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DognPooch is amazing!
Mark Lipes is truly great at what he does. I strongly recommend anyone with a dog in their family take time to send their puppy/dog to Mark’s training. His service is truly priceless.
Before choosing Mark at DognPooch to care for our little one I called many, many training facilities within about 200 miles of our town. Not only was DognPooch well priced and close by, Mark was the first person willing to speak with me personally and to send videos and references without me even asking. He answered my many, many questions with grace and authority.
We dropped our puppy off with Mark (though I think he might do pick-ups, too) and were pleased and amazed to find the training space not only warm and inviting but also spotless. This is huge and helped us feel great about leaving her there.
Throughout the two weeks that Puppy was in training Mark sent us videos and updates about her progress. She was trained with other dogs, cats, birds, people, in the park, on the sidewalk, in stores, and so so much more! When we picked her up she was happy to see us but also sad to say goodbye- another great sign that the training Mark does he does with kindness and a love of animals.
Mark showed us what to do and how to reinforce her training at home. He took time to practice with us and was able to tell us where we might need to try a bit harder or what might work best for us with her.
So, what does all of this mean now that we have her home? Our dog is AMAZING! She is such a joy to have around. She sits, stays, comes, heels, knows her place (which can be anything I designate as a place), listens for noises we make (pays attention to us) and so so much more. She no longer chases our cats or goes running around when asked to come, she doesn’t budge even when food is dropped on the floor near her. New training we’ve introduced also sticks extremely well.
Before DognPooch our puppy was what most would call a pretty good puppy- not too much biting, not too much jumping, regular potty training issues, in fact, my mother-in-law thought we were nuts for paying for training for ‘such a good dog’.
Now, our dog is a phenomenal dog! She can meet new people, sit with us at restaurants, stay on her place even in the garage (near loud machinery) or outside near squirrels and cars…I could go on and on. If you’re questioning the worth of such a service, please, please do it for yourself and your family!
Test, just a test
Hello. And Bye.
If I could give more stars I would!! I got my dog Roo at 3 months old. She was skittish, so I knew I had to socialize her as much as possible (dog parks/friends houses/public events), but after months of socialization she only seemed to get worse. Being terrified seemed to be her default setting, and on top of that–her fear was starting to manifest as aggression. Roomates, friends, toddlers running at the dog park– no one was safe. She would lunge and bark and snap and finally, while on the leash at a dog park, she bit someone. I was terrified of taking her anywhere or letting anyone dog sit because i knew she could genuinely hurt someone and I might be forced to put her down. Mark was my last chance, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Before Mark, Roo would attack any stranger I invited into the house, and my roommates if they moved too quickly. Today, after a week with Mark and a month of following his teachings, I had 10 people at my house for game night and ROO WAS CALM–in fact I think she actually had a good time. She let strangers pet her, she was relaxed when people were shouting and laughing and running around. My friends–some of whom had been attacked in the past!– were shocked at the difference! I got my freedom back and Roo is actually able to enjoy life. I’m beyond grateful, I’ve already recommended him to multiple friends and I took like 10 of his business cards to throw at passing strangers. Mark can’t change your dog’s personality–Roo will never trust strangers and I have to be diligent to avoid putting her in situations that could overwhelm her–BUT he can literally change the way your dog thinks about the world and then teach YOU how to maintain that. He sent daily progress videos and after the training he checked in on us regularly and answered any questions I had. Roo trusts me to protect her now, thanks to Mark. He has changed our lives and I truly can’t recommend him enough!!!!!!
AMZING!!! WORTH EVERY PENNY!
I found Mark through yelp and I was amazed by his reviews. He really is a dog guru. He turned my stubborn ( seriously I’ve never had a dog so stubborn) pit bull puppy into an amazing obedient dog. We rescued our dog and he came with some bad habits. He used to run inside and all over the house but now he waits patiently at the door for us to allow him in. He would jump when meeting people. No longer have that issue. We used to have to hold on to the leash extremely tight because he would pull so hard and now no pulling. We could walk him with what Mark calls a “Jump rope leash”. We really do have a different dog. I’m really thankful for Mark and all the advice he gave my husband and I to continue the behavior at home. He also sends you progress videos throughout the week so you can see the change from the 1st day to the last. If your hesitant don’t be your dog is in amazing hands and you’ll get the results you’ll need. Mark really knows what he’s doing and I recommend him 1000 percent! He really is a miracle worker!
Mark's training a life changer!
I tried the positive training classes with our bernedoodle and it just didn’t work. He wouldn’t come when called and this lover of people and dogs would tend to drag me to greet whoever we passed on the street. Enter Mark with one week of training at his home, and our 73 lb walks by dogs and people. He is still interested, but not pulling me to them. At home or at the park off leash, he will come whenever I call. I love that I can put him on his bed in the livingroom and he will stay there no matter if I leave the room or if the 4 and 3 year old grandsons are rough housing near him.
So thanks, Mark. You were 100% correct when you said your training would make our life with Bernee phenomenal!