Rhonda Bilodeau is a native Vermont dog trainer who has always had a passion for animals. Rhonda started Vermont Dog Pack, LLC based on the philosophy that in order to have healthy fulfilled dogs they need more time outside that includes free time and structured time, more socialization with other dogs and strong leadership to help guide them through life. She loves training dogs to accompany their owners on their wild adventures.
Rhonda is a certified dog trainer and has sought out the best in the industry to learn from. She specializes in electronic remote collar training and excels in off-leash control and obedience for a more rewarding experience with your dog.
Rhonda is constantly learning and traveling the country to learn from highly respected dog trainers. She proudly uses and knows about various training tools to teach dogs appropriate behavior. She offers various Dog Training Programs to the Burlington, VT and greater Northeast communities but does best working with clients that want their dogs to accompany them everywhere on and off-leash. Rhonda is upbeat and passionate about having well mannered dogs and love working with clients that have similar goals and attitude. In addition to being a good dog trainer she is equally good with people in helping them feel comfortable and confident in training. She believes training is a lifetime commitment and offers programs and lifetime support to help you reach your goals to make living and training your dogs effortless. When you train with Rhonda you become a life long friend that she’ll support for as long as you need.
Rhonda pioneered the Dog Camp industry in Vermont, starting and helping other professionals run and manage their Dog Camps believing that it provided a “Doggie Daycare without Boundaries” and a supportive environment with pack friendly dogs. Her Dog Pack Camp dogs have greatly benefited from the pack style of walks and extra structure. Her clients’ dogs have benefitted from the additional Dog Camps that have sprung up in the area as well.
Rhonda is co-founder of Vermont Dog Socials where every dog is welcome to socialize and become more balanced by participating in non adrenalized play. This is where she thrives! Rhonda loves helping dogs make new dog friends again. She believes there is hope for every dog to socialize again and loves the challenge. She challenges owners to push for a higher level of obedience and trust by graduating to having their once aggressive dogs socializing off-leash on dog friendly trails in Vermont.
In her spare time Rhonda enjoys lazy days with her dog Gabby and partner Mateo. They love traveling the world and starting new projects. They are naturally entrepreneurs at heart and love dancing to music.
“We adopted our boxer Bella when she was about 7 months old. Within a few months she started exhibiting reactive behaviors–barking at bicycles passing by, lunging towards people walking around us, barking/chasing people if off leash etc. The reactivity was mostly towards people until she had a negative interaction with a dog at the dog park (she approached the dog and it growled and snapped at her). After that time she was not trusting of other dogs and became visibly uncomfortable and reactive towards any dog she did not know. For fear of being yelled at by the people she barked at or her getting into a fight with another dog, we stopped taking Bella to public places. This was excruciating for me because I wanted a dog to join me in my outdoor activities: hiking, swimming etc. After trying trying to solve her problem myself and even hiring another trainer, Bella’s reactivity showed no improvement and I had accepted the fact that Bella had to be a “home dog”.
In a final/desperate attempt to get Bella’s behaviors under control, I contacted Rhonda. She was quick to get back to me and set up an evaluation. After meeting Bella, testing her with another dog and seeing her behaviors, she recommended the “Well Mannered Dog” package and was confident that Bella could behave appropriately in social situations. Obviously I was skeptical at first, but after one session I actually started to believe I could have the dog I always wanted. Bella took to the E-collar right away. Rhonda was direct, patient and extremely informative, taking time to thoroughly explain her methods in conjunction with Bella’s behaviors. During Bella’s reactivity she showed us how to redirect her attention and have her “think” instead of react. She was always available through texting for support/answer questions we had while practicing on our own. After just a couple of weeks we started taking Bella into environments that she used to blow up at and she showed incredible improvement. With a reminder from the E-collar, she didn’t bark at the person walking down the road or growl at the man at the dump.
We continued to follow Rhonda’s directions and by the time we officially finished the training (about 6 six weeks) Bella was a different dog in a GREAT way. A few weeks post training, she is still doing great. Overall, she is more relaxed. She still has her boxer exuberance, but the frantic energy is almost gone. I now take Bella hiking off leash and to the park on a regular basis–no more hiding for us! She acclimates to new people in a fraction of the time it used to take and doesn’t panic in new situations, she looks to us for direction. We even went downtown the other day and she didn’t bark at anyone!! She spends far less time staring out the window for things to bark at and more time relaxing and playing with her toys. Her anxiety has decreased so much, we do not need to crate her when we are not home (she has destroyed furniture in the past).
I cannot recommend Rhonda enough. Her skills/knowledge far exceeded our expectations. She has helped us achieve what I honestly didn’t think was possible–I have a social dog again! Thanks for everything Rhonda!”
–Phoebe Cole owner of Bella