We have an Australian Labradoodle who we love dearly. He is now about 1.5 yo. He is not our first dog, however was completely different from our other in terms of training. We did all the classes with him- puppy kindergarten, basic/obedience training, and a few others. We were having a hard time, with certain behaviors more than others.
The car was a very big issue. While we used to be able to take him everywhere with us since he was a tiny pup, his behavior as he got bigger (around 10-11 months) was becoming more aggressive with anything involving the car, even before and after. We used to take him for long walks (which required driving to the destination), to/from school with the kids & found we couldn’t anymore. We also took him to family outings, the vet, groomer, and anytime we had to go in the car it was a nightmare. So there was a lot of planning involved.
We tried a few trainers and were at our wits end, and then found Kim Mandel. She saved us!!! She is an amazing trainer!!! She is a certified trainer, who is also a behaviorist. She has a wealth of knowledge in dog behavior and has been in the field for quite some time. She really knows what she is doing. Kim came to our house, spent time with our dog and “got in his head,” and designed an entire protocol for him/us, which we continue to use today. Since then, she has also helped us with other behaviors- going down the stairs without pulling, loose-leash walking, recall, doorbell etiquette/manners, and using the treadmill (that one was more for us, not sure he is really interested). I’m sure I am forgetting some behaviors, as she helped us with so much.
It turns out we have a wonderful dog!!! He just required a different level of training that we were unfamiliar with. We will be forever grateful to Kim and continue to recommend her!!!
Micki & Barry