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Partners Dog Training

Cave Creek, Maricopa

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Partners Dog Training

Cave Creek, Maricopa

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We are the largest and highest rated dog training facility in the Southwest. We have a number of programs to suit all of your interests and goals. Whether you want to stop problem behaviors, improve your dog’s manners, take a few classes, socialize your dog in daycare, or just get a bit of exercise in agility;

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Sherry Kriegshauser

20 September 2019

Great trainers, love all the facilities updates

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Jackie Mesiti

4 September 2019

We love the improvements to the facility... the boys had a great play day and we enjoyed reading their report card!

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Nancy Lough McKinney

15 August 2019

I recently enrolled my dog in the behavior camp at Partners Dog Training. I was so impressed with the training that he received while he was there. I was also very pleased to see how happy he was while staying there. He actually seemed to really enjoy the training and it was obvious that he really liked his trainer and the other staff members. The challenge that I was having with my dog was that he was possessive over me and would sometimes react to other people approaching me. I was skeptical that the trainers could duplicate this behavior while he was at camp, but they were persistent about placing him in situations that might trigger this behavior. Sure enough he became possessive over his trainer, which allowed her to correct and work on managing this behavior. Wow... what a benefit this will be to me at home! My dog was also extremely crate avoidant which limited my ability to confine him at home. After only a few days with Emily, he was a master at going into his crate! This is a real game changer for me! I am really thankful for Partners help with my dog and teaching me how to handle these situations. Also, all of the staff members that I interacted with were so friendly and helpful! More...

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Joan Ellen

10 August 2019

Fast & furious training for snake avoidance! A must have class for all desert dogs! great job!

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Margy Thune Krause

2 August 2019

Kind, caring and deeply passionate about the well being of dogs of all sizes.

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Tammy Kelly

6 July 2019

We have been clients of Partners Dog Training School for many years. The new expansion and growth at Partners is very exciting. From the actual facilities to the digital connection and technology, they continue to provide excellent training while improving the client experience. We have a working line German Shepherd dog, and let me tell you there are no days off for her as she needs to “work” every day. Partners provides the training, activity and discipline needed for our dog daily in their boarding programs so we have a well behaved and happy dog when we return from our travels. My favorite new addition to the school is the daily report cards sent from the training sessions. We find ourselves looking forward to hearing about her day, and we have even had video from a swim session shared that made our day! We already have our next reservation set at Partners. More...

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Cathy Richards Cody

26 June 2019

We got our dog from a rescue, and they found him wandering the streets. Tobey definitely had lots of behavior issues. He attended a 3 week behavior camp at Partners, and came home a well behaved pup. He still doesn’t like other dogs, but his behavior is controlled now. We also use Partners Holiday camp whenever we go on vacation. More...

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Vicki Kinzle

11 June 2019

knowledge of trainers was impressive and facility was clean and organized

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Amy Williams

1 May 2019

They did a good job with snake avoidance training for my 2 Labs.

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Anne Michatek McDonald

10 April 2019

Dedicated, knowledgeable trainers.

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Nicole H.

9 April 2019

We recently took our two golden retrievers here to receive Rattlesnake Avoidance Training. The whole program was extremely well organized and I get very confident in what our dogs learned. Everyone was incredibly nice and helpful with all of my questions. Hoping we never see a rattlesnake with them, but I definitely feel more comfortable now that we have gone through the training! More...

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Mark Brooks

3 April 2019

It all starts with an inquiry, all my questions were answered over the phone. I was provided with additional information about Partners Dog Training by email explaining the different programs.

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Debbie W.

15 March 2019

We just came back from our first snake training for our Tibetan Terrier at Partners. They were very helpful in explaining how their process worked. They also were very calm with our dog which helped her be less anxious.  Thankfully she's a very quick learner so within five minutes she had it figured out.  Between the scent and sound training, it's very effective.  We'll be going back in six months for a refresher. More...

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claire nightingale

1 March 2019

Maizie is so much better behaved after the 2 week training at Partners Dog Training. She is able to walk on a leash without pulling and sits on command. She is still rather willful but Malissa at Partners gave us the proper method to correct and work with her. We are looking forward to the 4 Thursdays of group lessons.
The 2 weeks really helped a lot with her behavior.
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D Sloggett

31 January 2019

My experience has been positive. The staff is very helpful and dedicated to helping clients understand and become more knowledgeable of how to handle ones dog, and also teach the dog owners how to understand and identify there own strength and weaknesses to become better dog handlers and owners. I would not hesitate to use Partners Dog Training. More...

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Kathy Schoonover

22 January 2019

Our puppy started off scared and reactive to other dogs. Working with Partners we learned the proper technique to introduce dogs, triggers and signals to watch for stress and aggression, basic commands to help with confidence and so much more! I highly recommend them, they really do teach you to bring out the best in you to bring out the best in your dog! Trainers are all excellent, caring, supportive, and knowledgeable! More...

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Nancy M.

10 January 2019

Partners does a great job working with both you and your dog. I worked with the trainer Emily with my dog Lola and my dog Gus. She is very thoughtful about how she approaches our lesson. She listens to my concerns and the things that I really need help with. She has a lot of experience and coaches you through the very small details of how to teach your dog each part of the lesson. I would recommend Partners and specifically Emily to anyone who is looking to enhance the relationship between themselves and their dog. Having both of my dogs receive training and working with them has made them not only more obedient but also all around better family members. Every time I go out and run into people along the trail with my dog they comment on how nicely behaved they are. Thank you Emily! More...

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Matt Delapiedra

5 January 2019

My dog Gunner graduated from training today after three weeks. He is five months old and he has grown so much because of the wonderful staff. They truly love the dogs and always were informative throughout the process. They are great! More...

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Matt Delapiedra

5 January 2019

My puppy Gunner just graduated from his three week training camp today, he is only six months old and he learned so much in his time at partners. They truly love the dogs that they work with and I feel very comfortable with him in their hands. I highly recommend partners for your dog! More...

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Kim Mitchell

4 January 2019

Partner's took care of my beloved Koko, a 9 month old Dutch Shepherd, for 16 days during the Christmas holiday. Meghan, who goes by Fancy, was Koko's trainer. Fancy did a tremendous job with Koko! Before we dropped Koko off for the training she was fairly well behaved. Yet, she was pushy with the grandkids and other dogs. At times she had a mind of her own. Thus recall was not a sure thing and she would bolt to anything she was more interested in seeing if she felt like it. Bike rides at times were an adrenaline rush on the way to a broken neck. Mine not Koko's. Enter Partners and Fancy the Trainer. I received emails while on vacation in regards to Koko's status and progress. When we picked up Koko Fancy and several of the Partners staff spent 1.5 hours with my wife and me to demonstrate what Koko had learned and to teach us how to keep the progress locked in. All I can say is WOW! Koko is, after the professional training at partners, an awesome smart well behaved dog. She has her commands down pat. Sit, Stay, Leave, Done, Down, Emergency Down, Heal, and come. She is a rock star. Koko is no longer pushy with the grandkids or other dogs. She is even more of a cuddler than before. Very calm and well mannered. Riding a bike to give her a good run is joy. There is zero tugging on the leash. The time and money was extremely well spent. We are signed up for more of the puppy classes. We will do Obidence level 2. We are also signed up for the Foundation Classes for competitive agility course competitions. I highly recommend Partners. Fancy was a great trainer. Kim Mitchell More...

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Kendall Huckins

4 January 2019

I brought in my 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier Bruce. He was dealing with several issues most notably dog aggression and separation anxiety. I dropped him off and didn’t see him for two weeks and was absolutely floored at the progress he had made. He was so confident and his confidence around other dogs was through the roof. We were so amazed by the progress that we brought our 18 month old American Staffordshire Terrier Zoe there and are awaiting the progress she will make! I would absolutely recommend this school to any dog family and even the most obedient dogs. More...

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Kim M.

4 January 2019

Partner's took care of my beloved Koko, a 9 month old Dutch Shepherd, for 16 days during the Christmas holiday. Meghan, who goes by Fancy, was Koko's trainer. Fancy did a tremendous job with Koko! Before we dropped Koko off for the training she was fairly well behaved. Yet, she was pushy with the grandkids and other dogs. At times she had a mind of her own. Thus recall was not a sure thing and she would bolt to anything she was more interested in seeing if she felt like it. Bike rides at times were an adrenaline rush on the way to a broken neck. Mine not Koko's. Enter Partners and Fancy the Trainer. I received emails while on vacation in regards to Koko's status and progress. When we picked up Koko Fancy and several of the Partners staff spent 1.5 hours with my wife and me to demonstrate what Koko had learned and to teach us how to keep the progress locked in. All I can say is WOW! Koko is, after the professional training at partners, an awesome smart well behaved dog. She has her commands down pat. Sit, Stay, Leave, Done, Down, Emergency Down, Heal, and come. She is a rock star. Koko is no longer pushy with the grandkids or other dogs. She is even more of a cuddler than before. Very calm and well mannered. Riding a bike to give her a good run is joy. There is zero tugging on the leash. The time and money was extremely well spent. We are signed up for more of the puppy classes. We will do Obidence level 2. We are also signed up for the Foundation Classes for competitive agility course competitions. I highly recommend Partners. Fancy was a great trainer. Kim Mitchell More...

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Patty S.

19 December 2018

Partners took care of my German shepherd dog while I was away on business and he got twice daily training sessions with Nicole who did a wonderful job.  He was so happy and eager working with her when I got back so I know he was well cared for.   She definitely has a way with dogs and training them.  And she trained me when I got back as to how I should handle him.  He's behaving wonderfully.  This is a well organized place and very busy!!  I would recommend them.  I've been boarding and training with them and our dogs over the many years we've been here. More...

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Alesther Asmundson

11 December 2018

Emily was a Rock Star trainer :) She bonded with our dog immediately and showed us when to be gentle and when to be firm! We boarded him in the behavior camp and it was worth every penny. We've just started but already are seeing tremendous improvements in him and in us! More...

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Melanie L.

3 November 2018

The entire staff is so friendly and accommodating. I took my pup here for private lessons with Emily and she was amazing. She helped our issue of pulling on the leash and even worked on a few more things with us as well. I highly recommend Emily and Partner's for any training you need for you dog! More...

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Melisa B.

17 October 2018

I'm so thrilled with partners! I've taken one of my dogs here a few times - level 1/2 obedience and most recently he stayed for 21 days at behavior camp. He had a lot of problems with fear aggression and territorial problems. Emily was his trainer and, though I was hesitant to drop my baby boy off for so long, I'm so happy I did. He is coping very well, learning good practices and his obedience is stronger than ever. Through continued lessons I'm happy that he & I will both feel comfortable going out and adventuring together. I was able to see how well all employees knew Luke, and he loved all of them, so I know he was well cared for and given lots of ear scratches and belly rubs! More...

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Yvette L.

18 September 2018

I was very happy with the private dog training provided by Melissa.  She was knowledgeable, conscientious, and personable. I will definitely have her back in my home for further assistance with my dog. More...

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Henry Olsen

17 September 2018

The understanding of the Dog World, and of Dog owners.

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Lori Ann Smith

30 August 2018

I cannot say enough this place. Sooooo reasonably priced, amazing staff. fantastic trainers. I'm am forever grateful to them. we will be back for yearly rattlesnake training, agility training, and getting Asa CGC certified. 5☆!!! Thank you Melissa! More...

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Julia Perrine

30 August 2018

Partners gave me the peace of mind now that we live near a nature preserve. Glad to know the pups will avoid the sakes!!!!

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Amy Mangin Malloy

27 August 2018

Partners is incredible. Our puppy went from out of control to wonderful and so well behaved. Absolute game changer!!! Thank you, Partners!

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Morgan Wheeler

17 August 2018

We just want to give a big thank you to Partners Dog Training and especially Jen who went above and beyond to make sure our little Fenny would be extremely well-behaved as we started a new chapter in our lives. We love Fenway but he showed some aggressive behavior before coming to Partners, but after working with Jen and coming back to a new home we already saw a drastic change in his behavior when meeting new family and friends. Without the help of Jen and Partners our little family wouldn’t be where we are today! More...

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Jocelyn Danielson Raught

12 August 2018

Very helpful in meeting the needs of the individual dogs and their owners.

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Jake W.

10 August 2018

I have a 1 year old Chocolate Lab, 6 months ago I took her for her first snake training session. Everything is ran very professional and very efficient. Tmrw we are going back for her refresher course. I highly recommend this class to all dog owners. More...

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Rachel Spivey

5 August 2018

Love love love them! My family would be broken without Partners. They treat you like family and take care of your babies as if they were theirs. I can’t say enough good things about Partners. We were having aggression problems with our Great Dane and I remember this tiny girl (Jen) comes in and immediately whipped him into shape. I was amazed. What an amazing group of people. More...

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Stephanie Gorman Foote

5 August 2018

Fergie the corgi graduated from Level 1 Obedience last November and I was remiss in sending my thanks and appreciation to Kelli and the team!! While I am still working on MY training, Fergie is so much better behaved in the neighborhood, out on the town and at home. We sing the praises of her training daily. Thanks for making it so FUN and achievable! More...

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Dawn Karr Bowles

5 August 2018

Partners helped us tremendously with my Chow rescue Jax. He was so fearful and could be aggressive when put in a situation that scared him. Partners gave him confidence through behavior and obedience training that helped him build trust that we were in control and were not going to harm him. He is far less fearful and is more trusting with men now, which was one of the major issues before we started training. We still take him to follow-up group training every other week and he continues to improve. I don't think we would have been able to help Jax without Partners. More...

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Marchelle Johnstone

5 August 2018

My dog Maddie loved Partners! She spent 2 weeks working with Emily and learned more than we ever could have taught her on our own. The building is clean, dogs are treated well, and our sessions were convenient with our schedules. We love Partners! More...

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Deborah McCune

5 August 2018

We have worked with Kalie now twice. Once a year ago with our 1 year old female Chocolate Lab who is gentle and extremely outgoing, to learn to greet people and other dogs, and to come when called. And, now we returned with our 9 month old male Chocolate Lab who is bold and also very outgoing, to help him with similar issues. Kalie helped us in both cases to understand what we were doing well and where we needed work in training our pups so they were socially polite and responsive to the commands we requested of them. Kalie clearly loves her work and our dogs (as I am sure she does all of her clients) and we appreciate the training she gives us as well. In a few short weeks we have seen improvement in both of our Labs. We no longer dread walking them and coming face to face with another dog and their owner. It was also important to us that our happy dogs keep their personality and not be "scared straight". Thank you, Kalie, for your talent and excellent guidance. More...

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Philip Sultzbaugh

5 August 2018

Partners is Awesome! We sent our Great Dane to aggression camp for 2 months last summer and we were lucky enough to have him team up with Jen. She and the other trainers did a wonderful job of rebalancing him to a dog that is much better behaved and we are grateful. We now take both our dogs there for overnight Howl-a-day camps whenever we are in need of a break or traveling and they love going. Thank you Partners for all that you do! It takes a lot of energy, patience, and luv to do what you do and we luv u for it! More...

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Lori Hart

5 August 2018

Wow, what a difference! Our dog, Molly, attended the three week behavior camp and we are so impressed with the change in her behavior. We have been taking our dogs to Partners over the years and have always been happy with their trainers and service. Our trainer for Molly is Jen, and she definitely lived up to this high bar! Thank you, Jen and Partners, for training Molly (and us!) More...

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Darlene Miller

5 August 2018

We came to Partners with our English Bulldog, Winnie, after an unsuccessful experience with an in-home trainer. Melissa was her trainer through the basic obedience program. Winnie was quick to respond on her basic commands and we were given a lot of help in how to continue working at home. Melissa was terrific. Our follow-up parenting classes had to cut short when Winnie came down with Valley Fever. We were pleased to see how well the training she had continued to work during and after her illness.

When Winnie became a teenage dog, she became a bit difficult - trying to dominate and being aggressive with smaller dogs. We brought Winnie back to Partners and Hannah took on the challenge of dealing with an exuberant year old Winnie. She worked wonders. We are currently continuing to work with Hannah to hone Winnie’s skills and give us ongoing support to assure that we maintain the progress she and Hannah started. Winnie loves to go to visit Hannah and is fast becoming a happier, we’ll mannered dog. Thanks Hannah and everyone at Partners
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Carol L. Russell

5 August 2018

Melissa is helping me learn how to work with my 3 year old german shepherd. Judy is doing so well after her 3 week stay at Partners Dog Training. Melissa is a very intuitive trainer. Her patience and loving approach makes training more enjoyable for Judy and me! This is the second dog Melissa has helped me train. My now 2 year old male, Sakata, is so well behaved he goes with me on appointments that allow animals and waits quietly by my side while I complete business. She was available for questions and has given me some very good ideas for further training. We all are very happy we met her!!! More...

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Beverly Arévalo

5 August 2018

We love Partners!!! My husband and I brought our 3 year old chocolate lab there for behavior camp since he was having trouble with resource guarding, especially with food. They did excellent and most importantly helped train us how to approach and handle his guarding. We were so impressed that we continued his training there with group classes and he just graduated level 3. Everyone there is amazing and we as a whole family love and enjoy coming here. More...

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Michele Creech Hill

5 August 2018

Bella. My 1 and a half yr old GSD just completed a 3 week board and train and I am so happy with her results. Melissa was her trainer. She is wonderful to work with. She took her time with me and made sure I understood everything. The entire staff there is extremely helpful and kind. The best part is that they all really do love Bella. I can see how much they care for her. We just had our first group class last night which we both loved! We are learning every day and I'm very grateful I chose Partners. More...

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Madeline Pleas

5 August 2018

The staff is so friendly and was able to really tame our puppy Rottweiler. He went away for a three week training camp while we were out of town and his behavior change has been night and day, for the better. The training techniques are easy to learn and he was able to follow them promptly. Previously we had used another trainer who came to our house. It was a total waste of time and money and our puppy did not learn anything from the trainer. We still have some sessions left and I am so excited to continue with his training. Highly recommend Partners to any dog owner. Thank you! More...

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Kristen Spadafora

5 August 2018

I love all the staff, everyone is super friendly and helpful! I took my German shepherd to their boot camp a year ago because of his aggressive behaviors, and after the camp he was a totally different dog! I'm so happy I took him here and he is amazing now! I also love that if I have any questions, they will help me without hesitation, even a year later! Elyse was awesome with him and so is Emily! More...

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Scott Hays

5 August 2018

Great folks and great results! Our Boston Terrier pup not only learned some great basic commands but apparently she also learned not to potty in the house anymore even though we didn't have potty training as part of our regime. Great program!

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Joan Mast

5 August 2018

Everyone at Partners is amazing. We've worked with Jen and I can tell you that she knows dogs and she's a delight to work with! Thanks Jen for being the best at what you do!! More...

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Ron Velasquez

5 August 2018

Partners Dog Training School is the best Dog school in the valley! My fiancé and I needed to be out of the country for a few weeks and were in need of a place to board our Aussie-doodle, Daya. Additionally, Daya was having some over-excitement and barking issues we really wanted to work on and thought that this was a great opportunity to knock out two birds with one stone. We were recommended Partners by our veterinarian and our experience greatly surpassed our expectations. The moment we picked up Daya, we could tell that she had a great time and had learned a ton! Our trainer, Emily, gave use a demonstration and provided a detailed explanation on how we should continue her training. Ever since, Daya has been the perfect dog! We even dabble in some casual agility training. To this day, we continue to receive compliments on Daya's behavior and responsiveness. We recommend partners to everyone we know! More...

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Maureen Michele

5 August 2018

My pup and I have had a great experience with Partners for both training and boarding. Kylie had a long history of behavior problems, and her time with trainer Kalie has made all the difference. She is like a new dog and I’m extremely grateful to Partners and Kalie in particular for investing so much time and thought to working with both her and me. I knew I had made the right decision when I saw Kylie interact with Kalie for the first time; Kylie has always been mistrustful of women, but she absolutely loves Kalie and trainer Jen. Thank you Partners for treating my best friend so well! More...

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Kristy Gill

5 August 2018

Fantastic staff and very accommodating! Our Cane Corso puppy just got back from the 2 week training and learned so much. She’s great on the leash, sitting and using her crate. Can’t wait to see even more improvement in our upcoming classes! A huge thanks to Jen our trainer for loving and teaching our girl while she wasn’t there!! More...

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Emma Isakson

5 August 2018

Emily was so amazing and wonderful to work with! Our little guy, Fritz, went into training with no manners and some really bad habits. He was aggressive with other dogs, jumping all over our table and counter, and just generally not listening. After 3 weeks at behavior camp he is like a new dog. Training helped establish a line of communication between us and things have never been better. Fritz listens, plays well with others, and is a much happier pup now that we do regular obedience training with him. Obedience has been a great positive outlet for his energy and drive and we are so thankful for Emily and Partners Dog Training for making it happen. More...

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Jo Lewis

5 August 2018

Gus is our Golden Retriever puppy who just loves going to class with Kalie each week. She does a great job training him and me. Gus is also a graduate of Puppy and Me class which was a great start to his training. Even though he has lots of 4-legged family members at home, introducing him to other dogs and their people has been very good for him. More...

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Mary Hood

5 August 2018

We recently moved to New Mexico from Iowa. We live on the high desert, about a mile or so from the mountains. Concerned that my dogs get snake avoidance training, I took them to a place in Albuquerque. A bull snake was basically tossed at my dogs, and they simply treated it like an agility obstacle and stepped or jumped out of the way, curiously watching it slide by. Not exactly what I had in mind, so I drove my two Shelties all the way to Cave Creek AZ for your training. Today my husband took the two dogs for a walk out on the road in front of our property, both dogs off leash. Abby was ahead of Gary and all of a sudden froze, would not move forward. Alex took a sudden 90 degree turn and ran away. Yep, sure enough there was a snake in the middle of the road, which Gary said he would not have seen until he was right up on it, as it’s coloring was about the same as the road. He called Abby and Alex, and all ran back home. Some people thought I was obsessing about getting my dogs trained, that it probably wouldn’t work, a waste of time and money….NOT! I am so glad I found out about your facility and obviously the training was a complete success! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Brandy Johnson

5 August 2018

My dogs Smudge and Buster attended the training in spring of last year. In the fall I was walking and the dogs were playing. I was watching the sunset and not really paying attention. Buster made his frequent check on me like he always does and he skidded to a dead halt and alerted. I didn't even see the big rattlesnake sunning itself in a divot in the middle of the dirt road I was walking on. The rattler was startled by Buster skidding to a stop and it coiled up and was buzzing loudly. Buster did exactly as trained and we ran from the area. I have no doubt in my mind I would have walked right up on this snake because I was not paying attention. I cannot say enough good things about this training, it's not only for your dogs safety, it's for you too. I'll be taking my newest dog to the training as well, I really believe it's necessary here in Arizona. Thank you to the staff for the training my dogs received! More...

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Barbara Hill

5 August 2018

Sandee was treated well and respect this was her 3rd time and feel it is a great investment in her health.

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Amy Bolling Metcalf

5 August 2018

One of my silly children flunked first time. But the refresher fixed that. I've had a bitten dog- never again

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Michele Putman

5 August 2018

We took our 9 month old puppy for rattlesnake avoidance training because we hike a lot and know snakes are a reality. The team did a great job caring for our girl while helping her understand what to smell/see/hear to avoid danger. The team was professional and insightful. We are glad we did it. More...

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Liz Swink

5 August 2018

I have two Parson Russell Terriers--not sure how the results will be (stubborn little monsters). The experience; however, was great. The staff was pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. We live next to the preserve and have lots of wildlife visitors (including rattlers). Hopefully, this will help--I am going to refresh them in August due to their stubbornness. More...

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Melinda Owen

5 August 2018

We were a little nervous about the training but it turned out to be a very positive experience. Moon very quickly responded to the training and my husband, Frank, was put at ease by Justin’s explanations of each step of the training. Thank you!

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Andrea Kamenca

5 August 2018

Terrific experience! Very professional. I am so glad we went and got our dog 'snake trained.' It was clear that they were experts. I found interactions with them to be courteous and customer-service oriented. Thank you! More...

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Magda Mandl Bondy

5 August 2018

Lalunia was handled with care and patience... she did really well for her first time in snake avoidance training... she survived.. just as importantly so did I!!! I think I was more nervous that she was.

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Barbara Duzan

5 August 2018

All the staff at Partners are great with the dogs. I took my year old dog, Coco, for her first snake avoidance training session. They worked with her until they were sure she was reacting appropriately when in the vicinity of the snakes. Not traumatized at all. Highly recommend them. More...

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Susan Rippinger

5 August 2018

Caring group of professionals that have your dogs safety as their top priority. There are no guarantees, but you never want your dogs first encounter with a snake to have a devastating ending.

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Michal Ann Joyner

5 August 2018

We took our 3 dogs to Partners today for snake avoidance. They are so wonderful and caring, and this is such an important step to protect our beloved family members. The snakes will be out in the next week or so, so please please take your dogs for snake avoidance. More...

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Gail Starr

5 August 2018

I’ve been doing this training every year whether my dog needs it or not. I lost a dog to a rattler and live in the desert! My Cowbelle1 is alive and well and free and . . . Had warned me twice if a misguided step! Viva Partners! More...

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Karl Prinke

5 August 2018

Now is the perfect time for creatures to start coming out. It is also a perfect time to get my pups street smart to the dangers of our beautiful Sonoran Desert.
With the help of Partners Snake Avoidance we have made the first step in helping protect them from serious injuries or death.
The staff at Partners were great with my dogs as they introduced them to the snakes.
They have a friendly staff and answered all my questions. Best recommendation for me was to bring them back in 6 months for a revisit refresher. A small price for a piece of mind that my pups will be around for a long time.
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Sheila Schauble Casperson

5 August 2018

So happy I took my dog Zeke to the snake training! It has always been a fear of Zeke getting involved with a snake on a trail. The team at Parners explained the process and I was able to see how it worked. Will be back in October for my refresher! Really puts my mind at ease doing this. More...

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Karen Wosnitzer Bradbury

5 August 2018

If you live in anywhere with a dog in rattlesnake habitat, I highly recommend putting them through this training. This is the second dog we've trained. Our first, ran into snakes on trails, and would not approach them at all after this training. She often let us know there was a snake up ahead, before we knew it ourselves. It's a must for dog owners who love their fur babies! More...

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Jill Davis Ratke

5 August 2018

What a great program! Wanted to make sure Kona won't try to play with snakes like she does with lizards at the cabin and I'm confident this snake aversion training did the trick. Grateful for Partners and their caring staff. Chris was especially kind when I got freaked out by hearing the rattlesnakes and watching Kona's reaction to them. I would highly recommend this program to my desert dwelling friends! More...

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Suzanne Pecoraro

5 August 2018

We are new to the AZ area and somewhat anxious about snakes especially in regard to our dog Sage. Justin and the other staff at Partners were great, professional, friendly and good with our dog. I gave 4 stars because I have one suggestion that would have made it perfect. I wish we could have walked Sage by other snakes in cages perhaps behind a bush or other environment we might encounter when walking her to see how she behaves after the training. I am somewhat concerned that I will not be diligent enough now that she has had the training. I would like to see how she actually behaves when encountering a snake. I plan to bring her back and see if they will let me walk her by a cage. Thanks for being available. More...

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Peggy Roberts

5 August 2018

This was Buddy and Roxy's second visit to Partners' Snake Avoidance training; the first for this year just in time after a neighbor spotted a big rattlesnake on our street earlier in the week. Would our sweet hounds remember the lessons they learned last year? Yes they did! We got to watch the trainers lead them over to the various cages housing the rattlesnakes. Each dog had a different reaction -- Buddy was in "No way am I going to fall for this trick again" mode and fled the scene immediately. Roxy ended up getting one mild "reminder" jolt after approaching the cage and that did it for her -- tail tucked between legs, froze in place after that. Small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing they have remembered the hard lessons and consequences of messing with a snake! More...

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Carol Satran

5 August 2018

I took Kona Joe for his refresher course a few weeks ago (3rd visit), he knew exactly what was going on. He was very nervous and Justin was very patient with him. When Kona saw Megan he relaxed a bit because she is his buddy. Kona did awesome. They even let me go out on the course this time and I was standing by the cage, when I called Kona he did not want to come near me. I highly recommend Partners for their snake avoidance classes. Last year the class paid off when there was a rattler on our porch. Kona came inside immediately. Definitely worth the time and money to have your dog go through the class. Thank you to your great staff!?❤️? More...

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Amy I.

30 July 2018

I brought my dog Willie to Partners for training, both snake and obedience.  What a difference this has made.  All the trainers are very knowledgeable and friendly.  You can tell they are passionate about helping people train their dogs.  Such a wonderful experience.  I would definitely recommend Partners to anyone who needs a trainer. More...

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Warren G.

28 July 2018

We have three Australian Shepherds, Snoopy, Peanut (two of which are brothers which are almost two years old, and the third is the mom (Dee Dee, who's 6 years old). We decided to sign both of the puppies up for extensive training while we were gone on vacation for two weeks. As it turns out, one puppy ended up staying for three weeks and the other was there for four weeks. These are our kids, so we felt like we had to make an investment in getting them better trained. All of the staff there are great! From Megan who helps you get checked in and keeps in communication with you while they are being boarded and trained, to Melissa our trainer, Kalie and Kelly. They have been so understanding and patient with us as we realize that 1/2 of the job is training us the proper ways to teach our dogs obedience and show them that we're in control and not the dogs. Peanut and Snoopy love working with Melissa and have learned so much from her. We still have a long road ahead of us, but Partners Dog Training School established a great foundation with the puppies and with our follow up classes will help us learn how to better manage our dogs. I would highly recommend Partners Dog Training School and looking forward to continuing to work with them as they help us train our kids. More...

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Emilie S.

11 July 2018

Excellent customer service. My Hank came back a new boy.  Trainers and owners truly care for every dog and every owner. Extremely knowledgeable and everyone plays a role. I would recommend to family and friends every time. I even had a one on one training session with the owner and I learned more with him in 10 minutes than I have ever with previous dogs and previous places. Five stars. More...

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Pinnacle M.

8 July 2018

Great training and a wonderful staff.  Took very good care of both dogs and explained the results of the testing immediately.

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Kerri B.

30 May 2018

We live in Cave Creek and knew that we needed to take our 1 year old puppy to snake training. We had taken our older dog there when she was a puppy and living in Cave Creek, it is a much needed training tool. He did great! They take you through the desert with different scenarios so that they smell, see and hear the snakes. Our pup only needed to receive the stim on the e-collar once and then he backed away the other times he came near it. It's really a great experience because it should help save your dog if they ever encounter a rattler. Tough love but well worth it. It saves your dog from getting bit and also is much less expensive than anti-venom! I think everyone in AZ should invest in training like this for their dog! More...

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Melissa P.

18 May 2018

Great program!  Hope we never need the snake avoidance training tho!!!

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Denise G.

17 May 2018

We have taken our dogs there for the Snake Avoidance Training and it has worked great.  The trainers are great with the dogs. Our dog Ridley has warned us a few times now of snakes. Highly recommend. More...

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Lisa B.

17 May 2018

Thank you Partners for training all three of our furry friends and keeping them safe! We highly recommend your services.  This training is a must for those living in our environment. More...

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Susan B.

17 May 2018

We went to Partners Dog Training for our first snake training last year when our dog Neliah (30# Golden doodle) when she was 6 mo old and it was great and she caught on quickly....this year when she went back for her refresher she was acting a bit nervous....she remembered the previous experience.  They do a wonderful job and will be back next year for our annual refresher. More...

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Brooke C.

17 May 2018

Partners was very professional and showed that they genuinely care for the dogs. I was worried about the experience and they set me at ease. I also like that the snakes are treated humanely and are not defanged. More...

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Lola G.

17 May 2018

Well I can't say that I enjoyed the experience -however, I'd like to believe, 'what doesn't kill you wil make you stronger'.  We'd recently had a rattlesnake experience and were fortunate to not have gotten bitten. This motivated us to have 'Trout' go through the training.  It pained me to watch him get zapped with shock collar, but it beats the alternative.  I am hoping that this will keep us a little safer. The staff were very professional and efficient. We will do the follow-up when it is time. More...

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Doug G.

7 May 2018

If you want to prevent your dog from getting bit by a rattlesnake, this is the place to go. They make it easy and quick. Great customer service. Our dog, Scout, was fine with the people, even though she's not around other people much. We think dogs know if a person is nice.  She will be back for her refresher training in six months. Thanks.By the way, haven't seen a snake yet, but we did pass a hole that she wouldn't go near! She usually sticks her nose in every hole. More...

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John B.

14 April 2018

Well, did not get anything free, don't know the family, nor anyone who works here...so what I am about to say is unsolicited. Ruger ( the dog) went for his first " snake avoidance " class....Ruger can be difficult, not only did he like everyone, they understood his barking. (letting all know that Ruger is in the area)....The trading was completed, explained,and we feel better and that Ruger is safer now...we will follow-up in 6 months, and set him up with more training for his barking issues. Great people, place, down to earth. More...

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Alexandra M.

27 March 2018

Partners Dog Training School is amazing.  We brought Cody to them with serious separation anxiety issues and pretty much no training at all.  He is somewhat older, so we didn't know how much progress he could make.  It turns out that you can teach an old dog new tricks!  Cody's anxiety is much improved, and we now have the knowledge we needed on how to help his behavior.  All of the staff at Partners clearly love dogs and want the best for them.  Emily, in particular, was an amazing trainer and we can't thank her enough for what she's done for our family. More...

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Wilbur J.

23 March 2018

Having previously used Partners for my dogs, they were the only place I thought of when I got two puppies. They were so patient with my stubborn one; there was no way I would have been able to get her to the stage she is at so quickly. They did the training camp and now it is a pleasure to take them for a walk. They don't pull and when we come to people they sit instead of jump. one thing they stress is just because they are out of camp, doesn't mean the training stops. I know this from previous dogs but it helps to reinforce with the owners too. I've seen dogs who've gone other places and eve done it myself once. Once. The money was a waste because of the lack of follow through on their part and mine. As an owner, I too need reminding that it is an on going process. Partners commitment helps reinforce mine and my dogs.  I now have four well behaved dogs that are a joy to take anywhere. More...

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Kimberly H.

17 March 2018

We brought our 10 month old, yellow lab Sandy, here for their snake training and were very impressed! Everyone we worked with was very professional, and you can tell they truly care about the well-being and safety of your dog. Within one, 20 minute training session, Sandy wouldn't go near or look at the snakes (all in cages), even when I went over by the cage and called her name. I will definitely be bringing her back in 6 months for a refresher course, since we are big hikers and are training her to walk off leash. Highly recommend! More...

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Billy Tichenor

9 March 2018

Great place for obedience training! Jen is excellent

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Jeff Mac

25 February 2018

Great service. Clean. Worry free zone. Continuous support and feedback. Would rec to anyone.

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Chris N.

10 February 2018

Just had my 2 Labs snake trained at Partners. Excellent service! Pleasant people with smiling faces!  Everything went perfectly. These folks know what they are doing for sure.  Real life exposure to rattlesnakes... the sounds and the smells... and  the dogs learn to avoid them. I feel much better taking the boys on a hike or even letting them out in the back yard now they've had this training.  I can't recommend Partners enough. Very, very nice job snake training my dogs. Excellent! More...

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Marvin Cohn

11 January 2018

I give Partners and Emily a strong 5 stars & 2 thumbs up. We have excellent weekly private training sessions with Emily for our 10 month old Havanese, Piper. We originally signed up for 5 weeks and have now added another 5 week session. Piper also loves the day care! More...

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Marvin C.

11 January 2018

I give Partners and Emily a strong 5 stars & 2 thumbs up.  We have excellent weekly private training sessions with Emily for our 10 month old Havanese, Piper.  We originally signed up for 5 weeks and have now added another 5 week session.Piper also loves the day care! More...

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Adam L.

10 January 2018

We have used Partners for two of our dogs when they were puppies, a yellow lab and a goldendoodle. Each time after the two week training course they came back calmer, attentive and more obedient.  Partners is not the cheapest option but if you commit to the expense and the follow up training sessions, you will have a well adjusted pet for your family. More...

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Sydney Bandy

7 January 2018

The most AMAZING place to train and leave your dogs when you are away. I can’t put into words how incredibly partner’s is and treat your dogs like their own. Partner’s goes above and beyond for our fur babies. Kalie is our fantastic trainer and has changed our dogs lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. More...

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Kylee F.

2 January 2018

I brought my dog Zeus here when he was just barely 7 months old. He's a larger breed, which means if he wasn't trained, he was going to train me. I was a little skeptical at first, because Zeus is like my kid - so I was hesitant to leave him somewhere for so long. However, every week I went to see him I saw vast improvements in his behavior. I'm so absolutely grateful for the work they did with him. He's now almost two and is still doing phenomenal. If it wasn't for Partners in Dog Training, I wouldn't know the techniques to training him. They take the time to explain what they're doing and teach you how to do it. The way they care for the dogs and the patience they have makes this the best training school anyone could hope for. The classes they provide, and being able to reach out to them makes it a team effort. I love this place. More...

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Kathy Wagner

30 December 2017

My 7 month-old-Aussie had decided to take a stubborn independent streak. I called Partners for help and scheduled private lessons. I was very lucky in having Emily assigned as my trainer. Emily was outstanding. Not only did Murphy respond to her well, Emily was able to "train" me. I saw a remarkable difference in just a few weeks. Thank you Emily for all your help!! More...

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Bob W.

6 November 2017

Ubu is now over a year out of training and .... it just gets better!I can walk him off-leash (rarely practiced, and only in limited circumstance) and expect him to come when called. We are still working on extended stays, but I can put him in a "down" and have him stay there .... at the dog park with other animals around. No signs of aggression towards other dogs, and he has some friends he loves to play with. He tolerates all dogs big or small.Cant say enough about Partners. The staff and training is first-rate! More...

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Debbie Grady Meleshko

26 September 2017

Very satisfied with the professional staff and excellent training. Took a strong-willed rescue with numerous issues. The results far surpassed our expectations and worth the time & every penny spent.

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Joanne I.

16 September 2017

We adopted our rescue dog, Millie, in February of this year.  She is two and definitely had some issues with fear/trust and abandonment.   We enlisted the help of Partners and left Millie for 3 weeks in Dogie Boot Camp.  It was worth every bit of time and the money we spent.  Can't recommend Emily enough!  Great mix of discipline, compassion and loving :))  Without this program, Partners and the wonderful staff, I seriously doubt that Millie would have found her forever home with us, as we were considering re-homing her.We just finished level 2 obedience classes with Melissa, who is another super dog trainer.  Millie would never be the confident obedient dog she is today, without the skills she and US were taught at Partners.Finally, we board Millie each time we go away.  She bounds onto the Partners property and loves all the staff there.  She is all bathed up for pick up with the cutest report card about her behavior while there.This is a fairly large business, but is definitely professional with a personal touch.  Millie has found her forever family and her home away from home with Partners :)) HIGHLY recommend! More...

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Lina Gianquitto

21 August 2017

What an amazing experience we had with Partners! We have a 10 month germain shepard who is 85 lbs. I was having problems with her walking and and listening to me this this is my first dog. Someone told me about Partners dog training school and I went in desperately looking for help and I put her in the 2-week camp. It was the best decision I've ever made my dog is awesome she walks with me she listens to us she's so well-behaved I cannot thank them enough this is definitely the place to be whether or not your dog has a behavioral problem for even basic training you need to trust in partners you will not get better service anywhere else I've been to other places and I'm so glad somebody told me about partners money well spent love them and you'll love them too!! Once again I want to thank Emily and the rest of the staff for a great experience and let's not forget Leighton who gives great advice who knows dogs better than we know our children who's taught me a lot don't forget to watch his shows on Facebook live every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. More...

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Jessica Mae Shipman

4 July 2017

Love this place! What a wonderful clean, friendly and amazing Facility!! I Came to Partners Dog Training School to have a private lesson with Melissa. My 7 month old Standard poodle Raylan and Myself drove from Tucson to get a lesson in Dock diving! Let me say it was so worth the 2 hour drive. As Melissa worked with Raylan I realized I had come to the right place. She was direct with her instructions and gave feed back as we went along. She was amazing and Raylan really took to her! They have a boarding facility as well. As a Pet care professional myself, this place screamed they truly cared about the pets in their care. The runs were clean and everything smelled sanitized. The Pets that can be seen are clearly happy and plenty of water! Truly so happy I found this place!! Can't wait for next week! More...

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Julie Frank

18 June 2017

I've been a big fan of Partners for several years. I've taken my Jack Russell, JJ, there and worked through several tiers of group obedience lessons -- JJ always looks forward to going because he enjoys the classes so much. Leighton is a blast to work with because his knowledge of animal behavior is encyclopedic. He's also demonstrates empathy to the owners and dogs in his demonstrations and explanations of what he's trying to get us to accomplish. I don't think there's an undesirable behavior a dog can do that he doesn't have an answer for correcting. And it's always positive. The assistant trainers are outstanding as well -- smart, experienced, skilled communicators, and always kind to the dogs and owners. Partners is a great facility, every interaction there has been a positive experience. We've also done snake avoidance training at Partners. Just the other day, while walking JJ on the leash in my neighborhood, he simply stopped in his tracks and wouldn't move forward. He had spotted a snake several feet ahead of us. Proof that it works! More...

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Charles Krizan

14 June 2017

The best in the valley possibly the country! Give Leighton a call and get your pooch taken care of!

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Maritza Arias

7 May 2017

Best training I've ever experienced with Kelli at Partners! My little guy (dottie/pug) is an aggressive little guy, and she patiently worked with him to change his attitude towards people and food aggression. They taught me through the basics, and showed me that training and happens at BOTH ends of the leash. Training must continue and be followed through at home in order for any trainings to be effective. Some of these negative reviews are astounding. Sounds like some people reviewed them negatively when they didn't even follow training at home. It doesn't just stop at Partners, it continues at home! Another thing, people are complaining about price? Or "punch tickets for loyal customers"...well 1. This isn't Starbucks. And as for the price, you really do get what you pay for, and thats excellent training and customer service!!! I would choose Partners any day, particularly to be trained with Kelli! More...

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Erica B.

7 May 2017

I have a border collie-husky mix and am a first time dog owner. Kelli was our trainer, and I do mean "our." She patiently but firmly taught me how to handle a dog that learned very quickly but was also independent and stubborn, emphasizing consistency and clarity. She is very positive, generous with praise and treats and encourages you to make it exciting and fun for your dog to obey a command, but she is also focused on making sure the dog is doing something the right way. My dog loved it - she was excited to go to class and loved it when Kelli would take the leash because Kelli makes it so easy for the dog to know what she expects of her. This really is a great experience not just for a new puppy but especially, I think, for a new dog owner. More...

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Nancy Heppner

5 May 2017

My husband and I adopted our rescue dog, Bonnie, along with her 'brother', Clyde, in May 2014. Throughout this time Bonnie has been a wonderful girl in so many ways except for her extreme dislike for dogs, other than Clyde. This behavior of hers has made our lives quite frustrating at times, because we take them with us on trips, etc. We finally realized that we needed professional help with her, and that trying to 'fix' her on our own was not working. We called Partner's Dog Training School after checking on a couple other ones and we could not be any happier. Bonnie had a 3 week behavior camp, and is now in the follow up classes. She had her first follow up class today -- (I need some more training, but Bonnie did great!) :) The staff here are all wonderful, and very professional. They are very thorough, and patient. I would highly recommend this dog training school. We are so very pleased. More...

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Roxanne W.

4 May 2017

Partners Dog Training literally saved the day with my little rescue dog, who was so aggressive that she bit everyone who tried to approach her - real, blood-drawing bites! Luckily, Zoe is a small Lhasa Apso, but if anyone extended a hand towards her, she'd go after them like a honey badger! I couldn't take her anywhere, had to groom her myself (and it was like grooming a sharknado), had to muzzle her for the vet, and couldn't have anyone enter my house. Daily walks were a nightmare, as she was so feral and bonkers on the leash, she tried to kill any bird/dogs/people she saw!After I had her 3 months, I was in a panic because I didn't know where I would board her for an out-of-country vacation my husband and I had planned before we adopted her. I had tried two doggie boarding places for a day, but Zoe terrorized everyone to the point that no one could/would get near her! I had spent $500 on private training that was a complete waste of money... The trainer wouldn't even enter my house, he was too afraid of her! He "diagnosed" all of Zoe's aggression as being "anxiety-based," and I accepted his diagnosis and tried to help Zoe be more secure and less "afraid." She became pretty good with me, fair with my husband, but remained 100% biting-aggressive towards everyone else! It was looking like we'd have to cancel our trip, as the last thing I wanted was for Zoe to be confined to a kennel for two weeks, just like the shelters she had come from!That's when I discovered Partners Dog Training School and their Aggression Camp. My biggest need was to be able to board Zoe where she would have human interaction, but the fact that they would give her daily training sessions to address her behavior sounded too good to be true! To be honest, I didn't think Zoe would learn much, as I thought she was too feral... & maybe not very smart! I was simply relieved that she would be in a safe, secure environment where her meanness didn't scare off the trainers! My husband and I left on our trip, and we arranged to come back for a progress-demonstration in two weeks. We didn't have high expectations.Well! All I had hoped for was that we would observe Zoe (through one-way glass) being less "anxious" and not biting anyone! However, what we actually saw was a happy, obedient little dog joyfully following Jen (her assigned trainer) on the leash, heeling, stopping, sitting, laying down, going to her "place," interacting with other trainers and dogs... ZOE'S TRANSFORMATION WAS JAW-DROPPING!! My husband and I literally cried tears of joy and disbelief! Zoe not only adored Jen, she happily obeyed! Jen didn't think Zoe was anxious at all! Rather, Jen said Zoe was a very confident dog who knew how to use her teeth to get her way. That piece of information was critical to our understanding how important it was to instill structure into every aspect of the home environment and all our routines. What a difference it has made! Partners helped us learn the importance of making Zoe "earn" our affection with good behavior. We copied everything Jen had done: since Zoe was now crate-trained, we bought her a crate, and it has made my life so much easier! She runs to it whenever she sees me getting ready to leave the house! We bought a "place" bed like Jen had used, and I even take it places where I need Zoe to quietly "stay"... it works! We kept her on a leash, even indoors, for about 3 months, because it made such a difference in her behavior! I attended the 8 follow-up group classes with Zoe... she loved them so much, we repeated with 8 more classes! And by the end of the second round of training, I was able to take Zoe off her leash indoors. She has been sweet, good-natured, playful and lively-but-obedient! I take her places with me all the time, and she is mellow and well-behaved. I still do not allow people to approach her to pet her, but we'll continue to work on it. Zoe completed Partners' Level 2 training classes, and we have recently begun Level 3! I have followed through on everything Partners has taught me, and it has transformed my dog, transformed my home, even transformed my life! To me, the trainers there are like angels from heaven who enabled me to "see the light": Zoe is willful, there's no doubt, but she is also very loving and smart. She is now known in our neighborhood as "that really cute dog who heels so well!" It's a miracle! Thank you, Partners Dog Training School! More...

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Cee Rock

2 May 2017

A very cool facility with everything a dog could want. Heck I want to go to day care there! Leighton is very knowledgeable with training all types of dogs and freely shares his tips and insights. I love his facebook live sessions where you can ask him anything! They really do care about dogs and it shows in the work they do. More...

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Scott Van Ells

30 April 2017

Took my 5 1/2 month old Yellow lab for snake avoidance training. Staff was friendly and professional, did an outstanding job of explaining what they were doing and why. Hopefully never find out if the training was effective or not but feel confident in what he learned. More...

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Marilyn Muhlenpoh

30 April 2017

My husband and I have been bring Ben to training from level one and now we are in level three. Ben loves it,and we have made just great progress with Kalie Rumaner as our instructor.��

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Jamie Ortiz

30 April 2017

I am the proud owner of two rescue dogs, Hank a Boston Terrier mix and Cookie a Pitt mix. Both suffered from severe separation anxiety, which resulted in damage to my home and my dogs (Hank breaking off his nails trying to claw out of his crate and Cookie breaking open a window in an escape attempt and chewing her way out of multiple crates). Kaylee worked with both Hank and Cookie and was amazing! She taught both of them obedience, and more importantly taught me how to handle and "read" my dogs behaviors. All around we are much happier family and my dogs have responded beautifully to the structure we learned at partners. I can't say enough good things about this amazing facility! Kaylee, Thank you for all your hard work and encouragement! More...

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Stephanie Chang

29 April 2017

Taking our extremely high energy golden retreiver, Aspen, to train at Partners was the best decision we could have made. We have had many classes with Kelli McCoy all the way through to level 4. She is an amazing and caring instructor! Not only did she train Aspen and help to break bad habits, she trained us as well! She taught us the skills we needed so we could work with him at home. I had a hard time being firm and she worked with me to have more confidence in handling my large dog. We are so thankful for a wonderful school like partners. We have also done snake training and dock diving at the school. It is awesome that they have so many options available! Thank you to everyone there :-) More...

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Taren Sario

28 April 2017

I am the Director for Lulubelle Animal Rescue. We sometimes encounter dogs with aggression issues. We have used Partners to help us get these dogs under control and get them to the point where they are manageable and adoptable! One of the biggest examples was our Lance. He was on the euthanasia list at county. We pulled him and realized he needed training! After doing camp at Partners and getting the training he needed he finally found the perfect home! We couldn't have done it without Kelli and the crew at Partners! More...

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Marcel Hanard

28 April 2017

Great staff and variety of classes to keep your dog stimulated. We have completed Agility 1 and Agility 2 with Anita as the instructor and our dog loves it. We just started Rally class with Anita and are very pleased with the class too. Snake training is on our schedule 2 weeks from now and maybe dock diving in the future. More...

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Anna Davis

28 April 2017

My Zeus and Cocoa worked with Kelli. I'm amazed at the change! My very smart but also very stubborn Cocoa actually listens and obeys my commands now whereas before she would give me a look that said "no way am I doing that mom"... especially when it came to getting in her kennel. Now she just runs right in when I tell her too! Kelli is great! More...

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Lisa Hanard

28 April 2017

My husband and I adopted our rescue Dog Marli 5 months ago and brought her to Partners Dog Training to learn agility only 3 weeks after we adopted her. She has just finished level 2 Agility and in the last 4 months has really blossomed. She loves agility and her instructor Anita is the best. So knowledgeable and such a great teacher. The other girls are wonderful too. Melissa has taken special care to help use socialize her to other humans in between agility drills. You have a great team here. We just signed up to learn Rally this past week and that class is equally enjoyable and educational. Anita is a great instructor for Rally too. We can't wait to see how much we learn. More...

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Suzi Wild

28 April 2017

Both my labs. Holli and Tucker were trained by Kelli. Even though we know all labs know how to swim she coached them in dock diving. Such a great experience. Kelli was very patient with our then 1 year old Tucker. More...

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Erica C.

27 April 2017

I am so happy that we were lucky enough to find Jen Shelton and Partners! My husband and I rescued a Yorkie/Cairn terrier mix who displayed serious aggression toward other people and controlling behaviors once he got comfortable with us. He's def full of personality and makes our home complete but his aggression was making it hard to take him anywhere, even to the vet! We found Partners and Jen Shelton was our pup's main trainer during his stay at Behavior Bootcamp and he came home a very obedient pup. Jen clearly knows and loves dogs. We are so happy keep working with her on our pup's aggressive behavior, we won't give up on him and neither will Jen! Thank you Jen! More...

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Sue Sanne

12 April 2017

Took my puppy through snake avoidance...they were really awesome & thorough. Looking forward to doing more business in the future!

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Shane Jensen

24 January 2017

Awesome facility and the staff is even better! Would highly recommend to anyone who has a dog.... no age minimum or maximum!

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Frederick M. Smith

21 January 2017

Great staff and great training. We boarded or dog for three weeks and had him trained while there. He is doing great.

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Terra Lynn

23 December 2016

I am so grateful to have found Partners. Elyse was wonderful with my dog. Though 3 weeks was tough, the pictures helped. Can't wait to keep working with you guys! More...

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J.J. F.

11 December 2016

We are extremely grateful that we found trainer Jen Shelton, and Partners. It is evident that she genuinely cares about dogs (AND their people) and strives to give them all a better life. We were having a horrible time introducing a new puppy into our home, but Jen's patient guidance provided us with the structure we needed for a smoother transition. Our Fletcher not only tolerates puppy Forrest after his time there, but even seems to enjoy the company and invites play! Thank you Jen! And thank you to the entire staff. Every person we've encountered there has been kind and helpful!It was a very difficult (and much debated) decision to put our 7 year old dog in the 3 week long 'behavior camp', but after meeting Jen and a number of other staff members, we felt much more comfortable doing so. They do allow pet parents to observe evaluations and a few training sessions via a two way mirror, and this eased our own separation anxiety a bit! Also, the way Jen and all the ladies there would swoon over our adorable (obnoxious) little Fletcher warmed our hearts. He may be middle aged, but he has still 'got it'! ;-) More...

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Kim Randall

3 December 2016

Everyone here is wonderful. Our trainer, Emily, has helped us so much and Xochitl loves to attend camp when we travel. She comes home happy, tired and clean. What dog could ask for more?

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Ginny S.

21 November 2016

We started our sheltie off in day care to help her with socialization.  She loves it!!  She cannot wait to get to each visit.  Kelly gives her a lesson every day care session and is now giving her private lessons. Kelly loves her job and her clients and it shows.  She listens to our concerns and zeros right in on the solution. A well trained dog is a happy dog (and owner).  This is the place to go. More...

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Heidi Hollingshaus Hawkins

12 November 2016

Thor loved Partners' puppy camp and came back a new dog! They are so easy to work with and are incredibly helpful in teaching us how to be good dog parents!

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Ingrid Austin

12 November 2016

Great facility with wonderful trainers and staff!!!! We've seen such an improvement in our boxer/mastiff and we owe it all to Partners Dog Training!!!!!

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Tina Graves Etzler

2 November 2016

We are having a great time learning Rally obedience with our Trainer, Anita! Can't say enough good things about Partners and the quality of their staff. Without such great people like Anita training me, I may never have learned to have such a fun and rewarding experience for me and of course my beloved Pitbull, Chip. Thank you, Partners! More...

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Shane Player

1 October 2016

Elyse worked with both Apollo and I for the last several months to make him a more obedient, loving and well mannered dog. She is always available when I have a question, and the constant feedback and advice is always welcome. Apollo is now a bilingual dog � More...

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Gwynn Powell

1 October 2016

I don't know if there are enough positive things to say about Partners and, specifically, the Trainer Elyse. Taking our dog, Charlie, to Partners over a year ago was one of the best decisions for our family. They gave us the support and tools to adequately deal with a dog that has aggressive behaviors. Charlie and us have been active participants in group classes led by Elyse, moving up through the levels with people and dogs that have issues and needs just like us. It has been such a comfort and great resource to have someone like Elyse work with us through each challenge and give us the tools to be confident dog owners. More...

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katie s.

1 October 2016

I cannot say enough about partners and specifically our trainer Elise. Our private lessons with elise were a game changer. We adopted our dog Wrigley and although she had the basic commands....she was definitely in charge!  Elise not only made an amazing connection with Wrigley..but she trained us equally.  Wrigley is a completely different dog...becoming more social, disciplined and confident.  Thank you Elise.  You are the best!! More...

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Chris Pytlarz

12 September 2016

I am so glad I saw the Partners' school bus and enrolled my puppy, Honey, into the the beginners class. Amy M. trained Honey and me. She was patient, professional and made the class fun. She gave me some great tips to get us over a few humps.We had great reinforcement every time we tried to come thru the gate. We couldn't enter until I got Honey under control. She was always so excited to get to class. The staff were great. We plan to enroll for the next level. Thank you, Amy. More...

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Laurel D.

11 September 2016

Partners had out Plott Hound, Daisy Mae back in December for 2 weeks of obedience training and then an extra week of boarding while we were on vacation. Our trainer, JEN SHELTON was AMAZING!!!  We needed to have Daisy start her journey of crate training and that is exactly what we loved the most about our experience. 9 months later here we are and our hound is doing beyond expectations. Recently we took our Daisy Mae on a 14 hour each way trip to Ketchum, Idaho and we also brought her crate. She did amazing.  Not one peep in the car and she was extremely well behaved in the hotel room. I cannot say enough about her obedience training. When we registered her we were told we would not have a perfect dog and we don't. It takes work. We did everything we were told when we got her home and of course we still have days of "Daisy Mae NO!"  The coolest thing I think is when we hike Gateway Daisy sits on command to allow hikers to pass and sits before a mountain bike approaches...that took some training for sure...however Jen got the ball rolling. The tough part about our breed is that she requires a GPS tracking collar to ever go off leash and with the laws around here..plus desert conditions it's a good thing. We have never had an incident at a dog park in reference to fighting and as a matter of fact everytime she stays at a local place she gets RAVING reports on her behavior and her ability to get along with other dogs.  Dog park, she is awesome. I owe a ton of that to JEN SHELTON!!!!If your dog needs some obedience training or training of any kind I would highly recommend Partners.  HOWEVER, it takes more than just the trainiers you have to be willing to listen to their suggestions and follow through consistently.REQUEST JEN SHELTON!!!! More...

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Aneta Crisan

10 September 2016

Thank you Elyse for teaching Diesel how to jump of the dock and me how to throw the bumper (which I still need practice with). You rock and so does all the staff at Partners, they are always so nice and helpful. Thank you all for what you do! It does make a big difference when you have a well behaved dog. More...

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Kellie Zimmet

5 September 2016

I have nothing but great things to say about Partners & the awesome trainers there. We have used them for the initial 3 week Training program where our dog came out a different dog with manners, obedience, and he loved his trainer Jen. She was awesome to work with as was the whole staff there. They really care about their work & clients- both the people & the dogs. We asked a ton of questions before choosing to invest in the program for our dog & Kalina was great at answering everything. The follow up classes to this program were great for the dog, but more about me learning how to work with him. Leighton the owner is a great communicator with his clients and a true dog whisperer. We have since taken him back for boarding (which you can choose to do training & exercises for them again too as a refresher- it is awesome!). It is a simple boarding facility without fancy tv's in their kennel ( ), but clean facilities & a knowledgeable staff. We have used their snake training- which absolutely works. We also enlisted him in the agility classes with Anita who was also awesome to work with. I really have nothing but great things to say about this place & the staff. When we go back, my Buddy gets so excited to see his friends on staff that it is hard for me to hold him back from giving kisses to those that he has worked with- that is just an easy indicator of how much he also loves this place & would also give a 5 star review! :) More...

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Jackie Petersen

29 August 2016

I have so many good things to say about this place and their staff. I brought my dog Ollie in for aggression camp back in February where he stayed for almost a month. Elyse was our trainer, and she managed to turn him from an unpredictable high risk dog who didn't respect my authority to one who listens and behaves (most of the time, no one's perfect). Elyse was (and is!) wonderful at answering any questions and/or concerns about Ollie throughout the long training process and always made herself available if I ever needed her. I can't thank her enough for what she has done for both Ollie and I! We continue to take classes from her now to further the training that has been established over the last 6 months. I can't recommend Partners and Elyse enough! More...

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Jay Poole

29 August 2016

We love Partners, and have been going there for 2 years with our problem child Nala. We knew she would need a lot of work when we rescued her, and talked to a number of trainers before we decided on Partners. The staff and facility is top notch. Elyse has been our go to and has done a fantastic job training Nala (and Nala's owners...). We're lifelong customers! More...

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Stefan M Babirak

27 August 2016

Had a great experience with our trainer Elyse. She really took to our pup Rudy, understood his challenges and keep us in the loop of his progress. When it was time to reunite, Elyse took the time to show me Rudy's progress 1st hand, and gave us time to adjust to each other. Thank you Elyse. More...

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Molly Bruce

15 August 2016

We just love our trainer JEN!! She was the best and has helped our Penny be a much better girl! Thanks Jen!

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Trisha D.

15 August 2016

Two years ago we picked out this terrified pup from a shelter and brought her home. For the first two months I could only take her outside after dark because she was so timid but then I called my friend Leighton A Oosthuisen at Partners Training and asked about private lessons. We were paired up with Jen Shelton who totally changed my Tori's life! She is now a goofy playful pup that loves other dogs and people. Jen  used her own dog Violet to help socialize Tori and show her how to be a good girl! If you need help training your fuzzy kid please give Partners a call and talk to Jen Shelton! More...

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Cindy Hogan

12 August 2016

My partnership with Partners started when I was searching for an agility class for my first border collie. Soon I fell in love with the sport. So I aquired my second border collie to also train in agility. This time around Partner's obedience classes gave me some tools of control for a very exuberant border collie on the agility field. And when the dock diving pool arrived- oh wow, the fun really started. I now have my third border collie. We have completed Partner's obedience level one and now on to the rally class. Though I enjoy competing with my dogs, most of all I enjoy my partnership with my dog ,whether they win or not. I thank Partners for getting me involved with performance sports with my dogs. And also the human friendships I have made in all these adventures. More...

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Robin Boone

8 August 2016

Partners Agility Training was a terrific experience for Angel, my German Shepherd, and me. We had a lot of fun together while learning new skills. I definitely recommend the class.

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Ann Wallenmeyer-Krahman

4 August 2016

I want to call a shout out to Jen and Jessie for an awesome Level 1 Obedience class for me and Hopkins. He is 8 months old and the Level 1 class helped to keep me focused on the goals of my training. They gave me ideas for new ways to approach training challenges as well as providing encouragement and recognition of our accomplishments. Thank you for all of your knowledge, advise and support- you are THE BEST! More...

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Revathi R.

25 July 2016

I was really skeptical in picking up a place for my baby boy since we were planning for a long trip out of country. One of my friends suggested Partners and i am so glad I picked them. They kept sending me updates of Facebook whenever requested. They respond so quickly. My boy was so happy and occupied while we were away. We took training along with boarding so he was kinda Super busy and learning. I am sure my boy loved them too, definitely will be going back for next level K9 training. More...

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Penny Kay Williams

18 July 2016

I took my little Jack Russell mix to Partners an when I brought her home I had a totally new pet. Seriously, she learned so much and now it's my turn! I'm being trained to be the leader of the pack and I'm loving it!! More...

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Letitia E.

18 July 2016

Jen Shelton at Partners is a wonderful trainer. She has worked with my dog Mia and has done wonders. Mia loves her

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Christine Daughters

9 July 2016

Brought my Giant Schnauzer, Meghan, in for 3 weeks of training. Amazing difference. I was thinking of rehoming her, but now she is a member of the family and I wouldn't trade her for the world!

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Brandy Johnson

9 July 2016

Today was my second experience with the Partners Snake Avoidance training. I called them up this week and told them I had a dog with issues. I was upfront and honest with the staff and asked if they would even consider a dog like my rescue Reggie. When I got him he was feral and had some pretty big issues. The staff asked me questions and it was determined that he could attend. I brought my other 3 legged rescued dog for the training too. We go out in the desert exploring often so this training is a MUST for my dogs. When I got to Partners the staff was fully aware of Reggie's issues (he dislikes women) they handled both dogs fabulously. They really take the time to explain what they do and why. Turns out the dog I thought would be an issue did great! I really think their calm confident attitudes made him feel at ease, which made ME feel at ease. I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with Partners Training. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, you can really tell they love what they do. Part of loving your dog is training, so please listen to the trainers because I got a lot out of today's experience, they really went above and beyond. My only wish is I could come more often, but Maricopa is far away. Well worth the drive! Thank you Partners for the valuable training, advice, and professionalism. More...

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Brandy J.

8 July 2016

Today was my second experience with the Partners Snake Avoidance training. I called them up this week and told them I had a dog with issues. I was upfront and honest with the staff and asked if they would even consider a dog like my rescue Reggie. When I got him he was feral and had some pretty big issues. The staff asked me questions and it was determined that he could attend. I brought my other 3 legged rescued dog for the training too. We go out in the desert exploring often so this training is a MUST for my dogs. When I got to Partners the staff was fully aware of Reggie's issues (he dislikes women) they handled both dogs fabulously. They really take the time to explain what they do and why. Turns out the dog I thought would be an issue did great! I really think their calm confident attitudes made him feel at ease, which made ME feel at ease. I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with Partners Training. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, you can really tell they love what they do. Part of loving your dog is training, so please listen to the trainers because I got a lot out of today's experience, they really went above and beyond. My only wish is I could come more often, but Maricopa is far away. Well worth the drive!  Thank you Partners for the valuable training, advice, and professionalism. I highly recommend Partners Training to anyone I know! More...

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Bob Weatherford

22 June 2016

My fur-buddy is Ubu, a year-old 65lb lab mix that rescued me while I was visiting the pound one day. Found walking the streets of Maricopa County, he was "e-listed". I thought that meant he didn't use email and figured I could teach him that later, so I took him home. Anyway, Ubu was a great companion for me. Made me exercise and sure as heck kept me busy figuring out where to hide my tortillas-because sure as anything he was going to claim them if I left them out. But he wasn't all that fond of other dogs. If he saw a dog within 50 yards it was on-usually with me tearing off the soles of my shoes trying to stop him as he dragged me down the street (that dog is STRONG). After having my shoulders dislocated several times I decided I either needed to improve my sprint or get some obedience training. Enter Leighton, a casual acquaintance recommended by several mutual friends. Leighton introduced Ubu to one of his senior trainers, Elyse. Leighton claims that Elyse initially suggested I attend therapy, but agreed that she would do her best to translate my mumblings into dog-language so we could find a way to get along. Elyse got me into therapy and Ubu took a spa trip to Partners for (understanding your humans) Behavior Camp. It was hard for both of us, as he made me laugh and I had discovered that ONE SPOT to scratch his neck that made him butter in my hands. 3 weeks later I got a new dog back. It must be a new dog because this one understands sit, down, heel, stay, and come. I haven't seen my orthopedic surgeon since his return and while he is slowly training me how to act around other dogs we are no longer fighting each other. All kidding aside I cannot give enough credit to Leighton and especially Elyse and the other trainers and staff. My former pound-puppy now looks forward to a long, happy life. I very highly recommend their services. More...

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Dean H.

9 May 2016

Brought our 4 Year Old German Shepard Annie for a three week camp to deal with potential behavior issues and we couldn't be happier with the results.  Our dog is obviously so much happier now after being trained and since the training camp so much better behaved. No more barking when put outside.  No more rushing the door.  She sits, stays, heels, basically listens to us now.  Wow what a difference three weeks made. Jen Shelton and everyone there were just terrific!  We will recommend Partners to everyone we know.  Its also good to have a place to trust when we need to board or use day care.  It's very obvious they care very much for every dog.  Thanks Partners! More...

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Dean Herman

5 May 2016

Brought our 4 Year Old German Shepard Annie for a three week camp and we couldn't be happier with the results. Our dog is obviously so much happier now after being trained and since the training camp so much better behaved. No more barking when put outside. No more rushing the door. She sits, stays, heels, basically listens to us now. Wow what a difference three weeks made. Jen Shelton and everyone there were just terrific! We will recommend Partners to everyone we know. Its also good to have a place to trust when we need to board or use day care. Thanks Partners! More...

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Dawn Luke

5 May 2016

We had a great experience at Partners - they helped us tremendously with Snake training our dogs. The facility and trainers offer something for everyone. So glad you are going to be around for a long while!! More...

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Bob M.

20 April 2016

I board and train all my dogs here. The staff is courteous and professional, and they always make us feel like part of the family. Thank you!

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Julie McCoy

15 April 2016

We took our 9 year old Aussie here for their snake avoidance training. Everyone was really friendly. Leighton was very knowledgeable and explained every step of the process while we watched. Our Aussie did really good and she couldn't get away from that last snake fast enough, which is the response we wanted to see! I feel much more confident knowing that she has an awareness of snakes now. Let's hope she never has to use that training! We'll bring her back for the refresher course next spring. Highly recommend them! More...

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Hope Pontius Kurz

1 April 2016

I highly recommend Partners Dog Training School; I've been a client for over 15 years. I have boarded my dog several times, taken classes in obedience, agility & dock diving/swimming. I was able to take what I learned in the agility classes and show my Golden in agility trials for several years. I also believe it's very important to have your dog snake avoidance trained with a yearly "check up". More...

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Matthew Behl

23 March 2016

Partners is a wonderful training facility. I would recommend partners to anyone looking for training. I have experienced nothing but great customer service. The staff always keeps in touch and clearly explained the plan of action to me. The trainers are patient and truly professional. I will forever be a customer. More...

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Tim Pepper

23 March 2016

Wow, I can't believe the negative reviews that were given below. That simply is not the way Partners operates. Partners is a world class facility. Leighton, the Founder and Training Director and Kitra the Head Trainer - all the trainers and staff - are gold. Our feelings are supported by all the other positive reviews below and those of us who feel that way know we are fortunate to have found Partners. We wasted our time and money on 2 other "highly rated" dog training schools before we went to Partners. If anybody wants to talk about the amazing job Partners has done for us please PM me and I would be happy to talk to you about our story. As others say here in their review training your dog is a lifelong commitment and it takes a of lot time, patience and consistency - daily and weekly - on your part as an owner and if you are willing to do this Partners will be with you the whole way. More...

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Sarina Kliatchko Mercado

18 March 2016

Partners Dog Training School is the BEST dog training school in the valley! They offer a variety of classes that will help suit your needs from several levels of camp classes, swimming, agility, daycare, snake proofing etc...The trainers are a group of individuals who are very knowledgeable in their field and most importantly, they treat your pets with utmost respect and care. They have a huge facility that is well-maintained, clean, organized and an ideal learning environment for your pets. We started training at Partners about 1 1/2 years ago when we realized that Patches was developing a lot of unwanted behavior we could not control. Patches was a Cattle dog mix we found as a stray on our front porch. We were not prepared for a third dog in the family and my two mini Dachshunds were not happy about it. Patches was great as a puppy but as she grew older, she developed aggressive issues, insecurities and many other issues. We needed help fast before it all got worse and Partners helped us achieve our goals. My Partner Patches and I have reached Level 4 of Obedience training and Level 2 of agility training and at this point, I can now communicate more effectively with her. She has developed the structure and discipline needed to live a happy and healthy life. Dog training is a commitment! Patches and I look forward to training every week because it is a fun and great way to develop socialization skills, exercise, and most of all, build a stronger bond between us. With PATIENCE, COMMITMENT and CONSISTENCY, anything is possible for you and your dog! Patches has come a long way! We will continue our training classes with Partners for as long as we can because LEARNING is a LIFETIME commitment! THANK YOU PARTNERS! More...

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Jessica S.

3 March 2016

I have been struggling with my rescue ACD, Huxley for the past 3 years since I adopted him.  After bringing him home back in 2013 he immediately began showing territorial aggression to anyone who would enter my home and even nipped at a few people.  As time went on the problems got worse and after moving to a new place in January of this year Huxley's behavior deteriorated.  He experienced such bad separation anxiety that he broke out of a window and escaped the house while I was at work and would have a breakdown if anyone other than myself entered the home.  After pulling together the funds, I enrolled Huxley in the Behavior Camp Program at Partners.  He stayed there for 3 weeks to work on lying a foundation of strict obedience and trying to break Huxley of his alpha-like territorial habits.  Huxley's main trainer, Kayli was amazing and thoughtful.  She made sure to keep in contact with me and let me know about Huxley's progress and the things they were working on each week.  All of the staff were considerate, helpful and seemed truly happy to work with my dog, despite his behavior problems and bite-history.  Huxley got more comfortable with most of the trainers there after spending some time with them, which encouraged me to believe that he could love other people besides me, with some work and time. Since picking him up last week, it is quite evident that Huxley got exactly the training he needed.  Huxley will never be the dog that loves strangers, he will never be excited to play with someone he is not comfortable with.  But after the three weeks of obedience and conditioning with Partners, I can now control his behavior and curb his outbreaks.  If I am planning to have people in my home, I can have Huxley stay in a "place" command or have him go to his crate (which NEVER would have happened before).  Partners also muzzle-trained Huxley, which allows me to keep everyone safe while Huxley interacts and begins to re-socialize.  Included for us in the cost of the Behavior Camp (which no, is not cheap- however it is an investment in your dogs future, and in my opinion is 100% worth the up-front cost) are follow up weekly training classes to reinforce what he learned during camp.  There is no miracle fix for dogs with behavior issues.  I will have to work hard and structure Huxley's life for as long as I am lucky enough to have him with me.  Partners helped lay the groundwork to ease Huxley's anxiety and mine as well.  I am very thankful for everyone at Partners and I highly recommend the school to anyone who may be experiencing anything similar to what Huxley and I have gone through. More...

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Joyce Nelson

12 December 2015

Partners is awesome. My Kirby loves the staff and the other doggies. I would highly recommend Partners to everyone.

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Katherine Benjamin

17 November 2015

We put our doberman, Dred, through Partners' behavior camp for a variety of reasons, one of which was they could provide a stable and consistent environment to help give him a solid foundation of basics, which we could not do. Kitra (office) spent an incredible amount of time with us, answering all of our questions about the training and was friendly and open and knowledgeable and never tried to push anything on us. Kitra is the reason we decided on a training school that is 100+ miles away from us and we drove 200+ miles round trip for 7 weeks after Dred came home from camp for his follow up sessions. Her belief in Partners, what they do, what they offer, and her friendly open conversation is what convinced us Partners was the right choice for us. The trainers who worked with Dred were amazing. Stephanie and Ray gave Dred the solid foundation we asked for, but more importantly they taught me the confidence to give Dred a command and expect to be obeyed and Ray taught me the patience to be consistent when it is needed. Without Partners being so patient with ME, Dred wouldn't be over a year graduated from his camp and still loving his training routines. I just wish we lived closer, we'd come in for more training. More...

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Katherine B.

16 November 2015

We put our doberman, Dred, through Partners' behavior camp for a variety of reasons, one of which was they could provide a stable and consistent environment to help give him a solid foundation of basics, which we could not do. Kitra (office) spent an incredible amount of time with us, answering all of our questions about the training and was friendly and open and knowledgeable and never tried to push anything on us. Kitra is the reason we decided on a training school that is 100+ miles away from us and we drove 200+ miles round trip for 7 weeks after Dred came home from camp for his follow up sessions. Her belief in Partners, what they do, what they offer, and her friendly open conversation is what convinced us Partners was the right choice for us.The trainers who worked with Dred were amazing. Stephanie and Ray gave Dred the solid foundation we asked for, but more importantly they taught me the confidence to give Dred a command and expect to be obeyed and Ray taught me the patience to be consistent when it is needed. Without Partners being so patient with ME, Dred wouldn't be over a year graduated from his camp and still loving his training routines. I just wish we lived closer, we'd come in for more training. More...

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Marshall MB

16 September 2015

With just two weeks of training Partners turned our Rottweiler / Pit mix into a very manageable well behaved family pet that is an absolute joy to be around. Besides the very good results we achieved with our dog the staff and personal attention to our needs where outstanding. More...

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Rick Vierkandt

16 September 2015

Leighton and his staff and at Partners dog training are clearly world class. The approach to dog training and the teams proven results are wonderful. I have watched a lot of the live news videos with helpful tips for keeping your dog safe. Dog safety is the paramount to a healthy relationship with your dog, and it helps to keep them safe! More...

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Luella Rogers

15 September 2015

Top notch facility! The trainers are very knowledgeable! I LOVE Partners!!!!!!!!!!

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Pam Tripp

12 August 2015

The best! Staff is professional and really care about dogs. Best part...dogs love it there--learning and making new friends.

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Ashley R.

29 July 2015

Excellent place to bring your dog for training.  I highly recommend Partners!!

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Mary Ellen Yasay

21 June 2015

I miss my dog Ranger and can't wait to see him. Post his picture for me!!

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Raquel W.

18 June 2015

I was lost when it came to my dog Sophie.She was the typical Chihuahua, barks alot, territorial, even sometimes a little meanie.After my Behavior Evaluation/Lesson with Partners, I have learned so much!I decided to buy a package of 5 lessons and pair with day car visit to her fav trainer!We have been coming here for a couple of months now and she is an over all happier dog with all her new obedience and foundation training - as Partners calls it!I have refereed my friends and family to Partners. As I was also someone who though this was how naughty little chihuahua puppies should be acting. Partners has taught me to take control of my home and do it in a positive uplifting way so Sophie enjoys everything now! HIGHLY SUGGESTED! More...

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Paula S.

1 June 2015

We love Partners! We have a high energy Doberman girl and they are just the best! We have boarded her on a couple occasions and they work with her while we travel. We also are taking basic obedience classes weekly. Highly recommend. More...

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Sasha Panowyk

11 April 2015

Partner's Dog Training was awesome and extremely helpful in the process of both finding and training my dog, Apollo. Everyone there was always welcoming and friendly, as well as helping me learn how to handle my dog, as well as training him for everything in life! From basic to advanced obedience, crate-training, socialization, and adjusting to my own home and life - they did everything. Very professional and just all around amazing! The go-to place for dog training!! :) More...

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Brandie Reiss

26 March 2015

Had great obedience training and snake avoidance training there with our American bulldog and Boston terrier! Costumer for life!

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Trisha Lowry Dennett

1 March 2015

Loving the sessions at Partners. Not only are they training BOTH me and my puppy but they are going the extra mile to ensure she is well adjusted and gets along with other dogs.

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Fawn B.

26 February 2015

We brought home a three month old Labradoodle Puppy and she needed puppy 411 training STAT. We were referred over to Partners by a previous client and they RAVED about how amazing they were. They were right.We enrolled our lil puppy in Partners for three full weeks of overnight puppy bootcamp. From the moment I arrived I was treated professionally, thoroughly and knew our puppy was in good hands. She returned home a new dog. Obedient. Alert. Respectful and TRAINED! We now follow up on Saturday morning training sessions to maintain (OUR) and her attention span. We could not be more pleased with our trainer Kalie. Our puppy Jezze is beyond delighted to see everyone but secretly loves Kalie the most :)Kalina the office manager was fabulous through everything and runs the operation smoothly. We highly recommend Partners! I now need to enroll my disobedient Pomeranian and have Kalie whip him into shape. Thank you all for the wonderful service. I've already referred anyone I know looking for dog training assistance. More...

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Jessica M.

31 January 2015

I have to admit, my dog HADES is amazing!!!!  I don't know how I ended up with a rescue dog that is so well behaved!!!  She has traveled with me all over the USA AND to 3 countries by car, train, boat and plane!   She is my best friend - I take her EVERYWHERE!!!  She would follow me to the end of the earth and back.  But....without a leash!!!  On a leash, it was  the complete opposite.When I put my dog on a leash, everything would descend into the depths of chaos!!!!   She would pull me in every inconceivable direction, take cheap shots at every dog she encountered and seemed like she was going to choke herself into an early death.    Aside from the danger of it all, it was just plain embarrassing!    People are always asking me for DOG advice but yet I had a dog that, on leash, couldn't even take a stroll around the block without a complete "scene" taking place.  So I took a chance and decided to "invest" in a private lesson at Partners.   This hour lesson took place four hours ago!!!  I am currently doing a pub crawl in Cave Creek, AZ and am HAPPY to report that she is walking on her leash and an AMAZING transformation has already taken place!!!   I am so proud!!!  She is walking beside me, without pulling, right by my side!!!  She has encountered several dogs and she still stayed in form.  So IMPRESSED!!!   Thank you!!!!   Can't wait for our next lesson!!!!   I am even thinking about dropping her off for CAMP!!!  So HAPPY!!! More...

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Ken Felder

28 December 2014

My name is Ken Felder, owner of Stool and Dinette Factory , I believe I'm a life long friend of Partners and especially a true friend to Lantin , I've had four dogs, that went through training at the school, Maverick and Matrix live over 14 years, Dallas is over 10 & Cooper is 6 , they have become the best of the best, they are, and have become my best friends, only the excellent quality of the training by Partners made me proud, to love and call them my best friends. Thank-you Partners, with your help, I was shown to love unconditionally.... More...

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Sandra Yelle

22 October 2014

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Evan Duke

15 September 2014

You can see from all the photos all the happy dogs! Including ours!

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Melany B.

5 September 2014

From sf to la and now to phoenix- this is the best training school for any dog ever. They treat every single dog that enters through the doors as their own. I can't say enough and they transformed my life with my dog to make him the most enjoyable family member I could ever hope for! Thank you for taking teddy brewski and making him the model dog citizen he is today!!!Parnters and the staff, especially Leighton, Stephanie, Amy, and Kalina are part of Teddy Brewski and my fam now! I can always count on them! Thanks! WOOF More...

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Shelby Vercelli

23 August 2014

I love Partners they are such a wonderful training facility. Anytime I have questions they are so helpful and supportive Clyde our dog loves staying there when my husband and I go out of town. They offer so many different options of training depending on the level and behavior of your dog which I love! More...

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Valerie White

23 August 2014

This place is great!

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Krystal Aranda

22 August 2014

Everyone there are wonderful with positive attitudes! The environment is welcoming! Highly recommend!

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Kimberly Muro

22 August 2014

I love watching all of your photos of the dogs training. Great job! :)

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K P.

24 July 2014

My dog has every issue a dog can have. Even though we raised him from a puppy, and treated him like royalty, at 2 years old something in him changed, and he became very protective of our family, to the point of going after strangers. He hates other dogs, he doesn't like activity, he just likes to hang out and be 'him'- which is great, until you want to have visitors! I took him to three trainers, all who appeared to despise him as much as he despised them. Nothing worked. The three week boot camp at Partners has made some difference in my very stubborn guardian. He is more responsive to commands- walks way better on a leash, and more over, we have learned how to handle him more. He is crated when people come over, until he feels comfortable being around them. Kitra at Partners really explained how to get inside his head and manage situations so he is not so overwhelmed, scared and aggressive. We have come to terms that he will always be like this, but frankly, I would probably keep any dog away from strangers until I knew they were ok with the stimulation. Why 4 stars? It's pretty pricey and the outside training area is hot hot hot. Frequent customer perks would be nice- like a punch card or something for loyal customers. Some shade sails and misters would be a great idea. Also, maybe some more training ideas for aggressive dogs to build up his confidence. He loves to do agility but he can't be around other dogs- maybe some special needs training classes should be added. Overall though, I am happy to find a place that will train him, and board him, and where he feels comfortable. More...

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Terri Merrill Lortie

7 July 2014

This place has it all! I think Marlow had a good time during her stay.

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David Alan Livingston

25 June 2014

Outstanding

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Evan Cover

30 May 2014

I love seeing all of the pics they post of their training sessions, outings and everything else! Bailey loves being there and will be spending time again there this summer. Staff is pure awesomeness! Keep it up guys and gals! More...

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Joanne Pallas

27 February 2014

We rock here at partners and have the best snake avoidance program come check us out

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Barbara Schechter

14 February 2014

excellent snake proofing by very knowledgeable staff...highly recommended for dogs and handlers at risk Barbara Schechter, DVM

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Debra De Gouveia

21 December 2013

Sounds awesome

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Lauren M.

2 November 2013

I should probably start this review off by saying that I love my dog, Morrison. I love him so much that I would  probably marry him if I could. When I die, he's getting most of the money I have (aka not much, but I'm sure he'll enjoy it). IN FACT there isn't one person I meet that I don't' show a picture of him too because I love his face so much I want to take it and put it in a display case in my room. Anyway, I digress. I boarded Morrison here for 10 days when I went abroad to Europe. Talk about being worried, I wasn't just out of town, but in another country. But I was really pleased when I got a couple emails throughout my time in Europe. One of them saying he was doing great, and another asking if they could give him some medicine for his allergies. Talk about keeping the parent informed! My biggest pet peeve with vets/groomers/doggiedaycare/or any pet related business, is when they try and hide injuries, medicine, or anything else  from the owner because they think it will be OK in the end. Partners wouldn't do that. Usually when Morrison comes home from overnight doggie day care he is a little on edge and might growl at people for the next 24 hours. This wasn't the case at all here. He actually seemed like his normal happy self. The training part of the day care went great too. This is a relatively in-expensive place to train your dog especially if you combine it with doggie day care. I am too obsessed with Morrison to even try and train him (I just CAN'T scold him). But after a few days here, he could sit, walk better on a leash, and even understand when I told him NO). They train bomb dogs, police dogs, and other dogs of the sort here, so you know they know what they're doing. The facility was always clean when I saw it, which I know at other places I've been too there is poop and pee everywhere, so it was nice to see none of that. It even smelled OK too. As for the staff, they seemed to know what they were doing. All of them that I talked to had dogs of their own, sometimes they even make appearances at the office. There is an adorable great dane that sits in front. I might be missing something, but I think I covered it all. Long story short, great facility and a place you can trust your children (oops, I mean pet). More...

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Ana C.

26 July 2013

I am a believer in rescue dogs, I have become very committed to taking the dogs that are not the easiest to deal with and can be human aggressive and difficult, they are also big dogs 90lbs and over. I had previously met one of the trainers Leighton and had talked to him about my one dog, Miss M who is more than a handful. I got her at 6 months and did struggle with many aspects of her training and primarily discipline.Several months go by and I finally decided to go visit Leighton at Partners and take the notorious Miss M. Leighton was wonderful, he had a very calming influence over her, he didn't try to touch her or work closely with her, he just allowed her to settle down in his company and talk to me (usually the major problem with any dog is the owner) and ask me what I was doing and how I was handling things. At the end of at least an hour I came away with a profound respect for him and the facility he works at. I was given many many tools to use, I was motivated to continue working with her and have seen results that may seem small to others, but are vast and amazing to me.Any trainer can seemingly work with a somewhat happy or energetic dog, but the absolute most difficult is the aggressive, human in my case but also dog aggressive. I wouldn't recommend any other School to deal with or help with dogs that are aggressive. This facility is truly amazing not just for having everything from Dock Diving and clean beautiful areas for the dogs to mingle, train and play, but for the quality of service and knowledge and the trainers.This is the best Training School in Arizona, without exception. More...

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Marshall M.

6 June 2013

I have a rescued Rottweiler /  Pit Bull mix that was a hand full.  I dropped him off at Partners for a two week clinic and picked up a changed well mannered pet.  He sits, stays, comes, heels, downs, fetches with release, walks perfect on a leash and doesn't dash out of open doors.  I couldn't be happier with the results. I've also  recently added the snake recognition and avoidance training they offer to my dog.  We frequently hike in the Superstitions and there are plenty of snakes along the trails.  I feel that this low fee training added insurance to the well being of my energetic outdoor dog and may actually save me too. I've attended a few of the free classes that come with the behavioral clinics and practice his drills at home.  I would attend more and continue training if It wasn't 150 miles round trip from the facility to my residence.  I plan to board him there for additional training anytime I'm out of town for more than a few days.Attending the included classes has taught me as well as the dog and aided me in teaching my other pet at home on our own time schedule.  The instruction is quite structured and makes sense helping us both understand the reasons for the commands and the proper responses.Every member of the staff from the receptionist, handlers, trainers, groomers and cleaners are very friendly.  They take the time to answer your calls when checking on the progress of your pet . More...

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Christy C.

4 June 2013

I have two dobies, and they are the loves of my life. One has some leash-reactivity issues and can be quite the sassy pants. Two years ago I left her at partners while I was away on business and vacation for two weeks, and she did their camp. She did lose some weight because she hates being crated/kenneled, but that would have happened anywhere. She learned a lot of great skills, and it was the first time I could get her to actually walk on a leash without pulling like crazy. She still is a sassy pants, but she knows her commands perfectly and is very impressive with her commands. We've been attending weekly class now for about a year and a half - which is very affordable because we did the camp. I think it is only $10/class. I find this really helpful to keep her consistent and she has gone from level one to level two. During her time in level two, she has tested and passed to receive her AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. I work in the rescue world, so I know that there are A LOT of passionate opinions about different methods of training. Dog people can get really opinionated, and I don't think any one trainer or method is commonly loved by all. It can be tiring and every trainer thinks they are right. I am not saying other methods are wrong, just that I believe Partners has a pretty good approach and uses positive training as its basis with lots of other stuff that I won't try to explain. I also think it is important to mix in at home training and "fun" training like agility, dock-diving, etc which partners has. I also appreciate that partners supports the rescue community. There are a couple people who are extra special to my dobie girl at partners - she loves Lynn, Kerstin, Leighton and Jennifer. More...

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Elisabeth Finkel

19 February 2013

Had a fabulous time last night in our first level 2 obedience training. WOW it was fun and made so much sense. I felt inspired and satisfied at the end of the session. Looking forward to the next one. I really like this one a lot! More...

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Betsy Gilpin

10 January 2013

With each dog i bring to partners i learn new things, new ways of handling each dog's unique personality, and always know that someone there will help me figure a solution when i have no idea what to do!

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Billy Beran

15 December 2012

Will there still be Saturday morning classes with the possibility of rain?

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Andrea S.

28 August 2012

We rescued a 1 year old dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer, in May of 2010 and had her home one night before taking her to Partners for resident training camp / obedience boot camp for dogs. We initially intended to leave her for 2 weeks, and that turned into 4 weeks for several reasons. She is a very, very strong willed purebred Pointer and was neglected by her previous owner - so we ended up with an extraordinarily smart, high energy dog with zero training or socialization (bad combination!) She also had food and toy possession issues, and because we have two small children, it was even more critical that our dog did not display dominant behavior. Even though she was an adult, she wasn't even potty trained when we rescued her. So Partners really had to start from scratch with her. I believe that our dog's results demonstrate how good Partners Dog Training is for difficult cases or rescue dogs. I waited two years to write this review (she is now about 3 1/2 years old) because her training has just solidified over time, and this is due to the foundation that Partners built and we maintained as owners. EVERYONE who meets our dog is utterly amazed at how well trained she is. It's a daily occurrence that we get praise for how well behaved and sweet she is to everyone. I'm actually worried that someone will steal her, she's that awesome.She is extremely easy to train now, and we have trained her to do all sorts of goofy stuff just for fun - spin, roll, etc...  Here's a partial list of what our dog can do: Down/stay or sit/stay for very long periods of time (minutes), reliable recall (come!), knows the "wait" command, never food or toy possessive, does not bark or growl at passing dogs (people are seriously impressed by this), very respectful of other dogs upon introduction, walks/runs on a loose leash, and much more. Any weakness she does have is only due to us not being as consistent at reinforcing what she already knows. She's basically the best family dog we could've ever asked for, and we owe this to the foundation that Partners built!  I just wish more people would rescue adult dogs, because they can be trained to be fantastic family members. More...

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Partners Dog Training has been solving behavioral problems since 1997. Our experience is unparalleled in the industry. Our staff, led by the Training Director and Founder, Leighton Oosthuisen, have been specializing in aggression, dog-on-dog dominance, biting, lunging, and reactivity for decades. We have been referred by leading vets for more than two decades. Rest assured, if we can’t fix it, no one can.

Partners Dog Training is the best in the valley in every aspect of your dog. We are the first place you should start after getting a new puppy. It is so exciting to add a new member to the family and we would love to be on this journey with you. We can help you set up a lifelong foudnation, create positive socialization opportunities, and stop any behavioral problems before they escalate.

Is your dog getting the exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation they need? Bring your dog to Partners Doggy Daycare for a fun-filled, active day and bring home a happy and pooped-out pooch! Partners Doggy Daycare is a safe, entertaining, and nurturing experience. We combine both dog and human interaction with special games to create a powerful, educational experience for all. Our 13,000 sqft. indoor and outdoor play areas allow for a spacious place to run off that energy while providing a place to relax and stay cool! HEALTH The health of your dog is our highest priority. That is why we require and verify the vaccinations of every dog that comes in for boarding. If a dog becomes ill, they are seen by a vet and isolated to reduce contamination. CLEANLINESS We clean and sanitize the entire facility EVERY DAY. We use a commercial orbital scrubbing cleaner that uses nanoparticles to disinfect bacteria while remaining safe for dogs staying with us. PRE-SCREENED DOGS We take great care to ensure that every dog that comes into daycare is able to interact and play appropriately with the other guests. Dogs will be dogs though, and those displaying inappropriate behavior will be referred for training and behavior modification (at additional cost) to better prepare them for Doggy Daycare! ADD TRAINING The best part about Partners Doggy Daycare is our dog training programs. Addressing problem behavior, improving obedience, or even learning a few tricks. Whatever you want to work on, we can help! OUR STAFF Unlike other Doggy Daycare facilities who hire inexperienced staff to cut costs, we take pride in our highly-experienced trainers. With a 10:1 Dog to Trainer ratio our staff is trained to recognize and address complex dog behaviors, as well as deal with any emergencies calmly and effectively. 11 HOURS OF TRAINING AND PLAY Guests of our Partners Doggy Daycare will experience an incredible amount of activity throughout the day. Expect your pup to return home calm, quiet, ready to fall asleep, and even having learned a thing or two!

We have a state-of-the-art boarding facility with large kennels to sleep in, comfortable cots, extremely sanitary areas, 12in thick concrete walls, climate controlled systems that keeps it a cool 75 degrees even in the hottest summers, and an all-star security system that is monitored by multiple managers. We also always have someone on property to make sure your pups stay safe during their stay.

EXPERIENCE Partners Dog Training has been running group classes for over 20 years. We have trained over 35,000 dogs in that time. We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two. OPTIONS Partners Dog Training has dog group classes for all interests, experience levels, and schedules! With over a dozen group classes run each week, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. CONTROLLED DESTRACTIONS The outside world has a plethora of distractions that may be hard to control. Let us help. Partners Group Classes give you the opportunity to work around distractions under the guidance of professional trainers. OUR STRATEGY The goal of Partners Group Classes is to keep you training. The more practice you get the more progress you’ll see. Every time you attend Partners Group Classes you’ll see improvement on some level. TRAINING PHILOSOPHY We are known as “Balanced Trainers.” Meaning we lean very heavily to reward-based training, but also believe in telling a dog “no’ for doing something naughty. We will teach you how to correct any unwanted behaviors and whip that obedience into shape! FROM PUPPY TO SUPERSTAR We offer puppy group classes to help you build a great foundation with your puppy. You then have a variety of advanced obedience classes to keep you and your dog challenged and continually learning throughout your lives together.

At Partners Snake Avoidance, we train a negative association to the scent and sound of a rattlesnake using a small “nick” on an e-collar. That subsequently trains your dog to run away whenever he/she recognizes the scent or sound of a rattlesnake.. In 17 years we have trained over 17,000 dogs. It takes only 15 minutes and costs less than $100 to keep your dog safe in the desert.

CUSTOMIZABLE Private Lessons at Partners Dog Training give you the ability to focus on whatever your dog needs to improve. Everything from basic obedience to correcting poor behaviors, we can help you reach success. TRAIN THROUGH DISTRACTION The outside world has a plethora of distractions that may be hard to control. Let us help. Private Lessons give you the opportunity to work around distractions under the guidance of professional trainers.