"I got a new puppy, and I have to admit I wasn't really ready for what I had gotten myself into. I love my dog and he is amazing but it was a lot of work. Finding Lena was a god sent!"
I searched high and low for the right dog trainer, and she was recommended to my by a friend. I called her and we had a 30 minute consult about what was going on with my pup and how I needed so much guidance!. She gave me so much helpful information before we even met so help me tackle the next few days.
During our first session, she explained to me all the things that go into raising a puppy, and how this was an extremely important stage of his life - she gave me such great things to work on, then we set up my house and went over some obedience - much to my disbelief my stubborn Bo immediately sat, and learned down and stay while lena was working with him. If you are looking for a knowledgable, affordable dog trainer who really has a passion for what she does - I'd highly suggest contacting Lena!
- Roberto A., Santa Clara
"K9 Master Dog Training's trainer in chief, Lena, is as good as it gets."
Our dog, who had been very well behaved around other dogs her entire life, became "dog selective" when she turned 2 years old. We were very worried, because we love our dog and she loves playing with other dogs... it was a sad thought to believe that she wouldn't be able to socialize as much because she doesn't like a few certain dogs.We got in touch with Lena though a recommendation from a rescue company. I was pretty distraught about the situation with her on the phone, but she immediately calmed me down. She explained how some dogs could become selective, assuaged a lot of my fears, and she laid out a plan for training our girl to become better behaved around dogs she doesn't care for.I was worried about price, but this service is very affordable. Best of all, Lena does 1-on-1 training with the dogs she teaches. And she came to our house and neighborhood for each lesson.We would go train in areas both familiar and new to our dog.
Her training sessions are long enough to allow time to really help our dog. She trained us on what we needed to do to get the pup to behave as needed. She explained the psychology. She gave us the tips and tricks necessary to improve our situation dramatically. She has vast knowledge on dog psychology, and was able to get get through to our somewhat rambunctious pet with ease, and taught us how to do the same. We even learned how to improve other factors of our dogs behavior.After 3-4 months of weekly lessons, our girl is changed for the better. She continues to make progress, as we now know what we need to reinforce to keep her well-behaved.I cannot recommend K9 Master Dog Training and Lena enough.
-Walter P., San Mateo
"Lena is one of the most talented trainers In the Bay Area, well known and respected by City Shelter Directors and rescues alike."
I first met Lena while I was working with dogs at the SF Animal Care & Control in San Francisco. Lena helped many of our toughest behavior cases. She's 100 % professional, personable, has presence, commands respect and the dogs love and bond with her; respond to her training techniques for ultimate success. She's very knowledgeable, resourceful and experienced in creating individual training protocols fine tuned to address each dogs individual training needs. Everyone at the SF Municipal Shelter from the Executive Director down to the volunteers loved working with Lena. I highly recommend Lena and K9 Masters for all your training needs.
-Deborah H., San Francisco
"Lena is just plain AWESOME as a trainer. She has helped in large and small ways as I adjust to having - and learning how to handle - a young, powerful, large pittie girl (recently adopted after my old dog died)."
Her advice is always right on, my dog listens to her and responds perfectly, and Lena is patient with me as I learn how to handle her. I call on her every few weeks for a new lesson and more insights, and she's always available by email for additional guidance and support. She and K9 are really gems.
-Karen W., San Francisco
"To say our dog is now one well behaved girl is an understatement -instead of people avoiding us because of her reactivity, we get constant compliments when out with her about what an obedient dog she is!"
Lena is so knowledgeable and has so much invaluable experience working a variety of different breeds of dogs! We sent our family dog to her for a 3 week board and train for a variety of behavioral issues she was experiencing . Lena was very upfront and realistic about training goals, and the work we needed to continue when she came home. She was extremely pleasant to deal with, and worked with each of us individually upon drop off lesson. We can't thank Lena enough. Also love the work she does with so many bay area rescue groups as we adopted Sadie from a rescue -will continue to highly recommend her services to many folks!
- Rose B., Menlo Park
"Lena is the most amazing dog trainer and worthy of every praise! We have worked with her to train three different dogs we rescued over the years and her knowledge and effectiveness never ceases to amaze."
She is a very experienced professional trainer who is compassionate, fun, energetic, and patient with dogs (and people alike) and she understands their positive and negative behavioral motivations. Lena spends time listening to the circumstances to investigate what causes certain behaviors and comes up with both short term and long term plans to help. She has successfully helped us through issues such as aggressive behaviors, separation anxiety, possessiveness, recall training, introducing a new dog to a household with an existing dog, leash pulling, jumping, dietary changes, crate training and even basic commands. I trust my dog's life with Lena and have witnessed first hand her effective training techniques in teaching dogs and their caretakers how to set up the dogs for success in this challenging world. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and have learned so much from her.
Maryam M., San Francisco
"K-9 Master Dog Training is the call to make to ensure your dog is raised up right. Harmoniously navigating animal husbandry in todays urban environment can be a challenge for any family. Lena is a strong communicator/translator and masterful at adapting people parents to the unspoken needs of their (especially strong willed) fur babies."
Her demeanor engaging and it was comforting to have a professional on the team; informative, ready to share relevant academic insights and experiential knowledge tailored to fit our specific needs. Our family engaged K-9 Master Dog training after finding ourselves on the perpetrator side of a dog on dog attack. Lena stepped into our crisis and was not daunted by working with a dog with a "bite history" or his clueless family. Lena's no-nonsense, direct intervention and environmental recommendations have been instrumental in helping us change our understanding and approach to dog care, for the benefit of our dogs (and those we come into contact with) . In sum, she helped us begin to restore trust in our beloved beast and care for him appropriately. We found the specific directives to be effective (with plenty of persistence) and the experience beneficial. Woof Woof Woof Woof. (thanks!)
- Hali R. San Francisco