Written on: 13/05/2013 by doomed (1 review written)
I started training with Pat at PMP K9 in February 2012 with my border collie puppy Max. During this time, I have learnt so much and gained in confidence and Max, who is now 20 months, has come on in leaps and bounds. I never thought it was possible to develop so much in just over a year, from learning basic obedience, to now being able to do off lead obedience and confidently participate in the agility activities. We are now aiming for off lead work with the agility course, and I am confident that with Pat’s help and advice we will both be able to fulfill this.
Attending the lessons with Pat on a weekly basis, are very beneficial and you learn so much. This in itself though, is only part of the answer to making sure you have a well-behaved and well-adjusted dog. You have to put a lot of work in during the week, training the dog yourself, and when you combine the two, then that is when you are able to achieve the results that you want. I have put a lot of time into training Max, and although we both still have a lot to learn, I feel confident that we can progress further and look forward to him developing and also my skills as his handler developing more in the future. I certainly feel that I have been rewarded with the time I have put into Max, as he now focuses so much on me, and a great bond has developed between us.
Having gained the experience I have at PMP K9, I decided at the end of 2012, to buy another border collie puppy called Alfie. I certainly did not hesitate about enrolling him as soon as he was old enough, with Pat. Like with Max, I know how important it is to get things right from the start, and then hopefully all the normal issues that you can get later on, are avoided.
I am pleased to report, that Alfie has taken it all in his stride, and was not phased by any of the people or dogs, even on his first encounter at 12 weeks of age. Once again, I have taken Alfie through the steps that Pat advises, and although he is still only 7 months old, I could not have been prouder than last Bank Holiday Monday, when we ventured into a VERY busy Skegness. Once again, he was not phased by anything, he walked pretty well to heel all the time, and did not pull at all on the lead. He ignored the other dogs that were in close contact to us and actually listened and followed the commands I gave him. He totally exceeded my expectations of this stressful experience, and I can definitely say, that without Pat’s help and advice, and once again, the input during the week from me, this could have ended so differently. 18 months ago, I would never have dreamed of taking a dog into Skegness on a Bank Holiday, but having gained the knowledge & confidence I have since attending PMP K9, I now felt able to take a 7 month puppy!!
I have been lucky in that I found PMP K9 when Max was a young puppy, and that we got the right advice from the start. However, I have witnessed the success other owners have had with their dogs that are older and have developed problems, since going to see Pat. There is no quick fix when a dog has developed problems, but once again, with the right advice and the hard work and that the owners have put in, the change in them now is remarkable, and now they are happy members of the dog classes and lovely well mannered dogs.
I can not recommend PMP K9 highly enough and the whole experience is extremely enjoyable and rewarding. I am certainly looking forward to watching young Alfie develop and indeed, seeing both of my collies achieve their full potential.
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