In my opinion, this is the best place for dog training in Atlanta. The instructor was always willing to take extra time to work with me and my dog. She was accessible both before and after class and was also willing to talk with me over the phone. When people come to my house, they always comment on how well behaved my dog is. I have a Yorkshire Terrier (which the breed is notorious for being yappy, nervous dogs) that very rarely barks, and when she does, she is easy to calm down. As with anything in life, you get out of dog training what you put into it. If you are expecting to go to class for a few weeks and have your dog be well trained, you will be disappointed. If you are willing to spend time working with your dog, doing your homework and working with your dog throughout the training, you will see results.
Posted: 3/11/2008 • Last edited: 3/12/2008 • Link to this review
The trainer was more than generous with her time and went above and beyond to answer all my questions. I called her several times and she was always willing to help. I almost dropped out of class because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do the homework, but the trainer really listened and then told me how I could work it in during the time I normally spend with my dog anyway. My dog is now the best behaved in the neighborhood! I highly recommend this trainer and her program.
Posted: 2/01/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Only two weeks of class but I can already see a difference with my dog. The 1st week the trainer showed us how to settle our dogs when we have company. My dog is a bit hyper, but in 15 minutes, he was lying near me calmly even with the other dogs next to him! The trainer also talked about how diet can affect our dog's hyper activity. I learned my dog's food had a lot of hidden sugar in it! I've switched foods and I'm already seeing a difference. Update now week 3 and still great! We practiced keeping the dogs from jumping when someone approaches and talked about how to fix the jumping when they jump on us. I know it will take time and practice, but, I really like that the trainer offers different solutions. She says there is no one answer for all dogs. She also passed out a survey to check in on how we were doing just to make sure we are on track. As promised, completely review now that we graduated! I can't believe the diffrence in my dog in just 6 weeks. Sure, it was a lot of work for me as well, but well worth it! My dog is so much better on the leash and when greeting people. I know that with even more practice he will be even better. I plan to take the advanced class in January because I learned so much and my dog always enjoyed going to class. He would get really excited when we would pull in the driveway and he loved the teacher! I highly recommend this trainer.
Posted: 11/02/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
First, I went to a pet store class and it was a waste of money. It was in the middle of the store and the dogs were distracted by the other customers and the loudspeakers. My vet told me to try Canine Learning Center and I was very pleased. The classroom is very quiet with no distractions. It also comes with this huge training book that was very helpful. My dog is much better now!
Posted: 10/20/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I was worried about doing a class with my little Chihuahua as I was worried that he would be pounced on by the big dogs. This trainer is really very careful and even though we were in a class with big dogs, it was no problem! I also really liked the fact that the trainer acknowledged that little dogs needed to be handled differently and then showed me how. She really knows her breeds! I have to admit that it was well worth the time and effort I put in. I now have a great little dog!
Posted: 10/17/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
As the trainer and business owner, I'm dismayed by the negative comments. Mostly, I'm disappointed because these owners did not make their complaints known to me. Had they done so, I would have immediately addressed their concerns. Sadly, with Kudzu's system of anonymous postings, I'm unable to identify or resolve these issues and I'm simply left to guess. In guessing, I can only add that in this business, we do rely on the owners to meet us half way, to communicate to us if there are problems, and, of course, to do their homework :) Homework takes 20 mins 4x per week. Without that, we, as trainers, have no way to help the owners or their dogs. I have no magic wand, no magic pill; only vasts amounts of knowledge that I willingly share with my clients. But it is truly up to the owners to apply the knowledge and techniques learned in class. I always stress communication to my clients and make sure they know they can come to me anytime, even outside of class time. All students have free access to my help via phone/email throughout the course and discounts on private lessons. They also receive a comprehensive training manual detailing homework, problem solving and even training theory. Please visit the Client Page on my website for NON anonymous reviews and testimonials from satisfied clients. If you are interested in my services, but concerned about the reviews, please give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
Posted: 9/29/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Doesn't get any better than this. This trainer really understands dogs AND thier owners. Finds a solution to fit the dog, not the other way around. I've trained several dogs with Ms Spitzer and each dog was very different. This trainer showed me how to work with each one to get the desired results. Her methods make sense and are extremely humane. Exceptional value for the money. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Highly recommended.
Posted: 6/05/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Although the instructor was very knowledgeable I didn't come away from the class knowing more that I did before I started. She worked at a very quick pace, and with my dog that wasn't working. Orientation materials were sent out before the first class, but not detailed enough. Another woman and I were repremanded for letting our dogs socialize before the class began, yet there was never any instruction not to do this. If you are looking for some helpfull tips for your dog this may be a good place, but if you are looking for actual training for your dog I would continue to look elsewhere.
Posted: 11/12/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
My dog is hyper I admit it! But the teacher never took the time to help. She was too busy getting to the next step that my dog never learned anything.
Posted: 4/05/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
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