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Board and train at a facility
She was always available for us during and after training. Always kept in touch and went above and beyond the call. Our dog whisperer.May 7, 2018Verified
I hired Melissa because of her availability, price comparison, and the lessons she offered. I immediately could see a difference in my dog with the limited time she had him. If I ever needed to leave him with someone while out of town. I would immediately rehire her and continue pups training!!!!!Dec 13, 2015VerifiedManners PUPlease's reply
Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to work with your Rosco
We have a seven month old Yorkie. We’ve always had two yorkie, but the 15 year old passed away last year. After waiting awhile we adopted an 9 week old Yorkie pup. She has so much energy and while she is a sweetheart, she was too much for my wife and I and our 11 year old Yorkie to deal with. She barked and squealed a lot. We live in a multi unit building so we had to give in to her the very first night and let her out of her crate. Then there was the constant wanting to play with the older dog resulting in lot of growling and barking. Also, because she could not be crated we had lots of trouble house training her. We decided to send her for professional training. We knew she would an extremely difficult student from the start. We spoiled her and trained her all wrong. Melissa took her away for two weeks and she came back to us with almost all of those problems solved. She stays in her kennel when we leave the house. There is very nearly no barking or squealing, thank God. She stops the rough house with the older dog when I command. She responds to treats and sits, sits up and lays down on command. And she walks very well on a leash. Melissa explained in person and in writing how we should continue the training process. Her instructions is very understandable and effective. I cannot imagine being more pleased. I highly recommend Manners PuPlease to everyone needing a dog trained. After Gabby was returned I had to text Melissa for advise on getting the dog to stop barking in the crate. I followed her direction and it worked immediately like magic. Thank you so much.Aug 8, 2018VerifiedManners PUPlease's reply
You are so welcome and thank you for listening! Keep me posted on the little squirt!
Manners PuPlease was wonderful in training my two puppies who had little to no manners (mind you they were both rescued from a high kill shelter in OK, transported to Merriam, KS, and then contracted parvo, which they thankfully survived - before we adopted them from.) Upon picking them up from my home in N. KC, Bernita (Bear) and Calliope (Chunky) were destructive, had regressive bathroom behaviors, were not crate trained, and could not walk on a leash (there is also a litany of micro behaviors that were problematic which she addressed). While Bear and Chunk were in her home - we received almost daily updates via text/Facebook videos! When she brought my babies home I was amazed at their transformation. Not only do they know basic training skills (sit, stay, etc), but are completely crate trained (they actually like their crate), not destructive, potty trained, and just lovable happy puppies! My husband and I took them to the dog park with their two sisters (pit bull and lab- who they adore and love deeply) for the first time this past week and they thrived! They love interacting with new people, dogs, and even children! They love children - which is surprising, seeing that my husband and I do not have children nor do children visit our home. I am so glad that I found Manners PuPlease and would recommend this business and its principles to anyone!May 19, 2017Verified
Just booked Melissa for our first training session this week! We have a brand new red standard poodle Arri and my boyfriend and I are very new to training the dog. We decided to go with Melissa because she uses positive reinforcement for training and this is really what we wanted for our dog (plus her rates are unbelievably good!) Melissa has been willing and eager to work with us from day one. She has addressed all of our concerns over phone and promptly answered our emails (I even sent her an entire list of things I wanted to accomplish and she has taken the time to read it, notes and all!) She showed up at our session this Monday and immediately got to work. Our dog was very taken with her and you could really tell Arri was actually having fun! She left us with specific things to work on this week and even when I had concerns on my own, she addressed them on the phone. I am so very excited to see where these training sessions will go and how Melissa will help us mold Arri into the dog of our dreams! Will write another review to post his progress!Oct 7, 2015VerifiedManners PUPlease's reply
Love anytime I get to work with Arri. Good job on starting early with training.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Basic summary of services. Not all dogs learn the same and time frames are estimations. Dog Board and Train services include: o Obedience training levels o Service dog skill set o Puppy Training o Transportation pick up and drop off o Boarding Boarding Only While your away let your dog enjoy the comfort of home life.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Consultation either over the phone or a meeting at the person's house with the dog. We discuss availability, pick up, drop off and go over training concerns. I have them fill out paper work . All dogs are required to have up to date shots and Bordetella (kennel Cough) within the last 6 months. must have a vet approved flea and tick prevention.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I worked with a program CHAMP for service dogs, as well as training for dogs to achieve good citizen award for being behaved. I am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers as well as an elevator for Therapy pets unlimited and Canine Good Citizen. I am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.