DRUFFY developed anxiety issues to the point we no longer felt safe leaving him home alone.  His excessive vocalizations were disturbing neighbors and he was destroying our carpet.  Our local vet suggested we reach out to Leslie at “It’s Your Dog School for Dogs” for help.  Leslie designed a remote program tailored specifically for Druffy which now enables us to leave him alone longer than we ever thought possible.  The sessions were conducted in real time under direct observation so we always knew Druffy and our home were not in harm’s way.  It’s been a marathon, not a sprint, and there’s plenty more work to be done.  But we now know how to support our baby while he continues to learn.  Rachael & CJ G. (Sparta, NJ)


Simply put, It’s Your Dog’s Day Training Program was exactly what our busy family needed to help with our energetic new puppy, PIPER.  Leslie’s calm, kind, intelligent approach and patience added so much positivity to the training process.  Leslie’s experience, together with her ability to listen, implement solutions and effectively transfer training to the entire family made this an excellent private training experience.  Michelle C. (Sparta, NJ)



When we were referred to It’s Your Dog, we were at our wit’s end from attempting to house train our dogs, RORY & MACKENZIE. At almost a year old, they were still having accidents in the house on a daily basis. Working with Leslie remotely set us on the road to success.  She gave us tools to track their bathroom habits, pointed out our mistakes and explained how to deal with accidents.  She also followed up several times after our initial session and was always available to answer questions. Thanks to her expertise, order has been restored to our household! Caryn R. (Mountain Lakes, NJ)



Maple and I attended Meet the Obstacles 1 at Leslie’s suggestion when she observed how timid Maple was in Basic 1 class.  It has been amazing to see Maple’s confidence grow over the course of this 5-week program.  The transformation is unbelievable! Maple and I can’t wait to move on to Meet the Obstacles 2.  Emily N. (Wantage, NJ)



We are so thankful we signed Lando up for Puppy Preschool and Basic 1 at It’s Your Dog.  We adopted him from a local shelter as a 9-week old puppy who was scared of absolutely everything – from other dogs to adults and especially children. Puppy Preschool helped Lando during his very crucial socialization period and we can confidently say he is a different dog from the whole experience.  It helped him to come out of his fearful shell and molded him into the great dog we knew he could be.  Allie S. (Highland Lakes, NJ)




SCOUT is a different dog which I attribute to Leslie’s classes.  She creates a positive, goal-oriented environment and works closely with both dog and owner.  She is a dedicated professional who truly loves her job!  John M. (Oak Ridge, NJ)



harryLeslie was so good with HARRY – I always joked that she should move in with us!  Leslie F. (Sparta, NJ)


PatchesPATCHES (formerly a dog-reactive dog) now gets along with other dogs and has become a joy to be around. Thank you Leslie!  Joanne D. (Montague, NJ


MarnieSeveral months after adopting MARNIE, I knew I needed help. I was drawn to Leslie’s training philosophy and methods as I felt positive reinforcement would be the best approach. During the course of private lessons, I noticed a change in Marnie’s disposition – she wanted to learn and accept guidance….she was really into it! As a result, Marnie & I have developed a very strong bond based on trust and communication.  Lori (Vernon, NJ)


WatsonSee WATSON’s story under Special Programs – Reactive Rover Rehab.



My wife and I took BUDDY (left) through the Recall Clinic last Fall and what a difference it made in the field! While other hunters were struggling to manage their dogs, Buddy was responsive when called and checked in frequently. I was very proud! I highly recommend this clinic to my fellow hunters.  Carl R. (Vernon, NJ)



After the first beginner class with our dog ZUZU, I thought – this is never going to work! My little 5 lb chihuahua/Yorkie mix is more interested in the other dogs than paying attention to me! Well after 3 classes, and continued at home practice, we could attend class and she would focus on me. Now, in the middle of the intermediate class it is like the light bulb went off and she listens to all my commands! Positive reinforcement training has worked for Zuzu. Leslie has made the class informative, fun and constantly gives tips on how to work with your dog’s individual problems. Thank you Leslie!  Mary Lou C. (Sussex, NJ)


sadietestWe get compliments on SADIE’s behavior all the time….she’s such a great dog!  Marybeth F. (Budd Lake, NJ)



happyOur puppy, HAPPY, enjoyed every training session with Leslie and quickly learned with the methods she uses. Her approach is painless and even we humans learned better behaviors!  Rich, Jude & Mark C. (Newton NJ)




We originally contacted Leslie for HALEY’S stubborn potty-training problem. Frustration was getting the best of us and we were questioning our decision to adopt her. Not only has housebreaking been successful, but Haley has come a long way with her obedience skills. She goes to her bed on command, behaves at the front door and greets visitors politely. Overall, our relationship with Haley has improved and we enjoy having her as part of our family. We think she feels the same!  Steve & Kara R. (Hamburg, NJ)



SnickersSee SNICKERS’ S story under Special Programs – Reactive Rover Rehab



RingoWhen we adopted RINGO he was full of energy, didn’t know how to control his biting/chewing, and started eating our food off our plates! Since completing basic obedience and one private lesson with Leslie, Ringo is a different dog. Leslie taught us practical tools and lessons to implement in our environment. As a former teacher I can say first-hand Leslie is a first-rate teacher who knows how to adapt her lessons to every dog and every situation. Ringo’s a better dog, and we’re better owners.  Jennie and Lee G. (Newton, NJ)



RangerPrior to attending Puppy Preschool, RANGER would practically choke himself at the end of the leash to avoid strangers. He would bark and snarl at people and even showed teeth on occasion. After several sessions at Preschool, his behavior had changed for the better – so much so that we were able to have him professionally groomed for the first time! Without the social skills he acquired during these sessions, Ranger may not have been a suitable pet for our family. Thankfully, we are confident that Ranger is on his way to becoming a well adjusted, well behaved dog.  Heather G. (Hamburg, NJ)

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