Go Pegasus!
Gatsby is nine weeks old. “Sit”, his name recognition, and “watch me” are main cue focuses this week. He is working for regular kibble
Luna the deaf bully breed pup loves her weekly outings. She always sits out side and waits patiently for my arrival. I just love this girl! Safe to say it’s a mutual feeling. ❤️ Marcus
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Vanessa Brown
· March 11, 2018
We have been working with Marcus for about 3 weeks now with Our 13 week old puppy. We have taking his 3 week Puppy Class and will be continuing with his more advanced classes.
Marcus is attentive and ...takes the time to work with every dog individually in his classes. He also works to help train the owner on the correct ways to help their dog preform the desired actions. See More
Charlie Addington
· July 17, 2017
Marcus devotes everything he has to every dog he meets. Not only does he help the average person with their dogs, he also helps at the animal shelter when he can. I would recommend Marcus and The Ruff... House Unleashed any day of the week, for both basic and advanced help. I have seen results in many dogs, and would trust my pets in TRHU's hands down. See More
Linda Callahan
· April 10, 2017
Marcus has been working with my Boston Terrier puppy since she was 16 weeks old. He is wonderful with her. She is super energetic and he has helped me, a first time puppy owner, to grow up with her. H...e has kept Tule for me on numerous occasions and she is always well looked after and happy. I would highly recommend Marcus because he is careful to fully evaluate each dog and select the training approach best suited to the dog's temperament and abilities. See More
Erin Welch
· April 10, 2017
We've been working with Marcus since Ellie was about 10wks old. Went through several rounds of obedience class and also private lessons. He's great at what he does and really adjusts to each dogs ne...eds. He's also watched Ellie on several different occasions and we especially love the home check in option. Our dog can stay home where she's most comfortable and we know she's being taken care of while we're away. See More
Stephanie Daveler
· April 14, 2016
Great place for dogs. I like being able to drop my dog off for a couple of hours while I go shopping. My dog has fun playing with his doggie buddies and I know he is safe and supervised. Marcus also o...ffers training sessions. Along with various training classes, Marcus also offers some free activities like organized dog walks, and the yearly Snow Flake Parade where the Ruff House sponsors an entry. Here many of the dogs pull a decorated cart (Marcus has a carting class to prepare) or you can just walk. Either way it is great fun. See More
Emily McSwain
· January 22, 2016
Where to begin?! My Air Force husband deployed for a year last January. We had just gotten a super high energy puppy two months before, because we had no idea he was leaving. Marcus and the Ruff House... have been one of the most important resources I've had since my husband left. From daycare so I could let my "energizer bunny" wear himself out, to boarding weeks at a time so I could travel "home" to see family, the many training classes and seminars we've attended there, the COUNTLESS questions Marcus has endured from me, and just the encouragement that I was doing ok raising this hunting dog on my own and my husband wasn't going to return to his hunting partner "ruined".
Marc, my husband and I sincerely thank you for all you've done for us this past year.
If you've never tried out the Ruff house- stop by. You won't regret it!
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Becky Rock
· July 17, 2017
I would recommend Marcus to anyone who needs help with their dogs. Both of our dogs have been through classes with him and we as their owners learned so much!
Rebecca Morehouse
· January 14, 2017
Marcus is a wonderful trainer and so patient with new pet owners. I appreciate the time I have spent learning how to bond with my dog by teaching him good behavior habits. If it wasn't for Marcus, I c...ringe to think of what my dog would be like! See More
Candi Smith
· April 13, 2016
Marcus knows dogs and more importantly how to train dogs without pain and intimidation. He has gone way out of his way to board and train my SD dog time and time again. Highly recommend both the and his training skills. See More
Laura Spendolini
· April 10, 2017
I adopted my German Shepherd Sage from Marcus and took her to a training class so we could work together. Marcus has years of experience training and through the process Sage and I bonded even more, ...especially since we were given homework assignments to work on between classes. See More
Mona Kay Rexroat Hainline
· January 22, 2016
It's great to have the Ruff House for doggie day care. Also the dog training is great. A great deal of 6 lessons and a free day care day. Also a retake of the classes if you miss some.
Julie Pfeifer
· January 23, 2016
I have been taking my border collie to the Ruff House for a few years and he loves it. I started taking him because he is very active and I don't always have time to get all of that energy our of him.... Marcus is amazing with the dog and truly cares for each and every single one as though they were his own. I am constantly recommending Ruff House to all my friends with dogs! See More
Rebecca Haas
· September 2, 2014
We recently had our 7 month old Golden Retriever, Rusty, stay here while we were at Burning Man. We chose a place en route from Washington to the Black Rock Deswrt because our last boarding experience... near our home was awful. Our dog got attacked by another dog while there, requiring emergency vet care so we were not going back. Tasha was AWESOME and really knew the dogs in her care. It was obvious how much attention she paid to the dynamics and her tactics for keeping the peace were immediately evident. We actually hope we have more vacation time that direction because we would use her pet care/ boarding again in a heartbeat. See More
Kasey Foran
· January 22, 2016
Marcus is a #1 trainer. He is also a wealth of information not just for you but for your dogs as well. People who complain don't understand that they are playing with someones lively hood. Marcus has ...sooo much love for every animal he comes in contact with. If he hasn't come in contact with yours, go play around with some other business.Marcus doesn't deserve that so grow up. See More
Emily Gaydos
· November 22, 2014
As a professional dog trainer myself, I rarely get the chance to do a class with my own dog. So it was a huge pleasure to be able to attend the Intro to Rally class at Ruff House. Natasha did a grea...t job laying out the exercises, giving everyone a chance to practice and keeping it fun for all of us. Her love and commitment to dogs and their owners is obvious, and her skill with dogs a pleasure to watch. If I lived closer, I'd be a regular at the Ruff Mouse myself. See More
Julee Tappero
· December 17, 2015
Missy loves her play time at the Ruff House. Thankful that we have such a great place in Klamath Falls to take our dog-children to play..:-)
Virginia Curtis-Threadgill
· April 10, 2017
I used Marcus to help me with some issues with training my large breed puppy. He was clear, concise, patient and gave me some great tools to help train my pup. I highly recommend him.
Kayla Kay Sha Breedlove
· February 21, 2016
The training here is superb and the information I'm receiving for my reactive dogs has been most helpful!! Marcus makes you feel like you're getting individual attention and is very patient, thank you!
Tammy Borkin
· April 24, 2014
My dog ( shilo ) is 8 yrs. old and never had any training, shilo and i felt really comfortable there and have learned so much! I would recommend ruff house to anyone. love this place!
Brittany Wright
· January 10, 2017
Excellent trainer, easy to work with, and he knows his stuff. Very patient with fussy dogs and throughly explains why he does what he does. I would recommend to anyone!
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Michelle Steigmeyer

There's a woman that jogs with her GSD every day by the Indiana K9 Learning Center. She puts a prong collar on her huge working dog and off they go. We had a visit over the fence the other day. I complimented her on her dog's manners. I stood about six feet from her when we initially met and he was relaxed and unconcerned. (And no, I didn't ask if I could pet him). That's when I find out what a mean owner she is.

Her large GSD carries a doggy style backpack with water in it and she's been told that's mean.

She stopped at a yard sale, bought some books, put them in the backpack and she was told that's mean.

She's been chastised for running her dog with her because running a dog is mean.

I'm not sure why someone would feel that a 100 pound working breed isn't capable of carrying 10 pounds of books but someone did. I'd say that person has never looked up what a GSD was bred for. It's bred for work!

I know a Canadian that has huge herds of sheep free ranging on hundreds of acres. He has two border collies that he sends out as a team to round them up and bring them in to be counted. They'd go out before the sun was up and by mid afternoon they'd have them gathered in a large pen for him. He'd do a head count, open the gate and off they'd go. Imagine the intelligence and duration those dogs have to do that seven days a week! Now take those dogs and put them in an apartment. Yowza!

How about the frustrated woman who brought her German Short Haired Pointer in for classes...AKC's website said the breed is "easy to train" so she got one. She's a white collar wife with a young son who lives in a suburban neighborhood. That breed may be easy to train for a hunter or someone that is experienced with independent, strong willed breeds but she was really struggling with him. His energy level, strong personality and tenacity is a requirement for the job he was bred to do but a typical owner will really struggle with this breed.

Can we all agree on something right here, right now? Every dog that is in a home, in a shelter, in the show ring, or anywhere else comes from someone that was breeding dogs for a purpose. It may be way back in the dog's pedigree but it's there. Hunting, fighting, chasing, pulling, retrieving, protecting, patrolling, killing...your dog laying at your feet right now has ancestors that did at least one of those tasks very, very well. Those instincts don't disappear when they walk through your front door and become your family pet.

There's a reason terriers are tough! Because you have to be a tenacious little shit to go down a hole after a rodent bigger than you knowing you're likely to get bitten.

There's a reason you can't get your beagle's nose off the ground during agility classes. Watch a youtube video of beagles in the field!

There's a reason your whippet wants to chase every squirrel in the yard. Watch a youtube video of sighthounds lure coursing!

There's a reason that cattle dogs go in low and nip anything moving. Watch a youtube video of them working cattle!

Here's the kicker...a cattle dog that goes in low and nips is probably the result of someone's responsible breeding. Same with the beagle, the whippet and the border collie. Those are desirable behaviors in each breed.

Understanding the propensity of certain behaviors in breeds and mixes will help owners understand where the behavior is coming from. It doesn't mean the dog gets a free pass for the behavior, but someone looking for an agility dog may not want to go with a bloodhound "because I just love their ears" or a herding breed "because I want a dog to lay around all weekend with."

All of us in the dog industry, including shelters and rescues, have a responsibility to the dogs we're in charge of and the people that want to add them to their family. We're responsible to educate the uneducated.

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