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Pawz for Health Dog Training Testimonials

Pawz For Health Dog Training
4.9
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Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell
01:11 15 Jul 21
Janet was amazing! Lucky was mouthy, jumped on strangers, and very active. One week with Janet, her older dogs, the puppies, and her parrots; Lucky was a new puppy. Initially, he was somewhat high strung the first day home. I guess it... was from being carefree and playing with his friends for most of the day. After the first day home he was very calm and poised. We were in awe with the new Lucky. All of our issues prior to his socialization had been addressed. We can't thank Janet enough. I jokingly called her the Dog Whisperer of Maryland during our first telephone conversation. Now, there may be some truth to that statement.read more
Alex Kosisky
Alex Kosisky
13:20 14 Jul 21
Janet has been amazing! She is so knowledgeable and understanding and her advice and suggestions WORK. Janet is truly an expert on dog behavior and has helped my rescue beagle in many ways. From leash walking to item possession, to... training basic obedience, Janet is just wonderful to work with. Janet will also empower you in how you can build a closer bond with your dog. Highly recommend her!read more
Kelli Johnson
Kelli Johnson
17:10 26 Jun 21
I’m convinced that Janet is the local Dog Whisperer! In February, I adopted two puppies, Biggie and Scrappy, who are littermates. When I adopted them, they were 3 lbs and 2 lbs, but my boys grew and grew… today they are each over 30 lbs... and they are only six months, so they are still growing. Not only are they bigger than I anticipated, they are also STRONG and extremely anxious to the point of being panic-stricken at times. My dogs would DRAG me on our walks, pulling so hard on the leash that they would choke themselves, so I gave up on walking them. This made house training basically impossible. They hated their crates, and their behavior was embarrassing and stressful when I had guests in my home. I am sad to say that I was on the verge of taking them back to the rescue when I LUCKILY discovered Janet and her 7-day Stay and Train program.I dropped Biggie and Scrappy off on a Tuesday. Janet told me the boys were extremely anxious and nearly panicking when she took them for their first walk. She joked that she burned 1000 calories trying to walk them! But by Wednesday morning, Janet sent me a video of Biggie walking calmly on the leash. I don't know how she made that kind of progress in 24 hours, but believe me it was nearly miraculous. Over the course of the week, Janet regularly checked in, sending me updates and videos of their progress. After the week went by, I went to pick them up, and they were different dogs! I was dumbfounded. We had some challenges their first day home as they readjusted to my house, but by mid-day their second day home, they were angels! I cannot believe how much progress my boys made in one week! I don’t know how Janet gets the results that she does, and I won’t ask her secrets. I’ll just say that I’m eternally grateful for her skills and knowledge. If your puppy is a “problem child”, I promise you that Janet can get them together! Trust me on that. If she can help my boys in such a short amount of time, she can help any dog. She is worth every penny and we look forward to more training sessions with her in the future!read more
Christian Clansky
Christian Clansky
16:23 23 Jun 21
As overwhelmed new dog parents, we searched high and low for a trainer who could help us give our 14 week-old puppy a strong and positively reinforced training foundation -- and help us make sense of the tremendous amount of training... advice floating around. Janet gave us confidence about the proper training methods and made a remarkable amount of progress with the pup in just two weeks of board-and-train. He's calmer in his crate, walks so much better on leash, and has curbed most of his nipping. And, Janet has been diligent about following up on progress.  We highly recommend Pawz for Health!read more
Michelle Graham
Michelle Graham
16:43 22 Jun 21
I knew from experience that puppies are challenging but I didn't realize how much more of a challenge it would be during a pandemic. I couldn't find in-person puppy classes or playdates to social our new pup and she was quickly picking up... troublesome habits playing with our 2 large dogs. Janet (who helped with the big boys) offered a spot in her overnight camp. Just one week and what a difference! Charleigh socialized with other pups her size to learn some manners :). At Paws for Health, she enjoyed plenty of room to run and play outside AND received much needed potty training reinforcement! We've used a number of trainers over the years. Janet is hands down the best!!read more
Audrey Vorhees
Audrey Vorhees
18:05 11 Jun 21
Janet was a phenomenal trainer, who worked wonders with my extremely anxious, large breed dog who was exhibiting signs of aggression with strangers and in new environments. She taught me ways to slowly build up his confidence, to establish... a "safe space" for him in the house in the form of his crate, to establish good walking manners, and to generally improve our relationship dynamic with one another. After a four week session, Louie is so much more confident and happy, and i'm sure I will only continue to see improvement in the future as I continue to use the exercises Janet taught us! Cannot recommend any more highly.read more
Kaya Suner
Kaya Suner
17:57 03 Jun 21
Janet was great! I recently got a 12 week old lab mix puppy named Mac. He’s super great and well behaved but we had trouble getting him to potty outside. We contacted Janet and she was able to make things work with my tough schedule and I... actually dropped him off for her board and socialization camp the same day! Immediately upon arrival he went into her yard, played with her puppies (who he loved) and went and pooped all in just 5 minutes of my consultation with Janet. That was the first time I had ever seen him use the potty outside. I was amazed, it was like she had some sort of magic power. After I left, she continued to send me updates throughout the week on how he was doing along with videos and other information. When I picked him up, he was the same old dog I loved, but he was 99% housebroken! It was incredible. In the 3 days I’ve had him back he’s only had two accidents inside (one was right when he got back, probably just excited). Normally he would have accidents inside throughout the day before we dropped him off. He is completely transformed, loves his crate, and knows to potty outside. Not only that, but Janet actually helped me with figuring out what food he should be on as well as pointing out issues to bring up with my vet. She also bathed him before I picked him up. She continues to answer my questions even though I’ve already picked Mac up. Although the price can seem hefty, it’s completely worth it.Thank you so much from me and Mac 🙂read more
Jin Kim
Jin Kim
17:20 03 Jun 21
Janet is great and she genuinely cares for the dog and the owner. The experience was very comforting for me as a first-time dog owner raising a pandemic pup! I really can't put a price on the peace of mind that I walked away with. I had a... lot of anxieties, but Janet really gave me the tools and skills to teach and train my pup. Her methods are extremely intuitive and I can confirm that Moby is a lot more disciplined, calm, and generally less anxious after his training sessions and puppy boarding with Janet. Highly recommend!read more
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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