A Better Pet LLC

Cleveland, OH

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I help owners understand why having a dog learn and practice and maintain basic manners helps with day to day living in harmony and safety with their pets.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Every day is different and I always get a little chill when an owner or their dog has an epiphany about how to move forward in being a better pet owner or pet.


Cleveland, OH 44118

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11 Reviews
  • Mary W. Jul 21, 2015
    Dog Training - Group Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Layle S. Jan 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.
  • Julie S. 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!!
  • Annick M. Apr 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.
  • Virginia B. Apr 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.
  • Christine K. Apr 1, 2013
    Rachel is an amazing dog trainer. Those of you in Cleveland have an incredible resource in dog training and dog behavior.
  • Elizabeth G. Mar 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.
  • Charles B. Jan 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!
  • Carol L. Jan 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!
  • Michelle R. Jan 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!
  • Katie W. Jan 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!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Constant reading, living and handling dogs, webinars, seminars and collegial consulting. I also maintain my LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) license in the State of Ohio.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It was a merging of my passion for animal (dog specifically) behavior and my education and training as a social worker -- I consider my career providing a specific form of social work.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most cases fall into new puppy owners wanting to raise their puppy right; helping owners deal with unruly an defiant adolescent dogs and; my most meaningful, helping owners with dogs with serious anxiety and aggression disorders recover and thrive.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your due diligence, get references and ask questions -- the only stupid one is the one you do not ask.