good dog have to live her life in isolation because she was unbalanced. I needed someone to work with me who could handle a dog with issues. My dog needed more than just training. Steve has been a huge help. I work on the training with my dog every day. I believe in the power of the walk and I walk her 1-2 times a day. I need Steve's guidance and encouragement but I'm the one who has to do the work.

Koko is doing sooo much better. It's pretty great when the neighbors tell you she looks like a different dog. Steve does have a gift. If you are working with a dog with problems, he can help you.

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By the time I met Steve, our 15 pound cockapoo had become a terror. We had done all the group puppy classes at PetSmart and he could sit, stay and come (when he felt like it) but he had developed some agression problems that were not improving with the suggestions we were given. A group class was not the way to address this issue. I called Steve practically in tears as the dog had bitten me a few times but when he went for my daughter when she got too close to him when he had a toy I knew that I had to do something different or he would have to go.

Within the first few minutes of meeting Steve, my dog was following him around and obeying every command he was given. I was stunned and amazed. I was delighted to hear that Steve was confident he could help us. The cost for the class was high, but worth not having to have the dog put down.

All the family members rotated thru the classes and we were all trained how to work with Spike. Steve was available by phone between classes if we had any problems. The most important thing was his encouraging us to keep being consistent and work with the dog on a regular basis.

We now have a sweet, lovable dog who is also well behaved as an unexpected side benefit.

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By the time I met Steve, our 15 pound cockapoo had become a terror. We had done all the group puppy classes at PetSmart and he could sit, stay and come (when he felt like it) but he had developed some agression problems that were not improving with the suggestions we were given. A group class was not the way to address this issue. I called Steve practically in tears as the dog had bitten me a few times but when he went for my daughter when she got too close to him when he had a toy I knew that I had to do something different or he would have to go.

Within the first few minutes of meeting Steve, my dog was following him around and obeying every command he was given. I was stunned and amazed. I was delighted to hear that Steve was confident he could help us. The cost for the class was high, but worth not having to have the dog put down.

All the family members rotated thru the classes and we were all trained how to work with Spike. Steve was available by phone between classes if we had any problems. The most important thing was his encouraging us to keep being consistent and work with the dog on a regular basis.

We now have a sweet, lovable dog who is also well behaved as an unexpected side benefit.

Pros: Confident and reassuring

Cons: Made it look easy

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We had spent thousands of dollars in vet bills with our 2 spayed mutt females becoming aggressive with each other. We tried rehoming one, but since she is a bit timid and nervous, it didn't work out. So, we decided that we would give Steve a try...we had heard good things about him. We brought along a dachsund puppy we had inherited just so he could see their interaction.
Within 2 weeks, our dogs were responding to us, calmed down and much better behaved. I have to disagree with the reviews that Steve pushes people to buy his stuff. That was not our experience at all. He made suggestions, but never pushed. Also, it is my belief that training a dog is 99% owner training. You can't take a dog to a trainer and have him "fix" the dog. The owner needs to take responsibility for teaching the dog. There are some dogs that take more training than others, and Steve's methods worked for us. His son was very helpful during the sessions, too.
I would recommend Steve for training to anyone that is needing some help in correcting unhealthy behaviors in dogs.

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★★★★★

We had spent thousands of dollars in vet bills with our 2 spayed mutt females becoming aggressive with each other. We tried rehoming one, but since she is a bit timid and nervous, it didn't work out. So, we decided that we would give Steve a try...we had heard good things about him. We brought along a dachsund puppy we had inherited just so he could see their interaction.
Within 2 weeks, our dogs were responding to us, calmed down and much better behaved. I have to disagree with the reviews that Steve pushes people to buy his stuff. That was not our experience at all. He made suggestions, but never pushed. Also, it is my belief that training a dog is 99% owner training. You can't take a dog to a trainer and have him "fix" the dog. The owner needs to take responsibility for teaching the dog. There are some dogs that take more training than others, and Steve's methods worked for us. His son was very helpful during the sessions, too.
I would recommend Steve for training to anyone that is needing some help in correcting unhealthy behaviors in dogs.

Pros: Got the job done

Cons: expensive

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From the first day I had a bad feeling about this guy. There was something about him that I did not trust. After completing his 8 week course my instincts have been proven right. My initial gut feeling has been validated. Where do I start? Every week you are presented with items to buy that will "help" with training. You will be made to feel guilty if you don't buy it. ??You don??t want to train your dog??
Often you are waiting for him to finish up with another client, while your time is wasted. If progress isn't showing you are completely insulted (multiple times) by him telling you that it must be your fault because the dog works perfectly fine for him. Is that the point? Isn??t the point to have the dog work for us?
The biggest complaint I have is his training tactics, it almost constitutes abuse. Several examples: Yank on the pronged metal collar HARD! When the dog doesn't drop something, simply kick them in the chest, and they should learn right? Don't want them to get into something? He's quick to recommend mousetraps, scat mats (which shock), electric shock collars, and an electric fence.
During our free consultation I asked if his training was based on positive reinforcements. He said "Yes, you will never hear me yell or say no". This is true, he doesn't say no or yell. However I should have pushed further and questioned more. Teaching the dog to stay consisted of having them lay down and once they got up and left, you go over and snap (hard) on their collar. To not nip or to get off of something, you are told to take a stick and hit them on their chest.
The end result of this "training" is a confused dog, and to be honest, confused owners who don't know what to do next. Our dog either gets pissed off at us when she is corrected and will act naughtier, or she will be scared of us. For example, when we go to pick up her leash she will often lay down on the ground real quick and shut her eyes because she is expecting to get "snapped". A scared dog or a mad dog is not the kind of dog you want!
Bottom line: if you want to pay $850.00 for sit, heel, and stay while having used car salesman tactics used on you to buy overpriced items (such as a $35.00 prong collar that you can get for half the price at petco) go ahead. Just pay attention to his syllabus, "guarantee" on the syllabus, and read the reviews on city search as well.
The lifetime guarantee sounds good, but he told us that we should consider getting rid of our dog if it doesn't get any better for us. Hmm...doesn't sound like a guarantee. After about 8 half hour sessions, you'll get cut off.
STRONGLY consider other options before going here. It was the biggest rip off, you might be ridiculed, but most importantly the welfare of your dog might be at stake. I wish there was some way to report him.

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★☆☆☆☆

From the first day I had a bad feeling about this guy. There was something about him that I did not trust. After completing his 8 week course my instincts have been proven right. My initial gut feeling has been validated. Where do I start? Every week you are presented with items to buy that will "help" with training. You will be made to feel guilty if you don't buy it. ??You don??t want to train your dog??
Often you are waiting for him to finish up with another client, while your time is wasted. If progress isn't showing you are completely insulted (multiple times) by him telling you that it must be your fault because the dog works perfectly fine for him. Is that the point? Isn??t the point to have the dog work for us?
The biggest complaint I have is his training tactics, it almost constitutes abuse. Several examples: Yank on the pronged metal collar HARD! When the dog doesn't drop something, simply kick them in the chest, and they should learn right? Don't want them to get into something? He's quick to recommend mousetraps, scat mats (which shock), electric shock collars, and an electric fence.
During our free consultation I asked if his training was based on positive reinforcements. He said "Yes, you will never hear me yell or say no". This is true, he doesn't say no or yell. However I should have pushed further and questioned more. Teaching the dog to stay consisted of having them lay down and once they got up and left, you go over and snap (hard) on their collar. To not nip or to get off of something, you are told to take a stick and hit them on their chest.
The end result of this "training" is a confused dog, and to be honest, confused owners who don't know what to do next. Our dog either gets pissed off at us when she is corrected and will act naughtier, or she will be scared of us. For example, when we go to pick up her leash she will often lay down on the ground real quick and shut her eyes because she is expecting to get "snapped". A scared dog or a mad dog is not the kind of dog you want!
Bottom line: if you want to pay $850.00 for sit, heel, and stay while having used car salesman tactics used on you to buy overpriced items (such as a $35.00 prong collar that you can get for half the price at petco) go ahead. Just pay attention to his syllabus, "guarantee" on the syllabus, and read the reviews on city search as well.
The lifetime guarantee sounds good, but he told us that we should consider getting rid of our dog if it doesn't get any better for us. Hmm...doesn't sound like a guarantee. After about 8 half hour sessions, you'll get cut off.
STRONGLY consider other options before going here. It was the biggest rip off, you might be ridiculed, but most importantly the welfare of your dog might be at stake. I wish there was some way to report him.

Pros: none

Cons: Where do I begin?

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There's no question that Steve provides a needed service. A lot of people need help handling their dogs, and Steve is reasonably good at what he does. Dog training is really about teaching you to teach your dog, and it's great to have someone point out to you, at the moment it's happening, what you're doing wrong or right with your dog.

However, at $850 for 4 hours, Steve is WAY overpriced. He's reasonably good--not $200/hour brilliant. Some of his methods are outdated--for example he over-relies on pinch collars, and I never heard him mention clicker training or e-collar training, which finally was what my dog needed. (I do know someone whom he convinced to use a bark collar.) Also, I have to agree with the reviewer who said that Steve's always upselling. Sure, you can say no to his suggestions, and I often did. But he's really great at nonverbally communicating that you've made a horrible mistake and are a cheapskate because you don't want to pay for whatever he's trying to sell you. (To be fair, his prices are horrid, but the quality of his merchandise is good.)

After 8 classes I still hadn't learned what I needed to train my dog. I saw some improvement, but not nearly $850 worth. I ended up at leerburg dot com (Google Leerburg German Shepherds.) I have no affiliation with that company--honest!--but I read a lot there, lurked in the forums, watched some of their free videos, and bought others. I've spent a tenth there what I spent with Steve, and have gotten far more value for that money. I have a big dog with a lot of physical presence, and people notice him. Nowadays when I take him out, people stop to remark how well-behaved he is. Unfortunately, it wasn't Steve who gave me the knowledge to train him like that.

Do yourself and your dogs a favor--shop around. There are far better values out there. Steve's classes just aren't worth the money.

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★☆☆☆☆

There's no question that Steve provides a needed service. A lot of people need help handling their dogs, and Steve is reasonably good at what he does. Dog training is really about teaching you to teach your dog, and it's great to have someone point out to you, at the moment it's happening, what you're doing wrong or right with your dog.

However, at $850 for 4 hours, Steve is WAY overpriced. He's reasonably good--not $200/hour brilliant. Some of his methods are outdated--for example he over-relies on pinch collars, and I never heard him mention clicker training or e-collar training, which finally was what my dog needed. (I do know someone whom he convinced to use a bark collar.) Also, I have to agree with the reviewer who said that Steve's always upselling. Sure, you can say no to his suggestions, and I often did. But he's really great at nonverbally communicating that you've made a horrible mistake and are a cheapskate because you don't want to pay for whatever he's trying to sell you. (To be fair, his prices are horrid, but the quality of his merchandise is good.)

After 8 classes I still hadn't learned what I needed to train my dog. I saw some improvement, but not nearly $850 worth. I ended up at leerburg dot com (Google Leerburg German Shepherds.) I have no affiliation with that company--honest!--but I read a lot there, lurked in the forums, watched some of their free videos, and bought others. I've spent a tenth there what I spent with Steve, and have gotten far more value for that money. I have a big dog with a lot of physical presence, and people notice him. Nowadays when I take him out, people stop to remark how well-behaved he is. Unfortunately, it wasn't Steve who gave me the knowledge to train him like that.

Do yourself and your dogs a favor--shop around. There are far better values out there. Steve's classes just aren't worth the money.

Pros: Minute-by-minute critique of how you handle your dog

Cons: Far too expensive, outdated techniques

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Could not believe how fast we got positive results with my australian shepherd. She used to be too wired all the time but the obedience training really calmed her down. Now I can put her in a down stay on her rug and she stays there rather than pestering me.

Steve taught me how to teach her some tricks that are so fun and she loves it! It was so positive, no negatives at all. Just praise and treats and repetition.

Taking her for walks is a breeze now. She stays right with me and never pulls on the leash or gets us tangled up in it. She's a different dog that's for sure.

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★★★★★

Could not believe how fast we got positive results with my australian shepherd. She used to be too wired all the time but the obedience training really calmed her down. Now I can put her in a down stay on her rug and she stays there rather than pestering me.

Steve taught me how to teach her some tricks that are so fun and she loves it! It was so positive, no negatives at all. Just praise and treats and repetition.

Taking her for walks is a breeze now. She stays right with me and never pulls on the leash or gets us tangled up in it. She's a different dog that's for sure.

Pros: Effective long lasting techniques

Cons: pricey

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I walked in for a meet-and-greet session to see if it looked like this trainer could help us with what we had come to see as an aggressive, difficult, impossible-to-manage big dog -- this felt like a last resort to us. Five minutes after we met, Steve had Espresso walking when he walked, stopping when he stopped, sitting when asked, etc. It was truly jaw-dropping....

This made it easy to understand his point that it was the people who needed the training in how to interact with the dog, not so much that the dog actually needed the training. He also explained and demonstrated what we could do to keep the quick escalation to aggression from happening, and how our behaviors were contributing to that problem! Throughout our training sessions, there was no use of any kind of harsh word, unkind act, or intimidation.

We were stunned when, only 2 weeks into our 2-month plan, we could see an obvious and massive change in our dog's behavior and it became possible to enjoy him -- and it only got better after that! Now we easily walk on a loose leash, he sits and waits before going through doors or into the car, he stays for extended periods, etc. He is less aggressive, my daughter finally feels comfortable taking him on walks, and we no longer have to fear having him snarl and act like everything in his vicinity is a snack.

This has truly made a huge difference in our lives. We are coming to a close on the original plan for training and, while I haven't yet needed the opportunity to take Steve up on his commitment to continue to support us if we need a refresh, I have complete confidence that he will follow through on this. In no way have I seen anything to lead me to think otherwise.

2
★★★★★

I walked in for a meet-and-greet session to see if it looked like this trainer could help us with what we had come to see as an aggressive, difficult, impossible-to-manage big dog -- this felt like a last resort to us. Five minutes after we met, Steve had Espresso walking when he walked, stopping when he stopped, sitting when asked, etc. It was truly jaw-dropping....

This made it easy to understand his point that it was the people who needed the training in how to interact with the dog, not so much that the dog actually needed the training. He also explained and demonstrated what we could do to keep the quick escalation to aggression from happening, and how our behaviors were contributing to that problem! Throughout our training sessions, there was no use of any kind of harsh word, unkind act, or intimidation.

We were stunned when, only 2 weeks into our 2-month plan, we could see an obvious and massive change in our dog's behavior and it became possible to enjoy him -- and it only got better after that! Now we easily walk on a loose leash, he sits and waits before going through doors or into the car, he stays for extended periods, etc. He is less aggressive, my daughter finally feels comfortable taking him on walks, and we no longer have to fear having him snarl and act like everything in his vicinity is a snack.

This has truly made a huge difference in our lives. We are coming to a close on the original plan for training and, while I haven't yet needed the opportunity to take Steve up on his commitment to continue to support us if we need a refresh, I have complete confidence that he will follow through on this. In no way have I seen anything to lead me to think otherwise.

Pros: Immediate affect, very easy to work with

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My wife and I had two German Sheppards that were hard to manage, lacking obedience...which is a bit much with two big dogs.

After trying a local obedience class which relied on muzzles and a pocket full of treats we got nowhere once we removed the muzzles.

Then we tried out a guy we heard on a radio interview...sounded great! First thing he does is take our most gentle of the two dogs and is so rough and abusive with her to get the results he wants that she finally bites him! That dog never bit anyone up to that point. It was heartbreaking to watch him treat her like that. We asked him to leave immediately.

I was ready to give up, but my wife found Steve at the Canine Classroom and wanted to take the dogs there. In Steve's hands, we watched him immediately get the dogs to obey with very little effort. He was gentle and kind to the animals. It was obvious to us at that point that out dogs wanted to please, knew what to do, we just had to learn how to clearly communicate what we wanted to them. In essence...we were the ones that needed training......but we brought the dogs along anyway. ; )

After applying Steves techniques to our dogs at home we had success which led to less frustration, more happiness, and for us, much more love and appreciation of our wonderful dogs. Now it really felt like they were part of our family.

Steve helped us with any problem points that occured in the future and we could call him anytime since the training if we needed advice. We got to the point where our dogs didn't need to be chained up if outside the fenced area of the yard. They wouldn't go past the driveway, came when called, would heel, sit, and stay until commaned otherwise.

The time, effort, and money put into this training was rewarded with improved quality to our lives and our dogs lives. Goodbye frustration, hello pride!

2
★★★★★

My wife and I had two German Sheppards that were hard to manage, lacking obedience...which is a bit much with two big dogs.

After trying a local obedience class which relied on muzzles and a pocket full of treats we got nowhere once we removed the muzzles.

Then we tried out a guy we heard on a radio interview...sounded great! First thing he does is take our most gentle of the two dogs and is so rough and abusive with her to get the results he wants that she finally bites him! That dog never bit anyone up to that point. It was heartbreaking to watch him treat her like that. We asked him to leave immediately.

I was ready to give up, but my wife found Steve at the Canine Classroom and wanted to take the dogs there. In Steve's hands, we watched him immediately get the dogs to obey with very little effort. He was gentle and kind to the animals. It was obvious to us at that point that out dogs wanted to please, knew what to do, we just had to learn how to clearly communicate what we wanted to them. In essence...we were the ones that needed training......but we brought the dogs along anyway. ; )

After applying Steves techniques to our dogs at home we had success which led to less frustration, more happiness, and for us, much more love and appreciation of our wonderful dogs. Now it really felt like they were part of our family.

Steve helped us with any problem points that occured in the future and we could call him anytime since the training if we needed advice. We got to the point where our dogs didn't need to be chained up if outside the fenced area of the yard. They wouldn't go past the driveway, came when called, would heel, sit, and stay until commaned otherwise.

The time, effort, and money put into this training was rewarded with improved quality to our lives and our dogs lives. Goodbye frustration, hello pride!

Pros: Enjoy your dogs without all the frustration!

Cons: None!

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It is a shake down every time you walk in the door. He is like a car salesman that you can't refuse. Be prepared to be strong and decline his many (expensive) offers. I too wish I had read the review before getting involved with this guy. I take a shower when I get home and have lose more than one night's sleep wondering how I got taken like this.

I have gotten some good insights from him, and count the minutes until we are through working together. Can't wait to get back to group lessons at PetSmart where they are real people and not hustlers.

Best advice: Walk away and explore your options.

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★★☆☆☆

It is a shake down every time you walk in the door. He is like a car salesman that you can't refuse. Be prepared to be strong and decline his many (expensive) offers. I too wish I had read the review before getting involved with this guy. I take a shower when I get home and have lose more than one night's sleep wondering how I got taken like this.

I have gotten some good insights from him, and count the minutes until we are through working together. Can't wait to get back to group lessons at PetSmart where they are real people and not hustlers.

Best advice: Walk away and explore your options.

Pros: This guy probably knows his stuff

Cons: No Personal Attention

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The trainer, Steve Fuller will promise you "guarantee" when you come in for the free evaluation. But the reality is, he will stop the training at week #8 no matter what. He will tell you not to come until your dog finishes the last training material, "off leash". YOU have to train your dog. He will tell you to call him when your dog can do off leash. HA! if my dog can do that, I don't need to come in. If he can't do it, I need to come in but I'm not supposed to come in in until my dog gets it. What kind of guarantee is that? So, don't count on his "guarantee" advertisement. It is a falsely statement.

I do like his training methods though. So, I advise ppl who are considering taking his lessons this: For $850 (paid up front), you will get 30 min lesson every week for 8 weeks. That's it! If that's ok with you, then do it.

But I warn you, the classes are packed. He schedules everyone at 30 min interval, no gap. If you are late, your class gets cut. If the previous lesson is going beyond (usually this happens if he's with a new client), your time gets cut. My last lesson was 10 min.

Also be aware, there are additional cost. At the first few lessons, he will sell you a choke collar, a prong collar, 30 foot leash, and a hook. he will also try to sell you a fancy leather leash (which I opted out). They are all more expensive than you buy from the stores and you can easily get them at Petsmart and Petco. So, there is an additional $100+ on top of $850.

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★☆☆☆☆

The trainer, Steve Fuller will promise you "guarantee" when you come in for the free evaluation. But the reality is, he will stop the training at week #8 no matter what. He will tell you not to come until your dog finishes the last training material, "off leash". YOU have to train your dog. He will tell you to call him when your dog can do off leash. HA! if my dog can do that, I don't need to come in. If he can't do it, I need to come in but I'm not supposed to come in in until my dog gets it. What kind of guarantee is that? So, don't count on his "guarantee" advertisement. It is a falsely statement.

I do like his training methods though. So, I advise ppl who are considering taking his lessons this: For $850 (paid up front), you will get 30 min lesson every week for 8 weeks. That's it! If that's ok with you, then do it.

But I warn you, the classes are packed. He schedules everyone at 30 min interval, no gap. If you are late, your class gets cut. If the previous lesson is going beyond (usually this happens if he's with a new client), your time gets cut. My last lesson was 10 min.

Also be aware, there are additional cost. At the first few lessons, he will sell you a choke collar, a prong collar, 30 foot leash, and a hook. he will also try to sell you a fancy leather leash (which I opted out). They are all more expensive than you buy from the stores and you can easily get them at Petsmart and Petco. So, there is an additional $100+ on top of $850.

Pros: Good techniques

Cons: Over priced

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