REVIEWS

EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE, KNOWLEDGEABLE, & COMPASSIONATE

"We adopted our 2 year old dog named Pork Chop and realized quickly that he
constantly wanted attention; loved other dogs, but did not realize
they were giving him clues to back off and stop playing so hard- he
wanted to be best friends with every person he met, but approached too
happily and excited and did not understand how to do an appropriate
greeting without jumping.  We were having no luck in how to get him to
approach other people and dogs less excitedly and his constant need
for affection had escalated from barking and he was getting more
aggressive in nudging for attention.  When we walked him on the leash,
he would pull very hard to try to meet any dog or person he saw.

Val's 4 week board and train program did wonders for both Pork Chop
and us!  This well-designed program had Pork Chop stay with Val during
the week for his weekday training and then come home for the weekends.
As a result we didn't miss him as much, and when he came home on
Fridays, Val took time to train us too in what he had learned that week. She
also gave us stuff to work on with him on over the weekend to train us
all. Each week we could see noticeable changes in Pork Chop's
behavior and happiness and in turn, our sanity.  Not only was the
training working really well, but Pork Chop loved going back to Val.
When Sunday night came around he couldn't wait to jump in her car to
leave us!

Now, Pork Chop is a much better behaved dog.  He is able to
self-soothe himself and doesn't constantly need attention.  He is much
calmer when meeting new people and dogs and we continue to
improve. He no longer pulls on the leash to try to meet new people, and is calm on the leash when dogs are around.  Val also taught him how to recall and heel off-leash.

Val is extremely effective, knowledgeable, and compassionate.  It is
amazing the amount of impact and training she instilled in Pork Chop
in such a short time.  The additional helpful documents, videos, and
email support Val has provided during and after the training really
help to continue with his and our training.  We still refer back to
these resources for support.

With the intensive boarding and train and E-collar training, we were
worried that our Pork Chop would lose his personality, but not at all.
He is still our happy, loving, goofy Pork Chop.  Now we are all
happier because he can self-soothe himself and more appropriately
express when he wants attention. We can also walk him without him
pulling at every new dog or person he sees."

Thanks Val!
Paul and Deb

WONDERFUL TEACHER
A true Maine mountain puppy #maine #pine

"The first time I used Venture Doggie was when my North American Chocolate Labrador, Buddy, was two years old. I was going to be traveling for an extended amount of time and was looking for someone who would keep him stimulated, up to date on his commands and teach him new skills. Val, Lewen and her Venture Doggie pack taught my dog things I never knew I was missing out on. Buddy came back knowing how to walk in a pack, sit and lay down in a full stay all while paying attention to me, waiting for his next command. 

Buddy is now four years old and has been back to Venture Doggie to brush up on his skills and to learn specific behavioral tactics that I need him to integrate into his every day.Val has also been a wonderful teacher to me, so I can keep up with Buddy’s skills and continue with our daily work. It is so reassuring to know how to handle my dog and feel confident in our skills as a team. Buddy and I are always continuing our growth. Buddy will be returning to Venture Doggie soon for a full lesson on recall training!"

Woofs and Hugs,

Maggie G. & Buddy

Darian, CT

PATIENT & COMPASSIONATE

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"Val has an incredible amount of patience. She really takes the time it actually takes to train dogs, and she does so with compassion. Meeting dogs where they are, she is great at intuiting what approaches and levels of training are most effective at that time, and she shines at building on that.

Having had riding lessons from her in the past, I can say that she's also very patient with people! She was awesome at teaching me how to be a better rider not only by explaining to me what I can do better, but by informing me about the animal itself and the psychological aspects of working with animals."

 

Julie  & Bonnie 

Bath, ME

YOU WONT BE DISSAPOINTED

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"Douglas and I love Venture Doggie! Val is a great dog trainer and Douglas looks forward to camp every Monday morning. highly recommend...you won't be disappointed."

-Ginny & Douglas

Falmouth, ME

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

Val is AMAZING!! I was referred by a coworker and I have a 5 year old lab mix and about a year old Great Dane. I saw a huge difference in both my dogs when Val started working with them on leash walking. My puppy, Emmy has improved so much and it’s all thanks to Val. She always sends me training updates about the girls. She truly loves dogs and loves her work. I would 100% recommend Val to anyone!

-Belle, Emmy & Ruby

Baldwin, ME

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FANTASTIC

"Valerie was FANTASTIC!

She came to my home and worked thoroughly with both myself, and my chi/pug mix Bananas. And she followed up, too. She loves her work and it shows, and she had a a beautiful heart. I highly recommend Valerie and Venture Doggie! beautiful heart. I highly recommend Valerie and Venture Doggie!

-Ginger & Bananas 

Saco, ME

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

"I was looking for a better alternative to doggie daycare for my 3 yr old Cattle Dog and came across Venture Doggie. Sure glad I did! Valerie is knowledgeable, personable, and definitely cares for my girl. Muncie comes home exhausted and happy from her hike at day camp, and listens well after the training she is receiving in Valerie's care. Not to mention it takes very little effort from me because Valerie comes right to my home! I highly recommend Valerie and Venture Doggie!"

 

-Lauren & Muncie 

Standish, ME

I WISH I SKIPPED EVERYTHING ELSE & WENT STRAIGHT TO VAL!

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We couldn’t be happier with our experience with venture doggie! As Eloise got bigger she got more difficult to walk and her puppy behavior got harder to handle, at her puppy training class someone recommended Val to us and I am sooo happy they did! Eloise is now a dream to walk and it’s all thanks to Val she is such a natural and has the magic touch! Since getting Eloise in December last year we’ve had a dog walker, doggie daycare, and puppy training classes and I have to say I wish I skipped all those and went straight to venture doggie, she has a lot of experience and knowledge and Eloise is so much happier and so are we!

Emily & Eloise

Standish, ME

AMAZING CONNECTION WITH ANIMALS

"Val has an amazing connection with animals. Seeing the difference in my very excitable golden when she calmly takes him out the door was more than enough for me but then I saw my water averse chihuahua mix voluntarily went in the water?! Incredible! They are tired and happy when they come back from camp and I am happy they had a good time! Val is amazing and trustworthy and we are excited to go to camp every week!"

 

-Anna, Ben & Luna

Portland, ME

SO THANKFUL!

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I am so thankful to have found Val! She started walking my dog Winnie when she was just a puppy which led to camp when Winnie was older. Val isn’t “just” a dog walker. She’s a dog enthusiast who teaches while she has the dogs in her care. She’s helped me along the way to be a more confident dog mom too. Winnie loves the time she spends with Val.

Sarah & Winnie

Standish, ME

MY DOG HAS IMPROVED SO MUCH

My reactive German Shepard really struggled to stay calm anywhere we took her. She would bark non stop and pace around like she was always worried about something. We had to put her away when people came over, and I was so afraid to walk her because she would lunge at other dogs. We tried obedience, we went to classes, none of the training helped us. It wasn't until we found Val and understood our dog emotionally that we started making progress. Now she can walk by other dogs where she used to lunge, and we know how to teach her how to act when people come over. My dog has improved an amazing amount, we are so thankful for Val!

Monica & Sadie

Portland, ME

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AMAZING CONNECTION WITH ANIMALS

"Val has an amazing connection with animals. Seeing the difference in my very excitable golden when she calmly takes him out the door was more than enough for me but then I saw my water averse chihuahua mix voluntarily went in the water?! Incredible! They are tired and happy when they come back from camp and I am happy they had a good time! Val is amazing and trustworthy and we are excited to go to camp every week!"

 

-Anna, Ben & Luna

Portland, ME

MORE REVIEWS COMING!
I am so thankful for all of my wonderful clients and their amazing dogs!
Thank you!
-Valerie