Pumpkin & Casey
“It would not be an exaggeration to state that Pumpkin and Casey, our beloved mixed breed dogs, were a collective "handful" and getting more and more out of hand in their behaviors. Casey, our rambunctious male rescue puppy, was one and a half years old and growing daily in strength and independence. Pumpkin, our six year old female rescue dog was beginning to imitate the negative behaviors of Casey.
With a sense of mounting apprehension and frustration we reached out to Canine Dimensions for assistance in making our two precious dogs return to acceptable behaviors. Stacey Grant from Canine Dimensions came to our home to observe and assess the source of our growing anxiety and distress. After observing our dogs' behaviors in a variety of situations and exercises, Stacey was able to offer immediate suggestions, concrete corrective measures, and much needed encouragement for dogs and owners alike.
We want to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Canine Dimensions and especially to Stacey for much needed help and understanding at a rather critical time in the development and behavior of our two treasured companions.”
Patrick and Marie
“In the seven months since I had rescued Sputnik, he had caused over $1000 of damage. I found it hard to admit that I needed help, having previously trained two German Shepherds without any difficulty. But it became obvious that my little Sputnichka needed something more in his obedience training than I could provide. He had jumped out of a car window, eaten a seatbelt, and destroyed his first crate during crate training and several hundred dollars of clothing. Finding Jerri through Canine Dimensions was quite fortuitous.
Scheduling the training sessions was very easy; she worked around my schedule. Sputnik felt very comfortable with her which made training that much easier. While I'm still having a little difficulty getting Sputnik to go to his “place” when visitors come by (he loves visitors), he can now “sit,” “down,” “stay,” “come,” and “heel” without any difficulty. I highly recommend Jerri and Canine Dimensions for all of your doggie training needs.”
"Our dogs are more enjoyable and are far more obedient because of Brendan's help. After an embarrassing walk with my two Rottweilers last fall, I placed a distressed call to Audi at Canine Dimensions. I explained my concerns, and she assured me they could help, and indeed they did! Brendan's first visit to our house marked the beginning of what has been a remarkable transformation. We are now able to understand our dogs' needs and interpret their actions in a way that is canine, not human. Our dogs have the leadership and structure they need and we have the dogs that we have always wanted. Thank you Audi and Brendan for providing this outstanding service!"
“I bought a little Pit Bull puppy from a shopping cart at the flea market. It was so hot and she was so small, I could not resist her. She quickly became a member of the family, however, her initial training was lacking and she quickly overstayed her welcome as a non-house trained dog. Even though I loved her and so did the rest of the family, I could not have a dog using our house as a bathroom.
I'm ashamed to say I took her to the Humane Society. Sugar started shaking and growling at anyone who passed by. I was shocked! I had never heard her growl before. The Humane Society was very kind. They took her, said they would give her a chance and they would call me. They did call me the next day and said, “She is not adoptable, come and get her or she will be put down.”
The first call I made was to Canine Dimensions. I was really scared. I didn't want my dog to die, but now she might be aggressive and she still wasn't house broken. Brendan assured me that he could help me and gave specific instructions on how to reintroduce Sugar safely back into our home. Brendan then came right out and assessed her and gave specific training for her needs.
As it turns out, she is now the best dog ever. She was housebroken within days of being on the training plan. She now loves other dogs and likes to meet new people. We now have an excellent dog and my son has his best friend back home where she belongs, all thanks to Canine Dimensions. Thank you Brendan for saving our dog's life.”
"Maggie is our first family dog, so we needed to learn a lot about puppies, training, and dog behavior, and we wanted our whole family in on the training. Jerri taught us with patience, wisdom, and humor. Maggie loves working with her, but more importantly, Jerri trained us to work with Maggie and teach her the basics. From basic commands like "sit," "stay," and "lie down," to the best way to feed the dog and of course "potty"training, Jerri has walked us through what to do to encourage positive behaviors and avoid bad habits. Even before our first appointment she gave me very detailed and firm instructions on what to do to get Maggie on the right track for potty training, and it made all the difference in the world. We have a large family - there are six of us - so in one session we had Jerri spend a few minutes with each of us, working on the things with which we each needed some help. She was very flexible with appointments at our home, and very responsive by email and telephone. From the beginning we felt that Jerri's approach was consistent with our philosophy on dog care - firm but kind, expecting obedience with love, positive reinforcement but gentle correction as needed. Because of Jerri's instruction, we are really able to enjoy our adorable Zuchon, and we are now a total "dog family!"
A totally changed dog...
To: Jerri Obalde CDBA
Northern Virginia Director Of Training Canine Dimensions Home Dog Training
First of all we would like to thank you so very much for making our life much better now that we have a dog who is a joy to be around, thanks to all your hard work in training him.
We are an elderly couple in our lower to mid 70’s. Having lost our last dog a few years ago and thinking we would never get another (wrong).
In Dec of 2011 we got a 8 week old Schnauzer puppy. Never having had a small puppy we thought we would have no problem training him.
We were wrong and tried for about 9 month’s not having much luck, then an acquaintance told us about Jerri and Canine Dimensions Home Dog Training and what a blessing it was to have a dog trained plus we the owner’s being shown the in’s and out’s of continuing with training at home. Our dog was picked up and spent 12 days in Sep with Jerri and came back a totally changed dog, calm obeying and paying attention.
We would highly recommend Jerri to anyone who has a dog that needs some help.
Dave & Judy
PS: Also thanks Mike
"We were at our wits end 7 ½ months ago. Our 16 month loving but huge rescued boy, named Barley, was unruly and we had no desire to take him on the walks or hikes that we imagined when we adopted him. We had been in an obedience class with a well-respected trainer that’s been in the area for years, but it wasn’t a good fit and the training didn’t stick. From the first session with Canine Dimensions, it was like night and day. Barley went from a pup showing bad behavior, to a dog trying to figure out what had happened to the status quo, to a willing participant in training. Any good obedience training is much more about changing the human’s behavior and understanding how dogs think, which will dramatically change a dog’s actions. Brendan gave us very concrete steps to take before our next session and a guidebook to start reading while we were incorporating the plan. By the second session, Barley was walking on the lead like we always wanted. They invited us to Puppy Swim Class at K-9 Body Shop (Tammy, the owner, is wonderful) and Barley was on the fast track to obedience recovery. I can’t say enough about Brendan and Audi. They are compassionate, thorough and beyond helpful. It’s much more than a professional relationship and I honored to call them friends. I have and would recommend them to anyone interested in obedience training."
"I started working with Canine Dimensions when my puppy was nine weeks old. Oggie, my English Bull Terrier, has thrived and learned under their guidance. I have learned so much about dog behavior from Brandon. He equipped me with the knowledge and tools to train Oggie to become the well trained five month old puppy he is today. I receive compliments almost daily when I am out with Oggie. He know his basic commands and very importantly comes when he is called. We have started leash training, how to heel properly and he is responding beautifully.
I highly recommend Brandon for dog training. He is a gifted trainer, intuitive, gentle but definitely the leader of the pack not only with Oggie but my old English Bull Terrier."