Denis Waitley

Graham Bloem and his Specialty Dog Training Team are the best in the business! I searched globally for a year for my canine companion to enjoy the golden years. Having family pets throughout my life, I knew that the choice I made was similar to adopting a child. I had very specific needs on my […]

Graham Bloem and his Specialty Dog Training Team are the best in the business! I searched globally for a year for my canine companion to enjoy the golden years. Having family pets throughout my life, I knew that the choice I made was similar to adopting a child. I had very specific needs on my want list: Breed, sex, age, specialty training, physical characteristics, personality, and, most of all, a family member to love and be loved by all who visit our home. Graham went above and beyond my expectations in his personal involvement in my case. The result was perfect. Reina, the queen of our hacienda. Our lab retriever, with a heart of gold, trained like a service dog, yet full of playful energy and joy.

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Lt. Col. Brian P. Dennis

I can say with candid sincerity that Graham is the purest, kindest, and most talented soul I’ve met in the industry. His greatest asset is that he truly loves the animals and his motives are pure.

Brian is a LtCol in the USMC & Author of Best Selling Book “Nubs, The True Story of a Mutt, A Marine & A Miracle”

I was first put in touch with Graham when I was deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008. I’m normally an F/A-18 Hornet pilot with the U.S. Marines, but found myself doing a ground tour in Iraq this time around. My job was to lead an 11-man team working border security and counter-insurgency operations along the Syrian border. During my deployment I befriended a small earless dog that I named Nubs. Over a period of a couple months, our team became very fond of him; he made us laugh and got us through some pretty tough times. He had suffered much abuse during his short life in the desert. Someone had cut his ears off as a puppy; he was stabbed him with a screwdriver or knife during our deployment. My team nursed him back to health and became quite fond of him. Our forward operating base (FOB) was over 70 miles away from where we met Nubs and his pack. After spending a few days with him when he was injured and executing our mission in the area we had to get back to our FOB. Two days later Nubs showed up on our doorstep. He had somehow tracked us and walked over 70 miles while injured to find us. The team decided this little warrior had earned a trip to the U.S. We started raising funds and made plans to get him home.

Nubs made it back to the U.S. almost three months before I did. Graham had heard about the story on the news and volunteered to help work with him to ease his transition to his new world. Obviously this would be quite a change for Nubs. Graham had already established a reputation as someone who had worked with some very troubled dogs, specifically from Iraq. Graham spent countless hours every week with Nubs for the better part of three months. What he was able to do was nothing short of miraculous. He took an abused, confused, terrified dog and eased him into the busy world of Southern California. Graham got him to the point where he could be around anyone and any dog. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without him. He did this all out of the goodness of his heart because he has a soft spot for these abused dogs of war.

After I came home the story of Nubs grew. I ended up writing a children’s book about his story called Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle. The book required some publicity and appearances with Nubs. Graham once again volunteered to help. Again, he worked tirelessly to help Nubs. He knew that Nubs would be put in some potentially stressful situations and didn’t want him to have a bad episode. He even volunteered his time to come on the road with Nubs and me to New York. The trip went off without a hitch as Nubs made appearances on Ellen, the Today Show, and the Tonight Show to name a few. Graham’s involvement was crucial in helping with Nubs and also acting as a partner in dealing with the media. He took interviews and answered questions on the spot flawlessly.

Graham and I enjoyed working together so much we decided to partner in an online pet retail business called Dog Training Warehouse. The business continues to grow under Graham’s leadership and expertise in the industry. We both share a common vision to grow the business and our visibility in the industry so we can do more good for the animals. We both share a love and passion for dogs that need homes, especially those who were victims of abuse. In addition to the book and online store, the Nubs story is now moving into production to become a major motion picture.

I can say with candid sincerity that Graham is the purest, kindest, and most talented soul I’ve met in the industry. His greatest asset is that he truly loves the animals and his motives are pure. Make no mistake; he is also a talented businessman as well. But when you watch Graham working with a dog, only then will you really understand. He has a rare gift and it is a joy to watch. Personally, it is hard to believe that he doesn’t already have a show or even a movie about him yet. I think this is mainly because he is not a shameless self-promoter as are many people who end up in the spotlight. His mindset is to do the right thing, walk the right path, and the good things will come in time. I am proud to call Graham my partner and even prouder to call him my friend. I am available at anytime to answer questions about what he has done for Nubs and me. He has my highest possible recommendation for any endeavor involving dog training, the pet industry in general, and anything involved with media or television.

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Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman

Through Graham’s intuitive approach to understanding and training dogs, he’s coaxed from Lava that inner canine and turned him from a nervous, at times aggressive dog, with a lack of confidence into an obedient, focused, fun-loving, confident and loving companion.

La Jolla, CA – Retired Lt. Col USMC & Author of NY Times Best Seller “From Baghdad with Love”

There are dog trainers, and there are dog trainers…then there’s Graham Bloem. Graham is the founder and head trainer for West Coast K9 in San Diego. I brought my dog, Lava, to the United States from Iraq April of 2005 when he was six months old, and needless to say, he had issues. Lava had lived through the battle of Fallujah; spent time on a Marine base outside the city, and ultimately ended up in the Red Zone in Baghdad before he made the exhaustive 20-hour flight to Chicago. That would be enough to put anyone on edge, much less a frightened puppy. Through Graham’s intuitive approach to understanding and training dogs, he’s coaxed from Lava that inner canine and turned him from a nervous, at times aggressive dog, with a lack of confidence into an obedient, focused, fun-loving, confident and loving companion. Lava’s temperament, thanks to Graham’s combination of nurturing and goal-oriented training, has gone from nervous aggression to a healthy playfulness mixed with a sense of loyalty to my wife, Pam, my stepson and me. Where Lava was once ready and willing to snarl and bite at anyone he felt was a threat –real or imagined – he now displays a calm confidence evident in dogs trained in protection. He is a fun, playful and obedient dog, all as a result of Graham’s patience, love of animals and ability to bring forth from any dog – even one who’s endured what Lava has – the qualities we all desire in man’s best friend. Thanks, Graham, for making Lava the best friend our family could hope to have.

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Jagger & Kristi

Graham is the trainer who volunteered to help one of our Magic listeners dogs finish its service dog training. He is one of the best trainers you will ever find!

Graham is the trainer who volunteered to help one of our Magic listeners dogs finish its service dog training. He is one of the best trainers you will ever find!

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Tracy Chu

He has been a diligent teacher with his training of us, to make sure they are successful under our leadership. His ongoing guidance and support has made an otherwise overwhelming situation bearable and hopeful.

Graham is an amazing dog and human trainer. We’ve used Specialty Dog Training since 2008 when we rescued a 1-year-old, very timid, challenging and troubled female lab/husky mix. When we first got her, she was so shut down, we couldn’t even approach her and take her for walks without her anxiety overwhelming her. He spent 3 weeks with her in boot camp, and she came back to us able to be out in public, walking daily, and was relatively behaved for 4 years. In 2012, we decided to rescue another pup, this time a 1-year-old, male lab/shepherd mix. He came to us submissive, skinny, and a little shy. After 2 months of living together, the two dogs got into their first skirmish. Graham came to assist and has been working with us on and off for the past year to get the two of them past their tension with each other. A huge obstacle is the peculiar issues that our female lab/husky has random things that cause her anxiety, stress, and competition with our other dog. His patience teaching us the tools necessary to be a strong dog leader has been invaluable. We have seen the possibilities of our dogs living in peace together (they do great when they are with Graham and at boot camp), so his training and presence allows us hope that we can overcome their challenges. He has been a diligent teacher with his training of us, to make sure they are successful under our leadership. His ongoing guidance and support have made an otherwise overwhelming situation bearable and hopeful. We have a long ways to go to become better dog parents, but it isn’t due to the lack of effort, knowledge, and support on Graham’s part. We expect he will be with us and our dogs for the rest of their lives, to help us through the trials and tribulations of dog ownership and leadership.

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Brittany Goodpasture

Our dog had some aggression issues and a lot of insecurities. Graham has transformed him into a well behaved, confident, and perfect dog.

The SDT team has been amazing! Our dog had some aggression issues and a lot of insecurities. SDT transformed him into a well behaved, confident, and perfect dog. He is now able to be around other dogs and strangers without showing aggression, and actually, shows a desire to greet them. He most definitely saved my dog’s life! Much thanks to Specialty Dog Training™!!

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Tiffany Felderman

My husband and I can not speak more highly of Graham and the Specialty Dog Training team, they are truly gifted with animals. We came to him with our one and a half year old Bernese Mountain Dog who was afraid of people when they would try to interact with him on the street. He […]

My husband and I can not speak more highly of Graham and the Specialty Dog Training team, they are truly gifted with animals. We came to him with our one and a half year old Bernese Mountain Dog who was afraid of people when they would try to interact with him on the street. He went to Specialty Dog Training™ for 6 weeks. They kept us updated on a regular basis sending pictures and updates to keep me from missing him so much. When we got him back he was a totally different dog. He is now a 110 lb dog that is well behaved and easy to handle not to mention he is more comfortable with strangers. We have been working with Graham in private lessons following the camp to fine tune his behavioral issues. I could not recommend them enough and we have used 3 other trainers in the past and none that compare to their dedication and compassion for helping your pet be a better part of your family.

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Amy Sims

Since we have 9 and 11-year-old children, we could not risk having other children over to the house (or anyone for that matter) for fear she would bite someone. After spending 5 weeks with Graham, she is absolutely amazing – a completely different dog for sure.

SDT has been phenomenal! We rescued a 40-pound, schnauzer, bearded collie mix from Long Beach. She was fine with our immediate family but was VERY aggressive with anyone outside the home. Since we have 9 and 11-year-old children, we could not risk having other children over to the house (or anyone for that matter) for fear she would bite someone. After spending 5 weeks with Specialty Dog Training, she is absolutely amazing – a completely different dog for sure. Now, she shows ABSOLUTELY NO aggression and is actually friendly and tail wagging whenever we have visitors! To top if off, he does this through positive reward and reinforcement. In addition, she is amazing in the car and immediately goes to her “place,” she waits at the door to be invited out, she comes when called, and overall has become an incredibly well behaved part of our family. They do an amazing job following through with their clients (both people and animals) and are committed to customer satisfaction. You will definitely be pleased with your results.

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Don & Pam Dubin

Graham has the presence that our dog immediately clued in to and with his patience, his expressions, his manner, he was able to connect with our dog on his level, to gain his trust and have him respond to his training.

We first met Graham after we rescued a 5 year old heeler that was very dominant, aggressive, very behaviorally challenged. Graham has the presence that our dog immediately clued in to and with his patience, his expressions, his manner, he was able to connect with our dog on his level, to gain his trust and have him respond to his training. Grahams main interest truly is to provide the structure for a happy, confident, obedient dog. And always in a soft but firm and non-aggressive manner. Graham is now working with a third dog for us; this one is a young dog that is learning from the beginning acceptable behavior in all situations. Graham has also kept us tuned in to how to direct our dogs attention the right way, to keep us sharp to notice pattern changes and how to quickly bring the focus back to where it belongs, and help us all to better understand each other. It has been a pleasure to have Graham in our lives; we are much a happier ‘pack’ thanks to Grahams skill and devotion. Graham is an awesome dog trainer and is someone I highly recommend, if you want what is best for your best friend.

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Lynne Ramsey

He waits at doorways until I give the OK to enter, he sits by my side in the bank while I complete my transaction and he’ll lay down in the boutique and wait while I’m in the dressing room trying on clothes. I would strongly recommend Graham Bloem’s training to anyone who’s interested in pet therapy.

Del Mar, CA

In 2013 I decided to join Therapy Dogs International with my chocolate lab, Cody. This was the beginning of a journey that not only helped and cheered others but had unexpected benefits for my dog and me.

Cody and I began working with trainer Graham Bloem to prepare for the intense certification exam we needed to pass in order to be a member of Therapy Dogs International. Graham’s insight, high standards, and balanced approach were just what we needed to become a high-level therapy team.

We spent a lot of time re-programming both Cody and me. For instance, my delivery of a command was soft and gentle (you could almost hear a “please” after the command). Cody’s response was “Whatever! I’ll get back to you when I’m done sniffing here.” When I became a stronger leader, Cody got inspired. This was possible thanks to Graham.

Now we both feel a sense of doing something that matters. It’s magical to watch a small child overcome her fear of dogs and interact with my “chocolate moose” or see the stress of finals week melt away from a college student as Cody calmly rests his chin on their lap.

As a bonus, I now have a dog that has beautiful public manners. He waits at doorways until I give the OK to enter, he sits by my side in the bank while I complete my transaction and he’ll lay down in the boutique and wait while I’m in the dressing room trying on clothes. I would strongly recommend Graham Bloem’s training to anyone who’s interested in pet therapy.

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Lisa Johnson

Having worked with Graham on my leadership and Bruno’s obedience allowed me to bond with my dog in a way I never expected. More importantly, it gave me the ability to deal with any situation that may arise.

Carlsbad, CA

Taking any test is nerve-wracking but taking a test with your personal pet adds a whole new level of stress! Thanks to Graham Bloem of Specialty Dog Training™ I was able to put the anxiety to rest. He worked with my dog Bruno and I to prepare us (as a team) for the Therapy Dog International (TDI) certification. We practiced basic obedience with emphasis on repetition and homework assignments (daily training with Bruno). Once we were able to perform the basic obedience tasks at 90% we began dry-run tests in various environments with other dogs present. We practiced our tests as a group providing ample distraction; most certification tests are conducted with up to 15 dogs. Another thing I wasn’t expecting was the level of obedience from the 14 other dogs and their handlers. Most of the dogs could only sit for a fraction of a second and behaved more like family pets at a dog park. Having worked with Graham on my leadership and Bruno’s obedience allowed me to bond with my dog in a way I never expected. More importantly, it gave me the ability to deal with any situation that may arise. I am happy to report that the quality of preparation Graham provided enabled Bruno and I to pass with flying colors. We are TDI certified members of the Shelter To Soldier Pet Therapy Team.

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Sandy Corvin

Graham trained Arrow but he also provided my husband and I with the proper training. While Graham would be working with Arrow he was also explaining techniques to reduce Arrow’s sense of dominance and recognizing Arrow’s need to protect and how to work with that to provide a safe environment for all of us.

Tierrasanta, CA

We would like to commend Graham Bloem of West Coast K9 on the behavior modification and training he provided for us. We adopted Arrow from a local shelter; over a period of a few months, we began to notice he was a dominant dog and was becoming aggressive. Our dog would growl at our children, growl at snap at neighbors and friends. He would not allow people into our home and took a very intimidating stance. He would have brief moments of displaying love and companionship though they were few. In January Arrow growled and lunged toward a child and we knew something had to be done. I was referred to Graham Bloem through the local adoption center and he patiently listened through my tearful explanation, that something had to be done or we would have to get rid of Arrow. When Graham arrived at our house for the first visit, Arrow attacked him! My husband and I feared that our only answer would be to remove Arrow from our home. We watched as Graham calmly took control of the situation, never flinching and always in control without any cruelty towards Arrow. Over the course of the training sessions, we can gladly say that Arrow is here to stay as a part of our family! Graham trained Arrow but he also provided my husband and I with the proper training. While Graham would be working with Arrow he was also explaining techniques to reduce Arrow’s sense of dominance and recognizing Arrow’s need to protect and how to work with that to provide a safe environment for all of us. Arrow now sits away from the door, on command, while we let someone in the house. He lays down when people are over and there is no more intimidating! He is even lying on the floor with our daughters and playing with them! Arrow has grown from a dominant, out of control dog to a loyal, much-loved member of our family. Thank you Graham Bloem for your patience, knowledge, and determination!

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Linda Keyes and Don McKinney

We can now take Bogart with us, with or without a leash, and people are dazzled by how well behaved he is. Graham accomplished this in a very short time and we can not thank him enough for sharing his gift with us. We highly recommend Graham Bloem, he is incredible!

Solana Beach, CA

We were referred to Graham Bloem by a friend who works at a local San Diego Animal shelter and house sits for us. Tracey said that Graham was the best dog trainer there was and she was sure he could help us with Bogart, our 1 ½-year-old, 90 lb Bouvier des Flanders. Graham came to our house and explained the psychology of dogs. As he working with Bogart, he explained the techniques he was using and why they were important. Bogart proved to be a very challenging student as he is very intelligent, athletic, and stubborn. Bogart actually broke the training leash, had Graham airborne for a couple of seconds, and dislocated Graham’s finger! Graham prevailed and did so without intimidating Bogart or us. Graham has a wonderful, calm, playfulness about him that challenged Bogart to respond in a positive manner. We can now take Bogart with us, with or without a leash, and people are dazzled by how well behaved he is. Graham accomplished this in a very short time and we can not thank him enough for sharing his gift with us. We highly recommend Graham Bloem, he is incredible!

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Terri J Dolorico, DVM

Graham is patient with clients and receptive to questions and concerns that they may have. Overall, I believe that Graham is an excellent teacher of dogs and dog owners.

Escondido, CA (Veterinarian in Carlsbad, CA)

Graham Bloem has always been one of my most reliable, talented, and dedicated colleagues. His main interest truly lies with the animals. He always goes out of his way to see that the needs of behaviorally challenged animals are being met. I feel that Graham is an excellent communicator. He is confident in his trainer abilities and expresses this well as he speaks to staff members and clients. His manner is concise and straightforward. He follows his detailed training instructions with explanations on why these directions are important for that specific animal. Graham is patient with clients and receptive to questions and concerns that they may have. Overall, I believe that Graham is an excellent teacher of dogs and dog owners. I have learned a lot about behavior and training methods from him and this has improved my ability to work with my animal patients. I am a demanding customer and client and I personally trust Graham Bloem to work with my pets.

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Shae Forbes

I couldn’t be more satisfied with the results of this program and will be forever grateful for Alayna. It was worth every penny.

My 6-month-old husky puppy, Skye, just finished the 4-week puppy boot camp. When I dropped her off, she has issues with resource guarding was a wild little husky pup with little manners. I am so impressed with her progress. Big shout out to Alayna. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the results of this program and will be forever grateful for Alayna. It was worth every penny. 

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Peter R

Our trainer was amazing with her, super gentle but firm, she loved working with him which made it much easier to leave her at the facility. I highly recommend Specialty Dog Training, the entire staff was super friendly and very professional.

Fantastic experience. My dog had some formal training, protection work, etc… but needed to work and fine turn some obedience. Our trainer was amazing with her, super gentle but firm, she loved working with him which made it much easier to leave her at the facility. I highly recommend Specialty Dog Training, the entire staff was super friendly and very professional. The facility is kept in pristine condition.

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Peggy S

I tried relentlessly to put him in puppy classes with other dogs but Petco, Petsmart and three private trainers wouldn’t accept him because of his reactivity…At boot camp, the trainers were able to train my dog to no longer be reactive to other animals. I’m not afraid to take my 80 lb dog for walks, or to my local Home Depot.

Specialty Dog Training is the ABSOLUTE BEST! I have a 15-month-old pure breed German Shepard Dog (GSD) from Poland.  While he is beautiful, he is very reactive to anything with four legs. His reactivity also occurs with TV’s four-legged animals. I tried relentlessly to put him in puppy classes with other dogs but Petco, Petsmart, and three private trainers wouldn’t accept him because of his reactivity. I couldn’t walk him or take him anywhere in public for fear he’d attack another animal and be put down. Watched Channel 8 and they had a segment about the Specialty Dog Training (SDT) Shelter to Soldier. At that moment I knew this was the trainers for my reactive GSD. My dog attended an 8-week boot camp. At boot camp, the trainers were able to train my dog to no longer be reactive to other animals.  I’m not afraid to take my 80 lb dog for walks, or to my local Home Depot. While we both have to work extra hard to keep his progress up, I can’t thank STD enough for giving me my life back. Once again Specialty Dog Training has saved two lives.

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Stephanie L

I chose Specialty Dog Training and it was highly recommended that Ozzie attend the 8 week Boot Camp given his level of aggression. During his stay his trainer was wonderful about communicating Ozzie’s progress, sending videos, and reassuring me that he was doing great.

My experience with Specialty Dog Training has made my life so much less stressful as a dog owner! We rescued Ozzie at age 2 and is the sweetest dog ever with people. With other dogs-not so much. He came to us with a lot of anxiety, fear of separation, and leash reactivity. Eventually, the leash reactivity turned into off-leash aggression. I couldn’t take him anywhere near other dogs and was at the end of my rope.  

I would never give up Ozzie so I researched various training facilities. I chose Specialty Dog Training and it was highly recommended that Ozzie attend the 8 week Boot Camp given his level of aggression. During his stay his trainer was wonderful about communicating Ozzie’s progress, sending videos, and reassuring me that he was doing great.  

Thank you Specialty Dog Training!

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Justin W

After staying in a 6 week boot camp he came home, we now have no issues. They improved his leash manners, his anxiety is minimal, and we can now move forward with a happy life here in San Diego!

Specialty you are truly amazing!!! We had just moved from the Bay Area to San Diego! When we got down here our 5 year old 110lb Pitbull had crazy separation anxiety. He was unable to be home alone, would try to break out of the house, or destroy things. After staying in a 6 week boot camp he came home, we now have no issues. They improved his leash manners, his anxiety is minimal, and we can now move forward with a happy life here in San Diego! Like most people reading this I was one if you and thinking it would not work. It worked it was money well spent!!

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Jessica O

We can’t believe the changes in Cruz’s demeanor! It has beyond exceeded our expectations…This was truly money well spent!

Like most people, our dog is a huge part of our family and we have always enjoyed taking him for long walks and adventures. Unfortunately, about a year ago he started developing leash aggression and protective behaviors such as barking, growling, and lunging at other dogs and people. Our pup, Cruz, is a 5-year-old Bouvier Des Flandres and we learned that this is common for the breed. Being a large dog, it was very difficult for us to control him and we started dreading the walks that we used to love so much!

We are so thankful that we found Specialty Dog Training and especially thankful for our wonderful trainer. We opted for the 6-week boot camp and are proud to say that Cruz was released a week early on good behavior. We can’t believe the changes in Cruz’s demeanor! It has beyond exceeded our expectations. Cruz’s aggression has drastically subsided and we now have tools to maintain this. We can easily take him for walks without having to worry about him lunging at someone or pulling us around town. This was truly money well spent! It turns out that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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Kala J

I would recommend this place to ANYONE that has a dog with lots of behavior problems (like mine) or minor things. All the trust in the world taking care of and working with my fur baby!

Let me start off by saying I thought my dog Puka was near impossible to even be able to walk him without dragging me the whole way. We signed up for a 4-week boarding/boot camp and as a super crazy dog mom that was constantly worried about Puka, my worries were eased because I was getting updates letting me know what behaviors they were going to be working on that week and some pictures too! 

Once a week for 3 weeks we got free follow-up lessons to work on any commands Puka needed. Other trainers recognized him and said hi and it felt that much more personalized. I would recommend this place to ANYONE that has a dog with lots of behavior problems (like mine) or minor things. All the trust in the world taking care of and working with my fur baby! Thank you Specialty Dog Training, you seriously worked what I consider a miracle

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Gigi Gonzales

The time that [Abby] spent at Specialty Dog Training was priceless. I now have a dog that can go anywhere.

At first glance, I was skeptical about leaving my Abby for over 4 weeks. Graham Bloem called me and spent more than 15 minutes talking, giving me a breakdown of each day and week. 

When I adopted this 2-year-old herding doggie it was apparent she had no training, no social skills, constant barking at all dogs, jumping on everyone, and everything. Abby growled at me and my mother when we hugged her. I could not walk her anywhere as she was too aggressive – lunging and barking. 

The time that she spent at Specialty Dog Training was priceless. I now have a dog that can go anywhere. 

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Nancy V

After 8 weeks in-home boot camp, Pino became a wonderful dog very structured. We walk Pino every day with loose leash, no pulling, no go left or right, he focuses on his walk by our side.

Regardless many warnings about stubbornness of Shiba Inu, we love them due to their super-soft wonderful double coat but short hair and their cute face and curly tail. We got our first Shiba, Happy. He is a doll, super sweet, calm and measure. So we got another one, Pino, with the confidence that it would be as easy as Happy. Oh boy, we were so wrong! Pino is not only stubborn, but possessive and insecure. Pino goes after every moving thing including people, this made walking impossible. Pino barks at every little noise he hears, close or far, including barking at us when we get home. The worse is we couldn’t stop him. He was very mean to Happy who scared of him. We were so concern and worried. Our friend referred us to Speciality Dog Training. After 8 weeks in-home boot camp, Pino became a wonderful dog very structured. We walk Pino every day with loose leash, no pulling, no go left or right, he focuses on his walk by our side. He comes and sits next to us each time we call him. He can sit at one place for hours until we say he can go. He is kind to Happy too. It is like night and day! We feel so blessed that SDT helped us to regain our love and happiness. Nothing is worth more than happiness in life. 

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Meghan L

Saber is much more calm, confident and has a new found love for working to earn treats and praise. I didn’t have to worry about Saber while he was away because staff treated him like family and always looked out for his best interest.

The Specialty dog training team were amazing! They helped build confidence in our Tripawd Saber and give him a great foundation for obedience training. Before Saber was in training he was not comfortable with being left alone and barked incessantly when in his crate. Being a German Shepherd, Saber is naturally very emotional due to his breed and with the additional stress of being a Tripawd, made it very hard for us to train without any expertise. Saber is much more calm, confident and has a new found love for working to earn treats and praise. While at training, I received updates, pictures and videos of Saber’s progress every couple days and communication overall was great! Staff at the front desk were always attentive and available to answer any questions. I didn’t have to worry about Saber while he was away because staff treated him like family and always looked out for his best interest. I fully recommend this training service even if you have a Tripawd like Saber!

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Isa A

Now we leave him out to roam all day and can have all the windows open even when we’re working! He used to jump on windows when dogs walked by and now he can watch quietly. It’s really been amazing.

SDT was absolutely incredible with my dog Stanley – a 4yr old 56lb Goldendoodle. I’d been through many trainers before and while all made progress none could quite tame Stanley’s reactive barking on a leash and in the home. In the home, we had to leave him in another room while we worked (my husband and I both work from home). 

Now we leave him out to roam all day and can have all the windows open even when we’re working! He used to jump on windows when dogs walked by and now he can watch quietly. It’s really been amazing. 

We can also walk on leash by other dogs now without the drama (pulling, barking, whining). 

I am SO thankful for this experience and it honestly has changed our lives.

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Matt S

For the hour training at pick up I was amazed at the results. Honestly my words don’t do it justice. I noticed that Rufio loved his trainer and had bonded very nicely with her. It was clear that she cared for our dog by how they treated each other.

I was amazed by the results that we got from our 1-year-old golden Rufio.  We did the 4-week boot camp and I’m so happy I choose specialty dog training. Rufio pulled on the leash and there wasn’t a dog or human he did t want to go say hi too. He listened when he wanted to. For the hour training at pick up, I was amazed at the results. Honestly, my words don’t do it justice. I noticed that Rufio loved his trainer and had bonded very nicely with her. It was clear that she cared for our dog by how they treated each other.  He doesn’t pull, he listens, and most importantly of all he happy and confident. I would recommend SDT to anyone interested in being able to take your pup anywhere stress and anxiety-free.

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Semhar Hidad

I dropped off an extremely hyper 3 year old Labrador and I picked up a dog who was calm, disciplined, and a breeze to take on a walk. I’m so grateful I sent my dog here. It was worth every penny!!

I dropped off an extremely hyper 3 year old Labrador and I picked up a dog who was calm, disciplined, and a breeze to take on a walk. I’m so grateful I sent my dog here. It was worth every penny!!

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Rebecca Bunch

The staff here are sweet, nice, understanding, and most of all, ANIMAL LOVERS! I’m just amazed at the DIFFERENCE they made.

I have NEVER, not ever reviewed anything on here until now. The staff here are sweet, nice, understanding, and most of all, ANIMAL LOVERS! I’m just amazed at the DIFFERENCE they made. They make sure to always check in with you and give you updates! It’s expensive, but worth it! Every Penny! My big guy is a South African Boerboel. His breed is MASSIVE! Before he went to boot camp, he didn’t listen. He was obnoxious, embarrassing to take out, aggressive to other dogs, bad manners in and outside, you name it. They took very good care of him, trained him VERY well and even made sure he finished his training after having a rough time with allergy season! He was taken to the vet when his allergies kicked in just to make sure that’s what was wrong. They put him on antibiotics just for precaution. He was very well taken care of. They truly do care about your puppers! I would, & DO, recommend this facility to anyone & everyone whether it’s for training, boarding, or just pet sitting for the day! The change is amazing!

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Lulu E

Can’t recommend the facility enough! The entire staff is absolutely wonderful, and extremely helpful. The team has been incredible with my special needs dog, Sherman.

One word….Amazing! Can’t recommend the facility enough! The entire staff is absolutely wonderful, and extremely helpful. The team has been incredible with my special needs dog, Sherman. He recognizes the unique physical limitations, and medical needs of my dog, but still sets a high level of expectations. They have already trained Sherman to do things I never thought were possible. I am so thankful for Specialty Dog Training. I look forward to continued lessons, and even more progress!

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Lauren S

Our trainer did an outstanding job! He listened to our specific concerns and desires for our husky, which was off-leash recall and food guarding, and even went the extra mile midway to push her to make sure she was dialed in those two aspects in more challenging environments.

WORTH.  EVERY. PENNY. If we could give ten stars, we would. Specialty Dog Training was a game-changer. Our sweet rescue husky (about 3 years old) understood basic commands, but in typical husky fashion, decidedly wouldn’t listen to us, including not coming when called at parks. We never thought we would ever be able to let her off-leash outside of a fenced-in dog park. During this COVID period, we combined with another household with another dog who was 16 years old, deaf, and blind, and the dogs weren’t getting along. That’s when we decided it was time to implement training so that we could keep a well-controlled living environment.

We elected to do the 6-week program under the recommendation of SDT. Our trainer did an outstanding job! He listened to our specific concerns and desires for our husky, which was off-leash recall and food guarding, and even went the extra mile midway to push her to make sure she was dialed in those two aspects in more challenging environments. 

Fast forward 6 weeks, our dog walks in a heel for over an hour without pulling, sits on command, stays in her “place” during dinner until released, and comes when called. She even is able to be off-leash at the park and comes when we call for her. We have the confidence to take her off-leash even in unfenced parks because now she looks to us for guidance. We’ve received so many compliments on what a well behaved dog we have and it’s only been a week and a half since we’ve picked her up. We feel so incredibly relieved and thankful to SDT.

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Mary Z

He came back really respecting the collar and leash and us. They will always try to push your boundaries every so often, but the ingrained muscle memories of the commands and what is expected of our furry love ones are still there.

I cannot rave enough about Specialty Dog Training. They are all very professional and know what they are talking about! After some bumps in the road, Captian my 6-month-old Doberman went to a month boot camp with Specialty Dog Training. He came back really respecting the collar and leash and us. Yes, you will still have to work with your dog after training, especially the smart ones. They will always try to push your boundaries every so often, but the ingrained muscle memories of the commands and what is expected of our furry love ones are still there. Captain was already good on a leash, but he became even better. We are now working towards our Good Canine Citizen certification.  We got an update once a week with photos and sometimes video.

Now Captain is 9 months old. Three months post camp.. and all the commands are still there as a good foundation. We are now building onto the commands he has already learned and also some tricks in the process!  If you are good and willing to be consistent with your dog, getting them into this Boot Camp will be one of the most beneficial and long-lasting gift you can give your family and your dog.

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Holly P

We choose the three week boot camp and it was worth every penny. She came home proficient on all basic commands and understands the difference between right and wrong.

We adopted a rescue puppy at 8 weeks old. She ended up being a very alpha female and used her sharp teeth on everything and everyone. Knowing how smart she is, we knew we needed some help to make her a family dog that didn’t rule the house. We choose the three-week boot camp and it was worth every penny. She came home proficient on all basic commands and understands the difference between right and wrong. Best of all she is AMAZING on leash and walks next to us patiently. Would definitely recommend.

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Cate O’Reilly

Our sweet but unruly one-year-old dog named Tank spent a month in boot camp. He came out so well behaved, with amazing manners, commands and our small kids have even been able to get him to listen.

Our trainer was amazing. Our sweet but unruly one-year-old dog named Tank spent a month in boot camp. He came out so well behaved, with amazing manners, commands and our small kids have even been able to get him to listen. The trainer was patient, kind, treated Tank as part of her family, and sent us great updates on his progress while in camp. Highly recommend Specialty Dog Training. Tank still has his sweet personality but is much more obedient.

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