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Rona was easy to work with, friendly, and knowledgeable. Her approach to dog training and their behavior makes so much sense, and we have a clear path moving forward on how to help our Boston Terrier.
Taylor is a professional in every way. She came prepared for the problem and offered and demonstrated techniques that worked immediately. It was really an eye opener. Her confidence with and in the dogs made a world of difference in their behavior. We were having problems with our dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior towards other dogs. By the end of the session, we had both dogs inside the dog park, showing no aggression. She followed up with a written synopsis of the problem and steps to take for behavior change. I would highly recommend Taylor. She has a complete grasp of dogs and their behavior, and is not afraid to " think outside the box" to problem solve. She is a pleasure to work with, and dogs respond very positively to her!
I highly recommend Kenny! He is very personable and professional. Communication was outstanding. Our dog’s behavior has vastly improved after 5 sessions, and we now have the tools to continue working with him after our final session. Thanks, Kenny!
We had our 2 dogs (pit/lab mix & pit) go thru the board and train at Aloha. What a change it made in their behavior. No more bolting out the door or jumping on the couch and my favorite, no more jumping on the back door trying to get in without first waiting for the command. Kevin is very knowledgable about dog behavior and provided great feedback. Of course we will still need to continue to work with our dogs but without Kevin and the two week board & training we wouldn't be a far along as we are now. So very pleased we found Kevin and we will continue to use Aloha Canine for boarding when we take vacation. Beautiful facility - Kevin is the best... Karen & Dustie
I've had the pleasure of working with Christie both recently and over the last several years. She is an excellent trainer! She has saved many shelter dogs that would have otherwise had a very unhappy ending. She is professional, punctual, very knowledgeable about dog behavior, and her training program has wonderful results. I look forward to working with her for years to come! I would highly recommend her services if are looking for a trainer in general or if your dog has aggression issues.
Such an amazing experience! The dog we dropped off and the dog we took home are completely different in terms of behavior. We dropped off a dog that drug us everywhere on the leash, barked and lunged at everything, and overall was just an embarrassment to be in public With. We brought home a dog that doesn't pull on the leash and is very receptive to commands and correction. I'm so excited to see how much more she improves as we work with her more!
Kris did about a week and a half long board & train for my two [rescue] mini-poodles - both from very different backgrounds with totally different levels of training, motivation & even allergies. Take full advantage of his 2 hour consultation because Kris gets results FAST. I was sold after the first hour and had no idea how much progress could be made in such short time. When we returned from our trip abroad (during which Kris was happy to provide updates), Kris spent 2 hours in our home/at the park demonstrating what the dogs had learned and how to continue re-enforcing & building on these behaviors. Additionally, he provided a write up of how his training system works to ensure we fully understood how to stay on track with the dogs. He provides constructive criticism for the owners' interactions as well - which is super helpful since it's easy to accidently re-enforce the wrong behavior. We had one dog that incessantly barked - doesn't anymore. And one who was miserable on a leash - she's perfect now. I am excited to continue our work with Kris and see how far our poodles can get!
Very pleased with Amy's methods. Helped us to understand our dogs behavior based on her breed's prey instinct & how repetition is key. She lent us a special collar to work with our dog between training sessions. Very positive experience for us & our dog.
We love Austin Dog Zone. I continue to be amazed by Laura and her willingness to educate. From the first time I asked for help to my ninety ninth question---she responded enthusiastically and quickly with a wealth of information. I have noticed a tremendous difference in my dogs behavior and health thanks to Laura's training and diet tips.
Julie is amazing and has helped our family tremendously! We have boarded our dachshund with her for over 7 years. We adopted a boxer puppy that she fostered 5 years ago. She has trained both dogs. Julie has a knack for explaining dog behavior so the layperson can understand it and be the most effective in curbing poor habits and behaviors. She has also pet/house sat our 2 cats. We feel so lucky to be able to leave town and know our fur babies are in the best of care! When our son was born, Julie helped us transition the pets to their new family member. They are all best friends now! Our dogs are ecstatic when we turn the corner to Aunti Julie's for drop off.
What a great dog trainer! His experience and ongoing refresher training is exemplary. Great personal touch explaining his protocol and then our big sweet pit bull responded very well. She did very well in our first training and learned a lot. Couldn’t be happier.
Marlene is so great! What I liked most was her experience and knowledge. She isn't just some trainer who went through a seminar and now thinks they are a dog trainer. I wasn't sure I even needed help thinking I could do it myself no problem. But after meeting with her I realized just how little I know about training and my dog's behavior. I realized this was an investment for the next 10-12 years that I would be spending with my pooch and am so grateful for the wealth of knowledge she provided. Marlene loves dogs and helping people and it shows.
Hunter is truly as good as it gets! We have a 5 month old Golden Retriever puppy and can't thank Hunter enough for the work she has done. She takes the time to asses your dog's behavior, interaction with owners, and makes sure your goals with training based on individualized needs. She methodically uses techniques that will work for you! With Hunter's training, our pup no longer jumps on people, comes when called, walks off leash, lays, stays, no longer gets on the couch/bed unless asked, and is no longer aggressive when it comes to her food. Other than her training skills, Hunter comes to your home and is ALWAYS on time or early- which makes training super convenient! She is an absolute pleasure to work with, and we would definitely recommend her!
Just an FYI for anyone seriously considering htraining / boarding for their dog.... Jennifer came highly recommended to me by several people in my neighborhood/community when I desperately needed help with a foster Shepard that had aggression and other behavioral issues. Thank God I took their advice. I cannot speak highly enough about Jennifer as a person, let alone her ability to read, understand, and communicate with an animal. It’s truly a God given gift. I gave her virtually zero information about this dog, yet She spotted several behavioral tendencies within two minutes of meeting the dog that were scary accurate. I left him with her for 3 weeks and picked up a totally different dog. Unbelievable! Her ability (and patience) to train me how to reinforce it all may have been her hardest part of the training :) With Jennifer’s help, I actually ended up adopting the Shepard and he is the best dog I’ve ever had. He goes EVERYWHERE with me and is happy, balanced, confident and obedient. All signs of aggression, jumping, pulling, nipping, destructive behaviors, leash or barrier frustration; food aggression, and territoriaI issues were gone. GONE! I was afraid to walk him or let people greet him before. Now I have zero fear of his reaction in any situation. All he needed was guidance and structure from me to be comfortable and looks to me for direction rather than reacting on his own. I know I have a leash, somewhere... haven’t used it in so long I can’t remember where it is. Just thought people should know that there is a TRUE dog whisperer in our own back yard. I can speak of my experience, and name at least a dozen other families that have had the exact same experience and level of success with their dogs thanks to Jennifer - I love having the four legged companion I’ve always wanted and thanks to her talents, my dog is my best friend and biggest source of joy rather than a source of stress or worry. THANK YOU AGAIN!!
I found Julie while I was exploring the variety of things (shows, events, competitions) my dog could experience. I was referred to her for instruction in what is called Nosework (a fun search and scenting activity). Through this experience Julie has introduced me to methods of training that have developed my relationship with my dog I didnt know was possible. Buddy (my 70 lb rescued mutt) and I are growing every day in our understanding of each other. I can better understand his behavior cues and He understands what Im asking of Him.
Kim has provided my husband and I with the confidence and tools needed to manage our sweet but anxious 3 year old shepherd mix around unfamiliar people/situations. Kim did a great job on educating us on our dog's behaviors and then explained how we can manage them. We have learned so much and will continue to implement what we have learned.
Ian's professional and competent assessment of our dog's (Hank) behavior was outstanding. He implemented a plan to modify Hank's behavior, which has transformed Hank into a remarkable member of our family!
I adopted a dog that was totally out of control. I took 5 training lessons from Tori at Riverdog Academy and it was life changing. She taught me how to train my dog and she helped me understand how to “talk”to my dog. Now my beautiful pup is a wonderful, well behaved, energetic, member of our household. I have recommended her to all of my dog owning friends. Brenda
Working with The Wise Hound has been an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of dogs and her passion for teaching really made training my dog so much fun! I never would have imaged the transformation my dog went through as a result of her fantastic guidance. If you are thinking about getting your dog trained, you can't go wrong with The Wise Hound! Thank you so much for everything you did for me and my pup!
Ginny is amazing! The best Trainer ever she is great with people too. Her knowledge and experience make her a truly gifted person. I have watched her train various breeds for different areas example service dogs. Ginny, is fun, loves dogs and can teach any behavior .
I am an ABC certified dog trainer in the San Antonio area. I specialize in behavior problems as well as basic and advanced obedience.