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Pawz For Health In Home Dog Training
4.8
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Kyle Pfister
Kyle Pfister
01:01 06 May 21
Thanks to Janet, these sweet girls are very well behaved and responding amazingly to their crates. Before they were dropped off for the puppy socialization they were quite wild and it did not seem like having a sleep filled night was in... the future, but it was an amazing turn around! She has been responsive during their time there and even afterwards in helping them settle down in their new home. Janet is a gem of a person and any dog who stays with her is lucky.read more
Stacie Taitague
Stacie Taitague
20:19 27 Apr 21
Like many new puppy/dog parents, trying to sift through all of the information online and what your family/friends tell you can be overwhelming. At the end of the day, it comes down to seeing results first hand and ultimately, reaping the... benefits of receiving excellent training. Janet (Pawz for Health) more than deserves her nearly perfect rating on Google Reviews and I’m sure each person who has written one wishes they could sing her praises even more.Prior to receiving training from Janet, our (at the time) 6 month old French Bulldog Andre had completed the GoodPup 101 online training and then a 3 week board and train program. I’m not knocking those programs because yes, Andre honed in on the fundamentals (sit, down, name recall, etc). However, he still displayed signs of reactivity/anxiety when around dogs he was not familiar with and leash walking needed a lot of work. My husband and I sought additional training not because Andre is a terror but because we felt we needed training as his owners. Are we being too soft? Too harsh? How long should a training session be? Why does he not always listen? How long should we try this method before we try something else?MAGICIAN! That's what I called Janet just after our behavioral consult. During our consultation, we covered a general history of Andre, previous training, socialization, our concerns, etc, and Janet provided us a lot of information on the behavior of dogs, her methodologies, and how she trains. She immediately gave us tips on getting Andre to settle while WFH and that was before we even committed to a training program.Though it might not be the norm, the following day, Janet gave us a detailed (and personalized) training program to hopefully receive the best training results. For us, it was a no brainer to move forward but if you don’t think it’s for you, she didn’t push us to commit to anything. We opted for 4 at home training sessions and I will say, lock your dates in ASAP since she is in demand (and for good reason).I don’t want to go into too much detail as far as what the training covered but I will say that her presence was immediately noticed and acknowledged by our dog (and us) and results were almost immediate. I will say this, this training is just as much for the dog owner as it is for the dog. Janet is going to show you and give you the tools to shape your dog into having positive behaviors but don’t forget, it’s your consistency. If you’re committed to following what Janet teaches you then you’ll reap the benefits of having a dog that has more confidence and you’ll also develop a stronger relationship through the process.read more
Sean Pears
Sean Pears
13:42 25 Mar 21
We were having some issues with our puppy Safi pulling on her leash. After our sessions with Pawz for Health, she was transformed! I was really wonderfully impressed with how effective the training was, and Janet is also a pleasure to work... with.read more
Sara Pranio
Sara Pranio
13:38 23 Feb 21
We adopted a rescue puppy and two weeks in were feeling very overwhelmed with crate training. Our puppy was waking several times a night and we were all exhausted. After reading reviews and calling around, we decided to do a one-hour... consultation with Pawz for Health, and it literally changed our whole perspective. Janet came to our house and gave us direct feedback about our puppy set up, routine, and food. She told us exactly what we needed to do differently. We followed her advice that very night, and puppy went from waking every two hours, to just once a night, to sleeping through the night one week later. Literally overnight, Janet made having a puppy fun and gave us back our sleep so that we could enjoy our new family member. Janet followed up with an excellent training plan and we look forward to working with her again soon. We would absolutely recommend Janet to anyone struggling with puppyhood!read more
Krish Penumarty
Krish Penumarty
23:51 22 Jan 21
My fiance and I are extremely happy with Janet and her board and socialize program! I spent over a month talking with multiple different dog training services and ultimately picked Janet because of her training methodologies. Stella didn't... get a chance to really socialize with other puppies during Covid and had some pretty bad anxiety. (Make sure you socialize as early as possible!) We were very nervous at first, but Janet made us feel at ease and we saw a completely different puppy after just one week! Janet sent over videos as well early on where she was very shy with other dogs initially but within a couple days she started playing with other dogs and was just super happy in the videos. She also gained a lot of confidence. Her biting was a big issue for us and that dropped about 90% and we understand we need to continue training her not to bite and it's been getting better over time. She is also much better on her leash and listens to commands a lot more. Overall we are so happy with our decision to choose Janet as our trainer!read more
S K
S K
14:37 29 Aug 20
We are so happy that Janet is Yoshi's trainer. She has made it easier for us to communicate with our brand new puppy. We are first time dog parents. It was especially helpful that Janet worked with our kids to learn how to manage our... new pet and stop unwanted behaviors. Her system of crate training and getting the dog to enjoy his crate was very effective, and we feel like because he is crate trained, we have our lives back!!:)read more
Ross Wixon
Ross Wixon
02:46 22 Jul 20
We had quite a series of setbacks when we brought home our rescue dog, Freya, last October. She demonstrated some leash reactivity, particularly to dogs, but she also needed a major knee surgery that meant we couldn't work on the issue for... months — and to cap it off, she's an incredibly strong girl who can lunge after anything she wants, even with only three good legs. By the time we were able to work with her, she could not walk within 40 feet of a dog without barking and lunging.Janet's work with Freya, and with us, was great. We had a long way to go once she was cleared for activity, and Janet gave us practical exercises that not only made a difference for Freya's behavior, but also gave us confidence as owners/handlers. We now have much more control over Freya on walks, and with the strategies Janet taught us we can go by dogs across the street without issue. Freya is much more comfortable with us and in general on walks outside.read more
Hannah Clark
Hannah Clark
00:01 25 May 20
We aren’t even finished with our training process yet and have seen an IMPRESSIVE difference in the behavior of our rescue, Stella. Janet goes above and beyond to train Stella as an individual which a lot of other trainers don’t tend to... do. You can really tell how passionate she is about her career. We were having some issues with Stella being fearful of a visitor this weekend, I reached out to Janet and she was quick to respond, caring, and truly cared about Stella’s well-being even though it was a holiday weekend. I cannot wait to see the outcome of Stella’s behavior after the sessions are done because she is SO DIFFERENT in just 2 sessions! We were in a position where we didn’t know what to do anymore with her behavior and it was causing us owners so much anxiety. Rescuing a dog can be a lot of work but it’s so rewarding and I can’t thank Janet enough for believing in our girl!read more
Rebeca Cruz
Rebeca Cruz
20:28 19 May 20
I write this review with a heavy heart, I read all the wonderful reviews and had high hopes for this business. Unfortunately, I have not had the best experience. I constantly had to follow up with the owner over email, she is not very... responsive. Finally, we were able to get a time scheduled for her to visit with my dog and then canceled on the very hour she was supposed to arrive. I do understand her reasoning, as it was too far for her but I would have appreciated if she would have looked up our address prior to the scheduled visit, even that very morning would have sufficed as she had our address many days in advance. Canceling at the very last minute is just very unprofessional, especially when we all rescheduled our day to accommodate this time as this was an important matter for us as a family.read more
Christopher Grassi
Christopher Grassi
16:11 02 May 20
My wife and I rescued an adult golden retriever that had many issues with anxiety and obedience that had us feeling very overwhelmed. He had lived on a farm for 5 years with little to no manners or concept of living in a home and had us... almost feeling hopeless. We spent hours searching for the right trainer and we were so pleased that we chose Janet.Over 6 weeks, Janet mentored us and provided a terrific insight into understanding how dogs think and how they need to be led to achieve successful training. Her approach is holistic, taking into account the dogs health, diet, and history, and she provides a custom tailored plan for you and your dog. By the end of our training, our dog who didn’t even know how to sit and would pull your arm off on a leash, was behaving terrifically and gaining us compliments from strangers on his manners.If you are feeling like we were, look no further than Janet. She brings so much more to the table than your typical trainer and her pricing is very fair and competitive with everyone else in DMVread more
Emily Wong
Emily Wong
14:53 02 Apr 20
Janet is amazing. I recently brought home my first puppy (9 weeks old), and I thought I knew what to expect, but was quickly overwhelmed. I live in an apartment, so trying to leash and potty train at the same time was difficult, and she... was constantly biting my hands and feet with her razor sharp puppy teeth. She went to Janet for her two week board and train program, and she came home much more calm, confident, and has nearly mastered potty training. And no more biting! Janet even drove into DC to teach me how to reinforce her training at home and gave me tips on continuing her leash training and learning to go down stairs. Her two week program was money well spent and has made life with a puppy so much more enjoyable.read more
Sabrina t
Sabrina t
00:17 02 Mar 20
Janet was wonderful to work with! We were at a loss trying to train our first puppy, Ella. Before taking her to Janet's two week puppy board and train, Ella was impossible to walk on a leash, had trouble listening to commands, and... struggled to calm down around other dogs and people. During her two weeks away, we were updated on how she was doing and received videos on her progress. Now our puppy walks like a dream on the leash and knows how to calm herself down. Janet still answers any questions we have and responds very quickly. Highly recommend!read more
Angela Lee
Angela Lee
20:02 21 Jan 20
Janet is incredible! Highly, highly recommend! This was the best money we spent on our puppy. We worked with Janet to potty train and socialize our (at the time) 3-month old puppy. Our puppy was abandoned by her previous owner and... under-socialized. As a result, she was fearful of many things, including being outside. Her fear of the outdoors and having to transition from going to the bathroom on pee pads indoors (which we realize now was our mistake) to going to the bathroom outside made potty training very difficult. We sent our puppy to Janet's house for a 1-week puppy board and socialization program. When we picked up our puppy, she had gained a LOT of confidence and was going to the bathroom outside consistently. She no longer seems scared of being outside or the many other things she used to be scared of, including other puppies/dogs. In fact, every time she sees a dog now, she starts wagging her tail and confidently approaches them. On top of everything, Janet taught us about proper dog nutrition and gave us some other guidance and training tips as well. Everything Janet has suggested worked for us! Our puppy has continued to grow to be more confident and well-adjusted every day, and we cannot be more grateful to Janet for having put her on this path.read more
Ryan Lavery
Ryan Lavery
01:20 13 Dec 19
We worked with Janet to train and socialize our puppy over a two week boarded training program at her home. Janet was a joy to work with, helped us learn how to speak and think like a dog, listened carefully to incorporate our training... goals into her program and was extremely accommodating before, during and after our training program - she allowed us to stop by for visits with our pup during the program and went above and beyond in debriefing and answering our questions about training and transferring skills to different situations and environments - including a home visit check-up a week after the program, in which she taught us the basics we could incorporate into home training to help our puppy learn new skills beyond what she learned during the program. Not only did our puppy come home with a new skill set (name recognition, crate training, sit-stays and down-stays, heeled leash walking, iron-clad potty training) and a stronger sense of self-confidence, we also learned how to be better dog parents along the way. We can't recommend Pawz for Health highly enough - we consider Janet our "go to" resource when it comes to any and all of our puppy and dog training and behavior needs. We looked into many options when considering training in the DC area for our puppy, and we can confidently say that Janet was the only trainer who we felt would love our puppy like we did while also delivering quality and effective positive reinforcement training for our dogs and us, as owners!read more
Mara and Dave Cumming
Mara and Dave Cumming
11:56 02 Nov 19
Highly recommended. Janet is a talented trainer with years of expertise, and it shows -- she is a pleasure to work with! She had our puppy walking at our side in no time, as well as helping us with a variety of other issues, from... interacting more calmly with the children to not jumping on the table. Janet is really good at teaching skills that we now use every day. We look forward to working with her again.read more
Kate Senehi
Kate Senehi
18:25 14 Jul 19
We had an excellent dog training experience with a trainer from this company. We were at our wits end with a 3 year old rescue chocolate lab that was so reactive with other dogs, we were unable to take her out for walks. In only a few... lessons (and lots of practice), we were able to learn training techniques which enable us to take her for a lovely stroll through the neighborhood. Our pup is much happier and so are we.read more
S Hunt
S Hunt
20:04 10 Mar 19
We learned so much from Janet! When we adopted Sushi she was about three years old, knew no commands, and was very fearful. After having her for almost 3 months with no progress, we contacted Janet. After several sessions with Janet,... Sushi was visibly much happier and relaxed, and could even sit and lie down! Janet taught us how to work with Sushi, who continues to improve every day. It was a pleasure working with Janet, for us and for Sushi!!read more
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