Giffy dog

Giffy dog

Giffy dog locationSt. Paul, MN, Ramsey

(24 Reviews)

Specializing in rescue, Giffy dog offers science-based, humane coaching and support for people who live with challenging dogs. Giffy dog offers a unique variety of private consultations, classes, and seminars, including clicker foundations taught by a Karen Pryor graduate, bonding, confidence-building, and an “out and about” class, designed to help people walk easily in public spaces with their dogs. All offerings are designed to help people build satisfying relationships with their dogs based on trust, respect--and play. Giffy dog trainers strive to make training a joy for people and their dogs.

Giffy dog Reviews

Giffy dog Reviews


Review of Giffy dog by Julie Longenecker
5 15/06/2018 Julie Longenecker

Had a good training session yesterday with Cheryl of Giffy Dog Training, Cheryl is experienced working with shy & fearful dogs which my Teddy is. Teddy and I have a lot to work on for the next few weeks but I feel confident we’re headed in the right direction with Cheryl’s guidance, advice and instructions thanks Cheryl for your help and support.

Review of Giffy dog by Jennifer Ramji
5 26/03/2018 Jennifer Ramji

Review of Giffy dog by Rin Cruz
5 09/01/2018 Rin Cruz

Cheryl is a miracle worker. We have a dog who was incredibly fearful due to trauma being part of the meat trade overseas. She helped this shy little guy come out of his shell by giving us the tools and training to help him feel more at ease with us. She's patient, kind, and cares about the wellfare of these animals. It's not about getting the dogs to do what we humans want but training the dog to trust. She's amazing and her dog Sarah is great for dogs who need another dog to show them the ropes.

Review of Giffy dog by Tom Daly
5 05/07/2017 Tom Daly

Review of Giffy dog by Lori Olin Thorn
5 Lori Olin Thorn

Cheryl is great! I've taken a couple of classes and had her in my home for one-on-one training.

Review of Giffy dog by Tammy Basset
5 Tammy Basset

Best dog trainer ever she is patient and kind. now my basset and I have a great relationship. She knows her stuff.

Review of Giffy dog by Amanda Herriott Welliver
5 Amanda Herriott Welliver

Cheryl has been a great support in working with our fearful dog. She is patient, insightful, and connected with dogs and their people. Her approach is gentle and positive, not something you'll find in every trainer. I am so thankful we found Giffy Dog!

Review of Giffy dog by Tom Holt
5 Tom Holt

There is No place else we would go. Cheryl helped us take a rescue who was terrified of me to a loving family member who sits on my lap. Could have never done this without her help. Thanks Giffy Dog!!!

Review of Giffy dog by Azure Davis
5 Azure Davis

Cheryl is an amazing trainer who has helped many of our rescue dogs! She does a great job and goes above and beyond to help the foster families!

Review of Giffy dog by Bethany Gladhill
5 Bethany Gladhill

There are dog training classes — and then there is Cheryl, who teaches you how your dog thinks and facilitates an incredible relationship with your pet.

Review of Giffy dog by Kayla Michele
5 Kayla Michele

I admire the patience, positive reinforcement, and dedication from this place! After trying several trainers, I would recommend Giffy to everyone! Cheryl was so focused on my dogs and how they were feeling in the different situations. Because of this, they were completely attentive and focused on her for the entire 1.5 hours. I learned a lot from the session and look forward to working with Cheryl again soon!

Review of Giffy dog by Laura L Perdue
5 Laura L Perdue

Cheryl was an enormous help to me, my dog and new upstairs neighbors moving in with their dog. Everyone had had an experience with a reactive dog so we wanted to be as proactive as possible. We all met for a session at Giffy Dog which gave us a benchmark; we left with several recommendations and a new peace of mind. Cheryl’s advice was sage and everything felt exactly right as we proceeded in getting the dogs accustomed to each other. She is a thoughtful and thorough trainer who provided an individual plan for us, giving everyone (doggies included!) the confidence to move forward. My GSD now has a new best friend in the pretty little Am Staff from upstairs!

Review of Giffy dog by Michelle 'Grant' Jacobson
5 Michelle 'Grant' Jacobson

About a month ago we had to make the painful decision to rehome our dog Bella. Because of Bella’s severe anxieties and fears we didn’t know if a new forever home would even be possible. That’s where Cheryl came in. When she heard about our situation, she stepped in and was quick to act as an advocate for Bella. In a matter of a few days she found a new placement for Bella and gave us confidence that Bella would be well taken care of. It’s evident that Cheryl is passionate about what she does and has the skill and expertise to go with it. Thank you Cheryl for your assistance!

Review of Giffy dog by Mary Mattson
5 Mary Mattson

Fantastic. Cheryl is a miracle worker and truly understands dogs, especially rescue and shy dogs. She has helped me greatly in understanding my Fonzie's needs. She's so full of positivity and is so user friendly in her training. She makes me feel like I know what I am doing and that I can do what she does. :)

Review of Giffy dog by Cory Hase
5 Cory Hase

Had a session tonight with our scared foster dog minister. What a great experience. Gives me hope. Thanks again!

Review of Giffy dog by Misty Swanson
5 Misty Swanson

Cheryl was wonderful with us and our 4 dogs. She is patient, funny, determined and kind. Our bunch is a handful too, each different personalities and she catered to their needs and ours perfectly. We tried other trainers and interviewed quite a bunch, and she was the top pick. We got the results we wanted and she exceeded our expectations. Thank you Cheryl.

Review of Giffy dog by Amy Walter
5 Amy Walter

Cheryl is absolutely fantastic. She was patient and kind with my dog as well as me. I have a rescue dog from a puppy mill and after two months I never saw my dog she hid all the time and i was at the point of wondering if anything could be done. I called Cheryl and she reassured me and made an appointment to come out quicker than I ever thought. When she came over she gave my dog the personal attention i couldn't get from the books and experience. It's one month later and my shy little dog had completely changed. She wags her tail jumps on the couch and even likes to be pet. Any time i have a question I can still always write or call Cheryl and she promptly responds each time. She is a life saver. My dog is my life and thanks to her now we are sharing our lives together.

Review of Giffy dog by Rin MxCruz
5 Rin MxCruz

My family and I have been working with Cheryl since we adopted our dog, Hugo in December. He came from a really traumatic environment and was so fearful of people, he's made so much progress these last seven months and every time we leave, he's like a new, more confident dog! Cheryl and her dog Sarah are so patient and kind. Cheryl doesn't just tell you how to fix a behavior but gives you insight into why it's happening and what the dog is feeling. You can tell that she's passionate about what she does!

I also foster through Ruff Start and every foster dog I've brought her way has loved their training (and learned so much) with her.

Review of Giffy dog by Mandy Malecek
5 Mandy Malecek

Cheryl is a phenomenal advocate for dogs of all breeds, sizes, and backgrounds, and she is an even better trainer and behaviorist. I have worked with her on several cases and am always impressed by her knowledge and skill. I've seen her successfully rehabilitate many extremely difficult behavior cases. She is a rock star when it comes to working with and addressing shy/fearful and anxious behaviors. She is one of the first trainers I recommend for anyone who needs help with their pup. Check her out. You won't be sorry!

Review of Giffy dog by Jamie McGee
5 Jamie McGee

I brought my @Secondhandhounds foster dog, Abbott, here for a 4-week Confidence Class and I cannot believe how much he has changed in such a short amount of time. He came in terrified of noises, movements and really just people in general. He couldn't cross over the front door threshold and was pancaked nearly the entire first class. Fast forward just two classes later and he's walking in the front door, letting others approach him and walking under legs, through hoops and exploring like a champ. I cannot say enough about Cheryl and her patience with me as I learned how to help Abbott be his most confidence self. If your pup is a little shy, or you're just in need of some guidance on how to be the best dog parent, sign up for a Giffy Dog class ASAP!

Review of Giffy dog by Kate Tracy
5 Kate Tracy

Thank you so much for helping my little guy gain confidence around other humans! Cheryl is absolutely amazing and will do anything possible to help your pup be safe and comfortable!

Review of Giffy dog by Chad Johnson
5 Chad Johnson

Cheryl is extremely passionate about helping and cares deeply about making sure every dog has the confidence they need. I highly recommend choosing Giffy Dog as your trainer!! Five stars isn't enough but it's the highest I can give!

Review of Giffy dog by Dan Johnson-Powers
5 Dan Johnson-Powers

I started fostering a fearful dog about 6 months ago. He wouldn't let anybody touch him, any new location would scare him, and it was hard to get him out of my car.

After 4 sessions with Cheryl at Giffy Dogs he was taking treats out of strangers' hands, allowing ppl to pet him, and even went through a tunnel! I am amazed at how far this boy has come, and by boy I mean both the dog and the human. I've learned so much about how to work with dogs.

Thank you, Cheryl.

Review of Giffy dog by Ang Jedinak
5 Ang Jedinak

I have learned so much from Cheryl. The techniques are residual and help the bond between person and dog. We counter-conditioned our french bulldog when our son came home from the hospital with what I learned from Cheryl. He was highly reactive to babies cries. He is now very relaxed around our son.

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978 Front Ave, St Paul, MN 55103, USA

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What do you love most about your job?

I love helping people develop a training plan that works with their lifestyle. I want them to learn how to think about their relationship with their dogs as an opportunity for a deeper, more meaningful bond and to brainstorm solutions to challenges that feel manageable and fun.

What inspired you to start your own business?

My business started and grew organically. Because I had worked in rescue for years with challenging foster dogs, I was asked to start offering classes for dogs that had been adopted through rescue. From there, Giffy dog began, and it has continued to grow since then.

Why should our clients choose you?

Clients should choose me because I am the right fit for them, but I encourage them to explore other trainers, as well, so they know what's available. I am a certified Karen Pryor trainer who uses humane training methods to motivate dogs to want to work with their human companions. In addition, I use creative strategies to engage dogs and keep them engaged. I empower clients to advocate for their dogs and to work in partnership with their pet dogs. And I am certain we will have fun! Clients who think this sounds like a good fit should schedule an appointment with Giffy dog.

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