As a first time dog owner, I must admit I was overwhelmed with our new puppy, Turbo, an 11 week Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He was (and is!) cute as a button but those puppy teeth are sharp, and my husband and I had never trained a puppy. We had no idea what was normal puppy behavior vs. behavior we should be concerned about (e.g., how much biting and growling is normal?! Turns out, Turbo’s biting and growling were all in play, albeit sometimes/oftentimes painful. I’m happy to share that his bite inhibition is much, much better). Mel was recommended to us by our vet who also hired Mel to help train his puppy.
As soon as Mel walked into our home, Turbo was smitten. During our first session, Mel had a lot of wisdom to share. But perhaps what was most helpful to me initially was watching him interact with Turbo throughout the session. While he talked, we saw him play with and praise Turbo, and also calmly and easily redirect any of his undesired behaviors (like biting Mel’s shoes). (As a side note, I originally though a 2 hour training session was going to be too long for Turbo. But boy was I happy it did last so long. For a while, Turbo was on his best behavior, clearly excited to make a new friend. As time passed, Turbo displayed some of his more trying behaviors, which allowed us to see how they should be dealt with properly by watching Mel and being told the reasoning behind his actions in response to Turbo’s.
Had the session been shorter, I don’t think Mel would have seen Turbo’s many colors – quite like bringing your car in for servicing but having it fail to make the odd noise that needs to be fixed.) Mel’s natural ease with Turbo really put us at ease with our puppy, sharp teeth and all. We and Turbo learned a great deal (recall, stay, redirection, loose leash walking, for examples), and we really appreciate our fun little dog with a big personality so much more now that we understand Turbo’s point of view and how to train him. We highly recommend Mel Wilson.