4705 240th St SE, Bothell, WA | Directions 9802147.779878 -122.169519
Read before considering this place – Obedience courses:
We took our new GSD through a couple of the six week basic obedience courses. These courses are generally fine for beginners, for people who have low-drive dogs, or for those who want their dogs to do nothing more than parlor tricks. Some of the trainers are better than others; however, we pulled out of these courses after observing the trainer in our class literally slam her own dog into a wall of the training room when the dog disobeyed her. I hate to think of how she behaves when she’s not in front of a class full of people.
My biggest problems with their training approach are that they don’t teach you to develop a relationship with the animal and properly focus the dog’s natural defense and prey drives. Rather, they teach the dog to react to a command out of fear of a painful correction (pinch collars and/or e-collars) and to do nothing more than shovel treats into your dog when they do well. The problem this creates is the dog will completely ignore you unless the dog is always on-leash and you have a bag full of treats on-hand at all times.
We made the mistake of boarding our less than 1 year old GSD here for 10 days last summer. For nearly a month after picking him up he would flinch badly whenever anyone, including my wife and I, unexpectedly or quickly, reached down to touch or pet his head. This behavior has since passed and has never reoccurred over the past year. I have never seen a dog do this unless they had been hit. Although I can’t prove it, I suspect someone at the boarding facility had hit him while he was there. We’ll never go back.
Daycare Services: Doggy daycare is a financial goldmine for providers. Consequently, it’s to their advantage to warehouse as many dogs as possible while keeping overhead low through low wages and a low staff-to-dog ratio.
It’s my opinion that this place is a nightmare. If you have a purpose-bred (high-drive) dog you must avoid this place at all cost as they’ll do irreparable damage to your dog’s psyche. Stand or park out in front of the daycare facility any day of the week and you’ll hear the staff literally screaming at the dogs all day long to “shut up”. Over the several months that we took our less than one year old GSD to daycare we had numerous encounters with the woman that runs the place. The approach that she and her staff take to control the dogs is through verbal and physical abuse. Several times she told us that she or a staff member had to “physically tackle our dog and pin him to the ground”. By their own admission, he was never dog-aggressive or mean. The usual alleged transgression was that he was herding or trying to control the play of other dogs (this behavior is bred into GSDs).
In the few months that we used this service, we saw numerous staff members come and go. This is a clear indication that they hire completely untrained and unskilled people to supposedly care for your dogs. One of the staff members actually told us to “give me your dog for one week and I’ll kick his a-- into shape”. This was the last straw; we pulled our boy out of this place and have since found far superior accommodations for him on the occasions that we need daycare. We have also found excellent trainers that specialize in purpose-bred dogs. Bottom line… there are far superior options available for you and your dog; you just need to take the time to find them and to commit the time to developing the proper relationship with your dog.
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