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"My company produces large expos for pet lovers across the country. As a result, I’ve met literally thousands of dog trainers, from Anchorage to Miami and Boston" to San
- and gotten more advice than I’d like from many of them. I can confidently say that
, owner and head trainer of
, is one of the very best and she quite literally changed our lives. I originally reached out to
because my canine soulmate, Enzo, had become fear reactive and I knew it was only a matter of time until someone was seriously injured by him; he’d become a very dangerous dog and could no longer be trusted. Even though I had originally been working with another trainer, who talked a lot about “rehabilitation” and “being balanced,” “dog psychology,” being the “pack leader” and making sure I was the “alpha,” the original problems I had sought help for (Enzo behaving like a normal six-month teenage brat), ended up becoming much much worse. One of the first things that this trainer did was fit Enzo for a pinch collar and the second thing that he did was show me how to properly snap the lead to correct any undesirable behavior or even to prevent an anticipated unwanted behavior. I really hated how Enzo yelped with each correction. When I expressed concern, I was told that it was simply doggie “drama" and that the collar didn’t really hurt him; it was just like the correction that a mother dog gives her puppies and it was meant to get his attention - that if I didn’t buck up and start acting like a pack leader, like the human “alpha” I should be, Enzo would turn into a monster. According to the trainer, the problem wasn’t with Enzo at all - the problem was with me. In the meantime, Enzo started displaying some new and scary behaviors, like lunging and growling at strangers and anything human in shape, including sculptures and statues, and no longer enjoyed his daily walks. And he absolutely terrified of his trainer - like “pee on himself when the trainer arrives” scared. I decided that I didn’t care about any “theory” or “rehabilitation,” I cared about Enzo’s well-being, so I fired our trainer and began searching for options that I hoped could help make Enzo whole again. The more I read, the more I learned, the more (legitimate) canine behavior experts I spoke to, I came to realize that Enzo wasn’t being “trained” by his former “trainer,” he was being bullied, terrorized and abused. After a ton of research on
and their training methods, I thought that they might be the answer to our prayers.
was a very different type of trainer and proved to be everything that I had hoped for: patient, understanding, kind and respectful of Enzo’s needs. Enzo loved her immediately - and most importantly -
loved him right back. As a result of her patient work with building Enzo’s confidence and educating both of us on how to better understand one another, my boy is now a happy and healthy canine who no longer lives in constant fear of strangers.
believed in him and believed in us and I can’t even tell you how much that means to me - and Enzo. I made some big mistakes - HUGE mistakes - with Enzo’s early training and may never get over the guilt; I can promise you that if you introduce
to your own best friend, you’ll be nothing but happy and your canine companion will thank you for it.

-Sheila R.

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"I'm just now writing a review, but we've been using
for at least 5 years. When we lived closer, we used them frequently for daycare," but now we primarily use them for overnight boarding when we are out of town. We have recommended them to dozens of friends with dogs, who all use them, too. I really love the cage-free (except for meal-time) environment. I love that they are staffed 24-7. I love that they don't nickel and dime for service that should be automatic like some other popular boarding facilities in the area. The people who work there seem to be genuine animal lovers. One of my dogs has significant health problems and lots of medication, and I never worry about them taking proper care of him. We used their training services long ago (5 years?) with
, and it was great for awhile. They are a handful, and we should have kept up better on the training. However, we are very unimpressed with their grooming services. We have used them probably 10 times, out of convenience when they were there for boarding. Our dogs were not properly brushed out prior to the bath so that any existing mats or tangles became much worse and were not taken care of after they were dry. And they often have cut them funny -- not following breed standards. I'm really not picky about such things, but I figure there is a dog-groomer's reference guide by breed they ought to have on hand to get the basic look/outline of the breed correct. If you have a breed with a very easy to care for coat (short hair) I'm sure they could do well enough with a
bath, but with a double-coated breed like mine, I have not been satisfied. Grooming aside, we love
and rest well knowing they are well cared for by caring and responsible staff. The prices have gotten tough to swallow, but I have yet to find a good alternative so I have no choice but to pay for the quality care I know I'll get there.

-Megan B.

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was a single trainer. She gave us some great advice for our dog. She had a great helping hand in getting our dog well-behaved. She was on time for the job and was easy to communicate with. She was great with my dog and very perceptive. She was also good in assessing what?s going on in the house. I liked her services a lot and will use the same in future.
- becky O.
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from our first meeting, it was apparent that Sandy was professional, competent, and very caring. Subsequent to the dog training, Sandy has boarded
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in her home for additional training, and has brought other dogs to my yard to provide further socialization. I recommend her without any hesitation for positive, humane training.
- Linda L.
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This is the best money that you can ever spend to take your dog to a training class. It trains the person as much as it does the dog.
- BOB & JOANN S.
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I had been struggling with behavior problems with my two dachshunds ever since I added the younger one -- now 1 year old -- to the mix in april 2005.
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offers small classes (5 dogs, maximum) separated into large breeds and small breeds, at
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's pet shop in the central west end. Since my dogs were never properly "socialized", and would likely disrupt a group class, we agreed to have a private session in my home instead. She taught me a number of ways to get and keep my dogs' attention, and left me with personalized notes to help reinforce what had been taught, and she mailed additional information to me afterwards. While she worked directly with the dogs at the outset, she stressed the importance of me working with them. (after all, they need to
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me, not
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. ) she observed me working with the dogs, and provided valuable, real-time feedback. We plan to schedule a follow-up visit in a few weeks to help get my dogs acclimated to people and other dogs.
- STEPHEN K.
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This was the best thing we could have done. It was more beneficial for me, and my husband to learn how to handle a new puppy as much as it was for her. The instructors love the animals, and works hard to ensure that the owners don't take the responsibility of owning a puppy lightly. The instructors are hard on the owners to ensure that the puppies are exposed to new things, and are held accountable for their actions. You don't get to be a "softy" in one of these classes which only ensures a happy, healthy, well behaved animal.
- JENNIFER H.
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This was a one-time, hour long class on 'stop jumping up'. It was taught by
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, one of two trainers on staff. She got the dog to respond almost immediately and was great with her. Most of the class was spent training me. She was understanding but direct. I've already signed up with her 8 week class sessions.
- JIM T.
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The people and the work they do are very good. Our old dog really liked the woman who came to the house to feed and walk her. This person "visited" with our dog a while each time she came to the house.
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also did a great job with our other dog, who is more active, and it's better if he is not in the house all day. That dog stayed at their facility. I really like the dog trainer, also. Her instructions and explanations were clear and very helpful.
- Christine F.
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When we got our rescue dog we immediately brought her to
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for training. They were great and even though the training was suppose to be two weeks - they were not satisfied and had her come in for another week with no extra charge. Our dog behaves fantastic and truly doesn't need a leash! She loved going there so much during training that we now take her to daycamp at least once a week. She jumps out of the car and pushes the door open to let herself in. I can't say enough good things about
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and her staff. The facility is impressive also - rubber flooring so the dogs won't hurt themselves and soft astroturf in the yards so the dogs won't get muddy. When it is hot out they have little baby pools for the dogs to play in. We have used the boarding sservice also and feel very comfortable with her overnight (which was huge for me)!
- Christine W.

All Pet Sitters in Saint Louis

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4-Legged Kids, Inc

10 Strecker Rd
Ellisville

All Critter Care LLC

2549 Hogan Rd
Pacific

BARK BUSTERS

520 CROWN PASSAGE DR
Saint Charles

Bark Busters Home Dog Training

2831 St Vincent
Saint Louis

Baronwood Kennels

17220 New Halls Ferry Rd.
Florissant

Camp Bow Wow - Swansea

129 Corporate Dr

Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers

14020 Manchester Rd
Manchester

CEDAR VALLEY KENNELS

10900 CEDAR VALLEY LN
Dittmer

Chesterfield Veterinary Center

14161 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield

Chiodini's Praise Dogs

12664 Holly Hills Ter
Festus

CINDY VICKERS DOG TRAINING

C/O WOLFGANG'S PET SHOP
Saint Louis

COUNTRY ACRES, INC.

739 WEIDMAN RD
Ballwin

Country Acres, Inc.

739 Weidman Rd
Ballwin

COUNTRY ESTATE KENNEL

1230 THOUVENOT LANE

County Animal Hospital Ltd.

14020 Manchester Rd.
Ballwin

Creature Comforts Great & Small LLC

2819 D Lemay Ferry Rd
St. Louis

Creve Coeur Animal Hospital

12550 Olive Blvd
Saint Louis

Critter Sitters

925 Briarton Dr
Saint Louis

Doggie Dates

4423 Dewey Avenue
Saint Louis

Dogs In My Home

1757 Old Lemay Ferry
Arnold

DOGWATCH OF ST LOUIS

60 Briarcliff
Saint Louis

DogWisdom

1639 MCQUADE DR
Saint Peters

Ellisville Veterinary Hospital

210 Clarkson Rd
Ellisville

HAPPY DOG SPOT

2544 ROCK HILL INDUSTRIAL CT
Saint Louis

Happy Tails Inc

2920 North Lindbergh Blvd
St Ann

HEAD OVER PAWS

10219 ST ARTHUR LN
Saint Ann

Humane Society of Missouri

1201 Macklind Ave
St. Louis

J&R Roofing & Construction

1701 Veterans Memorial Parkway

K-9 Pro

Saint Louis

K9 kabana

26 Jason Ct
Saint Charles

Kennelwood Pet Resorts

2008 Kratky Road
Saint Louis

Kennelwood Pet Resorts

4 Clarkson/Wilson Center
Chesterfield

Kennelwood Pet Resorts

#40 Ronnie's Plaza
Saint Louis

Kennelwood Pet Resorts

2216 Mason Lane
Ballwin

Kennelwood Pet Resorts

2955 Highway K
O Fallon

Kennelwood Pet Resorts - St Peters

418 S Church St
Saint Peters

Kingsbury Animal Hospital

420 N Skinker Blvd
Saint Louis

Metro-East DogWatch

28 Kettle River Drive

NEIGHBORS ASSISTING NEIGHBORS

121 S Meramec Ave Ste 400
Saint Louis

No Leash Needed LLC

9330 Manchester Rd
Saint Louis

Pack Leader, Plus...

3445 Pestalozzi
Saint Louis

PETCO

149 GRAVOIS BLUFFS PLAZA DR
Fenton

Petco - Creve Coeur

12519 Olive Blvd
Creve Coeur

Petropolis Pet Center

16830 Chesterfield Airport Rd.
Chesterfield

Pets & Company LLC

17701 Edison Ave
Chesterfield

PETS IN THE CITY

1919 S Grand Blvd Ste 100
Saint Louis

PETSMART

62 BRENTWOOD PROMENADE CT
Saint Louis

PETSMART

262 THF BLVD
Chesterfield

PetSmart - O'Fallon

2242 Hwy K
O Fallon

Positive Paws Pet Training

942 Weatherstone Drive
Saint Charles

ROMAINE CREEK VETERINARY CENTER

821 ROMAINE CREEK RD
Fenton

Seizuredog.com

P.O. Box 7

Sit Means Sit Dog Traning

2901 Old Hwy 94 S
Saint Peters

SmartyPaws Dog Training

10201 Lincoln Trial

SORENSON KENNEL

1073 HIGHWAY DD
Defiance

St Louis Dog Fence

7827 Hwy N
O'fallon

Stargate Kennel

2643 Stonecrest Dr
Imperial

Support Dogs Inc

11645 Lilburn Park Rd
Saint Louis

The Home Schooled Pet

101 W Argonne Dr
St Louis

The Watering Bowl Daycare & Boarding

7409 S. Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis

Totally PAWesome

36 Stonewall Creek Ct
Dardenne Prairie

Traveling Tails Inn

2764 Route 66 Business Park Dr

Unlimited Web Design

12 Hopkins Street

vet sitters

1624 sycamore st

Veterinary Group of Chesterfield

17709 Edison Ave
Chesterfield

WESTINN KENNELS INC

1522 SWANTNERVILLE DR
Wentzville

wild dogs

turnberry place
Saint Peters

WOLFGANG'S PET STOP

328 N EUCLID AVE
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Yes Dog Yes

123 We Come To You
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