Doggie Academy Client Testimonials
I faced getting my first "Own Dog" with trepidation. What about our old cat? what about the spiral stairs? Aggressive dogs, strange city noises, off-leash in Prospect Park?!! Sarah Westcott led us from Puppy-Prepping our home through Socializing, Family Manners, Beginning Agility and Tricks. We had a true ally every step of that journey. As my now 20-month-old Golden Retriever, Petra and I prep for our first Agility and Obedience trials we are eternally grateful to Sarah for such a solid foundation. We are the team we are because of her guidance.
I have tried 2 previous trainers before Sarah and have found her methods the most effective. She makes learning fun for both me and my dog, correcting both of our behavior issues in a way that doesn't make me feel like an idiot or a bad pet parent. I have repeatedly referred her to several of my friends and a few strangers as well! 2 thumbs and 4 paws up for Sarah and the Doggie Academy!
Great class over all. Sarah has wonderful, stern yet upbeat energy and a solid understanding of behaviors and how dogs learn. THANKS
The classes have been awesome, and a real benefit to Rux's confidence and training all around. We both really look forward to classes, and Sarah, you're great! I also really appreciate that the number of dogs enrolled in class is kept to small number. We walked away after each class with new skills to work with and build on.
It was great! Hence why I signed up for the beginner class to follow-up.
A pleasure as always, Sarah!
This was a wonderful experience for me and my terrier. I plan to be back!
Laika really enjoyed the class. She was excited every time we had the class.
I love the way that we had a class designed specifically for my breed's needs. I really appreciate this and cannot wait for the next round of agility!
Thank you! Excellent homework assignments.
After taking a few classes at the Academy over the last year I'm starting to feel like a part of that community. I look forward to our next learning experience.
We thought it was perfect.
On Friday Boots decided she hated our jog and put the brakes on very suddenly. Her collar slid off over her head and she ran across the street toward home! Fortunately the light had just changed so the cars didn't hit her, and even more fortunately you helped us learn an emergency stop command. I did it, she stopped dead and waited for me to panic my way across the street and put her collar back on. So long story short, you pretty much saved my dog's life without even being there. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Sarah is an excellent trainer and we greatly enjoyed the class. She is well organized and clearly puts time into class preparation. We will certainly look to take more classes with her in the future.
Sarah, you are terrific.
I really appreciated that Sarah was able to provide specific training and tailoring of lessons for my partially deaf dog, Diego! He loved the class and we will continue to work with Sarah in the future.
Ruby and I had a great experience, we learned a lot and enjoyed the whole process of training. We will be taking more classes.
We had an amazing time! Both Archie and I had fun and got some good physical and mental stimulation! We want to do competitions in the future!
We loved the Doggie Academy. Sarah and Cristina are so lovely and knowledgable. Our pup, Ava LOVED going to class and so did we. We all learned a lot and it was a really fun bonding experience as well. I highly recommend it!!
I don't know who thought it was more fun.....me or Roo.
Having never previously owned a dog or cared for one, Doggie Academy Training is a fantastic resource. Sarah has been extremely patient and open to any and all questions thrown her way in regards to Ein's development and behaviors. He has made so much progress at home since attending classes, which has taught him how to play well with others along with "sit" and recall. We look forward to attending many more classes in the future and refer fellow doggie owners to the Academy.
I loved learning how to play "nice". This simple practice of making him sit - or say "please" has been invaluable to a number of fundamental lessons we are working on with Finn. Whenever he wants something, he now sits as his first response. I love this!
Cristina was absolutely AMAZING! Lefty has improved on all of his behaviors drastically.
Unlike other classes I've taken that involved a lot of lecturing and little actual practice, I was pleased to find that we spent most of the time practicing the skills with our dogs and getting immediate feedback. It was much easier to follow through at home because we'd already worked on the techniques several times in class.
We are so happy with our experience at Doggie Academy. What we learned has made a great difference in our dog and we use those tools everyday. Sarah is an excellent teacher and we hope to take more classes in the future.
I thought it was a great experience for Hank but probably more for me. I knew I always made encounters on the street worse because I would expect the worst. But now that I have some cues to use I feel more confident on our walks and we've so far avoided any confrontations. And I know it's an ongoing process. Now if I can only train my dog to give me a treat when I do something right!
Overall the experience was great. It was a good opportunity to wear Libby out while teaching her new tricks and getting her comfortable with new settings and dogs.
Sarah is an amazing teacher, especially for the humans who are usually more confused than the dogs ;)
We have been really enjoying our agility classes. The experience with agility has made Jupiter more confident. And we all have a great time at class!
Sarah has been a great trainer for our dog and for us. She is kind, positive and creative with our dog. She also is very patient with us. She really pays attention to dynamics and gives very clear and simple techniques to help us achieve the behaviors we wanted. She helps us understand our pup better, as well. And, she is always available by e-mail or phone to answer questions and remind us of what she explained during our lesson. We particularly like how engaged she is for the whole lesson, either with our dog or with us. And, as important as any of these other points, we are seeing the results we needed, and both dog and family are happy and well. Thanks, Sarah!
Sarah really helped us understand how to be consistent in our training, and we can see it working!
Lucy was very shy and skiddish when meeting new people but now she has improved so much and is becoming really well adjusted. She loves going to her classes. In fact on Saturday mornings I tell her "We have school today" and she wags her tail and runs right to the door. Lucy also happens to adore Sarah! It has been a wonderful experience. Lucy enjoys seeing her classmates and because of Sarah, she also enjoys seeing their owners too! She has learned so much! Lucy no longer jumps on people as they walk in the door but rather sits and waits to be pet.
Sarah is AWESOME and we had a wonderful time.
Most of all it was really fun -- and funny. The group of people was so nice -- and were very encouraging and supportive of each other. I have never had a dog that I trained and it's been amazing to see how much a dog can learn. Sarah and Cristina were great - and I look forward to taking more classes.
I will be back! I'm happy to have found a place to help my fearful rescue dog grow and have new experiences. She deserves lots of fun! And I'm excited for more classes. Thank You.
Sarah was a great trainer, and provided the right amount of structure into the class while still allowing the puppies to play and be crazy puppies with one another. I loved the opportunity for the puppies to socialize with one another, and develop comfort with one another over the four weeks. A great deal of the lessons we learned we were able to apply right away. I would strongly recommend this class to others.
It was excellent. Sarah's enthusiasm and love of dogs is incredible!
Sarah is very focused and so smart about this stuff. And she's super helpful with followup questions.
The class was great! We learned a lot and Clyde had a great time. Sarah led the class with warmth and skill and made if fun for me and my pooch!
Sarah demonstrates great knowledge in the field but more importantly is how she caters to our little loved ones (our dogs of course) individually based on their needs and temperant!
I was very impressed with how each week was organized around a specific apparatus and that each week built upon the previous. We have done lots of agility in the past but I always felt left behind in some things and we were never able to catch up. I wish Polly and I would have had Sarah and her organized approach from the very beginning. Now if we could just have a great big open field somewhere with Sarah!
Sarah has made a great impact on how we work with Stanley. We feel like we have a better understanding of him through our work at Doggie Academy. Thank you!
My experience was beyond excellent! My dog learned everything he needed to know to pass his CGC class and he was successful thanks to Sarah! She was extremely patient with BOTH of us!
Lucky and I had a great experience at the intro to agility class at Doggie Academy. Sarah was precise in teaching how to position Lucky so that he entered the obstacles well. She also clearly taught how and when to reward. Lucky had such a great time , we were sad when the classes ended.
Doggie Academy was not only able to meet my expectations, but has exceeded them. My dog has shown immense improvement after each week's class and I'm glad I enrolled him in these classes. All of the problems and concerns that I had with him prior to Puppy Fundamentals are significantly less if not completely eliminated. Thanks for all of your help Sarah!
Sarah is an excellent trainer of both pets and people. She made the learning process very fun and easy. We are so grateful to her and pleased with the results! Many thanks!!
Sarah is a people trainer too, and a very patient one. I feel that if I just follow her directions, I will be able to successfully communicate with Sky. My goal is to enjoy life with Sky as much as possible.
WOW!!!! I've referred every puppy in the dog run to Sarah's class.
I was skeptical about the positive reinforcement aspect of the training. I am a huge fan now, Sarah really knows what she is doing and she is always available to answer questions and emails. I had a some concerns in the beginning about nipping, but she reassured me how typical it was for a puppy and methods to help stop, which worked.
"We consulted others before working with Sarah and they told us there was no hope for our new 8 year old dog who was biting. Sarah promised us nothing but said she would try and she delivered everything. She was very sensitive to the individual dog and to our eccentricities in developing a course of action."
We're really glad we took the [Leash Aggression] class. It inspired us to work harder with Buddy and I see an improvement in his behavior.
"Sarah was such a great instructor. When I brought home our Vizsla, he was so full of energy and had no idea how to behave properly! He was so sweet, but would become unruly and would act like the Tasmanian devil when he "acted out"! Sarah helped me and my boyfriend see that we needed to enforce certain rules so that we would be happy, but also so that Hemi would be happy. She was so right! She seriously helped transform our puppy from a wild man into a well behaved and very obedient dog. She always used positive reinforcement techniques that worked AMAZING well! And she was always patient with our puppy and especially with us! She made the entire experience of training and raising a puppy a lot less stressful and extremely enjoyable. Thank you so much Sarah!"
"Sarah was an awesome instructor :) She made learning fun & it was a great experience for me & my puppy. We'd highly recommend her & hope to take more classes with her in the future."
"Sumo is my 2 year old Giant Schnauzer. If there was garbage around, she would always run straight for it and NEVER come back. She would chase people and eat anything in sight. We were starting to change our lives to avoid these problems, avoiding places where there could be garbage around, keeping her on the leash if there were people around etc. Recently a group of Sunset Park dog owners arranged a time for Sarah to come help us with our doggie problems. Since then Sumo is a changed dog! Her recall is getting better by the day, even though she still tries to chase people she will stop cold if she hears " Sumo, Here". My husband and I have also changed, we are consistent with our training and really implement Sarah's positive techniques. There is no yelling, no NO's, it is all positive reinforcement and it works! We whole heartidly recomend Sarah, she herself is great company and her classes are fun and very productive."
"Sarah is a really excellent trainer - she explains and demonstrates things really well and is always smiley and patient."
"Sarah was an excellent teacher! She has a great way with the dogs, firm, yet caring. I loved watching my puppy "listen" to Sarah during sessions."
"Thank you again for all your wonderful guidance and help with training Henry. As you observed during our first training session, Henry's been a headstrong and impulsive chaser of any moving 'object' that approaches- joggers, skateboarders, bicyclists, dogs, and children. He was out of control on the leash and would yank me every which way. I didn't think I'd be able to curb his 'playful lunging'. Well, within 3 weeks of your first visit, his improvement has been incredible. With your help and our practice sessions, Henry is a different dog on the leash. He's not chasing after people anymore, and lo and behold, he's not chasing after squirrels and birds, which is amazing, since that's in his 'hunting' nature. I know I have to keep vigilant about continuing his progress, but I can't thank you enough. You have a tremendous gift and it's been such a pleasure working with you!"
"Hi Sarah, I hope you are doing well and your puppy too! My parents got home a couple days ago and say Sam is doing well. Thank you for everything. Sammy is already improving and loves me more. :)"
"Just wanted to let you know that Chloe passed the evaluation to be a therapy dog! It was all due to your excellent training. Thank you so much!!!"
""Thanks so much for your work w/ Pork Chop. He has made great strides in his behavior in only three sessions with you, and I feel much more comfortable as a first-time dog owner now. Thanks so much!"
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