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Whether we’re your first choice or a last resort, Koru K9 will ensure that your canine companion is the perfect addition to your pack.

After considering several different dog training options in the Denver area, my wife and I settled on Koru K9 to train our two young dogs, a 9-month male Alaskan Malamute and 1.5-year female Cardigan Welsh Corgi. We definitely recommend Koru K9 for anybody unsure of which professional trainers to go through.

Our dogs, especially the Malamute, were close to impossible to walk around our neighborhood without them pulling on the leash and wanting to say hi and explore everything they saw. They both also had very unreliable and inconsistent sit/down-stay commands.

After the 3-week board and train through Koru and our paired trainer, TJ, we have been able to have such better communication and obedience with our dogs. They look at us frequently on the walk, stay by our side/at our heel, and have amazing sit/down-stays.

We are finally able to have much more structure around the house and keep our dogs on place for extended periods of time while we're eating or needing to tend to other things. Their ability to go on the treadmill was a wonderful treat when there's bad weather and we aren't able to walk them outside.

We sent our 100lb Alaskan Malamute in for an extra session of Advanced Obedience as a still intact 1.5-year old so that we could have even better communication with him in our everyday lives since he was getting a bit too big and dominant on walks as he encountered barking dogs behind fences. He is now e-collar trained and this provides us with a much more reliable way to communicate with him.

The weekly video updates that we received from TJ were very clear and helped explain and detail the training techniques so that we were able to get our own sort of training to be ready for the dogs' return from the board-and-train. The return home in-person session ensured we understood the various commands and communication. TJ answered all of the questions we had and we stay in good communication with him today as our young dogs grow older and we feel comfortable asking him anything that comes to mind.

Jeffrey Frye | 22 hours ago

We worked with Paige Thomas at Koru K9 for a 3 week board and train last year for our 1.5 year old Dutch shepherd. She's a great pup but needed some help...

Carly K. | 2024-05-15 10:16:12

I have nothing but great things to say about our experience with Koru K9. Our trainer Will is an amazing trainer and he taught us so much and we appreciate him very much. Our rescue dog had extreme anxiety, and Will helped us to learn to root causes and now our pup is so much more confident and is such a joy to train and relax with. It's hard not to have an emotional reaction when you see your anxiety ridden pup finally feel calm and like a weight has been lifted off of them. I too have more confidence knowing I can communicate with my dog and knowing when and what my dog is communicating with me.

Thank you Will, and thank you Koru K9!!

Woolymon | 6 days ago

I found Koru through my parents who had put their puppy through a board and train program many years ago. I booked my 14 month old golden named Wanda for a 4-week session and was paired with Aolanis. Now, after having Wanda home for a few weeks and going through our drills on walks, her behavioral difference is night and day. I’m able to walk both my senior dog and Wanda without issue. We can hang out in the coffee shop and she doesn’t get anxious. She’s making fantastic strides and far more calm and less excitable when approached by strangers who want to meet her. I can put her in a crate without protest if I need some time for work or running errands.

In addition to seeing results, my experience during the board and train was tranquil. I received regular video and email updates throughout the week, and it felt less like a stranger was watching my dog and more like a knowledgeable friend. Aolanis is very nice, and she made herself available over text as well if I had any questions or wanted to check-in, but I never needed to because my mind was at ease. I can’t recommend her enough and if you live in Southern California, absolutely inquire about her availability if possible. Wanda was over the moon to see her again for our follow-up training session and they clearly built a bond during their time together.

If you book with Koru’s team and put in the work, you will see results. Thank you, Aolanis and Koru!

Jonathan Lally | 5 days ago

Aolanis is INCREDIBLE! We are so incredibly thankful to have found her. She took care of our sweet girl and really worked hard with her on learning to "turn off" and relax. Aolanis provided a safe, loving, and structured environment for our baby to thrive! She was communicative, thorough, honest, and clear from the very start! We are forever grateful.

Sarah Gogarty | 16 hours ago

Our husky mix, Berry, did a 4 week board and train with Koru and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I was hesitant to spend so much on training our dog,...

heather c. | 2024-04-30 13:30:23

I have 3 pups in my home, 2 of the 3 have terrible manners and like to rule the home. 🏠 have done many different training sessions with different people or organizations. None of the training I did have ever been in my home which is where most of my issues occur. I needed at home training. I came across Koru K9 on Google and decided to give it a try after reading positive reviews.
My trainer was Hannah, and Hannah was fantastic! She really listened to my issues, she was relatable, and she gave me some tough 💪love. Which is what I needed! She also gave me many tool recommendations that ended up being so helpful in the training process!
I did the 5 week course, and it was well worth it. My dogs are so much better and they have gained so much doggy confidence. They still are a work in progress. I need to stay active in my training daily. Which is the main thing that I learned with Hannah. She said don’t give up and stay active with them. Thank you Hannah and Koru K9 for such a great jump start to my , better behaved and improved pups!! Georgia en Fred thank you!!

Sincerely,
Melisa Kratky

G-money 312 | 20 minutes ago

Our husky mix, Berry, did a 4 week board and train with Koru and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I was hesitant to spend so much on training our dog, and I felt like I should be able to do it on my own, but it was worth every penny. After two years of "training" on my own, we were all exhausted and frustrated. Berry is boisterous and stubborn and extremely persistent, and I just did not know how to get her to listen to me. She ran our household and pestered our other dog. She resource guarded her toys, and would get into real fights with our other timid dog, even requiring him to get stitches once. We were at our wits end. Enter Koru. Berry is a different dog, in the best way. At first when she came home from training I was worried we wouldn't be able to keep it up, but it has gone so well. The first few weeks of being home we were instructed to keep up the structure and training to really make sure that Berry understands, these boundaries still stand and we aren't going back to the same old ways. Now, more than a month out, we have relaxed our structure a lot and Berry still knows what is expected of her. Our trainer, Paige, has been so patient, helpful and available whenever we have questions, or want to make sure I'm getting the nuances right, even though I'm sure she's told me already! If you are even thinking about it, do it! During the four weeks Berry was gone, life was so easy and peaceful, I was worried that when she got home, even with the training, that would be gone! But I can tell you it is not! Our other dog is so much more confident being out and about in our home- no longer hiding in the bathroom to escape her pestering. And we are able to love on and enjoy both of our dogs. Our home is peaceful and I could not be more thrilled! Thank you Paige, and thank you Koru!

Heather C. | April 30, 2024

We have just finished up 5 sessions with Hannah to help us with our blue heeler, Cooper, who is reactive to other dogs. We are in a much better place now thanks to her incredible knowledge and guidance. Not only have we learned how best to deal with Cooper's reactivity, we have been able to practice some other training tactics which have made a huge difference. We are so pleased that we chose KoruK9 and especially to have worked with Hannah.

cansll | 6 days ago

My boyfriend and I sent our 3 year old, 120 pound german shepherd for a 4-week boarding & training with Jennifer Bazan at Koru K9, and we couldn't have been...

Natalie M. | 2024-04-22 16:45:28

Koru was able to make the breakthrough for our 2 year old rescue!
We had Hannah, and she was perfect for the job. Not only did she treat our little guy amazing, she had a lot of patience with teaching my husband and I what we needed to learn! She sent amazing updates the entire time, and after he was dropped off took all the time that was needed to show us how to have continued success. This program may be pricey, but if you think of it as an investment for up to the next 20 years it is worth it!

Jordan Mathews | 4 days ago

I have an English chocolate lab rescue named Moose. He had reactivity issues from not being properly socialized in his previous home. I was lucky enough to have Aolanis as my trainer for Moose through Koru & she was absolutely amazing. I felt so comfortable knowing she was the person with him each day. I could tell instantly that this is someone who genuinely cares about animals as if they are her own when training them. She gave such clear instructions on how to proceed when Moose was returned back to me & my home. During the entire process she sent amazing updates with such thorough comments on each video during the duration of time she had Moose. I’ve learned so much about animal behavior & skills from her. The difference is wild to see how much more his listening / focus skills have shifted as well as his ability to respect me as his owner. I couldn’t be happier with the results & getting to continuesly work with him & keep those skills up has been so rewarding. I’m beyond grateful & can’t thank her enough.

Arianna Goldstein | 5 days ago

We had a wonderful experience with Koru K9 and Victoria Rios as our trainer. Our Doberman-Pug mix Fernie is reactive and high-spirited. Victoria was awesome in teaching us how to work with Fernie's behaviors most effectively. We are eternally thankful for her guidance and teaching. I would highly recommend Victoria as a trainer!

Betty Short | 4 days ago

My 3.5 year old German Shepherd went to board/train with Rich Cassens for 4 weeks. We had moved from a home into an apartment and the dog was struggling to adapt.

Rich was fantastic throughout the 4 weeks, sending tons of videos, photos, and information. When our dog came home it was clear he had made a huge amount of progress. We're continuing with the training at home with Rich's guidance, and our dog continues to greatly improve.

We have nothing but amazing things to say about Rich/Koru, and have already booked a week long refresher for later this summer. Thanks to everyone, but a very special thanks to Rich for doing such an amazing job.

Ryan McDonald | 19 minutes ago

We adopted a super reactive pitbull/lab mix who would flip out anywhere near other dogs and people. We were connected with Sean Hagner through Koru K9, and after meeting with Sean we opted to do a 3-week board and train. Sean was great about sending videos and email updates twice a week over that time. Murphy was a completely different dog after we got him back, and over the course of the five sessions after the board and train Sean has worked to show us how we can build on this and keep that momentum. Koru was easy to work with, and Sean is an outstanding trainer. I would recommend both Koru and Sean.

Travis Ross | an hour ago

Maddie is amazing, I had a great experience with her board & train for my dog, Reese. Reese is dog reactive and Maddie worked with him to build his...

Jill B. | 2024-02-24 20:47:56

I wanted to take a moment to express our immense gratitude for the incredible impact Sparky Davis has had on our lives, particularly in transforming the relationship between us and our beloved dog, Otto.

My husband, Richard, and I feel like we've been given a second chance at being the dog parents we've always aspired to be, all thanks to Sparky. Before enlisting Sparky's expertise, we struggled to connect with Otto in a way that allowed him to thrive and be the good boy we knew he could be. It's hard to put into words just how much Sparky's guidance has meant to us.

From the very beginning, Sparky established a remarkable connection with Otto. Witnessing that bond inspired us to work towards a similar connection, knowing it would greatly benefit our relationship with Otto. Sparky's approach is nothing short of transformative, and we now find ourselves equipped with the tools to foster a stronger bond with our furry family member.

If you're facing challenges with your dog's obedience—whether it's issues with recall, leash behavior, or feeling embarrassed to bring your dog out in public—Sparky is the answer. Otto's transformation has been remarkable; he's more relaxed, understands what is expected of him, and now enjoys a sense of peace knowing that we are his leaders and he can trust and obey us.

Sparky's expertise goes beyond just training dogs; he truly changes lives. We wholeheartedly recommend Sparky to anyone seeking a positive transformation in their relationship with their canine companions.

Thank you, Sparky, for being the catalyst for positive change in our lives and Otto's life!

Mya Bastien | 4 days ago

The team at Koru K9 are amazing, dog & family forward support and training Professionals.

I have 2 wolfdogs, litermates, who are just a year old. They have all the imaginable issues + litermate syndrome. Out of a desire to give my girls the best chance at being vibrant well adjusted good community members, and valued companions and family members, I reached out to Koru K9 For help.

We were paired with Owen Bower. He worked with my girls together as well as each separately. the results are AMAZING!

Both girls came back to me with a solid foundation of basic behavioral training. But also, we have a life-long partner to make sure my girls are well trained members of our community and can manage their world and routine with ease and grace and be the happiest, most wonderful family pets and community members imaginable.

Owen worked with Star, my smaller pup, and helped her not only solidly learn her heal, place, stay, and immediately sits when I stop walking, etc. But he also worked to give her confidence and not be so submissive. He fostered her soft emotional and good companion dog behavior skills that are absolutely spectacular but so difficult to train into a dog..

It’s quite striking the differences between my two pups. And Owen embraced their uniqueness and individually addressed each girls‘ issues while preserving their delightful duller personalities.

For my Ziggy, Owen worked to strengthen her basic skill set and teach her place, and stay, and heal & sit and down and all the wonderful things. And he also, worked with Ziggy to support her confidence and strength while helping her to look to her human for assurance and guidance Which is vital to being a wonderful family member, companion, and community member.

I am so appreciative of how much work and attention and love Owen’s given the girls! It shows and I dearly love that he’s preserved their unique personalities.

Owen Bower and Koru K9 have taught me the skills to support my dogs and their training, and more importantly, Owen has become my life long partner in my pup’s training and growth.

Sue Cool | 3 days ago

Mikayla has done an excellent job with my 17 month old GSD pup. I've learned just as much as Shadow.

Vernon White | 4 days ago

Lindsey Estabrook was our trainer for our lab puppy, June. Lindsey did an EXCELLENT job instilling knowledge and manners into our sweet girl! When we travel...

Courtney M. | 2024-02-09 17:52:22

We were desperate for help with our dog. Aolonis was our trainer and we are so appreciative. She has a gift! Our big boy is now more a part of our family. He is a different dog and we are enjoying him so much now. We had a great experience with Koru and are grateful for their services.

Linsey Weigt | 3 days ago

Aolanis Fonseca is an absolutely awesome trainer at Koru K9.
She trained our 9 month old chocolate Labrador, Coco, for 3 week board & train and results were amazing. Aolanis also picked up Coco & dropped off Coco and then gave us an intensive training session along with Coco to integrate all the training techniques. Aolanis is such a super nice person and extremely caring and patient and so easy to work with and I highly recommended her professional training. Thus, Coco now has a solid foundation for the future and so appreciative of Aolanis sincere care of our puppy.
Thank you
Brad & Abbey Wagner in Redondo Beach

BRADLEY WAGNER | 21 hours ago

We recently completed a 3-week training program with Shane Pierson in the Seattle area and cannot recommend Koru or this trainer enough! In that short time span our dog became a better listener, more accustomed to commands and easier to control. We're now much more comfortable going off-leash with him and using discipline techniques that we hadn't tried before. Shane was excellent at communicating with us throughout the process and being transparent with how we can get the most out of our training class moving forward. THANK YOU so much for your help and expertise.

William Walkey | 4 days ago

Ashley up in the Seattle area drove down to Portland and picked up our new pup. She did an absolutely amazing job of getting the foundations set for him, he came back totally transformed.
Ashley also communicated regularly with lots of photos and videos, and has been available for questions ever since.
Their professionalism in dog training and customer communication was great, and well worth the money.

Zachary Whitehead | 6 hours ago

Adam was really great! My dogs had a big transition from moving from a house into an apartment and they were having a hard time, and Adam was so helpful...

Courtney V. | 2024-01-23 20:16:19

Adam was really great! My dogs had a big transition from moving from a house into an apartment and they were having a hard time, and Adam was so helpful with giving me so many tips to help them adjust. I feel like i know so much more than I did a few months ago! We worked mostly on their reactions to sounds and crate training, and they have made such huge progress. We couldn't have done it without Adam! Huge thank you!!

Courtney Verrill | 6 days ago

We did a 3 week board and train with Hannah Quackenbush to help our dog Leo with some anxiety, protectiveness and leash reactivity issues he was having. Hannah was amazing! We could tell she was taking great care of Leo and she sent us tons of photos and videos each week. She showed us exactly how to continue the training at home and answered the dozens of questions we had.

As soon as Leo got home, we noticed a major change. He was much calmer, followed commands very well and walked on the leash so much better! We had a great experience with Hannah and Koru K9. Would highly recommend!

Madeline McDonnell | a day ago

Irini was so amazing with our 4 month old Bernese Mountain Dog (Hank). Hank is extremely high energy and was developing separation anxiety prior to his stay...

Kathryn W. | 2023-12-08 14:49:25
Joanne M Bartolotti | 2 days ago

WARNING: LONG REVIEW!!!

We rescued our little schnauzer terrier mix, Entei, in June and realized very quickly that despite the angel she was at the shelter...

Christabel C. | 2024-01-05 05:56:02

Our baby is a Shiba Inu that's 5 years old and if you know anything about their breed, you'd know that they're very stubborn and difficult to train. Before...

Shan K. | 2023-12-03 18:50:12

I had been through multiple "positive only" trainers before a friend recommended Koru for my two dogs (littermate brothers) and it was the best decision! My...

Natalia C. | 2023-12-29 20:08:36

The whole process of getting Koru K9 board and train has been fast and easy. I really recommend Shane Pierson as a great trainer in the Seattle area. I was looking for a training program for my Border Collie who gets scared and aggressive for a while. At first, I was worried about spending a lot of money and if it would work. But Shane was really helpful and stayed in touch during the six weeks of training. He really loves dogs and that shows. He was patient and used the same training methods consistently, which helped my dog behave much better. Since working with Shane, my dog's behavior has improved a lot. Even after the training ended, Shane keeps helping us with in-person sessions to teach us how to get my dog used to different environments. Thank you Shane! We are coming back to you with more trainings! Mars has been missing you, too.

michelle chen | 2 hours ago

I worked with Carly Cerveny who helped me and my Shepherd through a 5 lesson training package. Carly was very professional, positive, educational, informative and gave great feedback. Each week we had homework and a full lesson recap that was very detailed and something I still reference to this day. One of my favorite things about working with Carly was all the creative different approaches we were taught to help us reach our training goals. I would highly recommend Carly and will be reaching out if we need help in our training journey in the future!

rm reichelt | a day ago

We worked with Jenna in Denver and our experience was absolutely 5 stars. Our dog is incredibly sensitive and was having some reactive behaviors. Jenna...

Sydney M. | 2023-10-29 18:52:08

Our puppy, Benny, did a board and train with Owen B. for about a month, and it was so impactful!

Before meeting up, Owen asked a ton of questions to...

Kristine N. | 2023-10-17 23:03:19

We had the pleasure of getting paired up with Irini for our 4-week training for our 1-year-old+ Mini Australian Sheperd, Kody.

Kody was a very anxious...

Nick H. | 2023-11-02 20:08:53

Allie was AMAZING. I had considered myself a skilled dog owner until I got Beans. We didn't know his past and he came with a lot of emotional baggage (Definitely a good boy -- but one that acted bad sometimes). In 5 sessions we went from a reactive and fearful dog, to a confident dog that looks to me for guidance as opposed to lashing out (at skateboarders, other dogs and men in hats). Now I can take him on the adventures he deserves. This training was worth every penny.

Sheri Cavazos | a day ago

we have been working with Jenna since September now and could not be happier with the progress that we are seeing so far ! we are only on our 7th in home training session and have improved so much. we have 2 staffy pitty mixes who just turned 1 and had some bad reactivity issues due to not being properly desensitized. before our dogs would bark and attempt to lung at anybody and anything in their sight, after working with Jenna our dogs can peacefully pass a person or another dog with very minimal to no reactivity at all. our dogs use to pull like crazy when we would take them for walks but after learning some of the heeling drills that she taught us and purchasing some of the products she recommended they have done so much better. every product that Jenna has recommended to us has benefited our dogs 100% there hasn't been a product she's recommended that we haven't loved ! Jenna also brings her own personal dogs to our sessions which has been one of the biggest game changer for our dogs. working on distraction proofing and desensitizing them with other dogs presents but not interacting with one another has really helped and benefited our dogs ! we couldn't be happier with Jenna ! she has truly helped us tremendously and gave us hope with our dogs ! we would recommended her to anyone looking for a professional trainer who knows what she's talking about as well as cares for the dogs and most importantly has passion and loves her job !

nevaeh rodriguez | a day ago

Our puppy, Benny, did a board and train with Owen B. for about a month, and it was so impactful!

Before meeting up, Owen asked a ton of questions to understand our concerns and to get to know our pup better. We were having trouble with crate training, counter surfing, leash pulling, and teaching him to go potty outside after a long stint with pee pads. During the boarding, Owen sent updates, photos and videos of Benny's progress. How shocked we were to see a video of our pup walking along side him, focused, with a loose leash!

After the board and train with Owen - and now several months later - our pup continues to settle well in and out of his crate, no longer counter surfs, goes potty outside, and walks well on leash. Owen taught us everything we needed to know to continue the foundation he built, and he thoroughly answered all of our questions. Due to this training, our relationship with our pup has grown so much better. We're very grateful for Owen and his expertise. Highly recommend training with him and Koru!

Kristine Nodalo | a week ago

We worked with Heather, with the assistance of Will, in Portland. Our Boston Terrier puppy, Pebbles, is now off to an amazing start in life after her board and train! Heather and team were able to teach our pup how to be a succesful learner and dog citizen of the world, as well as left us with an extremely effective toolkit on how to continue the training journey. We'll 100% continue to work with Heather, Will, and Koru K9 moving forward! Amazing experience!

Cody Reid | a week ago

We adopted a husky named Blue that had no social skills, was showing major aggression with everyone and had a severe biting history. We were his last resort before the pound would put him down. That is when we met Koru K9 and Maloree. Maloree is exceptional. We put him in the board and train program with Maloree. She worked with Blue and would not give up on him. I will be forever grateful that she didn't. Blue is now a loving presence in our house. He loves to cuddle, stays in place so very well, can sit and wait for his food like a champ and enjoys walking on leash. AMAZING! Tummy rubs, chewing toys and countless balls are his favorites and he even enjoys getting groomed! Without Maloree and her patience and knowledge this would not have been possible. Thank you Maloree and Koru K9 for saving Blue's life!

June Berfanger | a week ago

Our dog was reactive towards other dogs and out of control on the leash. We had gone to three different group training classes before we called Koru K9, and we wish we had called sooner. Maloree was so patient with us and gave us both the confidence to keep working on our skills. Well worth the investment and our outings are so much more enjoyable now!

Alyssa Nichols | a week ago

My dog had some major issues. Food agression with dogs, Reactive while walking when we were near dogs, overall she just didn't listen to me. Shane Pierson picked her up for an intense training program 4 weeks at his location ... I am so happy I did this. Tangi came home a different dog. And Shane took the time when he brought her home to work with me to make sure i had the tools to continue the training by maintaining structure and continuous ...daily practice. Now I can take her to stores, walk on the road without her pulling, and just general obedience

Thank you Shane!

Susan Ward | 6 days ago

I am blown away by how well behaved our dog is after spending a month with Shane. We found Shane through Koru and strongly recommend him. My girlfriend and I were very worried about how our dogs would react when we moved in together. Her dog was large and skittish, sometime aggressive. My dogs are small but also aggressive and territorial. We sent the bigger dog to train with Shane for a month and she came back completely changed for the better. Since returning home she has been calm and more importantly patient with the smaller dogs even when they pester her. She is also very comfortable and has gained confidence through the structured training she went through. And so far it has not been difficult to maintain at our house. Our dogs still get to live the spoiled lives they’ve always had, sleeping in our bed, laying on the furniture, etc… the only difference is that we have structure and balance in the house. I’m truly blown away. Shane exceeded all expectations.

paul cooper | 4 days ago

I sent my 6 year old female Pitt bill mix to board and train with Shane for the last month. Prior to training she was extremely aggressive towards other dogs, very nervous around people and had generalized anxiety around new things.
Shane sent picture and video updates with an explanation of how she was doing and her progress twice a week. I really looked forward to these updates and it was incredible seeing how much impact Shane was making on her every week.
He took her into new environments to build up her confidence and worked so diligently to improve her behavior. Shane truly is an amazing trainer.
My girl is a changed dog. She desperately needed this structure implemented into her life and I cannot begin to explain how much stress this has relived from my life.
A month ago I felt like a was up against a brick wall and that there was no hope for change and peace within my home.
Shane changed that for me and my family.
Thank you so much.

Brittany Reed | 4 days ago

Great experience! We worked with Jenna in Denver, and would 100% recommend her! Great at meeting us where we are and we got substantial results after a couple in home sessions, and she set us up for how we can keep working with our dog as well.

Henry McCall | a day ago

I was going out of town for 2 weeks and needed somewhere for dog training. I was recommended Koru K9. I train/boarded my stubborn Shar Pei with Maloree C. and she was amazing! Great communication and my dog absolutely loved her. Definitely ask for Maloree!!

Leslie Gonzalez | 3 hours ago

I almost gave up!!
I called Koru after a few failed attempts with other trainers.
Congo's issues were fighting in the home, which led to many trips to the...

Dawn B. | 2023-10-14 15:38:43

Amazing results for our dog! Mandala was amazing not only training our dog but teaching us as owners.

Melissa F. | 2023-09-13 12:54:17

Olivia Sheehan was a godsend for us! She is such a knowledgeable trainer! We did a 3 week board and train with her for our 10 month old goldendoodle Louie and he was very responsive to the training. Louie now knows place, down, sit, and kennel all without treat lures. His recall is so much better (before it was pretty non existent), he doesn’t try to dash out the door when it’s open, he heels at my side when walking him, and he has very calm greetings with anyone who comes to our door. We have been able to take him to the beach off leash (with e-collar) with other dogs running around and he stays right by our side until released and he comes back when he is called. I highly recommend working with Olivia!

Olivia T | a week ago

My trainer, Malloree, from Koru K9 has been a great help with my dogs. They are both wonderful pups who took to training well from the start. I was proud with my homeschooling and figured we were good as is. However, as they got older, they started fighting with each other/resource guarding, and I knew I needed help. Malloree has helped us create better boundaries in the home, and my dogs have figured out their social hierarchy. We continue to work on behavior and develop confidence every day. 10/10. Would recommend!

Bailey Fender | 5 days ago

Maloree was amazing. She was always available to answer any questions I had in between our training sessions the transformation with my dog Dawkins was night and day. I don’t know what I would have done with her

Erin McCahey | 5 days ago

I boarded my two and a half year old Great Dane with Shane for 4 weeks while I was away on business. Scooby, my Dane, has had intense separation anxiety, and though he’s always been sweet never followed much direction. I’ve been back for a week now and Shane did an amazing job with Scooby. He’s attentive and more confident. Shane kept me up to date with his progress the whole time via email, and phone with pictures, videos, and a summery of his progress each week. Scooby went on a bit of a hunger strike the first week or two and Shane was great about working with me to find options to keep him healthy and get some food into him. I love that they do pick up and drop off as well. And when he dropped him off he gave me a very thorough walk through of all he’d learned, warned me about signs that Scooby is trying to rebel and how to correct it. I highly recommend not just Koru, but especially Shane.

Rianna Alexander | 4 days ago

We were so fortunate to have our GSP puppy, Birdie, learn from Mallory, an amazing dog trainer. Aside from general training, we specifically requested guidance on how to keep Birdie controlled once we brought home a newborn. My child is now 1 and Birdie is turning 2 and they have become the best of friends!

Alyssa Wright | 4 days ago

Our trainer Maloree was amazing! Our dog Atticus did a three week board and train with Maloree that really helped us get a restart and set a solid foundation to move forward with after a period of fear and anxiety-driven aggression. We were at a point of not knowing what to do and how to manage some of Atticus’ behavior but Maloree gave us clear goals and advice on how to tackle the issues we’d been experiencing. We’re almost a year out from Atticus’ time with Maloree and our in-home sessions and can proudly report that Atticus is a changed pup in the best ways. Thanks to Maloree for bringing much needed peace and harmony back into our house and instilling confidence in our beloved dude Atticus! We will be forever appreciative.

J L | a day ago

I almost gave up!!
I called Koru K9 after a few failed attempts with other trainers.
Congo's issues were fighting in the home, which led to many trips to the vet and doctor. He was very reactive on our walks. Anything could set him off like dogs, people, bicycles, and anything that moved! Many times, I would get knocked down when he would "flip a switch" on our walks. I had developed severe anxiety because of this, and it made it very difficult to walk him.

Maloree is absolutely the best thing that has happened to us!!!
She took Congo for a month of boot camp and worked with him through all his triggers. Maloree has even taken me/us for walks to help me with my anxiety.
I no longer worry about dog fights in our home, and my anxiety is getting better with our walks.
Congo loves "his" Maloree!
I honestly don't know where we would be without the training we received.
I can't express my gratitude enough to Koru K9 for bringing Maloree into our lives.

Huge thank you to Maloree for loving and believing in Congo and seeing what no one else could.
That he is a great dog!
Pictures of Maloree and Congo

Dawn | a day ago

Maloree in Oregon is the best!! She treats your dogs like her own and ours absolutely adore her. Like a lot of people we got dogs during the COVID lockdown and they didn’t have a lot of interaction with people or dogs. She worked with our Boston Terriers to be non-reactive in public settings and around other dogs. Our intact male was especially territorial of our female dogs, the house, and me. I can now take him on walks with no incidents. We’ll forever be grateful to all the love and work Maloree put into our dogs!

Nikki Nims | a day ago

Maddie G was amazing with our puppy. Huge changes in just 3 weeks. Our puppy loved being with her and had fun interacting with other dogs! I would highly...

Karen B. | 2023-08-17 10:58:59

Our 5 month puppy went to Sarah in San Diego and was transformed! Sarah did amazing. Kali, our Australian Shepard came back with so many manners and skills....

Josh D. | 2023-08-27 13:20:54

We worked with Sarah and Ted with Team Missouri for our rescue dog. He was very territorial and aggressive towards strangers. He also barked constantly at...

Kyla F. | 2023-09-13 09:27:33

I cannot express how immensely grateful we are for the incredible transformation and healing that Celeste from KoruK9 brought into our lives, particularly in the life of our once highly reactive Great Pyrenees/Pitbull mix, Yondu. When Yondu first joined our family almost two years ago, his reactivity was a cause for concern, especially towards our cats and really anything that moved!
It was a challenging time for us until we found KoruK9 and connected with Celeste.

Under Celeste's care during the six-week board and train program, Yondu embarked on a remarkable journey of healing. The regular updates, photos, and videos we received were a testament to the dedication and love Celeste poured into Yondu's rehabilitation. From interacting with baby chicks to strolling calmly through Home Depot alongside her well-trained dogs, Yondu learned that he was safe and could trust the leaders around him. When he returned home, he was not only well-trained and less reactive but also looked to us for guidance. The most astonishing part of this journey is that Yondu, whose prey drive was strong for our cats, has now become their 24-7 security guard. He respects that our eldest cat is the head of the household and he is happy to play second in command to make sure our family is well protected.

While we admit to being a bit relaxed with some rules causing Yondu to backtrack a bit, he has maintained a strong foundation and continues to come back to his training.
Celeste's patience, structure, and amazing training techniques had a profound impact on Yondu, saving his life and bringing harmony to our household. We thank both KoruK9 and Celeste for being such a big part of Yondus transformation. Their guidance and expertise are an investment that we consider invaluable, and we will forever be grateful for the joy and peace they've brought to our lives.

Carmen René Smith | 6 days ago

We worked with Shane Pierson through Koru K9 in Seattle Washington. Our Aussie was about 5 years old at the time with some major food aggression issues that would not allow us to leave her with anyone. We were hesitant at first to commit to 6 weeks away with our girl but Shane made the transition seamless and ensured that every week he was communicating what was going on with photos, videos, and phone calls. Coming out of the 6 weeks we also got to learn all the tools he had instilled in her in our own house to ensure that we can continue on with the training. I will say its made a HUGE impact on our day to day lives and has helped us create a more stable environment for our dog and ourselves with what she learned with Shane. I would highly recommend if you are on the fence to do it, we keep thinking to ourselves she is only 5 years old and has so much life ahead of her.

Steve Kent | 6 days ago

I have a West Highland Terrier who is very stubborn and reactive to some dogs while on a leash. Annette was a huge help with him and gave us some great insight! Would highly recommend! 😊

Olivia Jones | 6 days ago

We cannot thank Shane enough for his incredible training of our seven month old dog. We went from being completely confused and frustrated to having a deep understanding of how the training works, and how to facilitate it at home all while deepening our relationship with our amazing pup. I cannot express through words enough how remarkable this experience has been!

Jennie Townsan | 3 days ago

Shane helped us with our 2 year old Great Pyrenees, Luffy, and has been involved immensely even after his 8 week board and train . When so many trainers and facilities turned my dog and I away due to his breed. Shane has helped our family achieve results quickly and methodically with our Pyrenees. He understood the nature of these dogs and had a keen eye and Jesus like patience to learn his body language as well as giving me feedback on what I am inadvertently saying to my dog with my speech and body language.
We are seeing results that we never thought possible. Shane is incredibly knowledgeable and tailors the training to your unique needs. I am a Travel RN working 12 hour shifts 3 to 4 times a week and was struggling with my dog Luffy. He was struggling with separation anxiety, recall (in which previously there was some close dangerous situations with motor vehicles) and his overall obedience. It has felt lighter and easier leaving him home and watching him thrive in public areas . Luffy is already an eye catcher to the public but with his new foundation in obedience and structure he exudes confidence. Koru I thank you very much for introducing me to Shane and Shane you are truly a god sent ! Thank you for all you do and thank you for loving and caring for Luffy just as much as I do . It truly shows how much time you put in and care in the work that you do .

christina vigo | 22 hours ago

We got a pit heeler mix puppy and knew good teaming would be key. We tried a few different training programs but they weren't really
working for us or for...

Anna S. | 2023-08-05 20:10:54

Debbie was very thorough and thoughtful with her training techniques, and gave us homework to work on regularly, which made all the difference. Would highly recommend Debbie as a trainer!

Emma Capetz | 5 days ago

We recently used KoruK9 Seattle for a 3 week board and train with our 6 month Samoyed puppy. While we were very nervous to leave our pup for an extended period for the first time, our trainer Trey was absolutely fantastic with him. We were having difficulty with our pup pulling while walking, barking for attention, and inconsistent recall, all of which were massively improved after his stay. We couldn't be more proud of our little guy! Trey and Koru did an excellent job answering all of our questions, sharing frequent updates of what they were working on, and making sure we were fully informed and comfortable. Koru has helped give us tools and strategies to improve our training methods, giving us confidence that our pup will be successful and retain his knowledge long-term. Such a worthwhile investment!

Ann McInroy | 23 hours ago

This review for Irini is long overdue! She is a life-saver.

Our shepherd/collie rescue did Irini's board & train during the winter and Irini worked super...

Jo Ann J. | 2023-08-10 12:20:59

I had the absolute best experience with Koru! My dog Finley (Australian Shepherd) was very reactive to other dogs and situations, and it was impeding all...

Kiani M. | 2023-07-11 12:48:07

My dog Captain is a rescue and had a lot of leash aggression and behavior issues when I got him. I worked with Hannah Quackenbush over 7 sessions and can't...

Kristin W. | 2023-08-02 21:28:23

I cannot recommend Koru K9 enough. Chris B. is an AMAZING trainer and we will forever be grateful to him and Koru K9 as a whole.

Our dogs are both rescues with their own sets of reactivity issues. One is very scared of people, the other very reactive towards dogs, both incredibly barky and pully. We tried strictly positive reinforcement training for two years and we weren’t getting anywhere. It got to a point where we honestly couldn’t even walk our dogs around the neighborhood because of the stress it caused us and our dogs.

A friend with a reactive dog recommended Koru K9 and after hearing her testimonial, I immediately called for a consultation. We signed our dogs up for the 6 week board and train and it was 100000% worth every single cent.

Chris gave us and the dogs knowledge and tools to be more confident and calm in the world. We’re now able to walk our dogs 3x a day with almost no stress. Our quality of life AND the dogs’ quality of life have all significantly improved. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

Mia Hills | 5 days ago

MIKAYLA IS A MIRACLE WORKER! This is my 2nd time sending Billie (2 years old now) to KoruK9. It has only been 3 days since he has come back, but he is a completely different dog....in all the best ways!

Before Mikayla, Billie was aggressive (bit multiple people), guarded his food, possessive of mom, barked, and was just overall out of control! We were so desperate that we put him on anti-anxiety medication to calm him down and he wore a muzzle with strangers were in the home. He is no longer on the medicine and is somehow calmer than with the medication.

Since he has come back home, he knows his place and stays there until 'break' even with distractions like friends and food. We are no longer worried to have friends over and just feel an overwhelming sensation of peace. The energy of our home has changed so we can live together as a family versus always being on edge and letting our puppy run/ruin our lives.

I LOVED the detailed weekly updates and she continues to respond to all of our questions. You could tell from the messages and videos/photos that she took the time to really understand Billie's underlying issues and she customized her training strategy to meet his needs and unique personality.

We can't thank Mikayla enough for saving us and helping Billie. I'm optimistic that with the ongoing training combined with Mikayla's strong foundation that Billie will only continue to improve and we will live a life in peace.

I can't recommend Mikayla enough! If you are struggling with an aggressive dog then you should book KoruK9 and Mikayla immediately! I would give 100+ stars if I could.

Samantha Scheffler | a day ago

My husband and I are expecting our first baby and wanted to do some obedience training with our 5 year old rescue Chihuahua beforehand. Admittedly, we thought it was a lost cause, but were BEYOND thrilled with Hannah from Koru K9 and all of the work she did with us to prep. Hannah was incredibly knowledgeable, communicative, and understanding of our goals with our dog. Within 2 sessions, our dog was happily sleeping in a crate, and responding very well to basic commands. She really helped me understand a healthy relationship/dynamic between owner and pet, and made me feel so confident and comfortable bringing a newborn into our home.

I cannot thank Hannah enough for her work and highly recommend her for anyone in the Bay Area!

Darcie Underhill | 33 minutes ago

Allie has been an amazing trainer for our dog lessons! From the very beginning, she took the time to listen to our concerns. We are blending 2 households...

Jolene W. | 2023-07-14 07:53:57

Sean did a great job training Isis. We did the 3 week board and train. The change in her is unbelievable. Sean is very responsive to our questions. It was pricey but worth it. Isis was aggressive with other dogs and now she pretty much ignores them.

Nancy Mullen | 4 days ago

Allie has been an amazing trainer for our dog lessons! From the very beginning, she took the time to listen to our concerns. We are blending 2 households together and are trying to understand what the dogs needed to get along. On top of that, we had some individual dog personality concerns such as aggression and anxiety.

Through this process with Allie, we learned a lot about our dog's behavior and their triggers. She empowered us to practice and make the necessary changes. She was flexible and allowed us to mix our training sessions from combining all our dogs together to having one on ones. Having her travel to us for our lessons was a huge bonus. Our dogs were interacting in their environment and we felt we understood their dynaimc in their own space better.

I would highly recommend Allie to anyone who is looking for training lessons! She explains all steps and reasons behind every lessons very throughly. She even emails notes after every session to recap what we had learned. She is available for follow questions and concerns after the lessons. Through this process, we feel much more confident in integrating our fur babies with lots of tools to use!

Jolene Wong | 3 days ago

We felt so lucky having Maddie as our trainer! We were completely desperate for help with our dog's aggression towards other dogs when we reached out to Koru.

From our very first conversation Maddie was super clear about what we could hope to achieve through the program, and helped ensure our expectations were realistic. She was totally communicative throughout the 3 week board and train and I was confident Lucy was in great hands. We could see her progress week by week through the videos Maddie shared, and when she returned to us she was a totally different dog - in the best way possible.

Then we needed to be trained, and Maddie was patient in explaining how we would make or break the progress she'd achieved with Lucy. We learned how we'd been unintentionally affirming her bad behavior, and how we needed to interact with her consistently to cement the better behaviors we wanted instead.

I waited to write a review for a few months after she returned home so I could see how much everything stuck, but the changes have been permanent. We are all SO much happier day to day, (including Lucy!) whether we're at home or out and about in the city. Grateful we invested in this training, and our only regret is not having done it sooner. Can't recommend Maddie enough!

Sarah Gaffney | 2 days ago

I highly recommend Koru K9, specifically Jenna Zulauf, if you are looking for a trainer in the Denver area. Jenna is incredibly knowledgeable, tailors each of our training sessions to the needs of my dog, has fabulous recommendations, and is easy to communicate with.

Olivia Perrone | a day ago

I had the absolute best experience with Koru! My dog Finley (Australian Shepherd) was very reactive to other dogs and situations, and it was impeding all aspects of our daily life. I reached out to Koru and got matched with Emily Czech for a 4 week board and train, and I couldn't have asked for a better trainer. Emily was so knowledgable and informative, and I have learned SO much about my dog, her breed, what training she needs, and what she needs from me to be happy. Emily was always communicative and willing to answer any questions I had. Not to mention, my dog absolutely adored her and trusted her from the get-go. I have all the tools that I need to help my dog succeed and continue her training at home now that she is done with her board and train. She has made a TON of progress and feels like a new girl even though we continue to work on her training daily. Emily has been available to answer any of my follow up questions as well and I feel extremely lucky that we got placed with her. I would recommend her and Koru any day! Thank you so much for helping me with my best friend!

Kiani Mohica | an hour ago

Our dog Luna has had 1:1 sessions and a Board & Train stay with Irini and we could not be more pleased with our experience! We started training for Luna...

Kelsey E. | 2023-06-25 10:01:11

We were paired with Clover and couldn't be happier with the results. When we started, we were having issues with our dogs (cooper) reactivity in the house...

Cody E. | 2023-06-26 14:10:28

My dog and I worked with trainer Jefferson Simmons and in just three sessions, our lives were completely changed. My dog struggled with reactivity towards dogs and other people, but just after one session I noticed an improvement. Instead of lunging and barking at other dogs on walks, my dog now focuses on me when he is triggered. I have a newfound sense of confidence as a leader of my dog, and my dog noticeably feels more comfortable, calm, and confident on walks. I cannot recommend Koru K9 enough!

Katie Diekhans | a day ago

My trainer Jenna Z took my dog from being insanely dog reactive - I'm talking lunging and barking at dogs from across the street - to being able to closely pass by dogs without paying any attention to them whatsoever! I was feeling hopeless and like I would have to deal with it for the rest of her time, but Jenna was confident that we could get her to a point where she only focuses on me. We did 10 one-on-one sessions and I'm now happy to say that I can confidently walk my dog off-leash and no longer fear that she will try to attack a dog out on walks! Could not thank Jenna and Koru K9 enough! Would recommend this training company for anyone whose doggo needs some extra attention :)

Katie Henkel | 5 hours ago
Mariya Koleva | 4 days ago

I’ve worked with Koru K9 and dog trainer Owen Bower over the last year. Owen is an incredible dog trainer who has been integral to the health, happiness, and overall well-being of my dog's life. From the very first session, it was evident that Owen’s expertise and genuine passion for dogs would make a significant impact on my furry friend's behavior and my approach to training.

My dog is an American Bully mix. He can be stubborn, fearful, and reactive to other dogs, making walks and social interactions a stressful potentially dangerous experience for both him and me. I had tried various training methods and techniques before, but nothing seemed to work. That's when I found this exceptional dog trainer, and I couldn't be more grateful.

Right from the start, Owen exhibited a deep interest in my dog and made every effort to make sure my dog and I had the tools and support we needed. Owen patiently listened to my concerns and took the time to explain his training approach thoroughly. It was evident that he genuinely cared about my dog's well-being and was committed to helping him overcome his reactivity and to gain confidence.

The training sessions have included Board and Train sessions and weekend in-person group classes led by Owen and his partner Ellie. The training is well organized and structured, allowing my dog to progress at his own pace. Owen introduced gradual desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques that proved to be highly effective. His calm and composed demeanor helped create a positive and safe learning environment for my dog.

Owen and Koru K9’s guidance and ongoing support outside of the training sessions were invaluable in ensuring consistent progress and the bond between my dog and I is even stronger. I’ve seen a significant decrease in my dog's reactivity and an increase in his confidence.

I can't thank Koru K9 and Owen Bower enough for the positive impact they've had on my dog's life and my own. Owen truly is a gem in the field of dog training. If you're facing similar challenges with a reactive dog, and if you have a Bully breed, I wholeheartedly recommend their services. Owen possesses the expertise, compassion, and skills necessary to guide you and your dog toward a happier, harmonious life together.

To Owen: thank you for going above and beyond to help my furry family member become the best version of himself. You've made a lasting difference!

Crista Liu | 4 days ago

I got Woody, a Bernedoodle, in early 2021. Woody is my first dog, and I didn't invest as much time as I should have training him. On top of that, I work...

Sam R. | 2023-05-15 17:14:52

Jennie completely helped change my relationship with our 85-lb pup Coda. She helped Coda and myself gain the confidence we needed to walk throughout the city. Thank you so much Jennie!!!!!

mackenzie | 6 days ago

My partner and I recently had the pleasure of training with Annette at Koru K9, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Our 1 year old dog has been a...

Taylor A. | 2023-04-27 09:11:23

I 100% recommend Koru K9 training if you're searching for dog training. From initial contact, their staff are incredibly friendly, supportive and knowledgeable. We opted for in-home training for our two dogs, one who is very reactive. We couldn't have asked for a better trainer or training experience. We absolutely loved Becca's training style, including the way she presented the information, how she demonstrated each training concept with our dogs before asking us to do the same, the way she carried herself overall and treated us with respect. We feel much more confident in our abilities to train our dogs and handle them in different situations. Training is not only hard work for your dog, but it requires hard work and consistency from you as the owner. It's amazing to see the progress our dogs have made with our help and we can't wait to see their progress with continual training.

Alisha Johns | 6 days ago

My wife and I can't thank Owen enough! He took our 6 month old pup Winston in for a 4 week board and train and the results are simply amazing! Winston still has his enormous amounts of energy but it is now contained. He now listens, stays put in place, crosses thresholds on our command, and his behaivor now has us constantly praising him with "Good Boy!"

Owen helped us undertand Winston's capabilities and limitations based on his breed, which has allowed us to set Winston up for success! We will continue to work with Winston on everything Owen has taught Winston and our family.

If you are even considering training for your pup, going with Koru is a no brainer and I encourage you to make it happen!

Nick Lash | 5 days ago

My partner and I recently had the pleasure of training with Annette at Koru K9, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Our 1 year old dog has been a bit of a handful, but Annette's expertise and guidance have helped us to develop the communication and discipline skills needed to successfully train our furry friend.

Annette was a fantastic trainer who was able to tailor the program to our specific needs and goals. She was patient and encouraging, while still holding us accountable for our own progress. Her knowledge and experience with dogs was evident, and we felt confident in her ability to guide us through the training process.

Overall, we highly recommend Koru K9 and Annette to anyone looking for effective and personalized dog training. Thanks to their program, we feel more confident in our ability to communicate with and train our furry companion.

Taylor Astiz | 5 days ago

We hired Jenna for our stubborn 9 year old leash reactive Australian Shepherd. Even after our initial onboarding we saw immediate improvement. After all our sessions, we have fixed the leash reactivity and learned so much more. Prim is thriving and loved every bit of the training. We are so happy to have found Koru and Jenna. Highly recommended.

Reagan Byrne Blissard | 6 days ago

Jenna was really great with my dog Mia-- she really taught me how to be a better dog owner and take control of our walks and her behavior around the house. Mia learned a lot and we now have fundamentals to strengthen. I appreciate Jenna's patience and professionalism with both of us (dog and owner) and would recommend her to any one with a new dog who may not have ever done any training before.

Liz Margolis | 5 days ago

Allie was our trainer and she was amazing. Our pup was dealing with some aggression issues and we saw results quickly. Highly recommend!!!!

Michelle Parker | 3 days ago

We have 2 young Bernedoodles. They were terrorizing our house; barking non-stop at any noise, jumping on everyone, dog reactive on walks, etc. We had a trip...

L H. | 2023-02-28 17:39:48

I was skeptical of Koru K9 given how many good reviews there are, but we were desperate with our 18 month old rescue pup Raz (a 40lb Shiba/Husky mix) who...

Bob I. | 2023-04-01 12:09:39

Thankful for Koru K9 who connected us with Paige Thomas for a 6 week board and train with our Bull Terrier, Henry. Before connecting with Paige we had a lot...

Kamilla S. | 2023-03-22 13:02:21

Jennifer was a great teacher for my dog AND me! I live remotely and it was hard to find a trainer that serviced my area, it worked out perfectly. I would definitely book more classes with Jennifer!

Jesse Lankford | 5 days ago

Katelyn, who is in the Denver area was an excellent trainer. My two husky boys started to not get along all of the sudden and it got to the point where they couldn’t even be in the same room together without getting in a full-on fight. It got to the point where we needed to seek out professional help because it was affecting our everyday lives and no mater what we did, they wouldn’t listen to us. We did a four week board & training program with Katelyn and they came back having learned self-control and better walking skills. They still aren’t to how they once were, and maybe they never will be, but Katelyn allowed us to be able to live our lives with them again. They learned a strong command called “place” and they will stay on their ‘places’ (dog cots) no matter what when that is commanded. With that command, they can once again be in the same room together. Aggression may always be something that needs to be managed, but at least now it is manageable. And we couldn’t have done that without Katelyn.

Lizzy Sommer | a day ago

Jenna from Koru K9 was a life saver! Our Boxer Pup was very strong and defiant. Impossible to take on a walk, as basically anything we passed (dogs, people, kids, cars, etc.), would cause him to pull on his leash, and often growl and bark. I wouldn't walk him unless I was sure we weren't going to cross paths with anything. We didn't know what to do.

We found Koru online, and were blessed to be paired with Jenna. After 4 weeks with her, our boy was home eager to please, and learn. The formerly impossible walks are now one of my favorite parts of the day. Our neighbor hood is full of dogs and people, always out walking, and it's great to be able to pass them with confidence.

We've always known he was a sweet boy, we just needed Jenna's help conditioning him (and us). Thank you, Koru, and Jenna!

Mac McDermott | 18 hours ago

We can't thank Jeremy and Koru K9 enough for helping us with our pup! It's amazing how our home went from chaos to peace all because of Jeremy's work with...

Ana M. | 2023-02-13 21:06:41

I did the 5 week board and train program for my GSP. My trainer Jenna Zulauf did a great job! After the program he has completely transformed and is now off leash trained. Thanks again!

Jonathan Benstent | 2 months ago

If there were more than 5 stars as a rating option for my Koru K9 Rocky Mountain region trainer ,Jenny Zulauf, ll and the Philosophy behind Koru K 9 Dog Training’s strength,in the Boulder /Denver area,I would support it wholeheartedly.
I had never thought I would consider a dog and train program but our latest Malamute at 1 1/2 yrs ,92 lbs ,as well behaved and sweet as she was , she was no pleasure to walk and had little impulse control and a natural instinct for pulling ! At 71 yrs and 8 metal replacements I was desperate to allow her to be all dog but be respectful of my physical limitations .
We entered the 3wk Board and Train ,nervously ,but quickly relaxed into the professionalism ,dedication ,security ,and thoughtful efforts that Jenna displayed .The videos ,pics,and thorough progress sheets thru out each week relaxed us that she was where she should be for that limited time.
She came back with skills and a comfortable confidence to be on her “place”cot ,in her “kennel “happily and not lunge in and out of doors and the car.
She is still a work in progress with her impulses but she is young and has a strong base to move on with into maturity due to Jenna’s skill and love.

Betsy Owens | 2 months ago

I reached out to Koru K9 when our 3 year old Akita began acting aggressively. Their staff was responsive, professional and extremely helpful. They connected us with a wonderful trainer who was able to help us. Our dog is able to stay in our home and we have a plan to manage his behavior so that he is safe and so are people that interact him.

Margie Messina | 2 months ago

We had a great experience working with Koru! The office staff early on was attentive and supportive, and our trainer Chris was awesome to work with throughout. He was clear, straightforward, and great at helping us understand the psychology underlying some of our dog’s behaviors.
Our main goal was to try and train our adult goldendoodle out of his separation anxiety, but as Chris made clear to us early on, that wasn’t entirely possible in our time frame. While we did make some improvements in that area, the anxiety remains. We did however learn a lot about things to work on moving forward that will hopefully result in a breakthrough in the future. The separation anxiety in Covid pups is extremely difficult to get past.
Aside from that, Chris and Koru helped us to greatly improve our dog’s walking manners, barking and anxiety in public, kennel training, and commands like down, touch, and place.

Bo Whip | 2 months ago

Sarah Childers was an angel on earth who helped my boyfriend and I with our sweet pup. He was extremely reactive on leash with misdirected aggression, had no recall, and was full of behaviors that we could not fix no matter how hard we tried. We had tried 3 different trainers with all different approaches and nothing was working; until Koru K9 and Sarah. Watching over time, our Biggie’s progress as Sarah sent us updates, we knew he was improving; but when Sarah brought him back to us we could not believe our tear-filled eyes. He was such a good listener, so much calmer, trusted us to protect him and we were finally able to talk him on walks without stress and frustration. On top of it all, when Sarah brought him home, we could see how much he loved Sarah and knew she had taken such great care of him while he had to be away from us. We can now share so much more of our life with our baby and take him out into the world. We owe it all to Sarah and Koru K9. Thank you so much. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Taryn El Bayar | a month ago

We just wrapped up a 7-week training program with Clover Street + Koru and Bowie is a completely different dog (and I'm a different dog owner!) Clover is skilled, compassionate, accountable and very knowledgable when it comes to the over all well-being of your pup. Clover helped deepen Bowie and my relationship through trust and teamwork. The effectiveness of training was really amazing; there were instantaneous behavior shifts for Bowie during each session as there were for me.

I wholeheartedly recommend Clover and the Koru team. You and your fur baby are in great hands!

Laura Wolfley-Payan | a month ago

10/10 recommend and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I cannot say enough good things about our Koru K9 trainer, Katelyn. I was at my wit's end with my girl Harley's behavioral issues and reactivity. Harley had gotten so bad that I thought I was going to have to give her up, and the thought broke my heart. The 6-week program was my last hope at being able to keep my girl because we were both absolutely miserable. Katelyn was a life saver in so many ways. She agreed to take Harley in last minute for six weeks over the holidays. She also sent me update videos and texts while my baby was in her care. The real magic was when I received Harley post training. Katelyn did WONDERS with my girl. She returned me a brand new dog and taught me how to continue implementing all of the same training that she applied. I also am able to text her with questions any time I need support which is great. Harley's now a well-behaved girl that heels, sits/lays on command, stays on her place until released, no longer freaks out in her kennel, and *most importantly* is no longer as reactive! This dog would lose her mind at any stranger, even friends sometimes, and now she is mostly unfazed. With time and effort on my part to keep instilling what Katelyn taught, I have no doubt that Harley will become a perfect good girl. The difference in Harley's behavior and demeanor after just 6 weeks still blows my mind, and I am so grateful to Katelyn and her partner for taking Harley in and changing both of our lives for the better. Thank again, Katelyn and Koru K9!

Kiana TM | a month ago

Riley, our 2 year old borador was a very reactive and troublesome pup, who didn't understand boundaries of human and dog relationships. He was a fierce biter and lunger, but inside he is sweet and loving boy. He for the most part lacked confidence and hadn't had the opportunity to learn how to manage his anxiety and to develop new trust. Haley was our lifeline and total game changer. She helped Riley and us find our confidence and reassurance in our human/canine bound. I am so grateful for Haley!

Scott weckbaugh | a month ago

Jenna Zulauf worked with our 4 year old lab-mix, Maya, over 3 weeks and was a miracle worker!

Over 3 weeks Jenna helped give Maya confidence and helped with command and greeting discipline, this has become amazing and has turned greeting people into our house from a stress event into a normal, dare I say pleasant, experience.

Mayas walking discipline is also a night and day difference since working with Jenna, she now looks to my fiancé and I at every step and listens even with other reactive dogs are present.

We will be coming back to Jenna and Koru again for our next dog!

Ryan Oleary | a month ago

We have been so pleased with our experience with the board and train program we received from Owen! It has now been about 3 weeks since our Australian Labradoodle has returned home, and he has improved so much!
Owen's communication with weekly updates, including pictures and videos, were so helpful in setting us up for success when Rooney returned home. I will be the first to admit, I had a hard time without Rooney for 3 weeks, but seeing how positively he responded to Owen, not just with commands but with calm affection, was comforting! His training with our whole family at drop off was thorough and hands on for each family member. We now have a furry family member that does not dash out an open door, recalls on one command, stays in place for over 30 min, and he's still our lovable and goofy dog. We have so much less stress because we have a better trained dog, and let's be honest, even better trained humans :)
Thank you Koru and Owen for assisting us in our journey and adventures with Rooney!

Karen McMillan | a month ago

Jenna worked with my dog Sarge. His leash walking skills are night and day now and he is just such a better listener in all aspects!

Sabrina Edelman | a week ago

I had an amazing experience with Clover and Koru K9. Clover took the time to get to know me and Erlenmyer and developed a training plan that worked for us and made it very easy to be consistent. I couldn’t be happier with Erl and really lucked out finding Clover and Koru. Clover gave me the confidence and tools to be the best owner I can be to Erl. He was flexible and worked with my schedule. I recommend Koru and especially Clover to anyone.

Nikki Zingaro | a week ago

I had an incredible experience with Koru and am lucky to have connected with Katelyn. My 9 month old puppy was experiencing reactivity, demand barking, anxiety and related issues. I had tried several different trainers and classes but the issues were getting worse. Katelyn helped my dog learn to relax and build a level of confidence and patience I did not think was possible for him. She taught me invaluable techniques that have transformed my relationship with my dog. I'm so appreciative of the board and train program and the follow-up in home sessions. Katelyn is very skilled; she's also easy to communicate with and a great teacher. Koru has been easy to work with throughout the process.

Anna Boatwright | 6 days ago

Our 10 month old, mixed breed dog had trouble with stress and leash reactivity while we were walking her, as well as general obedience in the house.

Jeff...

Veena P. | 2023-01-31 11:38:10

Our little Murry was giving us many challenges and was not responding to any training we could provide.

Murry spent three weeks with Irini and he is...

Andrea B. | 2023-01-17 21:01:51

We are beyond grateful to have Heather Dodd in our lives. During Covid my wife and I moved from the east coast to California and it became really stressful...

Agnes J. | 2023-01-11 15:39:34

I am so grateful to Koru K9 for bringing us to Heather. My husband and I were struggling for a while with our 15lb chihuahua mix, Janja ("yawn-yuh"). She...

Emily T. | 2023-01-11 11:59:14

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 3 years ago

I signed my dog, Indi, up for the Rover Reboot due to her leash reactivity and not feeling in control of her anymore. I felt like my life with her was revolving around avoiding situations in order to remain feeling in control. I was hesitant at first due to the cost, being I only make minimum wage and I am a student, but it was definitely worth it. John Garcia was Indi’s trainer for the boarding portion, and I can not say enough to express how grateful I am for him. He was so kind and made me feel comfortable about Indi going away. He clearly had SO much experience training dogs and always gave me phone calls and photo updates on Indi’s progress. Each week I was amazed with her progress! John was always honest and now my and Indi’s quality of life have improved drastically. Before Indi went with John, in order to feel somewhat in control of her on walks, I would put a muzzle and harness with a handle on top. Now all Indi needs to walk is a pinch collar and muzzle only if I am worried we will encounter an off-leash dog. She walks right by my side and now listens to me and my family. She is great about going to her place and staying. John answered all of my questions thoroughly and even though Indi is back with me, he told me I can call or email anytime with any additional questions. An added bonus was that John was very safe about wearing his mask and being mindful of distance during this pandemic! With hard work, everyday Indi is improving. I am so glad I chose to have Indi do this program and if you decide to, I definitely recommend John Garcia!

Mara Pulgram | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

I worked with Heather Dodd and she was amazing! My dog Rogue is reactive towards other dogs. Before her training she was very tense and hard to read, now she wakes up wagging her tail and constantly looking to me or my boyfriend for directions on what to do next. Since her training I am now able to take Rogue on heavily trafficked hikes and camping trips. Not only did Heather help put Rogue on the right track but she also helped me become more confident training Rogue. I was very timid and did not have the confidence to direct Rogue in the right direction. She taught me a lot about paying attention to my dogs body language and timing. She always answered and questions I had via email or in person and you can tell she really cares and wants to support YOU and your dog. This process has been a lot of work and will continue to be a lot of work, but it has been the BEST experience! If someone is willing to put in the work long term this program is wonderful and if you live in San Diego County Heather will help you and your pup be the best you can be.

elizabeth Ramirez | 10 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 9 months ago

I honestly didn't know what to expect from Koru K9, despite the positive reviews I read. I don't really trust others with my dog and like to do everything myself. But I had issues of leash reactivity that I could not fix on my own despite trying several different approaches. The reactivity increased to where I stopped walking my dog, Tramp, because I didn't want it to get even worse. I contacted Koru K9, and they set me up with Sean. Sean came around to meet Tramp, and Tramp took to him right away. I could tell Sean knew what he was doing and would be attentive to my dog. I booked the hybrid training. After the board and train portion, I noticed a significant difference in Tramp; I could walk him without him pulling or reacting! Tramp was more calm and attentive in general. And I have since worked with Tramp in all the ways Sean told me would be necessary. Tramp has improved in ways I didn't even think he needed improvement. And the in-person sessions after the boarding portion of the hybrid plan have been great for me -- giving me more confidence in myself as well as my dog (Tramp was also super excited to see Sean again). Sean is very knowledgable, articulate, and has been exceptionally helpful. Although I thought it was expensive, and wasn't sure how it would work out, I am enormously pleased by the results and I think it's all been more than worth it, for both me and Tramp. Definitely 5 stars

William McIntire (Billy) | 9 months ago

KoruK9 was great to give our dog the training we needed to better control our active dog and to be able to enjoy our walks and play with our pup. Clover was our trainer and was excellent to understand our needs and to set a training program and schedule that worked for us and to get excellent training to our almost 2 yr old border collie terrier mix. Thanks. Gary K

Gary Kleiman | 8 months ago

The St. Louis Team, Ted and Sarah, worked wonders on our aggressive German Shepherd with the board and train program and then all of the follow up sessions. This was not our first time seeking help from a trainer and it was apparent right away, at an on-board session, that they knew what they were doing and explained everything to us owners so that we can do better since it really stems from our actions. Scheduling the on-board provided as a meet and greet to let us see if it would be a good fit before signing up, so I would recommend that if you are unsure! We can now comfortably take our dog on walks around people and other dogs!

Madeline Fleer | 6 months ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | 3 months ago

I cannot say enough about Jennie and how much she helped me and my 4-year old Havanese learn to communicate with one another. Billy had started to become very aggressive with other dogs and was fiercely protective of me. Even though Billy is a small 22 pound cutie, walks were becoming no fun and filled me with stress. Jennie instantly got Billy and tailored a balanced program of positive and corrective techniques that helped Billy (and me) become more calm and confident as both dog and handler, respectively. Billy loved our weekly training visits with Jennie and we both learned so much in a relatively short time. I continue to practice all the techniques, commands and use the tools that Jennie taught us and as a result I have a happy, confident dog and I don't have to worry as much any more when Billy is on leash and we have even begun more off leash training. In addition to being great with dogs, Jennie is a wonderful, kind person who is a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time together and learning from her. Thank you!

Marie-Claire Gelbard | 2 months ago

I did the 5 week board and train program for my GSP. My trainer Jenna Zulauf did a great job! After the program he has completely transformed and is now off leash trained. Thanks again!

Jonathan Benstent | 4 weeks ago

If there were more than 5 stars as a rating option for my Koru K9 Rocky Mountain region trainer ,Jenny Zulauf, ll and the Philosophy behind Koru K 9 Dog Training’s strength,in the Boulder /Denver area,I would support it wholeheartedly.
I had never thought I would consider a dog and train program but our latest Malamute at 1 1/2 yrs ,92 lbs ,as well behaved and sweet as she was , she was no pleasure to walk and had little impulse control and a natural instinct for pulling ! At 71 yrs and 8 metal replacements I was desperate to allow her to be all dog but be respectful of my physical limitations .
We entered the 3wk Board and Train ,nervously ,but quickly relaxed into the professionalism ,dedication ,security ,and thoughtful efforts that Jenna displayed .The videos ,pics,and thorough progress sheets thru out each week relaxed us that she was where she should be for that limited time.
She came back with skills and a comfortable confidence to be on her “place”cot ,in her “kennel “happily and not lunge in and out of doors and the car.
She is still a work in progress with her impulses but she is young and has a strong base to move on with into maturity due to Jenna’s skill and love.

Betsy Owens | 3 weeks ago

I reached out to Koru K9 when our 3 year old Akita began acting aggressively. Their staff was responsive, professional and extremely helpful. They connected us with a wonderful trainer who was able to help us. Our dog is able to stay in our home and we have a plan to manage his behavior so that he is safe and so are people that interact him.

Margie Messina | 3 weeks ago

We had a great experience working with Koru! The office staff early on was attentive and supportive, and our trainer Chris was awesome to work with throughout. He was clear, straightforward, and great at helping us understand the psychology underlying some of our dog’s behaviors.
Our main goal was to try and train our adult goldendoodle out of his separation anxiety, but as Chris made clear to us early on, that wasn’t entirely possible in our time frame. While we did make some improvements in that area, the anxiety remains. We did however learn a lot about things to work on moving forward that will hopefully result in a breakthrough in the future. The separation anxiety in Covid pups is extremely difficult to get past.
Aside from that, Chris and Koru helped us to greatly improve our dog’s walking manners, barking and anxiety in public, kennel training, and commands like down, touch, and place.

Bo Whip | 3 weeks ago

Sarah Childers was an angel on earth who helped my boyfriend and I with our sweet pup. He was extremely reactive on leash with misdirected aggression, had no recall, and was full of behaviors that we could not fix no matter how hard we tried. We had tried 3 different trainers with all different approaches and nothing was working; until Koru K9 and Sarah. Watching over time, our Biggie’s progress as Sarah sent us updates, we knew he was improving; but when Sarah brought him back to us we could not believe our tear-filled eyes. He was such a good listener, so much calmer, trusted us to protect him and we were finally able to talk him on walks without stress and frustration. On top of it all, when Sarah brought him home, we could see how much he loved Sarah and knew she had taken such great care of him while he had to be away from us. We can now share so much more of our life with our baby and take him out into the world. We owe it all to Sarah and Koru K9. Thank you so much. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Taryn El Bayar | 2 weeks ago

We just wrapped up a 7-week training program with Clover Street + Koru and Bowie is a completely different dog (and I'm a different dog owner!) Clover is skilled, compassionate, accountable and very knowledgable when it comes to the over all well-being of your pup. Clover helped deepen Bowie and my relationship through trust and teamwork. The effectiveness of training was really amazing; there were instantaneous behavior shifts for Bowie during each session as there were for me.

I wholeheartedly recommend Clover and the Koru team. You and your fur baby are in great hands!

Laura Wolfley-Payan | 3 days ago

10/10 recommend and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I cannot say enough good things about our Koru K9 trainer, Katelyn. I was at my wit's end with my girl Harley's behavioral issues and reactivity. Harley had gotten so bad that I thought I was going to have to give her up, and the thought broke my heart. The 6-week program was my last hope at being able to keep my girl because we were both absolutely miserable. Katelyn was a life saver in so many ways. She agreed to take Harley in last minute for six weeks over the holidays. She also sent me update videos and texts while my baby was in her care. The real magic was when I received Harley post training. Katelyn did WONDERS with my girl. She returned me a brand new dog and taught me how to continue implementing all of the same training that she applied. I also am able to text her with questions any time I need support which is great. Harley's now a well-behaved girl that heels, sits/lays on command, stays on her place until released, no longer freaks out in her kennel, and *most importantly* is no longer as reactive! This dog would lose her mind at any stranger, even friends sometimes, and now she is mostly unfazed. With time and effort on my part to keep instilling what Katelyn taught, I have no doubt that Harley will become a perfect good girl. The difference in Harley's behavior and demeanor after just 6 weeks still blows my mind, and I am so grateful to Katelyn and her partner for taking Harley in and changing both of our lives for the better. Thank again, Katelyn and Koru K9!

Kiana TM | 3 days ago

Riley, our 2 year old borador was a very reactive and troublesome pup, who didn't understand boundaries of human and dog relationships. He was a fierce biter and lunger, but inside he is sweet and loving boy. He for the most part lacked confidence and hadn't had the opportunity to learn how to manage his anxiety and to develop new trust. Haley was our lifeline and total game changer. She helped Riley and us find our confidence and reassurance in our human/canine bound. I am so grateful for Haley!

Scott weckbaugh | 4 hours ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 3 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Our 1 year old had serious issues with resource guarding and had some aggressive behavior. Our positive trainer said a board and trainer is sometimes needed for such behavior. We called Koru, and signed up for the 3 week board training. John, our trainer has a ton of experience with dogs of all ages and habits, and even trains dogs for professional uses such as law enforcement. John brought him home after three weeks, well behaved and responsive to our commands. John spent an hour at our house demonstrating the best way to handle each situation, and offered to come by for additional sessions, and said we can always call or text him with any questions.

BD | a year ago

John Garcia was our trainer for the 4 week board and train and he was really great throughout the whole process. He contacts on a regular basis through out the training with good updates. And he was always trying new ways to be sure our pup had the tools he needed. He know's his breeds and all of is advise was very helpful. Our Pup is much more manageable than he was prior to the training. His leash walking has improved 100%, he no longer pulls on our walks. He still likes to bark at other dogs from time to time, but this has as well improved a lot. we have been given tools to continue our own training and i'm sure with more time it will only get better. I appreciate all he has done to help us and our pup!

Kristen Eversole | 11 months ago

I could not be more pleased with my experience with Koru K9. My dogs (Casey and Hazel) and I learned so much! Our trainer, Sean, has been exceptional. He truly has a gift with dogs. Sean worked with us inside our home, outside our home and we went on multiple field trips. He even took the time to come to the barn where our horse lives to work directly with Casey and Hazel around the horses. Sean really cared about what is important to me as an owner. Under Sean's instruction I have learned how to be a calmer, more confident leader to my two dogs. I now have the tools I need to teach Casey and Hazel to be good citizens both inside and outside my home. I would highly recommend this type of instruction to anyone with a dog of any age needing some help.

Katie Stout | 11 months ago

Brian Ferguson has completely changed our lives. After just a month my 6 year old high energy, loving but nippy Labrador is a PERFECT angel. We get compliments everywhere on how calm and behaved she is. She is nearly perfect off leash now-even before training off leash. And is phenomenal on leash. My 3 month old puppy is now with Brian and his co-trainer Cody...and after a week is already amazing on leash, sitting and staying on her "place". These guys are magicians. My dogs are so well behaved and so HAPPY-I guess partly because of all the training treats-but they love doing the work, and the training. They love it. The training with Brian through Koru K9 has saved us. It's without question the best money I have ever spent. Ever. We are forever changed for the better.

Tania Ferguson | 10 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 9 months ago

We sent our 2 and a half year old Australian Shepherd to Liz for a board and train program. Prior to the training, Kita was anxious and it was challenging to keep her on task and focused. She has been home now for 3 weeks, and she's like an entirely new dog! Liz was great at answering all questions, concerns and sending updates throughout her time there, she's also honest and straight forward! This training has allowed us to allow Kita to enjoy life with us even more and has given her confidence as she now understands how to communicate. Prior to training, if someone was walking by our house, there was no recalling her, now I haven't found a distraction too big to hold her attentio. She also LOVES training time now, she's Definitely more excited to train than to go on a walk.

Kyla Beaty | 7 months ago

Liz is not a wizard. So if you think dog training is something that you will send your dog to her for and you'll never have to work with your dog, you need to think again about owning a dog. That being said. If you are in Virgina or the Carolinas and you want to work on your relationship with your dog, you need to send your dog here.
We sent my wife's Aussie here. The dog had high levels of anxiety and stress and was difficult to train for us. She pulled on a leash, would drag us on runs, would not come back when called (unless she wanted to), and generally just did what she wanted.
When we got the dog back we worked with Liz to learn how to communicate with our dog. That's what Liz does. She gets on the dogs level and teaches the dog how to communicate with people. She then takes time with the owner and teaches them how to communicate with the dog. You WILL NEED to keep working with your dog after you get them back but Liz has done the heavy lifting already. She taught the dog what it needed to know and sets you and the dog up for success.
She is excellent with dogs and she's one of those people that "just understands dogs."
Liz is the answer you need. Hire her asap and listen to what she has to say.

Ian Beaty | 7 months ago

We couldn’t be happier with the training our grand dog, Amos, received with Alanna. Amos was an anxious and unpredictable 7-year-old pit bull when he began his training and returned a confident and calmer dog. Since we are not his primary caretakers, we were a bit anxious to care for him without our daughter present. After 4 weeks with Alanna, he was able to sooth himself when alone and was also very responsive to the sit/down/heel/ and place commands, which were the focus of his training. Alanna kept us informed of his progress during the training period and gave us an extensive review of the training techniques and commands when he was returned, including very helpful videos.
Alanna is very easy to work with, and is responsive to any questions we have. Her explanations of the reasons for Amos’ undesirable behaviors and how to modify them have really helped us understand how to work with him. We have a better understanding of how to make him feel safe and he is a much happier dog!

Janie Heisner | 5 months ago

We had an awesome experience with Koru K9. We sent our two dogs, a hound doberman mix and lab mut mix for a month while we were away. First and foremost, we can tell Celeste and Tinto are gifted trainers and truly have a passion for dog training. Our dogs are like our kids so knowing they were in the super capable hands of Celeste and Tinto was extremely reassuring. After one month, it was amazing to see the transformation the dogs underwent. Celeste provided routine communication and updates while we were separated from our dogs and also spent several hours training us with them upon return. They really want to empower you with the tools to continue the dog training so that the habits really stick. Also, it was also good to know our dogs were getting hikes every morning in a big outdoor area where they live - the fact they have a big property with tons of land just sounded like an ideal environment for our dogs. Also, one of our dogs is uncomfortable with kids and they worked with their son to help reduce his anxiety in the presence of kids - this just speaks to going the extra mile in my mind. Couldn't recommend Koru K9 enough (and specifically Celeste and Tinto) if looking to create some last behavior change resulting in happier lives for you and your dogs.

Tim Harwood | 5 months ago

I did the 5 week board and train program for my GSP. My trainer Jenna Zulauf did a great job! After the program he has completely transformed and is now off leash trained. Thanks again!

Jonathan Benstent | 3 weeks ago

If there were more than 5 stars as a rating option for my Koru K9 Rocky Mountain region trainer ,Jenny Zulauf, ll and the Philosophy behind Koru K 9 Dog Training’s strength,in the Boulder /Denver area,I would support it wholeheartedly.
I had never thought I would consider a dog and train program but our latest Malamute at 1 1/2 yrs ,92 lbs ,as well behaved and sweet as she was , she was no pleasure to walk and had little impulse control and a natural instinct for pulling ! At 71 yrs and 8 metal replacements I was desperate to allow her to be all dog but be respectful of my physical limitations .
We entered the 3wk Board and Train ,nervously ,but quickly relaxed into the professionalism ,dedication ,security ,and thoughtful efforts that Jenna displayed .The videos ,pics,and thorough progress sheets thru out each week relaxed us that she was where she should be for that limited time.
She came back with skills and a comfortable confidence to be on her “place”cot ,in her “kennel “happily and not lunge in and out of doors and the car.
She is still a work in progress with her impulses but she is young and has a strong base to move on with into maturity due to Jenna’s skill and love.

Betsy Owens | 2 weeks ago

I reached out to Koru K9 when our 3 year old Akita began acting aggressively. Their staff was responsive, professional and extremely helpful. They connected us with a wonderful trainer who was able to help us. Our dog is able to stay in our home and we have a plan to manage his behavior so that he is safe and so are people that interact him.

Margie Messina | 2 weeks ago

We had a great experience working with Koru! The office staff early on was attentive and supportive, and our trainer Chris was awesome to work with throughout. He was clear, straightforward, and great at helping us understand the psychology underlying some of our dog’s behaviors.
Our main goal was to try and train our adult goldendoodle out of his separation anxiety, but as Chris made clear to us early on, that wasn’t entirely possible in our time frame. While we did make some improvements in that area, the anxiety remains. We did however learn a lot about things to work on moving forward that will hopefully result in a breakthrough in the future. The separation anxiety in Covid pups is extremely difficult to get past.
Aside from that, Chris and Koru helped us to greatly improve our dog’s walking manners, barking and anxiety in public, kennel training, and commands like down, touch, and place.

Bo Whip | 2 weeks ago

Sarah Childers was an angel on earth who helped my boyfriend and I with our sweet pup. He was extremely reactive on leash with misdirected aggression, had no recall, and was full of behaviors that we could not fix no matter how hard we tried. We had tried 3 different trainers with all different approaches and nothing was working; until Koru K9 and Sarah. Watching over time, our Biggie’s progress as Sarah sent us updates, we knew he was improving; but when Sarah brought him back to us we could not believe our tear-filled eyes. He was such a good listener, so much calmer, trusted us to protect him and we were finally able to talk him on walks without stress and frustration. On top of it all, when Sarah brought him home, we could see how much he loved Sarah and knew she had taken such great care of him while he had to be away from us. We can now share so much more of our life with our baby and take him out into the world. We owe it all to Sarah and Koru K9. Thank you so much. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Taryn El Bayar | a week ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

We worked with Chris Bustad from Koru K9. He was amazing, understood ours and our dogs need. He was very patient and gave us great lessons to channelize our dogs energy, train him with crate, muzzle, dog walking and interacting with other dogs (just to name a few). We highlight recommend working with Chris.

Shilpa Sharma | 10 months ago

I have a10 month old Labrador and I did in-home training with Natalie. We needed help with recall, excessive barking and other behavioral problems. I couldn’t be happier with the results! Natalie was a great teacher and was very innovative in helping correct the unwanted behaviors. The training is money well spent and I’m so glad I found them!

Dawn Farrell | 9 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 9 months ago

We had a wonderful experience with Koru and specifically with our trainer Chris. We own two rescue pit bull mixes and they have come along way since working with Chris! Our new dog Daisy has especially improved with impulse control and leash reactivity. His love for dogs is very evident and his training methods were strict but also loving. My dogs already miss seeing him too. Can't recommend Koru enough!

Heidi Peerman | 8 months ago

One session in and it’s already been a game changer for us. We have a 1 year old Weimaraner who need guidance. Kenny was amazing and gave us the tools we needed to help our puppy! Worth every penny!

Megan Roberts | 8 months ago

I had Grant for a 4 week board and train. My toy poodle suffers from having anxiety and had issues with resource guarding specifically with food and a few issues with obedience . Grant took it on and was so helpful through the whole process. His communication was very thorough and made sure that I understood everything he was explaining from the beginning to the end. The go home session was extremely helpful for me to understand fully why this training is not only important during the process but after as well. I could not have asked for more honestly; I am extremely thankful for this program and for Grant being a part of my dogs growth and health to insure for a better life. Thanks so much!!

Vinsetta Long | 7 months ago

Amazing training! They came to my home and helped us train a very stubborn dog that all of his needs will be met. Since doing their training a few years ago, he has really thrived and has become a much sweeter pup

Emili Noel | 7 months ago

I met with Chris B for three lessons and learned so much about dog training. He was informative and really understood the issues we were having and had reasonable solutions, practices, and timeline for us to follow. My dog is a Catahoula Leopard rescue and has a high prey drive. This resulted in difficulties with on leash walking, correct play behavior, issues greeting people, and issues with recall. One of the biggest issues was with play, he had a tendency to snap and play very roughly. After spending over a year trying different trainers using R+, I wanted to see if a balanced training approach fit us more. I was a little nervous, but Chris actually showed us how to use the tools of a balance training. This has completely transformed my dog and to my surprise my relationship with my dog. My dog (Tobi) is way more excited to participate in training and since switching I find that he is more receptive. In the last 6 months we have taken Tobi to farmers markets, dozens of hikes, and to so many events. If you have any issues or are interested in dog training, I would definitely recommend Koru K9 and Chris B from Seattle!

Aurora Authement | 6 months ago

Hailey is a miracle worker; I truly got back a totally new-for-the-better dog. Proton, my dog, had a lot of anxiety and it was always a struggle to leave the house or ever walk away from her when I took her out with me - crying, howling, total meltdowns. I got back a calm, confident dog who I can safely leave at home or in a down stay while out! Truly never did I think I could have this experience. We recently did our first off-leash trail run and even ran into a few other dogs. It was a resoundingly positive experience and our bond has only continued to strengthen since getting her back! She now heels perfectly, is extremely well mannered, and literally everyone who has seen her since I got her back from Hailey had been so impressed with all the changes. I cannot sing loud enough praises of Hailey. Anyone who works with her in the future is lucky to have her!

Rebecca Hayoun | 5 months ago

Koru K9 was amazing and my trainer, Clover, was the best I could have asked for! Learned a ton. Absolutely will request Clover again the next time I need training!

James Ryan | 3 months ago

Amazing!
Annette my trainer, has been from the start so empathetic and caring about my pup's, Abu, progress. When I first got him he was very reactive towards dogs, couldn't heel very well, and pulled on the leash at times. Annette worked with me and Abu to get our communication at a more structured level.
I also was very inexperienced with veryous training tools and in fact quite intimated by them. She help me learn and understand what the tools are there for and how to use them in a fair and empathetic way. Absolutely amazing. My 7 week course took Abu from pulling on the leash to heeling right by my side, even around distractions, as well as an Off Leash Camping Dog! I'm able to recall him from over several hundred feet away with high a success rate and the speed in which he bolts back... holy moly hes a rocket ship. Abu can now enjoy being an off leash doggie in the wild with me :) and that's priceless. Truly one of the best investments I have ever made. Thank you Koru, Thank you Annette :)

Omeed Meshkat | 3 months ago

I did the 5 week board and train program for my GSP. My trainer Jenna Zulauf did a great job! After the program he has completely transformed and is now off leash trained. Thanks again!

Jonathan Benstent | 2 weeks ago

If there were more than 5 stars as a rating option for my Koru K9 Rocky Mountain region trainer ,Jenny Zulauf, ll and the Philosophy behind Koru K 9 Dog Training’s strength,in the Boulder /Denver area,I would support it wholeheartedly.
I had never thought I would consider a dog and train program but our latest Malamute at 1 1/2 yrs ,92 lbs ,as well behaved and sweet as she was , she was no pleasure to walk and had little impulse control and a natural instinct for pulling ! At 71 yrs and 8 metal replacements I was desperate to allow her to be all dog but be respectful of my physical limitations .
We entered the 3wk Board and Train ,nervously ,but quickly relaxed into the professionalism ,dedication ,security ,and thoughtful efforts that Jenna displayed .The videos ,pics,and thorough progress sheets thru out each week relaxed us that she was where she should be for that limited time.
She came back with skills and a comfortable confidence to be on her “place”cot ,in her “kennel “happily and not lunge in and out of doors and the car.
She is still a work in progress with her impulses but she is young and has a strong base to move on with into maturity due to Jenna’s skill and love.

Betsy Owens | a week ago

I reached out to Koru K9 when our 3 year old Akita began acting aggressively. Their staff was responsive, professional and extremely helpful. They connected us with a wonderful trainer who was able to help us. Our dog is able to stay in our home and we have a plan to manage his behavior so that he is safe and so are people that interact him.

Margie Messina | a week ago

We had a great experience working with Koru! The office staff early on was attentive and supportive, and our trainer Chris was awesome to work with throughout. He was clear, straightforward, and great at helping us understand the psychology underlying some of our dog’s behaviors.
Our main goal was to try and train our adult goldendoodle out of his separation anxiety, but as Chris made clear to us early on, that wasn’t entirely possible in our time frame. While we did make some improvements in that area, the anxiety remains. We did however learn a lot about things to work on moving forward that will hopefully result in a breakthrough in the future. The separation anxiety in Covid pups is extremely difficult to get past.
Aside from that, Chris and Koru helped us to greatly improve our dog’s walking manners, barking and anxiety in public, kennel training, and commands like down, touch, and place.

Bo Whip | a week ago

Sarah Childers was an angel on earth who helped my boyfriend and I with our sweet pup. He was extremely reactive on leash with misdirected aggression, had no recall, and was full of behaviors that we could not fix no matter how hard we tried. We had tried 3 different trainers with all different approaches and nothing was working; until Koru K9 and Sarah. Watching over time, our Biggie’s progress as Sarah sent us updates, we knew he was improving; but when Sarah brought him back to us we could not believe our tear-filled eyes. He was such a good listener, so much calmer, trusted us to protect him and we were finally able to talk him on walks without stress and frustration. On top of it all, when Sarah brought him home, we could see how much he loved Sarah and knew she had taken such great care of him while he had to be away from us. We can now share so much more of our life with our baby and take him out into the world. We owe it all to Sarah and Koru K9. Thank you so much. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Taryn El Bayar | 5 days ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Clover. Prior to our training, my dog Tally was stubborn and destructive in the house.Clover was supportive and patient throughout our five sessions. His training transformed Tally into a different dog that ‘s happy and responsive. I highly recommend him!

Rachel Huntley | a year ago

We have worked with two different trainers through Koru, Debbie and John, and had an excellent experience with both. Reggie, our rescue dog, is a 7yr old small terrier who came with a lot of reactivity and dog aggression issues. We had no idea what we were doing! After reading books on positive reinforcement training, I was very weary of using training tools like prong collars to work with his aggression, but Debbie helped us understand they were just another way to get his attention. She even had us put them on ourselves to ensure they wouldn't torture the dog. She helped us learn how to manage his outbursts and how to be more confident when we walk him, which helped tremendously.

Our most recent experience was working with John Garcia. We needed to travel out of town and couldn't find the right person to take care of him given his reactivity issues, so we signed up for the 3 week board and train. We were very anxious about being away from him for so long, but John walked us through all the ins and outs of what the experience would entail. He was responsive over text and sent videos once a week of his progress. When he came home, we were floored by his progress. He's an older dog, so he will likely always have reactivity, but he now focuses on us and heels on walks. John worked some serious magic! We can't recommend John, Debbie, and Koru enough. Yes, it's expensive, but so worth the investment. Just be aware that YOU may need just as much training—if not more—as your dog companion!

christa palazzolo | a year ago

Thank you, Grant! What a great experience all the way through!

Chrissy Black | 10 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 8 months ago

Heather, who recently moved to the Portland area, was essentially a miracle worker and a life saver. I had an adolescent German Shepherd female who challenged me incessantly, was stronger than me, and was extremely reactive on the leash toward other dogs/kids/wheels/bikes/cars/leaves....literally anything that moved. I could see her reactivity could easily turn to aggression. Every time I had to walk her, I felt a pit of dread in my stomach and I actually had an elbow injury from her pulling me so hard (she once pulled me airborne like a rag doll!). I had worked with several trainers with different methods, but Heather's was the most straight-forward and easy to understand for both my pup and me. I have a special needs dog, so Heather worked with her with a balanced approach and brought out the best version of my dog ever. Now I walk my dog and I happily challenge her with bikes and joggers, making her listen and behave the way I expect her to. I've never received so many compliments on what a well-trained dog I have. The best part of all is now I actually enjoy spending time outside with my pup. It's a big investment, but worth every single cent!! Can I give 10 stars? Thank you, Koru K9!

Shannon Miya | 2 months ago

Brittney was so amazing. She was an incredible resource for dog behavior. She had tons of patience with us as we went through this process. She took extra time and care to show my teen how to train our nervous dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly, patient and thorough trainer.

Heide Trepanier | 2 months ago

I have a dog and child aggressive American Staff and went through Koru A couple months ago. I was set up with John Garcia and I HIGLY RECOMMEND him. John specializes in Pitt breeds and aggression. He went above and beyond what I could have asked for. If you’re looking for someone to take your Pitt (any dogs as well, duh) seriously please try to reach him!

jacquelyn trejo | a month ago

I did the 5 week board and train program for my GSP. My trainer Jenna Zulauf did a great job! After the program he has completely transformed and is now off leash trained. Thanks again!

Jonathan Benstent | a week ago

If there were more than 5 stars as a rating option for my Koru K9 Rocky Mountain region trainer ,Jenny Zulauf, ll and the Philosophy behind Koru K 9 Dog Training’s strength,in the Boulder /Denver area,I would support it wholeheartedly.
I had never thought I would consider a dog and train program but our latest Malamute at 1 1/2 yrs ,92 lbs ,as well behaved and sweet as she was , she was no pleasure to walk and had little impulse control and a natural instinct for pulling ! At 71 yrs and 8 metal replacements I was desperate to allow her to be all dog but be respectful of my physical limitations .
We entered the 3wk Board and Train ,nervously ,but quickly relaxed into the professionalism ,dedication ,security ,and thoughtful efforts that Jenna displayed .The videos ,pics,and thorough progress sheets thru out each week relaxed us that she was where she should be for that limited time.
She came back with skills and a comfortable confidence to be on her “place”cot ,in her “kennel “happily and not lunge in and out of doors and the car.
She is still a work in progress with her impulses but she is young and has a strong base to move on with into maturity due to Jenna’s skill and love.

Betsy Owens | 6 days ago

I reached out to Koru K9 when our 3 year old Akita began acting aggressively. Their staff was responsive, professional and extremely helpful. They connected us with a wonderful trainer who was able to help us. Our dog is able to stay in our home and we have a plan to manage his behavior so that he is safe and so are people that interact him.

Margie Messina | 5 days ago

We had a great experience working with Koru! The office staff early on was attentive and supportive, and our trainer Chris was awesome to work with throughout. He was clear, straightforward, and great at helping us understand the psychology underlying some of our dog’s behaviors.
Our main goal was to try and train our adult goldendoodle out of his separation anxiety, but as Chris made clear to us early on, that wasn’t entirely possible in our time frame. While we did make some improvements in that area, the anxiety remains. We did however learn a lot about things to work on moving forward that will hopefully result in a breakthrough in the future. The separation anxiety in Covid pups is extremely difficult to get past.
Aside from that, Chris and Koru helped us to greatly improve our dog’s walking manners, barking and anxiety in public, kennel training, and commands like down, touch, and place.

Bo Whip | 4 days ago

I worked with Irini at Koru to train my dog and she was fantastic. I wanted my dog to be more calm and controlled in different settings (stores,...

Shailja V. | 2022-12-16 18:53:23

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

John is a godsend. He patiently worked with our dog's strengths to bring out his confidence, always highlighting a positive response in order to gain trust to allow for a more solid foundation for training to be established. Our dog was truly treated as part of the family, accepted for who he was as well as lovingly cared for and protected.

John also pointed us in the right direction as to the proper tools needed to continue our dog's training at home. No question was too small and answered without judgment.

Though much work is still left to be done, we look forward to days ahead knowing we will not be alone in this process.

Joyce Javier | a year ago

I worked with Heather Dodd and she was amazing! My dog Rogue is reactive towards other dogs. Before her training she was very tense and hard to read, now she wakes up wagging her tail and constantly looking to me or my boyfriend for directions on what to do next. Since her training I am now able to take Rogue on heavily trafficked hikes and camping trips. Not only did Heather help put Rogue on the right track but she also helped me become more confident training Rogue. I was very timid and did not have the confidence to direct Rogue in the right direction. She taught me a lot about paying attention to my dogs body language and timing. She always answered and questions I had via email or in person and you can tell she really cares and wants to support YOU and your dog. This process has been a lot of work and will continue to be a lot of work, but it has been the BEST experience! If someone is willing to put in the work long term this program is wonderful and if you live in San Diego County Heather will help you and your pup be the best you can be.

elizabeth Ramirez | 9 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 8 months ago

I honestly didn't know what to expect from Koru K9, despite the positive reviews I read. I don't really trust others with my dog and like to do everything myself. But I had issues of leash reactivity that I could not fix on my own despite trying several different approaches. The reactivity increased to where I stopped walking my dog, Tramp, because I didn't want it to get even worse. I contacted Koru K9, and they set me up with Sean. Sean came around to meet Tramp, and Tramp took to him right away. I could tell Sean knew what he was doing and would be attentive to my dog. I booked the hybrid training. After the board and train portion, I noticed a significant difference in Tramp; I could walk him without him pulling or reacting! Tramp was more calm and attentive in general. And I have since worked with Tramp in all the ways Sean told me would be necessary. Tramp has improved in ways I didn't even think he needed improvement. And the in-person sessions after the boarding portion of the hybrid plan have been great for me -- giving me more confidence in myself as well as my dog (Tramp was also super excited to see Sean again). Sean is very knowledgable, articulate, and has been exceptionally helpful. Although I thought it was expensive, and wasn't sure how it would work out, I am enormously pleased by the results and I think it's all been more than worth it, for both me and Tramp. Definitely 5 stars

William McIntire (Billy) | 8 months ago

KoruK9 was great to give our dog the training we needed to better control our active dog and to be able to enjoy our walks and play with our pup. Clover was our trainer and was excellent to understand our needs and to set a training program and schedule that worked for us and to get excellent training to our almost 2 yr old border collie terrier mix. Thanks. Gary K

Gary Kleiman | 7 months ago

REVISED: The team was very thorough in their follow up, including the follow up session that was really helpful. I was probably more unrealistic coming in and expecting a huge overhaul and change, but now completely understand its a process with me and my dog. We'll get there. Thank you for giving me the tools to do so!

My dog Kobe was very bad on the leash, pulling all the time and very reactive towards other dogs and people. He was away for 3 weeks and showed good progress, mainly on the leash. However, he still jolts at other dogs and tries to jump on people, so that aspect has not been improved as much as I would have liked, despite being consistent with the training he was given. I was hoping for a bit more progress there, but he's still much better on walks than before.

The trainer was very nice and informative, but again I wish for the price paid my dog came back a bit more controlled around people and other dogs, as that was a main driver for me sending him away.

Alan Joseph | 7 months ago

Koru and our trainer Sparky completely turned our leash reactive and barky dog around. I was so impressed with the way Sparky handled our dog and all the progress he made in 3 short weeks. We are now able to include our dog in many more of our daily activities and have so much peace of mind (and quiet!) at home. I would highly recommend Koru to anyone looking for training.

Taylor Biaggi | 7 months ago

The St. Louis Team, Ted and Sarah, worked wonders on our aggressive German Shepherd with the board and train program and then all of the follow up sessions. This was not our first time seeking help from a trainer and it was apparent right away, at an on-board session, that they knew what they were doing and explained everything to us owners so that we can do better since it really stems from our actions. Scheduling the on-board provided as a meet and greet to let us see if it would be a good fit before signing up, so I would recommend that if you are unsure! We can now comfortably take our dog on walks around people and other dogs!

Madeline Fleer | 5 months ago

Chris Bustad from Koru K9 is an amazing trainer! Our dog started attacking our other dog during Covid-19 lock down without any reason. Chris helped us finding the tools to redirect her energy and to be well adjusted to our family. Now we have a peaceful home dynamic! We highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who is looking for help with their dog in any capacity.

Natalia Morales-Wiedmaier | 3 months ago

We worked with Damien he was an amazing trainer and he spent as much time working with us as he did our dog. We are still working on reactivity issues but are better prepared to handle them.

Matt Masar | 2 months ago

I cannot say enough about Jennie and how much she helped me and my 4-year old Havanese learn to communicate with one another. Billy had started to become very aggressive with other dogs and was fiercely protective of me. Even though Billy is a small 22 pound cutie, walks were becoming no fun and filled me with stress. Jennie instantly got Billy and tailored a balanced program of positive and corrective techniques that helped Billy (and me) become more calm and confident as both dog and handler, respectively. Billy loved our weekly training visits with Jennie and we both learned so much in a relatively short time. I continue to practice all the techniques, commands and use the tools that Jennie taught us and as a result I have a happy, confident dog and I don't have to worry as much any more when Billy is on leash and we have even begun more off leash training. In addition to being great with dogs, Jennie is a wonderful, kind person who is a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time together and learning from her. Thank you!

Marie-Claire Gelbard | a month ago

I have a dog and child aggressive American Staff and went through Koru A couple months ago. I was set up with John Garcia and I HIGLY RECOMMEND him. John specializes in Pitt breeds and aggression. He went above and beyond what I could have asked for. If you’re looking for someone to take your Pitt (any dogs as well, duh) seriously please try to reach him!

jacquelyn trejo | 3 weeks ago

I did the 5 week board and train program for my GSP. My trainer Jenna Zulauf did a great job! After the program he has completely transformed and is now off leash trained. Thanks again!

Jonathan Benstent | 19 hours ago

If there were more than 5 stars as a rating option for my Koru K9 Rocky Mountain region trainer ,Jenny Zulauf, ll and the Philosophy behind Koru K 9 Dog Training’s strength,in the Boulder /Denver area,I would support it wholeheartedly.
I had never thought I would consider a dog and train program but our latest Malamute at 1 1/2 yrs ,92 lbs ,as well behaved and sweet as she was , she was no pleasure to walk and had little impulse control and a natural instinct for pulling ! At 71 yrs and 8 metal replacements I was desperate to allow her to be all dog but be respectful of my physical limitations .
We entered the 3wk Board and Train ,nervously ,but quickly relaxed into the professionalism ,dedication ,security ,and thoughtful efforts that Jenna displayed .The videos ,pics,and thorough progress sheets thru out each week relaxed us that she was where she should be for that limited time.
She came back with skills and a comfortable confidence to be on her “place”cot ,in her “kennel “happily and not lunge in and out of doors and the car.
She is still a work in progress with her impulses but she is young and has a strong base to move on with into maturity due to Jenna’s skill and love.

Betsy Owens | a minute ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

Heather and the KoruK9 program were awesome! Exactly what we were hoping for to get our pup off to a good start. We got updates and felt in the loop the whole time. She came back significantly better at hanging in her crate, has the basics of walking on a leash, place, appropriate play, and we feel significantly more aware of how we should be working with Frankie to promote really good behavior going forward. She went into the program at ~14 weeks.
The in-person lessons have also helped quite a bit to figure out how to manage real world scenarios. We’re looking forward to more work with Heather.
By the way- for those concerned that 2 weeks is a long time for a puppy and they’ll come back way bigger and you’ll miss important time with them- we can assure you they still come back a puppy and the time goes by extremely quickly .
The board and train boot camp is well worth it! I wouldn’t get a puppy in the future without it.
Thanks Heather and KoruK9.
-Charlie and Lucy (and Frankie!)

Charles Friedland | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

I could not be more pleased with my experience with Koru K9. My dogs (Casey and Hazel) and I learned so much! Our trainer, Sean, has been exceptional. He truly has a gift with dogs. Sean worked with us inside our home, outside our home and we went on multiple field trips. He even took the time to come to the barn where our horse lives to work directly with Casey and Hazel around the horses. Sean really cared about what is important to me as an owner. Under Sean's instruction I have learned how to be a calmer, more confident leader to my two dogs. I now have the tools I need to teach Casey and Hazel to be good citizens both inside and outside my home. I would highly recommend this type of instruction to anyone with a dog of any age needing some help.

Katie Stout | 10 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 8 months ago

We sent our 2 and a half year old Australian Shepherd to Liz for a board and train program. Prior to the training, Kita was anxious and it was challenging to keep her on task and focused. She has been home now for 3 weeks, and she's like an entirely new dog! Liz was great at answering all questions, concerns and sending updates throughout her time there, she's also honest and straight forward! This training has allowed us to allow Kita to enjoy life with us even more and has given her confidence as she now understands how to communicate. Prior to training, if someone was walking by our house, there was no recalling her, now I haven't found a distraction too big to hold her attentio. She also LOVES training time now, she's Definitely more excited to train than to go on a walk.

Kyla Beaty | 6 months ago

Liz is not a wizard. So if you think dog training is something that you will send your dog to her for and you'll never have to work with your dog, you need to think again about owning a dog. That being said. If you are in Virgina or the Carolinas and you want to work on your relationship with your dog, you need to send your dog here.
We sent my wife's Aussie here. The dog had high levels of anxiety and stress and was difficult to train for us. She pulled on a leash, would drag us on runs, would not come back when called (unless she wanted to), and generally just did what she wanted.
When we got the dog back we worked with Liz to learn how to communicate with our dog. That's what Liz does. She gets on the dogs level and teaches the dog how to communicate with people. She then takes time with the owner and teaches them how to communicate with the dog. You WILL NEED to keep working with your dog after you get them back but Liz has done the heavy lifting already. She taught the dog what it needed to know and sets you and the dog up for success.
She is excellent with dogs and she's one of those people that "just understands dogs."
Liz is the answer you need. Hire her asap and listen to what she has to say.

Ian Beaty | 6 months ago

We couldn’t be happier with the training our grand dog, Amos, received with Alanna. Amos was an anxious and unpredictable 7-year-old pit bull when he began his training and returned a confident and calmer dog. Since we are not his primary caretakers, we were a bit anxious to care for him without our daughter present. After 4 weeks with Alanna, he was able to sooth himself when alone and was also very responsive to the sit/down/heel/ and place commands, which were the focus of his training. Alanna kept us informed of his progress during the training period and gave us an extensive review of the training techniques and commands when he was returned, including very helpful videos.
Alanna is very easy to work with, and is responsive to any questions we have. Her explanations of the reasons for Amos’ undesirable behaviors and how to modify them have really helped us understand how to work with him. We have a better understanding of how to make him feel safe and he is a much happier dog!

Janie Heisner | 4 months ago

We had an awesome experience with Koru K9. We sent our two dogs, a hound doberman mix and lab mut mix for a month while we were away. First and foremost, we can tell Celeste and Tinto are gifted trainers and truly have a passion for dog training. Our dogs are like our kids so knowing they were in the super capable hands of Celeste and Tinto was extremely reassuring. After one month, it was amazing to see the transformation the dogs underwent. Celeste provided routine communication and updates while we were separated from our dogs and also spent several hours training us with them upon return. They really want to empower you with the tools to continue the dog training so that the habits really stick. Also, it was also good to know our dogs were getting hikes every morning in a big outdoor area where they live - the fact they have a big property with tons of land just sounded like an ideal environment for our dogs. Also, one of our dogs is uncomfortable with kids and they worked with their son to help reduce his anxiety in the presence of kids - this just speaks to going the extra mile in my mind. Couldn't recommend Koru K9 enough (and specifically Celeste and Tinto) if looking to create some last behavior change resulting in happier lives for you and your dogs.

Tim Harwood | 4 months ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | 2 months ago

I cannot say enough about Jennie and how much she helped me and my 4-year old Havanese learn to communicate with one another. Billy had started to become very aggressive with other dogs and was fiercely protective of me. Even though Billy is a small 22 pound cutie, walks were becoming no fun and filled me with stress. Jennie instantly got Billy and tailored a balanced program of positive and corrective techniques that helped Billy (and me) become more calm and confident as both dog and handler, respectively. Billy loved our weekly training visits with Jennie and we both learned so much in a relatively short time. I continue to practice all the techniques, commands and use the tools that Jennie taught us and as a result I have a happy, confident dog and I don't have to worry as much any more when Billy is on leash and we have even begun more off leash training. In addition to being great with dogs, Jennie is a wonderful, kind person who is a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time together and learning from her. Thank you!

Marie-Claire Gelbard | 4 weeks ago

I have a dog and child aggressive American Staff and went through Koru A couple months ago. I was set up with John Garcia and I HIGLY RECOMMEND him. John specializes in Pitt breeds and aggression. He went above and beyond what I could have asked for. If you’re looking for someone to take your Pitt (any dogs as well, duh) seriously please try to reach him!

jacquelyn trejo | 2 weeks ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

I recently sent my dog Lilly to work with Grant at Koru K9, and have been so impressed with the work he was able to achieve with her. Lilly was a rescue that bounced around to many different shelters after she had spent the first year of her life as a feral puppy, which makes her extremely hard to work with and to teach new things. Grant helped me give her the foundation of obedience she needs, and the results have greatly impacted our life!! She is able to sit, stay, heel, recall (which is AMAZING for her as she used to bolt at any sound or even if you dropped the leash) and is doing so much better with barking at guests and passerby's. I'm so grateful to have the tools and training I need to continue her education and make her an overall less fearful dog! Thank you so much!!!

Meredith Denny | a year ago

John Garcia was our trainer for the 4 week board and train and he was really great throughout the whole process. He contacts on a regular basis through out the training with good updates. And he was always trying new ways to be sure our pup had the tools he needed. He know's his breeds and all of is advise was very helpful. Our Pup is much more manageable than he was prior to the training. His leash walking has improved 100%, he no longer pulls on our walks. He still likes to bark at other dogs from time to time, but this has as well improved a lot. we have been given tools to continue our own training and i'm sure with more time it will only get better. I appreciate all he has done to help us and our pup!

Kristen Eversole | 10 months ago

We worked with Chris Bustad from Koru K9. He was amazing, understood ours and our dogs need. He was very patient and gave us great lessons to channelize our dogs energy, train him with crate, muzzle, dog walking and interacting with other dogs (just to name a few). We highlight recommend working with Chris.

Shilpa Sharma | 9 months ago

Brian Ferguson has completely changed our lives. After just a month my 6 year old high energy, loving but nippy Labrador is a PERFECT angel. We get compliments everywhere on how calm and behaved she is. She is nearly perfect off leash now-even before training off leash. And is phenomenal on leash. My 3 month old puppy is now with Brian and his co-trainer Cody...and after a week is already amazing on leash, sitting and staying on her "place". These guys are magicians. My dogs are so well behaved and so HAPPY-I guess partly because of all the training treats-but they love doing the work, and the training. They love it. The training with Brian through Koru K9 has saved us. It's without question the best money I have ever spent. Ever. We are forever changed for the better.

Tania Ferguson | 9 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 8 months ago

We had a wonderful experience with Koru and specifically with our trainer Chris. We own two rescue pit bull mixes and they have come along way since working with Chris! Our new dog Daisy has especially improved with impulse control and leash reactivity. His love for dogs is very evident and his training methods were strict but also loving. My dogs already miss seeing him too. Can't recommend Koru enough!

Heidi Peerman | 7 months ago

One session in and it’s already been a game changer for us. We have a 1 year old Weimaraner who need guidance. Kenny was amazing and gave us the tools we needed to help our puppy! Worth every penny!

Megan Roberts | 7 months ago

Amazing training! They came to my home and helped us train a very stubborn dog that all of his needs will be met. Since doing their training a few years ago, he has really thrived and has become a much sweeter pup

Emili Noel | 6 months ago

Hailey is a miracle worker; I truly got back a totally new-for-the-better dog. Proton, my dog, had a lot of anxiety and it was always a struggle to leave the house or ever walk away from her when I took her out with me - crying, howling, total meltdowns. I got back a calm, confident dog who I can safely leave at home or in a down stay while out! Truly never did I think I could have this experience. We recently did our first off-leash trail run and even ran into a few other dogs. It was a resoundingly positive experience and our bond has only continued to strengthen since getting her back! She now heels perfectly, is extremely well mannered, and literally everyone who has seen her since I got her back from Hailey had been so impressed with all the changes. I cannot sing loud enough praises of Hailey. Anyone who works with her in the future is lucky to have her!

Rebecca Hayoun | 4 months ago

Amazing!
Annette my trainer, has been from the start so empathetic and caring about my pup's, Abu, progress. When I first got him he was very reactive towards dogs, couldn't heel very well, and pulled on the leash at times. Annette worked with me and Abu to get our communication at a more structured level.
I also was very inexperienced with veryous training tools and in fact quite intimated by them. She help me learn and understand what the tools are there for and how to use them in a fair and empathetic way. Absolutely amazing. My 7 week course took Abu from pulling on the leash to heeling right by my side, even around distractions, as well as an Off Leash Camping Dog! I'm able to recall him from over several hundred feet away with high a success rate and the speed in which he bolts back... holy moly hes a rocket ship. Abu can now enjoy being an off leash doggie in the wild with me :) and that's priceless. Truly one of the best investments I have ever made. Thank you Koru, Thank you Annette :)

Omeed Meshkat | 2 months ago

I cannot say enough about Jennie and how much she helped me and my 4-year old Havanese learn to communicate with one another. Billy had started to become very aggressive with other dogs and was fiercely protective of me. Even though Billy is a small 22 pound cutie, walks were becoming no fun and filled me with stress. Jennie instantly got Billy and tailored a balanced program of positive and corrective techniques that helped Billy (and me) become more calm and confident as both dog and handler, respectively. Billy loved our weekly training visits with Jennie and we both learned so much in a relatively short time. I continue to practice all the techniques, commands and use the tools that Jennie taught us and as a result I have a happy, confident dog and I don't have to worry as much any more when Billy is on leash and we have even begun more off leash training. In addition to being great with dogs, Jennie is a wonderful, kind person who is a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time together and learning from her. Thank you!

Marie-Claire Gelbard | 3 weeks ago

I have a dog and child aggressive American Staff and went through Koru A couple months ago. I was set up with John Garcia and I HIGLY RECOMMEND him. John specializes in Pitt breeds and aggression. He went above and beyond what I could have asked for. If you’re looking for someone to take your Pitt (any dogs as well, duh) seriously please try to reach him!

jacquelyn trejo | a week ago

Our dog, Moxie, a Belgian Malinois, became stranger aggressive around 15 months of age which coincided with the birth of our first baby. The timing was terrible. But Samantha, Bridget and Jefferson, the amazing folks we've worked with at KoruK9, jumped right in to help us with Moxie. We ended up putting Moxie with Samantha for a 4 week board and train program and we are SO happy we did. Moxie returned a more confident dog which made it easier for us to train her as well! We always knew we would have to religiously train and exercise this breed of dog so we were prepared for the work involved. But this work has really paid off. Moxie can hold her place with strangers and we no longer worry we can't handle her when she becomes fearful. These guys are awesome and anyone looking for strategies to work with a dog who has developed behaviours not compatible with modern life should turn to them. They are practical and kind and they work hard to help the dog fit into the family life. I couldn't recommend them more highly.

Jocelyn Chapman | 6 years ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Grant is an amazing trainer and the best dog whisperer ever. He has done a great job with Captain training him. When I sent Captain with Grant he was stubborn, unruly and basically had no manners. Captain came back as a totally different dog. He now follows the rules that he has been given. I can’t say enough about Grant or this program.

Karie Ann Crowther | a year ago

My dog, Loki, a Husky mix, had all sorts of anxiety issues with people and anything outside of my house. I tried a dog training course which didn't help so I found someone to come to my house for a few sessions. That didn't help either. To make matters worse, Loki was starting to get a little nippy around new people so I found Koru as a last resort for Loki.

Heather Dodson was my trainer. I chose her for her background in psychology and extensive resume. I definitely chose the right person for Loki. He stayed with Heather for 4 weeks. During that time I got emails and videos to show Loki's progress. A few times, I spoke with Heather over the phone when she had a question about Loki or if I didn't understand a piece of the training. We always had very good communication. It was always 2 way communication with Heather listening to my concerns.

They say the proof is in the pudding. Well, when Loki was returned to me he was a completely new dog. He was still his goofy, derpy self, but now he wasn't as anxious or scared of everything allowing him the chance to be a dog and not a scared mess. I can now easily take him for walks without worrying that he's going to bite someone, bark at dogs or try to attack a car. I can have guests come into my house and not worry he'll bite them. He's an absolutely wonderful dog that was hiding under all of those fears. Heather helped bring the real Loki into the foreground.

Julie Donohue | a year ago

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Clover. Prior to our training, my dog Tally was stubborn and destructive in the house.Clover was supportive and patient throughout our five sessions. His training transformed Tally into a different dog that ‘s happy and responsive. I highly recommend him!

Rachel Huntley | 11 months ago

We have worked with two different trainers through Koru, Debbie and John, and had an excellent experience with both. Reggie, our rescue dog, is a 7yr old small terrier who came with a lot of reactivity and dog aggression issues. We had no idea what we were doing! After reading books on positive reinforcement training, I was very weary of using training tools like prong collars to work with his aggression, but Debbie helped us understand they were just another way to get his attention. She even had us put them on ourselves to ensure they wouldn't torture the dog. She helped us learn how to manage his outbursts and how to be more confident when we walk him, which helped tremendously.

Our most recent experience was working with John Garcia. We needed to travel out of town and couldn't find the right person to take care of him given his reactivity issues, so we signed up for the 3 week board and train. We were very anxious about being away from him for so long, but John walked us through all the ins and outs of what the experience would entail. He was responsive over text and sent videos once a week of his progress. When he came home, we were floored by his progress. He's an older dog, so he will likely always have reactivity, but he now focuses on us and heels on walks. John worked some serious magic! We can't recommend John, Debbie, and Koru enough. Yes, it's expensive, but so worth the investment. Just be aware that YOU may need just as much training—if not more—as your dog companion!

christa palazzolo | 11 months ago

Thank you, Grant! What a great experience all the way through!

Chrissy Black | 9 months ago

I have a10 month old Labrador and I did in-home training with Natalie. We needed help with recall, excessive barking and other behavioral problems. I couldn’t be happier with the results! Natalie was a great teacher and was very innovative in helping correct the unwanted behaviors. The training is money well spent and I’m so glad I found them!

Dawn Farrell | 8 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 8 months ago

I had Grant for a 4 week board and train. My toy poodle suffers from having anxiety and had issues with resource guarding specifically with food and a few issues with obedience . Grant took it on and was so helpful through the whole process. His communication was very thorough and made sure that I understood everything he was explaining from the beginning to the end. The go home session was extremely helpful for me to understand fully why this training is not only important during the process but after as well. I could not have asked for more honestly; I am extremely thankful for this program and for Grant being a part of my dogs growth and health to insure for a better life. Thanks so much!!

Vinsetta Long | 6 months ago

I met with Chris B for three lessons and learned so much about dog training. He was informative and really understood the issues we were having and had reasonable solutions, practices, and timeline for us to follow. My dog is a Catahoula Leopard rescue and has a high prey drive. This resulted in difficulties with on leash walking, correct play behavior, issues greeting people, and issues with recall. One of the biggest issues was with play, he had a tendency to snap and play very roughly. After spending over a year trying different trainers using R+, I wanted to see if a balanced training approach fit us more. I was a little nervous, but Chris actually showed us how to use the tools of a balance training. This has completely transformed my dog and to my surprise my relationship with my dog. My dog (Tobi) is way more excited to participate in training and since switching I find that he is more receptive. In the last 6 months we have taken Tobi to farmers markets, dozens of hikes, and to so many events. If you have any issues or are interested in dog training, I would definitely recommend Koru K9 and Chris B from Seattle!

Aurora Authement | 5 months ago

Koru K9 was amazing and my trainer, Clover, was the best I could have asked for! Learned a ton. Absolutely will request Clover again the next time I need training!

James Ryan | 2 months ago

Brittney was so amazing. She was an incredible resource for dog behavior. She had tons of patience with us as we went through this process. She took extra time and care to show my teen how to train our nervous dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly, patient and thorough trainer.

Heide Trepanier | a month ago

I cannot say enough about Jennie and how much she helped me and my 4-year old Havanese learn to communicate with one another. Billy had started to become very aggressive with other dogs and was fiercely protective of me. Even though Billy is a small 22 pound cutie, walks were becoming no fun and filled me with stress. Jennie instantly got Billy and tailored a balanced program of positive and corrective techniques that helped Billy (and me) become more calm and confident as both dog and handler, respectively. Billy loved our weekly training visits with Jennie and we both learned so much in a relatively short time. I continue to practice all the techniques, commands and use the tools that Jennie taught us and as a result I have a happy, confident dog and I don't have to worry as much any more when Billy is on leash and we have even begun more off leash training. In addition to being great with dogs, Jennie is a wonderful, kind person who is a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time together and learning from her. Thank you!

Marie-Claire Gelbard | 2 weeks ago

I have a dog and child aggressive American Staff and went through Koru A couple months ago. I was set up with John Garcia and I HIGLY RECOMMEND him. John specializes in Pitt breeds and aggression. He went above and beyond what I could have asked for. If you’re looking for someone to take your Pitt (any dogs as well, duh) seriously please try to reach him!

jacquelyn trejo | 4 days ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Clover was a great trainer. The difference I see with my dog is night and day. I would recommend him to anyone.

Kyle Sankey | a year ago

John is a godsend. He patiently worked with our dog's strengths to bring out his confidence, always highlighting a positive response in order to gain trust to allow for a more solid foundation for training to be established. Our dog was truly treated as part of the family, accepted for who he was as well as lovingly cared for and protected.

John also pointed us in the right direction as to the proper tools needed to continue our dog's training at home. No question was too small and answered without judgment.

Though much work is still left to be done, we look forward to days ahead knowing we will not be alone in this process.

Joyce Javier | 11 months ago

I worked with Heather Dodd and she was amazing! My dog Rogue is reactive towards other dogs. Before her training she was very tense and hard to read, now she wakes up wagging her tail and constantly looking to me or my boyfriend for directions on what to do next. Since her training I am now able to take Rogue on heavily trafficked hikes and camping trips. Not only did Heather help put Rogue on the right track but she also helped me become more confident training Rogue. I was very timid and did not have the confidence to direct Rogue in the right direction. She taught me a lot about paying attention to my dogs body language and timing. She always answered and questions I had via email or in person and you can tell she really cares and wants to support YOU and your dog. This process has been a lot of work and will continue to be a lot of work, but it has been the BEST experience! If someone is willing to put in the work long term this program is wonderful and if you live in San Diego County Heather will help you and your pup be the best you can be.

elizabeth Ramirez | 8 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 7 months ago

I honestly didn't know what to expect from Koru K9, despite the positive reviews I read. I don't really trust others with my dog and like to do everything myself. But I had issues of leash reactivity that I could not fix on my own despite trying several different approaches. The reactivity increased to where I stopped walking my dog, Tramp, because I didn't want it to get even worse. I contacted Koru K9, and they set me up with Sean. Sean came around to meet Tramp, and Tramp took to him right away. I could tell Sean knew what he was doing and would be attentive to my dog. I booked the hybrid training. After the board and train portion, I noticed a significant difference in Tramp; I could walk him without him pulling or reacting! Tramp was more calm and attentive in general. And I have since worked with Tramp in all the ways Sean told me would be necessary. Tramp has improved in ways I didn't even think he needed improvement. And the in-person sessions after the boarding portion of the hybrid plan have been great for me -- giving me more confidence in myself as well as my dog (Tramp was also super excited to see Sean again). Sean is very knowledgable, articulate, and has been exceptionally helpful. Although I thought it was expensive, and wasn't sure how it would work out, I am enormously pleased by the results and I think it's all been more than worth it, for both me and Tramp. Definitely 5 stars

William McIntire (Billy) | 7 months ago

KoruK9 was great to give our dog the training we needed to better control our active dog and to be able to enjoy our walks and play with our pup. Clover was our trainer and was excellent to understand our needs and to set a training program and schedule that worked for us and to get excellent training to our almost 2 yr old border collie terrier mix. Thanks. Gary K

Gary Kleiman | 6 months ago

REVISED: The team was very thorough in their follow up, including the follow up session that was really helpful. I was probably more unrealistic coming in and expecting a huge overhaul and change, but now completely understand its a process with me and my dog. We'll get there. Thank you for giving me the tools to do so!

My dog Kobe was very bad on the leash, pulling all the time and very reactive towards other dogs and people. He was away for 3 weeks and showed good progress, mainly on the leash. However, he still jolts at other dogs and tries to jump on people, so that aspect has not been improved as much as I would have liked, despite being consistent with the training he was given. I was hoping for a bit more progress there, but he's still much better on walks than before.

The trainer was very nice and informative, but again I wish for the price paid my dog came back a bit more controlled around people and other dogs, as that was a main driver for me sending him away.

Alan Joseph | 6 months ago

Koru and our trainer Sparky completely turned our leash reactive and barky dog around. I was so impressed with the way Sparky handled our dog and all the progress he made in 3 short weeks. We are now able to include our dog in many more of our daily activities and have so much peace of mind (and quiet!) at home. I would highly recommend Koru to anyone looking for training.

Taylor Biaggi | 6 months ago

The St. Louis Team, Ted and Sarah, worked wonders on our aggressive German Shepherd with the board and train program and then all of the follow up sessions. This was not our first time seeking help from a trainer and it was apparent right away, at an on-board session, that they knew what they were doing and explained everything to us owners so that we can do better since it really stems from our actions. Scheduling the on-board provided as a meet and greet to let us see if it would be a good fit before signing up, so I would recommend that if you are unsure! We can now comfortably take our dog on walks around people and other dogs!

Madeline Fleer | 4 months ago

Chris Bustad from Koru K9 is an amazing trainer! Our dog started attacking our other dog during Covid-19 lock down without any reason. Chris helped us finding the tools to redirect her energy and to be well adjusted to our family. Now we have a peaceful home dynamic! We highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who is looking for help with their dog in any capacity.

Natalia Morales-Wiedmaier | 2 months ago

We worked with Damien he was an amazing trainer and he spent as much time working with us as he did our dog. We are still working on reactivity issues but are better prepared to handle them.

Matt Masar | a month ago

Heather, who recently moved to the Portland area, was essentially a miracle worker and a life saver. I had an adolescent German Shepherd female who challenged me incessantly, was stronger than me, and was extremely reactive on the leash toward other dogs/kids/wheels/bikes/cars/leaves....literally anything that moved. I could see her reactivity could easily turn to aggression. Every time I had to walk her, I felt a pit of dread in my stomach and I actually had an elbow injury from her pulling me so hard (she once pulled me airborne like a rag doll!). I had worked with several trainers with different methods, but Heather's was the most straight-forward and easy to understand for both my pup and me. I have a special needs dog, so Heather worked with her with a balanced approach and brought out the best version of my dog ever. Now I walk my dog and I happily challenge her with bikes and joggers, making her listen and behave the way I expect her to. I've never received so many compliments on what a well-trained dog I have. The best part of all is now I actually enjoy spending time outside with my pup. It's a big investment, but worth every single cent!! Can I give 10 stars? Thank you, Koru K9!

Shannon Miya | a month ago

Brittney was so amazing. She was an incredible resource for dog behavior. She had tons of patience with us as we went through this process. She took extra time and care to show my teen how to train our nervous dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly, patient and thorough trainer.

Heide Trepanier | 4 weeks ago

I cannot say enough about Jennie and how much she helped me and my 4-year old Havanese learn to communicate with one another. Billy had started to become very aggressive with other dogs and was fiercely protective of me. Even though Billy is a small 22 pound cutie, walks were becoming no fun and filled me with stress. Jennie instantly got Billy and tailored a balanced program of positive and corrective techniques that helped Billy (and me) become more calm and confident as both dog and handler, respectively. Billy loved our weekly training visits with Jennie and we both learned so much in a relatively short time. I continue to practice all the techniques, commands and use the tools that Jennie taught us and as a result I have a happy, confident dog and I don't have to worry as much any more when Billy is on leash and we have even begun more off leash training. In addition to being great with dogs, Jennie is a wonderful, kind person who is a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time together and learning from her. Thank you!

Marie-Claire Gelbard | a week ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 3 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

John took my dogs in and was able to work on them over the span of a whole month. In that month he helped one of them get better with her fear aggression, pulling on her leash, and lack of focus when outside. For the other, he helped reduce her aggression towards other dogs when on walks to almost 0! He would send us videos, photos, and recaps of their progression regularly and called us with updates weekly. I could not have asked for a more patient and experienced trainer and will be recommending John and Koru to any fellow dog with a wish to have their dogs trained.

Marco Antonio Perez BA | a year ago

I could not be more pleased with my experience with Koru K9. My dogs (Casey and Hazel) and I learned so much! Our trainer, Sean, has been exceptional. He truly has a gift with dogs. Sean worked with us inside our home, outside our home and we went on multiple field trips. He even took the time to come to the barn where our horse lives to work directly with Casey and Hazel around the horses. Sean really cared about what is important to me as an owner. Under Sean's instruction I have learned how to be a calmer, more confident leader to my two dogs. I now have the tools I need to teach Casey and Hazel to be good citizens both inside and outside my home. I would highly recommend this type of instruction to anyone with a dog of any age needing some help.

Katie Stout | 9 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 7 months ago

We sent our 2 and a half year old Australian Shepherd to Liz for a board and train program. Prior to the training, Kita was anxious and it was challenging to keep her on task and focused. She has been home now for 3 weeks, and she's like an entirely new dog! Liz was great at answering all questions, concerns and sending updates throughout her time there, she's also honest and straight forward! This training has allowed us to allow Kita to enjoy life with us even more and has given her confidence as she now understands how to communicate. Prior to training, if someone was walking by our house, there was no recalling her, now I haven't found a distraction too big to hold her attentio. She also LOVES training time now, she's Definitely more excited to train than to go on a walk.

Kyla Beaty | 5 months ago

Liz is not a wizard. So if you think dog training is something that you will send your dog to her for and you'll never have to work with your dog, you need to think again about owning a dog. That being said. If you are in Virgina or the Carolinas and you want to work on your relationship with your dog, you need to send your dog here.
We sent my wife's Aussie here. The dog had high levels of anxiety and stress and was difficult to train for us. She pulled on a leash, would drag us on runs, would not come back when called (unless she wanted to), and generally just did what she wanted.
When we got the dog back we worked with Liz to learn how to communicate with our dog. That's what Liz does. She gets on the dogs level and teaches the dog how to communicate with people. She then takes time with the owner and teaches them how to communicate with the dog. You WILL NEED to keep working with your dog after you get them back but Liz has done the heavy lifting already. She taught the dog what it needed to know and sets you and the dog up for success.
She is excellent with dogs and she's one of those people that "just understands dogs."
Liz is the answer you need. Hire her asap and listen to what she has to say.

Ian Beaty | 5 months ago

We had an awesome experience with Koru K9. We sent our two dogs, a hound doberman mix and lab mut mix for a month while we were away. First and foremost, we can tell Celeste and Tinto are gifted trainers and truly have a passion for dog training. Our dogs are like our kids so knowing they were in the super capable hands of Celeste and Tinto was extremely reassuring. After one month, it was amazing to see the transformation the dogs underwent. Celeste provided routine communication and updates while we were separated from our dogs and also spent several hours training us with them upon return. They really want to empower you with the tools to continue the dog training so that the habits really stick. Also, it was also good to know our dogs were getting hikes every morning in a big outdoor area where they live - the fact they have a big property with tons of land just sounded like an ideal environment for our dogs. Also, one of our dogs is uncomfortable with kids and they worked with their son to help reduce his anxiety in the presence of kids - this just speaks to going the extra mile in my mind. Couldn't recommend Koru K9 enough (and specifically Celeste and Tinto) if looking to create some last behavior change resulting in happier lives for you and your dogs.

Tim Harwood | 3 months ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | a month ago

We worked with Damien he was an amazing trainer and he spent as much time working with us as he did our dog. We are still working on reactivity issues but are better prepared to handle them.

Matt Masar | 3 weeks ago

Heather, who recently moved to the Portland area, was essentially a miracle worker and a life saver. I had an adolescent German Shepherd female who challenged me incessantly, was stronger than me, and was extremely reactive on the leash toward other dogs/kids/wheels/bikes/cars/leaves....literally anything that moved. I could see her reactivity could easily turn to aggression. Every time I had to walk her, I felt a pit of dread in my stomach and I actually had an elbow injury from her pulling me so hard (she once pulled me airborne like a rag doll!). I had worked with several trainers with different methods, but Heather's was the most straight-forward and easy to understand for both my pup and me. I have a special needs dog, so Heather worked with her with a balanced approach and brought out the best version of my dog ever. Now I walk my dog and I happily challenge her with bikes and joggers, making her listen and behave the way I expect her to. I've never received so many compliments on what a well-trained dog I have. The best part of all is now I actually enjoy spending time outside with my pup. It's a big investment, but worth every single cent!! Can I give 10 stars? Thank you, Koru K9!

Shannon Miya | 3 weeks ago

Brittney was so amazing. She was an incredible resource for dog behavior. She had tons of patience with us as we went through this process. She took extra time and care to show my teen how to train our nervous dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly, patient and thorough trainer.

Heide Trepanier | 3 weeks ago

I cannot say enough about Jennie and how much she helped me and my 4-year old Havanese learn to communicate with one another. Billy had started to become very aggressive with other dogs and was fiercely protective of me. Even though Billy is a small 22 pound cutie, walks were becoming no fun and filled me with stress. Jennie instantly got Billy and tailored a balanced program of positive and corrective techniques that helped Billy (and me) become more calm and confident as both dog and handler, respectively. Billy loved our weekly training visits with Jennie and we both learned so much in a relatively short time. I continue to practice all the techniques, commands and use the tools that Jennie taught us and as a result I have a happy, confident dog and I don't have to worry as much any more when Billy is on leash and we have even begun more off leash training. In addition to being great with dogs, Jennie is a wonderful, kind person who is a lot of fun and I enjoyed our time together and learning from her. Thank you!

Marie-Claire Gelbard | a day ago

Heather, who recently moved to the Portland area, was essentially a miracle worker and a life saver. I had an adolescent German Shepherd female who...

Shannon M. | 2022-10-13 15:11:11

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 2 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

We were looking for a dog trainer who could do in home visits. Because that’s where our problem was. Since we added a new pup (3 yo Olde English bulldogge) to our household our first dog (1 year old pug. Yeah I know 😝) became extremelt territorial. Both dogs showed strong signs of resource guarding, and instigated fights over toys, treats and attention. But ONLY at home. We found KoruK9 and Rebecca is our trainer. We have learned so much from her. The way she breaks everything down is easy to understand and follow. Everything she teaches builds on one another and that ensures you are successful along the way. Which then builds confidence in your dog and yourself as owner (handler).
13/10 would recommend

Stefanie Volkman | 2 years ago

Koru K9 did amazing work with our 2-year-old dog. Our dog was starting to become much more protective of my husband and me vs. other dogs. He got jealous when other dogs came up to us and wanted to be petted. He was becoming randomly reactive to other dogs and we really struggled to understand why his behavior was changing so quickly and so much for the worse. Also he went bonkers when someone knocked on our front door.

I called Koru K9 and we started with weekly training with Irini, who was wonderful. Unfortunately though it became clear we needed more serious training and put him in a 3 week board and train with Heather. It was absolutely incredible what Heather was able to achieve with Wallace in just 3 weeks. Heather quickly identified for us some of the issues for our dog: too much freedom at home, he lacked confidence and felt insecure. She did so much work with him to bring him confidence and calm. She sends photos and videos every few days to provide updates on how Wallace is doing, what training they are working on, and the videos help preview what exercises you will need to start doing for your dog once he comes home.

Wallace came back and was a totally different dog. He didn't react to the doorbell at all. That was an incredible transformation. And he was extremely obedient, calm and confident. Importantly, Wallace loves Heather so much haha. So I know he loved all the training and she took such good care of him in her own home!

Now, here is where you have to be realistic and honest with yourself. Once your dog comes home, maintaining your dog's progress takes real work on your own part. A trainer is not just going to deliver a perfectly behaved dog and you do nothing. It takes serious work (and coordination :) ). And I can tell when we are being lazy about it because I notice our dog behaving less well. Dogs like boundaries, obedience, structure, etc. So you have to give it to them. It takes work but it is worth it. The best part is that your trainer stays in touch with you to help you through this. I share videos and texts with Heather to get her advice on how to handle our dog

If you get anxious because of your dog's behavior in various situations, I highly recommend Koru K9 and Heather if you can request her in the Bay Area. I am much more at ease taking our dog out and to other people's homes, when a few months ago, I was so nervous to do it in case he reacted if my friend's dog tried to come up to me.

Karen Winterhof | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Our 1 year old had serious issues with resource guarding and had some aggressive behavior. Our positive trainer said a board and trainer is sometimes needed for such behavior. We called Koru, and signed up for the 3 week board training. John, our trainer has a ton of experience with dogs of all ages and habits, and even trains dogs for professional uses such as law enforcement. John brought him home after three weeks, well behaved and responsive to our commands. John spent an hour at our house demonstrating the best way to handle each situation, and offered to come by for additional sessions, and said we can always call or text him with any questions.

Brad Dahl | a year ago

John Garcia was our trainer for the 4 week board and train and he was really great throughout the whole process. He contacts on a regular basis through out the training with good updates. And he was always trying new ways to be sure our pup had the tools he needed. He know's his breeds and all of is advise was very helpful. Our Pup is much more manageable than he was prior to the training. His leash walking has improved 100%, he no longer pulls on our walks. He still likes to bark at other dogs from time to time, but this has as well improved a lot. we have been given tools to continue our own training and i'm sure with more time it will only get better. I appreciate all he has done to help us and our pup!

Kristen Eversole | 9 months ago

Brian Ferguson has completely changed our lives. After just a month my 6 year old high energy, loving but nippy Labrador is a PERFECT angel. We get compliments everywhere on how calm and behaved she is. She is nearly perfect off leash now-even before training off leash. And is phenomenal on leash. My 3 month old puppy is now with Brian and his co-trainer Cody...and after a week is already amazing on leash, sitting and staying on her "place". These guys are magicians. My dogs are so well behaved and so HAPPY-I guess partly because of all the training treats-but they love doing the work, and the training. They love it. The training with Brian through Koru K9 has saved us. It's without question the best money I have ever spent. Ever. We are forever changed for the better.

Tania Ferguson | 8 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 7 months ago

We had a wonderful experience with Koru and specifically with our trainer Chris. We own two rescue pit bull mixes and they have come along way since working with Chris! Our new dog Daisy has especially improved with impulse control and leash reactivity. His love for dogs is very evident and his training methods were strict but also loving. My dogs already miss seeing him too. Can't recommend Koru enough!

Heidi Peerman | 6 months ago

One session in and it’s already been a game changer for us. We have a 1 year old Weimaraner who need guidance. Kenny was amazing and gave us the tools we needed to help our puppy! Worth every penny!

Megan Roberts | 6 months ago

Hailey is a miracle worker; I truly got back a totally new-for-the-better dog. Proton, my dog, had a lot of anxiety and it was always a struggle to leave the house or ever walk away from her when I took her out with me - crying, howling, total meltdowns. I got back a calm, confident dog who I can safely leave at home or in a down stay while out! Truly never did I think I could have this experience. We recently did our first off-leash trail run and even ran into a few other dogs. It was a resoundingly positive experience and our bond has only continued to strengthen since getting her back! She now heels perfectly, is extremely well mannered, and literally everyone who has seen her since I got her back from Hailey had been so impressed with all the changes. I cannot sing loud enough praises of Hailey. Anyone who works with her in the future is lucky to have her!

Rebecca Hayoun | 3 months ago

We couldn’t be happier with the training our grand dog, Amos, received with Alanna. Amos was an anxious and unpredictable 7-year-old pit bull when he began his training and returned a confident and calmer dog. Since we are not his primary caretakers, we were a bit anxious to care for him without our daughter present. After 4 weeks with Alanna, he was able to sooth himself when alone and was also very responsive to the sit/down/heel/ and place commands, which were the focus of his training. Alanna kept us informed of his progress during the training period and gave us an extensive review of the training techniques and commands when he was returned, including very helpful videos.
Alanna is very easy to work with, and is responsive to any questions we have. Her explanations of the reasons for Amos’ undesirable behaviors and how to modify them have really helped us understand how to work with him. We have a better understanding of how to make him feel safe and he is a much happier dog!

Janie Heisner | 3 months ago

Amazing!
Annette my trainer, has been from the start so empathetic and caring about my pup's, Abu, progress. When I first got him he was very reactive towards dogs, couldn't heel very well, and pulled on the leash at times. Annette worked with me and Abu to get our communication at a more structured level.
I also was very inexperienced with veryous training tools and in fact quite intimated by them. She help me learn and understand what the tools are there for and how to use them in a fair and empathetic way. Absolutely amazing. My 7 week course took Abu from pulling on the leash to heeling right by my side, even around distractions, as well as an Off Leash Camping Dog! I'm able to recall him from over several hundred feet away with high a success rate and the speed in which he bolts back... holy moly hes a rocket ship. Abu can now enjoy being an off leash doggie in the wild with me :) and that's priceless. Truly one of the best investments I have ever made. Thank you Koru, Thank you Annette :)

Omeed Meshkat | a month ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | 4 weeks ago

We worked with Damien he was an amazing trainer and he spent as much time working with us as he did our dog. We are still working on reactivity issues but are better prepared to handle them.

Matt Masar | 2 weeks ago

Heather, who recently moved to the Portland area, was essentially a miracle worker and a life saver. I had an adolescent German Shepherd female who challenged me incessantly, was stronger than me, and was extremely reactive on the leash toward other dogs/kids/wheels/bikes/cars/leaves....literally anything that moved. I could see her reactivity could easily turn to aggression. Every time I had to walk her, I felt a pit of dread in my stomach and I actually had an elbow injury from her pulling me so hard (she once pulled me airborne like a rag doll!). I had worked with several trainers with different methods, but Heather's was the most straight-forward and easy to understand for both my pup and me. I have a special needs dog, so Heather worked with her with a balanced approach and brought out the best version of my dog ever. Now I walk my dog and I happily challenge her with bikes and joggers, making her listen and behave the way I expect her to. I've never received so many compliments on what a well-trained dog I have. The best part of all is now I actually enjoy spending time outside with my pup. It's a big investment, but worth every single cent!! Can I give 10 stars? Thank you, Koru K9!

Shannon Miya | 2 weeks ago

Brittney was so amazing. She was an incredible resource for dog behavior. She had tons of patience with us as we went through this process. She took extra time and care to show my teen how to train our nervous dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly, patient and thorough trainer.

Heide Trepanier | 2 weeks ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 2 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 7 months ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 2 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

Sean in STL helped our dog become much more confident and better behaved.

Jen Wohlner | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Grant is an amazing trainer and the best dog whisperer ever. He has done a great job with Captain training him. When I sent Captain with Grant he was stubborn, unruly and basically had no manners. Captain came back as a totally different dog. He now follows the rules that he has been given. I can’t say enough about Grant or this program.

Karie Ann Crowther | 11 months ago

My dog, Loki, a Husky mix, had all sorts of anxiety issues with people and anything outside of my house. I tried a dog training course which didn't help so I found someone to come to my house for a few sessions. That didn't help either. To make matters worse, Loki was starting to get a little nippy around new people so I found Koru as a last resort for Loki.

Heather Dodson was my trainer. I chose her for her background in psychology and extensive resume. I definitely chose the right person for Loki. He stayed with Heather for 4 weeks. During that time I got emails and videos to show Loki's progress. A few times, I spoke with Heather over the phone when she had a question about Loki or if I didn't understand a piece of the training. We always had very good communication. It was always 2 way communication with Heather listening to my concerns.

They say the proof is in the pudding. Well, when Loki was returned to me he was a completely new dog. He was still his goofy, derpy self, but now he wasn't as anxious or scared of everything allowing him the chance to be a dog and not a scared mess. I can now easily take him for walks without worrying that he's going to bite someone, bark at dogs or try to attack a car. I can have guests come into my house and not worry he'll bite them. He's an absolutely wonderful dog that was hiding under all of those fears. Heather helped bring the real Loki into the foreground.

Julie Donohue | 11 months ago

I recently sent my dog Lilly to work with Grant at Koru K9, and have been so impressed with the work he was able to achieve with her. Lilly was a rescue that bounced around to many different shelters after she had spent the first year of her life as a feral puppy, which makes her extremely hard to work with and to teach new things. Grant helped me give her the foundation of obedience she needs, and the results have greatly impacted our life!! She is able to sit, stay, heel, recall (which is AMAZING for her as she used to bolt at any sound or even if you dropped the leash) and is doing so much better with barking at guests and passerby's. I'm so grateful to have the tools and training I need to continue her education and make her an overall less fearful dog! Thank you so much!!!

Meredith Denny | 11 months ago

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Clover. Prior to our training, my dog Tally was stubborn and destructive in the house.Clover was supportive and patient throughout our five sessions. His training transformed Tally into a different dog that ‘s happy and responsive. I highly recommend him!

Rachel Huntley | 10 months ago

We have worked with two different trainers through Koru, Debbie and John, and had an excellent experience with both. Reggie, our rescue dog, is a 7yr old small terrier who came with a lot of reactivity and dog aggression issues. We had no idea what we were doing! After reading books on positive reinforcement training, I was very weary of using training tools like prong collars to work with his aggression, but Debbie helped us understand they were just another way to get his attention. She even had us put them on ourselves to ensure they wouldn't torture the dog. She helped us learn how to manage his outbursts and how to be more confident when we walk him, which helped tremendously.

Our most recent experience was working with John Garcia. We needed to travel out of town and couldn't find the right person to take care of him given his reactivity issues, so we signed up for the 3 week board and train. We were very anxious about being away from him for so long, but John walked us through all the ins and outs of what the experience would entail. He was responsive over text and sent videos once a week of his progress. When he came home, we were floored by his progress. He's an older dog, so he will likely always have reactivity, but he now focuses on us and heels on walks. John worked some serious magic! We can't recommend John, Debbie, and Koru enough. Yes, it's expensive, but so worth the investment. Just be aware that YOU may need just as much training—if not more—as your dog companion!

christa palazzolo | 10 months ago

Thank you, Grant! What a great experience all the way through!

Chrissy Black | 8 months ago

We worked with Chris Bustad from Koru K9. He was amazing, understood ours and our dogs need. He was very patient and gave us great lessons to channelize our dogs energy, train him with crate, muzzle, dog walking and interacting with other dogs (just to name a few). We highlight recommend working with Chris.

Shilpa Sharma | 8 months ago

I have a10 month old Labrador and I did in-home training with Natalie. We needed help with recall, excessive barking and other behavioral problems. I couldn’t be happier with the results! Natalie was a great teacher and was very innovative in helping correct the unwanted behaviors. The training is money well spent and I’m so glad I found them!

Dawn Farrell | 7 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 7 months ago

I had Grant for a 4 week board and train. My toy poodle suffers from having anxiety and had issues with resource guarding specifically with food and a few issues with obedience . Grant took it on and was so helpful through the whole process. His communication was very thorough and made sure that I understood everything he was explaining from the beginning to the end. The go home session was extremely helpful for me to understand fully why this training is not only important during the process but after as well. I could not have asked for more honestly; I am extremely thankful for this program and for Grant being a part of my dogs growth and health to insure for a better life. Thanks so much!!

Vinsetta Long | 5 months ago

Amazing training! They came to my home and helped us train a very stubborn dog that all of his needs will be met. Since doing their training a few years ago, he has really thrived and has become a much sweeter pup

Emili Noel | 5 months ago

I met with Chris B for three lessons and learned so much about dog training. He was informative and really understood the issues we were having and had reasonable solutions, practices, and timeline for us to follow. My dog is a Catahoula Leopard rescue and has a high prey drive. This resulted in difficulties with on leash walking, correct play behavior, issues greeting people, and issues with recall. One of the biggest issues was with play, he had a tendency to snap and play very roughly. After spending over a year trying different trainers using R+, I wanted to see if a balanced training approach fit us more. I was a little nervous, but Chris actually showed us how to use the tools of a balance training. This has completely transformed my dog and to my surprise my relationship with my dog. My dog (Tobi) is way more excited to participate in training and since switching I find that he is more receptive. In the last 6 months we have taken Tobi to farmers markets, dozens of hikes, and to so many events. If you have any issues or are interested in dog training, I would definitely recommend Koru K9 and Chris B from Seattle!

Aurora Authement | 4 months ago

Koru K9 was amazing and my trainer, Clover, was the best I could have asked for! Learned a ton. Absolutely will request Clover again the next time I need training!

James Ryan | a month ago

Amazing!
Annette my trainer, has been from the start so empathetic and caring about my pup's, Abu, progress. When I first got him he was very reactive towards dogs, couldn't heel very well, and pulled on the leash at times. Annette worked with me and Abu to get our communication at a more structured level.
I also was very inexperienced with veryous training tools and in fact quite intimated by them. She help me learn and understand what the tools are there for and how to use them in a fair and empathetic way. Absolutely amazing. My 7 week course took Abu from pulling on the leash to heeling right by my side, even around distractions, as well as an Off Leash Camping Dog! I'm able to recall him from over several hundred feet away with high a success rate and the speed in which he bolts back... holy moly hes a rocket ship. Abu can now enjoy being an off leash doggie in the wild with me :) and that's priceless. Truly one of the best investments I have ever made. Thank you Koru, Thank you Annette :)

Omeed Meshkat | 4 weeks ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | 3 weeks ago

We worked with Damien he was an amazing trainer and he spent as much time working with us as he did our dog. We are still working on reactivity issues but are better prepared to handle them.

Matt Masar | a week ago

Heather, who recently moved to the Portland area, was essentially a miracle worker and a life saver. I had an adolescent German Shepherd female who challenged me incessantly, was stronger than me, and was extremely reactive on the leash toward other dogs/kids/wheels/bikes/cars/leaves....literally anything that moved. I could see her reactivity could easily turn to aggression. Every time I had to walk her, I felt a pit of dread in my stomach and I actually had an elbow injury from her pulling me so hard (she once pulled me airborne like a rag doll!). I had worked with several trainers with different methods, but Heather's was the most straight-forward and easy to understand for both my pup and me. I have a special needs dog, so Heather worked with her with a balanced approach and brought out the best version of my dog ever. Now I walk my dog and I happily challenge her with bikes and joggers, making her listen and behave the way I expect her to. I've never received so many compliments on what a well-trained dog I have. The best part of all is now I actually enjoy spending time outside with my pup. It's a big investment, but worth every single cent!! Can I give 10 stars? Thank you, Koru K9!

Shannon Miya | a week ago

Brittney was so amazing. She was an incredible resource for dog behavior. She had tons of patience with us as we went through this process. She took extra time and care to show my teen how to train our nervous dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly, patient and thorough trainer.

Heide Trepanier | a week ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 2 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Chris Bustad from the Tacoma area was nothing short of amazing. We did 5 sessions for our girl Indiana who was becoming very aggressive towards one of our other dogs. We had gotten to the point we were afraid nothing would work for her and hold have to rehome her. After just one session of training her (and us), she started becoming much more responsive and less anxious. Now after our last session her behavior change is something I never thought we would see. Chris was great, always prompt and patient with the dogs and with training us. I initially was worried that the training wouldn’t work and now after seeing the results, I honestly would have paid more knowing how well Chris did with our dog. We plan to add a few more sessions because of how happy we are.

Mark Burns | a year ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 6 months ago

Koru K9 was amazing and my trainer, Clover, was the best I could have asked for! Learned a ton. Absolutely will request Clover again the next time I need training!

James Ryan | 3 weeks ago

Amazing!
Annette my trainer, has been from the start so empathetic and caring about my pup's, Abu, progress. When I first got him he was very reactive towards dogs, couldn't heel very well, and pulled on the leash at times. Annette worked with me and Abu to get our communication at a more structured level.
I also was very inexperienced with veryous training tools and in fact quite intimated by them. She help me learn and understand what the tools are there for and how to use them in a fair and empathetic way. Absolutely amazing. My 7 week course took Abu from pulling on the leash to heeling right by my side, even around distractions, as well as an Off Leash Camping Dog! I'm able to recall him from over several hundred feet away with high a success rate and the speed in which he bolts back... holy moly hes a rocket ship. Abu can now enjoy being an off leash doggie in the wild with me :) and that's priceless. Truly one of the best investments I have ever made. Thank you Koru, Thank you Annette :)

Omeed Meshkat | 3 weeks ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | 2 weeks ago

We worked with Damien he was an amazing trainer and he spent as much time working with us as he did our dog. We are still working on reactivity issues but are better prepared to handle them.

Matt Masar | 5 days ago

Heather, who recently moved to the Portland area, was essentially a miracle worker and a life saver. I had an adolescent German Shepherd female who challenged me incessantly, was stronger than me, and was extremely reactive on the leash toward other dogs/kids/wheels/bikes/cars/leaves....literally anything that moved. I could see her reactivity could easily turn to aggression. Every time I had to walk her, I felt a pit of dread in my stomach and I actually had an elbow injury from her pulling me so hard (she once pulled me airborne like a rag doll!). I had worked with several trainers with different methods, but Heather's was the most straight-forward and easy to understand for both my pup and me. I have a special needs dog, so Heather worked with her with a balanced approach and brought out the best version of my dog ever. Now I walk my dog and I happily challenge her with bikes and joggers, making her listen and behave the way I expect her to. I've never received so many compliments on what a well-trained dog I have. The best part of all is now I actually enjoy spending time outside with my pup. It's a big investment, but worth every single cent!! Can I give 10 stars? Thank you, Koru K9!

Shannon Miya | 4 days ago

Brittney was so amazing. She was an incredible resource for dog behavior. She had tons of patience with us as we went through this process. She took extra time and care to show my teen how to train our nervous dog. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a friendly, patient and thorough trainer.

Heide Trepanier | 19 hours ago

I am not sure who loves Irini more, us or our dog! We are all excited when we see her. She is personable, straight forward, and encouraging. She keeps it...

Tyler C. | 2022-10-17 19:52:20

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago

I must say absolutely without a doubt that working with Koru K9 has been far and above beyond expectations. I was at a loss with my 3 year old husky, Dean. He was people aggressive, dog aggressive and had awful leash manners and boundaries. I knew I couldn't find the solution on my own and I'm SO glad I found Koru K9 to help! His trainer, Kim Rosin, totally came to the rescue. From the very first session together she was attentive to everything we needed and were worried about. She made us feel comfortable with the whole process and I felt she did a fantastic job explaining everything and making sure we knew exactly what to expect and do to help our boy.

Between the day she came for the intro session and a week later when he left for the 4 week board and train we already saw a huge difference just implementing what we had been taught. After he came home it was like night and day! He's still the same stubborn little man he has always been but now he's got a very firm foundation of manners. He gets SO excited to go on walks and loves showing off his new skills. It's incredible to see my previously very nervous and anxious pup be able to lounge outside the dog park and be calmly curious about the goings-on with the other dogs! You can practically see the pride in his eyes when he corrects himself without having to be told.

I feel Kim was the perfect match to train him, she read him like a book and got him to warm up to her at an awesome pace. He's known to be a very sensitive and particular dog but she figured out his quirks and made very effective strides regardless. I was wary of the use of stim collars and prong collars because this is a dog who will act as though he's lost his foot if he gets a blade of grass between his toes. However, with gentle introduction and adjusting for his sensitivity he is very very comfortable with using them and gets excited to put them on in the morning and get started!

I can't wait to keep working with Kim and my boy and will readily recommend Koru K9 to ANYONE in need of help, big or small. It's so beyond worth the investment to see my Dean so happy and carefree when he's out and about. I'd do it all over again just to see him glowing with curiosity and excitement instead of hackles raised with anxiety. Thank you SO SO much. My boy gets to love his life now and it's all thanks to this amazing team!

Serena G | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 2 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Clover was a great trainer. The difference I see with my dog is night and day. I would recommend him to anyone.

Kyle Sankey | 11 months ago

John is a godsend. He patiently worked with our dog's strengths to bring out his confidence, always highlighting a positive response in order to gain trust to allow for a more solid foundation for training to be established. Our dog was truly treated as part of the family, accepted for who he was as well as lovingly cared for and protected.

John also pointed us in the right direction as to the proper tools needed to continue our dog's training at home. No question was too small and answered without judgment.

Though much work is still left to be done, we look forward to days ahead knowing we will not be alone in this process.

Joyce Javier | 10 months ago

I worked with Heather Dodd and she was amazing! My dog Rogue is reactive towards other dogs. Before her training she was very tense and hard to read, now she wakes up wagging her tail and constantly looking to me or my boyfriend for directions on what to do next. Since her training I am now able to take Rogue on heavily trafficked hikes and camping trips. Not only did Heather help put Rogue on the right track but she also helped me become more confident training Rogue. I was very timid and did not have the confidence to direct Rogue in the right direction. She taught me a lot about paying attention to my dogs body language and timing. She always answered and questions I had via email or in person and you can tell she really cares and wants to support YOU and your dog. This process has been a lot of work and will continue to be a lot of work, but it has been the BEST experience! If someone is willing to put in the work long term this program is wonderful and if you live in San Diego County Heather will help you and your pup be the best you can be.

elizabeth Ramirez | 7 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 6 months ago

I honestly didn't know what to expect from Koru K9, despite the positive reviews I read. I don't really trust others with my dog and like to do everything myself. But I had issues of leash reactivity that I could not fix on my own despite trying several different approaches. The reactivity increased to where I stopped walking my dog, Tramp, because I didn't want it to get even worse. I contacted Koru K9, and they set me up with Sean. Sean came around to meet Tramp, and Tramp took to him right away. I could tell Sean knew what he was doing and would be attentive to my dog. I booked the hybrid training. After the board and train portion, I noticed a significant difference in Tramp; I could walk him without him pulling or reacting! Tramp was more calm and attentive in general. And I have since worked with Tramp in all the ways Sean told me would be necessary. Tramp has improved in ways I didn't even think he needed improvement. And the in-person sessions after the boarding portion of the hybrid plan have been great for me -- giving me more confidence in myself as well as my dog (Tramp was also super excited to see Sean again). Sean is very knowledgable, articulate, and has been exceptionally helpful. Although I thought it was expensive, and wasn't sure how it would work out, I am enormously pleased by the results and I think it's all been more than worth it, for both me and Tramp. Definitely 5 stars

William McIntire (Billy) | 6 months ago

KoruK9 was great to give our dog the training we needed to better control our active dog and to be able to enjoy our walks and play with our pup. Clover was our trainer and was excellent to understand our needs and to set a training program and schedule that worked for us and to get excellent training to our almost 2 yr old border collie terrier mix. Thanks. Gary K

Gary Kleiman | 5 months ago

REVISED: The team was very thorough in their follow up, including the follow up session that was really helpful. I was probably more unrealistic coming in and expecting a huge overhaul and change, but now completely understand its a process with me and my dog. We'll get there. Thank you for giving me the tools to do so!

My dog Kobe was very bad on the leash, pulling all the time and very reactive towards other dogs and people. He was away for 3 weeks and showed good progress, mainly on the leash. However, he still jolts at other dogs and tries to jump on people, so that aspect has not been improved as much as I would have liked, despite being consistent with the training he was given. I was hoping for a bit more progress there, but he's still much better on walks than before.

The trainer was very nice and informative, but again I wish for the price paid my dog came back a bit more controlled around people and other dogs, as that was a main driver for me sending him away.

Alan Joseph | 5 months ago

Koru and our trainer Sparky completely turned our leash reactive and barky dog around. I was so impressed with the way Sparky handled our dog and all the progress he made in 3 short weeks. We are now able to include our dog in many more of our daily activities and have so much peace of mind (and quiet!) at home. I would highly recommend Koru to anyone looking for training.

Taylor Biaggi | 5 months ago

The St. Louis Team, Ted and Sarah, worked wonders on our aggressive German Shepherd with the board and train program and then all of the follow up sessions. This was not our first time seeking help from a trainer and it was apparent right away, at an on-board session, that they knew what they were doing and explained everything to us owners so that we can do better since it really stems from our actions. Scheduling the on-board provided as a meet and greet to let us see if it would be a good fit before signing up, so I would recommend that if you are unsure! We can now comfortably take our dog on walks around people and other dogs!

Madeline Fleer | 3 months ago

Chris Bustad from Koru K9 is an amazing trainer! Our dog started attacking our other dog during Covid-19 lock down without any reason. Chris helped us finding the tools to redirect her energy and to be well adjusted to our family. Now we have a peaceful home dynamic! We highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who is looking for help with their dog in any capacity.

Natalia Morales-Wiedmaier | a month ago

Koru K9 was amazing and my trainer, Clover, was the best I could have asked for! Learned a ton. Absolutely will request Clover again the next time I need training!

James Ryan | 2 weeks ago

Amazing!
Annette my trainer, has been from the start so empathetic and caring about my pup's, Abu, progress. When I first got him he was very reactive towards dogs, couldn't heel very well, and pulled on the leash at times. Annette worked with me and Abu to get our communication at a more structured level.
I also was very inexperienced with veryous training tools and in fact quite intimated by them. She help me learn and understand what the tools are there for and how to use them in a fair and empathetic way. Absolutely amazing. My 7 week course took Abu from pulling on the leash to heeling right by my side, even around distractions, as well as an Off Leash Camping Dog! I'm able to recall him from over several hundred feet away with high a success rate and the speed in which he bolts back... holy moly hes a rocket ship. Abu can now enjoy being an off leash doggie in the wild with me :) and that's priceless. Truly one of the best investments I have ever made. Thank you Koru, Thank you Annette :)

Omeed Meshkat | 2 weeks ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | a week ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Camryn Reid | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Lauri Carter | 3 years ago
Sammy Cave | 3 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Lindsay Jarrett | 2 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Troy Helming (SolarNinjaTroy) | 2 years ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Simon Panting | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Elizabeth Layfield | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Katie Rick | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Taryn Perry | a year ago

Jee Hae Choe is an incredible dog whisperer! Without her help we would have been unable to keep our wild unmannered husky. I’ve trained many dogs before but I was not getting anywhere with Xena and could not figure out what I was doing wrong. When Xena bared her teeth at me that was the final straw and luckily we found Koru K9 and Jee. Jee recognized that Xena’s brain was wired differently and set us up with a structured training and behavior program. She trained us and the dog! Now we are learning how to manage Xena. This dog is smart but Jee is always a step ahead with her incredible skills. Thanks Jee!

Rebecca Andrews | a year ago

Cory was great and helped us accomplish our goals with just the 6 session package. The constant communication between sessions and his investment in helping us was great! Our dogs now get along and can be around each other with no issues. I would recommend Koru K9 and especially Cory to anyone who was looking for a trainer.

Nikolas Pavic | a year ago

Our experience with Koru K9 was nothing short of amazing! We did 3 sessions with Jee, their incredible trainer in Seattle, WA. Our dog is a rescue from Texas that needed a lot of attention and training, he was very anxious, nervous, lacked confidence. By our final(3rd) session with Jee, there was a night and day difference. He is more confident, well trained, has great recall and heal, everyone loves him. All our friends and family have definitely noticed the difference and ask us what we did to get him to this point. Jee helped to teach us how to work in sync to best train and communicate, which tools were right for our dog and how to use them correctly and effectively. Training will always be an ongoing process but we can now take our dog to parks, breaches, hiking off leash and know he will listen, stay close and always come back, all thanks to what Jee and her team taught us. And of course, we are so proud of our dog! Definitely go with team Koru K9 Seattle!

Logan McCoy | a year ago

My partner and I worked directly w Sierra Fabian at Koru K9! We have a rambunctious American Staffy Mastiff breed (strong, aggressive and energetic) who needed a lot of work . We had gone through multiple trainers who had different styles but nothing was really working.

Sierra not only has a great way with dogs and is a very effective communicator with humans (something I feel other trainers sometime lack). Sierra breaks it down in clear language to show us how our dog thinks and interprets our words and actions. Understanding that was key to everything. How much tone and intention matter and being able to set boundaries and understand consequences was something no one else helped to draw as clear a picture.

Our relationship with our dog is forever changed for the better. It didn’t take very long either and he was already 5 yrs old so don’t think it’s too late. Sierra is one of the very best and I happily endorse her for any dog owner who is frustrated at any aspect of their fur baby’s behavior and wondering if it can be improved. It can! Let Sierra help and give her and Koru K9 a chance!

Bryan Botha | a year ago

Jee and her brother Deug-Min saved our boy Oliver and our sanity. He was getting more and more aggressive towards our older dog, and was showing the same tendencies towards kids. We just welcomed our newborn daughter and had accepted that he'd probably need to find a new home. This was absolutely heartbreaking, but we had tried other trainers and not made any progress. After 4 weeks with Auntie Jee he is a new man! He controls his impulses, he is WAY more relaxed, he is well mannered and listens. I also need to stress that he is still the same loving, playful and sweet boy. Just a better version. If we ever get another puppy, they'll be heading over to meet Auntie Jee! This level of training isn't cheap, but it was worth every penny to keep Oliver in our family. ❤

Jason D | a year ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Josh Ditty | a year ago

Chris Bustad from the Tacoma area was nothing short of amazing. We did 5 sessions for our girl Indiana who was becoming very aggressive towards one of our other dogs. We had gotten to the point we were afraid nothing would work for her and hold have to rehome her. After just one session of training her (and us), she started becoming much more responsive and less anxious. Now after our last session her behavior change is something I never thought we would see. Chris was great, always prompt and patient with the dogs and with training us. I initially was worried that the training wouldn’t work and now after seeing the results, I honestly would have paid more knowing how well Chris did with our dog. We plan to add a few more sessions because of how happy we are.

Mark Burns | 11 months ago

Our 1 year old had serious issues with resource guarding and had some aggressive behavior. Our positive trainer said a board and trainer is sometimes needed for such behavior. We called Koru, and signed up for the 3 week board training. John, our trainer has a ton of experience with dogs of all ages and habits, and even trains dogs for professional uses such as law enforcement. John brought him home after three weeks, well behaved and responsive to our commands. John spent an hour at our house demonstrating the best way to handle each situation, and offered to come by for additional sessions, and said we can always call or text him with any questions.

Brad Dahl | 11 months ago

John took my dogs in and was able to work on them over the span of a whole month. In that month he helped one of them get better with her fear aggression, pulling on her leash, and lack of focus when outside. For the other, he helped reduce her aggression towards other dogs when on walks to almost 0! He would send us videos, photos, and recaps of their progression regularly and called us with updates weekly. I could not have asked for a more patient and experienced trainer and will be recommending John and Koru to any fellow dog with a wish to have their dogs trained.

Marco Antonio Perez BA | 11 months ago

Clover was a great trainer. The difference I see with my dog is night and day. I would recommend him to anyone.

Kyle Sankey | 10 months ago

Grant is an amazing trainer and the best dog whisperer ever. He has done a great job with Captain training him. When I sent Captain with Grant he was stubborn, unruly and basically had no manners. Captain came back as a totally different dog. He now follows the rules that he has been given. I can’t say enough about Grant or this program.

Karie Ann Crowther | 10 months ago

My dog, Loki, a Husky mix, had all sorts of anxiety issues with people and anything outside of my house. I tried a dog training course which didn't help so I found someone to come to my house for a few sessions. That didn't help either. To make matters worse, Loki was starting to get a little nippy around new people so I found Koru as a last resort for Loki.

Heather Dodson was my trainer. I chose her for her background in psychology and extensive resume. I definitely chose the right person for Loki. He stayed with Heather for 4 weeks. During that time I got emails and videos to show Loki's progress. A few times, I spoke with Heather over the phone when she had a question about Loki or if I didn't understand a piece of the training. We always had very good communication. It was always 2 way communication with Heather listening to my concerns.

They say the proof is in the pudding. Well, when Loki was returned to me he was a completely new dog. He was still his goofy, derpy self, but now he wasn't as anxious or scared of everything allowing him the chance to be a dog and not a scared mess. I can now easily take him for walks without worrying that he's going to bite someone, bark at dogs or try to attack a car. I can have guests come into my house and not worry he'll bite them. He's an absolutely wonderful dog that was hiding under all of those fears. Heather helped bring the real Loki into the foreground.

Julie Donohue | 10 months ago

I recently sent my dog Lilly to work with Grant at Koru K9, and have been so impressed with the work he was able to achieve with her. Lilly was a rescue that bounced around to many different shelters after she had spent the first year of her life as a feral puppy, which makes her extremely hard to work with and to teach new things. Grant helped me give her the foundation of obedience she needs, and the results have greatly impacted our life!! She is able to sit, stay, heel, recall (which is AMAZING for her as she used to bolt at any sound or even if you dropped the leash) and is doing so much better with barking at guests and passerby's. I'm so grateful to have the tools and training I need to continue her education and make her an overall less fearful dog! Thank you so much!!!

Meredith Denny | 10 months ago

John is a godsend. He patiently worked with our dog's strengths to bring out his confidence, always highlighting a positive response in order to gain trust to allow for a more solid foundation for training to be established. Our dog was truly treated as part of the family, accepted for who he was as well as lovingly cared for and protected.

John also pointed us in the right direction as to the proper tools needed to continue our dog's training at home. No question was too small and answered without judgment.

Though much work is still left to be done, we look forward to days ahead knowing we will not be alone in this process.

Joyce Javier | 9 months ago

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Clover. Prior to our training, my dog Tally was stubborn and destructive in the house.Clover was supportive and patient throughout our five sessions. His training transformed Tally into a different dog that ‘s happy and responsive. I highly recommend him!

Rachel Huntley | 9 months ago

We have worked with two different trainers through Koru, Debbie and John, and had an excellent experience with both. Reggie, our rescue dog, is a 7yr old small terrier who came with a lot of reactivity and dog aggression issues. We had no idea what we were doing! After reading books on positive reinforcement training, I was very weary of using training tools like prong collars to work with his aggression, but Debbie helped us understand they were just another way to get his attention. She even had us put them on ourselves to ensure they wouldn't torture the dog. She helped us learn how to manage his outbursts and how to be more confident when we walk him, which helped tremendously.

Our most recent experience was working with John Garcia. We needed to travel out of town and couldn't find the right person to take care of him given his reactivity issues, so we signed up for the 3 week board and train. We were very anxious about being away from him for so long, but John walked us through all the ins and outs of what the experience would entail. He was responsive over text and sent videos once a week of his progress. When he came home, we were floored by his progress. He's an older dog, so he will likely always have reactivity, but he now focuses on us and heels on walks. John worked some serious magic! We can't recommend John, Debbie, and Koru enough. Yes, it's expensive, but so worth the investment. Just be aware that YOU may need just as much training—if not more—as your dog companion!

christa palazzolo | 9 months ago

John Garcia was our trainer for the 4 week board and train and he was really great throughout the whole process. He contacts on a regular basis through out the training with good updates. And he was always trying new ways to be sure our pup had the tools he needed. He know's his breeds and all of is advise was very helpful. Our Pup is much more manageable than he was prior to the training. His leash walking has improved 100%, he no longer pulls on our walks. He still likes to bark at other dogs from time to time, but this has as well improved a lot. we have been given tools to continue our own training and i'm sure with more time it will only get better. I appreciate all he has done to help us and our pup!

Kristen Eversole | 8 months ago

I could not be more pleased with my experience with Koru K9. My dogs (Casey and Hazel) and I learned so much! Our trainer, Sean, has been exceptional. He truly has a gift with dogs. Sean worked with us inside our home, outside our home and we went on multiple field trips. He even took the time to come to the barn where our horse lives to work directly with Casey and Hazel around the horses. Sean really cared about what is important to me as an owner. Under Sean's instruction I have learned how to be a calmer, more confident leader to my two dogs. I now have the tools I need to teach Casey and Hazel to be good citizens both inside and outside my home. I would highly recommend this type of instruction to anyone with a dog of any age needing some help.

Katie Stout | 8 months ago

Thank you, Grant! What a great experience all the way through!

Chrissy Black | 7 months ago

We worked with Chris Bustad from Koru K9. He was amazing, understood ours and our dogs need. He was very patient and gave us great lessons to channelize our dogs energy, train him with crate, muzzle, dog walking and interacting with other dogs (just to name a few). We highlight recommend working with Chris.

Shilpa Sharma | 7 months ago

Brian Ferguson has completely changed our lives. After just a month my 6 year old high energy, loving but nippy Labrador is a PERFECT angel. We get compliments everywhere on how calm and behaved she is. She is nearly perfect off leash now-even before training off leash. And is phenomenal on leash. My 3 month old puppy is now with Brian and his co-trainer Cody...and after a week is already amazing on leash, sitting and staying on her "place". These guys are magicians. My dogs are so well behaved and so HAPPY-I guess partly because of all the training treats-but they love doing the work, and the training. They love it. The training with Brian through Koru K9 has saved us. It's without question the best money I have ever spent. Ever. We are forever changed for the better.

Tania Ferguson | 7 months ago

I worked with Heather Dodd and she was amazing! My dog Rogue is reactive towards other dogs. Before her training she was very tense and hard to read, now she wakes up wagging her tail and constantly looking to me or my boyfriend for directions on what to do next. Since her training I am now able to take Rogue on heavily trafficked hikes and camping trips. Not only did Heather help put Rogue on the right track but she also helped me become more confident training Rogue. I was very timid and did not have the confidence to direct Rogue in the right direction. She taught me a lot about paying attention to my dogs body language and timing. She always answered and questions I had via email or in person and you can tell she really cares and wants to support YOU and your dog. This process has been a lot of work and will continue to be a lot of work, but it has been the BEST experience! If someone is willing to put in the work long term this program is wonderful and if you live in San Diego County Heather will help you and your pup be the best you can be.

elizabeth Ramirez | 6 months ago

I have a10 month old Labrador and I did in-home training with Natalie. We needed help with recall, excessive barking and other behavioral problems. I couldn’t be happier with the results! Natalie was a great teacher and was very innovative in helping correct the unwanted behaviors. The training is money well spent and I’m so glad I found them!

Dawn Farrell | 6 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Sunny Leinbach | 6 months ago

I honestly didn't know what to expect from Koru K9, despite the positive reviews I read. I don't really trust others with my dog and like to do everything myself. But I had issues of leash reactivity that I could not fix on my own despite trying several different approaches. The reactivity increased to where I stopped walking my dog, Tramp, because I didn't want it to get even worse. I contacted Koru K9, and they set me up with Sean. Sean came around to meet Tramp, and Tramp took to him right away. I could tell Sean knew what he was doing and would be attentive to my dog. I booked the hybrid training. After the board and train portion, I noticed a significant difference in Tramp; I could walk him without him pulling or reacting! Tramp was more calm and attentive in general. And I have since worked with Tramp in all the ways Sean told me would be necessary. Tramp has improved in ways I didn't even think he needed improvement. And the in-person sessions after the boarding portion of the hybrid plan have been great for me -- giving me more confidence in myself as well as my dog (Tramp was also super excited to see Sean again). Sean is very knowledgable, articulate, and has been exceptionally helpful. Although I thought it was expensive, and wasn't sure how it would work out, I am enormously pleased by the results and I think it's all been more than worth it, for both me and Tramp. Definitely 5 stars

William McIntire (Billy) | 5 months ago

We had a wonderful experience with Koru and specifically with our trainer Chris. We own two rescue pit bull mixes and they have come along way since working with Chris! Our new dog Daisy has especially improved with impulse control and leash reactivity. His love for dogs is very evident and his training methods were strict but also loving. My dogs already miss seeing him too. Can't recommend Koru enough!

Heidi Peerman | 5 months ago

One session in and it’s already been a game changer for us. We have a 1 year old Weimaraner who need guidance. Kenny was amazing and gave us the tools we needed to help our puppy! Worth every penny!

Megan Roberts | 5 months ago

KoruK9 was great to give our dog the training we needed to better control our active dog and to be able to enjoy our walks and play with our pup. Clover was our trainer and was excellent to understand our needs and to set a training program and schedule that worked for us and to get excellent training to our almost 2 yr old border collie terrier mix. Thanks. Gary K

Gary Kleiman | 4 months ago

REVISED: The team was very thorough in their follow up, including the follow up session that was really helpful. I was probably more unrealistic coming in and expecting a huge overhaul and change, but now completely understand its a process with me and my dog. We'll get there. Thank you for giving me the tools to do so!

My dog Kobe was very bad on the leash, pulling all the time and very reactive towards other dogs and people. He was away for 3 weeks and showed good progress, mainly on the leash. However, he still jolts at other dogs and tries to jump on people, so that aspect has not been improved as much as I would have liked, despite being consistent with the training he was given. I was hoping for a bit more progress there, but he's still much better on walks than before.

The trainer was very nice and informative, but again I wish for the price paid my dog came back a bit more controlled around people and other dogs, as that was a main driver for me sending him away.

Alan Joseph | 4 months ago

Koru and our trainer Sparky completely turned our leash reactive and barky dog around. I was so impressed with the way Sparky handled our dog and all the progress he made in 3 short weeks. We are now able to include our dog in many more of our daily activities and have so much peace of mind (and quiet!) at home. I would highly recommend Koru to anyone looking for training.

Taylor Biaggi | 4 months ago

I had Grant for a 4 week board and train. My toy poodle suffers from having anxiety and had issues with resource guarding specifically with food and a few issues with obedience . Grant took it on and was so helpful through the whole process. His communication was very thorough and made sure that I understood everything he was explaining from the beginning to the end. The go home session was extremely helpful for me to understand fully why this training is not only important during the process but after as well. I could not have asked for more honestly; I am extremely thankful for this program and for Grant being a part of my dogs growth and health to insure for a better life. Thanks so much!!

Vinsetta Long | 4 months ago

Amazing training! They came to my home and helped us train a very stubborn dog that all of his needs will be met. Since doing their training a few years ago, he has really thrived and has become a much sweeter pup

Emili Noel | 4 months ago

We sent our 2 and a half year old Australian Shepherd to Liz for a board and train program. Prior to the training, Kita was anxious and it was challenging to keep her on task and focused. She has been home now for 3 weeks, and she's like an entirely new dog! Liz was great at answering all questions, concerns and sending updates throughout her time there, she's also honest and straight forward! This training has allowed us to allow Kita to enjoy life with us even more and has given her confidence as she now understands how to communicate. Prior to training, if someone was walking by our house, there was no recalling her, now I haven't found a distraction too big to hold her attentio. She also LOVES training time now, she's Definitely more excited to train than to go on a walk.

Kyla Beaty | 4 months ago

Liz is not a wizard. So if you think dog training is something that you will send your dog to her for and you'll never have to work with your dog, you need to think again about owning a dog. That being said. If you are in Virgina or the Carolinas and you want to work on your relationship with your dog, you need to send your dog here.
We sent my wife's Aussie here. The dog had high levels of anxiety and stress and was difficult to train for us. She pulled on a leash, would drag us on runs, would not come back when called (unless she wanted to), and generally just did what she wanted.
When we got the dog back we worked with Liz to learn how to communicate with our dog. That's what Liz does. She gets on the dogs level and teaches the dog how to communicate with people. She then takes time with the owner and teaches them how to communicate with the dog. You WILL NEED to keep working with your dog after you get them back but Liz has done the heavy lifting already. She taught the dog what it needed to know and sets you and the dog up for success.
She is excellent with dogs and she's one of those people that "just understands dogs."
Liz is the answer you need. Hire her asap and listen to what she has to say.

Ian Beaty | 4 months ago

I met with Chris B for three lessons and learned so much about dog training. He was informative and really understood the issues we were having and had reasonable solutions, practices, and timeline for us to follow. My dog is a Catahoula Leopard rescue and has a high prey drive. This resulted in difficulties with on leash walking, correct play behavior, issues greeting people, and issues with recall. One of the biggest issues was with play, he had a tendency to snap and play very roughly. After spending over a year trying different trainers using R+, I wanted to see if a balanced training approach fit us more. I was a little nervous, but Chris actually showed us how to use the tools of a balance training. This has completely transformed my dog and to my surprise my relationship with my dog. My dog (Tobi) is way more excited to participate in training and since switching I find that he is more receptive. In the last 6 months we have taken Tobi to farmers markets, dozens of hikes, and to so many events. If you have any issues or are interested in dog training, I would definitely recommend Koru K9 and Chris B from Seattle!

Aurora Authement | 3 months ago

The St. Louis Team, Ted and Sarah, worked wonders on our aggressive German Shepherd with the board and train program and then all of the follow up sessions. This was not our first time seeking help from a trainer and it was apparent right away, at an on-board session, that they knew what they were doing and explained everything to us owners so that we can do better since it really stems from our actions. Scheduling the on-board provided as a meet and greet to let us see if it would be a good fit before signing up, so I would recommend that if you are unsure! We can now comfortably take our dog on walks around people and other dogs!

Madeline Fleer | 2 months ago

Hailey is a miracle worker; I truly got back a totally new-for-the-better dog. Proton, my dog, had a lot of anxiety and it was always a struggle to leave the house or ever walk away from her when I took her out with me - crying, howling, total meltdowns. I got back a calm, confident dog who I can safely leave at home or in a down stay while out! Truly never did I think I could have this experience. We recently did our first off-leash trail run and even ran into a few other dogs. It was a resoundingly positive experience and our bond has only continued to strengthen since getting her back! She now heels perfectly, is extremely well mannered, and literally everyone who has seen her since I got her back from Hailey had been so impressed with all the changes. I cannot sing loud enough praises of Hailey. Anyone who works with her in the future is lucky to have her!

Rebecca Hayoun | 2 months ago

We couldn’t be happier with the training our grand dog, Amos, received with Alanna. Amos was an anxious and unpredictable 7-year-old pit bull when he began his training and returned a confident and calmer dog. Since we are not his primary caretakers, we were a bit anxious to care for him without our daughter present. After 4 weeks with Alanna, he was able to sooth himself when alone and was also very responsive to the sit/down/heel/ and place commands, which were the focus of his training. Alanna kept us informed of his progress during the training period and gave us an extensive review of the training techniques and commands when he was returned, including very helpful videos.
Alanna is very easy to work with, and is responsive to any questions we have. Her explanations of the reasons for Amos’ undesirable behaviors and how to modify them have really helped us understand how to work with him. We have a better understanding of how to make him feel safe and he is a much happier dog!

Janie Heisner | 2 months ago

We had an awesome experience with Koru K9. We sent our two dogs, a hound doberman mix and lab mut mix for a month while we were away. First and foremost, we can tell Celeste and Tinto are gifted trainers and truly have a passion for dog training. Our dogs are like our kids so knowing they were in the super capable hands of Celeste and Tinto was extremely reassuring. After one month, it was amazing to see the transformation the dogs underwent. Celeste provided routine communication and updates while we were separated from our dogs and also spent several hours training us with them upon return. They really want to empower you with the tools to continue the dog training so that the habits really stick. Also, it was also good to know our dogs were getting hikes every morning in a big outdoor area where they live - the fact they have a big property with tons of land just sounded like an ideal environment for our dogs. Also, one of our dogs is uncomfortable with kids and they worked with their son to help reduce his anxiety in the presence of kids - this just speaks to going the extra mile in my mind. Couldn't recommend Koru K9 enough (and specifically Celeste and Tinto) if looking to create some last behavior change resulting in happier lives for you and your dogs.

Tim Harwood | 2 months ago

Chris Bustad from Koru K9 is an amazing trainer! Our dog started attacking our other dog during Covid-19 lock down without any reason. Chris helped us finding the tools to redirect her energy and to be well adjusted to our family. Now we have a peaceful home dynamic! We highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who is looking for help with their dog in any capacity.

Natalia Morales-Wiedmaier | 3 weeks ago

Koru K9 was amazing and my trainer, Clover, was the best I could have asked for! Learned a ton. Absolutely will request Clover again the next time I need training!

James Ryan | a week ago

Amazing!
Annette my trainer, has been from the start so empathetic and caring about my pup's, Abu, progress. When I first got him he was very reactive towards dogs, couldn't heel very well, and pulled on the leash at times. Annette worked with me and Abu to get our communication at a more structured level.
I also was very inexperienced with veryous training tools and in fact quite intimated by them. She help me learn and understand what the tools are there for and how to use them in a fair and empathetic way. Absolutely amazing. My 7 week course took Abu from pulling on the leash to heeling right by my side, even around distractions, as well as an Off Leash Camping Dog! I'm able to recall him from over several hundred feet away with high a success rate and the speed in which he bolts back... holy moly hes a rocket ship. Abu can now enjoy being an off leash doggie in the wild with me :) and that's priceless. Truly one of the best investments I have ever made. Thank you Koru, Thank you Annette :)

Omeed Meshkat | a week ago

We worked with Heather in Portland and our results have been amazing. Our rescue pup had some significant behavioral issues, including fear aggression. After a month with Heather, his behavior is dramatically better. We learned so much as well and I finally feel we're on the right path with him. He's on his way to living his best doggie life with his family and we couldn't be happier. Thank you, Heather!

Claire Frank | 3 hours ago

Our dog, Moxie, a Belgian Malinois, became stranger aggressive around 15 months of age which coincided with the birth of our first baby. The timing was terrible. But Samantha, Bridget and Jefferson, the amazing folks we've worked with at KoruK9, jumped right in to help us with Moxie. We ended up putting Moxie with Samantha for a 4 week board and train program and we are SO happy we did. Moxie returned a more confident dog which made it easier for us to train her as well! We always knew we would have to religiously train and exercise this breed of dog so we were prepared for the work involved. But this work has really paid off. Moxie can hold her place with strangers and we no longer worry we can't handle her when she becomes fearful. These guys are awesome and anyone looking for strategies to work with a dog who has developed behaviours not compatible with modern life should turn to them. They are practical and kind and they work hard to help the dog fit into the family life. I couldn't recommend them more highly.

Google Review | 5 years ago
Google Review | 4 years ago

Amazing trainers who truly care about their clients and clients dogs, they pour their hearts into every dog they work with. Highly recommend!

Google Review | 4 years ago

Phenomenal coaches! Really made a difference with our sweet puppy's behavior!

Google Review | 4 years ago
Google Review | 4 years ago

Koru K9 has saved the lives of at least three of my client's dogs that otherwise would most likely have been ordered destroyed though the court system. Highly recommended for problem dogs. My recommendation is to contact them BEFORE the police/courts have become involved and it may really save your dog's life and save you a lot of heartache.

Google Review | 4 years ago

Just like to say that if I live in the area of koru k9 I would choose these people over anyone. They are amazing people who do fantastic work with dogs of all breeds shapes and sizes. Simply the best

Google Review | 4 years ago

Koru K9 Training ROCKS! Best investment I have ever made and I would do it again and again. Very knowledgable owners and trainers who are truly in it because they care - you can tell they love what they do! My dog fell in love with his trainer and WE both learned so much from Koru K9. They are still there for us anytime we need advice and encouragement. I recommend them ten times over!!! I trusted them SO much that I drove from TEXAS to Colorado and it was worth every mile and every dollar!!!!

I can't express how grateful I am to Koru K9! Kareena and Bridget are rock stars in my book!!

Axl completed a 3 week board and train with Kareena and the difference in him in that small amount of time is nothing short of AMAZING. We have received so much support - before, during, and even after Axl's training - and I have learned so much. Kareena spent several hours and several sessions with me over the course of the weekend I came to pick him up, to insure that I was comfortable and had the tools I needed before heading home to Texas. She is thorough, fun, energetic, talented, and full of so much knowledge that if I could have taken her home with me, I would have!! And Axl just adored her fun loving spirit that I don't think he wanted to leave her at all HA!! :)

Koru K9 - Bridget and Kareena - are phenomenal! I just can't say enough about what they gave to Axl and to me. My dog is a confident dog and I am now a confident handler; the relationship with him has grown tenfold in this short amount of time because he looks to me for direction, and I know how to give it to him. Of course, I am still learning but the most amazing thing about Koru K9 is that they are STILL there for me and Axl with support, guidance, and encouragement every step of the way. First class trainers, all the way!! Thank you for everything!

Google Review | 4 years ago

When I contacted Koru K9, I was at my wits end with our 7 year old Shepherd Mix, Brodie. I had lost all trust and confidence in my relationship with him. We had Brodie since puppyhood, but as he matured and after the passing of our dominant German Shepherd five years ago, his behavior and personality began to shift throughout the years. Brodie is very intelligent, an independent thinker, but it was becoming more obvious his obstinance dictated his listening skills and how he behaved, it was on his terms.

Although he is not dog aggressive and lives with two other German Shepherds, he became increasingly leash reactive to other dogs. Our walks became stressful and not enjoyable; the environment was over stimulating and controlled unwanted behaviors, preventing him from staying focused on me. His recall was non-existent and he could not be trusted off leash, especially in front of our home. All in all, I saw this as a recipe for disaster unless I got help, which lead me to Koru K9. The owner, Bridget Murphy, connected me to one of their trainers, Samantha Lee.

Samantha came to our house to discuss the areas of concern and evaluate Brodie. During the evaluation session, I saw immediate results with her working with Brodie, including his aggression to other dogs while on a short neighborhood walk. She educated us with his body language, "when to" and "how to" apply the proper correction during his heightened state of mind. She was a miracle worker in the two-hour period. I liked what I saw and without hesitation, I was excited to start training with her.

I have always been an advocate for prong collars and found them to be an effective training tool when used correctly. However, Brodie is one of those dogs that required the use of an E-collar. Before I incorporated the E-collar into our training, Samantha taught me how to use it properly, and the results have been amazing. Surprisingly enough, Brodie gets excited to see the E-collar and sits for me to put it on him. He knows it is time to work, loves it and I love working with him.

Fast forward, I have completed four training sessions with Samantha and beyond pleased with the outcome. Samantha was my navigation system when I became lost. She was an integral component to reinforce proper leadership and respect between me and Brodie. Brodie no longer fills in the blanks on his own, and when he does, I help him make the right choices. We are still work in progress, but my relationship with him has transformed 180 degrees beyond words can describe. Brodie was only going to be as good as I was. Samantha was the key to our success, training me to help bring out the best in Brodie. Her wealth of knowledge and dog training skills is truly invaluable.

Over the years of being a dog owner to German Shepherds, I have used good trainers, but I have to say Koru K9 training philosophies and Samantha are at the top of my list. Anyone who does not get the proper training and guidance is really doing themselves and their dog a disservice. My only regret is I wish I would have contacted Koru K9 much sooner. Thank you Koru K9!

Google Review | 4 years ago

This is the best group of trainers you will find anywhere. They are knowledgeable, use balanced training methods, and truly love dogs! Every interaction I've had with one of the trainers has been positive and left me wanting more. Can't thank these guys enough for being such a stand-up group of dog trainers.

Google Review | 4 years ago

I went to Koru K9 after noticing unusually aggressive behavior from my 2 y/o pit bull mix, Mara, around other dogs. I had begun working with a positive reinforcement trainer and wasn't seeing any results, in fact, it was getting worse and she got into it with my roommate's dog. After having a small meltdown on the phone as I told my story to Koru's kind and empathetic owner, Bridget, she reassured me that they had the tools to help me, but was also super real about the fact that I'd need to put in the work to see results.
I signed Mara up for the 3 week board and train program for behavior adjustment, and while I was hesitant at first about spending the money, I know now that it was worth every penny. My situation was unique in that I was heading out of town before the b&t began and didn't know what to do with my newly aggressive dog, but Bridget bent over backwards to get Mara in early and it worked out that she was able to work with not one, but three badass trainers: Sofia, Celeste, and Tino. They sent me lots of videos and pics of training sessions, along with updates on her progress, and Bridget also checked in with me throughout the 3 weeks.
Sofia is amazing. She's so fun to work with, and her warm hand-off when the b&t was up helped set us both up for success as Mara transitioned back home. While Mara's response to commands isn't yet flawless, she's paying MUCH better attention and trying so hard to get it right, and she's even begun looking to me for guidance during our daily routine.
My advice for b&t clients: Take advantage of the resources that Koru provides. Read the book, listen to the podcasts, ask a ton of questions, and be prepared to put in the work.
These folks are super profesh, and I can't recommend them enough.

Google Review | 3 years ago

I adopted my dog from a no kill shelter when she was five years old. For over two years I had constant leash aggression problems with her. I adapted, walked her at night when no one else was out, crossed the street when other dogs approached. Avoidance was my watchword. Things reached a head when a dog mounted her and she, in turn, bit the dog. I finally contacted Koru K9 and entered her in the board and train program. I wish I had done so sooner. They even drove out to pick up and drop her off (a good two hour drive).Heather frequently contacted us during Emma's training program, sending updates and letting us know what they were doing in training and how we would do the same. When she was done with the program Heather did the one-on-one, and an additional one on one a few weeks later. For the first few months with her at home we trained and trained, and about 50% of the time she wouldn't react on leash. Then suddenly, three months after training, she wasn't reacting to other dogs anymore. I am SO PROUD of her and thankful for the training. Perseverance is key, you can't just drop them off at the trainer and have the magic cure. Not only is she not reacting to dogs, but she is extremely obedient. We can off leash heel to our hearts content. Thanks Heather and Koru K9

Google Review | 3 years ago

My baby girl Maya came home today after 2 weeks of board and train with Koru trainer Jeremy. I rescued her from the pound in April and though she was a very sweet girl with me, she was very fearful of men and lacked confidence, she chewed on everything and would not always come when she was called. My mom has sent both of her dogs for training with Koru (trainers Becca and Samantha) and had amazing results so I thought it would be good for Maya to get some professional help. I could not have asked for a better trainer and a better company. Maya came home knowing her place command, heeling well, responding to her ecollar with ease, much better recall, and she walked right past my slippers without grabbing one! She definitely bonded with Jeremy and was very comfortable with him which was a huge step for her in terms of her confidence. I am beyond thrilled with the great work he did and I would definitely recommend Koru to anyone who needs a little extra help with training, especially if you work as much as I do. I am very excited to continue progressing her skills at home and will definitely send her for round two with him in the next few months. I give koru and their team members 10 out of 10. They are very quick to respond to inquiries and Jeremy sent me many updates via email with attached videos so I could see how well Maya was doing. When he brought her home today he spent ample time teaching me her new commands and how to use her training tools properly, I did not feel rushed, he was open to any and all questions I had and made sure I knew how to continue building on her training before he left. Thank you so much for all of your help and for taking such good care of my girl. I feel confident that I will be a much better dog owner with the knowledge that I have now thanks to Jeremy and Koru K9.

Google Review | 3 years ago

I highly recommend Koru K9 San Francisco for expertise in learning to work with your dog. Sofia, the trainer we worked with, helped us to understand what we had been doing right, taught us to use different tools and methods that met the individual needs of our dogs, and supported us and our efforts as we learned to work with our easily excitable corgi. We contracted for 7 training sessions which took place over 3-4 months. We saw improvement after the very first session and at the end of 7 sessions, we have a dog who is considerably better behaved and less reactive. Even our neighbors comment on the difference. Again, I highly recommend Koru K9 San Francisco. For those interested in a bit more detail of our experience, read on.

We reached out to Koru K9 San Francisco to address our 2 year old Corgi’s reactivity issues toward other dogs. As a puppy, he had been through different group training sessions was a star pupil, and was happy to be around and play with other dogs. At about 11 months old, he suddenly became reactive with other dogs, he even went after our other Corgi. We chalked it up to “challenging the pack order” as that fit with his age. Also, we noticed his reactivity was heightened if I showed attention to another dog. We worked with a dog trainer (NOT KORU K9) to try to address this behavior. While we had some success, a year later, we were still dealing with the behavior issues. After learning of Koru K9, I had a phone consultation and scheduled an in person evaluation. The phone consultation helped me to understand Koru K9’s balanced training approach. The in person evaluation let me know Sofia, the trainer we’d been matched with, had the skill and expertise needed to help us work with our dog. Over the 7 sessions, Sofia taught us methods to work with Pickles and taught us how, when, and why to use a prong collar and e-collar with Pickles. In addition, she offered different suggestions to improve our other dog’s behaviors. I was really impressed with her ability to see the differences in our two dogs and to quickly identify different methods that would work with each dog. It was not a one size fits all approach to working with your dog. Also, very importantly, Sofia set a reasonable expectation for us. She told us, “I can’t make him like other dogs.” To which I replied, “I’m okay with that, I just need him to not lunge and growl at other dogs.” She said that aiming for “neutral” was a reasonable expectation and achievable.

THE RESULT: After 7 training sessions, Pickles walks in a heel (this happened in the first 10 minutes of the 1st training session), while Pickles will notice another dog and may bark or growl, he no longer lunges at the other dog or pulls my arm trying to get to the other dog (more improvement to come on this), we’ve successfully dined out at a restaurant with both dogs with other dogs passing the patio where we sat, Pickles runs off leash in off leash parks with large open spaces and comes back with the aid of the e-collar, play time includes games that utilize Pickles natural energy level AND reinforces training, and most importantly, our household has far less stress as we better understand Pickles needs and how to communicate with him (and he understands what it is that we are asking of him).

Google Review | 3 years ago

If it weren't for Kareena from Koru K9 (Denver), I would still have a very leash aggressive, explosive, door-rushing, out of control dog.

My sweet, sweet 3 year old, 42lb. Border Collie/Pit Mix was until she was attacked a few times when being introduced to "nice, friendly dogs" after we adopted her. She slowly began becoming aggressive to the point where I would walk her after dark and cross the street if any dog, bike or runner was coming towards us to try and eliminate the dirty looks and frustration for both Lola and I. She was not welcome to come to river to fish with us anymore and we had to take her to the dog park when no one else was there just so she could play with her frisbee.

I had been researching in-home dog trainers in the Golden, CO area for a while and never pulled the trigger because I was never sold on the philosophies of other trainers in the area. They weren't specific enough.
What caught my interest in Koru K9 was their philosophy of Balanced Dog Training. Not positive reinforcement only training. Not harmful/dominate training....Balanced. It is truly amazing and it has changed how I see my dog for the better. The cost is extremely do-able and our training was tailored to Lola and the goals we wanted to reach with her.

I was very nervous for Kareena to meet my dog for the first time as I had a laundry list of bad habits and incidences that Lola had acquired within the last two years. Within the first 10 minutes of the consultation (HUGE BONUS of Koru K9) Kareena had evaluated that her aggression started as fear based but had turned into a game for Lola. Game on.

The first session/consultation we had Lola walking in the heel command which we were never able to do before and making slight corrections. We just kept building from there. I could tell right away that Kareena has a passion and immense knowledge of dogs and a passion for helping owners gain knowledge to better understand their dogs. Kareena brought her dogs for a couple sessions to work on leash aggression which was beyond helpful. She also wanted to try an E-Collar with Lola. We spend a solid 30 minutes learning how and when to use it and how to gauge the levels based on her behavior so that we felt comfortable using it. It is humane and Kareena described it as a "tap on the shoulder" which I now use to explain it. We also got comfortable with the life-changing "place" command. 5 sessions later, I was walking my dog in Wash Park on a Saturday afternoon without one aggressive episode towards other dogs, bikes and runners. She was executing her "place" command where ever we asked her to. Lola has more confidence in herself and it is showing through her actions. I also am so much more confident with my understanding of Lola and what she needs from me as her owner to be successful. What I appreciate so much is that Kareena explained everything to us each session as "here is the behavior to look for" and "here is how to correct".

We had to re-locate to Bozeman, Montana shortly after our last session and I am able to confidently take Lola on hikes, fishing, floating and in public with out stress. There is still things to work on with her but I now have the tools to keep the training going thanks to Kareena. I am beyond grateful for Koru K9 and Kareena!

Google Review | 3 years ago

Marianna at Koru K9 was a miracle worker! We rescued Solomon at 2.5 years old, we could tell he was a sweet dog but had major leash aggression, and he was jumping our fence to attack dogs walking by. Decidedly NOT good from a 80# pitbull! We were either going to be sued, he would be euthanized, or both. This was our last ditch attempt after a failed experience with a "Positive Reinforcement" type trainer. I am happy to report that Solly is a different dog today after doing a 4 week Board & Train. Marianna taught us how to be a good team leader, and communicate with Solomon in a way that he could understand what is expected of him, and what is not permitted. Walks are a pleasure now, and overall the whole family is calmer and more well adjusted. LIFE IS GOOD! Thank you Marianna and Koru K9!!

Google Review | 3 years ago
Google Review | 2 years ago

I must say absolutely without a doubt that working with Koru K9 has been far and above beyond expectations. I was at a loss with my 3 year old husky, Dean. He was people aggressive, dog aggressive and had awful leash manners and boundaries. I knew I couldn't find the solution on my own and I'm SO glad I found Koru K9 to help! His trainer, Kim Rosin, totally came to the rescue. From the very first session together she was attentive to everything we needed and were worried about. She made us feel comfortable with the whole process and I felt she did a fantastic job explaining everything and making sure we knew exactly what to expect and do to help our boy.

Between the day she came for the intro session and a week later when he left for the 4 week board and train we already saw a huge difference just implementing what we had been taught. After he came home it was like night and day! He's still the same stubborn little man he has always been but now he's got a very firm foundation of manners. He gets SO excited to go on walks and loves showing off his new skills. It's incredible to see my previously very nervous and anxious pup be able to lounge outside the dog park and be calmly curious about the goings-on with the other dogs! You can practically see the pride in his eyes when he corrects himself without having to be told.

I feel Kim was the perfect match to train him, she read him like a book and got him to warm up to her at an awesome pace. He's known to be a very sensitive and particular dog but she figured out his quirks and made very effective strides regardless. I was wary of the use of stim collars and prong collars because this is a dog who will act as though he's lost his foot if he gets a blade of grass between his toes. However, with gentle introduction and adjusting for his sensitivity he is very very comfortable with using them and gets excited to put them on in the morning and get started!

I can't wait to keep working with Kim and my boy and will readily recommend Koru K9 to ANYONE in need of help, big or small. It's so beyond worth the investment to see my Dean so happy and carefree when he's out and about. I'd do it all over again just to see him glowing with curiosity and excitement instead of hackles raised with anxiety. Thank you SO SO much. My boy gets to love his life now and it's all thanks to this amazing team!

Google Review | 2 years ago

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Koru K9, their staff and their trainers. We researched trainers and training programs extensively for our two year old French Bulldog who had developed reactivity towards other dogs and strange people.

From the moment I reached out to Koru K9, I felt heard, supported, encouraged and didn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed of our baby’s behavior challenges with everyone I spoke with. We did the Muttamorphosis Board & Train program in Denver and I trusted our trainer, Kareena fully. She is absolutely amazing! She took wonderful care of our baby and we were totally blown away by how much they accomplished in just the three weeks he was gone!

We have so much incredible support from Koru K9 as we continue the amazing workKareena did at home now. Their whole approach and philosophy of a balanced dog and successful communication between you and your dog is truly something I believe in. I would highly recommend Koru K9 to anyone who struggling with any sort of behavior challenge, they will truly change your life❤️

Google Review | 2 years ago

Our husky was aggressive and bit a few people (mailman, biker & teenager) so we were really worried about him & having 2nd thoughts about rescuing him. But after 3 weeks with Koru K9, he's like a different dog! He goes to his "Place" and stays calm when the same people come over that he was lunging at before, he heels, and he seems happier. Thank you!!

Google Review | 2 years ago

This review for Celeste and Tino from KoruK9 is long overdue from our end.
As a backdrop, we adopted Hendrix a Siberian Husky when he was about 18 months old. We are first time dog parents so my wife and I were learning a lot about pets, dogs and huskies at the same time. Hendrix was awesome however he did not have much training and did not know much commands. He also too excited during walks and with other dogs. We needed to get him training and also get some help for ourselves.
At this time, we reached out to KoruK9 for their board and train program. Celeste and Tino picked up Hendrix for 4 weeks of training. They were friendly and explained quite a bit to us upfront.
After the training, Hendrix has learnt quite a few commands, walks much better on leash and is much more calmer with other dogs. Hendrix has always been an awesome puppy with tons of energy and always friendly towards humans. The training provided him and us the tools to be successful over a period of time.
As parents we are still training ourselves and reinforcing things with him however he has been awesome following the training. Celeste, Tino and Brian (who was our trainer) were patient and answered quite a few questions during the first 2 weeks back.
As a family, Hendrix still tests us as a puppy with extremely high energy however KoruK9 provided us a solid foundation to be successful as a new family and pack!
We would recommend them, and a ton of patience as a dog parents, if you are looking for training for your furry family member!

Google Review | 2 years ago

My husband and I adopted an adorable rescue named Foxie. She had been picked up from a non-profit rescue after winding up at a Modesto kill shelter and unfortunately, they were not honest about her needs. Foxie had scars on her face for a reason, she had clearly fought for resources and depended on her teeth for survival. I've had rescue dogs my entire life and never had any extreme type behavioral issues, I was not equipped to handle it. After bringing her home, and weeks of severe separation anxiety (she'd cry and howl for 8-10 hours straight), we hired a 'positive-only trainer' which is what the bay area really pushes. As weeks advanced, Foxie showed us leash aggression and it quickly went from bad to unbearable. Neighbor's were staring and we were desperate for help. The positive only trainer's solution was to hide behind cars and other exercises that resulted in no improvement. She learned to sit however, the aggression built and only got worse, it ended up in her attacking a dog who got too close. As devastated as were, we knew this positive only trainer was not remotely qualified to help and we cut our losses at week 7.

After hours of google research, we chose Koru K9 as a balanced trainer and it was our last shot at keeping our little rescue. We were matched with Heather. The training worked. We chose the 3-week board and train and Heather warned us it's a commitment but works. We are now 5 weeks out and Foxie is a different dog. It has been a commitment to learn how to train and how to mold her towards a different way of life and together, we're doing it. We love her and are so so proud of her. Listen to the podcast, read the recommended books, and DON'T GIVE UP. I can't imagine my life without this little soul. She was fixable.... And that was thanks to Heather! Heather beats with a dog heart, she shared a personal story with her background that resonated with me. She see's hope in the not easy dogs - and I'm convinced there are more dogs with issues than non (like humans). It is truly remarkable to see a dog with severe issues turnaround, it simply takes a good trainer. I am forever indebted to her for believing in our furry and showing me the potential too. I love my little Foxie. If you deal with leash reactivity, please know I almost gave my dog away over it - traumatizing for me. . . and I am so glad I didn't. If you're on the fence, feel free to reach out to me directly. This was worth every penny. None of Koru's or Heather's practices made me (the biggest animal advocate ever) uncomfortable, I'd actually argue it saved our rescue's life. We couldn't recommend Heather more and truly thank her. Foxie saw 9 dogs today on a walk without a reaction and after training finally has an appetite! She's turned into a dog and we couldn't love her more.

Google Review | 2 years ago

We sent our pup, Luke, to a 3 week board and train with Sofia and are so incredibly happy with the results. Sofia is an amazing trainer who speaks dog fluently and truly connected with Luke. We have been keeping up with the training she taught him and us and over a month later he is still improving. Our relationship with Luke is better than it has ever been, and I can thank Sofia for that! Sofia definitely put in the time and work to make great strides with Luke, and was very dedicated to his improvement. Thank you Sofia!!

Google Review | 2 years ago

My neighbor has started using this company to help train her aggressive dog and the difference is amazing after just two lessons with Tierney! Our complex is a thousand times more peaceful thanks to this company, thank you!

Google Review | 2 years ago

Koru K9 and Damian are friendly, professional and knowledgeable about dog/owner training. We signed up for one training session and after that day purchased a package. There was one visit where we expressed frustration with the slow progress of our puppy. Damian reassured us this was normal and it was ok to feel like this way. And he was spot on on! Things have improved so much and we just love our German Shepard puppy. We have one session left and we have already talked about extending so we can continue the progress we have see with ourselves and our puppy, Star.

Google Review | 2 years ago

Kim and Damian are absolutely fantastic trainers and the only I would recommend! I have an 8 month old Siberian Husky that was honestly the most difficult dog I’ve ever seen. He would pull so hard I would have to hold on with both hands walking him anywhere, jump on anyone he ever got near, extremely crazy around any other dog he even saw, and really would not listen to anyone at all. I decided to try a board and train program and was very worried he was too out of control for any trainer, but was wrong! Kim/Damian from the start of the program kept me up to date on his progress extremely well. He got home from the board and train and is a completely different dog! It was completely unreal and unexpected how fantastic he is doing after a month with them. He walks on the leash with no tension at all, sits, lays, stays, listens extremely well, and looks like the most well behaved dog, even in very busy places! After the board and train was done I wanted advice on something’s for him so contacted them. Within minutes they were on the phone with the exact answers I needed! Kim and Damian have been a lifesaver and I would not recommend another trainer but Kim and Damian!

Google Review | 2 years ago

Sean in STL helped our dog become much more confident and better behaved.

Google Review | a year ago

We were looking for a dog trainer who could do in home visits. Because that’s where our problem was. Since we added a new pup (3 yo Olde English bulldogge) to our household our first dog (1 year old pug. Yeah I know 😝) became extremelt territorial. Both dogs showed strong signs of resource guarding, and instigated fights over toys, treats and attention. But ONLY at home. We found KoruK9 and Rebecca is our trainer. We have learned so much from her. The way she breaks everything down is easy to understand and follow. Everything she teaches builds on one another and that ensures you are successful along the way. Which then builds confidence in your dog and yourself as owner (handler).
13/10 would recommend

Google Review | a year ago

Koru K9 did amazing work with our 2-year-old dog. Our dog was starting to become much more protective of my husband and me vs. other dogs. He got jealous when other dogs came up to us and wanted to be petted. He was becoming randomly reactive to other dogs and we really struggled to understand why his behavior was changing so quickly and so much for the worse. Also he went bonkers when someone knocked on our front door.

I called Koru K9 and we started with weekly training with Irini, who was wonderful. Unfortunately though it became clear we needed more serious training and put him in a 3 week board and train with Heather. It was absolutely incredible what Heather was able to achieve with Wallace in just 3 weeks. Heather quickly identified for us some of the issues for our dog: too much freedom at home, he lacked confidence and felt insecure. She did so much work with him to bring him confidence and calm. She sends photos and videos every few days to provide updates on how Wallace is doing, what training they are working on, and the videos help preview what exercises you will need to start doing for your dog once he comes home.

Wallace came back and was a totally different dog. He didn't react to the doorbell at all. That was an incredible transformation. And he was extremely obedient, calm and confident. Importantly, Wallace loves Heather so much haha. So I know he loved all the training and she took such good care of him in her own home!

Now, here is where you have to be realistic and honest with yourself. Once your dog comes home, maintaining your dog's progress takes real work on your own part. A trainer is not just going to deliver a perfectly behaved dog and you do nothing. It takes serious work (and coordination :) ). And I can tell when we are being lazy about it because I notice our dog behaving less well. Dogs like boundaries, obedience, structure, etc. So you have to give it to them. It takes work but it is worth it. The best part is that your trainer stays in touch with you to help you through this. I share videos and texts with Heather to get her advice on how to handle our dog

If you get anxious because of your dog's behavior in various situations, I highly recommend Koru K9 and Heather if you can request her in the Bay Area. I am much more at ease taking our dog out and to other people's homes, when a few months ago, I was so nervous to do it in case he reacted if my friend's dog tried to come up to me.

Google Review | a year ago

Heather and the KoruK9 program were awesome! Exactly what we were hoping for to get our pup off to a good start. We got updates and felt in the loop the whole time. She came back significantly better at hanging in her crate, has the basics of walking on a leash, place, appropriate play, and we feel significantly more aware of how we should be working with Frankie to promote really good behavior going forward. She went into the program at ~14 weeks.
The in-person lessons have also helped quite a bit to figure out how to manage real world scenarios. We’re looking forward to more work with Heather.
By the way- for those concerned that 2 weeks is a long time for a puppy and they’ll come back way bigger and you’ll miss important time with them- we can assure you they still come back a puppy and the time goes by extremely quickly .
The board and train boot camp is well worth it! I wouldn’t get a puppy in the future without it.
Thanks Heather and KoruK9.
-Charlie and Lucy (and Frankie!)

Google Review | a year ago

I signed my dog, Indi, up for the Rover Reboot due to her leash reactivity and not feeling in control of her anymore. I felt like my life with her was revolving around avoiding situations in order to remain feeling in control. I was hesitant at first due to the cost, being I only make minimum wage and I am a student, but it was definitely worth it. John Garcia was Indi’s trainer for the boarding portion, and I can not say enough to express how grateful I am for him. He was so kind and made me feel comfortable about Indi going away. He clearly had SO much experience training dogs and always gave me phone calls and photo updates on Indi’s progress. Each week I was amazed with her progress! John was always honest and now my and Indi’s quality of life have improved drastically. Before Indi went with John, in order to feel somewhat in control of her on walks, I would put a muzzle and harness with a handle on top. Now all Indi needs to walk is a pinch collar and muzzle only if I am worried we will encounter an off-leash dog. She walks right by my side and now listens to me and my family. She is great about going to her place and staying. John answered all of my questions thoroughly and even though Indi is back with me, he told me I can call or email anytime with any additional questions. An added bonus was that John was very safe about wearing his mask and being mindful of distance during this pandemic! With hard work, everyday Indi is improving. I am so glad I chose to have Indi do this program and if you decide to, I definitely recommend John Garcia!

Google Review | a year ago

I've now used KoruK9 for a second time and am beyond pleased with my experience - would highly recommend them to anyone - from behavior modification to puppy training! The first time was to help manage our leash aggressive and very high energy hunting dog. After working with them all I get is compliments of how well trained our dog is - I rarley have to use a leash on him at all.

Recently my spouse wanted to get a puppy. This caused a lot of anxiety because our dog didn't hardly tolerate other dogs when out on a walk and he was very aggressive with young dogs - we couldn't imagine him living with a puppy. We worked with Cory from the first week we brought our GSP puppy home and after 8 weeks of hard work, the puppy is very well trained and obedient, and the two dogs play together but also have a very respectful relationship. Cory helped not only to further our older dogs training and making him less reactive and even better behaved, but also helped us to start our GSP puppy off correctly and ensure that not only she become an amazing dog but also have the correct skills to be able to live with an older, anti-social dog. Extremely happy with every part of our training experience with Cory.

If you have a puppy and don't know where to start, or any age dog that needs some brushing up or even some severe behavior issues that are causing you or the dog stress give KoruK9 a call!!! I guarantee you will not regret it.

Google Review | a year ago

It is very expensive but saved my dog and saved my marriage.

I was just looking up the contact info for my latest referral and noticed I never gave a review. I tell everyone who doesn't have control of their dog that they should send them to Koru. Out of control dogs are dangerous and potentially heartbreaking. Koru gives you the tools to have a happy safe dog.

Google Review | a year ago

Our dog was disobedient and didn’t listen to any of the commands (recall, quiet, etc) we taught him, and our trainer Brian took him for a few weeks to help him manage his anxiety and listen to commands. He now is a totally different dog, but in the best way! Same personality, new tricks! We now have a calmer, more controllable dog who can go outside without a leash without any worry of what he might do or where he might go. Brian was exceptional; he was responsive, reliable, a true expert, thorough, and truly cared for our dog. Our dog definitely missed him when Brian dropped him off! He is a person of true quality and is 100% capable of any training need you may have!

Google Review | a year ago

My husband and I consider ourselves to be pretty experienced with dogs. We are on dog number five, and number five is where we were stumped. Hank is a rescue we adopted at 12 weeks, outside of Fresno. He was scared from the start but by 6-7 months, we started experiencing serious issues with his fear of strangers and over-excitement with other dogs on-leash. We signed up for 7 sessions with Sierra and we could not be more satisfied. We learned SO much about dog behavior and Hank’s needs in particular. We made huge changes and some very minor changes - everything she taught us or suggested had positive results. It takes work and time but with consistency Hank has come nearly full circle and even if he has his moments, at least we understand what to do to help him. Sierra tailored our sessions for the dog park, our home, our neighborhood walks and we were able to space the sessions out to benefit everyone the most. After a few meetings with Sierra I jokingly told my husband that I wished we could just have Sierra on retainer indefinitely. Little did I know she’d still be checking in on Hank months after our last session. I cannot speak more highly of our experience and outcome with Sierra and Koru k9.

Google Review | a year ago

We hired Koru to help with our dog after he had a "nipped" a few people on separate occasions and to be able to take our dog for walks with out him lunging and barking and growling at other dogs as we passed by. After working with Cory, we have finally been able to meet our goals. Cory was especially flexible with our busy schedules and extremely with our super hard-headed lil rat terrier. We now have a great communication with our dog and hikes and walks are stress free! We are so proud of the outcomes and super happy we made this investment. 10/10. Would hire Cory again. No doubt.

Google Review | a year ago

This is a belated review for Celeste, Tino & Jake who did an amazing job with our Australian Shepherd puppy Copper, who had some intense reactivity issues due to lack of socialization during the shelter in place and some poor interactions with other dogs due to our lack of experience as first-time dog owners.

Before the board-and-train Copper would not be able to walk past another dog without pulling, lunging and barking - now we can walk post almost all other dogs without any issues, despite other dogs always seeming to be interested in him and pulling and invading his space. On the occasions that he does get worked up by another dog who is reacting to him, we have the knowledge and tools to quickly defuse the situation before he goes into the "red zone".

Copper is able to be off-leash with a reliable recall and get to enjoy being a dog without us being nervous or feeling like he has to be on the leash all the time to avoid getting into any trouble.

We still have some stuff to work on (he is a stubborn Aussie after all!) but we know the only issues he has now are a result of the pandemic and lack of exposure to certain things, particularly have guests / "strangers" over which is still a struggle for him right now. We have clear instructions of how to handle this situation and have done so successfully, we just need things to get back to normal and invite a lot more people over that are willing to help make having people over a positive experience!

More recently we had Copper stay with Celeste and Tino just for boarding, and they were able to see the progress he had made which was great to know that we've been doing a good job after the amazing platform they provided - being consistent isn't easy when your dog likes to test you and keep you on your toes!

Overall Celeste, Tino and Jake did an amazing job and we have learned so much about the importance of structure and really understanding what is needed to be a leader for stubborn working dogs and we can't thank them enough for making things so much better for our sweet but occasionally rogue Aussie.

Yes, the price is expensive, but you can't put a price on having a better relationship with your dog!

Google Review | a year ago

We called because our German Shepard started getting aggressive towards our other dog. Sierra was wonderful! We saw instant improvement the first session. Not only did our Ellie learn how to go for walks without pulling, as well as other commands, we learned just as much so we could continue her training during the week. Still a long way to go to be the “perfect dog” so to speak. But Ellie is a completely different dog now and such a joy to be around and take for walks. No more pulling and she is starting to ignore other dogs we pass while she is “working”. I would recommend Koru K9 to anyone wanting to improve their dogs attitude, training, and yours as well!

Google Review | a year ago

Brittney at Koru K9 is amazing! We just completed our 1st in home training session after getting Dwight back from the 3 week board and train program. Dwight is a 11-month old Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel mix that needed general obedience/manners training. We have been extremely happy with the program thus far and look forward to continuing our training sessions.

While Dwight was boarding we received countless instructional videos and texts from Brittney with updates on his progress. It was great to have that communication with her and an opportunity to better understand what the training entailed. After being gone for 3 weeks, Dwight returned a different dog - in a good way! He is still his same sweet and playful self, but he is calmer, less needy, and overall more enjoyable to be around. The foundation was clearly laid for Dwight and we just need to work to maintain his good behavior.

One of the things I have been most impressed with about Brittney is her ability to teach the owners how to train and correct their dog. She is extremely patient and does a great job of walking you through exactly how to execute a command. We have also appreciated Brittney's willingness to answer our many questions via text and video now that Dwight has returned home. She really cares about her clients (owners & dogs) and wants you to succeed!

Google Review | a year ago

Sierra with Koru K9 helped us create a strong bond with our golden retriever puppy, Boomer, and taught us how to effectively communicate with each other. From the beginning, she taught us a LOT about puppies that we had no idea about. We really appreciated that she was able to come into our home to start training in a low-distraction place and also help us make adjustments to our environment (such as not having toys out all over every room). Over the course of six one-on-one training sessions with Sierra, Boomer went from barely responding to his name to having reliable recall in places/scenarios we never thought possible. We can’t thank Sierra enough & fully support the strong foundation that Koru K9 practices. This foundation of balanced training couldn’t have been more perfect for Boomer & we are so thankful that we met Sierra when we did. My advice is to work with Sierra at Koru K9 & give the e-collar a shot! Your dog will be so much happier, trust you more, and ultimately have the strongest relationship yet.

Google Review | a year ago

Our dog is 7 years old and had a lot of behavioral issues, including fear-based aggression and biting, that my husband and I just didn't know how to work with. We'd tried group classes before - which were helpful for teaching some basic commands, but didn't really teach us how to address the behavioral stuff. We were desperate to find someone who could teach us how to help our dog. Koru K9 was pricy - like all private dog training - but 100% worth the investment. Our trainer, Damien, took the time to understand what we were dealing with and showed us how work with our dog to reward good behavior, and correct bad behavior. And he's like a completely different dog now! Things like going for walks are so much less stressful than before. He doesn't pull anymore, he listens to us, and is much more comfortable having people and other dogs walk by. We can actually take him places now. He's more confident out in the world and we're more confident in helping him navigate different situations. He's not perfect by any means, and it's definitely a lot of on-going work! But it's paid off and we're willing to keep doing the work to give our dog a better life. I highly recommend the investment in training with Koru. It's drastically improved our quality of life.

Google Review | a year ago

Hi, I can't say enough regarding Koru K9's results modifying the effects of high anxiety and aggression our dog was living with. He is a very bright and loving dog but has anxiety towards strangers, dogs on leash and new situations. This made my walking him a nightmare at items when we would need to pass other people and their dogs or when other distractions, like rabbits etc. would run across the street. Celeste and Tino had Romeo for 4 weeks and provided Romeo with the guidance and training to be a happier dog and for me to be a more relaxed doggy owner. There are so many areas they covered in his training and the improvement in his responsiveness and focus is enormous. Most importantly they worked with me so I could follow up the work and keep his structure and training moving forward. I would recommend this training not only for dogs that we feel have issues but for any dog to help them live a calmer and happier existence. Thank you, Koru K9 Marilyn

Google Review | a year ago

I was super lucky to get paired up with trainers Jee and Deug-Min when I reached out to Koru because I can honestly say they changed mine and my dog’s life. I adopted a rescue from oversees right before COVID and, over the course of the year, began to notice some behavioral problems she had with resource guarding around other dogs. We had unsuccessfully tried a few other trainers and I was beginning to worry that I would never feel confident controlling my dogs behavior or trusting her around other dogs. Jee and Deug-Min took my dog on for a 3-week board and train and I can honestly say that I was given back a totally different dog. They knew that what my dog was missing was a solid set of boundaries and structure (and a few stern “No’s!”). Since implementing that with their help, my dog is so much happier, a much better listener, and absolutely thrives under her routine. She’s much more confident and well behaved around other dogs and we were even able to dog-sit a friends dog for a whole week with no fighting! I recommend the training (and specifically Jee and Deug-Min as the trainers) to everyone with a dog because I see how much of a difference they have made in my dogs life. They have continued to work with us after the initial training and we plan to keep working with them as needed for my dog. She’s also totally obsessed with them and gets so excited when she gets to see them for follow-ups, which I think speaks volumes. Attached is a photo Jee sent me during their 3-week board and train!

Google Review | a year ago

Jee-Hae & Deug-Min with Koru K9 were an incredible (brother/sister) team. I literally called Jee-Hae in tears seeking a last resort for our hot-mess of a rescue mix. He literally is every prey/high drive breed you can imagine. We have 4 kids and another rescue, so hoped he would fit in well with our busy life. Although he was great inside our home, he acted like a jerk on walks and we never felt totally comfortable, given his anxiety. He's had 2 bite incidents, that left us with some hefty vet bills for the dogs involved. We knew if we didn't try helping me, he'd be put down. We initially started working with Deug-Min with some in-home training to buy time until we could get Jimmy Chew going in their 6-Week Board & Train + Rehabilitation program. We gained some successful tools in the few in-home lessons, and once space was available for the board & train, we were all in. Jee-Hae did a great job walking us through what we could expect and gave us hope that he can exist in our family, with continued training & conditioning of what he learned while at "camp" aka B&T. He's adapting well at home and he's working hard for his rewards. We know he'll always have to be a dog that needs to be "managed", which Jee-Hae was very clear on, we are thrilled at the changes in his temperament, since he's been in their care. Whether they like it or not, we consider them family, given how much time and love they gave to our Jimmy Chew, training him, as if he was their own. From start to finish, they were both so thorough in what he's learned at each weekly check in, and in-person meet up for training. Regardless of your dogs "issues", Koru K-9 helped us through some really sad & unsettling times. We are very grateful!

Google Review | a year ago

I really have to give Jee and Deug-Min 5 out of 5. They have changed our lives and the lives of our dogs. We came to them with my dog Arya who had problems with aggression for years up to that point. She had viscously attacked our other dog Frodo many times and even bitten me on a few occasions. Many dog trainers told me she was too old to change and essentially offered me no options. I felt like I might have to rehome Arya, the dog I had raised from a puppy. But then I found Jee and Deug-Min at Koru and they told me from the start that it was all trainable and Arya was not a lost cause. After a 3 week board and train program Arya came back a new dog. The transformation was hard to believe. She understood how to control herself and how to listen to me. Jee and Deug-Min also gave me all the tools I needed to be a better dog owner for Arya. I needed training too and they helped so much. Both Jee and Deug-Min developed a wonderful bond with Arya as well and we all have little walk reunions with all the dogs every once and a while. The anxiety my wife and I were experience with such an aggressive dog was very difficult. It made traveling and day to day life very stressful, but Jee and Deug-Min saved the day and we have peace in the house ever sense. I continue working with Arya every day based on what I was taught by Jee and Deug-min. Remember you're dog isn't a lost cause. There are experts out there who know how to transform and train your dogs. They are professionals so please trust them and listen and learn. You and your dogs will be in very good hands.

Google Review | a year ago

I cannot compliment Jee Hae and Deug-Min Choe out of Seattle enough. They changed my life and my relationship with my dog, Hobbs. Hobbs reacted to strangers and pulled on the leash. I was afraid to be near people with him on a leash. But through strength and kindness, they taught Hobbs and I how to communicate with each other. I now walk Hobbs around the neighborhood like a pro, hike with him off leash and take him swimming without fear. I love them! And I would recommend them to anyone. And so would Hobbs! Here is a picture from one of his amazing adventures with Jee and Deug-Min!

Google Review | a year ago

Jee and her brother Deug-Min are absolutely amazing. I adopted a rescue dog who started to attack small male dogs. His aggression and separation anxiety seemed to be getting worse and worse over the months I had him. I was doubtful training would fix the problem but they were happy to take him on. After the 4 week training, he has come back so well behaved with clear boundaries and self control. The situation that had felt totally overwhelming and hopeless now feels completely manageable. They are talented, caring trainers who changes our lives! Highly recommend.

Google Review | a year ago

I just wanted to take a quick minute to say what a fantastic experience I had with Sean and KoruK9. Eight weeks ago, I was sobbing because I was afraid I may have to give up my beloved mutt, Cupcake. Now? She is the best possible version of the dog I always believed she could be.

Before training, Cupcake was sweet and loving with my family, but uncontrollably reactive to outsiders. She would dash out the door to chase people walking by. I couldn’t walk her because if she saw someone across the street, she would lunge and bark and lose her mind. It was humiliating and dangerous, and I was terrified she would bite someone.

I hired a purely positive trainer last year. Cupcake wouldn’t work with her. She just stared and refused to move. No amount of treats would convince Cupcake to walk a step, and it eventually felt like she only stopped barking in terror long enough for me to stuff more chicken in her face. At the trainer's suggestion, I talked to my vet about medication. Medication got me a dog that was both stoned and reactive. Finally, the trainer gave up, suggesting more drugs, more chicken, and more of the same.

After a few months of increasing medication without any behavioral improvement, I realized that I needed to do something to help Cupcake or we were going to lose her. I knew she could be a great dog because she was sweet and loving with us. I just had no idea how to help Cupcake or manage her behavior.

Enter Sean.

Immediately, he was unphased by Cupcake's reactive tantrum. Sean just exuded confidence--of course he could help us; of course I could have a dog who behaves. His confidence helped me be confident.

Cupcake's behavior began to improve during our first training session. You could see the gears turning in her head as she began to sort out what was expected of her. Soon, Sean had us practicing in public--taking her to dog friendly stores. Sean provided constant, regular feedback and coaching, teaching me to be a better trainer for my own dog. I felt like I was able to communicate expectations to Cupcake in a way I couldn't before. Her training was overwhelmingly positive, but Sean gave me the tools I lacked to correct Cupcake when needed.

Eventually, I took Cupcake back to a park where we had once attempted a miserable walk while she lunged and barked at every passerby. This time? She walked and sat and practiced "down" while completely ignoring everyone around us. In consultation with her vet, I've been weaning her off her medication. She's a happier and healthier dog, and she's no longer stoned off her face. I feel confident taking her places, so she gets to live a more full life and I get to enjoy the dog I always wanted.

Hiring KoruK9 and Sean was the best decision I could have possibly made for Cupcake and I. I'm confident in my ability to help her progress even further, and I'm also confident that I can better introduce any future dogs into our family and avoid the issues we developed with Cupcake. I cannot say enough good things about Sean, and would recommend him and KouK9 without hesitation to anyone whose dog needs training or behavior modification.

Google Review | a year ago

Worth every penny! The education is priceless. We loved our trainer Heather. She was very professional and knowledgeable!

Google Review | a year ago

Jee Hae Choe is an incredible dog whisperer! Without her help we would have been unable to keep our wild unmannered husky. I’ve trained many dogs before but I was not getting anywhere with Xena and could not figure out what I was doing wrong. When Xena bared her teeth at me that was the final straw and luckily we found Koru K9 and Jee. Jee recognized that Xena’s brain was wired differently and set us up with a structured training and behavior program. She trained us and the dog! Now we are learning how to manage Xena. This dog is smart but Jee is always a step ahead with her incredible skills. Thanks Jee!

Google Review | a year ago

Cory was great and helped us accomplish our goals with just the 6 session package. The constant communication between sessions and his investment in helping us was great! Our dogs now get along and can be around each other with no issues. I would recommend Koru K9 and especially Cory to anyone who was looking for a trainer.

Google Review | a year ago

Our experience with Koru K9 was nothing short of amazing! We did 3 sessions with Jee, their incredible trainer in Seattle, WA. Our dog is a rescue from Texas that needed a lot of attention and training, he was very anxious, nervous, lacked confidence. By our final(3rd) session with Jee, there was a night and day difference. He is more confident, well trained, has great recall and heal, everyone loves him. All our friends and family have definitely noticed the difference and ask us what we did to get him to this point. Jee helped to teach us how to work in sync to best train and communicate, which tools were right for our dog and how to use them correctly and effectively. Training will always be an ongoing process but we can now take our dog to parks, breaches, hiking off leash and know he will listen, stay close and always come back, all thanks to what Jee and her team taught us. And of course, we are so proud of our dog! Definitely go with team Koru K9 Seattle!

Google Review | 11 months ago

My partner and I worked directly w Sierra Fabian at Koru K9! We have a rambunctious American Staffy Mastiff breed (strong, aggressive and energetic) who needed a lot of work . We had gone through multiple trainers who had different styles but nothing was really working.

Sierra not only has a great way with dogs and is a very effective communicator with humans (something I feel other trainers sometime lack). Sierra breaks it down in clear language to show us how our dog thinks and interprets our words and actions. Understanding that was key to everything. How much tone and intention matter and being able to set boundaries and understand consequences was something no one else helped to draw as clear a picture.

Our relationship with our dog is forever changed for the better. It didn’t take very long either and he was already 5 yrs old so don’t think it’s too late. Sierra is one of the very best and I happily endorse her for any dog owner who is frustrated at any aspect of their fur baby’s behavior and wondering if it can be improved. It can! Let Sierra help and give her and Koru K9 a chance!

Google Review | 11 months ago

Jee and her brother Deug-Min saved our boy Oliver and our sanity. He was getting more and more aggressive towards our older dog, and was showing the same tendencies towards kids. We just welcomed our newborn daughter and had accepted that he'd probably need to find a new home. This was absolutely heartbreaking, but we had tried other trainers and not made any progress. After 4 weeks with Auntie Jee he is a new man! He controls his impulses, he is WAY more relaxed, he is well mannered and listens. I also need to stress that he is still the same loving, playful and sweet boy. Just a better version. If we ever get another puppy, they'll be heading over to meet Auntie Jee! This level of training isn't cheap, but it was worth every penny to keep Oliver in our family. ❤

Google Review | 11 months ago

Bryan (and Cody!) and his team in the Nashville Area did phenomenal work with our very difficult Husky Mix. We're beyond thrilled with the progress they made. Not only were our dog's behaviors transformed during the board & train but we feel fully equipped to maintain his training going forward after a very thorough explanation and walkthrough with them upon our dog's return. Bad behaviors we feared we would contend with for a lifetime are now replaced by structure and methods we can use to redirect and reinforce good behavior. We can't say enough good things. Thank you Bryan, Cody & gang, and the Koru Team!

Google Review | 11 months ago

Chris Bustad from the Tacoma area was nothing short of amazing. We did 5 sessions for our girl Indiana who was becoming very aggressive towards one of our other dogs. We had gotten to the point we were afraid nothing would work for her and hold have to rehome her. After just one session of training her (and us), she started becoming much more responsive and less anxious. Now after our last session her behavior change is something I never thought we would see. Chris was great, always prompt and patient with the dogs and with training us. I initially was worried that the training wouldn’t work and now after seeing the results, I honestly would have paid more knowing how well Chris did with our dog. We plan to add a few more sessions because of how happy we are.

Google Review | 11 months ago

Our 1 year old had serious issues with resource guarding and had some aggressive behavior. Our positive trainer said a board and trainer is sometimes needed for such behavior. We called Koru, and signed up for the 3 week board training. John, our trainer has a ton of experience with dogs of all ages and habits, and even trains dogs for professional uses such as law enforcement. John brought him home after three weeks, well behaved and responsive to our commands. John spent an hour at our house demonstrating the best way to handle each situation, and offered to come by for additional sessions, and said we can always call or text him with any questions.

Google Review | 10 months ago

John took my dogs in and was able to work on them over the span of a whole month. In that month he helped one of them get better with her fear aggression, pulling on her leash, and lack of focus when outside. For the other, he helped reduce her aggression towards other dogs when on walks to almost 0! He would send us videos, photos, and recaps of their progression regularly and called us with updates weekly. I could not have asked for a more patient and experienced trainer and will be recommending John and Koru to any fellow dog with a wish to have their dogs trained.

Google Review | 10 months ago

Clover was a great trainer. The difference I see with my dog is night and day. I would recommend him to anyone.

Google Review | 10 months ago

Grant is an amazing trainer and the best dog whisperer ever. He has done a great job with Captain training him. When I sent Captain with Grant he was stubborn, unruly and basically had no manners. Captain came back as a totally different dog. He now follows the rules that he has been given. I can’t say enough about Grant or this program.

Google Review | 10 months ago

My dog, Loki, a Husky mix, had all sorts of anxiety issues with people and anything outside of my house. I tried a dog training course which didn't help so I found someone to come to my house for a few sessions. That didn't help either. To make matters worse, Loki was starting to get a little nippy around new people so I found Koru as a last resort for Loki.

Heather Dodson was my trainer. I chose her for her background in psychology and extensive resume. I definitely chose the right person for Loki. He stayed with Heather for 4 weeks. During that time I got emails and videos to show Loki's progress. A few times, I spoke with Heather over the phone when she had a question about Loki or if I didn't understand a piece of the training. We always had very good communication. It was always 2 way communication with Heather listening to my concerns.

They say the proof is in the pudding. Well, when Loki was returned to me he was a completely new dog. He was still his goofy, derpy self, but now he wasn't as anxious or scared of everything allowing him the chance to be a dog and not a scared mess. I can now easily take him for walks without worrying that he's going to bite someone, bark at dogs or try to attack a car. I can have guests come into my house and not worry he'll bite them. He's an absolutely wonderful dog that was hiding under all of those fears. Heather helped bring the real Loki into the foreground.

Google Review | 10 months ago

I recently sent my dog Lilly to work with Grant at Koru K9, and have been so impressed with the work he was able to achieve with her. Lilly was a rescue that bounced around to many different shelters after she had spent the first year of her life as a feral puppy, which makes her extremely hard to work with and to teach new things. Grant helped me give her the foundation of obedience she needs, and the results have greatly impacted our life!! She is able to sit, stay, heel, recall (which is AMAZING for her as she used to bolt at any sound or even if you dropped the leash) and is doing so much better with barking at guests and passerby's. I'm so grateful to have the tools and training I need to continue her education and make her an overall less fearful dog! Thank you so much!!!

Google Review | 10 months ago

John is a godsend. He patiently worked with our dog's strengths to bring out his confidence, always highlighting a positive response in order to gain trust to allow for a more solid foundation for training to be established. Our dog was truly treated as part of the family, accepted for who he was as well as lovingly cared for and protected.

John also pointed us in the right direction as to the proper tools needed to continue our dog's training at home. No question was too small and answered without judgment.

Though much work is still left to be done, we look forward to days ahead knowing we will not be alone in this process.

Google Review | 9 months ago

I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with Clover. Prior to our training, my dog Tally was stubborn and destructive in the house.Clover was supportive and patient throughout our five sessions. His training transformed Tally into a different dog that ‘s happy and responsive. I highly recommend him!

Google Review | 9 months ago

We have worked with two different trainers through Koru, Debbie and John, and had an excellent experience with both. Reggie, our rescue dog, is a 7yr old small terrier who came with a lot of reactivity and dog aggression issues. We had no idea what we were doing! After reading books on positive reinforcement training, I was very weary of using training tools like prong collars to work with his aggression, but Debbie helped us understand they were just another way to get his attention. She even had us put them on ourselves to ensure they wouldn't torture the dog. She helped us learn how to manage his outbursts and how to be more confident when we walk him, which helped tremendously.

Our most recent experience was working with John Garcia. We needed to travel out of town and couldn't find the right person to take care of him given his reactivity issues, so we signed up for the 3 week board and train. We were very anxious about being away from him for so long, but John walked us through all the ins and outs of what the experience would entail. He was responsive over text and sent videos once a week of his progress. When he came home, we were floored by his progress. He's an older dog, so he will likely always have reactivity, but he now focuses on us and heels on walks. John worked some serious magic! We can't recommend John, Debbie, and Koru enough. Yes, it's expensive, but so worth the investment. Just be aware that YOU may need just as much training—if not more—as your dog companion!

Google Review | 9 months ago

John Garcia was our trainer for the 4 week board and train and he was really great throughout the whole process. He contacts on a regular basis through out the training with good updates. And he was always trying new ways to be sure our pup had the tools he needed. He know's his breeds and all of is advise was very helpful. Our Pup is much more manageable than he was prior to the training. His leash walking has improved 100%, he no longer pulls on our walks. He still likes to bark at other dogs from time to time, but this has as well improved a lot. we have been given tools to continue our own training and i'm sure with more time it will only get better. I appreciate all he has done to help us and our pup!

Google Review | 7 months ago

I could not be more pleased with my experience with Koru K9. My dogs (Casey and Hazel) and I learned so much! Our trainer, Sean, has been exceptional. He truly has a gift with dogs. Sean worked with us inside our home, outside our home and we went on multiple field trips. He even took the time to come to the barn where our horse lives to work directly with Casey and Hazel around the horses. Sean really cared about what is important to me as an owner. Under Sean's instruction I have learned how to be a calmer, more confident leader to my two dogs. I now have the tools I need to teach Casey and Hazel to be good citizens both inside and outside my home. I would highly recommend this type of instruction to anyone with a dog of any age needing some help.

Google Review | 7 months ago

Thank you, Grant! What a great experience all the way through!

Google Review | 7 months ago

We worked with Chris Bustad from Koru K9. He was amazing, understood ours and our dogs need. He was very patient and gave us great lessons to channelize our dogs energy, train him with crate, muzzle, dog walking and interacting with other dogs (just to name a few). We highlight recommend working with Chris.

Google Review | 7 months ago

Brian Ferguson has completely changed our lives. After just a month my 6 year old high energy, loving but nippy Labrador is a PERFECT angel. We get compliments everywhere on how calm and behaved she is. She is nearly perfect off leash now-even before training off leash. And is phenomenal on leash. My 3 month old puppy is now with Brian and his co-trainer Cody...and after a week is already amazing on leash, sitting and staying on her "place". These guys are magicians. My dogs are so well behaved and so HAPPY-I guess partly because of all the training treats-but they love doing the work, and the training. They love it. The training with Brian through Koru K9 has saved us. It's without question the best money I have ever spent. Ever. We are forever changed for the better.

Google Review | 6 months ago

I worked with Heather Dodd and she was amazing! My dog Rogue is reactive towards other dogs. Before her training she was very tense and hard to read, now she wakes up wagging her tail and constantly looking to me or my boyfriend for directions on what to do next. Since her training I am now able to take Rogue on heavily trafficked hikes and camping trips. Not only did Heather help put Rogue on the right track but she also helped me become more confident training Rogue. I was very timid and did not have the confidence to direct Rogue in the right direction. She taught me a lot about paying attention to my dogs body language and timing. She always answered and questions I had via email or in person and you can tell she really cares and wants to support YOU and your dog. This process has been a lot of work and will continue to be a lot of work, but it has been the BEST experience! If someone is willing to put in the work long term this program is wonderful and if you live in San Diego County Heather will help you and your pup be the best you can be.

Google Review | 6 months ago

I have a10 month old Labrador and I did in-home training with Natalie. We needed help with recall, excessive barking and other behavioral problems. I couldn’t be happier with the results! Natalie was a great teacher and was very innovative in helping correct the unwanted behaviors. The training is money well spent and I’m so glad I found them!

Google Review | 6 months ago

Grant was amazing with my two pitmix adult dogs! His communication with me was thorough and encouraging during their board & train. He worked with them both individually to correct reactive behaviors/leash etiquette/house etiquette and then worked with them together on those skills. He also did a great job educating me on how to continue being consistent with their training at home after their boarding was over. I now feel confident and in control when handling and caring for my two 70 + pound dogs (:

Google Review | 6 months ago

I honestly didn't know what to expect from Koru K9, despite the positive reviews I read. I don't really trust others with my dog and like to do everything myself. But I had issues of leash reactivity that I could not fix on my own despite trying several different approaches. The reactivity increased to where I stopped walking my dog, Tramp, because I didn't want it to get even worse. I contacted Koru K9, and they set me up with Sean. Sean came around to meet Tramp, and Tramp took to him right away. I could tell Sean knew what he was doing and would be attentive to my dog. I booked the hybrid training. After the board and train portion, I noticed a significant difference in Tramp; I could walk him without him pulling or reacting! Tramp was more calm and attentive in general. And I have since worked with Tramp in all the ways Sean told me would be necessary. Tramp has improved in ways I didn't even think he needed improvement. And the in-person sessions after the boarding portion of the hybrid plan have been great for me -- giving me more confidence in myself as well as my dog (Tramp was also super excited to see Sean again). Sean is very knowledgable, articulate, and has been exceptionally helpful. Although I thought it was expensive, and wasn't sure how it would work out, I am enormously pleased by the results and I think it's all been more than worth it, for both me and Tramp. Definitely 5 stars

Google Review | 5 months ago

We had a wonderful experience with Koru and specifically with our trainer Chris. We own two rescue pit bull mixes and they have come along way since working with Chris! Our new dog Daisy has especially improved with impulse control and leash reactivity. His love for dogs is very evident and his training methods were strict but also loving. My dogs already miss seeing him too. Can't recommend Koru enough!

Google Review | 5 months ago

One session in and it’s already been a game changer for us. We have a 1 year old Weimaraner who need guidance. Kenny was amazing and gave us the tools we needed to help our puppy! Worth every penny!

Google Review | 5 months ago

KoruK9 was great to give our dog the training we needed to better control our active dog and to be able to enjoy our walks and play with our pup. Clover was our trainer and was excellent to understand our needs and to set a training program and schedule that worked for us and to get excellent training to our almost 2 yr old border collie terrier mix. Thanks. Gary K

Google Review | 4 months ago

REVISED: The team was very thorough in their follow up, including the follow up session that was really helpful. I was probably more unrealistic coming in and expecting a huge overhaul and change, but now completely understand its a process with me and my dog. We'll get there. Thank you for giving me the tools to do so!

My dog Kobe was very bad on the leash, pulling all the time and very reactive towards other dogs and people. He was away for 3 weeks and showed good progress, mainly on the leash. However, he still jolts at other dogs and tries to jump on people, so that aspect has not been improved as much as I would have liked, despite being consistent with the training he was given. I was hoping for a bit more progress there, but he's still much better on walks than before.

The trainer was very nice and informative, but again I wish for the price paid my dog came back a bit more controlled around people and other dogs, as that was a main driver for me sending him away.

Google Review | 4 months ago

Koru and our trainer Sparky completely turned our leash reactive and barky dog around. I was so impressed with the way Sparky handled our dog and all the progress he made in 3 short weeks. We are now able to include our dog in many more of our daily activities and have so much peace of mind (and quiet!) at home. I would highly recommend Koru to anyone looking for training.

Google Review | 4 months ago

I had Grant for a 4 week board and train. My toy poodle suffers from having anxiety and had issues with resource guarding specifically with food and a few issues with obedience . Grant took it on and was so helpful through the whole process. His communication was very thorough and made sure that I understood everything he was explaining from the beginning to the end. The go home session was extremely helpful for me to understand fully why this training is not only important during the process but after as well. I could not have asked for more honestly; I am extremely thankful for this program and for Grant being a part of my dogs growth and health to insure for a better life. Thanks so much!!

Google Review | 4 months ago

Amazing training! They came to my home and helped us train a very stubborn dog that all of his needs will be met. Since doing their training a few years ago, he has really thrived and has become a much sweeter pup

Google Review | 4 months ago

We sent our 2 and a half year old Australian Shepherd to Liz for a board and train program. Prior to the training, Kita was anxious and it was challenging to keep her on task and focused. She has been home now for 3 weeks, and she's like an entirely new dog! Liz was great at answering all questions, concerns and sending updates throughout her time there, she's also honest and straight forward! This training has allowed us to allow Kita to enjoy life with us even more and has given her confidence as she now understands how to communicate. Prior to training, if someone was walking by our house, there was no recalling her, now I haven't found a distraction too big to hold her attentio. She also LOVES training time now, she's Definitely more excited to train than to go on a walk.

Google Review | 3 months ago

Liz is not a wizard. So if you think dog training is something that you will send your dog to her for and you'll never have to work with your dog, you need to think again about owning a dog. That being said. If you are in Virgina or the Carolinas and you want to work on your relationship with your dog, you need to send your dog here.
We sent my wife's Aussie here. The dog had high levels of anxiety and stress and was difficult to train for us. She pulled on a leash, would drag us on runs, would not come back when called (unless she wanted to), and generally just did what she wanted.
When we got the dog back we worked with Liz to learn how to communicate with our dog. That's what Liz does. She gets on the dogs level and teaches the dog how to communicate with people. She then takes time with the owner and teaches them how to communicate with the dog. You WILL NEED to keep working with your dog after you get them back but Liz has done the heavy lifting already. She taught the dog what it needed to know and sets you and the dog up for success.
She is excellent with dogs and she's one of those people that "just understands dogs."
Liz is the answer you need. Hire her asap and listen to what she has to say.

Google Review | 3 months ago

I met with Chris B for three lessons and learned so much about dog training. He was informative and really understood the issues we were having and had reasonable solutions, practices, and timeline for us to follow. My dog is a Catahoula Leopard rescue and has a high prey drive. This resulted in difficulties with on leash walking, correct play behavior, issues greeting people, and issues with recall. One of the biggest issues was with play, he had a tendency to snap and play very roughly. After spending over a year trying different trainers using R+, I wanted to see if a balanced training approach fit us more. I was a little nervous, but Chris actually showed us how to use the tools of a balance training. This has completely transformed my dog and to my surprise my relationship with my dog. My dog (Tobi) is way more excited to participate in training and since switching I find that he is more receptive. In the last 6 months we have taken Tobi to farmers markets, dozens of hikes, and to so many events. If you have any issues or are interested in dog training, I would definitely recommend Koru K9 and Chris B from Seattle!

Google Review | 3 months ago

The St. Louis Team, Ted and Sarah, worked wonders on our aggressive German Shepherd with the board and train program and then all of the follow up sessions. This was not our first time seeking help from a trainer and it was apparent right away, at an on-board session, that they knew what they were doing and explained everything to us owners so that we can do better since it really stems from our actions. Scheduling the on-board provided as a meet and greet to let us see if it would be a good fit before signing up, so I would recommend that if you are unsure! We can now comfortably take our dog on walks around people and other dogs!

Google Review | 2 months ago

Hailey is a miracle worker; I truly got back a totally new-for-the-better dog. Proton, my dog, had a lot of anxiety and it was always a struggle to leave the house or ever walk away from her when I took her out with me - crying, howling, total meltdowns. I got back a calm, confident dog who I can safely leave at home or in a down stay while out! Truly never did I think I could have this experience. We recently did our first off-leash trail run and even ran into a few other dogs. It was a resoundingly positive experience and our bond has only continued to strengthen since getting her back! She now heels perfectly, is extremely well mannered, and literally everyone who has seen her since I got her back from Hailey had been so impressed with all the changes. I cannot sing loud enough praises of Hailey. Anyone who works with her in the future is lucky to have her!

Google Review | 2 months ago

We couldn’t be happier with the training our grand dog, Amos, received with Alanna. Amos was an anxious and unpredictable 7-year-old pit bull when he began his training and returned a confident and calmer dog. Since we are not his primary caretakers, we were a bit anxious to care for him without our daughter present. After 4 weeks with Alanna, he was able to sooth himself when alone and was also very responsive to the sit/down/heel/ and place commands, which were the focus of his training. Alanna kept us informed of his progress during the training period and gave us an extensive review of the training techniques and commands when he was returned, including very helpful videos.
Alanna is very easy to work with, and is responsive to any questions we have. Her explanations of the reasons for Amos’ undesirable behaviors and how to modify them have really helped us understand how to work with him. We have a better understanding of how to make him feel safe and he is a much happier dog!

Google Review | a month ago

We had an awesome experience with Koru K9. We sent our two dogs, a hound doberman mix and lab mut mix for a month while we were away. First and foremost, we can tell Celeste and Tinto are gifted trainers and truly have a passion for dog training. Our dogs are like our kids so knowing they were in the super capable hands of Celeste and Tinto was extremely reassuring. After one month, it was amazing to see the transformation the dogs underwent. Celeste provided routine communication and updates while we were separated from our dogs and also spent several hours training us with them upon return. They really want to empower you with the tools to continue the dog training so that the habits really stick. Also, it was also good to know our dogs were getting hikes every morning in a big outdoor area where they live - the fact they have a big property with tons of land just sounded like an ideal environment for our dogs. Also, one of our dogs is uncomfortable with kids and they worked with their son to help reduce his anxiety in the presence of kids - this just speaks to going the extra mile in my mind. Couldn't recommend Koru K9 enough (and specifically Celeste and Tinto) if looking to create some last behavior change resulting in happier lives for you and your dogs.

Google Review | a month ago