Friendly Neighborhood Dog Training

Friendly Neighborhood Dog Training

Franklin, TN

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About Friendly Neighborhood Dog Training

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Helping people learn how to communicate with their pets has been greatly rewarding for me! Rescuing dogs since my teens along with the pursuit of teaching has led me to a place that is fulfilling and satisfying! Since 2001 I have been formally teaching training classes and counseling people on their dogs behavior. From aggression to separation anxiety issues, basic puppy or dog obedience, enrichment for older dogs, potty problems, or social life training.... Friendly Neighborhood Dog Training has a passion to help!


Franklin, TN 37064

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  • 5/5 stars December 22, 2014

    I love working with James as he trains our new dog. His patience and love of dogs was apparent right away. Our dog has a great future thanks to James.

  • 5/5 stars December 19, 2014

    I have an autistic child who is TERRIFIED of dogs. She can't be around them without running away and screaming. We had a family trip to grandma's house planned. Grandma has a dog.I reached out to James to help me train my child to tolerate the presence of a dog. James was Great! We talked extensively on the phone about how to go about making my child comfortable. Both James and his dog were perfect. At grandma's house, my child tolerated the dog ( I won't say she touched him, ever) she repeated James' advice to herself the whole time. Now, she is capable of walking down the street and NOT running away when we encounter a dog. We couldn't be happier.

  • 5/5 stars September 15, 2014

    It was a joy watching James work and connect with a dog he had just met. He exercised total patience with Ellie and with us as the clueless owners in training. Within the hour our dog religiously knew multiple basic commands and all of the advice and techniques James taught us are always being implemented. We've have several very good lab mixes through the years, but she is by far the loveliest and most intelligent. The same goes for the trainer. On-time, professional, just a joy to watch the transition from derpy dog to dog with a purpose after one session. Highly recommend.

  • 5/5 stars September 14, 2014

    There's simply is no better dog trainer than James. Don't waste your time looking elsewhere.

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2014

    James is a wonderful dog trainer. He took our lab/pit mix from a wild, uncontrollable dog to one of the best dogs you could ever hope to have. If you have a problem dog or just one that needs a little extra help, James is definitely the person to turn to.

  • 5/5 stars August 6, 2014

    We recently moved and experiencing marking, pacing and excessive excitement with one of our dogs. James has come only once and already made a HUGE difference!! He gave us tools that made sense and were very reasonable. Thank you James!

  • 5/5 stars July 8, 2013

    We've recently experienced intra house aggression between our two dogs and were needing professional assistance in how best to intervene. We are very impressed with James' compassion, thoroughness, and commitment to helping us with our issues. He offers very specific practices/homework that are within our & our dogs' abilities. James' flexibility in working with our schedules is a huge plus and he takes advantage of opportunities to expose the dogs to outside distractions. We are looking forward to our future sessions.

  • 5/5 stars June 19, 2013

    We hired James to help us with someaggression issues with one of our dogs. She was a changed dog when he left after just one visit. We had our second visit today -- he's working with both of our dogs. We are extremely pleased with him and the work that he does. We are so happy we found him. He speaks dog!

  • 5/5 stars April 28, 2013

    James did a great job in helping me to understand my puppy's needs. He was honest, caring, and obviously competent. I will use his services with my dog again. Thanks James.

    James W. from Friendly Neighborhood Dog Training replied to this review on June 6, 2013:

    You are so welcome! I am glad you enjoyed the time & look forward to helping you again!

  • 5/5 stars April 27, 2013

    James took my snappy dog with low self esteem and helped transform him into a confident, non-agressive family dog. He really goes the extra mile and definitely worked with my schedule. I saw excellent results within as little as 2 or 3 sessions.

  • 5/5 stars September 13, 2011

    I was one of James students getting my certification. I watched him give his dog a command of sit and stay. James walked into his house and stayed for approximately 5 minutes. When he came out the dog was in the exact same spot and position as when James had left. He is truly a master trainer.

Question and answer

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

A. Typically, the private in-home training that I do involves common issues like jumping, nipping, barking, chewing etc. Then, there are the people that are at their wits end with the potty training issues or separation anxiety destruction. Lastly, I have a lot of people call for aggression issues with actually biting people or other dogs. Dog's are good, but we need to teach them how proper no matter what the circumstance may be!

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

A. No matter who you decide to hire, make sure that you feel comfortable with that trainer specifically! It is important to make sure that dog trainers are implementing positive reinforcement techniques, because you will have to continue to do what they do once they are no longer in your home! Most owners do not have heart to physically correct their dogs with the force necessary to make an impression, and quite frankly it is really unnecessary. Friendly Neighborhood Dog Training has a motto of "DO NO HARM" - What a great way to enrich your relationship with your pet!

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

A. There are no inside secrets to dog training. There is only scientific methods to get specific responses. The formula is hiring someone who understands the balance between scientifically conditioning your dog, rewarding them with things specific to canine enjoyment, physically loving them with proper portions and at the right moments, and understanding the natural needs of canines in the right order! Also, just because someone can train a dog, does not mean that they can train YOU! Communicating with people is the most important part of understanding your furry family member better!

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

A. How long will our session last?
(an hour is NEVER long enough)

What will we be doing in our session?
(this is a trick question - every dog is different - if someone can tell you what a session will consist of then it probably will be less effective - Hopefully what will happen in the first session is that a trainer will listen to you - and help you with specifically what your issues are)

What methods do you use?
(avoid methods you don't think you'll be able to follow once the trainer has left your home - make sure the trainer is listening to YOU)

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I am allowed the privilege of visiting people in their element and "feeding" them! I love to help people! I understand dogs! I LOVE to bridge the gap of understanding between canines and humans!

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