What our Happy Dog Owner’s Say:

I can’t thank Sabrina and her team enough! We were looking for help training our reactive dog and came across Sabrina’s boot camp! I highly recommend enrolling in her boot camp, Benji was able to socialize with other dogs in a safe environment and learn discipline from Sabrina! Now we never have to worry about leaving for vacation because we know Sabrina and her team will take great care of Benji! Plus, she always sends the cutest photos of him playing!
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Kate Weinstock
6/24/2024
Sabrina is an incredible trainer and person. She truly cares about her clients and their long-term success. She is incredibly knowledgeable and can teach you how to build a relationship with your dog that is based on trust and respect, resulting in a well behaved and more confident dog. This is not just my personal experience, but what I have witnessed with dozens of other owners and dogs in her program. Whatever your goal is, Sabrina can help you!
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Rachel Henriques
6/22/2024
I can’t say enough to recommend Sabrina. She has a gift and intuition when working with our furry family members. My dog Keava was extremely food motivated to the point she wasn’t even listening just hyper and focused on the treat. She was also so skittish in public which was a problem because she was supposed to serve as my service dog. I sent my girl to Sabrina for her boot camp and what a transformation! Keava is more responsive to my cues of body language and praise no treats needed. Sabrina set us up with a home training regimen and was there for our journey in Service Dog training. I’m so greatful to Sabrina and truly believe in the Balanced obedience method
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Meghan Dailey
6/15/2024
5 star ratingMy newest dog is a challenge so I knew I would need a professional trainer after getting kicked out of a group training class at a pet store. After trying a few others, we finally found Sabrina. She listened to all the ways that make our dog especially challenging for us and was quick to fill us with confidence that she knew how to help. She was able to accommodate us with very short notice. We left our wild and anxious dog and came back to one that we were able to communicate with. The online lessons helped us build on the foundation Sabrina had made. When unexpected roadblocks came up, I reached out for help and she was great at addressing our needs. We just boarded our dog for a few days recently and are satisfied by the responsiveness and friendly warmth she gave our dog.
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Katie Y.
6/10/2024
Sabrina made it clear that our dog needed continuity, parameters, and regular training. Most importantly, as an owner, I needed the training, too! Sabrina is not only skilled and experienced, she has strong intuition and kindness that made me feel confident to leave my first time dog, Ella, in her hands. Ella is a difficult puppy who suffers from anxiety and fear. Sabrina taught me how to understand my puppy better and how to get Ella to better listen to me. The repetition of commands and giving of praise as reward instead of treats. (Treats of course on some occasions!) Sabrina is so awesome and my little Ella loves her! I recommend Balanced Obedience to anyone who needs a great trainer for their dog. Thank you Sabrina!
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Lisa Solomine
5/30/2024
Sabrina is amazing! My dog was a wonderful but unruly dog. Two weeks with Sabrina and now she is just wonderful. Thanks soooo much!
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Martin Berger
5/17/2024
I highly recommend Balanced Obedience! Sabrina is very knowledgeable and did an amazing job with our dog Bingo. His heel is amazing after going through boot camp with Sabrina. He is more focused and doesn’t sniff around on walks unless we give him permission to. After he finished his board and train, Bingo was a much more obedient dog and all without the use of treats! We can’t thank Sabrina enough for how much a difference she has made in Bingo and for our family
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Richard Matsumoto
3/27/2024
We are so grateful to Sabrina and the staff at Balanced Obedience for the care and hard work they put into our dog Bingo. Our goal is for Bingo to become a Psychiatric Service Dog to our son with ASD. We can’t thank Sabrina enough for helping our family with our goals. Before coming to Balanced Obedience, we were having trouble with training Bingo to become a service dog. Despite previous training efforts, Bingo still lacked the level of focus expected of a service dog. He was easily distracted, sniffed around too much when he wasn’t supposed to, and would bark at other dogs and people. We enrolled Bingo in the Service Dog program as well as the three-week board and train. There was a noticeable difference after his training with Sabrina! Bingo is now more calm, attentive, focused, and has a much better Heel. He also obeys eagerly without treats! Today we reintroduced Bingo to our children and followed Sabrina’s instructions in doing so. Instead of jumping up on them overexcitedly, Bingo was able to stay calm and display proper greeting matters. Sabrina’s training goes far beyond just teaching a dog how to do commands. Sabrina does not use treats and e-collars but reinforces using the bond and love and it really shows in Bingo’s enthusiasm to listen and please. Bingo has real manners. For example, we used to put him in a Sit-Stay command before walking through a doorway or feeding him his meals. Sabrina’s trainings taught him to wait for us to walk through doorways first or to wait for meals without us telling Bingo to hold a sit command. Sabrina emphasizes the importance of dog psychology and teaches you how to effectively communicate with your dog. She is very thorough in not only dog training but more importantly, people training. From correct posture to the way you make eye contact, to facial expressions, she really takes the time to educate you in becoming an effective handler and owner. The difference in our relationship with Bingo was astounding. It’s hard to describe but the connection between us and Bingo feels stronger now that Sabrina has taught us how to communicate and understand him. This is a commonly overlooked part of dog ownership but is crucial and we are really blessed to have someone like Sabrina here on Oahu. If you are looking to improve the quality of life for you and your pup and deepen your relationship/bond, then Sabrina and Balanced Obedience is perfect for you. Sabrina’s passion for helping others and their pups is priceless, we are fortunate to have her continued support throughout this journey together. Sabrina’s training has improved the quality of life for Bingo and our entire family. Bingo is behaved and obedient in different environments. It really means so much to our family to have a service dog and a friend for our son. We can watch our son initiate interactions with Bingo and even improve on his social skills. We are forever grateful to Sabrina for helping make all this possible.
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Richard Matsumoto
2/26/2024
5 star ratingWe are so grateful to Sabrina and the staff at Balanced Obedience for the care and hard work they put into our dog Bingo. Our goal is for Bingo to become a Psychiatric Service Dog to our son with ASD. We can't thank Sabrina enough for helping our family with our goals. Before coming to Balanced Obedience, we were having trouble with training Bingo to become a service dog. Despite previous training efforts, Bingo still lacked the level of focus expected of a service dog. He was easily distracted, sniffed around too much when he wasn't supposed to, and would bark at other dogs and people. We enrolled Bingo in the Service Dog program as well as the three-week board and train. There was a noticeable difference after his training with Sabrina! Bingo is now more calm, attentive, focused, and has a much better Heel. He also obeys eagerly without treats! Today we reintroduced Bingo to our children and followed Sabrina's instructions in doing so. Instead of jumping up on them overexcitedly, Bingo was able to stay calm and display proper greeting matters. Sabrina's training goes far beyond just teaching a dog how to do commands. Sabrina does not use treats and e-collars but reinforces using the bond and love and it really shows in Bingo's enthusiasm to listen and please. Bingo has real manners. For example, we used to put him in a Sit-Stay command before walking through a doorway or feeding him his meals. Sabrina's trainings taught him to wait for us to walk through doorways first or to wait for meals without us telling Bingo to hold a sit command. Sabrina emphasizes the importance of dog psychology and teaches you how to effectively communicate with your dog. She is very thorough in not only dog training but more importantly, people training. From correct posture to the way you make eye contact, to facial expressions, she really takes the time to educate you in becoming an effective handler and owner. The difference in our relationship with Bingo was astounding. It's hard to describe but the connection between us and Bingo feels stronger now that Sabrina has taught us how to communicate and understand him. This is a commonly overlooked part of dog ownership but is crucial and we are really blessed to have someone like Sabrina here on Oahu. If you are looking to improve the quality of life for you and your pup and deepen your relationship/bond, then Sabrina and Balanced Obedience is perfect for you. Sabrina's passion for helping others and their pups is priceless, we are fortunate to have her continued support throughout this journey together. Sabrina's training has improved the quality of life for Bingo and our entire family. Bingo is behaved and obedient in different environments. It really means so much to our family to have a service dog and a friend for our son. We can watch our son initiate interactions with Bingo and even improve on his social skills. We are forever grateful to Sabrina for helping make all this possible.
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Richard M.
2/26/2024
5 star ratingAfter getting our second dog, we decided to get him boarded and trained by Sabrina and her staff. I was very pleased with the outcome and overall kindness we got. She was very informative and made sure that we got all our questions answered before we took him home. Much like our first dog that we boarded, we saw a big difference in his leash walking and obedience. I'm very happy to be a part of the balanced obedience ohana. If you are on the fence about sending your pup, here is the sign telling you that you should go for it!
Jordan N.
2/13/2024
Sabrina provided me with the necessary tools and techniques to effectively communicate and work together with my dog, Reacher. By fostering a positive and supportive environment, Sabrina helped me overcome the challenges and build my confidence. As a result of our hard work and dedication, Reacher and I were able to pass the test. Our bond and mutual understanding allowed us to effectively navigate through the test's requirements and demonstrate our skills and abilities. Overall, the training program served as a transformative experience for both of us, ultimately leading to a successful outcome and a strong bond between us
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Jay Rein
2/06/2024
5 star ratingMy boyfriend and I adopted our puppy, Deebo, with the intention of having him trained. We found Balanced Obedience online and had our consultation with Sabrina over the phone. This conversation was our first indicator that Sabrina was the right choice for us. She was so welcoming and answered all of our questions with confidence. It was evident that she has an abundance of experience with dogs and their behavior. When we picked Deebo up from puppy camp, he showed great progress for his age! He was only 3 months when we boarded him which Sabrina recommended is a good time to start training. He learned all of the necessary commands such as sit, heel, stay, wait, and come. Our baby is so smart and was so attentive in Sabrina's presence. We like that she doesn't use treats in her training and uses petting for a reward instead. I think it makes the pup appreciate our affection more instead of making them greedy with treats. She is also always giving us tips and answering our questions even after boarding. It's been really helpful as I myself haven't owned a dog before. We're so grateful we found Sabrina and can't wait to keep learning with her!
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Kaila U.
1/28/2024
Sabrina is awesome. She's a great trainer for both basic obedience and service dog tasks, and I love that she does it without food lures. I sent my puppy Pryna to service dog "camp", and she came back home so well-behaved and ready to help me live my life, and Sabrina even gave me essential items like a service dog vest, leash, and prong collar. Sabrina is great about helping via text when I have minor behavioral questions (how to reprimand Pryna when she barks unnecessarily) and health questions (is it normal for poo to look like that), and she's incredibly welcoming and accommodating when I want to bring Pryna back for additional task training. She even sent photos when Pryna was at "camp" and gave me little updates so I knew Pryna was enjoying her time there. The only thing I wish was different is the inevitable dog smell that comes from having more than 2 dogs together, but an extra bath is a small price to pay for proof that my dog is allowed to run and play with other dogs, rather than being cooped up in a kennel. I'm so glad I found Balanced Obedience, and I recommend it to anyone who has a dog in need of training.
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Soto Kagawa
1/16/2024
5 star ratingSabrina is awesome. She's a great trainer for both basic obedience and service dog tasks, and I love that she does it without food lures. I sent my puppy Pryna to service dog "camp", and she came back home so well-behaved and ready to help me live my life, and Sabrina even gave me essential items like a service dog vest, leash, and prong collar. Sabrina is great about helping via text when I have minor behavioral questions (how to reprimand Pryna when she barks unnecessarily) and health questions (is it normal for poo to look like that), and she's incredibly welcoming and accommodating when I want to bring Pryna back for additional task training. She even sent photos when Pryna was at "camp" and gave me little updates so I knew Pryna was enjoying her time there. The only thing I wish was different is the inevitable dog smell that comes from having more than 2 dogs together, but an extra bath is a small price to pay for proof that my dog is allowed to run and play with other dogs, rather than being cooped up in a kennel. I'm so glad I found Balanced Obedience, and I recommend it to anyone who has a dog in need of training.
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Soto K.
1/15/2024
I was so thankful to have met Sabrina and felt very comfortable with her. Sabrina answered all of my questions and concerns from the get go, that I signed up my puppy Bailey for the 2 week Board and Training program right away. Since Bailey is starting to get into her tween-age years, she was starting to test my patience and become very rascal, and so I sought out a more seasoned trainer and I felt I got so lucky in finding Sabrina of Balanced Obedience. Bailey is now a brand new goodest girl and it’s like she is so well behaved that I couldn’t be happier. Bailey heals by my side when we go for walks. She even sits when we are at a standstill. She never did that before training. If anything Bailey would take me for a walk. Ha! She is so wonderful and playful with other dogs. She is definitely well socialized with other dogs. That part was a bonus for me. She got to make puppy friends while she was at training as well. I could go on for days with all the wonderful things that Sabrina has done that made Bailey into a well behaved puppy. I highly recommend Sabrina for all your puppy training needs. You will not regret it. Sabrina will definitely correct your puppies bad habits as she has done wonders with my Bailey.
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Marisa Sacks
10/19/2023
I'm happy that I got paid to be honest I had my fingers crossed when I invested a week ago with Mrs Lucia Rodney but I'm happy to say that she is just amazing and I can't thank you enough ma'am this is the little I can do. what are you waiting for reach her on Whatsapp now she'll tell you everything you need to know and do. I assure you wont regret it, Contact her via Email: luciarodney95@gmail.com WhatsApp:+19169054120
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Owen Hudson
10/18/2023
First off, I can’t say enough how AWESOME Sabrina of Balanced Obedience is. I thought that I would be able to train my pup myself. However, Bailey, my pup is going on 2 years old, Bailey was getting more rascal, and constantly testing my patience. I thought it was time to establish better behavior with a more seasoned trainer before Bailey’s behavior got any worse. I signed up to have Bailey do the 2 week board and training program. Before training, Bailey would drag me and take me for a walk, Lol…Sabrina not only corrected Bailey’s bad habits, but for the first time when I got her back from training, it was such a pleasure having Bailey heal by my side when going for walks. I never had that happen before. Now, it is like Bailey is a brand new Goodest girl EVER. Not only, does she heal by my side when we walk, she sits when we stop, just wow! Before training, Bailey would grip things in her mouth tighter when I ask for it, like I had to fight her to get it back. Now, when Bailey grabs things with her mouth, she drops it when I ask her to. Before, when I would have guests over, Bailey would just run towards them and have no concept of personal space. Now, she stays until given permission to greet them. There are so many positive aspects of Bailey’s training with Sabrina, that I could go on for days. I have so much joy in this new well behaved puppy of mine, all thanks to Sabrina and her excellent ways of training with assertiveness and love. I highly recommend Sabrina for your dog’s wellness behavior and training sessions. We believe and love Sabrina so much that we got a Golden-Doodle puppy from Sabrina and enrolling her in the 2 week board and train program. Also, if you have any questions, Sabrina is so responsive and helpful with tips post training as well. I highly recommend Sabrina for your dogs training needs. Did I mention how amazing Sabrina is? Having a well trained puppy does such wonders to our mental health as well. Thank you so much Sabrina!!!
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MARISA S
10/14/2023
5 star ratingOur family first sought out Balanced Obedience because of a friend's recommendation. Our chocolate lab puppy was typically energetic but also getting into everything - eating rocks (and his poop), yanking us on walks, crying at night. Our family was stressed so we sent him to Puppy Boot Camp with Sabrina and she was a savior. Not only did she train our dog, Mo. She trained us. She gave us the tools we all needed to manage him. He can still be a rascal which is typical of his breed, but he's great in our 4 generation household. Gentle with the 84 year grandpa and 8 month old grandbaby. Socializes well with other dogs. All thanks to Sabrina and her team. We appreciate that the dogs that board at her Waimanalo space are all trained by her so they all know what the expectations and commands are. I've recommended many other families to her because of our experience. My cousin also had her service animal trained at Balance Obedience as well. I recently had to board Mo at another place when Sabrina was out of town, and although they were ok, it was nothing like Balanced Obedience. I could see it in his behavior. He wasn't happy at the other place. When Mo just hears Sabrina's voice on a video, he perks up and starts wagging his tail. When she picks him up, she jumps in the van with no hesitation. Mahalo to Sabrina and team for taking great care of our boy and all the other dog friends! Corey, Kawehi and Anela Apo
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Kawehi A.
9/19/2023
5 star ratingI first started using Balanced Obedience through their online training program. I purchased the program and began working through it with my dog, Buddy. While working through the program, I noticed that Buddy and I needed some extra support and counseling, so I reached out to Sabrina for guidance. She IMMEDIATELY responded, listened to my concerns, and set up a time for Buddy and I to train in person to solidify our leadership skills together. My dog was very fearful and could be reactive to strangers. After completing the training, and having support from Sabrina, we formulated a strategy to help Buddy overcome his fearfulness. This was detrimental to his success with being placed with a foster family through Dogs on Deployment for my upcoming deployment. Buddy was able to meet a "stranger" family and trust both them, and me, enough to settle in. I can't say enough positive things about Sabrina, or Balanced Obedience!
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Arielle L.
7/27/2023
Sabrina is super nice and knowledgeable! If you are debating, just do a consultation. She will train you and your dog, and suggest the best course to enroll. My 3yo Chihuahua mix who was barking a lot during walk became much better after 1 lesson. I thought he had to do boot-camp to fix his behavior, but with Sabrina's suggestion we enrolled in online course. Also what you pay for consultation will be applied to the course you choose, so you won't waste money😉
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m sato
7/13/2023
This is my first review ever, but Sabrina and Balanced Obedience are amazing! We have two Chocolate Lab puppies and while we all love them so much, they can be a lot of work. When we first got them it took us an hour every night to make a special place for them to sleep in our house since they weren’t able to sleep in the crates. It took another hour for us to get them to use the bathroom outside since they seemed to only want to do it on our carpets. We were enjoying the time we had with them as puppies, but we were putting in a lot of time training them and nothing seemed to make a difference. That’s when we heard about the Puppy Bootcamp, Sabrina did an amazing job and within two weeks they were potty trained, walking without pulling us and most importantly crate trained. Thanks to Sabrina and Balanced Obedience we don’t have to worry about where the next accident is, if they will freak out around other dogs or them being unable to sleep alone. She is always accommodating to any of our questions and although it is a “bootcamp”, our dogs are always so happy to see her and we can tell that she trains them with love and focuses on building a relationship with them. Every dog parent wants the best for their dog and whenever we travel it’s amazing that we have a place we can send them where we know they will be safe and cared for.
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David Efhan
6/14/2023
5 star ratingSabrina takes the best care of our French bulldog. He has been through puppy bootcamp, service dog training and goes for recurring training when he boards. We only trust him to Sabrina as he comes back happy, healthy and better trained every time!
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Lily B.
5/24/2023
I did ower-trained service dog course. The guidance my service dog and I received from Balanced Obedience was life-changing. I did not have any prior knowledge about the service dog certification process, Sabrina and her team patiently provided step-by-step info, and detailed and accessible feedback as my dog and I progressed, regressed, and then progressed again. I highly recommend Balanced Obedience for their wide ranging expertise and trauma-informed approach!
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Alexandra U
5/17/2023
5 star ratingI did the ower-trained service dog course and the guidance my service dog and I received from Balanced Obedience was life-changing. I did not have any prior knowledge about the service dog certification process, Sabrina and her team patiently provided step-by-step info, and detailed and accessible feedback as my dog and I progressed, regressed, and then progressed again. I highly recommend Balanced Obedience for their expertise and trauma-informed approach!
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Alexandra U.
5/12/2023
Sabrina is a godsend! For a moment it looked like we might have to re-home our sweet little Max (beagle/terrier mix). For the most part, a goofy, energetic little guy that likes to love up on you, but we aren't sure how he was raised since we got him at 4 years old from the Humane Society. He showed some aggression a couple times so it was either obedience school or a new home. Sabrina taught us and Max a language to work together to keep everyone happy! He is soooo obedient now (although he still likes to test boundaries) but now we have the tools and support from Sabrina to help ensure that Max continues to stay a part of the family! No more trying to drag us along on walks, is learning more and more to display the behaviors that we want him to without prompting...it's really exciting!
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Quinn Allen
5/07/2023
Sabrina is a godsend! For a moment it looked like we might have to re-home our sweet little Max (beagle/terrier mix). For the most part, a goofy, energetic little guy that likes to love up on you, but we aren't sure how he was raised since we got him at 4 years old from the Humane Society. He showed some aggression a couple times so it was either obedience school or a new home. Sabrina taught us and Max a language to work together to keep everyone happy! He is soooo obedient now (although he still likes to test boundaries) but now we have the tools and support from Sabrina to help ensure that Max continues to stay a part of the family! No more trying to drag us along on walks, is learning more and more to display the behaviors that we want him to without prompting...it's really exciting!
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Quinn R. Allen
4/28/2023
5 star ratingSabrina is a godsend! For a moment it looked like we might have to re-home our sweet little Max (beagle/terrier mix). For the most part, a goofy, energetic little guy that likes to love up on you, but we aren't sure how he was raised since we got him at 4 years old from the Humane Society. He showed some aggression a couple times so it was either obedience school or a new home. Sabrina taught us and Max a language to work together to keep everyone happy! He is soooo obedient now (although he still likes to test boundaries) but now we have the tools and support from Sabrina to help ensure that Max continues to stay a part of the family! No more trying to drag us along on walks, is learning more and more to display the behaviors that we want him to without prompting...it's really exciting! We're definitely keeping in touch for summer parties and boarding needs.
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Vash T.
4/27/2023
We have a 6 month old Pomsky and tried out the 2 week boarding and training course for puppies. Our puppy was fairly obedient at home, but we couldn’t get him to listen in public settings even with treats. For the first time after getting his training he was significantly more responsive to our commands in public settings and will listen to direction even without treats. Sabrina is very professional and knowledgeable and we love that we continue to have her as a resource for guidance and tips even after training including opportunities to train in her group events. She offers a variety of services and canine behavior examinations and are glad we found her so we can also one day train with her service dog training program
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Aivy Tran
4/18/2023
We recently adopted a doodle puppy last November. She had a hard time interacting with other dogs oftentimes by submitting and peeing. With people she would be so excited she would nip and pee. We decided to have Bailey go through a puppy bootcamp. It was the best decision we could have made! Sabrina, who trains the puppies, showed us how to help Bailey maintain control without losing her sweet personality! Sabrina was so patient with not only Bailey but us! If your puppy is a bit unruly I would highly recommend Sabrina for her expertise and kindness!
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Kevin Loo
4/11/2023
I have known Sabrina for nine years, and I deeply respect her devotion to dog psychology, pack behavior, and the human/canine bond. Our family has two dogs from Sabrina; Teddy who is 9 1/2, and Blue who is 8. To see Sabrina in action with her dogs is nothing short of poetic. She embodies loving pack leadership; no need for harsh discipline or even treats to elicit good behavior. I still remember Sabrina's words when we brought Teddy into our family 9 years ago: "we reward good behavior with love, not treats". Sabrina's dogs adore her because she is a confident leader who loves her pack unconditionally. Over the years I have boarded my dogs with Sabrina. Every time we meet, she takes her time to offer advice on diet, flea prevention, and behavior modification. Most recently Blue earned his American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen award and is now well on his way to becoming a hospital therapy dog, in large part to Sabrina's excellent training. Sabrina inspires me to fulfill my lifelong dream of working with dogs. She believes in compassionate leadership. Her approach to canine health and behavior is holistic and she works tirelessly to help our community raise confident, well-adjusted dogs. I am grateful to know her, and I recommend her services to anyone looking for a dog trainer.
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Claire Arcinas
4/09/2023
I’ve been sending my dog Abby to Sabrina for almost 10 years now. Both Abby and I have learned a lot from Sabrina and I’m just grateful I can trust someone with my dog. I can’t recommend Balanced Obedience enough!
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Alica Panzer
4/03/2023
5 star ratingMy pup Ender completed service training with Balanced Obedience. He came back totally dialed in. He is doing well and learning new skills every day! Thank you!!!
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John H.
3/13/2023
I am so happy with the results of my German Shepard ‘s 3 week boot camp training. Sabrina was very reassuring and knowledgeable. Her experience and training methods are both kind and effective! Delta is so much better and can come anywhere with us! Thank you so much Sabrina!
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Stacy Swanke
2/07/2023
I am so happy with the results of my German Shepard ‘s 3 week boot camp training. Sabrina was very reassuring and knowledgeable. Her experience and training methods are both kind and effective! Delta is so much better and can come anywhere with us! Thank you so much Sabrina!
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Stacy Geck
2/07/2023
5 star ratingI am so happy we went with Sabrina at Balanced Obedience! I always wanted to get into obedience training and welcomed into my home a working line German Shepherd-Delta. She had a lot more drive and was quite the handful compared to any other dog I have owned. Delta would "chose" when to obey commands or if it was preferable to lunge, destroy things or escape to chase my neighbors (literally). I was the only one who could handle her and couldn't leave her with family or friends. I didn't want to use a shock collar and was worried a professional trainer may be too harsh and break her fun loving personality. Sabrina was very reassuring and knowledgeable. She utilizes her experience with dog psychology and pack behaviors in her training methods. She was honest and down to earth about what I could expect from Delta at what ages. I couldn't be happier with the results of Delta's 3 week Doggie Boot Camp. She listens, is calm and I can include her in all our family activities - stress free and Delta is as fun loving as ever!
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Stacy S.
2/06/2023
i just wanted to write a post about how much Ive enjoyed taking my dog to Balanced Obedience for training and boarding. I have a 4 year old German Shepherd named Josie. When Josie was very young, she was a real handful: mouthy, ornery, unfocused and frankly exhausting. Josie's initial stay at the Boot Camp had a very big impact on her behavior, and ever since she has been a wonderfully easy dog to own. Sabrina's approach is effective and my dog loves going to her. The initial training was SO worth it and I continue to take Josie to Balanced Obedience for boarding and training, knowing that she is in good hands. I'm not a regular at posting things but wanted to recommend Sabrina at Balanced Obedience for training and caring for your dog
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jason knoche
1/27/2023
We’re the owner of Mele, our 6 month old yellow lab. Youngest of three dogs in the household- boo boo is 12, Oreo is 14 and then there’s Mele. We’ve had Mele since she was 3 months old and wanted to get started on the right foot. She’s a very active dog and did the normal puppy stuff- jumping on us and our older dogs, pulling at the leash, nipping. Running and not calming easily. I was starting to get anxious, not knowing what to do to remedy this behavior which was starting to get out of control. We have three young grandsons and jumping and nipping and running was scary for them, and for us too. Our poor older dogs were not happy about the situation either. I did a lot of online research and word of mouth and contacted Sabrina at Balanced Obedience. Her training is based on positive reinforcement - no treats and no shock collars- which I really liked. After speaking to Sabrina we knew this was the place for Mele and for us. We took the leap and boarded her for two weeks training. It also gave us some time to regroup. In two weeks time Mele was a changed pup. When we picked her up we were trained on our behavior and our interaction with Mele (and we had also read Sabrina’s training manual beforehand cover to cover), and a follow up training two weeks later. And easy to email and text questions too. The training and follow up advice has been invaluable. I love walking with Mele and when she does misbehave we know exactly what to do to make corrections. And it works! So happy we made this decision.
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Brook Gramann
12/25/2022
5 star ratingI took my 6 month old German Shepherd Josie to Puppy Boot Camp and was amazed at the difference: Before, she was jumping up, distracted and very mouthy with her affection but after, she was a brand-new dog! I think having her professionally trained early in her life was the best thing I ever did. Ever since the Boot Camp, she has been so obedient, focused on me and willing to learn that it makes our relationship only joyful. It has been three years since then, and never any behavioral issues or struggle. I'm still so glad with the results. Whenever i need someone to watch her, I continue to call Sabrina. I would highly recommend Balanced Obedience, especially for puppies like mine!
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Jason K.
10/27/2022
We absolutely love Balanced Obedience. Sabrina was great with dog training our new pup! It’s been two years and he does so well with following his commands and has been given lots of compliments by others in the community. If your thinking about training—- go to Balanced Obedience!
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Tabitha N. Zamarripa
10/20/2022
Balanced Obedience, what a compassionate woman Sabrina is! We can't thank her enough for all her help and assistance through the service dog training and certification process! Amazing and compassionate work and highly recommend!
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KATHERINE LEONARD
9/22/2022
5 star ratingBalanced Obedience, what acompassionate woman Sabrina is!We can't thank her enough for all herhelp and assistance through theservice dog training and certificationprocess! Amazing andcompassionate work and highlyrecommend!
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Katie L.
8/26/2022
My dog bear is an Akita Inu, he has been seeing Sabrina at Balanced obedience since he was 6 months old. We did the 3 week Boarding-Training and currently doing service dog training. Akitas are known to be stubborn and very independent. Right after the 3 week training Bear was listening to commands that were taught such as “sit, stay, come, leave it and heel”. Approaching the 2 year old age mark Bear became very rebellious. Sabrina told us it was normal and this was a dogs “teenage year”. When we would have to go on trips we would leave bear with Sabrina at Balanced Obedience for the boarding-training and he came back very obedient. We constantly ask Sabrina how to deal with his stubbornness and she is willing to meet up to teach us and train bear more so he can give us an easier time and pass his public access test. But you have to remember that having a well trained dog isn’t all on the dog. There is lots of practices and training that comes from the owner that the dog listens to. Staying consistent and strict with training will have a great outcome. Sabrina teaches with no treats or harmful techniques. (Which helps so much because I don’t like carrying treats everywhere and it helps save money lol) she uses positive reinforcement techniques and praise. My dog loves to see Sabrina, although he is very tired at the end of the day with her he has a good time. Bear is very stubborn and lazy but even my big stubborn lazy dog will listen and do the work. He is also very scared of escalators and with Sabrina’s help and advice he listens and improves. If you want to have your dog be trained with love and care but also have a great relationship with the trainer I highly recommend Balanced Obedience.
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Paloma Puma
8/01/2022
Our highly obstinate and strong-willed European Doberman, (Cutter) has been training with Balanced Obedience since he was four months old. He began his training with Sabrina in a two- week puppy boot camp. He displayed his stubborn nature right from the start; when Sabrina asked to keep him for a third week to fine-tune his training–at no additional cost we were confident she could teach him the right way! He came home fully potty-trained, understood commands, and learned how to fit in our family of four, (two elementary school aged daughters). The techniques that Sabrina has taught our dog, and more importantly us, have grown with him. Allowing our small tween daughter to create a special bond as a handler to this 100+lb Doberman, whom she can skillfully control. We meet with Sabrina every few months to work out kinks as he continues to grow, test boundaries, and challenge the pack leaders. We get updated tools & techniques as Cutter passes through the challenging puppy years into teenage adolescence and adulthood. In addition, Sabrina has provided us with guidance on nutrition, the best time to neuter; to get the benefits of testosterone and growth, collars, leashes, and flea/tick prevention. Make sure to discuss flea prevention; Sabrina is passionate about how to best protect your pet. Our fast-growing dog (from 15 to 90lbs in six months) outgrew collars almost overnight, and she would swap them out for us regularly to keep Cutter in size-appropriate training gear. Having small kids and a Doberman, we wanted to provide the best training to ensure our kids felt confident in their ability to handle such a big dog. The Balanced Obedience technique of positive reinforcement has formed a stubborn boy into a wonderful smart dog who just wants to make us proud. You will not regret reaching out to Sabrina; she will be your dog’s trainer for life!
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Adam Barton
7/22/2022
We first went to Balanced Obedience to get our dog trained and enrolled him into the 3 week bootcamp, its been years since then and our dog bear is still very obedient and easy to walk. Since then we've put him into boarding whenever we won't be at home, where he also works on other commands that he may be stubborn about, and he comes back happy and even more reinforced on other commands. Balanced Obedience is a great place for any dog to stay since the owner has worked with many dog breeds in all her experience handling dogs.
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Ralph Edades
7/22/2022
I am very cautious about who I leave my dog with but I feel completely comfortable leaving my dog with Sabrina. She is a great dog trainer and worth the investment. I booked him for the two week bootcamp and it has made a big difference in his behavior. I spent a lot of time training my dog using only treats and positive reinforcement. I trained him often but as he approached one year old he began to develop behaviors that I couldn't control and he was beginning to show signs of aggression. It seemed like every new dog that he met led to a more severe reaction from him. He also loved jumping up on people and excitedly getting to them while barking and pulling me to get there.I would beg him to come back and bribe him with treats, but it got to the point where he wouldn't listen to me and I would be embarrassed. I didn't know how to handle my dog. My dog listens to Sabrina. All the work she had done during the two weeks shows. She also took the time to teach me and my husband how to better handle our dog. She even taught us how it safely introduce our dog to other dogs. He even met a dog he hadn't met before and he was so calm! He hasn't jumped up since getting home, he walks next to us, and he has been so nice to be around! On top of being better behaved, he was so content after his stay. He seems like he had a great time with all of the other dogs there and I can tell he also really likes Sabrina. I think he will be excited to go back! I feel so lucky that I met Sabrina and that she helped us as much as she has! This two week training has changed our lives for the better. I plan on using all the resources she provided us with and having our dog stay with her again in the future. I am so happy that I went through with the bootcamp, I have learned a better way to train him and I feel so confident bringing him outside, and now I know the best way to deal with behaviors that I don't want him to have. It was 100% worth the investment and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Rebecca kopec
7/22/2022
We first heard about Balanced Obedience from a friend who had their puppy attend Doggie Boot Camp. They were so impressed with the results, “night and day difference”. So we enrolled our dog, a beagle, at 11 months of age in the 2 wk Doggie Boot Camp. He came to our family only 8 wks old. He is a very playful, energetic and loving guy. He is also very stubborn. Walks were painful since he would pull until he tired himself out. He loves his crate but would bark when we left the house or had company. He would couch and table surf. He would jump on guests. And he would pick up anything left on the ground. Since having completed the camp we have noticed a huge improvement. He no longer pulls on walks. He listens to commands such as sit and down. We’ve been working on the leave it command. Before he would pick up a Kleenex from the ground and refuse to give it up but now he drops it when instructed to. We had to leave him an extra week per Sabrina’s recommendation and we were happy we did. Our puppy has been back home with us for about 4 wks now. You have to continue to put in the work and build on the foundation that Sabrina laid out. We have a very challenging beagle, it has not been easy but being able to contact Sabrina through email or text has been extremely helpful. The fact that she’s available after the camp is comforting. We went back a week later to make sure we were following the training correctly. We feel very comfortable boarding our puppy with her in the future. Thank you so much Sabrina and the staff at Balanced Obedience!!
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Tracy M
7/22/2022
Our highly obstinate and strong-willed European Doberman, (Cutter) has been training with Balanced Obedience since he was four months old. He began his training with Sabrina in a two-week puppy boot camp. He displayed his stubborn nature right from the start; when Sabrina asked to keep him for a third week to fine-tune his training–at no additional cost we were confident she could teach him the right way! He came home fully potty-trained, understood commands, and learned how to fit in our family of four, (two elementary school aged daughters). The techniques that Sabrina has taught our dog, and more importantly us, have grown with him. Allowing our small tween daughter to create a special bond as a handler to this 100+lb Doberman, whom she can skillfully control. We meet with Sabrina every few months to work out kinks as he continues to grow, test boundaries, and challenge the pack leaders. We get updated tools & techniques as Cutter passes through the challenging puppy years into teenage adolescence and adulthood. In addition, Sabrina has provided us with guidance on nutrition, the best time to neuter; to get the benefits of testosterone and growth, collars, leashes, and flea/tick prevention. Make sure to discuss flea prevention; Sabrina is passionate about how to best protect your pet. Our fast-growing dog (from 15 to 90lbs in six months) outgrew collars almost overnight, and she would swap them out for us regularly to keep Cutter in size-appropriate training gear. Having small kids and a Doberman, we wanted to provide the best training to ensure our kids felt confident in their ability to handle such a big dog. The Balanced Obedience technique of positive reinforcement has formed a stubborn boy into a wonderful smart dog who just wants to make us proud. You will not regret reaching out to Sabrina; she will be your dog’s trainer for life!
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Adam Barton
7/14/2022
5 star ratingOur highly obstinate and strong-willed European Doberman, (Cutter) has been training with Balanced Obedience since he was four months old. He began his training with Sabrina in a two-week puppy boot camp. He displayed his stubborn nature right from the start; when Sabrinaasked to keep him for a third week to fine-tune his training-at no additional cost we were confident she could teach him the right way! He came home fully potty-trained, understood commands, and learned how to fit in our family of four, (two elementary school aged daughters). The techniques that Sabrina has taught our dog, and more importantly us, have grown with him.Allowing our small tween daughter to create a special bond as a handler to this 100+lb Doberman, whom she can skillfully control. We meet with Sabrina every few months to work out kinks as he continues to grow, test boundaries, and challenge the pack leaders. We get updated tools & techniques as Cutter passes through the challenging puppy years into teenage adolescence and adulthood. In addition, Sabrina has provided us with guidance on nutrition, the best time to neuter; to get the benefits of testosterone and growth, collars, leashes, and flea/tick prevention. Make sure to discuss flea prevention; Sabrina is passionate about how to best protect your pet. Our fast-growing dog (from 15 to 90lbs in six months) outgrew collars almost overnight, and she would swap them out for us regularly to keep Cutter in size-appropriate training gear. Having small kids and a Doberman, we wanted to provide the best training to ensure our kids felt confident in their ability to handle such a big dog. The Balanced Obedience technique of positive reinforcement has formed a stubborn boy into a wonderful smart dog who just wants to make us proud. You will not regret reaching out to Sabrina; she will be your dog's trainer for life!
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Adam B.
7/14/2022
My wife and I were looking for a board and train for our 1 year old border collie/husky mix. He was a great dog when it was just us in the home, but gets very excited, jumpy and barky when he sees someone that could give him pets or another dog to play with. Within the last month or two we had noticed several moments of aggression with other dogs. Hadn't led to any serious issues yet, but definitely something we wanted to get under control. We had chose Balanced Obedience for a 2 week board and train and have no regrets. The before and after of when we dropped him off and picked him up was such a stark difference. He is much more disciplined with his greetings and his walking. Sabrina had sent us several updates and photos during the training, which we appreciated. She also provided a lot of resources for us to continue his training at home. I would definitely recommend Balanced Obedience to anyone having behavior concerns with their dog or anyone who just wants some extra training.
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Steven Camacho
7/07/2022
5 star ratingSabrina is an excellent dog trainer. I am so grateful that she has taken the time to train our dog. We signed up for the two week bootcamp and it has absolutely made a difference in our dogs behavior. I believe the relationship we have with our dog will forever be better because of the two weeks he spent with Sabrina.I have an 11 month old dog that I was determined to raise with only positive reinforcement. I watched so many youtube videos and followed that way of training as well as I could. Right when he hit adolescence he became incredibly challenging. It got to the point where I was afraid to have other people greet him because he would jump, cry, pull, and not stop until he got to them. People began to become afraid of him and I became embarrassed. His greeting other dogs was even worse. It started off with him being an overly excited greeter and recently led to him being more aggressive. It felt like his greetings were getting worse every time he met a new dog and we were on a path to him eventually biting another dog (or person.) I was bribing him with treats, pulling him away, begging him to listen and he just wasn't listening anymore. I felt helpless and defeated. I put so much effort into socializing and training him, but the way I was doing it clearly wasn't working for my dog. Sabrina was informative from the moment I dropped my dog off. My dog was on his worst behavior and she was instantly teaching me how to correct him and how to behave myself to get the best behavior out of him. At pickup it was immediately noticeable that he was better behaved and he also seemed so content and willing to listen to Sabrina! Sabrina instructed my husband an I on the proper way to have him greet us and others. She took a lot of time to teach us how to properly walk him, how to have him practice commands, and how we should deliver those commands and position ourselves to have him respect us. He now listens so well when we do commands the way she instructed us to. Also she brought out a dog he hadn't met before and instructed us on how to do a calm greeting between the two of them and it seemed like a miracle because my dog was calm!Having your dog trained by Sabrina is absolutely worth the investment. I learned so much from her and I can't wait to continue to train my dog in her style and leave the bribing and begging behind. She offers support for a lifetime so I feel like I have the resources to be able to help my dog become the best version of himself he can be. I feel so relieved and empowered and a lot less worried for my dogs future. We found Sabrina at the perfect time!
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Rebecca K.
7/06/2022
5 star ratingSimply the best! We would recommend Sabrina to anyone wanting a well trained puppy/dog. She and her staff are So patient and we couldn't be happier with the result!
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Mieko G.
6/11/2022
5 star ratingI am so, so incredibly grateful for Sabrina and the whole team at Balanced Obedience. I made a yelp account solely to sing my praises. My chocolate lab, Ozzy, went to the doggy boot camp for his last stage of training to be a service dog. When Ozzy came back to me, he was still just as happy, just as loving, but incredibly obedient. When searching for training for Ozzy, I was admittedly concerned about boarding him. I've heard one too many horror stories about animal abuse and neglect. Reading Sabrina's reviews definitely made me feel better, in addition to the comprehensive information provided immediately during the consultation. When discussing terms and the training plan, Sabrina was reassuring and confident.The facility itself was beautiful. There was plenty of room for the dogs to roam and play. Ozzy was very comfortable in the space and with Sabrina and her staff immediately. They took the time to break everything down and explain it to a very worried me (having my service animal without me for two weeks was scary!) even venturing to explain her educational background (both psychology AND zoology) which ascertained her skill and knowledge. You can tell she loves the dogs, and she loves her job.Throughout the two week period, I texted nearly every day to check in. I turned into a full-on helicopter mom, but Sabrina let me know how he was doing and sent lots of pictures and updates. When I went to pick him up, Ozzy was absolutely perfect; happy, healthy, and super obedient. At home now, he's much calmer and always listens. I missed him, but it was SO worth it. I cannot recommend Sabrina and Balanced Obedience enough. 🙂
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Nicole N.
6/07/2022
5 star ratingI did a lot of research across all sorts of training methods and options and trainers. Ultimately I selected Sabrina at Balanced Obedience and am so glad I did. Mele is our 6 month old yellow lab; we've had her with us since she was 3 months old. She had the normal puppy issues - jumping, nipping, pulling. We have three young grandchildren and I wanted to get off to the right start with Mele esp with the kids always in the house. Lots of activity, noise and she was beginning to get very excitable (jumping more, nipping etc) and I was getting anxious. Not a good combo. We also have two older dogs, 14 and 12 and she was nipping at them. This stopped and when it does happen we know how to prevent it I selected the two week boarding with Sabrina and wow it was incredible. She came back a calmer, obedient pup and the best thing is - we were also trained on what to do, not do. Mele just wants to please us and we now have the tools to have a great relationship.
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Brook G.
6/01/2022
My husband and I have a 10 month old GSD who had been displaying signs of aggression at home and in public from a very early age (4mo). I was covered in bruises, cuts, bite marks all over my body. He was a bully in the household and was terrorizing our marriage. He would bite, lunge at people and other dogs, and needed to be very sedated for all vet appointments. I will be very honest I was done with him and was very much ready to rehome him. That's when my husband found Sabrina. We made a deal; if this training didn't work we would rehome him. I was very skeptical and really believed our Shepherd was truly beyond help. I almost hoped it didn't work just to be done with this dog. Jaeger, our GSD stayed with Sabrina for 3 weeks, she was very honest and open from the get go, telling us yes he can be trained however due to his history we also need to have realistic expectations that he is a male shepherd and will need strong, confident handlers for the remainder of his life and if we can't be that for him, rehoming can be an option. I really appreciated her honesty and knowledge from the beginning. Sabrina knows what she's talking about and knew the breed well. Fast forward 3 weeks, we arrive at her location to a completely new dog, remember now, this is the same dog that has bitten me, left scars on my hand and legs, and could not be seen in public due to aggression, here he is sitting calmly by her side waiting for us to step out of our car. She demonstrates all of the techniques she has taught him (sit, down, leave it, heel) over the past few weeks with us and I am blown away, our dog is no longer pulling on the leash, lunging, biting, or terrorizing our house. It's been almost 2 months since training and I will be very honest, I love this dog, he has turned from our worst nightmare to our best friend, as I am writing this he is calmly laying at my side sleeping. He had his first vet appointment yesterday with NO SEDATIVES, the technicians all noticed he is a different dog, he was giving everyone kisses at the vet and really for the first time actually seemed to enjoy being there! We go to Lowes to practice commands with distractions, we go to the park, we can eat dinner and watch tv with him at our side, it's incredible. Sabrina has given us the tools and confidence to grow with him. He really is our partner now, he really is a different animal altogether. He was never affectionate with me ever, now, he's giving me kisses, looks for me when I'm not in the same room as him, and will gladly sleep at my side as we watch tv together. Sabrina gave us our life back, this whole story may sound cheesy, but it was very real. We had a real problem and were given a solution. We can't thank Sabrina enough, we recommend her to all of our friends. Jaeger is a work in progress, we work hard every day, we have ups and downs, but the biggest takeaway for me is seeing a happy, balanced dog, I believe he really understands his role now and is truly part of our pack.
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Jenny Arellano
3/22/2022
5 star ratingI've heard such great things about Balanced Obedience. Wonderful place for your pooch!
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Vicky T.
3/20/2022
My husband and I have a 10 month old GSD who had been displaying signs of aggression at home and in public from a very early age (4mo). I was covered in bruises, cuts, bite marks all over my body. He was a bully in the household and was terrorizing our marriage. He would bite, lunge at people and other dogs, and needed to be very sedated for all vet appointments. I will be very honest I was done with him and was very much ready to rehome him. That's when my husband found Sabrina. We made a deal; if this training didn't work we would rehome him. I was very skeptical and really believed our Shepherd was truly beyond help. I almost hoped it didn't work just to be done with this dog. Jaeger, our GSD stayed with Sabrina for 3 weeks, she was very honest and open from the get go, telling us yes he can be trained however due to his history we also need to have realistic expectations that he is a male shepherd and will need strong, confident handlers for the remainder of his life and if we can't be that for him, rehoming can be an option. I really appreciated her honesty and knowledge from the beginning. Sabrina knows what she's talking about and knew the breed well. Fast forward 3 weeks, we arrive at her location to a completely new dog, remember now, this is the same dog that has bitten me, left scars on my hand and legs, and could not be seen in public due to aggression, here he is sitting calmly by her side waiting for us to step out of our car. She demonstrates all of the techniques she has taught him (sit, down, leave it, heel) over the past few weeks with us and I am blown away, our dog is no longer pulling on the leash, lunging, biting, or terrorizing our house. It's been almost 2 months since training and I will be very honest, I love this dog, he has turned from our worst nightmare to our best friend, as I am writing this he is calmly laying at my side sleeping. He had his first vet appointment yesterday with NO SEDATIVES, the technicians all noticed he is a different dog, he was giving everyone kisses at the vet and really for the first time actually seemed to enjoy being there! We go to Lowes to practice commands with distractions, we go to the park, we can eat dinner and watch tv with him at our side, it's incredible. Sabrina has given us the tools and confidence to grow with him. He really is our partner now, he really is a different animal altogether. He was never affectionate with me ever, now, he's giving me kisses, looks for me when I'm not in the same room as him, and will gladly sleep at my side as we watch tv together. Sabrina gave us our life back, this whole story may sound cheesy, but it was very real. We had a real problem and were given a solution. We can't thank Sabrina enough, we recommend her to all of our friends. Jaeger is a work in progress, we work hard every day, we have ups and downs, but the biggest takeaway for me is seeing a happy, balanced dog, I believe he really understands his role now and is truly part of our pack.
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Jenny Arellano
3/15/2022
5 star ratingSabrina is a wonderful trainer! We sent our pup to her Puppy Boot Camp and saw marked improvements in her behavior and obedience after 2 weeks. She gave us good tips and handling advice. We continue to take our dog for boarding, training and fun/safe socialization with other dogs. Highly recommend!
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Kira K.
3/05/2022
5 star ratingWhat an amazing experience! We have a highly intelligent and stubborn cattle dog...aka" Australian Blue Heeler". I have to say Sabrina is amazing and trained or pup and us on how to work with his energy! She is an amazing dog trainer and boarder. We recently had a last minute birthday trip planned for our daughter and Sabrina amazingly said to drop him off and she would take care of the rest. Once we dropped him off we received multiple texts on his well being and what he was up to! I highly recommend Balanced Obedience for training and Boarding. Piece of mind when you leave a family member is priceless!!
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Sterling R.
3/05/2022
5 star ratingMy husband and I have a 10 month old GSD who had been displaying signs of aggression at home and in public from a very early age (4mo). I was covered in bruises, cuts, bite marks all over my body. He was a bully in the household and was terrorizing our marriage. He would bite, lunge at people and other dogs, and needed to be very sedated for all vet appointments. I will be very honest I was done with him and was very much ready to rehome him. That's when my husband found Sabrina. We made a deal; if this training didn't work we would rehome him. I was very skeptical and really believed our Shepherd was truly beyond help. I almost hoped it didn't work just to be done with this dog. Jaeger, our GSD stayed with Sabrina for 3 weeks, she was very honest and open from the get go, telling us yes he can be trained however due to his history we also need to have realistic expectations that he is a male shepherd and will need strong, confident handlers for the remainder of his life and if we can't be that for him, rehoming can be an option. I really appreciated her honesty and knowledge from the beginning. Sabrina knows what she's talking about and knew the breed well. Fast forward 3 weeks, we arrive at her location to a completely new dog, remember now, this is the same dog that has bitten me, left scars on my hand and legs, and could not be seen in public due to aggression, here he is sitting calmly by her side waiting for us to step out of our car. She demonstrates all of the techniques she has taught him (sit, down, leave it, heel) over the past few weeks with us and I am blown away, our dog is no longer pulling on the leash, lunging, biting, or terrorizing our house. It's been almost 2 months since training and I will be very honest, I love this dog, he has turned from our worst nightmare to our best friend, as I am writing this he is calmly laying at my side sleeping. He had his first vet appointment yesterday with NO SEDATIVES, the technicians all noticed he is a different dog, he was giving everyone kisses at the vet and really for the first time actually seemed to enjoy being there! We go to Lowes to practice commands with distractions, we go to the park, we can eat dinner and watch tv with him at our side, it's incredible. Sabrina has given us the tools and confidence to grow with him. He really is our partner now, he really is a different animal altogether. He was never affectionate with me ever, now, he's giving me kisses, looks for me when I'm not in the same room as him, and will gladly sleep at my side as we watch tv together. Sabrina gave us our life back, this whole story may sound cheesy, but it was very real. We had a real problem and were given a solution. We can't thank Sabrina enough, we recommend her to all of our friends. Jaeger is a work in progress, we work hard every day, we have ups and downs, but the biggest takeaway for me is seeing a happy, balanced dog, I believe he really understands his role now and is truly part of our pack.
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Jennifer A.
2/24/2022
If you’re considering training- I highly recommend it. I considered bringing our dog to Sabrina a few times over the last three years. He’s stubborn, nervous and has a tough time with strangers (dogs and humans). I was hesitating because I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the investment. But in June 2021, we decided it was time. We live in the city and it is important to us that he knows how to behave in busy environments. Fenway will never be a trusting, chill dog, but Sabrina gave us all the tools we need to ensure that he can remain a member of our family. Since his 3 week training with Sabrina, we have been told several times how well behaved he is. He needed structure but he also still loves to snuggle. Words cannot express my gratitude to Sabrina for her patience and balanced approach to training our unique dog. She told us immediately that she could tell how much we loved him and she also set very clear and kind expectations that he was likely going to continue to challenge us. He does. But we love him and now we know the tools we need to make the best decision for each situation. I write this review so that if anyone, who like me, is debating the value of training for their dog, knows how much it has helped us. It’s worth the investment.
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Samantha Long
11/20/2021
5 star ratingIf you're considering training- I highly recommend it. I considered bringing our dog to Sabrina a few times over the last three years. He's stubborn, nervous and has a tough time with strangers (dogs and humans). I was hesitating because I wasn't sure if it would be worth the investment. But in June 2021, we decided it was time. We live in the city and it is important to us that he knows how to behave in busy environments. Fenway will never be a trusting, chill dog, but Sabrina gave us all the tools we need to ensure that he can remain a member of our family. Since his 3 week training with Sabrina, we have been told several times how well behaved he is. He needed structure but he also still loves to snuggle. Words cannot express my gratitude to Sabrina for her patience and balanced approach to training our unique dog. She told us immediately that she could tell how much we loved him and she also set very clear and kind expectations that he was likely going to continue to challenge us. He does. But we love him and now we know the tools we need to make the best decision for each situation. I write this review so that if anyone, who like me, is debating the value of training for their dog, knows how much it has helped us. It's worth the investment.
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Sam L.
11/19/2021
5 star ratingWe love Sabrina and Balanced Obedience! Our Black Labrador Retriever went to boot camp because she pulled on her leash during walks, chewed on things in the house that were not hers (i.e. shoes and furniture), jumped on people, and on the couch, went up on tables and counters to get human food. We had adopted her at 11 months old and she had learned some bad behaviors that she needed to unlearn. During the boot camp we texted Sabrina for updates and received pictures of our smiling dog! After the two week boot camp there was a clear difference in her demeanor. With patience, commitment and time we worked on all the foundations that Sabrina helped to put in place. Our friends have shared, "she is like a completely different dog!" and "she is doing so good!" Our lives are so much more pleasant and walking our dog is the highlight of our day! She heels really well, and follows her basic commands: sit, down, stay, come, leave it and drop it. It has been 6 months since boot camp and our next goals are for her to greet other dogs calmly and obey commands and stay close to us when off leash. What I love most is that we continue to work with Sabrina post boot camp where we have quick training sessions with other dogs around and Sabrina asks us about our specific goals moving forward. This has greatly helped to introduce more distractions in a controlled environment. The refreshers, reinforcement, support and practice is really what helps to keep our doggie (and us) balanced and create new and better habits. Sabrina also provided incredible training equipment (multiple collars and leashes to support a gradual release), and has provided advice on diet and her digestive system. It is so clear that Sabrina loves doggies, and our doggie surely loves Sabrina!
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Lindsey B.
11/19/2021
Sabrina is wonderful! She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, kind, generous, and dedicated to training all types of dogs. After researching a few puppy boot camps on Oahu, and then meeting with Sabrina for an initial consultation, my boyfriend and I sent Cola, our 4-month-old chocolate brown chihuahua terrier mix, to the 2-week puppy boot camp in March 2021. It was a considerable price in proportion to our limited budget but every penny has been so worth it. Other trainers on Oahu are actually priced the same or more. Sabrina was so dedicated to our puppy's success that she gave her a 3rd week of training for free (Cola's a stubborn girl)! What sold me most on choosing Sabrina was meeting with her and learning that she uses praise-based training (no treats). Cola's training did not end at the 3-week mark either because Sabrina is still regularly checking in with us via text and meeting at our home and hers to do follow-ups. The training guide she provides after boot camp is an excellent resource and Sabrina has been so helpful in guiding us with how to tailor some of the commands and training for our stubborn pup. Our experience has been nothing but positive. I highly recommend and TRUST Sabrina for dog training and I definitely plan to use her services again for training camps and boarding.
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Susie Graeb
10/22/2021
We brought our 4 year old Blue Heeler, Josey Wales, to Sabrina for training and have been so impressed! Although this was a hard financial decision for us, the training has been so great that we are glad we took the leap to employ outside professional help for our misbehaved pup. Sabrina is insightful, knowledgeable and personable. She genuinely listened to our needs and helped us understand how to best communicate with our dog. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
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Virginia Lea McDowell
10/22/2021
I have an old stubborn Frenchie that I was losing hope on, but loved too much to stop trying. After plenty of research I came across Balanced Obedience. I reached out to Sabrina for training. She trained my Frenchie to be obedient to a leader and showed me how to take back control of our relationship. Our Frenchie now respects me as the leader and it has made a world of difference in our household. After the training program, we boarded our Frenchie with Sabrina on short notice. She was able to accommodate him and she returned him with a bath. Throughout our dogs’ experiences with Sabrina, she has fed him quality food, kept us updated on his training and boarding, and educated us about how we can help our dog have a better lifestyle. Our family is very thankful for Sabrina Clark! She has helped my dog and I in so many ways. I know we can count on her in the future to be there for us again. She is very reliable, honest, professional, and is really passionate about what she does. Qualities that are hard to come across these days.
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Kathleen Kang
10/22/2021
Sabrina is a wonderful trainer. She has done such an amazing job with our Paco (a stubborn French bulldog). We notice how happy Paco is when he stays there for a few days or weeks. Totally recommended, anytime we are out of town we have the peace of mind that he is in the best place enjoying the boot camp while socializing with other dogs
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diana paola rodado
10/22/2021
We can’t thank Sabrina at Balanced obidience enough, for the tremendous transformation we’ve seen in our puppy. We put our (16 week old) puppy through the 2 week doggie boot camp, and she came home a different dog. Calmer, more obedient and with a whole bunch of new tricks! We almost couldn’t believe that she was the same dog. One of the biggest challenges we faced was her pulling during walks. She now walks calmly at our feet. So calmly, even our children can walk her without effort. (See pic) thank you so much Sabrina and Balanced Obedience for turning our rambunctious pup into a loving family dog.
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lara wyant
10/22/2021
Very professional,reliable and the ultimate dog whisperer.:) Our dog Paco comes home stoked everytime
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jeremiah ford
10/22/2021
5 star ratingBeing a new dog owner, I didn't know how to deal with a bundle of energy from my new Frenchie puppy. I also wasn't ready for his stubborn disposition. I asked around in my neighborhood and my tennis circles and each of the families had the same recommendation - Sabrina. I sent my pup to Sabrina for a three week camp and was just delighted with the result. But the most difficult was retraining my family to becoming good dog owners. That was three years ago. I have recommended her to for four other difficult or unruly (but loving and cute..) doggies, both older and puppies, and each one of them have become wonderful dogs! The families thank me for the referral. We travel a couple of times a year so we send our baby to Sabrina and he comes back reinforced and even a better dog each time. He loves Sabrina when she comes to pick him up. He jumps in her car even before I can say goodbye. Highly recommended.
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Christine C.
8/26/2021
I have an old stubborn Frenchie that I was losing hope on, but loved too much to stop trying. After plenty of research I came across Balanced Obedience. I reached out to Sabrina for training. She trained my Frenchie to be obedient to a leader and showed me how to take back control of our relationship. Our Frenchie now respects me as the leader and it has made a world of difference in our household. After the training program, we boarded our Frenchie with Sabrina on short notice. She was able to accommodate him and she returned him with a bath. Throughout our dogs experiences with Sabrina, she has fed him quality food, kept us updated on his training and boarding, and educated us about how we can help our dog have a better lifestyle. Our family is very thankful for Sabrina Clark! She has helped my dog and I in so many ways. I know we can count on her in the future to be there for us again. She is very reliable, honest, professional, and is really passionate about what she does. Qualities that are hard to come across these days.
Kathleen Kang
7/21/2021
5 star ratingSabrina was so thorough and provided an abundance of information for training our dog. I will be using her services in the future!
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Jessica C.
7/20/2021
5 star ratingMy puppy went to puppy booth camp and she came back 180 degrees different dog! Was jumping, biting, etc.... Now she is clam and heels, no pulling, no jumping, no biting.... If you and your dog has issue, highly recommended!! Sabrina also follow up and help you.I can take her cafe and she can just laying. I can take store and she just heels or sit while we wait in line.
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Ayaka O.
7/13/2021
I sent my absolutely crazy lab pup, Fish, to Sabrina at balanced obedience and she has changed both of our lives! He had terrible chewing/play biting habits, always jumped on people, pulled excessively on leash, and bad house manners that was causing stress for my roommates and I. I was at my wits end at many points with Fish, and when I had to get surgery with a 6 week recovery time decided that it was finally the time to do what was best for both of us and send him to board and train. After staying with Sabrina for 4 weeks, Fish is a completely different pup! Sabrina worked with me to extend his stay (offering extra time without charge so Fish could benefit from more training and I could properly heal), and kindly reinforced that she just wanted what was best for me and Fish. He’s the same dog with an incredibly high energy personality, but he knows how to channel that and the right things to do. Sabrina was incredibly helpful during the transition back home, and properly trained my boyfriend and me on how to work with Fish’s new commands and rules. I don’t have enough good things to say about Sabrina and the team at balanced obedience, they have changed my life drastically and I would recommend anyone send their dog to her, whether their behaviors are severe or minor. And every-time Fish see’s her now he’s beside himself with excitement, he absolutely loves her (which means so much to me)!! I should also state that Fish is continuing his training to become a service dog under Sabrina’s guidance. His growth since staying with her amazes me every day, and I can happily say I no longer have a crazy puppy who drives me insane, but a loyal, well-behaved companion and best friend.
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Abigail Greenslade
5/14/2021
We can’t thank Sabrina at Balanced obidience enough, for the tremendous transformation we’ve seen in our puppy. We put our (16 week old) puppy through the 2 week doggie boot camp, and she came home a different dog. Calmer, more obedient and with a whole bunch of new tricks! We almost couldn’t believe that she was the same dog. One of the biggest challenges we faced was her pulling during walks. She now walks calmly at our feet. So calmly, even our children can walk her without effort. (See pic) thank you so much Sabrina and Balanced Obedience for turning our rambunctious pup into a loving family dog.
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Lara Moyne
5/11/2021
We cant thank Sabrina at Balanced obidience enough, for the tremendous transformation weve seen in our puppy. We put our (16 week old) puppy through the 2 week doggie boot camp, and she came home a different dog. Calmer, more obedient and with a whole bunch of new tricks! We almost couldnt believe that she wasthe same dog. One of the biggest challenges we faced was her pulling during walks. She now walks calmly at our feet. So calmly, even our children can walk her without effort. (See pic) thank you so much Sabrina and BalancedObedience for turning our rambunctious pup into a loving family dog.
lara wyant
5/11/2021
5 star ratingWe can't thank Sabrina at Balanced obidience enough, for the tremendous transformation we've seen in our puppy. We put our (16 week old) puppy through the 2 week doggie boot camp, and she came home a different dog. Calmer, more obedient and with a whole bunch of new tricks! We almost couldn't believe that she wasthe same dog. One of the biggest challenges we faced was her pulling during walks. She now walks calmly at our feet. So calmly, even our children can walk her without effort. (See pic) thank you so much Sabrina and BalancedObedience for turning our rambunctious pup into a loving family dog.
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Lara W.
5/10/2021
Sabrina is wonderful! She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, kind, generous, and dedicated to training all types of dogs. After researching a few puppy boot camps on Oahu, and then meeting with Sabrina for an initial consultation, my boyfriend and I sent Cola, our 4-month-old chocolate brown chihuahua terrier mix, to the 2-week puppy boot camp in March 2021. It was a considerable price in proportion to our limited budget but every penny has been so worth it. Other trainers on Oahu are actually priced the same or more. Sabrina was so dedicated to our puppy's success that she gave her a 3rd week of training for free (Cola's a stubborn girl)! What sold me most on choosing Sabrina was meeting with her and learning that she uses praise-based training (no treats). Cola's training did not end at the 3-week mark either because Sabrina is still regularly checking in with us via text and meeting at our home and hers to do follow-ups. The training guide she provides after boot camp is an excellent resource and Sabrina has been so helpful in guiding us with how to tailor some of the commands and training for our stubborn pup. Our experience has been nothing but positive. I highly recommend and TRUST Sabrina for dog training and I definitely plan to use her services again for training camps and boarding.
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Susie Graeb
5/01/2021
Sabrina is wonderful! She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, kind, generous, and dedicated to training all types of dogs. After researching a few puppy boot camps on Oahu, and then meeting with Sabrina for an initial consultation, my boyfriend and I sent Cola, our 4-month-old chocolate brown chihuahua terrier mix, to the 2-week puppy boot camp in March 2021. It was a considerable price in proportion to our limited budget but every penny has been so worth it. Other trainers on Oahu are actually priced the same or more. Sabrina was so dedicated to our puppy's success that she gave her a 3rd week of training for free (Cola's a stubborn girl)! What sold me most on choosing Sabrina was meeting with her and learning that she uses praise-based training (no treats). Cola's training did not end at the 3-week mark either because Sabrina is still regularly checking in with us via text and meeting at our home and hers to do follow-ups. The training guide she provides after boot camp is an excellent resource and Sabrina has been so helpful in guiding us with how to tailor some of the commands and training for our stubborn pup. Our experience has been nothing but positive. I highly recommend and TRUST Sabrina for dog training and I definitely plan to use her services again for training camps and boarding.
Susie Graeb
5/01/2021
5 star ratingSabrina is wonderful! She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, kind, generous, and dedicated to training all types of dogs. After researching a few puppy boot camps on Oahu, and then meeting with Sabrina for an initial consultation, my boyfriend and I sent Cola, our 4-month-old chocolate brown chihuahua terrier mix, to the 2-week puppy boot camp in March 2021. It was a considerable price in proportion to our limited budget but every penny has been so worth it. Other trainers on Oahu are actually priced the same or more. Sabrina was so dedicated to our puppy's success that she gave her a 3rd week of training for free (Cola's a stubborn girl)! What sold me most on choosing Sabrina was meeting with her and learning that she uses praise-based training (no treats). Cola's training did not end at the 3-week mark either because Sabrina is still regularly checking in with us via text and meeting at our home and hers to do follow-ups. The training guide she provides after boot camp is an excellent resource and Sabrina has been so helpful in guiding us with how to tailor some of the commands and training for our stubborn pup. Our experience has been nothing but positive. I highly recommend and TRUST Sabrina for dog training and I definitely plan to use her services again for training camps and boarding.
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Sue G.
4/30/2021
Very professional,reliable and the ultimate dog whisperer.:) Our dog Paco comes home stoked everytime
jeremiah ford
4/13/2021
5 star ratingThe moment we adopted our Shiba Inu puppy, Ichiro, I knew we would need to send him to a good trainer to teach him better than what was within our capabilities. After my research, I contacted Sabrina for the 3 week on leash training program. I really like that the puppies interacted with each other, this has made it more comfortable for us to let him meet other dogs within reason as well as the fact that he now knows what the difference between play biting and biting too hard. The style of collar training may be a little controversial for some as it involves metal prong collars, but it has proved to be the only effective collar to get Ichiro to not pull and also walk comfortably next to us. In time, we hope he will be able to move to another type. His temperament from before training and after, including his biting habits/hyper ness/listening to commands, had changed 360 for us and we noticed the difference on his first day back home. While we miss the little puppy days, we didn't miss him biting us all the time! 😀 We were really appreciative of Sabrina's want to further train Ichiro a little longer after noticing he doesn't do the down command easily (shibas...). She mentioned the extra week definitely helped in this area. He is still stubborn on this but we have been following her advice in training long periods each day to work on this specifically. What was personally beneficial was her end of training visit at our house. It was so helpful when she walked us through her style of dog walking, as well as how to give the commands to Ichiro. But what I noticed during that time, was her conscious reminders that we make sure to give him lots of love and praise when he was training the first time back with us. Sabrina was very patient (with me) and helpful during the whole process. And we are so glad we made the investment for Ichiro to train with her! We are already planning for him to board there in the next few months - another great benefit of training with her! Thank you, Sabrina!
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Kumiko M.
4/11/2021
Sabrina is a wonderful trainer. She has done such an amazing job with our Paco (a stubborn French bulldog). We notice how happy Paco is when he stays there for a few days or weeks. Totally recommended, anytime we are out of town we have the peace of mind that he is in the best place enjoying the boot camp while socializing with other dogs
diana paola rodado
4/09/2021
We brought our 4 year old Blue Heeler, Josey Wales, to Sabrina for training and have been so impressed! Although this was a hard financial decision for us, the training has been so great that we are glad we took the leap to employ outside professional help for our misbehaved pup. Sabrina is insightful, knowledgeable and personable. She genuinely listened to our needs and helped us understand how to best communicate with our dog. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Virginia Lea McDowell
12/23/2020
5 star ratingIn years past when we have come to visit our children, we could always count on a less than desirable welcome from our grandpup, Josey Wales. He has always been a very rambunctious blue heeler who thinks crotch sniffing and arm chewing is the best way to say how do you do. Poppop has the scars to prove it. For Lovey, her words are always, "no, no...down dog" to no avail. At night he would often crouch under a cabinet and growl and pounce at your feet as you passed by. After his stint at doggie boot camp, he is a completely different dog. He sits quietly in his crate or at our feet, waiting politely for an invitation to interact. No more loud barking, jumping, slobbery unwelcome licks. It's almost like a completely different dog. I have never particularly liked animals to invade my space, but now I can happily coexist with a much better behaved grandpup. Now if we could just send Poppop to boot camp so that he could get his dogs to behave!!
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Thomas G.
12/23/2020
5 star ratingI reached out to Sabrina to help my 4 yro blue heeler a few months after relocating to the island. Due to COVID and circumstances beyond our control, we lived at a hotel for over 2 months before finding and moving into our new home. Once our life seemed to calm down and return to a more typical routine, we noticed that some of the undesirable behaviors and quirks that had surfaced during our PCS move still remained evident- most notably separation anxiety. Our Josey Wales just didn't seem himself. I emailed Sabrina to inquire about her services and Josey was enrolled in her Bootcamp the next week. I picked Josey up 3 weeks later, and I was greeted by a completely transformed dog! He seemed less stressed, exhibited less spastic and rowdy behaviors and overall was much more obedient and much more calm. Josey has been home 2 weeks and I am so grateful for Sabrina for helping our family pup become more balanced and obedient. Time and money well spent!
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Lea M.
12/23/2020
My dogs boarded there for an entire month for potty and basic training. I paid $5000 and when they came back they weren't potty trained at all. They were a little better socializing with other dogs and that's about it. What a waste of money! I was even told one of my dogs was mentally challenged!
Lori Yamane
10/30/2020
We have a 2-year old F1B Goldendoodle who liked to jump a lot, pulled the leash while walking, didn't come when we called her, didn't stay in one place, and only played with small dogs. My wife looked up obedience training programs on google and we came across Balanced Obedience. The first time we reached out to Sabrina, she was very responsive and cordial. We exchanged some emails and she recommended the 2-week bootcamp for our dog. We went out to her farm/training facility in Waimanalo to check it out and she was able to evaluate our dog and address the concerns we had about our dog's obedience issues before we began the program. The following weekend, she came over to our house to pick our dog to start the bootcamp. During the bootcamp, she always kept us up-to-date and sent us pictures and videos of her progress. Once the bootcamp completed, she brought our dog home and did a lesson with us on how to handle our newly trained dog and Results: Every concern we had above was addressed and our dog now has become more obedient, she's more confident around bigger dogs and listens to us which she didn't before the training. Sabrina did a great job and deserves the credit for these results.
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alam Pathan
10/22/2020
I met with Sabrina 3 years ago to train my oldest, a hound/staffy mix, and I have never looked back since. She goes above and beyond to provide the best service, care and love to the animals. She is the TRUE dog whisperer and trains the owners as well, which is the most important. Her knowledge about animals and training is endless and I cannot think of my life without Sabrina. Since then, I have adopted more dogs all various breeds and they all went to Boot camp, even the little chihuahuas. Whenever I have an issue, Sabrina is quick to give me various solutions. I would recommend her to any dog owner with pets who have behavioural issues for she knows what she is doing. When Sabrina comes to pick them up for refreshers, which I do a few times a year, they jump into her van. I have the utmost respect for Sabrina and the miracles she performs.
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Lisa Capeilleres
10/22/2020
5 star ratingWe came to Sabrina because our puppy was bossy and demanding, even for a bossy breed. Sabrina taught us how to get control, compassionately. I believe she is very knowledgeable and genuinely cares for our puppy's happiness and well being. I absolutely recommend her.
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Olivia B.
10/10/2020
5 star ratingWe took our puppy, Kaleb, to Sabrina for help with potty-training, to learn basic manners and commands, and to stop the nipping, jumping and chewing that was making us regret not getting a kitten instead. We couldn't be happier with Sabrina and with the results of her training. After two weeks of training, our little Kaleb returned to us full of the same energy and enthusiasm he had when he went to Sabrina, but now he listens and follows the commands he learned. Now we can enjoy the little puppy we love, without the frustration of his previous unwanted behaviors. Kaleb is even setting a good example for our two 3-year-old labs who have always been a little resistant to the training they received from another trainer. When the three dogs are together and we give Kaleb a command, the labs also follow the command, modeling Kaleb's response. What an unexpected benefit of Sabrina's training! Because of this, we are now (finally!) able to take the dogs on walks around the neighborhood without the struggle of keeping them from running off or wanting to chase other dogs. Not only was Sabrina excellent with the training, but she has been very good (and very gracious) about checking in with us afterward to see how Kaleb is doing, offering refresher training, and otherwise making herself available to answer questions and provide any additional guidance and advice as we continue working with Kaleb to reinforce his training. We are very happy we chose Sabrina, and we recommend her very highly and without any reservation.
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Richard Z.
9/22/2020
5 star ratingIf you need a caring and compassionate dog trainer, call Sabrina. From our initial consultation, through the two-week training, and on many occasions thereafter, Sabrina has been genuinely invested in the training, development and well-being of our little puppy. Sabrina is kind, patient and has the "teacher" mindset. Not only did she do a great job training our puppy, she was very helpful and patient in "training" and teaching us on how to work with the little guy to reinforce her training. After the training, Sabrina frequently checked in with us to see how he was doing and to provide additional guidance and advice, and she repeatedly offered to meet with us for refresher training. Our little guy is the same happy, playful and energetic little puppy we delivered to her. The only difference after the training is that he follows the commands he learned, which has made our experience and time with him much more pleasant and enjoyable. Thank you, Sabrina!
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Greg R.
9/22/2020
We have a 2-year old F1B Goldendoodle who liked to jump a lot, pulled the leash while walking, didn't come when we called her, didn't stay in one place, and only played with small dogs. My wife looked up obedience training programs on google and we came across Balanced Obedience. The first time we reached out to Sabrina, she was very responsive and cordial. We exchanged some emails and she recommended the 2-week bootcamp for our dog. We went out to her farm/training facility in Waimanalo to check it out and she was able to evaluate our dog and address the concerns we had about our dog's obedience issues before we began the program. The following weekend, she came over to our house to pick our dog to start the bootcamp. During the bootcamp, she always kept us up-to-date and sent us pictures and videos of her progress. Once the bootcamp completed, she brought our dog home and did a lesson with us on how to handle our newly trained dog and Results: Every concern we had above was addressed and our dog now has become more obedient, she's more confident around bigger dogs and listens to us which she didn't before the training. Sabrina did a great job and deserves the credit for these results.
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Alam Pathan
9/15/2020
We have a 2-year old F1B Goldendoodle who liked to jump a lot, pulled the leash while walking, didn't come when we called her, didn't stay in one place, and only played with small dogs. My wife looked up obedience training programs on google and we came across Balanced Obedience.The first time we reached out to Sabrina, she was very responsive and cordial. We exchanged some emails and she recommended the 2-week bootcamp for our dog. We went out to her farm/training facility in Waimanalo to check it out and she was able to evaluate our dog and address the concerns we had about our dog's obedience issues before we began the program.The following weekend, she came over to our house to pick our dog to start the bootcamp. During the bootcamp, she always kept us up-to-date and sent us pictures and videos of her progress.Once the bootcamp completed, she brought our dog home and did a lesson with us on how to handle our newly trained dog andResults: Every concern we had above was addressed and our dog now has become more obedient, she's more confident around bigger dogs and listens to us which she didn't before the training. Sabrina did a great job and deserves the credit for these results.
alam Pathan
9/15/2020
5 star ratingWe have a 2-year old F1B Goldendoodle who liked to jump a lot, pulled the leash while walking, didn't come when we called her, didn't stay in one place, and only played with small dogs. My wife looked up obedience training programs on google and we came across Balanced Obedience.The first time we reached out to Sabrina, she was very responsive and cordial. We exchanged some emails and she recommended the 2-week bootcamp for our dog. We went out to her farm/training facility in Waimanalo to check it out and she was able to evaluate our dog and address the concerns we had about our dog's obedience issues before we began the program.The following weekend, she came over to our house to pick our dog to start the bootcamp. During the bootcamp, she always kept us up-to-date and sent us pictures and videos of her progress. Once the bootcamp completed, she brought our dog home and did a lesson with us on how to handle our newly trained dog and Results: Every concern we had above was addressed and our dog now has become more obedient, she's more confident around bigger dogs and listens to us which she didn't before the training. Sabrina did a great job and deserves the credit for these results.
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Alam P.
9/15/2020
If you are looking for a place to get your dog trained, I highly recommend booking with Balanced Obedience! She’s incredibly knowledgeable and will answer any question you have with honesty as well as give you an honest and accurate assessment of your pup. When we took our 18 month old American Bully to her he was very nervous, lacked confidence, uncomfortable going for walks on the leash, no social skills, and lacked an overall foundation that he should’ve gotten as a puppy. Kana was kept in an outside kennel for the first 10 months of his life before we adopted him which didn’t allow him to develop properly. After the 3 week Doggy Boot Camp, the change was noticeable instantly. Sabrina gave him a fresh start. He now loves to go for walks for as long as he can, obeys all commands, shows no aggression towards humans or other animals, knows how to behave around the house, and much more. Most importantly he’s very confident in himself and is always happy. Sabrina is very trustworthy and will give you as many updates and photos that you want throughout the training process. She not only teaches your pup, but she also teaches you how to be the leader that your pup needs. I go to her for any questions or advice that I need, and I will continue to do so for years to come!
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James Kaercher
8/27/2020
5 star ratingSabrina is an INCREDIBLE dog trainer. I highly recommend her!!! We sent our 8 month old puppy to Sabrina for a 2 week bootcamp. Not only did Sabrina board our puppy for a couple extra days to ensure she mastered the "down" command before returning, but she also provided us with essential training collars and proper food and a toy for when she returned our puppy home to us. When we sent our puppy to Sabrina, she was constantly biting, not potty trained and over all disobedient, when she returned it was like night and day. Our puppy came back FULLY potty trained, respectful, obedient, submissive, socialized and better than we could have ever imagined. Sabrina exceeded our every expectation and she even offers further training to ensure our puppy's progress will last. Sending our puppy to Sabrina was worth every penny and I hope to have a lifelong relationship of brining Koki to train with her further and any other dogs we may get in the future will definitely be brought to Balanced Obedience as well. This lady really knows what she is doing and truly cares about customer satisfaction. I give her an 11/10. Thank you so much Sabrina, for all you have done for Koki. Truly life changing for both her and us as pet owners.
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Theo S.
8/26/2020
5 star ratingSabrina really takes an individual professional quality and then adds respect and love. I do not easily trust my device dog is getting old so ai have a Bernadoodle puppy in training and could not get back to the mainland due to Pandemic. So glad I found a AKC certified trainer for the next level of service dog training so he can avheive his Gold Star rating and his BC Guide and Service Dog dedignation( when we finally return to Canada after the pandemic) More importantly my current Service dog has arthritis and needs to retire ASAP.Sabrina Clark is a very capable trainer who really observes and learns the personality of a dog and works efficiently to train a well behaved dog. Plus really good follow-up after the block of training.Thank you Sabrina Clark
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Nancy L.
5/20/2020
I met with Sabrina 3 years ago to train my oldest, a hound/staffy mix, and I have never looked back since. She goes above and beyond to provide the best service, care and love to the animals. She is the TRUE dog whisperer and trains the owners as well, which is the most important. Her knowledge about animals and training is endless and I cannot think of my life without Sabrina. Since then, I have adopted more dogs all various breeds and they all went to Boot camp, even the little chihuahuas. Whenever I have an issue, Sabrina is quick to give me various solutions. I would recommend her to any dog owner with pets who have behavioural issues for she knows what she is doing. When Sabrina comes to pick them up for refreshers, which I do a few times a year, they jump into her van. I have the utmost respect for Sabrina and the miracles she performs.
Lisa Capeilleres
1/28/2020
Sabrina is absolutely amazing!!! We sent our dogs to the 2 week basic doggy boot camp, and when they came back it was like night and day!! She was also so helpful with the training of my dog to become a service dog! I would 100% recommend her to anyone looking for dog training, or even just advice!!
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Riki Marie Martinez
10/29/2019
This is a review for my dog Scar. He’s a terrier mix and 2 years old. I love my boy but his attitude was becoming a bit out of control to the point he was kicked out of his day care for getting aggressive with other dogs. At that point I knew it was time for me to find a way to get him to behave better with other dogs. Before going to Sabrina at Balanced Obedience, Scar was a bit aggressive with other dogs. At the park, at day care, and during our walks to the point where I didn’t know if he could go outside anymore. Furthermore, he was super stubborn and refused to obey any commands, unless I had food for him. I met with Sabrina to talk about Scar’s issues and what my goals were with him. She was very accommodating and responded quickly to all of my questions. From the moment she met with Scar, he instantly liked her. After our meeting, I was confidence she would be able to help Scar out, so I sent him to her 2 week boot camp. She even went out of her way to take care of him for a few additional days during the boot camp for no extra charge while I was traveling for family obligations. After I got Scar back, it was like he was a completely different dog, he is now obedient and super friendly with all the dogs he meets. Now I always get compliments on his behavior whenever we go out. I don’t know how she did it but she definitely did a great job with him and I recommend Sabrina to anybody who would like their dog to be a bit more obedient.
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Suraj Patel
10/22/2019
Sabrina is knowledgable, kind and caring. I first contacted her after adopting my rescue dog Tommy. After his training Tommy was easy to handle and all problems had been solved. Tommy continues to return for boarding and literally runs to Sabrina he can't wait to spend time with her. I never worry knowing Tommy is so well cared for by his friend.
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JoAnn Jacobs
10/22/2019
I love it and the staff is amazing.
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Paula Matthews
10/22/2019
Sabrina is knowledgable, kind and caring. I first contacted her after adopting my rescue dog Tommy. After his training Tommy was easy to handle and all problems had been solved. Tommy continues to return for boarding and literally runs to Sabrina he can't wait to spend time with her. I never worry knowing Tommy is so well cared for by his friend.
JoAnn Jacobs
7/02/2019
5 star ratingOur dog Niko started training with Sabrina last year and she had his personality pegged on the first meeting. We felt very comfortable with her and her training methods and expertise. Niko has done boot camp and has boarded with her and he is just so improved in all areas. His socialization skills are so much better. We can take him walking and to parks without him lunging or barking when he sees other dogs. The great thing about Sabrina is that she gives you the tools and support to help your dog be their best self and fit into your life.
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Caryn O.
6/19/2019
My American Bully named Louie came back home after a 3 week camped, a changed dog. Sabrina let me know what to expect from having this type of breed and the outcome of training as a result. She really took her time to explain her background knowledge in animal behavior and thoroughly taught me her techniques as a responsible handler. Louie is on his way of becoming a great service dog. Sabrina’s services will not disappoint. Daily walks with Louie proved just how much he was worked with in camp. Sabrina has left the lines of communication open if we should ever need any advice or guidance. Thank you Sabrina for creating balanced obedience, it has made a world of difference in my dog and life going forward.
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Brittany K. Johnson
6/04/2019

“he came back better in every way.”

“I have a wonderful German Shepherd dog who was about 11/2 years old when I decided to have a total knee replacement. It had been my passion to do obedience training with him from the time he was 14 weeks old. I took him through successive classes until my knee became too painful to continue. Knowing I would not be able to continue his training or take care of his exercise requirements for at...

“Thank you Balanced Obedience for training our wild Husky.”

“Thank you Balanced Obedience for training our wild Husky. Before he stayed with you at the doggie bootcamp, he would pull on the leash non-stop, jump on company and only listen when he wanted. Now he is responsive and doesn’t pull on the leash at all. I never thought I would walk him without getting frustrated and tired from his pulling. You truly did an amazing job because huskies are not the...

“he is very well behaved”

"Sabrina, I wanted to thank you for your help with our puppy Diesel. He is now a 120 lb. American Bulldog and he is very well behaved and people constantly ask how we got him to be so good. Hopefully our good words about you and the proof they have seen have brought you some new clientele." Owner of an American Bulldog

“She is truly amazing at what she does”

“We sent our chocolate lab puppy, Charlie to Sabrina and her team for a three week boot camp a little over two months ago. We have been extremely happy since he first came home. She did a great job in every aspect in training our pup and our whole family. She gave us tip and suggestions on everything… food, toys, leashes and of course every aspect of training. You can tell she truly loves what...

“I can’t recommend Sabrina and Danny enough”

“I just got my Australian Cattle Dog Murphy back from the Doggie Boot Camp program yesterday after he was gone for three weeks. Let me just tell you – the dog I sent with Sabrina was a nervous, highly reactive nightmare that had zero manners and walked all over me. Don’t get me wrong; he’s a total sweetheart and an awesome companion but it got to the point where I didn’t even want to walk my dog...

“Balanced Obedience is the way to go.”

“When we adopted a rescue puppy, we knew we’d have our hands full as he matured.  Training was an absolute must for us — an obedient dog is a happy dog and happy owners!  We worked with him for a few weeks prior to the Holidays and started to notice a few areas that needed extra attention. Knowing we were leaving to the mainland for the Holidays, we decided to not only find a boarding facility,...

“If you have the chance you should work with Sabrina!”

“My husband and I adopted a 16 month old male German Shepherd and had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Our GSD, Kane (his previous owners called him Bane so we had to change that), came to us from a questionable background of malnourishment, maltreatment, and poor socialization. About a week after adopting him we took him to the vet for a wellness check and he bit the vet tech in the...

“He listens to my commands”

"Thank you so much to Sabrina and everyone else at Balanced Obedience Dog Training of Hawaii for taking such great care of my dog Koa. At 5 months old he went through the two week puppy bootcamp and I am so impressed at how much he learned in that short amount of time! He wasn’t a “bad” dog before he left for training, but he would jump up on everyone, me especially, and wouldn’t walk on a leash...

“dog went to bootcamp and came back so much more calmer”

“Sabrina has been amazing and she helped us out when we got a little puppy who had major abandonment issues and potty issues.  I tried several trainers and my dog seemed not to flinch on her issues.  Sabrina had a way a doing that calm obedience training, like a dog whisperer.  My dog went to bootcamp and came back so much more calmer and more self assured.  The dogs aren’t ever crated and are...

“She is excellent”

“We used Balanced Obedience Dog & Puppy Training for our dogs for training and sporting when they go off-island. We use them for boarding.  She is excellent. She comes, she picks them up and she takes them back. They are excited to see her. And she tweaks any training that might need to be done – like, one time our dog killed several of our neighbor’s chicken, so she took care of that. She...

“They get training and have a lot of fun.”

“Sabrina and Danny have helped to train both of our dogs from Day 1. They are awesome, and the dogs love her. Hilu, our 6-year-old yellow lab, has agility and rally obedience titles. Kila, our almost 2 year-old black lab, is entered in her first obedience and agility trial this month. Sabrina has helped us along the way with any training issues that have developed. Danny taught Hilu to run next...

“he was just much, much more obedient”

“We sent our 17 week old labrador, Koa, to Sabrina’s boot camp when we realized that he was pretty much the boss of the house, despite our best efforts at training him. When we sent him, we were dealing with these issues: – He wasn’t crate trained – He would fight walking on a leash because he was obsessed with smelling everything – He would jump constantly on people upon greeting them despite...

“Thank Sabrina for a job well done!”

“I’m sorry it took me so long to Thank Sabrina for a job well done! My dog Hoku left kuu kuu came back Akamai!! lol You got problems with your animal so see Balanced Obedience Sabrina!!” Owner of a Chocolate Labrador Retriever

“I highly recommend her services.”

“Sabrina has trained my pitbull when he was just 6 months old. He just turned 14 months old and he turned out to be a very obedient and friendly dog. I am convinced that this is due to a great induction in obedience under Sabrina’s care. I now have my second dog, a 12-month old rescue chihuahua. Sabrina was very understanding of issues faced by many rescues. She also gave me a discount for him,...

“I consider Sabrina a great trainer who knows what she’s doing.”

“Sabrina Clark at Balanced Obedience helped us greatly with our male German Shepherd puppy. He is an adorable dog with some naughty behaviors. We contacted another local dog trainer, but he wasn’t much help at all. In fact, I think he was baffled by German Shepherds in general. His review is in my profile. Then I contacted Sabrina, and from the first time we met, I could tell she was the trainer...

“changed our energetic chocolate lab into a calm, well-behaved puppy.”

“Sabrina and Dan changed our energetic chocolate lab into a calm, well-behaved puppy. Mario is 6 mos old, and we get compliments on his behavior on walks. No pulling on the leash, no jumping, no barking, just calmly and happily walking by our side. He has the same behavior at home including no chewing on furniture, etc. Sabrina patiently worked with us to answer all our concerns, even after the...

“She has been a blessing to us”

“I am long overdue in writing this review, but better late than never! We are so lucky we found Sabrina ! When we moved here from the mainland and away from the one doggie sitter Koa knew and loved, we were nervous about taking our first vacation, as Koa is very particular about the humans she trusts. With Sabrina we found someone who was not at all deterred by our rescue dog’s “quirks”...

“one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.”

“Enrolling our dog, Plum in Sabrina’s training program is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. She turned our shy, spoiled girl into a full fledged service dog! She has not only changed Plum, but my life and my family’s lives significantly for the better.” Owner of a rescue dog Service Dog canididate

“Sabrina is the best trainer we’ve ever encountered”

“Sabrina is the best trainer we’ve ever encountered and we tried a few before her. Our dog, Ellie, a German Shepard/border collie, did not get along with other dogs and also had severe separation anxiety. Those two problems are now gone. After Sabrina’s boot camp she was noticeably better. We also have Sabrina board her when we go on trips. She is the only boarding facility I could find that...

“You will be impressed and happy with the transformation”

“Sabrina is the dog whisperer. She adores our goofy chocolate lab, Mario. Using her training skills, Mario is a gentle, polite puppy. No worries while your dog is cared for at Balanced Obedience. You will be impressed and happy with the transformation. Magical. ✨” Owner of a Chocolate Labrador Retreiver

“We highly recommend Balanced Obedience”

“Sabrina and Danny have changed our lives! We were looking for the perfect service dog for our daughter and, although the first was not a good personality match, Sabrina and Danny persevered until we found our forever furry son, Maximus! He came to us trained and Sabrina and Danny prepared him well for a long flight from Honolulu to Seattle. Although we are far away now, we will always be...

“Thank you Sabrina for the great training”

“Thank you Sabrina for the great training you did with Kona Girl. At 4-1/2 months, Kona was a pretty rambunctious Labrador puppy. Even with the sweetest disposition, I was having a hard time getting her to heel, stay and come on command. After her three week Puppy Boot Camp, Kona came back so well mannered she is perfect on a heel, stay and come. Putting her in her kelley at night was not her...