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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!
Life Changing Experience!
There are not enough words to express my gratitude to Mark! I have a 4 year old German Shepard, 4 year old Coon Hound Mix and a 9 year old Chihuahua. The three of the dogs would not listen, barked constantly and could not walk on a leash. After a week with Mark, they are night and difference! We went on a walk this morning and it brought me to tears to be able to just relax and walk all of them. Mark does an amazing job keeping you in the loop everyday with their progress by sending videos. (Those really helped, because I missed my dogs.) Again, I can not thank Mark enough. He has really changed all of our lives for the better. Thank you Mark!
Leia had seen Mark about 2 months before her second round of training. My last review explained how awesome her experience was and how much she learned with Mark (it was also 5 stars!). So if you’re skeptical about his results sticking, Leia is proof his training is engrained in their heads! This second time around Mark was able to take Leia’s skills to the next level. Even after all the practicing I had done with my dog, Mark was able to make her even better. She learned “down” from a distance, to “stop” on command, and improved her off leash walking. I chose Mark because of the previous phenomenal results and because I trust him wholeheartedly with one of the most important things in my life- my dog! I seriously don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t had Leia train with Mark. She is a joy to hangout with and I am not constantly on edge, worrying about what she might do. Leia will miss Mark so much, but hopefully she will get to see him again someday!
Excellent communication, solid foundation.
Mark worked with our little puppy Olive and was kind, communicative and effective at laying a solid foundation of commands.
Let me preface by saying we are thrilled with Marks training of our boy Morty!
After looking into a few different local trainers, we found Mark and decided to put our dog into a 1 week board and train with Dog n Pooch. This was the best decision! Morty is a husky/cattle dog mix, so naturally he has boundless energy at most hours of the day. Since we rescued him about 3 months ago, he has relentlessly pulled on the leash and barked/pawed at us for attention. Being a husky, we’ve never trusted him off leash due to their natural inclination to run off, which he had done twice before. We tried everything we could to fix his behavior but had minimal to no success.
Within the first day of Mortys training, Mark had him walking nicely on the leash and learning “place” in the house (this was super important to us as Morty would jump all over us on the couch). Mark sends multiple videos a day of the training process so that you can learn along with your pup, as well as put your mind at ease if you’re worried about the board and train concept. Since we picked Morty up yesterday, we’ve gone on the best walks we’ve ever had (no pulling at all). He instantly understood where his “place” is in the house, and stays there until we tell him to come. In general, he is completely off-leash trained, calmer, doesn’t bark, walks nice and stays in his place. We also feel comfortable taking him to the dog park and on all of our adventures now!
We are super thankful for Mark and his training! Our goal was to find a way to communicate with Morty and let him live his best life, and we achieved that! I would highly recommend his services to anyone seeking help for their dog. Worth every penny.