I would like to recommend Leader of the pack training school for dogs. Alison and Gudrun were superb in their approach to our 9 month old puppy. Our dog is a naturally shy and timid dog so, we needed someone that would take their time training her and not try to rush her to much. Gudrun was very cautious with her and did not break her spirit. She kept her motivated and happy while she was learning. Alison continued to work on her traditional commands and also training on the beach. They both gave our family a tutorial on commands and guided us through the process. The training has given us the freedom that we wanted with our dog. It is also a great comfort to know that her behavior is appropriate whether we are on the residential path or on the beach. THANKS So MUCH! Bella's mom & family
Family outings are now fun. Thank you Leader of the Pack
I've owned 2 labs for as long as I can remember. Currently I have a 9 and 2 year old. Both have wonderful temperaments but are overly friendly and curious. Labs need training to contain their enthusiasm. My vet recommended Leader of the Pack, Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser. I was tired of being pulled down the street when another dog or person walked by. We couldn't walk on the beach and enjoy it. Who wants to keep a tight leash on a dog when you want them to get exercise and enjoy themselves. I moved close to the beach so we could all enjoy it. Both dogs have been through training with LOP. Initially we started out with private lessons in basic obedience and then the “puppy” went to group training to learn and socialize. They did well and I saw improvement but we all needed more training so I turned to Alison and Gudrun. They suggested ecollar training. I had experience with an invisible fence but not ecollars. I was skeptical and worried because I didn't want their spirits to be broken and fear being walked. Alison and Gudrun convinced me this training would cause no harm and in fact make all of us happy. They were so right. So off they went. Bix and Call spent a few days being trained. Movies and pictures were sent by Alison and Gudrun everyday so I could see the progress which was very reassuring. After their training then it was critical that I got trained. This was probably the hardest training for Alison and Gudrun, but I finally got it. Now Bix, Call and I are out on the beach everyday. We are all finally realizing the dream I had from the beginning when I moved. Tranquil and fun walks on the beach! Wendy, Bix and Call
We want as many people to know Lucky’s and The Leader of The Pack HHI’s story as possible. The training Lucky has received is truly remarkable. Lucky (Lucky to be alive) came to us when he was about 3 months old. He had been severely abused, beaten, bones broken and so skinny. We are 76 and 77 year olds and had no experience with a “mixed terrier”, but we took Lucky into our home. Lucky won our hearts as we started the process of caring for him. His strength was obvious immediately, even with his dangling left front leg. He was pure puppy, into everything, charging doors and people and if it was in his mouth he considered it his and sharing was not option. We knew we needed help, a lot of help. TRAINING was the only way we could keep this amazingly loving pup. We talked to people and the same name kept coming up “Leader of The Pack HHI”, Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser. We called Alison who was just returning (evacuated because of Mathew), but she came to our home for a basic assessment and showed us a few things we could practice, enlightened us about the real personality of the breed and even gave us information on what kind of a collar and lead to use. Amazing results, but Lucky was still more than we could handle. And he was growing. We had so many bruises , nip marks and were being pulled anytime we tried to walk him. Often resulting in us falling. We were desperately afraid that we were going to have to find a new home for this pup that we now loved. We knew how hard that would be because of the reputation of the breed. We were worried and scared, he was such a sweet gentle animal. We called again and again Alison came back. She agreed things could not continue this way.
We were invited to their kennel/training facility on Hilton Head Island. That is when we met Gudrun, Alison’s partner. We were so comfortable and impressed with these two women, their knowledge, their credentials , and their compassion that we left Lucky there for 2 days. Amazing. He was happy and perky when we picked him up. We practiced correct procedures with Gudrun and Lucky has NOT nipped or bruised either of us since. Thank you Gudrun and Alison. Subsequent to this letter Lucky has had his left front leg amputated from the shoulder. He continues to grow and the missing leg has only slowed him down a slight bit. He continues to amaze us and he resumed training this week. Our goal is to have him trained as a service dog (I am a severe asthmatic and have a heart problem).. Both Alison and Gudrun assure that he is a smart, a gentle dog and he’ll be successful. We have no doubts with these two women involved.
This dog was rescued from a fighting pit (bait), rescued from people who beat him and didn’t feed him and given to us to love and care for. We would have lost him if it weren’t for Alison’s and Gudrun’s compassion and expert training. Training is the only thing that allows us to keep him. Tom and I are so thankful for you two ladies, you are definitely not your average trainers. PS Lucky thinks your pretty great too.
Over the course of the year Alison and Gudrun have been working with my service dog Koba. They taught him everything from sit to stay to certifying him to become a service dog. From the first lesson you could tell a difference. He has become a welcoming addition to my family and does a wonderful job with following direct commands. They are all about you and your animal. They are personable, dependable and always on time. I would recommend them to anyone. They are not your ordinary dog handlers they are always there when you need them. Alison and Gudrun a sincere, thank you. Charles and Koba
Hi, Alison & Gudrun. Bobo is doing great, he is a different dog thanks to you! Miller
Alison and Gudrun:
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you again for all your help. I walked Gracie when we got home on Sunday. She was about ready to “pounce” on a stroller (loves those kids). I gave her the command to “leave it” with one “nick” and she stepped right back and let them pass!!!! Pete is actually learning to use the command words and stand still when giving them! Hope to get her to Dolphin Head beach next week-end!! I have already recommended you to a designer – she has a Pug pup – Henry that she travels with and needs some lessons. I gave her your card and info and hopefully she will be contacting you in the near future. Kathy
I just wanted to share with you how amazing Hudson is doing after being in your training program for 10 days!!! I absolutely can't praise Alison and Gudrun enough!!!! Before coming to "camp" as my family refers to it, Hudson was a crazy, wild, one year old puppy! With NO manners! He jumped on everybody he met, even knocking down the children when they played with him. He wasn't allowed into the house because he ran and ate everything in his path. He couldn't just sit calmly, inside with the family. It was so sad! We had this beautiful Golden Retriever that we couldn't interact with and love the way we wanted too. It was almost impossible to even walk him on a leash. He did all of the dragging while I jogged behind him. We decided to send him to Gudrun and Alison, just hoping for the best... Not really expecting anything drastic since Hudson was already 1 1/2 years old. When we arrived, for training, immediately I was told to unleash Hudson inside the house!!! It was amazing to see the way he "took to" Gudrun. He didn't act crazy at all! Hudson stayed with her for 9 days, and when we picked him up, it was like getting a newer version of our Hudson! He was walking calmly inside the house. He had learned the commands sit, stay, come, down, and leave it. The best part is that now my 6 year old son can even walk him on the leash!!! He knows "heel" and walks without pulling us down. We also incorporated e collar training. Hudson can also be unleashed on the beach and comes back to us when called! It's amazing!!!! Our Hudson is now a member of our family! He's inside with us. Swims with us. Takes walks with us, and never stops smiling!! He's the dog that we've always wanted! Thank you Gudrun and Alison from the bottom of my heart! The Hylton family is very happy!!!
We are the happy owners of a standard poodle named Hercule Poirot. That is to say that we are happy now but that has not always been the case As a puppy Hercule was difficult. Some might say devilish. When on walks he would quite literally drag us along and then, suddenly, dart at anything that moved -- other dogs, people walking past him often with small children, and at moving cars. As a result of this we, on several different occasions, lost our footing and fell down. At home it was no better. He would stand at our front door and bark at any passersby on our street, and when somebody had the temerity to actually knock on our front door he would go crazy, practically knocking them down in either enthusiasm or ire. He was not vicious, just very, very badly behaved. We took him to one of the pet stores for training. Made no difference. He remained naughty and stubborn as a mule. When Hercule was about three years old life was slightly easier, but there were still some big issues regarding his behavior. One lucky day a neighborhood friend told us about "Leader of the Pack." Thus we met Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser and we enrolled Hercule in their beginner training class. Hercule did not do well the first couple of classes. Alison suggested that some private classes would make a difference. She and Gudrun came to our house and took Hercule to meet Alison's three big dogs and spend the day being trained. This happened two or three times. We would add here that Alison and Gudrun use only positive reinforcement as their training method. There is no punishment involved. The change in Hercule's behavior has been remarkable to say the least. He has learned from Alison and Gudrun to be a far more civilized animal. It is also clear that he adores the two of them. Hercule is now a pupil in their intermediate class and it is doubtful that he will flunk out. When we go away we board Hercule at "Leader of the Pack," and suffer no anxiety at all over doing so. This could not be said when we left him elsewhere. We have absolutely no compunction about recommending "Leader of the Pack" for training, boarding, or both. We are very grateful for the services they offer. Margaret and Phil D.
We decided to foster Rex for a couple of weeks to see if he would be compatible with us and our cat. I was concerned that he would break or come out of the gentle leader. I think someone forgot to tell us how aggressive Rex was. As we soon learned, if a big or small dog growled or barked at Rex he went after them. In addition, Rex went hard after birds, squirrels and a deer in the next few days. He was one tough customer to walk. A few days later Gudrun Kaiser arrived with a Weimaraner. We spent about one and half hours with Gudrun during which my wife and I learned so much about dogs in general and Rex in particular. After giving us multiple tasks to work on with Rex and doing many passes and the Weimaraner, we discussed the future with Rex. Gudrun was very upbeat and positive concerning Rex. She felt that he was a really nice dog who had been mistreated and had learned to fend for himself. She was positive we could modify his behavior to allow us to live in peace with our neighbors. Gudrun recommended an obedience school in which she worked. We enrolled Rex. We and Gudrun learned more about Rex at the obedience school. He did quite well but had to be watched closely. We left Rex for 10 days with Gudrun while we drove to Maine. When we returned we were greeted by a new dog who responded perfectly to verbal commands and occasional vibration collar. My wife and I were amazed. We knew we had a great dog in our home. Now we have the same dog who is much more relaxed with other dogs and can live in an environment where there are other dogs on leashes, some not so friendly, and an abundance of wild life. We were very impressed with Gudrun’s ability to analyze the problem and to read our dog. She was convinced that he was trainable in spite of his tough life before he came to Rogue Rescue. She proved to be right. We just returned from a twelve day car trip to Massachusetts with Rex. He did great on the trip stopping at roadside rest areas and staying in motels. He was a perfect house guest. All this took place in environments that were brand new to him. We were amazed and in large part contribute his adaptation to Gudrun. Sharon and Bob Leff
We have a wonderful 12 week old Miniature Schnauzer named Tux. Of course we feel he is smart as can be but we were having some problem beginning to train him. Since we wanted to do the right by him, we called and Gudrun came out to teach us the ropes. I cannot say enough about how positive that experience has been in helping us help Tux begin to learn some rules. In one lesson we learned many things that we now implement. Tux sits, lays down, comes and listens to "leave it" on command. He also has immensely improved his walking on a leash. We no longer struggle with him pulling ahead of his or him laying down and refusing to move. It is now a pleasure to walk him and show off his behavior. Of course being that he is a puppy, we continually work with him just as Gudrun taught us. Gudrun was very clear on her instructions to us, setting realistic expectations for Tux. She was incredibly gentle with him. She taught us techniques that made teaching Tux a pleasant experience. I can't thank Gudrun enough for the education she has given us. We will continue with classes when we get back into town. We want Tux to be a confident, pleasant dog to be around and with Gudrun's help we will attain that goal. Sincerely, Paul and Kathy and Tux
Our experience with Gudrun Kaiser has been excellent. We engaged her services for individual private sessions (with heavy emphasis on Service Dog Training) for our Golden Retriever puppy as well as group puppy classes and intermediate obedience classes with Leader of the Pack dog training. Gudrun's training is well informed and very effective. Gudrun exhibits a rare combination of sensitivity, compassion and firmness when needed for both the dog and its owners. She is patient and caring and has a great sense of humor. We highly recommend Gudrun Kaiser for any level of training. Thanks, Gudrun, for all your help. Barbara and Michael and "Darby McDuffy IV"
We adopted a 2 year old rescue standard poodle less than a year ago. He is a beautiful dog, however, had no discipline or training, had been abandoned twice due to his lack of any training… (one might ask, "was he expected to train himself?"). The rescue group gave him some, but he came to us with a few intense issues. We handed him over to Alison and Gudrun for three days of more intense training at their home. They needed to teach him to come when called; this for us had been a big problem! He returned from his 3 day "vacation" coming when called!! Thank you Alison and Gudrun! We are now enrolled in their 6 week course for further training at South Paw where we are sure he can overcome the few remaining issues, such as some leash aggression when passing other dogs with their owners. Once again, thank you Alison and Gudrun for a great job, some excellent tips in training for use at home and for your patience with Big Ben......Sherry and Arthur....and Ben
Our beautiful black lab, Gracie, became part of our family a little over 2 years ago. When she was a puppy, Alison Armao worked with us (I needed training too!) to get started down the right path. It was a very good base for what was to come. Most recently Alison and Gudrun worked with Gracie to overcome her reluctance to get into the back of our SUV and to reinforce her response to both the heel and the come commands. Looking ahead, I’m planning to work with the Leader of the Pack team to prepare Gracie for therapy dog certification. Both Gracie and I have benefited greatly from their help! Nancy
Alison and Gudrun are very special dog trainers. They helped me with training my dog, dog sitting in my home and boarding at Alison’s house. Whenever I leave town I know my dogs are well looked after. Alison and Gudrun have also done a fantastic job in training my dog on the electronic collar. I really appreciate their professionalism, flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile for their clients. They provide exceptional service and their training methods get results. Mary R.
When I brought our 3 month old Airedale to Dr. Dorian Colorado (Animal Care Clinic) for his initial visit, one of the questions I asked her was about training. She highly recommended Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser (Leader of the Pack Dog Training). I enrolled Winston in their first available puppy training class. He is now 10 months old and has completed Puppy Training and Basic Training group classes. I have enrolled him in the upcoming Basic Training to reinforce what we have been working on. Alison and Gudrun have also done one on one training with Winston and me. I should explain that Winston is the 8th Airedale we have owned and therefore we know the traits of the breed but I am now almost 75 (a petite woman) and my husband unfortunately has had serious back issues and been unable to walk Winston or take part in his training. It is therefore necessary that I be able to comfortably and confidently walk Winston, have him under voice and electronic remote control, and be assured that he be a gentleman in all ways. He is a sweet natured, lovable and active dog. Alison and Gudrun are of tremendous help in seeing that I achieve my goals and when my husband is able to start walking and exercising Winston that he can do so comfortably. On a personal note Alison and Gudrun came to my rescue when my husband was hospitalized overnight unexpectedly. They picked up Winston at my home and took him to their home where he was cared for, played with Alison's dogs and given additional one on one training. Additionally, Winston loves Alison and Gudrun. He is beyond excited when he sees them. To me that is an excellent recommendation from the dog's part - when he is happy to see the trainer and eager to be with them and respond to them. This I feel is the key to their successful training methods. The dog is wanting to please and learn for love and not fear. Catherine A. F.
Dear Alison and Gudrun,
We want to send you this note to thank you for the help that you have given us with our puppies. When our friends from the beach, Tom and Ellen, who also have sporting dogs, recommended the two of you as trainers for our two young Vizslas, we were very interested. After your work with our three year old male, Salty, we were thrilled by his improved behavior and response to voice commands. Our twenty month old female, Elsie, is also showing steady improvement as she grows up using the training methods that you have taught both her and us. In addition to the training of our young dogs, your boarding service of the puppies and our thirteen year old female, Mallory, has been a wonderful experience. We could not feel more secure about leaving them in your care. As the owner of sporting dogs, you really understand the need for both the exercise and the attention required by these breeds. Our dogs really seem to enjoy the interaction with you and your Weimaraners. Thank you again for your work with our puppies and the care that you have shown them and Mallory during her visits. Warmest regards, Meredith and Andy
Nellie, a fifteen month old English Yellow Lab and myself, moved to Hilton Head Island in November 2014. Nellie and I had begun the Basic Puppy Obedience classes in our home city- Pittsburgh and wanted to continue with additional training. As a recently retired Reading Specialist, I knew that Nellie and I were meant to continue working in the field of Education. So we embarked on our search for excellent obedience trainers as well as trainers who would provide the necessary classes and approach for Nellie to achieve her certification as a Therapy Dog. I discovered Leader of the Pack dog trainers, Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser while exploring various online sites and after visiting Southpaw Kennel in person. I conversed with Alison and knew that their services were exactly what I wanted. The utilization of positive training with patience and firmness was what I wanted, and certainly what a lab puppy requires to be successful!! Their level of expertise and love and respect for dogs is evident. Fast forward - Nellie completed her classes and passed her Canine Good Citizen test, as well as the Therapy Dog International Test that was administered in Savannah in the summer of 2015. She accomplished this at the ripe age of two years old! Alison and Gudrun's training philosophy and specific strategies offered at class have contributed to Nellie's well behaved manners! Nellie is able to enjoy the beach and play with other dogs at the beach while under voice command. Her ability to heel and walk calmly with me daily has improved tremendously over the last twelve months. Also, Nellie is welcome at our family and friends' homes due to her good behavior. We are a successful Therapy Dog team working currently in the Hilton Head Library and at The University of South Carolina with plans to expand our services. I highly recommend the training services of Leader of the Pack HHI – Dog Training Team. Thanks to Alison and Gudrun, I have a happy well behaved companion. Carol P.
I felt my yellow lab puppy "Jobie" was wonderful in every way except I could not seem to get her fully housebroken. I've had several puppies in the past and have never had an issue with that. But with Jobie, none of the training techniques I knew of seemed to work. So I called Alison and Gudrun of "Leader of the Pack" for help. They suggested working with her during the day for a few days. Gudrun came to my house each morning at 6:00am to pick up Jobie, worked with her all day, then dropped her back off at my house in the evening. Jobie was always so happy to go with Gudrun each morning so I knew she was having a good time during the day away from home as well as learning her housebreaking skills. I have to say the plan worked! I cannot say enough about the worry free service Gudrun provided...we are so fortunate to have such wonderful, caring services available to us and our pets when we need them! Dr Bonnie R.
My husband and I welcomed Greta into our lives in January 2014. Greta was like a breath of fresh air that came along with loads of energy that I knew immediately needed to be addressed. Because I wanted to be a responsible pet owner I sought assistance with professional trainers. Several years ago I had the good fortune to work with Alison Armao so I immediately sought her out. Greta, like all German Shepherd dogs, thrived at participating in training. We jumped right in with the puppy imprinting class at approximately three months of age. Alison Armao’s calm demeanor and encouraging words gave me the strength to forge forward on days when Greta would challenge me every step of the way. Greta enjoyed puppy classes so much that we continued on into intermediate. To our pleasure Greta successfully completed her AKC Canine Good Citizen exam! After discussing upcoming training classes with Gudrun Kaiser, and trying to determine the best fit for Greta at this stage of her development, we signed up for Advanced Obedience. Greta’s confidence increased and her social skills improved with each week. After talking with Alison and Gudrun, Greta and I made our next goal to tackle the training for therapy dogs. I am proud to say, Greta passed her Therapy Dogs International exam in the summer of 2015. My heartfelt thanks to Alison and Gudrun for their belief in us! I have found both of them to be an invaluable resource with regard to Greta’s health, diet, behavior, training, and socialization. The passion, commitment and love Alison and Gudrun have for dogs, and helping others is astonishing. Greta and I are having fun, we’re learning, and it’s truly been a wonderful, wonderful experience! We are both eagerly anticipating our next round of classes! Mame B.
My husband and I moved to Hilton Head Island with our two German Shepherds almost a year ago. Our male was very snarky on leash when he would see dogs and squirrels which made our walking with him everything, but enjoyable. We heard about Alison Armao and gave her a call. She came to our home and worked with us and showed us positive reinforcement that worked for our boy. He is such a joy to walk now. Dogs can pass us and squirrels can be on the ground and he will look at them and continue to walk. We were so impressed with Alison that we signed him up for her class. Gudrun Kaiser was also the trainer in class and with her help as well, we continue to build a great foundations for our boy. Gudrun would give us things to work on at home and we can see the difference all this training has done. We now have s dog that we can take everywhere. Another great part of training with Alison and Gudrun is they believe in positive reinforcement never anything mean. Alison and Gudrun thank you for helping us bring out the best in our fur baby. Thrilled dog owners, Chris and Tom L
We discovered Alison eight years ago when we adopted Etta James from the Humane Society on Hilton Head Island. She assessed the dogs who were taken in by the society at the time and knew Etta's background. Etta was 18-24 months old at the time and is now 10 years old - a beautiful tan and white lab who still loves and needs attention from us or anyone. Alison trained Etta when we first adopted her and recently Alison and Gudrun were hired to help us again with Etta's excitability factor when people come to the front door. All she wants to do is jump on them and lick them affectionately. We learned the "back" technique and "good back" technique. She can do it but does lapse back into her "I just want to welcome you" mode. We keep up the training. Alison also helped us when we decided to install an invisible fence in the front and back yard years ago. It definitely worked as did the training collar she wore in the beginning of her training. We also ordered through Alison our toy supplies. Gudrun trained Etta to walk nicely on a Gentle Leader and in “heel position”, and now she is a pleasure to walk with without that she is pulling us all over the place. Alison and now Gudrun have both been available for help via the phone or coming to the house. We didn't know if they bathed dogs but sure enough Etta was collected by Gudrun, who has a big smile for us all, and returned Etta smelling like a coconut puff. This will be the place she goes for shampoos from now on and even dog sitting. They are a professional pair of women who take their work seriously, caringly, and lovingly. I have recommended them to other dog owners in and out of the neighborhood. I met two neighbors presently training with them. Sometime I know it's we who need training and should be boarded at their facility. Sincerely, Kryl & Ken
I first met Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser when I enrolled my five month old Chow Chow Sandi in their puppy training class. Sandi was an abused rescue and when I adopted her she was scared of people and very skittish so our veterinarian Dr. Colorado recommend Leader of the Pack training with Alison and Gudrun. During puppy training Sandi became accustomed to walking on a leash and she learned basic commands. After the 6 weeks of puppy training I continued with their Basic Obedience class because I could see such an improvement in Sandi in terms of her willingness to heel, come, sit, and stay. She also became more comfortable with unknown objects that she encountered during training sessions. At first she was petrified of the teeter totter, tunnel, and wading pool but with special attention and expertise from Alison and Gudrun Sandi became more comfortable and she developed confidence to try out these objects. The training classes also allowed Sandi to interact with other dogs and people which helped her to build trust and become an obedient loving pet. It was also fun to see all the class pictures posted on Facebook and gave me an opportunity to share Sandi’s progress with her rescue group. I would recommend Alison and Gudrun as trainers for any new canine addition to a family. Joy Sions
Dear Alison and Gudrun, How lucky we are to have you two giving instruction and support and friendship. Alison was recommended by our vet on our first visit when Rosie was a puppy and she has been involved in our lives ever since...calming our fears, holding our hands, sharing our joys with the love of our life, Rosie, a four year old labradoodle.. I have enjoyed several classes with "the leader of the pack" that were very instructional and very enjoyable for me. Rosie is in safe hands when Paul and I travel, she's always happy to go to Alison's and returns home in great shape. Thanks, Jane
I met Alison when my 6 year old French Bulldog Oakley was 8 weeks old. We enrolled in her puppy obedience class at Southpaw Pet Resort. Oakley quickly showed signs of being an alpha male. In class, at all of 6 lbs., he was staring down large breed puppies and dogs. Oakley was able to learn basic obedience but as time went on his alpha/bully behaviors increased. He is very aggressive with other dogs but friendly with people. Alison has been on ongoing valuable resource for me in managing Oakley's behavior. She gave me the tools I needed to help him accept a new Frenchie puppy into the family. I also have the knowledge to prevent and handle any situations involving encounters with other dogs.
This past fall I had the pleasure of working with Alison and Gudrun with my 18 month old French Bulldog Mia. I hired them to train Mia to the electronic collar so she could be off leash in the yard and on other outdoor adventures. Mia has also shown some signs of aggression toward other dogs. Alison and Gudrun make a wonderful team! They both took the time to get to know Mia and worked at her pace. Mia mastered the collar beautifully and enjoys a lot of her life off leash. The training also helped Mia become a more positive dog within her pack.Most recently I hired Alison and Gudrun to train my 21 year old daughter's 10 month old Labradoodle puppy Henry to the electronic collar. Henry was constantly humping other dogs at the dog park, wouldn't come when called and jumped up on people when greeting them. Henry learned the collar very quickly. He no longer humps other dogs at the dog park and comes quickly when called even if he is mid play. He is now the most behaved dog at the dog park. My daughter also reports that prior to the training Henry was a bit timid with the other dogs at the park. He is now much more confident and will even approach other dogs trying to engage them in play. Alison and Gudrun gave my daughter the skills she needed to be a good pack leader for Henry. The training has completely changed life for my daughter and Henry. I have been truly appreciative for the level of expertise that Alison and Gudrun possess. Their knowledge changes the lives of the dogs and the humans they work with. I can always rely on them when I need them and look forward to working with them in the future! Lori R. Proud Mom of Oakley and Mia
As a puppy, my black lab Isabelle, was super happy at home but suffered from extreme anxiety anytime we would go anywhere. Just getting her into the car was an ordeal. I thought she would outgrow that, but when she was about 7 months old, I realized the situation was getting worse and not better and I did not know what to do. Someone told me about Alison so I called to enroll Isabelle in Alison's Basic Obedience Class and later her Agility classes. Alison's patient and gentle ways with Isabelle helped alleviate her fears and gave her such wonderful confidence in herself. It was truly life-changing! Now Isabelle is a happy, confident and well adjusted dog who is ready for anything! I will always be grateful to Alison for that! Dr Bonnie R.
We moved to the Bluffton/Hilton Head area in 2014 with three senior dogs (2 Goldens and one Cocker). Because we like to travel, one of our first priorities was to find an incredibly skilled, compassionate caregiver/dogsitter who could handle the many medical needs of these aging dogs. Our Vet, Dr. Bink, immediately recommended Gudrun Kaiser due to her vast experience with dog rescue and dog training, as well as her competence in dealing with dogs with special medical needs. A year later, we decided to rescue an 8 year old Golden Retriever, Maggie. Once again, Gudrun came to our rescue. Since we are both in our 70s, we could never have adopted this wonderful, high energy girl and given her the fun life she deserved without the E-Collar training that Gudrun and Alison Armeo provided. With this training, we are able to take Maggie to the beach and for long walks in the woods without the constraints of a leash knowing that Maggie will consistently come to us when called. Thanks Gudrun and Alison for making it possible for us to adopt (and manage) this beautiful golden girl, and the joy and freedom you have made possible her. We couldn't have done it without you. I am in my seventies and it is important that Maggie is obedient and comes when called when we walk in the woods or play on the beach. I am so grateful for the training we have received from Gudrun Kaiser and Alison Armeo, Leader of the Pack HHI. It has been the single most important thing we could have done to maximize the fun and strengthen the partnership I have with Maggie. I deeply believe that training is the most important gift you can give your dog, whether it is a puppy or an older dog who needs to be "reminded of his/her manners." I know from experience that Leader of the Pack HHI is the best place you can go for that training! Dr. Donna D.
We are delighted to recommend the services of Alison and Gudrun for dog training and boarding. They have been training our two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Alfie and Nigel, since we adopted them 15 months ago. Our dogs are not "ready learners" and it is amazing to see what they have accomplished with them. Their techniques emphasize positive reinforcement and our dogs love them. We have had private as well as class lessons and both have been effective. The private lessons have the advantage of being geared to our specific dogs. The class lessons enable the dogs to socialize and learn with other dogs. The Trainers posses a variety of training techniques. Thus, they are versatile, patient and disciplined. We wish the same could be said for the dogs' owners. The dogs' affection for them has enabled us to board them with Alison and Gudrun without guilt. It is almost as if they are the dogs "Nanny". Moreover, they are willing to stay at our residence or take them to their home. We have done both and both have been successful. Alison and Gudrun have enhanced our experience with the dogs. We and the dogs have both profited from our relationship. Beverly and Robert
We have been using Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser and their Leader of the Pack for over a year. We have a 5 year old Golden Retriever rescue named Rudy. Leader of the Pack has provided training and boarding services on many occasions. We were introduced to Alison and Gudrun through Rudy's vet, Dr. Dorian Colorado. Being a rescue, Dr. Colorado felt that Rudy would benefit from some voice command training - she was absolutely correct and we could not be happier for the referral and outcome. More importantly, Rudy loves spending time and doing all of his training and boarding with them. When we are traveling, we get texts, pictures, and even videos featuring Rudy. The atmosphere is welcoming, and we feel very comfortable with the environment provided. We highly recommend Alison, Gudrun, and Leader of the Pack to all dog lovers. Jane and Steve
To Leader of the Pack: Alison and Gudrun, thanks so much for "leading" Missy to a more manageable life! The obedience training she received was excellent! Thanks, too, for her board and training visit when I was out of town. Also, it was helpful to have a home visit in the early weeks of her training so you all could see Missy in her own environment and help me make a practice plan. If I get another dog, I'll be knocking at your door! As missy outgrows her puppy ways, we'll be back for more training! Thanks again for developing an excellent program for our "fur babies"! Ann C.
Miracles truly began to happen when our little Maltese, Oliver, was entrusted to the insightful training skills of Alison Armao and Gudrun Kaiser. They were able to transform him into a beautifully behaved companion who delights in pleasing us. Miracles do happen!
With our deepest appreciation to Alison and Gudrun, Tina + Herb
Hi Alison & Gudrun, Hope this finds you doing well. I can't tell you how excited I am to see that you and Gudrun have teamed up! I have such admiration for you both. Your email came at a great time, as I was looking into having a professional trainer come to the shelter for some training with a few key people on temperament testing. Would you and/or Gudrun be interested in doing this for us? Just let me know - our folks immediately saw a big difference in the adoptability of our dogs after your visit a few years ago - we have waited far too long to take the next step :) Either way, all the best to you and Gudrun and your efforts to make people better for their dogs! Laura
Dear Alison and Gudrun, Thank you so much for being our Therapy Dog International chapters guest speakers at our chapter meeting on Saturday! I have received so much positive feedback from your discussion, and I wanted you both to know how much we all appreciate your time and effort in educating us about all that you do. I actually had one of our chapter members call me today to thank me for having you both as our speakers! Your talk was not only interesting and informative, but also very inspirational. Thank you for all you do for our dogs, our community and for our chapter. Karen Shea & Chapter # 235 Members
Dear Alison and Gudrun, thank you so much for your generosity in allowing us to participate in your wonderful training classes. Your knowledge and expertise has certainly had an impact on Lana and our family and most certainly will have an impact on the lives of her "forever family". Thank you so much for helping us on this amazing journey! Best Wishes, The Rosenes, Amy, Bob, Will, Jack, Nate, and Lana.
Just a note to thank you for the excellent work with Dixie. She is a sweet dog but was lacking in some of the social skills. In just one session you showed me and Dixie how to work together. She is now answering commands and working off leash with less worry on my part that she will run off. We still have ways to go but she has shown such a difference since your session. Dana and I can't thank you enough for your help. It is a pleasure to take Dixie in public and know that there will not be a tug of war or bad manners. I strongly endorse your training technique for its thoroughness and ease of application.
Mike and Dana C.
Gudrun, Do not know if you heard Sophie is now a Therapy dog working twice a week in a memory care unit. It was wonderful that you worked with her when I was suffering back problems and could hardly walk. THANK YOU !!!
Why didn't I listen to you sooner about the Gentle Leader Head Collar for Benas?! I ordered one from Amazon and it arrived yesterday, but I used it for the first time today. Beans is like a new dog and actually seems to be relieved and relaxed now that he's not in that constant state of excitement while we're out walking. It's wonderful and Frank is actually much calmer too now that Beans isn't pulling his shenanigans constantly - thanks so much. Jeanne D.
Gudrun is intuitive regarding different people and their personalities, as well as animals; and when she picks up a dog or cat into her arms, one can see how they immediately calm down and nestle against her with trust. They must sense that she knows what she is doing, and that she is in charge and, again, can be trusted. It is a privilege to put Gudrun's name on our "We'd Recommend" List. If I were a bank, I'd give her a loan. If I were a business person, I would take her on as a partner or employee. If I wished to board or work with a pet, Gudrun would be my choice. Willard & Elizabeth P.
I have a Goldendoodle, Charlie, who met Alison one day after I brought him home at the age of 9 weeks. I knew I wanted him to grow into a well mannered, happy dog and hoped to avoid as many bad habits as possible in raising him. A good friend had recommended Alison. She came to my house that day and Charlie's training was underway. Since then Charlie (now 15 months old and 65 lbs) has been to puppy class, which he loved (especially playing with his new found friends), and now his Intermediate Training (more work and less play) is underway. It's a pleasure being able to take Charlie to the beach and let him run off leash knowing he'll come back when I call him. He never chases bikes and always plays well with other dogs he meets. Training Charlie is an on-going process but I could have never gotten this far without Alison's help and direction. I have no reservations in recommending her to anyone in need of a dog trainer. Jan M.
Yesterday was a BIG day for us! Petey passed his certification to become a therapy dog! Now he can go into schools, hospitals, nursing homes and bring some good feelings to others. The one challenge that Petey faces was other dogs. We found a fabulous trainer here, Alison Armao, who worked with us to help to desensitize him and did it work! Elisabeth
Alison Armao & Gudrun Kaiser
Leader of the Pack HHI - Dog Training Team