Gray Wolf Dog Training

Gray Wolf Dog Training

Glendora, NJ

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About Gray Wolf Dog Training

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We Speak Dog...Let us Teach You How!

We use dog psychology to get to the root of undesirable behavior. Because we communicate with the dogs in the language they understand, transformation is often instantaneous.

We also teach basic obedience, so your fuzzy kid will have the best puppy manners! Contacting us is the first step in setting your dog's paws on the right path!

Additional session free with the purchase of our 5 lesson package for any rescue or shelter dog!


Glendora, NJ 08029

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  • 5/5 stars January 22, 2015

  • 5/5 stars January 12, 2015

    If you have any issues with your dog whatsoever, Contact Susan immediately. In one visit she has taught us how to train our dog, (1 1/2 yr old 115 lb male Akita) to drop the pack leader act and accept his place in our pack. My daughters now have him obeying and submitting to what Susan deems proper behavior. Susan will educate you and your family on how to teach your dog & what is acceptable behavior and what is not. I look forward to our next session with Susan and so does Bear

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on January 12, 2015:

    Bear is a big, impressive fellow, but in the end, just a teddy bear! You were all so wonderful to work with and I know you'll all do great with the training methods. I can't wait to see you all again :o)

  • 5/5 stars October 24, 2014

    After one traing session, I'm impressed with Susan above. She got to have my puppy obeying in a matter of minutes. I would highly recommend her.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 25, 2014:

    This was a tough case...not because of the dog's ability to respond to the methods, but rather because this is one cute puppy!! I always resist getting sucked into the cute of my furry clients! This family did great and I know they will continue with the methods to make sure their adorable pup is a mannerly young man!

  • 5/5 stars October 16, 2014

    Susan was great, very easy to work with and really made a big difference with our dogs. Thanks for all your help !

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 19, 2014:

    You all were awesome! When a family embraces the training methods, success follows! Give those gorgeous pups a pet from me :o)

  • 5/5 stars October 6, 2014

    Susan provided such superb insight. I never realized how much we humanize our dogs' behaviors. Learning their language and "talking" to them in ways they understand is already transforming our pack dynamic. Also, I never realized how much the "follow through" mattered when correcting behavior. Now we follow through on our commands and reward only when Kooper is in a relaxed, calm state. It isn't easy. You have to work at it. But Susan gives you the knowledge to create a healthy and happy pack! Thanks, Susan! Jack, Brian, Kooper & Kacy

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 6, 2014:

    You all did great, Kooper and Kacy, too! I hope more and more you lovely porch is becoming your quiet haven :o)

  • 5/5 stars September 22, 2014

    Susan was firm but patient with our dog. After her visit we have noticed marked improvement. Susan is very knowledgeable about dogs and very kind to the owners.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on September 23, 2014:

    The dogs always succeed when their owners are committed to helping them find balance! You are well on your way!

  • 5/5 stars July 31, 2014

    Susan is the only trainer you need if you have a problem dog. She will show exactly how to fix them, the very first visit. Our dog had multiple issues -- biting (hard, drew blood), would not let us eat, would not let us open the door, etc. After the first visit, the very next day, most problems are gone. It's not magic but is based on sound animal behavior principles, and we know that all of our dog problems will be solved leaving us and the dog much happier and calm with a week or two.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on July 31, 2014:

    I have never seen a little dog so obsessed with getting food that it would spring up from the floor to steal food right out of an adult's mouth! That's how out of control this little rescue dog was! I very much enjoyed working with you and your family and love how you all embraced the training methods. I have no doubt you will have a completely balanced dog in no time! Now your little guy's personality will match that adorable little face!

  • 5/5 stars July 2, 2014

    We were concerned when our 3+ year old terrier began exhibiting aggressive and frenzied behavior toward our toddler when the child would kick his legs at the dinner table. The terrier was also overly interested in small children on the ground and any flailing/kicking of arms or legs. Not ideal in a family with a toddler and expected another baby in a few months.

    Susan was a pleasure to work with and helped us establish ourselves as the pack leaders in our home. She spent the afternoon with us, teaching us how to properly correct our terrier's unwanted behavior in a manner that was clear to him and consistent. Even with just one session, we could already see changes.

    We highly highly recommend Susan's services! We thought we were going to have to find a new home for our terrier, but thanks to Susan's training, we have been able to modify his behavior and he is doing great now! He doesn't even react to the new baby's crying, which would have previously sent him into a frenzy of anxiety. We couldn't be more pleased with Susan's help!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on July 4, 2014:

    Situations like yours is exactly why I do what I do. My passion is keeping dogs in their homes and out of shelters. I love that your family was dedicated to working with your pup and keeping him a part of your growing family. Congratulations on your new little one!

  • 5/5 stars May 23, 2014

    I have a 10 month old husky puppy who thinks he is the pack ladder. She explained his behavior and how to correct it. I was so surprised how fast my responded! I still have a long way to go with training myself, but my neighbors and myself, have already seen an improvement after one day! I highly recommend Susan! She's amazing!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on May 24, 2014:

    You guys did a most awesome job, Katelyn! Your big guy is an amazing dog - he just needed to know what you expect of him :o) I loved the energy in your's perfect for what you pup needs. Just remember to always "check" your own energy. Pack leader is always fair; pack leader is always calm; pack leader is always in charge!

  • 5/5 stars May 8, 2014

    We recently adopted a Corgi/Chow mix named Robert that has a LOT of energy and a pretty dominant personality. We heard about Gray Wolf through a friend of ours that also worked with Susan. She is a WONDERFUL dog trainer who ended up training us, the owner, more than the dog! Her methods make sense and is a pleasure to work with. Her rates are reasonable, and she followed up after the appointment to make sure everything was going well. I highly recommend Susan and her services.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on May 8, 2014:

    Thanks so much, Alex! You guys were so open to the training, I knew you would see great changes in Robert. Keep up the great work and you'll see more transformation as you go! Please keep in touch!

  • 5/5 stars April 28, 2014

    We were most impressed with Susan and her dog training techniques! She was, just simply said, "Amazing!" She taught us her techniques which we have implemented with mixed results. However, we created the problem in seven months and its not going to correct itself in a week. The great thing about Susan is that she did offer a pay as you go option. We also were impressed by her power point presentation explaining why our dog was behaving the way she has been behaving. Thank you Susan!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on April 28, 2014:

    It was my pleasure to work with your family and gorgeous little Abby! She is a bit of a "tough nut" to crack, but she is already giving the pack leader position to you more and more. Keep up the good work! It also helps that you guys are the most patient people on the planet! Lucky Abby!

  • 5/5 stars March 25, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 31, 2014

    Susan is the East Coast version of 'Ceaser Milan.' I can not believe how quick she trained me to train my Border Collie. Cody was a very active dog who kind of ruled the roost. Susan totally had him obeying her in no time. What's even better is he now listens to me. She is truly a 'Dog Whisperer.'

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on February 1, 2014:

    Cody is an example of what a border collie is supposed to be! He is unbelievably focused, smart, and STUNNING. I love that Bob is completely committed to honoring Cody as a breed and a dog. I wish for you both an amazing connection between animal and man.

  • 5/5 stars January 13, 2014

    Susan was great! The dogs really seemed to respond to her methods of training and I could see the result instantly. Her presentation was awesome too. Learning how dogs communicate is a very important part of training your dog and showing them that you are the pack leader. Overall I think Susan did a great job and I can't wait to have her back again to learn more! Thank you!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on January 13, 2014:

    I knew you would embrace this type of training after speaking with you for only a few minutes! You found the right energy, which is the hardest part. Of course I knew the dogs would "get it." The dogs always get it. Ha!

  • 5/5 stars October 7, 2013

    We had our first session with Susan. We were absolutely surprised at our Rottie's reaction to Susan. She has been the only stranger able to walk in our house and have our 5 year dog respond in such a calm manner. Our need for training is because our Rottie is very aggressive and not people friendly. We learned alot in our first visit. One of which being that we contribute to her aggresive behavior. We can't wait for our next session. Susan is absoutely great with dogs and have a wonderful warm personality.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 11, 2013:

    I'll chime in with a good lesson here...if you are afraid your dog may bite someone, you're setting your guest up for a bite! It comes from the fear you feel for your guest...your dog doesn't know that she is the source of your fear - they only know you're afraid - and may therefore go after the person causing the fear (your guest!)

    I found this family wonderfully receptive to a new way of relating to their dog while inviting someone into their home. Everyone stayed calm, and so did their big Rottie girl! Once she saw we were enjoying our time together, she was able to relax and interact with me, just like a dog should. Then, it was onto our lessons!

  • 5/5 stars October 7, 2013

    Susan provided me and my family with a great service. My recent adopted dog showed some behavioural issues that were beyond my abilities. She assessed the situation and were able to take the necessary steps to correct it. Should I encounter any other behavioural issues in the future, I will not hesitate to contact her for her assistance.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 7, 2013:

    You are awesome all together, Shannon! Give lady a kiss from me :o)

  • 5/5 stars July 30, 2013

    SUSAN WAS GREAT. We look forward to seeing her again next week to continue with our training for our German shepherd and Chihuahua mix

  • 5/5 stars June 30, 2013

    Susan is passionate, friendly and very effective. During the first session in our home Susan began with an in-depth presentation. This presentation set the foundation that not only gave us insight and understanding to our dog's mentality but showed her high level of information and knowledge on the subject.

    Understanding the need to be the pack leader of our dog, his need to be a dog and the techniques she taught we have seen change. Using Susan energy strategy (no touching, no words) and consistency (on our part) we look forward to lasting change.

    Thanks Susan!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on July 1, 2013:

    You and your family made for awesome students and I really enjoyed your company! Chase is so lucky to be in your pack (but, as I told you, I'd take him in a heartbeat!) Chase is actually a pretty easy-going pit mix, but because each family member was not on the same page, he didn't quite know how to be well behaved in every situation. Armed with the tools of a pack leader, I know Chase's family will be much happier with his new-found manners. And now that the family knows how to calmly and confidently lead him to his bath, I know he will start to enjoy them - and smell much better, too! Call anytime you may need to, guys...I'm always here to help!

  • 5/5 stars May 11, 2013

    Susan was very professional, but also very friendly. She spent 3 hours with me and was more concerned with the outcome than she was with the time she spent. It was clear from the beginning that she was also very knowledgeable as she was able to control both dogs right away. Susan helped me learn how dogs function, showed me techniques for assuming the role of pack leader and pointed out some things I was doing incorrectly. This was done in an encouraging way so that I feel very hopeful now. I have much to work on, but plan on asking Susan to come back in a few weeks to help us take the training even further!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on May 11, 2013:

    Impressive is the woman who can command her German Shepherds! Go you, Marilyn! I already know you and your family will do great and I can't wait to come back and see you as the new leader of your pack! In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have as you forge your new relationship with you gorgeous boys!

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2013

    Wow is the primary word that comes to mind. We still have a lot of homework to do; however, even just after the first session (mostly training me, not the pup), there is a marked change in my dog's behavior. It is really hard to believe how much you are misinterpreting your dog until you've had a session with this wonderful woman... pretty much everything I thought was cute and rewarded was absolutely horrible dominant behavior, which just spurred my pup's craziness even more! Couldn't be happier and cannot wait to hone these skills and show off at the next session and with our visitors!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on April 29, 2013:

    As soon as I sat down in this client's house, they let their larger-sized dog in and she immediately ran over to me and put her paws up on my shoulders! Well, HELLO! Haha! Their girl is a very sweet dog, but was a bit crazy and without any manners at all! Although well-intended, her behavior was pretty intrusive! After just one correction, I was able to show the family how to command respect around the things that got their pup the most riled up (food especially.) I warms my heart when I receive a message the day after training telling me that the dog is already being well-mannered! Keep up the great work, guys! You're well on your way to a happy, mannerly pup!

  • 5/5 stars April 10, 2013

    I was at my wits end and didn't know what to do. I had already tried another trainer but my 3 dogs were still barking nonstop and driving me CRAZY. In one 2 1/2 hour long session that consisted of a presentation and lesson, Susan Bove` showed me how I was enforcing their undesirable behavior and how to let them know what I wanted them to do without saying a word. I am now enjoying my dogs and the "Wonderful, Blissful, Quiet". I will be having Gray Wolf Dog Training help me again with one of my dogs` anxiety and separation problem. I am confident that Susan can help me. My Dogs and I Thank you!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on April 10, 2013:

    It is easy to get sucked in by this client's adorable trio of Yorkies! The ring leader was evident right away, so we addressed the issue with her, and the other two fell in line! How quickly these methods work is amazing and never gets old! Enjoy your silence!

  • 5/5 stars March 7, 2013

    So far we had only one session with Susan but that was enough for changing our behavior toward our dog completely. As I had suspected we humans needed more training than our dog Tess. Once Susan had guided us through the presentation all the pieces came together and Tess showed textbook behavior (her reactions of avoidance, submission etc.). Susan truly helped us understand Tess better and gave us the basic tools to create a trusting relationship on which we can build. So far we have made good progress and feel confident that over time we will get to our goals. If we cannot get past Tess’ anxiety issues over time we would not hesitate to call Susan back for help. Thank you for helping us understand Tess much better!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 8, 2013:

    I love when a family truly embraces the training! Tess' family is committed to helping her face her fears and anxieties and I have every confidence they will! Fear and anxiety in dogs are the hardest behaviors to rehabilitate - these issues do not disappear overnight - but small changes can progressively be noted over a relatively short period of time. It just takes a loving family that understands their dog and has the patience to bring her along. Lucky Tess! She has already found that family!

  • 5/5 stars March 4, 2013

    Susan is a wonderful trainer & I highly recommend her. She goes above & beyond any typical obedience training. She explains how to communicate with your dog in a way that makes sense to them & that they understand. I see a dramatic difference in my overly rambunctious 3 month old German Shepherd puppy after our first session. She shows a wonderful slide show before you begin & it really explains what a dog is doing/thinking when he behaves in a certain way. Susan's way of training will make you & your dog happy & create a closer relationship between you. Lucas & I can't wait for our next session.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013:

    Lucas is very young and full of energy, and is already getting to be a big boy! Donna reached out to Gray Wolf Dog Training to ensure she was bringing up her puppy the right way. Lucas was already showing signs of dominance and a bit of emerging aggression, so the training started just in time. I just love a responsible dog owner who wants to nip problem areas in the bud before their dog is 100lbs with bigger issues! I feel privileged to participate in Lucas' formative months!

  • 5/5 stars February 28, 2013

    I'd highly recommend this trainer to anyone and will!

    My family rescued a 4 month old mix-breed puppy from a shelter and we needed serious help. After thinking that we might have made a mistake and adopted a puppy that was too aggressive for our family, we have learned how to handle our puppy and look forward to enjoying her for many years to come.

    I cannot express the value of the training that was provided. Regardless of your level of experience with dog training, there was a level of skill provided that by far exceeded my expectations. Our puppy wasn’t just trained, we were also trained how to understand, think like, and know what was needed from us from our dog’s perspective. Our understanding is different now and our approach is so much better. Our dog is so much better behaved and it is absolutely amazing what has been accomplished in such a short time.

    The training methods utilized are simple to understand and best of all...THEY REALLY WORK!!! I bought eBooks, eVideos, watched countless videos, and read online materials...nothing comes close! I spoke to other dog trainers and was not about to waste money on a bunch of gimmicks that are really designed to take your money and leave you in need of more help down the road. This trainer is skilled and is worth every penny!!!

    If you want real results, then this is the trainer that you will not regret using!!! I'd give this trainer 10 stars if allowed!!! You will be amazed at the change in your dog and confidence you will feel as the dog’s owner (and new trainer). My puppy went from barely answering to her name to now doing tricks on command, was mostly confined to a small area in the living room to play to playing on the entire first floor, etc. My family is happier and so is my puppy!!!

    If you want real results, then I recommend this trainer above any other!!! +100% satisfied!!!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013:

    Wow-Wee is all I can say about this puppy and her family! Once the puppy's attention was focused, it was easy to see just how wicked smart she is! This lovely family just needed to know how to reign their little Princess in so that she could calm down and learn...and learn she did! This family has the perfect energy for dog training and I can't wait to meet with them again to see just how much they have been able to teach their little girl! You guys ROCK! Thanks for making my job easier!

  • 5/5 stars January 3, 2013

    We took out golden retriever Jake to training class with
    Susan. We have 2 other fur babies in the house 2 Doxies
    Who think they are the pack leader. Jake also had domination issues. Not surprising we had a house of chaos
    Susan showed us to become the pack leader and we now have a balanced house, a now 7 month old well behaved smart as a whip Golden and Doxies that now know we rule ;)
    I would recommend this method of training over any other puppy kindergarten class any day!
    Thanks Susan for all your help !

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on January 3, 2013:

    Jake is an amazingly beautiful Golden that is wicked smart, but that can still mean behavioral issues! Jake and his humans learned their lessons well and were able to implement the training at home with their 2 other dogs. It just goes to show when the humans take over the pack leader roll, the entire pack falls into line! I look forward to continuing updates on Jake and his family!

  • 5/5 stars November 11, 2012

    Our 4 year old Bichon Frise had been through 4 trainers with no success. Then we found Susan and Grey Wolf Dog Training. Susan has a different approach to the animals and to us as owners. She got through to Getty and she got through to us. Getty is on her way to becoming a therapy dog just like our 8 year old Bichon that has been working for 5 years. Thanks Susan

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on November 11, 2012:

    Kudos you Getty's humans for being so open to the training and a new way of relating to her! Even after several trainers, they were not willing to give up their dream of transforming an excitable Getty into a therapy dog. You did great, Getty did great, and now you get to share this amazing dog and her beautiful spirit with those who need her the most :o)

  • 4/5 stars October 3, 2012

    We were happy with Susan. We are still working with Bella. She walks better with the new leash. We haven't been back to Atlantic City since the training there, but I know what I need to do to make her less fearful of the noises in the city. I would recommend Susan and Gray Wolf Dog Training!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013:

    It is amazing how confidence can be sent down the leash from the handler to a dog. Bella was terrified of the bustling Atlantic City and boardwalk, but when re-introduced with calm energy, she actually enjoyed herself! She laid comfortably on the boardwalk for the first time and didn't react to some noises/places that would previously send her into flight mode. Kudos to Bella's owners for working the training methods to transform her!

  • 5/5 stars September 11, 2012

    Susan is awsome. Not only does she really know dogs she knows how to teach people. Never once did me and my wife feel like we had a money hungry trainer in our house but more like a family friend that was there to give us advice. We called her in to help us out with our 1 1/2 yr old 85+lb pit bull that we got from a friend. He had his basic training but we wanted to get him more a customed to us and his new home and it worked great. I will be using her in the future and suggest her to all my friends.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013:

    The thing I love most about being a dog trainer is that I get to work with the most amazing dogs and meet the nicest people! As responsible dog owners, this family wanted to ensure their new pet was a good match for them. They embraced the training and I can't imagine a better family for this big guy!

  • 5/5 stars July 10, 2012

    Susan was very nice. We are trying hard to be consistent and utilize the techniques she gave us. By the time she left they were already doing some things better I never thought they would do.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013:

    There is no "trick" to the dogs working the program...the dogs always "get it!" I have no doubt that this family continues to work with their 2 rambunctious brothers to transform them into well-behaved gentlemen!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. People call me to correct undesirable behaviors that have cropped up as a dog gets older. The dogs get my training right away...I then work on the humans :o)

I also specialize in rehabilitating those dogs that "seem" untrainable. All dogs can learn and transform!

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Bella...A 175lb Great Dane who would "nose-butt" any small children who entered the home! I showed the family why she was doing that and we took the steps to successfully break her of this behavior.

JP...a small poodle, still a puppy at 5-1/5 months old. He would relentlessly deliver painful nips to his humans' hands and chase them through the house, nipping at their legs. I showed the family how to stop this behavior instantly.

Ellie...a Shiba Inu who spent the whole of her 9 years on a chain - never being untethered during that entire time. Ellie would bite anyone who approached her and had developed some obesessive behaviors. Can you blame her? Think about how mind-numbing it would be to be tethered for 9 years! I worked with Ellie and in a matter of hours, her obsessive behavior stopped and she was content to be around people. Over a matter of weeks, she learned to seek human interaction and play with other dogs and toys.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Take a look at a trainer's own pets...if they haven't trained their own pets, they probably can't train yours!

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. What methods are used during our training and how successful the methods are.

There really are no "secrets" to the success of my methods. Once you truly understand your dog, everything falls into place.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. They should ask for the contact information of previous customers so they can get honest feedback of the services provided.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. How important it is to have a well-trained pet - afterall, they are a member of the family!

People also must understand that dogs (or pets of any kind) are a long-term committment. Some dogs can live nearly 20 years - that's a pretty long relationship!

Too often, I see families get a puppy, but don't invest in training. Issues then arise and the puppy (now bigger and out-of-control,) is taken to a shelter. The family will then start again with a "new" puppy. It breaks my heart.

One of the biggest things people should consider (if not the biggest thing) is how a dog will fit into their lives and whether or not the dog is compatible with their lifestyle. For example, if a family with very small children get a puppy with very high energy, they should consider whether or not they have time to devote to exercising and training the dog, while juggling the rigors of parenting.

Another example of mismatching dog and owner might be an older person bringing a very high energy, young dog into their home.

If an owner can't fulfill their dog's needs, I guarantee behavioral issues will arise.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. In order to change a dog's behavior, one must get to the route of why they are doing what they do. This is where my training methods differ from "typical" training being offer by others.

I teach my clients to understand their dog's body language and energy. I also teach how dog's interpret our body language and energy. Once everybody's on the same page (canine and humans,) the behavioral issues literally disappear.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I get to hang out with dogs all day...what's not to like??

I am also passionate about prevention - that is, preventing a dog from ending up at a shelter in the first place. Watching a dog's behavior change before my eyes is so very rewarding. I know that when the training is done, the dog and their humans will have a new understanding and respect for each other.

No dog I have worked with has ever ended up in a shelter!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. One of the first questions I am often asked is, "Do you think my dog can be helped?" My answer is always, "YES!"

It doesn't matter how old your dog is or what they have endured in their past. Every dog understands my training because I "speak" to them on an instinctual level, often without saying a word.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. One of my favorite stories involves a client who runs a dog rescue. He told me right off the bat that the very fearful, obesessive dog his rescue took in "could not be helped." He had already worked with the dog for 5 weeks and still couldn't get near her.

After just one afternoon working with the dog, I got her to eat from my hand and stop her obesessive behavior. The dog now seeks out human interaction, goes for walks, plays with other dogs, and loves her toys. She is truly one of my success stories!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. From the bottom of my heart, I wish that every person who brings a dog into their home would invest in training. I have found that even life-long dog owners don't really know how to completely train their dogs - that's why there are professionals like me!

I think training should be part of every dog's life...We take our pets to the vet for deworming, vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, heartworm preventative, spay and neutering, micro-chipping, etc. Training should be part of everything we do for our dogs to ensure a healthy, happy life!

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I have always trained dogs (mine, those of family and friends, etc.) I guess it was a bit of a hobby for me! I eagerly absorbed any and all training methods. I took what I found worked best and left the rest. Some methods I have developed myself work better than most!

Anyway, I worked in accounting for 30 years and liked it well enough; it paid the bills. But in our current economic climate, I found myself laid-off for the 3rd time in about 6 years. It was exhausting!

I have always loved the motto that if you do what you love for a living, you will never work a day in your life. So, that's what I did! I took my love and talent for dog training and am now doing it full-time!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I am proud to have been a part of Bella's rehabilitation. Bella was adopted by her family from a Great Dane rescue. She was not without her issues!

The family has 4 young children so there were always neighborhood kids in the house. Whenever a child would go into the kitchen, Bella would "nose-butt" them in the face! It sounds a bit comical, but when a 175lb dog nose-butts you, it can be a serious matter, as one neighbor kid found out. Bella butted her so hard, her eyebrow was split and required stitches!

The family hired a "trainer," who ended up being very afraid of the dog (if you can imagine that!) According to the family, the "trainer" did nothing more than throw Bella treats.

To the family's credit, they were not yet willing to give up on Bella, but to be honest, she was one nose-butt away from being returned to the Great Dane rescue!

That's where Gray Wolf Dog Training came in. We were able to quickly ascertain that Bella was a very nervous dog with some dominance issues. Nervousness and a 175lb dog is not a good mix! Because we understood where Bella was coming from, we were able to teach the family how to recognize her anxiety signals so they could address them before she acted.

The family reports that Bella has never again nose-butted anyone and she is a calm, loving member of the family!

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I continually read everything about training that I can get my hands on. I work with other trainers and mentors. I have taken the best from every source and have developed my own methods that work every single time!

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. I think the focus on dog psychology has done quite a bit for saving "hopeless" cases. I have based all of my training in learning and teaching dog psychology and have found I get quicker results than from using any other training method.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. My most recent client was just yesterday (6/14/2012.) My client has a 5-1/2 month old poodle who wouldn't stop biting everyone in the house! His biting was playful nipping, but he is getting bigger and the bites are painful! He also had some issues with growling at some family members, and also chasing family members and biting their legs as they moved through the house. He also would not walk on a leash.

This family has taken a lot of time to train their dog in basic obedience, which the dog learned very well (poodles are wicked-smart!) BUT, obedience training is never enough! They needed to know why he was doing what he does in order to then modify his behavior.

Gray Wolf Dog Training was able to show the family exactly what they needed to do. Using our methods, they couldn't believe that the behaviors stopped IMMEDIATELY. They even "tested" the dog by running quickly through the house - he didn't chase!

Because most behaviors can be modified in a very short amount of time with our methods, costs are actually very minimal. I recommend to clients to start with our lowest priced package ($85) and then add to it should the dog (or humans) need further instruction.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. We have simplified our pricing, so nothing complicated here! In fact, we find that people are able to better afford our services because we allow "up grades," depending upon the needs of our human and canine clients.

Start with the first package (under $100.) Need more training? Up grade to our next package by simply paying the difference!

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Read every book you can find. Watch every video you can find. Find a mentor who is successful in the business. Most importantly, get hands-on experience!

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. My greatest strength is my ability to stay calm and maintain positive energy. A trainer must never become angry or frustrated with a dog.

I have decades of experience controlling often horrific situations as an EMT/paramedic...remaining calm is crucial. I am good at that. I also have 20 years experience with meditation and other "energy work," so I am also skilled at maintaining a positive attitude.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. I will never stop adding to my knowledge of dogs and training methods. I also want to improve public education so people realize that the adorable puppy they just adopted needs more than just learning "sit" and "stay." You can have a dog that knows every "trick" in the book and still have behavioral issues.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. I am pretty good with teaching my dog basic obedience. Why would I need to hire a trainer?

There is more to having a well-behaved dog than just teaching them to sit and stay. To truly have the best friend you have ever had, there must be a deep understanding of each other. You will be astonished at the bond you can have with your dog once the two of you are "speaking" the same language!

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