I have an arsenal of learning tools and experience I've acquired over 20 years of working with dogs and people.
I love watching dogs and people learn and acquire new skills which help them.
1. How do you feel you got value for the service you received? Madi spoke to me on my level and demonstrated each task. I would rate it a 5 (out of 5, highest value). 2. Can you speak to the communication skills of your Trainer with both the canine and human elements, her knowledge, user-friendliness, professionalism? First of all, Madi was amazing with our Lulu. She literally had her eating out of her hands and Lulu followed and remembered what was taught the following session. It is apparent Madi’s knowledge of behavior is applied consistently, with compassion and experience. 3. What were your priorities/expectations for the training, and do you feel they were satisfied? My main expectation was for my girl to be more calm and less demanding of attention when guests arrive at our home. Madi explained that because Lulu is so young, her excitement is overwhelming. She gave us great suggestions using a distractor such as the Kong toy to help redirect the dog’s energy. We find that when we are caught off guard by a visitor, our girl calms down faster than she did before. We continue to work on this skill. 4. Would you recommend your Trainer, Madi, and what is the best way to recommend her, in your view? I would only recommend Madi to clients that plan to follow through and work consistently with their dog. There is no magic, although watching Madi with my dog was magical. Word of mouth is good but advertising would have helped me find her faster. Judy took the Triad option (three lessons).
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
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!
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.
Before I accept any new customer we must have a phone conversation. I'm unable to answer very many questions by text through HomeGuide or by any other means before we speak. It takes a few minutes for a phone call - it takes 3x longer to text, and important details and nuances can be missed via texting that I would pick up in an actual conversation. It's also important that you have realistic expectations that I can meet, and that we know we're a good fit. After we speak, we can schedule your first in-person lesson, which includes an evaluation and initial assessment. I have a three-lesson minimum, but I offer single lessons by the hour after you've completed the three lessons.
If you'd l ike me to call you, please provide your number and let me know the best times to reach you. We appreciate serious inquiries only. If you've provided a contact number, please do not behave as if we're an annoyance when we call you. It was you who contacted us.
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 pig farm, a sheep and goat farm, a chicken farm, and I have worked with horses a great deal, 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. I'm a freelance writer and illustrator as well.
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, experience and professionalism. My pricing is subject to change. I guarantee the pricing I give you in a phone call, followed by an email, for one week. Gas and other prices are going up weekly at this time.
I was studying Counseling Psycholigy and decided I’d like working with animals, primarily. I started working with dogs in 2002 while obtaining that degree.
Adults, children of my adult customers age 6 and up, and many people on the autism spectrum (mostly Asperger’s). I work best with people who understand that they will need to do homework with their dog in between lessons.
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. This training ensures that the dog will be safe.
If someone is going to train you and your dog, they must have a lot of behavioral experience, and also be able to articulate concepts very well to you. Otherwise, you won’t get much out of the training. Various private school or organization 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.
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. If it takes longer, then that trainer or sitter is not making you a priority.