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Just wanted to share that Charlie has been a pleasure to take for walk since the Reactive Rover class. This morning we encountered 4 reactive dogs. During the first encounter he raised his hackles just a bit, no barking, no pulling on the leash. He initiated looking at me and took his treats. The next encounters he ignored the dogs and just walked on. Even off leash when there is a reactive dog, he chooses to return to me and get his gentle leader on and take a treat vs engaging with the reactive dog. I am so happy we participated in the class with such a positive outcome. Thank you, Marlene!  —  I.Q., Belchertown

​I was so very pleased with the Puppy Kindergarten Class that I attended with my little 4 and a half pound Pomeranian   Maylah.
Marlene made it fun for the pups and was very encouraging to the puppy parents. I was amazed how my shy little girl came out of her shell and started to enjoy playing with the bigger pups. I would highly recommend  this class to anyone with a puppy.
​—-Peggy & Rob M., Belchertown

Our Teddy loved his puppy kindergarten classes with Marlene. It was extremely affordable, convenient, and taught our pup everything we had on our list to accomplish. Marlene was extremely helpful with any questions we had and often stayed after class to make sure we had all of the answers we needed. We will definitely be signing up for some adult classes soon. Thank you Marlene!
​—-Allie & Jake S., Belchertown

Thank you so much Marlene, you were so great to work with and I’m very pleased with the progress we made in just four 1 hour sessions with both dogs! I definitely see a huge improvement in their behavior. Now it’s my turn to do my homework and get them on their A game with all the cues. You were very, very educated and sweet and never once made us feel wrong for the ways we were doing things with the dogs previously – you only suggested more productive options for us and showed us new ways to work with the dogs.   We loved that about you! You have us a solution for every issue we had. Your warm personality and attentiveness made the whole process so pleasant. Our pups loved working with you and we definitely did as well. We will be recommending you for sure! Thank you so much for all the help.
​—-Mary M. & Chris, Belchertown

I would highly recommend Marlene to anyone who has a dog with a behavior issue.  She is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and patient.  Marlene’s genuine commitment to the welfare of your pet is evident in all that she does.  After working with her, I gained valuable and practical tools and skills to modify my dog’s undesirable behaviors.  The outcome has exceeded my expectations!
—-Connie P., South Hadley

I brought Ichabod to Marlene’s “Reactive Rover” class because we had issues walking nicely on a leash. Even though I believe I’m a competent dog handler, Ichabod was giving me trouble and I needed some guidance. I am so glad I found Marlene! Everyone in the class, including Marlene and Sarah, understands what it’s like to have a reactive dog and there is no judgment, only positive ways to overcome the challenges you face. I came out of the class feeling very confident in how far we came as dog and handler and am sure that we’ll continue our progression. I can’t recommend Marlene highly enough! – Toni F., Chicopee 

A special note of appreciation for all of the hard work and encouragement you gave to Murphy and me. Really enjoyed working with the other teams in class… and you really made all the difference Marlene! So grateful I found you!!  Can’t imagine taking that kind of class with anyone else. Take care and look forward to hearing about tricks class- Murphy’s already got a few up his paw!  — Laura G., East Longmeadow

The best part of this whole training experience is the ability to have you help train Calvin in the home. This is where are all of his behaviors originated and occur. You also get to see his true behavior in his home and more accurately help us to correct it.  All of the summaries and the next week’s agendas are very helpful and thorough.  It feels like much more than a 4 hour training course. Everything you have told us to do has worked and with more training time and patience I’m positive we can turn our crazy puppy into a well mannered dog!
—-Katie & Nathan H., Belchertown

I want to thank you for the excellent sessions that we had with Bella.  Before our sessions I had a problem when we had visitors come to the house Bella would be very aggressive toward them. I feel that now with your instructions we have a process to start helping with her anxiety with visitors.  I am also able to leave the house for short periods of time without her excessive barking.  I am sure that eventually I will be able to gone for longer periods of time.  Once again, thank you for your help.
—-Marlene T., Belchertown

Our experience working with Marlene was nothing but positive.  Unlike with obedience schools, we felt no pressure to meet weekly benchmarks that were unrealistic for our families busy lifestyle.  Marlene actively set realistic goals for everyone in our family–adults, children, and dog.  Her suggestion to train when the moment presented itself, rather than having set training times each day worked so well for us, and our dog responded much better to this more fluid training schedule.  Marlene is kind, patient, and her ability to be assertive without being abrasive put everyone in our house at ease.  She can give constructive feedback without making the owner feel criticized, shamed, or guilty.  We have some benchmarks we’d like to meet with Lilly.  Once we’ve overcome those obstacles, and feel Lilly is ready for more advanced training, I wouldn’t consider seeking anyone else’s assistance, but Marlene’s.
—-Beth & Steve B., Belchertown

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