The proof is in the pudding when it comes to dog training. Anyone can claim anything, but achieving it is a different story. We strive to not just teach the dog obedience commands or behavioral modification, but to make sure these obedience commands and behavioral modification work for the owner (when the trainer is not there). And most importantly they work around distractions, aka “when you need them to work the most”. Because of this, we have thousands of testimonials to hang our dog wizard hat on.

Slade S. AvatarSlade S.

We came in with a super reactive, embarrassing to walk, and hard to handle dog. We saw IMMEDIATE changes even after the first lesson. Donovan was very knowledgeable, professional, and easy to work with. By the end of our 8 weeks with him my dog has done a complete 180 in behavior and reactiveness. I also now have all the lessons for later use for any other dog. Donovan is also really good at answering any questions I might have even after our training and moving away. Thank you Donovan for your commitment towards the training of Damon. - 1/21/2022 

Joe P. AvatarJoe P.

I have an Aggressive dog that’s about 4 years old that I had adopted from a shelter. I didn’t know what to do or how to train him until I got in touch with the dog wizard. After our lessons he is much better behaved and I am well equipped with the knowledge of how to handle him and teach him. Working with them is well worth it!! - 1/06/2022 

Eli E. AvatarEli E.

They my dogs "WOOF!" go down to a "woof". Thank God for that. - 1/01/2022 

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Madison K. AvatarMadison K.

I cannot say enough good things about the Dog Wizard. Krissy was just that, a wizard. I was feeling hopeless with my bad mannered, stubborn, aggressive 6 month old puppy and came to the dog wizard looking to get some sort of respect from my my dog Maya. I did both 1:1 on leash training and boarding off leash training. Krissy has been more than just a trainer to Maya and I. She has been supportive every step of the way. I was in awe of how maya went from a leash pulling, biting, barking, counter surfing, jumping and energetic dog to walking at my side, listening to commands, being calm in public, and overall having a much calmer state of mind. Krissy not only taught maya manners, but also built up her courage. She started with the bare basics, to get Maya to start respecting me around the house (like making her wait to walk through doorways behind me and stay off furniture), and then progressed to perfecting her off-leash commands. Krissy made me feel comfortable from our first 1:1 training session. She was always extremely patient with me and my stubborn girl and I loved how she catered my training to Maya to work through her specific behavioral issues. I especially loved how personal the dog wizard feels; from the supportive trainers, the facility, and through positive reinforcement. Thanks to the Dog Wizard, my relationship with maya has truly changed now that we respect each other and can effectively communicate. - 7/03/2021 

Katie M. AvatarKatie M.

We were fortunate enough to have Bri work with us during some 1:1 lessons over the past few weeks. We called Dog Wizard to help our dog Bugsby, who had become increasingly anxious and aggressive towards our other pups. We move around a lot for work and he needed professional help to keep calm in strange situations. Bri was incredible. She coached us through the basics until he was comfortable enough to test his limits at a park. I NEVER would have thought he would be capable of behaving around so much chaos. We found that he is eager to learn and work for food, and that’s all thanks to the amazing and patient Bri! He heel walks, stays in place with distractions in our home, stays in a down while his siblings are running through the house, and stays in his sit even with other dogs close outside. We still have work to do, but this on-leash 5 week training program actually gave me hope for Bugsby’s future and I know he will be successful. Thank you, Dog Wizard!!! - 5/19/2021 

Cynthia R. AvatarCynthia R.

Loved our time with Ms. Bri! I highly recommend Dog Wizzard’s 1:1 lessons! My pup and I feel much more confident in unfamiliar settings and we are working through distractions with more ease. I now know how to properly correct unwanted behaviors and am excited to continue group work. - 4/02/2021 

Ketolicious L. AvatarKetolicious L.

Thank you Donovan & the team at Dog Wizard Columbia! Donovan is such an amazing trainer & supported me and my pup from day one. My puppy is very playful & spunky! He would chew up everything in sight & it was almost impossible to take him on walks because he would jump on me the whole time & walk way ahead of me. BUT with Donovan’s help I truly feel like I have a brand new puppy. The place command really helped him learn a calm state of mind. I am a chill person so I really wanted my puppy to be the same & thank goodness that was accomplished. The picture shows my puppy ASLEEP in the place command. I never thought that would be possible. We are also now able to go on walks where my puppy stays right beside me and doesn’t jump on me. My mind was blown when we went to Lowes & he walked throughout the store with no problems! I highly recommend using the Dog Wizard! The positive “work for food” training that they use was a life saver for me & my pup because he will do just about anything for some food ;) Thanks again Donovan for all your help! - 4/02/2021 

Jordan F. AvatarJordan F.

Thank you Donovan & the team at Dog Wizard Columbia! Donovan is such an amazing trainer & supported me and my pup from day one. My puppy is very playful & spunky! He would chew up everything in sight & it was almost impossible to take him on walks because he would jump on me the whole time & walk way ahead of me. BUT with Donovan’s help I truly feel like I have a brand new puppy. The place command really helped him learn a calm state of mind. I am a chill person so I really wanted my puppy to be the same & thank goodness that was accomplished. The picture shows my puppy ASLEEP in the place command. I never thought that would be possible. We are also now able to go on walks where my puppy stays right beside me and doesn’t jump on me. My mind was blown when we went to Lowes & he walked throughout the store with no problems! I highly recommend using the Dog Wizard! The positive “work for food” training that they use was a life saver for me & my pup because he will do just about anything for some food ;) Thanks again Donovan for all your help! - 3/30/2021 

jordan l. Avatarjordan l.

Thank you Donovan & the team at Dog Wizard Columbia! Donovan is such an amazing trainer & supported me and my pup from day one. My puppy is very playful & spunky! He would chew up everything in sight & it was almost impossible to take him on walks because he would jump on me the whole time & walk way ahead of me. BUT with Donovan’s help I truly feel like I have a brand new puppy. The place command really helped him learn a calm state of mind. I am a chill person so I really wanted my puppy to be the same & thank goodness that was accomplished. The picture shows my puppy ASLEEP in the place command. I never thought that would be possible. We are also now able to go on walks where my puppy stays right beside me and doesn’t jump on me. My mind was blown when we went to Lowes & he walked throughout the store with no problems! I highly recommend using the Dog Wizard! The positive “work for food” training that they use was a life saver for me & my pup because he will do just about anything for some food ;) Thanks again Donovan for all your help! - 3/30/2021 

Lorien O. AvatarLorien O.

Krissy, Bree and Donovan are top notch trainers. Positive reinforcement for both dogs and owners is their key to success. They are responsive to calls and texts in between classes, so you never feel like you're on your own. With dog trainers, you get what you pay for and this is the best money we've ever spent. I only wish we trained with them with our 2 previous St. Bernards! - 11/02/2020 

Cindy S. AvatarCindy S.

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Anthony Z. AvatarAnthony Z.

Sam has totally transformed my Border Collie. I did the 1:1 home training. With the help of Sam I have been able to stop bad behaviors like being pulled on walks, being jumped on and never being able to have him off leash in the yard because he would take off. Now I can walk him through my neighborhood with no leash and him right by my side. My neighbors and friends can't believe his transformation! Sam is great and has helped my pet and I bond even more. Thank you Sam! He is 1.5 years old now and behaves better than any dog I have owned. - 6/02/2020 

Charles H. AvatarCharles H.

Sam and his "Puppy Preschool" have done wonders for our puppy and we would HIGHLY recommend. Taking our puppy Cooper to Sam's sessions has been one of the best decisions we have made for our puppy. Cooper is a small Pomeranian, we signed him up for puppy class hoping he would gain some confidence and burn off some energy. Cooper was a little shy during his first class but we kept bringing him back and he completely came out of his shell. Cooper now believes he is a German Shepard and has the confidence to interact with any dog. Not only has Cooper been able to gain confidence and have a blast while doing so, but me and Cooper's mother have learned a TON from Sam on tips and tricks on how to raise a puppy. We are EXTREMELY grateful for Sam and his "Puppy Preschool". - 6/02/2020 

Dianne G. AvatarDianne G.

I recommend Sam 100%. I have 2 little cavachon puppies about 10 months old that needed a lot of obedience training. Sam is excellent at what he does and the puppies loved him. We had our last training lesson today, and I can honestly say these two little puppies are well trained and obedient. The puppies are happy and I am happy!! Thank you Sam! You did an excellent job! - 6/02/2019 

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Erica H. AvatarErica H.

100% recommend!!! Some of the best money I have ever spent. I have 2 dogs and we did the one on one at home training sessions with Sam. Sam does a great job of not only teaching the dogs, but also the dog owners! He is very patient with the dogs when teaching them their new skills. He also makes sure that you know as a dog owner the importance of consistency and keeping up with their training.One of our dogs, Buster, is a 90 lb. lab pit mix who is very friendly but we are not able to take him many places with us because he is too excitable and easily distracted. One of the main reasons we signed up for the training was so we would be able to take the dogs with us more places. We have already seen huge improvements and we know that with continued consistency from us things are only going to get better! The last training session involved taking Buster to the pet store. Previous trips to the pet store involved being dragged down the aisle and barking at other dogs/people. But after some basic training it was a whole different situation! He still pulled a bit at the leash and was excited to see the other dogs/people, but he was also listening to me and heeling and we were able to work on his "place" command. He calmly sat on a dog bed in one of the aisles while I walked around. Magical.I could not be more thankful that Sam has provided us with such great information and tools to help us have the best lives possible with our dogs :) - 6/02/2018 

Jason B. AvatarJason B.

I have worked with the Columbia Dog Wizard team for a number of years. I have always been thoroughly impressed by the highest level of professionalism and sincere care that they put forth with the animals they train and care for. I could not recommend this company and service more. - 6/02/2018 

crysti k. Avatarcrysti k.

I adopted my 100+ lb bloodhound mix several months before I called the dog wizard. He was high energy and stubborn when meeting new people and dogs. I knew it was time for professional help when I invited a friend over and he charged out of the house and began jumping and barking at a woman hardly bigger than himself. I filled out my request for information form that same day and by the time I had left work I had a message from the Dog Wizard. I set up a consultation where Sam met me and Captain and explained the program options in detail. Sam, Captain and I had 6 individual lessons, including a public outing, where I learned as much as Captain about obedience, expectations and consistency. Today I brought Captain to his first group session at Soda City and I just cannot believe that we were able to walk around the crowded venue with other dogs, people and food and Captain was on heel and focused on me. I can't wait for many more group sessions. I would highly recommend Sam and the Columbia Dog Wizard. - 6/02/2018 

Colleen N. AvatarColleen N.

We loved loved loved working with Sam! He helped us train our Lowchen, Apollo. Apollo is a smart dog, but before Sam he out smarted us and would never come and loved to play chase. Now he comes when he calls and we have better ways to play with him and know how to tire him out. We highly recommend working with the dog wizard! - 6/02/2017