Austin >Pets & Animals > Buddy's Chance, LLC, Austin Dog Trainer
5501 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875130.323092 -97.727594
Neighborhoods: North Loop
Reactive Dog Class – My little papillon mix, Zoey, has the little dog syndrome. I got her when she was 5 months from the San Marcos Shelter. She was also aggressive towards bigger dogs and some human males. I don't know her story or how she came to be at the shelter, but that did not matter to Cara. It was not important on how your dog developed this behavior, rather it was important to fix it in a healthy positive matter. Zoey started to get worse once we got a boxer puppy. I initially thought if she sees a puppy grow into a big dog she won't be as scared because she will have bonded with it along the way. NOT so true! She was very jealous and would growl and bite at him. Then I knew I had to enroll her in class. With in weeks we could see the difference. We even began using the methods on our puppy which has made a world of difference for him, not because he is aggressive but because he is so hyper. Many people could see the difference in Zoey and most importantly I think she feels calmer and more relaxed. I recommend this class to anyone!
Great Class for Happy and Exuberant Dog – My one-year old dog and I attended a canine good citizen class and we both had a great time as well as learning a lot about good behavior in social settings with other dogs and people. The instructors were able to give individual attention and strategies for the needs of each dog in the class. I was able to use the strategies in many other settings. My dog enjoyed the class, learned good behaviors, and is working on her manners in public and social settings. She is a very friendly dog and people want to always pet her so I had to learn ways to reinforce good dog behaviors and manners in public settings. I would highly recommend Buddy's Chance for whatever training needs your dog may have!
Effective! Knowledgeable! a MUST for reactive dogs! – i am a first time dog owner but have loved dogs all my life. i finally rescued an adorable pup at the age of 6wks last year. we went through all the basic training classes and he did great, however we had an "encounter" with a friend's dog. even though they still played and were around each other after, it definitely left its mark on milo. he has never been the same, always on guard - protective and very very vocal! our routine of going out to off-leash parks and hanging out in public places came to a halt. i was in another training class when I found out about Buddy's Chance - i quit that class (no refund might i add! - but goes to show how ineffective the class was - especially the trainers if they were not willing to help further with milo's struggles) i met with cara at buddys chance and we discussed issues/struggles milo and i were having, she listened and EXPLAINED! that was a first! after being in several classes, finally someone who not only cared - but explained the steps/approaches we would be taking, taking time to answer questions, might i add very thorough at that as well. milo has made great strides in this class! we have a ways to go, but we are definitely moving forward and it feels great! for any owner who has a dog with fear/aggression or any issue - i would and already have recommended Buddys Chance. training is not a quick process, but dedicate time, love and passion and you can help your dog come over whatever issues he/she is facing! cara has truly made me feel better about where milo and i are, and instead of wasting time/money searching for trainers - i am finally focusing on training and we are making progress! thanks buddys chance!
Effective new approach to aggressive dog training – We had one of our two littermates in the reactive dog training class. After a few of the group classes and sticking with the training routine at home we began to see results. We have seen a definite difference in the way our dog responds to other dogs while out on walks. She is much less apprehensive around other dogs while she is on leash. The trainers were very friendly and seemed to really care about the problems our dogs were having. With the setup of the group classes it's difficult to get individual attention sometimes, but you can't argue with the results.
Very helpful reactive dog classes – The method I learned to control my somewhat aggressive dog at Buddy's Chance has been working very well. We got plenty of individual attention in the group classes, plus the benefit of working with other dogs. When my dog responded to the basic method very quickly, Cara put us in a number of different situations to hone the technique, such as taking him out in public and seeing how he reacted off leash in the training facility. From the initial consult to the final class, she was completely straightforward about what we could expect and always open to questions. The only complaint I had was that since we had to go by the group schedule (which was very flexible, by the way), it sometimes took a while before we could try a new variation on the technique. But now I can take my dog out with confidence and without worry! It takes work, but he is much more manageable on walks and even calmer over all.
Love it. – I've been hesitant to review Buddy's Chance because it's small, and I'd like to keep it that way. This is my first review of anything, and my fear of Buddy's growing into an enormous "pay us to pet your dog by the minute" esque company is trumped only by the obligation I feel to add a positive review due to the exemplary experience I've had with Cara and Brittany. Initially, I consulted Buddy's Chance for a Board and Train, before I went out of state for a couple of weeks, and saw no other choice but to board my pup or put all 55 pounds of her into cargo for a 12 hour flight. It was the first time I had to board her, and her congenital deafness, on top of my overprotectiveness, sic., made the process of finding a suitable boarding facility arduous. After breezing through the "dollar a day to feed your own dog food" (I mean really? How about the dogs with food allergies? Or the fact you have to acclimate a dog to new foods (especially low grade Wal-Mart kibble) which means buying a bag of the junk first simply to mix in portions so your dog won't spend the whole time in boarding with diarrhoea, versus, pay a dollar a day - off track, however, I've been disgusted with that policy since reading it on another facility's website, and felt the need to complain to someone, thanks!). Back to Buddy's Chance, the boarding policies I read online were up to par, and I contacted Cara for referrals from clients who had utilized Buddy's Chance Board-and-Train. When we spoke on the phone, Cara was great; her wedding was a mere month a way, but she nonetheless made the time to provide me with the contact information from previous clients. Great referrals from said clients, so I proceeded. The 2 week Board and Train was great, and remember, my dog is deaf, so her training requires a bit more thought and effort than does that of hearing dogs. In truth, I was more concerned about my dog receiving adequate attention while I was away, than with training, and I didn't' mind coughing up the additional dough to ensure she wasn't shoved into a crate and ignored for two weeks. I hypothesized that with the Board-and-Train package, she would be guaranteed attention and play time. In the end, her training had tremendous results and I was very pleased with the whole experience. Since then, I've used Buddy's Chance for boarding while on summer vacation and weekend trips that my pup could not attend (i.e. I'm still waiting on Companion Airlines to get going, there's no way in hell I'd stick my mutt in cargo). Buddy's Chance specializes (from what I've gathered via the website) in training, aggression and the like, however, it's the only place I'll take my pup for boarding, and; if you stumble upon this review Cara, I'll gladly pay higher boarding fees if you'll keep expansion of Buddy's Chance, LLC. to a minimum.
Buddy's helped train us to deal with our reactive dog. – Our dog was impossible to take on a walk. She would whine, pull, bark and react to everything. After a few weeks of the reactive dog class we were able to take her on a walk around the block and now, 6 weeks in, we can actually walk her at the same time as we walk with our baby in the stroller. The reactive dog classes are small and really targeted to what we needed and I am truly pleased with the results.
A Second Chance for dogs with Issues – Buddy's Chance has done wonders for our reactive dog. Before we started training, he would go nuts at the sight of another dog. He would bark, rear up on his hind legs, and try to break free of the leash. Walking him was a nerve-wracking and tiresome endeavor.
After only 3 to 4 weeks, we started to see amazing results. The trainers are knowledgeable and caring. They dealt with our dog's unique issues and personality. I was amazed at how well they could "read" my dog. He has learned more appropriate ways to alert us of the presence of another dog.
The current facilities are the down side. They are unimpressive to put it mildly. If you can get over the location and aesthetics, the training is great.
Extremely ethical, skilled, and positive trainer and facility. Recommend very highly! – We ran into some aggression problems between our dog and baby, and were pointed toward Cara at Buddy's Chance. She took lots of time to talk with us about the issues, long before any commitment to training was made, which showed a generosity with her time that has marked our every interaction with her. Cara worked with our family and our dog, using exclusively positive training methods, and was very open about the potential outcomes. Her techniques were very successful, but in the end we needed to find a new home for our dog (our choice and decision). Cara helped us do so, and went far and above the call of duty to help us with a successful outcome (which we found!!!!). We were uniformly impressed by Cara's skill, training, and natural ability with our dog and the other dogs we encountered with her. She holds herself and her profession to the highest ethical standards, she is incredibly generous with her time and knowledge, and she is a warm and compassionate person who communicates well with both people and dogs. In conclusion, we think extremely highly of Cara and Buddy's Chance, and we give her the highest possible recommendation.
Flexible training methods customized to your dog. Very helpful. – Our dog has some aggression issues with other dogs on leash off leash, even on TV sometimes. With the help of Cara and we learned tricks to help keep our pal more on track. He has been able to get closer to other dogs but still be tuned in to me with the help of a key phrase and treats of course. Although he's got a ways to go and may not be able to run free with other animals in a dog park, Buddy's Chance has been a great experience for us both.
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