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I've had Denise over for two sessions so far for my puppy who's been exhibiting some amount of fear aggression towards other dogs. Two sessions in, I'm already walking having progess walking her while others are walking their dogs. She's also helped my daughter walk her with more control so that she too can walk her and have her in a good spot next to our side. Very happy I've chosen her, two more sessions to go when we will test her near more dog-populated locations but so far so good! This was way more effective for us than the classroom setting dog training I went to for a few weeks. I learned a lot from that class as well, but it didn't address my particular issues. Denise can see what she does in my home setting and in my neighborhood which is very different than a classroom where my dog is not her normal self because she was stressed by the other dogs in the class. Glad I called so far!
Kathryn has been a wonderful trainer to our 10 month golden retriever. She is warm, friendly, and very easy to work and coordinate with. She is an effective trainer and within 2 visits we were seeing positive improvements in our dog's behavior and ability to respond appropriately to commands. She has a firm, but gentle approach to dog training which I appreciate having worked with another trainer in the past who was quite harsh with our former dog.
Brian is an excellent choice for any and all dog training/behavior modification! We hired Brian to help with our two year old Wheaten terrier, Toby, that we adopted back in January. Toby is an extremely nervous and fearful dog, and we suspect that he had little to no human interaction before we got him. The best thing about working with Brian is that he taught us how to work with Toby, instead of simply doing everything himself. Brian showed us great techniques for introducing Toby to new situtations, maintaining control when walking Toby, reinforcing good behaviors, and addressing maladaptive behaviors. Because of the severity of Toby's fear of people, we will need to continue working with him for a long time beforw we see him become more of a "normal" dog, but thanks to Brian, we have the right tools to do so. Another thing we were blown away with while working with Brian is his dedication. There was one day where we didn't have a session planned, but Brian called to see if he could pick up Toby and bring him to interact with his own dogs, simply because he had the time and was genuinely invested in helping Toby! Brian also provided us with some training tools for Toby (clicker, treat bag), again, all due to his dedication to our dog. I would not hesitate to hire Brian if you are looking for someone professional, dedicated, knowledgeable, and all around wonderful at working with dogs (and people)! He truly knows what he's doing and cares for the dogs that he works with. Thank you again Brian!
Steve did a great job in not only training my dog but training me to understand the reasoning behind everything. He made sure I knew why we did something and how to correct my dog's actions if necessary. Steve was very informative and helpful and made it known he's only a phone call away if I need assistance on something or have a quick question.
JoJo was such a huge help with training my newly adopted dog and helping her get along with my older dog. My new dog had food aggression issues and would bite my other dog and myself, but JoJo offered many ideas to help and after trial and error with the different options, it finally worked and now both dogs get along great and there has been no aggression! She helped greatly with basic dog training as well. I also learned how to be a leader for my dogs and JoJo provided many leadership skills for me to work on and owns dogs listen so much more. I felt so overwhelmed when I adopted the second dog but JoJo has definitely helped to improve my leadership skills in order to help my dogs.
I fostered a 5 month old Coonhound that was rescued from a neglectful home. She had very little social skills and a slew of medical issues. The immediate issue, after seeing to the medical, was her food aggression because I have two other dogs. After researching and speaking to a few other dog trainers, I chose Gray House Dog Training because Victoria (the trainer) felt each dog she trains is a separate case and she would evaluate her to see what training would best fit the individual dog. The other trainers had a set training system for all cases. She had my insecure, neglected pup sitting on command at her first session! Victoria interacted with and evaluated my pup before she came up with a plan on how to feed her to eliminate the aggression. And it worked! She also worked with her on a structured routine teaching her how to walk on a leash. We learned basic commands as well. Victoria taught me how to continue training on the days she was not here. It was crucial my pup was trained before she was adopted in order for her to make the transition to her forever home successful. Not only did Victoria teach my pup how to live as a part of a family, she taught her acceptance of love and trust. I am happy to say my Coonie is in her forever home happily living with two Coonie sisters! Politely sharing food and love! Victoria played a crucial part of giving this poor pup a second chance for a wonderful life.
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.
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.
Clare Owings has been working with my 18 year old son and his 8 year old Labrador/boxer, with obedience training. On the first visit, I could tell immediately, she had the perfect personality and patience to help make this a pleasant experience. I found her ad in the local paper, and contacted her, without any prior references. Clare was available the next day, and arrived several minutes early for the first lesson (And each one since). She charges a reasonable fee , considering she provides more than just dog training. She has a genuine interest in my son and his future. They talk extensively about anything and everything...high school, college, life. Clare comes to the house for lessons and has also met at a nearby park.....wherever is convenient for my son. I highly recommend Clare Owings! We are fortunate (in many ways) to have found her!
Academy Dog Training We moved to the DC area in March of 2015. When our eight year old lab mix, Tsali went after the exterminator, I had enough of the inability to trust the love of our family. After some research, I found Haywood at Academy Dog Training. He met with me and our dog and listened to my concerns, asked detailed questions about our dogs history, and the goals I had for her upon training completion. He was open, honest and a great listener to concerns and finding solutions. Throughout training, we noticed a significant improvement in her listening, understanding and following commands. Her ability to adapt around other dogs has improved tremendously and we learned so much about her that our life is much easier after her training. I would highly recommend Haywood at Academy Dog Training. We plan to adopt another dog in the future and Haywood is who we will contact!
Sarah is awesome. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about dogs and their training. She is patient and explained what we needed to do and why. We can't thank her enough for turning our out of control Lab in to a fantastic family pet.
Melina is great. Had her come for a finicky dog and two cats. They were very happy with her administrations and we loved her daily messages and pictures. Very professional.
Jane took care of our FIVE little fur-bearing family members while we were away for a week. She is by far the best pet-sitter we have ever had! She started with an initial meeting in our home, which was incredibly thorough. It's clear she has a real love for and understanding of dogs, and real skill handling behavioral issues with pets. It's also clear now that we've had her support that the full range of services she offers is delivered with the same gentle, insightful, and steady care that every pet owner wants for their four-legged loved ones. She also retrieved our mail and made sure the house was safe while we were away--a real bonus! Jane provides daily written updates, which were incredibly helpful (she also identified an issue with our bathroom ceiling that would have taken us a few days to notice after we came back). She even found our shy guy, Skinner, every day, even though he is very good at hiding from strangers! We returned home to a happy, snuggly, healthy menagerie that had been expertly cared for. It was such a comfort knowing we had reliable, thoughtful care while we were away. We'll definitely reach out to Jane again the next time we're out of town. Strong endorsements from both of us humans and our furry five-some!
Pawsit Pet Services was wonderful. They were able to take care of my dog on a short notice. You can tell that Crystal cares for animals. My dog loves her. Highly recommended!
It has only been a couple days since my inital meeting with Sharon but the leash tugging has substatially reduced! My dog and I have some new items to continue working on but the snowstorm today has put a small crimp in our plans. Regardless, we'll do some fun indoor stuff. Highly recommend Bark Busters and Sharon (she 100% understands how to read your dog *and* translate to you so you can begin to learn how to be the leader/owner the dog needs). I cannot overstate the importance of the tools you, as the dog owner, need and will gain through connecting eith BarkBusters. Sharon is an excellent instructor and guide, with great timing and considerable experience!
Mary at Quality Time was so nice to our three dogs. They took to her immediately. Quality Time was responsive, timely, and very service oriented. Definitely would recommend their services to any one needing pet walking and attention.
Paramount Family Services has provided for our family and Christian, our dog, exceptional services for over 2 years! Because of their experience and expertise, they provide more than a dog watching, dog sitting service, but a dog caring, dog vetanarian service. Christian loves Jonise, responds postively to her and looks forward to spending time with her whenever we travel out of town! We highly recommend them to dog owners who want the best possible care provided to their pets while in town or out of town!
Amazing work. The changes are immediate and we are able to continue teaching our dogs. Their behavior was truly modified virtually instantly with the training provided by Steve!
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I make sure your dog is safe while on our walk and gets back home safe. If you need anything done around the house, I can help with that too.
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Dog training is more then just a trainer coming in to teach your dog commands. It comes down to the parent too. In my methods you will not only have me teaching your dog positive behavior and commands but also show you the parent how to go about it. You practically train your dog through out the day while your with your furry friend. So don't think of it as a task but more of a lifestyle. As I always say, be one with the dog.
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I am available from Monday to Friday before 2:00 p.m. and any time on the weekends. I am available for overnight care as well at the customer's house.