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 from 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.
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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 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.
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, not 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+++++++
Laurie at Stuart PetPals is an amazing trainer! I got her name from my Veterinarian after I brought home a 2 month old Sheltie puppy! I have not had a puppy for over 30 years and literally had no clue how to train one! I didn’t even know how to put his harness on! Laurie came the first week and calmed both of us down!! After four weeks I was totally at ease with my puppy and his needs! Just this past month as he turned 5 months old I needed Laurie’s help again and she worked with Beemer and me to get him back on track! He was suddenly acting like a teenager and wouldn’t listen to me on our walks! We worked together four times and I cannot believe the change in him and me!!! She even taught him how to go up and down stairs as I live on the second floor as he only knew how to use the elevator! Now all he wants to do is go up and down constantly! I expect we will be calling on Laurie again as he gets to his next stage which she warned may happen when he is around 8 or 9 months old! I know whatever training we both need Laurie will be there with us 100% 10/31 update: I wanted to add more to this review as this past Saturday we had a fire in the elevator in our condo building and the only access for the whole weekend were the stairs!!! How timely was the training Laurie did with us! We were able to go up and down the stairs with no problem! Thanks again Laurie!!!
Laurie Volpe loves dogs. And because she loves them so much, she knows them. I have used Laurie both to take care of my dogs when I travel -- which is frequent -- and to train a new puppy that was a maniac to put it mildly. What a pro. With the puppy she was able to calm her down, make her happy and then teach her valuable lessons that have changed her life and mine. From a dog who would not listen to the simplest command, she can now do everything from sit/stay to leave it to G.I. Joe -- crawling on her belly like a solider in combat and after only four lessons! The entire time Laurie trained her, she gave her positive reinforcement and kept the training upbeat. My little dog would happily go through her paces for up to two hours! I just can't say enough positive things. I have had people help me care for my dogs for more than 20 years and none have been as conscientious and postive as Laurie. When I come home from a trip, my dogs are happy. They have been brushed, have gotten tons of exercise and plenty of attention. I highly recommend Laurie.
We were referred to Stuart Pet Pals by our neighbors. They raved about how wonderful Laurie handled, trained and cared for their 3 large dogs. They were definatley right! Our family loves Laurie and she has has helped us through so much with our pets. I've worked in the veterinary medical field for 20 years, and I thought there wasn't a dog out there that I couldn't handle. But I met my match when we adopted Joe, an adult Golden retriever that developed troublesome behavior that brought me to my wits end. But Laurie got us through it. Joe learned what was right and wrong through positive, fun and loving interaction. He didn't even know she was changing his behavior because he had such a good time with her. Joe's behavior problem, at times, was quite an emotional strain on me, and Laurie did such a good job at helping me to stay calm and to have hope that things would get better. And they did!!! Thanks Laurie SO MUCH. We truely appreciate you.
I am so glad that I was referred to Laurie! She was and continues to be a life saver! Her classes are very informative and helpful. You don't just leave the class and are left on your own for the week. You go home with notes on what you learned and homework to practice everyday. Laurie has also come out to our home several times to help address specific training needs for our dog and our family, involving everyone so we are all training on the same page. She has also willingly answered questions over the phone. We board our dog with her too! My dog loves going to her house and we love picking her up even more behaved than when we dropped her off. Money well spent and I am always completely confident she will receive the best of care. I HIGHLY recommend Laurie/ Stuart Pet Pals to everyone who is in need of a wonderful dog trainer!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!
From the moment Laurie first arrived our two Vizslas, Wilbur and Ginger, knew who was boss (and it wasn't me!). Over several months Laurie worked with me to become the benevolent boss of my two canine family members. I no longer get THE LOOK which of course meant they'd listen to me when they were good and ready. Not only is our home a happier place but I really believe Wilbur and Ginger are happier knowing their "pack leader" is a leader and can't be pushed around any more. Respect is a wonderful thing!!! I really like Laurie's method of training which is kind and gentle but firm. She is an easy person to have around your home, she is very knowledgeable and her teaching style is pleasant but most importantly Wilbur and Ginger LOVE her too. K.Slater Stuart, FL.
I was very lucky to have Bark Park refer me to Laurie to help me train my standard poodle puppy. Anabel had been at day care since she was 4 months old so she was pretty socialized, but she was definitely the boss of the family - consisting of me and her. I wanted desperately to walk her but she was big and pulled me around the block every time I took her outside. Within 2 sessions, Laurie had her walking on a loose leash. When I was out of the country for two weeks, I arranged to have her regularly visit Anabel at Bark Park to keep her on track and have some outside play time. I have really been blessed to know Laurie and have her train Anabel. She really cares about her clients. When I retire in a few months, I plan on signing up for some refresher training.
Laurie is a true professional, always courteous, calm, and compassionate. I would recommend her to my family and friends. From the first phone call I knew she was the right fit to help our family come together. She had a packet tailored to my needs on the first visit. I have a 6 month old black lab (Darla). She came to me at four months of age as a very active and hyper typical lab. Within four visits Darla was able to understand our language. She could sit, stay, down, stay, stop jumping soooooooo much, and walk like a lady on a leash. I can even take her to the park around other dogs and children. She no longer walks me around the park. I was also able to take her around my family at Christmas and no one got pounced. She has brought order to my home. Thanks Laurie.