is long overdue and from the heart with our deepest
wife and I have been dog owners for 17years. We have
always loved our dogs as if they were part of the family,
our children. I have been a loyal “Daddy”
to them through thick and thin, and would protect them
with anything I ever could, my wife feels the same as
one downfall is giving them everything, meaning letting
them be whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. My
thoughts were that dogs are the way they are. Boy was
wife Tracey has always told me to get a handle on the
dogs four our sake and theirs, but I was a reluctant
pet owner. I had taken the dogs to obedience classes
over the years and felt that they had made slight progress
when they were there but felt like I had no tools once
I left class. The few things we learned were not really
applicable outside of the classes.
wife called Cindy at K-9 Elementary last spring to train
my small but quite powerful Yellow Lab.
on one training?” I thought, “what will
my wonderful but willful Lab took to it like fish to
water. She transformed. Her walking skills became so
good, so calm, so obedient, that I was truly amazed.
my wife said, “Zelda is next.”
is my wonderful, sweet, Malamute, except when it comes
to listening, would pull my arm right out of it’s
socket while we walked, pull towards anything and everything
she could ever dream of wanting to be near. Behavior
that I thought was just her being a dog. Behavior that
told her she was in control, and I fell behind, and
so did my Lab who learned by example.
hour with Cindy is all it took! 75% of her unruly behavior
was gone. She walked slowly with slack in the leash,
listened to me, did not pull where she wanted to go,
and became a dog I could be proud of. And let me take
the lead for her safety and ours.
had the tools, I could use the knowledge Cindy taught
me to keep my Zelda going down the right path. What
I thought could never happen, happened quickly (the
wonderful changes). And what I truly love is that my
dogs are better behaved, but have lost none of their
spirit. A dog has it’s own true beauty in being
what it is, and although some training turns dogs into
furniture, Cindy knows how to get them behaving well
without the loss of who they are, a true small miracle.
dogs are incredibly important to us, and now we have
the ability to walk them safely anywhere we go. We travel
with them, take them visiting, and they come to work
with me everyday with out worries.
feel truly thankful for Cindy and K-9 Elementary!
Dion and Tracey Starck