The pulling and trying to run while I was holding his leash was so bad that I just said “forget about it”. I finally stopped taking him with me on my daily walks.
One of my biggest concerns was that he would run up and down our hardwood stairs. It was as if he had to beat you to the top, or the bottom. He seemed to be racing me every time, and he would always win. The second time he knocked me down the stairs, was when I realized that we had to do something about it. My husband and I were becoming very stressed and frustrated with Titan’s behavior. We thought he was a lost cause, and that we would just have to live and deal with him “as is”.
I began to research dog trainers in the area, and came across Canine Magic. At first, I was not thrilled with the idea of training with a remote-collar. But when I met Terry and saw her dogs, I realized how much she cares. She and her dogs were amazing to me! I didn’t know dogs could act like that! At that first meeting when Terry said she could help us, I didn’t believe it at first. But minutes later, standing in her driveway, Titan was on his leash pulling me every which way, jumping up and down and growling, again Terry said she could help. At this point I said “okay, sign me up”.
After the first few sessions, I noticed a difference in Titan. He was becoming a much mellower, relaxed dog, as he began to recognize where his place was with our home. When I said the magic word “off”, he would stop no matter what he was doing. Now its a few months later, and Titan is a completely changed dog! Titan actually does know his name; maybe he was just fooling us all along? He now comes when called, stays in place, and quiets down when ever I tell him to. Now we can let him outside and not worry about him running off. Just the other day, he ran over to say “hello” to the next door neighbor’s dogs, and I only had to say “Titan come”, just once, and without hesitation, he came running right to me. I was just amazed! Best of all, I say the magic word “wait” and he doesn’t move until I release him. Finally, I can safely walk to the bottom of my hardwood stairs…
I know that Titan is a much happier dog now, because he knows what he should and should not do, and we are a much happier household all around. Terry is a phenomenal trainer! We couldn’t be any happier with the results. She certainly delivered! She is great to work with, and from our first meeting, I always knew she cared about getting Titan to succeed with his training.
Noelle and Tom McLain
to Success Stories