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Denver A-List Update

The Good: We are in first place.

The Bad: The next positive trainers in line have dropped down to 4th and 5th place. Sit Means Sit is in 2nd position and is closing in on us at an alarming rate. I'm pretty sure they have a bigger, more sophisticated marketing machine than we do, so we are not sure how much longer we can hold them off.

The Ugly: We're reaching out for help everywhere, but it is like pulling teeth. But some good folks are coming through for us, and we appreciate it immensely. Win or loose, we have drawn closer to some good people, clients and trainers.

If anyone can get behind us in any way, we appreciate it. We'd love to AT LEAST keep aversive trainers out of the first slot. But this is GRUELING.

Anyway, thanks for listening.

http://denveralist.cityvoter.com/fetchmasters-llc/biz/681112

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Hey Friends of FetchMasters,

The Denver A-List Competition is REALLY some stiff competition. We've moved our way into 2nd place, but we can't take ANYTHING for granted.

We can only do this with your help!

PLEASE vote for us now ... it only takes a minute to show your support for our company and our mission.

Here are instructions:

NOTE: IT IS SLIGHTLY TRICKY to vote on this website, SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, OR YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

You will have to press the "VOTE NOW" button TWICE.

Here are voting instructions:

1. Go to this link … http://denveralist.cityvoter.com/fetchmasters-llc/biz/681112

2. Click the "VOTE NOW" button … WAIT! YOU WILL HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!

3. Log in with your Facebook account.

4. Click the "VOTE NOW" button AGAIN!

That is it! Thank you so much for your time and support for FetchMasters. We love you guys.
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Dear FetchMasters Family and Friends,

WE NEED YOUR HELP QUICKLY! And PLEASE share this with all of your friends.

We have been nominated for the DENVER A-LIST COMPETITION, and there isn't much time left to vote. Voting ends on March 6th!!! So, PLEASE cast your vote NOW for us. It will only take you a few seconds.

NOTE: IT IS SLIGHTLY TRICKY to vote on this website, SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, OR YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

You will have to press the "VOTE NOW" button TWICE.
You will have to press the "VOTE NOW" button TWICE.
You will have to press the "VOTE NOW" button TWICE.
You will have to press the "VOTE NOW" button TWICE.

(Yes, it is THAT important!)

Here are voting instructions:

1. Go to this link … http://denveralist.cityvoter.com/fetchmasters-llc/biz/681112

2. Click the "VOTE NOW" button … WAIT! YOU WILL HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!

3. Log in with your Facebook account.
 
4. Click the "VOTE NOW" button AGAIN!

That is it! Thank you so much for your time and support for FetchMasters. We love you guys.
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2016-02-17
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Welcome to the FetchMasters office.

Just walked a trainee dog past this, and a passerby said: "How in the world can you walk your dog that close to the deer without it going bonkers?!"

Another business card finds a home. A nice end to a tough week of training.
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Just got this amazing review from Laura with the Leash Aggressive Jack Russell!
Congratulations to the FetchMasters team! It is hard sometimes for people to understand the amount of work that goes into dogs like Crosby behind the scenes, but this pup was a serious team effort -- one of the toughest leash-reactivity cases we've had in a while, and I'm really proud of our results.
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A few years ago we rescued an adult jack-rat terrier who was running around homeless in a downtown housing development. Even though he was a high energy dog, he adapted very well to our domestic situation that included several other dogs and cats. Over the years, he became a wonderful inside dog and much calmer with new people but he continued to have very bad leash aggression issues whenever we would walk him - which was twice daily. Every time he even saw another dog during our walk – even if that dog was a block away, he became unmanageable - barking, growling, pulling at the end of the leash. Many times as a last resort, we would pick him up (he's less than 20 lbs) just to stop his out-of-control behavior. It was awful – embarrassing in front of our neighbors and overwhelmingly stressful for both my husband and I. Plus, we were very nervous about what would happen if he ever did manage to escape the leash. No doubt the result would not be good. We tried every training technique we knew to curb his behavior but nothing we did worked consistently. Finally, we decided that our only option was a more intense training approach. I interviewed multiple trainers in the Denver area and based on excellent reviews and references decided to go with FetchMasters. Tom, the owner of Fetchmasters, met with my husband, myself and our dog initially to review our situation. The time was well spent. Tom explained so much to us about the possible issues that were causing our dog's behavior -and was very upfront in telling us that some of those issues were most likely exasperated by our own inadvertent poor responses and behaviors and that we, as well as our dog, would need to be "trained" in a way that supported and sustained any new behaviors he was able to instill in our dog initially. We were so impressed by Tom's knowledge, his honesty and his approach (he is focused on rewards, not punishments) that we agreed to put our dog in Fetchmaster’s capable hands for four weeks. Initially, this was a hard decision because we couldn't see our dog during that time (Tom advised against periodic visits because they tended to distract the dog and risk the progress that was being made.) but ultimately it was the best decision we made for his behavior training. While Tom provided progress updates weekly, we were still not sure what to expect when we picked our dog up. But honestly, the progress that Tom and his team were able to make with our dog was incredible. After four weeks, our dog was healing consistently and responded to alternate engagement techniques when walking past other barking and excited (!) dogs. Fantastic! Who would have believed that was possible? Not us! Tom spent a couple of hours with myself and my husband helping us practice the same techniques that he uses to curb bad behavior so that we can sustain the progress when we got home. It’s been a little over three weeks since we picked up our dog from the Fetchmaster’s program and we've been diligent in following Tom's instructions. Our dog continues to respond positively in all key behavioral areas and the stress of walking him in our neighborhood has significantly decreased. While we realize that we’re not out of the woods yet (Tom has told us that it will take months of consistency and repetition before the behavior becomes more ingrained), we could not ask for a better foundation. I cannot say enough positive things about Fetchmasters. I would highly, highly recommend them as a first choice for excellent training in the Denver area.

Very happy about this great review from Meredith (and her dog Tucker) who just finished Level One Obedience with Linda.

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My yellow lab, Tucker, and I just finished a great training with Linda. When I adopted him last year, he was older and pretty well behaved, but we had a lot of work to do as far as structure and commands. (And let's be honest, I had a lot of learning to do as the human). Linda was patient but direct with both of us and we both emerged well trained with a completed level 1. And she was accommodating to my schedule. I would highly suggest FetchMasters for anyone - with a pup young or old!

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Thanks, Meredith!
Sincerely,
Tom Aaron

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I think I'm gonna go ahead and just chose to believe this one. :)

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The Foxes on Grizzly Man

If you have seen the strange, surreal documentary of Tim Tredwell, the Grizzly Man, you may have noticed the foxes he frequently had in tow.

Tim built his tent between two fox dens, and before long, the foxes were as gentle and trusting around him as any domesticated dog. They would follow him around, steal his hat, play in his presence, taste his fingers and lounge beside him. 

You might think Tim was crazy ... and maybe he was in some ways, I don't know ... but one thing is for sure, he was gentle and trustworthy, and these wild canines figured that out.

Watching him with the foxes makes me think that the whole notion of wild ancestors of modern dogs could EASILY have bonded with trustworthy humans ... thus starting the journey to dog-hood.

You can only build this kind of relationship with a positive approach. You cannot force a wild animal to trust you like that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNX8NdvJ_ZA

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This pic says it all. Me and ol' Sig. One of our gun dogs from a few years ago ... doing some touch up with to get him ready for the Dakotas. He is one bad-to-the-bone, FetchMasters-trained Chessie.

It is like working with an old friend.
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Funny story. Today, I was moving some pheasants, chuckars and quail to different cages for cleaning, and one quail and one pheasant got loose!

The quail didn't fly far, and Roscoe (my bluetick coonie mix, who certainly is NOT a bird dog) ran the quail down, put one paw on it, and held it down until I could come pick it up. That was NOT the response I was expecting from him, as most of his encounters with small animals results in a small meal.

And the pheasant flew halfway down the street of my neighborhood  before running up under a parked car. I put my shorthair and coonie away and called Alie (my prize bird dog) to go with me to try and recover it.

When we got downwind of the bird, she found it. The pheasant made a break for freedom, emerged from beneath the car, and went straight up into the air. 

Alie jumped and grabbed it by the tail feathers, pinned it to the ground, and then picked it up and brought it back to me. She was very proud of herself. And I was very proud of her, as I always am when she recovers birds that our trainee dogs lose from time to time. Nothing can escape her.

Both birds are safe and sound. And I'm thankful to have good dogs.

Eager to get out in the field tomorrow and get back to work.
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