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I enrolled my four-month Australian Shepherd puppy in Gail Clark’s beginner class. Gail is a fountain of knowledge and information. She has a solution for every problem that the class would throw at her. Although I’ve had dogs before Gail showed me where some of my training techniques were wrong and how to correct them. My puppy is very high spirited and was easily distracted by other dogs during the learning to heel part of the training. Seeing my struggles, Gail jumped in and took over. The change in my pup’s behavior was immediate, stunning and dramatic. Suddenly, she was totally attentive and instead of looking at other dogs she only had eyes for Gail. Gail is a true “dog whisperer!” I am now signed up to take private lessons with Gail and am looking forward to even better results!
— P.

This was a wonderful class! Both Coral and I learned a lot (me especially). The class size was perfect and the trainers were knowledgeable and helpful! Thank you!!
— J.

Your class was originally recommended to us by J___P___ and M___ S___. They have Tenzing and Lily – two Australian Shepherds. They also loaned us your book. What I liked the most was that the class size was limited. I liked that 3 different trainers were involved because even though you all 3 wanted the same result, having 3 different perspectives and teaching styles was nice. I am looking forward to getting Sadie in the advanced class whether it be in March or 3 months from now when I am back in town. I would definitely recommend this class to other new dog owners. Thanks for everything! Our relationship with Sadie is only going to get better and better!
— J.H. & K.H.

Hello!
I just stumbled across your website and remembered when I brought my puppy, Arden, to you for help. She was a singleton cocker spaniel pup who bit me in the face at four months old. If I remember correctly, the first thing you asked me was if I had “alpha rolled” her, which I had!
Anyway, just wanted to say I took the advice you gave me in that session to heart and worked diligently with my wild little alpha bitch puppy to gently and effectively show her my boundaries. Your advice and help were perfect and most likely saved her life. Little Arden grew to be a fun adult dog who never once tried to bite again. I lost her at age 14 to mast cell cancer. As hard as that was, it was much better than losing her to temperament issues at less than six months. Thank you!
— Andrea

It was great to find a place that took the time to help every dog in the class and didn’t ignore bad behavior or judge a dog based on its breed. We had taken a class previous to this one and the instructors ignored bad behavior and favored only a few dogs. However, at K9 Shrink the instructors show you first hand how to handle your dog and they do not give up until the owner understands how to correct bad behavior and encourage good behavior with many great techniques that are not usually taught at puppy classes.
– V.J.

We really enjoyed and learned a lot from your class, Gail. Harvey’s behavior is noticeably better and he’s much more responsive to commands now. We feel we’re well equipped to continue the training and reinforcing positive behaviors on our own now through the instruction you provided. Thank you so much!
– Rob and Annie A.

Thanks for the wonderful meeting yesterday!  I learned so much and have already started implementing things you taught me.  I wish I lived closer so I could learn more and more from you!
– Katy

Annie, our 3 yr. old mini-Aussie has “ issues”. She has been a country dog, used to her freedom, but now has to learn city manners. She is not socialized to other dogs and does not know the “doggie” hello. She is very aggressive toward dogs she doesn’t know, barking and shaking all over. and comes when called only if something better isn’t going on elsewhere.
The day after her 2nd lesson, she went to the groomer. She started barking as usual. After talking to the groomer, I turned around and to my amazement, Annie was sitting quietly at my heels, looking intently at another dog, less than 3 feet away! No “melt-down” to control or explain. Needless to say, we are encouraged and look for continued progress. Even with a 3 yr. old dog, training works!
– Barb

I liked the way you concentrated on training the dog owner as much as the dog. Trudy is doing well, and if I keep up with reinforcement, what I learned in the class should result in a well behaved dog. Thank you.
— Matt H.

Instruction and advice very helpful. I’m excited to continue applying the training techniques I learned so we have a well trained dog!
— Vicki

Gail,
I thought there was little hope left for training my disobedient, two year old lab. I had already tried training at two other facilities, with little or no results. When I heard about Gail Clark, I decided to give him one more chance. I was amazed at the immediate results. In just three lessons I felt confident about walking him. The logical, simple instructions worked like a charm.
When it comes to canine behavior, Gail is a master!
— Mary Ann

Gail,
… More good news to report. I took Baxter to the lake here in Windsor this morning. Not too much activity, but a few bicycles, a skateboard, and one small dog. Each time I told Baxter to sit and he did. One man on a bike said “what a well behaved dog!”
OH MY GOSH! I nearly fainted! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
— Mary Ann

The brief time that Oakley spent with you has made her better behaved.   My husband claims that I brought home a different dog. You are right; he is so impressed he is thinking about attending the classes with me.
I am looking forward to learning so much more in class. See you Tuesday evening.
thanks again,
— Jennifer

Hi Gail,
I enjoyed the refresher class! It was good to get reminders of the training from the beginner class, and to work with other dogs and people.
I find that practicing alone my training skills get rusty. I needed some feedback for some training errors I had drifted into, which you and Debbie provided, and it is also helpful to see what other people and dogs are doing. As usual, the class was packed with information, and practical suggestions. What I liked best was your checking that everyone had had some success with each technique you went over, before moving on to the next subject. I left the class feeling like Ahi and I had made progress, and that feeling has stayed with me at home. When I use your training suggestions and they work, I am not so easily frustrated and my patience with a still-actively adolescent dog goes way up, which makes us both happy!
I would love to see this class meet monthly.
Thanks,
— Janet

Your methods worked well for my dog who up until now thought he was in control. The gentle leader is the great equalizer for me.
His training is going well, and our walks together are much better.
— Sue

We expected good information and good training. We got both, and Copper and his family are very pleased with the results. More work to do, but willing to put in the time and effort. And Copper of course comes for the praise and the treats.
We are looking forward to the next class. See you then.
— Pam

Gail,
Thank you so much for encouraging Rob to go to class. He learned a TON and Toby’s responding really well to our calmer commands.
I can’t believe the difference the private lesson has already made. Thank you so much!
— Julie

Biggest YAY is that Finn’s NOT EVEN TRYING TO PULL!!! He loves going for walks and has his tail up—he’s very proud of himself! Sometimes I just barely shake the leash and remind him when needed…its quite amazing.
I’m still trying to find the best treat though that doesn’t have bad stuff in it that he eats…very picky.
Finn is SO confident now!
We have been practicing a lot and he is listening very, very well.
[In the past:] We went to Jax and normally he is nervous and if kids approach him he hides behind me or does a little growl and if men come, well same reaction. Out of safety I have not brought him there again once I learned this was his behavior – sheer nervousness.
This was the first time I had taken him there [Jax] in a while. He was approaching other people very sure of himself, friendly, INVITING kids and men to pet him—he was super sweet, very happy, not nervous at all.
Everyone fell in love. He could not have been better behaved or more confident.
It’s wild he has made the shift so quickly—apparently it feels better to him!
— Lizzy

Let’s put it this way – I started this class thinking I needed to give the dog back to the breeder,for someone with better skills. Since this class, Milo is no longer in danger of losing his home with me.
My Comments:
There are many puppy classes in the Fort Collins area that promise to introduce a puppy (and the owner) to the concepts of training and obedience. However, I don’t think many (if any) other courses are so deeply steeped in the principles of dog behavior. This course taught techniques with the rationale behind the techniques, so that I could learn how to have a good relationship with my dog – not just ask him to do tricks. And even more importantly, this class taught me how to handle the difficult behaviors, how to handle the situations when my puppy did not respond the way the puppy books said he would or should.
This course gave me the confidence I needed to handle the hard stuff, and helped me get rid of my frustrations, so that I could develop a solid relationship with my puppy. The more he learns, the better companion he becomes, the better our relationship is, the more affectionate he is, and the more satisfying our companionship is – for both of us.
Thank you, Gail!!
— Judy S.

The beginning obedience class was great. The information in the lectures was very beneficial and we were training while we were listening. The student to instructor ratio is awesome.
The small class sizes allow for one on one assistance.
The small class sizes also make for much less chaos during class.
— B___ A____

The class was excellent, and worth the drive from Boulder. The small class size, with assistants Debbie and Kirstan as well as Gail, provided a lot of individual attention. The classes were packed with both demonstrations of techniques and explanations and information. I liked the feedback on how I was doing with the instructions; sometimes I thought I was following an instruction but wasn’t quite doing it the best way, and I liked it that someone was watching me and making sure I got it right. I really liked the homework sheets to remind me of everything we covered in class; your classes packed more information in per class than classes I have attended in the past with other trainers.
The classes were also fun, conducted with a sense of humor and making class fun for owners and dogs.
Gail clearly loves dogs and wants them to be happy about the training. Gail’s depth of experience shows when
if one technique isn’t quite right for my dog (or me) she always has another suggestion up her sleeve that will work.
The information provided in the lecture periods is practical and immediately useful. I have been to other classes, and have heard many ways to curb puppy nipping, but Gail’s approach to stopping puppy nipping is the most effective I have ever used. My first two PWD’s took nearly a year to stop nipping; my puppy Ahi, 13 weeks old after the first class, was no longer nipping, even when excited and playing, or when I was trimming her nails.
To summarize, the classes were enjoyable, with lots of information, practical advice, and training that
showed results in my dog’s behavior, and in my enjoyment of my dogs, in four weeks. Thank you for all your help!
— J___ E____

Behavior Counseling

Dear Gail. —
and all the furry critters:
I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done for me & Shadow. We are looking forward to the coming year.
Here’s a dog who I could barely get out of his crate to one who takes regular walks to downtown Ft. Collins.
Thanks!
— S___ & Shadow
* Shadow sends wiggles & grins *

Dear Dr. Gail Clark,
Thank you so much for your continued commitment toward the proper care and training of dogs. We hope you know what a blessing you are to the families you help with their pets. We were so frustrated with what was being offered as “training” in our area of Denver. It was merely expensive puppy play classes.
We loved the classes we took from you … with our Boston Terrier Tanner (he was a puppy then). We took three classes from you with Tanner and one individual special ed class (stubbornness seems to be a familiar trait in this breed). Tanner is now 7. We believe Tanner is such an awesome pet due to your guidance.
We look forward to the opportunity of training our new Boston Terrier, Tulip, with you. Hopefully we will see her bloom in obedience under your guidance as well.
Thanks again,
— K___ and Q___

Gail,
I do not know if you remember me. I was a 4th year vet student at CSU (Fall of 2006) when I adopted Jill (fearful little grey dog) that you helped me with. She is now a perfect dog, well-socialized yet we still use your training guides when she meets new people and it has been great.
I am sure I speak of your name once a week when I tell people the story how my former landlord (also a vet) contacted you and said Jill should be euthanized for her aggressive tendencies.
We live in Columbia, Missouri and we just adopted a pug from a rescue…
Kimberly Statham Ringen, DVM
Oncology Resident
University of Missouri-Columbia
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Jill:Jill
Jill the dog

Hi Gail –
Just wanted to write you a quick thank you for helping us out with Sheeba and her impolite behavior with our guests. After your training, we practiced her ‘settle’ and her ‘sit/stay’ at the door for the next week. The Sunday after your Tuesday lesson with us, we decided to invite my entire family over for some dinner. My family includes my mom, dad, and brother – some of Sheeba’s very favorite people (and one’s that she has a pretty bad track record of being calm around!)
After less than a week of practice, and our first visitors since the training, I was pretty nervous about how things were going to turn out. I shouldn’t have been! Sheeba didn’t jump on ANYONE one single time. She stayed in her seated position next to the door when everyone first came in, and once they were seated we let her release and come over for some quick pats and praise from our company. After that we put her into a ‘settle’ in the spot we’ve designated as her ‘settle area’, and there she laid the ENTIRE rest of the night. She was calm, pleasant, and obedient for the entire 2 hours my family was over. My family had to pick their jaws up off the floor – they could not begin to believe the difference in ol’ Sheebs. (Plus, my dad thought you were incredibly interesting and knowledgeable, and is now excited for getting another puppy in the future so he can join a puppy training class with you!): )
Just wanted to say ‘thanks’ and fantastic job – you allowed us to share with our guests the dog that we love so much. I’m glad we’re now able to show people what a sweet and loving pet we have (previously it had just been us trying to convince people!) You are meant for the job you are doing – both Nick and myself couldn’t be happier with the well-mannered, obedient, and all-around more fun family member that you’ve helped us achieve!
Thanks Gail!
— Niel, Fort Collins

Gail
I want to thank you for everything you have taught us, and please pass this success on to Kirsten.
Yesterday, I was even able to carry on a conversation with a stranger only a foot or two away and she sat calmly looking around, uncaring. If you recall, it was that exact situation that brought us to you in the first place when she bit a park workers hand. Once again, the other day we stopped on the street to talk with a stranger and she was incredibly calm and well behaved. What a joy! Thanks again.
— Elise and Katanna

I would love to share my story. Before we started training with Brooklyn he would jump on me, pounce me and even run after me. Brooklyn being an African Mastiff was potentially dangerous and I felt vulnerable to his size even though I knew Brooklyn was just having fun on his part. For me, Brooklyn’s behavior was not just annoying, but dangerous to me, my family, and other people who came into contact with him. I eventually found myself avoiding contact with him and felt guilty that I couldn’t give him the attention he needed. Then I decided to have Dr. Gail Clark work with us to train Brooklyn. After the first visit Dr. Clark gave Brooklyn, my husband and I the tools to get rid of this harmful behavior. Brooklyn now sits as soon as I walk in the same area as him and when he starts getting rowdy he will sit on my command as well as get off and my command. I have not had Brooklyn jump on me since our fist visit. I was, and still am, amazed at his progress due to Brooklyn’s natural attitude to defy any type of control or obedience. I am so thankful for the training and look forward to all future training sessions with Dr. Clark.
— Erika, Fort Collins

What Clients Have to Say about Dog Training Obedience Classes

We expected good information and good training. We got both, and Copper and his family are very pleased with the results. More work to do, but willing to put in the time and effort. And Copper of course comes for the praise and the treats.
We are looking forward to the next class. See you then.
— Pam

The beginning obedience class was great. The information in the lectures was very beneficial and we were training while we were listening. The student to instructor ratio is awesome.
The small class sizes allow for one on one assistance.
The small class sizes also make for much less chaos during class.
— B___ A____

I took another dog through this class 10 years ago and Gail’s methods were wonderful and highly effective. When I got my new dog there was no question who I was going to call for obedience. I live 45 minutes away, but the class was well worth the drive.
Gail’s training techniques are easy to incorporate and my dog has responded very well to them. I sincerely appreciate the individual attention that I received from Gail and Kirsten when I was having trouble or when my dog was not cooperating. I also appreciate their honesty and forthrightness. I feel privileged to have access to such amazing trainers. I look forward to continuing with the more advanced levels of obedience once we have mastered the basics.
— S___ M__

Gail.
I didn’t come into the class with much expectation for Shadow… she was just so shy and scared. I left with a dog that will now come to me and she is such a part of the family now. I am beyond excitement about what you taught both of us. We are working together several times a week and she is still progressing…she has miles and miles to go but we will get there. You have no idea how close I was to having Shadow put down because of all the issues she had….give yourself a “pat on the back”. It is because of you and your teaching that I now have a dog that will live a full and meaningful life.
Thank you so very much……
— J_____ & Shadow

Hi Gail…
You have been a true miracle working with him. He actually is excited to go on walks now and will even come to the door when the bell rings. Something he would never have done before!
Again…thank you so much.
— Krissie

To: <gail@k9shrink.com>
Subject: “leave it” and “wait” command really works!
Hi,
Here is picture from Gump’s first birthday….proof that your class is worth the money and then some!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks
— amber, brian and gump!!!!

Gump the dog
Gump

Pam & I thoroughly enjoyed the “Level 1 — Beginner Dog Obedience Class”. As you know Kaci (6 years old) had already been taught many of the dog obedience commands by my son. As first time dog owners your class helped us both learn some very important basic dog training techniques as well as what to look for and expect from daily people and dog interactions. Pam, Kaci, & I will all be safer and happier as a result of your training. I especially appreciated the small class size, your expert knowledge, and the timely and direct feedback you gave me as we learned to train. Pam is helping me remember to say each command just once and make sure Kaci responds. Together we are continuing to train Kaci and we are getting better each day. After we master the basics we fully expect to come back for the Level 2 Class. She is capable of so much more than we ever expected.
— Dennis

We got some valuable advice on how to deal with certain behavioral issues and some insight into Paolo’s thought processes. I was particularly happy to work on walking without pulling.
This was very helpful for us.
— Erika K.

My poodle, Patrick, and I had a wonderful time. I liked how you taught how a dog thinks. The simple one word commands are clear. Our whole family is bonding even more with this
smart dog! Thank you and I look forward to continued training with you!
— Amy
“The length of the class was just right”

I believe my dog’s behavior improved in class and at home during training. … The emergency recall we were taught was tested. She was off leash in a large parking lot and saw a fox. Both dogs took off after the fox and after shouting her name 3 times she stopped and returned to me. It was amazing, I was sure she would continue the pursuit.
— L. L.

Our dog Gump looked forward to going to class and he enjoyed the class! We also enjoyed learning effective tools that has help shaped our beloved dog into a polite and well behaved dog! And that is no easy task with a 10 month old Chessie 🙂
— A & B

This class was excellent. My dog is older and I adopted him from an animal shelter without any knowledge of his history. Gail successfully taught both my dog and I how to improve upon training and discipline. I enjoyed the class very much and I learned that my dog is capable of great things with the proper training and patience. I would highly recommend this class; old dogs can learn new tricks!
Thank you.
— Marjorie

… Thanks for everything… I’m enjoying the classes very much, and getting many tools to work on with Soph — you’re obviously an expert in your field, and I have the utmost respect for your talents and knowledge.
— Jan

Let’s put it this way — I started this class thinking I needed to give the dog back to the breeder, for someone with better skills. Since this class, Milo is no longer in danger of losing his home with me.
My Comments:
There are many puppy classes in the Fort Collins area that promise to introduce a puppy (and the owner) to the concepts of training and obedience. However, I don’t think many (if any) other courses are so deeply steeped in the principles of dog behavior. This course taught techniques with the rationale behind the techniques, so that I could learn how to have a good relationship with my dog — not just ask him to do tricks. And even more importantly, this class taught me how to handle the difficult behaviors, how to handle the situations when my puppy did not respond the way the puppy books said he would or should.
This course gave me the confidence I needed to handle the hard stuff, and helped me get rid of my frustrations, so that I could develop a solid relationship with my puppy. The more he learns, the better companion he becomes, the better our relationship is, the more affectionate he is, and the more satisfying our companionship is — for both of us. Thank you, Gail!!
— Judy S.

Thanks, Gail. I have to say that I have seen a lot of change in Tiger. She is no longer an unmanageable dog. She actually listens! This is wonderful…I do look forward to the advanced class!
— Paula

Thank you Gail for all your wonderful ideas with Crosby. Your class is fun, upbeat and works great for us. Thanks for letting us take turns with the training, that was so helpful especially for (my son).
student’s mother

Please move to Denver! Save me driving!
We made progress for sure. You are the PRO.
— Barbara

4 weeks was a good length.
— Vicki

Love the smaller classes. More personal attention. Sometimes feels like a lot in one hour…. Love the location, too.
— Tina

Length of Class & duration of 4 weeks works well. … The small class size offers individual attention, which leads to learning new skills quickly
— Diane

I love this class. It has made a big difference in a wild Lab. He finally listens to me.A dog that needed discipline, got it.
— Jay

What Clients Have to Say about Private Lessons

Gail,
Thank you so much for encouraging Rob to go to class. He learned a TON and Toby’s responding really well to our calmer commands. I can’t believe the difference the private lesson has already made. Thank you so much!
—Julie

Magic, Wrangler and I have worked with Gail (in private lessons).
Gail is a marvelous teacher with excellent credentials and a world of experience. She is committed to her work and sincerely cares about her clients – canine and human.
Magic and I, in particular, have grown tremendously with her direction and support. We had almost seen Magic, our German Shepherd, as too difficult to cope with. Through her insights, persistence and behavioral training he has become a good friend and companion. We still have issues to resolve but with Gail’s expertise and unfailing support I am confident this will happen.
(written comment)

Thank you for a very productive one-on-one session with Rica last week. We learned more in one hour than in two months of classes. The classes are good, too, but as a novice at dog training, the one-on-one gave me a clearer picture of how to work with Rica. I knew I wasn’t doing things quite right but didn’t know exactly what I was doing wrong. The session helped tremendously. Thanks again.
Sincerely,
— Susan
Fort Collins

What Clients Have to Say about Dr. Clark

“Saved my dog’s life.” — Darlene

Dr. Clark is dedicated to teaching you how to understand and direct your dog. She is a wonderfully caring and compassionate training professional!
— Kathy

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