What people are saying... and what people have said!
"While a doctorate student at UNLV, I researched the impact of the human-canine relationship on training and behavior modification. I recently played decoy for Deborah during a reactive dog training session, and I must say, I was impressed! She had a thorough understanding of both the dog’s and owner’s needs, and provided clear instruction that the owner could easily implement without causing additional distress to her dog. She was supportive of both ends of the leash, teaching them how to work as a team to deal with the behavior challenge at hand. As a behavior consultant and educator, I would recommend anyone to work with Deborah!” -S Volsche Ph.D.
"A real pro...well worth it! Deborah is reliable...accessible...thorough...and very knowledgeable about dog behavior. She's a gifted teacher/trainer who is willing to take on the challenging dogs as well as the easier ones. I happen to have both kinds. She has helped me with puppy basics for my 6-month old female dog and also with specialized homework for some tough behaviors in my 2-year old male dog. Thanks to Deborah, I have turned a corner; I'm no longer in a slump with him. Deborah has helped me to really improve my relationship with this active and affectionate but needy, over-reactive dog. Now when I go out and walk with him, I'm less anxious and I'm growing increasingly confident. My dog and I are having more positive experiences that we can expect again and again. And, I trust that with Deborah's continued input, my puppy will also mature into an enjoyable, well-mannered and happy dog. I could say more, but instead I'll just say that if you're looking for a dedicated, kind, and supportive dog trainer who knows what she's doing...then hire her." -CM
"Thank you so much! We practiced yesterday too on a walk to a park. He did really well. I am so excited to work with him now!" -M. Sotero
"Deb - Thanks for all of your help. It was fascinating to watch you work. Penny used her dog door last night, I did not have to get up in the middle of the night and we did not have to leave the back door open all night. Great job. Patty and I have reinforced the behavior several times by me taking her in the backyard and Patty meeting her inside with food right at the dog door. Penny now thinks of this as a game. Patty is thrilled that this issue was resolved so quickly, as am I." -C. Braunlich
"Thank you for your endless patience and encouragement." -CL
"I am sooo happy to say your advice was perfect. I took each dog separately out to the street to meet my friend's Pom. We walked next to each other. First Roxy, and she really behaved well, then Pepper, and last, Obie. There all were easily called off. By the second day, the Pom was let into the other side of the house and she integrated with my dogs. No incidents, and they all just kind of walked around together. Then we all went on walks, and Roxy kept the pack together. I was so pleased to see that my dogs could accept another dog in to the house. Thank you so much for telling me how to introduce them properly. It worked!" -KE
"Just wanted to give you a Junior update: He's doing very well...much more relaxed and lazy...a proper Pug!" -GJ
"We understand each other a whole lot better now! It's been fun!" -SP
"I felt so much better after talking with you yesterday. You are such a positive force!" -AB
"We really enjoyed and benefited from your patient and enlightening instruction." -BW
"Hi Deb! You are a miracle worker! None of the dogs have had any accidents at all! Mixi is like a different puppy, she hasn't been biting us or the other dogs. Everything is running much smoother. Thank you so much for your help. It seems you are as much a human trainer as you are a puppy trainer. It's nice to have well-behaved dogs." -JM
"Thank you so much for all of the help and training...I really feel like what we learned we can use every day all the time. I'm so grateful."
"Many thanks...That would be the equivalent of a click and a hot dog, no?!" -JB
"You are truly devoted to your work with lots of love and patience." -AM
"We hired Deborah when Bijou was 6 months old to teach him some basic manners. She was very knowledgeable, respectful, patient, and kind with our puppy who enjoyed her company right away. Bijou thought Deb was the most fun person he had ever met...and learned all the tricks very quickly because she made the sessions so engaging. Deborah taught us well and her teachings were long lasting and very effective as Bijou went on to become a therapy dog passing all his tests with ease. Since Deb's gentle clicker training, 5 years ago already, Bijou has no need for further training. He knows all his commands through voice or hand signal. He is a joy to be around and very well mannered. Thank you Deborah!" -CC
"Just had to let you know; I think this class is the best thing I have EVER done for the two of us. Thank you, thank you.” -KN
"I just wanted to let you know that whatever we did during puppy class, it is paying off big time!" -AS
"Training with you was one of the best things that ever happened to me!" -BA
"I enjoy the way you teach and care about how we (I) learn." -PB
"I really appreciate your advice and suggestions. The information you have given me is practical and not difficult to do." - M
"Have I got a great update for you! Peanut has been doing really well, infact extremely well, since we met with you. The big news is that last night we walked out of the house to take our evening stroll - and we quickly ran into the security guard - large man, big bulky jacket, and a hat - but Peanut ignored him and kept on walking. It was unbelieveable! I can not tell you how wonderful it feels to see him so engaged and happy." -MS