Golden Retriever Dog Training Huntington Beach, CA

I met Remy when he was an 8 month old puppy in San Clemente, California. He was your typical goofy Retriever that needed training for his safety and or his parents sanity.

His dad, Phil, called me in panic because Remy started rushing out the door. He had this favorite walking trail that he was always eager to get to. However, to get to that trail, you had to pass a couple VERY busy roads. One day, he rushed the doorway and slipped through Phil’s fingers. Phil yelled for him to come, but Remy was wild and free! He booked it to the trail, while Phil prayed and ran after him. Phil and his wife were thinking about getting him training because there were a couple other behaviors he started to do that were driving them nuts. This event was the final straw.

On top of doorway bolting, Remy was an extreme leash puller. Giving his mom, Jenny, rope burn each time they went on a walk. Walks started to become more of a burden and Remy had SO much energy to burn off. Remy also had a thing for counter surfing, but would only do it when mom wasn’t paying attention. Jumping on guests because he was SO excited to meet a new human.

While I was doing their assessment- One of their main concerns, and the most common concern I get, is they didn’t want his personality to change. They didn’t want him to be a robot. I told them that that is good news, as I am not that kind of trainer. I explained the importance of having an obedient dog, “For safety and sanity reasons.” And how equally important it is for the dog to be HAPPY and WANT to listen to their owners. Not because they have to, but because they want to.  They chose a training package that was right for them and we got to work! Remy came to UPK9 Orange County for a Board and Train.

I started by teaching Remy the fundamentals: Good, Break, and No. These three words

Here is what Phil had to say after training:

Remy rocking his Place command and looking way cute!

“We have an 8 month old retriever who is a typical puppy with lots of energy and a mind of his own. While we adore our dog it was frustrating because he wouldn’t listen or obey very much so we wanted to get him trained with obedience training. We interviewed a number of trainers and chose Kristine Stortroen with Unleashed Potential K9 Orange County. Bottom line… she is an amazing trainer with proven methods and she has tremendous passion and heart for what she does. The results of the training far exceeded our expectations and we are absolutely thrilled with how well trained our dog is now. She trained and addressed every single obedience concern we had with our dog. Major concerns we had included darting out our front door and running down the street and playing “keep away.” Now he sits patiently with the front door open until he is asked to come outside. His leash manners are flawless. He walks right by our side and walks with him are so much fun! No more tugging, no more jumping on guests, no more counter suffering, no more unwanted jumping on furniture (unless he is invited). But the best part about it is our dog loves doing what he learned from Kristine. Other dog owners will watch you with envy as your dog listens to you and is well behaved. Kristine will love and care for your dog as if it is her own. She has a HUGE heart for dogs! Kristine has my highest recommendation and my utmost confidence in her training methods. I guarantee your dog will meet or exceed your expectations like ours has after training with Kristine!”

– Phil
Golden Retriever Dog Training Huntington CA
Remy enjoying off leach freedom at the Huntington Dog Beach.

Remy the Golden Retriever went from goofy boy that had no manners, to goofy boy WITH manners. After his Board and Train, I taught Phil and Jenny everything he knows and how to reinforce and maintain his good behavior. After 4 lessons with the HUMAN, they were confident and able to take Remy on the adventures he deserved.

That’s right, my job isn’t done until the humans know what to do. Now they can live a life of balance with their happy pup. They can go hiking on the San Clemente trails with off leash reliability. Remy listens to his owners and his HAPPY to do so. 

Remy even gets to go to work with his dad now!

Remy at work with Phil

Here is what Jenny had to say after the training:

Kristine Stortroen has changed our lives with our 8 month Golden Retriever puppy, Remy.  Before we hired Kristine, life with Remy was typical of life with a 8 month old puppy. There was frustration, anger over things he would do and stress in trying to manage him.  He would chew everything in sight-shoes, rugs, and even the baseboard. He was difficult to walk and would pull us down the street choking himself the entire way, stopping at every bush.  He would lunge at people and other dogs who walked by. He would wander off into the bushes where there have been known to be rattlesnakes. We realized when he started bolting out of the front door that we needed help with training our dog for his own safety and our peace of mind! 

Kristine came highly recommended through our community Facebook group and lived up to all of the recommendations made.  She is extremely passionate about training dogs and it shows. She took a tremendous amount of time getting to know us and Remy.  She explained to us that her goal is to create a healthy and positive relationship between dog and human through the proper training and obedience of both dog and human.  

She approaches her training in a very positive way and we saw how much Remy enjoyed working with her. We did a “board and train” program. She would send regular video updates  in which we could tell how happy he was to be “working” for her and could see the progress. We were amazed! After 4 weeks with Kristine, Remy came back to us a well trained and obedient dog.  He no longer bolts out of the front door and instead sits and waits to be released. He walks on “heel” right beside us with no more tugging or pulling on the leash. He is able to walk past distractions (bush, dog, people) with a focus on us and not on the distraction.  He is even able to sit and watch our cats eat their food without charging them and eating it for them.

I highly recommend Kristine to train your puppy or dog.  Her methods are very effective and fostered a positive change in life with our dog.  He came back to us so proud of what he had learned and accomplished and as a result life is so much more enjoyable with Remy.  Kristine has truly changed our lives with Remy for the better and we look forward to a fulfilling life with him!”

– Jenny

When you choose Unleashed Potential K9 Orange County as your trainer, you become a part of the family. We don’t just train your dog and say goodbye. We train YOU. The most important part. We teach you how your dog thinks, why they do what they do, and how to get them to choose YOU over everything else. We work on your relationship with your dog and show you how to truly Unleash their Potential.

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