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2017! 36 Years of Results & 21 Years of Pawformance Dog Sports in Livingston County!

Previous long running #1 and first page puppy class search hits on Google and Yahoo!

Pictured is my former north Howell center, currently we reside in the Hartland area.

Registering now for fall classes through Brighton Comm Ed or
Howell Parks & Recreation. Register early to avoid disappointment!
New this fall: Retrieve! AKC BN and Rally-O Intro's & Puppy Sports!

Getting sass? Shy or anxious pet? No Problem! Sign up for a "Results" class and relax!

Trainers attending 2017 classes are from: Brighton, Byron, Commerce (one Commerce trainer with a dog from Royal Oak), Durand, Fenton, Flushing, Fowlerville, Hartland, Holly, Howell, Milford, New Hudson, Novi, Pinckney, Plymouth, South Lyon, Walled Lake and Whitmore Lake! Thank you to all for your travel time and trust in my program.

You will find the most complete class information and schedule here on my web page. (Do note I am in the process of rewriting copy, moving away from 'third party'.) Basic class information and how to register are listed in the Brighton Community Ed and Howell Parks and Recreation Authority brochures when offered.

While most participants find us through referrals, an occasional ad will be ran in the Marketeer shopper guide. Watch for local advertising featuring a puppy picture of Golden Retriever "Spirit". Referrals are noted on the "News Referrals" along with the Trainer's Bark! newsletter. In addition you may want to read trainer "Awards" - both links are at the top of this page (blue rectangles to the right).

All Puppy Classes are NOT the Same! My Puppy Class is *not* a wild party! It is structured with monitored social time. If you are debating about registering for Puppy class or waiting to start in Obedience & Manners One read on... A partial note here recently received from a long time trainer who has had four pets previously in the program. All were started in the O&M One class and trained through advanced levels. Curious about Puppy class, Gail enrolled her new puppy "Rio" at a young age and attended all classes. Note - "Rio" is an active, confident, respectful and happy Labrador Retriever!

Hi Mary! Thank you for all the info ... I am really glad we were able to go through the puppy class! It has made a huge difference! When I call her with the come command from across the yard, she comes running. She also has a respect for me that the other dogs did not have until later. It really is an important class for building the foundation for future training.  And it's just right, it doesn't expect too much from a puppy, but definitely does build the respect. I'm loving my time with her! ...Thanks again! I will practice with Rio during the summer, and look forward to om1.  Gail B.

From Amy & "Griffey" - Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle: While searching for a puppy class for her new puppy, Amy was disappointed with what she was finding, even out of area. She spent much time researching and upon a referral from her vet at South Lyon Animal Clinic, she said finding my Results program was a "Breath of fresh air!". Thank you Amy and Dr. Weber!

More comments on the News Referral page. Link above right!

Much Experience! In Livingston County since 1981, Results Puppy and Dog Training & Pawformance Dog Sports!

From the litter to your best friend... Training director and instructor - Mary T. Ratelle. My background link is at the bottom of this page. Offering pet owners a unique hands-on, praise reward program for companion dogs. This approach is based on building a relationship to help your pet gain confidence and self esteem with manners - not clickers & treats, toys, electronics or remotes! While enhancements to my program have taken place since the early years, my base has stayed the same - because it works! Praise is the best 'positive' training, as you always have it with you and there is no need to keep your pet 'hungry' (not very positive from a pet's view) so it will (hopefully) perform for a treat!

This Results simple and efficient approach works best when started with a puppy, however Results may be attained with older pets, too when mutual respect, responsible care and fulfilling exercise needs are provided. Proper handling in between structured leash training sessions is just as important as teaching responses to commands. Thus, the first class is for trainers and their mature household members, the pets stay home!

If you are new, be sure to read the Program & Class Information page. The use of food for sits, downs, comes and stays is simply not done! Please note when reading my handouts, praise reward! Even after following a very nice orientation with demonstations it is surprising to me that some trainers come in choosing to train at their pets instead of bonding with them ... using food and/or signals - even when pets are not responsive! Keeping the focus on the trainer is most important, not teaching the pets to watch the hand, pocket, bait bag or mouth hoping for a snack or toy!

Treats are used for leash training puppies in Puppy and Conformation (when offered) classes only. Treats are also used for housetraining (potty outdoors), crate training, bed time and just because! After basics and manners are learned, treats may be used in O&M Two and Three for an occasional exercise. The only class I will use treats on a regular basis is for Conformation (showing for breed championships). Note, on rare occasions treats may be used if individual needs warrant, but not for long!

Dog sport interest? . Not surprising, this practical program for companion dogs offers a wonderful base for many dog sports! Trainers desiring to do more with their pets in many venues usually find that attaining titles happens with ease when compared to the pets that have the shock of no treats when in a ring or on a course. Take a look at the "Awards" page, link is above!

If advanced training with your dog sounds like fun, join us for recreational and/or competition training. Especially nice to do with like-minded, drama free people! After base training, the Obedience & Manners Level 3 & 4 - Pawformance Dog Sports! year round classes take training to another level! Terrific for dogs that need a job!


I have been called a dog whisperer for decades because I 'know dogs'. I do not follow the current media trends of 'dog whisperer' labels that may be a hyped business lure or fabricated drama attention getter. I believe that true dog whisperers do not need to rely on dysfunctional methods or harsh handling, nor do they need to yell or shout. I have been told by many that I can bring the best out of any dog. I am not certain about that, but I am certain that I do try my best! One of many compliments received is below. To view more, visit the 'News Referrals' page, a link is at the top of this page.

Dear Mary,
We really enjoyed watching "Annie" (Chelsea's Gala Parade CD, CGC) at the Lansing Dog Show. At the show it really became clear to us what a special relationship you have with your animals. There were many people there that had very well trained dogs yet didn't really seem to understand their animals. As the Monks of New Skete said in their book "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend", "While the dog performed well one wonders what the total dog-human relationship was like." Unfortunately, the judges don't score on this and I'm sure breeders that form "true bonds" are rare. You have a very special skill and you are lucky to have a job you truly love. ... Your friends, Barbara & Ole - "Skyla" - Chelsea' s Skyrocket - Golden Retriever

Thanks to the Livingston County Press - Argus Hometown Newspaper for the April 13, 2005 'Neighbor' story titled:
'Dog Whisperer' Tames Wild-at-Heart Canines.


Regarding handling pets, due to the restrictions I am under from an auto accident in the fall 2013, I cannot physically handle the very strong and larger dogs. Thanks for your understanding if I am handling your dog and find that I have to return the leash to you.


Caution: Fraud alert! The Results Dog Training name, handouts and advertising material and even a previous address (!) has been used by others doing in home consultations, personal training and other group classes. Note Mary T. Ratelle does all instruction, staff is not employed.
If my name is used by another, do not write a check! Do get pertinent information, copy driver license if possible and get license plate information. If possible, take a picture! Please advise if you receive material with our name. Thank you!

Warning - Pet edibles from China!! This is very old news, but many well known stores have chosen to still sell treats on their shelves coming from China. There have been documented cases of thousands of pets that have died or became seriously ill from digesting food with toxins found in them in our country alone. Be sure to check labels and discard anything with "China" on it!! I find it sad what greed can do to people in the trade that we assume care about our pets... Too much info to share here on this subject - Google and learn.


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To help prevent issues, please read this article, even if you do not have children. Many pets may be around younger people visiting at your home or when you and your pet are away.

Raising a Dog in a House with Children
By Mary T. Ratelle, published in the March 2006 issue of the Livingston Parent Journal


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Instructor Background Link

Training personal dogs since 1967.
Showing purebred dogs since 1971.

Results Dog Training LLC
Pawformance Dog Sports!
Celebrating 36 & 21 years of training
in Livingston County!

1981 - 2017

Agility field at our previous location. Pawformance Dog Sports! (PDS) agility started with the USDAA in 1992, even before AKC!

Warning - training here can be habit forming - people and their 's have fun!!

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