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Review for Medical Mutts, Indianapolis, IN, USA
I have had the pleasure of successfully completing all of the group courses offered by Medical Mutts (Level 1, 2, 3, and the public access course) with my service dog, Oliver. He just graduated from their program on June 20, 2020, meaning that throughout the courses he has passed the AKC Puppy Star test, AKC Canine Good Citizen test, AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen test, and the public access test.
I was originally going to get a service dog fully trained from an out of state organization, but decided last year that I wanted to owner train with the help of Medical Mutts instead. I am so grateful that I made this decision! It has been a fantastic bonding experience for my dog and me, plus I now know how to train things in order to keep up with his training throughout his career and add new tasks if needed. It's a lot of work, don't get me wrong, but personally I believe that it is worth all of the time and money.
Their pricing is fantastic and very reasonable. For all group courses combined, it costs $2,000 and that is spread out throughout the year. You cannot find a better price than that for so much training. Though they were group classes, I never once felt that we received less or inadequate attention and assistance. They are sure to keep an appropriate number of trainers available for the course depending on size, so it is not just one trainer teaching the session. With the coronavirus, we had to have the first half of our Level 3 (Advanced) course online via Zoom. Honestly, it was fantastic! We still got a lot of focused attention and assistance and I did not feel that we lost anything by having to adapt due to social distancing and the quarantine.
I have a bachelor of science in animal science with a minor in biology from Purdue University, so I am familiar with various aspects of animal behavior, health, nutrition, etc. With my knowledge and our first-hand experience, I fully support the training methods used by Medical Mutts. Their positive reinforcement methods and decision to not use prong, choker, or e-collars does work well if you, as the dog's trainer, put in the required time and effort. The reasoning and logic behind their training methods is all very solid and effective. They also have various ways to teach things for those dogs who may struggle with some things along the way.
They make themselves very available for help and advice, and I know that if Oliver and I run into any issues in the future that we will be able to come back and brush up on anything we may need help with or even train more tasks.
Overall, I am very pleased with our experiences with Medical Mutts and am very grateful to the trainers, especially Jenn and Melissa, for everything they have done and continue to do! í ½í¸Š