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“My husband and I contacted Play Dog Play to help socialize our rescue pup, Scarlett. They were very accommodating in finding a time that worked for our schedules and Ryan even agreed to come to travel to our home 25 minutes north of Burlington. Ryan immediately went to work with us on tools and training techniques we could work on at home independently with strategic goals in mind to help us monitor her progress. Ryan brings with him a wealth of knowledge and has been very helpful in not only giving us instruction but explaining the psychology behind it. Since our relatively short time working with Play Dog Play, we’ve seen Scarlett blossom into a more confident, trusting and outgoing pup, and we are looking forward to continued training with Ryan!”

– Kristen,Dan, Scarlett & Finley


“I want you to know that we have done 5 puppy classes in the last 25 years and this was the best. Ryan is great. I love how he always has time to talk about your personal concerns. He also obviously loves and respects dogs and that carries over in everything he teaches. The method was great as well and even though I feel I did not do too well with the homework (maybe I’m a late bloomer or a slow learner!) I feel I can continue to improve forever with what I have learned.”

– Jennie & Basil


“Until we adopted our “whipador” Astro, he’d spent his entire life in a shelter. While well socialized with dogs, his interaction with people and the world in general had been extremely limited making him quite timid and skeptical of just about everything. Based on recommendations from friends, we sought out Play Dog Play for daycare a few days a week to get him a bit more acclimated with the world and used to a place we could utilize for boarding. After several months of regular visits, he went from acting like we were about to abandon him at drop-off to whining with excitement when we simply turn the car onto Pine Street.
Astro’s timid and fearful attitude posed some problems in our day-to-day routines.  His recall, even in our home, was difficult and while on leash our sweet, adorable dog turned into Cujo when he saw another dog or person he deemed “odd.” We reached out to Ryan at Play Dog Play for several training sessions and he taught us techniques that worked almost immediately in improving Astro’s behavior. One of the main things we learned is that we needed more training than Astro did!  Ryan has great anecdotes to make the training make sense in our human brains and its been a great benefit for both us and Astro. While Astro is still a work in progress, we definitely appreciate the training we’ve received and the care Play Dog Play provides.”

– Jen, Eric & Astro


“I have a 4 year old border collie mix named Basil who has the unstoppable energy of a puppy.  I wanted a class that would teach me how to help Basil channel her energy in a positive direction; this is exactly what I found in this program.  Ryan and Ross were patient and attentive to both myself and Basil throughout every class.  I learned how to to help Basil be successful in her training by first understanding her unique personality and then building a training routine off of that.  I am happy to say that this class has helped me form a stronger bond with my dog.  Because of the skills I learned from Ryan and Ross I was even able to teach Basil how to paddle board with me!  I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to bond and grow with their best bud, it was truly a pleasure to be a part of.”

– Leah & Basil, M&O 2015


Zephyr and I are so happy we have taken your Manners and obedience class.  It has made a dramatic difference in our house.  Zephyr is our third dog and having trained the other two I didn’t think I would need to take Zephyr to a class because I have been through it before.  But at a year and a half Zeph was a great dog but I was still having trouble with her on our walks and when guests came to the house.  She would bark, pester and push until she was given the affection she felt our guests had come to give her.

After taking Manners and Obedience those are no longer issues.  We still have some practicing to do but we are no longer stuck at a frustrating plateau.  We are becoming more skilled as a team, when taking a walk or having friends over for dinner.  I found having Ryan and Ross critique my timing when training Zephyr helped to clear up the miscommunication I was providing my confused dog.  I also learned a few new tricks I can’t believe I ever lived without, such as the “place” command.  We had well over 20 people over constantly during the holidays. and instead of having Zephyr on a leash, tied up  or in her crate, I could now have Zephyr in the melee, on her “place”, knowing she would understand what I wanted her to do.

I had forgotten how mentally tiring training is for a dog, after our training sessions at Play Dog Play and at home our little bundle of energy was exhausted and content. And as you know a tired dog makes for a happy owner!  Not only have you made our dogs and I happy, you have provided us with new skills and ways to communicate so that we can remain happy long into the future.  I am excited to to see your classes grow. Zephyr and I would love to come back and and learn some new skills, maybe a few more we never knew we needed.

– Ethan and Zephyr, M&O 2015