Sharon and Al have done a remarkable job with Dre. After 5 weeks he is near perfect on and off leash. My dog seemed very happy here, at the facility, which was important to me.
Prior to K9 Specialist Kona was great with our family of 5 (w/ 3 children), however, she began showing very aggressive and uncontrollable qualities towards neighbors/friends, other dogs and extended family members. We look forward to applying the skills learned from K9 Specialist and to see how she integrates into our home and responds to the chaotic environment with our kids and “normal life”.
Jason & Tawna Vallance
Spring Lake, MI
I would highly recommend K9 Specialist for Advanced Obedience Training. Sharon not only established a solid obedience foundation for our dog but she also worked with us extensively to ensure we had the proper training and tools to be able to allow our dog to be the best he can be!
Brad & Jessica Hill
I highly recommend K9 Specialist as a training place. Sharon was an outstanding person to work with both my dog and me as an owner. My dog & I learned so much. Thank you for everything you have done to make us so much better!
Linda A. Guerrieri
We cannot emphasize enough how happy we are with Sharon & K9 Specialist. The work they did with DaVinci was astounding. We would highly recommend their services to anyone. She was patient with both DaVinci and us and spent time with us so we could continue working with DaVinci to ensure the continued success. Thank you Sharon.
Craig & April Wright
Lucy & Lucky
Sharon did such a great job with Lucy & Lucky. Sharon showed me so many techniques to keep the dogs well behaved and I am grateful for all the work she has put into our girls.
Megan & Brian Hallgren
Tank & Uzi
We are happy and feel confident with Tank and Uzi. Their time spent with Sharon was well spent. We also feel very good about getting our training with commands and training collars so we can continue the work at home.
Sherry Diez & Jeremy Campbell
Farmington Hills, MI
I couldn’t have asked for better dog trainers. I had tried lessons from big box stores to no avail. I needed my dog, Champ, to be good enough to be my service dog. I am a Marine Corps veteran, with 2 tours in Iraq, and extreme PTSD. Having Champ trained well enough to go out with me in public will increase my quality of life. I am so thankful for K9 Specialist, and what they have done for me. I am forever in-debted to you. Thanks!
I’m happy with the professional training that was done with our dog. Very happy and excited to work with this new dog.
Norton Shores, MI
When we got our 6 month old GSD puppy, Barkley, he was a handful: hyper, uncontrollable at times, and wouldn’t listen to us. After training with Sharon, he is like our dream dog – calm, controllable, and sweet! We are so glad we made the decision to call Al & Sharon. Worth every penny!
Jesse & Nancy Martinez
Grand Rapids, MI
Samantha and Adam Bignell
Iowa City, IA
Royal Oak MI
working with her over a couple of years and I was at my wit’s end. After
Sharon had worked with her for 5 weeks there was a huge change in Midori’s
behavior. For the first time we could consistently take her on relaxing,
fun walks instead of getting worked up and frustrated over her behavior.
She is calmer and has more self-control, exactly what we were looking for.
I knew she was in good hands while she was at the kennel and appreciated
the videos of her progress. I’m grateful for their work every time we go
on a walk.
Update: Maggie and Molly got to test their training with all of the
strangers coming in, and out, of our home to see the puppies. They did very
well, and were good selling tools when we’d show their newfound skills off
to prospective buyers. After the last puppy found its forever home we
took Libby to Sharon for her training. After four weeks she’s returned
home. We’re proud to have all three dogs sitting calmly, side-by-side (as
opposed to barking, howling and jumping) when visitors enter our home.
Hi Sharon, things are going well with Sugar! Here is my testimonial…….
When I contacted Al my dog, Sugar, was a mess! She had severe separation anxiety and could not be confined. She chewed through crates, climbed out of a kennel and chewed up a door. She also was very hyper, jumped up on everyone and she hassled my cats so much that I feared she would harm them. Al assessed the situation and recommended I bring Sugar to Sharon to have her work with her for an extended period of time. Boy, am I glad I did! Sugar is a new dog! She no longer has separation anxiety. Sugar is calm and obedient, walks well off and on a leash and she leaves my cats alone! Sharon is an excellent trainer. She was very patient with both me and my dog. My only regret is that I didn’t call earlier.
This was my second experience with K9 Specialist. Approximately 7 yrs ago Al helped me with my pit/staff terrier mix. He trained him in basic obedience and helped me deal with him also hassling my cats. This too was a fantastic experience. Seven yrs later my Higgins continues to be a wonderful and well behaved dog!
We are thrilled with the way Black Jack’s behavior has improved. We can enjoy the company of our dog without the behavior problems. -Phebli Saut, Wixom MI.
Thank you K9 Specialist! We are so appreciative of the training for our Brady. Brady has become much calmer and the training from Sharon for Brady AND us was outstanding. Sharon was patient will all of our questions and was kind when she needed to “remind or redirect” our behaviors. We feel more confident in ourselves about how to continue to work Brady and be the dog our family wants to have. Brady LOVED being at K9 Specialist and clearly loved Sharon as well, which eased us. After our visits, he woul dgo right to the door to go back inside to his temporary home. This proved to us the he liked it and that his training was working. Thank you again!!!! -Patrick and Amanda Sorelle, Grand Haven, MI.
The improvement in Carrera’s behavior was nothing short of amazing! She used to be a very stubborn, hard to control dog. But after her training I feel completely confident that she will be well behaved and under control from now on. -Kate Elder, Royal Oak, MI.
Sharon did a wonderful job with our two male goldens. We were at our wits end when our two pups started to have serious fights with each other at 5 months old, we could not have them together in our home. We did not know what to do. We even considered separating them and having to find a new home for one of them. Thanks to Sharon’s expertise and patience our dogs are back in our home getting along and well behaved!!
WINSTON and JACKSON
Winston and Jackson were trained by Sharon. She did a fabulous job working with and training both dogs. They are both now cal and walk well on and off leash. The dogs listen well to our commands. We now feel comfortable taking our dogs to public places and them being well behaved. -Scott and Kelly Meyer, Otsego, MI.
I am very pleased with Stella’s progress. She is healing for me perfectly off leash. Sharon was great staying in touch with me throughout the process. I am very excited to work with her further at home! Thank you so much K9 Specialist -Dasha, Novi, MI.
My dog was and is “My Baby”. My dog “My Baby” was also scary aggressive. She had bitten 2 people and next time, she was being put down by “Animal Control”. I dreaded taking her for walks because she was so protective, and aggressive, protecting me. After 2 months of training my life or death situation with “My Baby” was solved. She was a different dog. Her temperament was normal. I am grateful for every second of her training and it was worth every dime. I would pay it again. I am relieved and completely satisfied. Thank you so much! – Shirley Lely and Tamara Quibell
-Karen & Ray Panozzo
-Katie & Dave
What we appreciated most about the services we received was the excellent care and attention to Sarge’s training. When we received the video to review the training we could not believe it was the same dog we dropped off. When we came to pick Sarge up, we were thrilled with the results. Sarge was a “new” dog yet still had his adorable personality to go along with the training. Before releasing Sarge to us, we received excellent education in handling Sarge and what we needed to do to keep up with his training. We highly recommend K-9 Specialist to anyone who loves their dog and is looking for high quality training.
-Ron and April Nagy
-Maureen & Ray Hatch
-Dave & Bonnie Shidler
-Allie & Nate
happy we found them.
-Cliff and Angela Hammer
-Summur Powers & Wynter
-Phil & Kim Nykamp
K9 Specialist training gave Duke a second chance
We highly recommend K9 Specialists!
-Mark and Sara Cooney.
It is difficult to describe the impact Al has had on our dogs and us. Bixby is a seven year old beagle/English Pointer Mix and Sally is a three year old Corgi/Beagle mix. Both were rescues. Bixby was fine but always did like to sniff on walks too much and he pulled on the leash. Sally was aggressive toward other dogs, especially on walks. She was absolutely out of control. Al had Sally walking next to another dog within minutes during our first meeting during which he suggested doggie boot camp and then in-home training sessions. I was devastated to leave the dogs for a week somewhere, but I knew it was best for all of us. When Al brought the dogs home, both would literally sit in front of any dog and not even move. It was as if the other dog did not even exist. It was amazing.
Then the work began for me. I needed to learn to be in control and not nervous around other dogs. I had been attacked by dogs on walks many times and I would become nervous whenever I saw another dog on our walks, especially if they were running lose. Al taught me to utilize my energy to control other dogs. During one of the sessions we walked by an unchained, red-zone dog with our dogs. Al had taught me how to stop the charging dog and it was my job to stop this dog from attacking us. Of course, Al was there, but he really wanted me to stop the dog on my own. And, I DID!! It was exhilarating. During the next session, Al brought along a rescued fighting pit bull. I controlled that dog around my dogs. Again, Al taught me to use my energy to be the pack leader.
I had read all of Cesar Milan’s books and watched all of the DVDs and I still could not implement the training. Al taught me how to be the pack leader in any situation. I now walk my dogs without fear of being attacked by another dog. Sally and Bixby walk on my left side and never pull. Walks have become peaceful and relaxing. Al, thank you for showing me I do have the energy. Thank you for giving me peace on our walks. Thank you for your time, your patience and you passion for dogs. You have made the world a kinder, gentler place for dogs and their owners!!
Gena and Paul VanderMeulen
Bixby and Sally
Grand Rapids, Michigan
My wife and I couldn’t be more thankful for Al’s help with our dog. When our 6 year old dog was a puppy we enlisted Al’s help in instilling basic obedience training. Al’s tips and techniques made puppyhood training fun and rewarding. After several years, our now grown up dog developed some bad habits that we could not correct on our own. Again we called Al, and again he came to the rescue! Al has a firm yet loving approach and is very creative when it comes to
handling unique behavioral issues. Hopefully we will not need his services again, but if we do I know Al will rescue us.
Thank you so much Al for helping us with our dog Bear. Since his obedience training he come and sits on command thanks again Stella and family.
Grand Haven, Michigan
Al, Thank you for the obedience and protection work you provided to my Doberman Charlie. It is great to finally have a calm obedient protector. Thanks Oscar
Al Casimiro was called to the rescue of our high strung, out of control, German Shepherd and in three sessions, Buddy has made a complete turn around. Learning discipline, obedience, and basic commands. We are looking forward to the rest of his training with pleasure. Thank you Al.
Art & Diane
Grand Haven, Michigan
We are very satisfied with the training both Kellie and Caboose received! Al not only trained our dogs, but he also trained us which was the best lesson we could ever receive. I would highly recommend the k9specialist to anyone with dogs that have minor training issues to major aggression issues. Both of our dogs are transformed.
Thanks again Nicole and Mike.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Al took our 3 year old German Shepherd and taught us how to train/control her at different places where she would turn into Red Zone. She is so much better ! Even her Vet Dr Bader may grow to like and trust her. k9specialist taught us how to take charge of everything! Zoe Listens alot better now. Thank you k9specialist.
Geana and Thea Swart
Thanks for training our dog Diva, before we started we were considering giving her up because we were embarrassed to take her anywhere or have anyone over with how she behaved, but with just 5 weeks of training people are saying we can’t believe this is the same dog. Thanks for all your help.
Dennis and Trish
Grand Haven, Michigan
We recommend Mr. Casimiro to everyone we know. Before he came, our dog Emma was the queen of the house and she knew it too. Now she knows her place in our family and we are all happier because of it. After only the first visit to our home we saw a huge difference in Emma’s behavior that we just couldn’t believe! Al not only teaches you the basics of obedience, but he is also willing to help you with any other issues or questions you may have. Overall our experience was priceless.
Kyle, Jordon and Emma Kamphuis
Working with Al was such a great experience. We knew Morgan had it in her to be a great well trained dog. We just didn’t know how to bring that out. Everything we thought we were doing right turned out to be not the best way to handle her. Al trained us on what to do. Now Morgan is very well behaved and listens to us. We would Recommend Al and K-9 Specialist to anyone! Thank you much Al.
Chad and Jen VanHill
Grand Rapids, Michigan
We Bought a Siberian Husky not looking at the temperament of the Dog but the looks of the Dog. Little did we know that we would have our hands full! Kaia had a mind of her own and didn’t care what we said to her and neither of us knew how to gain control. That’s when we called Al. Al came to the house and said that she definitely needed the training. Kaia was an out of control puppy to put in simple terms. Al now has helped us to teach her how to sit, lay, stay, heel and come. Laying being the hardest thing for a dog to deal with, and not only that but Kaia being one of stubbornness breads, she picked it up in 10 minutes and will now lay on command. Kaia also learned to stay in about minutes. Kaia doesn’t try to test our control, because she knows there would be consequences. Kaia would run at her own free will to where ever she wanted, whenever she wanted, and Al helped us to teach her the boundaries where she could not be. Our dog was also extremely food aggressive and we have that under control as well thanks to Al. Kaia has done so well that she is able to graduate early. We think this is the best thing that we could have done to our dominant dog, and we thank Al for helping us achieve the control we now have of our dog, as well as teaching us a ton more about the breed of our dog, considering the little that we knew. We would highly recommend K-9 Specialist LLC to anyone that has a similar situation that we were in.
Josh Wesseldyke and Samantha Maat.
My boyfriend and I have a nine month old, blue pitt, who was much more than just a handful. We had tried everything and nothing seemed to work. She wouldn’t listen, certainly wouldn’t behave. And we didn’t know what to do. Then we came across Al’s card at the pet store. So we set up a meeting, and within minutes of meeting Al we knew this is what we need to do. After just one session, we were amazed at how much we were learning, how much our dog was learning, and by the progress we were already making. I didn’t know what we would have done had it not been for this program. It has even helped us when we come in contact with other dogs. We now know what to do. I know it sounds cliché but this program really did change our lives.
Justine and Cory
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Al worked with us training our 2-year old boxer, Dutch. Six months earlier, we rescued Dutch from a horrible situation. He was untrained and out of control. He was extremely aggressive toward other dogs. He would pull at his leash, so walking him was exhausting. Although he was not mean or aggressive toward people, he would bark and jump up. He would get so excited that he would knock kids over. He would play so rough that it would escalate into injury. We were out of options. Al Casimiro was Dutch’s last chance.
During the evaluation appointment, we realized that Al Casimiro was exactly who we needed. After only 5 lessons, Dutch is a different dog. He generally ignores other dogs. He no longer barks or growls as other dogs pass by. He sits or lies quietly at our side on the deck. He greets adults and children by sitting still. He no longer jumps on anyone. He walks (heals) immediately at our side. He even walks very slowly next to Elaine when she is using her walker. Dutch has become a wonderful family pet and companion.
We also have an 8-year old, 120 pound Rottweiler, Carolina. She has not had training since she was a puppy. Carolina is classified as a “fearful” dog by our vet. She is very wary of strangers, guests and children and will growl and hide. Elaine applied Al’s techniques and after only one session Carolina was healing, sitting and lying on command and would sit quietly when approached by others. She is still wary of strangers, but stops growling when commanded and now approaches guests quietly and gently.
We are so happy and grateful that we found Al. He helped us with our misconceptions and training issues. Many issues we had were due to our reactions to our dogs’ problems. So, we were trained as much as our dogs. We are now a happy, “calm” family.
Al is awesome! We were so afraid to have kids and guest over because how our dog Chewie would react aggressively to others. Al gave us techniques that has changed the behavior of Chewie. By retraining Chewie to know that we are the pack leader has allowed us to share hospitality once again to friends and family.
Grand Haven, Michigan
When we first got our puppy Unica she was real timid and afraid of humans. Since Al Casimiro has trained Unica she has been more confident in herself and she is no longer afraid. She has protection training and she is always aware of our surroundings and hers. Thanks to Al, Unica has went above our expectations and is exactly the dog we wanted and needed. Thanks Al!!!!
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Al was such a blessing to our family, helping us integrate Sadie to our family of four. Al was wonderful at training us how to interact with our puppy, learning to give her clear commands and having high expectations that she will obey us. We now understand that having an obedient dog is a reality, not a hope. It was amazing how quickly she caught on, once we learned the best way to instruct her. Al not only gave us adults guidance, but he spent a considerable amount of time working with our seven year old twins. Although our girls were nervous at first, they soon warmed up to Al and after following his instructions, Sadie now listens to them too! Thanks, Al, for your instructions, honest feedback during our sessions, and for answering all our questions. We are so thankful we found you!
Doug, Vicki, Morgan, Ally and Sadie (last one in our family order) Zylstra
Samy started out as a wonderful Havenese puppy but by the time he was one he had become very aggressive, especially with children. Samy barked constantly when strangers were around and his violent barking often brought our children’s friends to tears. When we had company over we had to shut him in our bedroom until they were gone. Besides Samy’s aggressive behavior he had developed some very bad habits, like sneaking into the trash cans when no one was looking and leaving garbage all over the floor. After many failed attempts to curb Samy’s behavior we hired Al. Al was our last resort. We had decided that if Samy’s behavior did not make a drastic improvement in eight weeks then he would have to go to another home.
Al’s first visit was amazing. Samy was calm and submissive for the whole time. Since then Samy’s behavior has continued to improve. His barking has become controllable and we are working towards breaking some of his bad habits. Al has been instrumental in directing and training us to know how to modify Samy’s behavior. We are confident that he will soon be an obedient dog and wonderful family pet. We are very grateful to Al.
Steve and Rebecca Kraal