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Our family met Carrie when our German Shepherd puppy, Sasha, began nipping at our kids. Carrie came to our home and I immediately liked her manner. She was calm in dealing with both Sasha and our two young children. She asked my husband and I, and the kids, what our behavior concerns and expectations were regarding Sasha. She gave us the knowledge and tools to change Sasha's unwanted behavior right then, plus she told us what future steps to take so that we were in control of Sasha and not the other way around.
When Sasha was older, we sent her to Carrie's three week boot camp because she was difficult to walk, constantly pulling on her leash and trying to run the show. It was the best thing we did! Sasha came back a changed dog. Taking her for a walk was now a pleasure, and she now knew basic commands such as sit, down, heel, stay and place. I receive compliments all the time from friends and other dog owners on Sasha's manners.
Having a dog in your family is great. Having a well behaved dog is the best! Thanks, Carrie!
Just wanted to update you on Simba.
We took a walk yesterday around the neighborhood and stopped at our friends house Darma. And her husband Mike for the first time ever gave him a snack. He said he never realize Simba had a black strip down his back. We said that is because you have never been close enough to see it. He still has to work more on strangers but, He has been doing great in the house doesn’t try to tear up anything and doesn’t bother the little guys running around him. We also don’t have barrackeds in front of the sliding glass door. He has only tried that once and I reprimanded him.
And I just gave him Bath for the first time by myself. Everyone that sees us on our walks compliments us on we have the best mannered dog. He seems so much more relaxed at home. He will try to say woof once in a while. But no barking. Even when strangers go by or come to the house. Carrie, I just don’t know how to Thank You and your staff enough. He is truly a changed dog. He is better than we ever dreamed he could be. You are truly a blessing to us. Thank You again for everything you have done. I know it wasn’t easy and it took a lot of time and patience on your part.
Diane Musgrave, FL
I can’t express how lucky I feel to have found Carrie and The Doghouse.
A year ago I adopted my wonderful 3-year-old black lab, Austin. Like many rescues, Austin came with some issues, chief among them his fright of unfamiliar people, objects, noises, lights, etc. When I decided to take an extended trip abroad, finding the right care for him was paramount. I felt the boarding alternatives were not quite right, and Austin’s fear of strangers made a dog sitter out of the question. Luckily, I remembered The Doghouse. I had considered training before, but had been unwilling to give Austin up for the required three weeks. My trip was the perfect opportunity to have Austin participate in Carrie’s boot camp. As an added bonus, being half-way around the world and knowing that he was in Carrie’s capable hands, I never once worried about his health and well-being. Carrie updated me on Austin’s progress via email, and I replied that it was a good thing I was so far away, or I would just blaze across town and demand him back because I missed him so much! Carrie’s training camp was the perfect answer to our boarding/traveling conundrum. I am so thrilled with the results that I have already reserved Austin’s spot for my next trip.
Laurie Ann Burton, Tampa, FL
The last attempt at taking a walk ended is disaster. Gizmo had pulled her leash out of my hand, Morris pulled his head out of his collar to attack the dog walking across the street. I left a frantic message with the Doghouse, my dogs were aggressive to other dogs when they were on a leash, pull me when walking on their leashes, they bark at everything, chase birds, jump up on people and are totally out of control. Carrie evaluated them, and calmly said, they will Sit, Stay, Come, Place, Heel and Down after her program. My husband and I waited for three weeks for a call saying “they are untrainable, we give up, come get your little monsters.” Instead after three weeks of training our dogs and us, we can now walk daily with Gizmo and Morris heeling nicely, other dogs are ignored, they Sit and Stay, and we can take them out in public with pride. Our dogs are well behaved.
When I brought Dexter, my 2 year old Australian Shepherd to Carrie I was at the end of my ropes. As a single female dog owner having moved from a house that was bustling constantly with people and interaction with different dogs into a condo, Dexter became very territorial towards people as well as dog aggressive. As time went on even taking him for walks became a nightmare for I feared that he would see another dog, person, car, bicycle, squirrel, or a bird. Slowly I became a prisoner in my own home, as friends refused to visit for he was completely out of control, jumping on guests, incessant barking and growling, nipping at the feet, and running around like a complete madman. It got to the point that condo management informed me of several neighbor complaints of Dexter's out of control behavior.
Within a few days of training commencing with Carrie, I was pleasantly surprised by the updates that Carrie had sent me, as Dexter was already interacting with other dogs, instead of ferocious attempts of attacks. Ah the groundwork began for his re-mobilization into society. Dexter has been home now for a few days, and for the first time in a year I am able to hold my head high as I walk him instead of avoiding others on our numerous daily walks and outings. Dexter is now a well adjusted happy puppy and much more enjoyable to be around. I am so grateful to Carrie for all of her hard work as I know how much trouble Dexter was at the beginning of training and I truly wondered if he was a lost cause. Thanks to Carrie Dexter has a whole new life to enjoy.
Aeriel & Dexter
Chase was a great actor. When my wife and I saw him at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, he was the only dog that was not jumping and barking. According to The Humane Society, Chase is half Boxer and half Tree Walking Coon Hound. He had been adopted and brought back 3-weeks later because he was ‘too active’. My wife and I looked at each other and said, “Him? Too active? I don’t see it.” He just looked at us with his big, brown hound dog eyes and we were hooked. Boy did he sucker us. We got him home and that’s when the issues started with chewing, breaking out of his crate, and overall lack of discipline. Thanks to Carrie, Chase is so much better after going thru training. While he still has a stubborn/hound ADHD side that he likes to display from time to time, my wife and I know how to correct him properly. I make sure to take him out for a walk every morning. After work, we go out to the golf course with a ball or Frisbee that he will play with until his nose picks up on something else interesting. Weather permitting; weekend mornings are spent at the dog park where he is a friend with everyone. Being true to his name, he often instigates the other dogs into chasing him around the park and then turning the tables and chasing the other dogs. Thanks again for your help.
Bill and Rhonda Baxter, Tampa, FL
I cannot begin to tell you how happy we are to have met you. We believe you are a God sent and you are going to change all three of our lives. I also wanted to say that what you do for people and their animals is a gift beyond words and I think the world (or at least Florida) needs to know about you. You are so smart and so good at what you do and there are too many dog parents giving up their pets because they don’t know where to turn. You really should start video taping your meetings and your training. What you did for Roxy in just 20 minutes yesterday made a difference and your techniques need to be out there for people to see and learn from. Fond Regards,
Jennifer, Sid, and Roxy
Hi Carrie, Just wanted to tell you how great Ava is doing after her bootcamp with you!! I have being meaning to write you sooner but I’m so busy with work! Ava is such an awesome house pet, I know most of your dogs turn out to be titled/working dogs etc… but she is a perfect pet for us!! Thanks for your training all of her bad habits have not returned!!! I always have people telling me gave beautiful she is!! Thanks
Carrie, I just want to let you know how lucky I feel that I found you. I so appreciate your thoughtful and sensitive support and training methods with Layla and Buddha. It has been a painful rollercoaster ride of hope and crushing disappointment with Layla and I really feel like with your help and generosity with your dogs she will be the happy, steady dog I’ve always dreamed she could be. As for Buddha, there are precious few dog trainers who would have the first clue how to handle his weirdness effectively. It took a lot of guts for you to do that training with him today, and the fact that I trusted your timing and corrections speaks volumes for how I feel about you. Buddha is precious to me, and I know if it were handled wrong, he could be badly wrecked. As it is, I’m SO excited about him getting really good at all of his service tasks and having his skillful support always by my side (or in my lap, haha!). This will be a huge gift in my life.
Margie, Paul, Layla and Buddha
Just wanted to give you an update on our GSD, Pig. She’s been doing great. I can’t believe what a difference your business has made for our family. Today I forgot to put her in her crate before I left for work. She was on her place. Four hours later as I was driving home, I recalled with horror what I had done and braced myself for the worst…house torn up, toys destroyed, piles and puddles. She is, after all, not even nine months old. We got home and she had not left her place. You can imagine how grateful we are for the training she got from you. What a good girl she is and a pleasure to have in our lives. Thanks again.
Throughout the past 2.5 years, Carrie Silva has assisted the federal government in the selection and training of their Special Response Team (SRT) canines. Ms. Silva has conducted foundation obedience and aggression training with six (6) SRT canines, to include the latest canine in August, 2010. The outstanding foundation training of these dogs by Ms. Silva has allowed the handler and canine to move more rapidly into tactical canine training, and thus increasing their potential for success during high-risk operations.
CBS News Canine Video
Special Response Team – ATF Academy
Our dog was out of control and we didn’t know what to do! Nola, our 5 year old mixed breed came to us with some quirky behaviors as she is a Hurricane Katrina rescue. When we adopted her, she was only 6 months old and everyone forgave those quirks because of her background. She was always very friendly with people and kids, however, over time she became increasingly aggressive toward other dogs. As Nola aged, instead of settling down, the aggression issue worsened. We do not have a yard and could only take walks when we were sure we would not see another dog. On those occasions when we did run into another dog, Nola became a snarling mess, lunging aggressively toward any dog, big or small, that came across her path. Vacations were always an issue because we could not do anything with her. We couldn’t chance having a pet sitter walk her, we couldn’t take her to a kennel and if we did take her with us, she had to stay in the hotel all day for fear of running into another dog. At times, she even attacked our older Aussie.
Clearly this was not an issue we could address on our own. We had tried the different methods on the dog shows without success. Thankfully, we were referred to Carrie by some other happy clients-we needed an intervention after several years of avoiding other dogs at all costs.
After consulting with Carrie, she educated my husband and I on what we were doing to contribute to Nola’s bad behavior. We decided to send her to the Dog House for full service training. It was a difficult decision to make, as it was the middle of summer and Nola was accustomed to air conditioning and sleeping on a nice comfy bed. But something had to be done. I dropped Nola off and spent a few days worrying about how she was handling the heat and being away from us. Then, Carrie began sending videos that astounded me. She was actually socializing with other dogs and appeared to be enjoying herself! When we met with Carrie for our training at a very busy dog park, it was truly amazing! She actually walked by other dogs and ignored them-with a loose leash! While this may not seem like a big deal to most, anyone who has been ashamed to walk their dog in public knows exactly what I am talking about.
The true test was when we brought Nola home. Carrie taught us to face the issues straight on, rather than avoiding them. I was very nervous at first, but followed her advice. We walked around our neighborhood and while Nola did try to test us, she quickly realized we were not going to be pushovers with her like before. Carrie trained us well. We have even taken her on vacation and over to friend’s houses. We can exercise when it is convenient for us, not when we know all of the other dogs in the neighborhood are safely tucked away. We can go anywhere and I am confident I can control my dog.
Our household is much more relaxed as Nola’s out of control behavior had an adverse effect on our other dog. Now, both are much calmer. Carrie also taught us other nifty tricks, like how to make our dogs “place” so they are not jumping all over guests. Now, they wait to be greeted.
The Dog House training we all received has had a positive impact on our lives. Most notably is how much more relaxed our lives have become. We do not have the aggressive barking every time a dog walks by, and there is no agonizing over when and where to walk the dogs in order to avoid a fight while still making sure they are exercised. I can even talk to my neighbors as they are no longer in fear for their dogs lives! The best part is that Nola is a much happier, calmer dog.
We still practice with Nola daily . The words “Carrie said…” have become part of our regular conversations as Nola is a bit stubborn and pushes the envelope when she can-after all, Carrie changed her behavior and not her personality. But, now we know how to deal with it, and that has made all the difference.
Mark and Maribeth Wetzel – St. Petersburg
Could there ever be a more naughty dog than my 7 month old rescue beagle Mo??… I think not! Mo and I have had quite the adventure from Rochester, NY to Tampa, FL! He came to me at 6.5 months with absolutely NO training and two months later he traveled down the coast with me (If my car could talk!). After battling crate training as well as basic obedience for about 3 months, I decided it was either my sanity or the dog! After many suggestions from fellow dog enthusiasts, I decided to find a trainer. Carrie was my answered prayer! On our first meeting, I warned her about how lacking Mo was in everything! She reassured me that he would be a much better puppy at the end of the full service training. Carrie stayed in touch with me throughout the full training and even sent me pictures and videos of Mo and all his progress! I couldn’t BELIEVE that my Mo was indeed a GOOD BOY! Carrie helped Myself and Mo find the confidence in each other to work together and be a functional “pack”. He is now happily crate trained, (which Carrie so creatively dubbed his “Dugout”) and has basic obedience!! I never thought it could happen but I absolutely adore my dog and the fun we can now have! He even went to the dog beach without a leash and had a ball with his friends! Thank you, Thank you, a million times THANK YOU Carrie! I’m so glad that Mo has found a friend here in Florida!
Erin E. Merklinger – St Pete, FL
I had to send you another e-mail about Palmer, he’s doing SO GREAT! He’s heeling, sitting, “placing” and following all of the rules. We have been able to take him to so many new places, he walks beside us and we have been working off leash too!!! Today while I was walking him he made friends with a sweet Westie (girl) and it was the most amazing thing! He sat and wagged his tail until I released him, then he sniffed her and started playing!! I couldn’t believe it! He is now a frequenter of starbucks, petsmart, and I’m planning to take him to the dog park (only outside the fence to meet and greet) tomorrow morning. It makes all of us so happy that he’s a “good” dog now and again I just cannot thank you enough for your help! I’ve come to realize that he may not like every person or every dog but that he will follow every rule and that’s fine with us! 🙂 We have been working using the same correction method with our smaller dog, and she now heels and “places” as well. Please keep me up to date regarding any other socialization classes/anything you think would benefit Palmer.
Jennifer Parent – Tampa, FL
My adorable puppy is now adult size. He weighs about 73 pounds. I keep Sport exercised by playing frisbee in the fenced side yard. He loves to catch the frisbee while it’s still in the air and will play this game as long as I have the strength to keep tossing. While this is fun for him, I am not getting the exercise I need so I decided to begin walking him on a leash. This was not fun for me. Sport did not understand the meaning of the word “heel”. I also tried “stop”, “slow down”, and even “help”. He is strong enough to pull me over and drag me across the front yard . At this point I began to look for a dog whisperer, someone who could help me train Sport.. As luck would have it, I found Carrie Silva from the Doghouse LLC. She is amazing. After just three weeks of training, Sport could heel like a perfect gentleman both on and off the leash. He can sit/stay, down/stay, and place. Everyday I reap the benefits of the training Carrie instilled in Sport.. I enjoy walking with my four legged friend who stays in perfect pace with me. I hope my doctor will see positive health changes in me during my next checkup. Click to see VIDEO
Linda Hunter – Tampa, FL
Carrie,and TheDogHouse Staff,
A GIANT thank you for all you and TheDogHouse have done for Trey. To say he has changed is a huge understatement. Having spent all of my professional life teaching and coaching physical skills to adults I know it takes a thorough knowledge of subject content, an ability to break it down to a logical progression of skills and commands (key phrases or words) that build on each other to provide a successful outcome. I believe TheDogHouse has a proven method of teaching skills to dogs that ensures success. Your success with Trey has been wonderful and I am pleased and overwhelmed to think that he will have a much happier life because of your efforts!
After meeting with Carrie, whom I found to be subject knowledgeable, friendly, and with just the right measure of discipline and fun…..for Trey as well as for me!…I had no reservations about sending him for training UNTIL, I heard the words…staying in an OUTSIDE kennel.. All I could think of was, will he be to cold, to hot, bitten by a snake, and all kinds of other wildly imagined harms. The overriding need to help Trey get over his fears and learn some obedience, which I came to understand was an essential part of helping him with his anxiety, pushed me to make the decission to send him to camp. He loved the outside, the companship of the other dogs, the sun bathing and of course the fresh air. (All the things everyone comes to Florida to enjoy!) Before, he was not content to be outside alone. Now he wants out to lay in the sun and play in the grass especially early in the morning. It all seems to give him life!
Trey, a Lakeland Terrier, was sent to TheDogHouse not so much because he was uncontrollable, or had many bad habits, although he did need obedience training, but because he had a fear and anxiouty about loud semi trucks, UPS trucks, garbage trucks, motor cycles and other loud vehicles and sadly a fear of some human treatment of him prior to my getting him. These all created a problem in the car for him. He liked to go in the car, but with the first passing of a truck he would duck or try to hide. He would start panting, whining and trying to get out of his crate. Even more disconcerting was the fact that when traveling he would not get out of the car at rest stops to go to the bathroom, he would not drink water or eat….no matter the distance or length of the trip. He was afraid of little children and cautious of many adults.
The problems Trey had are being solved everyday as he continues to train. I am so pleased with what you,Carrie and TheDogHouse staff have been able to accomplish with Trey. He is so much happier, not so anxious and I am elated. Trey, who is not easily won over by people, clearly trusts you, has a respect for you and he will go to you and let you cuddle him, pat him and look expectantly for you when we visit for follow up lessons. I greatly appreciate the care and respect you have shown to Trey.
I realize that Trey, and I, have a ways to go in our learnings but I am so grateful for how far we have come. If I were someone thinking about training for my dog I would think……The DogHouse!
Lona Lesh – Sebring, FL
I own and operate my own restaurant and one morning when I was opening, a robber broke in and robbed me at gunpoint. After that horrible experience, I didn’t feel safe anymore and decided that I wanted a protection dog. And that’s how my beautiful boy Tyson came into my life. When Tyson was about 5 months old, I knew it was time to find the right trainer. After much research and many phone calls, I found The Doghouse. I was amazed that I had found such accomplished world class trainers so close to home. Without reservations, I sent Tyson to full service training. I was amazed to see how fast Tyson learned and soon he would sit, stay, and come without any hesitation. After the 3 week session, I brought Tyson back home and he was a completely different dog, well behaved and confident. Now, when I bring him out in public, I get so many complements on what a nice well behaved dog he is. After letting him grow up a little bit, it was time to go back to The Doghouse. This time for advanced obedience training and some protection work. Tyson loved his bite training . He was doing so well during this session that we felt that it was time for him to compete for his first working title. At the age of only 16 months, Carrie successfully handled him to complete his German style Obedience (BH) title. That was an exciting and fun day. I was so proud of my boy. During one of our training classes, Carrie remarked “you know you could show this dog if you wanted to, he is a good looking dog and has nice movement”. Then I thought about it and thought “that would be fun, now how do we get started?” So back to the doghouse for conformation training. This time, Tyson had to learn stacking, showing his teeth, and we even taught him how to work out on a treadmill. Now we travel to different dog shows all over the United States and are having a blast doing it. Tyson has completed two championships and is working on his third. His first title competition was the UKC Championship which he won by winning multiple best of breed and group placements in one weekend. Then he went onto compete for his international championship winning 4V1 ratings under four different judges. Now we are working on his AKC championship which he has halfway completed by winning numerous best of Winners and Winners Dogs titles. He is now known as “International Champion, UKC Champion, AKC Major Pointed, MultiV1 rated King Tyson von Evman, BH CGC” I know this is long overdue, but I wanted to send you a letter to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for everything you have done for Tyson and me. You guys have become great friends and have been there for us every step of the way and for that I am truly grateful. Our future plans for Tyson include completing his AKC championship and then we are once again back to The Doghouse to finish his protection training. I also have a new puppy named Raven who will be coming to see you guys really soon! I have and will always recommend The Doghouse to coworkers, friends, and family members. Thank you again for everything!
Durenda H. and Tyson – Tampa, FL
Our family adopted an English Pointer from a dog rescue 3 years ago. We realized our dog was very aggressive to people and other dogs, not to mention the many other issues she has. We tried several other dog trainers including franchises. Even our vet at the time who was supposed to be a dog behavioral specialist was afraid of our dog. Returning the dog was never an option, so when a co-worker suggested the Doghouse LLC we immediately brought her in to be evaluated and signed her up for their bootcamp. To say that we are satisfied would be an understatement. Carrie is amazing at what she does. The transformation in my dog is incredible. We have even taken several training (refresher) classes since then with other graduates (which I highly recommend). The changes in all of these dogs is impressive. The Doghouse is the only place that I would ever board my dog. I have referred other coworkers with difficult dogs and they too have been impressed by Carrie’s vast knowledge of dog behavior and expertise training.
It means a lot to our family that they also bonded with our dog and were able to see the sweet noble side of her that only we knew. Thanks Carrie for everything you’ve done for Maggie and for always making yourselves available to us.
Sara and Leo Martinez – Tampa, FL
Dear Carrie, I just wanted to drop a note to let you know that Sammy is doing an excellent job. We even have him heeling, sit, and down without a leash on now. Found a great field area within walking distance to our place and we go every day to play fetch. He comes right back to us with his toy. I have taken him to Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas Trail, and anywhere I go that I know he can tag along. We spent the day in Downtown Dunedin a few weeks back and had him down/stay right along the sidewalk. People and dogs came by constantly and he didn’t make a move. It amazed me! I feel that thank you doesn’t come close to how much I appreciate you working with Sammy. You taught Sammy so much more than I expected, it was a dream come true. Don and I are still saying I can’t believe it on a daily basis. We are so happy when we play fetch with him because we know before he would’ve just ran off without paying attention to us. Sammy is so much happier now too. He has the biggest smile on his face when we are outside or when he knows were going in the car together. He accepts any challenge we give him and is eager to take on new things. Thank you so much for all that you have done. I would recommend sending anyone in need of dog training to you
Shannon Sear – Tampa, FL
The Doghouse LLC has been the most wonderful investment in my German Shepherd puppy Barron for obedience training and protection training. Prior to Carrie working with my 1 year old GSD, he was nearly impossible to take on walks without him pulling where he wanted to go and he had a mind all his own without interest in my commands to sit, heal, stay. I took him to the local pet store with in-house training using the “clicker” and it had limited success. Carrie had Baron following all commands perfectly and walking with me instead of dragging me where he wanted. He is perfect with other dogs and especially children and I can actually walk him off leash with the best obedience to my commands. People always ask me where he was trained and they love his happiness and responsiveness. He is PERFECT for me and our neighborhood! Thanks to Carrie, I have a strong and beautiful German Shepherd dog which is now great to walk in public and he behaves at home equally well! Thank you both!!!
Keith Clark, Forth Worth – TX
We initially took our dog Juno to meet with Carrie for a behavior consult. Juno was a 16 month old Dutch Shepherd that was out of control. He terrorized our family with frequent bites and random acts of aggressive behavior toward us on a daily basis. He was virtually uncontrollable on walks as well. Pedestrians, bikes, other dogs etc.. were also fair game for his aggressive behavior. He continually lunged at the end of his leash, barking at his victim, and when he couldn’t get them, he turned his frustration on whoever was walking him. The final straw was when he learned he could pull away from us. I was truly afraid of my own dog and what he might do to somebody. He had already been to two different trainers with absolutely no results and if not for The Doghouse Juno would have been euthanized . They had the knowledge and insight to see through these behaviors, and uncover a misunderstood dog that just needed direction. Juno is now a wonderful companion that is reliably obedient every where I take him. Whether its on leash walking around town or off leash hiking/jogging in parks and trails I am confident in Juno’s solid training and obedience in all situations. We both look forward to working together daily and Juno loves it!. Ironically, Juno and I are looking forward to personal protection training .The Doghouse is the real deal for you and your dog. True professionals in every way.
Laura P. – Lakeland, FL
I would like to especially thank Carrie. My expectations when I brought my Australian Cattle Dog for full time training were fairly high. I needed my Zeb to be able to mingle calmly around people, dogs, and other distractions in a busy FBO without the usual jumping and running around like a mad man. It seemed like it may be an impossible task since zeb is like the energizer bunny on steroids.
Not only were my expectations met, they were exceeded two fold. Zeb now listens to multiple commands and is much more pleasant to be around. My experience with Carrie at the Doghouse has been informative and pleasant, and I would without question, recommend anyone to the Doghouse for training or to rectify a problem you may be having. You will see results! Thanks Carrie, you are the best!
D.Vandenberg – Candia, NH
Dear Carrie I wanted to take a little time to send a heartfelt thanks to you and the Doghouse LLC team for all you have done for our family and our dog Gracie. Gracie in a nut shell is a very intelligent, energetic and vibrant, sheltie/Papillion mix. We knew very little about her past experiences when we rescued her from the shelter, we also love her very much and wanted the best for her, which is why we decided to entrust her to the most qualified and professional trainers available. Yes, I did my research before making my decision . (The Doghouse LLC) We as a family decided the “Full Service Training” was going to be the most appropriate option for us; our schedule is very busy, as you know, and we new Gracie would most benefit from the everyday structure and decades of experience you bring. We were correct in that thinking. Just as the web site says “you will be glad you found us” We sure are! Although a very happy and loving dog, Gracie often showed signs of rebellion and arrogance which had the potential to put her in danger, when her unwillingness to recall/curiosity joined forces. This is something we knew would never be good for her as well as for us, as I bring her to work with me every day at a very busy airport. We wanted to give her all the freedom she deserves, but we also wanted her to be clear with her role within the family structure and understand the boundaries we would need her to adhere to. Our family/Gracie received all that we expected and far more, from you and your team! Gracie came home with not only a larger variety/understanding of important commands, she also came back to us a more relaxed and clearer minded part of our family, willing and ready to learn whatever we asked of her. We can´ say enough, we can´t thank you enough! This I´m sure will be for us, only the beginning of our relationship. We would love for Gracie to continue to develop many skills and quit honestly after bringing her to you once, we can´t ever imagine having the need to bring her anywhere else.
Scott Vandenberg – Hollywood, FL
Our darling “dog delinquent” Bella was on her way to a Yorkie rescue group. Between five and six months of age, she had become more puppy than we were capable of handling. Definitely an alpha type dog, she ruled the house. Jumping off of everything including the back of the couch.
Bella was quick as lightening, darting out doors and refusing to come back. Chasing her was a daily exercise for both of us. We had taken her to two puppy schools where she succeeded in biting the trainers and not much else. By the time she came to The Dog House, she knew how to sit, retrieve a toy, and generally boss me around. Bella attended what I called, “puppy bootcamp” for three weeks at The Dog House. Wow – - what an amazing difference between the dog we picked dropped off and the dog we picked up. This is the puppy I always wanted.
We wouldn’t dream of giving her away now. In the three weeks she spent with The Dog House team, she learned basic obedience and then some. She walks on a leash, sits, stays, down/stay, goes to her “place” (I just love “place”) knows what “no” means. Bella is no longer a doggie delinquent as she is an expert now at coming when called.I heart-felt THANK YOU to the Dog House training team for making our dreams come true!!!! We wouldn’t dream of adding another dog without sending it thru “puppy bootcamp” first.
Bob and Esther White – FL
In June of 2006 we almost had to put down our beloved family dog, Cowboy. Not because he was sick, or old, it was through our own ignorance of dog behavior that our 6 year old lab had become so aggressive that he was a liability we no longer felt we could control.
You see, we treated him as a friend and child instead of treating him as a dog. Because there was no “alpha dog” in our house, he was confused and stressed about his role. Therefore he was constantly stressed and in protection mode for our children. It was to the point where the kids could not even swim around him because he would try to pull them out of the pool. There was no place to board him, as he detested other people and dogs. We were sick with what we thought we had to do. You see, this dog had so much heart in him. With advice form our vet, we found the Doghouse, LLC. That was a turning point in our life with Cowboy. I can honestly say it saved his life.
He lived with Carrie at this facility for almost a month. It was quite an adventure for all of us. I had to learn how to be an alpha dog. Cowboy needed to be completely trained again. We had been to classes before, but this was intense work to retrain his behaviors, as well as our won. As the month wore on, I began to meet Carrie and Cowboy at different places as well as the Doghouse, LLC facility, to learn how I was to work with him when we were on our own. When ready, he dame home and Carrie met us at home to make sure the new behaviors were transferring to life at home. It was a life changing experience for us all.
It is now July 2007 and we have a wonderful relationship and understanding of our dog, Cowboy. He is well trained and most of all happy!. We all definitely learned the importance of dog psychology and the importance of an alpha person in the home for the dog. Cowboy loves to go into what we call training mode and be worked with all his commands. It is obvious this exercises his mind as well as his body and reminds him he does not need to be in charge. We look forward to many more wonderful years with Cowboy as we continue this very special relationship with him. We are so thankful for Carrie and the Doghouse, LLC for saving this important member of our family.
Cowboy and Family
We have two dogs, both 21/2 years old; one is a black lab mix named Sasha, and the other is an Australian Shepherd mix named Hildy. One could consider this to be both ends of the dog personality spectrum, with Sasha being more laid-back and easy-going, and Hildy being wound up nearly 99% of the time. Being our first dogs, we had no clue what we were doing, and for two years went through two previous trainers, one being very well renowned locally-neither methodology worked whatsoever.
Over time, Hildy´s behavior became problematic, in that she became insecure around young children and began to chase them at will-this, in addition to birds/cats/anything that ran past her line of sight. We knew this couldn´t continue (chasing Children, etc.) and we met Carrie through a referral of a friend who had put her dog through the three-week boot camp dog training program.
I cannot stress how impressed we were from the onset, wherein we spent nearly 4 hours interviewing with Carrie to help her understand Hildy´s behaviors=down to what she and when, etc. Carrie knew exactly what she was dealing with, and we determined we would in fact take both dogs through the boot camp-the results literally speak for themselves.
As of this writing, we can execute any number of commands to control both of our dogs- Hildy in English, and Sasha in German, to prevent confusion. The methodology works perfectly (although Hildy is quick enough to pick up on the German commands now), and thanks to Carrie´s constant attention after their initial stays at the Doghouse, our leadership has only continued to grow. I can say without a doubt that Hildy is much more at ease now, realizing she´s a working dog and has a job to do, and knows when to do it; she understands that we are in charge, and we understand more about how important it is for US to remain consistent with her training.
No longer does she feel she must bark and chase everything, and Sasha is no longer the lazy stubborn mule she was before…Overall, it´s like night and day looking back-the day we watched Hildy from the car for the first time in two weeks was so overwhelming to witness, it literally put shivers down our spines. We only wish that we´d gone to Carrie from the start, and saved our time, efforts and money on previous trainers that didn´t work; I cannot commend them enough for their dedication to helping us with Hildy and Sasha-constant phone calls and emails, even when on the road-it´s dedicated personalized training at it´s very best, and anyone who isn´t a believer is more that welcome to come see our girls in action.
Brian and Lucretia Junge – Land O Lakes, FL
We purchased Boomer (an adorable Maltepoo) from a breeder at the age of 4 months. From the time he came into our lives, he was “the boss.” We pampered and spoiled him, not realizing we were creating a “monster pup.” After wanting a dog for such a long time, we soon began to regret the decision.
Our lives were no longer out own. Because of his behaviors, we were no longer living our own lives, which had previously included peaceful meals, T.V. watching, and even reading books or magazines. All of our attention was dedicated to Boomer and his mischievousness. We were not even able to bend down, pet him or pick him up which was frustrating!
Boomer was enrolled and we turned him over to Carrie, and for 3 weeks he lived and was trainer by her. She was great about keeping us informed regarding his progress. When we saw him on “you Tube”, which Carrie had posted, we couldn´t believe it was the same dog!
When we went to get Boomer, she gave us a personal training sessions. She shared training techniques and follow-up training ideas for him once he returned home. The role of boss had now passed on to us!
Boomer has now been home with us for several months and has been a different dog. He has retained his spunky and bright personality, but now we can really enjoy him. One of the most beneficial commands is when he is put on “his place” where he will remain until he is “released.” He now follows commands and will play by himself. It is wonderful to bend down and pick him up without him backing sway. He is my shadow, but one I am happy to have around!!
We would highly recommend this full service program for any family that has a dog with “bad behaviors.” It is also great to educate the owners…obviously it was not only his problem! The staff is highly professional and knowledgeable. It is also very apparent that they are Dog Lovers.
Kim and Nan Norquist, Boomer´s Mom and Dad
The Doghouse, LLC sends weekly progression videos of the Full Service Training dogs at The Doghouse, LLC
Here are some of the client responses to the videos!
OMG I do not even have the words, you are amazing, I cannot even begin to fathom how you do this, but wow, they are doing amazing and Vito!!! you can see how much he thrives and enjoys this, and my little mush Milo, lol oh he is too cute! The boys are I are so happy and so amazed how much you have accomplished. Miss them so much but wow, just so glad they are with you. AND!!!! squirrles OMG I cannot believe that there squirrels and Vito behaved so wonderfully, just no words.
The park is amazing! Thank you so much!!!
Oh, Carrie…you are some class of a miracle worker! I got teary-eyed watching these videos. I can’t believe how much you’ve taught them in the short time they’ve been with you. Fantastic! I can’t wait to show my husband. I’m so proud of them! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Oh my God Carrie! That is awesome!!!! He is so good. I’m practically crying I’m so happy.
Thank you soooooo much. Can’t wait to see you tomorrow.
Thank you, Bill
“We just watched the videos. They were great to see. He is clearly well under control and is quite social –even so close to strangers and a dog!
Are you sure this is Jaxon?”
Thanks so much for the videos! My jaw is still hanging open from viewing them! I’m so happy with Dash’s progress and I can’t wait to visit a dog park with him. Please keep us posted and let us know if you need anything.
I am absolutely extremely pleased with the training that my Vanna Is receiving .
SHE is loved as if she were in her own home and the trainer is the best animal trainer I have interviewed. I am well aware of her extensive background in all sorts of training abilities and that her career path SHOWS within every dog that she loves what she is doing she has the turned out . I am proud to say that our family member is in safe, loving and confident skilled DOG TRAINING hands.
thank you So Much Carrie . YOU ARE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB and thanks for all the videos .
cannot wait to get her back
Oh wow, I am so happy to see these videos! I am proud of both of them. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing. I am so excited to see how well they are behaving when they come home!
WOW!!!! I am amazed at what you have been able to with Toby. I can not thank you enough for working so hard with him. I look forward to the future of us being able to do with same with him and enjoy being out on the town with him. Your work is incredible and thanks for keeping us up to date on his progress. Thanks again!!
“Oh my goodness! She is doing amazing. I love how she ignores all the distractions and watches/waits for you to give her a command. thanks so much for sharing Sadie’s progress. I appreciate all you are doing.”
Ahhh! This is great! I’m so happy to see him being well behaved around other dogs! He looks happy and healthy!
Happy doggie, happy me 🙂
I have been gone all day, and I just sat down to check my emails. Thank you for sending us the video of Sasha! She looks great!!
I’m amazed at how she is just glued to your left leg as she walks. What a difference. Now I just need to be trained:-)
I can’t wait to see her tomorrow at 11:30am.
I cannot believe that is my dog. Thank u so much. We can’t wait for her to come home. Tell your staff and u thanks!!! Thank you Carrie!!!!!
I forwarded the video to Tim and Renee.
Wow, that’s incredible! I can’t wait to practice with him. See you tomorrow!
Carrie!!!!!! AWESOME!!!! Wayne and I are blown away!!!! We can’t wait to see him! You continue to impress us! Thank you so very much!!!!
Wow! He did great!! Much better than he was- no barking, barely any whining, great with distractions! Awesome. He’s always been pretty eager to learn, I just never knew what to teach him! I miss him a lot, but he’s clearly learning a lot!
This is AWESOME!!! Or “AMAZING!!!” as my 7 yr old just said!!! It was so wonderful to see our sweet MAGS! We are so excited to see her happy, healthy, and learning so much great stuff!
Thanks for taking such great care of her and working so hard with her!
We loved it!
We are amazed! We want to know where is coco? That can’t possibly be our dog!!!!! You are a miracle worker! WOW! Thank you for sharing!
I just finished watching the videos. I am beyond words right now, simply stunned on how far he’s come! That place at the end was the icing on the cake.
LOVE!!!! She looks so good! I can’t believe it’s only been 11 days!!! I’m so proud 🙂
Amazing, Carrie! Thanks so much for sending these. It’s fantastic to see what amazing progress Chili is making.
Thank you!!! This video made my day….truly. I cannot believe this is actually the Roxy I know……she seems to be doing very well. I appreciate your keeping me updated on her progress.
Thank you so much for sending!! We love getting these videos. Goose looks like he is having so much fun. I can’t believe you got him to come to you with a bone right in front of him – AMAZING! Counting down the days until Goose comes home. It is so quiet here without him and his toys everywhere. Thank you again for sending the video and for taking such good care of our Goose.
That’s amazing. Caesar Milan has nothing on you. WOW!!!! I’m speechless. Thank you.
Carrie that video nearly brought me to tears. Arthur looks so unbelievably happy. Let me start by say again how incredibly blessed I am to have found you to keep Arthur. Your love and devotion to him shows in each and every video you send. You can see that he really likes you by just how far he has come.
Hi Carrie, we watched the videos of Cooper heeling and playing in the park. Looks like he is having fun and doing really well. If Cooper continues progressing at this rate he’ll be casted for the lead role in Lassie. Keep up the good work. We are looking forward to seeing additional takes.
You are a miracle worker!!!! We are so pleased, beyond words really, how well he is doing. And we miss him like crazy, can’t wait to get him home and show him off to all the neighbors. Awesome! Looks incredible. I can’t wait to learn how to continue with him properly. I’ll see you tomorrow.
She’s doing great. Also doing great off leash with distractions. It’s funny watching her try to do the old habits around the house. She starts to do them and corrects herself lol.
In the short time I gave u, u worked hard in the cold and rain to accomplish our goal.
Thanks again for the dedication you have to your profession!