We are owners of a 12 year old female German Shepherd Dog and purchased a female GSD from a breeder at 9 weeks of age. Our new puppy settled in well with our family and the older dog, but was really nervous and would bark, growl and show her teeth when she encountered a person or dog she did not know. We had tried “positive puppy training sessions” which taught her basic commands and tricks, but did not correct the reactive behavior. We have always had German Shepherd dogs, and know they are very intelligent, can be protective over their family, and may even be nervous - but her behavior was extreme for a puppy. We were recommended to Rena by a mutual acquaintance. It did not take long for our puppy to get accustomed to Rena and her methods. We were able to develop techniques to properly train our dog to listen to our direction and correct the unnecessary reactive behavior. By example, giving her a task such as carrying a stick in her mouth while on a walk improved her listening and attention and decreased unwanted reactive behavior. It provided her with a “job” and boosted her confidence. Using Rena’s techniques, we are able to walk our dog without incident, and have increased her ability to be in social situations. Rena is a professional trainer with many years of experience. She is extremely knowledgeable of all breeds and temperaments and is dedicated to the success of her clients and their dogs. She has a true love for what she does and is a pleasure to work with.
Valerie D – Baldwin, NY