I am a strong pit bull advocate and when I adopted my young pit mix, I knew I wanted someone who had lots of experience with the breed. We couldn't risk injury to person or dog and knew we were lucky animal control wasn't called. Cricket still has a long way to go, but that is solely because we can raise the bar so much higher now. As it turned out, I was in greater need of training than Enzo (I'm not good at giving firm and consistent discipline), but Kathy and Eleanor always yanked on my chain just enough to get my attention and make their case.
There is still work to be done, but we now see a transformation in not just our dogs but ourselves as well. She never looks to us with fear when we bring out the prong or e-collar. After 4 sessions with Beth, Kathy taught us how to handle Choko for the rest of the 4 sessions. We knew we had to do something. Walks were my worst nightmare, and I'd do anything necessary to avoid seeing another dog while we were out and about.
A few days after we took our dog home, it became clear that his issues were much more severe than we had thought. I found Cause & Effect through an yelp ad, and we immediately identified with the reviews. She is not perfectwe have to watch her around dogs, but the difference is so remarkable that even other dog owners ask us what we did to change her behavior.
You could save your dog's life, and you bring a whole different level of quality to your own life. This program is a lot of work and you have to be consistent, but the results are incredible!
She has helped me with each of them, with a different approach for different problems, and has helped me also with handling the pack.
Enzo and I are both happier because of our training. Cause and Effect dog training has helped me significantly with the two dogs I have had. After a couple of weeks with us, his true colors emerged. After a few months he could heel and "leave it" more consistently. We learned how to use the prong and e-collar in a mindful way.
Beth Peterson with Cause and Effect literally saved our butts. She transformed him into a happy, well-adjusted dog and has continued to help others to bring their dogs to peace and happiness.Their training methods work, I've seen it over and over again.
( my husband shocked himself with the ecollar, it doesn't hurt). Shannon taught us about how to make training fun. We slowly graduated from wearing a muzzle to now getting to go off leash at the dog park. I found Cause & Effect through an yelp ad, and we immediately identified with the reviews. Now we have two strong, powerful dogs that are well behaved and I feel comfortable and confident walking them.
Things could've been so different if I hadn't. But having done so, our dog is now a much calmer, less anxious and happier dog, whose whole mentality has changed. He is a much, much happier dog now.
They will teach you how to get your dog to focus on you while constructing a better relationship - with this, you will learn to better understand your dog. It was hard, but as we implemented the tie down and reducing affection, we saw big differences in Choko.
Beth and Kathy were always available with suggestions and tips. Kathy was spectacular, she helped us overcome the fear of letting Penny off the leash in a park, she showed us the potential that Penny had and helped us harness it. I honestly do not know where we would be without Kathy and her guidance. It was heartbreaking to think that this would be Cricket's life from now on. Kathy is thoughtful and thorough with her assessment and took the time to figure out what our dog needed. I don't know what I would have done without her!
Thank you for everything, Kathy!
In the house, our dog was extremely agitated and anxious, and I was worried that no training could help.After a few months of stress, I found reviews for Cause & Effect, and got in contact with Kathy. The dogs sense it right away.
Kathy responds very quickly to any concerns you have via text or e-mail.I highly recommend her services. I feel so relieved that he can enjoy the freedom of being off leash while I enjoy feeling in control of my giant boy. Correction is not for the faint of heart and when we reminded ourselves that his life depended on it, we found the will. She helped me over the years to address issues with the dogs (fear reactivity, arousal, aggression) when they came up and she helped me to regain confidence when sometimes I felt overwhelmed by fear. She is not perfectwe have to watch her around dogs, but the difference is so remarkable that even other dog owners ask us what we did to change her behavior. We worked with Kathy and soon enough our dogs behavior dramatically changed. We tried a number of positive reinforcement techniques recommended by vets and other trainers but nothing seemed to be working.
And all the accolades and positive feedback are not only well earned, but deeply deserved. Kathy corrected him and he yelped, which was hard for me to watch-- and I really had to do some soul searching about whether this program would be a good fit for me.
It has been a journey. He would seemingly out of nowhere bark and lunge at even the sweetest dog-friendly old ladies. The program truly modified his behavior, but it also strengthened my relationship with him. Charley was a shy and aggressive pup several years ago.
These tools have been invaluable to us and we finally have made progress with this balanced approach. He even trots after them and makes new friends, If I ever have any concerns I simply call him and he runs back, or I calmly tell him "down" (even 30 feet away) and he goes down. Things that I had difficulty to do at first have become a way of being, a way of seeing and relating to the dogs, and not just my own dogs but the ones I encounter on trails or at the dog park, walk at the shelter, or foster in my home, that feels incredibly fulfilling and empowering. I wanted to let Biscuit play but was never sure if she'd be ok. She tolerated a muzzle but it stopped her from engaging and she just seemed depressed. By the end of our program I felt confident that he would drop what he was doing and come when called, even in a location like Point Isabel with dogs running by us in every direction. After getting into a fairly serious dog-fight with a friend's dog, I learned that she would have to be muzzled on walks for fear of running into any off-leash dogs. Quite simply, I would no longer trust anyone to train a dog of mine with the same skill and heart and understanding.
I would definitely recommend her services for your dog. It was so impactful. I'm so glad we did!
Kathy taught us the training tools. 2 weeks later he bit me and then a stranger on the street. More Amazing dog trainer who knows how to read dog behavior very well. Over the course of just about 6 months, we went from having one super anxious Aussie (a stage 5 clinger) and one Pit who scared us and made us very nervous (since we were clueless about reading her and training her) to having two super well adjusted friendly dogs! Penny's obedience and attention to us as leaders has improved ten-fold since we started the program and the best part is that she's actually enjoying it! She knows how to socialize and communicate with other dogs, and it's opened a whole new world for both of us. Two years ago I was working as a dog walker/sitter and contemplating a career in dog training. Sadly, I have since moved on to a different line of work (clinical psychology), but I love this work as much as I loved my time with Kathy. She was a big support for me and always there for us before we even met her in person. If you are ready and willing to put in work, there is no one more capable than Kathy. I can take him anywhere, including places with lots of other dogs, and I'm confident that he'll be calm and appropriate with them.
Kathy would not allow us to lower expectations and built a curriculum that enabled all of us to progress over time. I first met Kathy 10 years ago through her amazing work at the Berkeley Animal Shelter where I volunteer. More Kathy helped us change our (formerly) wild dog "Mama" from kind of wild and rough and very reactive to calm (most of the time), obedient, and good with practically all people, kids, and other dogs. This shocked me out of the self-blame and self-pity that were emotional roadblocks to getting started with training.
I worked with both Eleanor Post and Kathy Kear, and they are exceptional.
After one session and with the start of implementing in home structure, I saw a change in Tilly- she seemed calmer and more relaxed.
You will only regret not calling her sooner. Penny is truly happy because we have a way to communicate with her, she gets the exercise she needs, and she can socialize with other dogs and people. The program has you work with two trainers (my second trainer was Beth, who has a different approach then Kathy, but is also great). Tilly is now a well exercised, happy pup that gets to run to her hearts content. Worth every cent and we would do it all again. This was not a magical transformationit can be attributed to i) Our hard work and dedication, and ii) Cause and Effect's training program.Roxy is a 35lb terrier mix that we rescued when she was 2mo old, supposedly from a dog-hoarding situation. Words can't begin to accurately describe how grateful I am for Kathy. He was food, toy, and kennel possessive.
She understood our dog immediately and knew exactly how to help him and us. They combine correction techniques with reinforcing good behavior with treats and lots of praise. We tried a number of positive reinforcement techniques recommended by vets and other trainers but nothing seemed to be working. Kathy is not only an amazing, dedicated trainer, but she is a wonderful person. This summer he experienced a little success on a long leash and closely-monitored interaction.
So I took a leap of faith and we embarked on our journey. I can't recommend her enough! But having done so, our dog is now a much calmer, less anxious and happier dog, whose whole mentality has changed. Kathy worked with us on every issue and the sweet dog that I got to see and know, is now what everyone else gets to experience as well. Give into that. She is very clear and firm with what she is doing.
The training methods used are based on behavior issue and the dog's character.
During the first 2 weeks, I bugged Beth A LOT, asking her if I can reduce the tie down time etc.. She was very supportive, very patient with me.
The program was fantastic, and included everything from home visits/assessments to long sessions at Pt Isabel.
On top of that, I've found the most incredible pack-walk group (The Complete Pack) as a result of her. I was always nervous and taking her in public became really difficult. He never actually made contact with another dog, but I was afraid he would.
Incredible experience. And these two tools help us communicate that in real time. Thank you, Kathy. The training methods used are based on behavior issue and the dog's character.
Last December we adopted our dog, who while being incredibly wonderful, struggled with leash reactivity and recall. We go on quiet car rides, neighborhood walks, hikes, and we even regularly go to dog mecca, Point Isabel, no longer having to worry that there's going to be an outburst or an attack - on leash or off. We were afraid to go outside with him - his life and our lives were miserable. It was heartbreaking to think that this would be Cricket's life from now on.
Now we can enjoy a full life and be around other dogs! She was amazing in the house, but out of control outside.
When she was almost 1 yr old, she got into a small tiff with another dog at a boarding farm while we were traveling.
He was extremely pushy and did not take no for an answer. After a few weeks, he learned to walk past 80% of dogs. She was young, happy, and full of energy. By continuing, you confirm your agreement to our Terms & Conditions. Kathy is an amazing trainer and I am so grateful to have found her. She gave us assignments after the lessens and we worked on them, every day. After three sessions with Kathy, we have a different dog.
Working with Eleanor and Kathy changed everything for me. The sessions are organized so that they build on one another, so you are continually having to recall techniques from previous sessionsas a teacher myself, I appreciate this.repetition is the key to long-term memory and learning. After a few weeks, he learned to walk past 80% of dogs. Since we started working with Kathy Biscuit is a different dog! I can't understate how positive of an impact Kathy had on both us as dog owners and on Mama. It took about six months of intense behavior modification training, plus another six months of socialization training. I hated to isolate her but just couldn't trust her. Kathy was spectacular, she helped us overcome the fear of letting Penny off the leash in a park, she showed us the potential that Penny had and helped us harness it. So I took a leap of faith and we embarked on our journey. More We'd give a hundred stars if that were an option. Getting him to understand 'no', not jumping on people, and not mouthing so much when playing. She had no problem meeting and living with our other dog, Luna. The progress was 3steps forward and 2steps back but definitely moving forward.
Now she gets to run at full speed at the Berkeley Marina.
In addition, she helped me determine that a dog that needed a home was a good fit for us. Benny welcomed our newest pack member with respect and patience. So in my estimation, it is worth every minute and every penny to have a dog you can trust and who can trust you.
She convinced us we needed to get out the heavy equipment (prong and Ecollar), but more importantly, began to help us establish a foundation to 1) set expectations, 2) build the dog's confidence, 3) build our confidence and 4) diminish his anxiety. If you are ready and willing to put in work, there is no one more capable than Kathy.
I really could never have imagined Larry would come this far and am gratefull to Cause & Effect for all the tools and guidance they have provided. I truly enjoyed each training session, as did Dexter.
Denise helped us to understand balance as it relates to our work with Benny.
My arms were covered by bruises and seeing it made me feel powerless. I have two aggressive rescue large dogs. After a few months he could heel and "leave it" more consistently. I adopted her at about a year old and we immediately began training on our own and in group classes. I learned how to be a strong, calm leader, and Mowgli learned that my job is to take care of him (not the other way around). The corrections are minimal and necessary for us to keep control of our dog.
We had tried to work with another trainer who did not work out at all. Kathy reached out to me and apologized for missing my message. After too many aggressive interactions on his part, we could not trust him off leash any more, occasionally we'd let him run in fenced in tennis courts but even then we were on guard. I really could never have imagined Larry would come this far and am gratefull to Cause & Effect for all the tools and guidance they have provided. But what we admire most about Kathy is how fair and balanced her training is - (she uses rewards: praise, food treats, toys, etc. I value an owner who is open minded to any tool that helps support their dog to be the best mannered and well socialized dog they can be! What a difference her help has made in my life!!! During the last pack walk session, I could tell Tilly was nervous and unsure, but instead of reacting, she would check back in with me.
We had no clue why he barks at us and I was afraid to be home with own my dog alone at night. We just attended a group class last weekend. I could not trust the dog. A few days after we took our dog home, it became clear that his issues were much more severe than we had thought. She had no problem meeting and living with our other dog, Luna. I came into this process scared and skeptical.
We have just completed their 8-week training and we couldn't be happier. After a few more weeks, he learned how to cope by lying down. The work she did with our pitt mix was nothing short of a miracle. I mean EVERYTHING (I think we spent more time, money, and energy on products claiming to help than going through Kathy's program) Penny pulled so hard and yelped every time we went outside. More Kathy is such a fantastic trainer.
I can recommend the whole Cause and Effect team more. But I have taken other dogs of mine to other (less expensive) trainers in the area and have never had as successful of a behavior modification as I had with Kathy. We no longer cuddle with our dog in bed and are sensitive to giving Roxy too much affection.
Kathy corrected him and he yelped, which was hard for me to watch-- and I really had to do some soul searching about whether this program would be a good fit for me. Our dog a Great Pyrenees/Bernese Mtn dog mix, a big 130 lbs dog, was having fear aggression towards other dogs and that was quite difficult for us to handle. Over that time, there have been many ups and downs, progress and regression. Loved people and played with every dog she encountered, was never aggressive. But here we are, Junie runs off leash, meets other dogs on leash, goes for long pack walks and is a lovely guy. Kathy would not allow us to lower expectations and built a curriculum that enabled all of us to progress over time. We highly appreciate Kathy and Beth and Kathy's pack walk team, who gave us the tools and great on-going support, even now after the all lessons.
It was so impactful. Because he barks and nips aggressively.
She is no cookie cutter trainer.When you watch Kathy work with your dog you really see her getting into the dog's mind and figuring out what methods work best for certain situations. HOWEVER, I'm forever glad we did it, and I'd do it again if we got a new dog or encountered new issues. I knew that for it to be effective I needed to give it 100% and really buy into it, or it would never work. They are always response and helpful with any question or concern. We have long completed the 4 session package, but Kathy still regularly checks in with us because she CARES!
Before meeting Kathy we were a little hesitant about using certain tools like the prong or e-collar as part of training because we didn't really understand how they worked. We were going to need to make changes, and they needed to be effective immediately. I found my little Larry in the road and after a short while realized he had a number of socialization and aggressive behaviour issues. Kathy, Eleanor and the whole Cause & Effect team helped turned our crazy Penny into a manageable, happy and obedient pup. Our goals were much lower - just to be able to walk him on leash on a dog-friendly trail without being concerned about every encounter. You have a dog whose behavior does not fit into what we expect of dogs in our world. I felt confident that I could stop his play when I wanted, if it started to get too escalated or if the other dog started to feel overwhelmed by it. More My pit Blue was a mess before Kathy. Just getting to see him run has been such a joy.It has not been an overnight or easy process but Kathy has always been there, coaching me and supporting me. She helped us early on, suggesting that we consider the temperament and needs of different breeds before choosing any dog from the many available through different rescue groups. I thought it would take years, if ever to get to that point and often thought he'd be an closely watched, on-leash, on-muzzle dog forever, But we stuck with Kathy's plan, which was strategic and tailor made for our dog.
It was hard, but as we implemented the tie down and reducing affection, we saw big differences in Choko. Let me start by saying Kathy saved our dog's life. She talked us through using a crate and how to interact with Otis in the house. In reality, she surpassed our wildest expectations within the first two weeks of training. She set a high goal for the dog - being able to eventually socialize with or ignore all dogs. Now let me explain. Kathy was very knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and approachable. Kathy gave us the confidence and tools to work with Blue and really change his behavior and state of mind. She will put you to work, it is a strict training program, but she is realistic about how much time owners can put into training and she offers additional services like pack walks and group classes to keep up progress.
When Kathy first came into our home, she saw a dog that was scared and reactive to her. I had tried other trainers and hands down Cause and Effect is the best!! Feeling helpless, stressed and unsure of how to tackle these issues, we contacted Kathy. When visitors came over, she would bark and growl often sprinting to the front door intimidating them. We no longer cuddle with our dog in bed and are sensitive to giving Roxy too much affection. Once you go through the program, you have the whole Cause & Effect family for life.
Kathy's skill and gift as a dog trainer is undeniable - but she is also a real pro with her clients - evident that she truly cares about your well-being in addition to your dog's.
She gladly helps me with my shelter fosters and cares ongoingly about all the animals who come her way. Although, Kathy is not accepting new clients at the moment. For me, working with Kathy and Shannon was almost like a religious conversion: it involved a complete paradigm shift and a whole new kind of consciousness about what it means to be responsible for a dog.
Kathy is a fabulous trainer with an intuitive understanding of dogs and a willingness to work with even the most difficult ones! We had tried EVERY kind of training before we met Kathy, and nothing worked! We ended up with a sweet pitty-mix puppy.
I tried some standard training classes and was told to just keep him away from other people and dogs. She is no cookie cutter trainer.When you watch Kathy work with your dog you really see her getting into the dog's mind and figuring out what methods work best for certain situations. Cricket is a rescue and while almost everything about her was perfect, it quickly became obvious that she was very dog-reactive. We cannot recommend her enough- she understands dogs in such a special way. Fast forward one year after adoption - we had diligently participated in no less than 5 different courses geared toward reactive dogs and had gone through several personal 1:1 dog trainers using only positive reinforcement methods, yet our dog Shiloh was just as reactive as ever towards dogs.
Kathy and Eleanor were able to suggest changes to make around the house and on walks to provide a more structured environment for my dog. She works with your schedule and at your pace, giving plenty of time during each lesson to ensure that you are in your comfort zone. She and her organization has literally changed our lives. Now we can go to the park and know that we have control of our pup, we walk her with confidence, and we aren't scared to bring here anywhere. We still need to remain diligent and watch her closely, but our lives have really opened up.
Contact Kathy immediately if your dog has aggression or fear aggression issues. It takes patience, clear language and fair commands. They make the training fun for the dog so that it stays focused and interested.
Resend, We've also sent you an email with a login link or log in manually, Add more details to get better responses from professionals. He loves seeing Beth and it helps us remember how far we have come. Be forewarned, to be successful in this program, you will likely have to confront your own instincts and emotions about dog ownership. Before we weren't going hiking, one of our favorite activities, because we felt bad leaving our dog behind.
I get teary-eyed even admitting this, because I can't imagine my life without my dog. I'm no longer overcome with fear when we go on walks, and I even occasionally get to be the very proud dog owner whose dog listens impeccably well!We are so grateful to the Cause & Effect team for coaching us to be better dog owners and for creating an environment for our dog to life a happy, full life!
More Kathy is an amazing trainer .
We cannot say enough about how amazing Kathy and the Cause and Effect program have been to us. If you have any doubts about contacting Kathy and Cause & Effect, CONTACT THEM!! I'm not anymore.
He can socialize with other dogs now!
That means radical change is probably going to be part of what will help. He became more calm and relaxed, no longer all over the house, no whining, no demanding. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working with various members of the team and we've absorbed different lessons from each of them.
I believe she spent a good 45 minutes talking to me on the phone and giving me advise on some of the things I can implement at home. Separation anxiety, food/toy guarding, dog aggression, distrustful of strangers, territorial, etc were the issues we we're dealing with. On the other hand, we simply couldn't stomach the militaristic use of force and fear tactics that other trainers recommended in order to have a sense of control over our dog's behavior. If he was off leash and saw another dog, he would take off, and almost immediately tackle the other dog, basically forcing them to play wrestle with him.
It takes work and dedication but is worth every second you put into it and you have support every step of the way. People who were influenced by the negative media spotlight on bully breeds soften when they see our foster, Pumpkin.Simply put, we cannot say enough about Kathy Kear and Cause and Effect. We did basic training sessions with both dogs and then worked on anxiety, social situations (dog-dog) and confidence building for the dogs.Lo and behold - The dogs are now 99% less freaky/crazy/scary and 100% awesome. She works with your schedule and at your pace, giving plenty of time during each lesson to ensure that you are in your comfort zone.