Congratulations to all of our Full-Service graduates from October! This month has been exciting, with various breeds, temperaments, and lifestyles to help dogs thrive. We hope to see all of these graduates at our monthly group class.

Shiloh, a German Shepherd from St Petersburg, Florida

Shiloh came to us for basic obedience, in addition to a few issues she was having around the house and neighborhood. She was terrified of certain noises, particularly loud cars and motorcycles, making her difficult to walk. Shiloh also liked to chase cats, jump on people, and steal food off the counter! She made significant progress in her confidence and manners and will have an excellent long life as an obedient family pet.

Sansa, a Visla from Tampa, Florida

We were super excited for Sansa to come for training, as it isn’t very often that we get to work with a Visla. This high-energy, high drive breed needs lots of outlets to keep them satisfied. We challenged Sansa with retrieve games, off-leash obedience, and impulse control proofing to push her to the next level.

Koko, a Standard Poodle from Palmetto, FL

Koko was a typical poodle in a lot of ways. Trainable, intelligent, eager to please. Koko was rescued from a situation where she was not well socialized and struggled with leash reactivity toward dogs. We are thrilled with the progress that she made while with us, and she is now able to be out in big playgroups during boarding and walk past dogs on the street with no issue.

Bella, an Irish Doodle from St Pete, Florida

Bella was a unique case for us. This Poodle/Irish Setter cross struggled with confidence issues, reactivity, leash pulling, barking in the car, and being very needy around the house. All of these issues stemmed from a lack of confidence, as well as a lack of leadership. Bella needed someone to show her how to act and take over being in charge of situations where Bella would generally get nervous. Once she had a leader to look up to, Bella made great strides.

Charlie, a Miniature Schnauzer from St Pete, Florida

He may be a mini schnauzer, but Charlie is a dog with a big personality! Many people think that small dogs do not need training, but that isn’t the case. Charlie is a classic case of a good dog becoming a great dog through obedience, manners, and healthy outlets for his abundant energy!

Axel, a German Shepherd from Riverview, FL

Axel is a young show-line German Shepherd who came to us for obedience foundations so that he can one day go on to be a service dog for his owner. Like most German Shepherd Dogs, Axel is a quick learner and thrives when asked to perform and has a job. He now has all of the skills that he needs to help his mom out down the road.

LeRoux, a French Bulldog from Seminole, Florida

LeRoux is another one of our small dog graduates from October. She was quite the wild child and stole things around the house, pulled on the leash, reacted at dogs on walks, and was generally very hard to manage at home. A combination of management and training means that she can now work through these issues and breakthrough some habits that she has had for a long time.

Oreo, a Whippet from Seminole, Florida

Oreo was referred to us by the owners of our last whippet graduate, Emma! This wonderful breed of sighthound has a very high prey drive and a tendency to run away both when spooked and in pursuit of an animal. Oreo was very typical of the breed and was obsessed with birds and squirrels that she saw when out and about. We taught her a solid recall, and now she can enjoy off-leash time with her owner!

Refresher Graduate
Moxie, a Golden Doodle from Tampa, Florida

Moxie graduated from Full Service in July 2016, and he came back for a two-week refresher to work on advanced skills and keep up on his initial training. Moxie can now enjoy more travel time with his owner, trips into town on the golf cart, and more freedom around the neighborhood.