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.
Kiana and I had spent 30 weeks in dog training classes, hoping that with time we could work on her leash aggression, nervousness, and protectiveness around stranger dogs and humans. It got to a point where I dreaded going on walks around the park or on hikes with her because her reactivity was out of control and it wasn’t getting any better. After doing extensive research online I stumbled upon Flash Dog Training and read some of the reviews of other dog parents who had the same issues I was having. I finally reached out to Kerry and Bre at
Zahra gained so much freedom through her e-collar training, and I gained a sense of safety and control over my dog…
Zahra and I were referred to Kerry from another trainer in town who told us she was THE expert in e-collar training. At the time, while I was head over heels in love with my adorable new border collie puppy, I was also losing my mind trying to manage her incessant energy on my own. While I consider myself a pretty active person, Zahra came in to the world like a lightning bolt of nonstop energy and engagement. She was whip-smart and ready to learn/play/work ALL DAY LONG – and then some. I knew that I needed to find a
I reached out to Flash Dog Training after countless failed adventures where Atlas ignored all commands and got himself into trouble by going face to face with unknown leashed dogs while I was giving him the freedom to be off leash. Atlas used to practice selective hearing, somedays he listened and other days it felt as if he didn’t even know his own name. We had been working on recall primarily and had been approaching it all wrong. Nothing I tried worked. I would give him freedom he hadn’t earned which almost always resulted in me leaving each adventure in
With the tools that Kerry gave us, we now take her out and about all the time with the confidence that we are in control…
Our experience with Flash Dog Training has completely changed our lives. Up until Pepper went through 4 weeks of board and train with Kerry, we had lost hope in fixing some of her behavioral issues and we were actually changing our lives to cater to her instability. We were no longer going on hikes, taking her out in public, etc. because she simply could not handle herself around strangers, dogs, or people riding bicycles. Leading up to our decision to contact Kerry, we had tried extensive positive reinforcement training as well as rounds of different medications and nothing was working.
I called Kerry at Flash Dog Training because I felt I had tried everything with my Australian Shepherd, and nothing was working. Nell’s behavior was going from bad to worse, and I didn’t know what to do. Not only was her leash reactivity out of control towards other dogs, but she exhibited other aggressive behavior towards people and dogs (especially ones on TV in our home). This was a very big issue for me, as we spend a lot of time hiking on busy trails here in Colorado. After meeting with Kerry, I committed to the 3 week board and train