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Although I have zero professional dog training experience, I do have a human/animal psychology degree, so I know which schools of thought work best and which are pseudoscience and Lisa uses the best current method available called operant conditioning, or positive reinforcement. It sounds simple, but without professional help it can be hard to figure out what exercises to use when you want to remove unwanted behaviors instead of just training your dog to do tricks. It can also be difficult to phase out treat use once a behavior is mastered (since no one wants to need perpetual treats to achieve good behavior). Lisa makes all that guesswork easy by giving you training exercise "homework" each week customized to your dog's behavioral needs, which will lead to newly shaped desirable behaviors to replace undesirable ones. You can tell she is really passionate about what she does. She doesn't judge or try to correct what you find acceptable behavior in your own dog as some trainers will (i.e. allowing dogs on furniture) but she instead listens to YOUR behavioral goals for your dog and helps get you there. Last but not least, her price is the best I've seen for her amazing skill level. To compare, I sent my dog to a training center for just a week, and it was $750 for him to come back with sit, stay, lay down, and heel which are great commands, but at that price Lisa could have come to my house 13 times. Plus, they used a prong collar on unwanted behaviors that we're still using as management only (even in the house which I fear will cause injury) which is why we called Lisa. We're already on a path to no leash indoors with a 6 month old goldendoodle.
Despite a couple set backs with our pup where he wasn't able to attend his lesson Jeff was more than willing to work with us and reschedule those lessons. Jeff is very caring and loves every animal he works with.
Melissa did a wonderful job with my timid and shy Boxer pup. He had no obedience training to speak of when she got him. When we got him back after the 2 week board and train he is a completely different dog. The behavior changes were noticed instantly. He is now a well behaved and is truly a part of our family. I can't thank Melissa enough for what she has done for Hero.
Allison is a fantastic dog sitter, she really seems to have a way with animals. Our puppy is almost 3 months ( and quite a handful with the stubbornness and teething/biting). She was flexible to stop in to take care of him while I was writing some exams.... Feeding, walking & lots of playing! Allison really went above and beyond sending us pictures and a message after to tell me how everything went.... She even gave my plants a bit of water on a super hot day while the puppy was resting!! I wouldn't hesitate to call her again next time we need someone to watch Charlie-Mike. She really set my mind at ease, when I couldn't be home for Charlie I knew she was there giving him all kinds of love and attention !
Amy is a great resource. She is an experienced dog trainer and we learned so much from her gentle but firm training methods. Our growing puppy is doing well because of the structure Amy helped us put in place. She is reliable, responsible and trustworthy. I am looking forward to working with her for animal watching (have chickens, too) in the future. And maybe another puppy! Thank you and have a great day!
Alicia, thank you so much for helping our newly adopted dog Jesse adapt to her new surroundings! We were afraid we would have to return her to the shelter because of her agressive behavior toward us and our other dog. But on the recommendation of a friend, we called you, and learned how to better control our dogs. We have no intention of giving Jesse up now! Thanks for your help!
What a difference! After a few visits from The Pack Boss (Tim Bruno), we have seen a dramatic change in the behavior of our puppy. By teaching us how to communicate, teach, and work with our pup, he has changed the trajectory of our relationship. We went from wondering if we made a mistake in bringing a young dog into our family to reaping the benefits of a great relationship. Tim knows dogs and better yet he understands the people he is helping. Thank you for everything, Tim!
I did the basic obedience 4 week course. I was very pleased with Roger and his professionalism. He always made sure the dog and myself knew exactly what he was asking of us before he sent us home to practice. It is unbelievable what Roger can accomplish with a dog in sheer minutes. I will definitely be going back for advanced commands. Definitely worth the money if you expect awesome behavior from your dog
I hired Carol of Must Love Dogs a year ago for my older Chihuahua named Butchy. Butchy has experienced back issues since turning 10 years old so I was worried about leaving so many detailed instructions for our pet sitter. Carol listened to my concerns and was willing to work to meet all of Butchyâs special needs. Also, I learned quickly that Carol too had a Chihuahua and understood the demands of an older very small dog. In the year that Carol has worked for us, I have found her to be extremely reliable and trustworthy. Many of our neighbors have told me that they have seen her walking with Butchy around the block. She always sends text photos and messages while we are out of town which I found to be a nice touch. I feel she truly cares about animals and is genuinely concerned about their well-being. Butchy and I would highly recommend her as a pet sitter.
We went out of town for a week for our honeymoon and we needed someone to take care of our dogs and cats while we were away. Carmen did an excellent job. I never doubted that my animals were well taken care of in her hands. She sent us pictures to keep us posted throughout the week too, which was great. She is very sweet and trustworthy and I would highly recommend her to care for anyone's pets.
She has a big heart and a LOT of knowledge. I highly recommend this group for your animal behavior needs.
As a ...ahem...somewhat overprotective pet mom, I am very particular about entrusting my pets to anyone. Danielle has cared for my five cats several times, and I could not be happier with her or with the care she gives. Each time I return home, they are happy and content. The food and water bowls are clean and full and the litterboxes are empty. She keeps me updated with daily texts, so I never have to worry. Initially, I would not have thought it was necessary to visit twice a day for cats, but I have to say, I'm really glad she does and it's well worth it. She is such a pleasure to deal with, and has such a nice, gentle way with the animals. I highly recommend her!
I love what I do therefore, it shows by how enthusiastic I am with your pet!
I was referred to Sky Dogs when I adopted a deaf dog from Spreak! for the Unspoken. Allison Holloway teaches a special needs class for deaf, blind, and deaf-blind dogs and puppies. Once we got the basics down, we found the training staff was open to us joining in other classes. Nosework, treibball, flyball, agility, and many other courses are open to all dogs. If you need help improving your dog's social skills, there are behavioral classes as well. The cost is very reasonable. The center is located at Central Point in Columbus and there is plenty of well lit parking. Besides the affordable prices and friendly atmosphere, Sky Dogs fosters a sense of community among participants and provides opportunities for people (and their dogs) to volunteer to help out in rescue efforts.
Met Courtney and she is very down to earth and understands we all have busy schedules. Her rates are good and she is definitely an animal lover. Definitely worth a chat if in need of pet sitting!
I walk, watch, and take care of animals. I can travel to my client's house if it is in range, and I will help watch houses.
I'm available most days/evenings/weekends. I have extensive knowledge of pets and their needs as I have had most kinds of pets and have been their primary caretaker.
I will come to your house and walk, play, feed and water your animals. I have always loved animals if I see a homeless animal. I will try to feed it and get it to find it a home. I'm an animal lover. You would have to meet me, and you will see yourself.
I am a lover of all animals. I feed, water, walk, and sit all animals except creepy animals. I am a pet owner myself with three cats and eight kittens.
We offer companion dog boarding, cat boarding and grooming for dogs and cats. We have a 1 acre of play yard with wading pools and toys. We have air-conditioned areas, and we do spacious indoor/outdoor runs.
I am an outgoing, friendly, educated person.