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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.

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

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.

Google Review | 2 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!

Google Review | 6 days 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 :)

Google Review | a day 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...

Natalia M. | 2022-09-11 12:56:21

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 | 2 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 | 11 months 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 | 11 months 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 | 9 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 | 6 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 2 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 | a month 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

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.

Google Review | 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.

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 | 2 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 | 11 months 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 | 11 months 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 | 10 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 | 9 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 | 9 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 | 9 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 2 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 | a month 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

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.

Google Review | 2 days 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 | 2 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 | 11 months 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 | 11 months 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 | 10 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 | 9 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 | 9 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 | 9 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 | 9 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 6 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 | 6 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 | 5 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 | 5 months ago