We recently brought a new mini Golden Doodle puppy into our family of seven. With five children and a very busy schedule, we realized we needed to seek some direction in training our exuberant, wiggly puppy to make sure we set her on the right course towards becoming a well-behaved and safe member of our family. HeRo's in-home Puppy Starter Package was just what we needed. The sessions were customized to our needs, and being able to train right in our own home and yard was invaluable. Silke addressed our questions about our puppy's behaviors including jumping on the kids, mouthing, pulling on the leash, and getting along with other dogs. Because our puppy was showing some signs of bullying towards my mother's dog, Silke even did a session at my mom's home to work on those behaviors with both dogs. The "field trip" session at a local store offered the chance for our puppy to practice her new skills in an unfamiliar environment with many distractions. Silke was creative and thoughtful in involving our five kids in the training and in giving us suggestions of how to teach them to work with our puppy. The handouts, websites and resources she provided through the trainings were excellent. Overall, we found Silke to be knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and gracious. We hope to enroll our puppy in a group class at HeRo Canine Consulting sometime soon. -- Tami Gabrielsen and Quincy, Danville, PA
As my introduction to Canine NoseWork, Silke has been marvelous! She is able to combine a wealth of knowledge about dogs, an understanding of canine scenting skills, and a natural ability to teach humans with an approachable, friendly manner to create classes that are both enjoyable (for dogs AND humans) and productive.
Edy and I look forward to every class--I only wish we lived closer than over an hour away! -- Betsy Howell and Eddy, Harrisburg, PA
I have always loved the cuddly, furry dogs who like to curl up on your lap and adore you beyond all else, when into my life comes Zac a foster dog who was all muscle, energy and loves chasing squirrels and bunnies way more then me. Still, I knew I wanted to adopt him but even after 3 months wasn't sure I could give him the kind of home he would need to be really happy. Finally I made an appointment for Silke to do a home visit, hoping her assessment would help me make that decision. Within 1 hour she was able to show me how to address every concern I had and recommended I enroll in the Distraction class offered through Hero Canine.
Enter Lisa Godin. The Distractions class was small and tailored to meet the concerns we expressed on a survey form presented on the first night. The class started on time and ended on time, which was important to my personal schedule. I was amazed at the prep work Lisa did for each class. Our dogs had encounters with mops, umbrellas, wheelchairs, canes, whistling beeping radio controlled cars, toddlers, cats, and bicycles. Because it was an issue for several dogs, they even had the opportunity to deal with a prearranged motorcycle riding up and down the street. We were given multiple times to practice the strategies Lisa demonstrated, received handouts and even got follow-up emails. The dogs were given the opportunity to choose acceptable behaviors and we were given strategies to deal with anything less then acceptable. I cannot say enough about the home visit option or the Distractions class.
-- Sue Johnson with Zac, Sunbury, PA
"K9 Nosework and Silke have turned our coach potato into a star. We never thought we would find something that Brynn would enjoy so much!
We love watching Silke challenge her every week and help to develop her searching abilities." -- Derek Harhigh and Ashlea Shannon, Harrisburg, PA