1. The Canine Cure -Behavior Consultants and Trainers
- 8 years in business
- 178 hires on Thumbtack
- Serves Passaic, NJ
"I worked with 3 other trainers in the past to some success but felt that the training lacked the next level I really needed to help my dog live a happy and stress-free life... and then I met Mary Jean!
Mary Jean of Canine Cure is hands down the best trainer. She has plenty of experience with over 10 yrs under her belt and she was previously a teacher which gives her the superpower of communicating her lesson/advice to you clearly and effectively. Mary Jean studied at the Academy for Dog Trainers under Jean Donaldson, who, if you've done your research, is one of the most respected trainers in the business internationally. Mary Jean is a force-free, rewards-based trainer (positive dog training). She covers a large area of New Jersey, including Jersey City where I live! She has a passion for understanding and helping fearful dogs and recently wrote an excellent article about fearful dogs in Bark, the Pet Professional Guild magazine.
My training session with Mary Jean was to improve my dog Maggie's behavior outside. Maggie is a stress-ball once she steps outside and reacts in varying degrees to dogs, skateboards, loud noises, kids - basically the world. When Mary Jean came to my apt, we went over the initial notes I completed as requested and discussed in detail plans of action for everything from surviving thunderstorms, the importance of high-value treats, etc. Mary Jean explained what was going on inside of Maggie's head when she's inside the apt, outside on a walk, at daycare and it all made sense! We then ventured outside where Mary Jean worked Maggie using a clicker and high value treats to which Maggie quickly responded to.
After our training session, Mary Jean provided a detailed recap of our meetings including homework. She answered all of my follow-up questions and best of all, I've been seeing significant improvement in Maggie's behavior! Only time and my commitment will tell but now I feel fully prepared and armed with a great resource to achieve my goal - to let my dog just be a dog!"