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All Breed Rescue & Training

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Rescue, Rehab, ReHome (re)Train at-risk shelter dogs and provide professional education services for all dog owners.

Results: In 2020 we are on track to rescue over 100 dogs by December 31. We are excited to be the premier trainer recommended by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and have been voted Best of the Springs Dog Trainer for 5 years running!

Target demographics: at-risk dogs in our community and provide educational services to the public

Geographic areas served: the greater Colorado Springs and Colorado area.

Programs: * Rescue Program: We place at risk shelter dogs in foster homes until a permanent adoption home can be found. * Training Program: We offer "training thru trust" based training courses that range from the puppy level up to advanced competition levels. We also offer "train the trainer" mentorships for those wanting to become dog trainers. * Extended Services: We offer canine behavior analysis, modification and other counseling services.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started with ABRT in the summer of 2018 when we adopted a rescue puppy. Lillie completed puppy raising and they were very good with her since she was quite shy. She moved on to Neo 1 and also did agility through ABRT up until we found out she had a problem with her knee. In October of 2020 we adopted an aussie puppy. I went right back to ABRT and she has completed Puppy Raising, Neo 1 and is currently in Neo 2 and agility. The staff is patient and realistic, and with their guidance I believe my 2 girls are overall very happy and well trained family pets! Thanks ABRT

Client Served

Rating: 5

All Breed Rescue & Training has the most knowledgeable, caring staff around. I would highly recommend ABRT to anyone looking to train their dogs, adopt a dog or fix those behavioral issues etc. The team at ABRT is honestly phenomenal!!! They really make sure not only is your dog being trained, but you as well! Throughout the training process, you learn how to communicate with your dog and truly build that life long bond with them. If you are looking for anything from obedience to agility to nose work (and many more offered classes).. this is the place for you! The people are welcoming and would be more than willing to get you signed up. 10/10 highly recommend! Love ABRT!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mia is such a sweet, people loving rescue dog ~ so we decided to train her to be a therapy dog. We are in our 3rd class at ABRT and absolutely love the programs and trainers. They are patient with both the dogs and humans! Their training methods are step-by-step, easy to learn, and based on the dog's natural desire to learn. Because every owner has a different reason for training (therapy, agility, good manners), they individualize learned behaviors when appropriate. Since Mia is training to be a therapy dog, we are training her to rest her head in a person's lap, while another owner who just wants their dog to be well mannered, is training their dog to rest their head on the ground and settle. Highly recommend this program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My relationship began with ABRT last summer after a friend of mine had a litter of 16 unexpected puppies that resulted in us adopting one. I knew right away that my dog Charley was going to be very large and it was important to me that he be well socialized and well mannered. I enrolled him in puppy 101 followed by Neo dog 1 and 2. While Charley is still a puppy and developing some traits we need to work on, i know that they will be manageable because the foundation of our relationship is based on trust. The methodology of ABRT is to never have your dog questioning whether or not he is safe with you... And that is something i value above all else. Physical discipline and fear based training were not an option for me and i am so thankful that i found a place that nurtured that same value. You MUST be willing to work and spend time outside of class with your dog to see progress. There is homework and constant reinforcing commands. But if you're willing your dog will respond!

Valdra C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a voucher for Puppy Raising 101 when I adopted Boon Dog in August 2020. Since then we've taken Neo Dog 1 and will be graduating Neo Dog 2 this Thursday! I've never trained a dog before and I appreciate how the skills Boon and I have learned build off of each other. The staff is knowledgable, patient and supportive. They provide corrective feedback around targeted opportunities and their commitment to the success of their students is totally apparent. I'm hoping to have Boon Dog trained as a therapy dog, and I'm looking forward to continuing to work with him at ABRT to get him what he needs!

Carol R.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We began our relationship with All Breed Rescue and Training in the fall of 2004 when we adopted our sweet Jenna from a local rescue. She was a bit reactive with other dogs and a friend recommended ABRT. We went for a behavior evaluation and the rest is history. Not only did we start Jenna in classes but she became a therapy dog as well. It was worth the trip from Pueblo because we really liked the positive reinforcement method of training. We truly wouldn't consider taking our dog anywhere else for classes. In 2006, we adopted our dear Tundra from ABRT. She and Jenna got along immediately and we knew that Tundra was the perfect dog for us. She had severe separation anxiety to the point of getting ill, but through a lot of love, patience and training she became not only a very happy and well adjusted dog..she became the beloved mascot of CSU Pueblo for almost 12 years. She truly was one of the most well known faces of Pueblo and she thrived in her very public role thanks to the love and training from ABRT. Jenna passed away in 2014 and Tundra just recently passed in 2020. We along with all of those whose lives they touched dearly miss them. We recently adopted another husky mix named Roch and he is our new mascot in training. Of course, we have started him in classes at ABRT and he is doing beautifully in his new role. He is so wonderful with kids and is great with our two older dogs. Our goal is to continue classes at ABRT so that he will receive his Therapy Dog certification. We really believe that the classes at ABRT and their training methods are the best way to bond with our dogs. We are so thankful to Lauren and all the staff at ABRT for the great work they do in helping us to have happy, social dogs along with their tireless rescue efforts to save the lives of dogs in need of their forever homes.

1 Heather W.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently enrolled in Neo Dog 2 with my dog, Aspen. We have both learned a lot and my dog is turning out to be a quick learner and has settled down quite a bit. ABRT is a great place to train your dog from basic obedience to more in depth behavior training!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Charley and I are in our second class at All Breed Rescue and Training. The trainers are kind, knowledgeable and fun! Charley and I have learned so much. I will continue to take classes her in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our dog, Bruno, is now completing his second class with ABRT. My husband and I have really enjoyed working with the trainers, doing the extra reading and completing the homework assignments. All three of us have learned a lot in these classes. I would recommend ABRT to anyone who has a dog that could use some training. It is clear that the trainers really love the dogs and the patience the trainers have with us is very much appreciated. We've had other dogs that we've taken to other places for training and in our opinion, ABRT is absolutely the best way to go. Their classes are reasonably priced and the trainers do a great job. I would like to suggest to ABRT that they use more videos in their homework assignments so that those of us that are visual learners can have something to refer back to when we are doing our homework with our dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going to training classes at AllBreed is one of our favorite things to do with our dogs. We love seeing them grow in both their own confidence around skills and in the relationship with us as their humans. The trainers’ (especially Lauren) ability to really understand the dog and the behavior and provide insight is so amazing. We love our “ABRT “good dogs”!

Amy R.15

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog and I have completed three classes so far with ABRT, and we hope to do more! I have gained so many skills and so much confidence with training, and Kipling has had fun meeting new friends and learning new tasks in his classes!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog and I have thoroughly enjoyed our experience with ABRT! We’ve done two training classes with them that were affordable, fun, realistic, and effective. We hope to do more in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beloved dog, Ella, from ABRT eight years ago. She was the absolute best dog. I am currently going through training classes with our dog, Olive. She has taken Puppy Class, which was critical to socialization, Neo Dog 1 and we are now in Neo Dog 2. The instructors are available to work through any issues the classes may not address. I wouldn't take my dogs anywhere else and we really enjoy the classes. There are a lot to choose from and we'll be taking more. They definitely teach your dog to be a "nice dog".

Christina Brickler W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our puppy, Gunner, from ABRT in July 2020. They were very professional and easy to work with. I was impressed with their focus on doing what is best for the dog, and not placing them in a home that would not be successful. Gunner had all of his vaccinations, was healthy and happy in a foster home and was schedule for neuter at the cost of ABRT. Since that time we have taken numerous training classes through ABRT. The first two classes were free for dogs rescued through ABRT. We have benefited immensely from the classes. Gunner is smart and high energy and we often comment that he would have been very difficult for us to handle without training. We now have skills and tools to work with him to get the behaviors we desire. It keeps all of us happy! Another plus to ABRT is that they offer a "no harm" approach. All training is done from positive reinforcement and no punitive consequences. I have been impressed with the effectiveness of this method. All in all I would highly recommend ABRT as a rescue and as a training facility.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ABRT and their staff are amazing! When we got our puppy we asked several different vets and animal professionals where we should go for training...everyone said go to All Breed Training and Rescue. We have completed two courses. Each class was so beneficial - you and your dog learn so much each and every time you attend. It is fun, interactive, and you get to learn steps to keep your pet safe. The staff is so caring, patient and really welcoming especially as we “hoomans”learn from our amazing pups! We love ABRT, Lauren and the entire staff! Thank you!

1 Nathan F.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about the puppy class from an associate and had such a wonderful experience that we've continued to learn and train with ABRT through (almost) 2 AKC certifications with more on the way. Lauren, her amazing staff and volunteers have helped us progress in skill and confidence so much that we're taking our education farther than I'd previously thought possible. I can't say enough good things!

Alecia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful training and rescue facility! Positive reinforcement teaching showing dog owners how to handle real-life situations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 2 year old lab, Queso, and I have been going to ABRT for over a year. I was frustrated with trying to train at home. I knew the problem was me as all Queso wanted to do was make me happy, but I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Turns out, everything. ABRT takes time, walks you through the basics, step by step. I have a wonderful well trained pup, and he has a well trained pup parent. I love the classes, staff, energy, everything! The added benefit is they are not for profit, they use the training revenue to rescue dogs! Win, win!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My vet referred me to All Breed Rescue and Training for puppy classes when I got a border collie puppy Remi. Listening to the puppy class instructor talk about ABRT's training philosophy of building a relationship/partnership with your dog and focusing on rewarding "good" behavior instead of punishing "bad" behavior... it's exactly what I was looking for but didn't know was out there. We ended up completing all of our basic training at ABRT, and also had they opportunity to try agility, nosework, rally, and trick classes, all of which are amazing! The instructors are so patient and knowledgeable. and are there to help troubleshoot when you're struggling. They really want to see you and your dog succeed.

Three years later I was ready to add a second dog to our home and we decided to adopt through ABRT. The instant I saw the video they posted of Tava I knew she was "the one." We went through the application process and ABRT helped us make sure she was a good fit for us and we were a good fit for her. They supported us through the entire process and helped us in the following weeks as we introduced Tava into our home. She fit right in! Everyone who visits our home tells us they can't believe someone didn't want this dog. She is that sweet. We are again taking all of our basic obedience training at ABRT. Having dogs that listen and are eager to comply gives us the opportunity to do so many things that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

1 Jessica1128

Client Served

Rating: 5

All Breed Rescue & Training has really helped us learn the ins and outs of dog training and parenting! We adopted our dog from a different shelter but they highly recommended ABRT for his training and we haven't looked back since! Most importantly, ABRT teaches only using positive reinforcement training methods, which is definitely a must in our book!

We started training at ABRT in January 2020 and have now taken 3 courses and it's like we have a whole new dog! Even with the craziness of COVID, they have found a safe way to keep us training!

We also get the opportunity to help work with other dogs which is a fun learning opportunity for both of us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been going to All Breeds since January of 2020. I can not say enough good things about them. They are very knowledgeable and love animals. I have learned so much about training our dog Bella.

1 marylclough

Client Served

Rating: 5

My and dog and I have been using All Breed since the fall of 2019 when I rescued him that previous summer and was looking for dog training classes. I went to them specifically for their training philosophy and mission. The trainers are wonderful and supportive. They are very patient with the human they are training. My dog is the easier one of the two of us to train. They have handled all the challenges in a professional manner that have come with the constant changes due to the Covid outbreak we are experiencing. I highly recommend anyone who is looking to adopt or training to go to All Breed.

1 Sherry25

Client Served

Rating: 5

Neo 2 class was very beneficial to my girl. Coming in during COVID has made it difficult to socialize her with strange people and strange dogs. Getting into a class has been challenging for her but she has made great strides in working through those distractions and I am grateful that we have this opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great folks who truly love dogs and love helping fellow dog owner strengthen their relationship with their dogs!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dakota has been in training with All Breed since she was 8 weeks old! They have been amazing with her and she has learned so much! I am so thankful for all of information and training they provide!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started my experience with ABRT with my rescue Dane, Ruger, when he was about 10 months old. Happy & exuberant at home, he went completely into a shell when he was out in public. He would go deep inside himself and would not even take a treat. ABRT helped him work through three levels of obedience classes, even when he would never even take a treat while in class. Their gentle, positive reinforcement training helped Ruger come out of his shell and he is now so excited to go out in public. He especially loves the outdoor adventure classes he has done, Rally, and has even tested for and received his Canine Good Citizen title through ABRT. I am so excited to see how far he has come! Now my Dane puppy Riley has become an ABRT success starting with puppy socialization classes when she was 9 weeks old. She has completed Neo Dog 1, Neo Dog 2 and is about to finish Canine Connection. She is such a happy, confident and well-socialized girl who is so well mannered and such a joy to be around. Having the ability to start her out right with puppy socialization and then continue her training all the way along at ABRT has been such a blessing. All the instructors we have worked with at ABRT have been amazing, but I am especially grateful to Lauren Fox for her skill as an instructor and her incredible depth of knowledge and to Annelise who teaches Neo Dog 1 for her skill, gentleness and creativity in helping my sweet rescue Dane, Ruger, make it successfully through his first class. It's been nothing but progress since then. Thank you all!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My rescue pup Kit is completing her third class at ABRT this week. We're practicing for our graduation final exam with Lauren now and I keep smiling seeing the progress Kit has made. Through their positive training, my fearful and insecure street dog has grown into a confident and happy obedient girl (mostly obedient - she still has the independent street dog streak and always will). I'm a veterinarian in town and recommend the behavior and training teams to my clients regularly. I don't think this is our last class at ABRT. Its too much fun to grow in my relationship with my dog through training and play. If you're looking for a great training program to help support a healthy relationship with your canine friend, look no further than All Breed Rescue and Training.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about All Breed because they offered free puppy classes when we adopted our puppy through the Humane Society. As first time dog owners we were so happy with all the information they provided us and how they have walked us through this puppy journey. The puppy classes were amazing and started teaching the foundations of training. We have taken Neo Dog 1 & 2 and are amazed at the progress! Thank you All Breed!

Michelle307

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would not be spending so much time with this organization unless I felt compelled to do so by their practices. I have been a follower of ABRT since the early 2000's. I recently became a volunteer and realized that this organization is more than what meets the eye. The dedication of the staff, students and volunteers are beyond admirable. They are committed to the "tough" ones, the ones who need a second, third, or fourth chance at life but with the new tools to help them be a better dog. ABRT's relationship/positive based training has opened my eyes to new ways and a new passion for rescue. I want to thank all the hard working people at ABRT. Without them, many great dogs would not be here with wonderful families. For a small, local rescue, they make such a large impact.

Hoban C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first used All Breed Training and Rescue almost 12 years ago to help me with the fearful young Australian Shepherd I had adopted from our local shelter. The difference in Elvis from first day of class to the last had me in tears of joy by graduation. SInce then, my father, my cousin and countless other friends have taken their dogs to Lauren Fox and the great group at ABRT for training. When my now husband and I were getting ready to merge our households 10 years ago, the first person I called was Lauren to evaluate any issues we might have making our three dogs instant siblings. I currently have my 2-year-old Pit mix, Ellie, another adoption from our local shelter, in lessons with Lauren. Like anyone with a reactive dog, I would love to wiggle my nose and have a "perfect" dog, but we are going at Ellie's pace and the results have been positive and steady. Both my husband and my two young children have been involved in her training and it really has bonded all of us. Lauren has shown that same commitment to us every class. Ellie used to be fearful of any car trip. Now all I have to say is, "Are you ready to go to class?" and she turns into a grinning, wriggly goofball! Not sure where we'd be without Lauren and the team at All Breed Rescue and Training.

1 Norma M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an ABRT dog in 2009 and another in 2013. I am in awe of these people who rescue these dogs that have been thrown away. They have no hope. All Breed finds them, evaluates them and turns them into loving, loyal members of a family. They don't stop at the adoption. They continue to ensure these dogs never again end up at a shelter on death row. Both of my dogs would have been put to death - they had been horribly abused by someone. Today, they are members of our family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We recently started fostering a dog through All Breed Rescue & Training and have only been impressed with how they operate. So much love and devotion is given to these dogs with a true desire to not just find a home, but find the right home for each animal, making the right match for the adopter as well. This is how you truly find a forever home.

James78

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lauren is a 100% ROCK STAR. Everyone else said they could not fix my Kangal dog and there was nothing they could do. Lauren proved then all wrong. My dog has become a great part of my family. Lauren can always help with reactive dogs despite what other trainers tell you.
Thank for everything you have done Lauren. You are my dogs savior.
James

Lucy K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Five years ago I started training my dog at ABRT. It's such a great organization, I started volunteering, became a foster mom and eventually became a member of the Board of Directors. I love the trust based, positive reinforcement training, the community education that we do and the resue of at risk dogs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only did All Breed Rescue and Training help our family find a great companion dog, they've helped change our life. We are now more physically active and more apt to enjoy the beautiful region where we live, but we've learned more about ourselves and our behavior by thoughtful analysis of our dog's desires and needs. We're teaching and training our dog, but our dog is training and teaching us, too. This wouldn't occur without the dedication, knowledge, care and ability that ALL the staff at ABRT, and especially executive director Lauren Fox, exhibit each and every time we arrive for class. Five stars, A+, two paws up rating for ABRT!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a remarkable, outstanding and knowledgable staff. Lauren Fox is one of the kindest people that I know and it warms my heart when I see her with the animals. I wish I could take this passionionate organization whereever I go.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great dog rescue! I donate periodically. Keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Got involved with ABRT to help our newest family member get some manners. The training programs that we have been involved in so far have not only been teaching us how to train our dog, but they have been fun and the comraderie is an added bonus. I also came to see all the many wonderful other things they are doing. This is a great organization that wants only the best for their rescues and are willing to make magic happen. The staff is dedicated and loving, patient and kind, knowledgeable and informative.
Thank you All Breed Rescue and Training!!