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Ann Becnel Companion Dogs, LLC

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Ann Becnel Companion Dogs, LLC logo
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Ann Becnel Companion Dogs, LLC

New Orleans, Louisiana

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ABC Dogs (Ann Becnel Companion Dogs) is a family-oriented New Orleans dog training service. Our extensive experience teaching, working with elementary school children, and training dogs all come together in a truly family-friendly service.

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G
9 December 2019

Ann Becnel's classes are great. I'm on my second set of lessons as my dog has gotten a little older. I've had dogs for many years and found other training techniques ineffective and, well, just not fun until I attended Ann Becnel's class. I joined Ann Becnel's class to train our German Shepherd, Sasha, an extremely high energy, easily distracted and powerful dog. When Sasha started, she was difficult to control and easily distracted. But within a few weeks of lessons, Ann's calm and patient demeanor along with obvious years of experience and skill training all breeds, made Sasha's unique problems manageable, and we have fun too. I was concerned that the group classes would focus on the smaller dogs, but Ann took the time to work with each dog's individual needs. And Ann's good enough that she can spot and peg a dog's good and bad habits right from the start. She supplements her classes with instructional videos that I would never have been able to find in the haystack of online lessons out there. We may have had to give up on Sasha if it weren't for Ann. The classes are affordable, and Ann is always responsive before and after classes to give extra help. Thanks, Ann! You're the best. - Greg DiLeo, Attorney at Law More...

J
26 November 2019

I've known Ann for a few years and know her to be a very caring and patient person. What I had no previous experience with (other than all of her positive reviews) is what an incredible "dog whisperer" she is! I have a new (sadly, abused) rescue puppy/dog who is scared of everything. We signed up for Ann's training classes but I asked her to come here to my house for a "prep" lesson. What Ann (she really just trained me with techniques to do the training myself) was able to accomplish with my new boy Scout in just a couple of hours was nearly unbelievable! Ann is SO gentle and knowledgeable. Our lives changed overnight and I look forward to the many additional things that we'll be able to accomplish with her weel-planned training classes. I LOVE that she doesn't actually "train" the dogs herself but equips us dog parents to train them ourselves. Couldn't recommend Ann Becnel Companion Dog Training more!! 5 Stars! More...

J
25 November 2019

I've known Ann for a few years and know her to be a very caring and patient person. What I had no previous experience with (other than all of her positive reviews) is what an incredible "dog whisperer" she is! I have a new (sadly, abused) rescue puppy/dog who is scared of everything. We signed up for Ann's training classes but I asked her to come here to my house for a "prep" lesson. What Ann (she really just trained me with techniques to do the training myself) was able to accomplish with my new boy Scout in just a couple of hours was nearly unbelievable! Ann is SO gentle and knowledgeable. Our lives changed overnight and I look forward to the many additional things that we'll be able to accomplish with her weel-planned training classes. I LOVE that she doesn't actually "train" the dogs herself but equips us dog parents to train them ourselves. Couldn't recommend Ann Becnel Companion Dog Training more!! 5 Stars! More...

L
20 November 2019

Ann's classes are fabulous! We did one in-home session with both of our dogs (our senior dog as well as our new puppy) and then have been doing the group classes with our puppy. Ann only uses positive reinforcement training (primarily using a clicker), which is extremely effective and not cruel or negative in any way to your dog. She truly does show you that you don't need to use "dominance" training or any punitive means like electric collars or spraying with water. Her dogs that she trains are incredibly well behaved. I've seen so much growth in our puppy in the few months that we've been working with her, and I truly do believe any problem you are having with your dog can be improved through her positive reinforcement training. And even with the group classes, she's willing to answer individual questions about problems or issues you may be having with your dog. Could not recommend more! More...

K
13 November 2019

Ann is a fantastic teacher and trainer and we would, hands down, recommend her to anyone. My wife and I took our very willful American Bully puppy through her obedience class and the results were almost immediate. Not only do her classes help with socialization, but they lay groundwork for good habits that your puppy/dog will carry through its life. Thanks, Ann! More...

J
6 November 2019

Ann's classes are fantastic! We have attended puppy kindergarten as well as the Canine Good Citizen classes. We are firm believers in Ann's positive reinforcement training. Ann does a great job of adjusting the lessons to what your puppy can handle and she is a wonderful resource for questions. She also provides detailed lesson plans, so you can practice at home with your dog. It's a great way to mentally stimulate your pup and also teach them to listen while around other distractions. We are excited to continue our training with Ann! Highly, highly recommend. More...

K
2 July 2019

Roger and I took Ann's first 10 basics lessons and then I added another 10 lessons when he was a puppy. Since then, twice "come" has potentially saved his life and me losing him when someone left my gate open. But it wasn't until this past weekend that the ultimate test was created. He was unleashed in an uncontrolled environment at the beach with a LOT of his favorite distractions; small children, other dogs and birds. He never strayed from my side and command to come. He far surpassed any expectation that I ever could have had. So proud of him. He's now three years old and a very well behaved dog. I highly recommend Ann Becnel. She is very patient and consistent and her rates are very reasonable. . More...

J
2 June 2019

Ann is a miracle worker! We have two rescue dogs, each with their own unique training needs. One is an adult hound dog who had essentially never lived inside before, didn't know how to function in a house, and is stubborn beyond belief. The other is a mystery breed puppy who had some basic training before coming to us, but also had some early trauma and is very, very reactive to everything outside of our house (dogs, birds, bugs, people, you name it). Ann's positive approach and ability to tailor lessons on the fly to each dog's specific needs have made a world of difference in our lives. The group lessons help the dogs get comfortable around other people and dogs, and as owners you learn so much about your dog from seeing them react to others and also hearing other people's experiences and tips. We learned so much from our round of classes with dog #1 that we almost didn't feel the need to sign up for another round with dog #2 (you really learn to integrate training into your every day life) - but we decided to sign up again anyway and are so happy we did because we continue to learn something new every time.  I can't say enough good things about Ann and her training. She is just a truly special person who loves dogs and really knows what she's doing, and we're so grateful we found her. More...

L
30 March 2019

Look no further for a dog trainer. Ann is an absolute expert on the subject. Her classes are informative and extremely affective. I’ve taken the group classes, as well as the private classes, as I’m training my Golden Retriever to be a service dog. She has really whipped my Rosie into shape. She’s for sure the REAL DOG WHISPERER. Forget about that Cesar Milan! Ann is the real deal. She’s even made my stubborn 11 year old Scottish Terrier follow the rules. I wish I would have known about Ann 11 years ago when the Scottie was a puppy. She’s that good. The best thing about Ann’s method is that she tailors her method to fit what is going to work for your dog specifically. I can’t recommend enough. More...

K
24 March 2019

Ann is the real deal. She is prepared and knowledgable. She also gives due credit to other well-known trainers. She has a documented plan for every session (i. e., with links to instructions, examples, and/or videos) and can adjust on the fly for the particular dog/human pairing. After losing my best gentleman friend in June (a fabulous 14 yo yellow lab), I adopted a female black lab pointer mix of unknown age and history in October. Ann's skill and knowledge with the assistance of her trusty buddie Moonpie have helped us both overcome social challenges and thrive in this new era. I am a more confident handler of a dog with fear-based dog issues, and my gal has much more confidence in me. It has now become a fun journey, rather than a scary or depressing one. We've got more work to do, and I'm so excited that I chose to have Ann's guidance. More...

J
23 January 2019

Best in show. Ann is the very best, positive training for pet and handlers. Also, nice to work with an advocate that cares.
Move over Cesar, Becnel is great

C
25 September 2018

Ann is a great trainer! She gives great lessons and lots of insight on bonding with your dog. We’ve just signed up for a second round of classes so we can continue learning, plus our puppy loves attending school!

A
10 September 2018

Ann brings a high level of professionalism to dog training. It has helped us develop a much better relationship with our little fur baby as much of the class is centered on how to be a better pet owner. I'd highly recommend Ann's classes to develop a better understanding of and communication with your dog More...

G
26 August 2018

When you begin your classes with Ann, you can immediately tell how professional her program is. I completed my service dog training with her and she was incredible. When my schedule was not very easy to accommodate, she was able to work around it without any issue. Not only did my dog learn incredibly well from her, I did. Could not recommend a better dog trainer more than Ann. More...

J
26 August 2018

Ann was the most exceptional dog trainer we could have asked for. We have a very excited Catahoula. After completing puppy kindergarten, he was able to do the basics: sit, stay, come, and a few tricks. After completing the Canine Good Citizen curriculum, our little pup is calm when meeting strangers, a modern miracle! Ann has been kind, thoughtful, and encouraging along the way. I highly recommend Ann as your dog trainer; certainly the best decision we made since getting our little pup. More...

T
4 August 2018

When you begin your classes with Ann, you can immediately tell how professional her program is. I completed my service dog training with her and she was incredible. When my schedule was not very easy to accommodate, she was able to work around it without any issue. Not only did my dog learn incredibly well from her, I did. Could not recommend a better dog trainer more than Ann. More...

E
27 July 2018

Looking at the other reviews here, you'll see a lot of celebrations and praises of Ann's work, and I couldn't agree more.Ann went above and beyond in helping with our dog, Finley . We didn't initially start the classes with the intention of needing the CGC title. However, after being in the class, I started to understand that it's less about the CGC title, and more about having your dog be able to handle distractions, waiting patiently for instead of jumping on people, walking on a loose leash, and coming when called--the kind of things that every dog should have the opportunity to learn with the guidance of an excellent trainer.From Puppy Kindergarten to Canine Good Citizen, thank you SO much for everything Ann! More...

M
14 July 2018

We have really enjoyed working with Ann.  Our adopted dog was two years old and had no training.  He has learned so much in working with Ann, he is like a totally different dog.  I highly recommend Ann's classes for anyone who wants a well behaved dog. More...

G
23 May 2018

Ann has helped me through the training process of two dogs. Each of my dogs had very different training needs. Ann was able to tailor a plan to fit each of them. Most importantly, she taught me HOW to train my dogs. I highly recommend using Ann Becnel Companion Dogs! More...

D
23 May 2018

Ann is a fantastic trainer of trainers. We went to Ann in order to get our stubborn pitbull/bull dog mix, Petunia, to be a little more obedient in light of the fact that we will soon be having our first baby. Petunia is over five years old, and as Ann has shown, you can teach an old dog new tricks. She is more obedient to us in general, she lunges at other dogs or cats -- formerly one of her most well known traits -- a lot less frequently, and she is starting to be the courteous and mindful little pup that we never thought was possible. We are only half way through our training, but Ann has given us the tools we need to succeed in having a happy and healthy little family. More...

S
20 April 2018

Best dog trainer ever!Ann Becnel uses imaginative and fun activities to train and socialize your dog. And she does it all with positive reinforcement. Dogs play "watch me" and "take it - leave it" to learn to pay attention on and off leash as well as learning how not to eat potentially dangerous foods from strangers or the streets. She uses all types of objects near the dogs, such as umbrellas and kids on bikes, to help prevent pets from becoming reactionary. She teaches agility and recall games that have life-long benefits. For example, my 11 year old Golden has difficulty walking down stairs, but because of her agility training, she knows how to go slowly and precisely down the steps. A favorite game Ann teaches is how to keep your dog's attention by lining the walk with yummy treats and squeaky toys. Dogs love it and it's fun to watch because they win either way. Ann has trained three of my dogs and she'll train the next three as well. Best trainer ever! More...

E
3 April 2018

We have really enjoyed going to class with Ann. We started at 9 weeks old in her puppy kindergarten class and are on our second set of CGC classes. He has passed the CGC S.T.A.R puppy exam and we will take the real exam soon. Ann is really great with a variety of dogs and helping figure out what they need to be confident and successful in learning their new skills. She is also patient with dogs who are having a bad day or puppies going through a fear stage and class is always fun.We hope to join her therapy dog group after CGC. More...

S
17 March 2018

Excellent dog trainer. Knowledgeable, patient, creative. Great experience! Place to go to train your dog or just to make your bond stronger. Highly recommended.

F
20 June 2017

You will not find a better trainer of dogs and humans than Ann and her assistant Moon Pie. We enjoy every session. Highly recommend.

F
19 June 2017

Dog Phreddy and I strongly recommend dog Moon Pie and his human Ann. Seriously, Ann is an excellent teacher for both pups and their humans. She has a wealth of knowledge and training techniques all using positive reinforcement. She makes specific suggestions for each individual's situation. Ann is well-organized, patient, and fun. And she clearly enjoys helping each human/pup team. More...

N
20 April 2017

Ann Becnel conducts  well disciplined and organized classes that begin and end on time. She communicates a lesson plan at the beginning of each week and all know what to expect. The small classes are managed with water breaks, sniff breaks and playtime. Based on positive reinforcement, it's fun for dogs and guardians.  Good Dog! Thanks Ann! More...

L
9 January 2017

I have known and worked with Ann for going on 14 years. I trained my first dog with her, and now I am back with my new puppy. I have attended her private lessons, puppy class, as well as all of the locations she currently uses for group classes. She is very positive and upbeat and always tries to cater each week to any problems the students there are having. I really like that you buy a package of lessons and come and go and do not have to stick to a rigid six week schedule. There are some weeks I go more than once in a week and other weeks I don't go at all. I also really like that classes are offered in various parts of the city, for example right now she teaches Monday nights at Jefferson feed on Jefferson Highway, Thursday at the JCC in Metairie, Saturday and Sunday at City Park and a pet therapy club on Saturdays as well. The dog I have now is going to be a show dog and Ann has been excellent at tailoring specific items that I should work on to have him ready for competition.  If you are looking for a positive reinforcement fun way to work with your dog I highly recommend Ann! More...

D
23 May 2016

Ann Becnel uses positive reinforcement clicker training which is absolutely wonderful. She teaches you how to deal with your dog in day-to-day situations and not become frustrated but learn to react to your dog the proper way that is beneficial to them. I believe her goal is for you and your dog to become great companions. She is awesome! More...

B
23 May 2016

What a difference these classes have made for my little pup, Finn! These classes are focused on positive reinforcement to build the bond between you and your dog. My dog was rescued when he was only a few months, and lived to go to the dog park. As he got older his anxieties became more apparent. He would stop in his tracks to stare at the fan, and refuse to come in the bedroom. Then he slowly became more anxious around other dogs. It was to the point where we would walk in to the park and have to leave right away. As soon as another dog approached to sniff him his hair would stand on end and he would growl or snap (never bite). He had clearly become uncomfortable now around new dogs. We are on our sixth class now, and Finn is becoming more confident every week. Now when approached by other dogs he doesn't show any signs of anxiety. When walking by other dogs in our neighborhood he watches me and we continue along with our walk. He also jumps in the car now without being afraid, and has moved passed staring at the ceiling fan. By having him focus his attention on me, and rewarding him for good behavior, I am building even more of a bond with him. More...

B
21 December 2015

After my best friend, a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix passed away last year. I had to get another dog. What was suppose to be either a Pomeranian or a Yorkie turned into a fawn Doberman named Ziggy. Ziggy did puppy training at Petco where he learned the basics and at the end of September we moved on to Ann's obedience school. I have learned so much since we started and it has been an absolute pleasure working with Ann. Thank you so much Ann, I don't know where we would be without you. More...

S
9 December 2015

We are a family of dog lovers with little in the way of actual dog skills to help deal with our two very large rescue dogs.  Needing some help, we called on Anne.  She came to our house on a weekday evening for our convenience and gave us an immensely efficient and extremely helpful 1.5 hour lesson in basic behavioral training techniques targeting our main problem areas.We are in the process of putting what we learned into regular practice, but what amazed me the most was that we are not waiting for some theoretical period of good behavior to come in the future - the degree of instant gratification was amazing! We will be working with the techniques we learned going forward, but we have already seen impressive results.Price matters, and we also felt that the cost of bringing in Ann was an immense bargain.Ann has an amazing demeanor and presence, and is an excellent teacher.  We were immensely impressed and look forward to working with her again in the future. More...

S
22 June 2015

We signed up our 5 month old rescue pup for training with Ann. Ann is great with taking each dog case by case. She helped us as owners learn how to handle and correct our dog in a way she would understand. Ann uses positive training which was really important to me. Every class we took our dog to she learned so much and improved so fast! Ann was a saving grace to us and our pup! Now she was a AKC good citizen certified dog. Our dog loved classes so much and was always really tired  after classes. Ann is a top notch quality trainer. We searched for months to find the right program for our dog and I am so glad we decided to go with Ann Becnel! Our dog is a great family dog because of the wonderful training she had with Ann. I highly recommend signing your pup with Ann Becnel Companion Dogs! More...

R
15 May 2015

Ann is a wonderful training.  She is very knowledgable about dogs, and uses positive techniques which my pup took too immediately.  I love the secure setting where she trains, and it's the first time I've ever trained in a setting where we could work with our dogs off leash.  The adults as well as the dogs have a great time at "Dog School".  Would highly recommend anyone looking for positive training for you dog to check our Ann Bechnel Companion Dogs! More...

R
15 May 2015

I recently started training with Ann Becnel with my little terrier mix that I adopted from the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. Molly is good at home, but did not do well mixing with other dogs or people outside my home. At the first class following techniques Ann taught us, Molly was able to meet and greet both small and large dogs, walk with a new adult, and take sit and take treat politely from a person in a wheelchair. Ann not only uses positive methods, but goes beyond just basic obedience, and works on socialization which will allow me to take her out in the community. I can't say enough positive things about this trainer. I'm glad Molly and I found her class. More...

G
9 May 2015

Dog training with Ann has been great.  I am a first-time dog owner-- when I adopted a one year old pitbull in November, I asked around and her name repeatedly came up as the best.  My dog and I are both learning so much every week-- my dog's leash behavior has particularly improved and I am now getting a better sense for how to train my dog in other situations as well.  Ann is very consistent and very professional.  She is also very invested in the growth of each owner and dog.  I highly recommend her classes and training! More...

A
8 May 2015

Ann is fantastic! I was at my wit's end with my puppy before I called ann, I was terrified that I wasn't going to be able to control her and that I would need to rehome her. Ann responded promptly and has been incredibly helpful. Ann gave me some invaluable tips and insight on my puppy and my pup went from being seemingly aggressive to incredibly obedient and eager to please. Classes are a great way to bond with my puppy and to socialize her with other pups. Excellent location and fantastic trainers. More...

B
8 February 2015

I recently relocated to the New Orleans area from the northeast. I worked with many quality trainers throughout the years and was very pleased to find Ann Becnel's companion dog training school. It was just what I was looking for!  Ann uses positive training and is very knowledgable with current training methods. Classes are held in city park in a secure area and the dogs have the opportunity to play, as well as learn. My dogs love dog school and I think Ann's clients also have fun. It's a great way to build a wonderful relationship with your best friend!! I feel lucky to have found Ann and look forward to lots of fun and a well trained dog in the months to come!! More...

K
20 March 2014

I approached Ann Becnel a few months ago after rescuing my sheltie/border collie mix, Lexie. I'm in a wheelchair due to a genetic bone disease and was interested in turning Lexie into a service dog that could pick up things off the floor for me if I dropped them. Ann came out to my house and determined that Lexie was in fact smart enough and food-driven enough to learn that skill, and we got started with her training. Ann was great with working with my physical limitations while helping Lexie understand what we wanted her to do. After only a couple of lessons and continual work in between, Lexie is now picking up almost any object I drop from my wheelchair or from a laying down position and giving it back to me. Part of our training involved taking Lexie to public places, where Ann helped me teach her how to act properly and behave. Lexie now loves going places with me and is well on her way to being the perfect dog! Thank you Ann! More...