Thankfully, I found Richard and he turned it all around

I thought I was ready to train my new dog, Hopps, on my own.  Before bringing her home from the shelter, I had read all of the books, watched all of the shows, and felt prepared.  Unfortunately, Hopps had other plans.  In less than two weeks of trying to train her, I was at my wit’s end.  Hopps’s behavior was terrible and I was beginning to fear she could become dangerous to herself and others.

Thankfully, I found Richard and he turned it all around.  As soon as he walked in the door, I knew he was the right person for the job.  In just one session, Richard had stopped Hopps’s jumping, and had taught her not to go out the front door.  Soon to follow were sit, stay, come, heel, and bed commands.  At times we had to try a few different training techniques to get it right, but Richard always did what I was comfortable with and what was best for Hopps.  He never ended a session until we had completed our objective, and he was always available by phone and e-mail if I had questions or concerns.  With each session, I could see the change in Hopps, and in myself.  I used to dread taking Hopps for her walks, but now I can’t wait to get out and explore together.

Everywhere we go, people comment on what a good dog she is.  Thanks to Richard, Hopps has become an obedient, confident, happy dog.  And I have become a confident, happy owner.

Melissa & Ashu Schaffer

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