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It was a pleasure to meet Glenn on Sunday night. We learned so much in that 1 visit.
We are using the techniques suggested. In particular we have been enjoying being "drama queens" when Teddy doesn't follow a command - and it has really made a difference.
On walks, I have been using the "look at me" and treat technique when we see other dogs, as well as singing a quiet ditty - and our walks have become very different. Not perfect - but real progress.
We will keep working on what we were taught.... We will definitely give your service rave reviews to our vet and others.
Beth & John/Melrose, MA
I want to write to tell you how grateful I am for your introductory obedience course. I had looked at some other programs and interviewed other trainers. Your course was what I knew I wanted and what I didn't know I needed: informative, practical, supportive, kind, low-stress, fun, and very successful.
You welcomed me and my dog for a visit and then to the class, always taking care that he and the other dogs were safe and having fun. You helped us communicate better and by the end of the class not only had we learned basic commands, but other classmates commented on how much Rocky had improved in his comfort with other dogs.
I want to mention that I also work as a behavior therapist in my day-job. I love the way you are able to break down complicated behavior principles into everyday examples and strategies. As someone trained in behavior intervention, I still felt overwhelmed with where to start with Rocky. You coach your human students to be more successful dog caregivers and clearly love watching people and dogs learn together. You have truly given Rocky and me a strong, healthy, happy foundation. Thank you sincerely,
Kendra K./Middleton, MA
My husband and I adopted a shelter dog with known dog reactivity issues. We wanted to get a start on this as soon as possible before shelter habits got set. We talked to and visited several dog trainers & facilities and were not satisfied. Our vet recommended Glenn and Judy very highly as effective and non-aversive trainers/behaviorists. Glenn came to visit at our house and met Ginger. He left us with some homework and a date for a structured walk. We continued these structured walks , about every 3 weeks for a few months.
Glenn guided us to a program of desensitization and counter-conditioning for Ginger’s dog reactivity. He also provide a foundation for good behavior and obedience that helped us build a good relationship with Ginger and build her trust in us. Now, 6 months and 8 appointments later, we have a great, happy dog who is well mannered. She is not totally relaxed with other dogs, but manageable and safe. She can be let loose at the beach and at dog parks without wandering off or any mishaps. A walk down a crowded street (with dogs) is a pleasure.
Glenn and Judy believe and practice a completely positive, no punishment approach to dog training. It works and I believe works better that punishment/painful stimulation in the short and long term. Ginger is not afraid of us, she wants to be with us. If we call her, she comes to us.
The real secret is Glenn and Judy don’t train dogs at all – although they can. They train dog owners to train their dogs to be good pet parents. I cannot recommend them enough!
I wanted to write and let you know that I lost my old dog Buddy yesterday. He was a border collie who came to me terribly fear reactive. We came to your puppy class, and you gave him tunafish from your own sandwich to help make him comfortable.
Over the years he went from terrified of strangers to gently hopeful that they would give him a treat. Your patience and advice helped me give him a life without fear. In the last few years, it was hard for me to remember that he wasn't a normal, happy dog.
Thursday he had a good day, and though I rarely make tunafish, I made a batch and fed him some from my fingers. Friday he let me know that he was ready to go by refusing to take any more.
Thanks for your help with him.
Alan & I (and Abby!) want to thank you for all you did for us on Saturday. It was a bit scary bringing home a new dog & not really knowing what to do. We are very appreciative of all of your great advice, tips, knowledge & encouragement Glenn, & for coming out to help us on a holiday weekend.
The harness we purchased from you has worked wonders. We have ordered a collar embroidered with Abby's name & our phone #, and read the little booklet we purchased cover to cover.
We thank you for starting us off on the right foot. We have had a great 3 days - no accidents, sleeping through the night, learning her commands, minding well, settling into a schedule.... We now look forward to our training class with you.
Deborah & Alan Macintosh
I wanted to let you know how great I thought your class was… Thanks to your classes I am much more comfortable “reading” Busters behavior especially around other dogs. Buster is so sociable and had I not taken your class I would have avoided every dog that came across our path.
Heather D. / Melrose, MA
Have (been) singing your praises all weekend! We went to a wedding on the vineyard and brought Cosmo: shuttle buses, ferry, cabs, hotel rooms, 10 children, walks in Oak Bluffs etc....Cosmo was AMAZING- we attempted to consistently incorporate your recs and he shined. More compliments on his behavior from family and strangers than you can imagine. Thank you.
I cannot express enough the high regard I have for Glenn and his teaching abilities; not only for the dogs, but for their owners as well! Glenn’s ability to explain and demonstrate training methods in easy to understand terms is a trait I find many trainers lacking. After all, we are alone at home with our dogs once class has ended! After taking both the basic obedience class, and then the AKC canine good citizen prep course, I am very pleased with my experience.
My dog Eloise is a 1.5 year old rescue from Texas with no prior training. When she arrived, her personality was understandably not the same as described by the rescue she came from, due to the stress of relocating. I turned to Glenn for help based on the recommendation of a relative who has seen his work with shelter dogs. Ellie has transformed over the course of just a couple months from an extremely fearful, reactive basset hound mix, to a pleasant, gregarious young dog. She now has confidence when she goes out for walks, to new places, and when meeting new people and dogs. I never thought when she first arrived that I would be able to walk her around the block, never mind go play at the dog park, and I am happy to report that Glenn has helped make that possible.
I highly recommend Glenn to any one that owns a dog, shelter rescue or not, serious behavioral issues or just for obedience 101. Thank you Glenn!
Nancy Bowes / Beverly, MA
Shayna and I have had a great time in class and there is already a big difference in my relationship with her. She is responding to my new confidence and we get compliments on walks and at the dog park on her behavior all the time. A couple new behaviors that I've seen since we started class are her coming back to my side on her own when she gets overwhelmed and also following me around the dog park wanting to play (she usually just does her own thing until I call her.) Best of all, she has started sleeping by my pillow every night this week - she knows I'm not frustrated with her anymore.
Scott Cores/Peabody, MA
Becoming a dog owner for the 5th time it would be easy to think, I can do this I have done it before, raising a dog. But this time I am so glad I also thought, hmm I want to get it right. I had an at home session with Glenn when Samara was 3 1/2 months old that was such a help to me and that is where the problem lay too, it was me.
The dog training course was great also, it gave me such help and advice and group discussion was also very helpful. The socializing and the basic training gives me now the confidence to continue.
Anne Stavnes/Gloucester, MA
I called Pet Dog Training because our dog bit me several times. Andy is an almost seven-year-old Pekingese who belonged to my partner and her blind, autistic daughter for five years before meeting me. As the new kid on the block and a first-time pet owner as well, I thought it must be my fault. I was embarrassed and ashamed until I finally got the courage to make an inquiry. Judy Goldman took my call and provided instant and much-needed validation. We set up an appointment with Glenn Goldman and completed extensive questionnaires before our first meeting. Glenn arrived right on time and was filled with wisdom, compassion, kindness, and humor. His lessons flowed with practical, easy to manage concepts that have enriched my relationship with Andy and my life in general. I have gone from spoiling Andy so that he became a bully I feared to becoming more assertive and witnessing Andy develop a trusted bond with me. I am truly grateful.
We are so thankful to Glenn for teaching us how to help Abby learn self control. The transformation is amazing. Abby is no longer like a wild animal charging for her food. She is very well-behaved and patient.
Just wanted to send our thanks and give you a quick update on Silver, our Siberian Husky, which Glenn had worked with several months back for issues with resource guarding / resource aggression.
Following Glenn's instructions, we have worked diligently with Silver and he has shown remarkable progress. We have now moved to London and Silver is doing better than ever. He still shows some signs of resource guarding, but here are some examples of his progress:
Thank you so much for giving us the tools to work with him. We are all much happier now and we have enjoyed a much smoother move to London as a result!
Trish, Jim and Silver Chaput
I have brought my other dogs to different puppy training schools in the past. I have also had experience with a trainer because I worked at her kennel and saw how she trained. And, I have NEVER seen or been a part of a better dog training school! Glenn and Judy are fantastic! My chihuahua was very timid and frightened at the first class and now she has so much confidence that it's like I have a new puppy. The things I have learned in class have given me the tools to not only make her more behaved, but she now feels even safer with me as her owner knowing that I am in control and will protect her. Seriously, if you want a great way to learn how to train your puppy or dog, you have to try these classes! They are wonderful! Thank you Glenn and Judy! PS: I will have to comment again later because I have soooo much more to say. :)
We brought home a beautiful, sweet, and very smart border collie puppy, Annie, at the age of eight weeks who became a very aggressive, hard to handle four-month old almost overnight. She terrorized our four-year-old Scottish terrier, Jack, and created havoc in our household by taking out her aggression to both Jack and even us by biting and growling almost constantly. At the first sign of this, we brought in a trainer who worked with us on basic obedience , but the situation simply intensified. We were at our wits end and even got to the point that we thought that we would have to return Annie to the breeder in spite of how much we loved her and her sweet side, which surfaced every so often.
But, we just felt that we could not give up – and had not given him Annie every possible chance to succeed. We saw an advertisement for Judy and Glenn at our vet and also heard about them from a pet supply store in our town. I gave them a call and less than a day later we connected, and I shared with them the story of Annie and our sadness and frustration over the situation that had resulted. They agreed to take on Annie and work with us.
Two months later, after a very specific program and focus, Annie is a delightful member of our family. Glenn has a very calming yet firm approach to managing aggression in dogs, with a focus on building confidence in a positive way and establishing the pack order in a way that is constructive and effective. He taught us as much as he taught Annie! We also learned to build on Annie's interest in playing ball and use it as a way to both exercise her and reward her for behaving well.
I never thought that we would come through our training this well this quickly. I have to say that we went into this with the idea that we would make it work and give Annie every benefit of our time and attention, but did not really know how it would turn out. Glenn and Judy both were our partners in turning a very difficult situation into a very happy outcome. We recognize that we will forever work to build on the great success that we have with Annie, and continue to work with Glenn to build on our success together. We are now working with any on agility training which reinforces leadership, discipline and focus. At the same time it gives her physical and mental stimulation she needs to be happy. And happy she is, she smiles and wags her tails and gives hugs – something she never ever did before.
My husband and I, and Annie and Jack, highly recommend their programs and teaching methods. I've had dogs before so thought I knew everything there was to know about training them. I've learned that all dogs are different and that understanding what motivates dogs and how to tap into that effectively and kindly and firmly so that dogs can be happy and is as much science as art. Glenn and Judy have that mastered!
Karen L. Webster, CEO|Market Platform Dynamics, President|PYMNTS.com
Glenn got us out of a bad situation last summer, when our puppy started to become really aggressive toward our children, and also toward my husband at times. The trainer in the puppy kindergarten class was not helpful at all, very vague in her advice, so we turned to our breeder, who highly recommended Glenn and Judy.
Glenn and Judy responded to our SOS, and we got together within a few days, which was a huge relief. What Glenn taught us made sense, and although some of it was really hard to do (e.g. we had to kick our beloved puppy out of the “pack”), we saw almost instant improvement. It was touch and go though for a while. We didn’t know if we could really keep our puppy or not, but thanks to the techniques we learned, she turned around. We now have a normal family life with dog! Glenn and Judy also kept checking in with us over the weeks and months to see how we were doing.
Unfortunately we live too far away to come to their classes, otherwise we would attend them all.
Thank you so much, Glenn. You are GREAT at what you are doing! Should we come to a point where we need help from the best again, we are happy to know where to find you!
We rescued Bella from Cape Ann Animal Aid and she was a very frightened and insecure dog. We took her to Petdog Training. Glenn and Judy's insight and interesting and informative training program was not only fun for Bella and us but also helped Bella become a happy and confident dog.
Steve and Betty Gillis
In April of 2008 our family rescued a miniature schnauzer/terrier mix named Cassy. When she arrived at our home, she was recovering from the trauma of being re homed several times. Her first owner crated her for the majority of her day and also abused her. Soon she developed cage rage and was surrendered to a shelter. From there, things went downhill for Cassy. She went through 2 shelters, and at one of them nearly severed one of her hind legs in a panic of cage rage. She then was adopted but was soon surrendered to a rescue and placed in a foster home. It was from the foster home we adopted her. She was only 1 year old, weighed 10 pounds, had crystals in her urine, mange on her muzzle and was completely unsocialized and insecure. And, so our work began.
An important part of that work was our weekly obedience class with Glenn Goldman. Glenn's calm demeanor, confidence and knowledge taught us how to help Cassy become the best dog she can be. He was very thoughtful in helping us face the myriad of issues presented by a damaged dog and always had the time and compassion to answer our questions and work out solutions to problems. Glenn helped us in every area of Cassy's life, from obedience and manners to nutrition.
As a result of Glenn's help, Cassy is well on the road to being all she can be. She has been with us for only 6 months, and is already 17 pounds, free of the mange and urinary crystals and has a coat that is thick and shiny. We work every day on her obedience and manners, using the techniques we learned in class. She is becoming more and more reliable and this week was able to enjoy her first off leash run on the beach, where she plunged into the surf with total abandon. Her joy was absolutely infectious, people on the beach all stopped to watch this ecstatic terrier romping in the surf. Everyone who watched her could not help but smile. As for me, I had tears of joy watching her and knowing how far she had come and what a wonderful gift we had been given when we adopted her.
Soon, we will move on to the next step in obedience training and have set a goal of having Cassy receive her Canine Good Citizen Certificate and eventually have her registered as a pet therapy dog. You see, she has a four-year old, 5 pound big sister named Misty who has already achieved those goals. Cassy will not be outdone by a five pound poodle!!
Angela, David, Paul and Anna Mourer
Glenn, you reminded my Labrador, "Mr.Will Do", AKA, Willy, that he was a gentleman, you reminded me that I was not his doormat, nor his possession, although I'm not sure he got that one, and well, Oliver is just Oliver~~~~~~~~~Thank you so very much for all your help; he still looks for you at the tennis courts on the boulevard.
Very best regards,
Nell, Willy and Oliver
…You helped us so much with our first dog (that we had no clue what to do with!) Attached is a photo of Minnie, thank you again for your great teaching!
The Costa Family
Taking your puppy to obedience class is the biggest favor you can do for your puppy and yourself. The importance of socializing your dog and teaching him what behavior is acceptable are two of the most important things I learned in Glenn and Judy's program. Having a breed that is known for having a mind of his own, the training my puppy received has made him a wonderful pet and companion who is welcome wherever we go and a joy to all who have had the "privilege" of meeting him. Thank you Judy and Glenn.
Vallee Bordinaro and Zeke
I thought my dog was hopeless until I discovered Glenn and Judy's dog training classes. Before, Pickles would jump on guests (sometimes bopping them in the face!), would refuse to come to me, and had severe potty training issues. The techniques I learned in this course truly saved my dog. Now, he's more calm around guests, always comes to me when I call him (even around other dogs!!) and NEVER has accidents in the house anymore! I am so thankful for PetDog Training.. Pickles is now the perfect companion and everybody loves him!
Heather Corey :)
Having been a dog lover all my life I have tried many training methods from clicker t self help tapes. I have never found such a well rounded program as you offer. I truly enjoy going as does my family, Max has learned a lot and is showing signs of being more confident as well better at social situations. I could not expect or ask more of what you have you done. Thank you and I highly recommend your program to anyone who has a dog!
Just wanted to pass on a compliment to you both. I was out walking Nena this morning when an elderly gentleman commented, "What a good dog. I can tell by the way she walks." We were practicing our "by me" at the same time. So kudos to the two of you for your teaching techniques! Your methods obviously really work. Thank you!
Nancy & Gabe Petino
We've been really happy with the progress that our puppy has made as a result of Glenn & Judy's kind, gentle, common sense training program. It has been really neat to watch Indie learn so much by being rewarded with love & attention instead of food, treats, or punishment. Glenn is amazing with the dogs--very relaxed, positive, and patient--and Judy has made herself so available to us, responding immediately to an e-mail question and even following up a few weeks later with a phone call. They're a great team, and I'm so glad we found them!
...This is a compassionate approach...Glenn & Judy truly understand just how dogs "think" & "feel"...Owners (including my own staff) return delighted, having learned a positive means to work & connect with their dogs...Two paws up!!
Dr. Suzanne Groskoph Maher
Marblehead Animal Hospital
The excellent, professional services that Glenn and Judy provide clearly help me in my practice. I refer my clients to them for everything, from obedience to complicated behavioral problems in puppies and adult dogs.
Dr. Jeffrey Rockwell
Atlantic Veterinary Hospital of Marblehead
In their 2-hour orientation class alone, I gained a whole new perspective on the canine-human connection. Glenn & Judy's approach is positive & loving and makes so much sense...My professors never taught this in vet school.
Dr. Jennifer Dauphin
Have a Heart Animal Hospital
...Glenn and Judy focus on understanding the behaviors that drive both people and animals...I tell my clients about the great return dog training gives...definitely a worthwhile investment.
Dr. Nancy Crowley
Beverly Animal Natural Health Center
Glenn & Judy are intelligent in their approach, keep up with the latest canine research, and have a variety of techniques (always positive) at their disposal when addressing problem behaviors or even when training dogs in basic obedience...makes our work a lot easier!
Joann V. Fontain, Owner
Have a Heart Animal Hospital
...Over the last 20 years, based on our working relationship & client satisfaction, Glenn has always been my first choice for animal behavior and training referrals.
Dr. Donald A. Marcus
Methuen Veterinary Hospital
Over the years, Glenn's guidance has ensured many well adjusted pets and happy owners. I continue to hear good things about him and unhesitatingly refer my patients to him.
Dr. Jeffrey French
Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital
We got so much from your first class on Saturday. We've already put training into place and are seeing results. What a relief!
Our dog has turned from growling at my 8-month-old son to happily playing with him because of Glenn and Judy's insights and advice. Needless to say, I am thrilled. Everything Glenn has suggested has worked. At first, I was really skeptical of calling in a behavioral consultant. Even though Kepa was exhibiting some undesirable behaviors, I didn't think behavioral conditioning was needed or would even work. At that point, I planned to put Kepa on medication. After working with Glenn and Judy, I now think differently. Training your pet solves the problem; using medication merely covers the problem up. I now recommend Glenn and Judy to all our clients.
Former Have a Heart Animal Hospital Staff Member
We were amazed at the progress we made after only one in-home session with Glenn. Our dog now comes when called. We had worked with another trainer without success. We are so thankful for Glenn's positive training techniques and his kind and understanding ways.
Lisa & Bob
Five years ago, Maxx was an obstinate, over-sized sheepdog...with an attitude! Well, today he is an obedient, dependable happy dog; thanks to your training. I am so proud of him when I take him to the beach. I know he will come when called and stay if told to. It makes for an enjoyable and safe walk. Thanks.
Guardian of Maxx, English Sheepdog
With a very high-energy puppy, I found the best thing I could do was enroll in Glenn's classes. And before that, I asked him to come out to the house so I could start training properly right from the start. The combination worked well, not only for my dog, but for me. Glenn and Judy take the time and have the gentle patience to advise and teach you about the best tried-and-true methods of dog training, including alternatives, in a hands-on setting. They are genuinely happy to help both you and your dog.
Guardian of Eli, Boxer
My wife & I were not sure we wanted to keep Remington. She was a real handful. Glenn was great in helping us learn techniques to manage & redirect her energy. He has a real intuition about dogs & people that I found invaluable.
John B. Palmer
Retired Chief, Marblehead Police Department
Glenn's clear understanding and loving concern for all animals guides owners to effect a gentle yet firm control over their pets.
Former Shelter Manager M.S.P.C.A.
I felt inadequate...enter Glenn Goldman of Gloucester. Jessie now has the skills he needs to be a "civilized & socially acceptable" dog.
Journalist, Gloucester Daily Times
I felt very confident referring problem dogs to Glenn, having seen so many positive results over the years. He sure made my job easier!
Former Gloucester Animal Control Officer
He`s Amazing !!! Indeed, many vets are among Glenn's clients. I have never seen a more knowledgeable or more capable canine specialist.
Dr. J. Silversin
Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University
We just wanted to thank you for your help with Moses. Your visit to our home was a wonderful experience,.... You were so kind, and so non-judgemental! We were feeling very guilty, as well as angry/frustrated.... Your wise, gentle handling and approach to the situation were greatly appreciated. It was such a good thing to know that the balance of Moses' life could be a happier experience for both him and us! Thank you!
Carol & Mark from Gloucester
My husband and I bought a yellow lab full of energy 8 months ago. We enrolled in Glenn's class and it made a world of difference. Our lab now is more obedient and kid friendly. Although we have a way to go and we plan on enrolling in Glenn's advanced class, I know from what we have seen so far we will end up with a well trained, friendly dog.
Brian & Lisa Partelow
Guardians of Tonka
We want to thank you for your enthusiasm and support and information. I am also a teacher and found your teaching techniques very effective.