Shiro the Hero

Lovely Lena (Anti-Aggressive now)


I got my Papillon,  Lena, as a puppy to be my loveable lapdog, but as time went on she decided to be top dog and I let her.  Her behaviour  became so bad I was thinking I would have to sell her.  She would pull on her leash, sometimes even jerking it out of my hand. She would take food from the little grandkids' hands,  and even worse, she would bite the grandkids.  Lena would not come when I called her. She jumped up on everyone.  She was becoming impossible to live with,  but the last straw was biting the little grandkids.  In desperation I called Candiss.  If Candiss couldn't help,  Lena would have to go.  Our first session was unbelievable.  Lena no longer pulled on her leash, but walks beside me. She stays right beside my when going up the stairs and does not forge ahead, even if off leash. We are working on the "sit, down, stay, come".  But best of all, Lena does not bite the grandkids.  We had one incident where she opened her mouth against one of them, but I  put the bite on her, and there has been nothing since. 

I am amazed!  Candiss gave me hope. I will be able to keep my Lena. 

Thank you, Candiss!


Sandy Falde, Beldenville, WI

Rescuing Raleigh

Thank you again for all that you have taught us, Candiss! We appreciate it more than you know.
Please see below for our testimonial:
We contacted Candiss at Behavioral Help for Dogs to complete an Obedience Commands course. Not only was it very convenient (she comes to your house), but she was able to schedule us right away. She took the time to get to know us and our *pup, Raleigh, along with giving us tips on how to incorporate our other pups into the training. She taught us techniques to make seemingly impossible behaviors improve fairly quickly. We took Raleigh for a walk, which was the first walk we ever took where he didn't pull our arms out of their sockets! I see Raleigh becoming the perfect pup with us using the teachings from Candiss. It was a very positive experience and I would recommend Candiss in a heartbeat. Thank you for everything!  :-)
*(The term "Pup' is being used here as a term of endearment by the owner.  Raleigh was a 1 year old at the time of our session; Reese 9 years and Cooper 13 years.)  
Brad & Shannon Gardebrecht, Hammond, WI

A Better Bucky

Thank you, Candiss, for helping us enjoy walks again with our stubborn beagle, Bucky.  We also appreciate your being more intentional about activities we do with him, as well as ways we communicate with him.  We no longer need to repeat a command 10 times before he actually listens.  Spending those 4 hours with you gave us confidence, which in turn caused our beagle to respond better to our commands.  Overall he has become a much better dog and I feel I can enjoy him again without feeling stressed out by his presence.  We appreciate all the patience you had with the kids that evening and all the things you taught us about our cute but once-stubborn beagle.
Blessings to you and may the Lord give you favor wherever you go!
The Murphy's,  Roseville, MN

From Ferocious to Friendly

We called Candiss to give us some much needed help with our newly rescued Terrier mix, Fez, who had fear aggression issues and was biting.  We were very desperate.  Through Candiss' help with Fez our our other 3 small dogs, I can say - thank God - things are progressing positively!  He is socializing much better and has made friends in particular with one of our dogs named Bella.  He is getting more comfortable here in his new home.  We still have some work ahead of us, but with God's grace, we feel more equipped now to help him stop the biting and nipping, which has already subsided greatly.  To be able to give him a bath and trim his hair during the second session was more than we could have expected!  Thank you, Candiss,  for your help.


Richard & Jacy, Baker

Ellsworth, WI

Raucus to Restful

Candiss gave us terrific advice and help with our ongoing training of90 pound, 8 month old Shepherd, Rocky and 70 pound, 9 year old Weimaraner,  Dodger. The Sessions were intended as 'train the owner' as well as general help with manners and learning their place for the dogs.  The goal was to learn techniques to help the dogs get along together, with us and avoiding issues with our horses.  Candiss was incredibly calm and showed us that it isn't necessary to be loud and overbearing to gain control and respect from our dogs.  

Thank you, Candiss! :-)


~Kevin and Jennifer Luke 

 Emerald, WI

Buzzy the Blessing

Buzzy's transformation was overnight.  I was sceptical when Candiss was here conducting the session, but everything I wanted to see change him was what I got!  He no longer stops and sniffs and marks everything we pass by when we go on the walk.  He stays right beside me, too, and does not pull.  For the first time, walking him is a pleasure.  He also stays in the yard with me when I am gardening and doesn't run after other dogs as they pass by.  I am feeding him as an event and not a smorgasbord style, which is going very well.  Smaller portions twice a day, rather than one big bowl once a day.  He is eating well.  I am excited to try all the other things Candiss taught me, too.  It was worth hiring her to come out.  I have an obedient dog now, because I know how to be his leader.  :-) 


Martha Patchnik

Crystal, MN

From Havoc to Hero

Before our Behavioral sessions with Candiss. We have 11 months year old boxer name Hank that did not come when he was called. It was a game "catch me if you can". We have one neighbor that has complained about dogs chasing deer and we did not want to go down that path so we search for a Dog Trainer and found Candiss' card at our vet’s office. My husband gave her a call and we became her client. I still cannot believe what we learned from Candiss. It was so simple and easy to work with Candiss.  She made me and my husband a leader for our boxer. What a difference in our dog.  We call him now and most of the time he comes running back, if he does not come back we walk towards him and he comes right back. Its amazing how he sees us as a leader now and is listening to us not trying to play a game.  When he does not listen to what we say, we perform the Dominance Ritual on him - what a powerful tool. It gives our confidence back as dog owners.  He just want to please afterwards. It's amazing how well behaved he is now. We cannot say enough about Candiss and how well our boxer, Hank, is now. 


JR & Cindy Haley

River Falls, WI

Mellowing Miles

We love our adopted Bluetick Coon Hound, Miles.  He came from a background where he missed out on socialization and connection as a young pup, but we thought we got him soon enough where we wouldn't have any troubles assimilating him to life as a pet.  While he is very good with just us, his fear based aggression ran deep, and he was very reactive to other people and dogs to the point where he was a bite risk.  We tried everything we could think of to get him used to surroundings and strangers and different situations, such as going slow, lots of rewards, puppy training, obedience, nose work to keep him busy, and nothing would stick.  He would still react very strongly and aggressively towards others.  We can't be with him all the time, and were at a point that my husband and I couldn't go away and leave him in the care of anyone else because he would react and possibly hurt someone or another dog.  
Candiss was the first stranger that could come into our house, sit on our couch, and interact with Miles without him acting aggressive towards her or growling and biting.  It was absolutely amazing, and I wouldn't have believed it was possible in one session, much less in the beginning of it.  By the end of that session, he was wagging his tail and even licking her face.  Honestly, it was astounding, and gave me hope.
Since then, we've been using the tools and methods Candiss has shown us, and while progress is slow, it is steady.  We have have our neighbor and a few other kids stop by to interact with Miles, and he hasn't reacted to any of them; he can be walked by them, fed by them, and we do not fear he will bite them.  I'm looking forward to the continued progression with Miles, and just to see him more comfortable with other people makes my heart so happy; I want him to have a full, positive life as a member of our family, and we are on our way!
It was such a positive experience and worth every penny for these successes and wonderful moments with Miles.
Thank you so much, Candiss, for making it possible!
Brandon & Tiffany Miller,  Eau Claire, WI 

Leapin' Lambeau

We had Candiss come out to help us with our Springer Spaniel, Lambeau.  We needed to learn ways to have him relate to our older springer better, since he is a very high energy dog.  We also needed to learn how to be the leaders of our "Pack" and keep him under control.  Candiss is calm and assertive.  She gave us insight to how our dogs think. We would recommend her to anyone.  She truly wants to help dogs and their owners.


Thank you Candiss!!


Renee Fernette & Kim Haldane,  Prescott, WI

Hold on Harley!

We had a number of issues with our coonhound, Harley. Candiss was amazing with her deep insight and understanding of dog behavior AND human behavior!  We discovered we were creating some of the issues ourselves and we didn't know it! We have seen dramatic improvement on how Harley behaves on walks and people coming to the door,  obeying commands, etc.  I highly recommend Candiss to anyone struggling with behavior issues in their dogs!


Mary Johnson,  Hudson, WI

Good Gus


















We have a 4 1/2 month old Labradoodle named Gus who was a puppy when we called Candiss out for her "Start 'em out Right ~ Puppies!" Service. Gus is a very high energy dog and so different from our last dog which was a calm black lab.  Candiss helped us learn techniques that would enable us to be the "Pack Leaders" which enabled us to keep Gus under control.  These techniques, especially the "Structured Walk" have proved to be most helpful.  Her experience with dog behavior is amazing and we highly recommend her services.  Thank you, Candiss!  :-)


John & Margie Stevens, Hastings, MN

Still Stellar

Just wanted you to know, that Dusty is now an ESA! I can take him into just about any store, and he behaves beautifully! (Ok, so fast food restaurants are not the best idea!) Come next January, he is going to fly out to N. Carolina with the cabin of the plane, on my lap.  A couple years ago, I took him out to the West Coast, so he could chase seagulls on the beach, and on a couple of easy mountain trails....When he wants to get a bit aggressive with other dogs, I put him into the submissive position, followed by a walk and that works pretty well.
I have a 4 yr.-old granddaughter who thinks Dusty is her little brother.....they adore each other! And so much of this is because of what you taught me! Thank you, Candiss! 


~Eileen Petaya, Ellsworth, WI

Pit bull a pussy cat now

We want to say thank you to Candiss for our day with our Dogs.


Princess is a 11 year old Peekapoo and Bella is a 3 year old Pit Bull. We did not think there was much we could do with this mix of age, size, breeds and personalities. Boy, were we wrong. We realized how we all had to work together as a family to condition them and the environment. The walking has been enjoyable for all and they actually are listening to "no." We are now controlling our over-excited dogs much better already in one week.


Simple, yet sensible, thorough techniques that Candiss teaches really make sense and really work! Thank you for involving the entire family in a memorable day. Before, during and after the services you were "perfecto!" We really appreciate your zeal and love the photos you sent over as a bonus. We recommend this to all of you debatable's!"


~ Richard & Jackie, Destinie & Montana Geisinger, Princess & Bella (the dogs), Hastings, MN

Calmness, confidence, and consistency...

We had Candiss come out to help us with our schnauzer and schnoodle and were given a lot of great ways to train ourselves to be good dog owners. Calmness, confidence and consistency is key. Candiss went above and beyond with compassion and patience. I would recommend her to others for she is a wonderful caring woman who wants to help dogs and their owners. Thank you Candiss!!


~ Pleased customer, Brenda Mireau

Friendly With Food Now

Our experience with B.H.D. was a positive and enlightening experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. Candiss was very professional and pleasant to be around.


She taught us techniques and tips to help us curb our brown lab, Bear's, aggression issues. Since our sessions, we have been working with him, and his aggression towards Lauren has declined substantially. He is now looking to us for direction, walking better, and generally improving every day. He still has some food aggression, but we are using the techniques that Candiss taught us, and he is improving.


We recommend to others who have problems with their pets to use BHD for help.


~ Travis & Lauren Terhell, St. Paul Park, MN 

Frantic Fritz Falls in Line

Before our "Behavioral HELP for Dog's" session, my husband, Sam and I lived for 2+ months of what I call misery. It would start when we arrived home with our very spirited German Wire Hair puppy, Fritz, every night after having him at work with us all day. Our sweet wolf/chow/lab mix, named "G’" was Fritz's main target. Fritz would jump on G's head, bark, bite at G's face, chase the Jack the cat (Fritz's 2nd target), bite at me, jump on things, etc. He never relented. It was seriously stressful. We had had many dogs before, but had never encountered this extreme type of behavior. I did not know if I was up for the task


When we had Candiss out for our session, I couldn't believe that she also included my parents and brother, plus our dog G, for no extra charge. Actually, she strongly encouraged us to have everyone who was part of Fritz’s "Pack" to be there.


Amongst other things, we were trained how to do a structured walk with Fritz to bond him to us and drain his nervous energy. We also worked on obedience commands. We learned a simple blocking technique and the dominance ritual that would help us protect G and Jack from Fritz. Candiss showed us how to give Fritz and G a full body dog massage and explained when the proper time to give them affection is. There was a structured Q & A portion and we were relieved to have our whole list of questions answered! We can now email/phone her with any other questions about Fritz we have throughout his life as part of the package.


During our follow up session (included in her price) Candiss took that opportunity to introduce us to obstacle course ideas to burn off some of Ftitz's high energy, which he adapted to readily. ONLY 12 days after the seminar, Fritz is listening to our commands, he walks/heals with Sam and I, so his energy is focused on those things, rather than the negative biting, barking, jumping, etc. Now that, now that we are interacting with Fritz correctly, I can honestly say, he is a JOY! A far cry from where we started.


~ Leah & Sam Miller, G, and Jack the cat, Nesbitt's Nursery, Prescott, WI

Fearful to Fearless

When our daughter moved home with her two Shepherd-Lab mixes, we were forced to give up one of her two dogs. The remaining dog, Shaggy, had issues.


Having had no opportunity to learn how to get in touch with his innate animal/dog instincts in AZ, Shaggy came to us afraid of people in general, men more than women and me specifically. He would cower when I approached and pee when I reached for him. Even with food in my hand I couldn't come near him. I was the one who let him out to pee someplace other than the carpet, but struggled get him back in the house. Typically, in approximately 10 minutes, Shaggy would finally run into the house and hide. Wiping up dog pee and living with a dog that cowered when I walked past him was unnerving, frustrating and on the fringes of depressing.


My daughter and wife called in Candiss from B.H.D. to analyze our situation and recommend a course of action. Candiss spent time listening, asking, probing and contemplating. She made suggestions, offered advice, corrected errors in our thinking and offered encouragement in places where we were doing the right thing. We implemented the suggestions and within two days, Shaggy, a dog that peed on the floor at the sight of me, was coming when I called him. Within two weeks he was sitting at my feet and playing with me.


Candiss is a 'Truth Speaking' person who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. She works to heal relationships between dogs and people, dogs and dogs as well as people and people. I found her visit to both figuratively and literally, a God send.


~ Tom & Donna Winkler, Prescott, WI 

From Growiling to Good Girl

Going back to work after a long bout with cancer, gave me a new issue to work with in my lab mix, Oreo. She had become protective of me and started to growl at the clients when they came in to my hair salon. That’s when I called Candiss in. After just a couple hours working with us at the shop, I learned that in Oreo’s case, an electric collar would be very effective. She responds very well to just the tone button.


Candiss taught us how important structured walks were with her as well. She is a smart dog with a lot of energy and needs to keep busy. Working with Candiss, we also have calmed Oreo. She knows there are quiet times and when we tell her "no" and "go lay down", she does now.


My son and daughter in law even took her home for 3 days. They said Oreo was great for them and with their new puppy. I take her to the nursing home almost weekly and she is getting better with that, too. She listens to me better now than my kids ever did. I wish I had met Candiss before I had children!!


Candiss taught us that it is up to us to teach the dog how we want it to react - and it can be done. She has some great advice, DVD's and book suggestions. I used to think it was the dog….now I know it is the owner that needs the training!


~ Cyndi Cashman, The HAIRitage Salon, Prescott, WI

Puppy Mill Prize

About one year ago, we adopted a fawn colored Chihuahua from a local adoption agency. After we fell in love with Bella Blu, we were made aware that she was rescued from a puppy mill and soon after found out about all of the horrors that can be attached with this type of adoption. Her age was estimated at three years with no health or personal records.


After a couple of weeks of unsuccessful potty training and frustration, we contacted Candiss who was referred by our sister-in-law, Lisa. A few days later, she came out to our house. Her friendliness was soon sensed by Bella and within a half-hour training commenced. First starting with a massage to gain trust and then a nice walk in the backyard with a real (training) leash. The training was not all about Bella. They reminded us that we are Bella's leader's and that calm assertive behavior on our part is a necessity.


Approximately, six weeks after their visit, dramatic changes were obvious. Bella knows where to potty, (outside only) knows what time breakfast and dinner are, knows treats are for special occasions and when crated has no more separation anxiety.


Thanks again, Candiss! Please use us as a reference anytime.


~ David & Kathleen Biedron, Lakeville, MN 

No more jumping on the guests

Our miniature Schnauzer, Zoey, has improved greatly with her behavioral issues of pulling while on leash, jumping on guests and actually performing the verbal commands of sit, down, stay, and come, It has now gotten to the point where she will automatically sit when leaving the entrance to our home and upon returning to re-enter.


We are very pleased with the decision we made to use the service of Behavioral HELP for Dogs! and your idea to take Zoey on walks using a bike. She just loves it when the bike comes out of the garage she is sitting waiting to have a leash put on in the driveway. She stays right beside the bike while one of us rides it with her leash in our hand. She keeps up nicely.


Thanks for your help with our Zoey!


~ Pete & Pam Huppert, Huppert & Associates, Ellsworth, WI

From Grizzly Bear to Teddy Bear

Candiss, it was great to meet you and watch you turn my Grizzly into a teddy bear. Thank you for showing me how to stop the dogs from barking like crazy when someone stops over. We are enjoying working with the dogs on the things you have taught us. I could not believe the difference in both dogs when you left, and they sure slept good that night. Looking forward to working with you again! Thank you.


~ Linda Seifert, Prescott, WI

In Control of Cassie

Cassie, our yellow lab, is doing well on leash and is even staying when we tell her to sit as we drop the leash and walk away. Her problem barking is improving slowly. She has toned it down to a mutter most times and will stop after I have corrected her. Both Bill and I have put her in a dominance ritual a few times for the aggressive rushing at people that she occasionally exhibits.


We have concentrated the work on Cassie until she leaves to be with Jeremy and Jess. Onyx, the black shepherd, enjoys her walks and I have managed to get them both to walk one on either side of me on leash with minimal correction. That in itself is a pleasant change.


We hope to have Cassie fully in her new home by winter. Consistency is the key and I don't know if I could have gotten all of us on board without your help. Thanks so much.


~ Vicki Pavlish, Hastings, MN

No More Danger with Dusty

I've been working with my Dusty dog, yes, two structured walks a day! Got the harness you suggested. He loves it! Thanks! He is making progress, especially at the front door of the house. He gets very excited, but I can now get him to go and lay on his rug. We are making good eye contact at meal times. We do play with a no-squeak tennis ball - no more of the "aggressive" toys. I got a pinch collar and it is definitely an improvement.


Pretty soon, I’ll be getting him a doggie back-pack. We spent a few hours in the back yard working on a project (his job) to walk beside me, and to lie down and wait until I was ready to go back to the shed. He did exactly what I asked of him!! I was totally amazed!


Thanks for all the tips and things you taught me, as Dusty is looking to me for leadership a bit more all the time. You are wonderful!


~ Eileen Petaja, Ellsworth, WI

Calming the Storm

Thanks so much for all you did with Dozer! It has helped quite a bit to see him calm down from his originally rambunctious self. Also, the DVD's were a great idea. It is nice to have those and see how you accomplished so much in such a short time. His owner was quite pleased with everything and Dozer is behaving MUCH better."


~ Deb Danko, Prescott, WI for owner John, Red Wing, MN

Barney can Blend in now

Just wanted to write a quick note to let you know how nice it was to meet you at Chuck and Don's Pet Food Outlet in Red Wing, MN and to thank you for spending time with Barney and giving us some training tips. First of all, the prong collar seems to have made a big positive improvement in her behavior. The walks are going better and her response has been positive. Yesterday I ran into the couple with two dogs that has allowed us to walk with them and again later they agreed to let us walk with them, also. They commented on how they couldn't believe this was the same Barney they meet three short walks ago.


Even though they use different training techniques with their dogs, everyone is getting along and we are walking together as a pack. Wayne has been walking her after he gets home at night and what a difference that has made in their relationship. The results have been just like you said with her being more balanced with us. Last night the training classes ended here in Lake City. The first night we were asked to stay at the back of the class. Well, six short weeks later Barney was comfortable being next to boxers and pit bulls. I told Wayne two weeks ago that I can't believe this is the same dog.


I think we finally understand how to establish rules, boundaries and limitations for her and she can now relax since she knows them also.


~ Wayne & Donna Schwirtz, Lake City, MN

Loving Linus

The most valuable outcome of our sessions with Behavioral HELP for Dogs! were:


  • Understanding the importance of and technique for walking our dog, Linus, in a disciplined way. He is a great little walker now, and is not easily distracted from the task.
  • Getting Linus to interact appropriately with the larger, older dogs in the family. He no longer jumps and nips at their faces and is able to be around them without being so rambunctious.
  • Understanding that every member of the family including grandchildren must be pack leaders so Linus does not take charge.
  • He is still somewhat stand-offish with the children, but they can walk and pet him with no problems. He has also started to play with them which was a big step. Originally he did not seem to know how to chase a ball or toy and instead would run and hide. Little by little he is starting to "get it".


Thanks for your great advice!


~ Steve & Marilyn Lawrence, Red Wing, MN

Princess' Puppy Training

Just wanted to let you know just how thrilled we've been with your "New Puppy" training class that we took with you before we brought home our new puppy, Princess.


Your consultation, advice and training has been invaluable in every aspect of training our new puppy. It has made potty training a breeze! I'd love to say she's accident free, but she is definitely on her way after only 2 weeks!! We are also doing well with walking on a leash and the come and sit commands!!


We look forward to our final session when Princess gets a little bit older. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! for the class and training. I don't think I could have done it without you and will definitely recommend this type of training to anyone getting a new puppy!!


~ Kris, Parker & Princess Sampson, Croix Insurance, Prescott, WI

Charlie Brown Came Around

Candiss did a phenomenal job with Charlie Brown, not to mention the wonderful words and ideas that she gave me and my family on how to deal with our puppy, Charlie Brown and even my son Noah (5 years old). She also worked, inadvertently, with the 2 other dogs in our house.

Charlie Brown, is a great dog, this was known and felt when we got him, but Candiss gave us the tools to mold him into an even better dog that we already knew he was.


~ Jennifer Meyer, Red Wing, MN

Managing Munch

"Last year we decided to get a puppy. We agreed that we would seek some help in learning how to start off on the right foot in learning the ins and outs of how to raise our new family. Candiss has been with us from prior to finding our little guy to this day. The information that she has provided us with has been invaluable and helped us with situations that have come up this past year and also things that may arise in the future. We started off in the right direction and our little "Munch" continues to grow into a well behaved dog. Thanks so much! "


~ John and Deb Sherman, The Arbor Inn Bed and Breakfast, Prescott, WI

From Stormy to Serene

"When we had Candiss over for a Behavioral HELP for Dogs! session, our dog, Stormy, was 5 months old. We benefited greatly from her instruction and have appreciated her willingness to stop back for a follow-up.


This was a terrific way to start Stormy out right in his young life, as well as undo some mistakes we had unwittingly made early on that were already contributing to his issues. We are very pleased.


~ Gary & Cindy Reissner, Prescott, WI


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