Being first-time pet owners, we wanted to make sure we did everything right with Emi, our Shiba Inu. We were aware of the “behavioral challenges” this breed was known for and wanted to find the right trainer for her to break through the stereotypes. We did the basic puppy classes but knew Emi needed more. She was social, but extremely hyper, a classic leash-puller, and wouldn’t come when called (a difficult thing for Shiba’s). They were able to work Emi through commands and was extremely patient and encouraging when Emi did not feel like listening. She helped train Emi through issues such as biting, jumping, and learning to be patient. They not only taught Emi, but also taught us on how to set Emi up for success. We very much enjoy attending the group classes, where commands are re-enforced through fun and engaging games. Emi’s leash-pulling and biting are under control and now comes when called. We get frequent compliments on how well behaved and friendly she is, especially for a Shiba. Thank you Take The Lead, we could not have done it without you!
I have a Rottweiler/ Australian Shepherd mix and for those of you who don’t know both breeds can be strong willed to say the least. Before I put Chancellor through obedience training with Take the Lead Dog Training, she was your typical puppy. She ruled the house and wasn’t potty trained, didn’t listen to basic commands and she was unable to walk on a leash. Both Cheryl and Nakiva were very attentive and able to identify Chancellors misbehavior and able to correct her bad habits. I always felt comfortable and they answered any questions I had. She is now off leash trained and I can take her anywhere. We get compliments all the time for how well behaved she is and people are always shocked when we tell them she’s only 11 months old. She’s still stubborn and has her moments but we continue to practice using the tools Nakiva and Cheryl gave us to make Chancellor a well mannered dog. After completing training, Chancellor earned her Canine Good Citizen title!
My dog, Harper, is a three old Rottweiler/Hound mix and had always been a handful on the leash (pulling/lunging at cats). She also had a few incidents of aggression at her doggy daycare. I had my initial consult regarding Harper’s aggression. Throughout training, we worked at my house, at pet stores and at the dog park. After a few sessions with Cheryl, Harper has been a completely different dog on leash – she heals obediently next to me and listens to my commands and body language (automatically matching my speed and sitting when I stop). I am finally comfortable running and hiking with her. We also worked a lot at the dog park on keeping Harper’s focus in a hectic atmosphere – both asking her to hold a down stay while other dogs approach and working on recall when she is playing with another dog or running towards the mud/water. I feel like the training both she and I received will prevent any future incidents with other dogs and I once again feel comfortable taking her to the dog park alone and allowing her to interact with other dogs.
I’ve worked with other trainers before on basic and advanced obedience and always felt like Harper was only performing for treats. After working with Take the Lead, it is clear that Harper is responding to my commands because she honestly knows what I am asking and wants to please me. Both she and I are much happier now that we are both on the same page and we have Cheryl to thank.
We had the privilege of having Cheryl as our dog trainer. I had a rough experience before her and was scared to have another trainer come in, but Cheryl was FANTASTIC! I have two Jack Russell Terriers that have two very different personalities and it was so challenging to train them because I couldn’t use the same strategies on both. Cheryl came in and assessed this in a matter of minutes and was able to get them both on the same page pretty much on the first session. They now know their basic commands, walk on a leash, and LISTEN to me. Anyone with a Jack can attest they’re a stubborn breed, but Cheryl taught me strategies that make them do what they’re told – well, within the first few times – no dog is perfect! I’ve appreciated her friendship afterwards and continued helpful tips. I live in a much happier household thanks to her. Highly recommend and, if you’re on the fence – don’t be. This girl knows her stuff.
Christin WheelerEcho & Holly
Harlow is a 1 year old Lab/Border Collie mix. He is a 70lb ball of energy. The first year we owned him, we were unable to take him anywhere with us, and my wife was unable to even walk him by herself because he would constantly pull to the point that it would nearly drag her down to the ground. Our second biggest problem was his jumping and excitement when guests came over to visit. It didn’t matter if it was someone new or and old friend, Harlow would crowd them at the door, jump up on them, lick them and would not leave them alone the entire time they were at our house. This, in and of itself was a problem, but we also have 2 young nephews that he could knock down. This was embarrassing and we weren’t able to enjoy our dog in any type of social setting. So we decided it was time to hire a professional!
Within the first 2 sessions, Harlow was a completely different dog. He was no longer pulling on the leash excessively, he was sitting away from the door waiting for guests to enter through, and was no longer jumping on them when they were in our house. Over the following weeks of our training, Cheryl taught us how to control and calm Harlow if he got too excited, she helped build his confidence around other dogs, and taught him to heel and walk next to us at all times while on the leash. Harlow is much more pleasant to be around over all. We are now confident in taking him outside of the house and having him around strangers! Even our 4 year old nephew can now hold his leash while walking and give him commands to heel, sit, wait, and stay! The changes we have seen in him have been incredible and we can not thank Cheryl enough! We would definitely recommend her to anyone who owns a dog!
Cheryl is an amazing trainer. My dog, Coco had just a few issues (I say that sarcastically) like pulling on the leash (more like dragging me around the neighborhood). Oh, and then there is the way she greeted people, nothing like having an 80 pound dog jump all over you. I had this great dog that I could do nothing with. Along came Cheryl, who taught me the training methods and worked with Coco and I. With lots of practice time, I now have a dog that walks by my side, greets people from a sit and stays in her “place”. I couldn’t be more pleased. Cheryl really does a great job explaining the training methods, and she was very patient while I attempted to master them. I loved that she came to my house, so my dog could be trained in her own environment. I am thrilled with the results!!!!
Cheryl custom trained our service dog for our daughter here. It was obvious early on that she was adept and passionate about training dogs. I always called her THE “dog whisperer” because I have never seen such amazing results in dog training.
We were confident we were in good hands. Cheryl trained me and corrected my technique so our dog listens to me and now our 11 year old special needs daughter. When I do what she says we get tremendous results. We had a dog trained by another company long ago, and he only listened to the trainer.
Cheryl is truly gifted and I would highly recommend her services for anyone who really wants to enjoy the lifetime they will have with their furry friends! I have had other trainers, and although they were qualified, the experience was lacking and the results were mediocre…she just seems to have the special something that sets her apart from other trainers.
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