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Our Training Philosophy

Goal Oriented Training

We tailor our training programs to meet the specific goals you have for your dog.

We employ a variety of training tools and methods. Contact us and we will design the perfect program for you and your pup.

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Our goal is to provide clarity of tasks to both dog and owner.

We teach you to properly communicate with your dog, and to build a strong reward system. This will reinforce compliance and good behaviors, and keep your dog motivated to please.

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After completing one of our Adult Dog Board & Train programs, we offer free refresher training sessions for the life of your dog.

Based on 82 reviews.
Meagan
Meagan
July 18, 2022.
Our 5 month old Great Dane just went through a 3 week board-and-train at MDL with trainer Jonathan. We are beyond impressed with the skills he has learned and the behavior improvement he’s exhibiting!! Working with Jonathan was great; he was helpful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He gave us pictures/updates along the way and provided us with the tools to continue working with him at home. I can not recommend this company, and Jonathan himself, enough!
Alex
Alex
July 13, 2022.
Brought in my 7 1/2 month old lab for the 2 week board and train. He came in with a high prey drive and would chase/jump at anything that moved. When the session ended, he had a calmer demeanor and 10x better focus. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who has trouble getting their dog to listen.
Minh Ngo
Minh Ngo
July 7, 2022.
We have a 2-year-old AmStaff that did a 3-week board and train with Jonathan. We can’t thank him enough for all the work he has put in with our dog. During the initial consultation, we felt very confident in their skills. They provided realistic expectations and were honest regarding the effort and work that would need to be continued even after the training. We saw a significant improvement in our dog’s confidence, obedience, reactivity, and aggression. Highly recommended!
Mia Lacy
Mia Lacy
June 1, 2022.
We signed up for the 2-week board and train and its’s the best thing we did for Tucker. Tucker is a high energy 1 ½ year old chocolate lab who only listened when he wanted! After training with Jonathan, he has a reliable heel, place, come, stay, and down (WHAT A LIFE CHANGER). Jonathan treated Tucker like family and gave updates through out the different phases of training with pictures that we looked forward to. We could not be happier with the results, would highly recommend Jonathan and MDL to everyone!! Thank you Jonathan!!
Cristina Lazo
Cristina Lazo
May 26, 2022.
Just got my pup back after 3-weeks of boarding and training and wow, I’m very impressed with what Sara was able to teach her! The entire process was incredibly smooth, professional, and reassuring. They did a great job with keeping me updated with how she was doing throughout her stay. Marley has returned a very obedient girl! She’s still the same silly fluffball who thinks she’s a little human – just with better manners who listens to mommy regardless of distractions!!!! Side note: This is my first pup as an adult and although I initially felt defeated for not being able to train her myself, I am glad I reached out and got the best help out there. I definitely feel less anxious and more confident when taking her out whether it be on walks, down the apartment hallways, public places, etc. and I notice she feels the same – less anxious and more confident. The 3-week BNT was worth every single penny, and I can’t thank the MDL team enough!
Troy Smith
Troy Smith
May 25, 2022.
Christine
Christine
May 20, 2022.
Our 9 month old Golden Retriever, Luca went to My Dog Listens for the 3-week program and Jonathan did an amazing job with him! I have enjoyed his new commands and how much more well behaved he is now inside and outside the house. We are very pleased with his manners and obedience that Jonathan taught him. We loved how he was towards Luca during both transitions and I could tell they had a very strong connection which made me very happy to see. Receiving email updates about 72 hours in between was amazing to see his progress and all the photos of our baby! We thank you so much Jonathan and My Dog Listens for everything you have done for our Luca. You have made a huge difference in our lives 🙂
Cathy Bullard
Cathy Bullard
April 6, 2022.
If I could give more stars, I would. I love these guys. Jonathan of My Dog Listens, trained our dog, Winnie. I couldn’t be happier. Jonathan took great care in training Winnie, sharing progress along the way. He exposed her to multiple different environments while in training and then at the end- Jonathan trained US. LOL. While I am still learning the commands (you can actually teach old dogs (me) new tricks), Winnie is already a different pup. I highly recommend My Dog Listens- give them a try. 🐕‍🦺🐕🐩🐾💜💙💚💛
LC Jones
LC Jones
March 30, 2022.
10 Stars!! We were at our wits end with our sweet (but naughty) Goldendoodle. He has graduated from his board and train program. He is a a brand new, obedient, calm yet still spunky boy. Thank you Sarah & Mike! This program works!
L Conty
L Conty
March 28, 2022.
Our puppy had been through some training classes and picks up on commands quickly, but can be very stubborn at times and thought he could decide when to listen to us. Walking him was becoming dangerous as he pulled, jumped at cars, people, and dogs (in excitement), and tugged on the leash with his mouth. While my husband could handle it, there was no way I could walk Rocket with our 5yr old in tow. Jonathan with My Dog Listens took Rocket in for the 3wk bnt. Rocket came home today, and we were happy to see he hasn’t lost that sparkle in his eyes, but is SO much more obedient! Never in my life did I think I’d see him off leash on our driveway. We are just off of a busy road, and nearby some train tracks. His concentration when staying in place with noisy vehicles driving past and people out walking about almost brought tears to my eyes. We will continue to work with Rocket at home and look forward to seeing the team again if and when we need a great place for Rocket to board if we go out of town. Thank you Jonathan and the team at My Dog Listens!
Based on 34 reviews.
Valerie Chacón-Gil
Valerie Chacón-Gil
April 27, 2022.
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Dog trainer review Holy cow! What a wonderful experience we had with My Dog Listens! Our trainer was Jonathan and our dog, who was one year old, went for a three week training and came back a brand new woman lol. She was a completely different dog in all the best ways. She was still her goofy, fun, and energetic self but a lot smarter and disciplined. We have even been able to have her off leash at the beach! We cannot recommend My Dog Listens and Jonathan enough. If we ever get any more dogs, we will 100% put them through this training again. I love how they communicated with us by sending us pictures, posting videos or images on Instagram, and providing us with updates on how our dog was improving. The other great thing was that Jonathan had kids and cats which is similar to our household so our dog was able to get training related to how she’s going to be living for every day life. I definitely think that this training is worth the money. If you don’t have that much time to dedicate to train your pup or if you’re just simply having a hard time doing it yourself then please consider this training. You will not regret it! We recently went on a trip and left our pup for a weekend with them after the training and they provided a refresher training while they were dog sitting which was a huge help! Thank you again Jonathan and the My Dog Listens team!
Maria D'Agostino
Maria D’Agostino
March 10, 2022.
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I’m in my second session of training with my dog Zeus (a Doberman) and already see a big change. Sarah is one of the best trainers I’ve ever seen! She’s amazing! I highly recommend!
Kate Holseberg
Kate Holseberg
March 3, 2022.
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Our doodle boy Charlie just finished a 3 week BNT with Jonathan and his transformation has been nothing short of amazing! He’s very attentive and eager to listen to his commands, and is doing remarkably well back at home. Before his training, he was almost too difficult for me to handle due to his enthusiasm for meeting people and dogs. He is doing so much better now with waiting patiently to say hello to his friends, and I expect he’ll keep improving as he matures. Charlie is a rescue pup and I had some concerns about him being away from home and retreating into his shell. I can confidently say that did not happen – he is still the same lovable goofball, and is even goofier and more affectionate now than he was three weeks ago as his confidence has grown. I know he was very well taken care of while training with Jonathan and his family. Their bond at turnover was apparent and Charlie (and Jonathan 😉) seemed genuinely sad to say goodbye. I think Charlie would be happy to visit for the occasional boarding though, so not goodbye, see you later, MDLK9! Thank you again, Jonathan!
Allie Smith
Allie Smith
February 17, 2022.
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My dog listens is great! My 3 year old dog Hattie really didnt listen to commands and had terrible impulse control. With Jonathans great training she is listening and can control herself in situations. I would highly recommend Jonathan and My dog listens to train your pup!
Aizlinn Tyrie
Aizlinn Tyrie
January 14, 2022.
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My dog Royce participated in the 3 week board and train program with Jonathan as his trainer. The before and after was amazing! He was a very hyper and impulsive 1yr old lab that didnt really listen when he was worked up and he had made a huge transformation (while still keeping his bright and playful personality). He was very detailed with updating us with Royce’s progress and included cute pictures and videos of him on his field trips! I would definitely recommend My Dog Listens to anyone considering any of their services. Thanks again Jonathan!
Bill Delaney
Bill Delaney
January 13, 2022.
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My wife and I just finished four individual sessions with our yellow lab puppy Quinn. Sarah did a phenomenal job training both Quinn and us! She was very patient with us and Quinn. More importantly, she firmly, honestly and politely pointed out where we needed to improve and what we needed to do get there. Combine that with the fact Sarah was a great coach and inspired us to be confident at critical points when we were doubting ourselves. The training does not magically end there and I feel like Sarah has provided us a plan to continue to move our pup (and us) forward. She is also there for us when we have questions! Cannot highly recommend My Dog Listens enough! Mike and Sarah are fantastic! We will probably require a few refresher sessions and no question it will be with My Dog Listens! When we need to board Quinn in the future for one day, or several, we will be doing so with Sarah and family as we trust them completely. Thanks!
Melanie Jennings
Melanie Jennings
December 8, 2021.
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I did the 2 week board & train for my 6 month old mini bernedoodle & was very impressed with the results. My dog needed basic obedience, manners, and structure to build confidence. Trainer Sara was phenomenal with my dog & delivered great results. Really liked the updates and photos throughout the training. Would definitely recommend! And big thanks to Sara!
Molly Carstater
Molly Carstater
November 17, 2021.
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I did a four week one-on-one lesson package with my year and a half old dog with the head trainer, Sarah. We had an absolute blast with her, and after just one lesson, my dog started to come reliably whenever called, which was a huge improvement in her behavior! She is now able to get in the car, place, and stay seated for longer periods of time than she ever has before. Sarah was very patient with us, and I loved that she brought in her own dogs to two classes to help my dog learn to deal with distractions and other puppers. I highly recommend My Dog Listens. We loved MDL so much that we have made arrangements to leave our dog with them for boarding on our next trip.
Carlos Eduardo Resto Rivera
Carlos Eduardo Resto Rivera
November 7, 2021.
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We are more than happy with the outcome of the training provided by Sara to our dog Blue. He is now a more disciplined, calm and less stubborn dog. They provided updates every few days and pictures also. We would highly recommend them to anybody who is looking for a change for their dog. Thanks for all you guys did for our dog and family.
Paco Tyson
Paco Tyson
August 29, 2021.
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I can’t sing My Dog Listens praises loud enough. We had quite the journey with my pup, Paco…. At our initial attempt for board and train Sarah recognized and recommended (within 5 days) that Paco’s stress levels and anxiety were so severe that a halt in training and medication was necessary. She verbally walked me through that it was nothing to worry about it was just how his brain was wired. We would try again a few months later when he was on the proper dosage per his vets diagnosis. Fast forward several months and we are set up for round two. When I first dropped him off, he was scared of his own shadow (very literally). Anything and everything outside the home terrified him and it was gut wrenching to witness. I won’t bore you with all the details but Sarah went above and beyond to get Paco where he needs to be. Today I was handed back a different dog than I dropped off. Not in his quirky/hysterical personality but in his self confidence and trust in me as his handler. She taught me all the proper commands and how to read his body language (and mine) for success in the future. I really feel as though his perfect little doggo life is truly beginning now thanks to MDL. If you are considering BnT with this company I highly recommend you book them stat. You will NOT be disappointed.

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