This is a long overdue thanks. In November 2016 I adopted a 65 lb. pit bull mix from a rescue group. I had grown up with a dog and had dogs for most of my life. Fortunately my previous dogs (100 lb. and 150 lb.) were pretty easy to train. I attended basic AKC obedience classes with them with out any big challenges. Our rescue pit bull mix, Nora, was not as easy as my previous dogs. While she was crate trained and housebroken when we got her, she needed basic training. Walking her was a challenge. I thought I was going to get a rotator cuff injury with all the pulling she was doing. Training methods I had used previously were not working with Nora. I contacted the rescue group we got her from and they referred me to a trainer. Prior to the trainer coming in I had started researching online. I had never used a prong collar before and asked the trainer about them. He said they were cruel and not to use them. He did give me a few tips on Nora's walking technique, but nothing earth shattering and walking Nora was still a challenge. Back to the Internet.....were I found Solid K9 on you tube. After watching several videos, I ordered a prong collar. Upon arrival, we began the prong collar dance. Within a few minutes Nora was heeling. Since then we have used your videos to train her. Place is the best command ever! Nora is now a calm dog. We get comments consistently about her calm behavior in public. We also get some "attitude" issues as we do not let strangers come up and pet her....too bad.
A colleague of mine was gifted an 80b pit bull due to a relocation issue. The dog was very sweet and great around his 1 year old and 4 year old. In casual conversation it came up that he was the only one in the family that could walk the dog due to the infamous pit bull pull routine. His 4 year old was always wanting to walk the dog, which at that time was not possible. The next day I brought in a prong collar and links to the prong collar dance, fitting the prong collar etc. He and his daughter watched the videos and headed out with the dog. Shortly after going outside I received a video of his daughter walking the dog(video attached). You can hear her asking her father if the dog always has to be behind her.....very cute. A few weeks later, at a company event, my colleague's wife and daughter thanked me for providing them with your information. The wife said it was life changing in their home and has made a huge difference. The 4 year old likes watching the videos with "the man with the long hair and glasses."
My husband and I have given your information to numerous people since becoming aware of it. Our dog, Nora, loves hearing the prong collar being taken off the hook(she knows she is going for a walk). This past weekend I volunteered at our local "Clear the Shelters" event. I recommended your site/videos to numerous adopters.
Thanks for all the free info you put out there. It makes a huge difference in people's lives and the lives of the dogs.
C. L. O.
I know you get tons of emails praising you, your lovely wife and your staff... this one is no different. I just wanted to thank you, your family and your staff for ALL your efforts in educating dog owners around the world! Thank you is just not enough enough for all the content you put out on all the social media platforms AND all the time you spend creating content. You are a breath of fresh air.
My husband and I currently started working with a trainer who suggested watching your content... needless to say we are now obsessed (in a good way, not a creepy way). I was the first one who jumped in head first and would always be telling my husband (Bob) that he has to watch your videos. It took him some time to start watching and dipped his toe in... with the few videos I had sent him, he was hooked.
We have 3 dogs (Bischon / Shih Tzu Mix, French Bulldog, Pit Bull), all of which are at different skill levels and none of them had this kind of structure. Naturally, we showered the Bischon mix and Frenchie with love and affection (The Pittie we recently adopted so we now know how to give him the proper structure )... everyone loves a Frenchie so as I am sure you can imagine we would pick him up all the time, kiss on him and not give him hard boundaries b/c he's a little dog so what harm could he do? Right? Wrong! We started having issues with him (he will be 2 yrs old in Nov) where he would go ape shit when people came to the door, always on alert, chatter his teeth and bite someone due to his high arousal. He became very fixated on kids and bit two of my young cousins for no reason, they were not paying attention to him at all. We knew we had an issue and that we cannot let this go on any longer. We don't want to be anxious owners due to the uncertainty of what this dog was going to do. To sum up he's a little shit who thinks he rules the roost. We realized we had a problem but didn't know how to fix it except to avoid situations with kids and keep him away from visitors. Until you, we thought we were doing a pretty good job with our dogs thinking the biting would eventually go away...
MY GOD, you have opened up our eyes and brought about a new lifestyle! We feel we will actually be able to get to the point of trusting our dogs and having them respect us. You have also brought Bob and I closer as we can do something together as a family while being productive and growing an even greater bond with us and the dogs. We watch your videos daily and try to catch the live Q&A's as much as possible. I don't know how you guys do it while having a private family time...and not go crazy.
Again, thank you so very much for the amazing job you do and for giving us the confidence to mold our dogs and other dogs around the world. You, your family and your team are inspirations to so many of us and I don't know what we would do without you!
Jen & Bob S.
I wanted to take a minute to thank you for making the videos on youtube. It has been a great way to receive information for me.
I have two large dogs. We adopted the siblings about 6 years ago. I attended the Petsmart training program. The training has been slowly going. I have been fairly proud of Mia's and Rambo's (that was already his name) behavior.
About a month ago I agreed to help a friend by working with his dog (Pickles). Working with her was just that WORKING. The communication between myself and her has been very difficult. Thus the reason I was researching proactive ways to train. Thinking that maybe I needed a refresher course. As I didn't recall training being so difficult.
After watching a few of your videos, I decided to explore the ideal of the prong collar. I was very reluctant to use a remote collar. Anyways, long story short I have invested to both types of collars now.
The prong collar was helpful. But with the uses of a remote collar also.... I am so super surprised!!!! This is the second day with both collars and I have already seen a very noticeable difference. Plus I am not so mentally and physically tired.
It is becoming enjoyable working with her now. And she seems to enjoy our time more also. I know the cats are happier, too. She was so distracted and always wanting to chase/play with them. As this can get out of hand to quickly, I needed to put some boundaries in place.
I am not sure what type of breed she is. But she is going to be a large dog. One slap of a paw would pend the cat. I was very worried that I couldn't allow her to be freely around the cats. Tonight she laid calmly in the living room on her spot/place. She even gave one cat a partial bath before taken a nap snuggled up together.
So I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to make the videos. And for the helpful information. If it wasn't for watching them, I might have bought a prong collar. But I would have never looked into the remote collars. There is so much negative preaching and showing (incorrect use) of the collars.
For me this is very sad. I see how quickly and easily Pickles is responding to the training yesterday and today. I have to wonder how much less confusing it would have been for my two dogs. And how much more time along the way we could have had for more fun things. It makes me even more proud of them now for working so hard to please me.
Your videos opened my mind to the correct way of using a couple of training tools. I hope more owners/ interested parties will watch. The information is clear and simple.
Maybe one of you trips to Texas I could interest you and the family with some home smoked/grilled bbq.
Blessing be and many smiles,
My name is Lauren and one year ago my husband and I adopted a foxhound. I wrote to you regarding our issues with separation anxiety and was desperate for help. Several trainers told us his issues couldn’t be fixed, most even recommend we take him back to the shelter. Our adoption group never returned our phone calls or emails. We were at a breaking point. You not only answered my email, but posted a video about separation anxiety and how you felt obligated as a trainer to help people like me.
I’m so glad to say that it’s a year later, and not only do we still have our pup, Petey, but he is thriving! We watched your “steps to fixing separation anxiety” video and worked with him daily. I’m so glad we did because he truly is a great dog. He is no longer anxious when left alone and is only really anxious around loud noises. Anyways, I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you! You really made a difference in our lives, and especially in Petey’s!!!
Lauren and Matt
Hey SK9 team!! I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to you for helping me have a better relationship with my dog! I've been watching tons of your content the past couple months and me and my pup Meeko have made so much progress. I was on the live chat last night. Jeff recommended the "180 move" for my dog after we had been struggling with prong collar walking for months....and OMG it worked like MAGIC! Instantly!! I almost cried. I am so proud of my dog. Your teaching has helped me have a relaxed partnership and friendship with Meeko as opposed to him being an annoying pet. It's such a relief to have a well-behaved dog. Also you have amazing customer service when I've purchased things online. THANK YOU!!!
Hello Jeff, here’s a little story about how finding your podcast saved my dogs life.
First a little background. My first dog is an 8 month old pug. This dog is the most energetic thing I’ve seen in my life, and very stubborn. He’s had habits of chewing the trim in my house, the pillows, blankets, his dog bed, and whatever else he could get. Didn’t care about his toys. He’s bite everyone’s hands and since he didn’t grow up with puppies his bite inhibition was very low and he’d bite hard. I brought another much more calm adult dog into the mix thinking it might help, but it only made it worse. Nobody I know actually trains their dog. They all just yell at their dogs, and I honestly believed at the time you had to be Caesar Milan the dog whisperer in order to have well behaved dogs. I was at the end of my rope with Frank the pug when I decided out of desperation to look for dog training podcast at work one day. First one I stumbled across was yours, and four hours and 3 podcasts later I went and bought a shock collar. Within 24 hours of applying correct punishments the entire house was like wonderland. The dogs anxiety used to be bad enough where he’d chew on himself and leave sores. That went away naturally. Most of the things he was doing that I was yelling at him for he stopped the first day without any punishments. he has less anxiety, I’m not stressed anymore, and my thoughts of rehoming him are out the window. He always plays with toys now as well. Smart little shit knew all along. The reason I say you saved his life is without your training methods, I probably would have rehomed him. And the next person to get him unless they knew how to train would have as well, and eventually he would have been another shelter dog. So, thank you for breaking my bubble of ignorance and letting me into a new world of dog training! To anyone on the fence about shock collars, my experience taught me they hurt way less than yelling at your dog and being stressed out. My dog loves me much more now
Hi Jeff. I only recently discovered your youtube videos but better late than never. I have 3 dogs – a 9 year old lab (66 lb) , a 5 year old cockapoo (40 lbs) and a 4 ½ year old mixed breed terrier/heeler – Sadie (40 lbs). Sadie is actually my son’s dog but through a series of circumstances I have been caring for Sadie exclusively for just over a year. Sadie is a lovely little dog but extremely nervous and reactive. I think that I have a bin full of every collar/leash/harness system known in my attempts to be able to walk Sadie and keep her from lunging at other dogs and people – men in particular. When she would get excited the other 2 were affected as well. I have been pulled over more than once and dragged across the road in a prone position across the snow. Very dangerous for all concerned. Sadie has successfully bitten a human while on a walk and had some near misses. At one point I muzzled her. I was familiar with a prong collar but had some misinformation on it’s uses and effectiveness.
I spent the better part of an afternoon about a month and a half ago watching your videos on prong collars and ordered a Herm Sprenger collar for Sadie. I followed the training steps and on my first walk with Sadie it was like magic. She very quickly responded to subtle corrections and we are gradually working up to being able to pass other dogs on the same side of the street. Occasionally she is still reactive but it is short lived and I am learning her cues to when she is becoming hyperfocused and correcting before she is too heightened. I bought prong collars for the other 2 as well and we typically walk loose leashed together now. I am relaxed, so they tend to be relaxed as well. I feel badly that I waited so long to help Sadie with the prong collar as I imagine that her heightened state and anxiety was not pleasant for her.
Her other issue-excessive, reactive barking. The Garmin Barklimiter arrived today and we will give this a try. This is another training tool that I have been hesitant to use but what I want for Sadie is to not be in an anxious state unnecessarily. She is a lovely little dog – as are my other two – she just needs more guidance.
We also will be working on “place”. I look forward to answering the door with everyone in a calm state.
Thank you for sharing all that you do. I enjoy and love my dogs and our life together is very much improving.
We adopted a 1 year old pit bull from the pound. She was aggressive towards other animals and pulled when walking on a leash. I thought we would have to surrender her, but decided to try to train her up.
After seeing your videos, I bought a prong collar and began to follow your advice. I now have the confidence to correct the dog, know how to use tools like the collar. Most importantly, our pound puppy has become a family member. Her life has been saved. She absolutely would have been put down if we surrendered her.
Thanks for all you do!
-Christy S. and Stella May (former pound puppy)
I wanted to send a thank you note to Jeff and the team at solid K9 Training. My wife and I adopted a 7 year old German Short-haired Pointer named Fox a little over a year ago. We were first time dog owners, and the first few weeks were really tough on all three of us! Fox would tug uncontrollably on a regular collar & leash, and I would come back from our walks with a sore arm and high blood pressure. If we saw a squirrel, barking dog or cat, I thought she was going to pull my arm out of the socket. I was getting frustrated and nervous about my ability to control her, and we were thinking about sending her back to the rescue.
After one particularly bad walk I decided to get on youtube and learn how to deal with aggressive dogs, and came across your videos. I immediately ordered a prong collar, and it changed our lives! She still isn't perfect, but through your training techniques and use of the collar she behaves much better on walks and is much more relaxed in the house. As you've said in a few videos, good behavior starts with a proper controlled walk.
We couldn't be happier with our choice to make Fox part of our family, and we have you and your videos to thank for it. I would like to make a donation to the charity of your choice as a token of my appreciation, so please let me know where to direct it.
I am a Balanced Dog Trainer from North East Ohio and I came across Solid K9 and Jeff last year and was immediately drawn to his tell it like it is attitude. The longer I followed him the more I began to see that he is a person that truly cares about other Human beings and their success whether it be with their Dogs or growing their Business ( or really anything for that matter ).
I struggle with something that I think most Dog trainers struggle with which is the fact that we do we have to run a business! I wanna train Dogs and Help owners ( which is a good thing) however there is a lot more than dog training than training Dogs believe it or not. This is my “Job” and I would like to run a success business and be able to provide well for myself and continue to grow my company. So I recognized that I needed help in this respect. That’s when I joined Jeff’s Patreon page and began to have monthly business Skypes with Jeff where we talk about my goals and set new goals for my business. I really appreciate being able to bounce things off of him and get a different perspective . In 6 months of doing Skypes with Jeff and applying his advice my monthly production has more than doubled and is continuing to grow. If you own a Dog Training company and feel like you could benefit from advice look no further than Jeff I truly believe loves people and wants to help you succeed .
My name is laura and we had a Skype about 2 weeks ago where I got your advice on my stranger aggressive dog. We have buckled down on threshold training and just holding him accountable in general. The other day he stayed in place on a park bench around strangers with no reactions and was able to walk at a park with runners with no reaction as well. We still have a more to learn but this has been such a game changer for me and Odin my dog. He seems happier and more balanaced and so are we. You are the best and thanks again for all the content and the Skype session.
I swore off dogs a long time ago, and have told many people I’d never get a dog. I hated them, and they hated me. I’ve said many times aloud I’m just not an animal person Three kids later, and tons of begging later, I caved. I knew I was going to need to prepare. I stumbled on your videos and watched hours and hours of videos for a week.
I picked the shyest dog I could find from the shelter. We couldn’t get her out on a leash. We had to carry her out. She was shaking pretty bad when I got her home.
I put every you showed me to work. One week later she’s a different dog. She comes, she’s stays in place, she sits (and knows it means stay), and she’ll run at heel for miles. It’s been an amazing experience and it’s crazy to say, but now I want to train all the dogs. I literally want to help them all. Penny, my dog, and I are two totally different people after one week, and we owe it all to you. Thank you so much.
I spent 2 1/2 years trying to address aggression in my Havanese-a puppy we got to be a companion dog. We had positive trainers including some identified as specialists in aggression. We had someone in the house 2 x/week working with her. We tried medications which left her jittery. Jeff gave us the courage to use the e collar with confidence and to deal with the aggression AND to help her learn to handle other basic expectations of a dog. We just spent the holidays with lots of family. In contrast to the summer when I had to keep her leashed at my feet--she was a delight to all. We also took long walks with her on a slack leash and--for the first time-she comes consistently when called. Jeff's honest, direct, no nonsense, practical--non theoretical approach works. All you need to do is trust him. More trainers need to undestand this approach. It is malpractice in my opinion to not use this technique with aggressive dogs.