Palm Beach Testimonials

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Hi Rachel,

Ben totally got it!
thank you for the experience.

Extraordinary is the best way to describe our experience with Rachel. It isn’t something I can understand or even properly describe. From the moment Rachel entered the house a dramatic change came over Ben, my newly adopted, totally out of control, wild but really sweet rescue.

From the very beginning he did not bark, run around in maniacal circles or jump all over her. Who was this dog? Ben learned to sit, lie down and came very close to “stay” in the short time Rachel spent with him. I, too, learned entirely new ways to communicate with my pets – – through patience, reward, eye contact and repetition. Everything I had been taught to train my dogs is no longer valid. And, by the way, my cat participated in the training!

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Kathy

KathyPalm Beach Gardens Fl33418

I cannot rate Rachel highly enough. Rachel has been working with my puppy, Dilly, since she was 3 1/2 months old. From the moment she entered our home there was a noticeable difference – literally. The slightly manic, over excited (but adorable and loving) puppy that was causing some in home agnst, immediately responded to her very kind but firm insistence on good behavior…AT THE FRONT DOOR. ON THE FIRST VISIT. From there we progressed such that Dilly kindly meets guests, enjoys cuddles from children and adults, comes when called, responds to her name, curtails jumping, walks on a leash, and sits, lies down, and stays on command. Dilly isn’t yet six months, so we are not batting 1000, but she is learning, doing so, so we’ll, and importantly, enjoys the training process. Potty training is a non issue. Dilly so loves when she sees Rachel at the front door.

Critically, Rachel has taught me to be a good puppy Mom…she doesn’t just train and go, she engages me in the process so that I can continuously reinforce good behaviors. She leaves print outs outlining simply what we have learned, and how to keep it going. She tells me, kindly, what I’m doing wrong and how to do better – I.e. modifying my tone, body language, treat frequency, etc. Everything is positive…and even a VERY skeptical family member aknowledged how Rachel’s positivitve, reward based training yielded very quick results.

As a busy professional, I appreciated Rachel’s like professionalism…in terms of scheduling, promptness, invoice clarity, and follow up. I also now understand that she invests in her own development, so to stay current on dog training techniques. But when I phoned the first time it was a bit of a Hail Mary…

It is aknowledged that in home training is not inexpensive – we actually opted for training vs. a short get away this year – but we viewed it as an investment in a new, loved family member that will pay dividends for years and years. Sort of like the decision to send your child to pre-school: a given. Rachel’s rates are fair – if someone had asked me up front “what would you pay for a well behaved companion?” I’d say we got more than our money’s worth. Rachel laid the ground work for our puppy early, and we now see that it creates an aptitude for and interest in ongoing development. Friends with a puppy the same age that have opted to spend a bit less for group training at a pet store have commented on the marked difference in how our puppies are developing.

Rachel’s ancilary services in terms of day care and boarding are convenient and terrific. Her facilities have the warmth of a home, and are immaculate and well suited.

Dilly is happy, as she has clear boundaries, and we so enjoy our well behaved, joyful puppy that is wonderful with clients, friends, family and strangers.

Hire Rachel. You and your pup will not be disappointed.

A caveat…I do not give out many five star reviews.

Kim L. on March 7, 2015

Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

I moved to Florida in 2012, with my trusty dog, Bella. I searched all over Palm Beach County for a fun, safe, and reliable day care for her. I visited several places that were so large, there was really no way they could adequately supervise the dozens of dogs on site and it seemed my pup always came away with some small injury or illness. I looked at places run out of people’s homes as well, but found they were just people who liked dogs, not people who had any training or expertise with them.

I was so excited and relieved when we found Rachel Williams with DogSmith. Rachel is phenomenal! She runs a small doggie daycare and training facility out of her home. She knows every dog personally, their histories, their behavioral patterns, and the dogs they like to play with best . She is a wonderful trainer, for the dogs and for their people. I find that my dog comes back home better behaved, exhausted, and ready to snuggle. And I love getting the occasional picture of my pup playing during the day!

Bella and I couldn’t be happier with our experience with Rachel’s DogSmith day care. There just isn’t any comparison in Palm Beach County.

Amber LydiaJupiter, Fl

I have known Rachel since my dog was a little puppy at 2 months of age. I remember being so desperate at times thinking I would not be able to train my dog Penny and even regretting getting a dog! I went to Rachel classes on Saturdays and also took Penny to the socialization classes and Rachel would always give me advice on how to train Penny and told me to be patient! I took all of her advice and methods and today Penny is a completely different dog. She is 15 months and very social, loving, very very smart dog and she can do all sorts of fun tricks. Even though I have moved from the area where Rachel is, she is still the only one I trust and I will gladly drive to where she is. Most recently I left Penny with Rachel for Board and Training as I will be going out of the country soon and I was truly impressed with the organization of her place and I have zero concerns of leaving my dog there for the times I will travel. Rachel only uses positive reinforcement when training the dogs and she has a special connection with the animals. Penny always comes back an improved dog when she comes back from Rachel’s home! Thank you Rachel you are amazing! Penny is looking forward to her next Board and Training with you!

Bianca Miami, FL

I cannot rate Rachel highly enough. Rachel has been working with my puppy, Dilly, since she was 3 1/2 months old. From the moment she entered our home there was a noticeable difference – literally. The slightly manic, over excited (but adorable and loving) puppy that was causing some in home agnst, immediately responded to her very kind but firm insistence on good behavior…AT THE FRONT DOOR. ON THE FIRST VISIT. From there we progressed such that Dilly kindly meets guests, enjoys cuddles from children and adults, comes when called, responds to her name, curtails jumping, walks on a leash, and sits, lies down, and stays on command. Dilly isn’t yet six months, so we are not batting 1000, but she is learning, doing so, so we’ll, and importantly, enjoys the training process. Potty training is a non issue. Dilly so loves when she sees Rachel at the front door.

Critically, Rachel has taught me to be a good puppy Mom…she doesn’t just train and go, she engages me in the process so that I can continuously reinforce good behaviors. She leaves print outs outlining simply what we have learned, and how to keep it going. She tells me, kindly, what I’m doing wrong and how to do better – I.e. modifying my tone, body language, treat frequency, etc. Everything is positive…and even a VERY skeptical family member aknowledged how Rachel’s positivitve, reward based training yielded very quick results.

As a busy professional, I appreciated Rachel’s like professionalism…in terms of scheduling, promptness, invoice clarity, and follow up. I also now understand that she invests in her own development, so to stay current on dog training techniques. But when I phoned the first time it was a bit of a Hail Mary…

It is aknowledged that in home training is not inexpensive – we actually opted for training vs. a short get away this year – but we viewed it as an investment in a new, loved family member that will pay dividends for years and years. Sort of like the decision to send your child to pre-school: a given. Rachel’s rates are fair – if someone had asked me up front “what would you pay for a well behaved companion?” I’d say we got more than our money’s worth. Rachel laid the ground work for our puppy early, and we now see that it creates an aptitude for and interest in ongoing development. Friends with a puppy the same age that have opted to spend a bit less for group training at a pet store have commented on the marked difference in how our puppies are developing.

Rachel’s ancilary services in terms of day care and boarding are convenient and terrific. Her facilities have the warmth of a home, and are immaculate and well suited.

Dilly is happy, as she has clear boundaries, and we so enjoy our well behaved, joyful puppy that is wonderful with clients, friends, family and strangers.

Hire Rachel. You and your pup will not be disappointed.

A caveat…I do not give out many five star reviews.

Kimberly LoutzenhiserPalm Beach Gardens, FL

Rachel is wonderfully sweet, patient and clearly loves dogs! (Sort of important qualities in a dog trainer.) Her positive, gentle approach — and her ability to laugh — makes her super easy to work with. We also boarded our puppy with her for 3 days and she took GREAT care of our girl. She sent lots of pictures, too, so we knew our baby was being well cared for. We’re done with our  training package (for now), and I’ll truly miss seeing Rachel each week — and so will our puppy who jumped for joy whenever she arrived!

Laney BeckerJupiter. FL

I believe Winston has learned so much from the classes and he loves to socialize with other dogs.  I realize how important that Winston has the exposure meeting people and dogs along the way. 

We appreciate all the great advice you have given us during the classes.  Thanks again!!

Darleen

Hello Rachel, Hope you are doing well.  I just wanted to give you an update on Bailey.  She is doing much better with dogs we see.  When a dog is behind a privacy fence and barks at her it scares her and  she barks back but is pretty easy to get under control with hot dogs.  In fact, she will calm down and walk away even if the dog is still barking at her.  Tonight on our bike ride I accidentally spilled the hot dogs.  We were almost home and two dogs without leashes started running up to her.  I stopped and made her sit and called to the owner to get her dogs because Bailey was still in training.  However both dogs came right up to her and even smelled her. I had a hold of her collar and had no hot dogs to offer but kept praising her and saying “Puppies!”  She barked once but never crossed the threshold or was out of control.  She seems to be gaining confidence and not experiencing so much fear.  The harness is working great!  

Thank you so much!

Bobbi Cupp

Dear Rachel, I am so happy I started training Zeus early in his life, he’s the best dog. He is even good with my friend’s 1 year old and is very kind and gentle with him. Of course, he has his puppy moments still but they are usually running around the yard and bugging the old dogs. So it’s minimal. He’s amazing at the beach and sticks around us the entire time. He is also good about letting dogs walk past him and people to. I give you all of the credit on all of this because your class made me get back into training mode. He’s also very social probably due to the puppy socializations:) It may have been a lot of work at first taking him everywhere, but I loved it, and it has paid off now that he is 9 months old and acting like a mature 10 year old Labrador:) Maybe you’ll see us one of these days, walking down the street Labrador and stroller in hand haha.

LindseyPalm Beach Gardens

Truly, you give us calm hearts, knowing our “special needs” girl feels right at home with you!

“For our special needs dog, Sadie, strange places & unfamiliar people make her terrified and she acts up. Thankfully, she feels safe & comfortable with Rachel, Corne and Chloe, and she has even learned to play well with other dogs. This provides us great relief & calm hearts. We appreciate the updates, accommodating schedule, and of course the fact that Sadie returns home with better manners than she left with! We always recommend Rachel very highly!”

Thank you again for everything!

Lynne GibbonsJupiter, FL