K9 Problemsolvers LLC

North Arlington, NJ

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

No cookie cutter methods used, every animal is different, and we believe is making a method fit the dog, not making the dog fit the method!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The ability to help people actually keep their loved pets, many of them are told that there is no help, and there's almost always a way to make it work.


North Arlington, NJ 07031

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11 Reviews
  • Michaela C. Jul 23, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Stephanie S. May 13, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I can't say enough about Laura! We have a 5 month old Husky and a 2 year old Lab. Although both great dogs individually together they are a handful. From the moment she stepped into our house she commanded the attention of our dogs. She explained training methods where we understood the reason behind their actions and why we needed to do something a specific way. Every time she was done with a session she would send us homework and notes on our training session from that day. She is very professional and knows what she is talking about. She explains different tools we can use with the dogs and how certain tools may not be right for one of the dogs. We already plan on booking more sessions so we can advance our dogs even more! The key to advancing your dogs is to practice what she teaches you, if you are not willing to put the effort in then don't waste your time or money.
  • Juliana B. Jan 22, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I would be lost without Laura!
    Laura is a pro. She's knowledgeable, responsive, passionate and kind. I adopted a puppy recently and hired Laura for 3 training sessions. Even before Biggie arrived, Laura proved to be immensely valuable. She provided lists of all of the items I should have on-hand, including food and toy recommendations, and she even helped me find a vet and a dog walker. Once the sessions started, Laura arrived on time with a clear curriculum and format. She was organized and direct and taught Biggie (and me!) the essentials around crate training, focusing, sitting, meal time, walking on a leash and more. As a first time puppy owner, I was totally lost before I met Laura. She's incredible, and I highly recommend her. Laura is not only great at what she does, but it's clear she loves her job as well.
  • Nancy S. Mar 28, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Ms Waddell gave my dog Heidi her first class. She was informative on her lesson given and clarity of her style to teach dogs is easy. She is passionate towards her profession. Still have 5 more lessons to go and I know she will give me the skills to train my dog accordingly. She is a "problemsolver". Thank you Laura.
  • Stephanie J. Feb 25, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Laura is amazing! I was totally overwhelmed with a brand new puppy and she came just at the right time to not only train him, but me as well as a first time dog owner. Having her here in the early stages has helped immensely and I couldn't be more appreciative. I would strongly recommend her to anyone!
  • Stephanie M. May 7, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We had the best experience working with Laura. Her expertise is second-to-none! Not only did she help us with obedience and behavioral training, her insights regarding health and congenital issues related to our breed (English Bulldog) was very valuable. Our Mabel has achieved more than I could have hoped. She is well on her way to being fully house trained and she has successfully started learning new commands which I never thought possible. I have learned a lot as a dog owner and would recommend Laura to everyone. Now that Mabel has graduated, we will miss seeing Laura during our weekly sessions.
  • Tegan G. Mar 9, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Laura was amazing! I'm glad that I had found her, perk that she is close to home. Laura was able to squeeze us in for the 3 week training and I could not be more happier. Belle a rescue, who is a lab-pit mix, or so they say... follows commands well and even impressed Laura. I was amazed at the things Belle is able to do and listen too. Laura is a knowledgeable, well rounded trainer and I could not have asked for anyone better. Thank you so much!
  • Romelia O. Aug 1, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
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  • Kim P. Apr 23, 2013
    I have had several foster dogs trained by Laura and she is the very best! I also recommend her to all my clients at Hounds on the Hudson. She is professional, experienced and really understands dog behavior.
  • Karen M. Dec 12, 2010
    Laura is AMAZING at what she does. My fiance and i call her the east coast dog whisperer. She came to our home for a session with our dogs Bonny and Clyde. Clyde is an 85lb Old English Bulldog with Alpha issues. When we brought Bonny into the house a few months ago, Clyde was not having it. He went after Bonny a few times and was aggressive towards her. Laura came in and within a half hour- she took the lead and taught us what needs to be done to help clyde understand that hes not the head of the house. We walk the dogs together - from the time Laura came in without any incident. Clyde can walk closer to Bonny at this point and can be in same room with her for longer periods of time. While giving us a lot of hope - she has always been honest from the beginning, that there is a possibility that Clyde may not accept Bonny....it's not something that we wanted to hear - or think about, but a possible reality. We've been working hard with the dogs, and while its taking a lot of time (as she said it would), we're doing it the right way, and both dogs will be better as a result of her training tips. The day after she was here, she sent a very thorough report that included "homework" for us. it was because after a few days....with a lot of info to remember we were able to go back and read her reports whenever we need to. She calls to check in, and if we had any questions, or needed her help she calls back and has offered assistance - and would come over if need be, but we did as she instructed and we haven't need to. i'm pretty confiedent that Clyde will accept Bonny into our "pack" with the help from Laura. A lot of the work was based on Joe and I. It's a lot of extra work and time that we didnt think we had.....but we wanted to make this work, so we find the time. We dont have an end to this story just yet....there's still work ahead....but our dogs are better pets because of Laura. I honestly dont know what i would have done if she wasnt here to help, and we're so very grateful for everything she's done already!
  • Susan R. Dec 12, 2010
    Laura is amazing and a true professional! I currently own two maltese and have used her services to teach them how to walk properly on a leash, to control barking and she even trained one of them to walk on a treadmill! I also am a volunteer with MMR Maltese Rescue and we have used her services numerous times from minor to major behavoiral problems and have had success with each dog. Laura is remarkable, dogs respond to her quickly and her training methods really work If you have issues with your dog from major to minor behavoiral problems Laura from K9 Problem Solvers is your answer


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask how long a trainer mentored with another established trainer, the most experienced dog handlers/trainers never went to an online school, but were mentored for several YEARS before being allowed to teach and train themselves. Sadly, that's no longer the case with most of the "dog trainers" the online schools are "graduating" at an alarming rate, many of these trainers have spent a mere 6 to 8 weeks working under another trainer, who they themselves have only been training for a few years. Book schooling is important, but working with animals is not just a science, it's an art, and it can take years before a trainer becomes proficient at their craft.