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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!
Excellent Results for our GSD-Ms Xyla
All we can say is a BIG Thank You for your help with the two week training of Xyla our German Shepherd of 20 months. We especially appreciated the time that you took with us when we picked her up. We were so impressed that she was able to perform off leash walking at Pioneer Park. We are practicing, as you recommended, to take her to different places for variety such as Lowes.
She walks so well in Cambria now on the Boardwalk passing people, and other distractions (like squirrels) . Actually, yesterday while we were there, she met another long haired GSD named Ranger who is a year older than she is. This was her first time she met another German Shepherd and they got along surprisingly well.
Gunther & Heidi & Ms. Xyla
Look no further, awesome dog trainer
We took our unruly, unmannered 7 1/2 mos. Border Collie/Austrailian Shephard puppy to Mark and he returned a well behaved, obedient puppy! Finn continues to follow all commands and has even learned respect for the cat. We had barking problems, issues around other people and in one week he has improved 100%. We continue to use Mark’s tools and are enjoying long walks effortlessly. We enjoyed the daily videos, he is very good at what he does and seems to enjoy it!
Outstanding DognPooch Trainer!
Our puppy, Jules, is a good boy, but he needed some training. We hired a training to come to the house one day a week, and that worked somewhat; however, we needed something more…then we found MARK! Mark worked a miracle – he helped train Jules to not jump on people, to walk beside us, to stay when asked, and to come when directed. In less than 1 week, we have a well-behaved dog. He is effective in his techniques, ethical in his treatment of his dog clients, kind, and keeps you (the dog parents) always informed of what is happening during the training with lots of videos – it is an educational experience for your dog and for you. We highly recommend Mark as a dog trainer. (Now, we wish he could train our cat…Willie Nelson!)
Mark was amazing to work with. He kept us well informed of everything happening throughout our little girls stay with him – and we had a total turnaround! Our 8month GSP needed help being a better on leash and off leash walker, and to get a good handle on some of her bird dog tendencies. We had heard horror stories of people who feel like their dog “comes back a different dog” when they’ve gone to a trainer, however we had no where near this experience using Mark. Our sweet little cuddled came back as happy as ever, and better than ever with amazing manners. We are really excited and pleased with the experience at Dog n Pooch!