24 Jul

Brian Kilcommons took charge and turned ...

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Each dog is different. My newest one is very sweet but extraordinarily timid, too submissive and afraid of most people, noises and objects. It was clear that we both needed help. Brian Kilcommons took charge and turned my dog into one that has more self confidence, is happy and is a delightful companion. In addition, he has taught me how to continue her training and been marvelous about following her development. I am deeply appreciative of all the time, care and intelligent effort he has devoted to her and me. To my mind, he is simply incomparable.

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06 Dec

Your training him has made all the diffe...

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Brian,

I can’t tell you how pleased and grateful we are to you for training our dog, Happy Rumpus. He is a 6 month old labradoodle puppy and when we brought him to you, he was sweet and lovable…but…walking him on the leash was very, very difficult as he pulled, jumped and generally made that experience less than pleasing! He had frequent accidents in the house despite being walked on schedule. He barked and howled when left alone. He obeyed simple commands, but only if he was “in the mood.” We realize that we needed training as much as he did.

As you know, we started working with you once a week or so when Happy was 4 months old, but as he grew bigger we knew we needed more help. Happy was with you for only two weeks and we now have a brand new experience with this pup! He obeys commands, walks well on the leash and does not bark inside. Most of all, though, he is a delight to be with. I know that your training him has made all the difference. And training us to work with him, joyfully while expecting results and success, has been a revelation!

We will continue to work with you and we look forward to a long relationship!

Thank you so very much for helping us and for bringing Happy Rumpus along to be the best companion he can be!

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06 Dec

A league of his own!

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I wanted to take this time to express my sincere appreciation for the job you guys did with my dog. For being 6 months old I am extraordinarily impressed with her behavior. She is the talk of my building and the neighborhood. She is really such a pleasure to walk and to bring around people including young children and elderly people as well. I know I did not give her to you with behavior issues but she was a true puppy in every sense of the word. She is now a mature well behaved puppy. I also realize that the majority of issues I will encounter will probably be my fault due to lack of consistency and learning how to be a good dog owner. My time working with you guys was invaluable and I appreciate the continued support in always being available to answer any questions that I might have. The operation you guys run is really in a league of its own! I look forward to continuing to work with you guys throughout my dogs continued education and training. This has been an amazing start for mine and Zelda’s journey. Thank you so much!

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06 Dec

Thank you for your tremendous talent and...

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Rylee (my Puggle puppy) and I have had the pleasure of working with Toni and Brian for several months now. Rylee is a strong willed puppy and they were very patient with he and I from the start. After a couple lessons, Rylee was behaving much better and had a much calmer and obedient demeanor. Toni and Brian give you the tools and instructions necessary to keep things going outside of the sessions. They don’t just teach your dog how to sit or fetch, they do an amazing job helping you to understand how your dog interacts with you based on your behavior towards them. It’s funny how much you learn about yourself when you are training a new puppy. The key is following their direction outside of the sessions to create consistency. They are both extremely knowledgeable and professional and the best part is you have a really good time during the session. They are great people and great instructors. Well worth the time and investment. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Thank you for your tremendous talent and passion for what you do!

 

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06 Dec

What A Great Difference

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What a great difference you have made in the life of Pansy and me. I have tried to follow your teachings with good results and fortunately she is a quick learner (except for her bathroom habits!) She seems less nervous and a more self confident girl. Many thanks for what you have accomplished with our sweet Pansy.

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06 Dec

What a difference!

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Brian has worked with my greater swiss mountain dog only two days and what a difference! She is a shy dog with little confidence, but in just two days she is a different dog. I have had several trainers. They all have said to take little steps with her and not force her to do any thing she is not ready to do. Brian said the opposite. ‘she is a dog so treat her like one”. In a nice calm way he trained her to sit, down, stay, wait, come, and she has gained so much more confidence just knowing what is expected of her. Before he started training her, she would not go through doors and certainly not the animal hospital or any house but her own. Now with the right tone of voice and a little trust in me she goes into all places. In a very short time she is a changed dog. All thanks to Brian!!

 

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06 Dec

If you work with Brian you will get posi...

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We agreed to take over the care of an eight-year-old mixed breed dog who had been found abandoned and roaming the streets many years ago by a family member. The dog’s experiences over the years created fear aggression in him that occasionally would be explosive. On his daily walks in the neighborhood he was always alert for “danger” and frequently activated aggressively to ward off imagined threats.

Through Brian’s example of handling Tucker, and more importantly his training of us as Tucker’s every day handlers, we saw enormous improvement in his behavior. As we gradually learned to be consistent in providing structure as well as praise, Tucker became more relaxed and found less and less reason to activate. When he felt that we were totally in charge of the environment he could and would relax. He is also keenly aware of when we the handlers get distracted and do not provide the leadership and structure needed. He then can revert to the belief that it is he who must be alert to “danger” for he and his pack.

Brian’s considerable experience and understanding of canine behavior enables him to develop a corrective action plan in a New York minute. More importantly, his understanding of human behavior with dogs results in tailored advice that meet the needs of the dog and the person who is responsible for the dog.

When you work with Brian, you get so much more than the time you spend with direct face-to-face training. He goes out of his way to be available by phone to discuss behaviors and get advice. And he will often take the time himself to call to check in on how things are going. And if he senses you have veered from the path, he provides direct feedback and encouragement.

If you work with Brian you will get positive results. Your dog will be better behaved and more in sync with you. But make no mistake about it; the more challenged your dog is the more you can expect to be challenged to take the right steps.

When you are working with Brian, it is clear that he cares about your dog and he cares about you. And he is driven to create success for all.

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06 Dec

Brian was our saving grace.

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Tony’s daughter asked if we would take her dog into our home for a year while she settled into a new job. I have owned several dogs and felt confident that I could easily handle her 8 year old Australian shepherd mix. Little did I know! Tucker was an enigma to me: when we were in the house alone he was sweet, well-behaved, and playful. But when company came over or especially when we saw other dogs in the street he would suddenly become a barking, unmanageable mess. Nothing I said or did seemed to make a difference, and I came to dread Tucker’s explosive outbursts.

Brian was our saving grace. He is equal parts animal behaviorist and human psychologist (the latter became especially important as Brian had to manage the very different responses and skill levels of me, Tony and his daughter who was nervously monitoring our experience from the West coast).

Brian has both the patience of a saint and a zero tolerance policy for sloppy or inconsistent efforts on our part. He is 100% dedicated to creating a human/dog relationship that is a joy for all concerned.

Under Brian’s tutelage I went from being over reactive, angry, and dominating (all of which made Tucker worse) to being a relaxed, confident, this-is-what-I-expect leader that Tucker listens and responds to. Both Tucker and I are happier and more relaxed, and it’s a joy to feel that we are now working together instead of working against each other.

Brian, you told me it would be easy someday, and you were right! Thank you.

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06 Dec

I really do not think anyone could be be...

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How often can you say you know, and have worked with one of the world’s best in any given field? Amazingly, I have known and worked with Brian over the last 20 or so years, beginning when he sized up my dog Watson in a couple of minutes, and helped us get him under control. I would put him up against any other trainer in the world. It’s just one of those things, there is a gift involved here that he possesses, as well as a crazy resume of experience. He has no bullshit in him, and he will always tell you the truth, no matter what you want to hear, or don’t want to hear.
I really do not think anyone could be better than him at what he does, I really don’t.

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06 Dec

Brian plays an instrumental role in decr...

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Brian Killcommons is more than a nationally respected author, dog trainer and behavior specialist. Brian is also a compassionate visionary. While his expertise is actively sought out by the rich and famous, Brian has never forgotten the neediest animals – animals with difficult behavioral problems abandoned at municipal animal shelters. I have seen Brian transform these discarded animals into loving companions. By working with animal shelters across the United States, Brian plays an instrumental role in decreasing the number of pets euthanized. His many seminal books and media appearances has equipped all of us with the knowledge and skill required to continue and expand his live saving work. Whoever the dog, whatever the issue, I recommend Brian Killcommons without hesitation

 

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