Dog Trainer Reviews

 

The best thing I did was take my young dog Cooper to Nadine. Right from the first lesson I felt comfortable with her method of coaching me to train my dog responsibly and fairly.  Nadine’s method  for training for ‘’every day living’’ is what puts her apart from regular trainers. Cooper has developed so much more confidence being exposed to the different environments he’s been experiencing, learning to pass people and dogs without reacting badly, walking in traffic and many other situations….he especially loves walking on walls, jumping hurdles and anything that looks like fun!

Thanks Nadine, you’re the best!
Carol and Cooper

Rylee Cooper
Rylee Cooper
14:18 24 Jul 22
Had a great experience with our 4month old puppy and gooddoggie training. Our dog learned boundaries, trust, basic commands and more. We would definitely recommend good... doggie to anyone!!:) Thanks Nadine!! We’ll come back for more lessons for sure!read more
MaryLou Johnson
MaryLou Johnson
12:33 28 Jun 22
We have not started training with Nadine yet but the conversation regarding our dog was so enlightening and helpful we (Lucy the dog and I) are looking forward to meeting her!
Laustock Laustock
Laustock Laustock
13:37 15 Jun 22
Nadine’s 6 week training session has really helped us with our nervous and reactive dog, Lenny.We have more confidence walking him in public settings. He has learned to... trust us and now listens to our commands. He’s a happier dog and has less worries when put into stressful situations and environments ( public parks, downtown etc)She’s truly done an amazing job with teaching us the skills, tools and engaging exercises to set him up for success!Thank you so much!Looking forward to another pack walk. 🐶read more
Barbara Pim
Barbara Pim
19:17 16 May 22
We are very grateful to Nadine for the 3-week training she did with our bernedoodle. Walks were always a tug of war ... lots of pulling. Bella had dug many, many holes in... our backyard and often jumped over a low fence into our gardens. The yard is fenced with lots of grass areas for the dogs to run and play. We did not have a reliable recall ... more like she would come when she felt like it. We avoided inviting people over because we could not control Bella's jumping up behaviour. Nadine's training program has transformed Bella. We have all been trained and as owners, we have learned so much about dog behaviour, how to advocate for our dog and how to deal with all of the issues we had. As owners, the reading materials, videos and training session with us have been unbelievably helpful. We just continue the training Nadine did. Bella is an absolute joy now! And Nadine is more than happy to answer any questions we have.read more
JILLIAN EDMUNDS-CLARK
JILLIAN EDMUNDS-CLARK
00:26 26 Apr 22
Tilly, our 10 month old Field Bred Golden Retriever is a very exuberant puppy and has been more of a challenge than our previous Goldens. Nadine has worked with Tilly and I... as clients. She has been very patient and supportive. Both of us enjoyed our sessions and learned something new every week.Tilly is now a fun family dog who walks well on a leash, listens, and behaves calmly in public. She still has a lot to learn (too excitable with guests entering our home)but as they say, practice makes perfect.Nadine gave us a very strong base to build on. Tilly also had a 10 day vacation with Nadine's family which she seemed to enjoy. Hopefully Tilly will soon obey the Good Doggy rules consistently.I would not hesitate to recommend Nadine as a highly skilled trainer.read more
Bridget Lam
Bridget Lam
18:22 22 Mar 22
Nadine is a miracle worker! Moose was lacking obedience and did not listen well to commands. He also struggled with leash walking. We tried dog training elsewhere when he was... younger, but the training didn't transfer beyond the training centre. With Nadine, she brings you to different environments so the dog can transfer his knowledge. After completing the program, we have seen immense improvement! She helped build trust and respect between me and my dog! I also feel so much more confident bringing him to public places and allowing him to be off leash! Thank you so much, Nadine!read more
Amber Allen
Amber Allen
02:48 09 Mar 22
We are so fortunate to have met Nadine and to train with her! She is such a knowledgeable trainer and is truly caring for each and every client. We have learned so much from... her and our pup has come such a long way after training with her. We always love doing our training time and engagement activities with Silo (who enjoys them so much!) that we have learned from Nadine. Nadine continues to check in and provides ongoing advice with her clients! She truly goes above and beyond.read more
Sally Rood
Sally Rood
15:23 08 Mar 22
I have been a basset owner for nearly 50 years. I love the breed but have always assumed that they would not be obedient as I was told by the very first training I did with... my first basset that you could only do show training and not obedience with the breed. Well Nadine changed that! Her techniques are gentle and affirming and our dogs LOVE being worked with. She gives us confidence that we can teach our pups and the dogs confidence in themselves. I have recommended her without hesitation to my friends and family. ( we have so far done the 5 week puppy course- and it has made having two pups together a pleasure)read more
David F Mewa
David F Mewa
01:16 04 Feb 22
Nadine is a lover of dogs. There is no question about that. She is also firm and confident when dog handling. My 10 month old Border Collie spent 4 weeks boarding and... training and learned a lot of good behavior under her guidance. The biggest skill our pup learned was self-regulation. Now he's a pup that can relax, walk without pulling and stay on place for up to a couple hours avoiding destructive behaviour that comes from boredom and reactivity. It's like a magic trick. Pretty cool work Nadine does.read more
Sean McF
Sean McF
02:00 02 Feb 22
I would highly recommend Nadine and Good Doggy. Nadines training program set a very effective foundation for my dog and I to bond and learn together as a team. She’s a very... experienced trainer setting dogs and owners up for success. Her ongoing support, pack walks and group lessons are extremely valuable. We look forward to continuing her training programs and activities.read more
Beryl Sprague
Beryl Sprague
16:26 29 Jan 22
One of my neighbours suggested Nadine and Good Doggy to me.I had just brought a beautiful GSD pup home, and decided she needed the best start in life.Nadine is very easy to... talk to, she knows dogs and what she’s teaching!She had me doing activities with Franki that I would never have thought of!!But these fun and enjoyable activities worked! Franki loved the classes, learning to calm herself and to behave well in many different situations, walking well on leash, so much so I get compliments often.I learned a lot of invaluable lessons with Nadine and Franki absolutely loved her!Great value for what you receive!!read more
julia taylor
julia taylor
14:24 29 Jan 22
From the moment we connected with Nadine she clearly loves dogs and is very competent and knowledgeable. The skills she helped us develop to set our puppy up for a lifetime... of success was invaluable. She continues to be committed to her clients even when they are not actively taking one of her awesome classes. The added value of the pack walks, reinforcement of drills and skills on her social media posts and a resource to ask questions to make us highly recommend her if you are looking for a trainer.read more
Dana Murphy
Dana Murphy
22:39 03 Dec 21
Nadine. Is. FANTASTIC!We recently moved out to the Kawartha Lakes area and wanted to continue training with our 1 year old border collie after only doing puppy training... classes previously.After reading all the positive reviews about Good Doggy, of course we reached out and I can’t express how happy we are that we did.Nadine truly set us up for success and we continue to use all the tips and tricks she provided us to date. When we decide to extend our family with another dog, our first call will be to Good Doggy -100%.Thank you for everything Nadine!!read more
Jennifer Dew
Jennifer Dew
15:51 19 Oct 21
I cant be more thankful for Nadine!My girl Lucy, an 80lb 10 month old Anatolian shepherd x cane corso was a bit out of hand. She ruled my house hold, constant counter... surfing, insecure, barking, lunging, aggressive tendancies, a bit of a bite history- basically a bunch of behaviour issues with her (I was also with 4 other trainers prior to Nadine- and nothing was working).I was thinking of rehoming- not an easy decision and I was really sadened with this option, so I looked for other ways to help out our living situation. I was recommended to Nadine. Lucy was there for 4 weeks, I went to visit her on the 2nd week- and I had already seen an improvement. At the end of four weeks we went on a pack walk together, with other dogs and people (structured, training walk guided by Nadine) and Lucy was so great! Didnt show signs of reactivity or anything. After this process- I have gained some doggy knowledge which helped me be a more confident owner. I am now able to walk past people and dogs without feeling nervous or anxious that my dog is going to attack them or have some sort of reaction. I have much better communication with her, and the process of taking her home was seamless (with Nadine also being so supportive- direct contact). With the rules set in place it makes the dynamic in my house less stressful with her, and she is a much more balanced dog. When Lucy came home my sister had said she is like a different dog! Even just being able to go on walks without the reactivity is something I am sooooo greatful for. Makes my life less stressful!Very pleased with Nadine, and how amazing she is with all doggies! So thankful and excited for Lucy and I's new journey together 🙂read more
Judy Pinkerton
Judy Pinkerton
01:51 09 Aug 21
I'd would like to express my sincere appreciation for all the positive help we received from Nadine, Good Doggy. Being our first Australian Shepherd Blue Merle, we weren't... exactly prepared for the exuberant amount of energy. Fortunately, we were able to complete a 6 week training course with Nadine. We were completely overwhelmed with the positive changes in Riley. At almost 9 months old, he is obedient, much calmer and a complete joy to have in our lives. Practicing on our own now, Riley continues to astound us with how smart this breed truly is. The patience Nadine has with her clients is truly professional as she empowers us to be able to handle Riley. I know Riley enjoyed the challenges put before him to help him gain confidence in his willingness to please. He'd get so excited hearing Nadine's voice on the numerous training videos we watched. Riley loved meeting and learning from Zeus, Nadine's Doberman. From walking without pulling, learning place, stay, come when called, no more body slaming or jumping up on people, nipping, and off, our Riley has come a very long way. We love him to pieces and he is so affectionate. We cannot thank you enough for sharing you expert advice and guidance through this journey. If anyone is wondering about training classes for your dog, Nadine at Good Doggy, gets 5 stars from us and comes very highly recommended.read more
Shelby Sutcliffe
Shelby Sutcliffe
12:24 27 Jul 21
I cannot express in word how life changing Nadine has been for our family. She is incredible at what she does. I have a very powerful reactive great dane. He was pulling me... down hills , jumping on people , not listening and was very leash reactive to the point where he was lunging and growling at other dogs , that weren't even close to him at all.Long story short , I needed this to change with a baby on the way. I wanted to feel confident as an owner when she arrived. I tried one training company before Nadine( I will not list the name here ) and it did nothing. From the instant Nadine walked in for the 1st consultation I could tell she knew what she was doing.Trigger graduated from his E collar training , and we still do ongoing classes to keep helping with his confidence building. I am now able to confidently take him everywhere I go , he does not react to other dogs , he obeys all of his commands and most importantly he has learnt to trust me and I have learnt as an owner to advocate for him, and read his body language.She is super knowledgeable and is always there when you have an questions. I have already recommended her to multiple friends , and I will continue to do so.read more
Amber Young
Amber Young
14:52 07 Jul 21
I cannot say enough good things about Nadine. We booked a board and train with her for our 7 month old cane corso x American bulldog puppy and she honestly made our... relationship so much better. I was living with so much resentment towards our pup, she didn't listen consistently, she jumped on us all the time and would invade our space while eating or just trying to relax. She pulled constantly during walks which was physically and mentally exhausting, and she was scared of everyone and everything. After she came back from Nadine I've actually been able to ENJOY her. She listens and has more confidence in general. She trusts our leadership and listens the first time (98% of the time, still a puppy lol). She's also more respectful of everyone and their space. Without the training I can't imagine how we would have gotten to a place where we weren't always stressed with her, but now I can't imagine her not in our lives. We love her more than ever and are forever thankful 💕read more
Laudav Hutcheon
Laudav Hutcheon
21:01 16 Jun 21
Excellent, informative, caring classes.
Sandra Timmins
Sandra Timmins
13:52 05 May 21
I cannot say enough amazing things about Nadine. I sent both my dogs to Nadine for a board and train and now I have 2 dogs that I can be proud of. When my Golden Retriever... was a puppy he was such a handful but after Nadine worked with him he began to listen and she got rid of all his bad habits right from the start. He has grown into a dog that I can take anywhere. I am always getting complements on how well behaved he is. Nadine has also taken my dogs for boarding many times. They are always very excited when I drop them of because they know they will be getting lots of attention and trail walks with her. They also come back happy and healthy.read more
Michelle Leek
Michelle Leek
00:04 20 Jan 21
Hands down the best dog trainer around.. absolutely mind blowing to see how dogs respond to Nadine. Must follow through with your homework and keep your dog on track as she... gives you the tools to do just that..but if you do you will have a fantastic results...🐕🐕🐕🙏🙏read more
Jim Waters
Jim Waters
18:03 08 Dec 20
With Nadine's help, direction and assistance we are on track with 2 amazing dogs!Met Nadine 5 months ago when we were seriously thinking about getting rid of 1 of our dogs... due to her anti social behaviour, actually we were concerned about her attacking another dog / person. We thought our male dog was 'good' not great.After the training from Nadine we have had many complements on how well behaved our dogs are and more importantly, we now enjoy our dogs so much more! It's hard to believe where we were 5 months ago to today!Thank you Nadineread more
Nick Makry
Nick Makry
21:55 29 Nov 20
Nadine knows dogs very well. With some good suggestions and training we are now enjoying our Miniature Bull Terrier pup a lot more. No more pulling on the leash.
Tamara VB
Tamara VB
19:25 06 Nov 20
Really great dog training facility.
Dawn Bonchek
Dawn Bonchek
18:31 29 Sep 20
We rescued a lab/pit named Goose, and she was a handful at first, so we took group obedience classes. We didn't see much change in her attitude until we found Nadine and... Good Doggy.Our Goose transformed before our eyes. Nadine's experience, skill and straight forward approach gave us, and Goose the tools to address her growling, anxiety, and nervous aggression.She was on time for all of our sessions and never left until she had answered all our questions. She gave us homework to do and material to watch and read. She has always told us, she is only a phone call away.Finding Nadine was a game changer, I fully recommend her to anyone who needs a trainer. Hiring her was the best investment we have made in Goose. Happy Dog, Happy House.read more
Laurie Sita
Laurie Sita
20:48 26 Sep 20
PROFESSIONAL, KIND, COMPASSIONATE. Nadine is extremely knowledgeable and cares SO much about bringing out the FULL potential of your companion. Follow her lead and you will... not be disappointed in the results. I highly recommend her and her phenomenal business!read more
Donata Morandi
Donata Morandi
21:01 24 Sep 20
Moon and I are very grateful we were recommended to Nadine to correct some bad habits Moon had picked up over the last few months. She knows dogs, dogs respect her and she... certainly is very professional. She understands that working closely with the owner and train the owner with the dog is essential to achieve the results desired. She helped me address my confidence issues that had only made Moon’s behaviour worse. Thank you always!read more
Gabriella Ruller
Gabriella Ruller
15:40 14 Sep 20
Nadine has been amazing! Our 2 year old rescue was having issues with confidence and resources guarding, and since doing training at Good Doggy he has improved immensely. We... will be recommending Good Doggy to anyone needing assistance with their dog, whether it be behavioural issues or just to simply do a puppy class!read more
C S
C S
00:03 14 Sep 20
I cannot tell you how good Nadine is and how much she helped us with our dog. I had taken my dog to dog training at a pet store, was terrible. I had heard about Nadine... through a person I met and her help changed my life. Without a doubt my dog was terrible. I had dogs before but this one OMG I just couldn’t get a handle with him. I even had thoughts of getting rid of him. (I know thats terrible) But Nadine whipped him into shape, taught me and my husband how to handle him. Came to my home and helped me too. Honestly her trying is worth every penny. You will never regret it when you can finally walk your dog and he is calm. My dog was trying to attack everyone and everything. Even the bus on our street! He is so different now. I can’t thank her enough. Best decision I ever made. Feel free to contact me if you have doubts! From the bottom of my heart thank you!!read more
Lianne Thompson
Lianne Thompson
20:27 13 Sep 20
Nadine is fantastic, She really knows her stuff. Her property is fantastic to do training on. We started out with private lessons and then moved to group lessons and we have... been pleased with both. I would definitely recommend good doggy training to anyone who wants to see a difference in their pup 🐶read more
VirtueSLP
VirtueSLP
18:01 13 Sep 20
Life changing for an owner of a dog that had leash reactivity! We can now confidently live our lives while enjoying our fur baby!Highly recommend!
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
20:03 29 Apr 20
Nadine can really change your life!She possesses everything you would ever want in a professional trainer. She is straightforward, knowledgeable, expert and easy to work... with. She has the training ability that only comes with experience and a love of dogs. Although we had the best of intentions and loved our dog very much, it didn’t take long until he “ruled” our house and us too. After a little time, help and teaching from Nadine, we have reclaimed our “happy home“ and now have a happy doggy too. We mentioned that problems could come up, but Nadine assured us that she was “just a telephone call away“. If you love your dog and he’s not behaving, Nadine Is definitely the ONE!read more
Laura De Sedas
Laura De Sedas
21:52 03 Mar 20
Nadine trained our 1 year old Cane Corso, Mateo.Mateo was a board and train client and he was with her for 5 weeks.I cannot express how satisfied we are with her services.... He was a handful before going in for his training with Nadine. He would jump on the counter, be agressive towards strangers, break out of the crate, pull on the leash, whine and cry uncontrollably... things were getting really out of hand. As the owners we allowed him to be the boss and that's a huge mistake when owning a power breed or any breed in general.We see huge improvements with Mateo's behavior around strangers and in the house. He now recognizes us as the pack leaders and that's thanks to Nadine's training. She is very personable and you can tell she has a passion for what she does. If we have any questions we can still contact her and she will quickly get back to us. We would frequently get picture updates and messages from her telling us how he is doing. What I liked personally is that she was very straight up to us about what we needed to change ourselves with Mateo to better his life and set him for success. She also recommended good reading material and training tools.I would recommend her to anyone looking for basic obedience training and serious aggression. Mateo needed work on both aspects and he is now a pleasure to be around!read more
William Walsh
William Walsh
21:57 23 Feb 20
My wife and I purchased an eight week old German Shepherd puppy. Two years later we were still struggling to train the dog. His issues were many. He cased cars, barked... constantly, pulling on leash, jumping up on people, chased anything that moved, would not listen, he was a beast. I have to say that I take full responsibility for his bad behaviors and being a very inexperienced trainer, I knew enough that I needed to get help to deal with this dog. My daughter directed me to Good Doggy. We contacted Nadine and met with her. She was very knowledgeable and interested in helping us to resolve the issues with our dog. We agreed to a 4 week board and train. Nadine basically transformed my dog into a calm, obedient, well behaved dog.I was so impressed with Nadine and her training abilities, she gave us back our dog with a new mindset. He was calm, didn't pull on the leash, he ignored passing cars, stopped jumping up on people and is very obedient with perfect recall. Nadine was in contact with me almost every day during the 4 weeks, with videos and updates on the dogs progress. We were also given a written report with training tips specific to our dog, so we knew what to do and how to do it, to keep our dogs new behavior in tact. We are very thankful to Good Doggy and Nadine for fixing our dog/ training problems. Thank you Nadine.read more
Jennifer Short
Jennifer Short
03:45 03 Dec 19
After the passing of my 13 year old chocolate lab, Hershey, I brought home a puppy black lab about 8 months later in the summer. I had completely forgotten life with a puppy.... I enrolled Goose in Nadine's basic puppy obedience course to get Goose and I started on the right path. I can't say enough good things about the experience. Nadine is incredibly knowledgeable and patient, answering all of my questions and ones I never realized I had. Goose loved her too! She provided me with a ton of resources and homework to help continue Goose's training in between lessons. I can't recommend Good Doggy enough!read more
April Zimmerman
April Zimmerman
17:23 17 Oct 19
Nadine is extremely educated on dog behavior as well as obedience and training. I brought my puppy to her for basic obedience and it really stuck with her. We also brought... our other two year old dog to her that had severe reactivity issues and fearfulness and Nadine has helped us to overcome these issues. Would definitely recommend 🙂read more
Brooke G
Brooke G
16:19 26 Aug 19
We are so happy and pleased with the arrival of our dog, Maverick, after a 3 week board and train with Nadine. Maverick is a much more calm, and confident dog; as such, he... listens to us and has minimal reactivity to former triggers. Pre training, Maverick was not able to be around other animals and walks were a daily struggle. Post training, Maverick is able to be in the same room as our cats, and walks are an enjoyable part of our day. Not only did Good Doggy training transform Maverick, it transformed us to be better owners for him. Throughout our lessons and “homework” we realized how much our actions effect Maverick, and how we can enhance our abilities to better his. Our lives are so much more enjoyable, relaxing and stress-free! Thank you for teaching us ALL to be better!!read more
adam clancy
adam clancy
01:45 15 May 19
Nadine was absolutely incredible in handling my Rottweiler and I. She’s was there every step of the way, and continues to be long after my dog has come home. She has taught... both me and brick life long skills, she provided us with the training to show my dog that he can be confident and trusting of me at all times. Definitely recommend!!!read more
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