Testimonials

Life-Changing Dog Training Results

Nothing makes our day better than learning about the difference we made in the lives of a family and their dog. Here are just a few examples of the life-changing results that our dog training programs deliver.


Snickers: Serious Dog Aggression

Snickers Huttunen Pack

"Snickers is a 2 1/2 year old female Shepherd. At home she is a love mush. Outside she was reactive to dogs and people. Snickers was reactive to people in the alley, dogs walking by; even if we were in the car, dogs on the sidewalk had her attention. To take her for a walk we needed pockets of hotdogs and strength. We tried other training, and it didn't work well.

Scott came to the house, spent the time explaining the program, before we signed on. He met Snickers and help us delineate expectations.

When training started (a family event), Snickers' behavior was remarkably changed within the hour! We had a dog who was being trained as a dog, not a small human. With every class Snickers became comfortable in knowing what was expected of her and what her job is.

Snickers has graduated and we continue the program on a daily basis. I enjoy walking her! Our walks are getting longer and longer, reactive dogs (we are in a city neighborhood with dogs aplenty) will walk by and she looks and turns away.

Scott provides text and phone support, encouragement, and guidance. He came to our home so Snick was trained in her neighborhood, so the local distractions, etc., were what we would encounter everyday. Much better than training in an artificial environment!

Thank you Scott!! You understand dogs, how they think, and your training methods are concise, fact based, and the results are proof!!"—Donna Huttunen

Buddha: Trainer-Labeled Uncontrollable

“We rescued Buddha last winter as a pup. We have a sweet, friendly Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees that is about one year old now. We also have two 8 year old boys and the combo of them and a super friendly young dog was often chaotic. Buddha would jump on people, mouth and nip the kids, chase bikes, cars and scooters and would only come when called if he felt like it. We tried a group click and treat dog obedience program and it was a disaster. Buddha wanted to play with every single dog there and treats just didn’t motivate him. The trainer thought Buddha was going to bite another dog and we felt so demoralized that we quit just before the last class.

Buddha knew a few commands but still had his bad habits…nipping the the kids, jumping, chasing cars and bikes and his recall was still inconsistent. He also pulled me along on all of our walks. Finally, we found Scott and our lives have dramatically changed for the better.

We did Scott’s weeklong program where he would work with Buddha during the day and then work with us for about 30 minutes in the evening. It was amazing how much calmer and relaxed Buddha seemed to be after even a day. He is finally the sweet, loving, well-mannered dog we always knew he could be, and we finally have the tools to help him. Just check out Scott’s videos he posted of Buddha and see the results for yourself. We couldn’t have done it without Scott. Even now, the continued support he provides is invaluable as we continue to perfect our techniques. So, thank you Scott! Thank you for helping Buddha be the best family member ever!” —Amanda Main

Snowy Day: Separation Anxiety

Snowy Day

"Life before training compared to life after training is completely night and day. I have a two and a half year old boxer mix (Snowy Day) that, for a while, was driving me completely nuts. He has always been a sweet dog, and very happy-natured. However, he was really lacking in manners. He constantly pulled me during walks, knocked me down when he got excited, never listened to commands. He was overall a simply wild dog. He really lived like he was his own boss and did as he pleased. All of these problems were very discouraging—but most of all, our issue was separation anxiety. I went through a countless number of indoor and outdoor kennels, had to replace my sofa three times, and was always a nervous wreck coming home from work, for fear of seeing what he had done in his moment of weakness at home alone.

Everything quickly changed after training started. Scott showed me how to be the greatest dog owner, and just as Scott predicted, Snowy Day followed my lead and became the greatest dog. As cheesy as it sounds, Our Dog Trainer really has changed the life of everyone in my household. The foundation of training gave Snowy Day a sense of comfort, routine, and security. Not only did I notice his behavior difference early in training, but he really was much more relaxed and happy in general.

I still remember the first day I put Snowy Day’s collar on to take him outside like I do every morning and instead of jumping on the door and bolting out of it the second it opened like he normally did, he actually sat patiently and didn’t move a muscle until I gave him the “Okay!.” I was baffled at the fact that I was finally able to walk out the door first. For once, I wasn’t dragged out of my house by my dog. I was able to calmly and casually go out at my convenience.  I can now leave for work, knowing he will be fine at home, I can walk him around my neighborhood without being made a fool, and I can finally have the relationship with my dog that everyone wants to have.

I truly appreciate Scott for all that he has done with Snowy Day and me. He honestly has brought peace to my household. Snowy Day and I are finally on the same page and can live in harmony with one another. Thanks again Scott! You have no idea the difference you have made!"—Samantha O'Neil

Charlie: Obedience for Senior Owner

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"We got the Cavachon puppy 9 months ago for my mother-in-law. She was an adorable puppy named Charlie. When we got her, she was so small. It was like having an infant, and she seemed so sweet and helpless. Before long, it was more like having a toddler in the house, not doing as we asked. She would jump up on us, scratch the carpet, and pull on the leash. In general, she just was not well mannered.

We hired Scott to work with her every day for 5 days. He would come to the house to pick her up, work with her, return her, and then work with the family. Even during the evaluation before the program started, Scott began teaching us how to work with Charlie ourselves. While he worked intently with Charlie, he also had to teach us. It turns out that we were confusing Charlie and sending her mixed signals. It seems Scott was training Charlie and us. As Scott worked with Charlie, he would send video so that we could see how she was doing and see him train. It was awesome.

Charlie still needs us to work with her to reinforce the work he did, but it has definitely made a change in her and us. She is able to heel. My personal favorite is “place”, which has her go to a place and stay there calmly and quietly until she is told that she can get up. When she gets rowdy or ill mannered, we can send her to “place” to calm down.

Scott has an amazing gift with dogs. You see it the moment he meets the dog. He is firm, but not mean. He doesn’t raise his voice. Charlie immediately liked and respected him. She behaved for him quickly. Scott is also good with owners who need some training. He helped us see changes we needed to make without making us feel like we were being scolded or judged. It was a great experience. It’s nice that even now we could text him for his thoughts. I am glad we made the investment in Charlie and appreciate all Scott did. He is “as advertised” and very knowledgeable.

Bravo, Scott. You know so much. It seems so obvious once you say it. Thanks!" —Jill Jones

Kody: Dog Aggression

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“We highly recommend hiring Scott to work with your dog and you! We are very happy with the results. Our three year old dog, Kody, a highly energetic Australian Shepherd, was hard to take on walks. She constantly pulled on her leash and was aggressive towards other dogs. Scott was able to work with Kody and several of our family members to modify Kody’s behavior so that we can now walk her!

Scott is very professional, consistent, caring, and we had an overall wonderful experience!” —Melissa Tyson

Marla: Obedience Training

Marla Sit_Stay

“We got in touch with Scott to help us train our two dogs, Marla and Murray. But Scott really trained us. 🙂 They can now walk on leashes without pulling our arms from their sockets. They sleep in kennels. They don’t jump on people. They don’t barge in the door (or out of the door). It’s been an amazing change in our household! Our dogs are now good citizens and I am proud and confident enough to take them anywhere!

Thanks Scott!” —Amy Roussel Whittinghill

Lillie: Obedience Training

Katie Lillie Slider

“Today Lillie and I graduated from our training! I am very proud of her and myself! When I first got her I found out that she had been through three owners and was not well socialized. And she was 50 pounds of pure muscle that I had no control of. (She is a pit bull/lab mix.)

Thanks to the Our Dog Trainer program those issues are gone! She has gone through obedience training and the change in her is astonishing! She will sit, lay down, heel, come, and stay in one place on my command! She is even socializing better as each day goes by!

I definitely got more then what I paid for when it came to training her. If I needed Scott (the trainer) he was there to help! He helped Lillie when she was traumatized by fireworks on the 4th of July. Now they don’t even bother her anymore! I would highly recommend this training program!

Thank you Scott Borden for not only training my dog but helping Lillie and I bond!” —Katie Harrison

Fitz (French Bulldog): Leash Aggression

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“I can not say enough about the positive impact that Scott had on our family (humans and canines)! Scott worked with our three dogs (and me!) and after the first session I saw results. Each dog had individual issues that needed assistance. I was immediately impressed with his knowledge, patience and calm nature.

His true love for dogs was evident throughout our sessions. One issue with our dogs was during our daily hour walk. He actually came and walked the hour with us to witness the issues. Scott provided easy to understand-and-implement corrections. Now, walks are enjoyable and I return relaxed and stress free.

It was actually sad to see the training come to an end. Scott has become our friend and the dogs are crazy about him. He not only trained the dogs, but educated me on how to train and continue to work with our dogs.

Scott truly goes above and beyond to ensure success!” —Debra Flowers

Pearl: Serious Dog Aggression

Mom Dogs Me

INITIAL: “Our dog Pearl, a shelter dog, had apparently not been properly socialized as a puppy. Consequently she acted with aggression toward other dogs. Scott was able to identify this “fear-aggression” and help us find proper techniques to control it. Within one session he had Pearl and his dog, Rocket, walking together in a pack walk. After another couple of sessions, Pearl and Rocket were actually palling around like old friends. We highly recommend Scott and his techniques in dog training.”

UPDATE: “Since we have been using Scott’s techniques for the past few months with our dog Pearl, we have noticed a marked change in Pearl’s behavior. Instead of showing aggression to other dogs, she is becoming conditioned to associate other dogs with pleasure. Thanks Scott!” —Beth and Clarke Wright

Belle: Obedience Training

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“I highly recommend Scott if you are looking for someone who knows what they are doing! I first met him at a ‘puppy class’ that our vet put together. He was giving little tips and going over some training techniques. I had planned on sending my German Shepherd puppy, Belle, to a training school when she was old enough. He then proceeded to tell me that he was a trainer!

We started classes with Belle as soon as she was the right age, and she learned so quickly! And she LOVED Scott! He was very calm and incredibly patient, even with me! I had to learn just as much as Belle did. He was extremely flexible with scheduling and always came out to my home if I needed him to. I’m so happy that Scott was willing to train us! He did a fantastic job and I highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a trainer. If I ever get another dog in the future, I know who I’m calling!” —Sarah Cartisano

Deacon: Anxiety and Uncontrollable

Deacon

“I cannot thank Scott enough for our new way of life! I have a two year old Pit Bull named Deacon who is such a sweet baby, but he had no manners at all. Our major problems with Deacon were jumping all over me and other people for attention, not listening to me after sitting for more than a few seconds—then he was back up ignoring me—and leash walking was horrible—lots of pulling.

Scott took his time with training me and Deacon. He worked around my busy schedule. The training was very positive. I had results in the first day. I never thought I’d see the day my dog would be doing down/stay in the middle of Bass Pro with me walking away, or walking right beside me on leash! I couldn’t be happier with all the results.

If you’re looking for someone caring with an understanding love for dogs, Scott’s the trainer for you!” —Kaitlyn Lee

Penny: Dangerous Leash Pulling

Beth and Penny

“I am happy to recommend Our Dog Trainer. I adopted a 6 mos. old lab mix pup, Penny, last summer as a rescue. She is expected to reach about 95 lbs. Her foster family did not have specifics on her early life experiences but she had not been leash trained. As soon as I could get her into a training class, we started using a clicker and all positive reinforcement. We did well with the basics but loose leash training progressed slowly. One evening we were walking, and I thought we are finally getting this down. The next thing I knew, I had landed on my head and arm, having gone airborne in a heartbeat, luckily landing on grass.

Scott came over and taught me how to work with her, using leash pressure. I don’t think I realized until after we were able to walk safely how worried I had been and intimidated by a behavior problem that threatened our relationship. I’ve never had a dog this big and have to be able to safely control her. She is very sweet and affectionate but could really hurt me. In just one session, I learned how to walk her safely. I am very thankful for Scott’s assistance and know Penny is too.” —Beth Frey

Bear: Obedience and Socialization

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"Royce and I feel very blessed to have found Scott Borden to dog train us. Bear Dog, our Staffy/Lab mix, has learned a lot too!

We were looking for someone to come to our home (where the training challenges are of course), and are so lucky that Scott provides this service. Since beginning our training with Scott, our life with Bear has become so much more gratifying and joyful. Bear is inherently a wonderful dog with some poor manners and social skills that we have allowed and not known how to modify. Scott is showing us how to work with Bear and to bring out the best in him.

Working with Scott is well and truly a great experience! He is an amazingly gifted dog trainer, and his love of our canine companions and passion for improving human and canine coexistence is evident in everything he does. His understanding of canines and their behavior is very extensive. To his training program, he also brings admirable personal skills—consistency, patience, focus, great communication and teaching skills, wonderful ideas and fun! We have really appreciated the clarity of his approach and the logical progression of the skills he teaches. The training materials he has formulated are great—clear, concise, and effective.

With Scott, we have had many terrific breakthrough training moments, and the highlight so far is our Bear and Scott’s three dogs, Rocket, Sam and Cima, relaxing contentedly in our living room!

Thanks so much, Scott! Royce, Bear and I are grateful beyond words!" —Robin Coleman

Cassie and Claire: Out of Control Littermates

"...this is the second set of labs in our lives. We originally thought because of past experience we could train our new puppies ourselves. After trying for a year, we were getting our butts kicked! Our life before Scott was full of turmoil and frustration. Shouting, wrestling and chasing Cassie and Claire was a normal way of life in our household...At this point, I also started to question our decision to have two more labs in our lives. I was very emotional about not having control and was uncertain about the future.

Their vets at Hillside Animal Clinic recommended Scott Borden. I contacted him on a Friday and by Sunday he was sitting on our couch for a consultation. That was an eye opener for both of us! It was not all about what they were doing wrong, it was all about what we were teaching them. We had to be trained to think and react differently to be able to give our dogs and us a better future.

Our first task was to learn about littermate syndrome. Having two puppies from the same litter is highly unusual and not recommended. This is what made us realize that we had to work even harder than what was expected. Scott set up a personalized program specifically for Cassie and Claire. On his weekly visits he would give us our training goals to accomplish. He spent the time needed to show us how to achieve these goals. We put all of our trust into Scott and this process and now we have two precious and polite labs!

We trained Cassie and Claire for 5 to 6 hours a night. Everything we did (and still do) with them is a training session whether we play with the frisbee or while they work for their food. Our journey is now on the right path to happy dogs/happy life.

Our success would not have been possible if Scott had not entered our lives. He is very professional and understanding to our individual needs. His communication skills are remarkable. His love and compassion for dogs is just amazing. He cares about the owners of these troubled pets and is always there for us when needed. He can read people as well as he can read dogs and his sense of humor is off the charts! We will always be grateful to Our Dog Trainer!! Thank you Scott for our new way of life." —Kathleen Bainbridge

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