"Many thanks to Judy from Proper Paws, whose Puppy Kindergarten classes (on Zoom because of COVID-19) made having a 12 week old puppy manageable for us. Seriously, we were cat people, and I was at my wit's end with this sweet little pup -- now we are enjoying him and have a sense of making progress on his training. Between the Zoom classes, the online resources and several one-on-one Zoom calls, we have everything we need. Can't recommend Judy highly enough!"
Diana C - Lexington July 2020
Deb M - Concord August 2020
We learned a very manageable amount of behaviors in short time. We definitely saw progress and gained confidence as trainers! This method seems preferable to learning a great deal of things in six weeks; the opportunity to practice and vary the skills, and make them more challenging for us and the dog, seemed like the perfect approach.
While we'd have loved an in person class, I was totally impressed by how much you were able to observe and critique on Zoom, and I still got a bit of a community feel seeing classmates with their dogs, and learning about their (similar) challenges. It can be isolating training a dog during this pandemic, and the class helped to break that up.
"Go to mat" was a big success. He will now sometimes voluntarily seek out his mat at dinner and / or in the evening - he even took a bone there himself last night and we all watched TV in the same room at the same time while he just chilled! Big breakthrough! I also think our leash skills have gotten pretty good. We can now walk up and down our cul de sac and at times look like "normal" people out on a walk!! (It's not perfect - I can see the pulling tendency is still there - but we have times where it almost seems like he's in a good "heel" position and we're not even using that word!)
Diana and Trevor February 2021
With our 3 dogs, we have worked with 6 dog trainers. Judy is the best. She has on-line materials and home work assignments to insure we are prepared for our class. The physical layout, with movable partitions, lets each dog and owner work without the distraction of other dogs when necessary. Judy answers our questions and shares her deep experience of dog behavior, but most to the time we are working with our dogs - great balance of talk and action. She is supportive and extremely helpful in coaching us to understand our dogs' needs. We recommend her highly - and so does our dog, who adores her.
Joanne and Tucker July 2018
An hour of dog training is a long time! You so skillfully utilized the time to allow individual questions and comments (from which we all benefit!) and just the right amount of training time—a perfect blend. I am astonished about the degree to which I personally need constant reminders of how to do this or that and how to think. This helped me to translate this understanding to Tito’s need for reminders and reinforcements.
.....other trainers can tend towards condescension and be quite judgmental. Not so in this case. Your style is personable and flexible reflecting, I think, your confidence in your knowledge.