about Connell's Dog Training

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Matt Connell

I live in Shrewsbury, MA, and have two dogs of my own. Before starting this business, I volunteered my time walking dogs at a nearby animal shelter. There I worked with dogs of all breeds, temperaments, and backgrounds. My focus was getting them enough exercise, reinforcing their training, and preparing them for meeting new people. While rewarding, it was tough to see good dogs surrendered for solvable problems. Often those dogs had been there before. With that in mind, I decided I wanted to help dogs adjust to the home environment and reduce the number of dogs surrendered to shelters.  

 

I am an Associate Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and am professionally insured through the Business Insurers of the Carolinas.

 
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Murphy

This lovable guy is a Hound mix rescued from Kentucky. Despite some rudimentary training, he had several big-ticket behavior issues which became apparent rather quickly after his adoption: dog-focused reactivity and extreme separation anxiety. Through repetitive and patient training these problems began to diminish. Like any dog (or person) he has his good days and his bad ones, but he has learned to behave in the presence of other dogs by focusing on what he wants - human attention. Food doesn't hurt either. He is an ongoing student, but I believe I learn as much from Murphy as he does from me. He was largely my inspiration for getting involved working with dogs professionally.

 

Parker

 The younger of my two dogs is probably a Dachshund/Jack Russell mix. Like many little dogs, he is paradoxically the more dominant of the two. He was found as a stray, also in Kentucky, and came to me with zero training. Within a week he understood the basic obedience commands. Like Murphy, he liked to challenge other dogs and small animals, but had none of the other anxieties. I attribute his confidence to formerly living the life of a stray.

 

All dogs are welcome!

I will not exclude any dog from training based on breed or bite history. I understand that many dog trainers and dog walkers choose to exclude certain dogs based on past experiences or the terms of their insurance contracts. I however disagree with common stereotypes of dog breeds, and I have no such limitations. Refusing to provide training to any specific breed only serves to reinforce those stereotypes, and giving up on a dog who has bitten in the past is effectively a death sentence. Giving a dog adequate training will provide it with the best opportunity to succeed going forward.