Jean and Sophie

The handling skills that I learned… in Lisa Edwards’ AAT class gave us a wonderful foundation for the visiting that we began soon after completing.

Sophie-Testimonial-Photo-1The handling skills that I learned with my dog, Sophie, in Lisa Edwards’ AAT class gave us a wonderful foundation for the visiting that we began soon after completing the course.

In the area where we live, there are dog/handler classes for obedience, rally agility and tracking, but none that teach the skills specific to therapy work, so we commuted from upsate NY to Mahopac for the 10 week class.

There’s no doubt in my mind that I would do it again without hesitation.

The exercises, the work amidst distractions and the role playing gave meaning to the material we studied and prepared us “for the real world.”

Being able to practice and hone our handling skills under Lisa’s watchful eye gave me confidence and helped build a relationship of trust with my dog.

I have no doubt that we are a stronger team because of her class.

Jean and Sophie – Ithaca, NY

 

Donald, Cobber, and Dodger

After just two classes… the change was obvious to me and to all who visited our home. Lisa’s knowledge and intuition of dog behavior was readily apparent.

One thing that impressed me the most about Lisa’s classes is that there are no “stars” (either human or pet). Everyone participates – with the same goal – to help the other humans and pets understand and enjoy each other a little better.

Cobber-and-Dodger-Testimonial-Photo-1After just two classes with both of my dogs in the same class, the change was obvious to me and to all who visited our home. The dogs’ demeanors changed drastically for the better – toward guests and toward each other. And the best part – no more pulling on leashes and no more need for the Gentle Leader.

Cobber-and-Dodger-Testimonial-Photo-2Lisa’s knowledge and intuitiveness of dog behavior was readily apparent from the first class and from the respect she gets from the outset from the owners of and from the dogs. More importantly, Lisa makes the class fun for all, and heaven knows, we humans sometimes have to chill.

Thanks to Lisa, Cobber and I passed the Delta evaluation (although I’m still peeved that Cobber received a higher score than I did) and we look forward to doing visits in conjunction with the HEART Program. And, time permitting, I will be back in the Spring for the Delta class with Dodger.

Cobber, Donald, and Dodger – Garrison, NY

 

Michael and Orville

Lisa I know it is your profession but I have to thank you again for helping both of us have these incredible experiences.

Dear Lisa,

Had it not been for your knowledge, patience and creativity we would not have passed the Delta evaluation. After failing twice I was beginning to think that this might not be for us.

Orville and I had been to other trainers without success. No other trainer was able to figure out how to get Orville to understand the requirements for being a therapy dog were different from his former experience as a show dog.

Orville-Testimonial-Photo-1Thank you for giving us the ability to participate in his gratifying experience. Orville and I have been doing a lot of therapy work and as you predicted he is perfect for the job.

There is a boy in the local Children’s Hospital, who is waiting for a heart to be transplanted and he loves Orville. Orville has also become attached to him and when we go into his room Orville jumps up on the bed and does his lap dog routine. Yesterday while on a visit two Pediatric Cardiologists came in to examine the little boy. I had previously told him that I would be back on Tuesday. The doctors informed him that he was going to have a diagnostic procedure done either Tuesday or Wednesday. The little boy replied that Tuesday would not work for him. The doctors asked why not Tuesday and he replied Orville will be visiting.

Lisa I know it is your profession but I have to thank you again for helping both of us have these incredible experiences.

With my very best regards,

Michael Galuskin – West Nyack, NY

 

Ellen and Mia

All this is to say that I think your classes are absolutely invaluable… I am very grateful for them and for you.

Mia-Testimonial-Photo-1The classes gave us specific behaviors to work on and build on together, but the continual exposure to new people and new dogs in such nurturing surroundings was wonderful for her.

She was constantly being praised by so many people for her affectionate nature, for her response to other dogs, for her obedience work in class, etc.

How could she not blossom?

All this is to say that I think your classes are absolutely invaluable and believe me I do no take them for granted.

I am very grateful for them and for you.

Ellen and Mia – Ossining, NY

 

Sherry, Matt, and Reece

There are times I don’t even know there is a dog at the end of the leash. We have the most wonderful girl in Reece now, thanks to you.

Reece-Testimonial-Photo-1Your training has worked wonders with Reece.

Now as soon as she spots an animal (dog, bird, etc.) she stops, looks to us for a treat, and praise. Who is this dog?

We still have to be vigilant in our walks (I suppose we always will) but it sure beats winding up on the ground with one arm longer than another. Again, thanks for everything…

(A few months later…)

We continue to sing your praises. There are times I don’t even know there is a dog at the end of the leash. We have the most wonderful girl in Reece now, thanks to you.

Sherry, Matt & Reece – Mt. Kisco, NY