January 2016 clients

2016 marks our 4th year in business, which is pretty amazing. When I first started Delightful Doggies, I had no idea how successful it would, or wouldn’t, be. Owning a business has been awesome, daunting, scary, wonderful and unbelievable all at once. This couldn’t continue without the support of all our clients, friends, colleagues and others in the animal world, so THANK ALL OF YOU!

You can click on the below photo icons to see larger photos of all our beloved January clients. You can also view the photos in a slideshow format after clicking on the slideshow button on that webpage (top right computer/play icon). Don’t forget, there are more photos and slideshows on our Flickr site, as well as a lot more photos, videos and other great content on our Facebook page.

Lucy Lucy Finn Manila Poppy Archer Willow Avery Kookabear Luca Maddy Fancy Otis and Olive Aoife Duke Rainbow Zoey Murray Pepe Scout Winston and Nina Waco Sparky and Enyd

Thank you, and happy training!
Laura

Client spotlight: Lucy the mixed breed

Congratulations to our January client spotlight, Lucy the dachshund/lab mix!

Lucy

Lucy being charming during a training session

Lucy has been in training for her issues around other dogs. She was displaying some aggressive/offensive behaviors both on and off-leash, and mom and dad were very proactive in calling us for help so it wouldn’t continue to get worse. We started with teaching Lucy some basic skills training and then began doing setups with our cache of professional helper dogs. She met all five approved Delightful Doggies dog assistants without any major issues! We did this very gradually, making each encounter super-wonderful and positive, and filled with lots of cheese!

By gradually desensitizing and counterconditioning Lucy’s interactions with unfamiliar dogs, we were able to help her be more calm and confident, and reward these behaviors. She can sit patiently and give attention to mom and dad even when another dog is in her yard, and she was also able to be sniffed by other dogs, and engage – disengage with them. Lucy knows that she has better choices to make, and that mom and dad have her back.

We really appreciate all the hard work and dedication Lucy and her parents gave to us. Dogs like her make this job so fulfilling, because where there was once conflict and frustration, now there is relaxation and an ability to be in the world with other dogs peacefully. Lucy knows she doesn’t have to be BFFs with all dogs in the world, but she can tolerate them and make decisions to break away and look to mom and dad for direction now, instead of lunging, barking, snarling and snapping!

Thank you for your hard work alongside us to make this happen!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

Poppy is introduced to a TTouch half-wrap

For 2016, we are going to be adding more actual client videos and demo videos to our YouTube channel so people can get to know us and our methods, and learn along with us.

The first video for 2016 features our partner, Courtney Kirman of Tender Hands Animal Training, coaching Poppy’s parents on the TTouch half wrap and how to introduce it to Poppy in a way that is very positive and at her pace. We used lots of yummy cheese and let her have breaks to acclimate slowly so it wasn’t overwhelming. Check it out below and let us know your thoughts! We’d love to hear from you.

Happy Training!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

2015 client retrospective video

Thank you for a fabulous 2015 and best wishes for a wonderful 2016!

Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

December 2015 clients

December was hugely successful, especially compared to 2014. We were blessed with just as many training clients this month as any other month, really, which was amazing since business can tend to dip during the holiday season. Thank you so much for continuing to work with us, and recommend us to family and friends! We are so happy to have your trust and patronage.

You can click on the below photo icons to see larger photos of all our fun times together. You can also view the photos in a slideshow format after clicking on the slideshow button on that webpage (top right computer/play icon). There are more photos and slideshows on our Flickr site, as well as a lot more photos, videos and other great content on our Facebook page, so join us there, too!

Kooka Charlie, Olive and Mickey Chief Frank BG Olive and Otis Stewie Jackson and Lizzie Aoife Zoe Manila Finn Gracie Lucy Hudson Zoe Avery Luca Willow Archer Murray Lucy

Thank you, and happy new year!
Laura

Client spotlight: Kookabear the cattle dog

Congratulations to our December client spotlight, Kookabear the cattle dog!

Kookabear, happy in the park

Kookabear, happy in the park

Kookabear, aka Kooka, is a lucky girl. She was originally in a shelter, then in a bit of a rescue hoarding situation, before she was found by her wonderful, committed mother. When I first met Kooka, she wasn’t too happy to see me. In fact, she snapped at me! We realized Kooka is a bit protective of her space.

After we met and bonded in the park a few times, we decided to try it again in her home. While she still isn’t overjoyed by my presence, she’s starting to learn, through desensitization and counterconditioning (DS/CC), that strangers mean the best things–like yummy cheese! Mom is also helping her learn how to be more relaxed by doing relaxation protocol and mat work.

There are many people who wouldn’t put in the time, effort and energy to help Kooka get through this tough transition in her life. Her mother has done a great job at following our instructions and following the DS/CC plan to a T. Kooka has come a long way, but has a way to go. We are confident that with time and patience, that she will be tolerant of strangers in her home.

We really appreciate the trust and confidence Kooka’s mother has placed in us here at Delightful Doggies, and we are very grateful to get to work with them!

Thank you,
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

Changes in services

I am very excited to announce some changes to our services menu that I believe will mean more value for all our clients!

RubyMae and Courtney

Courtney does TTouch on our client, Ruby Mae

Today I am VERY proud to formally announce our new and improved partnership with Tender Hands Animal Training, moving forward. Most of you who have been receiving customized training have met Courtney Kirman, the owner, who is a TTouch certified practitioner. She and I have worked together very successfully with clients, so much so that we have built-in pricing together for behavior modification. Those of you who wish to retain help in this area will now be getting 90-minute sessions with Courtney and myself each time to help make the most impact for the most cost-effective pricing around.

In addition to breaking out this new partnership to ensure more value and results for our clients, I am also breaking out simple problem behaviors from customized training into its own category, meaning you will pay less for the same services you have had in this regard, for training alone.

Also, Day Training has been revamped. We now have options for basic manners training in two levels so that your dog can learn all the manners needed to be the perfect pet dog, and there is also still a customized options for clients who need more specialized help, or want to blend some coaching-based services with day training to more quickly address problem behaviors.

We hope you will find our new services & rates menu to be as exciting as we are about it! We appreciate your feedback, and can’t wait to work with you more in 2016.

Thank you!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

Now offering customized manners training!

With 2016 on the horizon, we’re busy putting together plans to optimize our services, and add new/enhanced services. We start with launching our new customized manners & obedience training option!

MickeySays

Mickey says, It’s great to have a customized training plan!

Up until now, we have only offered two manners programs, which have outlined programs (Puppy Preschool and Finishing School). With this new option, you can now concentrate on more specific goals you have with your dog for basic manners training. Perhaps your dog does well at home, but needs help proofing behaviors in new environments or with more distractions. Or perhaps you have successfully taught sit and down, but need help refining stay and wait. Whatever your goals, we can help with a customized plan!

Check out more on our customized manners & obedience training page, and contact us to get started today!

Thank you, and happy training!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

November 2015 clients

This November surpassed last year’s in terms of client load, so I really want to thank ALL of you who have hired us, or recommended us, to your friends and family. Your support is always appreciated, and we had a ton of fun working with a diverse set of clients and needs this month. Besides supporting this company, you’re also giving us invaluable experience from which we learn and grow, and that makes me doubly thankful this November!

You can click on the below photo icons to see larger photos of all our fun times together. You can also view the photos in a slideshow format after clicking on the slideshow button on that webpage (top right computer/play icon). There are more photos and slideshows on our Flickr site, as well as a lot more photos, videos and other great content on our Facebook page, so join us there, too!

Hudson Charlie Olive Mickey Lola Ruby Mae Chief BG and Frank Rocko Luca Sookie and Ruffus Fleetwood Stewie Rubble Allie Zoe Flick Bear Lizzie and Jackson Kooka Lucy Manila Gracie Fancy Finn

Thank you, and happy training!
Laura

November client spotlight: Hudson the Australian shepherd

Congratulations to our November client spotlight, Hudson the Australian shepherd!

Hudson is one smart, charming goofball!

Hudson is one smart, charming goofball!

Hudson is a fun-loving guy who loves Day Training with us! We’ve been able to work on loose leash walking, leave it and come when called skills, and are working on other items like not jumping (he’s so excited!) on visitors and not bolting through the door. He is also having fun learning a few tricks too, like sit pretty and roll over. He’s getting lots of compliments now on his leash walking, and doesn’t react anymore when scary workmen or strange dogs are around.

A brilliant Aussie, he learns quickly and enthusiastically. His sister, Jane, is sometimes a little jealous of all the attention she gets so sometimes she, and even brother Jag, will accompany us in training. This allows us to all learn how to work together and control impulses better in these more distracting scenarios.

We really appreciate that Hudson’s parents contacted us for their training needs. It’s been a blast working with him and having lots of fun doing it! And we hope he has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday excursion, as he’s going on a road trip. We wish he and his family happiness and safety on their journey, and look forward to seeing more of them again in December. :)

Thank you!
Laura
Owner, Delightful Doggies

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