Phoenix, AZ, December 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Two short years ago Craig King walked out his front door and was greeted by a large German Shepherd Dog he later named “Logic.” Logic had a note attached to his collar, “Extremely aggressive dog, can’t handle him anymore,” the note read. “Yes, he was a handful, but that’s not uncommon with high-drive, some separation anxiety and a general lack of leadership,” explains King. Pretty Penny Dog Ranch trains, boards and manages the breeds most dog services avoid. “We’ve had great luck focusing on servicing the working dog niche, the GSD’s, Dobermans, Rottweiler, Great Danes, Malinois, Boxers, and Mastiffs. We’re the only option for a lot of dog owners when they travel or in the case of Logic, they just can’t handle them anymore.” King uses a program of extensive exercise, clear boundaries, leadership and incentive based training. It works. “We’ve only had one dog in the last ten years we gave up on, and in retrospect I think if I had given her another six months, she would have snapped out of it.” King is a proponent of e-collars also. “Sure, there are dogs that need to build their attention and focus and nothing is more direct for a dog with years of “do my own thing” than an e-collar. But for dogs we catch either young enough or have not yet developed poor habits, incentives work just fine.” What’s an incentive? “Incentives can be anything from a piece of kibble to a ride in the car,” King explains.
What turned Logic into one of the most sought after commercial and demonstration dogs in the west? “You won’t believe it. He loved Liver Biscotti, then we moved to just a tennis ball, and now he will do darn near anything for just an ear rub, a 'you’re the best boy' and the occasional trip to Home Depot. He’s pretty typical of the breed, they need a job, attention and want to know you’re the boss.”
Liver Biscotti? “Yes, you can find it on the internet or even Amazon. It’s the universal low calorie dog treat most trainers use. I know it sounds disgusting, but I have never had a dog that didn’t love them.”
King continues to train and board both at home and house calls. "You really can’t find a more fun thing to do with your life than to put a smile on dog and their owner’s face." He expects to rescue his 100th working class dog in early 2011, a milestone he and Pretty Penny Ranch are anxious to achieve.