Abuse Bites--Dogs that Heel & Heal

Owosso, MI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

We work with every dog and every client to meet their specific needs in our private and group training sessions. We offer affordable training and educate the owner about their particular dog and situation. Every dog is different and may need an entirely different method of training. We do what will work best for the owner and their dog.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It's very rewarding. We see improvements right away and have a lot of happy clients. The dogs are happier too. Besides that I love dogs and have three of my own, so it gives me a lot of opportunity for my dogs to socialize and have friends.

Location

Owosso, MI 48867

Years in business

12

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

304

Reviews

58 Reviews
  • Cindy H. May 27, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Appt set for Tuesday
  • London H. May 26, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa is a gem! At first, I wasn't sure if a personal trainer was appropriate for an 8-week-old, but it was a great investment! I learned how to curb all the puppy terrors (biting, barking, chewing,etc), as well as how to incorporate and develop daily discipline. I recieved excellent direction and professional treatment. My pup was also thrilled to have her! I am so grateful for the services of Abuse Bites.
  • Mona T. May 13, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa came to help us with our adopted terrier pup. She is excellent! She demonstrated how to deal with unwanted aggressive behavior and we saw improvements after one session.
  • Elaine D. May 10, 2017
    Lisa was very professional from beginning of training until the end of training , she was very open to any question I had. She made sure I understood exactly what she wanted us to do before starting. I am extremely happy and would recommend Lisa for any dog training you need or help you may need with a current problem you have with an animal. She truly loves what she does and it shows in her work.
  • Kerry R. May 8, 2017
    We did our evaluation session with Lisa last week and we are thrilled to be working with her in the months to come! Our dog, Belle, warmed up to her immediately and she has given our family such great advice already.
  • Brianna M. Apr 8, 2017
    Best money spent
    She is amazing. Fixed all my problems before I even asked a question.
  • Wendy S. Mar 28, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Dog Training
    Lisa is awesome!! She did a great job with my Jack Russell's. They still need work, but they actually are behaving better after 1 visit!! My new puppy will be going to obedience classes in April! (And maybe a Russell too) Looking forward to that training. Lisa is great!
  • Kristie S. Mar 28, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Highly recommend
    Lisa came to my house and within minutes had both of my dogs responding to her. I was amazed how quickly she was able to teach two young dogs better behavior. I will use her services again and highly recommend her.
  • Rochelle W. Mar 20, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    A wonderful training experience.
    Lisa is a wonderful trainer to work with. My babies took right to her instructions and adored her even when she was correcting them. She did an excellent job of instructing us on how to train them which is what we needed. She explained what we did right and what we did wrong without making us feel dumb. I am a cat person so I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was on the right path with their training. After just one visit with her the puppies are doing better and we are looking forward to pleasant walks with them around the property instead of being drug around where they want to investigate. We are even looking into attending a training camp at her facility for our citizenship certificates.
  • Chris D. Mar 20, 2017
    Thank you for helping us and our dog!
    Lisa came to our home because I contacted her regarding our Chocolate Lab and possible aggression issues. She gave us great tools for working with him. It is easy to see she has a love for dogs and really knows how to connect with them. We are very fortunate to have found Lisa and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing any help training their dog. After just one session we can already see a positive change. We must continue the work, but look forward to a happy future with our dog.
  • Cyndee A. Feb 5, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent Traine3r
    Lisa arrived on time, explained what we would be doing and why. We worked with our dogs for about an hour, had excellent results, will see her again next week.
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Cyndee: It was awesome working with you/your husband, and bringing your precious rescue together with your older two dogs without an aggressive outburst. I look forward to our next session. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Emily K. Nov 22, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    big difference!
    she made such a big difference for our pup and family!
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Emily I enjoyed work with you/your family and pup! You are excellent dog owners!

  • Becky V. Oct 31, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Highly satisfied
    Very knowledgeable and works very well with out puppy. Giving us good instructions to work on between seasons.
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Becky: It was my pleasure to work with you and your precious pup. Thank you for choosing me to be your trainer. I know your pup will be amazing because you really follow instructions and are a great pet parent.

  • Grace W. Sep 25, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
    We had one session with Lisa and right away we can see the big difference in our puppy! Its like night and day. :) We simply wanted him to stop chewing our toes (on top of everything else:) and to come to us when we call his name. Lisa has made all that happen in just one visit! We are every satisfied and will definitely call her back again for more training! Grace
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Grace: I enjoyed our session so much! It was great to see your puppy do a 90 degree turn in the first session. You can call any time, I'd be happy to come back. You are a wonderful couple, that pup is definitely blessed!

  • Bianca K. Sep 16, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Wonderful experience, great trainer!
    Lisa was wonderful. She provided me with loads of information. She is very professional and worked well with my puppy. I actually wrote everything down in my notebook after my session so I could remember everything and work with my puppy. After our session she told me to call if I had any questions or issues. She is a very good trainer, I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Bianca: I always love meeting and working with people and their pets who are motivated to do the right thing. You are amazing and I had so much fun! Your pup did sensational. And yes, I am here for you if you need anything.

  • Crystal K. Sep 6, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Woo hoo
    Wonder and very help full
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Crystal: It was great to work so closely with you and your furbabies and to see them settling down, getting along, and being peaceful in one room, so close to one another :) So glad we had the opportunity to work together. If you need anything, I'm here.

  • Kristin L. Sep 5, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Well worth my time and money
    I had a very positive experience. One session with multiple suggestions and my dog was a different dog. Easy to implement, positive for my dog and put me back in control. Many thanks!
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Kristin: Thank you for the compliment and great review. I do love to give helpful tips and do great training, but it's owners like you who do their homework that make me shine :) Good job!

  • Margaret P. Aug 11, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa came to my house to help with my 1 1/2 yr old Aussie's separation anxiety. She gave me several solutions and things to work on. I loved her and so did my dog. I would highly recommend her and found her very easy to work with.
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Margaret: Loved you and your precious Aussie!!! Thanks for the great review. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Janet R. Aug 4, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Melanie D. Jun 30, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa is showing me what I need to do to be a better dog owner. I appreciate her knowledge.
    Lisa F. Feb 5, 2017

    Melanie: It was my pleasure to work with you, after your dog had bitten someone. In my research, training, and evaluation I'm glad we were able to find the trouble wasn't the dog, but more training techniques and methods that needed to be administered. Great work! I wish you the very best. Thank you for choosing me to be your trainer.

  • Sarah K. Jun 24, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I noticed a difference in just 1-2 sessions. Lisa is very knowledgable and explains things very clear! I have a mastiff with a lot of aggression and anxiety and she has done wonders to help get my dog back to being relaxed around other dogs. Worth every $$!! She truly is a dog whisperer!!
  • Margy D. Jun 15, 2016
    Lisa gave us easy and practical tips and strategies to help us train our dogs to be social and better behaved.
  • Christine N. May 15, 2016
    My lab and I attended a class with Lisa Freeman. My intent was to expose her to men because she was afraid and showed aggression. I was pleased with the outcome right after the class. Lisa's class also was training higher level dogs to be certified therapy dogs to be able to go into nursing homes and other facilities. My dog did experience some of that training as well. 7 months after class, I took my dog into a group home with mentally handicap adults. She was a little shy at first, but settled in like she belonged there. Thank you Lisa!
  • Juanita G. Apr 27, 2016
    I like how she explains things. It has helped me so much to know how to train my dog.
  • Geri M. Apr 26, 2016
    Excellent communication with me as the owner as well as with my pup. A lot of positive energy. My pup is doing magnificent , very happy we signed up for classes. Would recommend Lisa to any one in need of a "dog" trainer.
  • Priscilla G. Apr 26, 2016
    even after 2 classes my dog is learning- he is a very hyper one yr old but feel the classes are going to help her
  • Sue D. Apr 8, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa worked wonders with our newest dog who was causing chaos with our other two and being a chronic barker on top of it all. She showed us some very simple techniques that set us on the right path. She saved the day!
  • Stephanie S. Mar 30, 2016
    I was praying for a miracle and Lisa came and worked one! We had a young Labradoodle puppy that we were introducing to our household which already had an old Boston terrier. The sparks were flying and things did not look good for the puppy. Lisa came and in three short one hour visits we had two happy dogs, the old dog was not only tolerating but playing with the puppy and the puppy was walking better on the leash, not biting, staying in the yard ... etc., etc. Thank you so much Lisa! I cannot say enough positive things about Lisa's methods. She is firm but loving and really gets inside the mind of a dog to help the owner understand what he or she needs to do for the dogs to be loved, safe and obedient.
  • Maryann A. Mar 20, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa A Freeman did an outstanding job teaching my husband and I and training both our dogs today. I would recommend her to any of my friends. Only after 1 session we can see quite a positive difference in both our dogs. Job well done!
  • Norma B. Mar 9, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Meeting to get tips on eliminating dog aggression. Trainer was informative, gave good tips and various solutions, gave verbal commands, came with products to try on dog to help with the solution of the problem.
  • Pat C. Mar 8, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My Indy is a very excitable dog, not enough socialization on my part. Lisa even with a sore back was able to do some exercises with him, which helped me out considerably. Indy is an 8 month old German Shepard that weighs about 80 lbs.+, pretty strong willed, but she was able to get his attention and hold it for short term. Hopefully I will be able to keep him going down the right track, I will certainly be doing my homework.
  • Kellee P. Mar 6, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We were a little hesitant about hiring a trainer but our Great Danes loved her and we did too!
  • Joan B. Nov 18, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Natalya M. Nov 17, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa shared tips & educated me about how to train my little rescue Yorkie, who was, believe it or not, almost impossible to cope with! She also told me about a piece of doggie equipment that no other trainers had told me about. All this combined has turned my dog into a whole new personality. I now have the confidence to give my dog commands & know how to follow up if she doesn't listen. A lot was accomplished in a one hour session!
  • Jeff N. Nov 6, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    She has good methods for the various problems you may be having with your dog. I liked that she came with collar and leash options you could buy after trying them out with her methods.
  • Michelle N. Nov 6, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Emily P. Oct 30, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa was phenomenal. I was a little hesitant when she said one hour and one visit would be enough but she was right. She was extremely caring and connected with our puppies when she first walked in the door. We even purchased new collars that will be extremely beneficial to our puppies' obedience!!! Thank you Lisa.
  • Raphaela M. Oct 28, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Katie C. Oct 27, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa was awesome with my Aussie/Lab Sulley! She was able to break his terrible leash reactive episodes and make him a calmer dog when guests arrive. I would highly recommend her training services.
  • Debra D. Sep 10, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa has a common sense and calm approach. We already see a calmer dog as a result of her suggestions. I also liked that she came with several leash/collar options and we were able to keep them. It saved me from trying to go find them myself. We were impressed with her knowledge and look forward to working with her again.
  • Robert W. Aug 13, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa's goal was to reduce the aggressive tendencies of our Min. Schnauzer. She got us going in the right direction after two sessions, and gave us the tools to continue training our aggressive dog.
  • Derek M. Jul 30, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very down to earth and was great with our Aussie! Highly recommended 😊
  • Lori T. Jul 16, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa was very helpful with tips on how we could better understand our dogs behaviors. already we feel much more confident about being able to get our girls trained and be well-behaved. she was very nice and knowledgeable, we look forward to working with her more.
  • Michael G. Jun 4, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Our trainer Lisa is the best trainer. she is caring and firm with her training methods. She is very clear, as what she expects and is also training us to teach our German Shepherd. I would recommend Lisa as a trainer to anyone who wants the best for their dog. We do. She is GREAT. Can't wait till you come back next week. Michael Graski
  • Mary L. Apr 19, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I am just getting into training my dog, but what I am impressed with so far is her patience and kindness with the trainers as well as the dogs.
  • Jamie H. Apr 18, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Thank you so much Lisa, You were amazing. I was at my wits end and worried. Now i am feeling so much better after our session. She is doing great. Thanks again.
  • Elizabeth K. Apr 16, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa worked with our puppy onsite at her home. She was very understanding of our puppy's biting and offered several solutions.
  • Taylore R. Apr 8, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I am so happy with my experience! I can already tell that my little baby is trying to be on his best behavior and this is only after 1 session! It was very reassuring to be told that my baby Pom is a quick learner and he is already getting his basic commands down! Lisa was very helpful and consistent with her training techniques and it has definitely paid off! I am one happy momma! Thank you Lisa!
  • Mermian B. Mar 28, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Deborah H. Mar 26, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa is professional, knowledgable and a joy to work with. She came to our home and helped us to understand our little rescued terrier.
  • Patty N. Mar 22, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa, Jake is doing very well after 2 sessions with you he is calming down and I thank you for teaching me how to do it the right way. He has learned to sit and be patient, he doesn't bark and jump when someone comes over and he is getting better not to jump on companies lap. I will be happy to have Jake in your upcoming class and again Lisa you are great at what you do. Jake & I will be seeing you soon. Patty & Jake.
  • Beth T. Mar 10, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Gloria N. Mar 8, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa was very professional and knows her job well. Our views were similar in the training decision. We were very pleased with her and her service. We had trouble with our dogs fighting and she gave us hope and things are much better now. We would definitely recommend her.
  • Lauren L. Jan 23, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa was amazing to work with. I adopted an older shelter dog who has some PTSD issues which were causing her to be very protective over me and aggressive toward others (growling and showing teeth to people that came over), and she even put her teeth on my arm once. I thought I would be locked in for months once I found a trainer but I only worked with Lisa twice! A week after the first session I had already noticed a huge difference. She definitely has a special way with dogs. And she came out to my place the second time! I would highly recommend her to anyone having aggression issues.
  • Rosemarie I. Dec 26, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa was great with advice and tips for obedience training for all three of my dogs. Her suggestions were helpful, and already the barking problem is improving. She also helped us with a dog that is jumping on counters to take food when we are out of sight and a pup who is bolting. Sadly, she didn't have anything much to say about potty training our puppy, and that's the issue we were struggling with most. I may call her again in the future to work with the pup on obedience after the potty issue is solved.
    Lisa F. Dec 27, 2014

    I'm glad I was able to help with your dogs. You are a phenomenal dog owner. I'm sorry you felt I didn't help so much with potty training, but I really felt like the rug in your living room was the main issue keeping your puppy from fully being broke, as you are doing all the right things. Some pups just take longer to train. Every puppy, dog, and child is different. What works for some may not work for others. There are other things we can try, and you can feel free to call and chat, that doesn't cost anything but your time. I'm be glad to brainstorm and help you :) Have a wonderful holiday.

  • Ryan O. Dec 13, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa seems to have a good general knowledge but the classes are in her driveway and didn't add value for my pet. Mediocre at best.
    Lisa F. Dec 27, 2014

    I am sorry you were not happy with the group classes being held in my driveway. But I feel I made that very clear from the beginning, and I also had my drive concreted this year to make it a nice large work area for the dogs and owners. I enjoyed having you and your precious pup, Bentley, in our class. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience, but out of 13 pups/dogs/owners that attended you were the only one who complained. I do not charge very much for the group classes and cannot afford an indoor facility at this time, so this is the very best I can do.

  • Hollie L. Apr 29, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We had a great time with Lisa Freeman. She knows her stuff! I have been searching for an affordable way to have a training session with Kahn (my dog). Lisa was able to provide that and with competence. She was easy to contact and arrange an appointment that fit my schedule. She was patient and very helpful in assisting me to communicate with Kahn. He is very smart yet I know that I could be a better owner/ mom to him. She spent a whole hour with us. I feel I can better communicate with the suggestions and observations that Lisa pointed out to me. Thank you Lisa.
  • Stephanie W. Oct 11, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Lisa has worked with our dog on aggression and obedience and he has made a great improvement! In such a short time (30 mins a session) she gave us the tools to train our dog and we will continue his training in our home.
    Lisa F. Apr 8, 2014

    Stephanie, Thanks so much! I really enjoyed working with you, your husband and Meatsy. What a great honor to be able to help families break aggressive behavior in their dogs so they can be a happy family again. Thanks for letting me be a part of that!

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
Through a runaway, abused dog, Snickers. He changed my whole life and gave me such a love for dogs, that I cannot imagine doing anything else now or ever!
What types of customers have you worked with?
We offer everything from basic dog obedience (come, sit, stay, down, etc) to more advanced dog obedience/pet therapy (leave it, being safe around other dogs/animals, walking on a loose leash without pulling, healing, etc) , and even service and guard dog training. We also work on breaking bad behaviors (bolting, not coming, barking, jumping, nipping, chewing, digging, etc).
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A couple brought their very large, boisterous and aggressive Old English Bulldog to me. He growled and viciously barked at other people and dogs--pulling hard on the leash like he wanted to attack. In just one lesson this dog learned and obeyed all the obedience commands and was walking on a leash without pulling. After just two sessions they took him into a pet store, which they would have never been able to do before! He's doing wonderful!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire someone who's qualified, experienced, and has a real passion for the work. I'm an Award-Winning Certified Pet Therapist & Dog Trainer who's worked with dogs and their behaviors for the past 16 years. Many of the dogs we train only need 1-3 sessions of training! My dog, Snickers was certified for Pet Therapy in just 10 days of training. Aside from pet therapy, we have helped many rescues, raised thousands of dollars to help needy and abused pets, and have a heart to help others and teach them the ropes of how to train and raise their dog. WE are just as passionate about stopping bullying of both people and pets!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I do this because I'm passionate about helping dogs and owners, not for the money.