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photoThe best rewards for Dog Behavior Solutions,Inc are improved dog behavior, more relaxed owners, better dog-owner relationships and happy customers - both dog and human. Our clients frequently return for new dog training classes (and with new dogs) and refer new clients. While this speaks strongly to our positive instructional methods, we also want you to see testimonials first-hand from our clients:

 

"When Bella, our eight year old Weimaraner, broke free from her leash right outside our back gate and took off, leash trailing, after her arch enemy (canine) walking with his owner, we knew we were in trouble. When she reached the other dog and owner, she bit the owner in the ankle.

We chose to turn to an animal behavior specialist knowing that our problem went beyond the knowledge of simple training commands.

Janice came to our home, observed and worked with Bella and discussed all aspects of her behavior extensively. She carefully tried to piece together the puzzle that lead to Bella’s aggressive behavior. We discussed our goals for Bella. Janice then set forth a plan of action which incorporated her age, personality, our resources and circumstances. The components of the plan included retraining on specific issues, a new restraining device and different training techniques.

The next time Janice came we all went out to the park together. Seeing Janice working with Bella, we were convinced not only of her skill as a dog behavior consultant but also her dedication to helping find real solutions for Bella. Janice wasn’t just going through the motions, she seemed to really care.

As confrontation with other dogs is the source of Bella’s aggression, Janice was determined to show us how these confrontations could be handled peacefully and in effect, eventually counter- condition Bella to have a positive association with the presence of other dogs. Janice darted around the park looking for other dogs in order to practice a number of exercises we had already been working on.

Janice introduced us to a training approach which takes advantage of the natural tendencies of our dog. In Bella’s case, this was more humane and far more effective than our previous training experience. We are now aware of how to control Bella in order to entirely avoid her aggressive behavior and not only that, from an incorrigible puller, she is now a pleasure to walk on a leash. We are just sorry that we did not approach Janice sooner."

- Ainat & Zack K. (Weimaraner)

"Janice Triptow was a dog in a former life. That is the only explanation for her encyclo pedic and intuitive knowledge of the canine realm.

I met her when I took on the challenge of a Cocker that had five previous homes in the first year of his life. I knew that I needed a behavior evaluation when he bit me and then seemed more 'defiant' than 'remorseful.'

In the first session, Janice taught me skills that helped me begin to redefine his aggressive personality into the charming lapdog that he is today.

Janice's approach encourages patience, positive reinforcement, and a sense of humor. She is an effective problem solver who has tremendous rapport with both her canine and human clients."

- Kathy V. (Cocker Spaniel)

“The dog we adopted, Ela, came to us sick, emaciated and with more ‘baggage’ than a 747. We got her healthy again after three months of antibiotics and a highly nutritional diet, but the behavioral issues, which included separation anxiety and aggression, remained. We agreed that she showed signs of abuse, and though we'd both had dogs our entire lives, we knew that expert help was needed.

After just a few months of positive-reinforcement based training and behavior modification with Janice and continued adjustments with veterinary-prescribed anti-anxiety medication, she's made great improvements, gaining confidence in both herself and us. Having a dog with behavioral issues is challenging, but positive reinforcement training allows us to actually enjoy the process of drastically changing her behavior. You should see her eyes light up when we bring out the clicker -- that kind of confidence wasn't there before.”

- Kelly and Tim R. (Springer Spaniel)

"Our Lab/Shepherd mix became aggressive towards our Black Lab shortly after undergoing surgery on one ear. The situation progressed to the point that the Black Lab was noticeably fearful to enter certain rooms within the house, and had been injured in a fight with the Lab/Shepherd. We were referred to Janice and immediately found her to be comfortable and confident in remedying the problems we were experiencing.

Through a combination of behavior modification, a few strict household rules, and a prescription for anti-anxiety medication from our vet, we conquered the "mid-life crisis" that our Lab/Shepard was enduring. The Lab/Shepard was weaned off the medication 1.5 years ago after a steady progression of positive results and we've had peaceful coexistence since! Janice's course of action was always practical and reasonable. We are very thankful for Janice's expertise and her responsiveness to our occasional, continued queries."

- Heather and Brian U. (Lab/Shep & Lab)

"After moving into a high rise building when Ben was 5, Ben became aggressive toward other dogs, who would routinely run into the elevator off leash. Unsure where to turn for help, I was ultimately referred to Janice, who agreed to come to my place to do an initial assessment of what was going on with Ben, and with Ben and me as a team.

To my complete surprise, Ben responded to Janice almost immediately, and was responding to her commands (and mine too!) by the time she left an hour later. It was a huge relief to me to see and experience this.

For the first time, I felt empowered with my dog. Ben and I continued to work with Janice, who not only trained Ben, but trained me how to work with Ben. After working together for some time, I began to feel confident about my relationship with my dog. Janice taught us how to work together.

A few years later, I turned to Janice for help again seeking her guidance in introducing Ben to my fiance's dog (another large male), in preparation for the two dogs living together (peacefully). Once again, Janice proved to be an excellent resource, guiding us through the introduction process every step of the way.

Janice laid out a clear plan for us to follow, and offered to be there with us at any point should we feel we needed additional help. Working with Janice, I have found her to be extremely attentive and understanding, and also very accessible (by phone, email, etc). But more than anything else, the thing that makes Janice stand out in my mind is her leadership as a trainer.

Janice commands the respect of not only her human students, but her canine students also. I don't know what Ben and I would have done without her excellent guidance and leadership. Her comprehensive training has made a real and significant difference for us."

- Mary S. (Staffordshire Terrier)

"We contacted Dog Behavior Solutions when our otherwise obedient dog, Daphne, bit a six year old child in our house. We became greatly concerned that Daphne might not be safe with our one year old toddler. At an in-home evaluation, Janice helped us understand Daphne's limitations with children (i.e. she may never do well with other people's children) as well as how to recognize warning signs of aggression towards our own child.

In addition, she has worked with us to condition Daphne, using treats, soft petting and praise, to accept all kinds of touching and attention (with supervision, of course) from our daughter. Currently, Daphne does not so much as bat an eye when our daughter grabs her fur, sits on her tail, or points at her eye.

She has learned to associate positive things with our daughter's presence. We will keep working with Daphne, and though we will always need to supervise her with our child, we feel we can create a safe environment."

- Mary S. (Staffordshire Terrier)

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