Success Stories

She has calmed down so much

Black Dog Looking Up

Pepper & Katy in Keswick, VA
1.5 year old female rescue Lab/Pit mix.

Before Training: excitable, jumps and nipped at people out of over-excitement, easily distracted, selective listening, no self-control.

What Owner has to say: Pepper went to the farm with us to pick blackberries yesterday and she was so well behaved. We didnt let her run on her own at the time because I didnt know where the cows were but she had 4 deer running across my brothers driveway in front of her and she only stared didnt try to take off or anything! Its funny when you said wear the collar as much as possible so she doesnt just think its for training and now I see she does act like an angel all day long while its on! Well be making her wear it more often now. My brother did see a couple of the commands sit, stay and lets go and was totally impressed with how well behaved she was at his house! Its working and she has calmed down so much in the last few months! Thank you!!

-Katy


Now we can walk past dogs without making a peep…

Five Dogs on a Walk Through the Woods

Karly & Claire in Ivy, VA
3 year old female rescue cockapoo.
Before Training: Very dog reactive- barking, whining, lunging, just generally going nuts at the sight of other dogs. Needed better recall and general obedience. Owner knew she needed help and wanted to find a way to make her dog calm, happy and well-behaved.

Training was important because: Owner spends the summer in Maine with lots of family and their dogs. They do a lot of off leash walking and hiking and the dogs spend a lot of time together.

After Training: Can walk past dogs without making a peep/fuss/over-reacting, great off leash reliability and obedience, much more tolerant and at ease around dogs and is able to socialize and spend time with dogs.

What Owner Has to Say: Karly is doing great [in Maine] with the 4 other family dogs on our walks. Off the leash, shes running in the woods and even trying to get the others to play with her. Claire


Sugar is calmer and more confident thanks to Heather…

Dog Sleeping on Bed

Diane and Steve of Charlottesville, VA contacted me because they were having some issues with their 7 year old rescued hound mix, Sugar, and decided to pursue dog training to try and resolve the problems.Sugar was showing some concerning behavior especially at the front door when guests or delivery drivers would visit. Sugar, a healthy 70 pound dog, would charge up to the new person barking and looking quite threatening. Diane & Steve were growing concerned that she may bite someone. Using obedience training and remote collar training we were able to strengthen Sugar’s obedience commands and also helped her learn to stay calm and under control during those high anxiety situations like when the doorbell rings. Here’s what Diane had to say about her experience with us:

We contacted Heather to help us with Sugar, our rescued hound dog, who was overprotective with visitors. Heather taught us to communicate our rules, and the training sessions she provided strengthened our bond with Sugar. Sugar is calmer and more confident thanks to Heather, and we are much more comfortable with Sugar around strangers. We actually think that Sugar loves us more!”
Diane
March 5, 2017


Thanks to Heather, walking with Oliver is pleasurable and not a chore

Dog Laying Down On Sidewalk

Lisa of Charlottesville, VA is the owner of a young beagle mix named Oliver that was making it very difficult for her to walk him and his cocker spaniel brother because of his reactivity to other dogs. Living in a lovely residential neighborhood meant going for a walk without seeing another dog was almost impossible. Oliver would bark, pull, lunge and lose his mind when he saw other dogs. With a little obedience training and a lot of dedication and consistency on the part of Lisa, Oliver became a new dog. Not only is he able to walk by other dogs calmly, being attentive to Lisa instead of the dog, but Oliver is listening and behaving better inside their home as well. Read what Lisa had to say about working with us:

Heather is great! Oliver was not comfortable with other dogs and he controlled me. Today, I can take Oliver for a walk feeling more comfortable and in control. Oliver is more relaxed and can enjoy the walk instead of being defensive and guarded. In the home Oliver is getting better each day with his place command. Thanks to Heather, walking with Oliver is pleasurable and not a chore.”
Lisa
March 5, 2017


Conley is doing really well with us thanks to Heather

Dog Smiling next to Flowers

“Heather was amazing when my mom and I first got our puppy Conley. She was patient with us and him! She knew how to explain things in such a way where we would think about the messages and signals we were sending Conley, thus explaining his reactions to us and his behaviors. She also provides a judgement free zone and works with you and is not pushy at all. She gave us so much comfort and a place to ask questions. Conley is doing really well with us thanks to Heather’s great foundational work with him. Her lessons progressed each week as we accomplished each training method or trick we were given. It was a great experience and I emphatically recommend Heather to anyone thinking of training their dog.”
Alex
March 5, 2017