Shephard's Dog Training

Utica, NY

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What do you enjoy about the work you do?

It is difficult to choose one thing that is my favorite. My favorite thing in the world is animals (besides, of course, my daugher:). How many people get to work with animals?? So, I love that I get to work with dogs on a daily basis. I love that I can save a dog from being brought to the shelter. Although, of course, that is not always the way it works out. But I do love to be invited into someone's home to help a dog that has some "issues" and to be able to fix that for the family and see the family be so much more happy with their dog. I love watching a dog learn; usually much more quickly than his owners had anticipated. The way we can be so proud of our dogs' accomplishments, and our dogs can be so proud of themselves. I love teaching dogs how to learn.
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Utica, NY 13501

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1 Reviews
  • Lisa M. Jul 11, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Wonderful!! We love Christy! She is so great with Arielle. Our Standard Poodle thinks she is human and thinks she should be giving direction not taking it! Somehow Christy has magically gotten her and me through our first class! Arielle will sit, stay, lay down, wait,'s amazing. And we've made lovely friends in the class. We look forward to continuing classes just for fun!


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
What is most important, in my opinion, is that you and your dog are treated in the best possible way. Please be sure you ask what type of training the trainers use and what that means, and you can look that up if you want to learn more. Make sure to use a positive trainer. If someone says they are a positive trainer and then they require you to buy a choke chain- they are not positive trainers! Please remember that negative and harsh training methods can truly hurt the bond and relationship that you have with your dog. It can cause great damage to dogs. The best dogs out there are trained with positive training methods- look at guide dogs and service dogs, you don't see them with choke chains or prong collars. There is a better way to train dogs and I can show you how. Happy training! :)