We’ve received a lot of very nice reviews from our dog training clients and we would like to take an opportunity here to sincerely say thank you to them.
There are a number of reviews listed below and a few here and there on the internet.
We don’t ever request reviews from our clients – we don’t think it’s their job to help us sell our services to new clients – so there aren’t a ton of them out there. But a lot of our clients have taken the time to post something and we appreciate it.
Some other reviews can be found on the internet at the following links:
Again, thank you to all of our clients who have passed along their feelings and kind words about our training program and about working with us. We’re very appreciative.
A Couple Of Reviews That Stand Out A Bit ..
Click Here To Read One Of The Nicest Reviews We’ve Ever Received
From Scott, Diana and Maddy in Phoenix
Click Here To Read A Story About Dog-On-Dog Aggression In The Home
From Nicole, Karma And Maxx in Scottsdale
Mike and Amanda and their German Shepherd, Bentley
Leash Manners .. Extreme Territorial Aggression
“Even an eight year old can master the walk. Thanks for all of your help with Bentley, Steve.”
Amanda & Bentley in Chandler
Susan and Dan and their Pit Bull, Chief
Abandoned Rescue .. Manners .. Obedience .. A Better Puppy Program
“Steve, thank you. This can’t be the same puppy. Chief is doing so well. I’m so happy.”
“We had some time with Chief today around a smaller, older dog. At first, he seemed very over excited. So we maintained the leadership and control methods you taught us, and when he would get overly excited, we were able to manage him. It went very well. By the third time the dog approached him, it was much calmer and his tail was just wagging away. Even with his food and water dishes. Although the other dog’s owner was very nervous and even apologetic when her dog would “tease” Chief by walking by just out of his reach, Chief was very controlled and calm. All this from lesson one!! Thanks, Steve.”
Sue, Dan & Chief in Tolleson
Tim and Kate and their Chow/Airedale mix, Dudley
Excessive Fear .. Shy .. Timid .. Fear On Leash .. Leash Manners
“Thanks for the timely follow up Steve. I was going to write last night to tell you that Dudley and I had two of the best walks yesterday. They were in fact the best walks I have ever had with a dog companion. Dudley was well mannered and focused the entire time. He responded well to “heel” and we worked on his “sit ” when I stopped. We need more work on that! Kate had a fall last night and broke her left wrist so she will be on the sidelines for a bit, so we assigned her to work with Dudley in the house on his home work: Sit, Down, Wait and Stay. He takes very well to sit and wait at the door and waits for the break command before leaving the house.”
“Dudley and I just got back from a great walk. We met three women, mother, daughter, grandmother. We were heeling along, we stopped, Dudley sat, waited while they passed and went on. The mother commented on how well mannered Dudley was and the grandmother thanked us for stopping to let them pass. IT WAS FREAKIN GREAT!!!!!!!!”
Tim, Kate & Dudley in Chandler
John, Karen & Gia and their English Bulldog, Buford
A Better Puppy Program .. Housebreaking .. Using His Adorableness SuperPower To Get His Way
“Hey Steve – Even though I know we will be hearing from you soon, I wanted to give you a quick update on Buford and our training. It. Is. AMAZING.
He is really taking to it and seems to enjoy it. Gia and I are spending the most time with him on this, doing it several times a day. We also remind each other to use proper methods… Great progress there, as well.
I find this especially helpful to do when Buford seems to get ready for his sundown time, as it helps slow him down focus his energy elsewhere, and makes our time together even more enjoyable. He can “stay” for a while now for his treat, and it has been fun to see his progress. BTW, “Look at Me” is also working well, and absolutely melts my heart when he does it.
Excellent progress on housebreaking, too. Buford is making it through the night, and overall, it is a much quicker and business-like process. In fact, when we get outside and I say, “Go potty,” he does. If I think he isn’t quite done, and take him to that part of the grassy area, and say the command, he finishes all the business at hand. We are also getting a better idea of his schedule and when to take him out. In fact, this weekend, we were out for about four hours or so, and Buford did great, waited until we got home and took him outside to go. No accidents at all!
I’m looking forward to the next set of commands, especially, “Leave it” and “Drop It,” as Buford has a tendency now and then to grab shoes and his leash and I’m looking forward to working with him on that.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know things are going well, and how grateful I am for all you have taught us. See you soon!”
John, Karen, Gia & Buford in Anthem
Glenna and George and their English Creme Golden, Maggie
A Better Puppy Program .. Housebreaking .. Heavy Owner Abuse .. Excessive Biting .. The Face Of An Angel With The Heart Of A Little Devil
“Just quick thank you for all your help Steve. We are so appreciative. We were out at 5:30 am today and enjoyed a wonderful walk with Maggie. The leash work is working well and she needed very little correction. We enjoyed some time on the patio with our morning coffee and then took her into the family room to catch some morning TV news and had a peaceful breakfast. This has been an amazing morning for all of us. As I type she is settled down for a morning nap. Peaceful and content are the words of the day! Hooray!! She seems almost relieved to have us take the leadership role. Again thanks from the bottom of our hearts. I am so relieved to know that with some work it’s all going to be fine.”
“Hi Steve, It’s hard for me to belive but she is a much different dog in three days! I am really enjoying just being with her and using the leadership methods. She is really sweet and it’s especially nice that she is not biting us constantly. I know we have a long way to go but your methods really are effective. I am sending along a photo of Maggie for your internet site. I think she looks like a star!! Thanks again for all you have done to help get us back on track and back in love with our Maggie girl!”
Glenna & Maggie in San Tan Valley
Michelle and her Shih Tzus, KayKo and Saki
A Better Puppy Program .. Housebreaking .. Bonding .. Abusing the older dog
“I don’t even know where to begin to say Thank You!
KayKo is doing well with her new homework. The blowing leaves were very very tempting on Saturday but she still managed to avoid most of them. Walking her over the past few days have finally been relaxing! I was bragging to a couple of people about you today. Don’t know why you changed careers or what made you choose dog training of all things, but it is definitely your calling!
When I chose to get a trainer for KayKo I had pretty simple expectations. I would learn some basic rules so that we can live together in peace. Already, in such a short time, there has been such an improvement in ways I didn’t expect.
KayKo is no longer fighting with Saki, she no longer spends the majority of the day/ night alone. She has become more cuddly, wanting to be in the same room and wanting to have attention and touch. In short, she has become less alone and more a part of the family. I just had to say already how much I truly appreciate your work with her. She does good in the house, doesn’t yet follow all her commands outside, and finds ways to frustrate me.
Overall though, she has grown leaps and bounds and … for that …Thank You!”
Michelle, KayKo & Saki in Gilbert
Kathleen and her Cattle Dogs, Holly, Boojum and Joopiter (and Gu the cat)
Dominance Behaviors .. Puppy Issues .. Cat Manners .. Excessive Barking .. Excessive Demands .. a pack run amuck
“You would not believe the peace and tranquility and JOY and RESPECT around my house after only a few days of consistent and persistent training and correction. Boojum is no longer yelling at me, Joops is about the same (just a silly boy eager to please), and Holly is much calmer and more focused.
It appears that I am becoming recognized as the leader of this cowdog pack!!!”
“YES!!! The leadership methods that you showed me are working already. Holly is submitting and Boojum and Joops are sending me thank you vibes. I think this will also help bring my cat Gu back into the mix. Hopefully Gu will soon realize that Holly is not in control and my kitty can come around more. Once she is again milling about with the pack, then I can correct Holly whenever she goes into cat attack or pursuit mode. While working the techniques that we discussed will take some getting used to, I am willing to put in the time. THANKS!”
Kathleen, Boojum, Joopiter, Holly & Gu the cat in Ahwatukee
Kami and Jeff and their Great Pyrenees, Bello
Excessive Barking .. Excessive Anxiety .. Leash Manners .. Social Manners .. Recent Trauma (house fire)
“Steve, I wanted to send you a quick message to say thank you and let you know that we are thrilled with the progress we are seeing in Bello in the few days since we first met with you! We have seen a marked decrease in his barking and, though we’d be thrilled enough with that, he has also responded well to our establishment of pack structure. We have been very successful with our training sessions each day. He already has the “sit-down-stay” command with 15+ feet and holding for over 30 seconds. We started working today on the “stay” while out-of-sight command and he did better than I anticipated!
We had a house full of company last night and everyone remarked on how calm Bello was and how well behaved! Most of the time he sits just by putting our finger up …. such a nice little party “trick”. He also “sit-stayed” while our front door was open and our guests left – a major change from his prior behavior! Thanks again and we’ll be in touch once we’ve mastered the initial skills you taught us.”
Kami & Bello in Laveen
Danielle and her Golden/Boxer mix, Cooper
A Better Puppy Program .. First Time Dog Owner .. Puppy Behaviors .. The Picture Says It All
“At 3 months old when I brought this boundless ball of energy home I knew he was going to be a handful. After interviewing four local dog trainers, I chose Steve with A Better Dog. Their practice and philosophy of taking the time to get to know each individual dog and owner demonstrates their commitment to providing an effective and tailored program that is suitable to the specific needs of clients.
In addition to the basic training sessions, Steve’s availability to answer questions and concerns as they have surfaced has been a great resource to guide Cooper and I through some challenging situations. Although Cooper and I still have a long road ahead of us, I am very happy and satisfied with the work we have done over the last five months and I am looking forward to all the great training adventures to come.”
Danielle & Cooper in Phoenix
Danny and Jill and their German Shepherd, Shasta
Leash Manners .. General Dog Obedience .. Social Manners
Just a quickie to let you know that I took Shasta on a 50 minute walk today and she was nearly perfect from the get go!
I can’t believe it! Maybe it was beginners luck but I am just thrilled to enjoy a walk with her and I really think she enjoyed it too! Thank you so much!”
Jill & Shasta in Gold Canyon
Eric and his Pit Bull, Indi
First Time Dog Owner .. Housebreaking .. Recent Trauma (abandonment) .. Obedience .. Leash Manners .. Social Manners
“After living with my roommate’s dog for almost three years I could not imagine life without one when he considered moving out. About a month before he was scheduled to move I got the call. A young female pit bull was found by an acquaintance of mine in the backyard of a foreclosed home. I was cautious at first, knowing that pit bulls can be aggressive and not knowing the trauma she had gone through. After meeting her and seeing first hand her loving and tender personality I knew she was too amazing to let go.
The first few weeks with Indi were equally fun and hard. She was so great to be around but her constant elimination in the house, disobeying of commands and chewing of furniture, carpets and cabinets soon became too much to deal with. Every second she was not in eyesight lead to another mess to clean up or more destruction.
Internet research, advice from friends and the four books I had bought all seemed to have great insight and advice but different strategies altogether. After a few weeks and very little improvement I was at a breaking point. I was so stressed I even considered giving Indi up, that is when someone suggested I call A Better Dog.
I felt better after my first conversation with Steve. Even though I know he heard them before, he listened while I told him of all the problems I was having with Indi. He reassured me that he could help and three days later he came to my house. What a relief! It was not easy but after every day, week and month things got better. Steve offered a complete system and not just strategies or advice to band-aid her behavior.
I am so thankful for him making me a proud owner of such a well-behaved and disciplined canine. I get compliments on her all the time! After the turn around Indi made on their system I would recommend A Better Dog to anyone, and I do!”
Eric & Indi in Tempe
Kathy and Carolyn and their YorkiPoo, Sidney
Jumping .. Doorbell Manners .. Leash Manners .. Social Manners .. Excessive Barking .. Excessive Demands .. Queen Of The Castle
“We rescued Sidney from the Humane Society…just what we wanted a nice little 13-month old YorkiPoo. She was cute and cuddly and so we brought her home. The first couple of months went fine, our MaltiPoo, Peanut, who is 12 years old, was “tolerating” Sidney and she was pretty quiet and a real cutie. Well, after she started feeling completely at home, she decided to show us her dominant side…she is one hard-headed little doggie.
She barked when things didn’t go her way…she barked when things DID go her way…she barked when the doorbell rang…she barked when the kitchen timer went off…she barked when I raised or lowered the footrest on my recliner…you get the idea – she was a barker. When we settled in for an evening of quiet TV, she started acting up. She demanded our attention at all times…she was the boss and she let us know it…LOUD and CLEAR!
After researching on the Internet, I found Steve’s web site. Perfect! Our little Sidney needed to learn how to behave and she needed to learn it in her own…uh, I mean OUR own house! Steve was full of information on the first visit and he got a pretty good idea that Sidney was a dog who had her mind made up that life was going to go HER way. He also completely understood the “nighttime crazies”!
By the end of the first session, Sidney was working for us and we got really good tips on how to make her understand who was boss. Well, the first night after that session was horrible. Sidney acted up worse than ever and I was at my wit’s end. I emailed Steve and he could read the desperation in my words…that may be due to the fact I wrote I’M DESPERATE!! The next night Steve came over with a couple of tricks and more great ideas. There were a few more rough patches, but things started getting better each day.
We worked with Sidney and she responded well to the training. Today she is a much calmer, better behaved dog than she was when we called Steve. She still has her moments when she barks, but she quiets down very quickly and clearly understands the “enough” command.
She’s now the dog we wanted when we adopted her. Steve was so helpful; always there via email or telephone to offer support, encouragement, and ideas to resolve the issue of the day. When he came to the house, he demonstrated first hand how to teach Sidney to be a well behaved dog. I am so glad I found the web site and made that call! Thanks Steve!”
Kathy & Sidney in Peoria