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Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
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by Maxine on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
New boy

Our dog had been through 2 trainers prior to Grace. He had improved following the training we had done, but still had a long way to go. Axel is a Welsh Terrier who was good most of the time, but had many issues that we were not able to correct on our own. The worst being he would bite when he got excited and we couldn't have that with young grandchildren. He also bit the vacuum, watering cans, coats. He wouldn't drop things when asked which isn't good when he had a dead frog in his mouth. He came back from bootcamp a new boy. It's been over a month and sometimes we have to remind him of his manners, but since returning he has not bitten. I just finished vacuuming the house and he now follows and just looks rather than attack it. Today in the park he picked up a meat bone of some type and dropped it when asked and just looked as I put it in the garbage. A few weeks ago he was at a garden party and everyone commented how good he was. He can now run around with my grandkids and leave their toys alone. He turned 1 today and I'm so grateful we found Grace.

I am so happy to hear he is still doing well, it was a pleasure working with him.

by Jennifer on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
Highly recommend

Highly recommend!!!!
Our female Golden Retriever, Echo, had issues with walking on a leash, not listening to commands and just being a little terror on 4 legs. We had received some bad advice from another trainer and we felt like we lost the joy of having a dog in our family. We are so glad we found Grace (we wish we had found her sooner... ). Right from the first visit to our house, Grace brought back the joy of having a dog in our lives - we were able to take Echo for a pleasant walk and she was already sitting in a stay position. And it just got better with every session. Even my in-laws noticed an immediate difference in Echo's behaviour, for the better. Grace listened to all of our concerns and answered all of our questions. She KNOWS dogs and how to teach owners the right way to build a solid relationship between the dog and his or her family! I'll say it again, we highly recommend Grace!

by Mary Cronin on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
Behaving much better!

I called Grace for a consultation for Max, our headstrong 22 month old Aussie shepherd cross. Max had decided he didn't need to come when called, and loved to steal socks, slippers, food and a host of things he shouldn't touch, and then run. Huge safety issues. He also had no manners when greeting guests.
I am happy to report after working with Grace, Max is behaving much more appropriately and will come when called. I now feel I have the tools and skills to continue with his training . Max will be much safer and my guests will be happier. If we have any issues in the future, I know Grace is just a phone call away.
Max and our other dog Bailey also now have a fun, safe place to board.

by Deb Rodney on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
For The Love of Grace!

We are currently fostering a Great Dane through Great Dane Angels named Daisy, we call her Daisy Duke. Daisy came to us 5 days ago with no real manners or understanding of her size and space. She is a very big girl at 14 months old. Many moons ago I started training our own fur family with Grace Bryson. Not only did she train our dogs with us but she gave us a fantastic understanding of how things work in a family with dogs, how things should be. She taught us to train and to never stop training, to grow as people as well as dog owner. Now many years later my family was able to give back by fostering and teaching everything we have learned from Grace at rrruffhouse to this gorgeous girl, getting her ready to find her perfect forever family. Thank you Grace! We are so happy to be able to do this for this amazing and beautiful dog. You are the back bone and driving force behind what we are doing for Daisy and we couldn’t be happier!

by Lisa Webb on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
Grace does it again...Welcome Frodo!

Grace did it again! A little over two years ago, we consulted with Grace about selecting a rescue dog. We hired Grace to come to our place after eventually adopting a bonded pair of rescue dogs... never knowing if they were mother and son or siblings. Grace came to us on the day after their arrival and spent a few hours with us, quickly getting to know the dogs and then giving us suggestions on where to begin with training and helping the dogs settle in and become confident. We felt totally supported in our efforts to provide the best life possible for them. She came again a month later to help us fine-tune our training and through both visits helped us (and me particularly, as a new dog owner) to avoid major pitfalls. Our two dogs predictably became truly exceptional, loving and happy companions! We had two great years and then Possum became very ill this summer and had to be euthanized. While we remain bereft at his death (he was my little buddy), we were also concerned about Bella being alone so much of the time when we were at work and so through careful consideration and consultation with Grace, decided on a puppy of all things. Grace assured us that Bella would essentially train this 12 week old Aussie puppy to be the companion that she wanted. Again, Grace came out to take us through puppy school 101 and to help us plan out a training scheme for the new puppy but more importantly to ensure that we were meeting Bella's needs so that she would have the confidence and patience to accept her new 'friend'. Just two weeks after throwing caution to the wind and bringing home a puppy (something neither of us took lightly at all!), we have a lovely, and very well behaved puppy who has essentially brought out a 'joie de vivre' in Bella that we had never witnessed before. And true to Graces' word, Bella has firmly and lovingly taught Frodo to be respectful and to listen and watch carefully. Thanks to Grace's guidance, we feel confident in our approach to the two dogs separately as well as in terms of having carefully managed their introduction/relationship . The constant in this story is Grace. She is knowledgable and skilled, frank, concise and straight forward, understanding and compassionate, generous and kind. I know that if we listen carefully, take notes, and follow her advice, that we will almost certainly end up with a wonderful reciprocal relationship with our dogs. In fact, we are so grateful to Grace, that we named one of our hens after her! 🙂 Thank you Grace. You have played such a significant role in helping us to provide a good home for our dogs and they give so much back to us in return. We could not have asked for more.

by Tailona on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont

After our rescued boxer mix started showing signs of dog on dog aggression we decided it was time to call in the a professional. Our dog always had issues walking in leash, particularly  with smaller dogs. One day a smaller dog was growling and barking when I had my kids with me out walking the dog, I lost control of the leash and our dog, Loki, went straight for the little dog. Thankfully, the little dog was not hurt  just missing a little fur. I didn't want that to happen again as next time it could be worse. I did some research and decided to call Rufffhouse as we were moving to that area and she had some great reviews.
Grace came in and gave us an awesome assessment. She was thorough and reassusring. My dog wasn't a lost cause. She worked intensively with us over four sessions and taught me how to take control while relieving my dog's stress. She helped us crate train with very little resistance from Loki, where we had found much resistance before. Loki still isn't 100% awesome on the leash but she has definitely made huge improvements. Instead of jumping around, barking and growling when we pass another small dog for a solid 10 minutes, it's 30 seconds or less and sometimes not at all! It was  fantastic experience getting  to know and work with Grace. She is a wealth of knowledge!!!

by Chris Mounteny on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont

We started working with Rrruffhouse due to some behaviour problems between our 2 dogs, Blue our Lab mix was starting to show some aggresion towards strangers walking by and the 2 dogs were starting to fight with one another. Our first 3 training sessions were very good, we are now able to walk our dogs loose leash and have them in the house together without any serious problems (still working on outside). At this point boot camp was recomended and we decided to give it a chance so we could stop Blue from charging the door when we have guests and also to be able to have the dogs out in our fenced in yard together without issues and for the most part have Blue listen to commands and follow them. To our dissapointment boot camp did not have the effect on Blue we all had hoped for and we are continueing training on our own at this point in time.

You guys have done amazing work and so did Blue here at Bootcamp. I am sorry to hear that you didn't continue the Bootcamp rules at home and didn't do the follow up care in order to continue Blues success. Blue met all kinds of dogs of many breeds here with no aggression and played very well in our yard with all the dogs he met in his Bootcamp journey and also met lots of people and met them with respect most of the time, sometimes we did have to redirect his excitement but for the most part he did very well with not charging the doors. I wish you continued success.

by Lindsay and Aaron Peterson on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
Puppy started on the right track!

This Fall we were on the hunt for a new dog to bring into our home after losing the second of our dogs to old age. After an adoption that didn't work out, we decided (on the advice of Grace) that with two small children, a puppy would be a better fit for our family. She helped us every step of the way from finding the right litter, to coming along to choose the dog for us from the group. With her expertise and wealth of experience, we knew we were in good hands and trusted her advice.

Hank (our lab/retriever mix) spent time with Grace before coming home to us. She used that valuable time to impress manners, respect and disposition that we wanted. We visited Hank and, after only a few days with Grace, we couldn't believe how calm and well-mannered this 9-week old puppy already was. After more time with her, it only got better! She continues to be a support for us, always answering questions we have so we can keep our puppy on the right track.

As others have said, Grace not only trained Hank, but trained us. We got our last dog while we were still in university, and as you can expect, didn't start her off properly! We have learned so much from Grace and feel much more confident that we are setting Hank on a path to being a calm, well-mannered companion for our family. We cannot recommend Grace highly enough for a new puppy or for a dog you're having challenges with. Believe us though, it's worth starting your puppy off in Grace's hands!

Thanks for letting me be part of your journey. It has been an amazing ride and Hank is an amazing puppy that you are going to enjoy for many years to come. You guys are doing great!

by Dean Howley on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont
Help for Kaiya

When my partner Amy and I brought our new puppy – Kaiya, a beautiful apricot Labradoodle – home, we were taken aback by her well-behaved nature and willingness to obey commands. Relying on those innate tendencies, we chose not to seek group training or other training options. Our feelings changed abruptly when, after eight months or so at home, Kaiya decided to chase birds or a squirrel – we’re not quite sure which – across a heavily trafficked street, while completely ignoring my commands for her to stop and return to me.

Knowing that we did not possess the knowledge or skills to effectively change Kaiya’s behaviour, we reached out to Grace, having been referred to her services by friends who spoke highly of the results she achieved with their own dog. Upon her initial visit, Grace very swiftly determined an appropriate course of action for Kaiya’s training and outlined for us the process, both her and our roles and responsibilities, and the outcomes that she typically expects to see in cases like ours.

Following our sessions with Grace, during which she employed an enthusiastic and engaged training and teaching style that was both enjoyable and informative, Amy and I are very pleased with the transformation we have seen in Kaiya. She will now sit and stay, stop and come when called, and displays a more recognizable respect for our authority. With Grace’s help, our beautiful girl is not only happy and affectionate, she is also attentive, responsive, and more well-behaved that we could hope for. We highly recommend Grace’s services and sincerely thank her for the guidance and support that she provided to us.

-Dean Howley, Amy Moote, and Kaiya – Kingston, Ontario

You guys have done amazing and I enjoyed all our training sessions and I couldn't be prouder of you guys! great job, keep up the good work.

by Tara O'Grady on Rrruffhouse | Belleville, Ont

My name is Tara and I found Grace a few years ago. We have an American Bulldog named Bijou who did not always get along with other dogs. After meeting with Grace a few different times and locations including home and dog parks to see what was going on we agreed that unfortunately her insecuity made her a good candidate to be an only child. Grace offered excellent advice on cues to watch for and confirmed my feeling that although she would love to play she has a short fuse. She also confirmed that my method of handling Bijou was correct and offered a few extra tips. Grace is always available for a call and excellent advice no matter what silly questions I might have. Her safety first attitude for both dogs and their humans makes Grace a great addition to our team.

Bijou is amazing! Bijou was here just the other day for some daycare and I cant believe how far she has come. So proud of you both and looking forward to her boarding here with us in April.

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  1. Wanda Sutherland

    Hi, I just wanted to add my comments along with all the above about Grace and her expertise and knowledge of our furbabies and best friends. After saying goodbye to my fourteen year old cockapoo this summer I realized I needed a new buddy and that’s when I found Cassie. Being only eight weeks old she came with all the vim and vinegar her five pound little body could hold wrapped up in Love and kisses. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed help as she was fast becoming the ruler here. Hence entered Grace and doggy boot camp. I missed her a lot but Grace put pics up on Facebook for me to keep tabs on Cassie daily and called a few times as well…I so appreciate communication. When she came home we could have a nice walk not pulling and yanking me all over the place, being 99% trained, not jumping all over guests and meeting other dogs calmly. We still have work to do her and I but on my terms now. Thank you Grace for your patience and understanding in teaching us the ground rules upon which we can continue to build on thru the years.

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