NY & NJ Dog Training & Behavior Consulting

NY & NJ Dog Training & Behavior Consulting

5.0 (3)
3 hires on HomeGuide
3 employees
17 years in business

About this pro

Our service is based on formal, university education coupled with a whole lot of common sense and experience.  We're professional, detail-oriented, communicative, and highly informed.  We put safety and your dog's well-being first.  We care for your dog or pet as if she or he were our own.  Pets are family members.

Please provide as much detail as possible in your query.  A last name and a phone number are required.  We will not respond to and will 'Pass' on queries that do not provide this information.

Our price depends on location, issue, and other factors, so we MUST have an intake conversation with you by phone.  Provide your phone number if you can, or call  us at 646-265-8743 when we respond to your query.

If you're seeking a dog sitter, you must be within 10 miles of Metuchen, New Jersey, 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.

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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Credentials

Metuchen, NJ 08840
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • 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!

  • Gayle Connor

    Madi is a very well educated, well informed, organized, responsive and extremely professional dog trainer and dog behavior expert. She is service oriented and you feel like you are a special customer. We had questions between lessons, and Madi was always responsive to them within a day (though I hope we did not 'harass' her!). She has amazing insight into a dog's thinking and her prediction of our dog's responses was often as if she had dog ESP, but Madi denies this and says it's simply almost two decades of working with dogs and her formal learning theory. She also professionally taught public school and college level, so she is used to working with children through adult ages. This background makes her an excellent educator in all aspects, including seeing ahead to where you and your dog will need to work in future lessons. Madi is energetic and enthusiastic, and has incredible stamina in that she outpaced us on walks many times during lessons in order to tire our dogs out, which was actually great for our dogs. We now recognize the importance of fitness for not only us, but our dogs, as 'a tired dog is a well-behaved dog,' to quote Madi. She was great with my husband's two children (my step-children) as well as my husband and myself. She makes the training challenging by giving verbal mini-quizzes during training lessons to test your knowledge and how well you remember the previous training, and where you might need work. This is important because each lesson is a foundation that builds on skills that need to be learned by both the owners and the dogs. Her questions make you really think and understand the training concepts. Madi made training fun with her enthusiasm and the cute, goofy voice she used to narrate what our dog might be thinking. That was pretty hilarious and we had a good laugh many times. And it turns out she was right, too! Cooperative training does take time, but we are convinced it is better for the dog (our having had dogs trained in the past using non-cooperative methods). You can train a dog using punishing methods, but you risk shutting down your dog for offering novel behaviors that you might want to train, creating a non-thinking dog that behaves as if he was trained in the military, and destroying the trust and bond between you and your dog. Madi emphasizes how important trust is in order to have a dog who's willing to cooperate with you. We do agree that the minimum number of lessons it takes to have any benefit for the owners and the dogs are three lessons. As to value, Madi is well worth the prices she charges for the benefit that you get. She imparts information in a very articulate, understandable way, and her communication skills are excellent. If something does not work for your dog, Madi has an arsenal of creative approaches to teach a behavior to your dog. We highly recommend Madi. Our dogs loved her, and we're glad she came into our lives. You'd be crazy to NOT hire her! Our dogs simply loved her and loved the training, and they are much better behaved now after three lessons and know a LOT more skills. We understand we will need to continue the training over the summer on our own and we plan on taking a refresher course in the fall. Dogs learn over time with practice and consistency, something we had to learn, too.

  • Dominick Mauro

    Pretty much everything. Madi arrived right on time and provided instant value right off the bat. Not a minute was wasted during our session and we really appreciated her patience and willingness to make sure that we were never overwhelmed. My favorite part is probably how she held us accountable. We were quizzed often, and she even checked our notes! I can’t imagine many trainers willing to go that extra mile.



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FAQs


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.