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Clever Canine Dog Training

Waterford, MI, MI

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1 hire on Bark
‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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Not all dog trainers are the same - some are good with dogs and not great at teaching their owners. We love people just as much as dogs, so we’ll talk together with you to come up with a plan together that fits your life and your preferences.

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N
8 May 2020

The training session was very helpful and Mandy was knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend her!

S
20 February 2020

My puppy is behaving great! Leave it ! Here or come! Two commands that could save his life!

J
21 January 2020

My 2 year old dog Meg is very hyper and destructive if not crated. So we don’t have to crate her 5 days a week while at work, we take her to Clever Canine Doggy Daycare a couple times a week. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Many of the employees love our dog and they take good care of her when we travel too. There are suites available for boarding and Meg does very well while we are away. She has many friends among the staff and other dogs. Clever Canine, keep up the good work! More...

E
17 January 2020

Knowledgeable and friendly trainers and staff!

M
27 December 2019

Rated highly for: QualityOur dog loves going to Clever Canine and throws a fit when I tell him he is staying home! You can tell everyone on the team loves dogs and they develop connections with the dogs. We always feel comfortable knowing Ranger is being well taken care of whether he is going to daycare or boarding. More...

K
22 December 2019

Love how they treat my baby! You can feel the love and know your pup is taken care of as well as if they were home with you.

P
15 December 2019

Very kind and friendly staff. They seem to truly like working at Clever Canine--meaning they seem relaxed and helpful. This reflects on their administrators. I feel that they are flexible, and I love the fact that I can pick up my dog anytime, knowing that he is not left alone all night long without anyone overlooking the establishment. I would like a tour of the facilities. Is there an annual open house type event that would allow me that, or should I schedule an appointment? Pamela Cavataio, Ziggy Stardust's human. More...

P
13 December 2019

Rated highly for: Quality

J
11 December 2019

They are very methodical to their approach in dog training.

L
10 December 2019

The staff is always so friendly and knowledgeable. Our dogs love everyone there.

A
1 December 2019

3 stars I have mixed feelings! I take my 6 month old dog to the training classes here and have loved the people! I decided to try out boarding as I was going out of state for 5 days. This is the first time I have boarded/left my dog with strangers so I was having anxiety like most owners do. I dropped off my dog Tuesday at noon and was told I would receive nightly updates except for the holiday which seemed understandable. Out of the 5 days he was there, I recieved no updates. Turns out the office staff was closing down for the holiday for 4 days which I was not aware of. Being across the country not knowing if my dog was okay was extremely hard and was not relaxing. I’m in a sticky situation cause I like this place and upon pickup on Saturday night the guys helping me said my dog did great and will be missed. No doubt in my mind that my dog was in danger but it would have been nice to get an update to ease my mind throughout the 5 days he was there. Maybe moving forward the staff should put a plan in place to give Owners updates when the office staff is not able to? More...

J
26 November 2019

Rated highly for: Value, Quality, Punctuality, ResponsivenessSimon was well taken care of and we liked the communication from the staff while we were out of the country.

S
25 November 2019

Our Malinois, Sky, did very well for her first lesson and they understood her dog aggression problem. Steve really knew what he was doing and communicated it very well to us and to Sky. We can't wait til our next lesson!

B
21 November 2019

They have planned days so my dog is mentally and physically engaged. Plus when I need urgent day care they always say yes with a smile.

A
20 November 2019

Steve was very good. He understands dogs and people. Takes the time to explain everything

K
13 November 2019

Very helpful over the phone explaining their facility, requirements, what they offer, what the dogs do. The staff here drive the place to be successful by their friendly attitude and willingness to care for their customers! I had an issue on my account and the young lady over the phone was super friendly helping me get it all taken care of correctly! Thank you for making me feel valued! Their prices are super reasonable! I love that they offer the temperament test for free and you can get a free day of dog sitting if you have proof of your dog being vaccinated for the kennel cough! I happily took both! My dog was excited to go back in there, wagging his tail and all when he went in for his dog sitting. He really liked playing with the other dogs I think. Pick up is very easy here!! LOVE that they offer late pick up! Go to the side door and call the #, boom they come out with your dog! Awesome! Will be back! More...

M
13 November 2019

Unprofessional

J
9 November 2019

Amy, Tim & Rachele are so amazing!! They were referred to us by another trainer and we are forever grateful about it. Macho-Nacho is a 1 year old Frenchie who had some serious vet issues which essentially also disrupted relationships at home with some family members. Macho became very defensive & territorial at home which resorted to biting, growling and barking at family members & even guests at the house. Macho went though the Behavior Modification program for a few months and when it was time to take him home we couldn't believe how well trained and obedient he became. We had to attend 3 lessons prior to taking macho home to make sure everyone in the family is aware and trained on how to handle him at home and to make sure he doesn't revert back to his old ways. The Clever Canine team is very well at staying in touch and posting Macho's progress on their social media outlets which allowed us see how he was doing. Also recently, Amy went out of her way to schedule and attend a vet appointment with me so I can see how to handle macho for any future appointments. Thank you so much Clever Canine Team. From my family to yours. More...

T
7 November 2019

Based on boarding alone, Do not take your dog here!

C
7 November 2019

Always mixing it up and helping to develop a well behaved dog and teaching the owner how to accomplish this because a dog is only as good as it’s owner dogs only understand repatriation and consistent commands

K
6 November 2019

If you want to know the true definition of good customer service and education on how to teach yourself how to better communicate with your furry companion then this is the place to go. You can feel the love and passion from the trainers even after just talking with them for five minutes. The trainers really take the time to get to know you and your furry family members to get a true understand of what you actually need. No pushy salesman here and after they educate you on how to make things better you will be asking how to sign up. The convince and knowledge that they offer is priceless. What more could you possibly ask for. More...

P
25 October 2019

Our Daniff loves his days here. Staff is so kind and welcoming. Axl was a bit timid on his first day and now goes for his collar in the morning hoping to go and see all of his new friends. He has also calmed down a lot at home. He’s more obedient and much calmer around little children. More...

K
17 October 2019

Sophie dog has been to other doggy daycare here in Michigan at other places, but we have struggled to find a place that she truly LOVES to go. Sophie is a veteran of doggy daycare, she has gone in every state we have lived in. Clever Canine is that place. The staff is awesome, and they all seems to love dogs as much as us "dog parents" do. Thank you for welcoming my Sophie girl! More...

M
9 October 2019

Where to start... we we're referred to Tim and Amy as we got a GSD that clearly had a serious fear of men and was just not a dog we wanted at the time. From the start it's been a phenomenal experience to say the least. We called on a saturday morning and tim and amy was so amazing with making time for us to come by for an evaluation so they could give there professional opinion about how they could work to help this dog. We decided on a board and train behavior modification program for our GSD.During the time he was in the program they kept constant communication with photos and updates regarding how things are going. We have attended 2 lessons prior to bringing our boy home. And it's been a great experience. From getting lessons with how to properly operate the e collar and provide proper corrections to working with the dog. Everything Tim and Amy have done or told us has always been so honest and upfront. We have so much trust in this training facility we have now dropped off our daughters puppy for the puppy class. It's so amazing to know there are honest and respectful trainers that do nothing but provide dogs and there humans the proper tools to survive and work togethor for the present and future. We couldn't be happier. THANK YOU, TIM, AMY AND RACHEL FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND CONTINUED EFFORT WITH OUR 4 LEGGED FAMILY MEMBERS. More...

L
7 October 2019

My dog lives it there. We will be signing up for more classes in the future.

A
7 October 2019

Love working at Clever Canine, staff is awesome! I love meeting everyone's pups, they all make me soso happy. Ugh, let me see all your puppies!

R
1 October 2019

Loved the photo updates we received while our puppies stayed for boarding during our vacation!

B
1 October 2019

Clever Canine has a real love for animals and helped our Bernese Mountain dog Karma become a great Puppy!! The trainers and staff are all very professional, I would highly recommend Clever Canine. Karma can sit, shake, lay down, roll over, focus, touch and leave it. More...

E
30 September 2019

My pup spent 3 months learning to be vigilant. Everyone kept me up to date and sent detailed info on how he was as doing, every couple of days. Amazing people!!’n

M
27 September 2019

Rated highly for: Responsiveness, Quality, Punctuality, ValueAmazing experience coupled with talented and dedicated trainers. I could not be happier with the service and would easily recommend to anyone looking for dog training. More...

A
27 September 2019

My two doggies had so much fun at doggy daycare! The staff is friendly and attentive. I will definitely be back. I'm no longer nervous about boarding them here in October!

M
27 September 2019

Haven't started yet but can't wait. Excellent

J
27 September 2019

I have a three year old Weimaraner that is used to always being around people and this is my preferred boarding facility in the area. I can tell if he’s had a stressful stay somewhere because he’ll be anxious and exhausted when I pick him up. When he has stayed at Clever Canine, he comes back just happy to see me. The staff answers all my questions, I always leave with everything I brought, and they have pretty accommodating drop off and pick up hours. More...

D
26 September 2019

Titan loves it there. He always gets excited when we turn on the street.

S
22 September 2019

Take my Corgi here for doggie day care and couldn't be more happy!! Would recommend them to anyone for their services.

P
22 August 2019

Great friendly staff

S
8 August 2019

Daily emails with pictures of my dog allowing me peace of mind while on vacation. Gave me a break on day training while I was boarding her. They seemed to really care and make my dog’s stay personal for her. I’ll be using this business again for sure. More...

O
8 August 2019

The daycare crew at Clever Canine is the most consistent and loving to my dog. I don't know why, but whenever my dog comes back, she's well behaved for days. That doesn't happen when I take her to the PetSmart day camp. When my dog was a puppy, we also went to the weekly puppy socialization event, which was tons more effective than what they have at Petco on weekends. Much bigger space, more open, more puppies, and more love. Highly recommend it before dog park exposure. More...

B
6 August 2019

Just got our dog back and we could not be happier. Thank you for all the hard work you have put into marking our dog a great dog!

T
1 August 2019

I had lost any hope of training my thick headed pitbull mix. She needed a lot of time and job scheduling didnt allow me that. I did some research and found Amy and Tim. They worked wonders with Moxxi and I'm so glad they were able to help. Thank you both for the work with Moxxi. Shes a brand new dog More...

P
31 July 2019

I love this place so much! Mandy and Steve have helped us learn how to train our crazy Aussie!! They are very patient and loving towards him! I would highly recommended them!!!

T
29 July 2019

Friendly knowledgeable staff, if your not sure come in and try Clever Canine Dog Training today. You and your Dog will be satisfied and happier. Happy Dog Happy Life❤

M
29 July 2019

My puppy Hazel loves it there! And when we walk in everyone seems just as excited to see her as she is to be there and greet her by name. Then when I pick her up they tell me how she did. Very nice people. More...

A
29 July 2019

Actually my name is Jeanie Berthet, that’s my daughter. I brought my 11 month Mountain Cur/Labrador for custom training. We live on a big property and I’m not a spring chicken and I really needed to be able to train Lacy to carry things for me. Clever Canine was the only place willing to work with my custom request. Lacy and I have learned so much during the great in 8 sessions. I’m so happy I am going there. I started with Mandy and she taught me all about the obedience training and the wonderful E-Collar. Mandy said if you can get your dog to do recall, you got it. Before we brought Lacy there she would not come when called, not even in the house. Now that I’ve been taught on how to train her, she has surpassed the E-Collar and will come when called from inside or outside without even wearing the collar! It’s so amazing. She walks without pulling on the leash. She understands at least 10 different commands and enjoys training. Lizzy helped so much with the beginning of the custom retrieving parts. I learned a lot from her and then she brought Steve into the picture to do the very specific training I needed because he loves training hunting dogs. So its all been fitting together really well. I highly recommend Clever Canine. Even though at first it felt like the price was too much, they worked with me and I have a real easy payment plan. Now I realize for the level of training that I am asking for its so worth it. If you want real friendly people, great trainers and someone to customize what you really need they will work with you. Top Notch people! More...

A
29 July 2019

The staff is very kind, helpful and have taught me a lot. My pup was a little afraid the first couple of weeks but I would still keep up with training him at home and when he started to open up during class I was able to get feedback on how I should be training him from the staff. It's so important to keep up the training at home so that your pup can get good results from the class. Enrolling in the group obedience class has been great. I know if I ever need a doggy daycare or one on one training I will be going with Clever Canine. More...

J
2 July 2019

Thank you for the birthday wishes! Bentley ❤️s you all!

M
29 June 2019

Great staff, very friendly our German shorthaired pointer pup loves it there!!! Thank you so much!!!

G
29 June 2019

The management and staff are amazing. Facilities are clean and welcoming. While I was there, the dogs were all being treated to puppy friendly ice cream. I feel relieved leaving Jack with them. Jack loves his new friends and family. More...

L
29 June 2019

I have a 2 year old blue nose pit. I love this dog, but could not handle him any longer. After spending hundreds and hundreds on trainers and training tools I was at my end. My dog had become out of control. I could no longer have people over or enjoy my dog. I found clever canine online and in one last desperate attempt I reached out. I can honestly say I am simply amazed at the transformation in my dog. The education my dog and I have received has far exceeded my expectations. I have worked with Mandy and Steve whom have been excellent in teaching me what I’ve been doing wrong and right. They have taken every step to make sure we are comfortable, and confident in what we are doing. I can now walk my dog next to me (rather than him walking me) I can call him to me, I can even settle him down. I am able to bring people over once again. More...

K
19 June 2019

Staff is super friendly and helpful. I take my pup Taco here for puppy classes and daycare. He absolutely loves it and I love having the opportunity for him to learn and socialize!

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