The Dog Squad Dog Training Testimonials

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My boyfriend and I reached out to The Dog Squad when we realized we needed more than a puppy training class to address our Australian Cattle Dog’s fearful behavior towards strangers and other dogs. Having a personal trainer allowed us to focus on our pup’s specific issues and come up with a plan to increase her confidence being around others. 

We really appreciate them for showing us we can be successful dog owners. The relief we felt after our consultation gave us hope and motivation to be the best dog parents we could be. They gave us the tools we needed and challenged us to put in the hard work to meet our goals.

They have been tremendously helpful in so many ways. They really cares about their clients and their fur babies. They have been reliable, flexible and a lot fun to work with! We highly recommend their service to those looking for an excellent trainer. 🙂

Katie H.

Milpitas, CA

The Dog Squad has been an amazing dog trainer. If you’re looking for a patient, understanding and kind trainer who also will provide honest feedback for how you can become a better dog owner then they are for you.

Couldn’t ask for a better trainer who we also consider a friend too. Thanks!

Ryan V.

San Jose, CA

The Dog Squad is simply the best.  We have a “high maintenance” dog, and they have stayed with us for months.  They are exceptional in terms of their willingness to work with the client, and their ability to relate to both us and our dog.

We would strongly recommend The Dog Squad for all kinds of dogs, but most especially the problem kind.  They do not hesitate to keep working with dogs, well after the payment has been made. 

The Dog Squad is exceptional in every way, and they are part of our family (and beloved by our dog)!

Sofia A.

Berkeley, CA

We have had the best experience training our dog Bailey and to be honest ourselves as well. If you asked me two months ago if I wanted to walk my dog I would have told you she is to excited and I can’t handle her. Now I can walk her, take her to the dog park and on family camping trips. We are still a work in progress but with the training Dog Squad provides I know we are only going to get better. Thanks for your patience and understanding training Bailey and I.

Dana N.

When Steve Bettcher began working with us, Cody was 5 months old and on his way to becoming a dominant, problem dog. He was willful, demanded attention and when he didn’t receive it, he’d began an escalating series of behaviors designed to get it.

Steve immediately diagnosed the problem and suggested a series of activities designed to correct the situation and to move forward each week with several new skills. He works with the dog, its people and its living environment and design training schemes that are realistic for the situation and for the goals of the owners.

I was amazed and thrilled with the rapid progress that Cody and I made, and I credit it largely to Steve’s skill in effective training techniques and their professionalism…Steve is a good listener and is positive and professional in his manner…I recommend The Dog Squad highly.

Lynne Freeman

Livermore, CA

Steve Bettcher was referred to me by my veterinarian, Dr. Eric Braun of Skyline Veterinary Hospital, because my beloved Pit Bull, Charcoal, whom I have had for over 5 years killed one of our pet goats. I was so distraught by the incident that I was on the verge of having Charcoal put down.

After Steve talked with me and met Charcoal he was convinced that this dog could be saved.

Steve’s instructions for working Charcoal were clear and easy to follow.

He also helped me forgive Charcoal after I understood that what he did was part of his natural prey drive and that he was not an evil killer dog. Charcoal is a loving dog and I have taken him out to visit people in rest homes and to visit with children in schools. He is very gentle and loves attention from people. Through training I have been able to bond even more closely with Charcoal and when the time came to introduce him to the family goats he responded marvelously. Charcoal will sit by my side on a leash with total attention on me while one of the goats is paraded around him.

I would recommend Steve of the Dog Squad to anyone who needs training for a dog. He is professional in every way and a great teacher.

Rhea Babbitt

Dog training with The Dog Squad has given me the confidence and tools to recognize and solve the problems which inevitably arise with a 10 month old German shepherd/Malamute puppy, who now impresses friend and foe alike by coming to me in the middle of play, and sitting and going down with one command even amidst the dog park distractions.

I firmly believe that without proper training, and especially without Steve’s help and patience, I would not have the gentle, loving relationship I have with my 73 lb, 10 month old puppy, especially considering the fact that before she was three months old, she was a dominant, aggressive, snapping, growling little alpha-monster.

Carol Kowalsky

Fremont, CA

Dear Susan Hughes DVM, Chabot Veterinary Clinic:

I want to thank you for recommending The Dog Squad to train my dog, Doe. I was concerned that Doe was going to be difficult to train, but they were able to train Doe in a very efficient manner. They were very professional and were able to train Doe to sit and walk on a leash.

In fact, Steve came out on his own, at no charge to me, to train my dog walker to properly handle Doe. He knows how to handle dogs that exhibit behavioral issues. I recommend The Dog Squad to any dog owner who needs training.

Domingo Pagano

San Leandro, CA