"We have a 1 1/2 year labradoodle that weighs 75lbs. He has always been a sweet boy, however he would not listen to simple commands, he would jump on people when excited and he would constantly steal food from our counters. After our dog knocked down a vet tech we knew we had to do something to get him under control, so we called Calm K9 Training. David, the head trainer and Sarah is assistant were amazing. Not only do they come to your house, but you get their undivided attention and they work with you to understand your dogs behavior and how to correct it. In just 4 short weeks, my dog went from being completely out of control and not being able to take him places to having a dog that listens and we can fully enjoy. He no longer counter surfs, he listens to all commands and most importantly he stopped jumping on people. Having Calm K9 come and train our dog was the best decision we have ever made for our dog. If you need a little help with you dog, call them, I promise you won't be disappointed!"
"Fantastic dog & owner training all around! Intelligent, well spoken, courteous & efficient. The training process can be hard work for you and your pup, but the outcome is well worth it. The methods, principals & leadership I was taught by Calm K9 Training have lead to three happy, well-mannered and most importantly calm dogs!"
"Great staff, overall great training experience"
"Thoughtful, understanding and diligent service for both you and your best friend."
"I am so thankful I found Alyssa at Calm K9 Training! With her knowledge and support, we are able to give our dogs more freedom and we all enjoy a better quality of life."
"Calm K9 Training can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks! My 5 year old Heeler Mix is learning more every session, I'm very pleased with the results!"
"I can't sing the praises enough about Calm K9 Training. Our adopted dachshund, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, was an unruly little tornado, always getting into the clothes and shoes in my wife's closet. After training with Alyssa, the outcome was transformational. If you're off to a rocky start with your new pet, don't settle for ordinary riff-raff trainers, go see Alyssa at Calm K9 Training!"
"This company is brilliant. They know the science of canine behavior and show such dedication, love, and care for each of their clients. They treat you and your dog like family. Highly recommended!"
"Great training and education for both canines and owners! Done from a caring yet straightforward angle. Alyssa has spent her life around dogs and has been able to turn that experience into a career that is evident she loves!"
"It's SO nice to finally find someone who listens & actually tries to help and also truly cares about you and your pups. Alyssa at Calm K9 Training is always available with tips and acknowledge to better our training with our dogs. I recommend her to everyone!"
"We love calm K9! Alyssa worked with us to train both of our Labrador retrievers! Scout,our youngest, had some anxiety issues. Within ten minutes of our introduction and training, both dogs were behaving so much better! Now both dogs can walk off leash- something we NEVER imagined being able to do! Thank you,Alyssa! Life is so much less stressful (for both us and our pups) how that both of our pups listen!"
Our experience with the head trainer David at Calm K9 Training was life changing. He not only rehabbed all 3 of our dogs, but he created a harmonious relationship between us and our pups. We are better able to communicate with our pups and give them the balanced life they all deserve. He helped calm our dogs down and in turn helped us to live a more calm and peaceful lifestyle. We run a rescue/foster program, and take in a lot of dogs with various behavior issues, and its a blessing to know we have David in our corner to help. He will give you nothing less than 110%."
"Dave was so great to work with. He really took his time to get to know our training goals with our dog, Cheeto. Before we started the training process there was no way we could have taken him out in public, even handling him at home was a task. Now, thanks to Dave, Cheeto can go on adventures, socialize, and he's a visibly happier dog."
"I couldn't be happier with this experience. David is very professional, calm, and caring with dogs. I have seen a world of difference in my German Shepherd in a very short amount of time. I highly recommend this service."
"We came to Calm K9 with a problem. Our 8 month old (bratty) Bulldog was getting too big, too fast. And he wasn't listening worth a damn. I made a lot of excuses for him. "He's so young....He's just a big puppy...He will grow out of it..." But the truth was, he was taking a major toll on our lives. At one point, we considered rehoming him.
Within the first 30 minutes of training, Bruno was listening, and obeying commands. Four weeks later he is a very lovey, and obedient puppy. Sure, he can still be a little jerk sometimes, because he's a Bulldog and Bulldogs are stubborn meatballs. But we now have the tools and skills to combat those moments when he doesn't want to listen. I'm amazed at the difference in him in such a short amount of time."
"Alyssa was incredible! We could not have asked for a better trainer for our new black lab puppy. We started the training with him at 9 weeks and he certainly tested our patience numerous times, but Alyssa reassured us that if we kept up with the training that we would start to see positive results. She was extremely patient and always willing to do extra work with us, especially on commands that we were struggling with. Holtz picked up all of the different commands very quickly, especially considering that he is a puppy. We are very pleased with the results that we've seen and would highly recommend calm K-9 training to anyone as we truly couldn't have asked for a better experience."
"David and Alyssa at Calm K9 Training did an amazing job helping us with our furry kid (an Australian Shepherd), Jackson. After my fiancé was bitten by Jackson (not aggression towards her, just transference of aggression towards another person while on leash), we decided we had to do something, and that something was Calm K9 Training.
We found Calm K9 Training by Google search, read the amazing reviews, and decided that was the place for us. After the first conversation with David I already felt more at ease. He said the balanced approach, while different that the all positive training we had done up to that point, was what's needed to train a dog out of aggressive behavior.
Our first appointment came and we thought we were ready, but we really weren't ...it's hard at first seeing your furry kid so strictly trained but the results were an immediate change in Jackson's behavior for the positive. Jackson of course rebelled against the training some and had to be corrected but I'm sure that's only because he had been able to do whatever he wanted for his whole life, which after all was the root of the problem. While the training definitely struck us as harsh at first, we listened to David and did our own research to find that not only is this not "harsh" but it actually provides a level of structure that some dogs actually require to be happy.
This training was everything we hoped it would be, and more. Through the four weeks we trained with David and Alyssa, Jackson's behavior just continued to improve and by the last session we were able to take a casual stroll in public with him, something that was only a dream for us just 4 weeks earlier. I hoped we would have a well behaved pup by the end but we gained even more than that. We now have a much stronger relationship with Jackson and feel closer to him than we ever have before.
While there will likely be parts of the training that are emotionally draining, trust the process and you will get results. Calm K9 Training helped us unlock a great deal of potential in our amazing pup and helped us forge a stronger relationship with him that we ever knew we could have."
"I can't say enough good things about David and Calm K9 Training. We have two young, 50lb dogs that were full of energy and completely unruly. They were very leash reactive and would always go crazy any time they saw another dog on a walk. It had gotten to the point where we were dreading taking them on a walk and couldn't go anywhere with them! David has completely transformed them into well behaved, calm dogs that we have no trouble with whether it's new people coming into the house or approaching another dog on the walk. Everyone should go through this training program with their dog!"
"We thoroughly enjoyed working with our trainer, Alyssa, at Calm K9 Training! We began working with her when our Lab, Maple, was about 4 months old. Maple had typical puppy behaviors prior to training (nibbling and nipping, jumping, walking poorly on a leash, and chasing our young children), and Alyssa gave us the tools to work her in these areas and many more. We are very happy with the progress that Maple has made, and we look forward to working with Calm K9 Training when Maple begins the off-leash program!"
"What can I say, David has helped us so much! We could not imagine taking our girl to an open field and letting her run around 4 weeks ago. While we know we still have a long road ahead of us, the tools and knowledge that David has taught us have already strengthened our relationship with Madison and is helping her become a more confident dog. We no longer have to sidewalk hop when we see another dog approach or avoid having guests over because of how anxious and aggressive she can act around strangers. While these can still be challenging situations, we understand how to handle them and know they will continue to get easier with practice. It's also very reassuring to know David is just a phone call or email away if we have questions and you can't put a price on that. Thank you!"
"I can't say enough about how helpful Alyssa and David have been in working with my dog. I recently adopted a young German Shepherd mix who knew no commands, was extremely anxious around people and other dogs, and pulled on the leash so hard that going for a walk was an almost impossible task. Finch has made unbelievable progress after working with Alyssa for a little over a month on the Basic Boot Camp program. He's learned to be calm when I need him to be, has mastered basic commands, no longer pulls on his leash and can already be trusted off-leash.
Alyssa and David were super friendly, professional, knowledgeable and quick to answer any questions that came up during the training process, and even stopped by for an emergency session when I ran into a problem. This training requires a good amount of homework on the owner's part, and in doing so it sets you up with the tools you need to be ready to handle any situation that might come up in the future. It's also a great bonding experience for you and your dog.
This company has 5-star ratings from everyone for a reason. Their system gets results. Don't hesitate to set up a consultation with them!"
"My husband and I are forever grateful for David and his time with us and our dog, Josie! He trained us as owners just as much as he helped train our dog. As opposed to other training companies that teach situational commands, David teaches a higher-level philosophy with basic commands that can be used in any and all situations.
Not long ago, we had a dog who knew commands but chose when she decided to listen to them. She snapped at other dogs and people seemingly for no reason. She ruled the house and she knew it.
After David's initial consultation, we enrolled in the basic boot camp course which lasted for 4 weeks. After each session, he left us with very manageable homework for the week - this gave us plenty of time to master and internalize the teachings of the session before he layered on the next steps in the next week. In these sessions, we learned how to direct basic commands, but most importantly, we learned the mindset necessary to be in control at all times, no matter what situation we're faced with.
His methods are immediately effective and very fair to your dog...they are designed to set you and your dog up for success. The idea is to teach your dog that their job is to be calm - we the owners can take care of the rest. If you put in the work with your dog, you're sure to see great results and will even be able to go off-leash.
We now have a very calm, well-behaved dog who eagerly listens to commands. She looks to us to tell her what her next move should be and doesn't mind the world of distractions around her in the meantime. We trust her to behave on and off-leash AND we have the tools needed to correct her if she doesn't...those things together are incredibly empowering and are crucial for a strong relationship with your dog."
"I would recommend anyone looking for a dog trainer to look into Calm K9 Training, as I now have a calm and confident dog who is a pleasure to take on walks, and who knows that coming back to me when I call him is always the best option because it means belly rubs, a full tummy, and a warm bed at night. Without Calm K9, walks would still be a stressful ordeal, and leaving for work would still be a dramatic event to bark at for hours on end. I now get continuous compliments on how well behaved he is, and how great he listens to me, as opposed to people crossing the street to avoid his antics. I cannot be more grateful for Calm K9 for teaching me how to work with my dog, and help him be less fearful and more confident in himself."
"From the first day Dave walked into my house there was a considerable difference in the behavior of Duke and Delilah. They both were 2 completely different dogs. With Delilah's anxiety issues that caused aggression towards Duke, Dave gave her the structure she needed to coexist with Duke. Both of them now have the confidence needed for them to be a great pair of dogs. As far as with Megan and I, Dave gave us the tools and knowledge to be able to not only see the symptoms but to correct any issues that might arise in the future. We have had friends and family come over and they cannot belive that it is the same 2 dogs from 7 weeks ago. I would completely recommend Calm K9 Training to anyone who asked about you guys. Thanks so much with the help that was needed for all of us in our house."
"Just finished the last session with Kodiak, my 2 year old malamute/husky mix. David was so kind to drive an hour up to Fredericksburg every week to help show me how to address the behavioral issues Kodi had and how to help show him how to trust me. Kodiak had so much anxiety towards new people and had horrible separation anxiety. I have learned to be a leader/advocate for my big lovable boy and how to let him coexist in such a big world with no worries. David gives so much knowledge and positive feedback & gives more hands on learning than any trainer I have met/heard of. I have and will forever recommend you guys to anyone. Thank you"
"We are extremely happy with David's expertise. We have a GSD that had anxiety issues leaving the house and now we can take her anywhere and with ease. We highly recommend!"
"Words cannot express how grateful we are to david and calm K9 training.We have a 5 year old husky named bear and a 1 year old terrier mix named sampson. Before calm k9 training, we had THOSE dogs who would pull uncontrollably, bark at everything, didnt like meeting people and to top it off bear has extreme anxiety among other issues. I was at my breaking point with them because my husband was leaving for a few months for army things and they did NOT listen to me at all. Here we are, a little more than 8 weeks later and my boys are completely different. Walks are actually enjoyable AND I can walk them both at the same time calmly! Bear has learned with the help of the e-collar how to control his anxiety and he no longer reacts to other dogs or tries to bite people who come over. Does he go up to friends and strangers all lovingly? No, and thats ok. David showed me that just like people dogs have different personalities. Bear just doesnt like to be pet and its up to us to stick up for him. Now he just ignores and thats totally ok! SO happy we did this and it is 1000% worth it. seriously cant thank him enough!!!"
"We have Hodor, a 3 year old pit mix who is loving yet kind of a brat. He has a precious personality that we didn't want to lose with harsh training, but we also didn't want to carry treats wherever we go.
I must admit we were skeptical when looking for trainers in the area as each has their own training philosophy. We decided to have David over for a consultation and were impressed at how Hodor responded to his demeanor. David was confident that he would be attentive to our commands and even off-leash trained in 4 sessions. We were still skeptical but decided to commit to the program.
David worked with us with a training program that made sense, was workable, and worked! He was not only flexible in schedule, but to the needs of us and Hodor. Even when the going got a little rough he made time for an impromptu session! His commitment to his clients is impressive- even though the 4 sessions are over (and successful!) he remains in contact with us for any problems that may arise.
We can't recommend Calm K9 Training enough!"
"The quality of the service provided by CalmK9 Training is truly outstanding in every regard. Under the leadership of owner and head trainer David Greenberg bad dogs are taught to be good dogs and good dogs elevated to great dogs.
David and his amiable and capable assistant trainer Randi start the training process through an in-home visit to evaluate the pet, its environment and its interaction with people. During this visit David diagnoses the source of issues impacting on your pet's behavior and discusses with you an outline of training options to correct those issues. In most cases David is able able to conduct the training is in your home with weekly sessions lasting anywhere from one to two hours. In some situations David may recommend taking your pet to his training facility in Richmond for more intensive training focused upon a particular behavior issue.
David is conscientious in every meaning of the word. He is always on time, candid in his evaluations, thorough in his follow-up and exceptional in the level of communication he maintains with his clients. He cares about his charges. One need never worry about a pet left in David's care. But tho most important question every pet owner must ask is does he get results? The answer is yes. But one should also note that whatever miracle David may accomplish with a problem dog will be for naught if the pet owner doesn't re-enforce, as needed, the easy to understand and follow training methods at home.
David is one of the top professionals in the field of dog training. Those of us who live in Virginia are lucky to have him nearby to help us to help our pets become the dogs that they want to be and that we want to be with us. Five stars are an easy and justifiable selection."
"I recently used Calm K9 training for my 3 year old pug/chi mix Finley. Finley was extremely leash aggressive with other dogs, making a walk through Carytown impossible. He'd start foaming at the mouth, pulling on the leash, snarling, and quickly became a threat to himself and those around him. He was also super anxious when in the home, licking constantly, and didn't have a "chill" button. After working with David for four weeks, Finley is now a completely different, calm, and well behaved dog. He's the sweet boy that I always knew he could be, and I couldn't be happier with the results. Walks are enjoyable now, and I no longer have to walk the other way out of embarrassment for my dog's behavior Every penny I spent with Calm K9 was worth it and I would recommend Calm K9 without hesitation."
"I called Calm K9 as a last resort for my 2 year old rescue springer, she was food aggressive, scared of leashes and collars being placed on and fearful/scared of human touch (was abused in her past we believe). She has done a complete 180 since Calm K9 came into our lives. She is now a very loving, calm and well-trained dog. Cannot thank them enough for all they have taught us as well as her. I owe them everything for allowing me to keep my baby!"
"As a result of a 1.5 year old pit bull with lots of energy and a high prey drive, we contacted Calm K9 for help and could not be happier with the results. David helped our dog learn how to stay calm in various situations, and also taught us how to address unwanted behaviors. We are now able to comfortably go for walks and not worry that we will be battling our dog and his urge to chase squirrels or exhibit aggressive behaviors towards other dogs. We would recommend David's services without hesitation."
"My parents and I used Calm K9 to help our possessive dog. Maxwell was uncontrollable at times and we were scared to expose him to new people or dogs. Now, I trust Maxwell; it is comforting to know that I know how to train him further and make him calmer, well trained, and overall happy. It is great to know our cuddly, lovable dog is here to stay."
"4 weeks ago we couldn't control our 7 month old Goldendoodle. Walks were becoming more and more dangerous. He was pulling, jumping on people walking by, slipping out of harnesses and eating everything on the ground. Inside he was barking, jumping, eating socks and even laying on the kitchen counter when he had the chance. After 4 weeks we don't have any of the above problems. He is so obedient and loves learning new things. We strongly recommend calm K9 training. David and Randi gave us the knowledge and tools we needed to have a happy healthy puppy!"
"Before working with David, our two dogs were all over the place and we were stuck. One was extremely fearful and would run away at every little noise. The other was leash reactive and would bark, lunge, jump, etc at other dogs on the street. David and Randi taught us how to be confident leaders and we now have two happy and obedient pups. We were previously told that our fearful dog would always be a flight risk and now we know that wasn't true. David is amazing, super patient and understanding, and really does want the best for owner and pooch."
"I have a small, stubborn dog which would stop in the middle of the walk and not move. He would sit or stand, almost impossible to start walking again. David worked with my dog and me. He trained us both. We both caught on in a short period of time and our walks are now more enjoyable for both of us! Thank you David"
"Before we went with calm k9 training we didn't know what to do with our dog he was all over the kitchen table would jump on people and really was just crazy now our German shepherd is the calmest dog and well behaved we highly recommend Calm K9"
"My husband and I used Calm K9 for our two German Shepherd dogs (ages 1 and 3). They were rambunctious, leash aggressive and not getting along well. With the training they are calmer in the house and out on walks. Calm K9 was very professional, friendly, and willing to work around our busy schedules. We have seen such an improvement with our dogs!"
"Before working with David and Randi going on walks was a nightmare. I have a pitbull that weighs around 65lbs and would not stop pulling. After the first session she was already much easier to control. When going into the second session they corrected some things I was doing which was extremely helpful for me. They also offered some other training exercises while on the leash. I would highly recommend them to help with your training needs."
"We are very pleased with the results accomplished working with this very informative & knowledgeable team. We now have the tools we needed to create a stress free environment both inside and outside our home. We are very grateful for the help we got from David & Randi."
"We have had the pleasure of working with this company for our little fur family and have had complete success. David & Randi have given us the tools we needed to live a stress free life now and the ability to enjoy life no matter what dog issue arises. They provided both information and guidance and we thoroughly enjoyed the process. They are both very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Our little diva Karma is a much more calmer dog because of the excellent training :)"
"SO confident and patient with my dogs and also patient with all my questions! Dolly is learning not to try and chase cars and I am learning how to calmly discourage her impulsive adolescent behaviors. Awesome experience!"
"One session and I already have an entirely different dog. Sadie May and I are looking forward to the next!"
"With just one short lesson, my dog went from doing back flips (literally) when he saw another dog on his walks, to approaching other dogs without even a growl. I no longer have to turn the other way when I see other dogs on the street."
"Before I starting working with Calm K9 training, my dog would be aggressive towards other dogs while walking on the leash. He would constantly jump up on people when they would arrive at my house and was overall a nuisance. I called Calm K9 training and David was nice enough to met me at my home. After working with him, my dog is a pleasure to walk on a leash and doesn't act aggressively towards other dogs anymore. He also has stopped jumping on people when they come to my house. In addition to teaching my dog to stay calm, he taught me so much about working with my own dog as well. If you are looking are looking for a dog trainer, contact Calm K9 Training; you will not be disappointed."