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SelfHelpDogTraining.com claims to be a unique website because it uses "Foundation Style" Dog training. Foundation Style is a stepped program that gets to the source of the behavior problems and then offers targeted training solutions with K9-1 Dog Training to change the situation for the better. K9-1 claims that this style of dog training is becoming the basis for a national standard in dog training. However, we did not find evidence of the term "Foundation Style" being used in other online dog training products. The basic principle behind this style of dog training is a mix of reward-based training and correctional training, depending on the dog and owner's needs.
The product format allows free access to information through the website, and if you want to gain further access to more in-depth information, you can become a paid member, which costs $19 a month. The site covers all kinds of dog training related problems, including extreme cases of aggression. They say they will not give up on any dog, and believe there is a solution for every dog training problem. K9-1 works within the specialised areas of guard dog training, dog shelters and rehabilitation. They have a training center at Northern Westchester County, New York where they work with dogs and prospective adopters on a training and rehabilitation program. Dogs that they are currently working on can be viewed on the website here along with a short video clip showing the work the trainers are doing on that dog's particular training problem. This gives possible adopters a great insight into the dogs before they decide to adopt, and also encourages people to consider dogs that they might not initially be interested in because of their behavioral problems.
K9-1 also take part in several special projects with dog shelters such as the "Dog Social Worker" program, the Social Enrichment Chart, the Kill vs No-Kill Shelter Unity Project and community early intervention and support programs. The Party Hat Program is a series of training classes about how to work with your dog using a muzzle in a positive way to improve its quality of life. These projects give you an idea of the experience and style of teaching, as well as the emphasis on care and charity towards animals behind this product. This appears to be quite an urban set-up.
There are lots of training videos on this website, usually starring the two trainers Mike D'Abruzzo and Earl Dunn. Other team members are Teresa Delahanty, and Nathaniel Bonilla. MIke D'Abruzzio is the founder of K9-1 Dog Training and the creator of "Foundation Style" Dog Training, and has experience of working with dogs since 1993. Ear Dunn is a certified trainer and behavioralist. Teresa Delahanty holds a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and is a qualified veterinary technician, and Nathaniel Bonilla has been working as a professional dog trainer for ten years. The quality of the instructional videos is not to a particular high standard, being more like home movies, where the trainers are operating the camera themselves. This gives a feeling of authenticity to the product, and also a sense of humor shines through as well.
The customer support, content and value for money are all good. After sixty days if you are not satisfied you will be given a refund, and lots of the information can be viewed for free. This product is definitely worth checking out.
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