I adopted my lab mix “Maisie” at 8 months old and she came with some challenging behaviors including anxiety and reactivity. Taking Maisie on walks was always anxiety-producing since we live in an urban area with lots of people, dogs, bikes, and small critters. I worked with different trainers and vets over the next 2 years, but was not getting results and felt like I was failing my dog. I was a bit hesitant at first of using a balanced training approach due to the stigma around e-collars and prong collars, but it was clear a more intensive approach was needed. My colleague
Breck’s improved quality of life is a testament to the dedication, expertise, and patience of the trainers at Flash Dog Training.
I am thrilled to share my incredible experience with Ali and the team at Flash Dog Training and how it has transformed the life of my anxious and reactive dog, Breck. Before we discovered this fantastic facility, Breck’s anxiety, and reactivity had become serious issue, making it difficult for us to even go for a simple walk without fear of a negative encounter. From the moment we reached out to Flash Dog, their professionalism, empathy, and genuine care for Breck’s well-being were evident. Ali took the time to understand Breck’s history, his triggers, and our specific concerns, assuring us that
We took our dogs, Auggie and Blue, to Flash Dog Training when they were both a little over a year old. After months and months of “do-it-yourself” training, we realized that much of what we were doing was not working. Auggie, a stubborn and happy-go-lucky field golden, pulled like crazy on his leash and his recall was great until there was a distraction like a bird, other dog, or squirrel. He also could not control his excitement when other dogs or people would show up to our house or we would encounter them on a trail. Blue, a more nervous
Before Flash Dog Training, walking our Newton, an 80-pound Great Pyrenees mix, was awful. He’d pull, bark, and lunge, always trying to protect us from the scary trucks, kids on bikes, the guy in a hat, a branch that swayed in the wind. We had worked with multiple dog trainers over the years to improve Newton’s reactivity and his confinement anxieties relating to crating. Nothing worked, until he spent three weeks at Flash with lead trainer Ali. Walks with him are now actually enjoyable. He looks up and checks in constantly. He has recall — which was something we honestly
Signing our dog up for Flash Dog Training was one of the best decisions we ever made. When we adopted Ollie from a shelter 2 years ago, we quickly realized there would be many issues to work through. When left in his kennel, he would incessantly bark and try to chew through it. When at the dog park, he would “bully” certain dogs. When out for a walk, he would bark and growl at any dog he saw across the block. And when we took him on hikes, he would only come back to us when he felt like it.
Did you just bring a new dog in to your life? Date your dog. Is your current relationship with your dog not going so well? Date your dog. Do you feel that you try to communicate, but are not heard in your relationship? Date your dog. What I mean by this is, as a pet culture, we throw ourselves at our dogs. We literally physically push ourselves into their space and expect that we’re going to have this amazing connection with them right off of the bat. What if we approached our relationship with our dogs similar to a platonic