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The four of us have been graduates of Elaine's dog training programs.We have participated in group and private classes with her ...Read More
Barbra Morton



The Reading Room
Suggested Reading Materials:

Dogs Are From Neptune
Jean Donaldson (James&Kenneth)

The Dog Who Loved Too Much : Tales, Treatments, and the Psychology of Dogs
Nicholas Dodman Ph.D. (Bantam Books)



Photo Gallery and Client Testimonials

Since dogs can't speak - here's what their owner's have to say!

Grateful Dog Client - Laurie Feldman
The Grateful Dog client photos - Laurie Feldman“Elaine has helped me to train two dogs. My current dog, a Lab mix who was rescued from the roadside in Tennessee as a tiny pup and who we adopted when she was 16 weeks old, trained with Elaine all the way from Puppy Kindergarten thru Continuing Education. It wasn’t always easy to suppress a giggle at Emmi’s antics as Elaine helped me learn how to correct and re-direct Emmi’s easy distractibility. It may not have been easy, but it was definitely worth it. Emmi has gone from being a sweet but terribly unfocused “class clown” to a sweet, emotionally-aware Therapy Dog. The Grateful Dog client photos - Laurie Feldman “Focus” still is not consistently one of her stronger suits, but she has matured beautifully. She recently received her 5-year service patch from DogBONES Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts and has received her Canine Good Citizen certification. Emmi can often be found soaking up the affection at nursing/rehab facilities, the Boston Children’s Museum, and in college dorms for student “de-stressing” events around exam time.”

Grateful Dog Client - Alice Stern
The Grateful Dog client photos - Laurie Feldman“Lucy is my first pet, and despite having read all the books in advance, it was thanks to Elaine that I really began to understand dogs. I was the one that needed the training.

Lucy is a well-behaved, friendly little creature thanks to Elaine's guidance and training tips”

Grateful Dog Client - Lainy Keller
The Grateful Dog client photos - Lainy Keller“Molly was a rescue from the breeder.  Unsold because she was timid/aggressive, she was kept in a pen running in circles for her first year.  When we got her she knew nothing about the world and threatened family and vets with barred teeth.  She kept guard and didn't allow some family members to walk past her in the house.  Everything frightened her.  Trying to walk her in the woods was impossible, she loved to run and took off eagerly, relieved to finally do more than small circles.  We couldn't easily catch her or get her to come back.  It was frightening and my family wanted me to bring her back to the breeder.  

I called The Grateful Dog instead.  Elaine taught Molly how to trust people at the door, in the house, and on the street.  She taught us how to teach Molly to come whenever we called and how to make her feel secure and well behaved.  Molly was transformed into the loving, devoted, and happy dog she was meant to be.

Elaine taught us privately, and as Molly progressed, in a group class.  Molly blossomed, it was fun.  Elaine is as sensitive to the needs of the owner as she is to the needs of the dog.  I think that's one of the reasons that the training is so successful, and why I believe that Elaine is one of those special people in the world that can make such a difference in your life.  She certainly did in ours.”


Grateful Dog Client - Barbra Morton
The Grateful Dog client photos - Barbra Morton“The four of us have been graduates of Elaine's dog training programs.
We have participated in group and private classes with her and found them to be fun, knowledgeable and rewarding. Elaine emphasizes a positive approach to training and relates everyday experiences in her work to help clients train dogs to be life long companions and family members. Having been teachers for many years, we were always impressed with Elaine's instructional skills and her ability to problem solve with her clients, breaking down training skills and techniques for all levels of dog owner learning. She is extremely knowledgeable of the developmental needs of all breeds of dogs such as feeding, appropriate toys and behaviors. She continues to be available for questions and help even though we our no longer in her classes. Her training and classes helped to instill a desire for us to become involved in further training as we continue to work with our youngest dog Bodi to in agility classes.

Grateful Dog Client - Caryn-Amy Rose and Jeffery Schindler
The Grateful Dog client photos - Caryn-Amy Rose and Jeffery Schindler“We first worked with Elaine in a beginner obedience class that started three days after we adopted a skinny 3-year-old greyhound, himself only three days off the track (and still injured). Even in a group setting, Elaine checked in with every person about their experiences with their dog. She tailored lessons to address all individual issues that came up while also working in all the basic obedience you would expect to cover. Elaine is extremely perceptive about life with dogs and will detect subtle, easy ways of  improving habits and routines that make a huge difference in day to day doggie obedience and in everybody's happiness and household harmony. She cuts quickly to the heart of an issue (no matter how distant that is from the way we explained it). We always learn much more than whatever we think we are calling her for. It is inspiring to watch her quickly develop a rapport with a dog and see the quick and clear communication between them (which Elaine is also good at explaining).

We had never had a dog before, but because we started out with Elaine's guidance, we had a wonderful experience with our first adopted dog. We integrated a second dog the next year, with another round of classes, and are now fostering a third. He is more challenging with some fear aggression issues. He is making amazing progress thanks to the confidence and skills we (and our dogs) have gained from working with Elaine, as well as her specific guidance on a number of issues. We would never have been able to help this dog without the transformation in our own understanding and skills that came from working with Elaine. If you want to be effective with your dog, have a positive relationship with your dog, and understand how you are communicating with your dog, work with Elaine.

Elaine has the magic. She will show you how to either achieve what you want or melt away an unwanted behavior, and help you practice what she's demonstrated. She does all this with a very caring, compassionate approach. Our lives are very much richer for working with her."

Grateful Dog Client - Bobbi Hamill
The Grateful Dog client photos - Barbra Morton“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Elaine at both ends of the spectrum from Easy to Yikes!
My last dog, Django, was relaxed and well-behaved. Since only a few lessons were required to have him sit, stay and come on command, his training was efficient: brief and simple.
My current dog, Gnash, is a different story altogether, as even at ten weeks he showed all the signs of being a much more aggressive and challenging animal. I wanted him to be under control off-leash and since he’s also at work with me at the gallery in Roxbury, I wanted him to interact with the public in a variety of complex situations ranging from allowing small children to pat him to helping me convince belligerent strangers to leave the premises.
Elaine’s effectiveness with Gnash has been invaluable and her patience with me (obviously, she has to spend a lot more time correcting my mistakes than the dog’s) is unbelievable."

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