My 5-year old rescue was displaying what I considered "fear-based" aggression to people, and when he bit a family member I knew I needed professional help. Janice came to my house with an assistant and spent hours with me and my dog - training me! He had been fighting me for dominance, and while he is not giving it up without some resistance, I have been working with my dog consistently, and am seeing great improvement. About a week into our work together he stopped urinating in the house without any direct intervention, but definitely as a direct result of the changes I have made in response to Janice's training. Mikie is feeling more secure now that we have clarified his position in the household.
While more expensive than some other trainers, I really appreciate that this is a life-long professional relationship and that Janice is available for future training sessions and phone/email contact as needed for no additional fee.
Our experience with Janice was great. She had helped us change our behavior which fixed our dogs issues. Beware that if you do not plan on putting in some effort and changing YOUR behavior, your dog will not change... it takes some work but is well worth it if you follow her instruction.
As soon as Janice walked into our home our dogs Hercules and Olympia were completely different. Their attitudes and energy shifted for the better and we have 100% confidence that with the tools Janice provided, we will be successful at creating the proper environment for them to thrive. I HIGHLY recommend Janice to anyone looking to become better dog parents!
Janice helped us so much integrating our newly adopted dog into our existing dog household. She spent about 4 hours with us reviewing our behavior, nutrition, and the rules of the house. Even though I've had dogs all of my life I learned so much. I felt like I was sitting on a situation that could go either way. I'm confident now that everything is heading in the right direction and we will have a peaceful household for years to come. And, if not, I can always contact Janice. Our Vet recommended a behavior veterinarian, but the initial consult (at the vets office) was $500 and most likely required several follow up visits. Janice simply showed the way, and things are much better. Lifetime guarantee on the dog - LOVE IT.
My wife and I recently got married and when we moved in together her dog (a Shiba Inu) which had issues before that hadn't been addressed blew up. He challenged me for dominance with a full blown teeth bared attack. At that point we realized that the previous trainers who had worked with the dog and my wife just didn't have a clue how to work with her dog. We realized we needed to do some really serious research before choosing our next and last trainer. The dog had attacked multiple times in the recent history and this was going to be his last chance. As you can imagine my wife didn't want to give him up so it was imperative that we found the best trainer out there so if we had to give him up we would feel comfortable knowing we did absolutely everything possible. After exhaustive research, we decided on Janice as the best option. The biggest reason we chose her was she told us she was NOT going to train our dog, she was going to train US. That made the most sense for us and we knew it would pay off regardless of what happened with our current dog because we would be better prepared for our next dog. Well, we didn't (and don't) have to worry, because of Janice our dog is a model dog! The things that she taught us about how to treat our dog have completely transformed our dog into a completely different and at peace dog. We really can't thank her enough for all her assistance and for always being available (to this day if we call her!) to us.
Janice, you really are amazing!!! We really can't thank you enough but, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
As a side note, the things that Janice taught us are also going to be extremely helpful when we have children as far as how to treat them. The patience, rules, etc all will help us tremendously with how ever many children we have.
Our extremely sweet and loving border collie mix , began to show some unfriendly behavior towards other dogs in the neighborhood. We were quite upset and didn't really understand why this behavior was happening. Thanks to Janice and a lot of hard work, we now understand that it was really our behavior that needed to be changed! He is now, our happy boy once again.
Janice is wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. She was very patient and helpful. We are already seeing small improvements with Taffy after just a few days. It's going to take a lot of work and commitment from us all but we know that Janice will help us make our adorable Taffy a stable dog for our family. Thank you Janice.
Our dog Sadie, a 4 year old rescue that we have had since she was 3 months, has always been scared of people and over time became protective of me from my kids and husband and anyone else that came to the house. She recently bit my son when he was trying to cuddle with me. When Janice(and her apprentice) walked in Sadie barked once and it was like she knew her jig was up. She spent time with each one of us, especially my 9 year old son, and showed us how important each family member's role in training Sadie is. Each one of my kids really feels they have a special job to help Sadie overcome her fears and make her a happier dog. The one we know she is. They want to feel comfortable having their friends over and we are all looking forward to that! The immediate changes have been ... being able to hug my kids and husband without her barking or nipping at us, she is more relaxed, she isn't charging through us to get outside and she seems comfortable around my son- not scared. Looking forward to the days to come! Thank you Janice and Janae.
I am not one to leave reviews, but Janice and her team are terrific. I have two puppies that are holy terrors, and two older Bassets who are not all that happy about the new arrivals. Janice and her team are helping us gradually work through multiple issues. Janice is thorough...taking into consideration family dynamics, nutrition, medical needs...very holistic, measured and thoughtful approach. So glad I contacted her!
My experience with Janice was remarkable. From her first visit we saw a tremendous change in our dog's behavior. We were having issues with him snapping at members of the family. Since then he has not but anyone. I would highly recommend Janice to anyone with a dog no matter how small or large the problem may be.
I called Janice to help me with my anxious dog who was becoming aggressive. She spoke with me on the phone and we scheduled an appointment. She came to my house and spoke for 3 hours about herself and her dogs and barely addressed my dog. She did not do one exercise with my dog, we did not take a walk or develop a plan for me to work on after she left. Although, she did have me write a check to her charity "Merlin's Kids" for $1250.00. When I called to schedule my follow up visit she was never available. We scheduled several appointments which when I called to confirm she cancelled. When we were finally able to agree on a day, she just never showed up. She did not help me at all and I now have hired another dog behaviorist who has helped my greatly. I feel scammed by Janice. I asked for a refund of $1000.00 from her but she has refused my request. My only recourse would be to sue the charity, which I have been advised to do. Please think twice before hiring Janice. In my experience, she is much more interested in your contribution to her charity than she is about helping you with your dog!
If I could I would leave 15 stars! Janice is an awesome person, excellent at what she does and we could tell that within the first 2 minutes of speaking with her over the phone. We rescued a Pointer and we were told a few things by the foster that gave us the impression that our dog Candace was a very happy go lucky dog that loved to run, used to other dogs and was healthy. Well when we got her she was a very fearful (non aggressive) timid and submissive dog, scared of kids and very shy of other dogs. After a few behavioral issues we contacted Janice for the free phone consultation and she instantly reassured us that Candace's behavioral issues were normal and that she could help us. Janice even took our phone call for advice the day BEFORE our scheduled appointment after Candace ripped up her bed in her crate. I'm very happy to say that after a couple days of doing the techniques that Janice showed us, Candace is doing better, her confidence is getting stronger, and OUR confidence as new dog parents is a lot stronger. She really knows what she's doing and teaches the reason behind dog behavior, and shows you how to change your own behavior in order to change your dogs perception of you, and his/her own behavior. One of the best parts about her services is that she's very down to earth and has a lifetime guarantee, so calling/texting her is always a pleasure even with her very busy schedule. Janice came over and spent about 6 hours with us, we never felt rushed and it was like having a friend over the house. I feel so lucky to have been refered to her by another satisfied customer, and even luckier that I cancelled on the hourly rate trainer I was going to hire. Janice is a behaviorist and not a trainer and will explain to you why a behaviorist is more effective at changing a dog's behavior vs a trainer that will teach your dog how to "sit and stay". The money you "pay" her doesn't even go to her, it goes to her non profit that helps shelter dogs and kids. Oh yeah and PLEASE ignore that one negative review. - JP & Andrea
$1250 to listen to her talk incessantly about herself for 4 hours. Failed to address any of our dog's problem behaviors. Only provides you with a few sheets of paper that are supposed to solve all issues. Guarantees her services, but then states that she has no intention of coming for any follow up visits. Dog behaviorist? More like scam artist.
Funny that the five trainers this client worked with prior to me all were no good according to this interesting client. I doubt that he was actually on unemployment as stated but more likely on disability for good reason. I spent 4 hours teaching his very sweet mother and him, a 40 something year old man still living at home,to help him with his very sweet but out of control Irish setter. I left his house after 4 hours with a very funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. He did not pay at all for the session as he had agreed to so I find it curious that he claims to have paid me for any services. I saw him barely two weeks ago and he has never once asked for a follow up. Follow ups are normally 2 to 4 weeks after our initial sessions if they are necessary at all. I highly caution anyone to be very careful in dealing with this gentleman in any business capacity. He does not pay for the services and is obviously not someone I would recommend anyone on Thumbtack to deal with any business. I sadly have to caution other professionals not to deal with this person. Very very sad indeed.
I am so happy I called Janice. Shelby, our collie/shepherd mix had suddenly begun to show signs of aggression towards us. Her growls and snarls were frightening and I wanted to move on this quickly before it escalated into a bite and someone getting hurt. Janice fit us into her busy schedule and came to our home where she spent the entire afternoon with me, my sons and Shelby. She covered a great deal of information with us, and explained the "why" behind our dog's behavior so we could understand and make sense of why she was behaving this way. She then explained and put into practice the behaviors we need to implement in order to change our dog's mindset and behavior. The change was immediate! Janice also helped with modifying Shelby's diet. Janice is amazing - a true professional and extremely knowledgable. I wanted to do this right, and work with the right person. I am so happy to have worked with Janice, and knowing she is there for me in now and in the future is wonderful. She is a caring and kind person and I'm so happy to have met and worked with her. She is the best!
Janice arrived at my house last night and spent several hours with my family and our french bulldog Rocco. Since she left i have been racking my brain trying to come up with a review that would adequately represent how happy and appreciative we are of her and what she does. I contacted Janice in desperation mode. My french bulldog decided to bite one of my neighbors on the finger a week ago and he has also bitten a family member two years ago. He was also always "high strung". He would bark at every sound, was uncontrollable when guests arrived and pretty much thought the world was his kingdom and we were all peasants here to deliver his food and toys. I read every book and tried every tip throughout the years and nothing worked. The night before Janice was supposed to come over my family and i had a very long discussion over whether it was a good idea and whether we should cancel. Something told us we had to try this one last thing. As i write this my french bulldog is a different dog. In less than 24 hours my dog has stopped barking at every little sound. He sits and waits when guests enter the house. He has listened to every single command and waits for permission to enter a room. I swear if I wasn't here for the whole process I would be convinced that Janice found a little fat well behaved french bulldog and switched my dog. Over several hours we went over his health, nutrition, his behavior and why he is doing certain things and then how to correct his behavior. No amount of money is worth the peace of mind given and the stress Janice has lifted from my family. My only complaint about this entire experience is I feel like an idiot for not doing this years ago. Janice has showed us the life we have imagined with the dog we love is possible and we've gained a life long friend in Janice.
I contacted Janice for my puppy's aggressive spoiled behavior. Which a regular trainer would not be able to fix. Within minutes my family and saw a huge difference, and that was just the first day. She took her time with us and was able to answer all of my questions. She sure knows her stuff. I highly recommend if you have a dog with aggressive behavior. Thank you Janice.
I have a bluetick coonhound, Maizie, with minor behavior issues. Janice and two of her students came out. They were so friendly and personable, I was immediately at ease and felt like I had known them forever. What Janice did for Maizie was amazing. Just sitting in the living room, Janice addressed Maizie's excessive barking. She clearly explained why Maizie was doing it, what I needed to do, and how I needed to react to calm Maizie. It's less than 24 hours and we have both improved. I'm a better leader and Maizie is a calmer girl. Janice truly understands dogs and is always a phone call away for trouble shooting. If you have behaviour issues, don't wait. She also did a great job explaining the basics to my 5 year old twins. Words can't express how wonderful she is.
Like many of Janice's other reviews, there are no words to express how impressed we are with her work. The changes in our dog Morrison were not only immediate, but life changing.
Morrison is a 10 month old lab/hound mix who is a sweet and loving puppy. He unfortunately has some fear aggression which made walking him painful due to his constant growling and barking at everything from garbage cans to children. We were concerned with how he was acting around children...this is where Janice came in!
She helped us to understand the developmental process of our dog, why he reacts the way he does, and how to prevent most (if not all) the concerning behaviors. Her extensive knowledge is beyond impressive and her teaching style and personality are completely approachable.
Morrison doesn't growl, cower, or bark at people when they enter the house anymore. He (usually) doesn't jump on the couch unless invited (a work in progress). When on the couch, he lays quietly and cuddles up to us rather than climbing and jumping all over. He rolls over and asks for belly rubs (something he never did prior to working with Janice). Lastly, and most importantly, walking through the neighborhood is an enjoyable experience. While it will take some time to be completely fear free of most things including children, he ignores them, loves our walks, and rarely growls at anything!
Janice, we love you!!
With in a few days my pup started waiting for his food and showing definite signs of improvement! There's still plenty of work to be done with him, but he is making huge strides, and "Daddy" is getting much better too. Sometimes it is truly training the people and not the dogs, and Janice definitely helped us better understand how we need to be fixed to "fix" the dog(s).
It is amazing how quickly Janice changed some basic behavior in my dogs. We have gone from constant barking to blissful peace! My dogs both follow direction better, we have taken back control of our house. Janice explained the causes of the issues we were having and really taught us more than the dogs. I'm really looking forward to our follow-ups where we will work on socializing and walking them instead of them walking us!
Janice Wolfe is a wonderfully kind and caring person. She is a pleasure to interact with. Janice is uniquely talented and I offer my highest praise for her.
Amazing. No magic wand or silly gimmicks just a whole lot of good energy, knowledge and skills that are simple enough to implement on a daily basis. Thank you so much, Janice. You are a wonderful human being. Ps- there are dogs barking outside, and we are making random noises but the dogs aren't making a peep. Off to a great start :)
My experience with Janice was very informative and pleasant. She is extremely knowledgeable and really cares about helping you with your pets. I would highly recommend using her services.
Janice is fantastic!!!! She was very calm and patient, something I really needed. Some of the behaviors were helped immediately, and we are working on the rest. Her wealth of knowledge is unbelievable and she is always just a phone call away. We love her!!!!
Janice was wonderful. She came to into our home and learned about us and our dog first. She then gave us a lot of insight into why our little dog was behaving the way he was and the tools to help correct that behavior.
One day after working with the NJ Dog Whisperer, and here are the results: The dogs do not go on the couch unless invited up. Cooper doesn't' jump on people when they come in, and if he does (still learning) will stop with a command. Boz has stopped licking so much (a sign of anxiety in a dog, I learned) but if he does, will stop with a command. We can sit on the couch with food and the dogs don't crowd us. In fact, we can leave food right under their noses and they won't touch it. And Boz is learning to fear less, which we learned was the source of his 2 unacceptable reactions to kids. And this is in 24 hours. I can't wait to see who these dogs are in 2 weeks!!! Janice is WONDERFUL!
Janice was wonderful! She came at a convenient time for my family and approached everything from an educational standpoint. My family has been practicing all of the rules we learned - we realized that we have to teach ourselves new behaviors as well as our pup!
You can tell Janice adores dogs and truly wants to help. The lifetime guarantee is fantastic. We're excited to keep working with our dog and look forward to further behavioral changes. We've already noticed a few in ourselves as well as Sophie!
We spent a great afternoon with Janice at our home today --- While our dog is #1 (fewest) on the list of problems she usually deals with, she fitted us into her busy schedule, which was not just an aide for our family/pack but also for Laura who she is training as another dog therapist...
Janice explained to all of us the pack psychology and ways to work on modifying behavior...who knew that diet was a large part of the puzzle? Or that early dog-hood experiences would have such a lasting innate behavioral underpinning...
We are looking forward to growing with what we have learned
Janice was able to fit us into her schedule promptly and we were more than excited to have her visit us as our house was divided since our two dogs were not getting along. We were having problems integrating our young rescue puppy into the household and Janice was able to work her magic and showed us how to interact with both dogs and helped set them on a path of cohabitation. Itís been over a week since her visit and both dogs are on their way to becoming fast friends. It is wonderful to see them both running together in our yard having lots of fun and sharing the sofa without any hassle. We give Janice the highest recommendation and consider ourselves very lucky that she was able to bring harmony back into our home.
She was not only professional she was friendly. Janice listen to the worries I had about my dogs and spent most of the day teaching and explaining what needed to be done to correct the problem. I am making progress more with the shepherd than the little dog. only time will tell if I need to call Janice back, I would recommend her to whomever has problems with their animals. Thanks Janice
Wow!! Janice is the most remarkable person I think I have ever met . She was amazing and just what my dogs and I needed to help us fix the problem that was breaking up our home. Janice offered solutions to me that would be effective and work . Most of all she did it in such a caring and understanding way. Her methods are very effective. She put our family back together again. Thank you so much!!!
What a great experience! Our dog has fear aggression issues. I thought we were going to have to either keep him tied up or worse, give him up. As it turns out it was really us that needed training more than Diesel. After only a few days, we are in a place where he just needs to get used to us doing things that now make more sense to him. He started responding almost immediately. I am now confident that with a little work I can keep my dog! Thanks so much!
You were SUCH a fun family! It was so fantastic as each new member of your family came through the door, and Diesel didn't jump or even cross the threshhold! Best of all, Diesel now knows that he no longer has to be afraid, or be the leader anymore. That knowledge of NOT havng to do the job of a leader will also allow Diesel to live longer, without stress. The whole time he had been trying to protect you. I will never forget how Diesel looked up at me as if to say, "Thank you for teaching my family 'Doganese' so they could understand me!" What a nice dog and what lovely people you are! Thanks for letting me help your dog, and your beautiful family!
Amazing! Within minutes she had trained my obstreperous and large puppy to stop jumping on visitors and to walk quietly on a lead. She uses a gentle and natural approach to achieve the owner's dominance over the pet, never raising her voice or using harsh movements. She spent about three hours with us, after which I now have a newly manageable pet.
Anne, you are such a sweetheart and your big puppy learned well...so did you! I am so grateful to you for allowing me to help you...you truly understood how it is NOT about yelling at a dog or being angry, but rather that it is the calm, confident, gentle ways of a loving leader teaching the dog what we expect, and teaching the dog in ways that are natural to him. Thank you and enjoy your calm, new puppy!
Having Janice n Wyatt here started a new life for Sam. I totally understand and agree w everything Janice spoke to me about. Sam was excellent today. Amazed at the progress he has made in one day. Janice was a true professional and speaks not only from her mind but also her heart. I took notes on everything she told me n am following to a tee. Started the book today. It's very informative and helpful. I think Sam will rehabilite sooner than we think. Then I hope he's gets a chance to help someone as a service dog. A purpose for my gentle lovable little guy. Looking forward to more meetings n seeing the Janice , Wyatt n the farm ,
Sam is a cutie, and now that he is no longer dog aggressive and people aggressive, he can hopefully be adopted by a new forever family. You are wonderful, and your daughter, whose pitbull I rehabilitated a couple of months ago, is awesome as well. I am sure that Sam will remember Wyatt's calm and confident ways, and that Sam will be a joy for a lucky new family!
I can't express enough how wonderful and worth every penny the experience with Janice was. I didn't think so much could be accomplished in a few hours, but I have been amazed at how quickly our dogs behavior has changed once we knew how to change our behavior. We had gone the trainer route and couldn't get the dogs to sit and stay when the door was open. One day with Janice and the dogs sit at an open door until we tell them to go through. Janice explains WHY the dogs behave the way they do and HOW our behavior influences and effects their behavior. Knowing that means we can adjust to situations as they arise. We had a question later in the week and emailed Janice. We promptly got an email reply back and she spent over 30 minutes on the phone with me answering my question. I would definitely recommend anyone hire Janice when they adopt a new dog, or bring a new dog into a multiple dog household. There are few things or people I would recommend without reservation. Janice is some I would recommend without any reservation.
Holli..you were so wonderful and quick in learning. Your dogs are happier now, knowing that they are not in charge anymore. They really didn't want to be the leaders. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am here for you...remember you can always call me...you have a lifetime guarantee!
What an amazing experience! If we only met Janice years ago, the stress we would have saved. Janice Wolfe not only gives you hope that your difficult or aggressive dog can be changed, she gives you the reasons behind their behaviors, teaches the simple tasks to change them, and the assurance that you'll be successful. Which you will be(if you do what she says)! My dog has transformed from being a nightmare to an absolute pleasure. I still can't believe how fortunate my family is to have met her.
Thank you Kecia...Bud is a sweetheart and I am so pleased that he and you are doing so well. I also appreciate your referring your brother, whose dog was also a wonderful student! Bud didn't really want to be aggressive; he was just protecting you because he thought that was his job. Now he understands that he doesn't need to do that job anymore. I am so glad to have met you and your family, and I know that Bud is much happier now!
Janice is not only clearly one of the most experienced and capable dog behavioral professionals but she brings along compassion for the troubled dog owners and is committed to helping solve the problems at hand like few others. If you need help, don't wait a moment longer, call her!! NOW.
It was my pleasure! I always enjoy the moment, about 10 minutes after I walk in the door, when people say, "My dog NEVER....why is he being so good?" or "Can I make a lifesize cardboard cutout of you?" You were a pleasure to teach! Remember...you have a LIFETIME GUARANTEE so call me if you need anything at all! Terrific job!
Janice came to our home to help us with our dog Chico who is aggressive towards other dogs. My husband and our three kids were mesmerized by her ability to command respect from the dogs from the moment she entered the house. She was there for a few hours and went through what we needed to do (and not do), step by step by step.
You and your family really understood the role you have to play in Chico's "Dogdom"! He didn't want to be aggressive, but only dod that job because he loves you that much. Please keep in touch and send me cute photos of him...he will live longer and be far happier with the healthy nutrition and new role as ....well...a dog! Great job! Keep in touch!
It was my pleasure to work with your little pitbull. I enjoyed our follow ups and still think about you guys and chuckle to myself you guys and chuckle to myself. Please Please send him to visit me next time you need to go anywhere so I can have some quality time with my little adopted nephew pitbull boy...
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