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By: Colorado love G.
Sunrise Kennels & Dog Training Center
Attention dog lovers! I brought my dog here to be boarded for about a month. At the end my dog had lost over 1/3 of his weight which was vet documented neglect. When I approached the owner Doug about the situation he quickly wrote it off and told me I was being over emotional. Yes when it comes to my pets they are like my children! My dog has been in a kennel that long before and never have we seen this kind of outcome. Please read all reviews before making a decision where to put your beloved family members. ❤
By: Amanda S.
All Breed Rescue & Training
Military Families Beware!!! A friend had recommended ABRT to us after we decided to look for a new member of our family. We were looking for a dog that was already trained on a leash and the only make or break for us was no biting because we have a small child in the house. We found what we thought would be a great fit for our family so we contacted them. They let us know that this dog had been adopted and while there was a 10 day trial period for the new owner even then we would be put on a list and those on the list would be contacted in the order they had applied. After a week or so we figured the new owner would not want to give up this pup. We did a trail adoption with another dog through a local agency but she began to bite hard and frequently. We had decided she was not the right fit for our family and schedule to return her to this other organization during our trail period over the weekend. During this time the original Dog we wanted to adopt with ABRT became available. We went for a play date and after explained what had happened with our first adoption and how we had been misled during the process about how the dog we tried to adopt was with children and biting. Obviously we wanted to be very sure we didn't put ourselves or another animal in this position again.After our play date they called us to inform us that regardless of the situation they would not adopt to us because the first dog we took for a trail period didn't work out. I explained that it was a safety concern for our child. The dog's foster parent said maybe there was some confusion and she would contact them. She later came back saying that they do not adopt breeds that are restricted on Military bases to Military families. After explaining that we do not live on base she again waited and called me back saying they had 4 cases in 5 years of soldiers becoming divorced and returning dogs so they could live on base. While I explained that, that was likely the Soldiers personal choice they still refused to adopt us this dog or any dog. Instead offering to help train the previous dog that was biting. We did not want to chance anyone getting hurt and had already terminated that adoption process. Perhaps I miss understood what the word "trial" means? While I understand that everyone (including us) wants the animals to be in their forever home which is what we had intended. I do not think it was okay to endanger my 3 year old step son in the process. Perhaps these trainers or adoption board members do not have any children. I also found it insulting that they were lumping all military families together! i wish I had read the google reviews before considering them!
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In order to be certified as a therapy dog or emotional support dog, animals need to receive an evaluation/written designation from a licensed health professional: social worker, physician, psychiatrist typically. As for service dogs, which are allowed to accompany their owners into most businesses and pet-restricted areas, they can receive training, certifications, and registrations from several organizations such as TDI and United States Service Dog Registry. These certifications are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, but may streamline the process of getting a dog access to typically off-limits areas. Service dogs and therapy dogs are not the same thing. The same dog might fall into both categories, but therapy and emotional support animals are not recognized under the ADA.
Aggressive behavior is the most common reason that people seek professional training for their dogs. Aggressive dogs require careful evaluation from a professional to accurately classify and diagnose the behavior. Puppies that display aggressive behavior are often diagnosed as undersocialized or hyperactive, and may evolve out of that behavior with regular obedience training. However, dogs with real aggression issues require specialized training from a behaviorist or trainer who understands genetic and hereditary factors, types of aggression, environmental factors and aggressive treatment methods. The number one suggestion when seeking an aggressive behavior specialist is to ask a trusted veterinarian. Dog rescues or other professionals may also have good referrals.
If a dog doesn’t meet expectations at the end of a training course, it is as likely to be related to the training course or the pet owner as the dog. A recommended next step would be to carefully research more training methods and local trainers to find a program that is better suited to your dog. Another one is to consider whether lack of commitment, inconsistent at-home practice,  or an inconsistent discipline/reward system may have undermined the training program.
Obedience training generally takes place at 6 months, but you can begin training a puppy to socialize with humans and other animals at 7-8 weeks.
Essentially, dogs learn to respond properly to basic commands in obedience class--and humans learn how to properly give those commands. Dogs and owners will also learn how to communicate with each other, and how to avoid distractions or disturbances from the outside. No matter which method of dog training is used, it is necessary to be consistent and committed in order to train a dog. Also, it’s important that a pet owner understand their dog’s temperament and hereditary factors, and find a class and method that is appropriate.

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