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Stacie Mills Laurence
Literally magical to train with them! Our Mattis and Echo are now thriving and we have learned so many skills. What... were BIG concerns are now no longer a challenge. This method works!!!!read more
I attended 4LS “How to be consistent to create loose leash walking” on June 9 with hopes of learning the skills needed... to stop my 8 year old 95 pound black lab from his constant pulling. In just a few days, his pulling has drastically decreased! This zoom presentation was extremely well organized and comprehensive. Johanna skillfully navigated the zoom meeting that included teaching slides, photos, videos and participant interaction, questions and sharing of experiences. With each aspect of the training, Johanna explained and demonstrated the steps to success, not only what works, but also why it works. This was a very positive and fun experience that I would highly recommend.read more
Cindy Reichelderfer Cale
I would highly recommend Four Legged Scholars training. Johanna Teresi was amazing and very patient with us. We have... not had a pet in our house for over 25 years. Hazel is a high energy terrier pup. We had issues with her jumping on ppl, barking a lot, distracted easily, crate training. These are the highlighted ones that we needed help with. After each session we had homework. We had our training online which worked out very well. Hazel was not distracted but this type of training and Johanna could walk us through each training with Hazel being non the wiser. With the homework came a training plan and videos and the instructions so if I forgot the process I could go back to the videos she took with us in it and review. This help many times and I have and will continue to refer to them. I am so glad we searched out and found Johanna as I am not sure where we would be today. Our training will always be on going but I know I have the lessons and Johanna to fall back on for refresher. Thank you again Johanna I loved the experience.read more
Johanna is absolutely amazing! I worked with her some years ago and the training has paid off time and time again. My... dog and I had been thru an abusive relationship and my dog no longer trusted people. She was aggressive and terrified and I wanted to help her. Johanna taught me how to recognize my dogs body language and how to react to what she is doing. I learned to realize when my dog was becoming overwhelmed so I could intervene and prevent something from happening. My dog hasn’t needed a muzzle for almost 4 years now. I live in high rise condo in the middle of Atlanta. She lets strangers love on her in the elevators and at the dog walk. Tail is always wagging! She has come such a long way from then and I am so grateful for Four Legged Scholars!! She also helped train my parents dogs even longer ago! Absolutely amazing! ♥️read more
Robyn Dawn Jones
Johanna is amazing trainer! You won’t regret using Four Legged Scholars!
Krista Schindler Nordholt
What a pleasure it was working with Joanna in live personalized online one on one training sessions. I have trained... dogs in puppy training classes at our local pet stores. This method of instruction was so much more personalized to our dog. We were struggling with our standard schnauzers barking during busy times in our household and having difficulties during hikes. Joanna watched videos of Damian during hikes and gave us ideas for training his difficult behaviors. After Joanna watched Damian barking during hectic times in our home she set up a training strategy. It truly took one week to reverse this negative behavior. We learned so much during our sessions. We would record his progress and then Joanna would build off Damian’s success. I would highly recommend this form of training.read more
Paul S. Chase
If you are looking for a trainer who will be your partner and educate you on the process and methodology/science of... your training as well as accountability on your part, Four Legged Scholars is the right place.read more
Angela Ferry Sewell
Working with Johanna was a great experience! She is so knowledgable and kind. Her approach is comprehensive and... positive and I am much more confident in regards to managing and improving my dog's behavior now that I have been through her course.read more
I would like to thank Johanna of Four Legged Scholars for a job well done. She is very good at explaining the steps... that are needed to get the job done. I would highly recommend her. Charlie..Mantuaread more
Linda Schulz Schupp
I would like to recommend Johanna at Four Legged Schlors!! We have a six year old German Shepherd that had never been... leash trained and had lots of anxiety. Johanna worked and encouraged us with good training tips that worked amazing for our dog. She is such a different dog at the end of eight weeks we could never have imagined.read more
We contacted Four Legged Scholars to help us with our two energetic year old German Shepherds. Joanna worked with us on... walking on leashes, how to settle when people came over to visit and to come on command. We saw a difference in their behaviors fairly quickly and look forward to their continued improvement as we continue to use the skills she taught us to help them reach their potential.read more
Alyssa Leigh Giles
Not only does Johanna know her dog stuff (she really does!), but she knows her people stuff, too! Johanna is a... compassionate person who will treat both you and your dog with respect and empathy. She will ease your worries and help you feel confident. You will not only see great results, but you will feel good about your training and relationship with your dog!read more
Jennifer Kristoff Miller
I contacted Johanna at Four Legged Scholars because our puppy was biting a lot more than any of us expected and I was... concerned. Johanna came and quickly reassured us that this was normal behavior and then proceded to come up with a plan that worked for our family to train our puppy. We immediately felt relieved. She gave us many tools and support. We have a well behaved puppy and people are very impressed at her behavior already. We are very grateful for Johannas professional guidance!read more
I would like to thank Johanna and The Four Legged Scholar dog training program. Through a positive outlook and... positive dog training, my little four month old Teddy is turning into a joy to be with. Johanna is a gifted trainer. She has a deep understanding of dogs and their view of the world, which helps us humans understand a lot about their behavior. Johanna understands the complexities of training and helps the trainer to maintain a calmness that transfers to the dog. When the dog misbehaves, Johanna teaches to redirect your own thinking and take action that promote the behavior you want to see in your dog. Johanna is there for you every step of the way. She is interested in your dog and eager to hear of your successes. She helps you re-frame “failure” as a learning experience so that you can continue to be positive and have only positive experiences with your dog. Teddy and I are both much happier now that The Four legged Scholar program has been in our life. Thanks, Johanna.read more
Stacey Schmidt Brazie
SO grateful to have found Johanna! We were having trouble with our 1 year old lab Laney. She was afraid of people,... jumped on us, walked horribly on a leash, ran to the door when someone was there and barked at everyone that walked by. We were given the tools to help us change Laney’s behavior. Johanna was wonderful and easy to work with. She is very knowledgeable and able to help us understand what she was doing and why. Highly recommend!!!read more
Four Legged Scholars provided our family with the expertise and guidance needed to train our new puppy Drew. Trainer... Johanna Teresi was the perfect person to help us! Johanna's calm demeanor, excellent knowledge, and organized approach allayed any fears that we had about training Drew. He responded well to her weekly visits. We learned wonderful techniques and Johanna clearly explained the best ways to employ these training tactics. My family wholeheartedly recommends Four Legged Scholars, and Johanna Teresi, as fantastic and caring solutions when one considers the best method to train your dog. Dave McCoy Ravenna, Ohioread more
We are so grateful for Johanna! She helped us out tremendously with training our hyper active husky puppy, Shadow. Her... tips and training methods were just what we needed. Not only are her training methods something to use in the moment but something we will continue to in our everyday life. Our puppy's behavior has improved so much already, we know we made the right choice by going with Johanna as our trainer!💛read more
Megan Sarber Fogel
Johanna was wonderful with our new puppy, Frankie. After one day of crate training with her, he mastered it and gives... us no problem when it's time for him to go in! I would highly recommend her:)read more
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Colleen O'Donnell Studzinski
As first time dog owners my husband and I needed some help training over energetic puppy! After a couple weeks, our... friends and my husband and I noticed a huge change for the better in our puppy! The training classes helped and changed our busy lives for the best!!!!read more
Ohio is so lucky to have you. Four Legged Scholars training is amazing. I've trained 2 Border Collies with Johanna and... we learned so much and still use the techniques we learned in class all the time. You are so missed in Salt Lake City!read more
17:25 22 Sep 23
Johanna is a really special trainer. We signed our rescue dog Scout up for training because she almost ran away chasing deer in our neighborhood. Scout also pulled really hard on the leash and I was afraid someone might fall when walking her.Johanna helped us fix all that and more. Scout is a boxer hound mix, so her smell/chase instinct is really strong. Using all positive reinforcement, we were able to train her to go "easy" on our walks and not pull the leash. Scout also comes when we call her, even facing tough distractions like other dogs or food. We can now walk her off leash on trails and be confident she'll stay near or next to us and not run off chasing something. She also learned other commands like sit/stay, go get it, and lay on your bed.We humans were trained too! We learned what harness and leashes to use, which treats were best, when to treat her, how to get her interested in training, how to progress through a more complex command, and more. Johanna really knows both animal and human psychology, and working with her was such a fulfilling and rewarding experience — well worth the investment. Scout loved her and we did too. We cannot recommend her strongly enough!
17:58 16 Sep 21
I felt pressured to pay prior to services.
19:51 04 Sep 18
Our dog, Bella, was skittish around new people. She would bark and growl. Our veterinarian recommended training. We contacted Johanna from Ohio4LeggedScholars. Johanna taught us counter conditioning and commands paired with treats. Bella has responded well to the training. She has become more comfortable with new people and new situations. We learned to watch Bella's body language to know when she is feeling confident and comfortable.Thank you Johanna!
19:32 23 Aug 18
I love them. Before they came, my dog max, didnt know how to sit for anything, he kept pulling on the leash when we went for walks on our road, and he kept not waiting when we tried to take him out. He would bolt out. Now he sits a waits for the leash to get it on him. Hes such a great listener now.
00:23 26 Jul 18
We were ready to rip our hair out when I found Johanna online. I contacted her and discussed our problems with our 1 year old Lab Laney. She was jumping on us, afraid of people, barked at everyone/everything that walked by, walked horribly on a leash, and barged at the door when someone was there. Johanna immediately reassured me that she could help! She taught us the different signs that our dog gives us. She also taught us about counter conditioning. She gave us the tools we need to change Laney’s behavior. It is not an overnight fix. You need to be able to work with your pup until it sinks in. Laney has made much improvement in all areas! We are grateful to have found Johanna!!!
02:49 21 Jun 18
Four Legged Scholars provided our family with the expertise and guidance needed to train our new puppy Drew. Trainer Johanna Teresi was the perfect person to help us. Johanna's calm demeanor, excellent knowledge and organized approach allayed any fears that we had about dog training. Drew responded well to her weekly training visits and our ongoing daily training routines. My family wholeheartedly recommends Four Legged Scholars and Johanna Teresi as fantastic and caring solutions when one considers the best method to train your dog.Dave McCoy Ravenna, Ohio
20:25 10 Jun 18
I contacted Johanna when Cooper was almost 6 months old. He had major issues with jumping on people and constantly barking at other dogs. I was impressed with her persistence and patience when training. She probably spent as much time training me as we spent training Cooper. Classes are over for now and Cooper has met all but one of the goals that we set for him. Johanna has given me the tools and techniques to continue to train him, and I am confident that he/we will someday be able to walk in the park without his barking at every dog he meets. Taking the class has and will continue to benefit my relationship with Cooper for years to come. Thank you Johanna.
00:19 12 Mar 18
Johanna Teresi with Four Legged Scholars helped my husband and I so much with our Chocolate Lab, Autumn. It has been years since we have had a puppy and forgot how much work they can be. Our major concern was how excited Autumn would get when we would get company or our grandchildren would come over. Autumn would jump on everyone. The little kids would get knocked down. My husband and I finally said, we're calling for help and called Four Legged Scholars and spoke with Johanna. Johanna was able to see what we were doing wrong and how we were causing more stress for Autumn by being stressed ourselves and within a few sessions we could see a hug change in Autumn's behavior. Johanna showed us how to react to Autumn"s jumping on our guest. We let all our guest know how to respond if Autumn tried to jump on them and they were all great about helping with the training. We providing a video to Johanna that my grandson took while having a birthday celebration with a house full of people. Johanna was able to look at our video and see that her techniques were working and she could see the improvement in Autumn the next time she came to our door. Autumn's behavior is so much better and we are not afraid for guest to come over or be embarrassed at Autumn"s behavior anymore. The leash training was also extremely helpful. Autumn was constantly biting at her leash and actually had bitten them to the point of breaking her leashes. I was amazed at how the clicker training works, but it was great.Thank you Johanna!
16:39 24 May 17
Johanna has been volunteering her time at the County Dog Warden for several months. I love her positive methods. She is very patient with the dogs even when they are acting hyper. Johanna explains everything to me and takes notes so I know what she has done with each dog. I strongly recommend her progressive and positive methods. She has helped me learn so much.
19:34 17 May 17
Johanna was a mentor for me when I was first starting out as a dog trainer. I took my very first puppy class through her with my very first puppy. Johanna is unfailingly kind, not only to the dogs that she works with but the people as well, which is a great trait for a dog trainer to have. Many trainers can work with dogs but have very poor people skills but if you want to make a difference for the dog you have to be able to reach the person. Johanna helped shaped me into the trainer I am today and with her initial guidance my puppy turned into a great companion and muse.
01:26 13 May 17
Johanna Teresi with Four Legged Scholars is an incredible trainer. She constantly goes above and beyond the expectations of her clients. I watched her train her own dog in the kindest of ways. She thinks so easily from the perspective of the dog, and is always making sure that the dogs needs are being met as well as the owners needs (both emotional and the training goals). Her classes move smoothly as she is very knowledgeable about all things positive reinforcement. She uses the clicker training and it works magically. She really knows her stuff and uses those skills fantastically. She is the only trainer I'd let help me train my dog.
20:22 12 May 17
I had the opportunity to observe Johanna's work for about two years. She is committed to ethical training through humane practices and tuning herself and her clients to their dog's behaviors and needs. In her own home she focused on addressing even the comfort level of her dog as her family grew, making sure that he felt safe with an over excited toddler as well as successful training to lessen his barking at the door. I highly recommend Johanna for both basic dog training and specific needs. She'll tailor the training to suit your pet and your family.
16:05 11 May 17
I met Johanna about 8 years ago, and I was a full-time parent. I had four kids and four animals. One of my dogs needed training. I see my animals as equals, so I was looking for a positive way to connect with my dog that didn’t involve alpha rolls. One of my dogs, Karma, was very skittish.I had Johanna come to my home. She taught me that my feelings of anxiety were being projected on my dog. I learned to shift and let go of my thoughts and emotions especially around fear and anxiety. I was then able to be more present and focused with Karma. She was able to release her anxiety. Karma has gained more confidence around people, places, dogs, grooming, and other animals such as horses and cows. Johanna taught me how to allow Karma to have her own experience and to not project my own life experiences and thoughts onto my dog.Working with Johanna was a rewarding opportunity. I would recommend Johanna to anyone looking for a successful option to positive reinforcement training with their dog.
17:28 10 May 17
I volunteered with Johanna for about one year, attending and assisting in her group courses. Having met numerous dog trainers using varying training techniques, I can say with confidence that Johanna truly cares about her clients, both human and canine, and will work together to ensure a happy, understanding relationship between pet and owner. She teaches with positive methods that help owners understand how to effectively and kindly communicate with their dog, which results in better training outcomes. One thing that makes her training unique is that she not only focuses on how to modify the dog's behavior, but also helps owners understand how their actions can affect the dog's behavior, and how changing them can help the dog to learn more quickly.I have been using Johanna's training methods with my own dog, Aspen, and in the short time we have had her, she has already learned so much and we have clear, mutual understanding of each other. Whenever I have difficulty with training a behavior, or get frustrated, I think back to Johanna's words and am able to re-approach the situation and get better results.I highly recommend Four Legged Scholars for anyone seeking help training their dog. Johanna creates an open, fun, and accepting environment where owners can learn how to have a loving relationship with their well-behaved dog.