Hercules was a good puppy for the first 6 months or so. No barking, no marking, somewhat social in the sense that he didn’t bark at everything outdoors, he even walked politely on the leash. However, one unfortunate week, he started spending time with some other little dogs with some behavioral problems. Hercules started picking up these bad habits and he began barking at everything and everyone outdoors or barking at anyone just completely strange to him. In addition, he began marking pretty much everything outside. Being with Hercules was a Jekyll & Hyde experience. At home, he was fine and almost behaved. Once we were outdoors, trouble ensued which was completely embarrassing.
A few months after Herc’s first birthday, I realized what a huge problem Herc had become. He was so unstable; I had some control over him in the house, but none outside. I couldn’t take him anywhere (which I really wanted to do); he was a complete embarrassment because of his incessant barking. But one day while doing more research and Yelping, I came across Positive Tails! I saw the “Free Consultation” picture and called immediately. I had no idea it was to schedule a free home visit/demo! But that was just too perfect so I went ahead and did it.
On the day of the consultation, I was nervous about what the trainer would say about Hercules. Lo and behold, as soon as Jennifer arrived, Hercules displayed his worst! Jennifer was very calm throughout the introduction with Herc. When she finally brought her dogs out for a demonstration, I had a moment! I was like YES please tell me Herc can do that with training from you. In the end, I chose Positive Tails because it wasn’t just Board & Train. The full package also included unlimited group training. That was exactly what I wanted because the immersion (boarding) training is great, but I also wanted to be involved in order to strengthen that bond with my dog.
Herc did great when I got him back from his Board & Train. I was already impressed and he had only been in training for 10 days. He is fine as he is with just the boarding but, Jennifer said Group Training is a great way to polish his skills to be perfect. My first group experience was amazing and really fun! We met new dogs and people; Herc really learned how to behave when he met new people and HE EVEN LET COMPLETE STRANGERS PET HIM!! I almost wanted to cry after training, just seeing how much he improved. It is sad to know that sometimes I am so busy with school and work that I can’t give him all of the attention that I want to give him. But, now that he’s so well behaved, he gets attention from everyone! To see him allow people to pet him was my goal. We can check that one off the list and we’re on our way to my ultimate goal: CGC. Thanks, Jennifer for everything!