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.

Stefanie J. AvatarStefanie J.

We’ve worked with other dog companies before, and after speaking with a couple of area trainers, we decided to work with Carmen and The Columbia Dog Wizard. During the consultation, it was clear that the training would be tailored to my dog’s insecurities. Over the course of six weeks Carmen was readily available to answer any questions or concerns, she accommodated my dog’s needs and met us in various training locations, and she gave me clear guidance on what I needed to do to build my dog’s confidence. My dog, Nori, is a different dog after our training sessions, and I look forward to her continued success. I highly recommend Carmen and The Columbia Dog Wizard. - 5/12/2022 

Brandon S. AvatarBrandon S.

tl dr; Extremely knowledgeable and friendly trainers. They will teach you what you need to know to handle any situation AND continue to support you after you graduate.I have a 90lb rescue bulldog that was very lazy and laid back when I got him. ~6 months into having him he started being dog/people aggressive and bit one of my friends that he had meet multiple times before. The inconsistent and unpredictable nature that was developing in my dog made me feel like I was going to have to hide him away in a crate for his entire life.Krissy and Carmen were absolutely fantastic! From day 1 they were friendly, welcoming and confident that we could correct all of the issues. They spent 8 weeks answering every question and going over every hypothetical situation I could come up with. They not only explained to me what I should do but they explained WHY I should do it that way. They would explain everything, what the dog is probably feeling, why they feel that way, what we want them to be feeling, how to achieve that, what not to do, why doing that would be bad, and in many cases there were multiple ways to go about a situation and they would go over each way. On top of doing this over the duration of our training session they gave me their phone numbers so if anything came up during the week I could reach out to them.Now my dog has a solid obedience foundation and I have confidence that I can handle any situation safely and effectively. The post-graduation pack-walks are an excellent benefit to keep the skills we learned sharp and another chance to bounce situations off the trainers. I highly recommend The Dog Wizard! They won't just do a great job training your dog, they'll do a great job training you. - 4/12/2022 

Brandon S. AvatarBrandon S.

tl dr; Extremely knowledgeable and friendly trainers. They will teach you what you need to know to handle any situation AND continue to support you after you graduate.

I have a 90lb rescue bulldog that was very lazy and laid back when I got him. ~6 months into having him he started being dog/people aggressive and bit one of my friends that he had meet multiple times before. The inconsistent and unpredictable nature that was developing in my dog made me feel like I was going to have to hide him away in a crate for his entire life.

Krissy and Carmen were absolutely fantastic! From day 1 they were friendly, welcoming and confident that we could correct all of the issues. They spent 8 weeks answering every question and going over every hypothetical situation I could come up with. They not only explained to me what I should do but they explained WHY I should do it that way. They would explain everything, what the dog is probably feeling, why they feel that way, what we want them to be feeling, how to achieve that, what not to do, why doing that would be bad, and in many cases there were multiple ways to go about a situation and they would go over each way. On top of doing this over the duration of our training session they gave me their phone numbers so if anything came up during the week I could reach out to them.

Now my dog has a solid obedience foundation and I have confidence that I can handle any situation safely and effectively. The post-graduation pack-walks are an excellent benefit to keep the skills we learned sharp and another chance to bounce situations off the trainers. I highly recommend The Dog Wizard! They won't just do a great job training your dog, they'll do a great job training you. - 4/11/2022 

jordan k. Avatarjordan k.

From start to finish, The Dog Wizard experience was top notch. Carmen, our trainer, did an exceptional job with our pup Winston. We chose Dog Wizard due to all of the great customer testimonials and the thoroughness we believed they would provide. Carmen went above and beyond all of our expectations and provided video and picture updates while Winston was away. Winston completed the "Jumpstart program" with Carmen and has demonstrated much higher levels of confidence, proper leash handling, and overall obedience improvements. We couldn't have been happier with our decision to put our trust into The Dog Wizard. 5/5 stars. Thank you Carmen! - 3/29/2022 

Mary L. AvatarMary L.

I can't say enough good things about our training experience. Our dog was a rescue and so it was important for us to have a training technique that based on positive rewards. After our first lesson our dog was walking on the leash better, no pulling at all! His "come" command and his "place" command have been the real game changers for us. Donovan was the trainer we worked with he was AMAZING. His knowledge and patience made the experience super user friendly. Really the whole Dog Wizard system is truly transformative! I would highly recommend it. - 2/11/2022 

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 

wade k. Avatarwade k.

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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