“Elwood is a rescue dog from Saint Lucia. Although he spent the first couple months of his life living on the street, he has always been a friendly and loving dog.
When he first came to Canada he remained friendly and playful with all other dogs. One day he was attacked at an off leash dog park, and his behaviour changed. He became fearful of other dogs and was reactive to almost everything on his leash. His reactions are aggressive and not timid or scared.
Natalie was able to show us techniques to help learn about his triggers, his anxieties and ways to slowly teach him the skills to deal with his anxieties and fears. She also helped with de-sensitive him to everyday life and teaching him to soothe and calm himself. After working with Natalie for a multiple weeks, Elwood has shown major improvement in his behaviour and day to day mentality. He was able to walk on a leash and remain focused on my boyfriend and I without too much engagement on other dogs or trucks passing. He was also able to calm himself much down faster.
All in all, we have had an excellent time working with Natalie and consider it money well spent! We are looking into more sessions now. Highly recommend Natalie to anyone with similar or long standing issues that they need help with. It is never too late!! “ - Madison
Before meeting Natalie, Bear had a lot of issues. He would always be at my feet wherever I went, he would bark and any sounds he heard or anyone walking by. He had also started lunging and showing signs of aggression with certain dogs and showed a lot of signs of anxiety. Natalie was able to pinpoint the issues with Bear and start working on those right away. The play-based training is a great method since Bear had no idea it was training; for him it was play time and time to get lots of treats. He became excited to see Natalie on our weekly sessions and I saw improvement with his behaviour quickly. I am very happy with the outcome of the training sessions, Natalie helped with the issues and much more. She took time to do some extra training to help with day to day things like loose leash walking, recall, and him being able to stay on his bed on command. I have talked about her training and I will continue to recommend her to others who may have issues with their dogs or to new puppy owners!
We adopted Maddie 6 weeks ago at the age of 7 months. She had never been on a leash before and would only go outside in an enclosed backyard so we wanted to focus on recall training. Natalie was able to provide a very positive, enthusiastic, and effective training experience specific to our needs.
After just 4 weeks Maddie is excellent on the leash, her recall is greatly improving, and she is more confident and responsive.
The sessions were very informative and fun which helped strengthen the bond and understanding between us. Natalie gave us all the tools to continue the good work.
Natalie thank you for your patience, understanding, creativity and wonderful training experience.
I am very happy to have Natalie train my dog Prince. She has helped me understand how bad habits can easily be diminished given the correct training and patience. Our weekly training sessions has made an enormous positive impact on Prince and I feel more confident in the way I am handling things with him. Natalie is very patient and explains things clearly, always giving examples on why we do things a certain way and this has helped me understand my dog better. The games that we have been practising with Prince have been very rewarding and I can clearly see the improvement in his behaviour from the first week.
I would highly recommend Natalie, a.k.a “The Dog Whisperer”!
Before we started working with Natalie, our rescue dog Nesta was anxious, fearful and was so stressed that she hardly ate. We had tried everything that worked with our previous dog, but she only seemed to be getting worse. Then over the holidays, our Nesta attacked another dog and we realized that we needed help. We started working with Natalie once a week and the change in our dog was immediate. She has become more curious, playful, confident and she has even started eating more regularly. Natalie uses a play based approach that built a strong bond between Nesta and her human family. Our dog trusts us, feels safe and has started coming out of her shell and showing us her amazing personality. Natalie has helped us understand why Nesta was struggling and how our approach was making things worse. The weekly sessions with Natalie have taught us the tools to train Nesta so that she can be the best dog.
The training sessions are upbeat, Nesta is excited and Natalie always takes the time to explain the reasons behind the training and answers all of our questions. Her approach to training involves the whole family, even our kids, which has really helped ensure consistency in the training and to have everyone working together to help Nesta.
Lets be upfront, finding a compatible dog trainer and someone you can trust is difficult. From the very first email interaction Natalie was professional, compassionate and listened attentively to my questions. She answered everything and was patient with me. Once she explained her training methods (which differ from many other dog trainers) I was sold.
My five-month-old puppy Ollie has been making leaps with his training. When Natalie is here training Ollie she is patient, understanding and explains her training methods in a simplified manner. Although anyone could take a book and learn how to train a dog, not everyone knows the tricks and emotional understanding of dogs, Natalie does.
Natalie is quick to reply to my emails/texts and has even provided me with after actions reports which I could reference for my training. She’s not shy to ask you if you are keeping up with the training on our off time, as puppy training doesn’t stop when she leaves the door. Which brings up another major reason why I chose Natalie, she comes to your home. As a father with a busy schedule this is a life savior.
I can go on talking about Natalie’s training methods and her professionalism, but it won’t do any good. Do yourself a favour and pass her a message. Even if you are hesitant, I strongly recommend you give her a few moments of your time, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Being a dog whisperer is a skill that not everyone can master, Natalie has.
We want to thank Natalie for all her help with our family dog Anjo. Natalie is amazing to work with, super patient, kind, helpful, and encouraging. Anjo took to her right from the start and would get so excited every time she came. Training has been fun and family friendly, most of all productive. We are not the only ones who have see the change and positive growth in Anjo and us as dog owners. Our family, friends and neighbours have all made positive remarks.
Our family has recommended Natalie to others and will continue to recommend her.
Thank you again Natalie for all your help!
Natalie has been helping me with our newest rescue Mowgli with home based training. I was so worried and unsure at first with Mowgli as he has issues I have never encountered before.
I am so impressed with the progress Mowgli has made with Natalie’s help in such a short time. It is amazing. Natalie is super easy going and explains the whys of each game or training technique. It has been fun for both Mowgli and me but also super informative. The training techniques make absolute sense once you learn about your pups needs and what it takes to have a confident, happy dog. I am also carrying the training over to my other rescue Alfie who is super well trained for the most part but the fun games are great for him too. I would happily recommend Bark Dog Training and Natalie to anyone for any age dog. Thank you so much Natalie! Looking forward to sharing my updates with you on Mowgli’s continued progress.
Natalie was recommended to us through a neighbor who felt our Mocha needed some social training! He wasn't very nice with other dogs and sometimes people. Walking Mocha for me was not enjoyable and the door bell sent him into a frenzy! Our beautiful little puppy had turned into a very nervous dog.
We liked Natalie's positive approach to training. The walking improved so much; I was able to keep him beside me walking and I was able to distract him from issues before they happened. The door bell is also a big improvement; when one of our little visitors come and rings the door bell, Mocha no longer barks. He isn't totally over his barking; still work in progress. The door bell is a big accomplishment.
Natalie has experience with so many types of dogs and behavioural issues. Her approach is easy to understand, encouraging, and perhaps most importantly, humane and positive. Natalie, always enforced the training with documents that we could refer to.
We would recommend Natalie for any dog issues.
We first called Natalie to get her help in training our dog, Lucy, to not bark so much. At the end of our first session, Natalie told us she wanted to train Lucy to be more confident and optimistic. We wondered what that meant, but now get it. Natalie showed us many games and things to do with our little Lucy that made a huge difference with her confidence and improved our relationship with Lucy immensely, which made her more ripe for training. All during the training, Natalie was very good in teaching all five of us. She was extremely good with the kids and very patient with all of us. She was also completely non-judgmental with where we were at with Lucy and the habits we had with her. We highly recommend Natalie. We love our little Lucy just as much as ever and now are enjoying her that much more thanks to Natalie’s support and training!
From our first session with Natalie we knew we were in the hands of a professional with exceptional skills and a wealth of knowledge. Our Golden Retriever, Gulliver, who lacks confidence and courage, immediately took to her kindness, patience and caring as she employed training techniques. We are now in our fourth training session, with noticeable improvements in “Gully’s behaviour. Her personal approach in working with him has paid off. We look forward to learning more skills to improve our dog’s behaviour and have every confidence that Natalie’s experience will benefit both us and our “companion”.
Natalie was a pleasure to work with and did amazingly with Finnigan despite his special needs issues! He loves her and always looks forward to training sessions.
Working with Natalie has been wonderful, we have a much better understanding of our dogs behaviour! Natalie gets the whole family involved in the training and ensures that any of our needs or concerns with our dog are taken care of. Our dog has learned so much from Natalie and we are so thankful to have found her. We have worked on several things such as walking on leash, biting, recall and much more. Natalie is wonderful, we would recommend her again and again.
Natalie is an excellent trainer! She is giving us tangible and useful techniques to help our puppy learn and grow into a settled, calm and happy pet. Each week we have things that we can do to work with our puppy during the week. It’s so much better for us then group classes as we get the one on one attention we need. Natalie is positive and patient and very good at dealing with challenging situations. She is also great at following up through the week with reminders and resources we can use.
I am very pleased to recommend Natalie as a dog trainer. She is new to Ottawa which has been very lucky for Boo Radley and I. She is extremely knowledgeable and her methods of training us both showed almost immediate results. Although I have owned dogs for many years, Natalie taught me subtle cues and signs Boo was sending I had never seen before. So interesting! You and your dog will be glad you called Natalie. :)
We were excited to have our puppy Quazi join our family, but never having owned a dog before, we were overwhelmed, uncertain, and frustrated as to how and where to start puppy training. It has been most helpful having Natalie work with us and our puppy, starting us on a positive path to understanding and communicating with Quazi. Natalie's approach is clear, concise, and easy to follow. She takes the time to find out what are the behaviours we are concerned about and provides immediate feedback and recommendations -- it is very personalized. She is very knowledgeable and skilled; positive and reassuring. She has been wonderful working with our 10 year old son in helping him gain the confidence to also train and manage our puppy. Quazi has responded well to the training. We feel we are on the right track in having a well behaved dog that the whole family can enjoy. We don't know how we could have done this without Natalie! We definitely recommend her personalized dog training. Thank you so much!
Lenny has a lot of energy. He is playful and loving, but we couldn't keep him still for long. He basically had the run of the house; he dominated us and our other dog. Natalie taught both Lenny and us and we now decide what he can and cannot do. Amongst other things he can now sit, stay, and lie down which leads him to a calm and cuddly state. He is now more manageable and enjoyable. Natalie even managed to get Lenny to jump into our car, which was a great feat. Natalie was calm, consistent and loving to our Lenny. We are grateful that we now have a dog that we can trust will behave. Thanks Natalie!
Natalie is worth every penny spent! It was always a happy day for my puppy, Pixie and me when we saw her. She gave me so many tools to help raise a happy, confident and obedient Puppy. Natalie's training for both Pixie and myself have far outreached the basic sit, stay, down, and recall. I have been able to use Natalie's techniques to train Pixie to not be afraid of vacuum cleaners, to enjoy her baths and beyond. Our family has learned so much about basic dog psychology and positive reinforcement. We now have a wonderful, beautiful, loving, playful and obedient 10 month old pup.
I have recommended Natalie to many friends who have been equally enthralled with her positive reinforcement techniques/tools and we are all sad she left Calgary.
I would highly recommend Natalie as a personal dog trainer. She knows what she's doing.
Thank you Natalie for all you wonderful lessons.
After months of pure frustration trying to train our new puppy, we hired Natalie and much to our relief, Newberry has responded incredibly well to Natalie’s approach to training; she is kind, patient and best of all takes everyone into consideration when teaching us how to handle and train our dog. All three of our girls have taken part in training and are enjoying his company immensely. We are all much happier and feeling like Newb is a fun (and well mannered) part of our family; this truly would not have been possible without Natalie’s help. Thank you just isn’t enough!
Natalie was a miracle worker with our puppy, Toby, and with my husband and I. She was a patient, positive and very kind teacher to all of us. Toby learned sooo much so quickly, with her clear, precise instruction. We are so grateful we found her.
I had the pleasure of working with Natalie to train my dog Mara. The tools I learned from Natalie helped me to better understand my dog, improve her behaviour, and to dramatically increase my confidence as a dog owner and trainer. Natalie also spent time with my children teaching them along with me how to interact with the dog and how they could help with training. Natalie's training approach is effective and is easy to apply for adults and children alike.
We worked privately with Natalie last summer to help us with advancing our abilities with our golden retriever puppy beyond our initial group puppy classes. The one on one time we spent with her was invaluable. We learned tips and tricks to assist us with ongoing training that have lasted beyond our meetings. One of the best things we learned was the magic hand technique which we continue to use months later! It really does work like magic.
We were pleased with what we learned and would recommend working with Natalie if you want effective long-term training solutions for you and your puppy or dog. We highly recommend her and would not hesitate to work with her again in the future.
Our family has been so pleased with the work Natalie has done with us to help us with our very rambunctious loveable dog, Luna. Our relationship with Luna is much better because we don't have to struggle so much with the every day little frustrations any more. Natalie also helped my young son with gaining his confidence with dealing with Luna and teaching her to respect him.