Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You've really made a big difference
for me in understanding my dog a
little better, and enjoying my time
with him so much more. I am sure my
cats are grateful too. :) You are so
generous with me. With things and
with your time and advise. Thank
you, Denise.
Lana & Markus
Teaching you and your
dog in real-life situations.
Denise Collins
Dog Trainer &
Behavior Coach
I was overwhelmed about bringing
home our new puppy until I met with
Denise.  She came to our house a week
before we brought Freddie home and
helped us set up the house for his
arrival.  She gave us a list of what to
buy, helped set up his "area", told us
where his "potty spot" should be, and
gave us a puppy schedule.  All this
information was invaluable.  Having a
plan for our puppy relieved a lot of
anxiety and stress. I would encourage
anyone who is getting a puppy to meet
with Denise.  Our family can't thank her
The Krey family
I have been fortunate to have Denise Collins
both on my advanced training courses and
work with her as a fellow trainer. She has a
natural affinity for the needs of families and
their dogs.  With a commitment to helping
owners and dogs live happy lives together
Denise achieves success overcoming the
multitude of behavior problems and training
issues we face with dogs today. A keen eye
for both human and canine flaws she has
the ability to support, train and help both
dog and owner.  And that is a rarity today.
Martin Deeley, CDT
Consultant and Advisor to Cesar Millan
Exec Director International Association of
Canine Professional
Choosing The Right Dog For Your Family
The world would be a much better place for dogs, if we spent the time carefully considering our lifestyle and how a dog would fit into it, prior to looking at a litter of
puppies or walking into a shelter.

Why do you want a dog?  
Do you think it would be a good experience for your children?  
How old are they?  If they are under seven years old, they will not be responsible enough to care for a dog.  If they are over seven years old, they can help with
some of the care, but the responsibility will remain with the parents.

Consider what your family likes to do.  Are both parents working?  Do the kids have a lot of after school activities?  Do they play sports on the weekends?  If a
family is this busy, it's not fair to bring a dog into the house.  Dogs need at least two walks a day with some mentally stimulating play time.  Otherwise they will
make their own fun.  This can be digging up the drip system, chewing on walls and doors, getting into the garbage, chewing shoes and couches, or all of the
above and incessant barking, too.

If you decide you have the time, then what is your energy level?
Do you like to sit on the couch after working all day? If so, you would not want a high energy dog. You would not want a smart dog either.  Smart dogs are not
content to sit on the couch and do nothing.  I know which breeds of dogs, have low energy and are near the bottom of the list for intelligence. Remember, this is
not a bad thing. You will be much happier with a dog that is content to relax with you.

What do you want to do with the dog?  Do you want to run 3 miles with your dog on the weekend?  Do you like to hike on the trails and have your dog off leash?  
Do you want a dog that can accompany you on your errands, attend soccer games and sit by your side without wanting to chase the ball and the kids?  

Do you care if the dog sheds or has to be groomed?  Depending on their coat, a dog may require brushing every day and seeing the groomer every six weeks.  
Or they could be a wash and wear dog that requires weekly brushing, with very little shedding, and a bath every month or two.

You need to decide whether to get a puppy or choose an older dog from rescue.  
The joys of puppyhood come with a huge time commitment.  There will be getting up in the middle of the night to let the puppy out to go potty.  There will be crying
in the crate because they're lonely.  There is potty training, socializing the puppy to the sights and sounds of the world, meeting other dogs and lots of other
training to have a well mannered pup.

Getting a young dog from rescue comes with its set of problems.  They might be fearful of the world because they have not been socialized as puppies.  They
could have separation anxiety.  They might be aggressive toward dogs.

These are all the things that I can help discuss with individuals and families considering getting a puppy or dog. Once the decision is made, I can help find the
right puppy from a breeder or find a dog from rescue and evaluate the dogs personality to see if it would be a match.

If careful thought and consideration goes into the choice of the right dog for a family, chances are the dog will not be returned to the breeder or given back to a

Now with all the above questions answered, you have chosen a puppy or a dog.  I can help you with setting up your home before you bring the puppy or dog home.
Past Vice President of the
International Association of
Canine Professionals
Jaxon is doing SO great since Denise
worked with us! He used to have really bad
ball possession issues, and aggression with
other dogs at the dog park and while on
walks. But since Denise came in to our lives,
he's a completely different dog! He is
amazing on walks, and sits politely by the
door when I pick up his leash, and ignores
other dogs completely. But the best thing
was at the dog park the other day, another
dog picked up his ball, and he just sat there.
He still has a few issues with sharing his
things, but I'm working with him everyday,
and hes getting better and better. Im so
proud of him, and I can tell he is much more
relaxed and a much happier dog.
Thank you again for all your help Denise, you
changed his life!
Rawley really has been a joy to our family. You really
did us a tremendous service by teaching me how to
crate train him. This has given us some important
structure. He is so comfy in his crate. It has been
wonderful on trips too because we can bring his
crate along and he feels very secure wherever we
are. He is a super traveler -- happy to ride in his car
crate with no fussing and excited to get out and
explore at any destination.
Other people often comment on how well-behaved
he is -- he never jumps up on anyone (except for
other dogs…) and he is happy when children
approach him. He greets people with kisses and
waits to be pet.
He has had a bit of naughtiness, but it is totally
manageable. I just remind myself
that he really is a little boy who wants to test limits
and craves my guidance (just like my kids!). Often,
issues happen when I have given him too much
freedom in the backyard (I am letting him roam free a
bit back there (leash on), seeing what he does with a
little freedom) -- or when he hasn't had enough
exercise for the day. The main challenging behaviors
are digging and nabbing/chewing on things that
aren't his. He has been gentle with the kids (most of
the time) -- I never get the impression he wants to
hurt them. If he is doing anything (mainly nipping at
their shirts, which is rare), it is my fault because I let
walk him around free when it is getting close to the
time for him to rest in his crate. When this happens, I
am quick to grab his leash and correct him and give
him some quiet rest time.
We embarked on a major search for the best dog trainer whom we
could find. After reading countless reviews and talking with other dog
owners, we found the ideal person:  Denise Collins.
At the time we began private lessons, our 4 month old mini poodle
was basically well-behaved and a pleasure.  We understood, however,
that as new dog owners, we and our puppy still had a lot to learn.  
Denise was, and continues to be the perfect match for us. In addition
to teaching new lessons and solidifying crucial commands, Denise
educated us about dog health. Her knowledge surpassed that of our
vet's, particularly in regard to food and feeding.  As a result of her
advice, we changed our puppy's food and the amount we were
feeding her. Her digestion improved dramatically.
In terms of style, our puppy loves Denise.  She is gentle, firm, and
patient.  Truly, a winning combination.
If you are seeking the best trainer you could have for your dog, look
no further.  That would be Denise Collins.

Jennifer and John Sugiyama
Piper came to her family all the way
from Croatia. This was a great
connection for me since I am half