After years of well-behaved dogs in my home, I never thought I wouldn’t be able to control or train a new dog. And then Lace, a very intelligent, strong-willed Pitbull-Heeler puppy joined my family. Oh, how she humbled me. After 6 months of struggle and a definite losing battle, I surrendered and began my search for help. I wanted my quiet home back…I wanted to be able to invite people into my home once again!
Stephanie Hodges couldn’t have stepped into our lives at a better time. Stephanie clearly loves dogs and has an exuberance and passion for helping them become a wonderful part of your family. After our first meeting (without Lace!), she was able to give me an initial set of tools that began to instantly transform my thinking and my relationship with Lace, all before she had even been introduced to my excitable puppy. I had no idea how little I understood about the way a dog processes and thinks. Stephanie is wonderful at explaining their behavior and tendencies, making it easier to grasp the needed skills for both you and your dog to become successful.
Stephanie has a wonderful ability to help train multiple dogs, at different levels in the same setting. During a class of 4-6 dogs, she still finds one on one time with each team, making you and your dog feel valuable. Her wonderful, positive approach is so effective and rewarding! Stephanie even has a way to make the process extremely fun when you are very frustrated and ready to scream! Her persistent encouragement is so very helpful.
She makes herself available to you outside of class, and quickly responds to emails, calls and texts. Four weeks into our basic training class, Stephanie came to my home to get a better understanding of our home struggles. She spent an hour of her own time providing me with even more effective strategies to teach Lace to control her excitement when we have visitors.
We still are learning today, but after 8 weeks of training, Lace is now on a fast track to becoming one of the most amazing, sweetest, WELL BEHAVED dogs I have ever had the privilege of owning. I am so grateful to Stephanie. She is an extremely valuable resource and Lace and I are so fortunate to have been able to start our journey with her. Whether you are working with a new puppy or an aggressive, reactive adult dog, I would highly recommend Stephanie as a trainer. You won’t be disappointed!