Take the Lead Dog Training
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Testimonials

Hear what clients have to say about Take the Lead:

I knew when we got our puppy he was going to be big and strong and he would need thorough intensive training. Ripley and I both received the training we needed from Dana. She taught me the methods I needed and Ripley the discipline and focus he needed for us to be true companions. It is comforting to know I can take him anywhere I go and into any situation and trust him. 

Always punctual and never hurried with an abundance of patience, Dana was always professional and personable. If your dream is for your dog to be your true companion, Dana Pearlman can make that dream come true. Terrie Carpenter, Santa Rosa

 Hi Dana,  I often run into people who need a dog-behaviorist. I'd like to give them your card.

Barnaby has been sainted. He is beyond perfect! I love him so much and so does every one who meets him.Best to you and thanks for your good work. Terri, Santa Rosa

Take the Lead has been a great learning experience for both my wife and I, and our 6 month old Mastiff pup. Dana has shown us how to be patient but firm and getting us to understand how to best train our dog and us. I would recommend Dana's services to anyone who wants to learn about not only training a dog but their behavior patterns as well. Leonard and Christina, Santa Rosa

This letter is to serve as testament to the effectiveness of Dana's ability as a dog trainer/advisor.


My wife and I had recently adopted a charming chihuahua/terrier named "Jack." This was our first dog. Our new addition to the family soon started running the household, barking and needing our undivided attention at all times. This started to increase stress in our home. Finally, Dr. Bob at El Camino Veterinarian Hospital recommend we contact Dana. Dana came to our home for an initial consult and spend 1.5 hours watching Jack's behavior and the way we interacted with him. Within the time Dana spent with us we were given suggestions and advised how to establish the authoritative role along with simple ways to calm our pet. Dana was very friendly, knowledgeable and immediately gained our confidence within the first few minutes. By the time Dana left our home, Jack was no longer constantly barking and from then on has been virtually a new dog! I know this sounds embellished but it is not. After an hour and a half, the demeanor of our family pet has been permanently changed for the better, or perhaps we have been trained to bring out the best out of Jack. Jack has since been more content and is now a joy to have in our home. We can not recommend Dana enough!  Lance & LeAnn Bollens, Santa Rosa

We were very pleased with the basic training that we received. Your teaching methods were clear and very easy to repeat after you left. You spent enough time in each session to demonstrate the lesson as you worked with each puppy. You then spent additional time working with each of us as we worked on the lesson with each puppy until we each understood the proper set of commands, verbal and visual, and proper method of correcting any mistake. 

The puppies responded to the challenge and stimulation and did well. You helped us keep the focus on simple, consistent corrections followed by positive demonstrations of the task required and simple, well timed praise. The puppies clearly enjoyed the work and attention.

Before I contacted you, in truth, perhaps like many dog owners when faced with new puppies, I found myself close to my wits end. Your training helped us get over this hurdle and we are really enjoying our maturing dogs. In fact many people comment on how well behaved all of our dogs are.  Stephen Pavy, Sonoma

This is just a note to let you know Reilly was a perfect lady at the Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Reunion Picnic. The woman with whom I had worked on our adoption process and Reilly's former 'foster mom' were both very impressed with her behavior and calm demeanor with so many other dogs present and so much commotion! The foster mom commented that we must have found a very special and very good trainer!! We agree!! Reilly's response to the other dogs was curiosity, not aggression!

Thanks again for all your help, expertise and patience. We're working hard on all of our lessons. Carole Chapman, Healdsburg

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