We originally settled on a local trainer who, more than anything else, made glaringly apparent our naiveté in such matters. Other than the painful education (painful for us and for Bruce) he provided, I will say only that he was not the right fit and should have retired himself over a decade ago.
After withdrawing from his classes, my husband and I began again in earnest to find the ?right? trainer. Now that we knew what we DIDN'T want, we also knew what we DID want.
At long last, I found Erin. Warm, friendly, and thoroughly professional, she took Bruce in hand immediately and the bond that clicked between them seemed almost magnetic. With her endless patience and persistence, Erin let Bruce know he had met his match and she would not only insist upon his respect, she would EARN it. And she did. Anything she requires of him, he works his heart out to give her. And, when I need her advice, she?s only a phone call away.
Erin's youth and enthusiasm, coupled with her excellent and up-to-date education received at the Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers, give her an edge over many other dog trainers. Erin?s energy seems endless. Her knowledge regarding the needs and abilities of her four-legged students, and her natural instinct when it comes to directing the responses of the dogs--as well as providing the owners with the tools they require to instill proper behavior in their pets--exhibits Erin?s gentle confidence and rare wisdom.
Our classes start the instant I get Bruce out of the car and continue the entire half hour, yet Erin views quitting time with a relaxed eye. If I need extra help, or Bruce is struggling with a particular command, she has no problem shrugging off the clock entirely and staying with us until we get it.
I am a middle-aged woman whose children have grown and gone. Bruce is my most constant companion. I make sure everything in his life is of superior quality and insist on providing him with the best of all things, which is why Erin is his trainer. Simply put: No one else will do.
Gerrardstown, West Virginia