Sumo and Kiko are not our first Shiba Inus, so we are very familiar with both the wonderful and challenging aspects of having Shibas as part of the family unit. I’ve worked with any number of dog trainers in Chicago over the years and strongly recommend AnimalSense. In fact, I often refer my “dog friends” to AnimalSense for training and behavior issues.
Over the years I have worked with many of the trainers who are part of the AnimalSense team. In fact, I often thank Sumo for giving me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful trainers! When we first got Sumo, he exhibited a number of behavior issues, not the least of which were anxiety and fear at just about everything. While Sumo will always have his quirks, I have to thank the support and training ideas from the trainers at AnimalSense for how amazingly well he does today. Sumo not only earned his CGC certificate, he now successfully competes in AKC agility trials, something I never thought possible for such an apprehensive, reactive dog. People who meet Sumo often remark on what a calm, even tempered dog he is.
We are going through some similar issues now with our rescued Shiba, Kiko, and again I’m working with the trainers at AnimalSense.
During the 14 years we had our first Shiba, I learned some of the do’s and don’ts of dog training the “hard way.” When we got Sumo, I did a lot of research about dog trainers in Chicago to make sure I didn’t repeat my earlier mistakes. Personally, I’m a big believer in positive training techniques (particularly with Shibas).
I’m also highly skeptical of trainers who advertise “boot camp” solutions or suggest that your dog can be trained in “a few short weeks.” I also won’t work with a trainer who uses prong collars or shock collars.
My research led me to AnimalSense and while I have to admit that I have consulted with other trainers along the way, I always come back to AnimalSense when I have a specific problem or issue – – or, in Kiko’s case, a new dog to introduce into our family.