I wish I could give Nan and her style of dog training a 10 star. As an new dog owner 10 years ago, I did “ok” with my first dog but when I got my second dog about 3 years later that’s when things changed. Nan was recommended to me by a friend.
Nan came to my home and evaluated both my dogs and “me” and then began to offer her experienced opinions of how I needed to begin. We attend her obedience classes (different levels for each dog)where she helped me to be the owner my dogs needed. Nan uses a positive reinforcement approach to training and this was very important to me. Dogs are like people in that they have different personalities and different needs, once I learned what each dog needed with Nan’s help, I was able to communicate with each of my dogs in a way that was successful.
Now 10 years later I have 2 wonderful boxers one of which is an registered Therapy Dog who has been spotlighted in the paper, on TV and along with me was instrumental in starting a pet therapy program at a local hospital. My younger boxer and I had struggles in the beginning because she needed a different approach than I was using. She still can be a challenge at times but I love her spunk and her personality. She is the most loving and comforting well behaved dog anyone could ask for in a pet.
Nan has never hesitated to offer suggestions when I call her with issues. I love my 4 legged babies and I am so glad that Nan was recommended to me. I HIGHLY recommend her as a dog trainer and would not hesitate to use her in the future.
Nan was recommended to us because of her love and knowledge of the boxer breed. Our pup, apple jack, was 8 months old when we started training with Nan. She not ony helped Apple Jack feel more secure and safe with his new owners, but help us as dog owners learn a language that made us feel confident in implementing what we learned.
Apple Jack is 5 now, and Nan is still on call when I need her. I used her expertise to help with introducing Apple jack to our new babies and stay confident with them as they grew to crazy toddlers! I refer Nan to everyone I meet, especially parents struggling with dog and children relationships. She goes beyond a 5 star rating for us!
Nan is the best! Nice small class, excellent information shared in class & take home sheets, and amazing interaction with each dog. She is skilled at knowing the temperaments of different breeds and helps each owner work with their particular dog’s characteristics. Nan always takes time to answer each owner’s questions and offers several good examples for problem solving.
It’s obvious Nan loves her job from the thought and care she puts into her class. Our Sweet Pea Aussiedoodle loves her!
After adopting Piper, our boxer/lab mix, at the age of 8 months, we enrolled her in Nan’s puppy class. She helped us by not only teaching Piper how to listen and follow commands, but she taught us the art of communicating with and for our dog. Piper is a very obedient girl, now. It took her a while to let go of her puppyhood(that’s the lab in her). She learned all her commands and how to walk on a leash.
Nan’s class was instrumental in creating a happy and well behaved dog. As she got older, we decided she needed a sister. Before we adopted Nola, our 8 week old lab mix puppy, we enlisted Nan to observe Piper, at 3 years old, playing with other dogs to prepare us/her for a baby friend. Piper is a rough play kind of gal. Nan gave us tips to use to recall Piper when she gets a little rambunctious. Using those tools that Nan provided, have helped guide both Piper and Nola and have been invaluable to us.
Anyone looking for training for their puppy or adult dog, Nan’s your answer. You will learn from her how to use common sense techniques that you have had all along. She’s the conduit between you and your dog.
She will make you and your dog happy!
Nan understands dogs and she is able to train owners to understand their dogs. She provides hands on training and follows up long after actual training is complete. Her passion for dogs is demonstrated by her continual research and desire to learn everything she can about dog health and dog training. She shares that knowledge with her previous “students”. I have known Nan for 8 years and three dogs…..she is awesome!
One last thing….her cabins at DogWoods Retreat are beautiful so treat yourself and your dog to a vacation and get a little training, too.
I have known Nan for over ten years and I have yet to meet anyone who understands dogs and dog behavior like she does. Her focus on positive reinforcement and working with each dog’s unique personality and needs, has helped many dogs and their humans develop wonderful bonds and happy relationships.
She cemented my beliefs on holistic dog nutrition and treatment, and as I love dogs at least, if not more than humans, I know her to be a kindred spirit.
Nan was recommended by my dog’s foster mom. I found her to be extremely professional and so wise about dogs. My dog, a rescue (and part Jack Russell) took to her immediately. Not only was she kind and knowledgable, she was an excellent role model for me and for my husband. After just a few sessions, we started to respond differently to our dog and he has calmed down considerably.
I highly recommend Nan as a trainer. She has given us the confidence and skill to deal with our lovable but highly energetic dog. And she accomplished this with gentleness and positivity, not physical intimidation.
My 4 month old labradoodle puppy has just finished 2 sessions with Nan. They have been very productive sessions. Nan has an explanation for the problem dog behaviors I asked about, as well as solutions and the rationale behind her suggestions.
She is very patient and kind to both my puppy and me!! I highly recommend her.
It has been such an amazing experience watching you apply your “Natural and Organic – Whole Dog Approach” to the rearing of my two dogs. I so admire your vast knowledge of the canine temperament. As you know, my two dogs Bello and Jaya have had some challenges in their first two years. You’ve built a solid foundation of trust with Bello and Jaya coupled with the regularity of consistent training …It was clear from the start the dogs trusted you and you loved them Nan. The emotional component between you and the dogs was really the impetus that allowed them to learn from you so quickly.
In addition you covered everything regarding their training, including their doctor’s appointments, their food, and their toys. and that kind of devotion is SO hard to find!. What has really impressed me the most about your care is that it is fully aligned with my “natural and organic” approach to my own well-being. You have cared to see that the dogs get organic food and snacks made without hormones, anti-biotics, or pesticides. You established a healthy approach to vaccinations using titers to establish immunity, you have created teeth cleaning schedules and grooming schedules – all with special care for the dogs emotional well being. And you have cared to see that the dogs are kept on a regular routine which is so very important for them to remain happy and healthy.
Thank you Nan for all you’ve done for the health, happiness, and well-being of my dogs!!
~Ric Scalzo – Founder Gaia Herbs
Jaya, Rumi and Reishi Scalzo, AKC Canine Good Citizens