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Testimonials from our clients

"Liz is a super teacher for all creatures great and small, both pets and people.  She taught me how to observe and understand the behavior of my pandemic pup, the signs of stress and fear or comfort, and how to use those clues to teach the desired behavior.


Liz began work with me and my new pup, Sunny, a week after Covid-19 isolated us, and she promptly shared her resourcefulness, knowledge, and positive approach to training.  She introduced me to Zoom and taught individual lessons via my MacBook until the weather warmed for direct instruction outdoors.  Zoom instruction worked great and we were able to learn while staying safe.  Sunny started out as an anxious ‘scaredy cat’ and grew into a playful, confident pup.  


I appreciate the qualities that Liz brings as a teacher - intelligence, experience, patience and kindness.  I feel fortunate to be able to work with and learn from Liz, a master trainer, and a wonderful person." --Joni J.

"Liz was recommended as a trainer to me by two people I trust, and I was not disappointed. I have a very energetic Rat Terrier/Australian Shepherd mix who had been in two previous homes and a foster home during her first four years of life. Other than being housetrained, she was entirely out of control with barking, not coming when called, not knowing how to walk on a leash, etc. Liz’s calm, easy way of dealing with problem dogs was just what both of us needed. I have enjoyed getting to know how to deal with my little dog, and we have bonded even more in the last few months after these lessons. I am grateful to Liz and Best Friends Dog Academy for teaching me how to train my dog, who is turning into a delightful companion!"-- Dona P.


“Liz was profoundly helpful in the basic skills class. Everything we learned made for a perfect transition into life with our first adopted dog! Taking the class with other dogs is beneficial, but you still get the individualized attention and tips for you and your dog. We will definitely be taking more classes in the future. I know our dog really enjoyed them too!” -- Tiffany J.


“My now 10 month Great Dane Korra and I have taken 3 different classes at Best Friends Dog Academy, after being referred by a friend. I have really learned a lot about training and enjoy bonding with her. Sara and Liz  are great at personalizing the process for your dog. Plus the class sizes are so small you can get great individual attention and feedback! I highly recommend and will take more classes at Best Friends Dog Academy.” -- Kevin K.


“Both Sara and Liz are experts in dog behavior and training. I have taken two classes with my one year old lab and, with their help, he has bonded to me and become much calmer. He is getting better about loose leash walking, not jumping up on people and recalls.They always have helpful tips and know that each dog is different. I cannot recommend them enough and will be taking another class soon.”  -- Amy P

“Liz was wonderful with our 12 month old lab!  Her enthusiasm for Belle is infectious. We came out of each session with a new understanding for our puppy's needs as well as a  fresh perspective of how to make her (and us) more comfortable during those few "tough times". Thank you Liz and Best Friends Dog Academy!” -- Erik T.


“What is special about the trainers associated with Best Friends Dog Academy is their considerable background and advanced education in working with dogs who have a past. They start with where the dog is at (e.g.,training, temperament, experiences, socialization) and go forward with an end goal of helping that, specific, dog live peaceably and non-destructively with humans.” -- K.J.


“I love the smaller sized classes which I feel gives us more focused, personal attention. With my 2 Standard Poodles we've taken classes with both Sara and Liz with excellent results, I highly recommend both!” -- Lynelle M.


“Best Friends trained our very scared dog how to deal with new experiences with positive training.

Liz Ford is a skilled dog trainer.  Thanks to her knowledge, we know how to teach our dog great behaviors and how to keep learning new skills.”  -- Donna G.



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