We first started going to K9 academy international about six years ago when a friend told us about Nino. We have had dogs that Nino has trained and boarded in the past. After losing our last dog almost two years ago, Nino asked us if we ever thought of a German Sheppard. Six months later we put a deposit on one of his puppies due in July 2010. We brought our puppy Cola home in September. We had many questions about raising our puppy and Nino and his staff were always available via phone, text, or e-mail to answer questions or give advice. We started taking Cola to daycare at K9 Academy for socialization. One day when I picked her up she was playing with her brother that was not yet adopted. He and Cola played so well together and he was very cute and impressive looking. Needless to say we were so impressed with Cola, our relationship with Nino, and her brother, that we ended up adopting him as well. We have now had Cola and Ace for almost a year and could not be happier. Both of our German Shepherd dogs have different personalities and our three children ages 11, 9, and 7 love to play with them. We have started obedience training and are very happy with how well they are doing. We plan to start protection training soon. We could not be happier with our experience with Nino and would highly recommend him.

Bob and Heidi McGuire
Grand Rapids, MI

Hey Nino,

We couldn’t be happier with our GSD pup Gittano Jr. The socialization and training early on has proven to be worth the time and investment. His temperament allows us to bring him just about anywhere we go. Looking forward to continuing protection training. We don’t have to worry about feeling unsafe in our home, he is a great guard dog already.

Eric and Kim

I’ve had Boomer & Thor since they were pups. I thought I was doing the right thing with them. Training them to do the basics….walking loose leash, sit, stay, come, etc. They did those things very well. They did not do well when it came to other people and dogs. I read many articles on socializing. My biggest problem is that I didn’t have confidence in myself with them around others. I needed to regroup and sought out Nino’s help. He and his staff worked with Boomer & Thor by getting others instead of me being with them. Nino and I talked many times over the phone while he was training them. Nino taught me as well…to be the pack leader. I think I needed more training than the dogs. Because of Nino’s training, I gained more confidence and Boomer and Thor could sense that as well. It’s a pleasure now taking them on walks and to the park around other people and dogs. They seem happier as well. When people see me with the dogs and compliment with regarding their good behavior and how well they respond to me, I tell them Nino did a great job training me and the dogs. Thank you Nino and your staff.

Tom Russo

Boomer and Thor
Tom Russo

For a while we had some problems with our dog’s aggressive behavior toward other dogs, basic obedience and a few other things like not coming when called,etc.

We worked with trainers in our town and used the best ones to help us out with our problem. Even that we followed instructions 100% we had limited success in solving our problems. One day we heard about Nino and his training from a lady we know and decided to check this guy out. To cut the story short we were amazed with the results that Nino’s personalized training produced. His unique approach to dog training in general is definitely different and better from what we have seen with other trainers. Our personalized training classes resulted in a totally controlled and happy dog.

Thank you for everything

Elizabeth & Tom

Elizabeth & Tom

Simply put, our dog was a mess!

His behavior and submissive urination were so bad we were at the point that we were going to have to get rid of him. We worked with him, took him to classes with different prominent trainer,etc. Nothing was working. We called Nino, took Blu to him, and the dog we picked up 4 weeks later brought tears to my eyes. There he was sitting proud, walking calmly on leash, using door manners, it was incredible! With the help of Nino and K9 Academy International, Blu now plays great with our other dog, he listens and he is a great dog! We can now enjoy our dog Blu as a part of our family!

Stacy Sagle

Stacy Sagle

Hi, Nino and Pamela,

Not a day goes by that we don’t comment on how great our dog is and how happy and relieved we are that we sent her to you. As you know, I was an overprotective mother hen who wasn’t entirely convinced that we couldn’t handle her training ourselves (with a bit of guidance) and who really wasn’t sure that I could stand to leave her for 8 weeks. We’d had a dog in the past who was hard-headed and required firm training and consistent leadership, so we thought we were ready for Olive. We were wrong. As Olive’s wilfullness grew, we began to suspect we were in over our heads. When she began to show signs of dog aggression after being bitten on the nose by a small dog at a pet store, we knew it.

Nothing we did worked to lessen the leash aggression she developed after that incident, and soon it was growing into leash aggression toward people passing by, as well. She clearly did not see us (especially me, Amy) as being in charge, no matter how much training we did and no matter how many subtle cues we tried to give showing that we were Alpha. She completely tuned us out when she was excited or mad and we spent all of our time yelling at her to stop doing something – chewing, stealing objects, growling, chasing the cats, jumping, mouthing us, etc.. I was very concerned that if she was showing signs of leash aggression toward dogs and people at the age of 6 months, things were only going to get worse. Furthermore, we recognized that as a Rottweiler, her behavior was going to be under the microscope even more than dogs we had owned in the past. With some sense of desperation, we called Nino and made the trip to Lowell.

Eight long weeks later our Wild Olive was returned to us as Sweet Olive. We can’t believe the difference. She is still a puppy and has the same loveable personality she always had, but now she LISTENS to us! If she goes astray and decides to try to eat the toilet paper, a simple “NO” promptly redirects her – no more chase or keep away or repeated yelling. She came home a much calmer dog, far more comfortable and in control of herself and her role in our family. Nino’s training allowed us to gain control so that she feels comfortable with us as the boss and hears what we say. While she is still very playful and sometimes even a bit wild, she remains in control of herself and her actions. When we pass by other dogs on walks, she is alert but not aggressive. She doesn’t get into a blind frenzy anymore. While she tries to play with our aged, arthritic shepherd mix, she no longer leaps on her uncontrollably pushing her to the ground.

In hindsight I can clearly see that we would not have been capable of accomplishing this level of control ourselves. Nino’s training methods and use of the e-collar proved to be profoundly more effective than the positive-only techniques that seem to be in vogue today. Furthermore, it seems that living among a lot of dogs all making noise
and being in close proximity really helped to desensitize her a bit and alleviate some of her defensive aggression. We went from questioning why we had decided to get a Rottweiler to realizing exactly why – and knowing that we’d do it again in a heartbeat now that she is such a wonderful companion and family member!

Thank You,

The Krone Family

Olive
Olive

I had five different dogs before Chase, but he was my biggest challenge. After a while I figured that I needed some professional help. I came across this web site and decided to check it out. I received some great insights in ‘dog world’ and learned many things I didn’t know about dogs even that I had five dogs in my life. Now my Chase is not a big mystery to me, we have a wonderful relationship and lots of fun. Throughout many years of being a dog owner I came across many trainers in different cities. I can say with great confidence that I haven’t met better training and understanding of dogs than in K9 Academy International.

Thank you very much

Rebecca and Chase

‘Chase’ the Mailman

Gittano Jr. von Harisburg

Hey Nino,

We couldn’t be happier with our GSD pup Gittano Jr. The socialization and training early on has proven to be worth the time and investment. His temperament allows us to bring him just about anywhere we go. Looking forward to continuing protection training. We don’t have to worry about feeling unsafe in our home, he is a great guard dog already.

Eric and Kim

Gittano in Pool
Gittano Jr. von Harisburg

We didn’t know much about dogs when we got our new pup and we made some common mistakes in beginning. We had trouble with house breaking, potty training, digging, not coming when called, walking on leash, chewing and manners. After our training with K9 Academy International we came to understand ‘dog language’ 100% better and our communication and training went really good. Our dog now is well behaved, has great manners and is a great joy to us.

Thanks

Pat & Rob

Pat & Rob

Hi Nino,

Just a word regarding the conversation we had last week. In regards to training a dog, “you are the best”! I am very satisfied with the methods you use, the manner with which you handle a dog, and the helpful hints you gave me to help me to learn to teach “Minna” how to behave. I would be happy to refer anyone to you, and will do so if the need should arise! I am enclosing a picture of my “K9 Academy” trained Doberman.

Thank you and continued success!

Marg Stearn

Minna Stearns
Minna