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I would like to share our experience with our puppy training with Garrett Ridley of the K9 Academy. My husband and I became a little disconcerted after reading the article in your paper with the alleged charges of improper dog handling.
We have a German shepherd that is now 4 months old. She has issues, as all untrained puppies do. Garrett is working with her gently, but firmly. We can’t believe how easy he makes it look; he trains with praise and rewards, ignoring the negative behavior and rewarding the good behavior.
Our puppy is making great, positive strides in her training. She has a tendency to be assertive and aggressive. At our last vet visit she snipped, but luckily did not bite, an assistant who advised us that we needed to get this under control.
We have several friends and acquaintances with dogs that are completely unruly and not fun to be around. We want to have a dog that user friendly. As parents of four grown children as well having had many dogs in our lives, we are a bit rusty on the best way to achieve good behavior in a kind and loving way. Our puppy loves Garrett and is excited when she sees him. He has taught us to work with her in a quiet, efficient thus loving manner.
After we read the article, we asked Garrett if these allegations were true and he said no, that was we needed to keep on with our training. We continue to make great strides of accomplishment with our little girl. We feel he uses just enough discipline to help her understand what she can and can’t do.
CAROL and ALLAN WHILHELM