"Jean provided private lessons for me and my small reactive rescue dog, Tiggy. I thought I had a good handle on behavioral modification, and I was hearing from others that "that's just the way small dogs are," so I kept putting off dog training. But Jean surpassed my expectations and made me wish I had sought her out sooner! She taught me a bunch of new skills and ideas to use with Tiggy, and I saw major improvements in my dog's reactive behavior over just three lessons. Jean personalized our lessons to address both my and Tiggy's readiness. She was incredibly detail-oriented, and even wrote up individualized plans to help modify some of Tiggy's specific behaviors. When we first started our lessons with Jean, Tiggy was nipping and barking most every time she saw a dog or a stranger. Now, Tiggy will usually look to me for guidance about how to respond to stressors in her environment. I feel like me and Tiggy are even closer now, and I feel much more confident in my ability to keep her safe and happy!"
-Hillary, Ka, and Tiggy
"Patches and I are so grateful for the Reactive Rover course! He made such amazing progress so quickly. He went from barking at everyone and everything to being able to walk past other dogs barking at him without a peep! He still has days where he gets overwhelmed, but we now have the tools to handle it and the exercises to keep working on it! Thank you, dog trainer Jean!"
-Michelle and Patches
"We are so fortunate to live in an area (Missoula) that has so many resources for dogs and their people. One of these “resources” is Pawsitive Change Dog Training. I had the pleasure of working with Jean and I was able to see firsthand what a special trainer Jean is. When I adopted a frail (emotionally and physically) Chihuahua from the LDR puppy mill in St. Ignatius, I hired Jean for private training sessions. Josie, the Chihuahua, had endured a horrific existence and was clearly traumatized. Jean, armed with patience, calmness, and skill, was able to turn Josie from terrified to terrific! Josie and I will be forever grateful for Jean!"
"I just wanted to give you a little update on Gus and thank you for all your help! We got a little behind over the holidays, but we are back on track with training and Gus is doing really well. Last night I was doing some more mat work with him while I was cooking dinner and he got so settled he fell asleep waiting for his next treat! He is definitely a calmer dog in general and his pacing has greatly reduced. He is still on fluoxetine, but I think his improvements have a lot to do with the training! I’ll probably have more questions as I continue to move through his training, but I am really excited about the progress he has made and just wanted to send a quick thank you!"
-Mary Ellis and Gus
"We were impressed at how well our “remote” training session went, even in the wind and snow... the iPad , using Facetime, worked beautifully in and around our yard, and we felt like you, our professional trainer, were right there with us. Sound was great for us, and visual apparently worked fine for you, because your comments and suggestions didn’t even seem to be impacted by any kind of half-second time delay. And I hope you won’t be offended or hurt if I tell you the trainee (dog) didn’t show any sign of missing you at all. Thanks for helping us make training work (and so well) even from such a distance."
-Susan, Mike and Elle
"Jean was FANTASTIC! At first we were a bit skeptical using Zoom to train our dog, Indy, but found it to be far better than both my husband & I had envisioned. Training w/Jean via Zoom also offered us the ability to go back and review our recorded lesson if we wanted to see how a particular skill was taught. Via Zoom Jean was easily able to guide us through each lesson. After our first experience with Puppy lessons, we signed up for Loose Leash lessons. After each lesson, Jean promptly followed through by emailing us a written summary of our lesson and a link to view the recording. She also provided a list of training games to practice before our next lesson and we were encouraged to contact her if we had any additional questions or problem areas. We appreciated her attention to detail and having someone with her level of knowledge on dog training. Highly recommend!"
-Laura, Rus & Indy
"Jean was amazing with our entire family! We have a new puppy and he was having a hard time with basic commands. Jean set us on a path for success in a very informed and logical way. I was very impressed with the zoom lessons we received and it was a huge success."
-Laurie & Bernie
Patches - a recovering reactive dog!