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Testimonials From Workshops and Seminars
Niki Tudge is so positive you know you can learn and do the training
The instructor was very good and never made us think a task was impossible.
DogSmiths have a calm manner; their instruction is clean and concise.
The instructor’s attitude and how she was upbeat all the time
“Always positive – always an effort to laugh, have fun, keep a light atmosphere.”
It is obvious that DogSmith Dog Trainers are trained how to teach people as well as train dogs.
We really like your classes and appreciate your wise and loving way with dogs.”
“We have been extremely pleased with the progress Sacha has made even with just two classes. She is behaving much better on the leash, and I think we’ve got the ‘sit,’ ‘down’ and ‘come’ commands down. I can’t believe how much easier she has been since we started using your methods!”
“I would like to thank you for making Gizzy’s and my class experience a positive one. Your thoughtfulness and professionalism turned a very upset, stressed, crabby puppy into a happy tail wagging ‘this is really fun’ one.”
“DogSmith’s are awesome instructors – clear, concise, personable and inventive.”
“Excellent class! We had fun, were motivated to learn and learned new skills.”
“My expectations for this class were met, and exceeded!”
“Thanks for all of your advice, support and encouragement working with my dog-reactive dog!”
“I was provided many useful tools and techniques to use at home to continue training my puppy.”
“Great coaching on how to handle my dog – thanks!”
“We really enjoyed coming every week!”
Niki Tudge was professional, fun and loving with the dogs and owners.
Niki Tudge is a great teacher and trainer
Niki Tudge is very patient and good with all the dogs. Also, she was very supportive of my 11 year old son and knew how to communicate with him to get the training done.” I want to come back for the next class!”
Niki Tudge is Very knowledgeable, approachable and friendly.
Niki Tudge is well-organized which impacts the effectiveness of the classes
Niki Tudge is fantastic!
I came to class expecting some fuzzy stuff, I’m very impressed!”
DogSmith Classes are great.
DogSmith Classes seem to attract great dogs, great people, they are a great
It works! Our relationship with our dog has changed so much. Isla (our lab mix) is genially happy, she listens and wants to be around us. We communicate a lot better with her and she has a great understand of what is right and wrong. Isla has excellent leash manners, no more pulling and running amuck. We are very happy with the results and would recommend this to any new dog owner. Rebekah is awesome and really listens to what you want out of training.
I had been looking into obedience training all along, and in May, I finally found a class that worked for my schedule. I am thankful that I happened to find the right trainer. Niki Tudge is knowledgeable, personable, accessible, and a very generous resource for all dog-related questions.
Niki”s pet dog obedience classes are good fun for dogs and owners. Harry loved school so much that I regularly had to carry him out because he wasn”t ready to leave. Once, he sat in his kennel in the back of my car for over an hour after we got home – hoping I guess that we”d go back.
What really works for me about Niki”s training philosophy is that it”s rooted in positive reinforcement and good communication. The training techniques and solutions that Niki presented all struck me being obviously right. They hadn”t been obvious to me before, but as I learned fundamental principles about training my dogs and reading their signals, I learned how to train a variety of behaviors beyond what we practiced in class.
My partner and I adopted what we thought was an aggressive dog with a major biting problem. Following a mixture of “neighborly advice” and antiquated training methods, we had no luck at all in gaining trust, fostering respect or enforcing good behaviors. Thank God for Niki Tudge. She came in and immediately did a thorough consultation with us, the humans. Over the next few weeks, she helped us to understand him better and she even worked with our first dog. Not only did the exercise schedule that Niki prescribe help us but also strengthened our dog-human bond as we trained. To make a long story short, we now have a loving relationship with both of our dogs and are able to have guests over without fearing for their appendages.
Niki, Jessie is now coming in and going out through the dog door like its the gateway to heaven. Thank you for your advise on the telephone it really helped
Niki, thank you for helping with our dogs aggression problem towards my husband. It had never occurred to us that we were making matters worse by the way we were treating the dog. Jim can now pet Jake without fear of being snapped at. We really enjoyed the training and so did Jake.
Rocky, my 6 yr old English Springer Spaniel, & I have attended several obedience classes throughout his life-it is a good refresher for me & we both enjoy it but I especially enjoyed Niki Tudge”s class because of her insights and approach as behaviorist. Also, I really liked that the dogs got the chance to play together while she provided the owners guidance regarding their behavior.
Niki thank you so much for your time working with Henry. Your MRT program has really worked. He is now a much calmer and more contented dog. Your methods were so easy and non-confrontational. He picked up the skills really quickly. Glad to say, no more growing and he is now allowed back on the furniture as he is happy to share it.
My promise to you
As a DogSmith professional, I pledge to use my knowledge and skills for the benefit of pet owners and their pets.
I will practice my profession conscientiously with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of The DogSmith ethics, mission, vision and values.
I accept as a lifelong obligation, the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.