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My 2 Golden Retrievers who were showing signs of aggression toward other dogs on our walks, and my anxiety was high when other dogs approached us. I called Beth to help. She recommended to change the leash I was using, walk them one at a time for better control of them, and taught me/ them other commands such as "leave it" and "heel". Her teaching style is great. She is knowledgeable and caring. My dogs walk well now and my anxiety has lessened. I still need to do more training with my dogs, but Beth gave me the skills to do this. I would use her again if needed; excellent dog trainer. Vicki Sriebel
John is one of the best dog trainers that I've met. I have a three year old recently adopted American Eskimo with issues such as leash pulling, nipping people who doesn't give him attention, and general insecurity issues. I have seen other dog trainers trying to get help, but without result. John took the time to get to know my dog and evaluate him based on what he saw and previous conversations with me. He helped me understand my dog and what I need to do to help him. Apparently, I have a dog that thinks he's an alpha and he taught me how to address this. I need more classes to address my dogs leash pulling and more, and I am glad that John didn't try to address all issues in one session because I don't think that would have been very helpful in the long run. Training a dog is not done in an hour, it takes more time than that. I highly recommend John.
Denise is a wonderful trainer, for both the dogs and owner. We have two rescued doxies, one male,very excitable and energetic and the other, female who has anxious tendencies from 3 years in a pen. After training with Denise, they have improved tremendously and would recommend her for any training you and your "babies" need. Thank you, Denise.
He's awesome! We just had 2 lessons and my Toby is a changed dog. I had other trainers before and didn't get the results we needed for Toby on how to behave . Looking forward to more lessons.
I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.
Cassidy was great! I hired her because she really followed up & was interested in helping me. And she did. We had session at a local dog park with my recent rescue dog that is aggressive towards other dogs. Extremely aggressive. After 1 1/2 hours, the dog was showing no signs of aggression towards a dog that it was barking/pulling/going crazy with. She videotaped the session as well. Cassidy is a tough love kind of a trainer, just what my dog needs. Thank you!
Steve is an incredible, elite master trainer. He holds the key to unlocking all of your dogs' best attributes. He has done wonders for my dogs, and I have witnessed him doing even more for others. There's nothing that this man can't fix about your dog. But, you must be willing to put in the time and do what it takes to maintain. I have two mixed breeds (brother and sister) that have severe separation anxiety, when they weren't near each other. They were completely co dependent on each other, fearful and extremely sensitive to everything around them. They would whine and bark when separated. Steve had them for less than two weeks, and now they have no problem, at all being separated. He taught me how to build their confidence, and help them succeed. Which has made training them in obedience much easier. They now have the will to work, and the desire to learn more. As do I. He has inspired me so much that it has now become my passion, and I am now his apprentice. What I love most about the way that he trains, is that he is very gentle and patient with the dogs. He is by far more concerned with the dogs' well-being than anything else. He can be pretty tough on the owners, but once you come to realize why, you really can't be mad at him. The issues that your dog has, are typically there because of you. Your dog is a mirror of yourself. Once you've accepted that, you can then both change together, building the bond between you and your dog even stronger. But, you must be part of the change in order for it to work. Wendy is my senior master trainer, and I have learned so much already from both of them. They have taught me beginner and advanced obedience, behavior work, tracking, scent detection, how to show in AKC competitions, how to train movie dogs, and much more. Through the skills that I have acquired from them, I am now teaching my own classes and training dogs daily, using the same incredible methods that these amazing dog trainers have taught me. I highly recommend Steve and Wendy, and all of their trainers to anyone who truly cares for their dog.
Angela came to the house to help us with our new puppy training! From the minute she came in, we knew she was the perfect trainer! Our dog responded so well to her. Every single time she comes to the house, she is punctual, professional, super friendly, and great at what she does! You will not be disappointed. She is a dog whisperer!
Mel is a very great dog trainer, she uses positive reinforcement and never a harsh word or hand! I highly recommend you contact her to set up a personalized program for you and your furry friends!!!
Tommy Stark is by far the best dog trainer I have ever known. He's extremely knowledgeable and always helpful. I have a large male Rottweiler who is an absolute joy to have in every and all situations due to Tommy's training. Anytime I've ever had a question about our dog Tommy is always there to help. I highly recommend Tommy Stark. He is the best of the best! Just ask Gronk.
Love Ur K9 is the best decision I ever made for my Mini Australian Shepherd, Camo. I cannot say enough how good they have been to me, and my dog. I am forever grateful for everything they have done for us. Here's the full story: I heard about Kevin through a friend who had a great experience after her dog was trained by Kevin. I was looking for a dog trainer who could not only help with obedience training my three month old puppy, but also work on some dominance behavior issues. I had read so many books on raising a puppy, and also grew up in a family with many dogs so I thought I knew what I was doing. Our first meeting with Kevin was in our home, where he met Camo, and got a better understanding of our home setup and routines. It is also where Camo was comfortable and displaying some early signs of dominant behavior. Kevin immediately picked up on this and made some changes to the way in which we interact with Camo. We started puppy behavior and obedience training that same week. Kevin also trained us as handlers, so that we understood the training and could repeat it at home, that way Camo would not be able to default back to bad behaviour. When Camo was 9 months old, we heard that we had to move to Australia for my husband's work. There was no way that I could make the move without Camo. Australia is extremely strict with importing pets, and theres a six month intensive preparation of vet checks, and massive costs involved before dogs are allowed to enter the country. We had to leave two months after we heard the news so we had to make a plan for Camo in the meant time. Kevin took Camo into his home for four months, looking after him, doing service dog training with him, and helping with many arrangements to get Camo reunited with us. Camo joined us in Australia in June and I am elated to have my best friend back by my side once again. He is still full of personality, but by far the most obedient, trained and socialised dog in Melbourne!!! THANK YOU Love Ur K9, from the bottom of our hearts!!!
Arturo was a fantastic trainer, my dog kona responded really well with him and was/is always excited to see him. I was amazed by how obedient she became and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs training.
Ron is the best dog trainer ever! His love for dogs shows in his gentle, calm, and effective training techniques. He trains dog owners just as much as their dogs, and he has successful results. Under Ron's tutelage, my shelter pit bull blossomed from a fearful, anxiety-filled dog into a dog with confidence and self-esteem. She has really come a long way, in large part thanks to Ron and his teachings. Ron is also the least expensive dog trainer I have encountered. His rates are reasonable, for such high-quality training.
Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!
We are about to come to the end of the first month with Maureen working with my dogs and pups. I couldn’t be happier with her! She is good with each dog and works methodically to move them toward the goals I identified. She is always very professional and kind with the dogs. Kathy Bailey Sunny Daze Labradors
Great trainers and very nice and helpful.
Melissa has been great, our dog has come a long way since we began training. Our dog had a door bolting issue, since we have had 2 sessions with Melissa, I am able to tell her to sit at the door mat, then tell her to stay without a leash while I walk all the way down my front door entrance to the sidewalk while she waits patiently for me to come back. And we still have our final session tomorrow. In addition, she has given us many more tips. I would definitely recommend Bark to Basics. Christine Powell
Natalie has watched our two maltipoos a handful of times and is now the only dog sitter we use! We absolutely LOVE her and highly recommend her. She is so attentive and so kind and caring. She sends us pictures of our pups when we’re away and keeps us up to date on how they are doing. She has a dog of her own and I was nervous as one of our dogs is not very friendly with other dogs. However, Natalie made the transition smooth and has helped make sure my dog is comfortable and handles it perfectly. She is extremely flexible with when we drop the pups off and when we pick up, which is soo convenient. Overall she’s the best dog sitter we have had, and I’m so thankful we found her!!
My dog, Echo and I have been taking Agility classes and participating in Agility League at Zoom Room for over a year now. It's quite possibly the most fun I've ever had. If you want to have a great time and build the strongest possible bond with your dog, come to Zoom Room! Great trainers. Wonderful, clean large gym.
Kim is an OUTSTANDING trainer....extremely patient and helpful. Don't hesitate to engage her to help with whatever dog-related training issue you might have. She has been our Agility trainer for months, and our dog has progressed well beyond my expectations.
Nikki is an excellent dog trainer. One of my dog's was somewhat dog aggressive and with Nikki's help she has become a well trained therapy dog that is admired by everyone who meets her. I would highly recommend Nikki to anyone looking for a skilled, professional dog trainer.