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Hired 47 times
4 years in business
(Eastern Time Zone)
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Adrienne was fantastic. Great communication, good value, excellent results. Our 1 year old doberman is no longer pulling on a leash, rides better in the car, now knows the “place” command, and responds to recall requests flawlessly. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for dog boarding and/or training. Will definitely be using her services again in the future.Aug 12, 2018Verified
I have a one year old Siberian husky. For those of you familiar with the breed, you know they can be a handful. I was at my wits end until I was able to receive help from Adrienne. After a 3 week stay with her, he can back completely transformed! He comes when called, sits and waits patiently, and behavior issues like nipping completely stopped. She was very professional and knowledgeable. She even offers pick up and drop off service! I highly recommend her for anyone who is looking to have their unruly pup transformed into a faithful and obedient companion. Thanks Adrienne!!!Mar 20, 2018Verified
Adrienne is fantastic! My 7 month old lab Phoebe is progressing wonderfully and I can't wait to see what else we can teach her! Adrienne's methods are easy to understand and practice on my own. She really made sure I understood the process and our goals. I have and would recommend her to anyone! So lucky I found her!May 25, 2017Verified
Adrienne Mesko is an outstanding dog trainer, and those seven words are an understatement. I have only superb things to say. Adrienne has impeccable training credentials, a lifetime spent around animals, a perfect environment for training dogs inside and outside, and, most of all, a sound, consistent, thoughtful, intelligent and effective approach. And very reasonable rates for the astonishingly good training results. When I looked for a dog trainer on Thumbtack, it was as an almost a last ditch attempt. I'd tried everything with Kai, it seemed: not once, but twice at New Skete, the best in-home trainers for problem dogs that I could find in NYC, consults with excellent vets, Chinese herbs, nutrition changes, working at home every day, every leash/harness/muzzle/collar imaginable, but still he had seriously problematic behaviors: over-protectiveness and resulting aggression that led to lungeing and barking at other dogs and people and even several biting incidents. He's a strong adolescent male GSD, and his pulling on the leash led to dislocated knees and herniated discs. He's a love of a guy, however, and he'd had a difficult first six months (4 homes), and it was worth anything to give him a chance. So I went on my new Thumbtack app (it had worked well for me before) and Adrienne's credentials and skills sounded perfect for what we needed. You can see from the photo below how well he does with other dogs after his "board and train" with Adrienne. He's a dream on a leash. He's well behaved at home, hanging out peacefully on his raised bed "place," no more destructive behaviors to get attention. He listens, pays attention, and stops instantly when told "no," rather than making his own rules. His behaviors now match the smart, affectionate dog he always was on the inside. She's trained his humans to use the training approach she taught him, so all he's learned can come home with him. I will be thanking Adrienne Mesko for the rest of my days! And I'd be happy to talk about her work in person.Mar 24, 2017Verified
Adrienne is incredible working with dogs and I highly recommend her! My family was feeling pretty hopeless about training our 3 dogs that are pretty out of control. After Adrienne came we actually saw immediate results in what she was teaching us and training the dogs actually felt do-able, and we finally have hope for our dogs now! We are in the beginning stages. She is a lovely person and my parents loved her so much, they even told her that they were resistant to having a trainer until they met her, because they liked her personality so much and really felt like she could help us!Jun 25, 2018Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I have a standard weekly rate for board and trains, length of time will vary according to what your dog needs. Behavioral modification programs for aggressive dogs are priced on a case by case basis. I have a standard rate for private lessons and offer set rate packages to make lessons more affordable.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Everything I do is customized to the client's needs. Sometimes people just need brushing up on obedience or help with household management issues. These clients benefit from private lessons. However, the majority of our clientele take advantage of our board and train programs. The process of training begins with an evaluation of your dog and the issues unique to your household and setup. This is done at pickup of your dog and the start of training. Your dog will spend anywhere from 2-6 weeks with us depending on the program you have selected. During that time your dog will receive daily walks, training and diligent care in a comfortable home, not a dog kennel. You will receive weekly video updates and are welcome to reach out to us at any time to check in on your dog. Upon completion of training, you will receive a lesson in your home (usually approximately 2 hours) to reintegrate your dog into your home and transfer the training over to you.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?In addition to years of training and competing with my own dogs, I attended The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers in Fairfield, California in 2014. There I learned Michael's highly effective training system. After completing my formal education in California I went on to complete a two year apprenticeship with a specialized sport and obedience trainer in western Pennsylvania. During that time I truly learned dog training--drive, motivation, breaking things down into pieces, setting criteria and not deviating. I also ran private lessons and trained and cared for boarding dogs at the facility. This formed the foundation of all of the work I do today.