Seeing dogs become happier and more understood is what keeps us going.
Sometimes it's as easy as having some of your basic questions answered, sometimes it takes a few weeks of working diligently together or one on one with your dog. Whatever the case may be, success is just around the corner.
Our Brussels Griffon-Terrier mix Mabel couldn't be sweeter or more fun, but like a lot of shelter dogs, she has issues. When we first brought Mabel home, she was timid and nervous around new people. On the street, she became aggressive, lunging and barking at every dog we passed. Walking her in our dog-filled Brooklyn neighborhood was a big challenge. Rachel and Francesca came highly recommended and we're so glad we ended up working with them.
Rachel and Francesca's training walks with a clicker and treats improved her behavior tremendously. While Mabel still doesn't love other dogs, she is much less anxious and less likely to lash out. And when we do have close encounters with dogs, her training kicks in (most of the time!) and we are able to prevent an ugly scene.
Mabel's safety is our number one concern and we feel completely confident in Rachel and Francesca. They go above and beyond when it comes to communicating with us and, most importantly, they truly care about Mabel.
-Lisa & Daniel
I can’t say enough good things about Rachel and Francesca. I have been using their services for over 2 years and find them to be caring, conscientious, and fun! Dot rushes to the door when they arrive and that is proof enough for me. Also, unfortunately, Dot has had some serious health issues and Rachel and Francesca have helped me with sound advice and support. In an emergency situation, Rachel even hopped on the bus to meet me at the vets to help explain what she had observed and support me through this very stressful situation! I trust Rachel and Francesca in every way and I don’t know what Dot and I would do without them!
BIG shout out to BROOKLYN DOGTIME!!! I cannot thank you enough for your help training our new puppy Emma! Rachel, I can't imagine dealing with this crazy pup without your support, expertise, and passion. From the minute we spoke you set my mind at ease from the stresses of new dog ownership.
You've not only trained Emma but Justin, Alex, and I too! You are incredibly patient and have been there for us every step of the way. And this says nothing of how much Emma loves you!
Looking forward to many more training sessions & playdates. Brooklyn Dogtime is the absolute best. If you need dog training do yourself a favor and contact them.
- Josh, Justin, and Alex
Bodhi came to us from an Ohio puppy kill shelter. He was the first puppy to get out of there alive, but he was very ill and had never had any experience outside the shelter. Rachel & Francesca became our secret weapons. They recommended a good vet, a probiotic, a brand of food that was easily digestible. Once he had been through his vaccinations, they began walking him around the neighborhood and slowly exposed him to the different sounds of the city. He was very anxious initially but under their steady and tender guidance he grew able to deal with all sorts of strange sounds: UPS trucks, honks, screeching breaks, etc.
After he had reached a certain confidence level they began introducing him to other dogs to socialize him. Initially, they invited him to meet a very mellow bull dog who was impervious to Bodhi's skittishness. After he relaxed around this dog they graduated him to meeting a lab mix puppy who loved him. Through these dog interactions he grew more confident. Then they added two more dogs to his roster of friends and slowly he became more comfortable with a range of dogs.
Because of the time Rachel and Francesca put in with Bodhi he is now able to safely run free in the park with other dogs. They also helped to train us so that we worked more effectively with Bodhi. He is a very happy dog now and the kind of life he has is in direct response to his early training with them. I really am grateful to all they've given to him and to us.
- Leslie & Family
Working with Rachel and Francesca is excellent. They are extremely reliable, flexible, and professionally proactive in managing behavior and social dynamic. They are super attentive and communicative about health issues. I feel confident that Lola receives exceptional care, individual attention, and a ton of fun exercise. Her social skills with other dogs (and patience with her young humans at home) have improved remarkably since working with them. If Lola could put it into words…I’m pretty sure it is pure love and adoration that she feels for them as she she waits eagerly for their arrival and is always overjoyed to see them. Highest recommendation!
- Emily M.