I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how good things have been with Scout the Spoodle. He has settled down and is behaving beautifully. He is walking nicely, sits in his box at meal times and loves his new diet of raw meats and vegies.
Thanks again. I will be recommending you to any dog owners I meet.
Regards Liz Chambers
From Kaye in Shepparton,
I am forever grateful for what you have done for Jazz and myself over the past few months - you are truly amazing!
After two prior home visits from a dog centre I was recommended to, I was unfortunately left with Jazz still being very aggressive towards other dogs. Walks were stressful and extremely unenjoyable with her constant pulling and lunging at dogs.
I resorted to the fact I needed to travel to Melbourne to seek the help we needed. After contacting your centre, I was amazed to hear that you would happily travel to Shepparton to train Jazz.
After the first training session I had a new girl! Your practical, down to earth technics made so much sense and were so easy to implement. After the second session you had her sitting a metre apart from another dog - something I thought I would never see. Needless to say, walking now is a pleasure. We are so fortunate to have experienced and dedicated dog trainers like yourself, to help owners overcome obedience issues and be able to fully enjoy all aspects of owning a dog.
Thanks again Claude - we couldn't be happier!
Kindest Regards, Kaye
Our Lucy came to us as a troubled 9 week old puppy.
We promptly fell in love with her but as the months went by, we found ourselves with a very difficult dog to manage. Walking Lucy had become a major undertaking and consisted of her pulling hard for the entire walk and violently lunging to bark at any other dogs we encountered. She also darted out of any opened door to run madly into the street, ducking and weaving to avoid being caught (she loved this 'game' ) Not only was this extremely annoying but so, so dangerous for our difficult but much loved girl.
Clearly we needed some help! Lucy was a year old in mid 2012 when we turned up to Berwick K9IQ with a very excited and noisy Lucy. The trainers were so welcoming and understanding of her problems, I knew we had come to the right place. As time went by and we came to 'dog school' each week, it became clear that Lucy wasn`t a difficult dog.....she just didn't know how to behave!
The trainers at K9IQ provided the skills required to teach Lucy in a way that she would understand. With persistence and a consistent approach, the improvement was almost instant. We passed 'Basic' class in October that same year and then passed 'Intermediate' by the following March. We have now been in 'Advanced' class for several weeks and not only does Lucy love it, but she has transformed into a very obedient girl who is a pleasure to have around and beautifully behaved on walks!
We are now enjoying our dog to the fullest and feel confidant to take her anywhere. If you love your dog and want to get the best from him while having a lot of fun.... then K9IQ is definately the place to go.
Finally, a big Thank You to Claude and all of the trainers who do such a fantastic job each and every week.
Regards Sue Caithness and Lucy
To Claude and all the K9iQ trainers, I wanted to let you know what an absolute pleasure it is to have found you!! Thank you so much for all playing a part in helping to enrich Max’ and my life.
I first heard about you through my son’s girlfriend Jane. She and her gorgeous poodle Humphrey had come to you for their first time 6 months ago. They both enjoyed themselves so much that I decided to go along the following week just to observe.
Well I was sold!! I loved it. The atmosphere was fantastic.
The four of us have been attending every Saturday since. My friends and family all know I’m definitely not available for anything on Saturday mornings.
Every week you are all bursting with enthusiasm and passion to help us build closer relationships with our dogs. Thank you for giving the encouragement each dog/owner team needs to grow according to their specific needs and situation.
You have an amazing ability to get anything across in a fun, entertaining, lighthearted, caring manner. I love that even when we are training seriously there is always lots of fun and laughter.
Max will be 13 years old in a few months. He has had fear/aggression issues with other dogs since he was 2 years old. Due to many “incidents” in the past I became too scared to deal with the problem, so we simply avoided all dogs. I knew this was a very negative action to take but without good support I felt powerless.
Up until that life changing day when I came to observe at K9iQ, I thought that was the way we had to live which was very sad. But how our lives have changed. Now I’m filled with such pride and happiness as I confidently say to max “drop” then walk away, leaving him amongst a group of dogs all doing the same thing, just incredibly rewarding.
It really does show that it is NEVER too late to make changes for a happier, more fulfilling and content life with your dog friend, even if he is in his senior years. Forever grateful.
Regards Lynn Dow
My dog Jazz, a 3 year old maltese cross has always been extremely timid (unkind people might even say neurotic). I have always hoped there were things I could do to help her but felt over whelmed by conflicting information and how poorly she responded to the different things I'd tried. One vet suggested she go on daily doses of doggie Valium which I didn't want to do.
During the session with Claude Jazz responded almost immediately and I felt confident with what I was learning. 3 days after our session Jazz and I met up with a friend who could pet Jazz for the first time ever, turned to me and said "Best money spent ever" and she was right, both Jazz and I are growing in confidence.
Regards, Karen Rodgers
When we were unable to get to puppy school, Claude came to our house to help us learn the basics of settling in our pup and early training.
Claude is an excellent communicator with both dogs and humans and implementing his advice really helped us to strengthen our bond with our pup and train her more effectively.
We were grateful for his knowledge and help in deciding on practical decisions such as diet and where puppy should sleep and advice regarding ongoing care and training.
Regards, Abi Donnelly
From Fleur Hamilton,
We are thrilled that Claude has brought enjoyment back to our relationship with our dog. Our 3 year old labrador Lolly had been displaying increasingly aggressive behaviour towards other dogs- she was the talk of the neighbourhood and we were at a loss.
Claude visited us in country Victoria and showed us some really practical, easy and helpful training ideas. It worked immediately- in fact we couldn't believe that we were dealing with the same dog. After a really productive first session with Claude we continued our training by ourselves, but Claude kept in touch to see how we were progressing. He came back to check on Lolly's training and also offer some more advice on things we hadn't even considered (ie walking on a loose lead).
It has been really rewarding seeing Lolly's behaviour improve so much- with such easy training- and we are all enjoying having her as a pet a lot more.
From Amy Hamilton,
We are so happy that we found you! From our couple of sessions, our 2 staffys have gone from boisterous handfuls to well behaved delights!! They have learnt to deal with excitement and anxiety in their surrounds, and are now relaxed and listen to instructions.
Your sessions are a lot of fun for all of us and the training techniques achieve such great results so fast! Thanks to your help, the boys are now looking forward to coming to work with us everyday and have the confidence that we have their full attention when we need it.
I look forward to more advanced obedience sessions with you in the future!!!
Thanks so much Claude!
I first approached Claude mid September 2014. I had just returned from two months overseas to find that my dog had attacked my parent’s cat.
When I first adopted my dog around June 2012 she was very timid even with me. I took her to puppy obedience classes where she passed Beginners, graduating with a beautiful purple ribbon. After classes I allowed her to mingle with the other puppies and dogs in a fenced pen.She was becoming very confident playing with other dogs. One day however one of the dogs didn’t leave her side. It consistently nipped at her lip and face. At first my dog didn’t mind too much. And I tried to move her away from the other dog.This was the first time my dog showed aggression and since then that anxiety grew to the point where I could not have her near other dogs, cats or birds. I ended her obedience training classes and began home schooling.
She started to lose confidence with people too, barking at strangers coming to the front door, growling at people passing by.After the last incident with my parent’s cat I was scared that I might have to make ‘that horrible’ decision.I searched on the Internet reading through blogs and trawling through web pages to find someone to help my dog.Then I came across a webs site K9IQ. I called Claude and told him about my dog. At that first contact Claude was able to calm my worries about my dog. Hereassured me that I could help her overcome this behavior issue. He gave me the confidence to give my relationship with my dog another chance.
Claude conducted a few one on one training sessions with us and after the first session I had already witnessed an improvement in my dog. Instead of the use of treats, which was how I used to train with her, Claude showed me ways to get my dog to see me as that reward.He had shown me the tools to identify, react and be proactive when my dog started to show signs of anxiety before it became an aggressive reaction.Before I was unable to read her body language.
I was taught to teach my dog ways to deal with stressful situations by commanding her into a sitting position. To give her techniques and the chance to trust my ability to safely remove her from that stressful situation. Now I am happy to say after close to 6 months training I can walk my dog outside with the confidence to identify and control a stressful situation before it happens. She is now also more confident and comfortable with people.
Though we are not out of the woods yet with her aggression issues I am overwhelmed with how much she has improved and am proud of the relationship we have developed. Thank you Claude and the K9IQ team!
From Kerri, The moment Claude arrived at our home to provide us with one- on -one training for our 18 month old Boxer, I knew we had the right person. Claude possesses the often rare ability to communicate with animals as well as he does with humans and importantly is able to articulate the reasoning and science behind his methodologies. Our dog responded to him beautifully and my husband and I were amazed by the progress made at our very first consultation and training session. Claude was firm yet humane with our beloved Boxer and also attuned to how we were feeling as the session progressed. Every step was patiently explained with clear analogies tailored to us. He clearly has a natural affinity with dogs as well as the training, knowledge and experience to maximize the process. We have been left with a clear and achievable set of tasks and feel relieved that finally we are doing something to curb some worrying behavior from our dog- we feel as though we have regained control and have some tools to help us. Thank you so much Claude!
Kerri and Mark- Wheelers Hill
It was awesome meeting you today and having you come out to our home to work with our little girl. Zelda made so much progress in just the one session, we could not be happier. We can't wait to bring our baby home and introduce him to our pack. We will keep you updated on Zelda and Jaega's training progress as well as update you on their interaction with their baby brother in the weeks to come.
We really appreciate the advice in relation to the dog food, as well as appropriately showing positive and negative interactions when required with our dogs. Your advice has definately made a difference in our lives already, we are very excited to see how far Jaega and Zelda can come in working with you in the future. We will be bringing them to your dog classes in the new year!!
In terms of feedback from tonight's session, we really appreciate your honesty in relation to how shelters operate, dog nutrition and how to not only get the best out of our dogs, but stimulate them appropriately and have them feel like their getting something from this training also.
You were really patient with us, and gave us the time to let the new info sink in, which will benefit our dogs in the long run. You've really changed our lives in such a short time span already!
We were so desperate that we had Claude come out to us and we noticed a significant difference within a day! Our dogs, Princess and Oliver, are making us so proud every day. We immediately clicked with Claude’s training technique, it made absolute sense! Claude is patient and genuine, we are forever grateful for meeting Claude.
We look forward to our continuing training with him and our dogs. We could not recommend him any higher, this legend knows his stuff. We wish we had known about Claude earlier but we are very excited for what’s to come. We were absolutely blown away by the results and we guarantee - you will not be disappointed.
Matt & Sian (Princess and Oliver)
I would like to tell you a little bit about the story of our 2-year-old Beagle Larry, and our experience at K9iQ training.
We adopted Larry early November 2014. Over the first week we realised that Larry had come from an unhappy background. He came to us with multiple dog wounds on his back legs. We realised that things weren’t right at all, when I tried to contact his previous owners to inquire about the wounds and we found that the number was disconnected.
This was nothing compared to what we were further about to discover. After we had Larry for around 4 months, we decided it was time to take him to a dog beach. As we got out of the car, he noticed other dogs being walked on leads and he started screeching, howling and foaming at the mouth. It was terrifying. The next couple of times, I took him around the block in our neighbourhood. Like clock work, as soon as we encountered a dog, Larry completely lost control and began foaming and making screeching noises that you wouldn’t even believe a dog could make. It was after this I realised we really needed professional help.
I looked up a dog behaviourist who had fantastic accolades and reviews. This is how we found Claude, from K9iQ- Dog Obedience and Behaviour Training. Claude came out for a private lesson to gauge Larry's behaviour. Claude explained that Larry was one of the worst cases he has ever seen. He suspected that Larry might have been used as a bait dog in a fight/ endured a bad dogfight or perhaps used for hunting/bitten by a pack member. We began a journey of many unknowns with Claude to find out more about what our poor boy Larry had been through, and how we could improve things. So we began bringing Larry out to the Berwick K9iQ training centre.
Firstly we were given tasks to train with at home: basic obedience and scenting work. Larry’s behaviour improved fast in our home. Claude spent the first few weeks with Larry trying to work out what was driving him (fear or aggression). After learning more and more about what makes Larry anxious, Claude and the trainers devised careful training techniques, which slowly allowed Larry to feel safe in the presence of other dogs. About a month ago Larry was walking calmly amongst other dogs during the training session. This is something we honestly thought we would never expected to see at the beginning.
Claude and the trainers at K9iQ have been so helpful and an integral part of Larry's journey to a better life. We have been taking Larry to K9iQ for a year now, and Larry has improved so much in the company of other dogs. We are devout dog people and love hiking and travelling interstate with our dogs- and now Larry is a part of it all! It’s heart warming to see our boy experiencing this new enriching life. It just shows the level of commitment Claude and K9iQ truly have to see you through to the other side.
We cannot begin to express our gratitude to all the trainers at K9iQ, particularly Claude. It has been an emotional and sometimes trying journey, but we have prevailed. We cannot recommend K9iQ more highly. They have truly saved our boy and given him the life that every dog should be entitled to. Here’s to many more hiking trails, beach trips and new doggy friends for Larry.
Warm regards, Lexie and Connor
My fiance and I had been looking for a dog for some time when we found Cooper, a 9 month old male Harrier, in a shelter. On Boxing Day, we met Cooper and decided to adopt him. Cooper had not had a good start in life and his previous owners had severely neglected his training although he was a healthy animal. The shelter staff were openly sceptical that Cooper could be turned into a good dog. We thought otherwise and were determined to help Cooper realise his full potential.
On arrival at home Cooper displayed all the signs of a poor upbringing - running in the house, jumping on furniture, not fully house trained and barging through doors. Trying to do any lead work or walk Coper was the stuff of nightmares. With three weeks until obedience classes were starting we decided to call a professional. I contacted K9IQ and spoke to Claude and set up a home visit.
From the get go Claude's gentle but no nonsense techniques struck an accord with Cooper and myself. In a very short time Cooper was responsive and compliant and able to assimilate what he was being asked to do. Claude's ability to convey information about Cooper's behaviour and motivations made it easy to grasp the concepts and transfer them in to real training activities. Cooper is continuing to improve quickly but we have a long way to go and thanks to Claude's assistance we are confident that Cooper is the right dog for us and one day, Cooper will be an absolute cracker of a dog.
I would advise anyone who is considering adopting a boisterous dog with bad habits to contact Claude sooner rather than later. The quick turn around in the dog's behaviour will save you time, money and grief and give your dog the best possible start in their new home.
Thank you so much for this mornings training for myself and Mondo I learnt heaps. I just cant believe its the same dog, oh he still has the same spirit and that yummy attitude but he is now truly responsive, we’ve had a couple pee’s outside, a couple of holds without struggle and I have just finished my ironing without any problems. Feeling confident I thought I would really test out our new skills and open the wardrobe and put the ironing away, true to form he was straight into everything I put him in the sit position just as we had practiced and he remained there until I had put everything away, and all this without food incentive, incredible.
I am looking forward to getting him on a good diet, so your food recommendations would be really helpful, I cant say I was happy with the dry food and having a previous dog who was a diabetic, I really want to get it right this time round.
Kind regards Valerie Ruzzier and Mondo
Claude, As l was saying to you yesterday we just couldn't be happier with Narla's progress since taking your obedience lessons.
Who would have thought an 18mth Aussie who would nearly pull an adult over being walked would after only a handful of lessons be able to be walked out in the open by my 2yr old Granddaughter.