I got Tika from a rescue when she was 2 years old. The previous owners gave her up when she started digging up their yard and jumping their fence. She was a handful from the beginning, but I thought that I could get her straightened out with giving her a stable home. Her antics most certainly continued in our home – she chewed our window blinds, tore up carpet, and broke out of numerous kennels. So we opted to do a board and train with her because she really did need that extra attention. And we are so happy we chose that; she now is such a different dog with her same loving, inquisitive personality.
We brought Maggie in for puppy training to help curb some of her not so cute behaviors like biting, peeing and pooping behind our couch, chewing up pant legs, etc. Her razor sharp puppy teeth were miserable to deal with and she seemed to want to put her teeth on everything. THANK GOD we found this training program because it was a game charger! She actually rings the bell to go outside to potty, she doesn’t put her teeth on anything, and she’s SO obedient now. We love our new girl!
With Sampson being such a small dog, he obviously was easy to control. And him being that small made it easy for me to ignore and make excuses for his obnoxious behavior; which now I know was probably the worst thing I could do for him as I let that happen for about 7 years. I carried him everywhere, laughed when he got nasty at the sight of another dog, and basically I did everything wrong when he was clearly in such a stressed state. I didn’t realize what a disservice I had done to him until I made my move from New York to Beverly Hills, CA. He didn’t know how to be a dog, so I knew we needed help. I decided that a behavior camp is just what he needed in order to be a secure dog again and BOY OH BOY it didn’t disappoint. He’s finally happy and relaxed and can actually play with other dogs now. I am so happy that he’s happy now.
I adopted a one year old Border Collie/Labrador named Hope. She had lived on the streets for the first six months of her life and then in a shelter for the other six. She had no training at all and like all puppies had more energy for mischief then I could keep up with. Hope, my new mischief maker, was wonderful at soiling indoors, chewing on everything including people, jumping on everything including people and had the idea that it was playtime all the time. I found information on the internet about a board and train school and thought this just might work. Megan was GREAT and I was leaving for vacation and she was willing to take her a week early to help me out. How was in training for just about two weeks. When I went to pick her up and learn how to keep up with her training, I brought my mom and sister-in-law with me. We were amazed. She was like a totally different dog. She actually LISTENED! I was in shock. She did everything we asked her to do with the smallest amount of communication. She even listened to me off her leash. After bringing her home, she has continued to amaze me. She has not once soiled indoors since training. She is much better at chewing only her toys. I can take her outside with no leash and she will play in the yard without running off. She walks three miles a day and though she is on a leash, she rarely pulls. She still has LOTS of energy but at least now it’s controllable. I no longer stress at bringing her around others. She is a perfect lady. I would recommend Midway Dog Academy to everyone. It’s totally worth it!!!
I adopted our “small” 105 pound Alaskan malamute in 2009. She was the runt of the litter, and as such, possessed a wide range of behavioral issues. We contacted Megan based on another trainer’s recommendation. She was very clear about what I could expect from the training, and what was unobtainable given the breed. I valued this honesty over a lot of trainers I’ve spoken with claiming they can make any dog into Lassie. I had no desire to “break” my dog, only make both of our lives better by lowering her aggression toward other dogs and small animals. Megan was also very clear that there was no set “program” for every dog, and different dogs will require different attention. As such, Megan worked with my dog for longer than she originally anticipated (no charge) to get her to a level that she was comfortable with before sending Jaka home. The training methods, charges, and anticipated results were all very clear up front. I find this to be as important as the end result of the training, which was above and beyond what we thought, could be done. Our quality of life is markedly better. The investment made into my dog has been well worth it, and I recommend at Megan’s training without reservation.
Thank you so much for being our “rock star” puppy trainer for the 10 days that Oliver was with you. We learned as much as he did, you really opened our eyes and showed us HOW to raise the best puppy possible! Thank you again for all the work you did with Oliver and thanks a million for spending the time to show us how to continue the balanced lifestyle that you showed Oliver! It’s been almost 2 years since he stayed with you for his puppy training and he is STILL showing off to us. We absolutely would never have guessed that we could be completely happy with a puppy muchness now a young, adolescent retriever!!! We owe it all to you for getting him started on the right track and teaching us how to continue to lead him in the right direction.
When we first got Bandit we didn’t exactly think it’d be super to easy to raise a puppy (we’re first time dog owners); however we were totally out of our league with the reality of the situation. He was nippy and just really never seemed to settle down. He would go from sleeping to terrorizing us in about 30 seconds; which made owning a cute puppy not fun for my husband or I. We agreed to seek out a professional since we felt just the pet store classes weren’t going to cut it with his issues. We are so happy we did because he came back a much better behaved little boy! So much so that we recently decided to adopt another puppy and send her to training too!
Megan came highly recommended to us from our next door neighbor. Not only was she recommended, but we actually saw the amazing transformation in our neighbor’s dog. Their dog and our dog used to fence fight and constantly bark at each other if they were out at the same time. Now, they could careless about each other and just lounge in our backyards – its absolutely amazing!
First of all, let me thank Megan for what a great job she did with our Rottweiler, Max. I saw her out walking about 7 dogs one time – ALL of which were completely under control. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing because she’s about 100 pounds soaking wet and she easily had about 700 pounds of dogs on leashes. I had never seen anything like it before. I knew I wanted to bring my dog to her for training and I am so happy that I did that. Max has benefitted immensely from the training in areas that I would never imagined that he needed. He doesn’t run away from me anymore; instead he looks to me for guidance and direction. Thanks again, it makes a HUGE difference!
Our dog Birdy was having some major problems. She had begun growling at younger children, ignoring commands, and developed an overall nervous and wild demeanor. We thought at this point there was no way to fix her behavior (she had just turned 7 years old). We brought her out to Megan and she stayed for 14 days. It was hard to let her be away from us but upon picking her up we realized we made the best decision in the world for her. She was like a new dog and I am not exaggerating. She finally LOOKED at us when given commands and seemed extremely happy and calm. We had not seen her be like this in almost 2 years.
Megan never once raised her voice with her or got aggressive when giving us a demonstration on some commands to work with her on, which I really liked. She has a natural way with dogs and is amazing with this craft. I would recommend her to anyone who is having any kind of recurring issues with their dogs. Birdy is still doing wonderfully 4 months later and Megan will still check in occasionally with us to see how she is doing. She is also available for support if we have any questions regarding her behavior. She offers a great program geared not only toward the dogs, but their owners as well.