When I contacted Laurie, I was at the end of my rope. Let me first say that I am an experience dog owner, and have successfully owned and trained eight dogs. Having said that, this is my story. Before Christmas, I impulsively purchased a four month-old Westie puppy fro...morem a pet shop ( I do know better). She was an adorable, tiny, quiet, affectionate little bundle of joy in desperate need of a good home. She would be a perfect playmate and companion for our 9 year-old Westie, Tyler. We named her Bella. Within a month, we had a new name for her. BELLA FROM H-E-L-L-A... This sweet puppy had turned into a destructive, biting, chewing, jumping, barking, peeing and pooping pain-in-the-you-know-what with a particular penchant for using our expensive carpets for her personal use, even though she was crated from day one. She completed changed the dynamic of our quiet household. My husband hated her and avoided any contact at all. Whenever he tried to pet her, she'd bite and jump at his face. Tyler couldn't escape as easily, and I was concerned that her sharp little baby teeth would tear his beautiful ears. She chewed the legs of an antique desk and tried to chew the knot out of a pine floor. Her favorite trick was to unravel all the toilet paper in the bathrooms (we have four). I was spending a fortune on Charmin. Taking her for a walk was an exercise in masochism; she pulled and tugged her way and mine around the entire neighborhood. We were literally days away from getting rid of her. In desperation, I called Laurie. She made time for us immediately. The first day she walked into our home, Bella came at a full run and jumped on her. But Laurie was prepared. She shook a soda can filled with coins at Bella, who immediately dropped to the ground at this loud, unpleasant noise. Getting up her courage, she tried again to jump on her newest friend, who again shook this coin-filled can at her. Bella dropped to the floor again, and that was the last time she jumped on Laurie. Then Bella decided if she couldn't jump on Laurie, she could at least bite her to say hello. Laurie quickly put the kabosh on that with a quick move to the puppy's mouth to press her lip against her tooth. That was also the last time she ever bit Laurie. By the end of the first session, Bella could sit and lie down on command, and was well on her way to \"no jumping or biting\" and I got some much needed advice on how to deal with a puppy who refuses to be housebroken. Over the new four weeks, Bella had stopped biting, almost stopped jumping, learned to walk like a good girl on a leash, not to bark as much or as long, stay, come, and by and large, not use the house as her toilet. I love, Love, LOVE Laurie and so does Bella. The Bad Bella is gone, hopefully for good. Is she still a playful, happy puppy with lots of energy, and still wanting to get into mischief? Of course. She's a terrier. But that's the great thing. Laurie was able to teach me to teach Bella to be that good girl, without breaking her spirit or making her fearful. My husband loves her now. Tyler too. She is becoming a positive addition to our family. It takes time to mold a puppy into a well-behaved member of the household. But with Laurie's help, we're getting there. It was the best investment I've ever made. view less
We are continuously impressed by their kindness, knowledge and care for all the animals. A fabulous place to go. Highly recommend this business!!!!
Laurie is truly a miracle worker with dogs! It’s amazing to see how she can communicate and transform a dog. Laurie has proven to me that the old wise tale of, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is definitely false. I had such problems with my dog, “Annika”, who...more I adopted at 2 years old from a person that couldn’t handle her. It appears that the previous owner never socialized her with people or other animals and completely neglected any basic training what-so-ever. On several occasions I was afraid that I'd have to give the dog up because of her sometimes uncontrollable behaviors. I tried all different training methods that I learned on my own in the past several years that would "semi" help the situations I was having with her but nothing would “stick”. I mastered “basic” training, but could never get her out of the aggressive frenzy when she saw another animal or person; she’d be like in a trance. I met with Laurie last year when Annika was 4 and when I was really at wits end with her erratic behavior. After only few sessions, Annika is now so well behaved and wanting to please. It’s really a miracle. Friends of mine can not get over her transformation. I'm so happy and delighted that I'm able to enjoy spending time with her now. I know Annika is so much happier too as she gets to get out more and do more fun things now where previously it seemed impossible to do. view less
I can not begin to say thank you enough to Laurie and her uncanny ability to teach my dog the proper way to conduct herself. My teacup Yorkie Bella had territorial, fearful, dominant issues and didn't respect any adult's leadership. Thanks to Laurie, Bella is now sociable, n...moreot fearful and less anxious about seeing someone in her surrounding. Without Laurie I don't think I would have been able to keep Bella. Laurie is kind and very passionate and very, very knowledgable about her profession. She always managed to maintain patience and optimism when I may not have. Her constant contact, weekly progress reports, homework assignments and great communication with me made sure that each week's lesson was reinforced so that we may all take 2 steps fowards instead of 3 steps back. 5 weeks later Bella has changed by leaps and bounds and I never thought I would see the day someone could ring my doorbell without Bella ready to charge the door and bite an ankle. By Laurie making careful observations she was able to tailor a teaching plan that suited each person in my household extremely well. She taught me in one fashion and she also taught my son and my husband each of their own ways to maintain leadership with the dog. I will ALWAYS be grateful to Laurie. She has changed our family greatly and I will always appreciate her hard work that she put into our weekly lessons. Laurie you are A+++++++view less