Elissa Cline Dog Training
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Elissa Cline's dog training is excellent. Four years ago, I thought I was going to have to re-home my rescue border collie. I consulted and worked with several trainers and continued to have fear aggression problem with my dog. Elissa trained me on how to read my dog's cues/ behaviors and set reasonable expectations. She provided me with the tools to have a happy household with my pup. I gained more out of five sessions with Elissa than I had with a year of other trainers.May 1, 2017
Elissa is considered by many trainers in the SF Bay Area to be a specialist with "reactive" dogs. Traumatized in his first home placement, our Sheltie, Bug, came to live with my husband and me at age 11 months. Elissa helped us bond with him, lure him out of hiding, re-potty train him and de-sensitize him to noises and sudden movements and build his confidence. Still shy and cautious at times, Bug is a happy, comfortable member of the family. Before Elissa's guidance, I felt that we would be unable to keep Bug because he was so afraid and overwhelmed. I am appreciative of her work with us.Jan 3, 2017
On a reference, we hired Elissa Cline Dog Training to help us with our border collie. She was amazing -- always on time, affordable, able to connect with our rescue dog immediately. She gave us written and verbal information that helped us to grow our dog into an intelligent and personable individual.Jan 2, 2017
I met Elissa in an agility class with both of us training dogs, and attending trials. A few years later I adopted a high-energy dog from a rescue with which I was having problems even getting training started. Jake acted like a pogo stick on leash, and would dive into my pockets or try to steal my treat bag. Elissa basically taught me a number of tools to begin our training experience. She came to my home which kept the environment familiar for Jake. We worked obedience drills, and kept it fun for him. After a few months she helped teach us both some agility skills, including introduction to open weave poles and jumping basics. After each session, Elissa prepared an email with a list of what we worked on, some comments on Jakes progress, and some homework items. Elissa was always available by phone or email when I had questions. I fully recommend Elissa as my dog trainer of choice, and wish she was still here in Oakland. Steve O'DonnellJan 4, 2017
Elissa has an amazing way with dogs, and with training their people too! She spends the time to understand each dog as an individual as well as a pack member, and she provides the humans with detailed information and instructions. Elissa does not intimidate dogs into behaving and she does not shame or belittle owners for having made mistakes. Instead she provides a positive learning experience for owners and their dogs. We looked forward to each session and appreciated the confidence and skills she developed in us and our dogs. I have recommended Elissa to friends with mixed success... That is, not everyone is willing to put in the time to work on the exercises with their dogs. Elissa does not possess a magic wand to instantly transform your dog into an obedience champion. What she does do, is empower dog owners to develop the skills to provide their dogs with the structure they need to excel. Elissa tries to incorporate fun into the exercises as well. Years later, our dogs continue to insist on daily "fun and games" as we call training exercises. They are a great bonding tool as well as great mental exercise for the dogs. Plus, some games like recall games are good physical exercise for all of us too! Elissa maintains an ongoing commitment to the dogs and people she works with and is always available to help via phone or email if she cannot be there in person. We highly recommend Elissa to anyone who is interested in learning how to enhance the lives of their dogs. Maria Giannell & Scott MazeJan 2, 2017
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Consult of 1.5 hours is $150.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Discussion of issue by phone or email or text. Consult of 1.5 hours to establish what needs to be provided in terms of training and recommended course of action. 1 hour follow up sessions in packages of 4 afterwards.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?SFSPCA Dog Training Academy Certificate in Training and Counseling-2004 Continued Education at SFSPCA in Stranger Aggression and Social Fear and Dog / DOg Aggression - 2006 Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers - 2010