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I waited to write a review so I could really give the training time for an honest review. I started working with Vigilant K9 Services in October 2016. I have a German Shepherd that had not responded to two previous trainers and did not have high expectations for Vigilant. I am so glad I gave it a chance and started working with Vigilant and Deb. Deb is a straight shooter, she tells you like it is, but without honest feedback from the trainer how could I effectively work/train my dog when Deb isn't around. What I learned is most problems lay with the owner, not the dog...I needed to know what I was doing wrong to help my dog be successful. Also, be prepared for homework. You need to put in the time. Deb can bring you back the most well behaved & trained dog, but you have to put in the time and effort to continue helping your dog succeed. A little background on my pup, Layla was 2.5 years when we started training, she was aggressive to most dogs and people. We walked her very early in the mornings and late at night to avoid interactions. Even then, walking her was a chore I dreaded. She pulled so hard that my shoulders were always sore from struggling to hold her back. After working with Deb, Layla now has a very good heel and we can walk at normal times without fear that Layla will act like a fool. Walks are now enjoyable! That's just one of the commands we've learned that made life so much easier. There's several others I could write about. Further, after a few weeks at board and train, Deb had some concerns about Layla. Layla's had a head tremor since we got her that our vet said was not something to be concerned about. Deb thought it could be neurological and a reason for her behavior. Sure enough, we took her to see a neurologist and Layla does have some neurological issues. There is nothing to be done for it, but at least we know the root of her behavioral issues. Deb quickly changed the training program to accommodate the issue. Knowing the issue allows us not to put undue pressure on Layla and her abilities, in turn saving our family a lot of frustration. After the last five months of working with Deb & Vigilant K9 Services and based on our family's experience, I can highly recommend them. It has been money and time well spent.
I met Elizabeth Givens at her store and doggie daycare, The Woof Store. After a few visits at the daycare both me and my dog loved Elizabeth and her staff. Elizabeth is very knowledgeable about dog training and behavior. My dog looked forward to going to the day care. After the store and daycare closed, I hired Elizabeth for individual dog training sessions. I never had much success with dog training in the past with other dogs. Her method of dog training is based on positive reinforcement. The philosophy behind the method and process she uses is not only very effective but once you understand it makes a lot of sense and works! My dog and I plan to do further training with Elizabeth in the future.
Kirsten is compassionate, dedicated and has a deep understanding of canines. Her expertize on dogs help me understanding more my own dogs. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet her and experience the hands-on training she delivered during our sessions. Thanks to Thumbtack, I found the perfect trainer for my dogs! Renee Armenta
Ann is not just a dog walker. She treated our dogs with such love, care and concern. We always felt they were in good hands and they loved her.
The trainers were very professional and always on time! Our dog is now amazing! He has manners finally. We love taking him everywhere with us now. Thank you for such a gift of our well trained dog.
We took 2 of our dogs through training here and they are awesome!! Lisa was very patient with everyone and I feel we learned a lot during the classes. Just a really great experience and her dogs are all amazingly trained. I have never seen such well behaved dogs. I have been through other classes and the dogs must be on leash even with the trainer. Her dogs all are perfect during class!!!
Very knowledgeable and easy to work with
We've just started our training sessions with Georgette, and, I'm VERY happy with her, so far! All dog trainers do things differently / have different philosophies. As I'm learning her philosophy, I have had questions. Even before our first training session, but, after the initial consultation, I had several questions. She answered them all very quickly, without any defensiveness or irritation. She is incredibly open and happy to discuss any concerns. She made it clear that I could call her, and we could discuss it, further. When she came to my house, she talked to me, further, and made sure I felt good about the direction. She even brought me literature to read to help me better understand her methods. She took a lot of time to really listen to my specific needs, concerns, and goals for training, and, even in the first session, demonstrated how we will accomplish those goals. She is more than willing to come to my office, house, church - every environment where my dogs may need a little help. My dogs REALLY like her, and, she truly seems to like them, a lot, too! I am very optimistic for our future training sessions (and, she's super sweet, so, it makes it that much more fun!)
Our house needed deep cleaning after three years of minimal housekeeping because of our circumstances. The Maid-O-Matic crew came and cleaned about 1500′ sq feet (master bedroom, bathroom, spare bedroom, kitchen) . They were wonderful, professional, courteous, and hard-working. The crew was honest they took their time for lunch and a break off the total so they worked their full shift. I recommend their services and will use them again.
I have known Amber for more than fifteen years, and she has housesat in our multi-pet household several times. She also regularly walked our very energetic rez dog when our work schedules required outside help. Amber is reliable, trustworthy, and excellent with our furry family.
J'Amy is an awesome sitter. She comes over to my house several times a week to let my dog out. She is trustworthy, professional and above all else, she is very good with my dog. Sometimes she sends me photos of my dog when she is walking my dog and it always makes my day. She is really great to work with.
I learned more from Arie in 60 minutes than I did in 6 weeks at another puppy training business. She understood my puppy and me, what I needed and what my puppy was into. She gave me helpful ideas and suggestions. I will sign up for one of her classes as soon as her business is up and running.
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We do everything from basic obedience to leash walking and advanced trick training. We use positive reinforcement.