Samson – Sheepdog Mix
Samson was suffering from leash reactivity issues including skateboards, prey, sirens, resource guarding, and anxiety around men and dogs. K9 Kompanion suggested a four-week training program. We were very sad to say goodbye to Samson for such a long time, but were so happy to receive daily videos and updates regarding his training and progress. Tiffany and Meaghen are consummate professionals, remaining responsive to all of our questions well after the training program. When they dropped Samson off, they gave us significant insights into Samson’s behavior and anxiety, as well as detailed advice for how to continue his improvement. Samson has returned a different dog, both happier and calmer. While retaining his playful and lovable personality, Samson can now:
1. Confidently walk by squirrels, cats, skateboards, sirens, men, and dogs;
2. Play respectfully with other dogs off leash;
3. Remain calm when dogs walk by our car or apartment;
4. Remain calm when guests visit our apartment; and
5. Live in the apartment, or ride in the car, with absolutely no whining.
We are so thankful to K9 Kompanion for making Samson a safer, more obedient dog. We would recommend K9 Kompanion to all dog owners, for a caring, structured, and highly efficient training regimen
Scarlet (Starkenberg family)
Scarlet (our pit-bull) came into our lives as a foster pup when she was 6 months old. We aren’t sure what happened to her during those first 6 months, but we suspect she was badly mistreated. Because of this, it takes a long time for a human to earn her trust. Once you are in her inner circle, however, she is the sweetest, most cuddly girl imaginable. When she was younger, her first inclination was to run away from any potential threat. As she grew older and became surer of herself, she decided that she would not back down from threatening situations. She also had a tendency towards resource guarding. As much as we loved Scarlet, she made life quite stressful for us. Any time friends or family wanted to visit, we would have to crate her or muzzle her because we simply could not trust her around people other than a select few. We tried other trainers with limited degrees of success. When we found Tiffany, Meaghen, and the rest of the K9 Kompanions team, they immediately took a vested interest in Scarlet’s well-being. She stayed with them for a month and our other dog, Kenai, joined them for the last week of Scarlet’s stay. Needless to say, we missed her terribly while she was gone and were worried that she would be a lot of trouble for the crew at K9 Kompanions. Our worries were put to rest with daily updates complete with pictures and videos of her training. A month later Scarlet returned to us a much-improved girl and we were given the tools to continue the training she learned at K9 Kompanions. We work with her every day, and while some of the daily stresses still remain, we feel much more confident when it comes to Scarlet’s interactions with other humans and dogs. Months after our girls came home from their training, the team at K9 Kompanions still stays in touch, hoping to hear about all of Scarlet’s and Kenai’s successes (such as fun, off leash play time in parks and on hikes). Not only are the team of trainers masters of their craft, but they are kind, caring, and dedicated. We can not thank them enough for helping to make Scarlet a safer, more obedient dog.
We are so grateful to Tiffany and Meaghen for the work they have done with Henry and our family. Henry is a beloved three year-old sheltie mix we got as a puppy from a local shelter. He has always been very sweet, and VERY high strung. We reached out for help when his aggression towards men who would come to our house with deliveries (etc.) began to get out of control. After some home sessions and two weeks boarding with K9 Companion, our experience with him is completely different. The most amazing changes are:
1. His whining (which was frequent) is almost down to zero. If he whines, he responds immediately when we tell him to stop. He rarely stares at us for extra walks or extra food, and when he does, we redirect him. We feel like we are in control, not him.
2. He no longer freaks out every time someone walks by our house. He can be calm when other dogs, strollers, and trucks go past.
3. He can stay in place (on command) no matter what. If people come to the door, if we ask him to “place", he stays. He has even stayed calm when delivery people come to our house with packages, which terrified him before.
4. He lays down quietly in the back of the car! He used to whine INCESSANTLY, and we hated to take him anywhere.
5. His recall is PERFECT. He was always pretty good about coming when called, but now it is 100% reliable when he is off-leash, even when he’s playing with other dogs.
6. He will listen to everyone in the family, including the kids (13 and 9)
Tiffany and Meaghan are great at what they do because they are able to explain dog’s insecurity (which causes the naughty behavior) in a way that really makes sense. They are so responsive with questions - even after the official training ends. We recommend them highly!
"Rozcoe and Diezel" Davidson Family
Rozcoe and Diezel went through a board and train program at K9 Kompanion Training for three weeks for off leash, obedience and leash reactivity because they would bark and lunge at other dogs when we walked them.
They came back and are no longer barking and lunging, completely obedient dogs. It's only been a few months since they have been home and We actually aren't even using the e-collars anymore! The boys listen really well! We can feed them together without them, we Still use the prong collars for walks but we couldn't be any happier with their training success.
"Toby" - Golden Doodle, Riley FamilyWe are so grateful for our families experience with K9-Kompanion! Toby is a sweet 2 year old mini golden-doodle, but despite his stuffed animal looks, he was very food aggressive with other dogs. We made the decision to send Toby to K-9 Kompanion to work on his aggression and a few other issues, so we could have the tools to prevent him from hurting another dog or getting himself in a situation where he might get hurt. We had reservations about Toby going through the training program because despite his aggression, he has such a great personality that we love and didn’t want to lose! K-9 Kompanion worked with Toby for 3 weeks, and at the end of his training, he came home as a calm and happy boy, with the same personality we know and love! Since his training we have sent Toby to the play group once a week to maintain the structure he needs to continue in his training which has been great for everyone. We cannot thank Tiffany and Meaghan enough- they have been so supportive of us, and all of our questions, to ensure we maintain Toby’s new calm lifestyle!
"Steve" - Mixed breed, Flooks Family
We cannot say enough about Tiffany, Meaghen and the K9 Kompanion team! Steve's increasing anxiety and insecurities were making him an unhappy and stressed out dog-- not a safe situation in a house with 2 young kids. Tiffany was able to hone in and work him through his issues. After some time at board and train, Steve's new calm and self control are evident. He's a different dog! K9 Kompanion Training has given us all the tools (and so so so much support), to make Steve a happier, more secure member of our family!
Veo Family, Two Dutch Shepherds
We began working with K9 Kompanion, in October of 2016. We adopted an 8 month old energetic Dutch Shepherd mix. From the beginning of the process we were met with true professionalism. I filled out the paperwork online and had a home visit with our soon to be newest member of the family that evening.
We already had a Dutch Shepard mix that we had adopted two years prior and she was not happy at first with her new brother. K9 Kompanion spent time with my family two nights that week, working with us, getting to know myself, husband and two young sons.
We were educated during that time with gentle recommendations on how to speak, guide and work with our soon to be, two high energy, not super friendly pups.
K9 Kompanion showed us simple tricks for feeding and verbiage modification that have certainly proven to be beneficial. Our oldest pup is a different dog. She is patient, obedient, and not near as mouthy as she once was. She is happier to be able to play with other dogs off leash at the park and on trail runs. Our newest pup has joined the family seamlessly, we couldn't be happier.
We still today, send our now very polite, obedient and friendly pups to K9 Kompanion one day a week. For my very busy family of four, it is a good feeling knowing that the pups are picked up in the morning at our home, spending the day with their four legged friends, continuing their obedience training and getting a ton of love and fresh air with K9 Kompanion. They are dropped off at our home fed, tired and tails wagging with joy.
We can't thank K9 Kompanion enough for the support, patience and kindness that they have shown our family. I highly recommend their service!
-Larissa Gay (Loki, Ellie and Affinity!)
Loki’s cuteness only got him so far! I had come to a point with my Loki that I needed some help reeling in his guarding issues and overly teethy play, but I didn’t know where to turn! Loki being the youngest of my three dogs, regular training classes just weren’t cutting it as I didn’t have the time to devote the crash course of training that he desperately needed for his own sake, his sister’s and for mom (me) who he thought he could just walk all over!
After chatting with Tiffany and Meaghan about the options I had for him (considering we are in a different state altogether) I was highly impressed with their knowledge, especially his breed! We decided on a two week board and train program for him. Not only was I extremely gracious for their trek to pick him up and drop him off, but I was extremely happy to receive the daily updates of pictures and videos as I missed my boy so much!
Upon his return, loki excelled at his new found manners. It’s a continuous process with him, but the foundation they provided him with is incomparable! He came home just as happy and full of life as he was when he left, just with more manners a young husky should have! Tiffany and Meaghan have been extremely prompt with answering any questions I may have with lokis training, its awesome!
Not only have Tiffany and Meaghan helped with my silly loki, but have actually recently boarded all 3 of my pups last minute for a weekend, and all 3 came home happy, tired and well taken care of!
Highly recommend K9 Kompanion for their professionalism, communication, knowledge and reliability! My pups will definitely all be there again soon for some refresh and play!
"Bella & Nash" - Golden and LabOur golden Bella and lab mix Nash were generally happy well behaved dogs, but had begun displaying concerning behavior that petstore and basic training was not working. Bella was becoming more and more insecure and anxious while Nash was getting leash aggressive and listening less and less.
Our dog walker recommended Tiffany and Meaghan, and a year later we couldn’t be happier! We were initially concerned about using an e-collar and that our pups were who they were and we were going to have to live with their issues. 10 minutes into our first session Tiffany and Meaghan completely changed how we thought about both. They took the time to explain how and why an e-collar works, how beneficial it can be for training or eliminating unwanted behaviors, like counter surfing and how useful it can be in an emergency. They also explained why the reasons behind our dogs behaviors and what we were (or weren’t) doing to help them. Showing us how to spot signs of Bella’s anxiousness how to correct/reassure her to help her become more confident. After just one week family and friends were already commenting on the difference in their behavior.
Unlike past trainings we had tried, we immediately knew we now had the tools and knowledge to help Bella and Nash be the amazing dogs they are. We have so much more confidence with them off-leash and are no longer concerned bringing them to family and friend’s houses or whether they’re just being nice when they say they don’t mind if the pups come.
We couldn’t be happier or more grateful for what Tiffany and Meaghan have done for us and would recommend them to anyone who will listen!
"Trixie" Nelson FamilyWe are very happy with all aspects of our experience with Tiffany and Meaghan. From the start, they displayed true professionalism and responsiveness in regards to our concerns about our dog, Trixie. In addition, they are kind, caring
and very responsive. I enthusiastically recommend them. We rescued Trixie when she was six months old, from the get go, she had a wanderlust and a LOT of energy. My neighbor couldn’t believe it when she saw her walking tightrope on our wooden fence one day. We were told by many to “watch out”. Trixie is so sweet and non-aggressive but absolutely owned by her nose and very disobedient when it came to recall. Much to my dismay, I soon realized that she could not walk off the leash. I am persistent though so I often would “try” to let her go, only to lose her for hours at a time and receive phone calls from individuals who found her and even the police department. Because Trixie is a hound, I was worried about her quality of life if she had to always be on the leash. On leash, she pulled and was not fun to walk at all. Eventually, someone suggested I try the Petfinder e-collar. I bought it, used it twice and realized I had no idea what I was doing. That was when I contacted Tiffany and Meaghan at K9 Kompanion.
After sharing my woes, they felt that their week long training program was the right choice for Trixie. They were right. Trixie has been home for two weeks. She is in wonderful shape, knows her basic commands and is fully off leash. On leash, she walks in a heel position. We have joined the pack and Trixie now has weekly playdates with her pals. I enjoy her much more and it is nice to see her happy and free as well as obedient!
"Cherokee" Myint FamilyOur dog Cherokee is a sweet lab/pointer mix, but he came to us with some pretty sizeable dog aggression issues. We had thought we were making slow but steady progress since adopting him 6 months ago, but over the holidays, we had a major setback when he injured another dog in the family after feeling his personal space violated. My boyfriend and I decided it was time to seek professional help, and at the recommendation of Cherokee’s Rescue, we ended up in the hands of Tiffany and Meaghan at K9 Kompanion. From the beginning, Tiffany and Meaghan were extremely responsive to our inquiries and addressed all of our concerns about sending our pup away for a two-week board-and-train program. They sent us daily updates on Cherokee’s progress in their training program, and honestly, it was one of our daily highlights while he was away. The best part was watching how much progress he was making day-to-day and seeing first-hand the slow transformation he was making to become a calmer, less aggressive dog.
Of course, we knew that training of Cherokee wasn’t going to be the whole solution to our problems. My boyfriend and I also needed to be trained on being better dog owners. When Tiffany and Meaghan brought Cherokee back, they went through a detailed training session to show us exactly how we should be incorporating more structure into Cherokee’s life so that he feels safe and less anxious. Even more, they’ve been incredibly responsive over email whenever we have new questions about how to further his progress with us.
Before our experience with K9 Kompanion, I would have to avoid other dogs on our walks out of fear of Cherokee lunging or attacking them. But after his training program, he calmly walks at my side and barely notices other dogs as we past them! We’re hoping to slowly work up to play dates at the local dog park. The great thing is that K9 Kompanion has been and continues to be super responsive to our inquiries on how to make it happen. With their continued support, I have no doubt that we’ll get there eventually!
"Charlie" Matthews familyCharlie's sweet face and friendly attitude towards strangers saved him from the streets of Puerto Rico when we rescued him four years ago, but his tendency to guard food (which probably kept him alive when he was a puppy) got him into a lot of trouble this summer when he bit me... Hard. Desperate to ensure he never bit anyone ever again, I contacted K9 Kompanion for a board and train. Fast forward a few weeks, and Charlie is a changed pup. Tiffany and her team have transformed him into a much more calm, happy dog. He's even back to being comfortable and social with other dogs after being attacked by another dog at a doggy daycare a few years ago. Charlie now goes to K9 Kompanion play groups weekly, and we have the tools and techniques we need to keep him (and ourselves) safe and happy. So grateful to Tiffany and her team for helping us!
Misfit and GizmoThere are no words to describe how thankful I am to Tiffany & her amazing team. Before K9 Kompanion stepped in, our two dogs, Misfit & Gizmo ruled our lives. Both dogs were living with terrible anxiety, making it impossible to do anything with them. We couldn't walk them together, couldn't have friends over without incident, couldn't do a lot of really normal dog things because of how reactive each of them would get. Then K9 Kompanion changed all of that. After a three week stay with Tiffany & her crew, the dogs have done a complete 360. Now the pups can be walked together, friends can come & please as they go & greeting people/dogs is no longer impossible. Both dogs are so much calmer, making walks & outings a pleasurable experience instead of nerve wracking. The homework we received to continue the pups' training was explained to us during a two hour session simply, calmly & without making us feel stupid. The best part (besides having two happy pups) is seeing how much they care about our pups. From all the videos I received on a daily basis to the way Tiffany & Meghan said goodbye to our kids, it was clear they cared about Misfit & Gizmo. Thank you again K9 Kompanion for changing our lives!
"Zeke" -Zackin FamilyI adopted Zeke when he was four months old, after he’d been shipped up from Indiana and fostered here in Massachusetts. From the start, Zeke was anxious around strangers and men most of all. At the dog park and on the street, he’d bark, back away, and growl, all the time wagging his tail. One time, he got so scared he took off and ran home, across a busy street. I was worried that he’d do that again and get hit, or that he’d provoke a bad reaction from someone scared of his behavior, and he’d escalate. I hoped it would get better with time, and as he built confidence. But it only got worse. So, off to boot camp.
He came home from K-9 Kompanian a changed dog! He is still is a little bit anxious from time to time but it's heartwarming to see him go up to strangers at the dog park and greet them, and even go in for the for the cuddle! He’s so much happier, I’m so grateful to Tiffany and her crew!
"Diesel" - Sterlacci FamilyOur dog Diesel is home and doing awesome!
He is such a good boy. Comparative to his prior issues, he is now so well mannered and is so gentle with our kids and patient. We couldn't have asked for a better trained dog for our family.
Thank you so much Tiffany and the team for all you did!