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.

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 

Marie R. AvatarMarie R.

Scott is an excellent trainer--he has a knack for communicating with dogs and their owners to achieve (and importantly, maintain) training goals. I have sent my Pomeranian puppy to Scott for two board and train programs (when she was 4 months old and again at 11 months) and have observed great progress in her temperament and recall ability. I discussed my goals and concerns with Scott before each training program (potty training, separation anxiety, basic sit/down/stay/come/place commands, heeling on leash) and he worked with Lu using gentle, positive reinforcement to reach those training goals. The follow-up sessions were immensely helpful and helped me solidify the basic commands. My puppy is growing into a wonderful, well-adjusted dog and I couldn't be happier! - 6/01/2020 

Tom E. AvatarTom E.

Scott worked with our rescue dog Bo and has been fantastic with him. We enrolled him in the 2 week full time training program and it made a huge difference in his pulling issues and overall obedience (but he's still the same goofball). Now we are just working on following through and continuing to improve his leash reactivity issues. Highly recommend Scott! - 6/01/2020 

Nancy H. AvatarNancy H.

We are so happy with the results of the 2 week camp and in-home training session! Our rescue, George, is less anxious and less reactive. Scott truly knows what works and has taught us how to continue to help George using his techniques at home. - 6/01/2020 

Whitney B. AvatarWhitney B.

We did some individual and group trainings with our dog, Nala, when she was a puppy. Now she's a stubborn two year old who was an angel indoors, but we could not keep her attention outdoors. She pulled on walks and would not stay next to us, even with tons of treats. We took her to Scott's two week board-and-train program to help teach her how to "heal" and "come" as well as to socialize with other dogs. She came home and I was very impressed with the results. She is much better with walks, more confident around other dogs, and will come when called even during playtime. The program was definitely worth it and I would highly recommend Scott. - 6/01/2020