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I contacted FetchMasters for training for my miniature schnauzer, Dolly, because she got overly excited and barked a lot when encountering other dogs. I would walk her in the neighborhood and she would react towards other leashed dogs, dogs behind fences, rabbits, etc. When she barked she would also tug at the leash. It made our walks unpleasant, which was frustrating since we both love being and walking together.
The techniques our FetchMasters trainer showed Dolly and I were very simple. They were focused on getting Dolly to focus more on me and less on the other dogs. She also showed me how to steer Dolly away from stressful situations in the neighborhood with quick redirection strategies. We worked on everything in an incremental way - constantly building on the foundation we were given.
Dolly really responded to being positively reinforcemed with treats and praise! I had a trainer from another company work with some schnauzers I had over 10 years ago who used choke collar training. The method FetchMasters used with simple behavior modification and positive reinforcement was MUCH MORE effective.
I am very happy and excited that Dolly is walking more loosely on her leash, barking much less, and we are both enjoying our walks around the neighborhood much more! Happy to say we have clear strategies on how to avoid leash aggression and they are working.
Julie Montilla-Goad >>
My dog Ace passed the CGC and TDI test with flying colors. His recall was flawless when it was a short distance and with no distractions. However, Ace had to be leashed up just to put him in the car. He had to be escorted because given the chance he would run to sniff/pee on a fence where some other dogs lived around the corner. The problem with this was that there is traffic between the car and where he "needed" to get to.
When I took him on vacation with several other friends and their dogs, the dogs ran off while hiking off leash. All the dogs came to their owners when called, except Ace. He gave me that look that said "in a minute mom." He worried me so much I made the decision right then and there that his recall would become a priority for me when I returned home.
Ace and I had been through all kinds of training since he was a pup. I have connections with dog trainers all over the Denver area. I immediately reached out to them while doing my own research for the perfect person to assist me with Ace. I didn't want a typical recall class -- it didn't seem to fit me and my dogs needs for something more reliable.
A trainer friend suggested I look up Thomas Aaron and FetchMasters. I researched him thoroughly, found articles about and by him, looked at his website, and asked other trainers about him. Everyone had a high opinion of him and his unique way of working with hunting dogs with all positive reinforcement. I might add at this point that I had worked with another trainer recently who incorporated some aversive training, and it had succeeded in diluting Ace's recall. I knew that kind of training would never work for us.
Tom sent his senior trainer to meet with me.
After the first lesson, I noted a change in Ace. He was eager and excited to learn and please me. It only took a few weeks and Ace passed the ultimate test. He was let off leash and demonstrated that he was getting in the "habit" of staying close to me, and his recall with distractions was superb. I was astounded and in pure disbelief that I was able to let and trust him off leash.
The training that I received from FetchMasters along with lots and lots of practice had paid off! I continue to work with Ace, and everyday is a triumph. His progress is notable with each session we have. Ace is "looking to me" for my approval and permission before making decisions on his own.
Although I don't have a hunting dog, Thomas' trainer was able to customize a training program that worked for me and Ace. I will be forever grateful to FetchMasters for all their assistance. I know in my heart that they have contributed to saving my dogs life.
Jana Steen Hundley
Lone Tree, Colorado
I had such a great time working with FetchMasters. Their trainer was so personable and very knowledgeable about dog behavior modification. Rita would also get excited to see our trainer come and was very responsive to her instruction.
I really appreciated the one-on-one attention working with FetchMasters. I believe it helped me to grasp the training techniques well. The sessions were more about how I respond to my dog and how I can modify my behavior to keep her attention. Having a trainer come to my home to work with me and Rita made the sessions very comfortable and non-threatening. It was an excellent experience that I would most certainly recommend to anyone!
<< Katie McArdle
Tom worked with me and my dog Max to learn a few basic obedience skills -- but to mainly fix Max's house training problems. He was always on time and Max was always pumped to see him!
I feel so much better about Max and his potty issues. He went from having multiple accidents a day to almost none. We are still working on these skills, after the course wrapped up! Max learned things like sit, stay, come, down and leave it. These are so fun to work with him on because he keeps progressing and learning new things!
He also taught max how to walk on a leash correctly and I must say it is an awesome when we are at the park! Overall I was very pleased with FetchMasters and Tom! Highly Recommended! :)
Ivy Hinson >>
Tom at FetchMasters has without a doubt impacted my family life in the most positive way possible. Two months ago my significant other and I purchased a home and immediately went to MaxFund to adopt a dog. The dog we decided on was scruffy, underfed and came with an extremely angry/scared temperament. I instantly found it necessary to educate myself on this "fearful-aggressive" behavior, and I began searching for a trainer who specialized in this field.
MaxFund had suggested a training program, and I spent many hours on Yelp in search of the perfect match. I was disappointed with what I found. Every single company I called seemed to have several employees, and I was directed to the first available "agent" in my area, which felt extremely impersonal. The other issue I came across was the fact that I did not have $100 an hour to spend on personal dog training, but that was all I was able to find. When I contacted Tom at FetchMasters, he answered the phone with his pleasant voice, and I immediately found myself at ease. Here I was speaking with someone who seemed to care, and he actually listened to my adoption story.
He was able to relate to the fearful-aggressive behavior I was describing, and I was confident that upon starting training my dog and I would be more than pleased. When Tom arrived at our first session, I was blown away with how professionally he presented himself. My little dog, of course, barked and nipped and was beyond rude, and Tom handled the situation perfectly – I was a nervous wreck. From the first meeting through the five-week training course I became more impressed each session; Tom is a genius at what he does. The transformation that occurred with the dog I had adopted was beyond amazing.
My dog was able to sit, stay, leave it, down, walk perfectly on a leash, as well as know who the leader is all within just five weeks. The nipping and the biting stopped after the second session, and all concerns I had that I presented to Tom he addressed and helped with tremendously. Because of Tom I was able to give this feral two-year-old Schnauzer mix a new life, a life full of love and a life without fear. Upon completion of the training, I am able to enjoy this wonderful dog, and I was left with the skills needed to help me feel confident enough in adopting any other dog in the future.
Tom is incredible, he is professional, and he truly cares about his line of work. I can’t thank him enough. Anyone looking to acquire the skills necessary in training a dog from simple household commands to setting specific more in depth household rules needs to call Tom at FetchMasters. Without his help my house would be a zoo. It's much better when the animals in a home known their place and the level of respect is high. Tom changed our family for the best and I feel beyond lucky to have found him.
Rob Van Valkenburgh and Saylee Kerschen >>
Our two dogs, Tyson and Sully, just completed Level One Obedience training with Tom from FetchMasters, and the results far exceed our expectations. Both dogs needed general obedience training and our youngest, Tyson, needed some serious behavior modification. After the six week course, both dogs became proficient in all areas of obedience and Tyson's behavior has seen a drastic improvement.
Tom took the time to address every one of our concerns, and his gentle yet firm approach was exactly what we were looking for. He gave us strategies we can implement in real-life situations, which helped extend the training beyond the one hour per week we spent with him. If you are looking for a trainer to work with your dog, make sure you contact FetchMasters.
<< Bill and Brooke Momblow
We felt the service was very personal and tailored to our specific needs and circumstances. The training was informative to us as the pet owners and produced quick results as long as we were consistent with our homework. (You could tell when we hadn't done our homework.) These are tools we will be able to continue to use as our puppy grows and matures. Wheaton Terriers have a reputation for being strong-willed and difficult. With FetchMasters' guidance Deshka is very obedient and continues to learn quickly! She will probably always be strong-willed, however she is so well behaved our friends can't believe it. Thank you, FetchMasters!
Shari and Paul Romanowski >>
Tom's genuine concern for our dog and the issues we needed to work through made working with FetchMasters a wonderful experience. It's not everyday that you come across a customer service based business that still believes in a work ethic and integrity. We will recommend FetchMasters to anyone looking for a trainer from basic obedience to more serious behavior issues.
<< Christine (and Scooter) Sylva
There couldn't be any better way to learn to guide your dog's behavior than the 1-on-1-on-1 method in the home! Tom individualized each session and could see wrong moves on my part in dealing with Scooter on an every day level. To me, most (if not all) of Scooters hyperactivity, bolting, jumping and barking came about because I was ignorant of my dog's natural instincts. Knowledge is power!
Thanks so much for your knowledge and insights, Tom. I may regress at times, but I keep your guides and homework assignments out on the kitchen counter as a refresher course! I'm just so thankful I took your course, for both Scooter and me.
<< Mike, Karen, Kevin, Scotty and Shelby Day
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
We employed FetchMasters to train our 5-month old Labrador puppy, Shelby. Our goal was to teach her basic commands for obedience and safety. Our sessions with Tom far exceeded our expectations.
The training was excellent in every way. Tom was very thorough, patient and positive. His hands-on and fun training techniques were perfect for our dog and family. He would introduce a command and then have each of us practice with Shelby. Tom was also fantastic about getting our boys, ages nine and thirteen, involved in the sessions.
In six weeks, we learned sit, down, focus, come, sit-stay at the front door, heel, fetch, leave it, and loose-leash walking. Our dog also learned how to be gentle when receiving treats, as well as a number of other good dog manners. In addition, he provided valuable lesson summaries and homework sheets for our ongoing review. We also learned that training does not end when the sessions are over. For the benefit of everyone involved, we practice daily to ensure continued success.
Finally, Tom took as much time as needed to provide comprehensive answers to every one of our questions regarding training and general pet-related issues.
Our dog and family truly benefited from the superb in-home training we received. We highly recommend Tom and FetchMasters and have already referred him to several of our friends. Thanks again for everything!
We hoped for two dogs who followed basic commands as a result of Level One Obedience. This training far exceeded our expectations. We now have two dogs who respect us both, and we are in sync when it comes to discipline. When we started the training, Hanley (our Rat Terrier) and I did not have a bond. Now Hanley respects me, and we love each other a lot. We finally feel like a family.
Lisa Anderson >>
FetchMasters is great! It was very easy to have them come into my home and train my dogs in their own familiar environment. I would recommend them to anyone wanting advice about, or wanting to develop skills in, training their dogs.
<< Dan Ives and Jessica Garcia
Jack, our 8-month old Australian Cattle Dog mix is pretty wild, and our efforts to train him ourselves were proving to be rather difficult. We couldn't seem to get Jack to stop doing things we didn't like. So we sought the help of a professional trainer. We met with Tom once a week for an hour in a 6-week program, and we were quickly impressed with the results. Tom taught us that instead of scolding Jack for behavior we didn’t like, we needed to change our approach and reward him for good behaviors which would instill those behaviors permanently as time progressed. We had been thinking about Jack's training in the wrong way. Tom's training methods of positive reinforcement produced amazing results. We were amazed at how quickly Jack could learn when we used the techniques Tom showed us.
In those six sessions, Jack learned a wide variety of commands. Some commands were essential to his safety, and others were just for fun. They included: come, sit, down, leave it, drop it, wait, roll over, bow and shake. We also learned loose-leash walking. Tom would demonstrate a command and show us how to teach it, and after a few tries Jack would begin to pick it up. We were impressed with how quickly Jack would catch on.
Our favorite aspect of Tom's training was that he didn't just teach a set of commands, but instead he taught us a methodology that would allow us to teach Jack future commands ourselves which we have been successful with. For example, we applied Tom's techniques and Jack quickly learned how to play fetch in a park with many distractions around.
Tom exhibited a positive, fun attitude and was always patient with us and our dog. We believe we received an amazing value out of the short time we spent under his instruction. We now understand that training Jack is a lifelong process, not something that you do for a few weeks and are done with. Jack is far from perfect in his obedience, but we now have the tools necessary to keep making progress. We are very thankful that we sought professional guidance instead of trying to train Jack on our own. Through Tom teaching us how to train with our puppy, the bond between us and Jack has grown stronger. If you are thinking about seeking a professional trainer for your dog, we highly recommend Tom. You will not be disappointed.