9018 Keith Ave, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9006934.083369 -118.388043
Neighborhoods: West Hollywood, Central LA
An Amazing Trainer – Susan Isaacs helped our family find a rescue dog. During this process, we worked with her in a one on one session at our home and communicated with her through a number of phone and email conversations. We also took Susan's basic obedience course once we found our dog.
It's rare to come across someone in any field with Susan's combination of talents. Her knowledge about dogs is breathtaking. She deeply cares about the animals and her work. And she is extremely generous with her time.
In guiding us through the process of finding the right rescue dog for us, Susan was invaluable. First, she loaned us an essential book on dog breeds. Then she guided us through the rescue process itself. Susan believes that there are too many rescue places who don't spend enough time testing the dogs themselves, working as hard as they can to make sure that the right animal ends up with the right family. Susan connected us with organizations and individuals who share a similar philosophy. As the process unfolded, Susan was there to answer endless questions.
We also had the pleasure of taking Susan's basic obedience class. We have a 60 pound dog that required training. The same expertise and compassion that we experienced with Susan through the adopting process was just as apparent in her obedience training course. We couldn't recommend her more highly.
Thanks Susan! – When Sterling (2 years old) arrived in our home last January, we wanted to be sure that she was on an even playing field with our other, older dog Poppy. We had Susan for 4 private lessons at our home. As a result of the time Susan spent with us, Sterling is now "well heeled", much more socialized than she was when she first arrived and certainly aware of all the basic commands.
We highly recommend Susan for all your dog training needs. She exceeded our expectations.
Bella Graduates! Susan Gets An "A!" – What fun my black poodle, Bella, and I had in Susan's Basic Obedience Class! Every Monday night Bella dragged me down the street to class (not obeying at all) and then performed beautifully for Susan when she got in class. Susan has a delightful sense of humor and immediately captures each dog's personality. Although Bella was timid at first, she soon warmed up to her "teacher" and then proceeded to act like the diva who wanted to get an "A. Each class was well laid out with clear direction and examples shown in a clear and concise manner. Each night after class we received a printout of the lesson learned that night. I really enjoyed the size of the class (4 students) as opposed to huge dog training classes I have attended in the past. I would highly recommend Susan -- she gets an "A" from Bella and me.
If you want the best for your puppy... – As first time dog owners we wanted the very best for our new puppy and Susan is it!
We were a little overwhelmed after reading and researching about the importance of socialization and training and the million other things you need to do for your pet, so we looked into puppy kindergartens around LA and were fortunate enough to find Susan at The Well-Heeled Dog.
Classes were held in a great location and Susan was extremely knowledgeable and attentive to our puppy. Even though we were in a class with five other pups, we felt like we got a lot of personal attention and Susan was also willing to stay after to answer additional questions or give you a little extra help. We also learned so many useful things that we didn't find in any of the books we read, and Susan also helped us relax a bit as owners, which was great! Just seeing her so comfortable and assertive with the dogs was a lesson for us on how we need to act to get the best behavior from our pup. And we also really like that she uses positive reinforcement rather than other more questionable methods.
Another really fun aspect of class is the play time during which your puppy gets to play with the other puppies. It was so much fun to watch our baby dog interact with other pups for the first time. It really helped our dog become more comfortable around other dogs, and you could see all the pups improve over the course of the program, not only in their training, but also in their comfortability around the owners and pets.
Susan emails handouts of everything you learn in class so you can practice, and she even called to follow up with us and check on Jagger several weeks after the kindergarten was over.
We couldn't be happier and highly recommend Susan!!
The right choice in dog training – I contacted Susan at The Well-Healed Dog right after I adopted a 1 year old Jack Russell/Basenji Mix named Dax. Susan was the best thing that could have happened to both of us. She really understood his fear based temperament common with neglected dogs. Her simple yet effective training and instructions made a big difference within a short time. Dax stopped barking at absolutely everything and everyone within a week or two of training. Dax and I still have ways to go but only after a few weeks of working with Susan we have made great progress and Dax is becoming a well adjusted dog. I especially liked her approach to dog training which is based on understanding dog psychology and the dog's point of view rather than simply being based on dominating your animal.
Helped my timid dog – When we brought our then 4-month old puppy home about 5 months ago, she was painfully timid, as she had had no exposure to the outside world. She was terrified of our friends, strangers, other dogs, cats, cars, birds, her own shadow, you name it… I was really worried that she will have a miserable life if she doesn’t come out of her shell soon.
I read all kinds of dog behavior modification books, and they all said that the best thing for a shy dog is training. So I got busy on the internet, trying to find the best positive teacher and a Puppy Kindergarten. I looked up countless websites, read reviews on CitySearch and Yelp and called the “finalists” to speak to them in person. One of them was The Well-Heeled Dog. I immediately liked Susan (the owner/trainer) as soon as she answered the phone. I described the challenges with my puppy, she listened carefully, offered some sound advice, and wasn’t trying to “sell” me on her class or anything else. I knew my search was over for the following reasons: (first and most important to me) Susan uses POSITIVE training methods only (no intimidation or punishment but lots of praise and rewarding for good behavior). The classes are kept very small, so each dog gets a lot of individual attention. Her pricing is VERY reasonable (about $150 for 5 classes!) and very conveniently located (in Chateau Marmutt on West 3rd St., and in Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. (She also does private sessions just about everywhere.)
So I signed up for the next Puppy Kindergarten with The Well-Heeled Dog.
The 1st class was sad and discouraging: our big beautiful dog running away with the tail tucked between her legs from much smaller puppies and shivering in the corner. Susan was very patient and encouraging. She even allowed us to practice some commands with our pup in a confined area so she could relax and concentrate on learning. The 2nd class was a little better – no active involvement yet but at least she showed a little curiosity. 3rd class was a breakthrough – she was still a little nervous but it was clear that she really, really wanted to participate in the play with the others! By the 4th class she was a like a new dog!!! She was actively playing with all other pups, and even allowed the other “parents” to pet her! The change in her confidence has been unbelievable! Every single one of our friends who knew the “before” and “after” have commented on her tremendous improvement. She now LOVES to play with other dogs, and she is very eager to learn!!!
We are so happy with Susan’s training that we are now enrolled at the Basic Obedience Class, and after that will continue on with the AKC Canine Good Citizen class.
Realistic, Loving Dog Training – Susan Issacs is a dog trainer who believes in positive reinforcement. She gives a realistic and honest approach to working with dogs. In the sessions that my dog, Henry, and I worked with Susan we learned
how to work as a team. Recognizing Henry's quirks, Susan helped me learn ways to meet his individual needs, making our training both productive and fun! Henry is a year old Sheltie with a lot of energy, curiosity, and a need for obedience training given with consistency, structure, and love. Susan gives all of that. Henry and I highly recommend Susan and her methods. Henry gives five barks for success with Susan.
Fantastic Trainer – We have a 6 month old Cocka-poo who now, thanks to Susan, is very well behaved and understands commands that we never imagined would be possible, especially at such a young age. We live in Hollywood and had Susan come to our place for private training, and the price for the private is waaay better than anywhere else, and so worth it. She was always on time, always had new ideas for our dog, was patient and loving with him and basically made our hour long sessions a total joy for all of us, especially our little doggie. She has a way of getting dogs to respond to her immediately, and teaches the training in an simple way that makes it very easy to continue the training when she is gone. She also, and this is so helpful, types up a page or 2 of notes after each session reviewing what was learned that day and emails them to you a few hours after the training. It makes it impossible to forget anything that was covered in the training. I highly reccommend Susan to anyone in need of some dog training!!
Fantastic! – Love the class!
We enrolled our 5 month old Boxer into Susan?s basic obedience class and it has helped tremendously. This is our fourth dog and our third trainer and Susan outshines them all.
The classes are held in a GREAT enclosed location and Susan gives paper hand outs each week so you can go home and have some help when you practice with your dog.
She always takes time after the class to answer ANY questions and will even answer questions via email in-between classes. She really knows her stuff and also does home consultations for additional needs. If you are enrolled in the class, you get a huge discount on a home visit.
We have been so happy that we will be taking our 2 year old Boxer who sort of 'flunked out' with our last trainer to her next Basic Obedience class.
Susan was also awarded 'Small Business Person of the Year' (don't quote me on the exact title) by the City of West Hollywood which should be enough recommendation in itself.
Thanks Susan! Lots of love and kisses from 'Roxie'.
Susan is patient and very effective! – I have a very sweet, but large and stubborn adult german short hair pointer. He is a rescue dog and I needed some help with leash work. Susan was patient and encouranging with both Pepper and I and gave us great direction that got us to where we needed to go. Susan is a fantastic dog trainer who really connects with the dog-creating a trust and a sense of leadership. She is not aggressive or a bully in any sense like I have seen with other trainers and large dogs. I highly recommend her and look forward to our next private training session!
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