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About Terry

 

Terry understands dogs naturally and has been training dogs since the age of 17. She learned how to take care of dogs that had problems and worked as the head dog trainer at PetSmart for 5 years. Her Catahoula Curr/Lab mix dog, Uggie, was the store mascot. After working for Petsmart for 5 years, Terry decided to start her own dog training business where she has helped over 3,500 dogs in 17 years. She can deal with any dog problem out there.

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  • "I would be absolutely thrilled to tell you about our experience! I can't say enough about how wonderful Terry is! My husband & I respect her a great deal. She's very knowledgeable & has a marvelous balance of being quite strict with the training, while being very kind & compassionate...

    "I would be absolutely thrilled to tell you about our experience! I can't say enough about how wonderful Terry is! My husband & I respect her a great deal. She's very knowledgeable & has a marvelous balance of being quite strict with the training, while being very kind & compassionate at the same time. You will quickly learn that it's for a very good reason that she's strict. She definitely knows what she's doing. It's basically because of her that our very dominant, aggressive & hyperactive 65 lb. "killer" Blue Heeler now sleeps with our cats & gets along with all of our other dogs! He tried to kill them all when he first came into our home & back then I NEVER dreamed that he'd be as amazingly sweet & loving as he is today. Before his training, I looked liked a "battered wife" because he would constantly jump up on me, knock me over & constantly nip & bite me. He was completely unmanageable. (He was given to us as a last resort & if we hadn't agreed to take him, his previous owner would have taken him to the Humane Society instead of our house. As aggressive as he was, I don't believe that he would have ever been adopted - they would have destroyed him.) I had to wear long sleeved shirts & long pants (in the middle of our hot summer) because I my arms & legs were completely covered in bruises. He nipped not because he wanted to hurt me, but because he simply hadn't been trained & was trying to establish his dominance. (His jaws are so very strong & didn't realize that he was really hurting me.) Fortunately, (thank God) we went to Terry for obedience training. Actually, it should be called "owner training" too, because you will learn for the first time, how to effectively communicate with your dog in a way that he can understand. It's really quite wonderful when this happens - you will share a common language with him & you will both learn a great deal. Terry can teach you everything that you'll need to know, but you will still have to have the discipline to consistently work with your dog & train him once you leave the class. She can't do that - you'll have to do the work! It was Terry who taught us that the worst thing anyone can ever do with an aggressive dog is to act aggressively towards it. (I can now whisper a command & this formerly aggressive dog obeys!) That only teaches them to be more aggressive! That's one thing that you don't have to teach dogs. If the time ever comes for them to become aggressive because they're defending you, or if you're ever in danger, believe me - they know exactly what to do & you won't have to tell them! I think that our Blue Heeler is probably the "poster child" of dog obedience. If our dog could become the sweet lovable family member that we now have, then ANY dog on the face of the earth can be trained to be the same! It does take patience & you do have to be willing to work every single day with your dog. Plus, every dog learns at a different pace, so you really do have to be very patient & loving. It's well worth it though to have a pet that truly becomes part of your family that you can share your home with. We've trained each of our dogs over the years, but I've never known any dog to be as extremely aggressive as ours was. You can ask, but I don't think that even Terry had ever seen any dog like ours before. I had to keep him way at the back of the class far away from anyone else for weeks because of how terribly aggressive & hostile he was. He was quite scary! Basically, he would snarl, bark, lunge & try & kill anything that came near. I apologize that this is extremely lengthy & I know that you really didn't ask for a lecture, but if you could have seen the miraculous transformation in this animal, you'd be as amazed as we still are today! :) I truly think that the only regret you'll ever have, is that you didn't take your dog for training sooner. By the way, while I was training our second dog (a black Lab) with Terry, I was so surprised to see my veterinarian in class with her dog too (a very large Great Dane). She told me that Terry was the only trainer in this area that she would go to, which I had not known when we took our first dog to Terry. Although I really didn't need my vet to tell me that, it was still nice to know! Whew! So...there you have it. Good luck with your dog & let me know if I can help further (although if you have Terry, you won't need me)! Irene:) PS By the way, just for the record - no, I'm not related to Terry (never met her before we took classes with her) & no, she doesn't pay me to say all of this! She should though, eh?! Just kidding! Best of luck to you!"

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    Irene Ramirez

    Lumberton, Texas
  • Recently my fiancé and I searched online looking at may different dog training and obedience schools and programs. We found many programs and schools available, but none of them offered the direct hands on approach as your does. A month or so ago we brought our five month old St. Bernard p...

    Recently my fiancé and I searched online looking at may different dog training and obedience schools and programs. We found many programs and schools available, but none of them offered the direct hands on approach as your does. A month or so ago we brought our five month old St. Bernard puppy Jack to you for your training program.
    When we first purchased Jack from his breeders we were amazed at how playful, loving and intelligent of a dog he was. However, we knew how big and powerful he would grow to be, and with two young kids we wanted to make sure he was properly trained to avoid any injuries to family members or himself. We wanted someone that was experienced and positive to teach him commands he could follow as he grew. I had looked into the obedience programs at local pet stores, but was very concerned with the lack of one on one time they offered with the trainers. All of these “puppy” classes were set in a group setting, and seeing how our “puppy” was already nearly 87lbs., we knew this would be a recipe for disaster. This is when we made the decision to send Jack to your training school. The day we dropped Jack off to you, it was immediately clear to us he was in great hands and would have plenty of one on one time with you. After spending close to an hour with my fiancé and I, you put all of our concerns and fears to rest. We felt very comfortable leaving our “baby” and newest family member with you and trusted you completely. You reassured us that Jack would not forget us, or remember us taking him there and leaving him and he would be just as excited to see us when we picked him up as he was when we dropped him off.
    The day we were ready to come and pick up Jack once he completed his training program, we were amazed. A puppy who previously was bouncing off the walls with excitement anytime the doorbell rang, or tackling my son, while playing chase, was now sitting calmly and patiently at your front door. He did not run, tackle or slobber all over us or my eight year old son(who is his absolute most favorite play buddy). It was raining that day, so we were concerned we would not be able to go outside and practice all of the commands he has learned, but you took the time and opened up your home to teach us inside. As you were working with us and Jack, I could see the love and passion you have for your job and the animals you work with.
    Jack came to us as a beautiful and smart puppy from his breeders, and with your training for both us and Jack, he is well on his way to being an absolutely stunning and joyful member of our family that we treasure dearly. You have taught him great skills that will not only keep all the humans around him safe and comfortable, but will also make him receive the positive attention and praise he deserves. Thank you so much for your skills and reassurance of how great and well mannered, even a two hundred pound dog can be!

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    Amanda Perry

    Houston, TX

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