Canine Behaviorist, New Jersey's Dog Whisperer, Master of Natural Canine Behavior

Wyckoff, NJ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

As a behaviorist, I work with numerous dogs with behavioral issues ranging from urinating in the house all the way up to full-blown aggression. I have testified in many court cases as an expert witness and have travelled the country rehabilitating dogs and teaching their owners how to change what they were doing in order to change the dogs' behavior. I teach others my techniques so that they can help other people to save more dogs. I train service dog sfor special needs children and for veterans FREE of charge. I was even a guest lecturer in an animal behavior class at a Japanese university in Tokyo! It is remarkably simple to have the dog you dreamed of. Unfortunately, most people give up and either change their lives around their dogs' behavior or even give the dog away! How does it fix the dog to give it away or dump it into a shelter? It doesn't, but that's why there are more than 4 MILLION dogs euthanized each year in shelters around the country...because all the "trainers" couldn't help those dogs so people gave up on the dogs, and on themselves, often feeling guilty for years...all because they didn't know how to help their dogs. I will teach you how to get your life back and have your dog fit into YOUR life instead of your changing YOUR life and trying to live YOUR life around your dog's behavior. I can help you!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I must admit that the best part of my job is about 15 minutes after arriving into a chaotic house, jumping and barking dogs, out of control household, and hopelessness. At that time, everyone says, "I can't believe it...my dog NEVER lies down this quickly" or "did you give my dog a pill?" or the best one, "Can you give me a lifesize cardboard cutout of you so my dog thinks you are still here?" If someone takes your dog and trains it but returns the dog to you without changing YOU and what the humans are doing, then the dog will revert back to his old behaviors, right? Of course! That's why I teach the HUMANS what to do, since the dog already gets it! That's what I love most...that and all the friends I have garnered through the years, most of whom began as clients!
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Location

Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Years in business

31

Number of employees

203

Times hired on Thumbtack

307

Reviews

74 Reviews
  • Emily D. Aug 30, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Frank M. Jun 5, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice was simply amazing. My dog bit my child in face when she fell on him. I don't believe in euthanizing a healthy dog so I called Janice right away and she has helped my dog and family so much. She trained us and my dog is such a better dog now. There is always a chance if you get the right behaviorist and Janice is it. Thank u so much for your help and we look forward to working with you more.
  • Sarah W. Jun 3, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice was great. She came in and showed my husband and I how to interact with our new dog and we have seen a world of difference. I highly recommend her for anyone with pups that need direction. Thanks again Janice
  • Emily D. Aug 30, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Frank M. Jun 5, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice was simply amazing. My dog bit my child in face when she fell on him. I don't believe in euthanizing a healthy dog so I called Janice right away and she has helped my dog and family so much. She trained us and my dog is such a better dog now. There is always a chance if you get the right behaviorist and Janice is it. Thank u so much for your help and we look forward to working with you more.
  • Sarah W. Jun 3, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice was great. She came in and showed my husband and I how to interact with our new dog and we have seen a world of difference. I highly recommend her for anyone with pups that need direction. Thanks again Janice
  • bev n. May 25, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice does everything she says she will do. Called on time. Came to the house when she said she would. My dog responded to her right away. Her information about dog behavior is amazing. She gave both my dog and me the confidence to make some big changes. Even my husband listened to her advice! That's more incredible than dog whispering!
  • Victor M. Apr 5, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice was beyond amazing and in a few hours changed my dogs behavior. She was so hopefully not only for his behavior but have us great tips for his health. Highly recommended!!
  • Ashley G. Mar 11, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Janice is a life saver! We have 2 Boston Terriers that are extremely high energy and were definitely ruling the roost. Janice came to our home and taught us how to gain control. In just a few days her technique was working! A few weeks out and already a lot more calm! It has changed EVERYTHING! And we could not be more grateful for finding her!
  • Paul P. Jan 31, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice is the best she corrected the problems caused by other so called trainers very knowledgeable of animal behavior and people behavior thanks Janice
  • Jeff L. Jan 29, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice took the time to spend with my 3 children and our new puppy. We learned alot and cannot thank her enough for her knowledge of dogs and how we begin our training. We especially loved meeting her two wonderful service dogs. They were gentle and showed a caring temperament towards my special needs son. Thank you Janice and we look forward to working with you as we go forward.
  • Nicole S. Jan 15, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice's approach is intuitive for the dog, it makes sense and is founded on respect and leadership , rather than fear and dominance ... I am a believer, extremely satisfied!
  • Debbie K. Dec 15, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    So far just a phone call. I am confident we'll fix the problem.
  • Neil m. Nov 24, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Richard A. Nov 19, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Keith G. Nov 19, 2015
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice Wolfe is the real deal! She knows how to make problem behaviors change and make you become your dogs leader for life! 5 stars does not do it justice.
  • Kristen M. Oct 31, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Our experience with Janice so far has been great! She made us feel at ease immediately and we really appreciate that she gives you 100% of her attention and does not rush through any information.
  • Emilie D. Oct 11, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Janice is wonderful! Twain and I are very grateful to be able to work with her. She has made a big difference in our lives.
  • Caitlin M. Sep 14, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Gary D. Sep 11, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
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  • kk s. Sep 10, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
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  • Jessica p. Aug 20, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
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  • Susan K. Jul 17, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Thank you Janice for giving us hope that we can keep our rescue dog Biscuit (a 5 year old Maltese that we rescued). After you spent a few hours with my family, we can already see a huge difference. I'm looking forward to a future with Biscuit - something that was starting to seem impossible given his behavior and propensity to barking, biting, and generally misbehaving. We know that we still have a lot of work ahead of us. But we are amazed at the results after just one session. Thank you so much for your support and guidance. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future (and especially meeting more of your dogs). A special thanks to whispa for teaching my dog how to be a dog!
  • Lisa R. Jul 4, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    She went above and beyond. Extremely knowledgeable, and a great person. I would highly recommend her!!!
  • Anya A. Jun 26, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    inspired by her canine knowledge and devotion to the dog s. Mine are transformed ! Thank you
  • Emily L. Jun 9, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    I was afraid that I would have to find a new home for my dog who was snapping at my toddler, but then Janice came in and changed everything. She taught me about my dog, her behavior, and what I can do to make sure my dog never snaps again. She was insightful, filled to the brim with knowledge, and assuring. I don't know how I got lucky enough to find her, but I would recommend her to absolutely anyone with a dog issue.
  • Betsy H. May 15, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Having Janice come to our home was an extraordinary experience. She showed us a side of our dog we didn't know existed. Our attack Chihuahua lay calmly at her feet. Janice is thorough, clear, and personable. She gave us hope and a plan and we feel deeply encouraged. It is so clear that she knows exactly what she is doing. Don't think of hiring anybody else.
  • Michelle M. May 4, 2015
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice is incredible. We rescued our dog, Berkley, in October of 2014 and fell in love with him instantly. We were warned that he LOVED food, but we had no idea what that really meant. Berkley not only loves food but has a pretty serious obsession with food and at times it has caused him to become aggressive. Our ultimate breaking point was when Berkley became aggressive over a Reese's wrapper in my boyfriend's pocket. He lunged more than one time at his pocket, which really frightened my boyfriend. My first conversation with Janice on the phone put me at ease well before I had even met her in person. She spent a significant amount of time on the phone explaining what she did and what I should expect on the journey of working to change my dog. Janice assured us that it was an issue that could be fixed. Janice visited us one evening recently and spent a long time speaking with us and helping us to understand the true issues that our dog was having. It appeared that our dog has a nutritional issue that is causing him to constantly feel as though he is starving. It all made sense once it was explained to us. It really wasn't our dogs fault at all, and it was actually heartbreaking to think of the life he may have lived before us that caused him to have these issues. We have started Berkley on vitamins, new food, and have added some additional things to his diet and have begun to see improvement. Janice will be returning to work with us once we have this issue under control, and we are so excited to work with Berkley and help control his behaviors. We highly recommend Janice, it was like spending time with an old friend!
  • Doris J. May 3, 2015
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice helped my sister with her unruly dog with his destructive behavior, She made a difference immediately. She spent approximately four hours with her family and focused on their interactions with the dog, She was prompt and very friendly. She is a pro!!
  • Philip J. Mar 4, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Intuitive, experienced, results oriented. Dog sensitive techniques produce very fast results. Her focus is not on the dog. It is on the system that surrounds and includes the dog. Pay attention, do as she advises and results will follow.
  • Julie B. Feb 25, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Janice came to my apartment in Manhattan to help with my German Shepherd who is having anxiety and agression issues. She gave me a few exercises to start with and within a few days I noticed a significant change in my dogs behavior. We have a long way to go but she is always available to help reinforce what she has taught me. Truely a Dog Whisperer. Julie
  • Rosarie A. Jan 30, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent!!! I love Janice's approach!
  • Elisa A. Jan 20, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My 5-year old rescue was displaying what I considered "fear-based" aggression to people, and when he bit a family member I knew I needed professional help. Janice came to my house with an assistant and spent hours with me and my dog - training me! He had been fighting me for dominance, and while he is not giving it up without some resistance, I have been working with my dog consistently, and am seeing great improvement. About a week into our work together he stopped urinating in the house without any direct intervention, but definitely as a direct result of the changes I have made in response to Janice's training. Mikie is feeling more secure now that we have clarified his position in the household. While more expensive than some other trainers, I really appreciate that this is a life-long professional relationship and that Janice is available for future training sessions and phone/email contact as needed for no additional fee.
  • Lara Y. Jan 9, 2015
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Our experience with Janice was great. She had helped us change our behavior which fixed our dogs issues. Beware that if you do not plan on putting in some effort and changing YOUR behavior, your dog will not change... it takes some work but is well worth it if you follow her instruction.
  • Areti F. Jan 5, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    As soon as Janice walked into our home our dogs Hercules and Olympia were completely different. Their attitudes and energy shifted for the better and we have 100% confidence that with the tools Janice provided, we will be successful at creating the proper environment for them to thrive. I HIGHLY recommend Janice to anyone looking to become better dog parents!
  • Jane B. Dec 8, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice helped us so much integrating our newly adopted dog into our existing dog household. She spent about 4 hours with us reviewing our behavior, nutrition, and the rules of the house. Even though I've had dogs all of my life I learned so much. I felt like I was sitting on a situation that could go either way. I'm confident now that everything is heading in the right direction and we will have a peaceful household for years to come. And, if not, I can always contact Janice. Our Vet recommended a behavior veterinarian, but the initial consult (at the vets office) was $500 and most likely required several follow up visits. Janice simply showed the way, and things are much better. Lifetime guarantee on the dog - LOVE IT.
  • Josh R. Dec 3, 2014
    My wife and I recently got married and when we moved in together her dog (a Shiba Inu) which had issues before that hadn't been addressed blew up. He challenged me for dominance with a full blown teeth bared attack. At that point we realized that the previous trainers who had worked with the dog and my wife just didn't have a clue how to work with her dog. We realized we needed to do some really serious research before choosing our next and last trainer. The dog had attacked multiple times in the recent history and this was going to be his last chance. As you can imagine my wife didn't want to give him up so it was imperative that we found the best trainer out there so if we had to give him up we would feel comfortable knowing we did absolutely everything possible. After exhaustive research, we decided on Janice as the best option. The biggest reason we chose her was she told us she was NOT going to train our dog, she was going to train US. That made the most sense for us and we knew it would pay off regardless of what happened with our current dog because we would be better prepared for our next dog. Well, we didn't (and don't) have to worry, because of Janice our dog is a model dog! The things that she taught us about how to treat our dog have completely transformed our dog into a completely different and at peace dog. We really can't thank her enough for all her assistance and for always being available (to this day if we call her!) to us. Janice, you really are amazing!!! We really can't thank you enough but, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! As a side note, the things that Janice taught us are also going to be extremely helpful when we have children as far as how to treat them. The patience, rules, etc all will help us tremendously with how ever many children we have.
  • Fran B. Nov 18, 2014
    Our extremely sweet and loving border collie mix , began to show some unfriendly behavior towards other dogs in the neighborhood. We were quite upset and didn't really understand why this behavior was happening. Thanks to Janice and a lot of hard work, we now understand that it was really our behavior that needed to be changed! He is now, our happy boy once again.
  • Stephanie C. Nov 17, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice is wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. She was very patient and helpful. We are already seeing small improvements with Taffy after just a few days. It's going to take a lot of work and commitment from us all but we know that Janice will help us make our adorable Taffy a stable dog for our family. Thank you Janice.
  • Katie M. Nov 17, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Our dog Sadie, a 4 year old rescue that we have had since she was 3 months, has always been scared of people and over time became protective of me from my kids and husband and anyone else that came to the house. She recently bit my son when he was trying to cuddle with me. When Janice(and her apprentice) walked in Sadie barked once and it was like she knew her jig was up. She spent time with each one of us, especially my 9 year old son, and showed us how important each family member's role in training Sadie is. Each one of my kids really feels they have a special job to help Sadie overcome her fears and make her a happier dog. The one we know she is. They want to feel comfortable having their friends over and we are all looking forward to that! The immediate changes have been ... being able to hug my kids and husband without her barking or nipping at us, she is more relaxed, she isn't charging through us to get outside and she seems comfortable around my son- not scared. Looking forward to the days to come! Thank you Janice and Janae.
  • Kirsty L. Nov 14, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    I am not one to leave reviews, but Janice and her team are terrific. I have two puppies that are holy terrors, and two older Bassets who are not all that happy about the new arrivals. Janice and her team are helping us gradually work through multiple issues. Janice is thorough...taking into consideration family dynamics, nutrition, medical needs...very holistic, measured and thoughtful approach. So glad I contacted her!
  • Vihar B. Nov 14, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My experience with Janice was remarkable. From her first visit we saw a tremendous change in our dog's behavior. We were having issues with him snapping at members of the family. Since then he has not but anyone. I would highly recommend Janice to anyone with a dog no matter how small or large the problem may be.
  • Juliann A. Nov 7, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    I called Janice to help me with my anxious dog who was becoming aggressive. She spoke with me on the phone and we scheduled an appointment. She came to my house and spoke for 3 hours about herself and her dogs and barely addressed my dog. She did not do one exercise with my dog, we did not take a walk or develop a plan for me to work on after she left. Although, she did have me write a check to her charity "Merlin's Kids" for $1250.00. When I called to schedule my follow up visit she was never available. We scheduled several appointments which when I called to confirm she cancelled. When we were finally able to agree on a day, she just never showed up. She did not help me at all and I now have hired another dog behaviorist who has helped my greatly. I feel scammed by Janice. I asked for a refund of $1000.00 from her but she has refused my request. My only recourse would be to sue the charity, which I have been advised to do. Please think twice before hiring Janice. In my experience, she is much more interested in your contribution to her charity than she is about helping you with your dog!
  • JP M. Nov 1, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    If I could I would leave 15 stars! Janice is an awesome person, excellent at what she does and we could tell that within the first 2 minutes of speaking with her over the phone. We rescued a Pointer and we were told a few things by the foster that gave us the impression that our dog Candace was a very happy go lucky dog that loved to run, used to other dogs and was healthy. Well when we got her she was a very fearful (non aggressive) timid and submissive dog, scared of kids and very shy of other dogs. After a few behavioral issues we contacted Janice for the free phone consultation and she instantly reassured us that Candace's behavioral issues were normal and that she could help us. Janice even took our phone call for advice the day BEFORE our scheduled appointment after Candace ripped up her bed in her crate. I'm very happy to say that after a couple days of doing the techniques that Janice showed us, Candace is doing better, her confidence is getting stronger, and OUR confidence as new dog parents is a lot stronger. She really knows what she's doing and teaches the reason behind dog behavior, and shows you how to change your own behavior in order to change your dogs perception of you, and his/her own behavior. One of the best parts about her services is that she's very down to earth and has a lifetime guarantee, so calling/texting her is always a pleasure even with her very busy schedule. Janice came over and spent about 6 hours with us, we never felt rushed and it was like having a friend over the house. I feel so lucky to have been refered to her by another satisfied customer, and even luckier that I cancelled on the hourly rate trainer I was going to hire. Janice is a behaviorist and not a trainer and will explain to you why a behaviorist is more effective at changing a dog's behavior vs a trainer that will teach your dog how to "sit and stay". The money you "pay" her doesn't even go to her, it goes to her non profit that helps shelter dogs and kids. Oh yeah and PLEASE ignore that one negative review. - JP & Andrea
  • Annette A. Sep 15, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Barbara K. Aug 25, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    I am so happy I called Janice. Shelby, our collie/shepherd mix had suddenly begun to show signs of aggression towards us. Her growls and snarls were frightening and I wanted to move on this quickly before it escalated into a bite and someone getting hurt. Janice fit us into her busy schedule and came to our home where she spent the entire afternoon with me, my sons and Shelby. She covered a great deal of information with us, and explained the "why" behind our dog's behavior so we could understand and make sense of why she was behaving this way. She then explained and put into practice the behaviors we need to implement in order to change our dog's mindset and behavior. The change was immediate! Janice also helped with modifying Shelby's diet. Janice is amazing - a true professional and extremely knowledgable. I wanted to do this right, and work with the right person. I am so happy to have worked with Janice, and knowing she is there for me in now and in the future is wonderful. She is a caring and kind person and I'm so happy to have met and worked with her. She is the best!
  • Kathleen G. Aug 12, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice arrived at my house last night and spent several hours with my family and our french bulldog Rocco. Since she left i have been racking my brain trying to come up with a review that would adequately represent how happy and appreciative we are of her and what she does. I contacted Janice in desperation mode. My french bulldog decided to bite one of my neighbors on the finger a week ago and he has also bitten a family member two years ago. He was also always "high strung". He would bark at every sound, was uncontrollable when guests arrived and pretty much thought the world was his kingdom and we were all peasants here to deliver his food and toys. I read every book and tried every tip throughout the years and nothing worked. The night before Janice was supposed to come over my family and i had a very long discussion over whether it was a good idea and whether we should cancel. Something told us we had to try this one last thing. As i write this my french bulldog is a different dog. In less than 24 hours my dog has stopped barking at every little sound. He sits and waits when guests enter the house. He has listened to every single command and waits for permission to enter a room. I swear if I wasn't here for the whole process I would be convinced that Janice found a little fat well behaved french bulldog and switched my dog. Over several hours we went over his health, nutrition, his behavior and why he is doing certain things and then how to correct his behavior. No amount of money is worth the peace of mind given and the stress Janice has lifted from my family. My only complaint about this entire experience is I feel like an idiot for not doing this years ago. Janice has showed us the life we have imagined with the dog we love is possible and we've gained a life long friend in Janice.
  • Omayra R. Aug 7, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    I contacted Janice for my puppy's aggressive spoiled behavior. Which a regular trainer would not be able to fix. Within minutes my family and saw a huge difference, and that was just the first day. She took her time with us and was able to answer all of my questions. She sure knows her stuff. I highly recommend if you have a dog with aggressive behavior. Thank you Janice.
  • Joanna M. Aug 7, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    I have a bluetick coonhound, Maizie, with minor behavior issues. Janice and two of her students came out. They were so friendly and personable, I was immediately at ease and felt like I had known them forever. What Janice did for Maizie was amazing. Just sitting in the living room, Janice addressed Maizie's excessive barking. She clearly explained why Maizie was doing it, what I needed to do, and how I needed to react to calm Maizie. It's less than 24 hours and we have both improved. I'm a better leader and Maizie is a calmer girl. Janice truly understands dogs and is always a phone call away for trouble shooting. If you have behaviour issues, don't wait. She also did a great job explaining the basics to my 5 year old twins. Words can't express how wonderful she is.
  • Laura L. May 14, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Like many of Janice's other reviews, there are no words to express how impressed we are with her work. The changes in our dog Morrison were not only immediate, but life changing. Morrison is a 10 month old lab/hound mix who is a sweet and loving puppy. He unfortunately has some fear aggression which made walking him painful due to his constant growling and barking at everything from garbage cans to children. We were concerned with how he was acting around children...this is where Janice came in! She helped us to understand the developmental process of our dog, why he reacts the way he does, and how to prevent most (if not all) the concerning behaviors. Her extensive knowledge is beyond impressive and her teaching style and personality are completely approachable. Morrison doesn't growl, cower, or bark at people when they enter the house anymore. He (usually) doesn't jump on the couch unless invited (a work in progress). When on the couch, he lays quietly and cuddles up to us rather than climbing and jumping all over. He rolls over and asks for belly rubs (something he never did prior to working with Janice). Lastly, and most importantly, walking through the neighborhood is an enjoyable experience. While it will take some time to be completely fear free of most things including children, he ignores them, loves our walks, and rarely growls at anything! Janice, we love you!!
  • Megan W. Apr 26, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    With in a few days my pup started waiting for his food and showing definite signs of improvement! There's still plenty of work to be done with him, but he is making huge strides, and "Daddy" is getting much better too. Sometimes it is truly training the people and not the dogs, and Janice definitely helped us better understand how we need to be fixed to "fix" the dog(s).
  • Kelley H. Mar 19, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    It is amazing how quickly Janice changed some basic behavior in my dogs. We have gone from constant barking to blissful peace! My dogs both follow direction better, we have taken back control of our house. Janice explained the causes of the issues we were having and really taught us more than the dogs. I'm really looking forward to our follow-ups where we will work on socializing and walking them instead of them walking us!
  • Gary C. Mar 18, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice Wolfe is a wonderfully kind and caring person. She is a pleasure to interact with. Janice is uniquely talented and I offer my highest praise for her.
  • Regina D. Feb 18, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amazing. No magic wand or silly gimmicks just a whole lot of good energy, knowledge and skills that are simple enough to implement on a daily basis. Thank you so much, Janice. You are a wonderful human being. Ps- there are dogs barking outside, and we are making random noises but the dogs aren't making a peep. Off to a great start :)
  • Dave J. Feb 14, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My experience with Janice was very informative and pleasant. She is extremely knowledgeable and really cares about helping you with your pets. I would highly recommend using her services.
  • Arianna P. Feb 8, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
  • Lynn C. Feb 7, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice is fantastic!!!! She was very calm and patient, something I really needed. Some of the behaviors were helped immediately, and we are working on the rest. Her wealth of knowledge is unbelievable and she is always just a phone call away. We love her!!!!
  • Matt M. Feb 3, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Mike C. Jan 30, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Scott N. Jan 14, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Janice was wonderful. She came to into our home and learned about us and our dog first. She then gave us a lot of insight into why our little dog was behaving the way he was and the tools to help correct that behavior.
  • Anne P. Jan 14, 2014
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    One day after working with the NJ Dog Whisperer, and here are the results: The dogs do not go on the couch unless invited up. Cooper doesn't' jump on people when they come in, and if he does (still learning) will stop with a command. Boz has stopped licking so much (a sign of anxiety in a dog, I learned) but if he does, will stop with a command. We can sit on the couch with food and the dogs don't crowd us. In fact, we can leave food right under their noses and they won't touch it. And Boz is learning to fear less, which we learned was the source of his 2 unacceptable reactions to kids. And this is in 24 hours. I can't wait to see who these dogs are in 2 weeks!!! Janice is WONDERFUL!
  • Stephanie S. Dec 25, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Janice was wonderful! She came at a convenient time for my family and approached everything from an educational standpoint. My family has been practicing all of the rules we learned - we realized that we have to teach ourselves new behaviors as well as our pup! You can tell Janice adores dogs and truly wants to help. The lifetime guarantee is fantastic. We're excited to keep working with our dog and look forward to further behavioral changes. We've already noticed a few in ourselves as well as Sophie!
  • Andrea S. Dec 23, 2013
    We spent a great afternoon with Janice at our home today --- While our dog is #1 (fewest) on the list of problems she usually deals with, she fitted us into her busy schedule, which was not just an aide for our family/pack but also for Laura who she is training as another dog therapist... Janice explained to all of us the pack psychology and ways to work on modifying behavior...who knew that diet was a large part of the puzzle? Or that early dog-hood experiences would have such a lasting innate behavioral underpinning... We are looking forward to growing with what we have learned
  • Jennifer Y. Dec 16, 2013
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
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  • Elizabeth M. Dec 2, 2013
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Janice was able to fit us into her schedule promptly and we were more than excited to have her visit us as our house was divided since our two dogs were not getting along. We were having problems integrating our young rescue puppy into the household and Janice was able to work her magic and showed us how to interact with both dogs and helped set them on a path of cohabitation. ItÂ’s been over a week since her visit and both dogs are on their way to becoming fast friends. It is wonderful to see them both running together in our yard having lots of fun and sharing the sofa without any hassle. We give Janice the highest recommendation and consider ourselves very lucky that she was able to bring harmony back into our home.
  • Madeline H. Nov 16, 2013
    Dog Training
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    She was not only professional she was friendly. Janice listen to the worries I had about my dogs and spent most of the day teaching and explaining what needed to be done to correct the problem. I am making progress more with the shepherd than the little dog. only time will tell if I need to call Janice back, I would recommend her to whomever has problems with their animals. Thanks Janice
  • Karan P. Nov 13, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Wow!! Janice is the most remarkable person I think I have ever met . She was amazing and just what my dogs and I needed to help us fix the problem that was breaking up our home. Janice offered solutions to me that would be effective and work . Most of all she did it in such a caring and understanding way. Her methods are very effective. She put our family back together again. Thank you so much!!!
  • Denise A. Nov 11, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    What a great experience! Our dog has fear aggression issues. I thought we were going to have to either keep him tied up or worse, give him up. As it turns out it was really us that needed training more than Diesel. After only a few days, we are in a place where he just needs to get used to us doing things that now make more sense to him. He started responding almost immediately. I am now confident that with a little work I can keep my dog! Thanks so much!
    Replied to Denise A. - Nov 12, 2013

    You were SUCH a fun family! It was so fantastic as each new member of your family came through the door, and Diesel didn't jump or even cross the threshhold! Best of all, Diesel now knows that he no longer has to be afraid, or be the leader anymore. That knowledge of NOT havng to do the job of a leader will also allow Diesel to live longer, without stress. The whole time he had been trying to protect you. I will never forget how Diesel looked up at me as if to say, "Thank you for teaching my family 'Doganese' so they could understand me!" What a nice dog and what lovely people you are! Thanks for letting me help your dog, and your beautiful family!

  • Anne C. Oct 24, 2013
    Dog Training
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    Amazing! Within minutes she had trained my obstreperous and large puppy to stop jumping on visitors and to walk quietly on a lead. She uses a gentle and natural approach to achieve the owner's dominance over the pet, never raising her voice or using harsh movements. She spent about three hours with us, after which I now have a newly manageable pet.
    Replied to Anne C. - Nov 12, 2013

    Anne, you are such a sweetheart and your big puppy learned well...so did you! I am so grateful to you for allowing me to help you...you truly understood how it is NOT about yelling at a dog or being angry, but rather that it is the calm, confident, gentle ways of a loving leader teaching the dog what we expect, and teaching the dog in ways that are natural to him. Thank you and enjoy your calm, new puppy!

  • Janice E. Sep 2, 2013
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    Having Janice n Wyatt here started a new life for Sam. I totally understand and agree w everything Janice spoke to me about. Sam was excellent today. Amazed at the progress he has made in one day. Janice was a true professional and speaks not only from her mind but also her heart. I took notes on everything she told me n am following to a tee. Started the book today. It's very informative and helpful. I think Sam will rehabilite sooner than we think. Then I hope he's gets a chance to help someone as a service dog. A purpose for my gentle lovable little guy. Looking forward to more meetings n seeing the Janice , Wyatt n the farm ,
    Replied to Janice E. - Nov 12, 2013

    Sam is a cutie, and now that he is no longer dog aggressive and people aggressive, he can hopefully be adopted by a new forever family. You are wonderful, and your daughter, whose pitbull I rehabilitated a couple of months ago, is awesome as well. I am sure that Sam will remember Wyatt's calm and confident ways, and that Sam will be a joy for a lucky new family!

  • Holli B. Jul 23, 2013
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    I can't express enough how wonderful and worth every penny the experience with Janice was. I didn't think so much could be accomplished in a few hours, but I have been amazed at how quickly our dogs behavior has changed once we knew how to change our behavior. We had gone the trainer route and couldn't get the dogs to sit and stay when the door was open. One day with Janice and the dogs sit at an open door until we tell them to go through. Janice explains WHY the dogs behave the way they do and HOW our behavior influences and effects their behavior. Knowing that means we can adjust to situations as they arise. We had a question later in the week and emailed Janice. We promptly got an email reply back and she spent over 30 minutes on the phone with me answering my question. I would definitely recommend anyone hire Janice when they adopt a new dog, or bring a new dog into a multiple dog household. There are few things or people I would recommend without reservation. Janice is some I would recommend without any reservation.
    Replied to Holli B. - Nov 12, 2013

    Holli..you were so wonderful and quick in learning. Your dogs are happier now, knowing that they are not in charge anymore. They really didn't want to be the leaders. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am here for you...remember you can always call me...you have a lifetime guarantee!

  • Kecia P. Jul 16, 2013
    Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)
    Verified Review
    What an amazing experience! If we only met Janice years ago, the stress we would have saved. Janice Wolfe not only gives you hope that your difficult or aggressive dog can be changed, she gives you the reasons behind their behaviors, teaches the simple tasks to change them, and the assurance that you'll be successful. Which you will be(if you do what she says)! My dog has transformed from being a nightmare to an absolute pleasure. I still can't believe how fortunate my family is to have met her.
    Replied to Kecia P. - Nov 12, 2013

    Thank you Kecia...Bud is a sweetheart and I am so pleased that he and you are doing so well. I also appreciate your referring your brother, whose dog was also a wonderful student! Bud didn't really want to be aggressive; he was just protecting you because he thought that was his job. Now he understands that he doesn't need to do that job anymore. I am so glad to have met you and your family, and I know that Bud is much happier now!

  • Jerry F. Feb 27, 2013
    Dog Training
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    Janice is not only clearly one of the most experienced and capable dog behavioral professionals but she brings along compassion for the troubled dog owners and is committed to helping solve the problems at hand like few others. If you need help, don't wait a moment longer, call her!! NOW.
  • Lin M. Feb 21, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Replied to Lin M. - Feb 23, 2013

    It was my pleasure! I always enjoy the moment, about 10 minutes after I walk in the door, when people say, "My dog NEVER....why is he being so good?" or "Can I make a lifesize cardboard cutout of you?" You were a pleasure to teach! Remember...you have a LIFETIME GUARANTEE so call me if you need anything at all! Terrific job!

  • Julianne D. Feb 20, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Janice came to our home to help us with our dog Chico who is aggressive towards other dogs. My husband and our three kids were mesmerized by her ability to command respect from the dogs from the moment she entered the house. She was there for a few hours and went through what we needed to do (and not do), step by step by step.
    Replied to Julianne D. - Feb 23, 2013

    You and your family really understood the role you have to play in Chico's "Dogdom"! He didn't want to be aggressive, but only dod that job because he loves you that much. Please keep in touch and send me cute photos of him...he will live longer and be far happier with the healthy nutrition and new role as ....well...a dog! Great job! Keep in touch!

  • Darren L. Oct 7, 2012
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Replied to Darren L. - Oct 7, 2012

    It was my pleasure to work with your little pitbull. I enjoyed our follow ups and still think about you guys and chuckle to myself you guys and chuckle to myself. Please Please send him to visit me next time you need to go anywhere so I can have some quality time with my little adopted nephew pitbull boy...

  • Roz S. Sep 20, 2012
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    After carefully reviewing all estimates I decided to have Clean It Your Way come and clean. They were absolutely Fantastic! The owner was extremely kind and helpful, and my house couldn't possibly be any cleaner.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I look for Clients who are dedicated to their dogs and who are not going to give up on their dogs because other so called trainers or behaviorist told them there was nothing they could do. In fact most of my Clients, the humans, have had several other people or even companies who throw things and scare the dogs through fear and intimidation, and then they call me for help of what they generally say is their last hope. I firmly believe that as long as the humans are dedicated and willing to change what they are doing, I can change what the dog is doing. My patients, the dogs, can and do have miraculous changes happen very quickly. most people cannot even believe how quickly their dogs can change, once they know what to do and have an understanding of canine behavior. Why would anyone ever allow their dogs to have some person they don't even know, usually without any kind of training or certification, try to scare or intimidate their dog or private with treats? It just doesn't make sense. The police don't pull you over for doing the speed limit. But you also don't have someone throw you a party because you didn't get in trouble. Really it's just our job as the doggie parents, to teach our dogs the rules and make sure they have the proper health and nutrition and that they understand what we are asking of them. I know from decades of experience that
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In fact, my companies, United k9 professionals and Merlin's kids both provide continuing education and a yearly National Convention for everyone to learn more about topics ranging from canine behavior, 2 babies and toddlers with dogs, to multiple dog household, to cancer detection and disease detection dog training, and of course rehabilitation of shelter and rescue dogs. It's all about learning more. Like I always say, if you think you know everything, it proves you know nothing.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
We offer a national and international lifetime guarantee that covers the dogs for the rest of its life. This ensures that any dog that Janice Wolfe, or her team of canine behavior specialists she has personally trained,th any issues they may have with their with any issues they may have with their dogs either in their original location or in any of 38 states around the country or 10 other countries. No other company offers that. We are committed to preventing dogs from ending up in shelters or Rescues orworse yet, euthanized.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I actually was one of those kids who rescued every bird, squirrel, bunny, turtle, frog, cat, dog, you name it! As I got older, I started rescuing more dogs and even horses, which are also my favorite animals in the world. I have studied biological science with with concentration in animal behavior and genetics from Columbia University along with degrees in economic science, and minors in English Spanish political science and philosophy, all in 3 years. I also speak a number of languages, so that I can help people who speak a language other than English. I don't think I decided to love animals, I think it's just a part of who I am. I have studied dog breeds, diseases, genetics, and have learned what I learned all from observing animals, especially dogs and horses, for my whole life. I founded Merlin's kids and United k9 professionals so that others could learn all the knowledge I had amassed and techniques I have painstakingly learned and perfected over 35 years. I think one of the most wonderful parts of what I do, is watching others learning how to rehabilitate dogs, so that together we can prevent the senseless euthanasia of more than 4 million dogs every single year in the United States alone.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most clients contact me after having spent hundreds or thousands of dollars hiring an obedience trainer or other person to fix a BEHAVIORAL issue...if you were angry and someone told you to sit down, would you suddenly NOT be angry? Of course you would still be angry! Behavior is in the brain. Obedience simply changes the dog's body position, not his behavior. In order to change a dog's behavior, you must change the way he thinks and whom he believes to be the leader. If HE is the leader, then HE makes the rules and HE begins to protect, drag you on a leash, urinate in his house, and bark and growl to protect what is his. It just makes sense, doesn't it? Then you get angry because HE is doing HIS job as leader! That's why he is doing what he's doing...because he LOVES you and wants to take care of you...but that's not fair! You should be HIS leader! I will show you how! And, I give you a LIFETIME GUARANTEE!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A particular client called me 4 years ago with a dog that had killed the neighbor's dog, another neighbor's cat, and a third animal, a small dog, in addition to a number of groundhogs, bunnies, and other outdoor creatures. The dog had also nipped at a baby. I worked with this young couple and all had been going well for years. One day, I received a call from a sobbing young woman, Jenn, who could not compose herself. I felt horrible for her, assuming that the dog had passed away or was ill. What I heard next was heartrending. She said sobbingly, "I'm pregnant". I said "Oh Jenn, that's wonderful! Why are you crying? You wanted to get pregnant, right?" She said, "I don't want to put Ruby to sleep. But I don't want her to kill my baby..." Whew...I said to her, "Jenn, I will help you! Ruby will not hurt your baby, and you will not have to put her to sleep!" I told her of several other clients whose dogs were even more aggressive than was hers, and all had perfect results with no issues, years and years later. She said she would never trust Ruby again, but she wanted to try, since she adored her beautiful pit bull mix, a sweet and loyal companion to her for many years. We worked together for several months, unusual since most clients's dogs are rehabilitated in minutes or hours, but with a newborn baby, I wasn't taking a chance, especially with a dog that had killed numerous animals and had bitten a baby. So, after our follow up visits, the big day came! The baby was coming home! The couple had told the entire family of this first born grandchild, that they wanted to spend their first day home with the baby...ALONE! Well, if I count as ALONE, then the 5 of us were ALONE! The young husband, Jenn, the baby boy, Ruby, and me. We worked outside for a few minutes and I walked in holding the baby. Ruby was PERFECT! Jenn started crying happy tears and hugging me till I was soaked from her joyous tears! Jenn has written me numerous times since that year, and had only one complaint...she asked, "How do I get Ruby to stop licking the baby so much?" I received several holiday cards from clients with babies, all with the dog in the photo with the babies. Last year, I received Jenn's holiday card, with the baby and dog in an embrace. This is why I do what I do...to save lives and give hope.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Google that trainer and see his/her accomplishments. Ask how many dogs he/she has rehabilitated and how many he/she could not help. Be wary of anyone who wants to take your dog away from you for training, or of those who use inhumane methods. Rehabilitating a dog is not about removing the dog and making it afraid or punishing it, but rather requires love and understanding as well as basic rules and guidance from the owners. Removing a dog for training, without teaching the owners what to do, will result in the dog simply reverting back to old behaviors or even worse, as I have unfortunately seen many times, can exacerbate and intensify fear and aggression in many dogs. Always think of whether you would allow that type of treatment on your child and be guided accordingly.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Trainers are trainers and behaviourists are few and far between. Many people call themselves behaviorists when in fact they are obedience trainers orfast check in online course. Obedience is fun and I have certainly been proud of my Wyatt's brother Dillinger, who is one of the top obedience Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the country. He was number one last year! but Dillinger is a very calm and stable well mannered dog with a beautiful temperament, so he can do anything. The problem is that most trainers have only trained a few hundred dogs at most, and donot have extensive experience with behavior. It is the biggest difference anyone can imagine to change your dog's mind and the way it sings about humans and other animals, vs a dog just being trained for a trick or a body posture by being given a treat, or by being punished with a shock collar, prong collar, choker chain, squirt bottles, can with pennies, or even in New York State, a crazy trainer who uses a full size fire extinguisher and squirts the dog if it does something wrong! All those chemicals on the dog and in the client's house? Now that's crazy! That's why it's so important to personally speak with anyone who is going to work with your dog, check that person's background to make sure there are no criminal activities or any issues with the law, and above all, never let anyone do anything to your dog that doesn't feel right to you. I have unfortunately seen myriad dogs ruined, simply by a person with a shock collar or completely inept person claiming to have expertise, and it is always the dog who pays the ultimate price. There are wonderful people out there to train your dog to sit or lie down or do tricks or agility, but training a trick is very different than is rehabilitating a behavioral issue.