Delray Beach Dog Trainer

Delray Beach Dog Trainer

5.0 (6)
4 hires on HomeGuide
3 employees
18 years in business

About this pro

Please include your last name and a phone contact number.  We will not respond to and will 'Pass' on queries that do not provide this information.

Our service is based on cooperative training techniques which teach you and your dog to communicate with each other.  Dogs are not born speaking our language, and we have to learn to speak theirs.  

Madi, your Trainer, is formally university educated (Master's Degree, Animal Science, Counseling Psych), coupled with a whole lot of common sense and over 18 years of experience working with thousands of dogs and their owners, as well as shelter and rescue dogs.  We're professional, responsive (and expect you to be the same), detail-oriented, communicative, and highly informed. We explain dog training in a way that makes sense and which you'll find easy to understand.  We put safety, and you and your dog's well-being, first.  We care for your dog or pet as if she or he were our own.  Pets are our family members.

Our price depends on location, issue, and other factors, so we MUST have an intake conversation with you by phone.  Feel free to call  us at 646-265-8743 at any time.

If you're seeking a dog sitter, you must be within 10 miles of Delray Beach, Florida UNLESS you expect us to stay in your home.  We can not provide a quote for pet sitting unless we know start and end dates for pet sitting, and how many visits per day are needed if we will not be staying at your home to care for your pet.

Working with people and dogs and seeing them begin to understand and apply the training concepts.  Helping dogs and their people prevent issues before they occur.  Seeing an issue resolve with a dedicated and committed owner willing to do the training daily and consistently, who has realistic expectations, and desires to bond more closely with their dog.  I like watching the relationship between owner and dog grow and develop.

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Gulf Stream, FL 33483
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6 Reviews


  • Ron Santlofer

    Ms Friedman’s gentle way of training our 4 year old small ShihTsu female was not only effective but touching . Our dog bonded with her immediately & enjoyed her learning experience Ms Friedman ( Maddie) indulged in with her as well as us . She showed us warmth & respect as 2 owners who weren’t performing quite properly . She taught us as well with patience . It was & is a pleasure to work with her & Samara is progressing quite nicely . Ron Santlofer Elliott Toback Pompano Beach FL

  • Heather Hoffman

    I ran into Madeline downtown Metuchen while we were both walking our 3 month old puppies, she was so calming as she could tell Stella was a bit scared.. We started talking and I looked her up online and hired her. I was willing to wait even though her schedule was full because I felt it was going to be worth the wait. And it was! I can not really speak to the pricing as I did not look into what other trainers cost. I was willing to spend the money because I felt Madeline knew what she was doing, Owning a puppy has been a journey as I in the past would not consider myself a dog person. But training a puppy has been so much fun. I learned a lot from Madeline and really got a lot out of each training session both for me and Stella’s that I don’t think one thing stands out. I did like how Madeline made every thing we learned make sense and she explained why we do do something a certain way. Each lesson built on the next and we reviewed the previous lesson to make sure I understood why it was done and how it benefited both Stella and myself and family. Keeping the expectations in check and following through with the training until the next lesson were very important and the methodology works, Consistency is key! YEs, with Madeline I have learned so much to help me become a better dog owner! Stella is amazing it was me who needed to learn how to teach and handle her. Every day has been better than the next with her! And I don’t think that I could say that without the proper training! Madeline IS a dog person! She is very passionate about her work and it shows and that is why she is successful and very busy!!! I would and already have recommended Madeline to new dog owners and even people who have had a dog awhile! I am very thankful I ran into her downtown!

  • Kirsten Stockman

    Working with Madi and her team was a wonderful and rewarding experience. Madi came to our home to work with our two older dogs when their behavior regressed. We stated what our dogs were doing and she came prepared the first lesson with ideas, strategies, and a plan to address the dogs and our needs. The result of 3 lessons with Madi far exceeded our expectation. She was professional, extremely knowledgeable about behavioral training for dogs, and she was attentive and demonstrative to both the dogs and my husband and I in the training sessions. In between physical training sessions, Madi and her team were available to respond to phone calls and emails. Without hesitation, hiring Madi with NY & NJ Dog Training and Behavior Consulting was one of the very best decisions we could have made.

  • Chris and Renee

    We had selected her from a number of other trainers found online, however none were interviewed. Madeline’s website provided lots of information not only about training dogs, but how she felt it was important to train us as owners as well. Through her website we could tell her values were about creating better lives for both dogs and owners through safe and effective measures. We appreciated her background at Rutgers and her past professional experience as a teacher as well. This set her apart from the others we had seen online, and we felt we did not need to interview anyone else. The wait time was no problem as we were very excited to work with her! We felt the pricing was fair for all that Madeline provides. She is very knowledgeable and her skills are worth the price she is charging. There are points during each lesson where we have an ‘aha’ moment! We have seen a huge difference in Nash’s behavior following our training with Madeline. She knows more of that’s expected of her, and she loves trying to figure it all out! We have seen a decrease in biting and excessive barking, and we feel we now have many tools to help her continue her progress. Madeline (Madi) is a wonderful trainer and is very knowledgeable! Her background in teaching is apparent when she is speaking to dogs and well as their owners. We can tell she is passionate about her work and enjoys it very much. She always has many different ways to explain things and knows exactly what works for us and our dog. We can tell she continues to do her own research as she always has interesting tips and tricks! We felt Nash has progressed greatly since training with Madeline. She seems less stressed and knows how to better communicate with us, and us with her. She is using her teeth and barking less often to tell us what she needs, and she loves being challenged by the training we have learned in our toolbox! Madeline was knowledgeable in what sets Nash off when she meets new people, and being more aware of this we were able to use her training to help minimize these stressors and she now is much better and more relaxed when meeting new people. We feel confident that we can continue to use our toolbox in the future to progress Nash’s training after Madeline has gone. Madeline is excellent with both dogs and owners and her love of her profession and these animals is very apparent! Her beliefs and behaviors truly reflects this from the very first session. She exhibits all the above traits and more and it was a pleasure working with her for the past few months! We have already recommended Madeline to friends! We feel confident she knows how to handle many different kinds of dogs and have even recommended her to friends with rescue dogs with timidness and aggression with confidence that she would be just as helpful as she was to us! Training has exceeded our expectations in that Madeline has truly helped us understand Nashs needs and allowed us to be the main factor in her training. Each session she is sure to make sure we fully understand what we are doing and why we are doing it, and makes sure that we can execute it before she leaves. She focused each lesson on our understanding. Definitely not the average pet training class and we couldn’t be happier!

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Before I accept any new customer we must have a phone conversation.  I'm unable to answer questions by text through HomeGuide or by any other means.  We'll both have questions which need to be answered.  It's important that you have realistic expectations that I can meet, and that we're a good fit.  After we speak, we can schedule your first in-person lesson, which includes an evaluation and initial assessment.  By the end of that lesson, after I've met your family and your dog(s), you've observed how I've interacted with everyone.  At that point, we're in the best position to decide if we'd like to continue to work with each other.  

If you'd l ike me to call you, please provide your number and let me know the best times to reach you.  While we will reach out when you provide us a contact number, we will not contact you by phone more than once.  If we've called you and you were unable to speak with us, you will need to call us back as we will not keep trying to reach you.  Therefore, it you would like us to call you, it's best if you let us know the best time to reach you.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold a Master’s Degree.  I am a New Jersey State Certified Educator (since 1992).  I have taken countless classes and seminars in animal behavior and have worked with dogs and other species since 2002.  I majored in Counseling Psych and Animal Science after I got my Master's Degree.  I am insured and bonded.  I have multi-species experience, having worked on a swine farm, a sheep and goat farm, a chicken farm, and I have worked with horses a great deal as well, having ridden both English saddle and Western pleasure.  I sing, write, play piano, and guitar, so I have a good deal of 'right brain' creativity as well as left brain logic which serves me well and will serve you well.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing depends on the issue and other factors, as well as location.  My pricing is fair and competitive; but, you also get what you pay for, and my best customers are those who appreciate the value of my education and professionalism.

How did you get started in this business?

I was studying Counseling Psycholigy and decided I’d like working with animals, primarily.  I started working with dogs in 2002.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Adults, children of my adult customers, and many people on the autism spectrum (mostly Asperger’s).

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A customer’s dog was bolting out of doors and almost got killed.  Within two lessons, I was able to have the customer controlling the dog and having the dog “wait” and not bolt out of doors.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

If someone is going to train you and your dog, they must have a lot of experience, and also be able to articulate concepts very well to you.  Otherwise, you won’t get much out of the training.  Organizational certifications don’t require the formal education required to perform at this level.  Look for experience, professionalism, maturity.  If the person seems so busy that they are overwhelmed, then they probably are, and you will be just another number.  I limit the number of customers I take on so that I can give my customers the attention they deserve.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Know what your priorities are, and what you want to accomplish.  Be reasonable and realistic about goals and the time it will take to achieve them.  Most issues take several lessons to address, even issues that may seem minor to you.  Hire someone you feel you trust.  Talk to the person and make sure they're patient with you and you don't feel rushed.  A trainer or sitter should be responsive to your call and respond back to you within a day or so.  If it takes longer, then that trainer or sitter is not making you a priority.