A Better Pet LLC

A Better Pet LLC

Cleveland, OH

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I bring my passion for dogs and experience and education as a social worker to act as an agent of change to help people learn the art and science of dog training in a proactive, positive and reality based way.

About A Better Pet LLC

If you want to learn how to train your dog to do what you want, know what you want, and have your dog want to do what you want, all while using positive, non-force based methods, you've come to the right place. Learn The Six Pillars of Dog Training Wisdom, an interactive approach to learning how to become the benevolent leader for your dog(s). And it's fun.

I am a pet and service dog trainer with a master's in social work and a passion for helping teach people the skills and science required to help shape dogs into well mannered and cooperative citizens, as well as to become invaluable aids in functioning with special needs. I have created a program, The Six Pillars of Dog Training Wisdom, that breaks training into a user friendly format for all learning styles and helps in creating better pets.

Selecting the right dog, bereavement counseling, distance Learning (Skype or Face Time), public speaking on a variety of topics, rescue and rehoming are also available services at A Better Pet -- please contact me to learn more.

I carry a limited number of great products -- including my own patented invention, Har-Vest: 3-in-1 Backpack for Dogs -- intended to help in making yours a better pet. I have been in business full time since 2000 and have served thousands of families, couples and individuals towards loving and living with better pets.


Cleveland, OH 44118

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  • 5/5 stars January 27, 2014

    I am the owner of 4 rescue dogs. I hired Rachel to help me 1) address specific issues such as aggressive behavior, excessive barking and 2) in general improve my ability to manage the dogs behavior and not have 4 unruly out-of-control dogs ruling my life. My half-day session with Rachel showed immediately and tangible results. Rachel prepared for the session with a phone interview and come ready to address my specific needs. She has a clear and well-tought out methodology, the presentation of which gave me the ground work and basic understanding over which to apply the training and techniques. She provided clear hands-on coaching and gave me tools to continue using. She provided ongoing support and coaching via skype. I was able to make key changes in my behavior with the dogs which yielded immediate benefits. One year later my dogs are (in order of importance to me) walking on the leash in a calm and controlled manner 2) no more barking at people passing the house 3) allowing people into the property without rushing the gate and barking hysterically. A HUGE improvement which has for me greatly reduced the stress and increased the pleasure of dog-ownership. Highly recommend Rachel's services.

  • 5/5 stars May 1, 2013

    i have been working with A Better Pet, LLC, for about 4 months. I have a very challenging dog who suffers from PTSD issues. I am so impressed with how well my dog is doing now. I work with Rachel once or twice a week and my dog improves each time. I value this service so much and I look forward to each session of training! I will continue to use and recommend this service because it is SO AMAZING and SO HELPFUL!!

  • 5/5 stars April 30, 2013

    So you want to know about the dog whisperer...

    Rachel's training and products have had a profound effect on both my dogs. She gets straight to the core of the problem and knows exactly how to solve it. I have watched Rachel take an anxious, jittery dog and turn it into an obedient, calm pooch - willing to sit, lay down, and walk placidly by her side. That's what's incredible about Rachel - she tells you how she's going to transform your dog, and within minutes (quite literally), your dog is already beginning to morph.

    Aside from her amazing ability to connect with dogs, Rachel is friendly and knowledgeable. She's not afraid to tell you what you're doing wrong with your dog and this is invaluable for training. She has a strong sense of conviction which makes you feel very confident about her methodology, and she's not afraid to show you exactly how she applies it!

    If you aren't convinced, just let Rachel spend 10 minutes with your dog.

  • 5/5 stars April 30, 2013

    Rachel worked with me to better understand how to change behavior in my dogs and how to actually create A Better Pet. She has the natural ability to connect with your pet and gives you the confidence that is needed to believe you can,with consistency, achieve the results you desire for you and your pet.

  • 5/5 stars April 1, 2013

    Rachel is an amazing dog trainer. Those of you in Cleveland have an incredible resource in dog training and dog behavior.

  • 5/5 stars March 18, 2013

    Rachel has taught us to be the best dog parents we can be: how to love our dog constructively, how to understand our dog, how to appreciate our dog and how to incorporate our beloved Penny in with our extended family. She is a godsend and we can never thank her enough for all she has done for us...and for Penny. I have already recommended her to others and am proud to do so. When people ask about Penny's bright orange Har-Vest, I am pleased to tell them why she is wearing it and who designed it. Thank you, Rachel. You are our lifeline.

  • 5/5 stars January 24, 2013

    Signed up for a group class and wound up the only people in the class. She did a wonderful job instructing me and Laura in the 6 pillars and the 3 D's and the SMT's of dog training. She was a great motivator and helped us make our 2 boys more enjoyable members of our family. Thank You Rachel!

  • 5/5 stars January 23, 2013

    Her knowledge is encyclopedic; her passion for animals is evident in all scenarios from the stubborn dawgies to the older ones. She works with your pet but more importantly with you as owner of your pet. The results are flawless!

  • 5/5 stars January 23, 2013

    Rachel was a god send for my fiance and I. We had taken our deaf great dane to a training class recommended by our vet, which we soon after realized that this trainers style was NOT for us. A good friend of ours gave us Rachel's info and within a week or so she was in our living room dog whispering our 3 month old pup. Her training style and effectiveness made us excited about training our dog. She has the perfect foundation of the ideal dog trainer. She also continues to be a great help and makes herself available whenever an issue comes along. Would definitely recommend!

  • 5/5 stars January 23, 2013

    Rachel has helped my family twice now, and each time I walked away feeling like I had a better idea of how to help my dogs. She gets it and she gets dogs. With all of my heart I recommend Rachel to anyone needing assistance with a dog. Thank you Rachel!

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