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.
SHE’S A REAL WIZARD, HARRY!
I’m literally not joking. Sarah and the Dog Wizard team/programs worked magic with my two pups! They left her training with so much confidence and a great baseline of obedience. Best of all, the training is easy for me to execute and work with the dogs so they have continued success. Sarah is also EXCELLENT at following up with us (during and after training) and checking in to make sure we are doing well, and asking if we need anything else! 15/10 would recommend – these training programs are truly worth every penny!
Forever grateful we reached out to Grand Rapids Dog Wizard! As first time dog owners, my boyfriend and I adopted a two year old Australian Shepherd named Locke. We soon discovered his fear aggression and general discomfort when around people. We were afraid to have people over to the house and to even take him on walks. We knew we needed help so we reached out to GRDW. Sarah and Andy went absolutely above and beyond our wildest dreams. We now have a happy rescue dog that is improving and coming out of his shell more and more each day! We recommend GRDW to everyone and are constantly raving about them to our friends. They have clients for life!
We met Sarah about a year ago when she cans to our house for an evaluation for our 10 year old dog. At that point, we decided against training but were super impressed with her!
Fast forward to a month ago when we decided to send our new puppy Finn to Board & Train with Andy. We are beyond grateful for the experience. Finn has learned so much & is a changed dog.
Grand Rapids Dog Wizard is the best!!!
Five Stars are not enough to describe Sarah! She is amazing! Sarah is kind, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. Unlike some trainers she did not make us feel like horrible people for not being able to train Carmen appropriately. She was very understanding and enthusiastic to help train us and Carmen. When we sat down to meet with her, Carmen was a mess. She had no impulse control (squirrels, Cats, Dogs). She was always at the end of her leash. So much so that Nancy could not walk her safely. She could not follow commands or focus on us. We were unable to take her anywhere.
When Carmen came home, we were in disbelief. Carmen was the same Carmen AKA “the Pupster”, but she was all about focusing on us and the tasks/commands we give her. Nancy can confidently walk her without fear of extreme pulling or lunging. She no longer chases our cats. She holds a place while cats stroll by, food is being prepared or consumed, and she recalls immediately. Sarah also trained us how to maintain and progress her training. We are and always will be indebted to Sarah. She has given the three of us a fresh start. One that is full of positive attention, interactions and new adventures.
We are only a few weeks into our training and we are already seeing huge improvement. Our little boy was hurting himself trying to break out of his crate and had separation anxiety. In just three short weeks we have gone from a dog that won’t leave our side to one that loves to hang out on his own and look out the window while we go about our day. I am really looking forward to all the new things we will learn in the next several weeks. Sarah is AMAZING!!!
After adopting Niles, we struggled for one long year with leaving him alone at home, being protective when introducing him to strangers, walking past children or other dogs, and reacting to noises. We had worked with other trainers, but it was so hard to make progress when the first 30 minutes of the training session consisted of Niles barking nonstop at the trainer for being in “his” space. This is where the “Board and Train” program really proved valuable. Sarah was able to teach Niles commands and skills to help him feel more comfortable, confident, and happy. It was the best investment we ever made, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
Andy was the best thing to happen to our dog. Everyone that sees him tells us he is a totally different dog. Throughout training Andy kept us up to speed and shared videos. He not only picked up and dropped off the dog he visited us often to ensure we were trained as well. What a difference the whole experience has made for our whole family. I highly recommend him.
Our dog Levi was attacked by another dog about 4 years ago. Unfortunately, this turned her into an incredibly scared, and aggressive little dog. While she is the most lovable dog (to people) in the entire world, seeing any other animal in her sight was a trigger for her. This caused so much stress on Levi and us, as we always had to make special arrangements to visit family and friends as they all have dogs.
A few months ago, Brad and I made the decision to send Levi to GR Dog Wizard to show her that not all dogs are our to get her, and to re-introduce her to other dogs in a safe and controlled environment. While they were the longest 3 weeks of our lives waiting for Levi to come home, her improvement has been drastic.
Levi May never be the “popular kid” on the playground, but she has learned to be around other dogs without any signs of aggression or fear. On top of that, Andy and Sarah with GR Dog Wizard have given Brad and I so much confidence in Levi!! It makes me so happy to know that she will be able to enjoy her life along side other dogs, instead of continually being stressed and scared by their presence.
There will always be more training to do, and more progress to be had, but We just want to give Andy and Sarah a major shout out, and say thank you for taking great care of Levi during training, changing our lives, and most importantly Levi’s!