GRK9 of the Month
Grassroots K9 is excited to announce Tyson as our GRK9 of the month. His owner Arsal has shown our team extreme dedication and passion for his training. We wanted to bring recognition and acknowledgement for all their hard work and how far they have come. These two truly work as a team, they consistently want to get better and better. They practice, ask questions and dedicate the appropriate amount time needed for the training.
We asked Arsal some questions about his training process and some information to share about Tyson.
How old was Tyson when you got him?
I got Tyson when he was 4 months.
Where did you get him from?
My best friend was a breeder for Cane Corsos around the Mono area for several years. This was his last litter so i didn't want to miss the chance of owning a puppy from his bloodline.
Why did you pick him?
I fell in love with the breed after watching Tysons Father. There was something special about him. He was Black with white under his chest and paws. Tyson was the only pup who had the same color pattern as his father.
Why did you want to begin training?
For many years i went to 2 trainers who weren't really getting anywhere. I wont mention any names but it was a waste of time and a waste of money for all those years since we didn't really develop a method for the dog to be training when hes not in the training zones. Before Tyson i used to own dogs as well, but i always ended up re homing them due to the fact that they ended up being too aggressive and never listened and pretty much wondered on there own all day with no discipline. I didn't want to repeat that this time. Also the fact the Tyson was lost for 15 days when he moved in with us. He had a life changing incident which i thought we would probably never overcome. He was running away over and over again i could never let him off the leash and he wouldn't allow anyone to come near him.
What was some of your training goals?
My main training goal was have him off leash and respond to recall, but the grassroots team and i have accomplished way more than what we planned, and we continue to go even further. Its absolutely amazing the dog hes become or should i say human. I am very proud of my boy.
What was the biggest obstacle to overcome during training?
The biggest obstacle to overcome was to get him used to the outside public and train him in the middle of traffic. You can train your dog in the backyard one on one but that really wont work when traffic appears, so the team and i trained him in between parks, parking lots, schools, etc.
What are you guys working on now?
There is no end to training so right now we are working total off-leash commands with the distraction of other dogs around. I feel as if Tyson is most likely to breakout from a command when other dogs pass by but as of late hes not moving until told to do so.
If you could give any of our clients advice about accomplishing your training goals, what would it be?
Guys i wish i had someone who told me about Grassroots years ago, i could've saved so much time and money and probably would've still had my previous dog as well. These guys are awesome! I dont look forward to another day where ill have to chase my dog or be embarrassed that he wont be reacting to me when i call him back. Those days are over, now we have bigger plans we strive to overcome!
Keep up the great work guys! Were extremely proud of everything you have accomplished thus far.