|10-26-2013 06:38 PM|
|Zellie&Major||Both places look like they're dedicated to quality training, but the major difference is that ABTR just focuses on play (socialization) and noise desensitization along with "the humans wear costumes and play with the dogs to get them used to different looks" according to the girl I spoke with...She said that structured training comes after 5 months... This "puppy training" is just six classes that we can attend whenever we can fit it in. I'm not so sure about the puppy classes, but they offer great classes for older dogs (Safety Dog, Therapy Dog, CGC, Nose work, Agility...) The Lucky Dog offers play and basic obedience at this age...It's an 8 week course and offers AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. Lucky Dog also offers Advanced Obedience in 4 levels, CGC prep, CGC, Tricks, Agility. Just wondering if there is a clear program I should go with? Our end goal is to have Hugo certified as a Therapy Dog to assist with my work. Is it extremely important for him to have 6 sessions as described with ABTR or would it be safe to go ahead with a more structured class? He's 13 weeks tomorrow.|
|10-26-2013 06:20 PM|
|Zellie&Major||KZoppa, I don't know if you did any training with your dogs, but a friend recommended Lucky Dog to us and our vet recommended All Breed Training. I was wondering if you tried either of these and if so what did you think?|
|10-26-2013 06:12 PM|
|Zellie&Major||Thank you SO much for your advice! I ended up taking him to Bijou last week and we were SO impressed! Dr. Harriger made us feel so comfortable and she took her time to look over Hugo and listen to my concerns. She then addressed each concern and took her time explaining everything to me. Hugo was nervous to begin with but he warmed up by the end and made friends with another GSD and Cavachon in the lobby!|
|10-21-2013 10:24 PM|
wanted to add we were in there back in February-ish. My inlaws use them and they live in the springs.
|10-21-2013 10:19 PM|
Please update how your vet visit went and what you think of them. I imagine they're just as good as ever, probably better, but since I moved cross-country a couple of years ago obviously I haven't been in to see them recently and I'd hate to continue to recommend them if something's changed.
|10-21-2013 03:22 PM|
|KZoppa||Crossroads Animal Hospital at Austin Bluffs and Academy. It's where my guys go when we are in town. Love them. They adore shepherds too.|
|10-21-2013 02:26 PM|
|Zellie&Major||Thank you so much Steffanie! I just called and made an appointment for tomorrow morning! I asked if they still serviced the CSPD's K-9s and she said they did. I feel so much better having an opinion from someone who's used them before! Thanks again!|
|10-19-2013 10:14 PM|
When I lived in Colorado Springs(up until 2yrs ago) I took my shepherds to Bijou Animal Hospital on Swope Ave, not sure how much of a travel that'd be for you but it's right off of Bijou near the intersection of Bijou and Union : Serving Central Colorado Springs as a Veterinary Hospital Since 1959 ? Bijou Animal Hospital
I really liked them, very knowledgeable and polite. They always listened well and seriously considered the information I gave them that could possibly be relevant. Always answered my questions and if I made special requests they were generally happy to comply. Very thorough and they take concerns seriously. One of my shepherds gets a little skitzy at the vet, never tried to bite but was always very wary of other vets we went to and she had NO trouble with the staff at Bijou, they immediately tried to makes friends and she really seemed to like the vet. The staff at Bijou helped me the time Cheyenne was in bad shape from what turned out to be Giardia and they worked out a treatment plan and it was all very smooth. When I rescued Sir it seemed like he had a bad case of kennel cough, but they were quick to swoop in say "that's not quite right" and have him on a xray machine in the blink of an eye. He had pneumonia from poor care from him previous owner and the vet set up a treatment plan and walked us through everything including the home exercises that needed to be done.
They took very good care of my crew while I was there and seem to be shepherd people. Unless something has changed within the last two yrs, Bijou Animal Hospital also provides care for the CSPD k9s so I think they can handle some German Shepherds
|10-18-2013 06:17 PM|
Need a Vet for a New Puppy in Fountain/Colorado Springs Area
We're SO excited that we finally have our new puppy, Hugo with us! However, it's time for his checkup and parvo vaccine and I don't know this area very well (we're Army and haven't been here long). I'd like to find a vet close by so that should any emergencies ever arise we can go to someone we know and who knows us. I know most anyone can administer his vaccines, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a vet in this area that worked with German Shepherds specifically or specialized in them or just had a lot of experience with them... I know that may be a stretch to ask for a breed specialized vet in the area, but we have a couple of questions that we didn't have with our previous GSDs and I want the best we can give him. TIA!