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I have only been with Sit Means Sit for a short time as their office manager and have already been blown away by the the results I have seen and the lives that have changed. One such case comes from our client Charlotte with her cattle dog, Gizmo. This letter melted our hearts, and we hope others read this and know that they are not alone; there is hope for your dog.
Sit Means Sit has, for lack of a better phrase, saved our dog Gizmo. We adopted Gizmo almost a year ago from a cattle dog rescue that had little to no information about his background. All they knew was that he was about 1 year old, came from a high kill shelter and was going to need love, patience and discipline. Both of his former fosters said, “he’ll probably be a good dog one day, I just don’t have the time or energy for him.” Despite these initial warnings that Gizmo would be a handful, my husband and I fell in love with his big ole’ head instantly, and did not care that he was going to need training. Unfortunately, despite constant exercise, reassurances, and challenges to stimulate his mind, Gizmo went from being dog reactive to being over protective of borders and aggressive towards other dogs.
About 5 months after adopting Gizmo, there were 3 separate instances within a few weeks to a month of each other where Gizmo escaped from the fenced area or leash he was on and physically attacked a dog. In all cases, we were so lucky and fortunate that the owners of the dogs was understanding and did not call the police or have Gizmo taken away from us. During this time, we hired one trainer/company who focused mostly on what they called “positive reinforcement only” training. The trainer was actually involved in the last of the 3 dog attacks and fired herself, because she realized Gizmo was too much for her system of training. At that time, walking Gizmo used to be a challenge on the best of days; he would pull, bark, lunge and at times need “rolled” to calm down. It wasn’t fun, and after the dog attacks, we stopped walking him all together. We were beginning to think we were prisoners in our back yard, unable to take him out.
After meeting with Anthony and learning about Sit Means Sit Denver, we knew instantly that we had found the answer to our problems. Using their training method, we have learned to communicate consistently with Gizmo what our expectations are. We can still use positive re-enforcement, play games, provide Gizmo with exercise, and as a result he is a much happier dog! Now we can walk just about anywhere in our neighborhood, he no longer pays attention to the dogs that are running behind the fences, and walking him is fun again. I used to only walk early morning or late at night to avoid running into too many people. Now, I love to go out for an hour during the middle of the day or early evening; I purposely extend the walk because he is doing so well. We’ve had at least 2 different neighbors stop us to tell us how much better he (and my husband and I) are doing. They say his change is amazing to watch.
Our guess is that Gizmo was never given much opportunity to socialize when he was a young puppy. When we first started going to group classes, Gizmo was as loud as he could be; barking is almost too gentle a word for the amount of vocals he is capable of. He was nervous and excited all at once and didn’t know how to behave around other dogs. After only 2 group classes, he was able to calmly enter the group and greet other dogs appropriately. Now he has even been able to play with other dogs without being aggressive. There are still times when the situation is just a little too much for him, and he shows his nervous/reactive side, but he is consistently showing improvement and ability to control his impulses in this setting. I am positive that he will continue to show these improvements especially as my husband and I continue to learn the skills we need to communicate our expectations.
Last but not least, I cannot forget to mention our cat Ashley; she is a much happier soul these days too. For the first 6 -8 months of having Gizmo she hid, and darted from room to room lest he see her and give chase. He would growl, chase and in a few instances corner her. Now days, Gizmo understands that his job is to leave the cat alone. Using the skills and tools provided by Anthony and Sit Means Sit, we’ve shown Gizmo how to control himself around Ashley so that they can live in the same house in harmony.
I cannot thank Anthony, Bob, Jimmy and Cassy enough for the help and support they have provided us. Without their help, we may have lost our dog, but now we feel confident and comfortable and look forward to seeing continued growth in his skills and abilities.
Fiona is lucky to be loved by the same wonderful family as Presley consisting of Gillie, Tripp, Maggie, and Brynn.
She can be found melting at people’s feet in Westminster, 80021.
Fiona’s has many aliases including Fi and Fifi.
She proudly represents Retriever Mixes everywhere with her lovable attitude.
Fiona’s Favorite Things Include: Bones and antlers, belly rubs, tug o’ war, fetching, bringing toy offerings to her loved ones
She Dislikes: Not being able to access the family cat or anyone giving anyone else a raspberry.
Her Favorite Treats: Bones and antlers and anything food related.
Her Favorite Toy: All toys. They are all hers!
A Little History: When our other dog, Presley, started to seem lonely, we got Fiona as a Christmas gift for her in 2013. She was a year and a half old. Her previous owners said she couldn’t be housebroken or stay in her kennel without barking, but she did both almost right away for us. She’s a super sweet dog, who’s always eager to please! She loves coming to group class at SMS because of all the dog and human friends she gets to meet. Warning: She has a very low melting point and has been known to melt right off a place board when receiving a belly rub.
Fiona’s Motto For Life: “Am I a good dog?” (We all think so!”)
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Scooby Doo is owned by our client, Colleen.
You can find him solving crime and staying handsome in Westminster, 80234.
His other aliases include Scoobs or Scooby D.
If you couldn’t tell by his grand size, he is a proud member of the Great Dane breed.
His Favorite Things Are: walks, car rides, people, and his cat brother, Scrappy Doo
He Dislikes: vegetables and small dogs who walk under him
Favorite Treats: hot dogs, busy bones, steak, & chicken
Favorite Toys: remotes, phones, magazines, & sticks
A Little Bit About Scooby: We got him from Great Dane Rescue two years ago. Scoobs is very puppy like and stubborn. Although he knew his basic commands, rabbits, other dogs and people made him ignore most of them and it was a tug of war to get him to listen and not jump on people.
Now, he is like a new dog. Within one minute of working with Anthony, he was listening and paying attention and not distracted by all of the other dogs. It was like a miracle had happened and the best part is that he ignores rabbits and other dogs on walks and I don’t end up face down on the ground looking like a rodeo clown. Or, at Urgent Care getting a shoulder X-Ray like in the past when a rabbit crossed his path. I know it sounds crazy, but he seems happier too!!
Scooby’s Motto for Life: “i am a person and i am special”
Dude is owned by our client, Frank.
He can be found having fun in Westminster, 80031.
Dude also goes under the code name Baba-Doo.
He wonderfully represents Boxers everywhere.
His Favorite Activities: Playing in the water, tug-o-war, swimming & being cute.
He Dislikes: The vacuum & not sleeping in the bed.
Favorite Toy: The Rope Toy
Favorite Treats: Anything food related!
Biography: Dude joined our family at the age of 5 weeks, back in January 2013. He’s a friendly, fun, and highly energetic dog who loves to play. Dude started attending SMS in early 2014 and has shown great improvement in his listening skills, and is slowly starting to make other doggie friends at training class.
Motto for Life: Is it Rope Time?!
Cali is owned by our client, Katie.
She can be found chilling in Thornton, 80241.
Cali sometimes goes under the code name Butthead.
She does well representing Lab Mixes everywhere.
Her Favorite Activities: Swimming, Four-wheeling, Camping and being Katie’s Right-Hand Girl.
She Dislikes: Being away from Katie
Favorite Toys: Soccer and Tennis Balls
Favorite Treats: Salmon Jerky & Chicken
Biography: I got Cali in May 2010 at 8 weeks old. She has been by my side since. She has been trained to be a service dog for me since I have mobility issues. She can fetch my keys, and pick up dropped items saving me from having to bend over and pick them up. She rarely leaves my side and is my buddy. We used Sit Means Sit to train Cali to perform these tasks for me and couldn’t recommend a better training program. We looked into several, but couldn’t be happier with Anthony and Sit Means Sit.
Here’s a great email from a brand new client that started her 8 month old Belgian Malinois yesterday — What can we do for YOUR dog?
“OMG!!!! Been working on the few commands, sit, heel, break, and had to change the “lets go” to “here boy”. Our lab kept jumping around thinking she was going for a car ride. Took Axel on his morning walk, he was like a whole new dog and it hadn’t even been 24 hours since the training began. It was the first time we were able to walk all three dogs together, (usually Axel goes by himself he would get crazy with the other two around so trying to get out of the neighborhood to the bike trail was insane). His heeling was really good, no pulling no barking no trying to chew and shake the leash. His coming in the field was excellant, then Luna (the lab) saw a rabbit and they both chased it, so I did the “come” command, and it took two “comes” and he ran back. I was amazed and impressed, I told Joel, in six months I couldn’t even imagine what he will be doing. He has been playing frisbee and has noticably become less obsessive, I am so amazed! Can’t wait for the next session!”
Way to go, Teri and Axel!
So this summer we participated in the Buffalo Bill Days parade in Golden, CO. We extended an invitation to have clients and their dogs join us – of course to show off their amazing dogs and their training! In spite of being a little anxious, Jennie came along with her dog, Mazie. I told her not to worry, it would be fun and Mazie would do great, then we’d all go swimming to cool off. She said, “oh no, Mazie can’t swim, we can’t ever get her in the water”, to which I jumped at the chance to teach her and give Mazie some new freedom!
I just came across Jennie’s email again, and thought I’d share it. If you’d like you’re dog to swim, call us!
Dear Anthony and Bob,
First of all, thank you both very much for including Mazie and me in the parade today. It was so much fun. Mazie loved all the attention. She was off-leash for the entire parade! Thanks to the training you have provided, she was able to do so extremely well today.
Thanks, Anthony, for taking the time to get Mazie in the water. What a beautiful site to see this big white dog in the water and having fun!
I had a wonderful morning and certainly appreciate the t-shirt, but more than that, being asked to participate. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! You guys ROCK!!!
Thank you, Jennie, for sharing in the fun and for the kind words – all we did was show you how, you did all the work to gain the rewards!
Our client, Sue, is well on her way to a newer, happier time with her dog, Molly! Molly completed Sit Means Sit Denver’s one week Board and Train program and has had a huge jump start to the next steps in their lives – including wanting to go to the Farmer’s Market!
Way to go Molly and Sue!
Here’s an update video of Zeus, our 9 month old Pit Bull client, who’s living with me in our Board and Train program. This video shows his progress over the last 6 days. Sit Means Sit Denver is all about dog obedience training as a path to fun and freedom with your dog. His owners have had a very hard time getting control of this happy, active dog. They love him and want to have a trained dog that they can feel more confident including in their activities. From what he’s learning, they’re going to be very capable of that!