Dog Training Testimonials
I adopted Stella, a mixed breed 3yo dog from All Breed Rescue after fostering her for several months. She had been at the shelter for over six months and although a good dog was described as pretty crazy. She was easily distracted, jumped on people constantly and had 0% recall. I tried basic training and some agility but I was not having good results. Stella could learn some basic commands but her recall remained poor. I started to think this must be why she ended up in a shelter and then a rescue. She was a sweet dog but seemed like she had severe ADD! She would also act aggressively toward other dogs when she was on a leash. No one in my family even wanted to walk her as she pulled hard on the leash and growled and lunged at every dog that she passed. I had heard about Rhonda so I called her and enrolled in her Perfect Pet package. My number one goal was for Stella to come when called. My second goal was for her not to be so obnoxious and reactive when meeting other dogs. Learning the e-collar was easy and within a few weeks leash walking was greatly improved. However, Rhonda said if I wanted the results I needed to practice more. So we practiced 3 times per day for at least 10-20 minutes. Within one month she was off leash and greeting other dogs with a more relaxed attitude. It was finally a pleasure to walk with Stella. Rhonda was able to tell that Stella wasn’t motivated by pleasing me the way my other dogs were. This helped us devise a plan that included “play”, Stella’s all time favorite thing to do as a reward for training. Now, Stella is a pleasure to be around and with Rhonda’s continuing training opportunities, we are looking forward to more off leash group training sessions to make her even more perfect! – Angela Paoli, owner of Stella
When we found out we had a first child on the way we decided at that moment that we needed to get the behavior of our two boxers under control ASAP. Both are great dogs personality-wise, but neither listened terribly well, particularly when distracted/fixated on a squirrel, a ball, etc. Our 1 year old boxer was also an incredible bundle of energy (big surprise). So we called Rhonda… We couldn’t be happier with the work Rhonda has now done with both of our dogs. We started by sending Zoe (our 1 year old) to Rhonda for the intensive two week training session. Rhonda was great in that she provided photo and video updates on a daily basis, as well as great status updates on progress and exercises they were doing. When we went to pickup Zoe she was a different dog – still full of that Boxer energy but able to be calmed very quickly on command. Her spirit and energy where all still there, but we actually had control when we needed her to relax. Rhonda worked with us in person on commands to ensure that when we came home we could put them to use. It was very easy to transfer the skills that Zoe learned with Rhonda to our home, especially once we got comfortable with the handheld clickers for e-collars. And what a difference! When the doorbell rang previously, both dogs when running and barking to the door. With the e-collar, one bark and Zoe sat on command, which in turn calmed down the overall energy off which our older boxer Bodie (2.5 years) feeds. When someone comes in the house now the boxers no longer jump all over them to greet the visitor – they now stay in place until broken on command. We ended up sending Bodie to Rhonda for a couple focused training sessions since we felt he didn’t need as much work as Zoe and we were much more comfortable with the e-collars. Bodie was a natural at picking up commands (he’s a natural pleaser) so now we have two dogs who are so much more easy to walk (Zoe was also a leash puller which was also resolved). We can have people come over to visit without chaos ensuing. We can eat dinner while the dogs stay in place until we’re finished. We can walk/play off leash knowing that we can get the dogs to come back reliably. The list of new freedoms goes on and on. Our investment with Rhonda was well worth it – what’s amazing is that both dogs still have their same old personalities, quirks and boxer-mischief inclinations, but we’re able to get them to relax and calm down when we need them to. – Erin & Bob George owner of Zoe and Bodie
When I got Dexter a beautiful German Shepherd, he was 8 1/2 months old & 106 lbs. His owners were looking for a new home as they said he was becoming too much for them to handle. He had been in a house fire which forced a move to an apartment, and hit by a car, all fear inducing events in his young life. I naively thought I can fix this. Dexter was a very high energy, high guard, fearful German Shepherd who tried to control everyone in “his space” by aggression. He got along well with my 120 lb shepherd and smaller mixed breed dog but, the 1 st week he went after my sister I stopped him in time. The 3rd week he jumped and bit my dog sitter, not badly but a wake up call to me. I hired a professional trainer. We muzzled him and started socializing him in her dog classes, teaching him commands, stay, front, leave it, etc. He improved somewhat but I still felt like I had a loose canon walking by my side. He pulled me to the ground just about yanking my arm off several times during this period when someone dared to come in his bubble which was a good 100 ft in any direction. We had to put actual lattice on our truck cap windows to make sure he didn’t go through them after people, as he tried. He sounded like Cujo, people would turn and stare when we went by- Dexter just couldn’t control his fear and dominant behavior. After 6 months of training he chased after my neighbor on his 4 wheeler paying no attention to my commands leave it, come, etc. I realized this poor dog will never be free off leash and he is only 14 months old. I felt helpless. But a friend in MD who had a rescue pit bull with issues had a trainer who recommended Rhonda with VT Dog pack, she said she was excellent and trained in e-collar use. I felt like she had thrown me a life line. Jan 7th was our 1st lesson. We signed up for the “Perfect Pet” Dog Training Package. Rhonda did a very thorough intake then she met Dexter. He came out of the car in his Cujo mode trying to eat her. Rhonda just stood quietly as he yanked me to my knees as he hit the end of the leash. She threw him a few treats and we got started. In 10 minutes she took him from me, found his working level on the e-collar and had his muzzle off! In 2 weeks there was such a dramatic difference in his emotions and barking I would do them again in a heartbeat. It has been a little over 3 months, Dexters aggression has dropped from a 10+ to around a 2. He walks by my side loose leash, Rhonda and I even took him through Church st. Muzzled but calm nary a growl! When we started coming to Rhonda I couldn’t even hear the people at the ferry tell me which lane to go in Dexter was barking and growling so loud. Now he lies quietly in the back observing the sights. Rhonda has been there encouraging me, never more then a text away when I needed advice. I know Dexter is still a work in progress, but what progress in just 3 1/2 months. So far 100 % recall. Dexter is enjoying his life much more now, and so am I and my husband. In fact the other day he said “I wouldn’t give Dexter away even for $30,000 !” Thanks Rhonda you changed our lives. – Melody Levinson, owner of Dexter
We had our Redbone Coonhound, Rita, for 5 years before we worked with Rhonda. Rita is a rescued stray who had many issues including: running away when off leash, stealing food at every opportunity, eliminating in the house, poor leash walking skills, dog aggression when on leash, rushing the door, and excessive barking (and sometimes biting) when people visited. Soon after we got Rita, we attended a highly recommended local dog trainer’s class and enrolled in a 6 week, treat-based training course. The only thing that we learned was to teach Rita to sit. The instructor said that based on Rita’s breed and history, we would never get a solid off leash recall. She would walk next to us on leash IF we had treats in hand, but would jump and beg for the treats the entire time and become easily distracted if she saw something more interesting. They couldn’t even get Rita to lay down, let alone stay. We left feeling discouraged and frustrated at our “bad” dog! After telling Rhonda about our issues and how little I was enjoying being a dog owner, she offered to help. In less than 4 sessions with Rhonda, Rita was no longer stealing food, eliminating indoors, or rushing the door (thanks to the “place” command), and was walking off leash with 100% recall. Our last session included an off leash walk at a popular dog walking spot, something I never thought possible with Rita. Our lives are forever changed! I can now go on dog walks with friends, take Rita to my daughters soccer games, have people over for dinner, and enjoy spending time with her. Rita is a much happier, playful, and attentive dog. Thank you so much Rhonda! – Laura Oliver, Rita and Family
My girl Adia has been shy, submissive, fearful, and “hyper” from the moment we adopted her at 3 months old. Being my first dog, I thought these were all behaviors that would resolve as she grew into adulthood. Shortly after her first birthday, she started to become reactive on walks towards dogs she didn’t know. I was shocked and horrified. I was confused, upset, and disappointed. At the time, we were enrolled in an obedience class, which only seemed to make it worse, as she became reactive even if the other dogs looked at her. We continued to go, staying after most classes to speak with the trainer about how to handle our new situation, which involved lots of distracting with food methods. Six weeks later and we hadn’t started to see much improvement, and it had gotten to the point where I was dreading taking her for walks. I didn’t want to go one more day without a plan for resolve, and that’s when I found Rhonda.
We started out with the Basic Package, and set to go to work immediately on the program for recovery. Sure enough, the “easy” walks, structured crate time, and the “place” command, seemed to be helping! Adia was learning how to be more calm in day-to-day activities, and although I knew there was still lots of work to be done, I was finally starting to feel hopeful again. Then, to continue improving her socialization skills, we began attending the dog socials. I was thrilled that after only going a few times, Adia began playing with other dogs that she just met, for the first time in months! However, she was still very nervous most of the time, especially on-leash. That’s when we began working with Rhonda using the SATS training method. I cannot explain how grateful I am for being introduced to SATS, with all of our previous efforts as a base, this was the cherry on top. Using SATS, Adia has learned that instead of getting the rush from being reactive, she can choose to stay calm in stressful situations, and it leads to great things (like butt sniffing)! Adia is no longer reactive on leash, she is much less nervous in general, she started to play with other dogs again, and the level of communication between the two of us is greater than I ever thought possible. So, thank you Rhonda! Thank you for involving us in the Vermont Dog Socials, teaching us the amazing world of SATS, and for your time, efforts, and understanding. You’ve helped bring the positive energy back into our lives! – Katharine Delp owner of Adia
Two years ago I adopted a pit bull after my 13-year old lab had passed away. Rudy was a wonderful dog, but he had a lot of anxiety and fears that I had never encountered with my lab. Rudy always seemed stressed out, and he was always trying to assert himself in unhealthy ways. We spent the first year of his life going to “click and train” classes and learning positive reinforcement techniques for basic behavior. But Rudy continued to act out. He began getting reactive with other dogs he met, and he soon began getting territorial about our house, often charging the door when people would arrive, and barking incessantly at them. Because Rudy was a pit bull, many of our friends and neighbors had their doubts about him, and thought maybe we had gotten a dog we couldn’t handle. I soon began to wonder if they were right. We began working with Rhonda and she put us on a training program which included learning to use a head halti and an e-collar to work with Rudy and his issues. I was extremely hesitant about the program at first, because it included using an e-collar to control his behavior outside. But I trusted in Rhonda, and we followed her program for 12 weeks. Within the first three weeks, I began to notice a difference in Rudy. With Rudy spending more time in the crate, he was learning to be calm. Rather than pace around the house constantly, he would lay on the floor near my feet when I took him out of the crate. He also didn’t feel the need to follow me to every single room. Soon, he learned to let me take control of situations and just relax. He began to trust that I was his leader.
I hadn’t realized how important it was for Rudy to have a strong confident leader that he could look to. I soon realized that much of Rudy’s stress was coming from my inability to be a strong, consistent leader for him. By following her crate training and halti lessons, Rudy learned to give up control to me, and I learned what Rudy needed from me. We then began working on the e-collar training. After 2 months of e-collar training, I was finally able to enjoy walking my dog. I wasn’t getting pulled, I wasn’t fearful that he was going to snap and lunge at every dog that walked by. We are now walking and running leash free. Rudy and I are able to go on nice long hikes in the woods without even having a leash. We barely have to use the e-collar while walking, but just knowing that we have it, and can use it, has made a huge difference for us! Rhonda has given me the ability to be a strong leader for my dog, and in turn, has given my dog a happier, less stressful life. He is now able to enjoy being a dog, without the daily anxiety he was suffering from due to not having a strong pack leader. Rhonda is amazing, and I would recommend her to anyone who is having trouble with their dog. Rhonda was my last hope for Rudy – and she has given me the wonderful dog I wanted and the best running partner I could ask for! – Laurie Noyes owner of Rudy
I adopted Thai at the age of 4 months. I couldn’t wait to take him everywhere with me family gatherings, hiking, long walks through town, well all of those dreams quickly went out the window, until we found Rhonda! We had been through two trainers before we were lucky enough to find Rhonda. One trainer stuck us in the hall, away from all other dogs because Thai would bark the entire class. The second trainer informed me Thai would just never be a dog who could socialize with other dogs. I was crushed to say the least. When we met Rhonda Thai was not able to even walk by a dog on a leash without trying to drag me to attack it. His recall consisted of leaving a long line on him and crossing my fingers he at least did not take off. In the house he would spin in circles chasing nothing, just spin and spin. Dog beds were nonexistent in our house hold, after purchasing 10+ dog beds which all were destroyed I had given up.
After completing Rhonda’s E collar 1 on 1 class our lives completely changed! She pairs food motivation with the E collar like you would never believe. With the structure Rhonda had me implement the spinning and dog bed destroying was eliminated. 100% off leash recall was achieved thanks to Rhonda. Yes 100% recall this includes if dogs, skateboards, bikes, people, or the entire works are around. Rhonda went above and beyond with me and my dog and did not stop there. She knew I was still struggling with Thai’s doggie social skills. She offered for us both to go out with her to her dog camp. Which was one of the best experiences ever. I went from dreading even seeing another dog to watching my dog play off leash with 10 other dogs. Rhonda offers continuing support in so many ways from her group classes to Vermont Dog Socials and is always willing to help. Thanks to Rhonda and Vermont Dog Pack Thai now has a foster sister with zero aggression toward her.
The drastic change I saw in my dog Thai through Rhonda’s training changed my life in many ways. I now am proud to say I have zero concern with Thai when he is off leash. Seeing the difference in Thai and the change it made in our everyday life I wanted to learn more. Rhonda has been letting me mentor her for the last year and I am working on becoming a dog trainer. Thanks to Rhonda I will be starting my own Dog Camp thanks to her informative videos. I can not say enough good things about Rhonda as a person and a dog trainer. Her teaching style is informative and produces results. – Mandy Imburgio owner of Thai
We would like to thank Rhonda for all of her hard work with our dog Cane our 4 year old black lab. We brought Cane to Rhonda after we had our daughter and my husband was away for the AirGuard. After we had our daughter Cane became protective and reactive to other dogs especially while on leash. He would charge at other dogs, growl and his hackle would be raised. He never attacked another dog and we didn’t want his aggression to escalate to full on attack. We knew we needed help understanding Cane and how we could help him. We decided to do the board and train 2 week program. What an amazing transformation! Rhonda helped us to understand Came and how to ease his anxiety when meeting other dogs on leash. Cane is an amazing dog, we’re able to take him any where knowing he’ll be ok and if he’s not we now have the skills to help him handle any situation. We’re so thankful for all of Rhonda’s help. Before coming to Rhonda we had tried several different types of training and classes. None of them helped they only seemed to make Cane’s dog reactive aggression worse. We were nervous when we dropped him off with Rhonda, but she was great. We weren’t sure what to expect, but Rhonda sent videos and updates through out his training. She really understood Cane and was able to connect with him in a way no one else had. Thanks to Rhonda’s training we can take Cane anywhere, from hiking off leash, to downtown Burlington to doggie daycare. Rhonda truly has a gift and love for dogs. Rhonda thank you so much! I highly recommend Rhonda to anyone that needs help with training. – Shannon Trainer, owner of Cane
When my dog Jackson was about a year old I started noticing he would get very reactive when we were on walks. His reactivity was mostly toward dogs at first but slowly progressed to people as well. I probably couldn’t tell you the exact moment when it happened but I remember thinking at the time that it was just a “thing” he was doing. He was fine off-leash and regularly goes to camp with Off the Porch Dog Camp. Although I had had plenty of dogs prior to Jackson, I was very new to leash reactivity. I read tons of articles online and thought I had figured out how to manage his behavior which mostly included avoiding all dogs, cats, people, and children when we were on walks. That was all fine and dandy until I wanted to go somewhere public such as Church Street or the Waterfront. In addition to his leash reactivity Jackson was starting to react to people coming into our house as well. He would hear the door open and immediately lunge off the couch and run to the door. He would bark and snarl and jump although never actually bit anyone. I can only imagine what the person standing in the doorway felt with a greeting like that.
I started following some other stories about dogs that had gone to Rhonda for training and heard about their success but was still hesitant myself. I thought because I was able to “manage” Jackson’s behavior that he didn’t really need training. I thought that I could do the training myself but what I hadn’t realized is that I had already lost my credibility with him. He knew that there was no real consequence if he didn’t follow my command right away. Most importantly, he didn’t look to me for guidance like he would have if I had been a strong leader- he felt he needed to react. I kept making excuses like “he doesn’t bite people or dogs, only reacts”. Of course as doggie parents we tend to try to justify our dog’s behaviors and not always admit how unhealthy they really are. It would have been a grave mistake of me to wait until Jackson actually bit someone or attacked another dog before doing the training.
Jackson did a two week board and train with Rhonda where they worked on not reacting to guests coming into the house and also his leash reactivity. When he was with Rhonda he wasn’t stuck in a crate all day or secluded from other dogs or people. Instead he got to meet visitors (after he learned not to react of course), went for walks around Burlington and Winooski, played with another dog who was also in training, and went to camp with Rhonda and made another dozen doggie friends. With Rhonda’s guidance he got to learn how to handle tough situations and learn that he doesn’t need to react. Rhonda sent me pictures and videos of his progress and I’m sure he had more fun there doing training then he did most days at home!
After the two weeks Rhonda worked with my husband and me on how to use the e-collar and gave us some “going home” instructions. She helped give us confidence we needed to be good leaders for him. We were a little skeptical of the e-collar at first but after testing it on ourselves (at the highest levels!) and seeing how he didn’t react to it in a negative way, we felt confident using it as our training tool.
The big thing we noticed when we got home was how quickly he followed our commands. Prior to his training we would tell him to get off the couch or stop barking but he didn’t take us seriously. We had lost all credibility because we would have to walk across the room to make him stop or sometimes if he listened the 3rd or 4th time we would call it good. That isn’t how a dog should respond when given a command! It may not seem like a big deal at home but if we had been in a dangerous situation following that command could be life or death.
We still have some training to do because we keep falling out of practice but regardless I now have a dog who LISTENS! We can take him for walks and go downtown because we know that he will respond to us and listen to us. I also think that it has brought my husband and Jackson closer together. Prior to training my husband didn’t want to take him places because he was such a hassle. Now they can enjoy each other’s company without the extra stress and worry.
I thought I knew a lot about dogs prior to meeting Rhonda but I have learned so much in the past year. When I was younger I had two dogs that would attack each other on a regular basis but I had no idea there was a solution. Any behavior can be changed – you don’t have to deal with a dog that barks, jumps, doesn’t come when called, and the list goes on. Rhonda lives for these dogs and loves helping them and their owners live fun lives together.– Stephanie Hull owner of Jackson
I got Cooper when he was 10 months old; he had been in two previous homes and was a very anxious dog. He would bark at the littlest noise and at anyone who came into the house. For 10 months I worked with him and while he improved somewhat inside the house, his anxiety outside continued to worsen. If Cooper saw a person or dog outside he would bark and lunge so hard he would work his way out of his harness, luckily that is when a coworker recommended Rhonda. After a single training session with Rhonda, Cooper became a different dog. She trained me on the proper way to use an e collar. We taught him commands and what we did want him to do instead of barking. She explained that his adrenaline level would shoot up so fast that he needed something to interrupt that behavior and focus him back on me. It was amazing the difference I saw in him in three weeks. The first time I went to see Rhonda, while talking to her about his problems I needed to put him in her dog’s crate because he would not stop barking at her, three weeks later when we went back for our second training session, he barked for about 20 seconds, then laid down and relaxed – the difference was amazing! I can now bring Cooper outside and not worry that he is going to go crazy if we see a person or another dog, it is not only his anxiety that has decreased but mine as well. Thanks Rhonda! – Kathy Fraser owner of Cooper
I contacted Rhonda because I wanted to start training our 80-lb hound-mix pup Arlo with an e-collar for off-leash hikes. He was about a year and a half old at the time, and despite my persistent leash training efforts, he was still pulling a lot. With his size, strength, and exuberance, our walks weren’t much fun for either of us. He wasn’t getting the exercise he needed, and my back and shoulders were suffering. He also had some minor aggression issues, jumped up a lot, and had an aversion to most collars and harnesses. His recall wasn’t reliable and I was worried about him scaring and/or hurting people and other dogs. We met Rhonda at her house for 2 sessions, and within a few weeks Arlo and I were hiking in the woods together without a leash! It’s been a real game changer to have that level of freedom – a major life improvement. The e-collar training has made a big difference in his behavior overall as well. He respects me more and I have more confidence. Rhonda has been fantastic to work with. I really appreciate her easy going, straight forward style. She has a great sense of humor, and is clearly devoted to helping dogs and people have better, happier lives together. I would highly recommend Rhonda to anyone struggling with their dog’s behavior. –Willa Davidian owner of Arlo
Before bringing Cecil for his Perfect Pet Package we had gotten to a point where we felt really limited by his behaviors. His barking and posturing scared people coming into our home, as well as people and dog owners out on the street or on the trail. We knew even before working with Rhonda that these behaviors came from a place of insecurity, but she was the first person to show us how to help Cecil feel more secure and work on those behaviors in a concrete way. Now we walk easily around our neighborhood with him, and his ability to respond to commands off leash is truly impressive to everyone who knows him. The biggest gift we have gotten from our work with Rhonda is that now our friends and family get to enjoy the dog my husband and I have known and loved all along. – Jillian Kirby owner of Cecil
Milford is a mixed breed that I rescued from All Breed Rescue in Burlington. Soon after he acclimated to my house, he developed some real aggression issues toward both people and other dogs. I tried to deal with it but really didn’t have any idea what to do and it got worse and worse until he finally bit my neighbor. The bite was significant and I was seriously considering euthanasia for Milford because of his unpredictability. This was really tough for me as I am quite fond of Milford and really believed that he was a good dog. So I started inquiring about someone who understood dog behavior and could help me decide what was best. One of the people suggested was Rhonda Bilodeau. From the first conversation, it was obvious that Rhonda was a capable and compassionate dog trainer. During our initial phone conversations, Rhonda clearly felt Milford was reacting out of fear and that the behaviors could be corrected. I had already started Milford on an e-collar, but I didn’t know how to correct the aggression. Rhonda took the time to build my confidence in her approach via a few phone calls before I agreed to meet with her. During the first meeting, she did a thorough assessment of Milford and was able to spot some triggers that were more obvious than I expected and I left feeling much better about being able to help Milford understand what was acceptable and more importantly, that I could help build his confidence. Since the initial meeting, Rhonda has help Milford and I learn each other and develop a trusting relationship. This isn’t to say that Milford is ready for any situation but rather that I now understand what to watch for and how to preempt potential tough situations in a positive way. In many ways, Rhonda helped me save Milford.
I truly appreciate Rhonda’s approach and her “bed side manner” with Milford and with me. She has consistently offered new insight into work through issues and the methods work with all of my dogs. I also appreciate that Rhonda is always willing to talk about issues with any of my dogs. She is truly devoted to helping all dogs and their owners. She continues to help by hosting Freedom Collar Walks, where any of her clients can come work with her and with each other. These are offered free to any client and they really do help. The dog socials that Rhonda co-hosts are yet another avenue where dogs who don’t understand acceptable social behavior can learn to be more relaxed and better four-legged citizens. Milford continues to progress and this is due in large part to the focused guidance Rhonda continues to offer both of us. Rhonda is truly great to work with and I highly recommend her with every chance I have. I am truly impressed with her approach and with her continued desire to improve her own methods. In the last year that I’ve known her, she has consistently offered fresh approaches to working with my dogs. She is always looking for other trainers who she can learn from and all of this is just so she can hone her own skills and help more and more dogs. – Jeff Robinson owner of Milford
Rhonda has shown us a completely different way to interact with our very crazy, highly adrenalized dog, Coco. I adopted her as a puppy so I know she has always had behavior issues. We went to two series of puppy trainings, obedience training & finally as a last resort, a two week long boot camp. She was VERY mouthy, sassy, aggressive, prey driven (she is part hound) and totally disinterested in living in our environment under anything but her rules. At the time, we were in Atlanta and she always got along with other dogs. When we moved to Vermont, her dynamic totally changed where she was calmer around people but became very dog aggressive. I videoed some of her behavior for the vet and he said that he had never seen anything like it so, she was put on clomipramine. Even though I had spent a lot of money on previous training, we decided that we wanted to give it one more try. I interviewed a number of trainers but when I talked to Rhonda, I knew we had our fit. Her methods teach a dog how to self regulate their emotions so that they can be relaxed in any environment. After just a few sessions with Rhonda we started to see dramatic improvements in Coco’s behavior. With a few simple techniques that Rhonda taught us we are now able to interact in our neighborhood with much greater ease and comfort. We are grateful for Rhonda’s support and for the dramatic improvements we are seeing in Coco as a result. Thank you, Rhonda! – Laura & Laurie owner of Coco
We have a wonderful, energetic and vivacious big puppy. Her unruliness sometimes got in the way of our enjoying her and that was sad. Rhonda took her for two weeks when we were out of town and she came back transformed. She is happy and playful and she listens to us and obeys all of our very reasonable and necessary commands. This not only enhances our relationship with our dog, but it is essential for her safety as well. And Rhonda’s approach and personality are so cheerful, loving and smart that we had complete confidence in her. We knew when we entrusted her with our dog, that the puppy was in the best possible hands. The cost is well worth it – it’s an investment in a life long positive and loving relationship with the canine member of the family. – Andrea Bayer owner of Malia
“I’m not sure where to start other than with Rhonda works miracles. With her instruction & training, we now have a much more confident dog.
We adopted Elliott when he was 3 months old. He was shy & a little nervous, which only become more pronounced as he grew. It was heartbreaking to see him so nervous, fearful & his mind never being quiet/relaxed. Thankfully we ran into Rhonda on one of her daily dog pack walks and now life has opened up much more for Elliott and us.
We signed up for the “Basics” dog training package. The trick for us was learning that he needed to quiet his mind. It’s amazing to see that quieting his mind and making him think makes life less stressful for him. We also had to learn to step up and be his advocate when needed.
Elliott would not leave the front porch even with my husband, who he loves. If I tried to hand his leash off to a close friend, he would stop dead in his tracks and forget anyone being able to pet him. He was never aggressive but would try to get as far away as possible. We are happy to say that now he happily goes with my husband, our friends are able to walk/run him and our friends can pet him.
Trust the process, it does work. Be consistent and your dog will grow by leaps and bounds!”– Brenda Berardinelli, owner of Elliot
Like a lot of people when I first got blue I thought I could do most of the training myself and I did a lot, but with him being a border collie husky mix he was extremely smart as well as stubborn. I knew he wanted to be off leash and run but it just wasn’t working out on my own. Working with Rhonda in Vermont dog pack got him exactly where he needed to be and is definitely the best investment I could have made. The freedom collar gives blue freedom while keeping me confident that he will listen no matter what and be safe. The one on one training that was designed specifically for my dog was the only way to go. Blue is happier and I don’t have any worries with him off leash now! – Sarah St. Gelias owner of Bleu
I did the “Well Mannered Dog” package for my 100lb, 10 month old St. Bernard puppy! I felt I tried everything for my pup including dog training, dog socials, pack walks, but my dog was still pulling me on leash. I was beginning to feel miserable about having a dog. I would go to the dog socials and fear I would get hurt just trying to get her in there. My breaking point was showing up for a social in tears over the lack of control I had over my dog. Rhonda was there and told me about her program. Rhonda told me 2 sessions my puppy would be the perfect pet. I did her program two weeks later, and can’t believe the results. My pup was transformed in minutes. She has 100% recall, can stay in place, loose leash walks with me with a perfect heel. I also enjoy having her out of the crate during the day, something I couldn’t do. She continues with dog packs, (group dog hikes) and now is off leash 100 percent of the time. Learning how to use the ecoller was the hardest part for me, but once I did things just really took off well. If you are looking near instant results Vermont Dog Pack is the program for you. Thank you Rhonda!– Jeanine Merkle, owner of Coco
When I came to Rhonda, I felt like I had tried everything. I had read books, bought videos, taken training classes and worked with a one-on-one trainer. Yet I couldn’t break my dog Moby of his bad habits – lunging at other dogs when on leash, barking in the car if we would even drive by another dog and going crazy barking when someone came to the door. Now Moby sits calmly in his “place” when someone comes over, walks nicely on leash when passing other dogs, and is quiet and calm in the car. The freedom dog collar meet ups and socials have been amazing to help us practice getting comfortable around other dogs in a safe environment. And Rhonda is always there for support when I have a question or problem. I highly recommend Rhonda, she is amazing!– Jill Meneilley owner of Moby