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My family adopted a rescue dog with a lot of behavioral issues—in truth Rudy was quite a challenge and disruption in our home, so we decided to try basic obedience class. Colleen and her staff at Canine Academy helped us so much, and Rudy’s behavior has improved dramatically. Her methods (with a lot of reinforcement at home) have worked remarkably. Rudy not only has calmed down and become far less destructive and wild, he is also very focused on learning and behaving as a nice member of our family. He pays attention to commands, and even walks nicely on the bike path now (which was a complete disaster before). Colleen also provided a lot of personalized attention and advice, even though it was a group course. Every step of the way, questions were answered and support was given—every dog in the class was treated as an individual with individual needs. Rudy’s not perfectly behaved yet, but he has truly turned the corner to becoming a polite, well-mannered dog. Friends and family are very impressed with the change in him when they visit now. I can’t thank Colleen and Canine Academy enough!


Alex is absolutely amazing!  I traveled to the Buffalo area to test my Golden for TDI.  We had all the but his behavior was awful.  He wanted to lunge and pull toward the other dogs.  This had been an ongoing problem and as we took classes I asked for help often and was told "he's young; it's just his age".  It was frustrating and hurting my arm being pulled.  Alex pointed out that while he was obedient and smart, he was not well behaved.  That was a real light bulb moment - she was right.  We had learned lots of skills and tricks but not behavior.  I was certainly impressed with her and scheduled a private lesson.  We traveled over 3 hours to meet with her and it was worth every mile and every minute.  After one lesson, he was probably 80% better or more.  I told her that my goal was to be able to walk him through the park during the Farmer's Market and not be pulled.  We went back to see her the very next week much improved and in a matter of 8 days from our first visit I was able to walk through the park with one hand on his leash and without being pulled.  Amazing!  Thanks so much to Alex and Canine Academy from both of us!  We are both enjoying the benefits of good behavior.
Carol and Murphy


Thank you all again for everything!  You are all great - helpful, insightful, patient, etc.  We will see you either to show off Bo's amazing skills or take a therapy dog session.  

Laura and Bo


Dear Colleen, Barb and Alex,

I want to thank you all for the great classes Goldie and I have attended. Colleen you said the first time you met her that she would be a good therapy dog and she is doing super. We go to the Genesee City N.H. 2 days a week and she loves it and they love her! I wasn't sure how she would be on the elevator, but she had no problems. We get as much joy out of our visits as they do. Thank you all so much! 

Jean and Goldie


Dear Canine Academy,
Just want to express my gratitude to Colleen, Alex, Barb and Gretchen. Jiffy and I want to thank you for the great and positive experience we had in the Puppy Preschool program. All of the instructors are wonderful and they devoted their time and experience to each puppy and owners needs and special issues.

A million thanks for offering this invaluable opportunity to give Jiffy a great start to her obedience career.

Sincerely,
Kathy and Jiffy


We've taken our Shelby to canine academy since we got her a year ago. We started with basic obedience. Barb and Colleen really know what they are doing!! We continued to used the doggie day care. Shelby LOVES coming here every week and gets so excited when we pull into the parking lot! I can't recommend them enough! We can't wait to start bringing our newest addition to the family to Canine Academy!

Shannon Radlich


My Baron von Mutsky went to his obedience classes with Canine Academy when they first started and he was THE BEST behaved dog ever!!!! Until the day I lost him (and even on that day), I constantly got compliments about what a well-behaved dog he was, especially for one his size. He didn't bark like crazy when waiting in the car for me, strangers coming to the house were (appropriately) wary of him, but soon found he was nothing but a loveable character. He attended day care one day a week for over 12 years and loved every minute of it - when we would turn a certain corner, he would know he was going to Canine Academy and would get all excited in the car. I often took him to see people in a nursing home and people were amazed at his calm, obedient behavior. Once, I took him to a plant sale in a park and asked my sister to watch him while I got us some hot dogs. He started to bark when I walked away, but I just looked at him, motioned with my hand to "lie down", and he immediately stopped and lay down on the ground. Other people there saw him do that and said, "Wow, have you got a well-trained dog!" I totally agreed and told them he was trained by Canine Academy. THANK YOU for helping me have the BEST dog in the world!!!!!!! 

Nancy A. Weisbeck


Ellie has done puppy school, puppy agility, basic obedience and day care. When she started puppy school she was very timid and afraid so we started her at day care to socialize (which she loves). We are very impressed with Canine Academy's classes, day care and people. Couldn't be happier!

Jenny Jakubowski


Just a note to say “thanks” for teaching me some techniques to work with Maggie.  Your commands have worked wonders.  It really is amazing to see the progress made in 8 weeks.  I will continue to recommend “Canine Academy” for a job well done.

Maggie & Lorri

Colleen, We want to thank you very much for the use of your building for our show-n-go match.  We did very well and you received many compliments on how nice your building is.  Thanks again.

The German Shepherd Dog Club of WNY

Dear Colleen & Barb, I just wanted to say thanks for doing such a great job training Aspen (and me). Not only did you guys train her well & help her to get her CGC, but this past weekend she was certified as a therapy dog from Therapy Dogs International. It has always been something we were aiming for & it couldn’t have been done without your help.

Heidi & Aspen

Thank you very much for everything you have done to keep Jacey in class.  She absolutely loves being there; she gets so excited every week and loves to see everyone. Jacey was a crazy out of control puppy before we came to you for training and I really had my doubts that anything would work for her. Your basic obedience classes were fantastic and she did so well and learned so quickly. I’m amazed this is the same puppy that I started with. Thank you for your advise, patience and caring, but most of all thank you for helping Jacey learn how to be a good girl!! 

Debbie & Jacey

My dog Dakota attended puppy classes at Canine Academy and is now 7 years old and attends doggie daycare. Colleen and her staff are great with my Rottie and I would not trust anyone else with my dog. When my dog is at Canine Academy I know that she is in wonderful hands and I never worry about her. I recommend them to anyone who ask me what facility I take my dog to for doggie daycare. My dog just loves everyone and from what I hear loves to follow Barb, Alex and Colleen around. Keep up the great job!
Maryanne Hood

I felt embarrassed that Colleen was spending so much time with my agility training with Anne. Then I realized, she individualizes all her instruction to all trainers and dogs. 1 championship later, I owe a tremendous amount to Canine Academy!
Donna Augustine

Where should I begin. Colleen is wonderful and very supportive when it comes to my two. Piper is a big Bernese mountain dog and has had many bone and ligament issues. She has been an incredible resource for surgeons. Drako my Shepard is a constant rescue challenge and I thank god for her with him. Sue and her grooming services are wonderful. There is nothing better than to drop your two dogs off in the morning. They come home that night tired from playing with their friends and clean and fresh smelling!!! Love her! Barb is a true blessing. So understanding and helpful when you have those problem children!!!  Alex you have found your calling. Great job with you puppies and bringing them to a life of service!!! You should be very proud!
Eileen DesLisle Stone Coleman

After reading an article in the Clarence Bee , year 2006, about Canine Academy I decided to sign-up Louie my Miniature Poodle for Obedience Training. After the Obedience Training Colleen suggested I try him in Agility Classes. He was out of control at first, would visit the other handlers in the class, and didn't pay attention. However Colleen kept encouraging and working with me and I can't believe that Louie received his first C-atch last October. We aren't too far away from C_atch2 At my age I never dreamed I could participate in Agility Events and keep up with Louie. With Colleen's patience, constructive criticism, and personalized instruction I have accomplished something I never thought I could do! Thanks!!!! PS...Louie has met his girlfriend Cassie, another Miniature Poodle in his Agility Class. How much fun is that??
Lillian Adrian

When we got our Great Dane, Cannon it was recommended that we also look into puppy obedience classes as we would need to establish rules for Cannon. My sisters co-worker, Gretchen, had suggested Canine Academy and boy are we gratefulfull for this suggestion. Cannon successfully completed puppy obedience classes and shocked us at how well he did. Colleen was very patient with our "big" boy and gave us many useful ideas to ensure Cannon was getting the best out of all the classes. Cannon continues to go to doggie daycare where he has the ability to socialize with all the other dogs. We are so great full for all the professionalism each one of the staff at Canine Academy has! We have left Cannon for boarding and know he will get the best care while we are away. We cannot thank all the staff enough for treating Cannon like one of their own when he is at Canine Academy!
Kristen Karl

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