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Corinn, was very intuitive, with the needs of Sparrow, my cat. Pinpointed , socialization problems due to improper nurturing in the past. Applied a massaging technique , which I will continue. Thanks for your service, I highly recommend her for felines and Canines.
I had been taking my 8 month old puppy to weekly obedience classes, but it was not helping with the issues I was facing at home, especially when the hormones kicked in and transformed him into quite a handful. I began searching for a professional that would come work with us at home. After much searching, I contacted Robin, as she met (and exceeded) all of my search criteria. Sadly, it turned out that my puppy and I were much worse off than I was aware of. Thankfully, I found Robin before things got out of hand. After only 2 sessions with Robin, we have made more progress than I even thought possible. She is firm, yet kind and gentle. Not only has she helped my puppy greatly, she has given me a sense of much needed confidence which will help my puppy and I have a successful and happy future relationship. Thank you Thumbtack for helping me find Robin!
It is a joy to work with Niamh. She has a great insight as to the issues and bad behaviors of our dogs. She has been very helpful helping us train our rescue dogs, specifically with barking and with socialization. She is also teaching us about consistency and how to get respect from our dogs. She has been working with us at our home. Niamh sent us followup texts to answer questions about the prior session and if there were any other issues that needed to be addressed. Niamh is a great communicator and understands dog psychology. She is always there to help answer any questions and give advice as to how to handle a specific issue.
I needed help to modify my over excitable champion boxer, CH high tech Duffy Semper Fi at Marlboro. Trainer Displayed great concern and caring while training my dog. Trainer has great abilities to analyze the dog behaviors. Wholly recommend for anyone who needs help with an overzealous dog.
Kelli was wonderful replied promptly and came to my house and worked for an hour at a time with my kids and family dog I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a little extra attention that a standard puppy class wouldn't help with.
Christine aka "the new dog whisperer" not only taught me how to train my dog she took the time to get to know me. She was spot on with dog training and behavioral issues. She helped me become "the leader of the pack" using dog-friendly, techniques (NO SHOCK COLLAR, OR HARSH METHODS EVER!!!). Her goal was for my dog to love and respect me not fear me . She will work with you in your home addressing issues such as housebreaking, separation anxiety, aggression, jumping up, puppy nipping, walking on leash, and much more. Christine can help you with ANY BREED, ANY AGE, ANY ISSUE! Christine was available to help work around my hectic schedule and allowed time for the whole family to be involved. Before Christine trained Roxy our "French Mastiff" Roxy was jumping up on our company , barking non-stop , pulling on the leash to the point we could not walk her without our arms being pulled outta our sockets, begging for food and not listening to her commands such as sit , stay and come . With just a few shorts weeks Roxy was and is a changed dog . She is gentle , never jumps up on people or furniture . Our Roxy couldn't have made this transition without the training of Christine!
Great trainer. She knows how to communicate with my dog and the dog loves her.
I reached out to Josh for help because my dog would lash out at other dogs when we went for walks, hikes, etc. I was very pleased with his work! He arrived on time, earlier than expected, to really make sure I got the most out of my session. The quality of his work is very professional and you could tell he truly cares about helping you and your dog! He is very knowledgeable in numerous different behavioral issues, which was impressive. He taught me how to take control of my dog and now my dog is doing much better socially. Josh also responded to my emails in a timely mannner when I would have quick questions. I would highly recommend this service!!
I was very pleased with how quickly Michele was able to teach my dog and myself . We will defiantly be going back for more classes in the future and the price was extremely fair
Ivan Rios seems to be doing a good job in training our dog. Our dog name is Goldie and she is going on 9 months old. I was going to try training Goldie myself, but I do not have the patience or experience to train Goldie. We like Ivan because he is a caring and knowledgeable person. Goldie has a way to go before her training is complete. We feel Goldie is in good hands, and know she will be trained when her training sessions are complete I would like to rate my overall experience again when Goldie's training is complete. Kenneth & Ruth Hawkins
Tim is a friendly and devoted individual. Extremely knowledgeable about his trade. He comprehends the needs you have of your dog, and employs his training regimen around those needs. Further, he teaches you the required skills to keep the dog well trained and behaving properly. We saw progress with our pup well within a few weeks. The important thing is that you listen to what Tim has to say, and you employ the tactics he teaches you. It's all about reinforcement. Without that reinforcement, your dog will only go so far. If someone asked me to recommend a dog trainer, The Guiding Leash Dog Training and Behavior Solutions company would be my go to choice.
Top Notch Dog Training is -- well, it's top notch! I've been training there for ten years with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels; the instructors are both knowledgable and friendly, and ALWAYS put the good of the dogs first. The class fees are very reasonable, too. My dogs and I love our classes there!
We first brought our female sable GSD athena for training and had a great learning experience with lenny...and a few years later brought our all black female athenas daughter fria for some basic obeience training and some leadership skills with mary ellen...both lenny and mary ellen make the whole experience fun and easy to understand. Especially when it comes to the dog phsychology and learning to be a pack leader, they both have many many years working with GSD's and truely understand the breed and the fact that these are truley a working breed..the teachings are very simple and interesting to where you wanna learn and keep going, mary ellen also does a wonderful job with grooming. I highly recomend canine cadre for all your canine needs...all types of training, behavior modification, basic and advance obedience, puppy classes, grooming ... They do it all.
I had done a fair amount of research seeking a dog trainer to "touch-up" on obedience training and also offer some advanced work for my G.S. Service Dog "Boca". I was impressed upon reading through the successful L.E.O. resume of Chris Byrne. The online video of several of their finished dogs totally blew me away as well. "That's the way I want my dog to behave and respond to me"! Being sold by what I saw and read about Stonehill Kennel and having a similar career as a brother L.E.O., I thought choosing them would be a good fit. After contacting them we made an appointment to meet and have my first session. Upon arrival I met Chris and was impressed by his down-to-earth attitude and his level of knowledge about dogs, their temperament, breed specifics and training needed to get to where I wanted to be. Chris introduced me to his lead trainer Dan Hartley who would be doing the training for Boca and I. I was given a crash course (by Dan) of dog psychology, dog needs, and handler must-haves. I was totally blown away by the technical knowledge Dan gave me as we jumped right into training. Dan came across as a "get-down-and-dirty type of individual when it came to animal training. Dan comes across as being a stern and to-the-point type individual (what I actually needed at the time) yet he was very fair, patient and most importantly took the dogs psychological and physiological needs as primary objectives. It's the human who really needs the training - not the dog... In my case anyway! After the first initial training session I knew I selected the right kennel to do the right training for me and my best friend. After only a few sessions I was devastated by news that my dog had developed not one but several genetic diseases which rendered him "unfit" for future service work. He was only 2 and a half years old. I broke the news to Chris and Dan and expected that our business relationship would be terminated due to the new health issues of Boca. I was really devastated and torn up emotionally as to what I was going to do since I had just finished paying off the cost to buy and train Boca as my Mobility Service Dog. Just about all nationally known non-profit agencies who train/place mobility service dogs have an average of a two-three year waiting list. In my mind, I didn't think my breaking heart (and disabled back) would last that long. Chris contacted me and we talked in depth of what my physical needs are and the expectations I really wanted in a new Mobility Service Dog. Chris didn't hesitate to offer me another dog which he could train to not only meet my needs but to do the whole process within my budget. I was ecstatic to say the least. Yea - under the exterior "tough-cop" attitude and all business personas, Chris turned out to be what I'd refer to as a "Rough-Tough Teddy Bear"! Not long thereafter (maybe two weeks) I found a family friend who (happens to be a veterinarian technician) was willing to foster Boca into her family which includes three children, two doggie playmates for Boca and most importantly the means to provide Boca with the drugs necessary to extend his life longer than I could under my care. It totally broke my heart (and continues to) to take Boca to their home and leave him there. I do get periodic messages and he's doing well. In the meantime I was emailing Chris at Stonehill many, many times suggesting he look at the various in my emails to check out as a source for another G.S.D. puppy for my new partner. In retrospect I must have driven Chris nuts - for which I'm so sorry. Even through that he remained very patient and showed empathy for what I was going through. It was less than a month I received a call from Chris that he thinks he may have found the right candidate and asked for me to come to the Kennel to meet him. Soon the day came and I was very pleased to meet "Deviss". He's considered a large dog for a shepherd (85lbs) but looked like a "toy" compared to my 125lb Boca. Chris was very positive while explaining not only the history of "Deviss" but also the mobility tools (Support Vests) available which would compensate for size difference. Although smaller Deviss is a solid broad-chested young dog who looks very capable of helping me with my mobility issues. We forged a contract at that time by the most effective means - a handshake! I couldn't have been more grateful to Chris and will always feel I owe him for his work. Of course more work has to be done before delivery. It's been almost a month and I've learned to be a little more patient (which is very hard) but remaining anxious as to the progress of Deviss. Recently Chris contacted me and it appears that Deviss is "almost there" and quite possibly be ready for delivery by April first. So excited! It's more than my bad back and legs that need Deviss - my heart too is still with a gaping hole with the loss of Boca...a space I'm sure Deviss can fill in time. While I'm awaiting delivery I'm constantly trying to keep busy with several fundraising campaigns to help me raise the money to pay Chris for Deviss. Although long, I felt it necessary to fill you in on my whole story for it is much more than a simple business deal between me and Stonehill Kennel. I feel that a strong friendship containing loyalty and compassion has resulted beginning from our first meet through present. I owe and thank Chris who has worked with me and helped me through one of the hardest trials of my life. There'll be more to post (I Hope) in early April when I finally get Deviss home and we begin to forge a new working/family relationship with the help of both Dan & Chris. Both of them have done great by me and I most definitely will recommend them as the best trainers I have had the pleasure of working with. The truth will absolutely be "in-the-pudding, when I get Deviss and have the opportunity to work with him. Will re-post with the completion of my story and future status updates on Deviss and sealed deal between myself and Stonehill Kennel.
When a new puppy joined our family, we took him to Puppy Class at Sandy Meadow Farm. With the expert help of trainer Missy Kielbasa, our puppy learned good manners, and we began to learn how to communicate with our dog using research-based strategies (made simple by Missy.) I continue to take our pup to Basic, Intermediate, and other classes because the pup likes class and I like learning how to better communicate with him. I am amazed and inspired as I watch Missy take the end of a leash, and every time the dog does what she requests. It's comforting to know there's a trainer who can guide us through the challenges. Missy was just an email away when we needed advice with our pup. For many reasons, I highly recommend Sandy Meadow Farm.
K9-1 is a professional and caring dog training service. Mike D'Abruzzo takes his job seriously and has the patience required to train all types of dogs from a household pet to a police patrol dog. He loves dogs and will do all he can to train them. Before calling K9-1 my dog was dangerous and undisciplined. Mike turned my dog into a manageable and loving animal while still helping me understand limitations and dog behavior to continue his training at home. I live in Brooklyn and would recommend K9-1 even if you dont live near. Its that good.
Brandi is simply amazing! Whether it be daily walks, socialization, even training and special skills building, she is simply spot on. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
Gina has helped me both with an eight week basic training class for my reactive do. She has also helped me with issues I have had with my dog at home. She is always available for my questions and offers knowledgeable advice. Gina gives positive feedback and encouragement. My dog is a work in progress so I know I will continue to contact her in the future for help and suggestions.
I have a 2 year old GSD that needed to be socialize with other dog/animals. She did puppy school but no outdoor training. Whit, my dogs new trainer had her playing with other dogs with in 3 visits. We are working on dog walks and as of now we walk with 4 other dogs. I'm glad I contacted Whit.
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We provide dog training classes in obedience, AKC CGC, and star puppy and pet-assisted therapy. Our training classes are like a club; customers are welcome at any class and any location. Getting dogs trained and socialized is our priority! We provide great fun for every member of the family.
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We offer a complete family dog program as well as agility, competition obedience, rally, nosework, barn hunt, flyball and therapy dog classes. We also offer private training and behavior consults.