Although Kathy is in Alberta and I'm in Victoria, we were able to connect by phone and work on training me to work with my rescue terrier Birdie. Although I've had dogs before none was anything like this dog. Kathy's desire to help me was evident and genuine. She had so many ideas about supporting Birdie and me in our efforts, all of which worked! She reminded me that dogs like consistency and will test. And test again.
It is so much easier now, in fact a real joy to have Birdie. She wants to please and knows exactly what is expected.
I feel empowered.
Kathy Belec; she is a life saver. One of the many things I admire and respect about Kathy is her honesty. She always told me about the many challenges/rewards I would face in owning my first puppy. This being said, her guidance, visits and advice helped me to truly understand my puppy Maggie and really know what is the best for her and for us. She has given me the opportunity to raise a puppy that will turn into a successful and well-trained adult. It takes consistency and hard work. Any pet owner owes his/her dog every opportunity to succeed. Thanks again Kathy for teaching me how to teach my puppy. Your insight is an continues to be invaluable.
Ruby and I would like to share our experience with Raise the Woof (Kathy Belec) which has made a enormious difference on Ruby's behaviour. Ruby is an extremely friendly, active young pup, which loses interest very quickly. Kathy has taught me how to keep Ruby's focus during our training periods. Kathy's hand-on technique has taught me how to carry on until we meet again to learn something new. Ruby adores her, and Kathy teaches with passion and consideration for both the owner and dog. Kathy is approachable, caring and always ready to answer any questions you may have. You won't be disappointed. Sherry and Ruby
I rescued Ruby, my Shepherd cross, from the SPCA about 6 months ago. When Ruby first came home with my girlfriend and I she was terrified of everything. She had been abused and abandoned by her previous owners so trust was a huge issue. She was housetrained and knew all the basic commands, but at times she was too nervous to even sit or stay.
Within our first visit, Kathy thoroughly explained the issues and our plan of action and totally trained us, how to train Ruby, and earn her trust. Her follow ups are essential to keeping the consistency that you dog needs.
I am proud to say that my Ruby has done a complete turn around. She is happy and loves to listen!! She’s great on the leash now and she is a normal dog who is rid of all her bad habits!! All of this within a few months and she is only getting better.
I truly recommend Kathy Belec to any one who needs training, so they can be the best master they can be to their best friend.
Whether you have just rescued a dog like me, or you've just brought home a new puppy and you what him/her to grow up to be a perfect companion, or your already perfect mate just needs an attitude adjustment, Kathy has a plan of action to suit you and your dogs needs.
She has taught me that you can teach an old dog new tricks, through positive praise and consistency.
We adopted our Ruby when she was 6 months old through PAWS for Life. Adding a young pup to the family can sometimes be challenging and stressful (in addition to fun and exciting of course), but fortunately for us, Ruby had been in Kathy's foster care. The training that Kathy had provided in those first few months gave us such a great foundation to build on. She had instilled the basic commands such as come, sit, down, stay, and wait. In addition, Ruby was taught to wait patiently for her food, to take treats gently and patiently, and was very nicely kennel trained. We are still constantly refining existing commands and introducing new ones to Ruby, but would never have been off to such a great start had it not been for Kathy's hard work and dedication.
Also, in a more recent visit to Kathy, our Ruby was taught to run on a treadmill! In the dead of winter, this has been a lifesaver. Ruby now looks forward to her runs as supplemental exercise, and it helps to tire her out when hours at the off-leash are still not enough 😉
It is easy to see the true love that Kathy has for all of the dogs that come into her life. I've appreciated feeling heard when I discuss my issues or thoughts with her; you can tell she is concerned with what you as the guardian are wanting to work on with your dog. The honesty, clarity, and sincerity goes above and beyond just a 'job', and it is clear that Kathy is truly invested in your dog and the relationship you have with them. I would recommend Kathy in an instant and will absolutely return to her in the future if need be. If only she could work the same wonders on our cat!!
we here at Zoe's just love Kathy! We promote only positive reinforcement type training and Kathy is just that ! She helps work with our fosters and their foster dogs allowing them to become more adoptable . She really knows her stuff and we are so lucky that she helps our very deserving dogs really make the most of their new life!
Kathy provided us with tips and insight into training Lola with loose leash walking. She took the time to understand our concerns and troubles and provided many suggestions and options to work on them. It has been one week since our session and we are already seeing positive results with Lola. We know we still have a ways to go but are confident that with Kathy's guidance we will have the best version of our Lola in no time!
We appreciate all you have taught our puppy. You broke him out of his bad habits and taught us so many other ways to keep him non destructive. We look forward to using your services again with our next rescue dog.
I am so fortunate to have seen Kathy's sign advertising her dog training services, "Raise the Woof". I had just adopted Scout, my shepherd-terrier mix from the Stony Plain dog pound, and we were beginning to know each other. Scout still had some puppy in her and I found my biggest challenge was in having Scout respond to me instead of all that wonderful world of adventure in the great outdoors.
In the first consultation, while we sat observing Scout play with her dogs, Kathy gave me some invaluable tips for training. I am so pleased that Scout is proving to be thriving in her training with Kathy. Scout has good recall, knows her basic commands and has learned some very endearing tricks in a short period of time. What I really appreciate is the obvious care and loving kindness with which Kathy applies her doggie know-how. Scout's mind is stimulated and she has responded with an eagerness to please.
My intention is to continue with Kathy's training as long as possible, not only for my happy and now very trainable dog, but for the fun and ongoing enjoyment and strengthening bond that is a result of the training.
With Kathy's assistance Scout has become a model canine citizen and a cherished family member. Scout's love for people and dogs will be enjoyed by more people as I hope to work further with Kathy to train Scout as a therapy dog.
Kathy has helped me and other animal rescue volunteers in so many ways. She has fostered a number of dogs herself. She is so great about providing all sorts of force free/praise based strategies and is very diverse. She is able to help with many different issues from basic development to dogs who are fearful of people or other dogs or environments, to reactivity, to marking, to aggression, and the list goes on. She has been great with helping me determine if a dog is okay around children and how to coach families and children on how to be good dog people. I really can't thank Kathy enough for all that she has done for me and many different rescue dogs. I look forward to opportunities to learn from her!
We had Kathy in to work with our Shepherd Husky cross when he was about 6 months old. When she arrived at our house she immediately took control and Albi responded to her very well. Her interactions were always positive, firm and consistent which taught us as well as Albi how the training process worked. Throughout our session she showed us different methods of having Albi learn basic commands and worked with us to make sure we were following the steps correctly.
Kathy made us a plan to follow on our own which enabled us to continue following her steps and working with Albi on our own.
She was amazing to work with, extremely knowledgeable, thorough with her plan, and very helpful with any questions that arose from training on our own at home! We highly recommend her for any training needs that you have!
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