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We completed a few puppy training courses with our first dog Dreidel back in 2007, and were very happy with what we (and Dre) learned. Flash forward to our new puppy Basil in 2019, new trainer (David), and same great results. Basil was having a tough time with "down" and David worked with her and gave us some great tips to help her master the skill at home. We will definitely be back for the next level!

- Jennifer Stuart
Puppy Manners was a great course. The trainers were excellent and took the time to work with me and my pup if either one of us was not getting the training concept or process right.

- Aretha Hills
Angela was great! Super nice, and had great tips. We will definitely be coming back for more!

- Kyrie Herring
Angela was great! She was very patient with Dash, even when he spent most of the time in class barking at things.

- Kendra Posthauer
I LOVED this class. I had taken another class with a different school and this class blew them away. I really appreciated the rigor of this class. Our instructors kept us moving the entire time. No time was wasted and we were constantly learning new things. I appreciated the one-on-one attention given to my pup and me when we were struggling. Instructors took time to reteach lessons that weren't picked up the first time. I liked the review of previous lessons learned at the start of each class as well as the time for puppy socialization.

I have recommended Tucker Pup's to friends and colleagues and look forward to taking the next class.

Thank you!

- John Finlay
Angela was great! We are so happy!

- Natalie Tomas
My 4 month old Rottweiler, Luna, took the Puppy Manners training class with Angela Love. I thought the class was great and that Angela was terrific, specifically with Luna. She had a lot of great advice on raising a large, working dog and was receptive to questions both in and out of class. 5 out of 5 rating from us!

- Brian Baloun
David was very welcoming and addressed concerns of a variety of owners with a variety of dogs. His empathy showed through with all he taught.

- Georgia Goldberg
We really enjoyed and benefited from the class and we hope to continue more advanced training. We are interested in more classes with our trainer if any others are offered.

- Meg Madden
I did the leash reactivity class and was very happy with the progress Scottie made. It was good to be in a class setting and see that other people struggle too even when we are all trying to follow instructions :)).

Scottie made so much progress in the class and our walks are a lot more pleasurable now. He is still reactive at times, but I now have so many more tools to help me either avoid, cut short or diffuse issues. His loose leash walking is amazing now! Just need to get through the winter with all the squirrels visible in the trees! David was an amazing trainer!!! He went above and beyond helping me do a dog park visit in his free time, so that I can be more confident socializing Scottie in that setting. This was one of my goals for this class.

Thank you David for all you have taught me and Scottie!!!

- Elisabeth Beerkens
We had a great experience with Angela for our puppy manners class and are excited about continuing our training with her in intermediate class.

- Sarah Karst
Awesome experience for us and most importantly, our puppy Simba. We have a great toolkit moving forward and we can't wait to see how he grows up with everything he's learned.

Thank you!

- Emily Wickham
David Roos is a jewel. Give the man a raise. I've had dogs all my life and none of them had training. I guess I did not want them tainted. I never had rules either. Just relied on their good nature. I'm not proud of how I screeched and pulled and went crazy. I thought I loved my dog. David is so so positive and a good man. And our dog Rebe thanks him for turning a free-to-do-what-dogs-do dog and her owner into responsible beings.

- Catherine Gill
David Roos is a great trainer.

- Brent Linsky
Angela was wonderful, passionate, and energetic! We have a whole toolbox of commands and training to keep doing with our dog forever so that we can all live happily ever after!

Highly recommend.

- Kristin Osborn
We loved Angela and so did our puppy. We had a really positive experience at group puppy training and at our private sessions with her.

- Cassandra Abboud
Angela was a wonderful trainer.

- Cindy Lu
Angela was great! She not only taught us puppy manner training techniques, but has also become a great resource for other puppy questions we have! Beau has become a much better loose leash walker, and knows his commands very well.

Thank you!

- Ariella Gelb
Angela was a terrific trainer who really cared about the pups and was great to learn from!! Highly recommend her service :)

- Heather Turnbull
Angela was our trainer and she has kept her word. She begins and ends each class on time. Equally important, she is careful to explain and demonstrate how each lesson works. Finally, she was extremely helpful in adjusting our training schedule when we had difficulty attending.

- James Wooten
Great 6 weeks! David really knows his stuff! We are beyond excited for the next training class.

- Alexis Covarrubias
Angela was fantastic! She is very knowledgeable and our dog improved almost immediately.

- Paige Levitt
Great Training. My puppy Iggy was provided with the building blocks for better behavior.

- Jason Johnson
David was incredibly helpful! We learned so much and have seen dramatic changes in our pup’s behavior.

Thank you!

- Alexandra Effrein
David Roos not only made us comfortable, my dog Katie was very receptive to him! His ability to adjust his style to each dog and parent, makes his class even more valuable as he helps us navigate through our challenges easier. I’m looking forward to taking another class with him.

- Kamilah Brewton
Love Angela! She made it fun for everyone (dogs and owners) while teaching us and correcting our techniques for better results. We had tried other training classes and this was by far the best. She had answers and corrections for everyone. We are interested about even using her for one-on-one training if possible. She is amazing and really made our training a great experience for Domino as well.

- Lauren Little
We enjoyed the class. David was a good instructor and our dog came to enjoy him. He did a good job managing the different levels of dogs in the class.

- Micol Werner
David's Puppy Manners training gave us the tools we needed to make the most out of the puppy stage! It provided a positive and fun environment for us and our new puppy to bond and learn.

- Hannah Bevis
The training class we took with Angela was outstanding. Thank you!!

- Rachel Esser
Angela was very nice to our dog and explained everything that we needed to do in order to improve any behavior issues. Additionally, she also brought her own dogs to see how they interact with ours and to provide an assessment on how to proceed with introducing our dog with others in the future.

- Robert North
Angela was very professional and excellent with our dogs. She always demonstrated using one of dogs in class which let you clearly see that the dog could perform the task. She always handed out written homework with clear steps outlined. She was very accommodating when we had scheduling conflicts and simply was a pleasure to deal with.

- James Wooten
We really enjoyed David and his willingness to give specific instructions per dog, and work with us as owners to know how to be better at training. Kim at the front desk is excellent. Great experience all around.

- Julie and Carlos Munoz
The training through Tucker Pup's was very good. I liked how there were different ways of training from working directly with your pup 1:1 to having them do things in groups. I thought it was a great way to prepare them for real life outside the classroom. I've seen a positive change in my pup at home as well and look forward to continuing to work on what we learned in class! I would definitely recommend!

- Jennifer Mathis
Angela was fantastic and I know Oakley will miss the Tuesday night classes now that they are finished! Now we just have to keep up all the training that we learned!

- Haley Haracz
The Adult Manners 6 week class really helped us bond with our dog and learn her strengths and weaknesses. Even though it was a group class, David made sure to speak to everyone individually about their specific concerns with their dog. Our dog is much more focused now and I feel like training her is actually possible!

- Prith Gadhia
We are so happy we worked with David. He makes training fun for the dogs and his methods are effective.

- Christina and Doug Mackin
The staff at Tucker Pup's was very helpful with registering. David was very accommodating when we had to miss a class. He really watches how we are training, our motions, our speed, and gives very good feedback on how to improve. He makes the class very enjoyable and gives very easy step-by-step instructions.

- Robert Gallagher
I was enrolled in the Puppy Manners class with Angela, and she was absolutely Awesome... I hope to do follow up classes with her. Amazing personality, extremely knowledgeable, patient, and kind.

- Garrick Thurmond
I've been a customer of Tucker Pup's for 4+ years with my 3 dogs and always had the best experience due to the high level of expertise their daycare, boarding and grooming staff hold and the exceptional communication they employ; however, I only recently used their dog training services. No surprise, I was completely impressed with my experience here as well.

The real goal of going to dog training is for the owner to acquire the skills to train their dog, a process that continues out of the classroom, not just to train your dog throughout a 6 week class period. David, was an **incredible** instructor. He immediately corrected all of things I couldn't see that I was doing which were inhibiting me from successfully training my dog. Moreover, he checked in with us every week to see make sure we were making the progress we needed to and made himself available by email and his personal cell phone when we were not. I emailed David about a couple of issues I was having between classes and he came back with clear, concise steps to resolve each of them.

I cannot recommend David and the Tucker Pups training class enough. My dog saw immediate results and I have acquired the skills to continue making progress with his training going forward. I will be enrolling my 2nd dog in class shortly!

- Jennifer O'Rourke
David was a great trainer. He paid attention to the dogs all as individuals and gave personalized coaching within the bigger group. As someone who has owned dogs my whole life, I was excited to learn new and effective walking and leash techniques. We’ve seen a great improvement in Bisou’s leash reactivity and feel like we are equipped to continue working on her skills post-class.

- Sarah Podella
It was great to be able to (and even now after the training) to be able to contact trainer David Roos if we had any questions, concerns or issues in the weeks between training.

- Ana and Nayslan Criollo
David was so helpful and wonderful!

- Katherine Harper
Our puppy manners class with David was excellent! We plan on signing up for the next intermediate class with him to continue our puppy's training.

David was very attentive to all puppies and owners during the class making sure each got their turn to practice and watching each owner and making any corrections as needed. He was always available for questions whenever we had them and even gave us some great tips on how to correct behaviors specific to our puppy we were seeing at home! He was always very friendly and extremely fun and made the class such a wonderful experience! He had so much knowledge on training dogs and brought so much excitement to the class. We could not have asked for a better trainer.

- Hailey Vraney
I really enjoyed the way we we're able to get corrective feedback on our training technique. I also liked how we were taught a few minor tricks in puppy class.

- Ryan Sabherwal
Clear directions, Angela was inclusive and encouraging to all members of the class. Upbeat instructor, ready to answer all questions and make you feel so good about your dog’s progress! I will be back when the time is right for more training.

- Audrey Perrott
Lily loved Angela! And she learned lots. We’re looking forward to signing her up for agility.

- Kim Griffin
When I made the decision that I wanted a cane corso I knew I would need excellent training. Late April, Tucker Pup's was referred to me as a possible training source. Angela Love, Tucker Pup's trainer, entered our lives in May. She is professional, knowledgeable, reliable and results-oriented. Our corso, Saber, loves her and it has been a wonderful experience! Prior to the training I was concerned about walking my six (6) month-old corso, his pulling, his jumping, my shoulder, etc. Today, I can confidently walk him just holding the leash as he walks in almost perfect heel position; and immediately sits when I stop. We are excited about our next phase of training.

Thank you Angela!

Thank you Tucker Pup’s!

- Melodie Kern
Angela was awesome. Bentley loved her. She did a great job of training him, and so far we feel very fortunate.

- John McDermott
We really enjoyed training with Angela. Our dog made huge strides during the class in becoming more well mannered. Angela offered great training tips and lots of one on one instruction if needed.

- Anthony Tonelli
Angela was great! She helped us make significant progress on several issues we were facing with our dog, Zeus. She gave us enough context / explanation to understand why the behaviors were happening and how best to address them. We would definitely recommend the training to others. Having the 1:1 attention in our home made a huge difference and was well worth the expense.

- Aris Theologis
Angela was a great personal trainer for myself and Scottie. She had an amazing connection with Scottie from the second they met. She helped me deal with his leash aggression and improve his leash walking. He is not "cured,” but has improved a lot and I feel much better walking him now with the strategies she taught me.

- Elisabeth Beerkens
Angela was great. Very interested in coming back for more training classes with her.

- Nicholas Liacone
Angela is a wonderful trainer. You can tell she is passionate about what she does and she makes class fun. I am so happy I chose Tucker Pup's.

- Dara Richards
David knows his stuff! Everything that was applied from class worked on changing our dog’s behavior.

- Mike Kaskel
David Roos was an excellent trainer and class leader. He listened to and addressed individual concerns, instilled confidence, and taught with clarity and joy. I learned a lot. My puppy did too. Highly recommend.

- Liz Olson
Angela was very diligent and nice. The classes helped to reinforce what we were doing right, and what we were doing wrong, and show us additional things to work on. The experience was great.

- Norma Campos and Scott Sundquist
Previously, we had taken a puppy training class through another service and were overall dissatisfied. We decided to take another stab at it through Tucker Pup's and are so glad we did!

The trainer was extremely knowledgeable and the small class size allowed our trainer to both work with the group as a whole and make time to help us individually. The commands we learned are useful in every day situations and the other tips and tricks provided have been helpful as we continue training on our own.

- Courtney Wilson
David Roos was unreal. I was so impressed with his training and his strategy. Our dog was a piece of work, haha and David's patience and stern attitude really helped him become a better trained dog. I loved this training and LOVED David. He was exactly what we needed.

- Catherine Orf
We used Tucker Pups for Puppy 101 Training. David Roos is a fantastic trainer. He works well with the puppies and the owners, often correcting or tweaking little behaviors throughout the class. He is encouraging without being demeaning, like some trainers can be with stubborn dog owners. He ultimately wants the puppies to grow and adapt to be beneficial to the owners' lifestyle, and if something doesn't fit, he provides guidance on changing the command or behavior to something that does fit. I'd recommend David for any new puppy or owners.

- Stacey Randolph
We absolutely loved David's Puppy Basic Obedience class. We have all learned so much in the last 6 weeks and Gus has really improved with everything we were taught in the class. David worked with us on his jumping (both on people and tables/counters) and it has greatly improved. I feel like he gave us the tools we needed to raise a happy pup. We had taken another training class at a pet store and we would leave class stressed and frustrated. I never had this with David's class; we always had fun and felt like we had accomplished something. I would highly recommend training courses at Tucker Pup's.

- Kate and Dan Ahasay
I loved the structure of Puppy 101. The ability to answer questions at the beginning of class while our puppies burned off some energy is what sets Puppy 101 apart from other training options. David introduced new commands at the right frequency, it was amazing watching Floof master new commands week by week. I look forward to continuing Floof's formal education with the upcoming intermediate course.

- Allison Fox
The outdoor leash class was very productive, and my dog is walking with out pulling, and also listening more.

- Jackie Fegan
David was very professional and extremely patient with our puppy. His tips were helpful and we are continuing with our at home training. I would highly recommend Tucker Pup’s to all our friends!

- Steve and Lisa Pascua
David is a great trainer! I emailed him a few times with questions and he was very responsive. The techniques he uses produce results. I would highly recommend him and Tucker Pup's for training.

- Elissa White
David and the puppy training class was great! My entire family looked forward to the class all week. We learned how to train our dog easily through this class, including even our 8 and 10 year olds. We even learned tricks we didn’t know that we needed to know - like touch! After completing the puppy class our dog can sit, stay, lay down, and come when called. Very satisfied with the small class size and David clearly knows what he’s talking about. He was able to get any dog to do the task at hand easily!

- Jordan Robson
Classes were great, we learned a lot of training tips and tools that we will be able to use outside of class. David is a great teacher and is very knowledgeable.

- Joe Wilush and Alex O'Connor
I just wanted to thank everyone at Tucker Pup's for doing a phenomenal job in every aspect of your services. We have been taking our dog Joey to daycare for the past 9 months and we have enjoyed the experience through its entirety. Joey loved going to daycare and the staff has been nothing but professional through our experience. We also had to board Joey a few times while we went out of town and they took excellent care of him while we were gone. In addition to this, we also went through puppy training at Tucker Pup's and that was an excellent experience as well.

We unfortunately had to move due to being relocated for work and we will surely miss Tucker Pup's. Thank you for everything and I just wanted to let you know how great of a job you and your staff are doing.

- Eric Recker
We just completed Good Manners One. I could not have been more impressed. Instructor trained us to train the dog. I especially liked that we did not bring our dog to the first class.This method made understanding how a dog learns that much clearer. We adopted an 8 month old Collie that had spent 6 months of his life in a cage. He had absolutely no training. At the end of the program he could sit, down, stay, walk on a leash, wave, leave food on command and was learing to roll over and play dead. Instructor was always on time, actually if we arrived early she was there and would happily answer any questions. We are planning on enrolling for Good Manners Two.

- Joyce Durante
I loved the course and instructor! I\'d recommend it to friends definitely! I learned a lot, and so did my dog. It was a lot of fun.

- Sara Baillie
My little wapoo (chihuahua/poodle mix) , Tank, was only 2 months old when he started going to Tucker Pups and he LOVES it! Everyone there takes such great care of him and he is always so happy to go play when I take him in.

He is now 4 months and still loving it! The grooming services are fantastic and the Polite Puppy training classes are really working!

Thanks to Tucker Pup\'s I have a well socialized happy puppy!
Tucker Pup's Good Manners 1 course is excellent. We brought our two four year old Westies to the class, and we were pleased with the class setting, with Debbie Bickford and with what we have learned. Debbie is very knowledgeable and clearly conveys the principles of training. She also led us to reading that will help reinforce our learning and expand our training skills. Our dogs are better 'leash walkers' now, and are also getting better at coming when called which were two main issues for us. When we have the time, we would definitely consider taking additional classes with Debbie.

- Lisa Curcio
The course met my expectations and I am glad we were able to be a part of it. Debbie was an excellent trainer and very helpful with all of our issues and consistently made sure that she focused and worked with every puppy in the class. Debbie's training has helped us with our puppy and she is behaving much better. We hope to continue training lessons with Kora as we still work to master the basics we have received from Debbie. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone with an unruly puppy!

Thanks,

- Tori New
Debbie is great always insightful and Zoey has definitely grown as a puppy. She gives you the tools to help you understand how to have a nice polite puppy and we are very grateful and proud of our little girl.

She is very knowledgeable. Not only does she give you exercises to do in class and at home she helps you understand why those exercises work and how your puppy learns and processes information, giving you the ability to really connect with your puppy and not get frustrated through the process.

Zoey is more social, since being able to play with the puppies in class, she doesn't bite anymore (which is crucial!) and she is learning tricks and good behavior everyday.

Dog training has come such a long way since we were kids and it's so nice to have a better understanding of how puppies think and learn and know that you can have a well behaved puppy/dog by only using positive training techniques. Getting the right treats helps a lot too!

If we hear of anyone getting a puppy we would definitely recommend Debbie and Tucker Pup's.

- Melanie Ludmann

This course was fabulous, but more importantly Debbie was fabulous! She was the perfect mix of teacher and friend. She was genuinely excited when my dog did as it was told and very fun. She was the bomb....I am very excited because of her. I would love to have her knowledge and her job! She was an excellent communicator as well as a stern teacher. We are taking our pup to Intro to Agility so we will have more time with Debbie, which is great.

I learned a lot....and I thought I knew a little bit about training a dog! Although my dog isn't perfect she definitely minds much better and now we have some serious tools in order to help train her!

If I can afford it, I'll continue taking classes here periodically...obviously to learn but also because it is fun to have some educational, structured activity with your dog.

There are things we still need to work on but Miley Rae is an excellent dog. Mostly we need to work on leash walking, but that is not perfect most likely b/c we have not practiced enough.

- Nicki Deckert
I was really impressed with the class and especially the instructor. Theo is doing great and we've been working on things using the excellent training materials binder. We are happy customers and definitely found value for the price.

- Danah Fisher
I remember talking to you over the phone concerning the advantages of me taking the puppy class even though Aero already knew a lot of the material.

Well, I may not have had a lot of homework, but I did pick up on many new techniques that have made duration exercises like 'stay' and 'leave it' more reliable. For example, I didn't know that your dog would 'stay' more reliably if you treat him while he's actually in the stay versus treating him once you release him from the stay.

I really liked learning the impulse control exercises too. I'll admit, I hadn't known that you could actually get your dog to look to you for permission before heading off to play and such. (I thought that this came natural to some more attached dogs, and owners were lucky to have it!)

On Aero's first day of class, Aero was very...I wouldn't say aggressive per se, but he was quick to show his teeth and let out a growl if he was cornered, or another dog tried to interact with him. I did know that Aero is more of people-oriented dog, but I'd never seen him willing and ready to become aggressive. I was discouraged (esp since I felt he wasn't aggressive and said so when I signed up...).

To my surprise and gratitude, Debbie didn't get angry about it at all. In fact, she told me that he was more defensive aggressive, and gave me some tips to ease his discomfort. I did go home and work on what I felt were some of the reasons behind his response (including the way he plays with my other dogs). And I'm happy to report that for the rest of the class duration, he wasn't so quick to bite.

I would recommend Debbie to a friend, and have already spoken highly of her to anyone who asks.

Aero was valedictorian of his class, and I am very proud.

I guess I'll stop talking now. I have plans to take the next level course, and look forward to it!

Thanks!

- Mykela Harrell

We had a great time with the Intro to Agility course! Our dog Gunther had already been through obedience training, so we were looking for something fun that would provide him with exercise and fun in the winter when our walks are so short. We could tell he loved being at Tucker Pup's and loved the agility course. He picked it up really well and we had so much fun!

Debbie really took the time to focus on each dog and help them with their individual challenges throughout the course. She is a great trainer and we look forward to taking more classes with her in the future!

- Kara Fromme
Poppy started at the bottom of the class, and ended up being the valedictorian! We're so proud of her! Debbie has helped us so much, down to the recommendation on the front facing harness. Our 9 month old maltese improved so much in 6 weeks and the final test last night was a great bonding experience for our family. We were all there, parents and two kids all cheering for her. I can send pictures if you want, as well as a video of the awarding ceremony. It would inspire other students/parents to attend your your future classes.

- Pauline Camacho
I just wanted to send a quick repsonse back over to you about the puppy course.

Everything did meet our expectations and the trainer was wonderful, knowledgeable and patient with is something I get a bit nervous about when Oscar tended to act up in certain situations. I would definitely recommend to a friend based on the success and progress we've seen with Oscar over the past 6 weeks. I felt it was time and money well spent and have noticed a significant increase in obedience and maturity since starting the course. With the methods covered in class I am confident we have a much better understanding of the tools we need to use in the future to continue to move forward in a positive and trusting relationship with Oscar.
My fiancee and I will be discussing the Good Manners 2 course over the next several days and will likely be back in touch.

Thanks,

- Jeff Eisel and Megan Moser
I cannot say enough about the Polite Puppy class. Minnie had a ball and she learned so much! Her behavior has definitely improved from the start of the class, especially her barking and leash manners. Debbie always kept the tone of the class fun and informative and the handouts at the end of each class were super helpful. Sometimes it felt like information overload but then getting home and reading through the homework made everything make sense. I would definitely recommend and have recommended Debbie's classes to friends and peers.

My coworker is starting a Polite Puppy class in a week or so. Looking forward to other classes!

Thanks,

- Gina Montaleone
We had a great experience with our trainer Debbie. We just adopted a rescue and she has been difficult to train, however Debbie taught us many great techniques. She taught us many great ways to train and communicate with our dog. In particular she shows by example and around other dogs way to reward and train various types of dogs. By a few weeks there was noticeable improvement in our dog's behaviors and she is always learning new things. I would definitely be going to more classes and highly recommend the facilities and specifically Debbie as a trainer.

- Tim Floreth
We enrolled our 5 month old puppy in Good Manners 1 in the hopes of accomplishing some basic training skills. Our expectations were far exceeded as our dog is so well behaved now and we know how to communicate effectively with him. Our teacher, Debbie, was so knowledgeable and helpful. She took the time to work one-on-one with each dog during class and explained things in such a way that made you go 'duh'. We would recommend this class to anyone! We are looking forward to Good Manners 2 and hope it falls on a Thursday night soon!?!? (hint, hint). In closing, this class was a wonderful experience for all 3 of us and we sincerely miss it.
Thank you Debbie and Tucker Pups!

Sincerely,

- Bobby Lewis, Holly Thomas, and Cooper
The Polite Puppy class exceeded our expectations. We were very impressed with the trainer, Debbie. She provided very helpful insight on how dogs learn and why these methods work the best. She was very clear when communicating assignments to us we liked her so much we'd like to hire her to come to our apartment (but she was a little too expensive for us). I would definitely recommend this class with this trainer to any friend who has a new puppy. The puppy socialization really helped out little dog feel comfortable around other dogs. He was very shy in the beginning and was a completely different dog by the last class. I will miss attending this call Tuesday nights, it was a wonderful way to bond with our puppy while teaching him lifelong behaviors. We had about 8 dogs in our class that was nice for the socialization and to see the different types of puppies. This class has really jump started our puppy's behavior training and we plan to continue the weekly assignments.

- Haley Duncan



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Haley Duncan
The Intro to Agility course was super fun and totally met my expectations! I wish it was longer! Debbie is awesome. She relates to the dogs so well and is genuine with them. The course was definitely worth it. I wish it was an entire semester long! LOL, but so worth the money. We will be back.

- Nicki Deckert
The agility training course was excellent. Debbie is an amazing instructor. It was clear that she put 100% into helping all the dogs do their best. I would definitely be interested in an agility 2 or agility 1.5 class!

- Grant Tucker
The Polite Puppy course did meet my expectations. I wanted my puppy to learn the basic sit, stay, down and walking on a lease with slack without tripping me constantly. I would recommend this trainer to friend. Debbie teaches training in way that is easily understood by my puppy and I. My puppy Marley is really understanding what she needs to be doing. The course is worth my time as my puppy can sit, stay, lay down and walk on a lease. I can communicate with my puppy now in a effective way that she understands. I really did enjoy taking Marley to class each Thursday. I was surprised at how well behaved all the puppies were! The off lease socialization really helped my puppy become more social with other dogs. The first class she was not really into playing with the other puppies as much, just sat between my feet. The next class Marley was more comfortable and now she wants to play with all dogs. She isn't fearful to be off lease with other dogs. I also enjoyed the agility course that Debbie set up. Marley had a blast running through all the tunnels. Marley is a very good girl and Debbie has helped us accomplish that. We get compliments all the time how well behaved Marley is. Thank You Tucker Pup's!

- Brett Cohn and Michelle Kucharski
We were happy with the Outdoor Adventure class. We feel more comfortable redirecting Bronson when away from home and he is much better about coming when called. It was fun to meet in various outdoor locations and the skills felt very useful for daily activities. Debbie of course was great, I always learn a lot from her. Next up: agility!

- Laura Adams
The Polite Puppy class entirely met my expectations. Debbie is AWESOME. She has suggestions and tips for every question I had about my very energetic Australian Shepherd pup. The relationship I now have with Piper is much stronger than it was before the course. I am also more confident taking Piper in public, and even letting her off leash to play in parks with other dogs (Debbie taught me how to create a strong recall by yelling 'Come' - Piper immediately turns from what she's doing and runs to me).

I would absolutely recommend Debbie AND Tucker Pup's to anyone who asks. We're continuing on with Good Manners 2 and hope to keep going after that with a few more classes! My relationship with my puppy is noticeably better since the time spent at Tucker Pup's.

- Corinne DiFonso
The course was perfect. Debbie is the best. The location, parking and space for training were very good. We didn't attend all sessions..out of town, family commitments, but what I learned I am practicing and the class was worthwhile.
Glad to know you are there.

Thanks,

- Donna and Mitchell Yates
My puppy, Lily, has become a whole new dog after taking this course. Not only has her behavior improved, but our communication has improved dramatically. She is a good listener now and it gives me a better understanding of how to discipline her as well. This course has gone above and beyond my expectations. I would recommend Debbie to anyone. Her positive reinforcement teaching style works very effectively. Her instruction during class is very clear and concise and the handouts allow me to refresh my memory about techniques once I get home. This course was worth every penny and more!

Thanks a lot!

- Kaori Asano
I can't say enough about this puppy class and Debbie. Having a puppy is overwhelming and all you want to have a good relationship with your dog and communicate with them. Debbie has set up such a positive and basic course with easy to follow steps to getting results. My husband and I (and our dog, Nana) learned some much and have seen the result with a dog that knows what we expect and is excited about doing the right thing. I would recommend this class and Debbie's training to anyone, in fact, I already have told so many people about Tucker Pup's and Debbie.

Thanks!

- Cherilynn and Donald Wood
The Outdoor Adventure class was fantastic. There are not many classes out there that focus on outside work (where, at least in my mind my dog has more issues - behaving indoors without the world going on around her is easy, outside, not so much, she as ADD and has a much harder time focusing on me).

The class met all of my expectations, we learned lots and are having much more relaxed walks thanks to the class (i.e. less pulling on the leash). Debbie did a great job of explaining our dogs' behavior and also why we were practicing the exercises that she showed us. I'm an inquisitive person by nature, so I very much like to understand the hows and whys of things so her explanations were very helpful.

The leashing walking help was more than worth it, plus Rudy can at times, be reactive on the leash so this class was a great challenge to both of us. For me to keep her calm and for her to remain calm and overall she behaved very well.

Our walks are a lot more enjoyable - she is more focused on me and less focused on dragging me down the street.

I've already recommended Debbie to a few people.

- Katie Lehan
We loved our puppy class at Tucker Pup's, and so did Bronson. Although he was only 10 weeks old when he started, he has learned a great deal and we also learned how to communicate with him and teach him. The biggest thing we learned is to be consistent and have patience. Debbie is a wonderful instructor, and made the process fun for us and our puppy. He especially enjoyed the off-leash playtime at the end of class, which was great for his socialization skills. I would definitely recommend Debbie and Tucker Pup's, and we plan to return for additional classes. Please feel free to use this on your website.

- Laura Adams
We had a very positive experience in the Good Manners 1 class. Debbie was a wonderful trainer and gave us a lot of ideas on how to better elicit good behavior from our dog. I would definitely recommend the class. Colby's behavior has gotten significantly better after the class - noticeable both by my husband and I and by others who knew him before the class. Thank you for a great course!

- Tara Gunther
The course did meet expectations and I would recommend the trainer and Tucker Pup's without reservation. The trainer was patient and gave clear instructions with good feedback. Since starting this class, Franny is more controlled and easier to handle. She is more responsive to us now that we know how to better manage her behaviors. She still gets distracted and will run away. That's why I asked about registering her for Manners 2.

- Maggie and Joe Crulcich
I can't speak highly enough of Debbie and the class. Toby is a very shy dog, and he was pretty nervous on his first day. Debbie was great with him, and knew exactly how to make the class fun and low-stress. I felt like he really solidified all of the skills he had some previous experience with, as well as learning lots of new ones. She also did a great job of going over basic psychology and training techniques that will be helpful when learning any new behaviors down the road. I am already looking at what class we want to take next. I think that Toby had a great time, and he came out of the class with a lot more confidence and lots of new tricks to show off!

Thanks!

- Emily Coffey
The leash manners class was excellent! Debbie is a great trainer and I plan to take other classes with her in the future. Her knowledge and demonstrations proved that I was learning from someone with extensive experience. And the handouts/homework helped remind me that practice outside of class was important to the success of the entire program.

You've partnered with a great trainer in Debbie.

Thanks,

- James Scholten
First of all, I want to confess that we are a bit biased. We met Debbie Bickford about 8 years ago when she led a training class at PetSmart, where our first Boxer was enrolled.

The training methods Debbie taught us were so effective that when we got our second Boxer we knew we had to track Debbie down for a refresher.

I am happy to report that she not only provided a refresher but also taught us new techniques as well as provided some new insight into the psyche of dogs.

My wife and I are very pleased with the results of the training techniques we learned at Tucker Pup's. Not only is our dog better behaved, but more importantly has made a connection between learning and fun which will facilitate future training.

Thanks again and God bless,

Manuel and Belinda Parilla
I tell my friends about you all the time, particularly your training, daycare and boarding services.

The Good Manners 1 course was perfectly suited to our 15 month old rescue dog. She needed the exposure to a safe, structured social setting with other people and other dogs. I needed the support and training tips to help her with some of her issues. And we both benefited from working on skills with other dogs around. Debbie is a great instructor because she not only teaches you how to work with your dog, but she encourages you to have fun doing it. Our class also benefited from other wonderful owners and dogs. At last night's 'graduation', all the dogs showed amazing improvement! Our dog started the 6 week program as a jumping, barking, scattered bundle of energy. She is still a bundle of energy, but she finished the program a much more focused, polite little girl. Of course, you have to practice at home - an hour a week in class just scratches the surface. But the support, tips and encouragement you get at class are invaluable.

I will definitely sign up for another class.

- Amy Ripepi and Garry Grasinski

Debbie is very knowledgeable and it shows. You can tell she's very passionate about the dogs and helping everyone be the best owners/trainers they can be. She was really great and I liked her a lot. Nigel was a great pooch for demo.

I have a herding dog/barking puppy and she was very helpful on how to help curb the problem. She even called me and gave me some additional info that would help.

Thanks!

- Dawn Lara
Mac Rosser (our golden-chow) benefited greatly from Debbie's class. As a middle-aged dog (6 years) we recently adopted, he had much to learn about us as we him. More than anything I think the class gave us a chance to bond with Mac and provided us with the tools to continuing working with him outside the classroom. Debbie is very good about explaining the why's and how's of training methods. It reminds me of the saying 'give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach him to fish he eats for a lifetime.' Debbie is obviously very knowledgeable and loves dogs...she is a wonderful trainer!

Thanks

- Mike and Julie Rosser
My boyfriend and I brought my 4 year old rat terrier Drake to Debbie's Good Manners 1 course. I cannot tell you how impressed with were with Debbie and the changes we saw in Drake week over week. He is a different dog now because of her lessons and positive training.

We have and will continue to recommend Tucker Pup's and Debbie to all of our dog owning friends.

It was a great experience for both Drake and us.

- Angela Gentry and Robert Hepding
We had a very positive experience with Tucker Pup's. We fully intend to use your business in the future for further training, boarding, etc. as necessary. Debbie was wonderful. She was competent, responsive, and positive. She answered all of our questions patiently. Our dog, Indy, has been doing so much better since our class.

Thank you very much,

- Sarah Gangstad and Tim Trostle
We are delighted with the training we received from Debbie Bickford at Tucker Pup's. We took the Agility 2 class with about half a dozen other students and their two-legged companions. The class had a relaxed atmosphere and everybody was comfortable with the pace and content. We've been training in Agility for over two years, with a couple six-month breaks to recover from cruciate injuries - once for Ski and once for his primary trainer in our own neighborhood. We enrolled in Debbie's class because of our extended layoff, having heard from others what a great trainer she is. We were extremely impressed with how much the other students had learned having taken only a single six-week Agility 1 class from Debbie. They were able to run the Agility course along side us, and had great fun doing so. Debbie regularly adjusted the course content based on feedback from the students, focusing on what people enjoyed and had an interest in. Debbie made learning easier by incorporating games and even prizes into a curriculum that can sometimes become challenging. And, of course, Graduation was a great time! I now understand why Debbie is so well thought of in the community of dog trainers, and look forward to future classes with her. And, yes, we also look forward to challenging Nigel on the CPE course some day......

Sincerely,

- Rich Tamborski and Noble vom Kolinstrasse (aka: Ski)
Jason, Ripley and I think that Debbie must be a goddess. No, scratch that, we KNOW that she is a goddess!

I am a farm girl. I've spent years with a panoply of species and Jason and I spent a long time preparing for our 'city-puppy'. Seriously, I read no less than a dozen 'training books' and bring my background w/ animals to the table so I thought I knew what I was doing. Within six weeks Debbie made all that history come to life and she added so much more. Her course was common sense, kind, intellectually stimulating and the best thing that we could have ever done for our family. I just wish she trained cats, as we have three that could use it.

Sorry, to be so long-winded, but I am so overwhelmingly impressed with Debbie and Tucker Pup's as a whole. And I am NOT easily impressed. Understand, that Jason and I are singing your praises everywhere we go. And the proof is in the pooch! Daily, people remark on how well behaved Ripley is and we say the same thing: 'Tucker Pup's. Debbie Bickford. Do yourself and you dog a favor and call them A.S.A.P.'

I look forward for a long and loving relationship w/ y'all! Thank you for all the fabulous work that you do.

My sincerest best,

- Amber Almanza-Wade

We loved taking class with Debbie. She is very knowledgeable. It was great how she taught us how to use the commands in everyday life. We feel like we have the tools to train him effectively.

- Molly and Matt Nutting
We really enjoyed training with Debbie and Nigel. Her positive approach is working well with our Dane puppy, Harvey. Her class was a lot of fun while we were learning. We will be signing up soon to continue training with her.

- Maggie Ratza
Ruby and I took Agility 2 Training course with Debbie and we both loved it. I know Ruby had a great time because every Monday as soon as I would get home from work she would run and sit by my car ready to go; she would get all worked up and ready to learn new things. I had a great time spending it with her and watching her have a blast and do things I never thought my dog would do. Debbie, thank you.

I would recommend this course to anyone with a dog that has tons of energy and not too many outlets for it.

- Iwona Kozak
We greatly enjoyed the training course and will be enrolling in polite puppy II. The skills that our dog has learned is helping us to manage his lifestyle better.

- Jay and Noelle DiPrizio
Debbie was great with all of the owners and the puppies. Buckley did well with responding to the techniques of teaching her different tricks. I learned a lot from Debbie in all aspects of training a puppy and being a dog owner. Thank you!

- Molly McShane
Ruby and I took Intro to Agility and Rally Obedience with Debbie and I believe that we both had tons of fun. Debbie did a fantastic job explaining everything to us and was very patient with the pups, never pushed them to do anything that might frighten them or turn them away from agility. I am looking forward to Agility 2 with Ruby and sometime in the spring our younger puppy, Cosmopolitan, will be trying her luck at Agility and Rally Obedience. Great class, fun atmosphere and it definitely is a good way to get your dog's energy focused on learning something fun.

Thank you Debbie,

- Iwona Kozak
I've never been through any training previous training classes, but Debbie's class was a tremendous help. Highly recommended! After Basic Obedience, I'm much better equipped with the right techniques to train my 2-year old dog Sally. Sally can now reliably sit, stay, lay down, roll over, and sit up, and I've learned positive techniques to work on her leash skills.

- Jim Kompare
I love Debbie! She is great! I thought the class was really fun and much different then the other classes-which i really enjoyed.

- Katie Reader
The Good Manners I class was a great basic training course for us and Bogie. Debbie was terrific at explaining how to think like a dog and use positive reinforcement to train him. Bogie has most of his basic commands down reliably, and whenever tricky situations come up, we feel a lot more in control of his behavior overall.

- Bert Davenport and Emily DeAngelis
We loved the Good Manners 2 class! We had gone through the puppy class and then proceeded on to this one. It is impossible to say enough good things about this class. Not only does Debbie help you train your dog, she trains you! Our dog loved going to class and not only did our dog learn in class, she worked hard on the homework too. Our 5 month old puppy now will wait for us to walk through doors, walks like a dream next to us and doesn't pull at the leash, sits when meeting new people, doesn't run after dropped food, and loves learning new things! I had a lab when I was younger and he was never this well behaved! The best part about the class is that Debbie teaches you how to work with your dog towards good behavior instead of "at" your dog. "Yes!"
I can't wait for the agility class to begin! I would highly recommend, borderline insist, that anyone who has a new dog enroll in a training class with Debbie. Once you do, you will wonder what took you so long to sign up!

- Kristen Walter
The training program was great. Our pup Moose has learned so much from the training class as have we. Debbie is a great trainer and we are so happy that we decided to go with the positive reinforcement approach. We will be coming back for more training for sure. We have also used Tucker Pup's for grooming and were very happy with that service as well.

Thanks again.

- Tom & Beth Walsh
We just finished Good Manners 1. My husband, Colin, and I thought it was a great help. Our dog is very smart but rather misbehaved, and this really helped to get him paying better attention to us. Plus, this is my first dog (not my husband's) and I learned a LOT about being a good dog owner/trainer. (I still have much to learn).

Possibly the best aspect about the class was Debbie -- she was fantastic. She's effective and intelligent without being patronizing or domineering. When we go back for another class, we want to take a class of Debbie's. She's the kind of trainer who instills trust in her class (dogs and humans, alike).

And, as we found out on the last day, she bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie!

Many thanks,

- Beth Bullock
Debbie is great. Charlie learned a lot and we are very happy with his progress. One thing we would like would be able to contact the other people in the class so we could get the puppies together to play.

- Dave Feldstein
I had a great time at the Good Manners 1 class and learned how to work with Seymour on a few things that I felt were really important: come, stay, no pulling on the leash.
Debbie was really helpful and clear. She had great control of the class and all of the dogs.

I really enjoy coming to Tucker Pup's and have nothing but good things to say. Seymour has a great time when he is boarded and we both feel really comfortable with the place and all of the staff.

Thanks!

- Billie Howard
The training was very helpful and fun. The trainer was very good to work with and spent time with each dog in the class to make sure each was benefiting from instruction. The direction of what to work on at home were also beneficial.

We would certainly recommend Tucker Pup's to friends and family.

- Gina Jacobsen
The Good Manners 1 course was very helpful. Debbie made it easy for me to understand what it takes to communicate with my dog. Though I will have to work away at training (myself as well as my dog) every day, I feel confident with the basic tools learned.

- Sara Gerou
We thought that Tucker Pup's did a great job and saw significant improvement with Rocky's training. Debbie was excellent and really did a great job helping us train our dog. Thanks for everything.

The facility was great, we used the day care center once as well and we were very happy with it. As far as pricing, the classes are slightly more expensive than some competitors but we thought that the quality of Tucker Pup's was worth it.

- Jeff Katz
We enjoyed Good Manners 1 and will probably take the 2nd class down the road. Charger did really well, so I think it would be beneficial for him to continue.

- Jennifer Dietz
We enjoyed the class very much and Scooter had so much fun. We will definitely take the next course once he is a bit older. Debbie was great! She really knows what she's doing. Can't wait for the next class. Scooter loved her!

- Sarah Yang
Debbie and Nigel are excellent instructors! While Debbie explains to us humans the hows and whys of dog behavior and how dogs learn best, Nigel shows us just how a proper 'heel' should look or that 'wait means wait 'til Mom says OK!'. We've already had several classes with Debbie and the education we've received so far has been invaluable. We have strengthened the bond between us and our dogs by learning how to communicate with them effectively. As a result our dogs have nice manners and are well-behaved most of the time. When they forget their manners or get up to some mischief, we now know how to correct the behavior quickly using positive methods. The very best thing about classes with Debbie and Nigel? They are FUN!

- Stephanie Hebelka
We enjoyed the class and found it very helpful. Debbie did a great job with Gus!! Thanks again.

- Ryan Henke
The class went well! Quinnie definitely learned some new obedience prompts and we use them in our day-to-day life.

- Sara Clary
My pup learned a lot and Debbie is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable and helpful. We're looking forward to future training classes!

- Michelle Booth
I can't speak for the grooming or the daycare here but I can certainly speak on the training class that our lil' Ruby just finished taking. We enrolled our lil' pup for the Polite puppy course and I must say it was great. Debbie is such an amazing trainer and her dog Nigel is such an awesome dog! She has such a great way with all types of pup's. The class was just the right size and I learned A LOT!

Although our lil' Ruby is a daddy's girl I was able to take in everything Debbie taught us and take it home and practice with Ruby. We have a rottweiler and I don't want her to be an unsocialized insane dog, so I'm glad that we enrolled her in this class. We learned from your basic "sit" to our hard to resist "leave it" move. Also the socialization between the other dogs was great also. Don't expect for your dog to sit through this class and miraculously be trained in every way. To me this class is mostly for the owners to take in all the training tips and do's and dont's in order for you to have a well trained dog.

We will definitely sign-up Ruby for the next class!

- Diana Rincon
Peanut and I really enjoyed Debbie's polite puppy class. We learned a lot and Peanut always looked forward to her weekly socialization and training. Debbie is an absolutely terrific instructor--we can't wait for Good Manners 2 in July!

- Loraine Woodhead
Debbie was great! We enjoyed the training so much, and now Webster is a little gentleman out and about...most of the time. We will definitely continue to take obedience classes with Tucker Pup's and maybe delve into agility...Webster certainly has enough energy!

Thanks again Debbie and Tucker Pup's!

- Gina and Sean Boyland, and Webster :)
We were very pleased with the Good Manners 1 course. Debbie Bickford was great -- she made the course fun, interesting, and engaging. We learned so much about how to use positive reinforcement to motivate our pup. The techniques were excellent and very effective, and we are still using them over six months after the course. How true it is that training courses are so much more for the human owners than for the dogs. I am so happy that because I have tools such as reward/withdrawal of reward I have never had to use any sort of punishment with our pup. I've been telling other dog owners about your programs/facility not only because we thought the training was great, but also because I hope positive reinforcement training techniques become even more widespread among dog owners.

Thanks for the great program. We look forward to taking another course again in the future.

-Ann-Marie Vigano
I have tried other beginning obedience classes and individual training. By far, Debbie's class exceeds her competitors and she surpassed my expectations. She is very articulate, knowledgeable, and an excellent instructor. In general, many people who try to be instructors know their material yet do not know how to "teach" it to others effectively. I was so happy to be a part of her class and to see she is an expert at what she does. Such a professional touch is her documenting material and homework assignments, provided in take-home material. She goes above and beyond others with "special touches". Without a doubt, Paris will be enrolled in Good Manners 2, in addition to other training classes at Tucker Pup's. THANKS Debbie and thanks Joel!!

- Pamela Ethridge & Paris

Since moving to the West Loop and using Tucker Pup's services, I have been very pleased. My dog, Scout, has been groomed at Tucker Pup's, and we recently finished the "Good Manners 1" course. Scout tied in first place as class valedictorian (or valiDOGtorian, as I call her). Whenever I take Scout in to Tucker Pup's, the staff are very friendly and kind to me and my dog. After grooming, Scout is clean as a whistle, and always in high spirits.

I chose Tucker Pup's because I had heard many good things about the organization, and because the website was so friendly and easy to navigate.

I have a dog walker from another local business, but would have hired Tucker Pup's as walkers if they offered that service.

I plan on taking more discipline classes when my schedule allows.

-Rebecca Fons
Debbie is an excellent instructor! She is extremely knowledgeable and had very helpful and effective techniques and suggestions. My dog loved her immediately!

- Lesley Ahlberg
Thank you for offering the great adult dog training classes with Debbie. Her techniques are practical and easily applicable to Jack's every day doggie life. She is a great human trainer who is also excellent with dogs! In addition, because Jack already loves going to Tucker Pup's for daycare, he is right at home and comfortable during our training sessions.

- Morgan Russell
I think the class is great. Debbie allows you to realize that your dog's behavior is a reflection of the owner's behavior. It was also refreshing to see there is hope for your little one. She also makes it look so easy. I learned the timeout technique and it really works.

- Ceta Walters
Miss Piggy took puppy and intermediate classes with Debbie at her previous training location. When I was looking into the Canine Good Citizen testing, Debbie's name was on the AKC's list for Chicago contacts. We just had to follow her to Tucker Pup's, which has a great open space for us to practice in. Piggy is so well-behaved, even my vet commented how unusual it is to see such a well-behaved pug. We are looking forward to the Fun with Fido class!

- Natalie Crespo
My husband and I wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with the obedience class we took with Debbie. She was extremely knowledgeable with the training techniques and very helpful in answering our many new puppy questions. We saw immediate results with Drake and continue to work with him on what we learned in class. We look forward to our next class with Debbie!

- Lynn and Matt Beck
We absolutely love your trainer, Debbie! She was so great with Abby and all the other dogs in our class - even the most difficult pups! The Good Manners I course was exactly what we needed to help Abby overcome some of her behavioral issues and just learn to be an obedient pet and family member. We've seen such a great improvement in her manners and plan to keep working on all the great techniques that Debbie introduced to us. She graduated at the top of her Good Manners I class (Co-Valedictorian), and I'm sure she's been bragging about it to all the other dogs in her daycare group at Tucker Pup's!

- Jennifer Karter
Good Manners training with Debbie was just what the doctor ordered for my 8 month old Puggle named Bailey. I rescued him from a puppy farm when he was no longer a puppy, so he had some bad habits. Debbie showed me how to correct his bad habits using positive reinforcement, which made me and my dog both happy in the process. I recommend Debbie and any of her training classes very highly.

- Marnie Ratner
After enrolling in the Good Manners I dog training class and Good Manners II class offered at Tucker Pup's Dog Activity Center with our new puppy Zoe, Julie and I wanted to let you know what a great experience both classes have been and what an amazing progress we have made with understanding and guiding the behavior of our very active puppy.

We have to recognize Debbie Bickford and her special skills and obvious talent in training dogs and working with dog owners on training strategies. Debbie made the classes fun to attend and something to look forward to. We appreciated her style of training and being new dog owners ourselves, found she had to train us first prior to addressing Zoe. While the classes were run in small groups, she was able to provide individual attention to us and Zoe.

Results have been phenomenal in terms of general good behavior of Zoë meeting new people, greeting other dogs, heeling while approaching street corners and coming when called; all in a very short time. Most importantly, we are confident in the skills Debbie taught us and in our ability to continue to train Zoe with good behavior and skills in the future.

We give Debbie and Tucker Pups two thumbs (and one paw) way up!!
Best regards,

- Julie and Dan Schmittdiel
We were incredibly excited to have our dog, Tyson, attend the Manners I course with Debbie. It was a very convenient location given that Tyson spends his days at Tucker Pup's - and he was comfortable enough in the surroundings to actually listen and learn! Debbie was patient and gave us great insight as to how our dog perceives us humans. He has been much better at his stays, sits, and comes since the class, among many other commands.

- J.P. Machuta
Prior to taking Good Manners 1 at Tucker Pup's, Cinnamon (and mom) had gone through a crash course training at a local pet store chain, resulting in little success. During the training with Debbie, Cinnamon not only learned good manners (stay, leave it, heel) but she had a fun time doing it and she continues her good behavior at home now. Debbie is the McGyver of puppy training - she has tips and ideas about how to handle most any situation and she is extremely patient. I recommend the training courses and Tucker Pup's to all my friends!

- Marisa Meadows
Debbie was really excellent! My dog got a lot more out of the group class than he did when we were working with a private trainer. Jake's attitude about working on training shifted from dread and fear to enthusiasm--the use of positive training techniques in the class environment felt like play to him. Because the class was small, Debbie provided all of us one-on-one instruction during and after class to make sure all of the puppies were mastering the commands. Also, the group context helped Jake learn to focus on me when he would otherwise be very distracted. I am very satisfied and would highly recommend this class!

- Mimi Landau
I am very very pleased with Nico's improvement. Everyone around us has noticed great changes in her behavior. I feel that Debbie fully understands how to communicate with dogs and her knowledge is really helping us. Nico and I are really understanding each other. Debbie has great ideas and helpful homework handouts. She also makes training do-able for any dog, no matter what their level is. Also, Debbie gives us as owners great tools to work with. I feel equipped to carry on with our training after our classes are over. I am excited every week to come to class, and Nico is too!

I really mean it, I couldn't imagine a better more knowledgeable and effective teacher. Thanks so much!

- Desiree Madah-Amiri
I took the 'Puppy Polite' class at Tucker Pup's and could not be happier with the results. Debbie explained each lesson clearly and worked with each owner/pet to insure that behavior was being executed properly. All of the commands we were taught are things that are useful in our day-to-day activities with the dogs. The class is a fun, no-pressure environment and one where you can be as diligent with the training as you want to be - I would highly recommend this to anyone with a new dog.

- Evonne Stavrakos
We took Newman, our golden doodle puppy, to the Polite Puppy training course taught by Debbie and her extremely well-behaved boxer, Nigel. The class helped with Newman's behavior but more importantly it taught us how to communicate with him in a way that he can understand what is good and what is not acceptable. We are getting ready to enroll him in his next training class and would recommend Debbie and Tucker Pup's to anyone who may need such services.

-Eric Kessel and Shana Vitek
My dog Bugsy and I completed both the Polite Puppy and the Good Manners 1 and 2 classes with Debbie. Recently, I was asked by my mom to take her Chocolate Lab, Brutus, to a training class at a popular franchise, whose identity I will not disclose. She had a few errands to run, so I agreed to help her out. Once Brutus and I arrived and his "training" began, I WAS SHOCKED!!! Hands down, no comparison!! They were aggressive in their teaching techniques and Brutus was clearly not responding. Mid-way through the class, I found myself using techniques that Debbie taught Bugsy and me, and we were getting better results! For example, in teaching the "heel," they instructed the owners to aggressively pull both the leash and the dog into the desired position. They later brought out a dog, who was wearing a shock collar, to demonstrate. Unlike Nigel (Debbie's dog, whom she uses to demonstrate) this dog appeared frightened, disheveled, and anxious! I was appalled!! I consider myself VERY lucky!! Thank you all for all that you have done!!

- Agatha Mankiewicz
I loved the puppy class so much and saw such immediate results, I now have Hudson in the Good Manners I class. Debbie is a fabulous trainer (fun too). Everything we discuss and practice makes complete sense and I would have never known this on my very own. The class sizes are just right where Debbie can be hands-on. Spring is here and summer is coming, which means lots of people and dogs are out. I am proud I will have a very well-behaved dog at my side for our walks and outings. I highly recommend Tucker Pup's for everything!!

- Kim Cryder
Debbie is an exceptional trainer! My exuberant terrier Tenryu and I are happy graduates of Debbie and Tucker Pup's Good Manners 1 and 2 training classes. Prior to Debbie and Tucker Pup's, we took 2 classes on positive reinforcement from 2 different training facilities, and although we graduated, Tenryu and I didn't learn a thing, leaving me convinced that positive reinforcement methods do not work. At last, we were fortunate enough to take Debbie's classes; she is a positive reinforcement master. Her in-depth understanding of dog behavior, superb instruction and pure love for dogs made every class a treat for both of us. We wagged out of class with Great Manners and continue to enjoy practicing everyday.

- Kyoko Ikemoto
We enjoyed the class and got some very good things out of it. We're still working with our puppy every day and he has picked up some things quickly, while we're still working on others.

Debbie was a very good teacher, professional and made the class enjoyable.

I'm sure we'll consider future classes for our dog.

- Phil Kenny
I just wanted to let you know how well the obedience class went. This was Jake's second go around in organized training sessions, and as you could see, the first group (given by a different trainer and pet-care center) didn't go so well. Debbie is a phenomenal trainer, extremely knowledgeable, and had all the answers. She made it very entertaining and seemed to have everyone's attention 100% of the time. Jake and I continue to train and see improvements on a daily basis. Thanks again.

- Ryan Nelson
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