She will answer me in a timely manner…

I came to the valley for the winter with my 8 month old standard poodle. I was needing to get a trainer that was not only willing to train my Bodie but also myself. Gabby not only is awesome with Bodie, she can explain the different techniques & the reason why to perfection.

If I have a question I can text her & she will answer me in a timely manner. I know that we have the best trainer that there is and for that I am very grateful! I think Gabby is the BEST!!!!!

-Karen D.

Now Stormy listens very well …

Luke Ruiz, from Scottsdale, AZ was at the dog park one day when he noticed a red nosed pitbull calmly listening to his owner after a Great Dane had been bothering him. Luke thought it was awesome how this pitbull stayed so calm even when he was being bombarded by this annoying dog, so he started talking with the owner. He quickly found out that the dog, Benny had gone through our Unlimited Program and was doing great with the commands his owner was working so well with him on.

After getting our card, Luke called us to schedule a visit to talk about training for his Akita, Stormy. Luke knew that Stormy was a nice and well-mannered dog, but she didn’t listen very well and sometimes was a little rude to the other dogs in the dog park. Luke wanted help learning why she was doing these things as well as how to get her to listen better.

Akita Training Scottsdale, az

After calling, setting up a visit and sitting down with us, Luke signed up Stormy right away for our Unlimited Program because he had already felt that Kona’s Dog Training was the right fit for him. We scheduled regular lessons and helped Luke to get Stormy to walk nicely on leash, listen better to commands, especially “come” and helped him to understand why Stormy did many of the things she did. Luke asked questions, like “why does Stormy follow me around the house?”, “why does Stormy listen to me sometimes, but not all the time?” Luke learned a lot of things about dogs while training. Like, often it doesn’t matter what you say, but how you say it and how he feels around Stormy and how to acknowledge those feelings when they aren’t the best. Luke, like many of our clients, learned a lot about himself just as much as he did about training with his dog.

Luke tells us he couldn’t be happier about the training help he received with Stormy. He tells us often that he has so much more work to do on himself than with Stormy!

Akita Training Scottsdale, az

Luke now finds that Stormy listens very well at home, out on walks and at the dog park, where he doesn’t have to worry about what might happen with other dogs. Luke and Stormy’s relationship has grown leaps and bounds since he first adopted her.

Akita Training Scottsdale, az

Now Chauncey will come when called…

Gina, an elementary school teacher in Scottsdale, AZ was gifted Chauncey, her Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix, last Christmas from one of her students. Gina had an opening in her family for a loving dog and knew that it would be a perfect fit after the passing of her beloved Boston Terrier half a year before. She took Chauncey home at 8 weeks old and was having a wonderful time enjoying his puppy antics and adorable face, but knew she wanted to get him trained. After realizing Chauncey was learning some unwanted behaviors, mostly barking at people and dogs from the window, jumping up on furniture, getting overexcited around people in the home and his separation issues with her, she knew it was time to get the training help she originally wanted.

When Gina called and then met with us she was still a little unsure about which program to sign Chauncey up for, but after some thought and realizing she need quicker help [she had an exchange student coming to live with her soon] she decided Chauncey would be the perfect fit for our Boarding School Program. When Chauncey first arrived for his two week stay he was a little overwhelmed. After all, his friend at home was a cat, lol.

He struggled to understand his place in this new pack, but after being introduced to everyone and observing and playing with them he began to feel more comfortable and his worries started to fade away. He loved the new routine…..potty breaks together, walks together, resting times together and training together. He learned so much, very quickly. Within the first week Chauncey was walking on leash without a single tug or pull. He was listening to commands like “come”, “place” and “down” without them being repeated and his separation anxiety had lessened a lot.

After Chauncey’s stay, Gina couldn’t have been happier with the results she saw and this was only at the first lesson before he went home. His whining was almost nonexistent [and only after he hadn’t seen them in two weeks]. He waited patiently to practice what he learned with his mom and listened incredibly well to her.

After going home, Gina even said that Chauncey was being extremely polite to their cat and was listening well on walks and outings. She even feels completely comfortable having him off leash in their courtyard area and knows Chauncey will come when called whenever she asks. Gina was looking for a great companion dog that listened well and got along with everyone and she is well on her way to getting her perfect dog!

See what Gina had to say:

Kona’s Dog Training went above and beyond our expectations! We chose to have our dog Chauncey boarded and trained with Gabby for two weeks. As a Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix, he suffered from separation anxiety (and anxiety in general) and would follow me around the house 24/7, jump on guests out of excitement, and bark at every little sound or person/animal walking by the house. Since his training, Chauncey is calm and SO well-behaved. We go for nice walks now and he could care less about the people and dogs walking by us. He is the BEST COMPANION. We owe that to the training, love, and care that Gabrielle has provided Chauncey. We are forever grateful.


Jahseh started to “come when called” after only a couple of days…

Mollie and Justin, from Tempe, AZ, first contacted us a week after they adopted their new pitbull mix, Jahseh from the county. After we sat down together and talked about what they might expect at home with Jahseh they decided to sign him up for our Boarding School program. They were beginning to see behaviors that they didn’t like and wanted to give him a good start in their home. They wanted him to listen better inside and outside the home, calm him down and work on his reactions around other dogs while on leash. Jahseh was not aggressive while in public, but he made very loud and uncomfortable sounds when seeing another dog in public.

Jahseh was dropped off for his boarding school stay and right off the bat displayed his signature sounds and excitement that was over the top. Very quickly we found out that Jahseh was very food motivated and could learn very fast. We started to get him to focus and calm his mind and listen well even around other dogs. Jahseh started to “come when called” after only a couple of days even when other dogs were off leash. Jahseh even learned how to walk on the dog treadmill so fast that it became his favorite new exercise, so much so that his parents got one to put in their home for him to walk on. This is a great investment in our Phoenix, AZ summer months.

Mollie and Justin were so surprised to see how much Jahseh had learned during his stay. They were happy to know that he listened very well and while he still has his excited moments he is a calmer and much more relaxed dog. He enjoys his crate while they are at work and is happy to see them when they come home from work. He is calm at night while lounging inside their home and listens to commands the first time. While they are still getting him comfortable around all types of dogs he is able to enjoy nice hikes and walks when the weather is great. Now their biggest concern is finding a good playmate for him to build a friendship with and they are very happy about that!

He does well on walks even around little yappy dogs…

Melanie and Jason, from Tempe, AZ, signed up Jack, their German Shepherd puppy after realizing he might have some behaviors that they weren’t sure how to handle. Melanie’s arms had become Jack’s chew toys, he wasn’t walking nicely on leash for Melanie and he wasn’t listening to anything when they tried to get his attention. Jack was a cuddly, adorable 9 week
old puppy when he was brought home from the breeder. He had his typical needs, like potty training, teething and crate training, which Melanie and Jason worked through wonderfully.

It was getting him to listen to them and respect their needs that were difficult for Jack. That’s why they started to look for help with his training and that’s when they signed up Jack for our Unlimited Program.

We scheduled weekly lessons to begin to help Melanie understand why Jack was chewing and rough housing with her and her arms. We started the loose leash walking right away too. Jack was quickly becoming a big boy and the last thing that we wanted was for him to be difficult on leash. First, we taught Melanie how to stop Jack from pulling on the leash to walking next to her and then enjoying the walks they took together. He is doing well on the walks even around little yappy dogs…nothing seems to bother him now. They also learned how to teach him basic obedience, which included “sit”, “down”, “come”, and “place”. Jack is getting much better at listening when told to do something and is actually starting to enjoy his spot in the house where he finds comfort and quiet.

While Melanie and Jason are the first to tell you that they feel like they can do so much more, I have found that they are doing a wonderful job raising Jack to be a good member of our community. He is a friendly German Shepherd who is growing in confidence and socializing with others. He is a great example of what training can do to help change the perception of a breed that might seem scary to some, but can be a great family pet!

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Now, Grace listens to commands & walks wonderfully on leash…

German Shepherd Mix Dog Training for Tempe, AZ

Lynn and Jim had called us because they had recently adopted a German Shepherd mix named Grace who wasn’t getting along great with their other dog, Chewy, a Poodle mix. They were also hoping to get Grace to listen better and walk nicely on a leash because she didn’t have any training before they adopted her. Walking for Lynn felt like losing an arm every time Grace pulled on the leash and Grace didn’t understand manners around other dogs. After sitting down together, Lynn and Jim signed Grace up for our Boarding School Program.

As soon as Grace started her training she learned very quickly what was expected of her and she began to calm down very nicely. She also started to learn that pulling on a leash wasn’t the most comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors. She also learned that she is still able to do all the things she wanted, but in a polite way. Grace learned to love her “place” where she
could rest and relax. Grace listens to commands, walks wonderfully on leash and plays better with her roommate, Chewy. She also has great play dates with other dogs in the neighborhood.

Lynn couldn’t be happier with Grace’s training. Not only does she get to hang out with Grace knowing she won’t go overboard, she also understands how to better communicate with Grace and Chewy. She practices the commands in every place possible and goes on hikes in the early morning hours. For Lynn, Grace went from being a nuisance for Chewy to a companion that can be enjoyed every single day for the rest of their lives!

Now They are able to enjoy a nice walk…

Border Collie Training Tempe AZ

Murray and Murene from Tempe, AZ first called us because they needed some help getting their new rescue Border Collie mix, Max under control. They adopted Max because they had previously had a great Border Collie who was great at listening to commands and was patient and calm, but was able to enjoy lots of play time and adventures. They were hoping for that when Max came into the family, but it wasn’t as smooth sailing with him. He had no manners, couldn’t walk on a leash without pulling like a freight train and would steal objects from furniture or counters every chance he got. Murene and Murray also thought he was a nuisance to their neighbors because if his obsessive barking at the other dogs across the fence.

After calling and scheduling a visit with us, Murene and Murray signed Max up for the Boarding School Program. Max was very happy to be dropped off to start school, but then quickly realized that school meant work ;). Max enjoyed his time socializing with the other dogs that stay here and he did well learning commands like “place”, “down”, “come” and “sit”. He also quickly learned how to walk nicely on a leash without pulling. While Max did protest his new school lessons he actually found out that learning can be a lot of fun and learned to respect the decisions humans made while still being the vivacious and boisterous dog is always was.

Murene and Murray knew they would have a lot of work to do when Max got home, but couldn’t have been happier with the results of his board and train stay. He was calmer during times when they couldn’t play with him and enjoyed spending quality time with him when they enjoyed a cup of coffee. They are also able to enjoy a nice walk around their neighborhood which is the first time in a while that they could actually see it. Now that Murene and Murray know how to communicate with Max they can take his training to wonderful places.

Diane and Sofie are now living a life that everyone wishes for…

Labrador Puppy Training for Mesa AZ | Kona’s Dog Training Tempe, AZDiane from Mesa, AZ contacted us for help training her Champagne Labrador, puppy, Sofie. Sofie was a young puppy who had very typical puppy behaviors and excitement about the world. Diane wanted the best start possible for Sofie and knew she needed the guidance to make sure she was as successful as possible with her training. We talked about all of our puppy programs and Diane signed up Sofie for our Puppy Boarding School Program the day we sat down for our visit. She knew Sofie would learn to walk nicely on leash, learn manners around people and other dogs.

When Sofie arrived for her stay she was happy and excited to get started and so was Diane. Sofie learned how to play with other dogs, including ones who were not so comfortable around others. Sofie showed them how to open up and trust that nothing, but fun could happen around the right dogs. She also learned how to walk on a leash without pulling and learned to greet politely. Sofie also learned how to “come” when called and go to her “place” and “lay down”. She learned how to know when her owner was up for fun and training and when it was time to unwind and rest. She plays fetch outside her house without running away and brings the ball back to keep the game going.

Diane couldn’t be happier with where Sofie’s training was when she went home and did wonders keeping up the training afterward. Diane trusts Sofie around so many distractions and they get to enjoy the retired life, which includes beautiful walks and play. Everything a dog and owner should enjoy together. Diane and Sofie are now living a life that everyone wishes for……..and can be achieved!

Jesse and Raquel are very happy with Marie’s progress

Jesse and Raquel from Mesa, AZ initially contacted us not sure if there was any solution to their reactive Rhodesian Ridgeback’s problems around other dogs. They had adopted Marie at 9 weeks old and in the beginning Marie was playful and open to other dogs, but as time went on she began to do unwanted behaviors while on leash around other dogs. She would bark and lunge at other dogs when she was on leash and they found it hard to control her and were unsure about taking her outside. They needed to find the solution that was right for them where they felt comfortable knowing that this was fixable with training.

We talked to Jesse over the phone initially reassuring him that he, Raquel and Marie were not alone in this. That a lot of other families have dogs that acted the same way and that with training and guidance they could have a dog they enjoyed and felt comfortable walking  outside and around other people and dogs. We then set up a visit and met one another where they signed Marie up for our Unlimited Program. Through the initial lessons we helped Jesse and Raquel communicate better with Marie through obedience commands and knowledge. They now know why Marie is uncomfortable around people and dogs and what to do if she barks and lunges. With each day Marie got better and they know what she is capable of during walks and outings.

Jesse and Raquel are very happy with Marie’s progress and I tell them I am happy with theirs. They are more confident and relaxed with Marie and are enjoying her so much more now. I continue to see huge progress each time I see them and they also have great support with their families. They are the perfect family who continues to grow wonderfully with each other.

Benny and Winston can politely wait to greet guests now…

Richard and Stacey from Phoenix, AZ called us because they had two hyper, boisterous pitbulls who when on walks would lunge and bark at other dogs. They felt it was so bad that they would wait until late night to even take the dogs outside of the house. Benny and Winston also had some unwanted behaviors inside the house. Like barking when the doorbell rang and jumping on people when they entered the house. Their teenage son was also having some trouble controlling them when he was home alone. They weren’t sure what to do to stop these behaviors and that’s when we heard from them.

Richard and Stacey were excited to sign up Benny, the more energized dog for our Unlimited Program. This way they could get help with his behaviors and training then easily transition the training to Winston at home. We found the right training tools for them and worked each lesson to build their relationship with Benny to allow him to calm down with each passing day. Every time I saw Richard, Stacey and Benny they were all happier and calmer! While patience may be tested sometimes they now have all the tools and skills to overcome anything that they come across. This includes other dogs on their regular walks.

Richard and Stacey are so much happier now that they have two calmer pitbulls inside their home. They no longer worry about walks and what people might think of their dogs. Each day they enjoy the quiet and are comfortable to invite people into their home and know that Benny and Winston can politely wait to greet guests. Oh, and their son is able to enjoy the dogs now more than ever before.