“This thank you note is long overdue! We have been benefiting daily from the time, love and effort that you put in to helping us solve our dear Lumi’s anxieties. She is doing great. We’ve been able to call her from 3 houses down with the whistle. Amazing. We are so impressed with all of your skills – and your willingness to train in both English and Estonian!”
“Thought I would share about our weekend adventures with Zoey. We traveled from Newington, NH via boat to Newburyport, MA where we docked and spent the night. She was amazing!! No issues, whatsoever. She was a wonderful Downtown Dog! There were many, many dogs of all types and sizes, tons of people, shops, waterside boardwalk, benches, docks and ramps…never mind the trip aboard the boat. She was so versatile and well behaved- not perfect- still a puppy for sure but absolutely nothing to complain about. Our time in Downtown Dog, Classy Canine and Basic Manners classes was so worth it! Thank you!!”
Joann and Tom Coneys
“Dennis and I wish to express our gratitude for your training Will E. Your success with Will E has blessed our family. Before you took him under your wing, we could not get him potty trained. We had all but given up when Dennis called you.
Since you returned Will E to us (3 weeks ago), there have been no “mistakes”. He now clearly lets us know when he needs to go outside, and also holds it until he can be let out.
We now are able to fully enjoy our new addition to the family. We are happy to have “rescued” Will E from a young lady who could not keep him and we are thankful for your accomplishment. Because of your training methods and genuine love and devotion to animals, we think of you as “the dog whisperer “ of the Northeast. We are so blessed to have you in the Monadnock area.”
Dennis and Pat Hinson
“To my fellow dog-loving owners: put your trust in Denise! She’s a compassionate dog lover who goes above and beyond to help your dog find his way to good behavior. Our dog Jack was such a handful that I feared I’d have to find him a home with someone else. His life was in danger because of his aggressive car chasing—and my family didn’t even want to stop by my house for fear he would knock one of them over and cause an injury.
Denise got Jack to listen using amazingly effective, positive techniques and then taught me how to take the reins. Jack and I have a wonderful relationship now and I’m really in love with him. Thank the heavens I had the good luck to find Denise. By the way, Denise is unique in the dog training world: She is both a people person and a dog person. Working with her is a lot of fun.”
South Woodstock, VT
“Amy, thank you and the team for all your help and guidance throughout our training with Sweet Pea. Puppies are a lot of work, but teaching us humans how to effectively understand what drives her has made such a huge difference. She is a delight in and out of the home, and I don’t think I could say that without all we learned from your programs. We hope to see you in the future!”
Molly and Clark Wulff
“When we adopted Nellie, she was as disobedient as she was sweet. Sometimes it felt like she was the one running our house. After many shoes chewed, holes in our couches, and a hole in our wall, we were at our wits’ end. We knew that if we couldn’t fix her behavioral issues, Nellie was going to have to be re-homed.
Denise came to our aid. We focused on some of Nellie’s biggest issues: Impulse control, over-protectiveness of her chew bone, not coming when called, and not respecting people’s space and rules. Thankfully, we have seen tremendous improvement in Nellie’s ability to control her impulses and in her general obedience. We still work on her over-protectiveness of bones and her recall, but have seen progress in these areas, too. And with Denise’s help, we now have the resources and knowledge to continue Nellie’s training.”
“I just wanted to say thanks for the tools and assitance over the past few months. I thought I could train a dog before but I’m learning so many little things that are getting great results from being in your classes. Thanks!”
“Amy, You asked today if the Classy Canine class was helpful. I answer with a resounding YES!!! Jack and I have learned so much in this class and have gained confidence in one another. I have been able to identify areas where we need work (loose leash walking and meet and greet) and have learned that Jack has some really good behaviors. I will be looking in to Rally classes. I think that Jack has potential to do well, and it is important that we keep moving forward with training. Thank you for all your help. We go out into the world with a better understanding about training, behavior, patience and persistence.”
“As nervous new dog owners, there was no doubt in our minds that Denise Mazzola was the perfect professional to educate us alongside our dog, Saffy, to create a successful working and living relationship. Denise answered our questions, addressed our needs, was sensitive to our family and household goings-on, approached our situation with calm, humor, and a positive and professional manner, and made dog ownership fun and rewarding for all of us! We look forward to continuing to call upon Denise as we make the time in the future to educate ourselves and Saffy even further. Thank you, Denise—we couldn’t be happier and more comfortable with being dog owners now!”
Peter and Carol Renzelman
“Nine years ago, I began attending Denise’s training classes with my first Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, Rocksie. Rocksie learned a lot, but she was extremely timid, so I hired Denise for private session. She immediately tuned into how Rocksie’s mind worked and gave us a number of suggestions and tools to deal with Rocksie’s shy personality. It made a huge difference and Rocksie became less fearful, even passing her Canine Good Citizenship test—a remarkable accomplishment for our timid girl.
My second BMD puppy, Lexie, couldn’t have been more different. Outgoing, rambunctious, and fearless, Lexie wore us out and seemed oblivious to instruction or discipline. We needed help and I knew who to call. Denise came to our home and helped us train and tame our out-of-control pup. After one session, Lexie showed amazing improvement. We worked with Denise for about six weeks and gradually our little monster turned into a well-behaved, happy girl.
Later, we took Denise’s Down Town Dog course and Lexie learned to keep up her manners in unfamiliar settings. Lexie now goes everywhere with me, including my office, where she lays quietly during the day, waiting for lunch and a nice walk around the neighborhood.
Thank you, Denise!”
“When we lost our 16 year dog, Bailey, Tucker the remaining dog had a major breakdown. To begin, Tucker came from a puppy mill and was stuck in a cage off the ground for the first 6 months of her life. We enlisted Denise’s help for us and for Tucker. Tucker would bark nonstop, would not do her business anywhere but home. Which prevented us going away or even boarding her. She would not eat for days on end. If friends came over and left the room, the barking would start all over again.
With Denise’s guidance we changed our behavior to understand tucker is who she is and we can make it easier for her but not perfect. As the months passed, we saw a change in Tucker’s behavior in that her barking decreased, she was able to transition better and was able to go for walks, chase squirrels at the park and be a dog. It came time where we thought she would benefit from a playmate. With Denise’s assistance, we were able to determine that Tucker would be best paired with a smaller dog who was confident and came with “no issues”.
We were blessed to have the opportunity to have a brand new puppy come over to visit at age 6 weeks for day visits that eventually led to overnights which led to a permanent home at age 8 weeks. Because of this, the transition was seamless, Denise would come over to observe how things were progressing , assess how we were doing and gave us helpful hints along the way. Denise is straightforward and communicates in a manner that makes total sense.I am happy to say that after 6 yrs of not being able to go away, Tucker and Tanner went to Denise’s for 4 days and did great!!
Tucker still has her issues and always will, but manages them much better and having Tanner and changing our behavior certainly has helped! Thank you Denise for helping us recognize Tucker for who she is and helping us search for Tanner!”
Becky and MJ
“Really enjoying the class. I’m never stressed or worried about what I will encounter. Thank you, Amy and Denise for making this a pleasant experience with a reactive dog!”
West Chesterfield, NH
I just wanted to follow up and tell you how well your strategies are working with Banjo. We were able to have a Thanksgiving dinner with a stranger at the table and no worries. Also, a month ago, Caroline's sister was able to successfully visit for the weekend. Both times, when they arrived, I set him up in his crate with a big meaty bone for a half hour or so and then he would come down wearing his muzzle. It worked really, really well. Luckily, both people are very dog-friendly, dog-savvy folks, but even so. How wonderful that Banjo can now be a relatively low-stress part of family gatherings.
I was also relieved that Banjo did fine with the muzzle on even though I was lax and he hadn't worn it in a few months.
There was an incident on Thanksgiving where he was following the stranger out of the kitchen and leaped up and nudged her in the butt. Happily, because of the muzzle, it was a nudge. Without your help and support, I guess he would have spent Thanksgiving chilling (literally) in the car.
Thank you, thank you for the awesome work that you do and for helping our family so much.
By the way, Banjo has totally chilled out with Kenzie too. I wouldn't say he likes her yet, but he is definitely very tolerant of her.
Merry Christmas and thanks again,
When we added a 3rd dog to our family, our angels morphed into reactive wild things when we were out walking and hiking- not fun at all! I quickly realized I did not have the knowledge nor the tools to effectively address the poor behaviors my fur babies were now demonstrating. Amy and Denise came to my rescue! First, we met at my house, where they taught me the techniques to use in various scenarios. Later, we met at a variety of locations where I like to walk. This allowed me the opportunity to practice and fine tune my new skills in real life situations. I am thrilled to share that our hikes have returned to fun! I cannot thank Amy and Denise enough for their help!
Having a well behaved dog is easier than you think.