TESTIMONIALS: A FEW THINGS CURRENT AND FORMER CLIENTS ARE SAYING:
Everyone has heard about the Horse Whisperer, well Lori is definitely a Dog Whisperer. She loves dogs, understands them and is absolutely amazing training them. We took my son’s 9 month old female Dobie (Piper) to spend ten days of training with Lori while we were on vacation. From the moment Piper walked into my son’s home as a puppy, she was the pack leader. She looked around at everyone and decided—these people are mine to rule and I will do as I please. When Piper walked into Lori’s home, she had never socialized with another dog or cat, she was a beautiful unruly queen. Unruly did not last long at Lori’s. Before we left, Piper was already changing. She knew that Lori was her “pack leader”. Upon our return, Piper was like a different dog. She walked on or off the lease at my son’s side, she obeyed a whole set of commands (come, stay, drop, kennel up, place, free etc.) She played with Lori’s dogs, knew her bed, her play toy, her chew toy and tolerated the cats, did not climb on furniture, steal food off the table, etc. Wow, life with Piper was going to be bearable. Lori accomplished a miracle in ten days. I can only sing this girl’s praise. She definitely has a gift as a dog trainer. She loved Piper as her own, bathed her, cut her nails. We definitely will board Piper with Lori the next time we are gone. We plan on continuing training classes with Lori. It’s not so much that Piper needs the training but her parents need to learn the commands etc. that Piper has learned. (For instance, Piper does not “go to her bed” but, willingly, “goes to her place” which is her bed.) Joyce Haden and Piper (Doberman)
Before I went to see Lori and Dogs and Their Companions, I didn’t really know much about collars and was a little afraid of them and thought that they might hurt my dog. But after training with Lori and learning the proper techniques for using the collar, I believe it is the best training aid out there. The collar does not hurt the dog and makes training so much more effective. Lori is a great resource and once you train with her you will have a friend for life as well as a support for anything you encounter. People often comment to me how well behaved Sully is. The training techniques have also helped me deal with Sully’s fear of other dogs. It gives me the power to know that I can control him in any situation. If you are in need of help with your dog, don’t hesitate to call Dogs and Their Companions. Susan McCreary and Sully
Daisy is a different dog - she goes and come with no leash. I take her for walks around the back pasture with no leash. All I need is the remote, and I rarely have to use it. She isn't barking and going after people at the doors anymore when they try to leave. She goes to her place when asked and stays there till released. She goes in and out of her crate with no chasing around the home. Thank you for everything. Frances Baker and Daisy (the above testimonial was taken from a Holiday card and emails sent to me from Frances sharing how wonderful Daisy is doing and her desire to continue training)
Hi Lori, This is Nellie's "father". We are in Florida right now and enjoying our Nellie. Thanks to you she has become the dog that Nancy wished for. She is a joy to be around (about 95% of the time). She comes, stays, sits, retrieves, and goes to place on command. On occasion we have to remind her with the "zapper". Recently we have been working with her off leash and she has done very well. She knows when she is wearing the collar or when she sees the remote that she has to respond. Many of our friends are astonished how well she behaves. Last week we had a couple over for dinner who are not dog fanciers. When it was time for dinner Nellie usually lies at my feet, but I thought that our guests would be uncomfortable so I told Nellie to go to place. She did and as usual she just lay there staring at me. Our guests observed the staring but I didn't care because they have a house full of large dolls that all stare at you wherever you go. A weird feeling to say the least. She repairs and sells dolls all over the country. Her ability to obey commands hasn't affected her personality. She loves to surprise us with something that she shouldn't have like the TV remote, a pillow, unfortunately eye glasses or anything else that she seems to think will get a rise out of us. Those episodes usually occur when she feels ignored. Thank you for the excellent job that you did with our dog. We got through Sandy without any damage and we hope that you were as fortunate. Enjoy the holidays.........the Weinberg's and Nellie (golden retriever with red bow)
Having two big dogs and only two hands is no easy task – especially when one is a 75 lb., 15-month old golden doodle puppy, aptly named “Tug.” I knew I had to find someone who could help him learn some manners...and can’t tell you how happy I was when the great folks at Neverland Kennel introduced me to Lori. She has made a big difference in such a short period of time! Lori’s approach is firm, but patient and kind. Tug is smart and wants to please – but has a mind of his own. Lori’s training approach incorporates repetition and consistency with “play” activities, like the agility course. Like all great teachers, she manages to make learning fun. I am so pleased with the changes in Tug’s behavior since he started working with Lori. He has mastered the art of “sit and stay,” can walk beside me leash-free (no tugging and yanking!), and is a champion at fetching and returning a tennis ball when we go to the beach now. I am trying hard to reiterate what he’s learned and continue to push him a little more – adding new distractions and tougher challenges – but feel confident that he will continue to learn, thanks to Lori’s techniques. My daughters are getting in on the training, too, and we all plan to attend some of the group classes she offers. Thanks so much for all your help, Lori. I can’t recommend you highly enough! Sincerely, Peg Kates (and Tug, the goldendoodle, too!)
Lori, we just want to thank you for your help with our Dog Buddy. Buddy is a 1 year old golden doodle and he was completely out of control, he was training us. After only 4 lessons he now walks on leash great, he responds to our commands and we can leave him off leash in our yard without a fence. He is still learning and we keep trying to put him in different situations that will help him learn good behaviors. Lori has definitely changed our lives; we now enjoy having Buddy in our life. Buddy is so much happier; he gets to do so many more things, like more walks, going to the park, short and long car trips. He is loving life. Thank you Lori, we recommend you to everyone. The Kline’s David, Elaine and Buddy (goldendoodle)
I just want to say how much Lori has done to help my dogs and I. Niko is a bit head strong and is doing so much better. Charo was very shy and now is much more social. My new guy Marlo is too young but has met and loves Lori. Yes, my dogs love Lori. They are always so eager to greet her! Thanks for all that you done and do!! :) Robin West, owner of Coastal Pawz, along with Niko, Charo, Marlo, and Poncho
Rufus is a 75-pound golden retriever that we were having a very difficult time controlling. He was unruly, very strong, would not walk nicely on a leash (he pulled, jumped at cars, and it was just not a pleasant experience), jumped on people, begged during mealtimes, and seemed to think that he was the boss. We called Lori Rossi-Downs thanks to hearing about her through a friend, and after an initial phone consultation, decided that she should come give us an assessment of Rufus. Within 10 minutes of working with Rufus and using the DogTra collar, Rufus was a new dog. He immediately began walking nicely on a leash, was well-mannered, and an all-around nice dog. He is now very well-behaved, extremely pleasant to be around, and he is obedient. We can have guests come to the door and into our home without worrying that Rufus will bother them or knock them down because we are now in control of his behavior. Wiping wet paws has always been a challenge since Rufus thought that a towel was a pull toy, but that problem was short-lived thanks to Lori as well. By far, one of the best things that Lori trained Rufus to do is the "place" command, which means that Rufus must go to his bed whenever we need him to, and he stays there until he is released. It has made mealtimes with our family enjoyable again since we can eat without Rufus begging at the table for food. Contacting Lori and having her train Rufus was the best thing that we've done in a long time. Rufus has become a cherished member of our family and we're proud that he's so well-behaved. He's a joy to have around. We couldn't have trained him this well (and this quickly) without Lori's help. Sarah Grady and Rufus (golden retriever)
An Off-Leash trained dog is what every dog owner wishes for ...and that is what I wanted too. Not only does it look cool, when you can take you dog to the park and let him run off leash without worries, but it also makes it safe. Twice, my dog Marshmallow broke loose after the leash disconnected from the collar. Obviously, Marshmallow had no intention to stop walking, no he even picked up speed. Unfortunately, I was walking him on Mainstreet in Manayunk. For anybody who doesn't know, this can be a very busy street. Marshi took off running and he seemed to enjoy the "you can't catch me" game. Those were very scary moments. At the end, I was lucky and my dog did not get hurt. I was even luckier when I found Lori and Dogs and their Companions shortly after those incidents. I was skeptical at first, not about Lori's training methodology but that I was told that Marshmallow is going to learn just with a few training sessions. Marshi was 3 1/2 years old at that time. I was trying to teach him stuff for the past three years - how was he going to learn in a short period of time? I was proven wrong, Lori was able to teach Marshmallow very quickly and successfully. After the first three sessions, I noticed that Marshmallow had made huge improvements. From there on it was a pleasure to watch him learn. I don't know who was happier about his accomplishments - Marshi himself or me. Thanks Lori Marshmallow (bichon frise) and Juliane
Thanks to Lori and Dogs and Their Companions, Inc., I have two wonderfully trained and obedient dogs. My dogs always come when I call them, no matter what. I am amazed at how well they can heel off leash and sit quietly in place when people visit. I am often told that I have two of the best trained dogs and I have Lori to thank. I recommend Lori to anyone who wants a well-trained dog, not only because she gets results, but also because she continues to support your training efforts even after the formal sessions are completed. Diane Hagy, Baxter and Dusty (smooth collies)
In just a few short months we have seen a tremendous improvement in our dog’s behavior. As a young puppy, Laila was so excited all the time that she would not listen to basic commands (even though she knew exactly what they meant). After meeting with Lori and working through some of our particular issues, the difference was clear. She sits, goes into her crate, lies down and even walks with us when give the command. We are still in training and find that there is even more improvement with each class. Last class we were actually able to work with her “off leash” in a park, which was something we never thought we would be able to do (especially at 7 months old). Thank you Dogs and Their Companions! Cori and Jeff Green, and Laila (boxer)
Shady and Slim – The cats of the house. Shady is the Lady and will greet all dogs and teach them some manners. Slim loves all dogs and wants to play and snuggle.
My name is Lori and I have had the honor and privilege to help others find harmony in their life and homes for over 16 years. What started as a desire to find the answers to the problems I was having with my own dogs has led me on the most amazing journey that is not over. Together we can bring out the best in your dog! There are no limits to what you can achieve. Let us begin what was once thought to be the impossible together. We can achieve your dream!
Schools, Degrees, Certifications, Training Seminars:
University of Delaware (1996): Biology and Psychology
Harcum College (2002): Animal Center Management
National K9 School for Dog Trainers (2002): Certified Professional Trainer (CPT)
That’s My Dog E-cademy (2004): Certified Remote Collar Trainer
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Pack to Basics Advanced Dog Socialization Training (2103)
Pack to Basic Dogmanship Training (2013)
Do More With Your Dog (2013): Trick Dog Instructor
National K-9 Dog Trainers Association
International Association of Canine Professionals
Mercedes – She is the Princess of the family. She is great with all dogs, particularly the shy and unsure ones. She loves playing ball and having her bum scratched.
McKay – He is my little monkey. He LOVES playing ball and learning new things. He wants all the attention and is a clown.
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