Our family can’t say enough good things about QK! We sent our 4 month old Golden Retriever Chowda for the 2 week puppy camp. Before entering the program, he had no sense of boundaries, was stilling having accidents in the house, tried eating everything in sight, and was getting out of control with the playful/puppy mouthing. Since coming home he is calm, respectful, obedient, and all around an amazing dog. If we didn’t know better we would have thought they gave us back a different dog! He is now the perfect companion and therapy for my son who has Autism and he has the foundation to start his service dog training. None of this would have been possible without QK, we are eternally grateful!
I can’t thank QK enough!!!!!!!!!! This place is AWESOME!! The first assessment of our Springer Spaniel with Jennifer Broome (Owner/Trainer) was to say the least eye opening. We had been training our Springer Spaniel (Abby) for hunting and what we thought was good behavior. Well as it turned out we had an Alpha Dog in our home, and we were headed down a Bad road with Abby. QK took her in at 18 months old for a 4 week program. WOW, just WOW!! What a difference in our Quote “Princess” in just 4 short weeks. Chris Parry (Trainer) took Abby with absolutely NO bird exposure and very poor manners and turned her into a well-trained, tenacious bird machine. Well behaved on and off her lead. Abby actually enjoys her home training sessions with us now, and so willing to please. Just like the QK quote “A well trained, tired dog, is a happy dog”.
This dog finds and retrieves birds to hand faster than any dog I have ever hunted over. Plus, she has such a soft mouth and gentle touch, the birds come back unmarred, well except for the shot. Chris you did such an Awesome job with Abby. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I am truly looking forward to Abby’s pre-season refresher training, and many years of great hunting adventures with Abby.
Jenifer, you have built a great business, with a Staff full of passion and love for their jobs. My Wife, Myself and Abby are now part of your family, which is how you have made us feel. We thank you and your entire Staff.
A Heart Felt Thank You,
Vic and Linda Burnett
Our family was referred to QK by a friend when seeking basic obedience and “manners” training for our nearly 1-year-old Cavapoo. We chose the 4 week program based on their success, and couldn’t be more pleased with our results as well! Tucker worked with Kate as a trainer, and she was a wonderful communicator keeping us updated weekly with our “Pupdates” tracking his progress with feedback and photos. She went above-and-beyond answering numerous questions both during our boarding time and since we have brought our dog home, and although 4 weeks is a long time to be away from our beloved pet, it was well worth every day as we now are the beneficiaries of QK’s wonderful training tactics. Their strategies translate well even to our young children who now have the confidence to use the commands on a daily basis. We were extremely pleased with the results of our training and would 100% recommend to a friend. Thank you Kate and QK for a job well done!
We adopted our GWP Diesel at 7 months of age knowing that he had some potentially problematic behavior. He is quite headstrong and proved to live up to our expectations. After giving him the best of our training ability for the first 10 months that we owned him he needed some additional obedience and hunting specific training. Chris and Jennifer were able to transform him from our problem child into a disciplined and mature companion. He progressed leaps and bounds in the month that he spent at QK and it has literally transformed the experience of owning him from stressful to joyful. Thanks so much to the whole QK staff!
All the best,
Nat and Heather
We are just in awe of what a well-behaved dog he is. I may have mentioned, but Stanley was coming home to our house partially under construction, which of course adds another layer of challenge and distraction with things being torn up and people coming in and out, and he has responded wonderfully. I don’t think we could have brought him home to the house like this without the training – he would have gotten into everything. The kids were thrilled to see him when they got home, but he was MUCH more subdued in happily greeting them (ie, not knocking them over or jumping up to get my daughter’s hair bow off her head which was his norm before!). I really am just so happy and in awe of the transformation.
Thank you so much for all of your help with him and the updates you provided. Hopefully I won’t have to bug you with too many questions over the next couple of weeks as he settles back into home 🙂 I’ve attached a picture of him resting very comfortably on his new “place” – he couldn’t even handle being in this room prior to training due to the open bins of kids’ toys etc in here! Now, he sniffed and just left them alone.
Rosie came to us a wiggly little pup and left with manners and a high level of obedience training. Rosie’s owner passed her CGC test with her and is planning to pursue a therapy certification when Rosie turns one year old. Their end goal is to get Rosie qualified to visit the Shriner’s Hospital.
A note from Rosie’s owner soon after her arrival home from training:
I would like to thank you so much for the exceptional training and care you gave to Rosie for the last four weeks. She is doing well since our return home. We have adjusted to each other pretty rapidly. Rosie is loving our backyard. She expels lots of energy back there. For the last two nights, by 5 she is exhausted. I am taking her to Home Depot on Friday. It is supposed to be a raincoat day so I figured I would do something fun!!
Thank you for your care and excellent abilities to train wayward puppies!! I was absolutely thrilled about her passing the CGC. Thank you for the great picture of her at Agway!!
My very best to you,
Daisy’s owners contacted QK because they were having a lot of unwanted anxiety and behavioral problems with their young 15-month-old Golden Retriever pup. Daisy was seen by a behaviorist to try to correct the negative behaviors she was exhibiting. The owners house was full of hard wood floors, and Daisy was overly nervous of walking over them. She also was unable to relax properly and lacked a tremendous amount of confidence. Living with Daisy was seeming to be a struggle as they had to keep rugs across the floors and even at times pick her up to get her to another side of the house! Daisy was put on Prozac to help calm her anxiety. After talking in length to her owners, they weaned her off the meds properly and then sent her here for our E-collar conditioning program. It was very clear that Daisy needed a JOB and help building her confidence. We immediately started working with Daisy, teaching her how to relax and be calm; no matter what was going on around her.
Once we started her lead work we taught her master how to many obstacles. It was clear that she had absolutely no confidence and was unsure about trusting people. With a lot of patience, persistence, and repetition; Daisy started to show more trust in us and understand we would not put her in danger. She went on many field trips during her training to help build her confidence even more. As soon as she finally gave in completely and let us become the dominant “dog” she turned a corner and became a happy, confident dog. She was going through all the obstacles with little to no resistance. She is off lead and enjoying the freedom to run around and have fun but is under control when needed. With a lot of patience and work and giving Daisy a job, she no longer needs to be on medication. All she needed was someone to step up and become her pack leader and show her that life is not as scary as it may seem. Daisy continues to come back for boarding and refresher work to keep up with the training. She was a joy to have here and is doing so much better in her home and is possibly going on to be trained for therapy dog work.
Rocco the German Short Haired Pointer came to Quinebaug Kennels at the young age of 4-5 months old for the two week puppy program. Rocco was a typical shorthair puppy with a wild mentality and unmeasurable amounts of bird drive, however he was also a bit of a space case with a running mind and tap dancing feet.
With bird work and a young puppy the most important objective for his two week stay was not so much training, but teaching to stand still and accept touch along with calmness. At a young age it was easy to work his obedience on lead with a well-developed point of contact for his next step and return for the finishing of the gun dog program.
At first Rocco had some difficulties with his training due to immaturity and being so busy minded but with steps towards quieting him down and keeping him still, Rocco quickly began adapting into a stable pup. Most of the time for pups like this one; bird drive is never a problem. With Rocco’s love of birds, good natural point and willing retrieve we knew it was time to introduce a blank 22. Pistol and shortly after a shotgun. Dogs such as Rocco always give myself and the other trainers a feeling of relief and accomplishment when we can manage to slow them down and put a handle on them while never impacting their prey drive. Rocco was a lot of fun to work with and teach, and of course we look forward to his next stay with us.
Millie (brown Labradoodle) came to us for puppy training when she was around 4 months old. Being a labradoodle, Millie will have to be groomed for her entire life so getting use to being handled all over and the sounds and smells of the grooming salon are necessary at a young age. As a typical puppy, Millie didn’t understand the grooming process. She would squirm and squeal to try and get out of it. We started bathing her every few days and working her with the dryer as well as brushing and handling her all over as part of her training program. This helped to get her calm and desensitize her to the grooming process. Over her stay she learned to stay calm and relaxed while being groomed and handled.
Millie returned to us for more training as she got a little older and was able to be bathed and dried start to finish as well as dremeling her nails and cleaning her ears. She now loves her baths and trims and is polite and steady on the grooming table.
Odie came to Quinebaug while in a rescue and the coordinator of the rescue was having difficulty being able to place him.
When Odie first came in, he was out of control and unable to relax. We began teaching Odie, with the point-of-contact, to relax and learn to control his behavior with obedience work. Odie made a lot of progress during his stay with us. We worked with Odie patiently to modify his nervous and reactive behavior in certain situations. We socialized him extensively and gave him positive experiences in new situations to help him through his nervous behaviors. At the end of his program here, he was able to relax and stay in high activity situations, respond reliably off-leash, and became a happy, relaxed dog.
We worked with the rescue to help them figure out the best fit and home for Odie when it was time for him to go home.
After being adopted and going home, we provided support to Odies new owner and helped her work through some situations so that she would know exactly what to do even after going home.
We received an update from Odies family a few months after adoption and continue to work with dogs from the same rescue. We are so happy to see Odie thrive in his new home!