Sarah Hodgson is a fantastic dog trainer and a pleasure to work with. When I became the owner of a big black Newfoundland named Bear I knew I needed to find the right trainer for him. He was the runt of the litter and so the last to be sold but my whole family fell in love with him. When we picked him up from the breeder he was nine months old and 80 pounds and had never been off of the farm on which he was born. Consequently, he did not know how to walk on a leash or other basic
commands such as sit and heel. I got in touch with Sarah after having a bad experience with one of the popular dog training franchises. My dog was terrified of the trainer. I didn’t trust him with Bear and the methods he used were uncomfortable to watch. He didn’t seem to have Bear’s best interest in mind. The first time I saw Sarah approach Bear I knew it was a perfect match. She took a genuine interest in him and taught me how to practice commands with him. She explained exactly what Bear needed to work on and showed us the activities that would help with that. She also only used positive reinforcement, which we particularly appreciated after our previous bad experience. I saw a difference in Bear’s behavior after one session. Sarah provided all the guidance necessary to give Bear a very happy life. She has a unique and creative style, and throws herself into her work. She’s friendly, down to earth and it was easy to schedule appointment around my very busy life. I would recommend Sarah to anyone who loves their dog and wants them trusted like part of the family.