Our family adopted our Shepherd/Lab Mix dog, Cooper, at 8 weeks old from a rescue that placed new litters of puppies. We have 2 young boys, ages 7and 10, and thought this would be the perfect time to get a puppy to grow up along with them. Fast forward 7 months and we had an energetic, strong-willed adolescent dog who’s unwanted behaviors were being reinforced by 2 energetic, strong-willed little boys…we needed help!!
So, I contacted Silke at Hero Canine Counseling for assistance with training Cooper and helping our family learn how to properly handle our new addition. We set up the Teen Dog Package for Cooper that included 4 in-home sessions. Silke was very flexible in setting up our sessions to accommodate our family’s busy schedule.
We learned so much from Silke during our 4 sessions! She was amazing with handling Cooper and so patient with teaching our boys. She helped us to understand Cooper’s behaviors and gave us so many tools for training and adjusting some of the things we were doing incorrectly. We worked on keeping Cooper from jumping up on people and unwanted chewing and mouthing. Techniques to keep Cooper from running out the door and to train him to walk properly beside side us on his leash. We also covered common commands, such as sit and stay, come, take it, let’s go. She recapped each session in a follow up email and gave us so many resources to refer to. We are still a work in progress but we see improvements every day and have learned the biggest lesson is consistency!
We would highly recommend Hero Canine Counseling to any one that is looking for tools for training their dog or needs help handling unwanted behaviors. Silke has so much knowledge to share and is a pleasure to work with. Our only regret is that we didn’t contact her sooner!! -- Lori Bower, Danville, PA
Thank you is simply not enough! Silke was the best thing to happen to us! I contacted Hero before we brought our pup home and she had us thinking about our training needs right away. The articles she sent helped us be prepared for what was to come, our ideas of training and actual successful training were very different, we had to adjust our thinking. Silke helped me come up with a plan that suited our family and lifestyle. I am certain the training was more for me than the dog!
Silke was fun, professional, and has the magic puppy touch! Our puppy Soca is well on his way to being a super pup! -- Laura Noll and Soca, Bloomsburg