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Janet and "Peaches"
(Golden Retriever mix)

I cannot say enough good things about Valerie’s expertise in dog training.  My dog and I have taken all kinds of lessons since she was 4 months old.  She is now 6 years old and we have experienced many different teachers and teaching methods.  Valerie is one of the best.  She was actually recommended by another teacher who is not one to praise other trainers without good cause and I couldn’t be more pleased.  She is very consistent with her teaching methods and very thorough with her advice.  And my dog absolutely loves her!  What more could you ask?  

Dee and "Santos"
(Dogo Argentine)

I highly recommend Valerie and A Better Trained Dog for all of your dog trainng needs.  I found her through an internet search and couldn’t be happier with that find.  I had a puppy that was going to grow incredibly quickly and needed to learn somemanners.  He was also scared of everything.  Valerie worked patiently with him in the comfort of our own home and he has made a full turn aroud.  Valerie is incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with.  I have already recommended her to many of my friends!  

Valerie is fabulous to work with!  She is an incredibly patient and understanding trainer, and her vast knowledge of dog behavior allows her to bring creative and focused solutions to each handler and dog’s unique needs.  As a now proud owner of a dog reactive dog, I am so grateful for her guidance and especially for helping us succeed and feel welcome in a group class environment.  Marjorie and "Tibor" (Puli)

Valerie is a very caring, kind, and patient trainer.  She helped us to understand our dog’s actions and provided specific exercises to correct them.  She even took the time to video the sessions so that we could review them and correct our mistakes.  We definitely would recommend her.   Carol & Joe and "Katie" (Miniature Schnauzer)

Thank you so much! This class has made such a difference in my life, in such a short period of time. We still have a ways to go but I come out of class every week completely impressed!! . . . Oh my God!!! I was just like . . . that’s amazing!  . . .Yay for this class!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!   Kathy and "Keegan" (Border Collie)

Valerie is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and conscientious trainer.  Her positive training techniques make it fun for both dogs and handlers.  She is patient, encouraging and shows genuine interest in each student.  

Linda and "Cherokee" (King Shepherd)

Carrera and I LOVE this course. Valerie is a treasure!

Susan and "Carrera"  (mixed breed)

Hi Valerie,

Today we walked Bella (off lead) and her Jack Russell terrier sister Buffy (on lead) in Wharton Forest, like we do every day. On the way back to the Jeep, a deer popped up about 50 feet from our trail, Bella looked as it ran off, I said "leave it" and she watched it go but did not pursue. She returned to me. I said to Ed "How is that for impulse control?" and he said "better". I said that was "fabulous".

Thank you for the class. . . .  Marianne and "Bella"  (Great Dane)

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