8. The Dog Listener
- 8 years in business
- 56 hires on Thumbtack
- Serves Norwalk, CA
"I felt compelled to write this review because I know from first hand experience just how difficult it is to find a good dog trainer, not to mention behaviorist. I've known many dog and horse "trainers" and I've learned over the years how crucial it is to find the right person for the job.
I first met Emily when I started fostering a high energy, high drive pit mix. I had experience with pit bulls, but this guy was a sports car! He had been passed around a lot, and was very leash reactive. It didn't help that I was still grieving over the passing of my dog and a close friend and felt very unsure of myself. I called Emily because I was worried I would make the situation worse - she came to my rescue immediately. She doesn't just treat you like a "client", she takes her time to make sure you know she really has your back. She patiently let me express all of my concerns on the phone, then did a very helpful home visit, and after just a few group class sessions Hank and I had a completely different relationship and I decided to adopt him. Just this morning, I had a relaxing walk to the park, Hank in a relaxed heel in a martingale, where we then practiced some off leash focused heel, recall, and played fetch. All with numerous dogs running around. I take him with me to dog friendly stores and cafes, and am frequently complemented on his calm and well behaved demeanor. I even used the basics I learned in Emily's group class to help a panicked neighbor who had recently adopted a golden retriever who was extremely leash reactive and pulled like a freight train. Within 10 minutes, this dog was heeling calmly and happily next to my mom's little female pit bull.
Here are a few points to sum up why I recommend Emily:
a. She has compassion - Emily is there for both you and your dog and does not employ forceful techniques (they don't work!); she uses a calm, balanced approach that is tailored specifically for you and your dog
b. She is easily reachable by phone and email
c. She offers group classes and private lessons, and doesn't make you buy packages
d. She is honest, kind, and a real no BS chick
e. Aggressive dog? No problem - she'll work with it
f. She has a long list of happy clients in Humboldt County - I would know, we go on pack walks together!"