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was very, very helpful. I have an 85lb extremely "reactive" goldendoodle named Buster. I was afraid to take him on walks because he would get overly excited whenever he saw another dog ... I could not control him or his excitement on leash. I knew he would not hurt another dog, but my neighbors were afraid my dog would attack their dog. Whenever Buster saw another dog, he would
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, bark incessantly, jump up & twirl in the air and somehow position himself to land between my feet so I would
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my balance ... He caused me to fall a few times. One time he lunged so hard I fell and hit the back of my head on the asphalt and had to get several staples. We tried choke collars and electric collars. I wasn't sure my 6 year old goldendoodle was trainable. I was pretty desperate for help. Thank goodness I found
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. We had several private lessons --- she would bring her dogs and her husband to some of our lessons .... taught me a lot about what to do and how to handle Buster in all kinds of situations.
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was calm with Buster and patient with me. After a few private lessons, I signed Buster up for the group class at Profeed in Vienna.
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was the trainer, and he is a brilliant trainer. He KNOWS dogs and could sense whenever I needed additional coaching on how to handle Buster in a group setting ... he reinforced everything
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taught me during our private lessons. I learned a lot from
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.... honestly the two of them have made a huge difference. I would like to mention, before I called
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, I called another highly rated dog trainer on Angie's List ... he had a lot of positive reviews. His strategy is to train you and your dog in a single visit (one lesson - very expensive - that includes a special collar that is used for show dogs). I think he sensed my fear, desperation and disbelief that we could resolve the problem in a single visit. This seemed to upset him, and he dismissed me entirely. He told me he didn't think he could help me & Buster .... it was a huge let down. But in the end everything worked out very well. I highly recommend
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- kATHIE K.
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was wonderful with
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. I had just adopted my dog about a month prior to hiring
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, and he was definitely more nervous around men than women, however, he took to
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right away.
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took his time explaining why
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was acting the way he was, and showed us very easy ways to control his behavior. He was on time and extremely courteous and friendly. He spoke to myself, my daughter, and my mom each and showed all of us individually how to use the proper collar and leash to control
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for when we take him for walks.
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is a much more behaved puppy than previous to
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's session. I would recommend
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to all my friends who need assistance in training their pets.
- Audrey Z.
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It went terribly. Her strategy is to work up to having the dog sit for one hour. She said once the dog could do that, she was trained. After weeks of no progress, she blamed me. I have since worked with a reputable trainer, who said that is not an effective way to train a dog. My dog is now trained without making her sit for an hour. How boring and ineffective for both of us! When I called Sheilar to ask for half my money back because she was supposed to provide two personal training sessions, she said she'd think about it, then never called me back or responded to email. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!!!
- Natalie R.
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Awesome!!! First,
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is an amazing human being. He's awesome with both difficult people (I had to drag my family into the whole training process, which wasn't easy) and difficult dogs. He rehabilitates dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. He's literally a life saver! As for my experience, I couldn't have asked for more. You have to do most of the work and show up to the training sessions and it takes a while, but when guided by these expert trainers you WILL get results above and beyond what you were looking for.
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, my crazy puppy, would have been run over by a car or eaten by coyotes if it wasn't for OLDT (he would bolt out the door anytime it was opened, and was an extremely high energy little devil - he also pulled so h****** the leash that he would injure me), and
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would have had to go back to the horrible shelter because he was attacking my nephews. How are they now?
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stays next to me most of the time and comes when called when he's not right next to me, and
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is a total sweetheart. He's even great with kids now, better than
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(
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's great too, he just hates it when my 3 year old
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sticks his finger in his nose, etc...). I literally walk both of them
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, even on busy roads (the sidewalk). I keep their e-collars on when on the walk, just in case, but when we do regular training with distractions (kids in the neighborhood, dogs walking by, etc...) I rarely have to zap them anymore. Everyone tells me how well behaved they are, and my Mom has been sabotaging the whole process this whole time (Mom's doing much better when she walks them, but she doesn't respond to training as well as the dogs ;). This happened despite her - thanks to
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! By the way, lots of people have issues with using the e-collar, but it doesn't hurt the dogs. I've used it on myself, and one of my nephews used it on himself and he said it "tickled" and laughed and laughed while zapping himself. Dogs just plain don't like it, which is why it works. It does have a
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setting that can hurt on naked skin (no physical signs, it just stings on the highest level), but it doesn't hurt on fur. I've only had to use the
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when in emergency situations (e.g. he's about to run in front of a car...this was in the beginning, not now), and he's a maniac. Seriously, he's a maniac. If you have a normal dog and just want to teach your dog to sit, OLDT may be over priced for you. However, if you have an out of control dog who doesn't stick around long enough for praise and treats, or you have an aggressive dog, or a severely neurotic dog, you need to look no further than OLDT. They WILL help you. Also, the prices listed above are for training classes for the life of the dog. You can always take them back for refreshers. OLDT saved us and our dogs - literally!!
- LINDA G.
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Over the last couple of months
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has been working with our young Pit/Boxer,
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. We're about to have our last Basic Obedience session with
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tomorrow afternoon.
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has personally come to our home for each training session on time and well prepared and always gives a reminder call the day before.
I don't think we have the most challenging dog
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has worked with, as their were no MAJOR issues to begin with, but we felt it was important to learn how to deal with a breed that requires some special attention and effort. we've learned a lot and
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loves the visits. we've still got some tendencies we're trying to steer in the right direction and it will take time to get everything corrected, but we now feel like we have the tools to do so.
Thanks
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From us,
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and all our future furry friends that will benefit from what you've shared.
- Alan D.
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When we first met
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the confidence, experience and friendliness she exhibited won me over immediately. I had no experience with having a dog, much less training one.
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was so efficient in recognizing my reservations and inexperience as well as Frizbee's ability to learn. She trained me as well as Frizbee and the results showed on the very first visit! One of the things I admired most about her expertise is her ability to understand the psychology of animals and what their mannerisms and behavior mean in the "dog world" as well as the human world. This was such an important role for me as I've always had a fear of dogs. I no longer have that fear because now I know how dogs react in different situations and how to read their body language. This is absolutely an amazing thing to learn!
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was able to successfully meet every one of the goals I had set for training plus many more that I wasn't even aware of prior to our training sessions. I would recommend her for any/all training anyone could want. She is excellent in training skills and on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate her 100!! To top this off, she is funny, friendly, a pleasure to spend time with and a very nice person to know. By the way, I can now take my dog anywhere and know with absolute confidence he will be well behaved and accepted. What an accomplishment! Gaylen


- Kelli W.
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's effort to help our situation amazed me. Within 2 minutes of talking with her we found out that she would be unable to physically train our dog, due to our location. She then spent over an hour on the phone with me offering training tips, training products and catalogues for us to review, and recommendations on where we could get help in our area, all free of charge. She had an immense knowledge of each category, and the information she gave us will be a big aid in moving forward with our dog's training.
- JANE S.
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takes the time to train my dog using only positive reinforcement. Although the sessions are one hour each, she typically spends longer than that at my house. She only counts the time she's working with the dog towards that one hour. When the dog needs a break, she gives him what he needs. All the animals love her and she is making fast progress with my dog. Highly recommended!
- Dana F.
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is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgable. We have very skittish rescue dogs who are intelligent but never received training in their former homes. In just three visits our dogs are well on their way to being responsive, calm, good dog citizens.we signed up for very reasonably priced series of lessons, and we look forward to continued success.
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is teaching us the best way to communicate in "rescue dog"

- SUSAN M.
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Our 5 y/o female Border Collie had shown aggression on several occasions (particularly toward two friends of ours, joggers, and cyclists). One evening in our home she bit one of our guests. Besides were worried sick about our friend, we also feared the city we reside in would label our dog a "dangerous breed". At best she would have been quarantined at our cost for weeks with no human contact. At worst the city could have destroyed her.
I started researching dog behaviorists without much luck. I checked on Angie’s List and there were several listed. However, one I spoke with didn’t address the aggressive behavior to my satisfaction. Another never returned my call. I saw
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’s listing and based on his great reviews I contacted him.
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spent quite a bit of time on the phone with me as I explained our situation. Immediately he was confident he could correct the behavior. I asked about his fee and when he told me my jaw hit the floor! Without missing a beat
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said “I charge this because I’m that good. You’ll notice a change in your dog after one session”. When my husband and I put the fee into perspective it was far less expensive than being sued by someone she may bite and having our baby put down. Also, as
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pointed out our dog was not happy.
At our first session
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established with her who was really the Alpha. She lost her mind trying to tell him “I’M the Alpha here”. She was growling, biting the chain link training collar, trying to bite
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(which she didn’t come close to being able to.). This dog was even doing Alligator “death rolls” trying to get away from him! After about 10 minutes she’d finally had enough and submitted. By the end of the session he had her sitting and heeling without a verbal command. The training is also for us. Behaviors we did thinking we were calming her were actually telling her “You’re a good doggie for acting this way”. We are only four sessions into the training and our ‘baby’ is already a different dog. When we’re out for a walk we no longer have cross the street whenever someone walks toward us. Nor do we need to brace ourselves whenever she sees a cyclist coming. On our third session
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told me our dog was one of the toughest cases he’s ever had. Further confirmation of his expertise as a dog trainer.
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is the real deal.
- Lisa H.
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absoluteakhalteke

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5580 4th St N
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15409 Otto Rd
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Bark Busters Home Dog Training

16811 Blenheim Dr
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10931 BOYETTE RD
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2944 Defuniak St
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Canine Cabana, LLC

9708 CARR RD
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Cat Doctor

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Certified movers

14206 Grubbs lane
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Complete K-9 Academy, Inc.

23406 71st Ave E
Myakka City, FL

Coquina Key Auto Repair

3801 6th St S
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Courteous Canine Inc. DogSmith Tampa

3414 Melissa Country Way
Lutz, FL

Critter Boarding

15240 County Line Rd
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Dog-Eze Training Specialists

PO Box 1631
Valrico, FL

Downtown Doggie Center

1825 5th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL

Elite Dog Academy

3318 Nundy Road
Tampa, FL

G. M. Stamper

3633 Panther Path Rd
Lutz, FL

Good Dog LLC

711 Griffen Heights Ct
Ruskin, FL

GREENCOVE KENNEL

237 GREENCOVE RD
Venice, FL

Gregorie Howard 1

5119 Carey rd
Tampa, FL

Hatiemae's Natural Horsemanship

7155 shaw rd
Brooksville, FL

Learn with Jenza

12313 twin branch acres road
Tampa, FL

M.D.W. K9 Solutions

1233 Coolmont Dr.
Brandon, FL

No Bite

PO Box 65
West Point, CA

On Command K9 Academy

6704 24th Ave E
Bradenton, FL

Pawsome Adventures

16712 Whirley Rd
Lutz, FL

Pet Playgrounds - West Haven

48 Myrtle Ave
West Haven, CT

PETCO

7223 COASTAL BLVD
Brooksville, FL

PETCO

30697 US Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL

PETS IN PARADISE

5109 W LUTZ LAKE FERN ROAD
Lutz, FL

PetSmart Store Support Group Inc

6001 Wesley Grove Blvd
Wesley Chapel, FL

Pick of the Litter Pet Care & Concierge, LLC

242 S. Washington St. Suite #261
Sarasota, FL

Preppy Pet Suites

13513 Prestige Pl
Tampa, FL

RIVER'S EDGE PET RESORT

12580 N US HWY 301
Thonotosassa, FL

Royal Pets Market & Resort

16010 Mapledale Dr
Tampa, FL

Second Chance Horse Ranch

21221 Hobbs Road
Wimauma, Fl

Sheldegren Kennel

3440 Enterprise Rd E
Safety Harbor, FL

South Tampa Puppy Palace

4313 Pearl Ave
Tampa, FL

Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc.

4210 77th St E
Palmetto, FL

SPCA Florida

5850 Brannen Rd S
Lakeland, FL

Stillwater Dog Training

7200 Mobley Rd.
Brooksville, FL

Suncoast Dog Training

County Line Rd
Spring Hill, FL

the dog house

13131 tarpon springs rd
Odessa, fl

Veterinary HealthCare Associates

3025 Dundee Rd
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West Coast Morgans, Inc.

17126 Boy Scout Road
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Whatadog Play Center Inc

13662 Automobile Blvd
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128 Main St
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