Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Portland Avenue Vet Gives Testimony For Fast Pup Dog Training

Fast Pup Dog Training loves hearing from clients. Here is a follow up from Kelly Buchanan at Portland Avenue Veterinary Hospital.

Hi Kate!
Just checking in with an update about Villa and how we are all doing! Even tho 2009 was a challenging and busy year for us, we continued training Villa at home and in our neighborhood with outstanding results!
2010 has flown by fast and I am still as happy and satisfied with Villa's training as ever. With a new year, I have been running a lot and taking Villa with me exercising. This is a prime opportunity for us to encounter distractions. There are lots of dogs barking/protecting their yards as we jog by, cats running everywhere, young children screaming, and cyclists zooming by on the streets. Villa now handles these distractions so gracefully and I can focus my attentions on putting one foot in front of the other. I have lost over 60 lbs since last October, and wouldn't have been able to do it without this wonderful companion to accompany me on every hike, jog, and walk. Villa couldn't even walk properly on a leash (in a prong collar!) when we first adopted her. Thank you Kate for all of your help.
Villa also accompanies me to my job at least once a month. As many of us know, walking into a Vet Clinic with our dog can be challenging in the very best of circumstances (focus!, no peeing on the posts, keep moving, no sniffing there, don't eat that off the ground etc). While at my job, Villa will commonly encounter small, barking, protective dogs that are off leash or poorly restrained, Rudy the office cat, whom wanders where he wants, and new people who want to pet her. From the xray processor maintenance man, to client's children, to family of assistants, Villa meets them all with good manners and makes me proud each and every time.
I often recommend your Training Services to clients as they share with me their concerns about their dogs behaviours. After seeing the direct remarkable difference in Villa, my co-workers recomment you as well. We can't keep your fliers stocked at our office. Even, Dr Wright (who has treated many German Shepards over his 52 year career as a DVM), is enchanted by the obedient and loving nature Villa has. There's not many German Shepards that come into our Vet Clinic and don't need to be muzzled to be examined, not to mention ignore the office cat teasing them in the waiting room!
I hope to touch base with you and take Villa to some advanced training classes this year.
Many wishes to your success and we are eternally grateful for your help with Villa.
Kelly Buchanan
and family

Fast Pup Dog Training At Tacoma's Maritime Fest

Fast Pup Dog Training will be attending the Tacoma Maritime Fest this weekend, August 28th & 29th. Come by and visit the dogs down on the Thea Foss Waterway! For information check out the Maritime Fest Website:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Am Staff Pit Bull Gets Help From Fast Pup Tacoma

At Fast Pup Dog Training, Tacoma, we can train any dog! When Kate Johansson first met Ma'leiko, an American Staffordshire Terrier, the look of the dog took her breath away. Brindle in coloring, large (75 pounds) and massively muscled, the dog had a fierce look about him. It was easy to see how someone could be frightened by him. Johansson quicly realized that Ma'leiko was just a young pup with boundless energy and no manners. But with a baby girl who was afraid of him, the situation needed immediate improvement for the safety of both dog and toddler. Here is a testimonial from the dog's owners.

Angela Mendoza writes:

It has been an amazing experience working with Kate Johansson and the Fast Pup Dog Training program. Two months ago, my family and I were given a young dog named Ma'leiko (Hawaiian for "Warrior") who is an American Staffordshire Terrier Pit Bull mix. We were his fourth owners and he was only 10 months old.

He was out of control. My husband and I tried everything to train him--from giving him treats, to wearing him out. He was completely uncontrollable on a leash and he was constantly breaking out of his kennel. Our two year old daughter was terrified of him because he would always run and jump on her.

We received an email from a breeder who knew Kate and Fast Pup Dog Training and she recommended calling her for help. It was literally our last resort. We were at the end of our rope and were thinking of taking this dog to the shelter in hopes that he would be placed with a family that would be able to handle him better. Unfortunately, we also knew that he would probably be euthanized if we took him to a shelter.

After speaking with Kate, we had some hope, and held off getting rid of him for a few days. That Wednesday, we went to a training session with her and held our breath in anticipation. We needed to see a miracle. After watching her demonstration and getting a few minutes of one to one time with our dog, Ma'leiko made a change right on the spot. That very day we signed up with Kate and have never looked back.

Ma'leiko had a lot working against him. His brindle coloring, his size and lack of manners were overwhelming to us. Since working with Kate, Ma'leiko is walking very nicely both on leash and off, our daughter is no longer afraid of him (she feeds him by hand and snuggles with him,) and he has excellent obedience. He has made a complete turn around. Now he has become a true family member and will remain right here with us as part of our family.

Thank you Kate. You taught our family that with the right training and an outstanding trainer to guide us, we could make this dog a wonderful member of our family.