Crafty Canine Club
- NicoMar. 1, 2020Boarding school for doggos? Yes, please!
Tl;dr: Traveling for a week and needed someone to watch over our socially awkward (towards other dogs) rescue dog, Rocco. Ended up bringing him to Crafty Canine Club for boarding and dog training. Thanks to Don, senior dog behaviorist at CCC, Rocco had a great time and walked out with great confidence and a pack of new doggo friends!
Our 3-year old dandie dinmont terrier mix rescue dog, Rocco, is wonderful with people but doesn’t do well with other dogs around. He would not stop barking and growling when other dogs come too close. We’ve been wanting to bring him to a dog park or to dog-friendly establishments so he can be socialized with other dogs, but have stopped doing so after a few tries without much success at improving his behavior. We decided we needed to bring him to a dog behaviorist. The trouble is, which trainer do we go to, and when will we ever find the time?
We found the solution almost by accident. We needed to be away for a week-long trip and couldn’t find a sitter for Rocco. So we decided to put him up in dog boarding, along with his sister, Sophie. We looked up Crafty Canine Club: it’s relatively new, but have some excellent, if few, reviews. It also interestingly offered dog training while the dog is staying at the club. We decided to give the boarding and training package a try.
Adding on the training turned out to be the best thing that happened for Rocco since we rescued him. Don, the trainer, explained to us how he planned to ease Rocco into the pack of dogs currently boarding in the club, as well as the logic of each of the steps in the process.
While we were away, Don would send us photos and progress videos, and you can really see how Rocco would change from one day to another. By his fourth day in the club, he was playing confidently with other dogs twice his size. He was a happy pup in his natural habitat.
I can’t recommend Crafty Canine Club enough. If in doubt, check out the club and talk to Don. For the very reasonable price you pay, you get amazing care for your pups and they get to have a great time while you work or have fun.
- MonicaFeb. 18, 2020Best Dog Boarding/Dog Training Ever!!!
My husband & I recently decided we wanted to adopt a rescue dog & decided to go through second chance adoption, which is how I found Ellis. When first going to meet Ellis we were told he was staying with a trainer due to some behavior issues.
Once we arrived at Crafty Canine Club we were met by Don the lead trainer who had been working with Ellis
for the last 4 months & explained to us in great detail all of Ellis's history & behavioral issues. Ellis had unfortunately been abused & shot with a BB gun so he had major anxiety & PTSD. This Anxiety would cause him to go around in these circles, barking & gnawing at his side. These behavior episodes would go on for long periods of time. Don told aside from this issue he was a great dog, total sweetheart, super affectionate, great hiker! He explained to us all the tools & methods he was using to help him work through the anxiety.
Don wanted to be sure we knew what we were in for ensuring success both for Ellis & for us as potential new dog parents. When deciding to follow through with adoption Don offered his help in getting Ellis acclimated into our home, continually being there to answer questions & help with any behavior issues and training questions.
I have to say I fully understand why Second chance dog rescue works so closely with Crafty Canine Club. They understand what some of these rescue dogs have been through & the special care they need from people like Don who go above & beyond.
We have had Ellis for almost a month now & I can't express how happy we are! He's an amazing dog and I believe he has come leaps & bounds from where they first found him. You can tell he has had great training & lots of love. I think it takes very special people to see that potential & to be patient enough to not give up on these dogs.
I would highly recommend Crafty Canine Club for training or any behavioral needs your dog may have. They are the best!!!!
We've also recently boarded Ellis while away for a weekend & I can't even tell you how much fun he had! Such peace of mind to be out of town & know our precious Ellis is well taken care of. Thank you Crafty Canine Club, Thank you Don for everything you've done for Ellis. Can't wait for his next visit!
- Daryl joyceFeb. 11, 2020Trustworthy Place!!!
It has been very difficult finding someone we trust in taking care of our very smart but crazy dog, Kai, while we’re out of town. Though my husband and I love to travel, we always dread being away from our furry child especially after a couple bad experiences. Traveling had not been the same since! Even though Kai is very friendly, he can be difficult to manage.
That being said, we even opted to wait a few months for our honeymoon to find someone really trustworthy to care for Kai. Our patience paid off when we finally found Crafty Canine Club! Don is very knowledgeable and Kai really seems to listen to him. He sent us frequent updates, photos, and videos of Kai while we were gone. It really made our trip worry-free knowing that Kai was in great hands.
After Kai’s stay at Crafty Canine Club, he has been noticeably better at listening and following commands. Not only did Don take great care of him, but he also trained him well after telling him of our struggle with Kai’s toy aggression at the park.
We’ve always thought that Kai was too crazy to be a good canine citizen, but with Don’s expertise and help, it might be possible. We’re definitely planning on taking some training classes with him!
- PeterJan. 20, 2020A Dog’s Paradise
In 2019 we got our first puppy, a happy go lucky and full of energy corgi. Also in 2019 we had a 17 day vacation planned, and needed somewhere for her to stay. After seeing Crafty Canine’s huge outdoor turf play area, I had a feeling this would be the perfect place for our corgi. Being a 6 month old puppy at the time, getting to socialize and play with other dogs in a wide open area for 4 hours a day was the best thing that could have happened to her. During our vacation Don sent us lots of pictures and videos which was reassuring to know that she was having loads of fun (she would stay there forever if she could). Just as amazing was noticing just how much her obedience had improved when we picked her up! I could tell that Don was truly a kind leader to my dog, helping her understand that listening to a human and being obedient is actually fun. Of course being a puppy meant that she still tried to test my boundaries with her when we were home, but Don was really helpful in explaining how to build the leadership relationship with her. Without a doubt Don and Crafty Canine Club are among the best boarding/training facilities for dogs in the San Diego area, and will be the only place I ever let my corgi stay!