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Tony Mercuri, Owner K-9 Academy Dog Training

Tony has become known for dealing with behavior problem dogs and getting these dogs over their fears. His years of experience in dog handling have taught him to identify the different personalities of dogs, which is the key to teaching them. Tony began his k-9 career as a "decoy" for police and private guard dogs after high school. He then opened his first dog grooming shop and has been serving the Abingtons and NEPA for nearly fifteen years


 

Our program is built like a pyramid, the foundation of every structure is the first keystone. From that first lesson we form a foundation onto which we will build upon.  Owners come to me with dogs they want housebroken, with dogs that jump, and with dogs that chase cars; what they all really want is a dog with a little focus and discipline.   We can solve any behavior problem by fixing one, which is lack of focus. From one degree to another all dogs suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. This causes their minds to race. If we can slow their minds down by getting them to focus, we can cure any problem.                                                                                                                             
Although I use basic obedience commands in my training program, I care less about the physical action then I do about what's going on in the dog's mind when performing those tasks.
                                                                                                                                                                       

All dogs in the basic obedience program will learn "come,"  "sit,"  "stay,"  "down,"  "no," "o.k.,"  and leash walking.    
                                                                                                        
All dogs in the advanced obedience program will learn German, hand signals, distraction scenarios, heel, whisper recognition, and off-leash commands.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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