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We adopted our dog Blue from the Guelph SPCA in November 2004. He is a "labusky" cross, and is a very friendly, happy, obedient dog, and wants to please. It was obvious that someone had spent a lot of time on his basic training. But he had a serious flaw. It seemed that he had not been socialized at all with other dogs, and was very over exuberant meeting other dogs. He would bark and lunge and run up to them jumping and growling, he seemed to think this was the way to say "Wanna play?" He needed to learn doggy manners and fast, as he is a big guy (about 90 lbs).
"My reactive dog Honey has improved tremendously: she can now walk politely on leash near other dogs, without snarling and lunging at them if they get too close. The credit is entirely due to walking classes with Sue Alexander and Dogs in the Park."
Ioana Sonea, DMV, PhD
Since working with Sue Alexander of Dogs In The Park, we have made more progress with our dog Chelsea than we ever thought possible.
When completing my Canadian conformation title with my Cardigan Corgi, I was encouraged by the breeder to enter the dog sport world. When first speaking with Sue Alexander , I told her this will be a hobby not my profession since, I find too many people take it too seriously. I did tell Sue I would like to succeed once Monti and I are ready to compete. Sue agreed with my approach but corrected me that there is such thing as a top Obedience Cardigan Corgi.
I have taken obedience classes at other schools but I find Sue Alexander has a total different approach of learning for both the dog and the handler combined. It is amazing what a clicker and some treats can do in a minute to a behaviour. Sue showed me how I can bring different behaviours out playing with my dog which I didn't think was possible.
20 weeks later being in various classes offered by Dogs in the Park, Monti and I are just refining our skills to be able to compete in obedience class for the Canadian Cardigan Corgi Club National Specialty. Thank you to Sue's encouragement, teaching and helpful hints during class/training otherwise, I don't think we would have been this close with any other school. Monti and I will continue to take workshops and group classes with Dogs in The Park to continue introducing and refining new behaviours.
I highly recommend anyone considering the dog sport world to at least give Sue's Foundations class a try.
Maja and Monti
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