Show Me Your Dog Training
About this pro
5 years in business
1 hire on Thumbtack
I adopted Duncan at 8 weeks old. He was being fostered by Bernadette DeJarld aka Bernie through SMYD and Bella's Bully Buddies. Growing up with dogs all my life, I never thought of taking them to obedience training. Sit and show me your paw was about the extent of their training. I must tell you that training with Bernie has changed my mind on the whole experience. Duncan loves his time at SMYD. Bernie takes her time with Duncan. He was shy at first and wasn't very outgoing. He has since overcome this fear and loves the social time with the other dogs. Duncan recently boarded with Bernie as well at her home. I felt safe leaving my Dunk in her care while on vacation. He loved his stay with her. She keep me updated on his events while I was away since it was my first time away from him. I would highly recommend SMYD for your dogs needs.Aug 26, 2017
I recommended Show Me Your Dog whole-heartedly. SMYD was highly recommended to us when our pup was 8 weeks old. We starting working with them during our pup’s 8th week of life, an ideal opportunity to get her learning from other (healthy, vaccinated) puppy-friendly dogs which they hand selected and introduced in a controlled setting. Since we started, her individual training sessions have been tailored and paced for her and her age, building skills with long-term goals in mind. When I drop her off at Train and Play Day Camp, I have comfort knowing that she is in a focused and stimulating as well as a safe and caring environment. At the end of the day, we hear about what she is working on and training videos are often available. The trainers are available for our questions and when we need tips (as new things always arise with puppies). In addition, the SMYD trainers will explain the reasons for the approaches, in the context of building for the future. Their unique approach to Train and Play Day Camp involves a cycle of training and rest. Dogs socialize (get to be a dog, in a group, with appropriate levels of oversight), rest, have individual training sessions, and rest (repeat). This way, dogs use their minds and bodies but get the much-needed recovery to behave and focus well during interactive sessions. When your dog attends Train and Play Day Camp, it is in conjunction with individual training sessions involving you, the owner. Through hands-on involvement, you learn how to continue your dog’s development at home and thus create a consistent environment of learning. SMYD is not simply doggy day care. It is a lifelong program to develop your dog’s socialization and capabilities (obedience, agility, plus whatever you desire and your dog enjoys) in ways that fully exercise and challenge your dog’s mental and physical being. This is exactly what your dog needs, regardless of its breed, age, or personality: mental and physical engagement in a safe, controlled setting with attentive, knowledgeable staff. Your dog is encouraged to be a dog (some dogs raised in isolation actually need to learn this!) while gradually building skill sets to become an ideal citizen, family member, and, if desired, service dog or competitor. An important and inspiring aspect of SMYD’s work involves rehabilitating rescues and orphans. With confidence and plans that come with experience and knowledge, dogs written off as damaged or dangerous can be reprogrammed to trust and appreciate other dogs and people. This is critical work and these folks both know what they are doing and care enough to offer these services to really tough cases. We have used SMYD’s services for 13 weeks so far and have seen several ongoing, successful rehabilitations. With no reservation, I recommend them for help with any issues you encounter and want to solve. While training your dog, they will also train you! Lastly, I will mention that it is a pleasure working with Dave, Nikki, and Bernie. They have knowledge and experience but are always learning and researching to be dynamic. They would be willing to work toward your goals, whatever they may be, and embrace new tools and ideas. I like them personally and my dog loves them. They are focused and they care. I am grateful and fortunate to be raising my dog with them.Feb 9, 2017
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Schedule a free evaluation and then we will discuss and decide what direction to take that works for the owner and the dog. Not every dog is the same!