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.

Tom H. AvatarTom H.

Austin is a miracle worker. I’ve trained many dogs, and had many trainers, but I’ve never met a trainer like Austin, who has an almost magical ability to calm our puppy down—but more importantly — to teach me to calm down while I’m working with her. Austin’s help was worth 10 times what I paid for it. And instead of 2 months of training, our puppy (not quite 6 months) “graduated” in 5 weeks. God bless her, I learned so much from Austin! And she was extraordinarily gentle in correcting my (rather know-it-all) mistakes. I could not even imagine a better trainer. N.B. We had private training once a week. - 8/06/2022 

Savannah G. AvatarSavannah G.

We sent our 9 month old puppy, Theo, to The Dog Wizard for two weeks of board and train. Scott was incredibly accommodating when there was an issue having him trained locally, and drove from Asheville, NC to Washington, DC to pick him up. Scott took great care of Theo at his own home and kept us updated the whole time with pictures and photos — we were anxious to be apart, so having frequent updates made all the difference to us! We could tell Theo was having fun and making progress. While Theo wasn’t having any significant issues prior to training, his obedience and recall was on another level when he got home. We now feel very comfortable doing things with Theo off-leash due to his much improved recall, and we can tell he is more focused and attentive during everyday activities. Scott also trained us on the proper use of an e-collar for Theo, and he responds incredibly well to it as a training tool. Scott continues to check in on Theo’s progress and is responsive to any questions we have, despite Theo’s board and train being complete. We truly appreciate The Dog Wizard’s help in training Theo, and would recommend them to anyone looking to train their dog. - 7/30/2022 

Savannah G. AvatarSavannah G.

We sent our 9 month old puppy, Theo, to The Dog Wizard for two weeks of board and train. Scott was incredibly accommodating when there was an issue having him trained locally, and drove from Asheville, NC to Washington, DC to pick him up. Scott took great care of Theo at his own home and kept us updated the whole time with pictures and photos — we were anxious to be apart, so having frequent updates made all the difference to us! We could tell Theo was having fun and making progress.

While Theo wasn’t having any significant issues prior to training, his obedience and recall was on another level when he got home. We now feel very comfortable doing things with Theo off-leash due to his much improved recall, and we can tell he is more focused and attentive during everyday activities. Scott also trained us on the proper use of an e-collar for Theo, and he responds incredibly well to it as a training tool.

Scott continues to check in on Theo’s progress and is responsive to any questions we have, despite Theo’s board and train being complete. We truly appreciate The Dog Wizard’s help in training Theo, and would recommend them to anyone looking to train their dog. - 7/27/2022 

Lauren S. AvatarLauren S.

We are SO grateful that we picked The Dog Wizard DC for training our rescue pup, Leroy. After a year of trying different training techniques with various trainers to manage Leroy's reactivity and leash pulling, we sent Leroy to a board and train with Jen at the Dog Wizard DC. We are incredibly grateful for the work that Jen put into helping Leroy become more confident and calm. She taught us how to use new tools and built our confidence in our follow up sessions. She challenged us to take Leroy to a family event with 3 other dogs. Previously, this would have been a non-starter, as I would worry that Leroy would be disruptive and cause problems with the other dogs. However, Leroy was BY FAR the most calm and well behaved dog at the event, receiving comments like "I have never seen a more well behaved dog in my life!" We are now able to manage Leroy's reactivity with confidence and appropriately socialize him with other dogs. We look forward to keeping up his training with the weekly optional group training sessions! Thank you Jen for all your help and continued support!! - 7/19/2022 

Jess C. AvatarJess C.

(Writing this review about three months out from our board and train with DC Dog Wizard.)We did the board and train program with DC Dog Wizard and could not be happier with the results. Jen helped build our dog Mo's confidence and ours as well.When we initially signed up for the board and train program, our dog's anxiety was a huge weight on his and our day to day lives. He didn't want to go for walks in our neighborhood, he would bark at anyone (person or dog) who walked by, and would routinely have big reactions in new circumstances. He's about 60 pounds, so these big reactions were pretty scary for him, us, and our neighbors!Not only that, before discovering DC Dog Wizard we had spent 6 months and probably $1,000 in lessons from other trainers, homeopathic anxiety supplements, and calming gadgets. Our previous trainer had emphasized the need to prevent our dog from being exposed to 100% of his triggers. We live in DC, so that's just not possible or reasonable! We devoted hours and hours every week and nothing worked. Mo's anxiety was actually getting way worse, and we were feeling so downtrodden and inadequate as owners. Even though the board and train with DC Dog Wizard was pricey, I wish we would have committed to DC Dog Wizard sooner because we would have saved a lot of time, emotional stress, and money!Jen is so in tune with dogs. She communicates effectively, provides helpful tools, and expertly adjusts her methods to each dog's personality. Not only that, she's really emotionally intelligent when she speaks to owners. She won't make you feel guilty or dumb. In our initial phone consultation, she took great care to learn about what our concerns were and what our goals were.Our pup is pretty fearful but also very food motivated, so Jen determined that e collar training wouldn't be as effective for him. She relied exclusively on positive reinforcement training with treats, praise, and exposure to new situations to ensure that he would build his confidence and help Mo become a happier, less reactive pup.As an added bonus, the weekly sustainment training every Saturday in Glover Park has been amazing. We've taken Mo several times and he's built his confidence on pack walks with other dogs, in the agility course, and also in drills that mimic real life scenarios. We've learned how to be better handlers and owners of Mo. These lessons are open to us (with no additional charge) for the rest of Mo's life!Jen and Austin are kind, courteous, and well informed trainers who adapt to each dog's personality and specific needs.Mo will always be a bit apprehensive about new environments, but with training, consistency, and some medication from our vet, he is back to his happy, curious self. We cannot believe the transformation and we feel so much gratitude to Jen and Austin for everything they have done for us. - 6/06/2022 

cansu g. Avatarcansu g.

Austin helped me with my puppy both when she was a baby (with the basics) and a young adult (with some behavioral issues). My relationship with my dog completely transformed thanks to Austin - we’ve become so much closer and in tune with each other’s needs and cues. Austin has been helpful with one off questions and issues through texts and support classes even after our private sessions ended. Both my dog and I love Austin and would 100% recommend her training classes to anyone struggling with bringing out the best in their dog! - 6/02/2022 

Greg “. AvatarGreg “.

Thank you DC Dog Wizard, and especially Jen! We did the board and train program for our 1 and ½ year old cocker Clover in April. While not inexpensive, we found it very worthwhile. This was the first time we had really committed to a training program, and Clover being older, we knew that we needed to basically go all in with an intensive program. DC Dog Wizard came highly recommended by my sister. I can now see why. Jen was incredible, and continues to be available to help us with questions and pointers.Clover is still not perfect, but she is so much better than she used to be. We now have a system that we stick to and continue to make strides at the things that drove us to the training, like her jumping up on the table, begging for food, and barking hysterically if I leave the house. We are definitely heading in the right direction, and we enjoy having her more, which is a huge benefit. Plus, I continue to reach out to Jen, and she responds immediately with helpful tips and reassuring guidance. I highly recommend this program if you’re in a situation like we were. - 5/20/2022 

Greg “. AvatarGreg “.

Thank you DC Dog Wizard, and especially Jen! We did the board and train program for our 1 and ½ year old cocker Clover in April. While not inexpensive, we found it very worthwhile. This was the first time we had really committed to a training program, and Clover being older, we knew that we needed to basically go all in with an intensive program. DC Dog Wizard came highly recommended by my sister. I can now see why. Jen was incredible, and continues to be available to help us with questions and pointers.

Clover is still not perfect, but she is so much better than she used to be. We now have a system that we stick to and continue to make strides at the things that drove us to the training, like her jumping up on the table, begging for food, and barking hysterically if I leave the house. We are definitely heading in the right direction, and we enjoy having her more, which is a huge benefit. Plus, I continue to reach out to Jen, and she responds immediately with helpful tips and reassuring guidance. I highly recommend this program if you’re in a situation like we were. - 5/18/2022 

Kat J. AvatarKat J.

Austin is amazing! I actually finished training with my dog Queen nearly a year ago and everyday I continue to marvel at how much the eight week at home training program changed our lives. After nearly 3 and a half years of waiting for Queen to outgrow her puppy phase I was at my wits end dreading every walk and every encounter she would have with someone new as her 70 pound body was simply too much for me to control. Austin made a 180 degree turn in our lives. Queen now heals and listens to commands on walks actually making me look forward to them!!! And though she's still excited to make new friends, her knowledge of basic commands keeps her nonreactive and manageable. Our lives and my relationship with Queen have fundamentally changed for the better and I could not be more happy that I made this investment! - 5/16/2022 

Laura W. AvatarLaura W.

I cannot recommend this enough! Jen was AMAZING with Moose and showed me and my twelve year old daughter how to train him to be a CGC support dog in my therapy practice. I would never have imagined that Moose would have such amazing impulse control. Each week Jen gave us something to focus on and taught us how to train Moose between sessions. I HIGHLY recommend The Dog Wizard and plan to continue attending classes just to continue learning how to support Moose. - 5/02/2022 

Rachel H. AvatarRachel H.

We sent our 7 year old Jindo/Lab mix to the 2 week board and train. Bella was a highly reactive and anxious dog and came back as such a confident girl! Of course, it’ll take time- she can still get reactive based on the energy of the dog that may be approaching her but the difference is night and day! Gone are the days of leash pulling and snapping at passing dogs and strollers!Jen, our trainer has been so responsive and helpful. She even sent me a video of Bella playing with another dog during training and it made me so emotional to see her thriving!! 10/10 recommend! - 4/21/2022 

Rachel H. AvatarRachel H.

We sent our 7 year old Jindo/Lab mix to the 2 week board and train. Bella was a highly reactive and anxious dog and came back as such a confident girl! Of course, it’ll take time- she can still get reactive based on the energy of the dog that may be approaching her but the difference is night and day! Gone are the days of leash pulling and snapping at passing dogs and strollers!

Jen, our trainer has been so responsive and helpful. She even sent me a video of Bella playing with another dog during training and it made me so emotional to see her thriving!! 10/10 recommend! - 4/19/2022 

Howard R. AvatarHoward R.

We have met a real dog Wizard and her name is Jen Tutweiler. We adopted Pixie a 4 year old English Bulldog the end of November (she was our second. Bulldog. We had Lily for 13 1/2 years) from a home in North Carolina with an acre for her to play in.. We live in a condo on the 6th floor in the the U St area. Pixie wasn’t happy at all with the change and was acting out in a lot of ways. The first time Jen met her Pix was no longer in control. There’s still work to do. We can’t expect her to completely change over night.but with Jen’s help help there is no doubt we’ll get there.We fell in love with her and we’re so afraid that she’d always be unhappy, and we’d have to give her up to a home that she felt at home in. With Jen’s magic we no longer feel that way. Our love for each other and our bonding is very, very strong and she’s clearly happy and comfortable now in her new home.Jen is a miracle worker who so clearly loves dogs and they almost immediately fall in love with her. Thank you Jen, thank you so much. We couldn’t have done this without you. - 3/30/2022 

Howard R. AvatarHoward R.

We have met a real dog Wizard and her name is Jen Tutweiler. We adopted Pixie a 4 year old English Bulldog the end of November (she was our second. Bulldog. We had Lily for 13 1/2 years) from a home in North Carolina with an acre for her to play in.. We live in a condo on the 6th floor in the the U St area. Pixie wasn’t happy at all with the change and was acting out in a lot of ways. The first time Jen met her Pix was no longer in control. There’s still work to do. We can’t expect her to completely change over night.but with Jen’s help help there is no doubt we’ll get there.
We fell in love with her and we’re so afraid that she’d always be unhappy, and we’d have to give her up to a home that she felt at home in. With Jen’s magic we no longer feel that way. Our love for each other and our bonding is very, very strong and she’s clearly happy and comfortable now in her new home.Jen is a miracle worker who so clearly loves dogs and they almost immediately fall in love with her. Thank you Jen, thank you so much. We couldn’t have done this without you. - 3/25/2022 

Laura Q. AvatarLaura Q.

I signed up for 8 private sessions to help my recently adopted 4 year-old country dog adapt to big city life - namely busses, construction workers, and other dogs. I worked with Austin and she was patient with both of us, explaining to me how these methods paid off - and treating Chase with a firm kindness, and lots of treats. Walking with Chase is now a pleasure! Worth every penny. - 3/21/2022 

Dawnmarie S. AvatarDawnmarie S.

Jen was amazing with our dog. She took a shy rural dog, socialized him, and made him big city ready. Great skills for both the dog and the owners, much appreciated!!!
2/16/22 UPDATE - I wanted to come back and make sure anyone reading these knows how wonderful Jen really is. It's not a one and done service. Whenever I have a questions or need help, she comes to my home and works with both me and my dog until we have the skills we need to continue to progress. I didn't think it was possible but I love my doggo more now because of the skills we have learned together with her help. Saturday Support Classes are such a bonus. I can't say thank you enough! - 2/16/2022 

Dawnmarie S. AvatarDawnmarie S.

Jen was amazing with our dog. She took a shy rural dog, socialized him, and made him big city ready. Great skills for both the dog and the owners, much appreciated!!!2/16/22 UPDATE - I wanted to come back and make sure anyone reading these knows how wonderful Jen really is. It's not a one and done service. Whenever I have a questions or need help, she comes to my home and works with both me and my dog until we have the skills we need to continue to progress. I didn't think it was possible but I love my doggo more now because of the skills we have learned together with her help. Saturday Support Classes are such a bonus. I can't say thank you enough! - 2/16/2022 

Dawnmarie S. AvatarDawnmarie S.

Jen was amazing with our dog. She took a shy rural dog, socialized him, and made him big city ready. Great skills for both the dog and the owners, much appreciated!!! - 11/19/2021 

Allyson J. AvatarAllyson J.

Jen did an amazing (!!) job of working with my dog. The board and train program was beyond my expectations. I can’t thank Jen enough for all the work she did. The program is so structured and yielded true results. My dog came back far more confident and trained. Jen is also amazing at teaching owners the steps needed to take post board and train. I can’t recommend this program enough!!! - 9/15/2021 

Anna R. AvatarAnna R.

We loved working with Dog Wizard and our trainer, Austin. She was extremely helpful, encouraging and answered all of our questions. Very responsive via email and on time. After our 8 week program, our dog listens to us so much better, is less reactive around other dogs, and walks without pulling. Worth every penny. - 8/08/2021