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  • While I did gain some knowledge and helpful tools in working with my dog, I ultimately would not recommend Barb's services.  The main reason is that she lacks interpersonal skills and tends to belittle and berate the people she teaches. By the end of our class, 50% had dropped out because they were sick of being scolded and shamed in front of the class. She also is constantly Provider name locked. her wares---always trying to sell her products, push you into a private lesson ($75 an hr) and make you sign up for numerous other classes.  If you don't want to buy her products, she will tell you yours are ineffective and unsafe.  If you think her private lessons are too expensive she'll make your dog out to be Cujo and insinuate that you're an irresponsible pet-owner. She also will not offer refunds under any circumstance.  I wondered if this was just my perception, but having just read her reviews on numerous other sites, it is clearly not just me.  While I won't call her "nasty" as may reviewers did, I have to agree that she has very poor social skills.  I understand she is very knowledgeable and passionate about dogs, but everyone is passionate and knowledgeable about something.  It does not give one the right to belittle or berate other people.  This behavior is not representative of one's intelligence but their need for control and lack of respect for others.  Dog training should be an enjoyable and fun way to bond with your pet, not a stressful and demoralizing experience.
    - Jim R.
  • Wow! One two hour lesson covered more than I would have covered in 10 weeks of schlepping to and from some class. His method really works. We are doing a follow up lesson. They are not 100% perfect yet but they are 85% improved and I know they will become the calm leash walkers I hope for.
    - Nan A.
  • After the initial call Provider name locked. sent me some additional info, a questionnaire and a contract. The day of I arrived at his place and had Provider name locked. come to the car to meet my dog to view his reaction. After a brief walk around I left my dog with him for the day. At the end of the day of training he works with the dog at a local shopping center to work with the various problems. I received calls when he expected to be done then when I was to go pick him up. Once I arrived at the end of the day he worked with me in his "office" on the commands -walk with a loose leash, sit (and stay until called), heel and a few others. After a comfort level with that we then went back to the shopping center to continue those commands and other corrections in a public place. We were able to get strangers to help us out in the training as well. Once he was confident I was comfortable with it we went over again my homework for the next few weeks to make sure we had the commands and instructions down.
    - JENNIFER V.
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