NY & NJ Dog Training & Behavior Consulting

NY & NJ Dog Training & Behavior Consulting

5.0 (2)
2 hires on HomeGuide
3 employees
17 years in business

About this pro

Detail-oriented, communicative, informed service.  We put safety first.  We care for your dog or pet as if s/he were our own.  We know pets are family members.

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 and 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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2 Reviews

5.0

  • 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?

Please provide a phone contact number and e-mail where I can reach you to obtain specific details about your dog training and behavior needs.  I'm unadble to send you pricing until I know your location and your specific needs for your dog(s), as pricing may vary depending on the issue.  My service is personalized and customized.  We need to speak during a brief intake to make sure we're a good fit for each other.  You must trust your Trainer and work well with that person if they're going to be able to help you to train your dog and work on prevention or training to resolve any serious issues.

I do a detailed intake by phone targeted towards the best way to help and service the customers and the dog(s).  Once I know the details, I can give you the fairest pricing and training options which will work best for your situation.  I formulate a plan with my customers which includes setting and achieving realistic goals in the quickest amount of time without sacrificing service or effectiveness.


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

I hold a Master’s Degree.  I am a State Certified Efucator (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.


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 are patient with you and you don't feel rushed.  A trainer or sitter should be responsive to your call and tespond back to you within a day or so.  If it takes longer, then that trainer or sitter is not making you a priority.