Jeff, Lisa & Elizabeth Guest | Brunswick, Georgia
When we made the decision to add another member to our family, we knew we wanted a German Shepherd. I had spoken to others in the past, but did not feel comfortable. Some friends of ours had purchased theirs from I-Guard International and highly recommended them to us.
I contacted Nick Lungu and after speaking with him only once, I knew we had made contact with the right person immediately. We explained to Nick Lungu what we wanted and they matched our family perfectly with the new member of our family.
We live on the East Coast in Brunswick, Georgia and were so impressed with the quality, temperament and beauty of our I-Guard International German Shepherd that we flew Dakota Vom I-Guard International back to Spokane, WA for Nick Lungu to provide training in both Advanced Obedience and Service Animal Training.
Upon completion of her training, we flew to Spokane, WA to meet and work with Nick on what he had accomplished. I am writing this testimonial to say that we were happy with Dakota before, but since Nick completed his professional and superb training of Dakota Vom I-Guard International, we are absolutely amazed and more than satisfied with how disciplined and well behaved Dakota was when we picked her up.
She flew back with us on the plane and was awesome both on the flight and in the airports. We continue to work with Dakota Vom I-Guard International as we were instructed and would recommend Nick Lungu to anyone that wants the absolute best and professional training for their dog. Consistency is crucial as we were told and we have continued to do as we were taught.
We could never say “Thank You” enough for what you guys did for our family. There is no one better than Nick Lungu.
Kenneth & Carmen Jackson | Liberty Lake, WA
Kenneth and I want to express our appreciation for the outstanding training you have done with our German Shepherd Dog, Molly, and with us. Molly’s behavior was unstable when he brought her to you. She was always a loving dog but was alternately hesitant and aggressive. She had been well socialized as a puppy and we had taken her through various stages of dog training with classes leading to her AKC Good Canine Companion certificate. But in spite of this, she was not always obedient not really very comfortable around other people and dogs. She would jump up on family members almost knocking them over. We had tried all the suggestions to correct this behavior without success. When she suddenly took off after a dog that was barking behind a fence, knocking me over on the asphalt path causing my glasses to break and cutting me severely on my forehead, I knew I couldn’t trust her to walk with me again. Even my grown children did not want to be around her anymore.
We were at our wits end. Fortunately, I-Guard International was recommended to us by several persons. After your evaluation of Molly, you assured us that you could not only correct her behavior but that she would be a much happier dog. It didn’t seem possible.
Putting Molly in training with you was the best decision that Kenneth and I ever made regarding a dog. After four weeks in training Molly came home a truly changed dog! She is now a stable, happy and truly obedient dog. She is a delight to be around. We walk with her confidently, knowing that she is listening to us, still interested in all that is going on but no longer being intimidated by all the activity around her. And she is now stable around other people and dogs. In fact, she truly enjoys going with us to the local Farmer’s Market where we receive compliments on her calm and friendly attitude as well as her good looks. No more jumping up and almost knocking over family members. It’s hard to believe this is the same dog! The best part of all is that she is so happy. She is so much more confident and relaxed. She truly enjoys just being Molly.
Training Molly isn’t all that you have done. Your working with us as well and helping us to understand Molly’s needs has brought us even closer to our dog. You have given us the tools and confidence to work with Molly so that we can be sure that she will continue to be a delightful and happy dog. And your assurance that you are only a phone call away if we need any help is most reassuring. Thank you, Nick. We recommend you without reservation to anyone who needs help with a problem dog. You have been a wonderful friend as well as a wonderful trainer.
Debbie Meyer | Albuquerque, New Mexico
I have two black Labs, one 10 years old and one 7 months old. When Nick came to our house for the initial evaluation, I didn’t have enough hands to hold my dogs back and answer the door at the same time. It was total chaos. In less than 3 weeks, my dogs were on a down and stay when the doorbell rang. They also come when called, ignore other dogs when we are out in public, and I don’t even need a leash to take them for a walk. They are so well behaved I can take them anywhere and I am confident of their good behavior. I get compliments on how good they are everywhere I go. I live in Albuquerque and they are the best trained dogs in town. Nick is proof that you can teach old dogs new tricks. Thanks, Nick, for taking the chaos out of our lives.
Mary Schultz | Spokane, WA
Dear Nick, This is my “testimonial,” whatever that is. Use whatever you like, as I had a lot to say, but please make sure and post my photo, for obvious reasons:
I am an exceptionally handsome German Shepherd dog from a very high end kennel in Vancouver BC. My daddy was a national Schutzhund champ. When I was ten weeks old, a woman came into my kennel. The owner let me out of my pen to meet her, but then began taking her to see all the other younger puppies. I clung to the woman’s leg and started singing. I’ve never let go. Or stopped singing.
We go everywhere together–skiing, snowshoeing, walking, chopping wood, hot tubbing– I’m her office’s sleeping therapy dog. I have exceptional “prey drive”–if you’re a squirrel in my yard, or a skunk, or a crow, or a small child with a balloon. But very early on, I went to Spokane puppy training places. They taught me that large loud people are allowed to walk right up to me and my person, take my leash right out of her hand, and walk off with me. And that I should go. This didn’t seem right to me, but I got passed around to everyone for weeks, and fed treats, and I got the lesson that every human being is my friend.
One day my person came home to find me playing boat bumper in our backyard with two guys who were cleaning out our garage —I figured she’d sent them to take all our sporting gear somewhere else. Apparently not. And then on one of our walks, we met a person out in the street at midnight one night with a dog, and I entertained their dog off in the park while I let my person chat. The police dog who arrived after the “mugging” explained the word to me–he didn’t look very impressed with me, but I thought that’s what I was supposed to do.
I sat on the floor at her feet and heard her calling everywhere—Arizona, and California and BC and ….everyone said “There’s a guy up there in Pullman…his name is Nick Lungu”
That’s when I met Uncle Nick. He’s in Spokane now. My world is a lot less confusing now. Nick showed me how my job isn’t actually to play with burglars with boat bumpers, but to make sure our family doesn’t get “mugged” again. It feels like my wiring is being re-activated. I still go to work downtown and am gentle as a lamb, but when someone tries to come through the back door when my person isn’t home, I’m now able to get a little piece of sleeve through the door. The other night, someone who was walking very funny and jumpy in the parking lot tried to come walking very funnily up to our truck at a stoplight, and I made them go away. This just makes a lot more sense to me–good people and bad people.
I wish we’d both found Nick earlier. As a still remarkable singer, I can go from a high C to a really bass bark in an instant. I am now a multi faceted German Shepherd dog.
Thank you Uncle Nick. I love having a real job. We’re having a lot more fun now wherever we go.