Best Buddy Dog Training
Dog Training Client Testimonials
Rudy & Koda
Best Buddy Dog Training came into my life just at the right time. I have two young puppies, which I adopted from rescue organizations last summer. My life with these beloved, adorable …[ more … ]
My situation isn't too out of the ordinary now that I look at other dogs or listen what many owners have to say about theirs. I have (now had!) a puppy, Argos, who was displaying disobedience …[ more … ]
I got Kyle when he was 8 weeks old from a rescue organization. He was sitting in his food bowl looking cute and innocent. Ironically, when we got him home, he was anything but. After a …[ more … ]
I contacted Shawn at Best Buddy Dog Training as a last resort, to address my dogs many "issues". I have a 10 year old boxer/stafforshire terrier mix, with severe aggression issues such as attacking other dogs, ...[ more … ]
Kavik and Ruhe
Somehow, by some amazing stroke of luck, fate and, I'm truly believing, some sort of "dog guardian angel" intervention, I was able to find Shawn Hines of Best Buddy Dog Training on the internet …[ more … ]
I would recommend Best Buddy Dog Training to anyone who has a big problem or small. Sadie my 2year old yellow lab had some issues with aggressive behavior. Shawn has help me and Sadie over come ...[ more … ]
Matt and Cheryl B.
Exactly one year ago this past Sunday my wife & I adopted our Bull Mastiff Orson. Within several months we were questioning our decision as we found ourselves with a very aggressive dog. While Orson was ...[ more … ]
I would readily recommend Best Buddy Dog Training to anyone anytime. Shawn helped me, and my dog through a very difficult time. Gabby, a German Sheppard with an incredibly high drive, and some really bad habits ...[ more … ]
I highly recommend Best Buddy Dog Training to anyone looking for a very professional, highly knowledgeable, and efficient dog trainer. My trainer, Shawn, taught me how to lead my dog from the moment he arrived. With …[ more … ]
I am the owner of a 6 month old lab–mix puppy named Jenny. In addition to Jenny showing some undesirable behaviors, I am also a first time dog–owner, and so did not know a lot about ...[ more … ]
Best Buddy Dog Training came into my life just at the right time. I have two young puppies, which I adopted from rescue organizations last summer. My life with these beloved, adorable creatures had turned into a circus show within a few months of adopting them. While I had thought I was doing everything right as a responsible dog owner, such as enrolling them in puppy classes at a local pet shop, taking them to the dog park daily and hiring a dog walker for work days, I was truly only hurting them.
What I did not know until I met Shawn Hines, was that all these activities were only disconnecting me from my dogs. Instead of looking to me as their leader, they would ignore my commands, behave disrespectfully and do what was asked only if presented with a treat or reward. I had lost total control of my two beautiful puppies. I hit rock bottom when a local indoor dog park announced "unleash the beast" which I entered with Koda one day. Later, when I was deciding whether or not to renew my membership – the owner suggested my oldest puppy, Koda go for more training. I was insulted and hurt – hadn't I already spent hundreds for two training classes, doggy day care and an experienced walker? I knew I needed to do something though, to end the chaos. It was at the point that Koda would play extremely rough with other dogs, not come when I called and he had even begun to bite me. This was most devastating of all – getting attacked by my own dog. I spent many nights wondering where I went wrong? I bought my dogs tons of treats, toys and was always showering them in love and attention. I had no idea I was setting them up for failure. I wondered if I would have to contact the adoption agencies to return one of them. I was sick and horrified to even think of this. I also began to doubt myself and wonder if everyone was right – two puppies at once for a single gal was too much.
At this point, I picked up my phone to call Shawn Hines at Best Buddy Dog Training. I had been following him on his website, after learning he adopted my youngest pups mom, Freedom and was rehabilitating her. I knew from his words, pictures and videos that he was the best around.
I still remember my first conversation with Shawn. I remember crying as soon as he asked me what was wrong. He was so calm and direct and full of information on the phone that I knew he could help me with my dogs. I was really nervous to meet Shawn though. I was afraid he would judge me as a bad dog owner. During my first visit with Shawn – I was in a state of shock. I learned that sadly, I was not treating my dogs respectfully by trying to over–meet their needs by giving them constant rewards and treats for "good" behavior. Shawn immediately explained to me what appropriate dog behavior is – and I knew I had a lot of work cut out for me. I did not feel judged though – Shawn told me that my issues were quite common and things he had seen before. I was relieved. In that first hour of our meeting – to my amazement Shawn was able to get both dogs quiet, calm and demonstrate how a dog should behave. So now I knew it was possible. I saw it with my own eyes.
Over the next several months, Shawn worked consistently with me and my dogs. He provided me with the tools to become a strong leader with the confidence I had been lacking. Shawn was supportive and there to answer my every panicked phone call along the way. He truly showed me to change my behavior which in turn, gave my dogs the chance to become great puppies. It was not easy and took a lot of work and practice for me. In fact, I feel like I am always "training" in the sense that I cannot get lazy and rely on treats or forget to demand total respect from my dogs – because things could easily slip back into old habits and destructive behavior. And trust me – Shawn was there to notice my slips ups to prevent that from happening!
When I can now take both dogs out for a walk, and have them by my side walking in sync with me, heads forward and body relaxed – I am happiest. I owe it to Shawn Hines for the work he did with me, Koda and Rudy. My dogs are happier, my house is calmer and my life is back in order. Shawn's work truly saved the life of me and my dogs from what had been a desperate situation. I think I was most inspired by Shawn's calm demeanor, natural confidence and his ability to connect to both man and dog.
Thank you Shawn!
Jenn M. , Warwick, RI
My situation isn't too out of the ordinary now that I look at other dogs or listen what many owners have to say about theirs. I have (now had!) a puppy, Argos, who was displaying disobedience, aggression and was making rather poor decisions. He pulled whenever I leash walked him, he barked at things he was scared of including small children and always had to be first, always. Sound familiar? This seemed to me a "stubborn puppy phase" as others labeled it, but did I mention my 8 month old pup is already 95lbs and his head up to my stomach?!
Needless to say his behavior was a larger problem than I could handle. I had brought him to other training classes, "socialized" him daily, and exposed him to those things I noticed scared him. None of the tools I was previously taught were working … All the praise I was giving him after he obeyed made him hyper, reward treats made him beg more and more, and my repetitive commands made him more stubborn. Frustrated more than ever and afraid that he was getting too aggressive and beyond my control, I started researching. When I came across Shawn's Best Buddy Training service I immediately was drawn to his philosophy which is all about trust and communication that leads to mutual respect.
Upon meeting with Shawn he asked me if I believed him if he told me Argos would be calm and obeying me after the 2 day session we scheduled. I told him I was skeptical. I love my dog and have all the faith in the world that he can be a great, but in experiencing the way he was acting I thought it was a real long road ahead of us. in only 2 days? And was I ever wrong! After several hours of training over 2 days Argos already makes better decisions and looks to me as his leader. Shawn's technique works – he speaks and interprets dog and teaches you to do the same. He trained me more than anything else and now I have a really cool dog who I believe respects me more than ever.
Although Argos and I have more work to do, any relationship with a dog requires a lifetime of consistency and respect. But Shawn gives you the tools you need to have a sound relationship with your creature based on trust and communication, and he is there every step of the way for future guidance when you and your dog are sent on their way. Unlike any other training program I've participated in, I can see the progress Argos and I are making and it all makes sense from a foundational standpoint. Who needs tricks or temporary tools when you have a dog that respects and listens to you! I can't thank Shawn enough for the help and support he's provided. You've brought peace of mind to me and Argos and we look forward to working with you some more!
Jennifer S. , Burlington, VT
February 20, 2012
I got Kyle when he was 8 weeks old from a rescue organization. He was sitting in his food bowl looking cute and innocent. Ironically, when we got him home, he was anything but. After a couple months, he was already showing signs of aggression over food, over toys, and over our family. Since we were unaware of how to control this aggression, we let him get away with it and our answer to the problem was always to leave the dog alone. When he got older, this became an issue because my 50 pound black German shepherd mix was terrorizing the world. He bit, he urinated in the house, he growled around his food, he ran away, he chased cars, he pulled me down the street. He was a terror! After a bite which hospitalized a worker we had in our home, and other minor incidences that he racked up over the years, we decided to seek a trainer.
Trainer #1 was 1000 dollars. She was strictly e-collar training which worked wonders with his obedience, but did nothing about his aggression. Using the e-collar he would sit, stay, down, come, every time but it never got rid of the dominance. After 3 sessions with her, she told me to put him down because he "couldn't be fixed".
Trainer #2 was another $1000 but a little better. She at least gave us insight about why Kyle was aggressive. He was dominant, fearful, anxious, and had no leadership. Unfortunately, she was afraid of him the second she saw how bad he was. She also recommended we put him down.
I knew that Kyle was not a bad dog. Actually, he was a great dog when I was alone with him. He was loving and loyal and I could not bring myself to kill him. So a month before his euthanization appointment, I called Shawn, who came to my house right away to evaluate Kyle.
Shawn's technique is simple. Who you are to your dog is everything. He taught us how to psychologically, not physically, control Kyle. He taught us to be his pack leader, and showed us that if Kyle understood we are in charge of every situation, he would find his appropriate place as the follower. And he did.
My dog, who I NEVER had around people this year climbed a mountain with myself and my school. Over 1,600 students and he followed right along. He passed other dogs, tons of children, and kept looking at me for reassurance that he was doing the right thing.
Even when Kyle had a slip up, Shawn took him for a week to live with his pack of dogs who, once again, showed Kyle who was in charge. And once I got him back and continued my work and the new techniques Shawn had given me, Kyle became a fabulous companion. I can put my hand in his food bowl, I can put him in his "place" and he will stay there even if another dog walks by. He doesn't chase cars, run away, chew the entire house, urinate all over the place, or do any of the behaviors he use to do any more. Now, that great dog I knew he was is all that I see when I am with him. Today, Kyle lives with me at my apartment at school where he takes visits to campus for walks, plays with the other dogs my landlords have, and gets a long with a horse and a donkey on the farm. With the leadership I present Kyle with now, my confidence in handling him, and my understanding of his body language and behavior, Kyle has become my very obedient room-mate at school!
Thank you so much Shawn. You don't understand how much you have helped us and how much I appreciate everything you've done for Kyle, the dog you took off of puppy death row and gave another chance at life to.
Justine S. , Tewksbury, Ma.
I contacted Shawn at Best Buddy Dog Training as a last resort, to address my dogs many "issues". I have a 10 year old boxer/stafforshire terrier mix, with severe aggression issues such as attacking other dogs, in fact he tried to attack all animals, anything on wheels...from a baby stroller to a lawn mower, he would try to attack it. Needless to say, not only is the behavior embarrasing, it's downright dangerous! Honestly, I never realized that there was hope out there.....until I met Shawn. He not only retrained my dog..he retrained ME!
I needed to learn the skills to allow my dog to be calm, happy, and obedient. I found Shawn to be, not only incredibly informative, but he was open to questions from me as well. I needed to understand my dog, and the way he thinks, in order to change bad behaviors. I needed to put my pride and ego aside, to allow the Trainer, to teach both myself AND my dog. ...and no matter what you've heard.....You can teach an old dog new tricks!
Thank you, Best Buddy Dog Training!
Liz M. , Colchester, Ct
Somehow, by some amazing stroke of luck, fate and, I'm truly believing, some sort of "dog guardian angel" intervention, I was able to find Shawn Hines of Best Buddy Dog Training on the internet. There were numerous other "Dog Trainers" listed, even some with "Best Buddy" in their logos; however, what I read of Shawn's Best Buddy philosophy prompted me to call him: Kindness, Trust and Mutual Respect, if only this belief ruled our world!
I was sold after having lengthily conversations with Shawn. Clearly he understood dogs and people intricately. Shawn maintains that firmness linked with kindness and consistency, result in confidence, trust, and clarity for both the canine and his/her owner. I live in Vermont, so it was huge for me to let my two German Shepherds go away to R.I. "Boot Camp" for a whole month! I knew, however, that my dogs and I truly needed professional guidance. My 3 year old male was showing signs of serious aggression and also beginning to demonstrate stubborn and assertive behaviors when given commands by me. He was now "training me". My 14 week old German Shepherd male pup was showing "dog aggression" (I couldn't walk him anywhere) and he was becoming somewhat unruly in other areas. Music to my ears concerning both dogs was Shawn's remark: "We can fix that."
Shawn worked with my dogs daily, cared for them in his own home and reported their progress to me. I wondered if I would be able to carry on what Shawn was teaching them. I am a 5'4", 67 year old woman of small stature and was beginning to wonder if I had made a mistake in getting two large breed, strong–willed dogs. Shawn kept assuring me that I would be able to carry on just fine. He added that he would "always be only a phone call away". I knew he meant "always".
My dogs returned to me happy, healthy, and content. Shawn worked patiently with me, facilitating as I took on a new role as my dogs' Leader and Protector. The commands had already been taught. They were basic, but essential. I only needed to be consistent with my expectations (expect & accept nothing less than what they now know how to do) and develop a rhythm that was easy and doable for all three of us.
Now my household is peaceful, manageable and above all happy. Tails are wagging. My dogs are polite and obedient at meal times (theirs and mine), on road trips, and during walks (I lead. They follow.) They sit and wait before getting in or out of my car and do the same before entering or leaving my house. My reformed pooches are also quite willing to "show off" their proper manners, while visitors marvel at their "calm, respectful demeanor".
Finding Shawn Hines was the best possible thing I could have done for my dogs well being and my own peace of mind.
Thank you, Shawn.
Rookie M. , Charlotte, Vt.
I would recommend Best Buddy Dog Training to anyone who has a big problem or small. Sadie my 2year old yellow lab had some issues with aggressive behavior. Shawn has help me and Sadie over come these issues, by teaching me how to control situations, and not let Sadie always feel like she has to be the protector. Sadie now walks right beside me and doesn't pull and take control. She listens to my commands, such as wait, stop, sit, down, and stay. Most importantly she (Sadie) still has her personality, after all she is a very playful, happy family pet.
Michelle M. , Wrentham Ma.
Exactly one year ago this past Sunday my wife & I adopted our Bull Mastiff Orson. Within several months we were questioning our decision as we found ourselves with a very aggressive dog. While Orson was a great dog around us, we couldn't walk by another dog, car, or person without him lunging, pulling, barking & snarling. By the way, Orson is 120 pounds of almost all muscle. We had to resort to walking him late at night where there was less of a chance something would set him off. Orson's aggressive issues continued to get worse. He didn't respond to being corrected longer than being set off by something else. I went so far as to tackle him once I was so frustrated with his behavior. After 9 months of frustration we started calling Dog Trainers. The 1st one I called said he was one of the most aggressive Bull Mastiff's he had ever seen. He also never called me back for a 2nd visit. While on vacation in Seattle I found Best Buddy Dog on the internet. After exploring the site & looking at the pictures we decided to give it a try. The trainer claimed we could make good progress in about four lessons. Both my wife & I were very skeptical. After the 1st lesson we were a little less skeptical. As unbelievable as it may seem, I felt better about Orson's behavior after the 1st lesson. Orson is continuing to make progress. He is significantly less aggressive & is no longer dominant with his toys. I have been very impressed with the entire program, the fees are very fair, & thus far our trainer Shawn has done everything he told us he would do. We are close to the point where we can walk him down the road without him attacking everything he encounters. While we have made significant progress, we know we have a long way to go. One of the things I feel the need to emphasize is that a dog trainer can show you the tools you need to train your dog, but the practice & reinforcement need to continue with you, the dog owner. There are too many good things to say about Shawn to list here. He is very dedicated to the process, and offers multiple options for payment & intense correction treatment. I feel very fortunate we hired the right trainer the 1st time, as I know many people will go through multiple trainers before finding the right one. Shawn has made a believer out of me. In short, he is a super dog trainer!
Matt and Cheryl B. , Natick, Ma.
I would readily recommend Best Buddy Dog Training to anyone anytime. Shawn helped me, and my dog through a very difficult time. Gabby, a German Sheppard with an incredibly high drive, and some really bad habits from her previous life came to me when she was a year old. Apparently her owners got fed up with her. She was very stubborn and unpredictable. She could be sweet and loving at one time, and aggressive and tense at other times. I live in the city, but she was impossible to walk on the leash. She would lunge at any dog walking by and on one occasion, she yanked the leash out of my hand, and run off getting into a fight and biting a dog. It had cost me close to a thousand dollars in vet bills! I was ready to give her up. I thought I was never going to be able to handle her. Shawn, the owner of Best Buddy Dog Training, talked me into keeping her and patiently explained to me the principles of a dog/owner relationship. He taught me to be firm, but fair; to be consistent and clear, and helped me transform Gabby into a confident, trusting and calm dog. We are still working with her, but I can see the light. And, I am definitely keeping her.
Giannoula K. , Boston, Ma.
I highly recommend Best Buddy Dog Training to anyone looking for a very professional, highly knowledgeable, and efficient dog trainer. My trainer, Shawn, taught me how to lead my dog from the moment he arrived. With Shawn's instruction, I had my untrained, energetic Weimeraner sitting, laying down and staying after the first visit. Shawn has always been available between visits to help and answer any questions or address any issues that come up. Shawn even provided me with on-going follow up after the formal training program had ended at no additional charge! Anyone looking to train their dog and build the bond with their dog that we all want, should use BBDT. Save yourself the time and money of other trainers or programs. BBDT is well worth the investment!! I couldn't be happier!!
Catherine W. , Groton, Ma.
I am the owner of a 6 month old lab–mix puppy named Jenny. In addition to Jenny showing some undesirable behaviors, I am also a first time dog–owner, and so did not know a lot about dogs, dog behavior or training dogs. Jenny is naturally a pretty mellow dog, but she was doing some things that I was unable to correct: jumping up on people, alternating between pulling on the leash and lying down and refusing to walk, and refusing to sit down on command. Within one session with Shawn, she was lying down and waiting patiently, and within a couple, she was walking well on the leash – no more tugging, lying down or lunging at other dogs.
Jenny is now a really well behaved puppy, she does what she is told and is really good towards other dogs and people. In addition, I learned so much about dogs from Shawn – his knowledge on dog behavior, psychology and training is vast. Shawn was amazing with Jenny – he could get her to do anything, often in one try! Training Jenny with Shawn was definitely worth it – I highly recommend Shawn and his approach.
Kjesten W. , Providence, RI.
I have engaged Shawn to assist me with my people friendly but dog aggressive pit bull, Storm. Shawn shows his vast number of years experience in a calm and confident manner. At first thought, you may think dog trainer, but Shawn is more a personal trainer. His personal training of the dog owner, in this case me, allowed me to better understand a new language, "dog speak", to better communicate and train Storm.
After four sessions, I feel that I have control of Storm from a command stand point and can better understand his physical communication. Shawn has demonstrated several ways to deal with the dog aggression. As a result, I no longer need to avoid walking Storm through the neighborhood. I highly recommend Shawn to anyone wishing to have a happier and well behaved "Best Buddy".
Joe B. , Vernon Ct.
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