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Meredith of Canine PhD is an extraordinary trainer and person. As a small business owner myself, I have pretty high standards in customer service and delivery of services. She goes WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND! Not only did she give us more confidence and peace of mind in training dachshund Winston. Meredith's training style is positive and doable. Years after working with her, we still practice the skills she taught us. Meredith also continued to give custom advice based on our needs when we were traveling. Canine PhD is a tailwaggin' life-changer.
Posted: 1/29/2015 • Link to this review
The wonderful trainers at Canine PhD have displayed such knowledge, experience, know-how, compassion, and understanding. They have earned my trust and respect. They "get" dog behavior, and help you and your dog(s) communicate better. If you want to strengthen the bond with your dog, while learning how to get them to want to do what you want them to do, this is the place for you. Want to build your dog's confidence, not reinforce anxiety and fear and negative behaviors that accompany them, this is the place. Want to have fun with your dog, real fun that you both enjoy, try barn hunt. I love Canine PhD!
I highly recommend Canine PhD. I have seen dogs in the reactive dog course go from being out of control to being calm and collected around strange dogs and people. It is really amazing! If you are looking for a trainer for any reason you should check out Canine PhD, but if you have a reactive dog you absolutely must go to them. They are a lifesaver!
I work at an animal shelter in Atlanta, and I cannot say enough good about Canine PhD. They have helped us temperament test some of our pets, helped us with staff training, and have worked with some of our longer term pets. We have volunteers and adopters that rave about how good they are with their own pets too. Canine PhD is wonderful!
As a veterinarian who has a special interest in behavior problems, I rely heavily on Canine PhD to help with behavior modification and training. Whether you need puppy classes or have a dog with behavior issues, I highly recommend the knowledgeable staff at Canine PhD.
Posted: 3/14/2014 • Link to this review
I will preface this by saying they are nice, but the training does not work with dog reactivity. We have a dog that does not play well with others and continues not to play well with others. Several hundred dollars later, I felt like my dog and I received inferior training that was too treat centric. My dog still disrespects me after countless hours of practice. The only thing I have taken away from the class is how to avoid other dogs instead of being able to be around the others. I wish I could say something better, but it's not happening. Be careful, is all I am saying. If you have an EXTREME case, look elsewhere, this is only surface behavior adjustment for the owner, not so much the dog.
Posted: 3/10/2014 • Last edited: 3/21/2014 • Link to this review
We cannot be entirely sure that this one of our clients? But if it is, we are sincerely sorry that this client was not happy with our services. Behavior modification for aggression is never a quick nor an easy fix. EXTREMELY dog aggressive dogs often take weeks or months to train, not "hours" to train. We NEVER set an expectation that a dog will be able "to play well with others" in a severe dog aggression case. In many instances, that is not possible. We DO stay in contact (telephone and e-mail) with our clients, so we know when training is "working" and when it is "not working". IF the client conveys that they are not seeing results, we change course immediately, and adopt a new approach. Behavior modification is not a "one size fits all". Therefore, client-to-trainer communication is an integral part of the process. Compliance, not "respect" happen due to a reinforcement history. Reinforcers are ALWAYS determined by the DOG. Some dogs like food reinforcers, others like toys, some like praise and petting, and some just want space. We teach our clients how to use all of the above. Our reactive dog classes teach reactive dogs to be calm around the things that trigger arousal, fear and frustration. By the end of 7 weeks, ALL dogs are working in close proximity to their "triggers" including other dogs, people, bicycles, skateboards, etc. Our clients DO learn how to fade out food in training. Learning to "avoid" conflict by gaining distance is just ONE of many important skills we teach dogs and handlers. We are sorry that we missed an opportunity to continue to help this client. If we knew there was something wrong, we would have done something to change our behavior so that both client and dog were successful.
When I called Canine PHD, I was at my wit's end. My dog Apollo, who is very sweet with my family, had attacked 3 small dogs. I was completely tramatized by these incidents and I had spent hundreds of dollars in Vet bills. She assessed him using very realistic stuffed dogs. I was impressed. Meredith listened and first set me up with the tools I needed (a muzzle and harness). She showed me how to use them and did a few private lessons before starting us in reactive dog class. I was VERY nervous about him being around other dogs especially without his muzzle but she talked me through it. In the first class, all the dogs were behind barriers and all they did was learn to be calm and sniff each other's mats. We went very slowly, bringing the dogs out and teaching them to relax, rewarding them for making GOOD choices. I admit, I was still VERY nervous but I learned quickly the tools I needed to feel more confident handling Apollo around other dogs. We have since taken the outdoor reactive class as well and Apollo is now walking next to other dogs without reacting. He has even starting rolling over. I feel like a huge burden has been taken off my shoulders, now that I'm no longer scared to take my dog for a walk. He LOVES to go to class (the hot dog treats don't hurt) and I feel confident on how to handle him, when we go for walks and runs.
Posted: 2/11/2014 • Last edited: 3/10/2014 • Link to this review
I cannot say enough about the wonderful people at Canine PhD. They offer comprehensive dog training for every need and skill level. What is truly impressive is the caring, compassionate way they go about educating their clients. They do not simply train dogs but seek the root of any problems and offer multiple solutions. Many other dog training centers offer similar classes but seem to stick to a script when teaching classes. At Canine PhD I never feel lost or ignored. They cater the classes to each individual dog so you get the most benefit from every session. I live an hour away from the facility but will continue with training and "fun" classes with Canine PhD because they provide the best services for the greatest value!
Posted: 2/09/2014 • Link to this review
When my dog went partially blind she lost all of her confidence. She was so scared of everything - she wouldn't even go down the stairs. We started doing nosework with Meredith - when I went to pick her up from her eye removal surgury and the vet had me wait in one of the treatment rooms, I could hear her sniffing me out until she found me - that is when she was all drugged up and newly eyeless. She will likely go fully blind - but in working with Meredith/nosework, I know that we have the tools to handle that if it comes our way too. My dog is prone to anxiety and spooks easily, but with Meredith's help she has blossomed and become more confident/secure. Meredith has also helped me better understand my dog and how to help her. I recommend Canine PhD to every dog owner I meet!
Posted: 10/21/2013 • Link to this review
We have had excellent experiences with Canine PH.D., after working with a handful of other local trainers. Their pricing for classes and individual training is on par with others. We are seeing results with our on-leash reactive dog, although it's a slow process no matter who you work with. Best part is they interact well with us humans and give us realistic strategies we can actually follow through on. Many trainers have not done that. I am skeptical of anyone who says "training worked like a charm and fast" or "training did not work." Dogs are individuals, as are the owners. Too many variables to blame the trainer/training method. Try them and I bet you will find they connect with you and your dog, and give you practical advice.
Posted: 10/03/2013 • Last edited: 3/11/2014 • Link to this review
My sweet boy was adopted from an industrial show kennel and re-homed as a pet. Canine PhD helped greatly with my dog's anxiety during the transition. Then Dog & I took obedience classes at the spacious training facility. Amazingly, in one year my boy went from NOT knowing one command to passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. This was accomplished with praise-based training. Now I can't praise Canine Ph.D. enough!
Posted: 6/28/2013 • Link to this review
My new foster dog, Emmy Lou , was a two-time foster return to the Boston Terrier rescue. She is deaf. Upon arrival to my home, she immediately reacted to and jumped on my three dogs over territorial and jealousy issues. I had been told "she doesn't like her crate, and she doesn't like being left alone." What an understatement that was! Emmy Lou hated being in her crate so much, her protests were giving her severe digestive upset. I immediately called Canine PhD for a consultation with Meredith. She quickly identified the issues and designed a individual training program. We also identified a safety plan to keep all of the dogs safe. Within three weeks of individual time with MarLee, Emmy Lou began to relax and respond to her training. She quit being so reactive at home, and was more tolerant of the other dogs and their rapid movements. She began to accept being separated from me while in the house. She is allowing me to very slowly re-aquaint her with the crate. Emmy Lou came to my home as a foster dog that would never be adopted. Today, she is very near being ready to go to her forever home.
Posted: 12/12/2012 • Link to this review
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