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Thinking Dog with Laura Berger offers dog training classes in Bellingham, as well as private lessons and behavioral consultations throughout the greater Bellingham-Ferndale area. Purely positive reward methods are used to solve common behavior problems.
Laura is well known as the “puppy whisperer”. Teaching puppy kindergarten classes has always been her first love, but it doesn’t stop there.
Laura can help with any of the following typical behavioral issues:
- Digging and chewing
- Separation anxiety
- Leash reactiveness
- Jumping up
- Coming when called
- Walking politely on leash
- Housebreaking / potty training
- Crate training
- Resource guarding
- Dominance reduction
I first met Laura several years ago when I was “doing my research” before getting my long-awaited golden retriever puppy. She was extremely helpful with sound advice regarding responsible breeders, training resources, and puppy socialization….and she did all this (for free!) at local dog shows in between bouts of showing her beautiful black Lab “CJ” in conformation and obedience.
I was very impressed with the way she interacted with both dogs and people……….so, when I finally got my dream puppy “Jinkins”, I signed up for puppy classes with Laura before I even brought him home! Jinkins is a little over two years old now and has been taking classes with his beloved “Miss Laura” since he was a wee pup. During this time I have seen her work effectively with everything from a 2 pound Chihuahua to 100+ pound Rottweilers….they all love and respect Laura. And, just as important, maybe more so, I have watched her teach all types of PEOPLE too…from first-time pet owners to experienced dog handlers, without being condescending or impatient. To me, this is what makes the distinction between being a good trainer-of-dogs and being an excellent teacher of dogs and their people.That is what I want from a canine class, someone to teach ME how to train my dog. That is what Laura does so well, and she does it with knowledge, instinct, and a GREAT sense of humor!
Joni Simpson with input from Jinkins