06 Dec

There is a gift that he possesses...

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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

We unequivocally recommend Brian as a do...

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We unequivocally recommend Brian as a dog trainer. He has trained all three of our golden retrievers. This year when we called Brian, we were in a fairly desperate situation. I was becoming ill, unsteady on my feet. Gracie, our beautiful baby, was sweet, but rambunctious, headstrong and nipping at my legs and feet. She put me at risk of falling. It wasn’t safe for me to have her home. Brian immediately made availability for us so he could assess the situation. He told us she was absolutely trainable, but she should be trained as soon as possible. Although we were reluctant to leave so young a puppy with Brian, we decided it was necessary. She was with Brian for a little over a month. During that time, I started using a cane. After we told Brian, he started to train Gracie so that she would walk at my glacial pace when I had her on the lead. Amazing for a three-month old puppy. When we brought her home, she was a doll – well-behaved, respectful and still sugar sweet. People comment all the time on how incredibly well-behaved she is for such a young puppy. But for Brian, I don’t know whether we could have kept Gracie. She is sleeping at my feet as I write.

 

 

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06 Dec

Grateful

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My German Shepherd, Shadow, and I are living the good life and it’s all thanks to Brian Kilcommons!

When I started working with Brian, Shadow was 9 months old and well on his way to maturing into a large dog. Since I am just 4’10?, I knew I needed help training him. I had taken some private lessons from one trainer and this was such a disaster that I decided to try training him on my own. After all Shadow wasn’t our first German Shepherd, so I figured I’d be fine. But Shadow is like no other dog that we’ve owned, and I soon knew that I needed help.

At our first meeting with Brian, I couldn’t even walk Shadow down his driveway in a mannerly fashion. Shadow was all over the place with me trailing along trying to get him to listen to no avail. After watching us, Brian asked what my expectations and goals were for my dog. He gave me his professional, matter of fact, opinion which is something that I’ve been grateful for ever since.

 

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06 Dec

Helped her to live

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After 6 months of attempting to housebreak Joay, our adorable female mini labradoodle, we entrusted her training to Brian. As a typical puppy, Joay also had a mind of her own and needed to learn to respond to basic commands, as well as to find her place in our Manhattan apartment which included an ornery, 15 year old tabby cat. Joay spent a month with Brian who not only perfected her “daily business” habits, but trained her to listen and respond to everyday commands. He also worked on her self-confidence and canine skills to help her to live and thrive in the noisy and challenging Manhattan environment. Brian provided a loving home setting for Joay, where she had the opportunity to spend time outdoors and with other dogs in training situations.

 

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06 Dec

He’s the real deal

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As my husband has said many times, he’s the real deal. I’ve had dogs my entire life and each pet comes with different issues. I initially became familiar with Brian’s work through my veterinarian in 1996. I had a Brittany who was very high strung. Brian’s training books were very helpful to me. Years later, I now have 3 dogs but my Belgian Malinois was very insecure. Many of my friends had used Brian to help them with the issues of first time dog owners, but my issue was much more complex. First of all, Brian is very quick to respond and returned my call quickly. He had me fill out a questionnaire and our work began. Brian first formed a bond with my dog. He wanted to establish a trusting relationship with him before moving to the next step. All family members were involved with the training which took place at our home and the surrounding areas where we took the dog. He wanted to make sure we were all on board and understood the game plan collectively. Since my dog was not confident, Brian decided it was best not to take him from his comfort zone with his family and continued with all the training at our home. Because of Brian’s expertise, my dog is now calm and secure and living happily and peacefully with our other dogs and family members under one roof. I can say without hesitation that Brian can deal with any and all situations that come his way. Brian is patient, extremely knowledgeable and professional in every way. He is wonderful to work with and truly makes sure that you have an understanding of what the dog needs from you. We all looked forward to our sessions with Brian because he makes training so rewarding and fun that you want to go out and get another puppy immediately. Brian is the real deal and I consider him our friend as well.

 

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06 Dec

Your dedication, knowledge, skill and co...

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“Reddy” a chihuahua mix, adopted from the County shelter was so reactive towards other dogs it was impossible to walk him without him screaming and lunging towards all dogs we passed. We had resorted to hiding in bushes when we saw another dog or not walking him at all. In very short order you succeeded in teaching us how to walk him past other dogs while keeping his attention focused on us, not other dogs. We are now well on our way to enjoying taking a walk with him and he has gained a great deal of confidence.

18 years ago, after reading your book “Good Owners, Great Dogs” we contacted you for advice about our rescue dog “Shep” who had severe separation anxiety. The excellent advice you gave us saved his life. Had we given him up he surely would have been put to sleep. He became a wonderful dog and lived 17 years.

Your dedication, knowledge, skill and compassion are unsurpassed in the field of dog/human training. And, we will not forget your words, ” Have fun with your dog”.

 

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06 Dec

Thank you so much

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Thank you so much for all your work and care with Leo. He is the most amazing dog and we know it is because of the time and attention you gave him during his stay with you. We were so hesitant to get a puppy with our busy family life (and brand new carpets and furniture!), but you made it so easy for us complete pet newbies by not only bringing Leo back so well-trained, but giving us the tools and techniques to keep it up. And though we missed Leo so much when he was with you, the love and caring you showed him was really comforting and went beyond our expectations. When he had that slight infection from his neutering you recognized it right away and took him to two vets to get to the bottom of it! We wouldn’t have had a clue what to do and were so glad you were on the case! We loved when you sent me the personalized training video you made of Leo and use the ones we made in Nantucket to teach the grandparents and any new pet-sitters Leo’s commands. Everyone comments on how well-behaved and adorable Leo is. He’s just a joy and such fun and the foundation you gave him made integrating him into our family life stress-free. And thank you too for always being available for any questions or concerns, even late at night.

 

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06 Dec

There is simply no one better

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Brian has trained 4 of our dogs (and us as owners) over the past 20+ years. There is simply no one better, more knowlegable or fun to work with in his field. He’s also hosted several fund raising events where is humour and personality and story telling skills shine … as they do on his dvd’s and tv shows! Have recommended Brian and his work dozens of times to friends and associates who continue to thank us … just the best!

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06 Dec

When you are working with Brian, it is c...

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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

WOW!

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All we can say is…Wow! We cannot believe the transformation of our puppy after training with you. You truly have such a way with dogs. We expected Bailey to come back somewhat trained but never this well in such a short time. We handed you a loving puppy who unfortunately would chew our furniture, pee and poop on our carpet’s, put every thing on the street in her mouth, jump with excitement when anybody would come to pet her, and pull ahead on the leash as she tried to explore.

What you returned to us was our same loving Bailey but now one that walks by our side without pulling on the leash, sits when people come to play with her, stops and waits on command, responds to be told to sit, lie down, and go to your bed among other things. She is an absolute pleasure and as much as we loved her before she went to you, now we really enjoy her!

Brian, we cannot thank you enough! At 16 weeks old Bailey is better trained than more than 95% of the adult dogs we see.

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