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We did the 2-week board and train program for our dog Spock with Chad. We wanted to solidify Spock's basic obedience and cannot thank Chad enough for helping us achieve this goal. What I admire about Island Dog Obedience is that their trainers welcome your dog into their home and into their ohana, and they take care of your dog like their own. To trust a complete stranger to do that is a lot - but I am confident that you can trust Chad with your board and train goals!
Island Dog Obedience uses the e-collar for training, and we absolutely swear by it! I do not recommend buying it to do it on your own, especially if you are not familiar with the device. It should be used with proper education and a proper trainer.
At first, we were hesitant to use it because of stuff that we read online. So, we basically tried everything first to get our dogs to listen to us, to heel/walk nicely besides us, and be obedient.
We have tried clicker training, martingale collars, no-pull harnesses, gentle-leaders, chain collars. We've tried different trainers as well and are thankful for their guidance. However, the e-collar is the one tool that we now swear by and will continue to use - thank you Island Dog Obedience!
We have complete confidence in Island Dog Obedience, their trainers, and training methods. In fact, our other dog Po is also doing private lessons with Maria to help with behavioral modification and reactivity (huge shout out to Maria as well!!!)
Of course, basic obedience and basic manners for dogs begins with the dog's owner. You need to educate yourself into being the strongest leader for your dog - to ensure that you have a well-mannered and obedient dog - and finding the right tool to do so.
I highly recommend that Island Dog Obedience is the right tool for us - thank you Chad, thank you Maria, and thank you to the rest of the trainers for everything that you do to help us become the best leaders for our dogs!
- Hyanghwa K
And one thing also I love about Island Dog Obidience, they work as a team, dog trainers help each other for the benefit of having an obedient and great dogs. Great job I'm proud of you guys. And our family can't Thank you enough for Chad"
From basic obedience to Canine Good Citizen training, she is helping with all our training needs for our dogs. I truly cannot express enough my gratitude for Maria, and could never recommend anyone else. Mahalo!"
We had a detailed discussion on all the things that Luna needed work on. We really wanted her to work on off-leash training: heeling, distance commands (distance down, distance sit) and we wanted her to work with Luna on her fear of loud noises.
We can't believe how well Luna behaves off-leash now, with just 2 weeks of training.
We highly recommend Maria to anyone looking to take their dog's training to the next level. She is the real deal! "
After the two weeks he was a brand new dog. The system Maria uses is very effective! The behavioral issues were corrected. She managed to address all of our concerns (& more). Krillan no longer pulls on his leash, he actually walks with no leash sometimes & he listens well, he doesn't chew on anything, and he doesn't jump on people.
I highly recommend Maria to all my friends & family. You can tell she's passionate about what she does, and also very professional.
We definitely can't thank you enough, Maria!! & Krillan says he misses you!!"
During that time, Maria sent us video and picture updates to keep us in the loop. We were shocked by how quickly he was learning. Once the 2 weeks were over, Woody's behavior did a 180. Not only was he not biting, but he was trained on all of the basics. Maria individualized the training for Woody, to make sure he was getting what he needed. Now, we have peace of mind knowing that we can have guests over to our home, but also that we can enjoy outings together with our pup. We would recommend Maria to anyone. She was the absolute best!"
With a gentle and patient approach, Maria modified his behavior and gave me plenty of tips and tricks for the future. I highly recommend Maria to everyone."
Thank you again, Maria!!!"
Learning the basic commands has given Pua more confidence and control over her behavior in the kennel and without a doubt, strengthened the bond between us. They taught me how to make the new kennel a more friendly place
Maria stayed in constant touch, asking how things were going and answering my many questions
Maria and Island Dog Obedience gave me the opportunity to save the precious life of my little Pua and thereby improving my own life. I am very grateful. Thank you!"
Maria came to our house a few days later to meet our puppy, and observe his behavior. We then came up with a 5 session in-home obedience training plan that was individually personalized for our puppy's specific needs.
Thanks to Maria's personalized training plan for our growing family, my husband and I feel much more confident and at ease about our puppy's manners when his baby brother arrives! "
- Christie S.