Here are a few testimonials from Mountain Hooves & Paws clients who are experiencing the effects of positive reinforcement training with their animals:

Photo of Daltrey by Sue and Rick Dodge

Well I was outside this morning with Daltrey and a bear ran by chasing a deer.  Daltrey started moving towards the “action” and was barking but I was able to call him back to me.  I didn’t have treats or the clicker with me, but managed to have him come to me quickly (whew!).

Also while I was in the kitchen yesterday doing dishes and cooking he stayed on his mat (and even when I removed the mat) like a good boy.  Thanks again!

~ Sue and Rick Dodge with their pup, Daltrey



Dora did SO GOOD with my mom and Joseph on Saturday! It was amazing! She barely noticed them at all. She paid attention to me from the first click when they pulled up in the driveway and while she did turn around to look at them often, she left them alone. I was sure to tell them to not interact with her and it all worked really, really well.
Thanks for your help, see you soon
P.S. this is SO exciting!!
~ Brye with her cat Dora who was often known to attack visitors
~ Brye’s goal is to have Dora be comfortable with visitors, so her family and friends are able to visit without being harassed by Dora!


Just an FYI – We have a house guest this weekend, and we did the intro with a training session. Khya is now totally cool with her – no sudden moves of course but absolutely no aggression and very little anxiety. Khya also has come in twice upon calling when the delivery man was dropping off a package. AND when visiting my parents, she goes out to potty unleashed, and comes right back in. I just give her a sample of the treat I will give her when she comes back in. So, everything is really extending to real life situations. I can’t wait to start in the community!
~ Cori with her Mastiff Khya who could become out of control in her reaction to strangers
~ Cori’s goal for Khya is to be calm and enjoy activities such as camping (and even just walking!) in public areas


Brutus relaxing in his gentle leader on the top of Ampersand. Photo by Ashley

I can’t thank you enough for the time, effort and energy you and Gene have put in for working with Brutus and me! He met my sister-in-law’s friend, we hiked up Ampersand and Brutus was very well behaved! He wasn’t jumping over everyone he was calm and collected, always checking for reassurance! He would default sit and lay down, saw 3 dogs and many people, very little reaction where as in the past I would have to drag him away! He default sat as a jogger went up the mountain. He met my sister-in-law’s friend as I explained he was just slow to warm up, he was polite and just happy to get pet. He had little reaction to a small dog and 2 puppies and he was quick to continue forward without jumping or barking. He walked by people while heeling close by with no attempt to jump. Thank you! So happy our paths crossed, and I see a bright future for Brutus.
~Ashley with her dog Brutus who could be reactive to other people and dogs
~Ashley’s goal is to have Brutus join her in Adirondack adventures while staying calm when encountering other people and animals

Please check out the Calm & Confident page for more information about Calm & Confident training lesson packages.  You can also visit our Basic Private Training page for additional information.  If you’d to contact Gene and Kinna direction, here’s the link: Contact Page