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.

Sonja W. AvatarSonja W.

We adopted our boxer mix “quarantine pup” in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. He was just a few weeks old at the time. He took on a serious role of home protector and by 2 years old it was necessary to enroll him in Melanie’s board and train program. He was over protective - growling and barking at all home visitors as well as pulling on his leash and growling at neighbors and other dogs on our walks. He could be quite intimidating. Though he never had an aggressive episode we wanted to be sure it never came to that. He needed serious work on his manners and impulse control. Melanie taught him other “jobs” - like staying in place - so he’s preoccupied from filling his home protector role. He no longer ambushes the door when guests enter. He can walk calmly on his leash while passing another dog closely as though they aren’t even there. He’s getting better at respecting space and furniture. Melanie was able to put down some serious groundwork for his training journey. We’re excited to visit her “pack walks” in the future to continue brushing up on skills and being close to other dogs who know similar commands. He went back to stay with Melanie with Dog Wizard again for boarding while we were on vacation over Easter and she shared these pictures with us. I highly recommend her! She cares for her animals and wants them safe and happy! It absolutely shows. - 5/06/2022 

Donna G. AvatarDonna G.

I can't say enough great things about this place and the staff. They took 2 uncontrollable German Shepherds and gave me back 2 awesome dogs that I can take on walks (passing by other dogs) and enjoy it. I can take them to Petsmart and not struggle to keep them with me or be embarrassed by their barking. - 4/22/2022 

Katie M. AvatarKatie M.

I don’t have enough good things to say about Melanie and her team at the Dog Wizard - Lake Norman. We just got our Australian shepherd, Marigold, back from the 21-day Jumpstart program and the difference is night and day. Prior to her board and train experience, we simply didn’t know what else to do. Her resource guarding and territorial nature were on full display at all times. She had to be crated in a different part of the house when guests came over and barked incessantly the entire time. We felt defeated and overwhelmed. Marigold came home relaxed, happy and calm. She no longer chases our cats out of the room and family walks are now a dream. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for giving our girl the confidence to live her best life. We are so grateful! - 3/02/2022 

Liz G. AvatarLiz G.

We just got our dog (a 7 year old 57lb Aussie/Pitbull mix) back from a 21-day training program targeted at her leash reactivity. I have been at my wits end. My dog reacts with extreme thrashing, lunging, and howling whenever she sees another dog. It had gotten to the point where I no longer walked her or took her anywhere, which was bad for both of us. I went through a number of trainers and spent thousands of dollars to try to fix this. Either the other trainers "couldn't replicate" the issues or they just gave advice that I can only describe as quackery.Honestly, the thought of being away from my dog for 21 days was heartbreaking to me. I also was worried about throwing good money after bad.I wish I did this YEARS ago. Melanie and her team kept me updated on their status. Very few days went by where I didn't have a text message with photos or video, or where my dog wouldn't be featured on an update on their social media. Instead of telling me they couldn't replicate the issues, they specifically went and sought out the situations that would trigger the issues.Obviously you can't magically fix a dog's issues in three weeks, but the progress that was made was jaw dropping. I am able to walk my dog now and have even been SEEKING OUT neighbors walking their dogs so I can work on how my dog reacts. I have been given the tools that I need to feel completely in control and able to communicate with expectations to my dog. The support from Dog Wizard isn't over yet, either. I still have more follow up sessions with Melanie in the future, including walking around a park full of other dog-walkers and eating a meal on the patio of a dog-friendly restaurant.I can't say enough how thrilled I am. I am hopeful for the future for the first time on years. My dog and I are going to be able to live the life we deserve to - out with the rest of the world. - 2/23/2022 

Realtor R. AvatarRealtor R.

My dogs are being treated so well and I am constantly updated with their progress. I am super excited to see their change. So glad I picked The Dog Wizard for my furbaby! - 1/11/2022 

Manu P. AvatarManu P.

Thank you Dog Wizard - Melanie for helping us with our furry family members! We are so grateful for your service and especially for our trainer Corey! He was absolutely wonderful with our pups and also with us. 😊 He taught our dogs some new behaviors to replace unwanted once they had displayed for years and had consistently gotten worse. Our dogs are no puppies they are 5 and 8 years old. So you can teach an old dog new tricks! Every walk was stressful. They were out of control whenever they saw another dog. Barking, growling, pulling and getting at each other in displaced aggression. They would also bark excessively when people cam to the house and rush them at the door. Plus very skeptic of new situations. All of this has changed since they went through the program with Corey. We now go on walks wherever we want, other dogs not a problem anymore. They learned a new way to deal with that even if they still get a little nervous sometimes. They learned if they behave in the new learned manner they get rewarded with praise and the occasional treat. And this works out for all of us! We had extended Family over for the holidays, even a 2 year old (they didn’t really ever have contact with small children). And everything worked like a charm. They now go to a place position so people can come in unbothered. And then meet them in a calm manner. Tea couldn’t be happier and our dogs I think feel the same way. We will recommend Dog Wizzard to anyone who wants to better their life with their furry best friends. Again thank you Corey our dogs love you, which you could tell by the reception you got when you met them again a couple weeks after the training. All the best to everyone at Dog Wizzard, Merry Christmas and a happy new Year. - 12/28/2021 

Michelle A. AvatarMichelle A.

Corey did an amazing job with our puppy Frank. They listened to our concerns, addressed them all, and had great follow up. We have a lot to look forward to with our dog and his new skills. Would recommend highly to others. - 11/29/2021 

Valerie B. AvatarValerie B.

I can not say enough about how pleased I am with Melanie and the team at The Dog Wizard. My Quigley is a loveable 120lb English Golden retriever, but he jumped on you and would drag you. He also has terrible social skills. My husband was on the verge of getting rid of him. So I went looking for help and after checking out several places, I chose The dog Wizard. I sent him to Melanie for 21 day program. She even came and picked him up, which made it easier to let him go. He truly came back a new dog, he is still very loving and happy but he now listens when we speak to him. He is such a happier dog because no one is yelling at him.I just took him on is first trip to the mountains and into town. I was so pleased at how at Quigley acted, I had to sit down and write this review.If you are looking for someone to work with your dog and to work with you to keep up your dogs training, give them a call. You will be happy & your dog will be happy !Valarie Beam - 11/07/2021 

linda h. Avatarlinda h.

I am so happy I found "The Dog Wizard" for my very active Aussiedoodle puppy. Much to my dismay, I could not train my puppy to stop jumping up and pulling me on our walks. I took a puppy training class at my local pet store which was basically a total waste of time and money. I knew I had to get my puppy trained or would be faced with rehoming her. My puppy was so smart and house broken and crate trained in days but her active behavior was beyond acceptable. Thank goodness for "The Dog Wizard"!! Board and train worked great for us and my puppy came back as a well-trained, obedient and happy puppy. Melanie spent extra time with my puppy (as she really needed it) to make sure she met the high standards of "The Dog Wizard". This was the best training ever and I highly recommend the Lake Norman "Dog Wizard". My puppy and I love Melanie and her staff and I 110% recommend "The Dog Wizard". - 11/07/2021 

Kat H. AvatarKat H.

We sent our dog, Samantha, to The Dog Wizard for the 21 day training. We are extremely pleased with the results!Corey did a wonderful job! The follow up that is available to us is an excellent value!! Highly recommend!!! - 10/31/2021 

Ann H. AvatarAnn H.

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Ken T. AvatarKen T.

My Dog Brownie is extremely head strong. After 3 weeks of the board and train we have a different dog. We can have a meal without the constant begging for food and have a phone conversation without her barking in the background. Very impressive training with Melanie. - 4/01/2021 

Kim E. AvatarKim E.

We have been working with Melanie for about 3 months now with our 6yr old American Pit Bull Terrier, Sooki. She had leash anxiety and needed some refresh on basic commands. Melanie is an incredibly talented trainer! She has given us many tools and worked to correct not only Sooki's behavior, but our bad habits also! She is professional, reliable, patient and worth every penny! The office staff is also fantastic! They are responsive, kind and professional! I highly recommend The Dog Wizard! - 2/01/2021 

emily t. Avataremily t.

Worth Every Penny! I contacted many dog training programs to help train Hannah (lab/pit mix).. and with her aggression issues, it was hard to find the right spot for her. After a few dogs fights Hannah had started, I was at my wits end. Melanie knew where Hannah needed work just by talking on the phone! We loved seeing videoes and pictures of the training process— meeting new friends, learning new commands and building her confidence up! .. Thanks to Melanie I can now walk with Hannah by my side (without me holding the leash) and I TRUST her, we trust eachother! I now have the tools to keep working with Hannah — Great program. - 7/01/2020 

Connor M. AvatarConnor M.

I should have come to Scott a long time ago. Moving to the city after living in a rural area, my boy Ollie never quite adjusted to the sights and sounds of the city and all of its dogs and people. He was chronically fear aggressive. After two weeks with Scott, Ollie is much more confident and easier to manage day to day. In our take home lesson, Scott took the time to walk me through my role and built up my own confidence in making sure Ollie continues to develop and learn. Whatever you think of the cost - it’s totally worth it for the peace of mind and for the better, more free life for you dog! - 6/01/2020 

Jeremy S. AvatarJeremy S.

we have a rescue shepherd mix who used to be anxious and wild. the other month at the beach, a woman approached us as we were leaving and said, "your dog is the best behaved dog on the beach."we loved working with scott: he's an excellent trainer. he really helped train us train our dog in a loving and firm way. my wife and i often say it's the best investment we've made. - 6/01/2020 

Arianna M. AvatarArianna M.

My dog Savvy finished the 2 week boot camp about two weeks ago. Savvy was having a hard time adjusting to the city and was very anxious which caused her to be very reactive and uncontrollable at times. I wasn’t sure how I would be able to manage Savvy while living in the city but it’s so clear to me that during her two weeks she learned the tools to manage her anxiety in the city. Most impressively Scott has been a tremendous resource even after the program, available through text and offering follow up lessons, which has been important for me to learn how to communicate with Savvy in the new language she learned at camp. I am so so happy we found Scott because I am now confident Savvy has the tools to strive in her new environment. Also she loves seeing Scott during follow ups which shows he cares well for the pups :) - 6/01/2020 

Lauren P. AvatarLauren P.

Scott has been great with my reactive 7 year old pit bull. One of few people who have been able to handle him from the moment they met. It seems to come totally naturally for him. Having Scott’s tools to use has helped me see how Bodhi is starting to build more confidence. And I’m relearning to trust him after several tough experiences with dog fights. It’s going to take consistent work on my part over time, but Bodhi is much more manageable and I now feel like we’re on the right track. - 6/01/2020 

Kristi W. AvatarKristi W.

A special thanks to Scott!The past 6 weeks has been an AMAZING life changing experience for our 2 English Labs! Our 18 month old puppies; transitioned from pulling, jumping on strangers (and family) while walking to well behaved listeners!Our walks are no longer stressful and embarrassing. It is now a relaxing experience for the family, when we walk for exercise. We owe this progress, to Scott's patience and training techniques. The key to successfull training (as dog Owners), is to practice daily in between weekly training sessions!When you trust the process and do the work, the reward is always going to be positive!Cheers! - 6/01/2020 

Sarah d. AvatarSarah d.

We sent our two year old dog to the board and train program and have been really happy with the results. Our dog pulled constantly on the leash and he now walks in a perfect heel and is reliable off leash. We are working on reinforcing all the learnings to keep up the great results! - 6/01/2020