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About Gray Wolf Dog Training

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How does your service stand out?

In order to change a dog's behavior, one must get to the route of why they are doing what they do. This is where my training methods differ from "typical" training being offer by others.

I teach my clients to understand their dog's body language and energy. I also teach how dog's interpret our body language and energy. Once everybody's on the same page (canine and humans,) the behavioral issues literally disappear.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I get to hang out with dogs all day...what's not to like??

I am also passionate about prevention - that is, preventing a dog from ending up at a shelter in the first place. Watching a dog's behavior change before my eyes is so very rewarding. I know that when the training is done, the dog and their humans will have a new understanding and respect for each other.

No dog I have worked with has ever ended up in a shelter!


Glendora, NJ 08029

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  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Board and Train Verified Review

    We spent the afternoon with Susan yesterday and it was amazing. We went from chaos to cam in a matter of hours, thanks so Susan's methods. I learned a totally new way to "speak" to our dogs without words, and think Susan's methods will carry us forward into a number of situations that we may have deemed impossible to handle just a day ago. Susan's expertise is unparalleled. We will reach out to her for any other behavior modification needs that we may have in the future.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on February 20, 2016

    I love it when a family completely embraces the methods and then reap the rewards as bad behavior changes to good :) I'll be checking back in with you soon to hear all about your "new" dogs!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    The job was to help us understand why our dog was barking so much. The main step was teaching us how to communicate with her, which we were not doing properly. Since Susan came in we now have a much more peaceful household. Not only is our dog not barking as much, but she is much more relaxed. Susan went above and beyond and we would recommend her to anyone who is ready to give up hope!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on February 9, 2016

    The fact that your high-energy dog is already learning to relax means that you have embraced the methods and are becoming dog whisperers! Consistently working with your dog is what's bringing harmony to your home. You're well on your way to the smartest, most perfect pup!

  • 5/5 stars

    Susan volunteered an 8 hour day to help a struggling dog and adoptive owners, when we spoke with her she outlined her plan and when she arrived we were blown away by her expertise. She came into their home and worked with them one on one to teach them the root cause of their dog's behavior and how to help correct it. Within an hour she was able to accomplish things we never thought would be possible. She provided the owners with the tools necessary to help their dog gain confidence and be able to function in a household. She is an amazing trainer-she doesn't make issues, she drills down to the reason the behavior is happening and develops a plan to fix it. We would highly recommend her and will be using her again!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on February 9, 2016

    It was such an honor to participate in Ruffle's journey. I wish for him a dog's life

  • 5/5 stars

    I had two 'food rude' but otherwise well behaved poodle mixes, Lacey age twelve, Toby age thirteen. Toby being a rescue we adopted in February. In a more recent moment of weakness, we adopted two more dogs, Jay, a nine year old poodle and Jet, a year old malti poo. Jet is very unstable; running in circles, figure sighted between your large while you walk, marking in the house, snapping ... charging people at the door coming and going, food aggression and more. All hell broke loose. He would jump on my mom and steal her food, take food from the table, from the other dogs, walk on them, just wild. Toby began getting nervous and snappy with the other dogs and Jay showed signs of aggression as well. I called Susan and begged for HELP!

    After showing us a video presentation and sharing some personal experiences Susan began working with Lacey and Jet, the problem child. Susan spent quite a few hours working with us with triggers like food and doorbells and I watched and participated as my pack came under a calm and orderly control. Now we've still got a lot of work ahead of us, but the transformation is already amazing. I usually have to craste Jet when we eat dinner, especially because my mom eats in her recliner. This is when Jet gets totally out of control, jumping up repeatedly. Not tonight. After Susan left we put her method to the test. Jet never jumped on mom's lap, on the table. He required a few corrections, that was it. None of the dogs stalked her for food. It was peaceful.

    Thank you Susan for your wisdom and patience. Thank you forgiving us hope of peace once again in our home with our puppy pack.


    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on December 16, 2015

    Jet is a tougher nut to crack because of his obsessive spinning and overall instability. It always makes me a little sad because it's not normal dog behavior and makes for an unhappy dog and pack. If we feel sorry for him, though, we can't help him! You guys did great with the training methods and I know you will continue to work with Jet so that there will be peace in your pack. I'll check in with you soon!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on November 15, 2015

    Thanks, Nick!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    Susan was AMAZING. And honestly the word amazing doesn't even begin to explain how satisfied I am with her methods and my session today. Within minutes my pitbul Angel was at attention and obeying commands. I feel confident and in control now with her guidance in just one session! I would recommend her to ANYONE and EVERYONE. There is no one I would have rather trained my perfect Angel with. THANK YOU!!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 25, 2015

    It was such a pleasure to work with you guys and Angel, of course! Angel's success will flourish with you, as you have the amazing energy of a great pack leader. Angel is a very lucky pup!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    Susan was wonderful to work with. I can't believe I've had dogs all my life and did not learn such a smart approach. Lady is a very frightened dog that Susan helped to calm down and gave me the tools to carry forward. I highly recommend her! Cindy

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on August 3, 2015

    Fear is not an easy rehabilitation. Lady is lucky to have you in her corner :)

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    I had a pretty incredible experience with Susan. She came to my house to help with my 3 year old pitbull Mila. She was having confidence issues and seemed to never be able to settle to not be the center of attention. Her face always seemed to be poised on something and never relaxed. With a night of Susan's lessons on dog traits, behavior and methods, Mila already seems like a happier, relax and obedient dog. I would completely recommend her services to anyone in need of anyone have any issues with their pup. Thank you.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on May 17, 2015

    Mila is such a gentle soul with a beautiful spirit; she just didn't know how to relax at all! Think how horrible it would be to be anxious constantly! Shawn wanted a better quality of life for his girl! It's great to see you're working the methods and Mila is learning to relax and live a dog's life, as she should :o)

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on August 3, 2015

    Thanks, Mae :)

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    If you have any issues with your dog whatsoever, Contact Susan immediately. In one visit she has taught us how to train our dog, (1 1/2 yr old 115 lb male Akita) to drop the pack leader act and accept his place in our pack. My daughters now have him obeying and submitting to what Susan deems proper behavior. Susan will educate you and your family on how to teach your dog & what is acceptable behavior and what is not. I look forward to our next session with Susan and so does Bear

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on January 12, 2015

    Bear is a big, impressive fellow, but in the end, just a teddy bear! You were all so wonderful to work with and I know you'll all do great with the training methods. I can't wait to see you all again :o)

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    After one traing session, I'm impressed with Susan above. She got to have my puppy obeying in a matter of minutes. I would highly recommend her.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 25, 2014

    This was a tough case...not because of the dog's ability to respond to the methods, but rather because this is one cute puppy!! I always resist getting sucked into the cute of my furry clients! This family did great and I know they will continue with the methods to make sure their adorable pup is a mannerly young man!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan was great, very easy to work with and really made a big difference with our dogs. Thanks for all your help !

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 19, 2014

    You all were awesome! When a family embraces the training methods, success follows! Give those gorgeous pups a pet from me :o)

  • 5/5 stars

    Susan provided such superb insight. I never realized how much we humanize our dogs' behaviors. Learning their language and "talking" to them in ways they understand is already transforming our pack dynamic. Also, I never realized how much the "follow through" mattered when correcting behavior. Now we follow through on our commands and reward only when Kooper is in a relaxed, calm state. It isn't easy. You have to work at it. But Susan gives you the knowledge to create a healthy and happy pack! Thanks, Susan! Jack, Brian, Kooper & Kacy

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 6, 2014

    You all did great, Kooper and Kacy, too! I hope more and more you lovely porch is becoming your quiet haven :o)

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan was firm but patient with our dog. After her visit we have noticed marked improvement. Susan is very knowledgeable about dogs and very kind to the owners.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on September 23, 2014

    The dogs always succeed when their owners are committed to helping them find balance! You are well on your way!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan is the only trainer you need if you have a problem dog. She will show exactly how to fix them, the very first visit. Our dog had multiple issues -- biting (hard, drew blood), would not let us eat, would not let us open the door, etc. After the first visit, the very next day, most problems are gone. It's not magic but is based on sound animal behavior principles, and we know that all of our dog problems will be solved leaving us and the dog much happier and calm with a week or two.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on July 31, 2014

    I have never seen a little dog so obsessed with getting food that it would spring up from the floor to steal food right out of an adult's mouth! That's how out of control this little rescue dog was! I very much enjoyed working with you and your family and love how you all embraced the training methods. I have no doubt you will have a completely balanced dog in no time! Now your little guy's personality will match that adorable little face!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    We were concerned when our 3+ year old terrier began exhibiting aggressive and frenzied behavior toward our toddler when the child would kick his legs at the dinner table. The terrier was also overly interested in small children on the ground and any flailing/kicking of arms or legs. Not ideal in a family with a toddler and expected another baby in a few months.

    Susan was a pleasure to work with and helped us establish ourselves as the pack leaders in our home. She spent the afternoon with us, teaching us how to properly correct our terrier's unwanted behavior in a manner that was clear to him and consistent. Even with just one session, we could already see changes.

    We highly highly recommend Susan's services! We thought we were going to have to find a new home for our terrier, but thanks to Susan's training, we have been able to modify his behavior and he is doing great now! He doesn't even react to the new baby's crying, which would have previously sent him into a frenzy of anxiety. We couldn't be more pleased with Susan's help!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on July 3, 2014

    Situations like yours is exactly why I do what I do. My passion is keeping dogs in their homes and out of shelters. I love that your family was dedicated to working with your pup and keeping him a part of your growing family. Congratulations on your new little one!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    I have a 10 month old husky puppy who thinks he is the pack ladder. She explained his behavior and how to correct it. I was so surprised how fast my responded! I still have a long way to go with training myself, but my neighbors and myself, have already seen an improvement after one day! I highly recommend Susan! She's amazing!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on May 24, 2014

    You guys did a most awesome job, Katelyn! Your big guy is an amazing dog - he just needed to know what you expect of him :o) I loved the energy in your's perfect for what you pup needs. Just remember to always "check" your own energy. Pack leader is always fair; pack leader is always calm; pack leader is always in charge!

  • 5/5 stars

    We recently adopted a Corgi/Chow mix named Robert that has a LOT of energy and a pretty dominant personality. We heard about Gray Wolf through a friend of ours that also worked with Susan. She is a WONDERFUL dog trainer who ended up training us, the owner, more than the dog! Her methods make sense and is a pleasure to work with. Her rates are reasonable, and she followed up after the appointment to make sure everything was going well. I highly recommend Susan and her services.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on May 8, 2014

    Thanks so much, Alex! You guys were so open to the training, I knew you would see great changes in Robert. Keep up the great work and you'll see more transformation as you go! Please keep in touch!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    We were most impressed with Susan and her dog training techniques! She was, just simply said, "Amazing!" She taught us her techniques which we have implemented with mixed results. However, we created the problem in seven months and its not going to correct itself in a week. The great thing about Susan is that she did offer a pay as you go option. We also were impressed by her power point presentation explaining why our dog was behaving the way she has been behaving. Thank you Susan!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on April 28, 2014

    It was my pleasure to work with your family and gorgeous little Abby! She is a bit of a "tough nut" to crack, but she is already giving the pack leader position to you more and more. Keep up the good work! It also helps that you guys are the most patient people on the planet! Lucky Abby!

  • 5/5 stars Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine) Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan is the East Coast version of 'Ceaser Milan.' I can not believe how quick she trained me to train my Border Collie. Cody was a very active dog who kind of ruled the roost. Susan totally had him obeying her in no time. What's even better is he now listens to me. She is truly a 'Dog Whisperer.'

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on February 1, 2014

    Cody is an example of what a border collie is supposed to be! He is unbelievably focused, smart, and STUNNING. I love that Bob is completely committed to honoring Cody as a breed and a dog. I wish for you both an amazing connection between animal and man.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan was great! The dogs really seemed to respond to her methods of training and I could see the result instantly. Her presentation was awesome too. Learning how dogs communicate is a very important part of training your dog and showing them that you are the pack leader. Overall I think Susan did a great job and I can't wait to have her back again to learn more! Thank you!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on January 13, 2014

    I knew you would embrace this type of training after speaking with you for only a few minutes! You found the right energy, which is the hardest part. Of course I knew the dogs would "get it." The dogs always get it. Ha!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    We had our first session with Susan. We were absolutely surprised at our Rottie's reaction to Susan. She has been the only stranger able to walk in our house and have our 5 year dog respond in such a calm manner. Our need for training is because our Rottie is very aggressive and not people friendly. We learned alot in our first visit. One of which being that we contribute to her aggresive behavior. We can't wait for our next session. Susan is absoutely great with dogs and have a wonderful warm personality.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 11, 2013

    I'll chime in with a good lesson here...if you are afraid your dog may bite someone, you're setting your guest up for a bite! It comes from the fear you feel for your guest...your dog doesn't know that she is the source of your fear - they only know you're afraid - and may therefore go after the person causing the fear (your guest!)

    I found this family wonderfully receptive to a new way of relating to their dog while inviting someone into their home. Everyone stayed calm, and so did their big Rottie girl! Once she saw we were enjoying our time together, she was able to relax and interact with me, just like a dog should. Then, it was onto our lessons!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan provided me and my family with a great service. My recent adopted dog showed some behavioural issues that were beyond my abilities. She assessed the situation and were able to take the necessary steps to correct it. Should I encounter any other behavioural issues in the future, I will not hesitate to contact her for her assistance.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on October 6, 2013

    You are awesome all together, Shannon! Give lady a kiss from me :o)

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    SUSAN WAS GREAT. We look forward to seeing her again next week to continue with our training for our German shepherd and Chihuahua mix

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan is passionate, friendly and very effective. During the first session in our home Susan began with an in-depth presentation. This presentation set the foundation that not only gave us insight and understanding to our dog's mentality but showed her high level of information and knowledge on the subject.

    Understanding the need to be the pack leader of our dog, his need to be a dog and the techniques she taught we have seen change. Using Susan energy strategy (no touching, no words) and consistency (on our part) we look forward to lasting change.

    Thanks Susan!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on June 30, 2013

    You and your family made for awesome students and I really enjoyed your company! Chase is so lucky to be in your pack (but, as I told you, I'd take him in a heartbeat!) Chase is actually a pretty easy-going pit mix, but because each family member was not on the same page, he didn't quite know how to be well behaved in every situation. Armed with the tools of a pack leader, I know Chase's family will be much happier with his new-found manners. And now that the family knows how to calmly and confidently lead him to his bath, I know he will start to enjoy them - and smell much better, too! Call anytime you may need to, guys...I'm always here to help!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan was very professional, but also very friendly. She spent 3 hours with me and was more concerned with the outcome than she was with the time she spent. It was clear from the beginning that she was also very knowledgeable as she was able to control both dogs right away. Susan helped me learn how dogs function, showed me techniques for assuming the role of pack leader and pointed out some things I was doing incorrectly. This was done in an encouraging way so that I feel very hopeful now. I have much to work on, but plan on asking Susan to come back in a few weeks to help us take the training even further!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on May 11, 2013

    Impressive is the woman who can command her German Shepherds! Go you, Marilyn! I already know you and your family will do great and I can't wait to come back and see you as the new leader of your pack! In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have as you forge your new relationship with you gorgeous boys!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Wow is the primary word that comes to mind. We still have a lot of homework to do; however, even just after the first session (mostly training me, not the pup), there is a marked change in my dog's behavior. It is really hard to believe how much you are misinterpreting your dog until you've had a session with this wonderful woman... pretty much everything I thought was cute and rewarded was absolutely horrible dominant behavior, which just spurred my pup's craziness even more! Couldn't be happier and cannot wait to hone these skills and show off at the next session and with our visitors!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on April 29, 2013

    As soon as I sat down in this client's house, they let their larger-sized dog in and she immediately ran over to me and put her paws up on my shoulders! Well, HELLO! Haha! Their girl is a very sweet dog, but was a bit crazy and without any manners at all! Although well-intended, her behavior was pretty intrusive! After just one correction, I was able to show the family how to command respect around the things that got their pup the most riled up (food especially.) I warms my heart when I receive a message the day after training telling me that the dog is already being well-mannered! Keep up the great work, guys! You're well on your way to a happy, mannerly pup!

  • 5/5 stars

    I was at my wits end and didn't know what to do. I had already tried another trainer but my 3 dogs were still barking nonstop and driving me CRAZY. In one 2 1/2 hour long session that consisted of a presentation and lesson, Susan Bove` showed me how I was enforcing their undesirable behavior and how to let them know what I wanted them to do without saying a word. I am now enjoying my dogs and the "Wonderful, Blissful, Quiet". I will be having Gray Wolf Dog Training help me again with one of my dogs` anxiety and separation problem. I am confident that Susan can help me. My Dogs and I Thank you!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on April 10, 2013

    It is easy to get sucked in by this client's adorable trio of Yorkies! The ring leader was evident right away, so we addressed the issue with her, and the other two fell in line! How quickly these methods work is amazing and never gets old! Enjoy your silence!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    So far we had only one session with Susan but that was enough for changing our behavior toward our dog completely. As I had suspected we humans needed more training than our dog Tess. Once Susan had guided us through the presentation all the pieces came together and Tess showed textbook behavior (her reactions of avoidance, submission etc.). Susan truly helped us understand Tess better and gave us the basic tools to create a trusting relationship on which we can build. So far we have made good progress and feel confident that over time we will get to our goals. If we cannot get past Tess’ anxiety issues over time we would not hesitate to call Susan back for help. Thank you for helping us understand Tess much better!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 7, 2013

    I love when a family truly embraces the training! Tess' family is committed to helping her face her fears and anxieties and I have every confidence they will! Fear and anxiety in dogs are the hardest behaviors to rehabilitate - these issues do not disappear overnight - but small changes can progressively be noted over a relatively short period of time. It just takes a loving family that understands their dog and has the patience to bring her along. Lucky Tess! She has already found that family!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan is a wonderful trainer & I highly recommend her. She goes above & beyond any typical obedience training. She explains how to communicate with your dog in a way that makes sense to them & that they understand. I see a dramatic difference in my overly rambunctious 3 month old German Shepherd puppy after our first session. She shows a wonderful slide show before you begin & it really explains what a dog is doing/thinking when he behaves in a certain way. Susan's way of training will make you & your dog happy & create a closer relationship between you. Lucas & I can't wait for our next session.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013

    Lucas is very young and full of energy, and is already getting to be a big boy! Donna reached out to Gray Wolf Dog Training to ensure she was bringing up her puppy the right way. Lucas was already showing signs of dominance and a bit of emerging aggression, so the training started just in time. I just love a responsible dog owner who wants to nip problem areas in the bud before their dog is 100lbs with bigger issues! I feel privileged to participate in Lucas' formative months!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    I'd highly recommend this trainer to anyone and will!

    My family rescued a 4 month old mix-breed puppy from a shelter and we needed serious help. After thinking that we might have made a mistake and adopted a puppy that was too aggressive for our family, we have learned how to handle our puppy and look forward to enjoying her for many years to come.

    I cannot express the value of the training that was provided. Regardless of your level of experience with dog training, there was a level of skill provided that by far exceeded my expectations. Our puppy wasn’t just trained, we were also trained how to understand, think like, and know what was needed from us from our dog’s perspective. Our understanding is different now and our approach is so much better. Our dog is so much better behaved and it is absolutely amazing what has been accomplished in such a short time.

    The training methods utilized are simple to understand and best of all...THEY REALLY WORK!!! I bought eBooks, eVideos, watched countless videos, and read online materials...nothing comes close! I spoke to other dog trainers and was not about to waste money on a bunch of gimmicks that are really designed to take your money and leave you in need of more help down the road. This trainer is skilled and is worth every penny!!!

    If you want real results, then this is the trainer that you will not regret using!!! I'd give this trainer 10 stars if allowed!!! You will be amazed at the change in your dog and confidence you will feel as the dog’s owner (and new trainer). My puppy went from barely answering to her name to now doing tricks on command, was mostly confined to a small area in the living room to play to playing on the entire first floor, etc. My family is happier and so is my puppy!!!

    If you want real results, then I recommend this trainer above any other!!! +100% satisfied!!!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013

    Wow-Wee is all I can say about this puppy and her family! Once the puppy's attention was focused, it was easy to see just how wicked smart she is! This lovely family just needed to know how to reign their little Princess in so that she could calm down and learn...and learn she did! This family has the perfect energy for dog training and I can't wait to meet with them again to see just how much they have been able to teach their little girl! You guys ROCK! Thanks for making my job easier!

  • 5/5 stars

    We took out golden retriever Jake to training class with
    Susan. We have 2 other fur babies in the house 2 Doxies
    Who think they are the pack leader. Jake also had domination issues. Not surprising we had a house of chaos
    Susan showed us to become the pack leader and we now have a balanced house, a now 7 month old well behaved smart as a whip Golden and Doxies that now know we rule ;)
    I would recommend this method of training over any other puppy kindergarten class any day!
    Thanks Susan for all your help !

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on January 3, 2013

    Jake is an amazingly beautiful Golden that is wicked smart, but that can still mean behavioral issues! Jake and his humans learned their lessons well and were able to implement the training at home with their 2 other dogs. It just goes to show when the humans take over the pack leader roll, the entire pack falls into line! I look forward to continuing updates on Jake and his family!

  • 5/5 stars

    Our 4 year old Bichon Frise had been through 4 trainers with no success. Then we found Susan and Grey Wolf Dog Training. Susan has a different approach to the animals and to us as owners. She got through to Getty and she got through to us. Getty is on her way to becoming a therapy dog just like our 8 year old Bichon that has been working for 5 years. Thanks Susan

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on November 11, 2012

    Kudos you Getty's humans for being so open to the training and a new way of relating to her! Even after several trainers, they were not willing to give up their dream of transforming an excitable Getty into a therapy dog. You did great, Getty did great, and now you get to share this amazing dog and her beautiful spirit with those who need her the most :o)

  • 4/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    We were happy with Susan. We are still working with Bella. She walks better with the new leash. We haven't been back to Atlantic City since the training there, but I know what I need to do to make her less fearful of the noises in the city. I would recommend Susan and Gray Wolf Dog Training!

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013

    It is amazing how confidence can be sent down the leash from the handler to a dog. Bella was terrified of the bustling Atlantic City and boardwalk, but when re-introduced with calm energy, she actually enjoyed herself! She laid comfortably on the boardwalk for the first time and didn't react to some noises/places that would previously send her into flight mode. Kudos to Bella's owners for working the training methods to transform her!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan is awsome. Not only does she really know dogs she knows how to teach people. Never once did me and my wife feel like we had a money hungry trainer in our house but more like a family friend that was there to give us advice. We called her in to help us out with our 1 1/2 yr old 85+lb pit bull that we got from a friend. He had his basic training but we wanted to get him more a customed to us and his new home and it worked great. I will be using her in the future and suggest her to all my friends.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013

    The thing I love most about being a dog trainer is that I get to work with the most amazing dogs and meet the nicest people! As responsible dog owners, this family wanted to ensure their new pet was a good match for them. They embraced the training and I can't imagine a better family for this big guy!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Susan was very nice. We are trying hard to be consistent and utilize the techniques she gave us. By the time she left they were already doing some things better I never thought they would do.

    Susan B. from Gray Wolf Dog Training replied to this review on March 4, 2013

    There is no "trick" to the dogs working the program...the dogs always "get it!" I have no doubt that this family continues to work with their 2 rambunctious brothers to transform them into well-behaved gentlemen!

Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. I continually read everything about training that I can get my hands on. I work with other trainers and mentors. I have taken the best from every source and have developed my own methods that work every single time!

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. We have simplified our pricing, so nothing complicated here! In fact, we find that people are able to better afford our services because we allow "up grades," depending upon the needs of our human and canine clients.

Start with the first package (under $100.) Need more training? Up grade to our next package by simply paying the difference!

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. I have always trained dogs (mine, those of family and friends, etc.) I guess it was a bit of a hobby for me! I eagerly absorbed any and all training methods. I took what I found worked best and left the rest. Some methods I have developed myself work better than most!

Anyway, I worked in accounting for 30 years and liked it well enough; it paid the bills. But in our current economic climate, I found myself laid-off for the 3rd time in about 6 years. It was exhausting!

I have always loved the motto that if you do what you love for a living, you will never work a day in your life. So, that's what I did! I took my love and talent for dog training and am now doing it full-time!

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. People call me to correct undesirable behaviors that have cropped up as a dog gets older. The dogs get my training right away...I then work on the humans :o)

I also specialize in rehabilitating those dogs that "seem" untrainable. All dogs can learn and transform!

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I am proud to have been a part of Bella's rehabilitation. Bella was adopted by her family from a Great Dane rescue. She was not without her issues!

The family has 4 young children so there were always neighborhood kids in the house. Whenever a child would go into the kitchen, Bella would "nose-butt" them in the face! It sounds a bit comical, but when a 175lb dog nose-butts you, it can be a serious matter, as one neighbor kid found out. Bella butted her so hard, her eyebrow was split and required stitches!

The family hired a "trainer," who ended up being very afraid of the dog (if you can imagine that!) According to the family, the "trainer" did nothing more than throw Bella treats.

To the family's credit, they were not yet willing to give up on Bella, but to be honest, she was one nose-butt away from being returned to the Great Dane rescue!

That's where Gray Wolf Dog Training came in. We were able to quickly ascertain that Bella was a very nervous dog with some dominance issues. Nervousness and a 175lb dog is not a good mix! Because we understood where Bella was coming from, we were able to teach the family how to recognize her anxiety signals so they could address them before she acted.

The family reports that Bella has never again nose-butted anyone and she is a calm, loving member of the family!

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Take a look at a trainer's own pets...if they haven't trained their own pets, they probably can't train yours!

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. From the bottom of my heart, I wish that every person who brings a dog into their home would invest in training. I have found that even life-long dog owners don't really know how to completely train their dogs - that's why there are professionals like me!

I think training should be part of every dog's life...We take our pets to the vet for deworming, vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, heartworm preventative, spay and neutering, micro-chipping, etc. Training should be part of everything we do for our dogs to ensure a healthy, happy life!

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