About 6 years ago I was fostering a dog “Frieden” for the Humane Society. He was quite honestly the least adoptable animal in the whole facility as he had become quite aggressive due to previous abuse. I noticed that he had a good nose on him and brought him to Ellie to evaluate his ability and trainability to sniff for a substance. My hope was to use him in my work to sniff out Mold.
I adopted him within an hour of Ellie’s evaluation and the training began. During this training time he bonded with me and became the sweetest dog. Though I had figured on 6-8 months of training as he was such a basket case, it went quite fast and in 3 months Ellie took an abused basket case of a dog to a highly skilled substance sniffing dog. After the initial training we were required to be certified through a governing body of substance scent dogs. So Frieden and I were off to Missouri to be certified. He passed his certification tests on the first try and when I told them Friedens story they were all quite shocked and could not believe how quickly his training was and how well he responded.
Now Frieden is #36 of 40 mold sniffing dogs in the USA and a loved trustable family member.
Thank you Ellie!!
We have now had the pleasure of bringing two of our dogs for training. Not only has it brought us more enjoyment with our dogs, but a better understanding as to why they do the things they do. Continue reading
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Ellie helped us with three of our dogs over many years, and we always found her positive reinforcement training techniques to be invaluable. She worked hard to help us learn how to be in control of our dogs while respecting their nature, and at the same time to learn how to gain their respect. Continue reading
In the past two years my wife and I have adopted two adult dogs from the Flathead Animal Shelter. They were untrained dogs although housebroken. Continue reading
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My first experience years ago in obedience training was with a local trainer who used compulsion training methods only. During that time, I noticed that my dog was bored and unhappy, although she did learn. Continue reading