"It was an absolute pleasure working with you to help us work out some behavioral issues with Millie. I will admit, I was skeptical at first to have online training sessions but I immediately recognized that it was actual more ideal to do it that way than in person. We were able to learn and understand how to work with Millie on our own through your thorough and complete explanations and descriptions. Over the course of the sessions we worked with Mille on the steps you outlined for us in a consistent and constructive way that Millie really seemed to enjoy and learn from, as did we, and felt she was making good progress. We all (humans and dog) loved the way that you made it fun for us to learn and more "play" style than strict training - making Millie want to do the training exercises (also because she got extra treats), it made it very effective. About a week after the last training we had friends to our house (her behavior when we were having people over had been a bit of a catalyst to why we did the training) and we were able to use the training techniques we all had learned and practiced in real life scenario and Millie hit a home run. It was a total success. I actually think we could see how proud of herself she was. I would highly recommend you, Anna, to anyone and everyone that has a dog and wants to enrich the lives of the dog and the owners. It was an incredible experience working with you. Thank you! “
-A Washington Zoom Client
"Skype was a great way to get help when I needed it. Anna asked questions to understand the background of the situation, and by the end of the session I had a better perspective on communicating with with my dog, and tools to begin changing his behavior. It’s made a huge difference!”
- a Washington Skype customer
"We have worked with Anna via her new skype service and I am so glad to have her expertise on board. She has been able to give us a training plan and address specific concerns for our puppy and family and doing it via skype is definitely a chance you should take. Don't miss out on your chance to work with a wonderful caring trainer who devotes her life to the dogs.”
- a Washington Skype customer
As a Veterinarian, Breeder and Dog Owner for 25 years, I find that when I attend her lecture – I learn several new things about dog behavior.
-Dr Torgerson DVM
Anna has a way of letting us into the minds of dogs, then explains how our human behaviors, habits and signals contribute to the dogs behaviors. She is always able to answer dozens of questions following her seminars from the participants. We really appreciate Anna’s seminars and all the benefits that come to dogs, because of them.
-F. Brawner, Mud Bay
Anna has helped us and our two English Setters and it is hard to believe how far they have come. They have made huge improvements in their leash walking, and it is now a joy instead of a chore to take them for a walk! Just as importantly, they are learning to come back to us reliably when off leash, something that seemed impossible before our work with Anna! They have also learned to sit, lay down, and stay consistently using verbal and hand signals.
We never would have been able to train our dogs successfully without Anna's extensive knowledge and experience. She she gave us the tools to continue to work with our dogs to make them even more tuned in to us, and therefore more reliable in following our commands.
It was a great pleasure to work with Anna, and we cannot recommend her highly enough for anyone who wants effective training for their dog!
-Randy and Michelle V.
When we picked up our 8-week-old Shiba male "Shinji", we knew it may take some time for our 4-year-old male Shiba "Ico" to acclimate to his new buddy, but after four months of doing separate *everything*, we were beginning to despair that they could be friends. The two times we'd tried to allow them to interact, it had gone badly, and Ico was still showing agression.
Anna asked enough questions to determine that my husband and I hadn't been clearly establishing the placement of each dog in our pack. She gave us a list of behaviors and routines that we could adopt which changed our lives that very day. Within one or two days of using these new routines, our older dog Ico seemed 3000% happier, with an upward tail and open alert face, rather than the sad, mopey face we'd been seeing for four months.
Anna is masterful at teaching *humans* how to interact in clear ways with their dogs so we can all get along. As most dog owners find out, it is *we* who need the training.
It has been a little over a month and the change in our household is a dream come true! Our dogs can be in the same area, inside or outside, and we can leave them alone.
We also know that we'll continue to use the techniques that Anna has taught us for the rest of our future with our dogs.
Thanks to Anna, we have a happy and peaceful future to look forward to!
Thanks again, Anna! Moxie finally was 'road tested,' and behaved beautifully! A dog broke out of its yard while we were out walking, and ran up to Moxie barking. Moxie started to be defensive, but calmed down when I told her to 'leave it'. She allowed the dog to sniff her, then they actually touched noses before the lady came to get her dog. Moxie was so proud and excited over her adventure. Three months ago it would have ended in disaster! She pranced all the way home! I have also been working with her to look both ways before crossing the street! She's now a dog with many 'jobs!'
-Fai D. Snohomish, WA
Just wanted to say thank you for your help with Kenda. Its so much nicer at our house when the Mail man, UPS, Fed EX or any deliver truck comes! Like a breath of fresh air. We are also happy with Romeo's progress, it makes me so happy to see him run around like a normal social dog!!! thanks again Anna!
-Jennifer M. Mill Creek, WA
Words cannot begin to express how incredibly grateful I am for all of your help with my girls. I was at my wit's end with Lilli's separation anxiety, and I was convinced nothing was going to work. You showed me just how wrong I was. More than anything, I (and my pups) appreciate your gentle, positive approach to training. I was so relieved to learn that punishment and fear were not going to be necessary!
It is evident right away how much you care about dogs, and I was incredibly touched by how you learned about each of my girls' personalities and unique needs. In fact, you were able to point things out about them that I had yet to tell you. I think it was your ability to be in tune with my dogs that made their training go so well.
Finally, thank you for your patience with me. It has been a challenging couple of months and I haven't been able to do the training with quite the fidelity I should, but you worked within my limits and were quick to answer any questions I had when I called. So much gratitude for that!
Thank you again!
-Valarie S. Edmonds, WA
I recently adopted a high-energy bird dog due to her aggressive behavior towards children and general dislike for men. She was not yet one year old but had developed several bad traits. As a bonus during this adoption, I was given Anna’s name and number to contact for guidance.
Upon calling and discussing my situation she responded with enthusiasm and confidence. Anna took the time to understand my desires, family situation and general environment of my dog. Anna outlined the course for the sessions, which was understandable and logical. As we progressed rapidly through the sessions Anna was very willing, and able, to provide extra assistance and ideas for the additional behavioral problems that plagued my dog.
I can confidently assert that Anna has been instrumental in transforming my dog into an obedient family dog that is loved and adored by all. Anna has been readily recommended to any dog owner I know that I know needs help with their dogs.
Anna Bolick helped make a huge difference in my life concerning my dog. I have a stubborn and sometimes aggressive dog who was having a lot of difficulty knowing and accepting who was the boss; and I was having difficulty establishing myself as master. Anna worked with us on many specific commands. She taught me how to work with my dog to achieve these commands in a relatively short period of time. She was also a invaluable source for basic concerns such as licking dishes in the dishwasher, jumping up on people, and most importantly how to handle aggressive behavior.
Anna has a very gentle and effective way of dealing with animals that inspires submission. I now feel in control because of the knowledge that Anna has shared with me, and the tools that I have gained from her.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Anna and her incredible insight with animals. She is one in a million and you will not find anyone that will give you more knowledge and understanding of dogs. It is pretty unbelievable!
I do hope you have the opportunity to work with her.
From potty training to obedience, you’ve helped me train my puppy to become an absolute gem. I realize now it’s not the pet, but the pet’s owner that truly needs the training. With a little time and consistency, Lily has become a wonderful addition to our family. Understanding dogs and why they act and react the way they do has opened my eyes and made it much easier with training. Thanks to you and your “canine instincts”, Lily is a joy to behold. I appreciate all your help and “doggy-know-how”. You’re the best!!
Ring and I are so grateful we found you! Sage and Winston have made such wonderful progress and so have we!! J The most important issue to us was finding a way for other dogs to be safe around Sage. We honestly felt that she may not be able to pick-up good habits, - but she did! Sage doesn’t exhibit the same aggressive fervor (off leash) that she once did toward other dogs – she seems much more relaxed (probably because I am, too). She loves learning and pleasing us seems to actually make her happy (you can see it in her step/demeanor)!! The fact that she can be around other dogs off leash and not display her dominant growl right away, is a miracle to us! AND…..she and Winston have not fought once since we began training with you! We have a peaceful house now!!
It sounds so cliché, but working with you changed our lives. We’re actually ‘proud’ dog owners now.
THANK-YOU for EVERYTHING!!!!
We would highly recommend you and Paws With No Flaws to other dog owners. We are so thankful that you were recommended to us by friends who were equally thrilled with your services. You deserve every award you have won.
-Maureen and Richard
From the day we brought our Havanese puppy home from the breeder, her fear of everything interfered with her enjoyment of life, not to mention our enjoyment of her! We had first enrolled Zoe in a group puppy class and it was a failure. After the 3 week course, Zoe was even more fearful of people and dogs. My vet recommended that we work with Anna. After one consultation - Zoe could walk by people and dogs exhibiting little fear. Zoe's improvement is dramatic thanks to Anna. She is a gifted teacher of both animals and their owners!
Thank you so much for all of your help with Zoe. You are amazing!!!