IN JULY, 2011 I LOST MY NINE-YEAR OLD YELLOW LAB TO CANCER. IT WAS A TREMENDOUS LOSS, AND I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER HAVE ANOTHER DOG. BUT, AS TIME WENT BY, I REALIZED HOW EMPTY MY LIFE WAS WITHOUT A CANINE COMPANION. I WENT TO THE SAME BREEDER IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, AND PICKED OU ANOTHER YELLOW LAB, WHO I NAMED " COOPER. " AS ALL LABS ARE, HE WAS A BUNDLE OF ENERGY COUPLED WITH FOUR LEGS! IN THE SPRING OF 2012 I WAS REFERRED TO DEE BROTON, AND COOPER AND I BEGAN OUR JOURNEY OF OBEDIENCE TRAINING WITH DEE ONCE A MONTH. COOPER PROGRESSED SLOWLY AT FIRST, AND I AM SURE DEE SHARED MY APPREHENSION THAT COOPER WAS A DOG WHO DID NOT TAKE WELL TO TRAINING! HE IS STRONG AS A BULL, AND JUST AS DETERMINED! DEE CONTINUED TO OFFER SUGGESTIONS, PRAISE, AND HER KNOWLEDGE OF TRAINING. WITHIN THE LAST FEW MONTHS COOPER HAS BECOME THE DOG I HOPED HE WOULD BE! HIS JUMPING IS MUCH BETTER, HE IS EASY TO WALK ON THE LEASH, AND HE FOLLOWS MY COMMANDS. (MOST OF THE TIME!) WITHOUT DEE I AM CERTAIN THIS TRAINING WOULD BE LESS EFFECTIVE. SHE IS PATIENT, CALM, AND KNOWS THE ANIMAL.
SHE BONDS WITH THE DOG AND THE DOG IS EAGER TO PLEASE BOTH HER AND I. THE KEY
TO THE TRAINING IS TO FOLLOW-UP AT HOME DAILY TO REINFORCE DEE'S SUGGESTIONS
AND OBSERVATIONS. PRACTICE DOES MAKE PERFECT! HOWEVER, COOPER'S SUCCESS STORY
IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF DEE TRAINING BOTH HE AND I, AND WITHOUT HER KNOWLEDGE
AND DEDICATION NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE. COOPER AND I HIGHLY
RECOMMEND HER, AS SHE HAS HELPED TURN HIM INTO A GREAT COMPANION!
COOPER'S DAD WROTE THIS WONDERFUL BLURB FOR ME. ONE THING I WANT TO STRESS IS THAT COOPER'S DAD STUCK WITH THE TRAINING IN BETWEEN OUR SESSIONS. HE PUT THE TIME IN TO WORK WITH COOPER EVERY DAY! PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE, AND PRACTICE WILL ALWAYS PAY OFF!!!
My Trixie is an 8-year-old chocolate lab who has never been good with leash walking. I walk a lot myself and really want to take her with me, but she is much stronger than I am! Two friends of mine referred Dee, and from the minute she walked in the door, I knew we were going to have a good experience. Dee has a wonderful way with animals - and with Trixie she was gentle but firm. Her training methods are positive for both the dog and the human - and after three sessions I was actually able to walk for some distance without being dragged along! We continue to make good progress as we continue to implement the techniques Dee taught us both!
~ Patti C.
I first met Dee Broton when I adopted a two year old foxhound mix from a local shelter. Buddy was as cute as a button, but
lacked social graces. As a result of spending his puppy hood in a shelter he was clueless about interacting with his new environment. The mere pleasure of going for walks became a nightmare as Buddy would attack anything that entered our path. My little button became a nightmare. I began to wonder if I had made a mistake in adopting Buddy. I know that dogs are not disposable and I was committed to helping Buddy become a normal dog. I have read many dog training books, but I needed help and tools to employ these methods with Buddy. That’s when I met Dee our savior. Dee’s experience in training dogs was evident from the first day she began working with Buddy and me. She was able to evaluate his problems and attributed his behavior to being an insecure dog that was trying to get some control of the new situations he was presented with. Dee explained that reactions such as Buddy’s can be the product of many different emotions in his case it was fear. This most likely resulted from his poor socialization as a pup or a past trauma which caused him pain. His aggression was fear based, as he thought that MOST humans and other dogs posed a treat to him. Dee began teaching Buddy, through slow exposure to people and other dogs, to condition him to experience good things when exposed to fearful stimulus. This was a slow process which required patience and daily practice. Buddy and I had weekly homework, and Dee provided me with books and articles which supported her techniques. Positive obedience training was also included in our weekly program. Dee was supportive and encouraging even when I was losing hope as I had never witnessed a dog behaving so poorly. Dee also networked with the shelter to inquire about Buddy’s past. Buddy was given a weighted backpack to help ground him and to assist him in releasing excess energy. Dee worked diligently with the both of us until we experienced success. Buddy’s story is one of true success as he was featured on the front page of the New Jersey Herald walking nicely with his backpack on. Today, a year later Buddy receives compliments from strangers remarking how well behaved he is. Buddy and I think Dee is the best!!
~ Pat W.
I have just received my own “Positively” dog training CDs for Brodie. I now have the Thunderstorm CD along with the Calming CD. Brodie and I have been practicing with the Thunderstorm CD with the volume quite loud. I am able to maintain his focus on me, treats and the tasks at hand for all 5 tracks of the CD. I took Dee's suggestion and filled a kong toy with boiled chicken breasts cut into small pieces and froze it. This special treat kept Brodie busy and content for 1 hour during our last REAL thunderstorm. Thank you so much for all of your help and guidance! ~ Deb M.