A Program For Life for our German Shepherd Puppy: UPK9 PEI
When my wife and I decided to get a German Shepherd puppy we were concerned that owning such a powerful breed could be dangerous if not properly trained. We knew that neither of us had the skills to raise this kind of breed, and we really wanted to own one, so we asked around and Duke Ferguson’s name came up several times as the person we should speak to. After our initial visit with him, it was clear that Duke’s balanced approach and training philosophy were exactly what we were looking for so we enrolled Riley in Puppy Management class when he was 8 weeks old.
Starting with Unleashed Potential K9’s foundation in puppy classes we learned the basics of how dogs learned, how to communicate and how to motivate our pup, Riley. We were able to apply the techniques right away to start teaching Riley to sit, down, walk on a loose leash, come, place and other commands. We forged a strong trust and bond with Riley and he quickly responded to our basic commands.
After our 20 weeks in Puppy Management class, we decided to keep up with training and enrolled him in the Ultimate Obedience classes. At first, we were a little leery of e-collars as we weren’t familiar with them but Duke explained that they are not a tool for disobedience — but rather a communication device to get the dog’s attention so he would listen to our commands and he went on to demonstrate how they worked and let us feel it in the free consultation!
Riley is now 2 years old and still goes to weekly Saturday classes to socialize with other dogs and to reinforce the training we’ve learned together. He can walk both on or off-leash and he follows our every command. He is a well-adjusted, happy dog and very socialized with all breeds of dogs as well as with adults and children. In fact, we have to stop our two-year-old grandson from crawling all over him. Riley has so much patience with him, thanks to the training we received from Duke.
Unleashed Potential is more than just dog training. Duke and Lindsay are always available for questions and advice. They are always ready with positive feedback and are always ready to lend a hand. We take advantage of the other services they offer, from supplies and goodies to the indoor pool to maintenance board and trains. Leaving Riley with them, two years in a row when we went on vacation, was a great relief for us. We knew that he would be well taken care of and would get plenty of exercises, both in the pool, out with other dogs, and maintain his training!
We are very pleased with Unleashed Potential K9’s training methods and highly recommend all of their services to anyone who wants a well-mannered family pet. Duke and Lindsay are amazing and Riley is proof of that!
Mike and Lori and “RILEY”
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