Academy of Canine Behavior

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  • 4705 240th St SE 1

    Bothell, WA 98021

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  • 425-486-9567

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Sun 1pm-3pm, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm

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Total disaster and disappointing beyond belief. This place is totally understaffed and you and your dog will suffer for it tremendously.

We enrolled our very normal behaving 7 months old Swiss Mountain Dog in their 2 weeks training program just to take him to the next level. Our experience regarding this program was as follows: they put our dog in a very small room with Zero play time with other dogs expect the first 2 days, without anyone checking on him till 2pm while sick, with messing up his feeding schedule and quantity to the point in which a growing puppy that should have gained 6-7 pounds came home having lost 2 pounds, none of his fish oil supplements having been used while there, the dog getting sick while there because of a flu that was wide spread, phone calls not being returned for days, none of the behavioral issues that were expressed when checking in ever got addressed, and getting a dog back that now has runny stool, suffering from separation anxiety and excessive barking. Locking up a poor dog in a room and someone coming and training them perhaps a few minutes a day is a far cry from fancy words used to sell their programs. Words can not explain our disappointment.

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Total disaster and disappointing beyond belief. This place is totally understaffed and you and your dog will suffer for it tremendously.

We enrolled our very normal behaving 7 months old Swiss Mountain Dog in their 2 weeks training program just to take him to the next level. Our experience regarding this program was as follows: they put our dog in a very small room with Zero play time with other dogs expect the first 2 days, without anyone checking on him till 2pm while sick, with messing up his feeding schedule and quantity to the point in which a growing puppy that should have gained 6-7 pounds came home having lost 2 pounds, none of his fish oil supplements having been used while there, the dog getting sick while there because of a flu that was wide spread, phone calls not being returned for days, none of the behavioral issues that were expressed when checking in ever got addressed, and getting a dog back that now has runny stool, suffering from separation anxiety and excessive barking. Locking up a poor dog in a room and someone coming and training them perhaps a few minutes a day is a far cry from fancy words used to sell their programs. Words can not explain our disappointment.

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Obedience courses:
We took our new GSD through a couple of the six week basic obedience courses. These courses are generally fine for beginners, for people who have low-drive dogs, or for those who want their dogs to do nothing more than parlor tricks. Some of the trainers are better than others; however, we pulled out of these courses after observing the trainer in our class literally slam her own dog into a wall of the training room when the dog disobeyed her. I hate to think of how she behaves when she??s not in front of a class full of people.

My biggest problems with their training approach are that they don??t teach you to develop a relationship with the animal and properly focus the dog??s natural defense and prey drives. Rather, they teach the dog to react to a command out of fear of a painful correction (pinch collars and/or e-collars) and to do nothing more than shovel treats into your dog when they do well. The problem this creates is the dog will completely ignore you unless the dog is always on-leash and you have a bag full of treats on-hand at all times.

Boarding Services:
We made the mistake of boarding our less than 1 year old GSD here for 10 days last summer. For nearly a month after picking him up he would flinch badly whenever anyone, including my wife and I, unexpectedly or quickly, reached down to touch or pet his head. This behavior has since passed and has never reoccurred over the past year. I have never seen a dog do this unless they had been hit. Although I can??t prove it, I suspect someone at the boarding facility had hit him while he was there. We??ll never go back.

Daycare Services: Doggy daycare is a financial goldmine for providers. Consequently, it??s to their advantage to warehouse as many dogs as possible while keeping overhead low through low wages and a low staff-to-dog ratio.

It??s my opinion that this place is a nightmare. If you have a purpose-bred (high-drive) dog you must avoid this place at all cost as they??ll do irreparable damage to your dog??s psyche. Stand or park out in front of the daycare facility any day of the week and you??ll hear the staff literally screaming at the dogs all day long to ??shut up?. Over the several months that we took our less than one year old GSD to daycare we had numerous encounters with the woman that runs the place. The approach that she and her staff take to control the dogs is through verbal and physical abuse. Several times she told us that she or a staff member had to ??physically tackle our dog and pin him to the ground?. By their own admission, he was never dog-aggressive or mean. The usual alleged transgression was that he was herding or trying to control the play of other dogs (this behavior is bred into GSDs).

In the few months that we used this service, we saw numerous staff members come and go. This is a clear indication that they hire completely untrained and unskilled people to supposedly care for your dogs. One of the staff members actually told us to ??give me your dog for one week and I??ll kick his a-- into shape?. This was the last straw; we pulled our boy out of this place and have since found far superior accommodations for him on the occasions that we need daycare. We have also found excellent trainers that specialize in purpose-bred dogs. Bottom line? there are far superior options available for you and your dog; you just need to take the time to find them and to commit the time to developing the proper relationship with your dog.

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Obedience courses:
We took our new GSD through a couple of the six week basic obedience courses. These courses are generally fine for beginners, for people who have low-drive dogs, or for those who want their dogs to do nothing more than parlor tricks. Some of the trainers are better than others; however, we pulled out of these courses after observing the trainer in our class literally slam her own dog into a wall of the training room when the dog disobeyed her. I hate to think of how she behaves when she??s not in front of a class full of people.

My biggest problems with their training approach are that they don??t teach you to develop a relationship with the animal and properly focus the dog??s natural defense and prey drives. Rather, they teach the dog to react to a command out of fear of a painful correction (pinch collars and/or e-collars) and to do nothing more than shovel treats into your dog when they do well. The problem this creates is the dog will completely ignore you unless the dog is always on-leash and you have a bag full of treats on-hand at all times.

Boarding Services:
We made the mistake of boarding our less than 1 year old GSD here for 10 days last summer. For nearly a month after picking him up he would flinch badly whenever anyone, including my wife and I, unexpectedly or quickly, reached down to touch or pet his head. This behavior has since passed and has never reoccurred over the past year. I have never seen a dog do this unless they had been hit. Although I can??t prove it, I suspect someone at the boarding facility had hit him while he was there. We??ll never go back.

Daycare Services: Doggy daycare is a financial goldmine for providers. Consequently, it??s to their advantage to warehouse as many dogs as possible while keeping overhead low through low wages and a low staff-to-dog ratio.

It??s my opinion that this place is a nightmare. If you have a purpose-bred (high-drive) dog you must avoid this place at all cost as they??ll do irreparable damage to your dog??s psyche. Stand or park out in front of the daycare facility any day of the week and you??ll hear the staff literally screaming at the dogs all day long to ??shut up?. Over the several months that we took our less than one year old GSD to daycare we had numerous encounters with the woman that runs the place. The approach that she and her staff take to control the dogs is through verbal and physical abuse. Several times she told us that she or a staff member had to ??physically tackle our dog and pin him to the ground?. By their own admission, he was never dog-aggressive or mean. The usual alleged transgression was that he was herding or trying to control the play of other dogs (this behavior is bred into GSDs).

In the few months that we used this service, we saw numerous staff members come and go. This is a clear indication that they hire completely untrained and unskilled people to supposedly care for your dogs. One of the staff members actually told us to ??give me your dog for one week and I??ll kick his a-- into shape?. This was the last straw; we pulled our boy out of this place and have since found far superior accommodations for him on the occasions that we need daycare. We have also found excellent trainers that specialize in purpose-bred dogs. Bottom line? there are far superior options available for you and your dog; you just need to take the time to find them and to commit the time to developing the proper relationship with your dog.

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We took our new GSD through a couple of the six week basic obedience courses. These courses are generally fine for beginners, for people who have low-drive dogs, or for those who want their dogs to do nothing more

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We took our new GSD through a couple of the six week basic obedience courses. These courses are generally fine for beginners, for people who have low-drive dogs, or for those who want their dogs to do nothing more

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My German Wired-haired pointer was trained there two years ago. She spent five weeks living there for her training. She was never a real problem but she could be annoying. Now she is like an angel. They truly get the dogs so they are a pleasure to have in your home. They also trained us how to work with our dog. It was very much worth the big bucks for having a well-trained dog. Also the training is good for the life of the dog. If problems develop you can go back for more training.

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My German Wired-haired pointer was trained there two years ago. She spent five weeks living there for her training. She was never a real problem but she could be annoying. Now she is like an angel. They truly get the dogs so they are a pleasure to have in your home. They also trained us how to work with our dog. It was very much worth the big bucks for having a well-trained dog. Also the training is good for the life of the dog. If problems develop you can go back for more training.

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After doing lots of research and asking around, I finally decided to give AOCB a try with my two Siberian Huskies. These guys are very professional and the place is huge. The handler spent time with me before I brought my dogs in. They wanted to know all the details about my dog and took notes. I signed up for two weeks of board and train. When I picked up my dogs they spent time with me and went through the training. My dogs were changed and trained to my surprise! Highly recommended. Although the price is a little more than other boarding, but well worth it. While waiting in the lobby I observed other handlers working with other dogs and they really love these dogs and really knows what they are doing.

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After doing lots of research and asking around, I finally decided to give AOCB a try with my two Siberian Huskies. These guys are very professional and the place is huge. The handler spent time with me before I brought my dogs in. They wanted to know all the details about my dog and took notes. I signed up for two weeks of board and train. When I picked up my dogs they spent time with me and went through the training. My dogs were changed and trained to my surprise! Highly recommended. Although the price is a little more than other boarding, but well worth it. While waiting in the lobby I observed other handlers working with other dogs and they really love these dogs and really knows what they are doing.

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I have to say this place is OVER STAFFED! It's great, the dogs are happy and well cared for, they offer lots of service, NON-Violent training. Doggy daycare that is well supervised and well screened. the facilities do not smell "doggy" at all. My own dog was trained there 9 years ago. I would feel safe leaving my dog in there care. It is clean. There is lots of human dog and dog dog contact. I can not say enough.

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I have to say this place is OVER STAFFED! It's great, the dogs are happy and well cared for, they offer lots of service, NON-Violent training. Doggy daycare that is well supervised and well screened. the facilities do not smell "doggy" at all. My own dog was trained there 9 years ago. I would feel safe leaving my dog in there care. It is clean. There is lots of human dog and dog dog contact. I can not say enough.

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Can't say enough good things about this business. I have taken my dogs to classes there, have had problem pet behavior analyzed and have boarded animals there while on vacation. All terrific experiences.

All the staff I have met are extremely qualified and truly love animals, making me confident they will treat my dogs with care in my absence.

This is also one grooming salon that will take "difficult" animals (which one of mine is), so that makes them high on my list of favorite places to frequent.

They are somone I would highly recommend!

PROS: Tons of parking!
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Can't say enough good things about this business. I have taken my dogs to classes there, have had problem pet behavior analyzed and have boarded animals there while on vacation. All terrific experiences.

All the staff I have met are extremely qualified and truly love animals, making me confident they will treat my dogs with care in my absence.

This is also one grooming salon that will take "difficult" animals (which one of mine is), so that makes them high on my list of favorite places to frequent.

They are somone I would highly recommend!

PROS: Tons of parking!
CONS:

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My neighbor sent their dog to the Academy of canine behavior in bothell and it was a wonderful decision! Their dog went from annoying, barking and loud to well behaved, sweet and quiet! The classes wer enot to long and their dog caught on very quickly and i think actually had fun going. My neighbors and the entire neighborhood are so glad that they sent their doggie to the academy of canine behavior.. he really is like a new dog

PROS: it works!
CONS: expensive from what they said

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My neighbor sent their dog to the Academy of canine behavior in bothell and it was a wonderful decision! Their dog went from annoying, barking and loud to well behaved, sweet and quiet! The classes wer enot to long and their dog caught on very quickly and i think actually had fun going. My neighbors and the entire neighborhood are so glad that they sent their doggie to the academy of canine behavior.. he really is like a new dog

PROS: it works!
CONS: expensive from what they said

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We've used this kennel multiple times for our large Rottweiler mix and he always has a great time. At another kennel he seemed sort of traumatized and confused, but after a couple of days at AoCB, he's just as happy as ever. When we drop him off, he's eager and happy to go with the staff member.

At the end of their stay, you get a cute "report card" that outlines how your dog did during his stay - whether he ate his food, how his bath went, etc.

They also provide a "Board and Spoil" option where you can spend a little extra per day to have a staff member provide your dog with some extra attention: a walk, game of fetch, even massage!

They fill up at holiday times so call early. Also make sure your dog's shots are up to date. They will feed your dog their food, or his own food if you provide it, and allow you to leave a few toys for them.

Parking is plentiful and the kennel is easy to get to from I-405.

PROS: great staff, nice facilities
CONS: limited hours on Sundays, early closure in evenings

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We've used this kennel multiple times for our large Rottweiler mix and he always has a great time. At another kennel he seemed sort of traumatized and confused, but after a couple of days at AoCB, he's just as happy as ever. When we drop him off, he's eager and happy to go with the staff member.

At the end of their stay, you get a cute "report card" that outlines how your dog did during his stay - whether he ate his food, how his bath went, etc.

They also provide a "Board and Spoil" option where you can spend a little extra per day to have a staff member provide your dog with some extra attention: a walk, game of fetch, even massage!

They fill up at holiday times so call early. Also make sure your dog's shots are up to date. They will feed your dog their food, or his own food if you provide it, and allow you to leave a few toys for them.

Parking is plentiful and the kennel is easy to get to from I-405.

PROS: great staff, nice facilities
CONS: limited hours on Sundays, early closure in evenings

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