Did you realize when you chose your profession of dog training that you were going to do so much more than train dogs; that you were actually going to change people’s lives?? You have certainly done so for me. My boxer, JJ, is the love of my life. That said, the same creature that brought so much love and joy to my life also brought a great deal of frustration and exhaustion. At times, I felt like a prisoner to him and his behavior. He didn’t listen to me, and I almost sensed him laughing at me during my attempts to correct him. Jumping on the counter, chewing on everything BUT his toys, dragging me during walks, these were all part of our daily routine. But worse than all these things combined was JJ’s tendency to aggressively jump on anyone who came in his path, stranger or not. Not only was it embarrassing, but it forced me to avoid people on our walks and fear inviting people into my home. I couldn’t take him to a park or a sociable location. I was afraid it was just a matter of time before I got sued. That’s when you came in and saved us! I had seen what you had accomplished with JJ’s equally maniacal friend Diego, though I still didn’t fully believe JJ could be changed. Just before you arrived to our first dog trainingsession, JJ jumped and tried to bite one of my neighbors. After our very first session, later that same day, JJ was docile with that very neighbor he went after earlier in the day. I was so taken aback by his immediate improvement, I began to question whether you had drugged him! The next day, feeling a bit adventurous, I took JJ to Freedom Park to see how he’d do. I let him walk without a leash and he stayed by my side the entire time. People actually came up to me and complimented me on how well behaved my dog was. I had to laugh. If only they knew how outrageous he had been his whole life up until 48 hours before. With your help in reversing our roles, with JJ now in the submissive role, his energy level has gone from maniac to manageable. I cannot remember the last time I had the thought, “what was I thinking getting a dog?” To anyone on the fence as to whether training their dogs with you is a good investment or not, you have them call me. It’s the best money I have ever spent, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Amanda & JJ
JJ / Does Not Listen
We have an almost-2-year-old Yorkshire/Rat terrier mix named Arthur. Before his (and our) dog training,he was hyper, food aggressive, a submissive pee-er, and pulled on the leash like a one-dog dogsled team making record time across the Arctic. In short, everything you would expect of a terrier. We had tried other puppy training courses, books, and videos, and while he could sit/down/stay when he wanted to, he obviously didn’t think of us as pack leaders, and made it abundantly clear that he respected us only for our food-providing abilities. When we started training our dog with Turk, we noticed an almost immediate shift in Arthur’s personality. By the end of the first week, he was walking contentedly on a loose leash, slightly behind us, and rarely pulling or trying to chase squirrels. Over the course of the program he became almost like a new dog, no longer aggressive with his food or bones, calmer and more loving, and we’re even able to prevent the urination when he meets new people and dogs! On or off the leash, he listens and behaves so well now that we can take him all sorts of places, including coffee shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Our relationship with Arthur is much closer, richer, and more mutually enjoyable than it has ever been before. We honestly believe that this near-miraculous transformation would not have been possible with any method other than yours.
Arthur / Food Aggressive
We have two beautiful border collies Cody and Kyla. We love having the high energy, agility, and the intelligence of the border collies. We wanted to have even more bonding with them and explore the world with them even more. Before Turk ,Kyla would want to walk ahead of the pack, would not come and would rather pay attention to other things than me. Now when we walk I just lay the leash over my shoulders and we walk together in a pack formation. When we walk around the neighborhood people are commenting on how well behaved our dogs are and how they wish their dogs would walk like ours. It is hard to explain in words the bond I now feel with my dogs. It is an amazing feeling that just increases every time we go out. Kyla just got the go ahead on her search and rescue training and we are so excited. Now not only will we be able to bond and share in the joy of her, but others will too. The training is amazing on communicating with our dogs on and off leash. With the great information and training from Turk and we can only improve. We are supporters of ASPCA organization. This tool is a way to help a dog achieve balance in their lives and make the pack (both owners and dogs) stronger.We are going through the journey with our dogs and enjoying it even more so now with the help of Turk!! Kariena ‘KC’ Bernesser NC EMT-Paramedic K9 advocate.
Cody & Kyla / Pulling On Leash
Here is a quick note thanking you for your unbelievable work in helping me train my dog. 1.5yr Vizsla super-charged pup, Diego. Prior to your program, Diego was an unruly beast who mistakenly thought he was the alpha. He’d bark at strangers, jump on visitors, steal food off the counter. Worst yet, he was becoming increasingly more unreliable with the most important of commands “Come!”, and I was worried about his safety. Diego was frequently earning his nickname Diablo. Our hikes were decreasing in frequency and length because “Diablo” was pulling heavily on-leash, despite having an easy leader/halti that would eventually rub his snout raw (literally on long hikes…). With an increasing adolescent storm of misbehavior, I realized that I needed to do something or I’d never have the kind of relationship I wanted with my dog – an obedient, well mannered, and reliable off leash dog that I could show off to visitors, and not wince with anticipation of what he was going to do next. In only three 1-hour sessions, what you did with Diego is nothing short of amazing. Diego is now coming when called without fail, sitting patiently when friends come to visit, has stopped nuisance barking, stopped jumping on people, and is now UNLEASHED!! I can now safely enjoy walks with Diego OFF LEASH, and no longer worry that he won’t come when called. The weight off my shoulders is indescribable. Unless your dogs are there, I now have the best behaved dog at the dog park! Your program makes large claims, but certainly over-delivers. Thank you for bringing out the potential that lied within my dog. I’m working towards having the perfect companion and a relationship with my dog I didn’t think was possible.
Regards, Bryan Shugg and Diego the Vizsla- Charlotte NC
Diego / Barking
This is a long overdue thank you, but Turk, You have changed my life.(And Cash’s) I was almost to the point of trying to find Cash a new home, when I took a gamble on another training method. I figured since the PetSmart “training” did NOTHING but waste $200 for me and Cash, this would be a similar experience. Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong! After the first lesson, Cash was already easier to deal with. I actually started running my house instead of Cash! He never used to be a welcome guest when I would go to my parent’s or friend’s house. Now, Cash gets invited and I can tag along! He and I are living such a happy life together now. I can take him anywhere, and be totally comfortable that he won’t do anything out of line. It is just life altering. I get stopped all the time by people in the neighborhood asking how I got my dog to be so respectful and mindful! I brag and gloat and show Cash off all the time, and just couldn’t be happier. He even holds his head higher! It seems like a really big investment, but if I had known how everyone’s life would change for the better with Cash, I would have gladly paid triple! Thank you Turk, for encouraging me that Cash could be like your dog 7 with a little work! I never would have believed it. You are a savior!
Eternally grateful- Katie and Cash Burton
Cash / Does Not Listen
Thank you so much for “showing us the light.” In the few short weeks you spent with us and Riley it was amazing watching her transform from Mrs. Hyde to Dr. Jekyll. Before meeting you our dog was a mess: an uncontrolled, hyperactive, head-of-the-house, on top of the world 1 _ year old Weim. Running her 2 miles a day and taking her on multiple walks was just not enough to calm her down and get her to act the way we always envisioned the perfect dog to act. From jumping on and “attacking” any visitors with excitement to dragging my poor wife to the ground during walks, our dog was terrible. When taking her into any pet store in Charlotte, Riley would constantly jump on us, other customers and knock everything over in excitement. The final straw was getting a call from Emily one morning after Riley had once again had her way with her during their walk, dragging her for miles and not responding to any type of command, we decided it was time for professional dog training. Now, we have honestly had people comment when passing by about how they wish their dog could be as calm and obedient as ours. Riley now controls her excitement when meeting new people and has not jumped on anyone since the first lesson. We no longer have to walk her on a leash and she can now play freely, unleashed, and responds to any of our commands no matter what the distraction maybe. It’s a great feeling and a true testament to the job you have done in working with us.With your help, the quality of all our lives has been improved. We cannot say thank you enough and are truly grateful to now have such a well behaved dog.
Thanks Turk! Michael & Emily Magee
Riley / Does Not Listen
Ginger has been transformed from being the Object d’Alpha in this household to having more freedom than ever because of the amazing work you did with her during her two week stay with you and Jill, 7, Djembe and Zilli. As you know, Vizslas are a special breed. Ginger is sweet, gentle, loyal, driven, focused, highly intelligent and likes to be in charge. And she was! Now she is even sweeter, equally as gentle, loyal beyond words, driven, very focused and I’m in charge. And it’s easy! Life in our place is stress free and full of doggie love. As you may remember, I parked my car at Frazier Park just in front of your truck with 7 inside, along with a client’s Boxer. Ginger pulled me across the grass to see you, to lick your face and say hello. When you came over to evaluate Ginger you noticed my copy of the Alchemist and told me you read it once a year. It was at that moment I understood what kind of a person you are, and I asked if you believed in Karma. You understand dogs, and you understand people. You get it that good things come to good people. I’m so impressed with your abilities to calm a worried, frustrated owner as well as to calm a frustrated and confused puppy. When I take her to the park now she loves to show everyone how well she behaves, how she can not only jump on the picnic table, but over it as well and leaps over the puddles of muddy water with many dogs in hot pursuit! People ask about her training, they know who you are…”Is he nice…was he kind to Ginger”? My response is always “Turk is the best guy, period”.
Ginger / Runs Away
Almost instantly our stubborn (but cute!) boxer, Tink, made drastic improvements. We went from being terrified that she would get run over by a car every time she “escaped” from the house to being able to walk our dog off leash!! Turk and his team are truly amazing dog trainers and really fun to work with! Tink used to jump on everyone that visited our house. Most importantly, we have been trained to be good dog owners and effective pack leaders in the process as well. We have learned how to handle our highly energetic, crazy (in a good way!) dog…if any one has a boxer, you know what I am talking about! As a result, our house is a much calmer, happier place now. In addition, through Off Leash Dog Training in Charlotte we have had the opportunity to continue training Tink with group lessons. These dog training group lessons are extremely helpful, and it is great to meet with other dog loving people in Charlotte who may be having the same issues. Just the other week, Tink sat on a place board while 20 or more dogs were loose all around her. I have NEVER seen her so calm and never thought that would have been possible! So, for anyone who has a dog that needshelp, give Turk and his team a call. They will not let you down, and you will wonder why you didn’t call sooner! To Turk, Greg, and Erin, we cannot thank you all enough for all you have done for us! You guys rock!
Thanks! Casey Bowers & Jon Ball
Tink / Runs Away
When we decided it was time for us to add a dog to our family, we put a lot of research into what breed would best suit us and our lifestyle. It was also very important to us that our dog be well behaved and obedient, so we again did research into what training was available. We decided to talk with Turk at Off Leash Training after seeing some of his demonstrations on TV and the internet. After meeting with Turk and getting a one-on-one demonstration, we knew that he offered what we were looking for. We started our private lessons with trainer Seth when our puppy Izzy was 4 1/2 months old.
From the beginning Seth has not only worked with Izzy, but with the two of us to understand the hows and whys of getting her to do what we wanted in a way she could understand. Seth is gifted in seeing things from the dogs perspective and showing us a solution to teach her in a way that she understands. He has taught us that to get the results you want, you have to be consistent with what you ask of her. Sometimes small pointers and reminders are invaluable in fine tuning our training.
Izzy loves her private training sessions and now her group lessons where she has made friends with lots of other well behaved dogs. She is now 5 1/2 months old and is becoming quite reliable off leash too! We look forward to more fun with our Unleashed family!