Meet the Trainers
Franchise Owner & Trainer
Lance has loved dogs since he was a young boy. He began developing his dog training skills with his first dog. Lance has worked for many different trainers, being exposed to many different systems and methodologies. Lance has been involved in dog sports like French ring, mondio ring, psa, and DockDogs.
After 20 years of developing his dog training skills under other trainers and retiring from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, he decided it was time to branch out on his own by becoming a The Dog Wizard franchisee in 2017.
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Board and Trains
Extended Day Training Program
Board and train programs are great for clients that have busy schedules and need help getting a jumpstart in their training. Although a big part of the program’s success lies within you the client, we can get a major jump on the repetitions and practice, making it a much easier process for a busy owner to follow through. Essentially, it is like you send you dog away to learn a new language, and when we bring them home, you have to continue to speak and follow through with the new language. Board and Train also include a lifetime of free support to clients that receive their program graduation certificate. You can find more specific program information on the location page specific to your area.
Puppy class is a lot like breakfast
The most important meal of the day. Starting a puppy off right is like giving your puppy the roadmap to success with the fastest route already highlighted. We can prevent so many behavioral problems that we see in older dogs. Bad habits can form quickly, so please do your puppy the best favor you can: sign up for for a puppy program! You can find more specific program information on the location page specific to your area.
Private & Group Training
We have several programs that offer private lessons. Private lessons are best suited for clients that have tricky schedules or prefer to meet one on one with a trainer. Depending on your dog’s needs, your trainer will create the screws to make your program a success. Private programs will consist of a set number of lessons and include a lifetime of free support to clients that receive their program graduation certificate. You can find more specific program information on the location page specific to your area.
Additional Programs & Services
Lance is amazing. We decided on the jumpstart program for our 4yr old dog. From the beginning Lance was nice and very easy to work with. He kept us updated on how she was doing and posted pics and videos on the Facebook page. When he dropped her off you could tell Athena had bonded with him and enjoyed her time with him. He spent as much time as we needed to get comfortable using the e-collar and educating us on her training. From the moment he brought her back we were impressed. She wasn’t easily distracted anymore and we could have her not on a leash in our front yard which is a very big deal. He was easy to get in touch with for follow up questions.
We are very happy with upbeat K9 and especially Lance he has given us the freedom to be outside with our dog without the fear of her running off. He has given us everything we were wanting and more.
– STACY BALAVITCH
Jesse was amazing! My Katie came home so much more attentive and well behaved. Katie, my boxer was so full of energy and did not pay one bit of attention to me. However, now with the skills that she and I have learned, coupled with her training collar, our home is much happier and less stressful. Katie also stays with Jesse for boarding. I highly recommend Jesse!!!!!
– JANET PRATT
Working with Lance was such a great experience. He instantly connected with Ivan, our Great Dane/pitbull mix, and after our first session we saw a difference. Lance didn’t just train our dog, but instead gave my husband and I the tools to have an obedient and happy dog. Ivan is not the same dog that he was before training, because he truly gets to be a dog! Being able to take Ivan with us anywhere without worry is such a joy. He gets to be a dog and we couldn’t be happier with our choice to train with Lance!
– ELIZABETH PRIMEAU
I brought my 100lb Great Dane puppy Moose in for their Jumpstart Program. I have a 3 year old, and I couldn’t afford for him not to listen. He wasn’t aggressive, but he wanted to play (as pups do) and he would often play too rough with everyone, and walking him in public was impossible. He’s smart, but stubborn, and only growing bigger. Moose came home from this program a completely different dog. I can take him places without him pulling me everywhere, I can have him outside off leash without worrying that he will run off, and most importantly, I trust him enough that he can be around my son, and my son loves him! Thank you, Dog Wizard!
– BOBBIE LEE HUBBARD
The Dog Wizard trainers are dog whisperers! When our puppy was 6 months old, we were at the end of our rope. She was very mouthy and wouldn’t listen. After a week with The Dog Wizard, Rylee came back a whole new dog. She listened to commands, had discipline and was SO much more enjoyable to be around! They seriously work miracles on any dog personality! If you’re looking for someone that invests their heart into your dog, the The Dog Wizard is the answer!
– KARA COUTU
We contacted The Dog Wizard for a consultation, considering e-collar training our newest rescue dog whom we have had about 8 months. Our primary concern was to have him off-leash trained, he’s our little “crack dog” and can have selective hearing at times…
We were paired with Lance and he has been great from the get-go! Our consultation was easy and informative, and confirmed our desires for e-collar training. We bought our collar and the 5 private lessons.
Three lessons in and we took a week off to drive home to Georgia. We took our two dogs to the beach and Wylie did EXCELLENT! Perfect recall, and he had the best time running the beaches with his fur sister. I cannot express how exhilarating it was to have two perfectly behaved, off-leash dogs on a beach with many distractions from humans, food, and dogs playing (on and off leash). Many people were impressed seeing that our dogs were looking to us for directions and permission to greet people/dogs. We also had the opportunity to spread information and awareness about e-collar training and its positive uses!
Lance, The Dog Wizard, and e-collar training have been a huge game changer for us. We still have two sessions left to use and look forward to expanding our training to fun sports with Jesse down at The Dog Mall next!
– JESSICA CURTIS
Our 2-year-old chocolate lab Moose is an amazing dog. Unfortunately, a few months ago, he developed severe reactivity to the point where he was behaving aggressively toward pretty much every new dog. He had been to several trainers, but we did not see real results until he started working with Ian. We’ve just finished the Jumpstart Lite program and have already noticed a big difference in him – from uncontrollable leash reactivity to walking completely off leash with me at a crowded lake (video on this page!) – we are blown away. Thanks so much Ian!– SARAH LEE SPIROS
Prior to contacting Dog Wizard we had taught our dog Bruin some basic training commands but he really struggled with walking on a leash and listening when off-leash. We decided that for his own safety (and for him to have the freedom and fun that every dog deserves to have!) we needed to take his training to the next level. We signed up with Dog Wizard and the private lesson program. After just one lesson we saw a dramatic change in Bruin’s confidence level and his ability to focus. In between lessons, our trainer was very responsive and available to answer any questions/concerns/requests that we had. Bruin can now walk so well on a leash that our 12 year old daughter can easily walk him and he has been able to safely enjoy off leash walking though trails in the woods and parks. We have highly recommended Dog Wizard to all of our friends with dogs and we are truly grateful for all of The Dog Wizard’s hard work. We know now that we can safely enjoy our time with Bruin.
– STEVE DENIS
The Dog Wizard is amazing! My Katie came home so much more attentive and well behaved. Katie, my boxer was so full of energy and did not pay one bit of attention to me. However, now with the skills that she and I have learned, coupled with her training collar, our home is much happier and less stressful. Katie also stays with The Dog Wizard for boarding. I highly recommend!
– JANET PRATT
It was tough to tell how Bella’s training went when she came home because she was never that bad at home however once we brought her camping and saw the unbelievable difference in her manners it was awesome!!!! She no longer charges people walking by our site, she places well and is working on not charging other dogs but is completely responsive when we tell her to place when she tries. Thank you, Dog Wizard!!!! We have a very well mannered camper now!!!
– JODI POMERANZ
This company is great. They helped my big playful puppy, Rocky learn to listen and respond to direction. But the best part is Brendan taught Rocky commands with kindness and love. I have been amazed at how excited Rocky is to see Brendan at follow up visits. I figured she would not be excited to see him because he taught her discipline … But clearly he did it in a way that was positive bc she loves him!! It’s been a fantastic experience. Rocky had a great time, she learned a lot and Brendan’s follow through has been incredible. Worth every dime!!
– MELISSA COPPOLA HEGARTY
I have trained dogs with Lance for years, he is an innovative trainer with a great sense of feel for the dogs! I would highly recommend taking your dog to train with him!
– JOSH MARKOW
Love the Periscope on socialization! That’s what is great about the Dog Wizard! Their trainers are always educating, sharing thoughts and fielding questions about how to better the life for you and your dog. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should!
– CHERYL CHAREST
Very pleased my dog has never been so well behaved.
– JASON LAMONICA
I can’t believe how good my two little guys are now. Thanks to The Dog Wizard :)
– PAULA LAVIGNE DESMARAIS