January 10, 1999
Re: 17 month old, 89 lb., uncontrollable, non-vicious, black labrador retriever mix male.
To Whom It May Concern;
Malu was placed in Alpha K-9’s 28 day obedience program for exhibiting the following behavior:
1. Jumping on people (adults and kids) in a non-vicious but playful manner often knocking them down; inflicting bruises and scratches; tearing clothing and scaring the individual.
2. Wrapping paws around one’s leg and nipping at slippers, shoes and clothing.
3. Chasing cars.
4. Chewing and demolishing objects left on our property.
5. Difficulty in controlling on a leash.
Basically, we were afraid that he would injure someone and surely he had already made a bad impression on our kids. Whenever we needed to leave home (our property is completely fenced in) , Malu had to be chained up for fear of having our clothing soiled or torn. Upon returning home he would always be loose (he managed to get off his cable) and if I were not present, my wife and kids could not escape being jumped on, soiled and scratched while getting out of the car.
We decided to seek professional help after our 16 year old daughter received large bruises and puncture wounds on the biceps of both arms and scratches on her torso while attempting to place Malu back on his cable. These injuries were inflicted while wearing a heavy cotton long sleeved t-shirt.
After 28 days, Malu came home a changed dog. Absolutely no scratching and tearing of clothing, no chasing cars, no chewing and demolishing of personal objects and most importantly he doesn’t bother and intimidate our 8 and 16 year old daughters. He still jumps a little in excitement to see us but is very controllable upon command.
The change in Malu’s behavior is incredible. It’s a relief to be able to come home and unload a car of groceries and enter your home with clean clothes. It’s great to go anywhere with him on a leash without him dragging you along or going to the vet and having him sit patiently without much distraction. Imagine, weighing him now at the vet takes 5 seconds…2 seconds to step on the scale, 2 seconds to step sit and 1 second to read the recorded weight.
Although these are significant changes in his behavior, the most impressionable change is the way he now seeks our attention and affection. Malu was always a friendly and lovable dog but the way he sought our attention and affection was undesirable. Through obedience training he seeks our affection even more but in a very warm and subtle way. The biggest reward for us is that he is now a family dog and not a family nuisance.
Alpha K-9 Kennel’s ability to produce favorable results is excellent and has our highest recommendation. However, you must be willing to spend the time with your dog and be committed to work with him or her on a periodic but continuous basis. These reinforcing sessions just take a few minutes of your time.
Trainer Ted Young along with his wife, Laurel, is very professional, competent, patient and always willing to help the owners. If you allow Alpha K-9 to train your dog and later follow and maintain their recommended training instructions, you will inevitably be rewarded with the results we enjoy. Rember Alpha K-9’s obedience program trains BOTH your dog and YOU.
Have fun with your dog!
Craig C. Kimura, DMD