I cannot say enough good things about Summer and On the Ball! I feel like she gave me my life back! My dog Sasha was pulling on the leash, lunging at other dogs and jumping on people. Summer gave me the skills to teach her not only not to do those things, but also how to regulate herself. Now I can run with her without her pulling me, have people over to my house, and take her out in public. I can even bring her to work with me and she stays in place by my desk! It is a night and day difference in her behavior! I hesitated to do training because of the expense, but it was worth every penny! Summer was a huge blessing to me and I am so grateful for her and her training program!
Summer is the best Dog trainer. Her methods are amazing. Wish I would have found her sooner. She service for your fur baby's is worth every penny.
Literally the best decision!!!! My boy is going to be HUGE and I was so afraid of having too much dog. Being able to get out and do cool things with him was so important to me. Summer is amazing!!! Home manners, nicely walking on a leash, place command, being chill out in public with lots of distractions! So far we’ve been golfing, trips to the country, the lake, swimming in the river, countless car rides and pup cups. So much more to explore! He was so well taken care of and she responded anytime I wanted to check on him. Highly recommend On The Ball K9. I would absolutely choose Summer again!
You get a new puppy. You want the best for them and to start off on the right foot. You begin to scour threw the internet on dog training. Variations to online, in person or classes. I started with an online course. It was going well. Until it wasn’t. I realized at that moment I needed an in person to help. Scouring the internet again. I looked at several trainers, read all the reviews. I decided to go with On The Ball K9. It was the BEST decision I made for my Rylie. At first, I did private lessons. Rylie was doing great was getting her foundation and obedience down. But later on, I noticed she was missing confidence. She was beginning to show signs of anxiety. These were inadvertently caused by me. I was then considering doing a board and train with Summer. I reached out to her, told her what I was noticing. We went over any concerns or issues I had. I wish I would have sent her to board and train program sooner. Rylie’s issues were more prominent than what I had realized. When Rylie came home, she is confident, WAY less anxious. She is now thriving and living her best dog life. I cannot thank Summer enough for her continued support. Summer has an invaluable wealth of knowledge. Me and Rylie are beyond grateful she is in our lives.
We got our dog about a year ago and while he was eager to learn and listened well he had some serious reactivity issues and some resource guarding. His reactivity seemed to make it impossible to enjoy time outside the home with him and the resource guarding caused issues in the home. Summer came in and not only taught our dog how to listen to us even when the urge to go full blown reactive hit but she also taught us how to communicate effectively with him and set expectations with him that led to success. We’ve been able to enjoy our dog in way that we previously couldn’t. Not only am I not afraid to go out with him but we are regularly going for several mile walks without any outbursts. She gave us peace inside our home along with the tools and knowledge to continue making progress and enjoy our dog. Summer’s training has been invaluable and we can’t recommend her enough.
After reading so many positive reviews, we finally decided to contact Summer for her board and train program…. Best decision EVER. We were struggling to effectively train our 10 month golden retriever pup (Pepper) and got caught up in a vicious cycle. We knew she needed exercise but we couldn’t walk her because she was all over the place… and she had some bad resource guarding tendencies that really worried us with our little human. We made the mistake of thinking she would follow the lead of our older, trained dogs… but not so much. And of course, she wasn’t outgrowing these habits. We were at the end of our rope when we connected with Summer. It was clear when Pepper started that Summer knows how to communicate with dogs! From the pics and videos Summer shared, it was clear that Pepper was excited to learn and embrace her training. Pepper has been home for a week now and it’s been wonderful. She seems more confident and loves the structure. We are so grateful to Summer’s program - it has been wonderful for our family!
Jake was fearful and reactive from the beginning. We had other dogs and had had some professional training, so we thought we could handle it. It just escalated to the point that he was redirecting and biting me when on leash whenever we encountered anyone. We contacted several trainers and no one would help us because of the biting. But Summer of On The Ball K9 training agreed to take us on. Summer’s expertise was evident right from the start. She worked a miracle with Jake. After we did her in home training Jake never bit me again. He was always going to be reactive, but Summer helped us learn to work with it. She also got us into the socialization classes which we continued to attend for the rest of his life. It made a big difference. He became a pleasure to walk and we had many great adventures together. Thanks to Summer this was all possible. I can’t thank her enough and strongly recommend her training services.
John And Tammy Critelli
If you are looking for both the best Dog and Owner professional training experience, then On The Ball K9 is your go-to place. With our previous two dog ownerships, we never felt the need to hire a trainer until we got Beau. He was simply too much to handle...crazy on walks...not exactly behaving near other dogs...you get the point! After our 5 week Private Training Sessions...what a transformation. With Summer's guidance, patience and leash recommendations we have a completely new dog. 5 Stars isn't enough for us...just an exceptional experience all the way around!
When asking for recommendations for dog trainers, Summer Milroy at On The Ball K9 was by far the majority of responses. Our “rescued” German shepherd turned out to be very leash aggressive towards other dogs; and although we’ve had many dogs over the years our GS was more than we could deal with. We started with Summer’s socialization classes and this helped a lot but she needed more. Our GS first went to another trainer (had the earliest opening) and while she learned a lot, it didn’t help the leash reactivity. Sumner Milroy to the rescue! In hindsight we should have waited for her first open spot for board and train! Don’t be us, go with her first! Our GS just came home from her OnTheBallK9 3 week board and train program. Summer was great and took her time explaining how she’d worked with our girl, what We needed to know to continue her training and what was necessary to strengthen our relationship with her. She also took us on an outing to show she could be taken around other dogs without it escalating into what we’d been experiencing. We just needed some training as well. Thank you, Summer Milroy, we know with the help you’ve given us, your continued support and the follow thru with our “home” work we have the girl we wanted.
Mikayla Padgett & Taylor Copeland
We were desperate for help with our dog Cora! After careful research and many recommendations, we decided to seek Summer’s help. We could not be more grateful for Summer! She has been a tremendous source of knowledge and inspiration. One of the advantages of her at-home training program is she teaches techniques and activities to practice with our dog throughout the training periods and on our own time, resulting in marked increase in confidence both for us as trainers and for Cora. We look forward to continuing to practice and hone the skills she imparted and couldn’t be happier about the ongoing improvement we see in our dog!
Melissa And Alex Puentes
Summer is extremely talented at what she does and she goes above and beyond for dogs and their humans! She knew we were anxious about leaving our German Shepherd with her for 3 weeks, and she did an awesome job maintaining communication with us during that time, letting us know how our pup was doing and what she was working on. Our dog came home with a really strong foundation of commands and responses. Summer is also is very clear about expectations to maintain your dog’s good behavior, and encouraged us to always reach out to her with any questions or concerns.
We had a sweet but overly rambunctious golden doodle that we sent to Summer’s board and train program. I have to say, from day one after she came home it’s like a different dog in all the best ways. She is still our sweet and loving girl but so much calmer and well behaved. Instead of pulling us on walks and chasing animals, she just strolls along right next to us. She doesn’t jump up on everyone she meets anymore, she listens to our commands wonderfully and honestly just seems to be a calmer and happier dog. I can’t recommend the program enough!!
I reached out to Summer for some help training my ill behaved 3 year old pitbull. I wanted to gain some control and bring more peace to my household. We did the private at home lessons and with Summer's guidance she has helped me transform Ellie into a new dog. I can now enjoy having company over without her being overwhelming to guests. I can really enjoy having a dog now. Thanks so much Summer! You truly are the best!
I cannot recommend Summer and her training programs enough. We sent our covid rescue pup to her board and train program- it’s amazing! Her behavior has done a 180. She was a very anxious and easily stressed dog with very bad leash reactivity issues. She is now calm and content and so are we! Before we sent her to Summer we could hardly walk her due to her leash reactivity to other dogs- we now have the tools and skills from Summer’s program to make walking a much more enjoyable experience. Thank you, Summer!
Summer is the best! We did the board and train for our 10 month old English cream golden and we are still amazed at the results. He is a brand new dog with brand new manners! Summer did a great job training us too. Cannot say enough good things about her and the program. Thank you, Summer!
George & Toni Clerihew
My wife and I just finished our private training sessions with Summer and we can not say enough good things about our experience. We have a 2 year old Golden Retriever that we adopted from a rescue organization, so we did not have any information on his upbringing, all we knew is that while he is a pretty chill dog overall, he can be very stubborn at times. Our main issues to improve on were his stubbornness to act on commands immediately and to stop pulling on walks. There were a few other things as well, but those were the two at the top of the list. After now completing the lessons and working with Summer, our GR, Sundance, has shown great improvement in these areas. We are very pleased with the results so far and look forward to further improvement in the near future as we continue to work with him and apply the training methods and techniques that Summer has shown and worked with us on. Summer is extremely knowledgeable, patient and super easy to work with. My wife and I (and Sundance) highly recommend using Summer! You will be happy with Summer (as a trainer and person) and the results, especially if you do your part as the owner. Thank you Summer!
I can’t begin to express how thankful we are for Summer and her help with our dog Moose. My husband and I were feeling very discouraged with our decision to add a dog into our everyday life. We felt in over our heads with training and we were not experiencing the joy of having a dog as a companion, but instead feeling the weight of the challenges in obedience, responsibilities and sacrifice because we did not feel confident taking Moose out in public. After meeting summer, completing a 3-week board and train and having Summer educate my husband and I as trainers, I can confidently say our life has changed. My husband and I now feel the joy of having a dog, we feel confident in our abilities to train Moose and Moose came back from board and train obedient and exhibiting so many new skills! Summer not only is gentle, kind and effective with dogs, but she also takes the time to answer questions and spend time with us as the owners. Working with Summer was the best decision we have ever made and we are so thankful for Summer and her continued support!
Summer is AMAZING!! A friend of a friend recommended her to us. He said Summer did wonders with their dog and strongly recommended us to use her. We have a Doberman who would not listen. We took him to a trainer before and saw very little change. We were hesitant to spend the money again but we decided to do the board and train. THANK GOD WE DID. My wife used to refer to our dog as "your dog" and was super frustrated. My wife now LOVES our dog more than ever and refers to him as "OUR dog!" She is never frustrated with him any longer, enjoys their WALKS!!!!, listens like a champ, and is a pleasure all around! If only she did board & train with toddlers. :) If she did, we would be first in line. LOL JK. 😂🤣😂🤣 Thanks Summer! We consider you our friend and I'm sure you make everyone feel that way. God Bless and thank you so much.
Rachelle And Gabriel
We were a little skeptical (and scared) when we decided to send our cute little devil away for three weeks for training. He was brought home to us on Sunday the most well behaved, polite and all around sweetest dog ever. He still has his spunky personality, now just with self control. It was the best decision we could have made for him and our family. Summer is amazing and is obviously very good at what she does. We couldn't be more appreciative of what she has done with Lux. She made being around him enjoyable, which before he went to training was a struggle at times. Ok,most of the time. Summer posted pictures and sent updates to calm our nerves throughout the process. She was sensitive to the fact this process was a little tough for us. We couldn't be happier with how this all worked out and recommend her to anyone. After this experience we are confident that she could work wonders with even the most untrainable dogs.
We adopted our Shepherd mix puppy from a rescue knowing she had issues. We gave Eliza time and patience, and several rounds of puppy class and basic obedience, I was referred to socialization class to build Eliza's confidence, and minimize reactive episodes. Eliza came a long way in Big Dog Socialzation but still had some struggles which limited her to safe surroundings. Eliza was even considered "reactive." I also had purchased every advertised and recommend collar to "fix" her pulling while walking. I reached out to Summer to help me, help Eliza get to the next level. The e collar system and Summer's common sense dog wisdom, has made a world of difference with Eliza and I. It has changed our relationship and raised my expectations. I am able to work on "hard things" with Eliza and have seen jumps in her confidence. Eliza's improved leash walking, alone, was worth the investment of working with Summer! I now get compliments from neighbors! Eliza gets to go so many more places to walk and work on her skills. Summer is a Professional dog and owner trainer and is worth every cent of the investment for you and your pet. Plus Summer makes the time enjoyable and fun!
Summer is an excellent dog trainer and we are very grateful that we found her! She helped us get our corgi puppy trained up. Not only were her private training sessions very informative and on the spot, but she was always on time and willing to answer questions even when she wasn’t in session. She was definitely a lifesaver!
My wife and I have three large puppies that are 20 months old and about 100# each, we were having dogs getting to hard to handle, fighting with each other. The problem was two of the dogs are Dutch Shepherd sisters, they are very smart, and extremely high energy, to the point where we weren’t sure we could handle them. After our second visit with Summer she was able to help us understand what the dogs need from us. We are now working with the sisters, with Summers direction we feel like we will be able work with the sisters by giving them the structure they need, and a better understanding how to train our dogs. And point out the things we were doing that are less the helpful. If you want to understand and be able to bring pet ownership to a new level, I would strongly recommend Summer and “On the Ball K9.
Speak softly and carry a big stick is what comes to mind when I think of my training experience with On the Ball. Summer is very soft spoken, but commands the respect of dogs and their humans. My husband and I are first time dog owners and adopted a 4 year old German Shepherd rescue (probably not recommended.) Our inexperience was evident when we brought Linus home. We knew little about him other than he was a nervous dog with few boundaries and I knew that we would need a lot of guidance. I sent an inquiry to On the Ball and was desperate for help in establishing peace between our resident felines and the new canine wild child. Summer scheduled the in home evaluation and Linus barked and barked and barked...and barked at her presence. Even though I didn't immediately enroll in lessons, Summer was quick to recommend socialization and offered a few other free pieces of advice. I was impressed with her willingness to work with a dog who was clearly not happy with a stranger on his turf. We've since completed our lessons and Linus is a regular staple at group socialization. He adores Summer and stops for Drive-by pets whenever he sees her. Linus' confidence has risen and is adjusting nicely to his role in our household. He is a dream to walk and we are often complimented by neighbors with more unruly dogs. I'm a huge fan of Summer's method. She gives you all of the tools that you need to train your dog. As long as you do your homework, the e-collar is extremely effective. I also love the group classes, as it gives you an opportunity to meet with other clients and their dogs. Summer is clearly passionate about what she does. Her patience, knowledge, and experience are invaluable. I highly recommend On the Ball K9!
I couldn’t be more pleased with Hattie’s training under the guidance of On The Ball K9. Summer Milroy is an amazing trainer. She gave me the confidence and tools I needed to train Hattie. Forever grateful!!!
My husband and I wanted to get a large dog for my son. Summer helped us narrow down what kind of dog we should go for and came for our first home consultation, we knew there was no choice but On the Ball! Summer is incredible! She is so knowledgeable and accessible. we are already seeing a difference in our puppy. After only 3 session our puppy responded to "sit," "down," "Place," "off," and "come." For those of you that know the breed (stubborn lab mix) this is a pretty big feat! She is socialized, getting trained, and is an overall happy pup. Whenever we have a question, or Lil exhibits a behavior we aren't sure what to do with, Summer has a solution or suggestion, and they haven't failed yet. Summer is more than we could have ever asked for. It is more than just the fact that she obviously loves dogs, she respects them, wants the best for them, and it shows in her work and interaction. Our dog could not love her more, and her people aren't far behind!
Our experience with Summer of On The Ball K9 training was nothing short of wonderful. Summer set us up with the tools so that we can to raise an Akita puppy into a well Obedient Akita Dog, she took the time to answer any question that we had and never made us feel out of place being the novice new puppy owners we are. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a Knowledgeable Dog trainer and someone that will take the time to train you as well. Consider us Team Summer...........
Summer Milroy is one of the best trainers I know. Have you seen her dogs? They are amazing and they help her with all other dogs and people that have the privilege of working with her.
Justin & Jen Kargel
I can't say enough nice things about Summer and On The Ball K9 Training. I have 2 German Shepherds that my wife, child, and myself all adore, but were driving us nuts. They're polar opposites from each other and were combining to create chaos constantly. We'd done some training in the past, but I didn't feel confident in my ability to set the foundations we needed to have the dogs we wanted. My wife and I actually saw Summer teaching a group class at our local farmer's market and there were quite a few dogs there behaving the way we hoped ours could. My wife went and spoke with Summer, got her info, and we looked her up. We really liked what we saw and ended up contacting her and setting up a consultation. After speaking with Summer about the options she had available, we chose to do the board and train camp. Best decision we could have made! Summer transformed both of our dogs and set that solid foundation so we can enjoy being with our dogs pretty much anywhere now. Both the dogs loved Summer and I think my male felt he should just move in with her. They came back to us with the knowledge and confidence to behave at home and around town. My female learned that she doesn't have to bark at everyone and everything that moves while we're out and that's a huge relief. I've had family members over to see the dogs and they can't believe they're the same dogs. During the whole training experience Summer kept me informed about what was going on, what was being worked on, sent me pictures and videos, and left me feeling completely confident that I was getting exactly what I hoped out of her training. I really can't express how impressed I've been with my dogs progress and it's an ongoing process with Summer offering group classes and events where I can bring my dogs and work with them under her guidance. Anyone who's even thinking about using On The Ball K9 should stop thinking about it and get Summer on the phone.
Abby And Vic Williamson
Our adopted Great Pyrenees rescue dog, Lady was a mess! She pulled when on a leash, nearly pulling our arms out of their sockets and she did not mind. Oh yes, and the barking at people and other dogs! She took over “our space” and let us know that she was the boss of the house. Finally we connected with Summer Milroy at “On The Ball K9 Training”. After having the private lessons and going to Dog Socialization classes, Lady is now a different, well behaved dog. All of her bad habits have been replaced by “Good Dog Behavior”. She is still a fun loving dog, but now we are not embarrassed by her behavior. Thank You, Summer—you worked a miracle!
We recently moved to Maine and therefore had to leave the socialization classes we enjoyed with Summer and the crew. But, I wanted to share my experience with Summer's training. We have a rescue Siberian Husky and a rescue Lab/border collie mix. The husky was notorious for "counter surfing", getting into everything, running off and had no understanding of the word "No". The Lab mix would lead us on "chases" through the neighborhood anytime he had a chance to make a break and both were terrible at walking on the leash. When I first called Summer, I was to the point of thinking we could not keep the husky - he was just too uncontrollable. It did not take long after Summer's training with the collars until we had 2 rambunctious, but under control happy dogs. Since moving to Maine, we have had the opportunity to really test the system. We have a large wooded property (~100 acres) that we routinely walk with the two dogs without leashes. They know to stay close and if they wander off too far, a simple call brings them right back. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we would one day be able to do this with these two dogs. Simply amazing! Both dogs are very sweet and lovable and I am so happy that we can all enjoy ourselves without worrying about them running off or getting hurt. Thank you Summer
We first sent our Belgian Malinois, Tessa (18 mos old), to Summer Milroy for the board and train program. There were several issues that needed addressing, one being the incessant barking while hanging out in our backyard. It drove me crazy, and I'm sure everyone else as well. Summer took care of that and it is no longer a problem! Our ultimate goal was to have Tessa learn better manners around other dogs, and hopefully learn to listen to us even when she didn't want to! After just 3 weeks, Tessa came home calm and obedient! We could not believe the change! Summer spent several hours in our home with us upon Tessa's return, and explained what we needed to do in order to maintain Tessa's achievements. At that time, we realized that our 5 yr old Rottweiler could benefit as well by doing the board and train with Summer. So, off she went! Even an old dog can learn new ways! Since Tessa and Whiskey have been home, there has been a complete sense of calm. Our cats could not be happier! I am pleased to not be spending money on toys that always seemed to clutter the floor and actually contributed to the chaos. We enjoy outings with the pups that include stores, outdoor restaurants, and public events... and there is no drama! Summer Milroy is truly amazing with the dogs! They respect her and absolutely love her! We take our dogs to Summer's Socialization class (which I highly recommend!), and honestly I wasn't sure what to expect from Tessa when she saw Summer for the first time after her Board & Train... Well for an hour, every time we walked by Summer, Tessa had to prance up to her and look adoringly at her! The love and respect is obviously mutual between our dogs and their trainer! I would suggest to those of you who may be reading this, that you're going to be absolutely proud of what your pup can learn to accomplish. Summer's advice was spot on and to the point. We have diligently continued our whole-family learning experience. It has brought a great deal of peace to a once-crazy household. I honestly think that investing in training from On the Ball K-9 has been one of the best decisions that we have ever made! And if we ever get another dog, Summer will be involved from the get-go!
Our experience with Summer and On the Ball K9 Training has been wonderful! She has given us the tools and support to help us help our blue heeler, Banjo, become the best dog he can be. Summer is patient (with both pups AND their owners) and has the right blend of knowledge, experience, and a love of dogs that we were looking for in a dog trainer. In our one-on-one sessions, Summer showed us how to read and work with Banjo to correct his problem behaviors. The dog socialization classes have given Banjo the confidence to be around other people, and also learn how to act around other dogs. From her professionalism (she always quickly responds to email and/or text messages) to her innate ability with dogs (our cautious ACD saddled up beside her on day one), we cannot say enough positive things about Summer. We highly recommend On the Ball K9 Training!
Lisa Marie V.
I highly recommend On The Ball K9, Summer has been extremely helpful with my puppy Rocky. My boy Rocky started training as a young puppy, he is now 10m old and growing up to be a very smart, well-behaved German Shepherd. I couldn't have done it without Summer's help. He loves her & also loves Group Socialization Class too. I'm so glad I did my research & got the best training for Rocky. Thanks :)
Amy And Jeff Wilhoit
We want to thank Summer with "On the Ball k9 Training" for all she has done for our family and our new puppy. We recently lost our lab of 10 years to cancer and we're ready to get a new companion for our family. Summer came highly recommended by our vet and several friends of friends. We were able to start in home, private lessons when Lucy was 15 weeks old. Summer did an awesome job with Lucy and worked with us weekly giving us great training and advice. Lucy did great and continues to do great with her commands. I am so thankful I can easily walk her on her leash- that was one of the big things we wanted to be able to do with her. She doesn't jump up on people and she also did great with "place" training. Summer was always punctual and very patient with all of my questions I had. We also did some of our training out in public, which was great and made us very comfortable to be able to take her out now on our own. We also continue to attend the socialization classes they provide and love going to those. We highly recommend Summer and "On The Ball K9 Training".
I am, what some people would refer to as, a Senior Citizen. I would more accurately describe myself as a no nonsense, self assured individual with many years of life's experiences and a better than average ability to judge character and quality. I have recently subjected my 9 month old black lab to Summer Milroy's 3 week board and train boot camp. He has just returned home very much improved in behavior and manners. During his tenure I communicated with Summer almost daily, tormenting her in every way that came to mind and to keep up with my puppy's progress. Not only did she tolerate me, she trained my dog very effectively. That being said, I have a yellow lab that has been to Summer's boot camp as well as had private at home training also. That training produced extraordinarily good results too. I would have not let her train my second dog without being completely satisfied with the first. All of the training was accomplished in Summer's quiet, repetitive manner with much love and absolutely no abuse to my dogs. I would recommend Summer Milroy's On the Ball Training whole heartedly and without reservation. I tried to get Summer to pay me for this outstanding review and recommendation to no avail. So, any reader must assume my words are true and accurate.
Jonathan, Shannon And Ellie
On The Ball K9 Training and Summer are the best!!! After several weeks with our new puppy, we were at wit's end. Ellie was born deaf, and although we thought we understood the challenges, we were totally unprepared for the chaos she would bring into our lives. She was incredibly hyper and rarely able to focus on one thing for more than a few seconds. Attempting to teach her even the simplest of commands was frustrating, for both us and her. We contacted On The Ball K9 Training and decided to send Ellie to their K9 Camp Board and Train. And after three weeks with Summer, she is a completely different dog. I mean, she's still a crazy puppy spaz, but now she's a pleasant and enjoyable spaz. She can take direction. She can socialize with others. She can make mistakes but learn from them. Thank you, Summer! And I'm sure Ellie thanks you, too.
Summer is amazing at what she does! I love the variety of training opportunities that she offers.
Thanks to Summer's training we have a well behaved dog who is constantly learning more and more. And we have learned to be better parents to our fur baby.
Summer is the Best
Summer is absolutely the best dog trainer, period. She is so good with the dogs and patient with the owners! Our dog was fearful, anxious, and panicky. We thought we knew what to do, as we have owned dogs for years, and worked with other trainers in the past. Well, we were completely stumped with this one. His behavior was out of control, and I couldn't get through to him when he went into panic mode. It only got worse. Summer has truly made a huge difference in our lives! She seems to have a real understanding of the dogs issues, and you can tell from working with her that she has a lot of experience. If she can help this dog, she can help anyone! Highly recommended! Thank you Summer!
Summer has a great talent, understanding and true love for dogs and for what she does. She takes pride in her work, and shoots for lasting results. I highly recommend her for any dog training, socialization, and help!
Summer is one of the best!!!! She has accomplished great things with this high-strung Westie, Charlie, I own. She always has helpful but never pushy advice to offer when I have issues with his training. Charlie adores her, Modi, and whoever is there when he visits. I HIGHLY recommend
Vince Cuellar & Ziggy
The purpose of this writing is to applaud Summer and On the Ball K9 Training! I had found them only after a very highly regarded training facility in McKinney let me down with dismal results. My pup Ziggy was in the previous Board and Train facility for 6 weeks and I never had such a bad experience with anyone and only pray that he was treated in a humane fashion. The problems I had with the other facility were that they used choke and pinch collars which are very inhumane especially if used improperly. (At the time, I didn’t understand that there was and is an alternative to that type of training. That Electronic Collars could be used and their benefits when properly used in training dogs were highly rewarding.) I was assured that they knew what they were doing only to find out that that was not the case at all. The other facility also always made up excuses as to why no one would be there if I came by to visit Ziggy and it was like pulling teeth to get any updates or pictures of him while in the facility. Remember, Ziggy was there for 6 weeks and frankly came back to me worse than when he went in. Two weeks later I found On the Ball K9 Training and wish that I would have done so in the very beginning! It almost would appear that all I was concerned with the first go round was my convenience and not so much the quality of Ziggy’s training and handler. Believe me, nothing could be further from the truth but what is one to do when they are a novice at this. You make a mistake and the pup you love so much pays the price. Nuts!! The good news in all of this is that Ziggy and I have not only found a quality facility but also an owner and handler that we now call…friend! Summer, is my version of the Dog Whisperer! The animals love her and she makes a conscious effort to make sure that the dog is treated properly, gets the right nutrition and puts you at ease every step of the way. Including contacting you on every decision made with your dogs training, exercise, health care and owner education. She posts videos of their progress and field trips for not only you to see but for everyone on the internet to see as well. Nothing to hide, superb training and communicative ability. Further, being somewhat timid of how animals are treated since our previous experience I was not sure of the use of the Electronic Collar. Let me tell you that the results are and were nothing less than amazing. All the dogs were and are at ease. It doesn’t hurt them in the least and I am convinced that it is the most human way to train any dog of any size or breed. I would NEVER have another dog trained in any other fashion. Ziggy again was in the Board and Train program, much the same as the other facility. But the difference is startling! He is happy, looks forward to working with me and taking direction on or off the leash. You see Ziggy used to dive for the door when it was time to go out or when someone would get ready to leave my home. He would bark at anything and you couldn’t get him to stop. He would drag you everywhere and now he walks nice on the leash and even without one. He waits at the door behind me rather than running me over. And his overall temperament and attitude are so much better. It’s like one dog left and a completely different dog came home. Summer and On the Ball K9 Training…Thank you so very very much