Have my methods been working for you? If so, feel free to leave a comment below explaining how your relationship with your dog has been benefited by my writings here. Thanks!

4 Responses to “Testimonials”

  1. Emily Says:

    I nanny for a family with a dog who is sweet, but unmanageable on walks! The second he sees the leash (or sometimes even if you’re just standing by the door), he’ll go crazy, barking and running in circles, and it’s all I can do to simply get the leash on him. Once that door opens up, he is out and tugging, pulling me down the steps and across the driveway (did I mention he’s a pretty strong dog?). Of course, he’s also constantly stopping during the walk to sniff and “mark” everything he sees, and I can’t get him to “leave it.” If he’s not pulling me forward, he’s stopped and immovable. Now imagine having to deal with this impulsive dog while trying to push a stroller and keep track of a toddler. I had pretty much given up even taking the dog on walks!
    But when I read Amanda’s post on “Mastering the Walk,” I decided to give it one more try. I’ll admit, I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure we’d even be able to get out the door. It literally took 10 minutes before he’d stop barking and jumping and running in circles! And then, of course, he wanted out the door ASAP. But I did exactly what she wrote and made sure he stayed beside or a little behind me by using quick tugs, and by the end of the walk, he was heeling really nicely!!! It was awfully tough at first, pushing a stroller with one hand while keeping the dog in check with the other, but once he started to calm down, we actually had a nice walk! He wasn’t perfect, but he was so calm and attentive. He stayed right with me, and hardly stopped to investigate anything. I can’t wait to try it again tomorrow!
    I’m so glad Amanda started a blog, and I can’t wait to see what other gems of wisdom she has up her sleeve!


  2. Amanda’s blog has been EXTREMELY helpful with us and our loveable Pit puppy. He has a TON of energy – so its a lot of work to keep him under control. After talking with Amanda about some of Bear’s issues I decided it would be a good idea to have her come out and work with us. It was extremely helpful! It was nice to be able to try products before purchasing by seeing them in action. They made an immediate difference for our high energy pup. Also Amanda was extremely helpful with showing us how to interact with Bear, and communicate effectively. We still have a long ways to go – but we are SO very thankful for Amanda and her wisdom! Thanks Amanda!!!
    Brad, Nichole, & Bear

  3. Mary Says:

    Thanks Amanda!
    I adopted a 3 1/2 year old cocker spaniel–she is the best dog ever. We got her home and she adjusted quite well with the exception of one thing: she wouldn’t walk down the basement stairs. She would lay at the top and just sob, until my husband would have pity on her and carry her down. I contacted Amanda and she advised me to guide her with a leash– it worked the first time! There was only one drawback, she would only go down with her leash on! I tried pretending I hooked her to the lead and carried it down the stairs, she followed with no problem. Soon I stopped carrying it and she now goes up and down with no hesitation. Thanks again, Amanda!

  4. Carolyn Says:

    Thanks for all your advice on how to train our four year old dog aggressive Chihuahua mix we adopted last year. She has improved a lot with other dogs and we can bring other dogs into our house to pet sit without too much of a problem as long as I walk both her and the other dog together before they come in the house.

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