Since the first training session, I felt a breath of fresh air and confidence, which has progressed over the last couple of months! It has been fun watching Hudson master basic commands with ease and even learn a few tricks in the meantime. I didn’t expect it to seem so fun for my dog and now he constantly looks up to me for direction. Not only have I seen a change in him but I have also seen a change in how I interact with him…instead of correcting problem behaviors I have found myself being more proactive showing him something else to do instead.
A few weeks ago, after more than a year, I had the courage to return to Washington Park with Hudson. There were many dogs, geese, running children, skateboards, and plenty of other distractions however we were actually able to have a great time and a “normal” walk around the park; something I thought would never again be possible. Triumphant Canine certainly provided me with great insight, direction, and tools to improve the quality of life of both my dog and myself!
Coach Dan McCarthy has a special gift when it comes to creating a life-long bond between a Dog and its Pet Parents. Our family wanted so much to get inside Sami’s head so we could understand what she was feeling, thinking and what she could not tell us. Sami is our 4 yr old King Charles Spaniel. Every dog has its own story to share and Sami’s is special…she lost her hearing over this past year. So, how best to keep Sami safe and communicate with her when she has no idea that she is being told to do (or not to do) something to please those who love her? Enter Coach Dan.
First thing first-we reached out to Coach Dan for help with what we believed to be an impossible task. Under Dan’s creative direction, we developed a series of hand signals that would allow us to talk to Sami. Within a few short weeks, we were communicating with Sami using our newly created doggie sign language. We followed Coach Dan’s directions exactly as he laid them out. Why wouldn’t we, considering the financial commitment? Three short sessions each and every day w/o exception. Dan constantly reminded us ”consistency, consistency, consistency”.
The key to our success was our consistent use of the remote collar. We never ever took Sami out w/o applying the methods. Again, thanks Coach Dan for constantly reminding us of the critical importance of the link between actual command and timing of obedience.
Sami has sooo much freedom off leash now; she can safely explore her world under the protection of the obedience with attention. She totally ignores other dogs, rabbits that jump out if front of us, and the toxic goose droppings she used to go crazy for. Thank you coach Dan for doing what you do and for sharing your special talents with people who care about their pets as much as we care about Sami!
This is Andy Bear, a two year old Leonberger. Andy is an extremely high energy dog with a dominant personality. He has always been a handful and for that reason I had him in every class that I could find including agility and rally obedience. I live on the entrance to open space and people go past my house continually. When Andy was about 18 months old he started to become more and more possessive of me and his property. I was very fearful that he might hurt someone and stepped up his training. Unfortunately, he got a tumor on his tail. This resulted in a delay of training. Andy had to be muzzled at the Vet and his guarding became more threatening. I was told to put him down!
I just couldn’t do it and remember working with Dan in Therapy Dog. Dan came over to my house and worked with Andy where he had his problems, out back and on the bike trails. After 3 private sessions I was allowed to bring Andy to group lessons which are really fun and gave me the confidence to keep working with Andy. I am looking forward to May when I once again can start training Andy for water rescue work! Thank you Dan, you truly saved Andy’s life.
We wanted to get a dog so that our children would have the experience of a pet while they are young. Right away, Milan was a nice, calm puppy but we wanted to make sure she was well trained. We enrolled her in a pet store training program where she graduated but we were seeing behaviors that we didn’t like. She was jumping on the trainer for treats by the time the classes were over. We didn’t like the idea of having treats with us all the time to get her to listen.
We happened to come across Triumphant Canine at Parker Days. He were very informative so we decided to sign up for an in-home demonstration. We also loved the idea that Dan is confident that almost any dog can be trained in just a few home lessons. Sure enough, Milan did just as expected with the training and with little time working with her on our own, she was focused on us and anticipating the next command. We can assuredly take Milan out to a dog park or other public place and know she will not run off. We get numerous compliments about how good Milan is. The best advice is to make sure you have fun with your dog.
Thank you, Jeff and Diane Baker
We are Kat and Eric. We have been dog lovers for a long time. We got our first dog together as a present. An 8 week old German Shepherd named Zora. She was so cute but we found out quickly that she was going to be a handful. Lots of energy and a high play drive! We went through every type of training we could find. Puppy training, advanced puppy training you name it we tried it. She was very smart, but independent and busy! We decided that maybe Zora needed a playmate to help keep her occupied. We found a 5 year old Malinois Shepherd mix from the prison program named Casey. Zora and Casey hit it off from the get go. But as dogs will be dogs, we found that going on walks and dog park outings were less than total fun and Zora had become very aggressive with Casey. Several fights and injuries happened and we were very concerned to say the least! So once again we decided that training was in order. We tried everything. One weekend we happened to catch a demo Parker and were very impressed. We made an appointment with Triumphant Canine and the things they showed us were amazing in the short time we were training. What we were looking for was not so much tricks the dogs could do but the ability to take the dogs out for walks, play time at the dog parks and a running partner for Kat. Several months later we can tell you that Zora, and Casey are very well behaved dogs that the neighbors envy. Their on and off leash behavior in our neighborhood and wherever we take them is second to none. We now have the tools, both physically and mentally to handle any situation. A huge Thank You to Triumphant Canine for giving us the tools to optimize our 2 great dogs.
Eric & Kat
We got our first Boxer puppy “Primo” in November 2011. Primo was a very high energy puppy. We immediately began looking into training because we were clearly NOT in control. Plus, like most first time dog owners, we wanted the perfect dog! We signed up for standard beginning and intermediated classes at the local pet store. Primo even got the S.T.A.R. puppy certification by AKC. Still, something was not quite working so we kept our eyes open for different training options.
I first saw Dan in the park with several other dogs (and their owners) doing various exercises/drills while I was walking Primo. Both Primo and I were VERY interested in what was happening and we stopped to observe for 15-20 minutes. I was amazed at how well trained the dogs were. When I got home, I did a bunch of research about Triumphant Canine, watched a bunch of videos and eventually reached out to TC. The rest is history. While we got some basics down with previous training, it wasn’t until we started with TC that we saw dramatic improvements in both Primo’s behavior and our ability to control him. We have learned how to effectively communicate with our puppy. The strides Primo made in one lesson were the equivalent to 16+ sessions we had at the pet store. A year later, Primo is under control and very happy. We’ve added another Boxer, “Sasha” who is now training together, Sasha and Primo are awesome and we can’t thank Triumphant Canine enough.
My dog Tira is an American Pit Bull Terrier. She is 2 ½ years old. I got her when she was 9 months old. She was neither house broken nor leash trained. After cleaning up many messes and fighting her on every walk, I was questioning my decision to get a dog. I decided to get serious about training. I looked at the internet and read books and started working on basics. I figured out that Dogs are not people. After a year or so, I was fairly pleased with the progress I made but was still noticing inconsistencies and bad habits. Being a Pit Bull owner, I wanted Tira to be an impeccable example of the breed. Secondly, I felt I owed it to Tira to train her and give her the structure that dogs need and seek. I started looking for professional training.
Dan McCarthy came over for a consultation and I started immediately. I was amazed how fast Tira learned the things we were teaching but also how patient we were when Tira would have a tantrum. After working and practicing the drills at home, Tira is a completely different dog. She is calm, collected and so very happy! I constantly get compliments in public, at pet stores and friends houses. The Vet is also appreciative of how calm she can be. I am so glad that I made this commitment to Tira and myself, as well. If you are serious about your dog, then get serious about Triumphant Canine.
We got Duke and Daisy when they were 8 weeks old and immediately put them into training that used treats. We live out in the country and we soon realized that the treats would not control our dogs outside the house. They would take off and we could not easily get them back. They chased our horses and local wildlife. Walking them on a leash was a nightmare. They pulled and went crazy to get at other dogs. We tried choke chains and harness type collars. Nothing worked. Since using the training method and working with Dan, our dogs have completely changed. We can now allow them off leash with full control. If they start to chase wildlife, they return as soon as commanded. We take them with us on horse rides and do not have to worry about them running off chasing other animals. We go on walks and runs all the time off leash! Our dogs are so much happier off leash, they sniff and explore and do not feel that they have to pull on a leash. We are able to control our dogs at a distance. We can tell them to sit, and they sit instantly even if we are several yards away. We have even taken our dogs to organized runs with hundreds of other people and our dogs stay well mannered.
Thanks, Lee Condreay
One day my older brother brought home a puppy, a very large Rottweiler puppy. As she grew larger, I had a hard time trusting her but still did what I could to make sure she was well socialized. Eventually I learned to trust her and we became great friends. Even though she was sweet and well socialized, I still had problems with her. I could only walk her on a leash with a head collar and she would always bombard guests at the door. As a result, most people were scared of her. When people saw her dragging me into the park, they would avoid us and leave!
After training with Triumphant Canine, I am now able to have full control over her in all situations. Prada now places before greeting guests instead of jumping on them and barging at the door and jumping everywhere. She stays right by my side when walking her on or off leash (WITHOUT A HEAD COLLAR!!). I have become so confident in her obedience that I am attempting to work towards therapy dog certification.