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Top Rated Dog Obedience Schools Around Ashburn, VA
We were having trouble teaching our dog to walk on the leash without pulling. Kathryn came out to help us and it was like night and day with the results. She not only worked with Bandit but she gave us tips about what to do and not to do. Bandit walks without pulling now. It makes our walks so much easier and enjoyable. I highly recommend Kathryn. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy and you can tell she loves dogs!
Joanne spent a little over 1 hour working with me and my dog on basic obedience commands. It was amazing how quickly she got the dog to respond. After practicing the techniques with the dog over the past week I have noticed a big difference in her obedience and what a difference it has made in her. I still hope to have Joanne back to work with me on leash training.
I couldn't be happier with the training that we've received from Social Tailwaggers. Jodie, our trainer. is so patient and very knowledgeable. The first time we met, we discussed what training I was interested in and what goals we were trying to achieve for my dog, Cooper. Cooper was around 10-11 months old when we began our first training session. She immediately began to introduce new skills and commands to work on training Cooper. After each lesson, Jodie sends a detailed email outlining all of the skills we worked on and suggestions to help with practicing on my own. Jodie was also helpful with recommendations on types of toys and feeding bowls to help with the energy level of my dog. I would highly recommend Social Tailwaggers to anyone who needs help training a new puppy or an older dog. It is well worth the time, money and effort to have a well trained dog and not only are you going to have a well trained, better behaved dog, it's also a lot of fun time spent with your dog.
Vicki was a wonderful trainer who managed to help us train our 1yo rescue, Penny. She provided tips, advice, and made amazing suggestions to practice while not in training sessions. In the course of 6 weeks, Penny learned several obedience commands (stay, leave it, wait, etc) as well as tricks (sit, down, paw, crawl, etc.) Penny was difficult to teach when we first got her and although I have had a dog before, I have never had a puppy/younger pup and she wasn’t a good listener until we saught help from Paw Patrol of VA, LLC. Vicki was very flexible with our schedule, understanding of our ongoing frustrations in trying to teach her obedience, and was able to help us change our body language and tone to teach Penny what we wanted her to do. After the first 2 sessions, Penny recognized Vicki when she came to our home and LOVED school (mostly because she loves attention, praise, and training treats). I am so thankful my husband and I agreed to get a trainer for Penny and we really lucked out with Vicki. Thank you Vicki, Brittany and Sadie for your kindness. We would gladly hire Vicki again in the future and recommend her to others in the area!
Jay as of this point has been very responsible and professional. It shows that he has a passion and truly enjoys training dogs. So far after one class with him we have already seen an improvement in our dog's obedience. I look forward to learning more from him.
Ryan came over to help me with my miniature schnauzer's issues with walking and jumping on company. I've learned that I must make myself valuable to the dog. My dog, who doesn't even care for males, immediately respected Ryan.
The OLK9 crew has given us a whole new perspective on dog training and obedience. We went to OLK9 with the goal of having our APBT "Casino" stop pulling on leash during walks and to stop mild dog aggression. At first we were hesitant with using an e-collar for training, but Garry was able to address all of our concerns during our first lesson and made us feel at ease with the training regimen. One month and 2 lessons later, and we couldn't be more impressed with the results we've seen so far. Our training has given us and Casino more confidence not only on leash, but we are now comfortable walking him off leash even with distractions. We have two basic classes left and have already registered for our advanced lessons. Nick comes highly recommended and responds quickly to any questions you may have regarding training or the e-collar. We've already recommended other family members to enroll in the program and look forward to the continued confidence gained from training. Our only regret is not starting our training sooner...
We adopted an adult German Shepherd 3 months ago who was very shy and then quickly started showing signs of aggression. We were torn because we knew this dog had already had a hard life and didn't want to give up on her, but also didn't want to risk the safety of our family members. We called Academy Dog Training and from the first experience to the end, we have found all the team members to be experienced, professional, organized, and dedicated. It's not just that Academy Dog Training helped our dog learn obedience commands, because I'm sure many training facilities could do that, but they always took time to ask how we were doing, spent time to understand our issues and goals, and helped us develop a course of action. We were also amazed by the memory they have about previous concerns we share and seeing how many clients they have, I never saw them miss a beat -- they all communicate well with each other and with us. Thank you so much Haywood, Alexa, Havella, and Adrianna -- you all make a great team.
I've had one lesson with Kimberly and wished I had contacted her sooner to get started on training my German Shepherd rescue. What I like best about Kimberly's approach is her care and attention for the well-being of my dog. Working with Kimberly has helped me to understand that an obedient dog isn't necessarily a happy or well-adjusted dog. Kimberly's method of training takes in the "whole dog" concept addressing nutrition, mental, and physical fitness. As a new dog owner she's helped me to understand how to interpret my dogs behavior and what my dog needs from me as the pack leader. Training is fun, the homework is simple and Kimberly is always on hand to answer a question. The welcome package (lots of goodies) she provided exceeded my expectations and Kimberly has become my "go-to" for additional resources for my dog.
I have a 5 year old, 85 pound pit bull/boxer mix named Bella, who is as sweet as they come, but she was a beast on the leash....pulling and choking herself making walks really unpleasant for everyone. We tried many different things with her, but nothing seemed to be working. We had Kristy over for 1 hour for training. She gave us some new tools to work with and some new techniques and literally I was able to walk her within 15 minutes!! She is like a new dog, and we are BOTH loving the walks together. I HIGHLY recommend Kristy for any dog training that you need. She is fantastic!!!
My experience with Annmarie was wonderful! She is kind, compassionate, fun as well as incredibly skilled in working with puppies. Her lessons were always organized, well thought out and researched. Each lesson built on the previous one and was always reviewed in the new one. She introduced many new skills and behavior training that we continue to use and reinforce with our pup. What really impressed me, was how she consulted other trainers when she didn't have an answer for an aggressive food behavior. Annmarie was always on time and often went over the allotted hour to help with a particular issue we had. The fact that she loves what she does shows and is reflected in her love of the pups! I highly recommend Annmarie for any puppy/dog training! Thank you again!
We've had two sessions with Maxine (an initial 3 hour visit and an hour long follow up visit) and couldn't be happier. We took in a 3 year old lab/beagle mix named Hamish about two months ago and needed some help with basic obedience training and also some specific problems: nuisance barking, pulling on the leash, and some occasional guarding behavior. After just one session, we were able to communicate much more effectively with Hamish and his problem behaviors lessened. And the extra guidance we got at our follow up session today has already proven extremely useful. Hamish used to bark and bark at passersby and not heed any of our efforts to quiet him. Now he barks less frequently and when he does we're able to get his attention and he stops. His recall has also improved dramatically. Overall, he's also much calmer - it's obvious he feels more comfortable now that he understands our respective roles and what's expected of him. We feel fully supported by Maxine and highly recommend her services.
Lara is terrific, and we recommend her wholeheartedly! Whether you need basic obedience or have a dog with serious problem behaviors (as was the case with our dog), Lara's in-depth knowledge and flexibility can help you build a better bond and happier co-existence with your dog. In our case, we deeply appreciated that Lara recognized those areas where we could use new/improved techniques and skipped over the areas where we were ok. This saved us both time and frustration, and allowed us to more quickly address the true problem areas. We still have much work ahead, but I am incredibly grateful to Lara for putting us on the right track!
He was very pleasant and very patient with me and my dog. My dog had never received training before and I shouldn’t have wait until she was 11 months to start, but Tony was patient and nice the entire time. I will continue to utilize his service in the future and recommend that you give him a try.
I just want to thank Sarka so much for helping us out with training our dog, Hnupka. We had a very difficult time coping with Hnupka before we decided to contact Sarka and ask her for her expert help. Sarka taught Hnupka basic obedience and helped him to socialize with other dogs, humans and daily busy city life. Sarka also showed us techniques on how to handle Hnupka ourselves, set his expectations, and build his respect for us in a humane and loving way so that he would obey. Hnupka is now a much more manageable part of our family. I would highly recommend Sarka as an obedience trainer. She loves dogs and they love her back. Linda
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I thoroughly enjoy training animals whether it be dogs or horses. I have been training for over 30 years. Taining involves spending time with your animal and that is good for everyone.
When I am too busy with work and school, and can't spend as much time as I can with my pet, I need dog walkers services. I tried different companies, until somebody recommended me Journey, and now I stick to this company. I definitely recommend Journey to everybody!
Dolores trained our 5 month old puppy and did a wonderful job over the six sessions. She arrived on time and always ready to start. Our dog, Brandy took to her straight away and soon learned to sit and stay. Over the course of the training he learned all the basic obedience things we asked for. Dolores only uses Positive Revinforcement methods which means it's all reward based - no Prong collars. We highly recommend this trainer.
Antonia cared for my three dogs and two cats over the course of two years. She took wonderful care of them not just walking and feeding, but also playing with the dogs and visiting with the kids during my work day when I can't be at home. She came twice a day and even cleaned the cat litter! I can't imagine a better animal caretaker and her assistance allowed me the piece of mind that while I'm at work my animals were not bored all day and were well taken care of. Antonia brings a genuine care for animals and spends time volunteering with animals regularly. She also studied Animal Behavior in school and this distinction has helped her identify sickness in animals. I recommend her highly. She is very flexible on the days and time you need her and is glad to focus on a few clients where the owners are really seeking long term care. Lastly, her rates are very reasonable. In the past, I have paid a lot more for these services. With Antonia, you won't be gorged on price. Sign up with her now!
I hired Audrey to teach me and my new rescue dog(cattle dog) basic obedience and manners inside and outside my home. Audrey was a patient and knowledgeable teacher, and really helped me to understand how to communicate with my new girl. Working with her at my house was INVALUABLE and well worth the investment of time and money. I highly recommend her to anyone looking joe a trainer.
Coming to Dave and Nicki was the best thing to happen to Winston, my little pitbull ball of energy, since I adopted him! When I first brought him home from BARCS, I couldn't sit down without Winston jumping on me and biting my hands. He would pull on the leash constantly on walks and would randomly get aggressive (seemingly) without warning when crossing the street. Then, a friend recommended I take Winston to SMYD. I did a brief consultation visit, one private class with Dave, and eight weeks of group obedience classes. SMYDs obedience curriculum has remarkably improved my relationship with my dog. Winston's demeanor has improved dramatically both at home and in public. I feel comfortable walking him through the busy city and letting him greet new people in my house. The classes are great; if you DO THE HOMEWORK, your dog cannot fail. If you're willing to repeat the class exercises at home, you're going to see fast results! Homework consists of posting a short video of you doing the weeks lessons at home. The trainers will let you know how you're doing and offer personalized tips and critiques. This is also just a cool way to see what your peers are doing and/or struggling with. I would recommend SMYD to anyone looking to strengthen their relationship with their dog whether it's through obedience, sport, service, or just letting your dog play with other dogs!