Jen, Maria and staff,
I just wanted to update all on how everything is going now that Emmie has been with us for a few months. While originally hesitant to add another animal into otherwise tight quarters, she has proved to be a wonderful addition to our family. Emmie took to our home like she had always belonged. I joke with Michele that “my” dog is college-educated and she’d better ensure that the other two don’t try to lead her astray. She gets along with the other animals in the house and her playful nature makes her a pleasure to watch. She continues to be picky with her food but remains healthy and eats what she needs to maintain her weight. So again, we can’t thank you enough for providing us with this wonderful gift. How lucky for us to have such a world-classKennel right here in Canterbury! We knew from the first time we met Jen and the staff that QK was a special place. We had brought our rescue Henrie here, who we thought we would have to give up as he was so destructive around the house. I’ll never forget that first time Jen took our raging beast and in a matter of minutes had him sitting at her heel. Henrie turned out to be the most wonderful dog, and we have since trusted QK with the care of our canines whenever we’ve had need of training, kenneling or even just advice. That QK has grown into the establishment it’s become is no surprise, but to see that everyone you meet that works here shares the same passion and love of dogs is beautiful! We will ensure that Emmie gets back for some recreation time and to see her friends at the Kennel.
Until then…Best regards! David and Michele Fournier Canterbury Ct.
I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve taught me…
Things are going so well!! I got a little “behind” on training with the 3 straight weeks of intense heat- neither one of us wanted to do anything!! But we are back on track now and she’s doing fantastic. I’m still so amazed at the changes in her overall demeanor and how quickly she picks up on things. We took her canoeing a few weekends ago, she sat perfectly in the canoe (she always used to try to jump out to chase ducks/geese) and stayed with us, off-leash, when we made it to shore despite other off-leash dogs and tons of distractions. I work Monday evenings but I am trying to reorganize my schedule so I can make it to one of your drop-in obedience classes so we can check-in and get a tune-up. I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve taught me, it’s improved my relationship with her so much and opened so many doors for adventures I can take her on now.
A note from Electra, upon the return of her dog Quince after an extended stay at the kennel:
Just writing to say we made it to Mount Desert Island!
Quince is in the best shape of her life- all thanks to you and your QK team
She is wonderfully fit and healthy and affectionate, and we also notice she is more biddable than ever- quick to respond, affable, alert, obedient and just generally a well trained pleasure to be with.
This dog has been handled and trained by excellent people and responds as such, your wonderful work and care shows in every way.
We could never have imagined Quince staying with you for seven weeks!!! during the Covid pandemic when we were stuck away from home but boy did she benefit
Very many thanks and best wishes,
Update on Ellie one of the #QK7Arfs
Ellie recently joined her new family and here is what they had to say about her in a note to QK Dogs Owner & Lead Trainer, Jennifer Broome:
Ellie has become such an incredible addition to our family and we can’t thank you enough! Our experience with you has been top notch from day one! You asked us all the right questions, helping to narrow down a search for a dog that could immediately transition into our family. Your ability and willingness to find Ellie, and put her through the paces to see if she may be a good fit was above and beyond our expectations! Then the work you and your staff put in with her over the next month to address any concerns and desires we may have had were all met! Ellie transitioned into our home with ease, and it feels as if she has been with us forever. Thank you Quinebaug Kennels!!!!
Chris, Melissa, Owen & Landon
Thank you Kiira and the entire QK staff. We now have harmony and balance in our home!
It has been two weeks since Oliver, our nine-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog, returned home from QK’s four-week boot camp program. Kiira’s hard work and dedication has given us a remarkably obedient and confident pup who loves to show off his beautiful disposition.
Rewind to the months leading up to boot camp and the picture was of utter chaos! Tipping the scale at 100+ lbs. by 6 months, Oliver was too strong for even the strongest member of our family. Walking him on a lease was impossible, and it was a struggle to keep him from chasing, mouthing and grabbing at clothing. He had also turned into a canine vacuum, attempting, and occasionally succeeding, to inhale anything he could get in his mouth. Keeping him safe was a fulltime job! His relationship with the youngest members of the family was the worst. He was constantly using his size to “control” any interaction they had with him, and he refused to back down.
What a change! At the end of the four-week program Kiira reintroduced us to an amazing and respectful pup who is relaxed and craves learning. One thing that was mentioned early on was how the training would guide Oliver into becoming a better version of himself…this is so true. Oliver consistently makes great choices even when faced with significant temptation. Daily walks are a pleasure, he responds wonderfully to voice commands, his recall is phenomenal, we are enjoying off-leash hikes, and boy does he know the “leave it” command!
Oliver is now a truly joyful part of our family.
Kiira, we cannot thank you enough for all that you have done. We knew Oliver was in great hands and would receive an abundance of training, but the outcome is so much more than we had imagined.
The Joly Family
A note from Birdie’s owner to QK Obedience Trainer, Kiira Huhta:
I may have emailed you this video last week, but she is doing amazing! She is really just a different dog. She used to hide when we tried to go for a walk because she hated not being able to run, but now she gets so excited when we take the leash out! Also, no more jumping on counters.
😁 Thank you so much for everything! Your training worked miracles!!
My dog Ivy (a Finnish Lapphund) attended QK Dog’s 4-week boot camp this past Nov/Dec and she came home a way more confident and obedient dog!
I can’t say enough good things about QK Dog’s and Ivy’s trainer Chris Parry!
Ivy was 13 months old when she started boot camp. Somehow, last summer, Ivy became fearful of many noises outside and it made going on walks (and other things away from home) really difficult. She would hear a random noise that would spook her and then basically freeze/shutdown. She has been home for almost 3 weeks and now walks are great again. Plus, I have her off leash (primarily around the yard) and it is incredible how obedient she is.
I would highly recommend QK Dog’s boot camp program. While QK Dog’s is an hour from my house, I am planning on using them for boarding if we go away for more than a couple of days. The board and train program looks like a great option as well.
Thank you QK Dogs and thank you Chris!
We snuck out for a short afternoon and Penny was AWESOME!
It’s a joy to watch her work and she showed off some serious skills, maintained a soft mouth, and followed through with her retrieve bird to hand. Thanks for the tune up; she’ll see you again soon!
Jenny & Joe
Our family is the biggest fan of QK.
Calvin has been going for the past three years. Jess has done an amazing job with training and building self esteem in our six year old rescue. The entire staff is warm, loving and professional and the facility looks more like sleep-away camp than a kennel. If your dog needs training or a place to board, I would highly recommend QK! Thank you for taking such extraordinary care of a very important member of our family! We are very grateful!
Thank you so much QK kennels for taking care of my Thomas.
This is the first time I’ve had to board him and I was very nervous to leave him. Kiira was great and kept me updated with pictures everyday and on how he was doing and it really put my mind at ease and let me enjoy my vacation! I can’t recommend them enough and will definitely be bringing Thomas back there again for boarding or even just a fun day at daycare!