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Ryan is wonderful! His ability to gather information, access the situation and begin a course of action to guide a family towards a happy life is inspiring. We have had dogs for over 30 years. We had attempted obedience training and decided that we were happy as things were; A contented family with a family dog who ran the home but was so cute! A recent adoption startled us in the realization that we needed help. Our new dog wanted to run the home but wasnt cute about it. He growled, snarled and barked his demands. Since Ryans first session, life has improved dramatically. We are so encouraged that Ryan has given us the tools to begin reclaiming a happy family life. We look forward to continuing with Ryan so we stay on track. When I say we, I meant it. My husband and I also needed Ryans education and knowledge. Ryan taught us that we were feeding the chaos by how we were handling the situations. We thank Ryan for his help and highly recommend his services!
Denise helped Zinnie from when she was a pup and now she is almost 3. She has been through Basic and Advanced Obedience training. Denise also worked with me and Zinnie to get her to become a service dog for me. Zinnie is now a service dog that is scent trained for me and retrieved train. Zinnie is over 110 pounds and is able to pick up a credit card off a wood floor. This was all due to the training Denise did with me. If I had questions or issues Denise would work with me and Zinnie to get us through those issues. I wasn't able to for the longest time allow Zinnie to be off leash or she would run from me and wouldn't come back. Now she can be off leash and will mind my calls.
Obedience training, Jojo was very helpful and taught me a lot of information, I appreciated how she took time to sit and talk with me beforehand and learn the background of my dog.
I was worried about going on a work trip and leaving my dogs with a stranger, as well as worried about having a stranger stay in my house. I returned to happy, healthy dogs and a house that was just as I left it (even the sheets were washed!) Still working on the obedience training part but I am confident my dog will improve.
After searching multiple sites and trying out two other trainers, we found Kimberly on Thumbtack and liked what we read. Her "holistic" approach to dog training really appealed to us and aligned perfectly with our view of the connection between nutrition, physical and mental health, and behavior. When we did the IBAC, we immediately felt a click between the three humans (Kimberly + puppy parents) and Lucy (puppy). Through our work with Kimberly during the training sessions and our practice at home, Lucy has become more calm, responsive, and seems now to recognize us as the "pack leaders". One of the most important lessons we learned is that adjusting on our own energy and behavior is key to effect change in our dog's energy and behavior. It is important to bear in mind that no trainer - no matter how good - can make a dog's behavior change consistently and permanently after the training program without the owners' follow-through. With Kimberly's guidance and our constant practice, we're confident that we will continue making steady progress and nurture a balanced, well-behaved dog and a loving, respecting bond between us.
I found Mike through a random local site shortly after I 'rescued' a highly energetic 7 month old Zuchon (Bison/Shih Tzu). While he was a very friendly, attentive and smart pup, there were things we just couldn't get across to him. So we called Mike and we have not regretted doing so since. The first day Mike came to meet Asher, he saw great potential and he hasn't been the same pup since. After 3 sessions and 5 days of board/train, he is calmer, walks more attentively on a leash and is less distracted. I would recommend Quarter Moon to anyone looking to improve their dogs behavior, further there obedience or learn some cute tricks!
Vicki was a wonderful trainer who managed to help us train our 1yo rescue, Penny. She provided tips, advice, and made amazing suggestions to practice while not in training sessions. In the course of 6 weeks, Penny learned several obedience commands (stay, leave it, wait, etc) as well as tricks (sit, down, paw, crawl, etc.) Penny was difficult to teach when we first got her and although I have had a dog before, I have never had a puppy/younger pup and she wasn’t a good listener until we saught help from Paw Patrol of VA, LLC. Vicki was very flexible with our schedule, understanding of our ongoing frustrations in trying to teach her obedience, and was able to help us change our body language and tone to teach Penny what we wanted her to do. After the first 2 sessions, Penny recognized Vicki when she came to our home and LOVED school (mostly because she loves attention, praise, and training treats). I am so thankful my husband and I agreed to get a trainer for Penny and we really lucked out with Vicki. Thank you Vicki, Brittany and Sadie for your kindness. We would gladly hire Vicki again in the future and recommend her to others in the area!
Jodie has been fantastic with the information and training she provides. She is very organized with her puppy classes and provides additional information on puppy care at the end of each class. She also came to our home for an individual training session and was very insightful and helpful with tips on house training and providing tips on our puppy setup, schedule, and obedience training. She has been very helpful and is clearly very experienced.
I got Pete as a 15 month old rescue. He had no obedience training at all. The only thing he would do was sit after I said it about 5 times. Haywood was very patient with him and spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort to teach Pete everything he needed to know. He went out of his way to work with me both in my home and in groups to make my dog the happy, well-adjusted and well-behaved guy that he is today. There was a point where I wanted to give up and Haywood wouldn't let me. Thanks to him, Pete and I are very happy now! I can't thank Haywood enough.
Dolores trained our 5 month old puppy and did a wonderful job over the six sessions. She arrived on time and always ready to start. Our dog, Brandy took to her straight away and soon learned to sit and stay. Over the course of the training he learned all the basic obedience things we asked for. Dolores only uses Positive Revinforcement methods which means it's all reward based - no Prong collars. We highly recommend this trainer.
I received obedience training for my 4month lab. Everything went way better than I expected. Kevin was great, professional and consistent. My puppy obeys commands with no hesitation, job well done.
We had our first lesson today. Sharon was great with our dog and with us as the owners. She demonstrated how to work with our dog and then had us do the training exercises. She gave us feedback on how to do them which was very helpful. I would highly recommend BarkBusters and in particular, Sharon.
Mr. Anthony arrived 15 mins early and immediately got to work with my dog. He was extremely professional and well knowledgeable about dogs. He was able to walk my family and I through the entire process of training ourselves and training our dog. I loved his energy and warm spirit. With all that he taught us on how to train our dog I know we’re looking towards a brighter future for our family. Our baby Dice is already getting the hang of the training. He’s so excited to learn. Thank you Anthony for all of your help and knowledge I will DEFINITELY be passing your Information off to other pet lovers.
Often times, our lives get so complicated that we lose track of important details like - having a backup dog sitter! Well, that was most certainly the case; however, Jenny came to our rescue. From the moment we left to go on vacation, we felt comfortable and never worried. Jenny took exceptional care of our Labradoodle. We received pictures every day and upon our return, she provided a journal! Jenny has a true and sincere love for animals. Her kindness and willingness to go that extra mile is far beyond any human comprehension. I cant wait for our training sessions to begin! Five Stars for Jenny it is most certainly well deserved!!
Paul is helping with training my dog. So far, we have had two sessions. Paul is very knowledgeable and able to get my dog to respond. Paul is very easy to work with, explains things well, and uses techniques I can understand and apply. I am hoping for more progress with my dog as I continue to work with Paul.
Kristy is amazing! She will come out and meet you and your pooch and spend time getting to know you and your needs. I dropped my boy (Jax - 90 lb. 9 months German Shephard) Saturday morning and he stayed with her for 3 weeks. A huge bonus is that she has other dogs, kitties, bunnies, and chickens - so Jax was exposed to and learned how to behave and be patient with them. We had a mid-training visit (she will do this with you during, OR after training) and spent two hours going over what he had learned. Even after only a week or so he had picked up many skills. It was me that needed to learn now:). Once home Jax immediately investigated the entire house and literally did some of his initial behaviors (like he was trying to make up for lost time and fit them all in within a few minutes). It was pretty funny actually. He knows the commands he was taught - there is no doubt. The more time I spend with him the more he is learning that he needs to follow those with me, as well, and not just Kristy:) He does test me, and in all honesty, I find myself breaking into laughter with him (not good for reinforcing his learning by the way). But, when I recompose myself and calmly and firmly bring him back to a place of obedience, he does "fall in line". He may not like it (the subtle whining is one indicator), but he does it. Part of the success once you have your pooch home is recognizing when you simply do not have their trainable attention. When Jax's energy and hormones are driving his puppy behavior I've found that isn't the time for me to "win" (frankly, because I don't, and reinforcing him winning is not good). I chose Kristy after connecting with her about in-home visits while I'm at work. That's how I learned of her training business. We met and honestly I just liked her. Jax liked her too - and that was important. My favorite part was the 3-week break and being able to clean my house without Jax thinking everything I was doing was for his enjoyment. Aside from that, it's clearly the effectiveness of Kristy's work. She also stays in touch with you to let you know how things are progressing. The biggest takeaway is learning how to properly use a pinch and/or e-collar, and that I need to be committed to reinforcing all the learned commands. What's truly great about Jax now is that I can, with confidence, take him hiking, out for walks, around other dogs (still a bit of a struggle - but honestly - that's a tough one for any pup!), public places, etc. and I know I have a different kind of control (he'll sit and remain sitting until I say otherwise).
I highly recommend her puppy camp. We got our Labradoodle, Rexy, when he was 10 weeks. I was online immediately looking for a trainer since Rexy was a big boy--he weighed 23 lbs at the time. Jessica had excellent reviews on Yelp. Initially we had Jessica come by for in-home training, and we had some really productive sessions. He learned the commands for sit, down, stay, and a recall command. She only uses positive feedback training methods which was great, and Rexy was a quick learner. She even took him on a walk around the block to help us train him on loose leash walking. We really wanted to get him into her puppy camp before he turned 16 weeks, however, she was fully booked at the time. She promised to let us know if there were any cancellations. Around the time Rexy was 15 weeks, we had to go out of town for a few days--a trip that was planned before we got Rexy and could not be cancelled. We were really nervous about having to leave him at such a young age (he had separation anxiety), so I asked Jessica to recommend a good pet sitter, which she did. The week before we were scheduled to leave, Jessica had a cancellation from one of her puppy camp clients, and she let us know immediately. We took that spot and she even adjusted the dates so that she could take him on the days we were going to be out of town. I was so relieved! During the camp, she called to give us daily updates, and texted pictures. On the third day of camp, she informed us that Rexy's separation anxiety was more severe than we had realized since he got very anxious (constant whining and crying) whenever she wasn't near him. She asked if she could abandon the training plan she had for camp, and focus on relieving his anxiety. Of course we agreed! I was so glad he was with Jessica and not with a sitter-- if not we would have had to take the next flight home. During the rest of the camp, she worked on building his confidence--she took him on hikes, and even took him swimming to a local canine pool (we had no idea he was a natural at swimming). We came back a whole new puppy who was much more confident. She had several recommendations for us on continuing to work on building his confidence. Thanks to her, he has a come a long way from the shy and reserved puppy we brought home.
Dom was very professional and helpful. Besides walking, Butchy, he even taught him some better behavior!
Leash Free Living opened for business to make effective, relationship-based training which is readily available to the local dog community. We offer training in multiple formats so we can accommodate all dogs and owners. With private, semi-private, group and in kennel training offered at two training locations or at your home, finding the right program for you and your dog is a breeze!
We take a holistic approach and always focus on what is best for the animal and work to have the owner understand this
I teach dogs a new set of default behaviors and habits; establishing a new baseline that does not include their harmful, unwanted behaviors. My approach to dog training and rehabilitation is relatively simple; change a dog’s perspective and behaviors to empower the human-canine relationship. I focus my effort on four key areas which create the foundation required to make these life altering changes possible: Leadership, Structure, Clear Expectations, and Accountability.