When Laurie took over the training of my 9-month old puppy, he had already been through 2 rounds of puppy school. Obviously, they had been failures. Laurie showed us how to get him under control using positive reinforcement as his main reward. He now walks pretty well on his leash, sits and stays for a good 10 minutes and is nicer around other dogs.
Smart Dog U really helped me deal with my first puppy and help me grow her (Etta) into a sweet little girl. Without that training from SDU this would have been a tough journey.
Laurie’s group class was perfect for my distractible social butterfly pup (aptly named Zippy)! Her positive training methods make learning as much fun for the humans as for the dogs. Training is a lifelong (daily) bonding adventure, with Laurie’s newsletters, videos and Facebook page providing terrific reinforcement.
We did in-home training and group classes which helped us welcome Ember into our family. Her understanding of both dogs and busy families made the training easy and guilt-free.
Thank goodness I discovered Smart Dog University! Laurie’s methods quickly made me realize that I was the one in need of training. The end result: A well behaved pup (Kasey) who is a true companion!
Debra Ekman, Your Dog’s Friend
Laurie is someone Your Dog’s Friend depends on for good information on dog behavior and training presented in an engaging, understandable way. She has done free workshops for us; we have used her articles in our newsletter; and she is a trainer whom I can refer people to with total confidence.