Riverdog Canine Coaching

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Canine Coaching on a Personal Level
  • 1400 19th Ave NW

    Issaquah, WA 98027

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  • 425-427-5958

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Riverdog is an amazing facility with incredible, caring and professional staff! We adopted our lab about a year ago after he was turned back twice to the breeder. Immediately, we researched training options and decided that Riverdog was

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Riverdog is an amazing facility with incredible, caring and professional staff! We adopted our lab about a year ago after he was turned back twice to the breeder. Immediately, we researched training options and decided that Riverdog was

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We love Riverdog so much! We started out in their basic obedience class with our 6 month old siberian husky. The class was great! It was a fun group setting with lots of hands on demos and interactions. \r
We currently take our pup

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We love Riverdog so much! We started out in their basic obedience class with our 6 month old siberian husky. The class was great! It was a fun group setting with lots of hands on demos and interactions. \r
We currently take our pup

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We started taking Miller, our 7 year old Weimaraner, to Senior Day Camp after we had to put down our other dog. We wanted Miller to become more social and provide him with some other dogs to engage with- while he was overwhelmed at first,

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We started taking Miller, our 7 year old Weimaraner, to Senior Day Camp after we had to put down our other dog. We wanted Miller to become more social and provide him with some other dogs to engage with- while he was overwhelmed at first,

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Our dog Manny has been attending the Riverdog programs for a year and a half. We originally started with Training Camp, since Manny didn??t have the best manners. Manny loved Training Camp. He walks much better on a leash and knows basic commands. He even waits for his meals on his rug. After Manny graduated from Training Camp, he moved on to Day Camp. He plays with his friends all day and then is exhausted when we pick him up. We love reading his ??report cards? to see who he played with that day and how he behaved. We frequently have his nails trimmed while he is at Day Camp, which is really convenient.

Our favorite part about Riverdog is the staff. They have gone out of their way to know my husband, Manny, and I. They are always helpful and have great suggestions. We would highly recommend Riverdog to anyone who is looking for dog training or a doggie daycare.

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Our dog Manny has been attending the Riverdog programs for a year and a half. We originally started with Training Camp, since Manny didn??t have the best manners. Manny loved Training Camp. He walks much better on a leash and knows basic commands. He even waits for his meals on his rug. After Manny graduated from Training Camp, he moved on to Day Camp. He plays with his friends all day and then is exhausted when we pick him up. We love reading his ??report cards? to see who he played with that day and how he behaved. We frequently have his nails trimmed while he is at Day Camp, which is really convenient.

Our favorite part about Riverdog is the staff. They have gone out of their way to know my husband, Manny, and I. They are always helpful and have great suggestions. We would highly recommend Riverdog to anyone who is looking for dog training or a doggie daycare.

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I started taking Phoebe to Riverdog when she was just a puppy in 2009. We both love it. Phoebe goes to camp twice a week and is so excited when we turn on the street. She gets to hang with her BFFs and I even get a report card at the end

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I started taking Phoebe to Riverdog when she was just a puppy in 2009. We both love it. Phoebe goes to camp twice a week and is so excited when we turn on the street. She gets to hang with her BFFs and I even get a report card at the end

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I have been taking my two dogs to Riverdog's Doggy Daycare once a week for the past couple of year. They are well loved and come home with a personal report card about their behavior and who they played with. One of my dogs is a Mini

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I have been taking my two dogs to Riverdog's Doggy Daycare once a week for the past couple of year. They are well loved and come home with a personal report card about their behavior and who they played with. One of my dogs is a Mini

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We have been regular customers of Riverdog for over 5 years. Our dog really enjoys her visits to doggie day care once a week. I'm always impressed with how well she is treated there -- the staff is very caring and attentive. She feels at home with them.\r\nMy husband and I have found the training classes very helpful. We have learned so much about being better dog owners. We have taken a variety of different classes and we would recommend them all. \r\nTake advantage of their free consultation if you're not sure of what you or your dog needs.

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We have been regular customers of Riverdog for over 5 years. Our dog really enjoys her visits to doggie day care once a week. I'm always impressed with how well she is treated there -- the staff is very caring and attentive. She feels at home with them.\r\nMy husband and I have found the training classes very helpful. We have learned so much about being better dog owners. We have taken a variety of different classes and we would recommend them all. \r\nTake advantage of their free consultation if you're not sure of what you or your dog needs.

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We have been regular customers of Riverdog for over 5 years. We have taken many classes, and use doggie day care once a week. I am consistently impressed with the quality of care and attention that my dog receives at Riverdog. She is a sensitive dog, and she loves the personnel at Riverdog. She feels at home there and she's thrilled when we get to the parking lot!
I would recommend the training classes to anyone who wants to be a better doggie parent. My husband and I have learned so much from the classes that we continue to take them to refresh our knowledge. Very well designed, structured learning environment which is safe for your dog and your family.

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We have been regular customers of Riverdog for over 5 years. We have taken many classes, and use doggie day care once a week. I am consistently impressed with the quality of care and attention that my dog receives at Riverdog. She is a sensitive dog, and she loves the personnel at Riverdog. She feels at home there and she's thrilled when we get to the parking lot!
I would recommend the training classes to anyone who wants to be a better doggie parent. My husband and I have learned so much from the classes that we continue to take them to refresh our knowledge. Very well designed, structured learning environment which is safe for your dog and your family.

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My dog has been going there since 6months old. The staff is friendly and they love when he comes in. Great place for dogs to play and burn energy, I enjoy getting report card when I pick him to see what he has been up to all day. I always recommend Riverdog to friends and co-workers.

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My dog has been going there since 6months old. The staff is friendly and they love when he comes in. Great place for dogs to play and burn energy, I enjoy getting report card when I pick him to see what he has been up to all day. I always recommend Riverdog to friends and co-workers.

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We have been taking our dog, a yellow lab, to RiverDog for day CAMP since October 2007. We take her once a week. When she was a puppy we took her 2x per week. She LOVES it and does not even look back to say good bye to us when she arrives. They throw balls and play a lot of games with her all day. When we pick her she falls asleep in the car on the ride home. Riverdog Day CAMP is a wonderful way for your dog to play and socialize while you are at work. The people who work there are very friendly and caring. Once when our dog was sick and couldn't attend they sent her get well note. I highly recommend this place!\n

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We have been taking our dog, a yellow lab, to RiverDog for day CAMP since October 2007. We take her once a week. When she was a puppy we took her 2x per week. She LOVES it and does not even look back to say good bye to us when she arrives. They throw balls and play a lot of games with her all day. When we pick her she falls asleep in the car on the ride home. Riverdog Day CAMP is a wonderful way for your dog to play and socialize while you are at work. The people who work there are very friendly and caring. Once when our dog was sick and couldn't attend they sent her get well note. I highly recommend this place!\n

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My dog loves this place. She has been going since she was 12 weeks old. After almost 2.5 years, she's a veteran of all of their services. She learned her manners in Riverdog obedience classes and gets her pent up energy released 2X a week in DayCamp while we're at work. The operational hours are perfect (6:30-6:30) so I can drop her on the way to work and pick her up on the way home. The best part is the attention to cleanliness and safety. I've seen them send home a dog with kennel cough (thank goodness) and they let you know about potential outbreaks/accidental exposures. This place is a godsend for working folks that want to still have a dog.

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My dog loves this place. She has been going since she was 12 weeks old. After almost 2.5 years, she's a veteran of all of their services. She learned her manners in Riverdog obedience classes and gets her pent up energy released 2X a week in DayCamp while we're at work. The operational hours are perfect (6:30-6:30) so I can drop her on the way to work and pick her up on the way home. The best part is the attention to cleanliness and safety. I've seen them send home a dog with kennel cough (thank goodness) and they let you know about potential outbreaks/accidental exposures. This place is a godsend for working folks that want to still have a dog.

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I have been taking my Coltriever to Riverdog since we got her a year and a half ago. I can't say enough good things about them! The staff is amazing and are all very well trained. As a brand new dog owner, I needed a lot of help. After 18 weeks of taking back to back Obedience and training classes, I felt a lot more confident and it was such a bonding experience for me and my dog. \n\nI can't say enough good things about the Outdoor Excursion class...it's just fun and a great way to work on skills you learned in Obedience. And for those who like to exercise with their dogs, you MUST try Furry Fit Club. Currently we are enrolled in Agility and Tricks and I love it so much I just purchased some agility equipment for home too! Doggy Day Camp is my back up when I have a hectic day and can't give my dog the time and exercise she needs. I know she is having a blast with other pups and also getting the utmost attention and care from the fantastic staff. If you are the lucky owner of a dog...please check out Riverdog...you will not be disappointed!

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I have been taking my Coltriever to Riverdog since we got her a year and a half ago. I can't say enough good things about them! The staff is amazing and are all very well trained. As a brand new dog owner, I needed a lot of help. After 18 weeks of taking back to back Obedience and training classes, I felt a lot more confident and it was such a bonding experience for me and my dog. \n\nI can't say enough good things about the Outdoor Excursion class...it's just fun and a great way to work on skills you learned in Obedience. And for those who like to exercise with their dogs, you MUST try Furry Fit Club. Currently we are enrolled in Agility and Tricks and I love it so much I just purchased some agility equipment for home too! Doggy Day Camp is my back up when I have a hectic day and can't give my dog the time and exercise she needs. I know she is having a blast with other pups and also getting the utmost attention and care from the fantastic staff. If you are the lucky owner of a dog...please check out Riverdog...you will not be disappointed!

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I have been taking my dog Phoebe to RiverDog since she was a puppy. She started with Puppy KinderPlay and moved to Day Camp. \nWe also have taken obedience classes and had lots of fun taking an agility class. RiverDog takes great care of the dogs and Phoebe is always excited to go. She also enjoys her spa days every couple of months.\n I would reccomend them highly. \nYou will never worry about your dog if they are at RiverDog!

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I have been taking my dog Phoebe to RiverDog since she was a puppy. She started with Puppy KinderPlay and moved to Day Camp. \nWe also have taken obedience classes and had lots of fun taking an agility class. RiverDog takes great care of the dogs and Phoebe is always excited to go. She also enjoys her spa days every couple of months.\n I would reccomend them highly. \nYou will never worry about your dog if they are at RiverDog!

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My husband and I adopted our dog Sunny from an animal shelter when he was about a year old. When we got him he had absolutely no manners ?? he would pull like crazy on his leash, would run you down to get through doors and didn't know any commands. We adopted him on Friday evening and on Monday morning we brought him to Riverdog??s basic 3-week training C.A.M.P. After those three weeks we had a completely new dog! The trainers were absolutely wonderful and even helped us crate train and deal with his intense separation anxiety.

Now Sunny attends Riverdog??s Day C.A.M.P. weekly and it is literally his favorite place in the world. The moment he realizes that we are leaving the house to go to Riverdog he starts crying and jumping up and down and doesn??t stop until he is able to bolt from the car to go play. (And the best part is he is exhausted and happy at the end of the day.) The staff members at Riverdog have been great to work with and I never have to worry about how he is doing while he is there. We highly recommend their services to everyone we know who owns a dog!

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My husband and I adopted our dog Sunny from an animal shelter when he was about a year old. When we got him he had absolutely no manners ?? he would pull like crazy on his leash, would run you down to get through doors and didn't know any commands. We adopted him on Friday evening and on Monday morning we brought him to Riverdog??s basic 3-week training C.A.M.P. After those three weeks we had a completely new dog! The trainers were absolutely wonderful and even helped us crate train and deal with his intense separation anxiety.

Now Sunny attends Riverdog??s Day C.A.M.P. weekly and it is literally his favorite place in the world. The moment he realizes that we are leaving the house to go to Riverdog he starts crying and jumping up and down and doesn??t stop until he is able to bolt from the car to go play. (And the best part is he is exhausted and happy at the end of the day.) The staff members at Riverdog have been great to work with and I never have to worry about how he is doing while he is there. We highly recommend their services to everyone we know who owns a dog!

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So very pissed! Do not go to Riverdog. It is a walking Giardia, Kennel Cough, Injury giving, expensive nightmare!
My dog might love it and the staff might be nice, but the bottom line is that he (my dog) does not know what's good for him, and the staff just seem to be walking machines for a higher power.
First 3 months my dog goes there he ends up with a horrid case of kennel cough, the next year it's giardia, with some injuries in between. If you don't know what giardia is, I advise looking it up before you go.
Good luck.

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So very pissed! Do not go to Riverdog. It is a walking Giardia, Kennel Cough, Injury giving, expensive nightmare!
My dog might love it and the staff might be nice, but the bottom line is that he (my dog) does not know what's good for him, and the staff just seem to be walking machines for a higher power.
First 3 months my dog goes there he ends up with a horrid case of kennel cough, the next year it's giardia, with some injuries in between. If you don't know what giardia is, I advise looking it up before you go.
Good luck.

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We have put 2 dogs through Riverdog training (training camp, conformation, basic obedience, day camp) and have also trained at 2 other facilities. Riverdog stands out for their exceptional methods, communication to us, and the results we see. Our 2 dogs are of the same smart breed, but have opposite temperment. (One bold the other shy). Riverdog has worked with us to manage both of their personalities 100% better than any other training facility we've known to date. They love dogs and also host dog events. We are not affiliated with them in any way, just glad to know about them and grateful for their services. Jan 2011

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We have put 2 dogs through Riverdog training (training camp, conformation, basic obedience, day camp) and have also trained at 2 other facilities. Riverdog stands out for their exceptional methods, communication to us, and the results we see. Our 2 dogs are of the same smart breed, but have opposite temperment. (One bold the other shy). Riverdog has worked with us to manage both of their personalities 100% better than any other training facility we've known to date. They love dogs and also host dog events. We are not affiliated with them in any way, just glad to know about them and grateful for their services. Jan 2011

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I find it confusing that there are such mixed reviews for Riverdog. I adopted a dog from the Humane Society, and brought him in for a free consultation because he had never walked on a leash before and growled at other dogs in the park. Two Riverdog staff members spent over an hour with me and the dog, interacting with him and watching me with the dog as well. They told me exactly what to do in the park to avoid any issues, never tried to sell me anything, and were very friendly and professional. I asked about classes, but they felt that they weren't necessary since he really just had one issue that could be handled easily (their method worked like a charm and now he is great with all dogs). I adopted a puppy 10 months later, and would have brought him to Riverdog but ended up taking him to Petsmart (which was informative and helpful) because it was less expensive. However, I will be taking my second dog to agility classes at Riverdog this summer because I have heard so many positive comments about it from other dog owners in the park and because they didn't try to "hard sell" anything to me on my first visit.

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I find it confusing that there are such mixed reviews for Riverdog. I adopted a dog from the Humane Society, and brought him in for a free consultation because he had never walked on a leash before and growled at other dogs in the park. Two Riverdog staff members spent over an hour with me and the dog, interacting with him and watching me with the dog as well. They told me exactly what to do in the park to avoid any issues, never tried to sell me anything, and were very friendly and professional. I asked about classes, but they felt that they weren't necessary since he really just had one issue that could be handled easily (their method worked like a charm and now he is great with all dogs). I adopted a puppy 10 months later, and would have brought him to Riverdog but ended up taking him to Petsmart (which was informative and helpful) because it was less expensive. However, I will be taking my second dog to agility classes at Riverdog this summer because I have heard so many positive comments about it from other dog owners in the park and because they didn't try to "hard sell" anything to me on my first visit.

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Our dog Jack has been going to Riverdog since we first adopted him 6 years ago. Riverdog's unique approach to training involves dropping the pooch off 5 days a week for 3 weeks straight. The instructors work with your dog on basic behavior and obedience, as well as any special issues. They also help coach you the owner to establish and reinforce the behaviors you want from your dog. \r\n\r\nDoggie Day C.A.M.P. is like daycare for your furry best friend - you drop him off in the morning and pick him up after work. Jack is always tired and happy each time he goes to Riverdog. The report card is seemingly a cute novelty but is actually indicative of how well your dog is taken care of at Riverdog. It is obvious each time you drop your dog off and see how happy they are to see the ""counselors"" -- many of whom have been there for years. Jack has deep relationships with his favorite counselors Edie and Tim, and they know his moods and quirks.\r\n\r\nThe staff at Riverdog are also very safety conscious. Dogs are interviewed prior to being accepted to camp, and each evening when you pick up your dog the counselors provide some details about your dog's day. A couple of times they pointed out small scratches that Jack might have gotten during play that day that I honestly wouldn't have even noticed, and one time when I picked Jack up the Riverdog staff reported that another dog had been bothering Jack that day resulting in Jack being a bit annoyed and nervous. Because Jack had a long history with Riverdog, and the other dog was a relatively new camper, they asked the other owner not to bring that dog in on Jack's day of the week. Riverdog gets my highest recommendation.

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Our dog Jack has been going to Riverdog since we first adopted him 6 years ago. Riverdog's unique approach to training involves dropping the pooch off 5 days a week for 3 weeks straight. The instructors work with your dog on basic behavior and obedience, as well as any special issues. They also help coach you the owner to establish and reinforce the behaviors you want from your dog. \r\n\r\nDoggie Day C.A.M.P. is like daycare for your furry best friend - you drop him off in the morning and pick him up after work. Jack is always tired and happy each time he goes to Riverdog. The report card is seemingly a cute novelty but is actually indicative of how well your dog is taken care of at Riverdog. It is obvious each time you drop your dog off and see how happy they are to see the ""counselors"" -- many of whom have been there for years. Jack has deep relationships with his favorite counselors Edie and Tim, and they know his moods and quirks.\r\n\r\nThe staff at Riverdog are also very safety conscious. Dogs are interviewed prior to being accepted to camp, and each evening when you pick up your dog the counselors provide some details about your dog's day. A couple of times they pointed out small scratches that Jack might have gotten during play that day that I honestly wouldn't have even noticed, and one time when I picked Jack up the Riverdog staff reported that another dog had been bothering Jack that day resulting in Jack being a bit annoyed and nervous. Because Jack had a long history with Riverdog, and the other dog was a relatively new camper, they asked the other owner not to bring that dog in on Jack's day of the week. Riverdog gets my highest recommendation.

Pros: Caring staff, safe environment, outstanding service, clean

Cons: So popular sometimes you can't get your dog into camp

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Okay, I'm notoriously cheap, and I checked around and found that Riverdog was more expensive than some other dog training places, so we went somewhere else first. It was all about corrections. You say ""heel"", and leash pop, ""no"", leash pop, ""no"", leash pop, ""no"", until the dog figures out where you want him to be. Or you say ""down"", and pop the leash to force the dog to the floor, then the dog learns what ""down"" means. We were bored, most of the dogs were bored, and we felt we were getting little out of it, so we dropped out. We decided to give Riverdog a try after all, and we're very glad we did. They teach a whole different style, that's much more based on motivating your dog rather than lots of corrections. Obviously corrections will be necessary, but I like that they show you other methods as well. For example, you don't say a command, but you hold a treat in your hand, then put it by the dog's chest and move it down. When they lay down, you say ""Good down!"" and give them the treat. Or you hold a treat in your hand by your hip, and when the dog tries to take it from your hand, you say ""Good heel!"", and maybe take a step or two forward while the dog is taking the treat out of your hand. You're starting from a position of success and building on it, instead of starting from failure and working towards success. If that's not the way you want to train your dog, there are other places in town, but I can say that our instructor Tatiana keeps the class fun, the pace of the class is good, all the dogs are having fun and are motivated to work, and I think everyone in the class would agree that we're seeing results in our dogs.

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Okay, I'm notoriously cheap, and I checked around and found that Riverdog was more expensive than some other dog training places, so we went somewhere else first. It was all about corrections. You say ""heel"", and leash pop, ""no"", leash pop, ""no"", leash pop, ""no"", until the dog figures out where you want him to be. Or you say ""down"", and pop the leash to force the dog to the floor, then the dog learns what ""down"" means. We were bored, most of the dogs were bored, and we felt we were getting little out of it, so we dropped out. We decided to give Riverdog a try after all, and we're very glad we did. They teach a whole different style, that's much more based on motivating your dog rather than lots of corrections. Obviously corrections will be necessary, but I like that they show you other methods as well. For example, you don't say a command, but you hold a treat in your hand, then put it by the dog's chest and move it down. When they lay down, you say ""Good down!"" and give them the treat. Or you hold a treat in your hand by your hip, and when the dog tries to take it from your hand, you say ""Good heel!"", and maybe take a step or two forward while the dog is taking the treat out of your hand. You're starting from a position of success and building on it, instead of starting from failure and working towards success. If that's not the way you want to train your dog, there are other places in town, but I can say that our instructor Tatiana keeps the class fun, the pace of the class is good, all the dogs are having fun and are motivated to work, and I think everyone in the class would agree that we're seeing results in our dogs.

Pros: They use a training style that's fun and very effective; worth the extra cost

Cons: More expensive than other dog training schools in the area

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Okay, I'm notoriously cheap, and I checked around and found that Riverdog was more expensive than some other dog training places, so we went somewhere else first. It was all about corrections. You say "heel", and leash pop, "no", leash pop, "no", leash pop, "no", until the dog figures out where you want him to be. Or you say "down", and pop the leash to force the dog to the floor, then the dog learns what "down" means. We were bored, most of the dogs were bored, and we felt we were getting little out of it, so we dropped out. We decided to give Riverdog a try after all, and we're very glad we did. They teach a whole different style, that's much more based on motivating your dog rather than lots of corrections. Obviously corrections will be necessary, but I like that they show you other methods as well. For example, you don't say a command, but you hold a treat in your hand, then put it by the dog's chest and move it down. When they lay down, you say "Good down!" and give them the treat. Or you hold a treat in your hand by your hip, and when the dog tries to take it from your hand, you say "Good heel!", and maybe take a step or two forward while the dog is taking the treat out of your hand. You're starting from a position of success and building on it, instead of starting from failure and working towards success. If that's not the way you want to train your dog, there are other places in town, but I can say that our instructor Tatiana keeps the class fun, the pace of the class is good, all the dogs are having fun and are motivated to work, and I think everyone in the class would agree that we're seeing results in our dogs.

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Okay, I'm notoriously cheap, and I checked around and found that Riverdog was more expensive than some other dog training places, so we went somewhere else first. It was all about corrections. You say "heel", and leash pop, "no", leash pop, "no", leash pop, "no", until the dog figures out where you want him to be. Or you say "down", and pop the leash to force the dog to the floor, then the dog learns what "down" means. We were bored, most of the dogs were bored, and we felt we were getting little out of it, so we dropped out. We decided to give Riverdog a try after all, and we're very glad we did. They teach a whole different style, that's much more based on motivating your dog rather than lots of corrections. Obviously corrections will be necessary, but I like that they show you other methods as well. For example, you don't say a command, but you hold a treat in your hand, then put it by the dog's chest and move it down. When they lay down, you say "Good down!" and give them the treat. Or you hold a treat in your hand by your hip, and when the dog tries to take it from your hand, you say "Good heel!", and maybe take a step or two forward while the dog is taking the treat out of your hand. You're starting from a position of success and building on it, instead of starting from failure and working towards success. If that's not the way you want to train your dog, there are other places in town, but I can say that our instructor Tatiana keeps the class fun, the pace of the class is good, all the dogs are having fun and are motivated to work, and I think everyone in the class would agree that we're seeing results in our dogs.

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A trainer at Riverdog recommended Basic 101 Obedience for my dogs, even though I told her that they had already taken a puppy obedience class, and even though when I took them in for evaluation, she did nothing more than look at them and play with them. (She did not run any commands by them.) Anyway, I took her advice, and enrolled them at an expense of $350 for the class, which turned out to be VERY BASIC. Dogs in that class didn't even know how to sit. My dogs already knew sit, lie down, stay, drop it, leave it, right here, wait, etc. The trainer for the Basic class also was very inexperienced -- this was her very first class she taught at Riverdog.

What eventually ended up happening is that we now only get a $15 credit per dog for the remaining classes to use toward another class or private lesson. So, after shelling out $350, we get $150 to apply toward something else, EVEN THOUGH the ill-fitting class was one that they had recommended. This is the most unsatisfactory service I have received with any pet-related business, and I will not be using Riverdog again, nor would I recommend it to my family or friends with pets.

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A trainer at Riverdog recommended Basic 101 Obedience for my dogs, even though I told her that they had already taken a puppy obedience class, and even though when I took them in for evaluation, she did nothing more than look at them and play with them. (She did not run any commands by them.) Anyway, I took her advice, and enrolled them at an expense of $350 for the class, which turned out to be VERY BASIC. Dogs in that class didn't even know how to sit. My dogs already knew sit, lie down, stay, drop it, leave it, right here, wait, etc. The trainer for the Basic class also was very inexperienced -- this was her very first class she taught at Riverdog.

What eventually ended up happening is that we now only get a $15 credit per dog for the remaining classes to use toward another class or private lesson. So, after shelling out $350, we get $150 to apply toward something else, EVEN THOUGH the ill-fitting class was one that they had recommended. This is the most unsatisfactory service I have received with any pet-related business, and I will not be using Riverdog again, nor would I recommend it to my family or friends with pets.

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Many of this other reviews are WAY off base. The dogs are not kept in "cages", but in crates and condos during rest periods with blankets (that yes get ripped up! Dogs tend to do that!) All that staff are their because they love dogs. They do NOT practice "dominanting" dogs, but use positive re-enforcement and classical conditioning. And their prices are average to other high quaility training facilities. As far are kennel cough; that very easily spread from dog to dog. They were probably trying to be careful.
My dog and I have learned tons and found all their training classes very valuable

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Many of this other reviews are WAY off base. The dogs are not kept in "cages", but in crates and condos during rest periods with blankets (that yes get ripped up! Dogs tend to do that!) All that staff are their because they love dogs. They do NOT practice "dominanting" dogs, but use positive re-enforcement and classical conditioning. And their prices are average to other high quaility training facilities. As far are kennel cough; that very easily spread from dog to dog. They were probably trying to be careful.
My dog and I have learned tons and found all their training classes very valuable

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We have been taking our dogs to Riverdog for about three years. After a horrible experience at the Bellevue Humane Society with puppy training, we turned to Riverdog for our large dog, and our daughter's large dog.We went through the training program, and our dogs have gone through training camp a very worthwhile 3 week course. And we are currently taking my mother in law's small dog for training camp. When we have a training issue, they come to our house at no charge to work with us and the dogs. We also send the big guys to training camp about 1 day a month for fun and brush up.We have seen very little turnover at Riverdog in our three years there. The staff is friendly, LOVES dogs and provide a great environment for learning. And the dogs are so excited when we pull up. They love it there.Yep, they use treats for motivation for dogs that respond to treats. I don't see a problem there. If a dog doesn't respond to treats they figure out another system of rewards that works for that dog.Riverdog has been unfairly bashed in these other reviews! I highly recommend them!

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We have been taking our dogs to Riverdog for about three years. After a horrible experience at the Bellevue Humane Society with puppy training, we turned to Riverdog for our large dog, and our daughter's large dog.We went through the training program, and our dogs have gone through training camp a very worthwhile 3 week course. And we are currently taking my mother in law's small dog for training camp. When we have a training issue, they come to our house at no charge to work with us and the dogs. We also send the big guys to training camp about 1 day a month for fun and brush up.We have seen very little turnover at Riverdog in our three years there. The staff is friendly, LOVES dogs and provide a great environment for learning. And the dogs are so excited when we pull up. They love it there.Yep, they use treats for motivation for dogs that respond to treats. I don't see a problem there. If a dog doesn't respond to treats they figure out another system of rewards that works for that dog.Riverdog has been unfairly bashed in these other reviews! I highly recommend them!

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I went today to check out Riverdog as I'm getting a new dog. The facility is large enough but it was more like a prison for dogs. The staff seemed to be going through the motions. I didn't get the vibe that people were excited to be there or enjoyed their jobs. Most dogs were kept in cages with some rags thrown in. Not a place I would leave my dog. I'm thinking of the training classes but based on other reviews, I think a Ceasar Milan book and spending time with the dog would work just as well. Their prices seem pretty steep.

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I went today to check out Riverdog as I'm getting a new dog. The facility is large enough but it was more like a prison for dogs. The staff seemed to be going through the motions. I didn't get the vibe that people were excited to be there or enjoyed their jobs. Most dogs were kept in cages with some rags thrown in. Not a place I would leave my dog. I'm thinking of the training classes but based on other reviews, I think a Ceasar Milan book and spending time with the dog would work just as well. Their prices seem pretty steep.

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Last summer when we had such hot weather, our dog was sleeping in front of a fan. Because she has allergies this gave her a cough.

The owner of Riverdog called me at work because my dog had kennel cough. I told her that it was an allergy and she asked me if I was a Doctor and she said that there was no way it was from the fan and that my dog had to be isolated.
My vet laughed at this and said it was not kennel cough.
Don't trust you dogs there.

To me it sounds like they just want your money and do not care about the dogs.

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Last summer when we had such hot weather, our dog was sleeping in front of a fan. Because she has allergies this gave her a cough.

The owner of Riverdog called me at work because my dog had kennel cough. I told her that it was an allergy and she asked me if I was a Doctor and she said that there was no way it was from the fan and that my dog had to be isolated.
My vet laughed at this and said it was not kennel cough.
Don't trust you dogs there.

To me it sounds like they just want your money and do not care about the dogs.

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Outrageous prices...staff is never the same so you know somethings wrong on the inside.
My dog came home injured on numerous occasions, took a tour of day care, the floor is just cement with several ratty old mats, it smelled horrible.
Talked with someone about Training Camp, it sounds they use the use of dominance, to train your dog to behave...rather than positive reinforcement, which they claim to be all about.
I will never set foot in that place again, and neither will my dog, for his safteys sake.

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Outrageous prices...staff is never the same so you know somethings wrong on the inside.
My dog came home injured on numerous occasions, took a tour of day care, the floor is just cement with several ratty old mats, it smelled horrible.
Talked with someone about Training Camp, it sounds they use the use of dominance, to train your dog to behave...rather than positive reinforcement, which they claim to be all about.
I will never set foot in that place again, and neither will my dog, for his safteys sake.

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Riverdog 'trains' dogs based on bribing them with treats. The basics, sit and down are all that was taught in the first class. They attempt to give an 'insight to dogs thinking' but really miss the mark. Dogs smell first, see next, THEN hear. The method at Riverdog is all about verbal commands. There is no opportunity to socialize your dog with others, as they're required to keep 10' distance between dogs at all times. Would do much better to learn from Cesar's Way book - teaches more about true nature of dogs and how to be their Alpha and not just the commander.

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Riverdog 'trains' dogs based on bribing them with treats. The basics, sit and down are all that was taught in the first class. They attempt to give an 'insight to dogs thinking' but really miss the mark. Dogs smell first, see next, THEN hear. The method at Riverdog is all about verbal commands. There is no opportunity to socialize your dog with others, as they're required to keep 10' distance between dogs at all times. Would do much better to learn from Cesar's Way book - teaches more about true nature of dogs and how to be their Alpha and not just the commander.

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Riverdog was apparently featured in Bravos Showdog Moms and Dads show. However, when we went there to check out their facilities and classes, we were shocked to see their prices. They tried to sell us their C.A.M.P. program, where you bring your dog for daycare and training for 3-4 weeks on weekdays, at more than $400 a week. (You would then show up on Saturday to learn what theyd taught your dog so that your dog would obey you as well.) Their classes run close to $200 per series, higher than any other training program Ive found in the area. To enroll your dog into an advanced class, you have to either have taken a basic class at Riverdog or schedule an evaluation session for approval. In the end, the pricing and complications made us decide this place was just not right for us.

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Riverdog was apparently featured in Bravos Showdog Moms and Dads show. However, when we went there to check out their facilities and classes, we were shocked to see their prices. They tried to sell us their C.A.M.P. program, where you bring your dog for daycare and training for 3-4 weeks on weekdays, at more than $400 a week. (You would then show up on Saturday to learn what theyd taught your dog so that your dog would obey you as well.) Their classes run close to $200 per series, higher than any other training program Ive found in the area. To enroll your dog into an advanced class, you have to either have taken a basic class at Riverdog or schedule an evaluation session for approval. In the end, the pricing and complications made us decide this place was just not right for us.

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