I wanted to take a moment and write to you about our experience with your services and provide a testimony.
At the time of my initial contact with QK, our Golden Doddle “Jackson” was almost 5 months in age 45lbs in weight and growing rapidly. His veterinarian referred to him as a big goofy puppy, my wife and I referred to him as our little possessed pupperdoddle. Quite honestly, we considered the heart-breaking notion of giving him up as he just wouldn’t behave well at all. It was the end of March, I contacted QK and inquired about your puppy programs. Ms. Jessica Velasquez returned my call and thoroughly explained each one of the programs to me and assured me that she could relate to Jackson as well as my Wife and I as owners. She was so positive in her approach to addressing my concerns and left me without any doubt that she could deliver a well-trained companion at the completion of your program. Following our conversation, I asked her to reserve a spot for the soonest opening which was the week of April 22nd. Although I do have to admit, as misbehaved as he was, the thought of sending him away for training was very difficult. Unfortunately, our culture today breeds doubt and lack of trust of others, but there was something about Jessica that led me to discern that she was someone special, someone we could completely trust to manage the care and training of our pup. I wasn’t wrong!!
For my testimony I guess I would like to start by asking a question, “Why in the world is Jessica an Assistant Trainer”? As far as I’m concerned, she’s the “Master Trainer”. Our puppy was literally transformed, the confidence he gained while at QK is amazing. The process we witnessed during our visits was unbelievable. We were besides ourselves every time we worked with Jessica and him at seeing the progress. We realize you must hear this stuff all the time but you need to know that Jackson doesn’t counter surf, grab the toilet paper (or anything else) and run, grab stuff from the waste basket, jump up on anyone, pull on his leash, mouth anyone, bark when he shouldn’t, bolt out the door or the yard just to mention a few of the issues he had before he visited QK. Don’t misunderstand what I’m trying to say, he is very much still a puppy at 7 months and he has his moments, the great thing is how he reacts to the techniques that Jessica taught us in correcting him. Everything is so positive; he even sleeps in our bedroom on the floor or on his new Kuranda bed verses in his crate because we can trust him now. Our neighbors are convinced that we traded him in for a different dog. QK dogs made us a promise and you not only kept that promise; you exceeded our expectations! The small investment we made in trusting QK dogs will pay dividends for years to come. Susan and I are very thankful and grateful for the hard work and loving care that was put into Jackson while at QK. Of course, we would be very remiss not to mention the other team members we met and worked with. Darcy and Patricia were great upon arrival making us and Jackson feel very comfortable, AJ who was so good with Jackson and somehow managed to send him home clean and well-groomed and of course the young man (I forgot his name but did meet him) who fed Jackson daily and we’re sure there were more involved that we didn’t meet.
Sent with much Gratitude!
Walt and Sue Cormier and of course Jackson
Thank you again for everything you did with (our puppy) Zeke.
He has been adjusting great back at home and we will be working with him every day. He is much more respectful of our space and even our older dog. We took him to Lowe’s yesterday and he did great even when people would come to see him. Thank you again for everything. We are very appreciative!
Paige & Tyler
I love everything about Quinebaug Kennels.
Onni loves going there and seeing the staff. He runs to get in the door. I like that I know he is ok when he is there for daycare or training. Also love that I can support local by buying my dog food and treats there. AJ is an amazing groomer we never had our German Shepherd groom and it was an amazing experience for us. Thanks for everything you guys do to make my kids feel like home when they are not home.
Hi Jess! We stuck with everything you taught Marley (even the girls were diligent) and he’s been amazing!
He’s so obedient, respects boundaries, listens to us but is still such a big lover. He’s honestly a happier dog given the boundaries and structure you provided and more importantly – taught to us foolish humans!! Marley now feels like he’s “working” in a good way and it’s created such a positive shift in the household dynamic. Everything we hoped for in bringing him in to our family has come to fruition thanks to you.
From day 1, it was apparent that QK and gundog trainer Chris Parry were the right choice for our pup.
We brought in our 8 month old Brittany, Junior, with hopes of building a foundation for a long career of find birds. We were always kept in the loop about training progress, and after 4 weeks Junior came home with some newfound obedience, a more patient demeanor, an plenty of training in preparation for the field. We are thrilled with his progress and happy with our choice of QK and Chris.
I am pleased to write a recommendation for QK Dogs and their incredible staff.
My dog has been going to “camp” at QK for several years, and I’ve been consistently happy with all of their services. Whether it be the incredibly professional and responsive management team (Jan is the best!), the prompt and caring shuttle driver (Mike is amazing!), the loving team that takes care of the dogs (Kiira sends detailed updates and the greatest photos!) or the groomer who gives better haircuts than any we’ve gotten in Manhattan (thank you AJ!) I feel confident in knowing that our dog is safe, well attended to and happy at QK. Knowing that he has this wonderful family away from home who welcomes him with open arms and makes sure that he’s having fun while we are away means the world to us.
I contacted Jennifer while my new pup was still in utero. She is now 16 weeks.
From the time of my first visit to the kennel (before Dutch was born), through our first meeting together and initial introduction lesson I was continually confident in their philosophies and care.
Dutch just spent last week training/boarding and I must admit, it was harder than leaving my children for the first time! But I knew she was at a first rate establishment, would be safe with pups her own age, and not be over faced or manhandled in anyway. These were very important aspects to me.
Jennifer provided meaningful timely updates during Dutch’s stay and a follow up conversation when I picked her up. The staff was organized and Dutch was beautifully groomed and appropriately happy to see me again, not displaying any “get me outa here” behaviors. I know she had a beneficial experience. Dutch will be attending for another 10 days the first week of December.
I have to say, my schedule is a little wacky because I live in Pennsylvania, I do have family in CT which is part of the reason I chose QK. The big reason is Jennifer’s professionalism, her level of expectation of her staff and love of the dogs. I could not entrust my family the same way with my “baby”!
In your service,
I LOVE my new dog!!
He is an absolute pleasure to be around. He’s is doing a lot of thinking! He starting digging in our garden today and my 12 year old grabbed the remote and gave him a solid high 3. (That’s my limit for her for now:-)) he jumped and then sat there starred at the hole he tried to start for about a minute! He didn’t go back. He is walking “with” us so well. He does get a tad bit ahead like 6 inches but all in all it’s fantastic.
You guys should charge more…:-). I’ll have some questions as the week progresses but for now we are thrilled!!!
Our Aussie, Finn, just got home from grooming with AJ. He looks and feels amazing!
She did a great job and he is calm and not at all rattled by his experience. He was a rescue and is still not good with people other then immediate family. Trips to the vet, grooming, etc. can be very traumatic for Finn (even more so since we lost our older Aussie, Riley, to bone cancer in April). He came home today acting his normal goofy self. AJ made him feel very comfortable for this to be his reaction to being away from us for several hours.
Finn was trained at QK a couple years ago and he has retained his training learned. Before going to QK for training Finn had no manners and was an escape artist. He has not once tried to leave our fenced in yard since his training. His running with the four wheeler at QK prepared him well for walks beside my mobility scooter.
We will continue to bring Finn to QK for kenneling, grooming, training, etc…
Bella is the most amazing dog & the transformation is incredible.
Her and I work on our commands every day, walking with me, with collar, and sometimes without the collar and she is just so good- she definitely aims to please and she gets along so well with all the dogs that she is in contact with. Just recently we were at a high school graduation with over 100 people. While there, two other dogs said “Hi” and she was well behaved, played well with the other dogs, and was actually the leader when it came to listening. The other dog owners wanted to know how she got to be so well behaved and I raved about QK kennels.