Otis Goes to School

Review: On The Ball Dog Training – 5 stars

Today I would like to share my family’s experience with On The Ball Dog Training, and say how grateful we were to have found them. Please share with anyone you know who may have a new puppy or older dog in need of learning a few new tricks!

As many of you know about four weeks ago my family and I adopted Otis from Manning Valley Animal Rescue.  He is a beautiful pup. Otis is a smart, loving and very energetic – now 12 week old and we love him to bits. He settled in with our family as quickly as he grew, yes he is going to be a big boy. It wasn’t long before we started to feel a little overwhelmed by our new addition, thinking we may have bitten off more than we could chew! (no pun intended 🙂 )

As Oats became comfortable in our home it didn’t take long for his playful puppy antics to begin; you know the usual; nipping, chasing, scratching & chewing on furniture (as well as us) and hanging off our clothes. All pretty normal stuff. Then he started to add a growl especially if he was tired, hungry and when told No. This escalated to him becoming more aggressive toward us when we played with him, with very little calm interaction with the family in wakeful time. His behaviour became more dominant and difficult to manage without one of us getting bitten or scratched to pieces.

This was not ideal, we are very inexperienced dog guardians and our clever pup picked up on that quickly, deciding he would be the leader of our pack. The degree of difficulty here was that I have two 13 year olds that were finding it hard to spend nice, quality time with him and a husband going through cancer treatment and is a right leg amputee, who couldn’t get out of his way if he went into crazy pup mode. (Yes I know he looks like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth!) It’s important that all of us are able to manage Otis’s behaviour confidently, especially as he becomes a bigger dog. We were starting to worry just a little about how we would manage the dog he might become.

Enter Christine and Matt from On the Ball Dog Training. Not only am I impressed by the professional and compassionate manner in which they treated our situation, but I was really amazed by the calm, kind way they took charge of Otis. They were able to offer us several easy methods to use so that we could do the same; we were able to use those techniques straight away and are seeing a noticeable difference already, after just a half hour lesson. With plenty of practice I’m sure we will become very accomplished guardians!

Christine contacted me the same night I messaged her, and she and Matt were at our house the next day ready to help. Service doesn’t get any better than that.

We took positive action in regard to a situation that was becoming tricky and now look forward to the abundance of joy this beautiful pup will continue to add to our lives as he grows up.

The moral of our story: Never be afraid to ask for help!

We look forward to all the wonderful years ahead with our beautiful boy!

Thanks On the Ball Dog Training we are incredibly grateful to you. We are looking forward to joining you at puppy preschool!
Callie, Brendan, Baden & Tyra


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Having said that, the main focus at calliemm.com  is to share awareness of the rare/uncommon cancer my husband Brendan has…

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