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I was at an impasse with our young german shepherd mix who was rescued from a landfill and was great and reliable with our family but overly timid with people outside of our family no matter how much exposure to them he got.  Obedience classes, dog parks, socialized all good until my son or I were not within line of sight. Every time we packed our bags and headed out the door for a trip he would regress with our overnight dog sitters and they were barely able to manage him in our absence. Leaving town was becoming increasingly problematic and flying him with us a huge hassle. (We did it several times, he will parade right through SeaTac!)


Even our (also rescued) large and snarky old dog was beginning to seem reasonable by comparison.


One phone call to NW Canine Connection and Janet came to the rescue.  I left a message and she immediately returned my phone call.  Janet was, from the first conversation, attentive and receptive to my ongoing dilemma and came up with a plan and approach to attempt to work through it.  She instilled confidence from the very beginning and suddenly I was optimistic and keeping my fingers crossed that a workable solution might be at hand. We planned a "meet and greet" the next day with half day visits for a week that morphed into several whole day visits the following week that would culminate in overnight stays at her facility. It was paramount that we took it slow with him and acclimated him gradually overtime into her fold.


Janet was truly gracious about all the work she put into acclimating our dog to her kennel and routine. It took unending patience to get him to extend himself beyond his comfort zone and gain his trust.  Her knowledge of dog behavior and her training abilities were evident at every turn. It is that solid foundation of hers that sets her up to succeed where countless others would surely have failed.  She doesn't just like dogs.  She understands them, their behavior, biology, and motivations. She also has a kind, competent and equally patient staff who help ensure a happy and healthy environment for the dogs in their care.


I would say I am really picky client. As a lifelong animal person who also works with animals in a much different capacity and who owns several dogs, horses and other animals I wouldn't readily trust just anyone with this amazing yet timid dog.  He could easily be mishandled and go off the deep end for good.  Instead he is getting better.  She knows better than to reinforce his pathology and the goal which we are getting to is to not manage him any different than any other dogs at the kennel. Janet put in the time and has given him the space to come around and he is realizing the world doesn't have to be so scary and fall apart when I am not around.  Dare I say he likes it there! He wags his tail with glee when we turn down the road and then driveway for his drop off.  He is really excited to get there, she welcomes him with open arms, and we can feel completely comfortable and confident that he is in great hands when we leave town.  This is a big deal for us. Our inability to leave town was a huge problem and no doubt about it Janet and NW Canine Connection were/are the solution.


Completely exceeded my expectations of dog boarding and training facility.  Feeling really lucky to have found her! The awesome ripple effect is that his visits with Janet translate into him being more well adjusted in the world as a result!!  We all win:)  Sara M.

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Hi Janet - 


Thank you so much for your visit the other day, it has helped immensely with Griffey! He is heeling better, hasn't had as many accidents inside and is getting a bit better with puppy biting.