Dog Whisperer & Canine Behaviorist

New Jersey's Dog Whisperer

Wyckoff, NJ

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About New Jersey's Dog Whisperer

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The ultimate canine behaviorist, world renowned expert and author of multiple human and canine behavior books, Janice is currently collaborating with close friend Dr. Temple Grandin on two book series. She has rehabilitated more than 20,000 dogs with behavioral issues ranging from pulling on a leash and marking territory in the home to full-blown severe aggression including fear and fear aggression with a 100% success rate.

Gentle and positive, Janice is the true "dog whisperer". Janice currently hosts two radio shows, 1 called "From Shelter Dog to Service Dog" and the other called "For the Love of Dog". Her upcoming TV show highlights the incredible work she does and miracles she performs with dogs. She is also the founder/CEO of Merlin's Kids which is a nonprofit organization providing free service dogs to children with autism and other special needs. She has trained hundreds and hundreds of service dogs and thousands of therapy/companion dogs. She is also CEO of UNITED K9 PROFESSIONALS, which trains others in her unique techniques to rehabilitate dogs thus preventing them from ending up in shelters where they are often euthanized.. United k9 professionals has trained and certified people across the United States in more than 2/3 of the states in this great country, as well as in France, Bulgaria, Japan, and Canada. Her team is looking to train more people across the world.

Her champion Rhodesian Ridgebacks have won at Westminster Kennel Club, AKC/Euksnuba Championships, and National Specialties in the US and Canada.

Her service dog "Wyatt" Grand Champion Rambo's Gunfight at the OK Corral, JC SC AOM won the prestigious American Kennel Club's AKC ACE award in 2010 at age 2, the youngest dog ever to win this award, for working with autistic children. Looking for an expert witness to testify in court? Janice Wolfe is available to evaluate temperament and to testify. She also trains others around the country to "whisper" her phenomenal and natural techniques.

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Wyckoff, NJ 07481

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  • 5/5 stars March 18, 2014

    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!

  • 5/5 stars March 18, 2014

    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.

  • 5/5 stars February 17, 2014

    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 :)

  • 5/5 stars February 14, 2014

    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.

  • 5/5 stars February 7, 2014

  • 5/5 stars February 6, 2014

    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!!!!

  • 5/5 stars February 3, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 30, 2014

  • 5/5 stars January 14, 2014

    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.

  • 5/5 stars January 14, 2014

    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!

  • 5/5 stars December 24, 2013

    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!

  • 5/5 stars December 23, 2013

    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

  • 5/5 stars December 16, 2013

  • 5/5 stars December 1, 2013

    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.

  • 5/5 stars November 16, 2013

    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

  • 5/5 stars November 13, 2013

    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!!!

  • 5/5 stars November 11, 2013

    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!

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on November 11, 2013:

    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!

  • 5/5 stars October 24, 2013

    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.

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on November 11, 2013:

    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!

  • 5/5 stars September 1, 2013

    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 ,

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on November 11, 2013:

    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!

  • 5/5 stars July 23, 2013

    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.

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on November 11, 2013:

    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!

  • 5/5 stars July 15, 2013

    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.

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on November 11, 2013:

    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!

  • 5/5 stars February 27, 2013

    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.

  • 5/5 stars February 21, 2013

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on February 23, 2013:

    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!

  • 5/5 stars February 20, 2013

    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.

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on February 23, 2013:

    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!

  • 5/5 stars October 7, 2012

    Janice W. from New Jersey's Dog Whisperer replied to this review on October 7, 2012:

    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...

  • 5/5 stars September 20, 2012

    After carefully reviewing all estimates I decided to have Clean It Your Way come and clean. They were absolutely Fantastic! The owner was extremely kind and helpful, and my house couldn't possibly be any cleaner.

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Question and answer

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

A. Most clients contact me after having spent hundreds or thousands of dollars hiring an obedience trainer or other person to fix a BEHAVIORAL issue...if you were angry and someone told you to sit down, would you suddenly NOT be angry? Of course you would still be angry! Behavior is in the brain. Obedience simply changes the dog's body position, not his behavior. In order to change a dog's behavior, you must change the way he thinks and whom he believes to be the leader. If HE is the leader, then HE makes the rules and HE begins to protect, drag you on a leash, urinate in his house, and bark and growl to protect what is his. It just makes sense, doesn't it? Then you get angry because HE is doing HIS job as leader! That's why he is doing what he's doing...because he LOVES you and wants to take care of you...but that's not fair! You should be HIS leader! I will show you how! And, I give you a LIFETIME GUARANTEE!

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. 2 yorkies that urinate in their house. This issue was so horrible that the family actually covered their furniture, personal items, and cabinets in aluminum foil in order to protect the items from being urinated on! I called their house the "space alien house"! After our session, the family removed the foil from all over their house and compressed it into a giant ball. The ball was more than 5 FEET in DIAMETER!!!! They are enjoying their "foil free home" now and really love their newly rehabilitated yorkies! Typical results! They called me a "miracle worker". I have heard THAT before! LOL

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

A. Google that trainer and see his/her accomplishments. Ask how many dogs he/she has rehabilitated and how many he/she could not help.

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

A. Obedience does NOT change behavior. IT simply changes a dog's body position.

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

A. Ask for a free lifetime guarantee to ensure that you are not paying someone who is incapable of completing the job.

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

A. PLEASE do not use ANYONE who takes your dog away to a place you can not observe the trainer every moment! Do not trust ANYONE using choker chains, prong collars, squirt bottles, cans with coins in them, chains in bean bags to throw at the dog, electric shock collars or ANYTHING you would not allow on your own neck or that of your child. Anyone using a clicker, treats, or words is a "trainer" and is doing operant conditioning, which does NOT change behavior. Only the brain changes behavior, not the stomach by being given a treat! It just makes sense! Training a dog to sit does nothing to change what he thinks or his state of mind. I am a true behaviorist, not a "trainer". Any 5 year old child with a box of treats can train a dog to sit. If you have a dog with behavioral issues, then you need a behaviorist, not an adult with a box of treats! I can and will help you! I am gentle, calm, and have rehabilitated more than 20,000 dogs. I can help YOU!

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

A. As a behaviorist, I work with numerous dogs with behavioral issues ranging from urinating in the house all the way up to full-blown aggression. I have testified in many court cases as an expert witness and have travelled the country rehabilitating dogs and teaching their owners how to change what they were doing in order to change the dogs' behavior. I teach others my techniques so that they can help other people to save more dogs. I train service dog sfor special needs children and for veterans FREE of charge. I was even a guest lecturer in an animal behavior class at a Japanese university in Tokyo! It is remarkably simple to have the dog you dreamed of. Unfortunately, most people give up and either change their lives around their dogs' behavior or even give the dog away! How does it fix the dog to give it away or dump it into a shelter? It doesn't, but that's why there are more than 4 MILLION dogs euthanized each year in shelters around the country...because all the "trainers" couldn't help those dogs so people gave up on the dogs, and on themselves, often feeling guilty for years...all because they didn't know how to help their dogs. I will teach you how to get your life back and have your dog fit into YOUR life instead of your changing YOUR life and trying to live YOUR life around your dog's behavior. I can help you!

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I must admit that the best part of my job is about 15 minutes after arriving into a chaotic house, jumping and barking dogs, out of control household, and hopelessness. At that time, everyone says, "I can't believe it...my dog NEVER lies down this quickly" or "did you give my dog a pill?" or the best one, "Can you give me a lifesize cardboard cutout of you so my dog thinks you are still here?" If someone takes your dog and trains it but returns the dog to you without changing YOU and what the humans are doing, then the dog will revert back to his old behaviors, right? Of course! That's why I teach the HUMANS what to do, since the dog already gets it! That's what I love most...that and all the friends I have garnered through the years, most of whom began as clients!

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

A. The most common question is "How long do I have to spend training my dog each day?"

The answer is simple. Much as a child learning the alphabet learns by being taught, each dog is a bit different. As I always joke, there are 5 watt light bulbs, 50 watt light bulbs, and 500 watt light bulbs! But one thing is for certain. That child needs to learn the alphabet no matter what. Most dogs learn in a few minutes...yes...minutes...if the owner is smart! Most of the time I spend "training" is with the humans! Only a small amount of time is actually teaching the dog...he's a DOG! HE already speaks teh language I speak! I will teach YOU what your dog thinks and why he does what he does!

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

A. A particular client called me 4 years ago with a dog that had killed the neighbor's dog, another neighbor's cat, and a third animal, a small dog, in addition to a number of groundhogs, bunnies, and other outdoor creatures. The dog had also nipped at a baby. I worked with this young couple and all had been going well for years. One day, I received a call from a sobbing young woman, Jenn, who could not compose herself. I felt horrible for her, assuming that the dog had passed away or was ill. What I heard next was heartrending. She said sobbingly, "I'm pregnant". I said "Oh Jenn, that's wonderful! Why are you crying? You wanted to get pregnant, right?" She said, "I don't want to put Ruby to sleep. But I don't want her to kill my baby..." Whew...I said to her, "Jenn, I will help you! Ruby will not hurt your baby, and you will not have to put her to sleep!" I told her of several other clients whose dogs were even more aggressive than was hers, and all had perfect results with no issues, years and years later. She said she would never trust Ruby again, but she wanted to try, since she adored her beautiful pit bull mix, a sweet and loyal companion to her for many years. We worked together for several months, unusual since most clients's dogs are rehabilitated in minutes or hours, but with a newborn baby, I wasn't taking a chance, especially with a dog that had killed numerous animals and had bitten a baby. So, after our follow up visits, the big day came! The baby was coming home! The couple had told the entire family of this first born grandchild, that they wanted to spend their first day home with the baby...ALONE! Well, if I count as ALONE, then the 5 of us were ALONE! The young husband, Jenn, the baby boy, Ruby, and me. We worked outside for a few minutes and I walked in holding the baby. Ruby was PERFECT! Jenn started crying happy tears and hugging me till I was soaked from her joyous tears! Jenn has written me numerous times since last year, and had only one complaint...she asked, "How do I get Ruby to stop licking the baby so much?" I received several holiday cards from clients with babies, all with the dog in the photo with the babies. Last year, I received Jenn's holiday card, with the baby and dog in an embrace. This is why I do what I do...to save lives and give hope.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. Patience is my strongest virtue...with the humans! Dogs are dogs so they do what dogs do. On the other hand, humans think like humans so the dog thinks one way while his owner thinks another. That is why so many dogs have issues. Also, because dogs don't speak our language, I teach YOU how to communicate with your dog, and then he will understand what you are asking of him. I have never heard a leader of a pack of wolves to sit and shake hands before getting his dinner! Dogs think like dogs, and if you want to communicate with your dog in a language HE understands, then SPEAK HIS LANGUAGE! That's what I will teach you!

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