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Last updated Wed, May 30, 2018

Pawformance Results!

Enhancements to our Awards and Schedule pages are done! Thanks for your patience...both are much easier to navigate now with the new links. I wish I would have added them years ago! My next project - a Chelsea Golden Retriever page - highlighting the wonderful seven generations of Goldens and their people I have known starting with my first litter in 1980!

A Message from Mary T.

Summer has arrived! Keep your pet(s) comfortable. Heavy exercise when it is cooler, set the alarm for an earlier time if needed. So sad to see pets outdoors with sign of too much heat - I've noticed same already and it's only May. Three different dogs and then a fourth walking outdoors on a hot, dusty road midday with temps almost 90 degrees!
Wading pools are a delight for most pets. Past personal experience, buy early as there are usually hard to find once the hot temps are regular. If your pup is unsure of what to do, get in with him or her and a few toys... fun for both! Be sure to drain the pool after use each day. Do not let water sit stagnant. Beside 'growing' germs, sitting water will attract 'skeeters'! Do provide fresh water and shade. Do not over due exercise midday. Instead, get up earlier and/or stay up later to give your pet needed physical exercise.

Inclement Weather Tips!

With hot weather comes tornado and storm season. If your pet gets anxious when the weather is inclement, do not coddle. Many people make the mistake of over comforting and telling their pup that "It's OK" which may increase the pet's concern. With enough 'practice', it may lead to storm anxiety. Instead, let your pet be with you, be more matter of fact and reassure your pet that everything is fine w/o too much gush (even if your heart is breaking a little). If it has to be alone, perhaps give it the 'special' large knotted, white rawhide bone when it needs to be crated. Also, keep lights and the radio or TV on a little louder than usual. 

Go outdoors with your leashed pet at potty time if there is a chance it may run off or climb a fence if startled. Many pets are surprised with sudden thunder claps and lightening, and may go into severe flight drive during during same. High winds and unexpected gusts may also spook pets! Remember to stay grounded so you do not increase anxiety issues your pet may have.

Much is happening in the Results - Pawformance dog house!

After a spring meeting with my supervisor Jaime Geereats and HAPRA's new director, Tim Church, my Pawformance Sports! Recreational Agility is now a regular! It will be offered on Tuesdays. Tim and Jaimie are both very supportive of my program and appreciate the loyal trainers. This has led to a slight revamping of the Obedience & Manners Level Two program. Base training - O&M Two, a Two Plus for more practice if needed and the newest class... O&M Two with Sports!. An intro to AKC Rally-Obedience (Rally-O) and Recreational Agility. These classes offer a lower fee as a loyalty 'thank you'. See the Schedule page for links to all!

At different tests in early April, two trainers were successful at their first AKC Canine Good Citizen Tests, one included a pass for the more demanding Therapy Dog Testing! Per notes received, evaluators were thrilled with both pets and their training. I am proud to say, both teams qualified OFF SITE! Many clubs offer testing in their own facility where the pets have received their training, which is not very difficult to do...the pets probably think it is just another class. See below for more info!

Drop In & Pay (DI&P) stand alone offerings are on hold until the yucky, cold weather season returns. Attendance was not strong enough to support an hour of building and staff expenses. New offerings will return to the schedule page late fall and winter.


DIY Long Line

If you are in need of a long line, looping two leashes together will work. Or, to save money - you may make one! Simply purchase parachute cord for smaller pets or clothesline or boat cord for larger ones and simply add a bolt snap. Adding another bolt snap at 20+ +/- intervals if longer lines are needed will save time if your pet may get tangled is a concern. Using a harness on your pet instead of a collar is recommended and be sure to supervise!

If you prefer to keep your pet in a limited area, consider an over head cable to provide for exercise. Consider ample 'head' room for people when setting this up! Again, a harness may provide a safer connection than a collar. Supervision is important, too. Pets can get tangled and visiting animals - including children - may come on to your property. : )


Nice compliments! One of the main reasons I have not stayed in retirement are the people I have the pleasure of training with. Those that appreciate and follow the common sense training utilized here and do the practice correctly. It very well may make a big difference when keeping their pups safe!
I find it especially cool when pets respond to the #1 command in my world - "Come!"...

During a Brighton O&M One class, Jessica P. told the class that her recently acquired five year old (!) rescue Labrador Retriever, "Bailey" escaped and was running the neighborhood. Prior to Bailey joining Jess' household, she was kept in an outdoor 4' x 6' kennel all by herself for most of her five years. Note Jess lives on a subdivision corner without fencing. As the "Come!" command was not happening - not a surprise being she was so neglected and probably heard the word in many incorrect ways forever, Jess was adding training done with "Diesel" her first Labrador who was in the Results program last year. Jess had introduced Bailey to "Home" when leash walking per instruction. When Bailey escaped, standing in her front yard, Jess simply called out "Home!!!!" Bailey stopped in her tracks and ran 'home' to Jess to get her praise!!! Smart, Jessica!

Also very cool "Come!" responses recently shared from:
Carrie B. when Cocker Spaniel "Mason" CGC was accidently out on a 'neighborhood cruise'. Carrie lives in a busy neighborhood with much traffic - both vehicles, people and pets. First time "Come" with signal had him running home!
Natalie B. when Shetland Sheepdog "Boomer" RN,who is very quick went on street patrol. He was several houses away... Natalie was wearing her evening attire and out at the road...happily a short venture!
Gail B. and Labrador Retriever "Rio" was shared at the O&M Two class Wednesday. Another camping trip with nature calling, but Gail's "Come!" had more pull.
Most recently, Charlene P. and her Golden Retriever and Poodle mix "Heyde" - another neighborhood cruise in progress cut short with a "Come!" and open arms!!

ALL "Come!" responses above were done without food/toys/treats and no electronics! Talk about "Results!" - sincere kudos to all!!


Results and Pawformance Sports - Rendevous

Much fun spending Friday through Sunday at the Novi shows early this year! Thank you to the wonderful Livonia and Oakland Co. Kennel Clubs. Putting on shows, especially of these sizes takes an enormous amount of work!

Laura & Garry M.'s co-bred with Dawn S. Newfoundland puppy "Emma" out of Ch. Marina did great! She not only took her class with co-breeder and owner Dawn showing her, she also took Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite sweeping the awards in two of the four shows.
New Champion! Finishing in February with majors in Indianapolis and another update... March - Emma now has her AKC Grand Championship. Congrats!!

Also at Novi, competing in Rally-Obedience, Natalie B. & her Shetland Sheepdog "Boomer Brat RN" who is now sporting a Rally Novice (RN) Title! Wow - finishing in three straight trials - January 19 Trial #1 and January 20th Trials #2 & #3, a new title with a second place! A long day well worth the time spent!

Starting in a class of eight, they qualified three trials in a row, finishing with a second place! Showing in Novice B with other experienced handler including an Agility judge was interesting. As usual, a Results trainer without 'chipmunk cheeks' or food smelly hands finishing with style in spite of ducks close by for the herding demonstrations. After all these years, I thought I had everything covered for 'trial' proof training at class. Does anyone have a few Call Ducks I can borrow for distraction training?

In spite of the rough start (ducks!) and barely qualifying at the first trial, the next trial was Saturday morning. Boomer and Natalie earned 91 points out of a perfect 100 with Boomer still on 'alert. Two legs (a leg is dog people 'slang' for a qualifying score) down and one more to go to earn the title, as three are needed. Saturday's Trial #2 was very late afternoon. Trial #3. Some of the food trainers were replacing their cheese and boring treats with beef jerky to keep their dog's attention. Natalie was offered some by the 'weekend agility judge neighbor' and of course - refused! Still peeking and keeping an ear towards the 'duck department', Boomer qualified with a #193 and a second place! (Placing over the ES Spaniel - how about that?!) Well done Nat & Boomer!


April news! Two new AKC Canine Good Citizens (CGC) and a Love On A Leash Therapy Test pass from pets in the Results Obedience & Manners Two Plus! class! Testing off site (away from class) presents many distractons - new smells, dogs, people, noises, driving, etc. which is a true test pf solid training. Both trainers and their pups have special personal stories and challenges related to their accomplishments. In brief...

Thursday, April 5th, Nancy & "Sadie" CGC, a Multi Poodle mix passed their CGC and the Love on a Leash Therapy test! Sweet Sadie impressed all at the Obedience Training Club of Greater Lansing's well organized test. Once visiting requirements are finished, they will be a bonafide therapy visiting team! Nancy, a retired RN, is enroute to accomplishing a dream to have a therapy dog.
When Nancy's husband was diagnosed with cancer and not much time to live, they both picked eight year old (!) Sadie out together at a rescue to help fill the upcoming void. At eight years old, Sadie had a few habits that needed attention, but overall, a real sweetheart and Sadie sure did deliver!! I forgot to mention previously, the test was held in a treat based training facility and there was an obedience class happening in the next room! Congratulations to you Nancy, and your Sadie - you both will be spreading much joy!

On Saturday, April 7th, I received an email from Carrie simply titled "Guess what!?!? The plan for the day was to take her Mason to the show in Birch Run to acclimate him and show him another segment of the busy world... Thus, I was hoping she was going to share that he was comfortable at his first visit to a very busy show! If all went well, she was going to enter Mason in a test at the end of the month. Change of plan!
Carrie entered the Canine Good Citizen that day and an even sweeter surprise for me than Mason qualifying, was to see included, a beautiful picture of her (with "happy tears") displayinig her certificate and Mason sitting at the side of her newer wheel chair. When Carrie became serious about her training, she replaced her manual chair last fall with a newer to her model so she could more easily train her pup. Carrie said the "...judges loved him". A special day for Carrie, Robert & "Mason" CGC, a Cocker Spaniel - wonderful!


Business cards are available! If you are able to put some on display at your pet's vet, groomer or where you shop, please take some and help spread the word. The cards are on the trainers table at class. I have noticed the cards are being taken, being largely a referral business, a sincere thank you to those helping to spread the word! Doing so helps to ensure I will be teaching when you start your next future pet, thank you!


Much Appreciation for Recent Demonstrations!

Natalie and "Boomer" (Boomer Brat RN), Shetland Sheepdog, have demonstrated for all of the Brighton and Howell recent Puppy and O&M One starts. For many years, she & her boyZ have been a gift. In the earlier years, Natalie with siblings "Thunder" and "Lightning" (both now at the 'bridge') were always eager to participate. Both boys were sweet, sweet, sweet and had numerous first places in Rally-O Novice, Advanced and Excellent as well as in Agility Standard and JWW. Nat has volunteered for years doing therapy visits at local nursing homes with her Sheltie bros as well.
Her current Sheltie is "Boomer". Recently finding himself the sole pup since Thunder's passing, he is going through an adjustment... understandably so! A lot of drive in this guy, he would be ideal on a working farm - a true working Sheltie at heart.

Tips given to get training off to a great start: "Take notes, practice and have fun!"

At the April start Howell Parks & Rec and Brighton Community Ed classes, Nicole and "Ray", an All American came in. Nicole and Ray have taken Puppy class and are almost done with O&M Level One. Ray is still in need of some 'guidance' - a great demo to show trainers how to respond when their pet is still in learning stages. Ray was funny - he gave several polite 'yawns' and complied with everything I asked he and Nicole to show. Nicole did great, too. It's hard to demo early stages of training when trainers have moved up in the program. So appreciate you coming in between soccer and softball practice drop offs and pick ups, Nicole!

Looking forward to seeing Ann C. and her "Aggie" RN at the upcoming Brighton demo. Aggie has been a bit put out watching Ann leave with Newfoundland "Mosey" for the O&M Two Plus class this session. She knows where Ann is going when she picks up the 'training bag'. Last class departure, Aggie would not even look at Ann...

I am always pleased that so many trainers bring household members with them to observe. Handling consistency is so important for the pets and much easier when the household is on the same page.


Happy training all! Mary T.



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Welcome Pawformance - Results Trainers!

Class Rosters:

Puppy Classes!

Howell - April - Mondays
Jim B. & "Hickory" - Newfoundland & Siberian Husky x
Mary Jo B. & "Diana" - Newfoundland & Siberian Husky x
Katie B. & "Farley" - Labrador Retriever & Australian Shepherd x
Beth H. & "Sir Walter" - Pekingese
Amy O. & "Kubota" - Australian Shepherd
Jackie (Linda) W. & "Sailor" - Miniature Australian Shepherd and Poodle x
Carie (Steve) Z. & "Buck" - Labrador Retriever - Black

Brighton - May - Tuesdays
Jennifer H. & "Mia" - Rottweiler, German Shepherd & Siberian Husky X
Kathy L. & "Cleo" - Golden Retriever
Craig (Terri) M. & "Lincoln" - Labrador Retriever
Carrie S. and Robert & "Monty" - Cocker Spaniel
Kelly W. & "Brutus" - Shih-tzu & Bichon Frise x


Obedience & Manners - Level One

Howell - April - Mondays
Jennifer B. & "Faith" - German Shepherd Dog & Labrador Retriever x
Olga D. & "Kara" - Golden Retriever & Poodle x
Marian K. & "Truffle" - Toy Australian Shepherd
Marissa M. & "Larry" - Cocker Spaniel & Pug x
Becky N. & " Penny" - Maltese & Poodle x
Megan W. & "Fiona" - American Bull Terrier & Greyhound x

Brighton - April - Wednesdays
Amy (Tom) C. & "Remy" - Golden Retriever & Poodle x
Paula G. & update coming after first class...
Marianne (Anastasia) J. & "Connor" - Rough Coat Collie
Charlene P. & "Heyde" - Golden Retriever & Poodle x

Brighton - May - Wednesdays
Shelley B. & "Merci" - German Shepherd Dog
Dan B. & "Dingo" - Australian Shepherd
Lynley C. & "Bailey" - Golden Retriever
Hilary F.-B. & "Clara" - Golden Retriever
Lindsay (D.J.) & "Graycie" - Labrador Retriever & Poodle x
Leo (Angela) H. & "Klara" - American Foxhound
Beth H. & "Sir Walter" - Pekingese
Jenny H. & "Nellie" - Chihuahua
Meridith (John) S. & "Clark" - Newfoundland
Patty S. & "Cooper" - Australian Shepherd


Obedience & Manners - Level Two* and Two Plus!**
*with Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog Practice
**with Optional AKC Beginner Novice (BN) Practice

Brighton - April - Wednesdays
O&M Level Two
Gail (Jim) B. & "Rio" - Labrador Retriever - Yellow
Annette (Jeff) B. & "Annabelle" - Boxer
Adam & "Ace" - German Shepherd & Siberian Husky
Holly (Aaron) P. & "Gus" - All American x
Jessica P. & "Diesel" - Labrador Retriever - Silver
Eric (Heather) & "Lucy Lou" - Cane Corso

Two Plus!
Cathy (Bill) A. & "Hairyit" - Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier x
Joan B. & "Shady" - Weimaraner
Cathy (Don) & "Vinnie" - Labrador Retriever - Chocolate
Carrie S. (Robert) & "Mason" CGC - Cocker Spaniel


Brighton - May - Thursdays
O&M Level Two
Jack D. & "Gnarly" - Boxer
Karen D. & "Sally" - Boxer
Jessica P. & "Diesel" - Labrador Retriever - Silver
Jason S. (Dawn B.) & "Chief" - Labrador Retriever - Black

O&M Two Plus!
Joan B. & "Shady" - Weimaraner (DI&P)
Ann C. & "Mosey" - Newfoundland
Holly (Aaron) P. & "Shawn" - All American x (DI&P)
Carrie (Robert) & "Mason" CGC - Cocker Spaniel


Brighton - May - Wednesdays
O&M Level Two
Kim C. & "Rio" - English Setter
Marianne J. & "Connor" - Rough Coat Collie
Casey S. & "Kai" - Labrador Retriever - Black

O&M Two Plus!
Cathy (Bill) A. & "Hairyit" - Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier x
Lindsey B. (Craig) & "Buck" - Flat-Coated Retriever
Joan B. & "Shady" - Weimaraner
George (Marge) G. & "Storm" RN - Doberman Pinscher
Cathy (Don) & "Vinnie" - Labrador Retriever - Chocolate


Pawformance Sports! Recreational Agility - Level One

Howell - March - Saturdays
Lindsey B. (Craig) & "Buck" - Flat-Coated Retriever
Natalie (Gary) B. & "Boomer" RN - Shetland Sheepdog
Joan B. & "Shady" - Weimaraner
George (Marge) G. & "Storm" RN - Doberman Pinscher
Teri H. & "Lucy" - English Springer Spaniel
Holly (Kip) S. & "Zoey" - American Eskimo
John (Nancy) & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier


Pawformance Sports! Recreational Agility - Level Two

Howell - April - Tuesdays
Lindsey B. (Craig) & "Buck" - Flat-Coated Retriever
Natalie (Gary) B. & "Boomer" RN - Shetland Sheepdog (DI&P)
Joan B. & "Shady" - Weimaraner
John (Nancy) & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier



2018 Results & Pawformance Titles & Honorifics!

1/20 & 1/21 Natalie B. & "Boomer" - Boomer Brat RN - Shetland Sheepdog - Novi - AKC Rally-Obedience Novice Title (RN)- New Title with Second Place!

4/5 Nancy A. & "Sadie" - Multiple Breeds & Poodle - OTC of Greater Lansing - New AKC Canine Good Citizen and Love On A Leash Therapy Test pass!

4/7 Carrie S. & "Mason" - Saginaw Valley Kennel Club - Birch Run - New AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)!


Warning - training here can be habit forming, people and paws have fun!

Merci Becoup!

All class participants that help set up and clean up after class!
Ann C. & "Aggie" - St. Bernard x - Brighton demonstration
Jim and Mary Jo B. & "Hickory" and "Diane" - Newfoundland & Siberian Husky x
Nicole & "Ray" - Doberman & Labrador x? - Recent demonstrations - Brighton & Howell!
Natalie - "Boomer" - Shetland Sheepdog for recent demonstrations, again!


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The BEST Testimonials - Returning trainers
or their immediate family members with a NEW PET!

2018
Carrie S. (Robert) & "Monty" - Cocker Spaniel - Brighton Puppy
Jenny H. & "Nellie" - Chihuahua - Brighton O&M One
Beth H. & "Sir Walter" - Pekingese - Howell Puppy
Jackie W. & "Sailor" - Miniature Australian Shepherd & Poodle - Howell Puppy
Carie & Steve Z. & "Buck" - Labrador Retriever - Black - Howell Puppy
Jessica P. & "Bailey" - Labrador Retriever - Brighton O&M One
Jodi C. & "Gus" - Golden Retriever - Howell Puppy
Nicole K. & "Ray" - Labrador Retriever x - Howell Puppy
Karen D. & "Sally" - Boxer - Howell Puppy
Jack D. & "Gnarly" - Boxer - Howell Puppy
Cathy A. (Bill) & "Hairyit" - Maltese & Yorkshire Terrier x - Brighton O&M One
Brenda H. & "Tucker" - Golden Retriever & Standard Poodle x - Brighton Puppy
Sue H. & "Tessa" - Boston Terrier - Brighton Puppy
Jessica and Doug H. & "Minnie" - Boston Terrier - Brighton Puppy


2017
Holly P. & "Gus" - Siberian Husky x
Aaron P. & "Shawn" - Siberian Husky x
Jeff (Annette) B. & "Annabelle" - Boxer - Puppy
Kim C. & "Rio" - English Setter - Puppy
Larry S. & "Roarke" - Golden Retriever - Puppy
Lynley C. & "Bailey" - Golden Retriever - Puppy
Marianne J. & "Connor" - Rough Coat Collie - Puppy
Sherry K. (Shannon F.) & "Celia" - Golden Retriever - Level One
Liza S. & "Stella" - Labrador Retriever & St. Bernard x - Level One
Jeff (Annette) B. & "Henry" - St. Bernard - Puppy
Carrie S. (Robert L.) & "Mason" - Cocker Spaniel - Puppy
Jim and Gail B. & "Rio" - Labrador Retriever - Puppy
Lisa S. & "Boomer" - Pit Bull x - Puppy
Al E. & "Willow" - Labrador Retriever - Puppy
Julie H.-P. & "Mango" - Leonberger - Puppy
Craig F. and Lindsey B. & "Buck" - Flat-Coated Retriever - Puppy
Heather S. & "Gus" - Shih-tzu and Poodle x - Level One
David V. & "Chase" - Portuguese Water Dog - Level One
Susy H. & "Phoebe" - Labrador Retriever - Puppy
Jan S. & "Salazar" - Rottweiler - Puppy
Hope H. & "Scope" - German Shorthair Pointer - Level One



Thank You for the Referrals!

If you are happy with the training here, please share with others! Referring others will help ensure the program continues and classes will be available when you may have training needs in the future. If you are not happy, please let me know. If I missed your name, know I appreciate your referral just the same. Mary T.

Much appreciation to the following veterinarians, their staff, RDT & PDS trainers and friends:
Brighton Animal Hospital; Ore Creek Veterinary Clinic; Town Center Veterinary Assoc., Town & Country Animal Hospital; Animal Clinic of Pinckney, Capital Area Humane Society; Companion Animal Hospital, Dandy Acres Veterinary Clinic, Fowlerville Veterinary Hospital, Hartland Animal Hospital, Healthy Pet Veterinary Hospital, Highland Veterinary Hospital, Howell Animal Hospital, Humane Society of Livingston County; Livingston County Animal Control; Mill Pond Animal Hospital, Roadside Veterinary Clinic, South Lyon Animal Hospital; Veterinary Medical Center, White Lake Veterinary Hospital, Cherry Hill Veterinary Hospital/Debra Zarish DVM and Woodland Animal Hospital; Brady Kennels and Bathe Your Buddy LLC.

Beth T. & "Sebastian" - many breeds!; Dr. Corbett - Town Center Vet. - many!!; Dr. Weber - South Lyon Animal Clinic - many!!; Marilyn V.-C. & "Wyatt" - Labrador Retriever; Dr. Gannon - Ore Creek Vet - again!; Carolyn LaP. & "Eevee" - Golden Retriever & Poodle x - twice!; Nancy & John W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier, again!; Thia E. & "Maggie" - Lab x; Kathy B. - again!; Kathy G.; Laura M. again! (Fowlerville Vet Office Mgr) & "latest project" Ch. Mariana - Newfoundland; Amy & "Finnegan" - Golden Retriever & Poodle; Nancy (John) & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier; Ingrid - Hartland Pickleball!; Joy Redmund DVM - Dandy Acres Vet Hospital; Kasey H. & "Obi" - Beagle x; Cathleen Weber DVM - South Lyon Animal Clinic; Claudia T. - Hartland Pickleball; Jenna Corbett DVM - Town Center; Howell Animal Hospital; Casey H. & "Kai" - Labrador Retriever; Jack and Carolyn L. (2x) & "Eevee" - Labrador Retriever & Poodle; Caroline W. & "Zeke" - German Shepherd Dog; Neighbor of Jessica P. & "Diesel'; Anna D. & Piper CGC - Labrador Retriever & others!; Maureen H.; Amber L.; Dr. Gannon - Ore Creek Veterinary Hospital, Hartland; Laura M. & current 'project' (Laura's words, not mine!) Gr. Ch. "Marina" and numerous Newfoundlands & "Galley" - Beagle; Mary H. - Stablemate Australian Shepherds; Dennis, of Howell Parks & Rec.; Mary D. & "Maize"; Erik Corbett D.V.M. - Town Center Veterinary Hospital & "Morgan" - Mini Aussie x; Dr. Gannon - Ore Creek Vet; Dr. Lawrence, Dr. Lee and Dr. Aubrey - all from Brighton Animal Hospital; Colleen V. & "Sterling" - Pumi: Katie L. & currently "Jazzper" - Golden; Deb S. & "Chelsea" - Dachshund; Brenda H. - Ryan & "Ragnor" - Native Am. Shepherd; Marge W.'s daughter - "Brody" - Golden Retriever; John M. & numerous Shetland Sheepdogs-currently "Ruby" and "Toby"; Charissa K.; Mo!; Robin B.; Bathe Your Buddy; Marilyn V.-C. & "Wyatt" - Labrador Retriever; Kathy M.; Jacquelene B. & "Walter" - American Mastiff; Julie K. & "Venus" - Swiss Mountain Dog; Heather S. & "Alex" - Bernese Mtn. Dog now at the bridge; Mike L. (& Norma) & "Sky" - Chesapeake Bay Retriever; Margaret C. & "Django" - German Shepherd Dog; Katherine Lawrence DVM - "Mollie" - Golden Retriever and "Rudy" - Rottweiler who is at the bridge; Nancy and John W. & "Ranger" - Fox Terrier; Amy S. & many Labs; Gretchen H. & "Ellie" - Pit Bull; Kathleen G. DVM; Kim V. & "Loki" - Lab x; Val and Luke B. & "Rylee" - Rhodesian Ridgeback and "Cocoa" - German Shepherd Dog; Julie P. & the Acorn Leonbergers; Tammy M. & "Tucker" - Boxer Mix; Laura M. & "Marina" - Newfoundland; John and Tracy M. & "Cooper" - Labrador Retriever; Charissa K.; Lisa M. & "Jada" - German Shepherd - many!; Erica O. & "Olive" - Boston Terrier - many!; Jackie Pozniak DVM - many; Emily C. at Brighton Physical Therapy - x 2; Deb L. & "Louie" Shih-Tzu x Maltese; Cathy G.; Sharon J. & "Mya" Blue Heeler; Several on line 'Hartland Moms'; My many friends at my other favorite place - the Hartland Senior Center Pickleball courts!, Sharon Altrogge DVM and Janet B. & "Rolly" - Golden Retriever; Sue G. & "Pepper" - Miniature Poodle.


Recent Reviews, Testimonials & Thank You Notes!

2018:

Mason passed his CGC! (AKC Canine Good Citizen Test). The judges loved him and said what a wonderful dog he is. I have happy tears in my eyes. Thank you so much for teaching us - Carrie S. & "Mason" CGC - Cocker Spaniel
(MT note: Carrie enjoys training so much, she replaced her manual wheel chair with a battery operated one last November. This was her first test and she & Mason passed at the Saginaw Valley Kennel Club show with many distractions. He is a lucky pup! Congrats Carrie, Robert & Mason!)

Yeah!!!, She passed the CGC and the Love on a Leash Therapy Dog Test! Thank you for all your great training! ... I wasn't sure how she would do when I got there as they use treats in training, but not during the test, and have two training rings with a class going on in one and several of us testing in the other. ...we were able to walk around and around to get her use to all the noise and smells, and she did just fine. The evaluator said she thinks she will be a very good therapy dog. Thanks again for everything! - Nancy A. & "Sadie" CGC & Therapy Test Pass - Multiple breeds and Poodle x

Hi Mary,  ...I also wanted to thank you for all of your help with Sophie, we have enjoyed working with you! ... Depending on how crazy things get when the baby is here, we might sign up to retake a class later this summer and try not to mess up Sophie's training too bad in the meantime!  Thanks again! Kristyn

During a Brighton O&M One class in March, Jessica P. shared that her recently acquired five year old (!) rescue Labrador Retriever, "Bailey" escaped and was running the neighborhood. Bailey was kept in an outdoor 4' x 6' kennel all by herself for most of her five years. As the "Come!" command was not happening - not a surprise being she was so neglected and probably heard the word in many incorrect ways forever. As done with "Diesel" her first Labrador who was in the Results program last year, Jess had introduced Bailey to "Home" when leash walking per instruction. Standing in her front yard, Jess simply called out "Home!!!!" Bailey stopped in her tracks and ran 'home' to Jess to get her praise!!! How cool is that?!?!


2017:

Hi Mary, I hope you had a relaxing holiday! I wanted to share with you that Sophie got out without a leash recently and was swiftly evading Phil's efforts to catch her. I was in the house and couldn't even see her but I yelled "Sophie, come" and she immediately ran back to me - going right by Phil as she went.  I was so proud of her and happy to see that the training is catching on! Thank you!  ... I look forward to seeimg you in class again soon! Kristyn & "Sophie" - Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy

Regarding the new Puppy Plus! offering: "All signed up. Thanks for invite and adding the extra class. We love what we are seeing with Lucy Lou. Thanks" - Heather (Eric) S. & "Lucy Lou" - Cane Corso

Hi Mary, ... I want to thank you for all the tools and guidance you shared.  I have seen much progress with Emma, and hope to continue to work with her on everything.  We hope to enroll in another training class soon.  Thank you! Katie & "Emma" - Great Dane and Standard Poodle x

Mary ... Thank you for everything. We learned much from you and appreciate your love for our pets. We will see you again. Dave (Heather) & "Daisy" - Newfoundland

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!

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Kind words recently from owners that were told their pets were the best behaved at boarding and/or vet offices from:
Linda B. & "Journey" - Border Collie and John (Nancy) W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you for the opportunity to participate (demo/mt) in your class tonight. I enjoyed it and it was good for Zoey as well. I hope that your class could see how much we enjoy the training, it truly is the highlight of my week. .... God bless, Holly & "Zoey" - American Eskimo

Hi Mary! ... I wanted to share that we took Zeke to Kensington Saturday and Sunday and he was an angel!  No barking at strangers, met lots of dogs with manners, ... and was exposed to rollerbladers, runners, kids, tricycles, etc etc.  And lots of dogs!  It was a success! Thank you for all of your continued help. :) Caroline W. & "Zeke" - German Shepherd
(Thanks for your note, C. Zeke is a on his way to stop over-thinking everything! It is terrific he is learning to relax and enjoy life! Great training 'wtih him', Caroline, Zeke is a very lucky puppy to have you! m.t.)

Ollie can't wait to see you. He said you are the only one that understands him. :) - Karen S. & "Ollie" - Golden Retriever

Hi Mary, I'm ready to come back with another puppy.... I have a new 4-1/2 month old ...Thaks a lot, looking foward to seeing you again. Jan S. & "Salazar", "Zar" for short - Rottweiler

Hi Mary, Thanks for checking in. ... I am looking forward to learning more at your class. ...It was almost like she wanted a job or was connecting with her inner retriever and wanted to carry "the bird" home. ... Thanks... and for coming over to work with us. I appreciate all the tips you gave us. Thanks, Elizabeth & "Honey" - Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever & Poodle x)

Hi Mary, Just wanted to tell you that Piper and Bella passed their CGC test tonight at the Greater Lansing Obedience Training Club. (12-2016) We are so proud of them. Thanks for your great training. Anna D. (Connor) - "Piper" ("Bella" - owner/handler Colleen K.) - Labrador Retrievers (ten months old).

Hi Mary, After seeing how well Ollie responds to you, it's obvious the problem is not him but us : ) ... he is trainable... I will be much more focused now on being the "lead trainer" around the house. I'll try to keep Ollie actively learning instead (of) just worrying about preventing... Best of all he slept through his normal wild hour! ... See you Tuesday. Karen & "Ollie" - Golden Retriever

Hi Mary, ... The Vet Tech who called said several of her patients have taken their dogs for your training and are extremely satisfied! Thank you for your career choice and dedication to our 4 legged friends! Nancy W. (John) & Ranger - Rat Terrier

Hi Mary! Ellie seems to be doing really well. She has been doing a lot of yawning so I think she definitely is noticing there'a a "new sheriff in town". ...She's catching right on doing great with that part... Thanks...see you soon in class! Gretchen H. V. (& Tim V.) - Ellie - Boxer Mix

Dear Mary, ..., thank you. Your wisdom has helped us tremendously. Craig B. (& Bree B.) "Jasper" - Papillon.

Hi Mary I put the ... like you suggested. ... SILENCE. not another peep out of him!  Oh my god it was a miracle!!  Thank you thank you thank you!!! Megan, Zoey and Murphy too!!! - Pomeranian-Chihuahua x and Pekingese-Pomeranian x

Hi Mary T., I wanted to thank you for the wonderful program that Willow and I were able to experience.  She's come such a long way, with so much more confidence.  I could tell she really enjoyed coming to class.  I enjoyed it as well.  ... Thank you again, and I hope to see you again in the near future,  Jennifer and "Willow" - Great Dane

Thanks again for your instruction. Take care, Joanne J. & Toby - Bichon Mix

Hi Mary, Dan and I want to thank you for the infomative class. Although Daisy may still be a handful, you reminded us that we are truly the ones that are being trained and we have to be consistent. : ) ... I'll check back with your class schedule in the spring. Thanks again!!!
Liz G. & Daisy - Bloodhound-Terrier-Schnauzer-Norwegian Elkhound-Whippet X- DNA verified!

Thank-you...for your instruction, kindness and attention to details to make the classes for Ranger a delight. Warm Regards,
Nancy (& John) W. & "Ranger" - Rat Terrier

Hi Mary, ... I wanted to let you know that Ellie has already made progress...  She began barking at 2 UPS trucks this afternoon and my husband told her "enough" and she stopped.  Its a work in progress for all of us!  Thank you so much for your help. Terri D. (Steve & Chris) & "Ellie" - Labrador Retriever

Hi Mary, I just wanted to say a big thank you to you.  Max and I have made huge strides. ... Thanks again!
Sue (Tom) & "Max" - English Springer Spaniel

Dear Mary, Thank you for all the extra time and effort you spent with us training Ozzie. We sure have learned a lot from you. With great appreciation,
Stephanie and Ed P. & Ozzie - Schnoogle, All American

Diego had a terrific week in training. ... Once again, Mary, we wish to thank you for taking the time to help us with our little boy. He is very special to us, and in time, using the techniques you have taught us, I know Diego will shine. ... I promise I will let you know how he is doing.
Joel (and Nancy) & Diego - Papillon.

Mary -  ... Celebration point - we took both girls for walks on and off leash the other day and both responded very well both on and off. Rylee did very well ... Cocoa is working better ... she has been doing better in her crate! Thank you for all of your help.
Val (and Luke) and the girls - Rylee - Rhodesian Ridgeback & Cocoa - German Shepherd.

Mary, Thanks for the input at our last class... Thanks again,
Pam & Izzy - Havanese.

Thank you so much for all you have taught us and Jalapeño. We both enjoyed your class very much. Not only did he learn some valuable lessons but I also learned how to continue teaching and working with him in our daily life. It has truly been a great experience. Thanks again. 
Dexter, Kimm and Jalapeño - All American

Mary - Thank you for sharing your talent & love of dog training with us, we're grateful...
Holly K. & Ginger - Cock-a-Poo

Hi Mary, Yesterday we took the girls to TSC after Rylee's vet appointment to visit the chick days. The store has containers of chicks and ducklings in the middle of the store and last year Rylee LOVED going to visit the "chickies" once a week. While we were there Luke and I both worked with one of the girls on all of the training for at least an hour around the store. We practiced our walking, slow, sitting, etc. with all of those distractions and the girls did pretty well! It was so nice to be able to walk them through the store well behaved.  We totally have you to thank for that!
Val - Rylee - Rhodesian Ridgeback & Cocoa - German Shepherd.

Hi Mary, I wanted to thank you for your help on Saturday, Cooper is not perfect but is much better as we're using your suggestions. If you would like to use us for a referral ... our appreciation... Thanks again,
John (and Tracy) M. Cooper - Labrador Retriever

Mary, Thanks again for all your patience... You rock lady! Love,
Kim C. & Cisco - English Setter

Hi Mary....this is Ann C.  Sammy, Tug (CGC-Therapy Newfoundlands both are at the Bridge) and Norman (Great Dane) trained with you many years ago. ...I have always thought that my best experiences as a new trainer were with you and your classes.  The news that you are training in Brighton just might be the spark that gets us out looking for a puppy in the next few months......I wish you well with your classes ... :).
Update! Ann is currently attending training and giving demos with "Aggie" a rescued St. Bernard Mix and "Mosey" a Newfoundland.

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Results Dog Training LLC - In the News!

Prior to our move and relocating...

October 2007 - Our Puppy Class page made the #1 Google - the #1 non-paid search hit - #1 of about 1,910,000 hits!!!! Thank you to all that contributed! Which explains why the phone has been sooooo busy!


Wow - ! Our RDT LLC Puppy Classes page was a non-paid (!) #1 Yahoo Puppy Classes search result in 2006! Very cool - #1 of about 2,710,000 hits on 09/04/06! And #12 Google see "Pawformance" Puppy Class; RDT LLC - of about 2,620,000 on this same date. Through the fall - still page one ranking. Thank you!!

Livingston Parent Journal, March 2006 issue, Raising A Dog In A House With Children has many tips in the article written by Mary T. Ratelle Hepp. A good read if you do not have little people or if you have young visitors, too!

Raising a Dog in a House with Children
Reprinted from the March 2006 Livingston Parent Journal

Best Friends Animal Society article Dog whisperer Taming ... canines with praise and love. April 2005

Michigan's The Livingston County Press - Argus Hometown Newspaper 'Neighbor' feature story titled 'Dog whisperer' tames wild-at-heart canines on Mary T. Ratelle Hepp and the RDT, LLC program! Published Wednesday, April 13, 2005.

'Dog whisperer' tames wild-at-heart canines


American Kennel Club (AKC) Gazette, See the January 2005 issue page 37 - Pictured doing the Agility A-Frame is Golden Retriever from our Michigan theme litter Chelsea's Say Yes - Holly! and breeder-handler Mary T. Ratelle Hepp, Judge Bud Houston.

The Marketeer Livingston County's foremost circular featured an article written by Mary in the June 1996 Pet Issue titled Your Dog and You - A Very Important Relationship!! with cover dog Golden Retriever "Mike" (bred, owned and handled Mary T. Ratelle) holding a copy of The Marketeer - photo by George Moses.

AAA's Michigan Living Magazine March 1996 pictured Mary T. Ratelle with Golden Retriever "Tricks"! (Chelsea's Ropin' Tricks CD, CGC) being awarded an obedience placement in 1995 at the prestigious Detroit Kennel Club show at Cobo Center.

Dog World Magazine , an international publication featured an article on the unique approach Mary T. Ratelle uses in her Results Dog Training program in their September 1991 issue titled Think Like Your Dog.


See the RDT LLC Trainer Awards page for present & previous years accomplishments in

Agility Obedience! Conformation! Junior handling & certificates Other Awards

Click on Trainer Awards


Testimonials & Unsolicited Thank You Notes, continued from above...

Mary T., We just wanted to say...Thanks for all you do to make us good - Thunder RE, NAJ, TDI & Lightening RE, NAJ, TDI - Shetland Sheepdogs

Mary, Thanks again for all your patience and direction! Kim C. & Cisco - English Setter

Mary...I do look forward to getting...back in class. We love and miss you! - Lei M. and the girls Raven CGC and Dakota - Australian Shepherds

Dear Mary, Thank you! Thanks for teaching me about dogs, dog training, & myself... You have made it possible to have a deeper & better relationship with our dogs, & all the dogs to come. Learning a different language (dog!) is difficult, & ...you have been very patient. Thanks again Lee F. & Ace, Zoe RA, CGC, & Cassie TDI, CGC, too! - Golden Retrievers

Mary, ...We enjoyed ... look forward to Makena being able to take part next year (Canine Good Citizen Test) ... "Okay, Bye" Linda and Lloyd P. & Makena & Molly - Golden Retrievers

Dear Mary T., Oh what a long conversation we had with Mom - (Natalie B., Italian human). ...This is just a special thank you for taking extra time with her. ... Thank you again, Thunder and Lightning B.. - Shetland Sheepdogs

Thank you so much for all your help! Hunter and I Love your way of "training". To me it's a way of bonding with my big puppy! If only every one could do it your way their would be alot of happy pups. ... she said "Wow, I wish my puppy had manners like him." Thanks, Jenn & Hunt - Springer Spaniel

Mary T., Thank you so much for all that you do and... and being a part of our 4 lives. Thank you for all of the special time & attention you... Thank you also...All our love & gratitude, Adrienne and Tony M. & Chandler and Lucy - Beagle Mixes

From the Dogs, this isn't just any "puppy love" ... our hearts belong to you! Ann C., Tug CGC & Sammy CGC - Newfoundlands

Dear Mary, Thank you for the update on RESULTS! My Ruby (Doberman) is so incredible and sweet. She comes EVERYTIME. I'm writing to let you know we lost our dear Maddie (Weimaraner) over Labor Day. ... she was 13, it was a shock as she seemed so spritely! I fondly recall all 3 classes with her at Results! ...Thank you! Gina DeM., Ruby and Maddie Doberman and Weimaraner

Hi Mary! Thanks so much ... we each have so much respect for your knowledge as well as your training methods. ....Thanks again for everything! Cathy and Greg S. & Riley CGC - Golden Retriever and Ginger - Labrador Retriever

Mary, Thanks for all your time & patience while training my new owner Kim. She's...trying hard but still is so human and requires lots of help & instruction. I think she's starting to get it!! I weill try to be as patient as cainine-ly possible with her this winter; sit when she says sit stay when she says stay etc.; but, most iimportant of all I'll try to remember your (and my) favorite words "Don't 'k-h-d'. Merry Christmas Love Jasper C. - English Setter

Thanks for the great classes! Kim C.

Thanks! For coming in and teaching us all about our classmate, Golden Retriever Jack. Austin, Cameron, Cody, Doug, Krist, Robert, Sarah, Stephan, Tyler, Mrs. H. - "You were GREAT!", Mrs. L., And of course, Mrs. B & Jack! Classroom Therapy Dog at Hilton Elementary, Brighton, MI - Golden Retriever

Oui Mary T.! Dear Mary T., If you are reading this card, then that means that there are 2 new Rally Novice A titleholders at the "dog house". Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We (& mom) - Natalie B., Italian human) couldn't have done it without you! Thunder RA, CGC and Lightning RA, CGC B. - Shetland Sheepdogs

Dear Mary - thanks for all of your patience and understanding the past few weeks. While Sammy CGC is on the mend, it's been nice to have so much support & concern in the process. Thanks again! Ann C. - Newfoundland

Dear Mary, Just wanted to send you a note of thanks for all of your help with Jack. I think he is making great progress in the right direction. Your program has worked wonders. (smile). Sincerely, Jennifer A. Cock-a-poo

Hi Mary, Thanks for all your help and dog wisdom. We appreciate it! And God knows I need a bit of wisdom! Champion Beacon (Laura M.) - Newfoundland

Mary, 25 years ago you had a dream. ... you have been able to inspire others to reach some of their dreams. Raven & I thank you that you "dream", "believe" and "Inspire" us on our new little journey together. As Raven celebrates "1 year" and you "25", we just want to say, "Thank you, Mary!" You are an awesome woman! Lei M. & Raven CGC - Australian Shepherd

Dear Mary, I think of you as "the dog whisperer". You are wonderful with ALL the dogs. Thanks for teaching me skills to better communicate with Duffy. Fondly, Faye and "Duffy"

Dear Mary, On behalf of all of us, we just wanted to say "Thank You". We throughly enjoy training with you & think the experience we've had so far has been extrodinary! ... Thank you for giving us the gifts of your experience & knowledge, I can't tell you how much of a positive experience everything has been! ...Love, Greg, Cathy S. & Riley CGC - Golden Retriever

Mary, Grady & I appreciate all you have done for us. ...Once again, thanks for all you do. You are our hero!! Craig and Grady - Flat-coated Retriever

Dear Mary, Thank you for ... I really enjoyed class ... Millie's behavior is pretty good ... except she still doesn't "come" on command. I'm still trying. :) Ann A. Mixed Breed

Dear Mary, Thanks again for being so helpful ... regarding Meadow, my German Shepherd Dog ... I look forward to learning from you. ... (Heart) Julie F.

Dear Mary, I was pleased to see the newspaper article on you and your business... I do believe you are indeed a "Dog Whisperer{ and thank you so much again for the kind whispering you did with "Annie." She is doing very well, and I am looking forward to lots of fun with her. ... keep up the good work. Sincerely, Gloria S & Annie - Miniature Poodle
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Outstanding Patience Award to Mary Thank you, Mary! I've learned to "Sit" and I've learned to "Stay"; Maybe "come" will happen Another Day!! Presented by: Annie S. - Miniature Poodle

Mary, ...I'm so glad that we were able to be certified for therapy dog work...I think it is so interesting that with a little love and dedication even a dog that has been abused, like Molly, can turn into such a great animal. I just hope that we might be able to inspire some hope to a child that has experienced the same....Thank you again for everything. I have truly enjoyed learning how to work with my dogs. What a wonderful talent you posess!...Sincerely, Kristi M. Molly - Boxer Mix and Bailey Rhodesian Mix

Hi Mary, Thank you for all your extra time & effort with US! Ruby, Jeff & Carol Golden Retriever

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Hi Mary.  I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed your training classes...  I learned more with you than with any of the other dog training I have taken. I continue to work with Scout.  ... he is reasonably well behaved and I can take him to public places or have guests in my home without worrying about him misbehaving. Thanks for all that you taught me.  If you are still training when I get my next puppy (hopefully a long time from now!) I will be in your classes from the beginning. Happy New Year - Jan T.....and Scout!

Dear Mary, Wanted to drop you a line to let you know how one of your ex pupils is getting along.  Amber was in your class two years ago.  She was the somewhat rowdy Pit Bull/Boxer mix (although I think she's mostly Pit Bull).  I think we all were wondering if we could handle her.  SHE handles us just fine.  She is amazing.   
You were right when you told us that "those people have puppies, you have a six-year-old child."  She is a very quiet, extremely intelligent, happy, and VERY loving, dog.  Even the cat loves her and tries to groom her all the time.  Amber has not shown any aggressive or anger... even when confronted by barking, nipping dogs. I could go on forever about how good she is...Thanks, Carol Amber - Boxer & Pit Bull

Dear Mary, This note is for all your time & effort in helping my parents ... find their brain - so they can advise me better - xxxx We really appreciate it! Thanks again, Laura & Garry M.Ch. Beacon - Newfoundland

Hello Mary! You're faithful, loyal, warm and king - you're this dog's favorite Valentine! Thanks so much for being so patient with Mom and I. (Heart) Meadow (Mandy P., too). Alaskan Malamute

Dear Mary, What a wonderful surprise for Abby and I Tuesday evening - we felt like celebraties! ...thank you for the party and for getting Abby to where we are in agility - (AKC titles: La Petite Abigail Rose NA, OA, AX, EX, NAJ, OAJ, CGC) we both truly appreciate it. You are a wonderful trainer! Thank you, thank you! Love, Paula H. Bibelot Bichon Frise

Thank you. You have been a great help to us. Debbie P. - Rascal - Beagle

Mary, I just wanted to thank you for everything. Molly and I have really enjoyed this training together. You have no idea how much your kind words and advice have meant to us. We hope ....Thanks again, Kristi and Josh M. & Molly - Boxer Mix and Bailey - Rhodesian Mix

Hi Mary, Thanks for being patient with our lack of attendance last session - but here is the good news! I'm baaack! Beacon and Laura - Newfoundland

Dear Mary - We just want to let you know how much we appreciate your patience & perseverance - teaching, and advice - words of counsel and encouragement, as we submit to the training we must adhere to in order to have well-mannered dogs ... keep up the good work & may the Lord bless you & yours for all you do! Gary & Judy R. German Shepherd Dog

We (heart) agility! Mary - ... Thank you for teaching our people (Allison and Don) to sit stay etc. (Heart) Kita & Roo R. American Eskimo Mix and Jack Russell Terrier Mix

Dear Mary, Thank you for all your ... support and encouragement in helping Spirit and I to accomplish our goal, (Companion Dog Obedience Title). You have been a wonderful teacher. ... Thanks again, Ann & Spirit CD - Golden Retriever

Mary, Stand back and let the real dogs work! Thanks - Love Galley & Laura M. Beagle living with many present and past Newfoundlands!

Mary - Thanks for letting us tag along, showing Chip and all your help since we got Chip and Indy!! We had a great time ... Thanks for after a very long day - still being able to say nice things ... Your a very special person! ... Val, Jim, Chip - Can OTCH, U-CDX Chelsea's Chippewa Chief AM Can UD, AX, NAJ, AD, P1, S-CDX, CGC, Indy - Am and Can OTCH, U-CDX Chelsea's Indian Strawberry, UDX, MX, AXJ, AAD CGC & Sam - Golden Retrievers

Dear Mary, I cannot thank you enough for the ... I feel so much more relaxed about the upcoming show - thank you so much. You are not only an excellent dog trainer but a friend as well. Love, Paula H. Bichon Frise

Dear Mary - We wanted to let you know we had a great time participating in your class ... Your exercises & training were very helpful! thanks so much (smile). Fondly, Scout, Catherine & Joe W. Boxer Mix

Mary - Thank you for all you've done to make Bett the little champion she is. We couldn't have done any of this without you! ... We'll reflect back on this time with many, many fond memories! You are the greatest! Love, Nancy & Ch. Bett Parson Russell Terrier

Dear Mary, It was great ... thanks Mary & I'll see you soon. Martha DeR. & Pearl Yorkshire Terrier

Dear Mary, Thank you so much for ... Both encounters were very helpful. ...I have to tell you the ... ... is a miracle. Everything else I have tried had only made him more aggressive or made him treat it as a toy. ... We're making progress. He is such a wonderful loving addition to my life. I want him to be well mannered, a pleasure for everyone to have around. Thanks so much again, Mary. ... Sincerely, Meg C.

Dear Mary, Thank you for such a great course. We love your training style. Warmly, Martha DeR. & Pearl Yorkshire Terrier

Dear Mary, Thank you for judging our match. The South Michigan Bichon Frise Club

Dear Mary, ... I'm so glad that Katie is doing this with Sam - He loves it! Sincerely, Joan K. Golden Retriever

Dear Mary: You are such a wonderful teacher. Lizzie and I thank you so much for what we have learned from you and from what we know we still need to learn. I especially appreciate your loving firmness and the clarity of your message to the animals before you. ... Bless you, pat m. Australian Shepherd

Mary, Thank you for all of your help with training Laney - we all really appreciate it!! :) Terri, Holly & Laney P. ("Arf, Arf") - Mixed Breed

Packleader Mary & the "Pack" Thanks for everything. ... Marge, George, Scout - Chelsea's Alleghany Scout CD, CGC - Golden Retreiver

Dear ToTo, You did a very good job. And your trainer (Mary T.) did a good job too - Love Rachel Z. - The Wizard of "Oz" - 1996 Production of the Community Theatre of Howell - Spring 1996 - (Fiona as "Toto", Moira as back-up) - Cairn Terrier and Scottish Terrier

Dear Mary and Matt, Thanks so much for sharing ... We really appreciate all your support for GLNC activities and the welfare of Newfoundlands. Sincerely, Sandee L. GLNC Secretary - Great Lakes Newfoundland Club

Mary - We can't thank you enough for such a great experience w/training Harley. We've noticed ourselves being more consistant and her being more attentive to us. We had been at a point of such frustration w/her, that I wasn't enjoying her like I wanted to. She's becoming such a good dog since our classes w/you started. ... All this to say, we are definite Believers in your program and have throughly enjoyed our classes w/you, As does Harley!! Thanks again! Gary & Missy K.

Hi Mary! ... Hope it's not too long before you find a new 'dog house'. Sam and I really look forward to resuming classes with you. Love, Marianne K. - Golden Retriever

Mary - Thank you for giving the Agility Demo. Phyliss H. & Debbie H., Scottish Terrier Club of Michigan

Hi Mary, ...and to thank you for your part in Tory's travels to winning the (Fort Detroit Golden Retriever Club top award) Gayhaven Trophy. ... also without 'your part' Tor couldn't have qualified and I'm very grateful to you. I am very pleased to show "pretty dogs" can work too! : ) ... Love Linda and a big kiss from Tory! - Am. & Can. Ch. Meadowpond's Wingfield Tory Am. and Can. OTCH, MH, CGC - Golden Retriever

Dear Mary, This is just a little "Thank you" for all your time & effort all year. I love dog classes and have really enjoyed getting to know you. Happy Holidays! Paula H. - Bibelot Bichon Frises'

Dear Mary, Many thanks ... for all you do. Iris F. (& her family) - Labrador Retriever

Mary, ... I'd like to thank you for being such a special person ... and for teaching me to navigate the stairs! ... See you for the April session of Obedience II! With love, Max - Labrador Retreiver

Hi Mary, What a bonus this week, talking to you Tuesday and your newsletter in the mail today! ...I have always admired your conscientious apporach to our "hobby" ... I miss you all very much but friends that matter are in your heart as you are in mine! Love, L. PS Your newsletter is very informative.

I just can't thank you enough ... Thanks very much, the seminar was Great! Denise M. & Cody - Golden Retriever

Mary T. (Handler Extrordinaire), Thanks! Thanks so much for showing me to Best of Breed (from the classes!) and Best of Winners! I knew we could do it! Kobi (Dog Extrodinaire) (with a little help from Matt) H. - Ch. LaScie's House Full of Kobi CD - Newfoundland

Dear Mary, Just a little note to let you know that I feel that Becky and I have learned very much in our class and we appreciate the opportunity to have taken it. A thanks for being an excellent teacher. ... She doesn't try to get out of the car when I do. That is very important to me and when I got home last night I used the whistle to call her ... she came right away. Again, this AM she did the same. And she is getting better about no "sass" when I try to wipe her dirty feet. ...She is a "BIG" part of our family. ... Thanks again and keep up the good work. Marsha K.

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Happy New Year Mary, ...my goal is to finish Mikki's CD (AKC Obedience Companion Dog title) and match Roxy (CD, CGC) in Open (AKC Obedience Companion Dog Excellent title). We have made progress ... Every where we take the two dogs, we get compliments on how well behaved they are - and they even come when we call! I recommend Results training to everyone. ... Mary W. - Labrador Retrievers

Mary - ... Also, thank you for the great demo on Harvest Day (Whitmore Lake). Please pass on to all your friends and helpers. Thanks, Barbara G. DVM (President Whitmore Lake Chamber of Commerce). Collies (Rough)

Hi Mary, Just a note to thank you for coming to the show last Saturday to give Mary & I support. It sure meant a lot to both of us. We will call you Sunday to let you know how well we did on our "3rd" leg! Thanks again, Dora B. - Reeva CGC (on the way to earning her CD; Reeva also became a SAR dog) - German Shepherd

Dear Mary - We would like to Thank You for the wonderful "Handling in the Show Ring" presentation for H.R.L.R.C. on August 27th. I'm sure all of us are a bit more confidenet to enter the show ring. Your efforts are greatly appreciated...members of - Huron River Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.

Dear Mary, Reba and I enjoyed the puppy class alot! Thanks for your good help and teaching. ...Thanks so much again. I really enjoy the way you teach. Your dedicated kindness and caring shows through! ... Sincerely, Deb DVM & Reba

Dear Mary: Thanks for sending the list of qualifiers from the Canine Good Citizen Test which you administered at our Wheaten Picnic on Sunday, July 24. We were really happy to know that 13 of the 17 Wheatens entered passed the test. ... Thanks again, Mary, for doing such a great job with our Wheatens ... AKC Canine Good Citizen Test!! Sincerely, The Officers and Board of Directors of the Motor City Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier Club

Mary, You're Special, thanks for teaching me - Rocko

Dear Mary T., Thank you so much for all your help on education day. You were a hit Thanks, Beckie on behalf of the Great Lakes Newfoundland Club

Dear Mary, The BIS (Best in Show) picture frame is absolutely wonderful! We're both glad you could join us to celebrate. Also thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us learn to make a show dog. Sincerely, Dave & Lynn W. - Best in Show - Livingston Kennel Club Shade - Ch. Espirit Misted Morning Shade - Collie (Rough)

Mary, I wanted to thank you for all you've taught Ellie & I. I know we have a long way to go, but you've made our dog ownership much more enjoyable. ... Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Jim,, Janice, Lauren, Joshua & Ellie C. - Golden Retriever

Dear Mary, I have so enjoyed our weekends of dog showing. Don and I were saying without your enthusiasm going to the dog shows would not be fun at all. ... You did a beautiful job showing the dog (Treasure) and i appreciate your effort. I really enjoyed the positive comments of the judge on Saturday. ... Look forward to seeing you at class Thursday. Wendy L. - Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Your kindness is greatly appreciated. Steven K.

Mary - Thank you for showing Chip in Ann Arbor. ... you made him look great! Love - Val & Chip (Can OTCH, U-CDX Chelsea's Chippewa Chief AM Can UD, AX, NAJ, AD, P1, S-CDX, CGC) - Chelsea Golden Retriever

Dear Mary, Zeke and I thoroughly enjoyed our class. He is a Joy to take for a walk! thanks - Kathy S. & Zeke

Mary, Many thanks! I can't say it enough for your help in evaluating (litter testing) my puppies. I think Tukay Midnight Sea Mist is gonna be a handful! I'm going to have fun working her in conformation & obed. Kim Tukay Labrador Retrievers & Dobermans

Dear Mary, Brianna and I want to say "Thank You" for being such a great instructor! We both really enjoyed our classes and learned lots! Our motto now is "Practice Makes Perfect!" ...Thanks again for all you did for us! Love Ya, Barb and Brianna Renaud - Bichon Frise'

Mary - thank you so much for ... Kellie & Casey really miss ... Sincerely, Debbie M. - Miniature Schnauzers

Hello Mary, ...We are very interested in Obedience III. Thank you very much for training Me. ... Mary Jo F. (and) Angel Too!

Dear Mary & Kim, Thank you for all the love & attention and especially all my training the last six weeks. The classes were great and I really enjoyed myself - mom and dad did too! I'm looking forward to starting another class in a few weeks. Mom says there is a little more room for improvement!! Thanks a lot! Snickers L.

Dear Mary, Thank you very much ... I'll try to get back to class ASAP. I miss them. Sincerely, Barbara G., DVM - Sherlock HIC Collie (Rough)

Hi Mary, Just a note to thank you for all the valuable training you have given me. I plan to continue training at my new location (FL) and will let you know our progress. Thanks again, Dora B. Reba CD CGC and Spencer CD - German Shepherd Dogs

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-humans 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

Mary - Thanks so much for all you do for me! You'll never know how much I appreciate you. Laura D. - Caper, Crystal CGC and Holly CGC - All 'Chelsea' Golden Retrievers

Dear Mary, Hi! Just a note to say "thanks" for being so helpful, understanding and encouraging! I feel that Kaley and I are beginning to communicate better already. ... I think of your words often..."We train them to do what we allow them to do", and I am motivated! See you next class! Lori W.

Mary, Thank you for ... I remember my puppy classes, I learned a lot. I'm grown up now, but need to obey my mom more. Can you help? ... I'm looking forward to seeing your smile again. Your pal, Keiller B.

We want to personally thank all of you for making it possible for us to finish our girl Sadie! The experience of finishing our own champion was the best! We couldn't have done it without you! Thanks! Tom & Arleen - Sadie - Ch. Sidetrack's Sassy Sadie VC, TDI, CGC - Mastiff

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Dear Teacher! Here's a picture of Me in my grad-hat! I had so much fun in class and Mom likes me more every day. See ya, in Sept. for more fun & training. Rusty - American Cocker Spaniel

Dear Mary, ...Thank you for all of the patience you have shown and guidance you have given in teaching me how to train Tory. It 's a pleasure to be learning from the best!! Thanks again, Kathy R. - (Chelsea's Redcoat Tory) Golden Retriever

Thanks Mary & Arleen for being such nice & patient teachers! You're both great!! Love Jackson K.

Mary, Jan & I would like to thank you for your excellent! training & patience in helping Marcus & I achieve our CD. There were many times I thought it was a lost cause but your encouragement and persistance pushed us over the top! I'm certain that no other training method would have worked for a mastiff. I hope you have the stamina to help us go for a CDX! Thanx Dick H. (Trainee) - "Trainer" Ch. Marcus "CD" - Mastiff

Mary - Thank you so much for all your help with Freebie. Kevin & I really appreciated your patience & dedication. We're really happy we didn't give up! Thank you! Carolyn, Kevin & Freebie

Hi Mary, Kona enjoyed puppy school and learned well. He's moved from an aggressive-dominant stage to the sweetheart stage. He follows me everywhere and is not as fiercely indepenent - hope this behavior lasts. Carl also has learned a lot from your class. If often see him applying your principles. It's truly changed his manner of interacting with Kona. Kona really seemed to enjoy the agility intro, so I'm planning to work towards that activity. See you in a few weeks. Thanks! Mary D.

In appreciation of your kindness, ... Thanks! Tom & Arleen P. - Mastiffs

Your gentle touch, ... your patience and kindness, too, bring joy to those around you. ... Love, Gigi CD (Russ & Linda G.) - Gordon Setter

Mary - I know very often that we forget to tell those people closest to us how much they mean. We assume what they know. Thank you doesn't seem enough for all the support you have given me while I have been showing Ben. With Ben on my left and you on my right how can I fail? Love C. Ben - Am. and Can. Ch. Shangrila's Country Squire Am. and Can. CDX, U-CDX - Irish Setter

Dear my wonderful trainer, Mary, I want to thank you sooo much for everything to help me a lot with Jolly. ...Thank you again!! ... Love ya a lots always, Renee O. & Jolly - Livingston County's First Hearing Dog! - A Sweet Spaniel Mix!
Dear Mary, Thanks so much for all your help with Jolly. She is a wonderful Hearing dog and will be a great help for Renee....Thanks, Al
Dear Mary, Thanks again for everything you have done for Renee and Jolly. This has been my happiest experience, raising a deaf child. We all appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. ... Love, Nancy.


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