Amiable Dog Training took my lab/pit mix from frantic devil dog to a dog that is often complimented for being well behaved. Using a tie-out station was the key to getting Nash to relax. After he learned to relax, he was much easier to train.
I contacted Amy at Amiable Dog Training after I found someone from Church that went to her training classes and was highly impressed with her group. When I sent an email to Amy I figured it would be a couple days before I heard back. Surprised, within half an hour I had a response. Her website was fantastic with a variety of information so I scheduled to take Calvin for the three-week back-to-back classes. The trainers were fantastic; they realized that we were like new parents and had the most compassion for our group. The group was small enough that we could have more one on one help. After the first class, I left and came home, sat down and realized that this was the best move I had ever made. I was not afraid to give my dog commands and to correct him for chewing, biting, barking, jumping, and all of the other items that sometimes discourage new parents. My dog was housebroken within a week and is a total enjoyment to be around. I have had more people ask me how I ever trained my dog to listen to me. I now hand out Amiable’s card and tell them this is the best money spent. My instructors not only helped us with the basic training and the ease of teaching your puppy to walk properly, but also gave our group the list of treats, chews, toys, and information on how to care for your dog. I will be continuing with the future classes. Oh, by the way, Calvin loves going to the classes! Thank you very much!
I am writing this email to thank you for the helpful tips you have given us in training our 1 year old rescue husky. Skyler has come a long way from the first day we met. Your tips in using a kennel to confine her between my husbands shift of work an mine has helped tremendously. She is coming to accept her 2 hour retreat into the kennel with her peanut butter treat with chew in her kong toy. In fact now she tries to find ways to acquire her toy outside her kennel. This has been a wonderful distraction for her as previous owners used her kennel as punishment. She has also learned how to pee on command from the chanting that we did while she would pee or poop. And I would like to say that she finally realizes after a month of hard work that she has to go outside to do her duty. So we have been able to increase her freedom. Thank you for all the tips.
We had only had our two year old Crystal for a week when we started in Beginner Basics. She was well behaved for the most part – or so I thought. It’s hard to focus on just one achievement that stood out, but I have to say it’s almost like having a new dog. She listens so much better, her focus on me is unbelievable (I didn’t imagine I could be so interesting!), and since she is not the breed we were told we were adopting, she’s actually a herding breed, I am anxious to learn how to make her life more challenging. Since we don’t have any sheep…. I think some sort of field trial training is in order so I have put that on Crystal’s bucket list. Hopefully Amy will be able to help us out with that down the road.
I’m so impressed with the classes and how Max is responding because he is such a high energy dog. I am literally shocked and how well he listens in situations I wouldn’t expect him to.
Jingles, my newly adopted rescue dog, exhibited aggressive behaviors towards other dogs which resulted in personal injury and made it impossible to take him for a walk. I seriously considered surrendering him, or worse. My private lesson was held in the local park which allowed Amy to tailor the training methods to the behavior. I followed up with group lessons that not only provided me with essential training techniques but gave me and my dog the confidence we needed to be around other dogs.
When my little Chihuahua Sasquatch started class he wouldn’t walk across any new surface, play with any other dog, and was very dominant with his toys. As we finished our House and Obedience Puppy classes, I was holding back tears of joy watching him play nice with all the dogs, running freely across the floor and through doorways, and using sit and down command with ease! This class truly reformed my little guy into a wonderful companion! From the Dallmann family including Sasquatch, we thank you!
My little rescue is starting to lay down on command and will roll over and allow me to pet her….. major progress as she would take off if you tried to touch her when I got her. Another Amiable success story!
I specifically sought out Amy Ammen to provide me some personalized, in home training for my 6 month standard poodle Ellie after training 2 other dogs using Amiable Dog Training. Why? The answer is simple: RESULTS! I was fortunate enough to work with Amy previously in an Amiable Basic class with my collie, as well as a Manners and CGC class with another standard poodle. So when I was having behavior troubles with this new pup, I called on the pro. Amy came to the house, and worked through a bunch of ordinary tasks in our environment, all in familiar surroundings for Ellie. The great thing about Amy’s suggestions, was that after her visit, I used them and THEY WORKED! Simple things like tethering the pup to a dining room table with a leash during meal time was great. It addressed boundaries in the kitchen and kept her confined to a small area, aiding with housebreaking. During our session, she also showed me ways to better handle basic obedience skills with a pup, and gave me some enlightenment on expectations with a new pup. All of this was welcomed, as my previous dogs had all been adult rescues. At 1.5 years of age, Ellie is a very well-mannered dog, who is able to travel with our family anywhere, while at the same time allowing me to feel confident that she’ll behave. The benefit I received from our training session was more than valuable, and would highly recommend Amy’s home training program to anyone who is looking for obedience or behavior training. It’s a SMALL investment for a HUGE pay off!
All of us benefitted from Amy’s session with Kody. She made us aware that Kody was not an aggressive dog but rather was acting out so-to-speak. He could sense when he intimidated someone (which was not difficult for a 55+ lb Keeshond to do) and played it for all it was worth. We learned how to advise visitors to ignore Kody’s behavior, literally not to even acknowledge his presence, and as Amy predicted, he soon became mannerly and laid down quietly. Although we’ve had many dogs over the years and are very familiar with how to train them, Amy suggested we enroll Kody in the Amiable Basic Class and this proved to be very beneficial and a positive experience for Kody in terms of socializing him with other dogs. Many of the tips we learned in dog training classes, put together with Amy’s comprehensive evaluation of Kody, made it much more comfortable to be around this beloved member of our family. We have recently brought my husband’s 93 year old mother to live with us, and I can now relax when leaving Kody alone with her! Thanks, Amy!
Yesterday, Jinger, Foxie and I encountered seven (yes, seven) dogs on our walk. The girls were posturing, but they did not bark. I am so proud of them. I appreciate all you taught me. A 45 minute to an hour walk now takes me about 25 minutes (I have even added more blocks to our walk). Now, I really enjoy walking my dogs. I wish you the very best and hope your business continues to prosper.
I (along with my English springer puppy) attended your basic training group classes that were held in Delafield about 17 years ago. The classes were great, our springer was very receptive to the training techniques and was a wonderful, very loved member of the family until a year ago.
Spike and Whisper have been doing great – I have taken them to the pet store – and all around here – we did some walking by some of the neighbor dogs today – and they did GREAT! Thank you – the training is so worth it! Thanks, and do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do for you – or to use us for a reference! Thanks!
I wanted to say thank you for your techniques and classes. When I enrolled in the Amiable Basic Class with my young springer spaniel I was truly at my wit’s end. It didn’t take long into the training before I started to appreciate and enjoy my dog for the first time! Now both my dogs have solid training and rules to follow every day. They are really excellent dogs because of it! Thank you so much, and good luck with all your millions of other projects!
I’ve been training with you for many years, and it’s become part of my life. I wanted to tell you I enjoyed Amiable training all these years and I appreciate the help you gave me. You saved Rockpup’s life when everywhere else turned me away. Thank you.
We just finished our tricks class . I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot of valuable information. Thanks for offering such a fun class, it was a joy to get out and learn again. Thanks so much!
I just wanted to say thank you. I bring my dog Grace to Sunday Essential basics classes. It’s amazing to me how far she has come and continues to surprise me. She walks wonderful on a leash now in just a couple weeks, no longer trying to play tug-of-war. She is getting better each day. Thanks again.