Some of Our Many Delighted Clients
Greater Boston Dog Training is the best. Zephyr has come over to my house three times and in the first lesson he taught me and the dogs heal and sit. I can walk both dogs at the same time without them pulling me across the street. We are now working on the barking, jumping and stay. My dogs are reformed. We are all much happier because of Zephyr. Thank you.!!!!
I met Zephyr Clarke-Dolberg in the spring of 2007 first thing I noticed about him is his calm assertive personality when dealing with people. As I got to know him I realized that Zephyr has an innate ability with dogs, his instincts with dogs are very rare. I spent time with Zephyr teaching him formal dog training, it was truly a terrific experience. Most people who learn how to train dogs do not naturally possess the instincts Zephyr has, and usually it takes them a long time to develop it. Zephyr also had the opportunity to prove himself with large aggressive dogs living in a shelter environment. He certainly proved his ability to work with these dogs in a positive way, to rehabilitate and turn them into good canine citizens.
I wholeheartedly recommend Zephyr Clarke-Dolberg, yours for better dogs
I met Zephyr through a neighbor in Miami who had a fantastic dog. I had to get one just like him–well behaved, attentive, and very loving. Zephyr helped me locate and obtain Cosmo and trained him for me in his home with his family.
When I flew up to Boston to pick up Cosmo, Zephyr spent two days making sure I was equally as well trained. The following year I wanted Cosmo made ready to pass his Assistance Dogs International certification and Zephyr and Cosmo worked hard together. Cosmo passed on his first try! Cosmo and I have been inseparable ever since then. We travel everywhere together and Cosmo behaves so well. GBDT is absolutely the only place I’d use and Zephyr makes it easy with his specialty services for busy professionals.
My wife and I adopted a deaf terrier whippet mix who was rescued from Puerto Rico. After a few weeks of having her we started to see issues of aggression towards basically anyone that she met other then my wife an I. Heartbroken we called the shelter and considered bringing her back. They sent us to a specialist who prescribed her medicine and sent us on our way. The behavior didn’t change and again we thought about giving Alba up. However we wanted to take one more chance since Alba had truly become a part of our family, enter Zephyr at Greater Boston Dog Training. He truly invested himself immediately in our case and began to think of everything to try to help Alba out. We have been working with him now for 5 sessions and although the process has been extremely difficult at times we have begun to see major improvements in her behavior. With his help Alba can now be around other members of our family and has even been walked around on leash by other members of the family. Zephyr is truly amazing with dogs and his never give up attitude is unreal especially seeing how frustrating our case has been. He truly makes you feel like he will stop at nothing to fix the troublesome behavior and always considers your feelings as well as the dog’s in all of his training methods. We were always so heartbroken seeing Alba’s aggression since she is such an amazing dog with us and we have become so attached to her and love having her as a part of our family. Zephyr made us feel like his number one priority was fixing this behavior so that we can keep Alba in our family. He has always made himself available to answer our questions and has spent plenty of time on the phone listening to our concerns and trying to find solutions to put our nerves at ease. I would recommend him as highly as anyone I have ever worked with in any field at all.
I’m a Veteran who was in need of an Emotional Support dog Zephyr was very informative and was able to guide me with caring and effective methods. He took very good care of my furry best friend for a whole month. Zephyr always made sure that I was comfortable and that I knew the command cues effectively. This has allowed me to continue with conditioning and training. He also provided many insights and tips. I’ve always followed what Zephyr has said from Day 1 and what I achieved, through the help of Zephyr, is immaculate results for a adolescent Siberian Husky.
Priscilla & Randy
I want to take the time to thank you for training our newest family member Cali. We have had other dogs before but she is the best behaved and obedient thanks to your passion for training dogs with love and true understanding to her needs. With your training I can bring her with me anywhere and she will obey her commands in public with other dogs right next to her! Your training has allowed her to not be leashed or contained with fences in our yard which it truly amazing to me that she will stay and knows her boundaries with cars and people only feet away! Thank you for giving us the gift of a well trained family member.
We can’t thank you enough for doing basic and recall training with us. You were wonderfully flexible with times as my hours are not always convenient working nights at an animal hospital. Fly was extremely skittish and shy of strangers. We lost her for nearly a week when she was first adopted. With your help she is responsive off leash when called and more relaxed with unfamiliar settings and people. We would definitely recommend Greater Boston Dog Training!
We want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to you for the amazing training you have provided to us & to Bernie. We were so excited to add a puppy to our family and it was very important for our busy family of five to have a well mannered & socialized dog . We feel so very fortunate to have benefited from your expertise starting when Bernie was just 9 weeks old . The tips & knowledge you imparted to us during those first early weeks proved invaluable & have allowed us to fully enjoy & understand her, thank you. As the weeks & months have passed , your talents have allowed our family to have such a rewarding relationship with Bernie. We are so happy to have a dog that we are enjoying both inside our home & out . She walks, heels , sits and stays on command ( and enjoys showing off her skills). It’s a pleasure to take her on a walk or watch the kids walking her without being pulled around. Thank you for helping make the well mannered puppy we imagined a reality.
The Hart Family
In December 2010, I enrolled my six (6) month old Boxer puppy “Charlie” in Zephyr’s 30-day in-kennel service dog-training program. After a short 4-weeks, Charlie returned into an extraordinarily obedient and well-mannered dog fluent in Hebrew. He mastered his individually trained tasks along with advanced obedience skills, on and off leash, in response to both Hebrew verbal commands and hand signals.
The commands he mastered were “Heel, Auto-Sit, Sit-Stay, Come, Down, Sit, Down-Stay, Drop it, Leave it, Stand, Emergency Down, Release, and Place” The Charlie also acquired proper social-behavior skills which included no aggressive behavior towards people or other animals such as barking, biting, snapping, snarling, growling and/or lunging, no soliciting food or petting from other people, and no sniffing merchandise or people or intruding into another dog’s space. Proper socialization also included tolerating strange sights, sounds, odors etc. in a wide variety of public settings, walking calmly on and off leash, no unruly behavior or unnecessary vocalizations in public settings, and no urinating or defecating in public unless given the “release” command.
Charlie was also trained as a service animal in the task of standing and bracing the handler in the event that he or she loses balance. He remains standing in the event that the handler falls and requires the dog’s support to rise. Once the handler rises, the Charlie does not move until the handler feels comfortable and begins to walk.
Today, Charlie is 5 years old and still recalls all of his commands. He plays with my 20-month old daughter calmly and is very tolerant of her. I will undoubtedly send my next dog to Zephyr. He is a very talented and hardworking individual.
We were very happy to bring home Juno, our new puppy, but her exuberant personality got us worrying. Would we be able to get her to listen, to walk on a leash, and to stop from constantly jumping up?
We weren’t sure, but Zephyr turned out to be an exceptional trainer. He taught the dog very well, and taught us to work with her. He was firm but patient. His combination of kindness and expertise put everyone at ease (Juno included) and he gave us the skills and confidence we needed as owners. He helped us become a family!
Nancy and Mike
Very happy that we found Zephyr! We had a five month old Shiba Inu puppy Bolt who was doing really well, but then started getting quite aggressive with the food guarding and space guarding, and out of control with the play biting as he went into adolescence. I was really becoming afraid of him and worried. We have read so many dog training websites etc but we weren’t successful, and I wanted to nip those behaviors in the bud before they became too dangerous. A co-worker of mine is having great success with her dog trainer in RI, so I called him, however Boston was out of his range– but thankfully he referred me to Zephyr, who recently returned to the Boston area and who actually was his teacher.
Zephyr came out for our first session and he was definitely an expert, patient, confident, and assuring. I realized that on our own, with our inexperience with this kind of dog personality, we couldn’t have taken the obedience training to the next level like our little puppy needed. We were so thankful to have found Zephyr, that he could share his experience and skills to help us out, and show us the tools we needed to teach Bolt how to make better behavior decisions. It definitely made a huge difference in just one night. Bolt is very strong-willed as shibas are known to be, and for us, we needed more advice to make sure we could help our puppy continue on the right path. Coincidentally we had already had a vacation planned the next week, and so we decided to do one of the training courses and have Bolt stay with Zephyr for 10 days.
He came back from “boot camp” all freshly bathed with nails trimmed, and demonstrated his newly learned commands to our delight. I was especially thrilled to see his progress in Drop it and Leave it, and he was Heeling like a pro! that’s his best success. Zephyr then spent almost two hours teaching us everything he did and how to keep working on the training. It’s a lot more fun to walk him now when he isn’t out of control. Of course he isn’t perfect yet, we have to continue the training and the practice every day.
Bolt is apparently very quirky with his food, and we definitely have work still to do. But now we have a strong foundation to build on for continuing the obedience training, and that’s exactly what we needed. I was feeling a bit desperate before with all the challenges we had to work on with Bolt, but now we see a lot more of the sweet side of our puppy again. I am determined to figure this dog out, and now there is hope! We will have a follow up visit from Zephyr with Bolt in a week or so as part of the training course, and we are looking forward to seeing Bolt grow up happy, healthy, and safe. It’s just as much about training the guardians as it is the dog, and Zephyr is good at both.
We met Zephyr when we got a new puppy Skout who is a Dutch Shepherd. He is very energetic, stubborn and needs a strong leader to show him the way things are to be. We started the training with basic walking because Skout didn’t want to walk out of the house so Zephyr helped us get over that issue. After that part of training was done Zephyr taught us as much as he taught Skout in basic commands like sit, heel, stay, down, go to your place etc. And more important than that, how to keep Skout challenged with mental exercise as much as physical exercise. Skout loves Zephyr and that says a lot about him as this dog is very weary of strangers, but he actually loved when Zephyr would come over for a training session and he would be exhausted after every one of them. Our experience with Zephyr was amazing and he truly understands each and every dog that he trains!!! You will not go wrong in your decision to have him train you and your dog.
Patrick and Angie Ferrer
Our family is so happy to know Zephyr. He came highly recommended by our dog sitter – herself a trained veterinary assistant. We have two dogs. One is quite fearful and the other was starting to get pretty bossy. On his very first visit, Zephyr showed us how to properly walk our dogs and we saw almost an instant result. A few weeks later, we boarded our dogs with Zephyr while on vacation. During this time, he worked with them on basic commands. This has made a big difference. We are still working with our dogs, but Zephyr’s training and instruction has gone a long way. Our fearful dog is noticeably calmer and happier and our bossy guy is behaving better.
Zephyr is knowledgeable, relaxed and a great instructor. And he clearly loves the dogs he is entrusted with. Thank you Zephyr!!
Leon and Lizzie
I really can’t say enough great things about Zephyr!! Here is my experience, I hope it can be of help to you. I have an 11 month old mountain cur/retriever mix rescue (Daisy-Belle from Tenn) who had a rough start to life. She is extremely fearful of loud unfamiliar noises, especially cars, due to the circumstances in which her litter was abandoned. I quickly found out I just did not have the skills to help her overcome her fears to be able to go on a normal walk. I actually had met Zephyr one day while at the dog groomers, I told him all about her anxiety issues. He said that he could absolutely help, with either sessions or overnight board & train. After some thought, I choose the week of boarding and training. While I was going to miss her, I knew she was going to need the consistency of being with him for a week to get the best results.
Boy was that the right choice!!!! She came back a whole different girl!! She’s not perfect, I don’t want to false advertise, but she is 80-90% better than she was! She walks with much more confidence now, and is in general less fearful. There really was just so much to life she was afraid of, Zephyr took the time to work with her in so many difference settings and situations over that week to get her to overcome her fear of cars and now she walks beautifully on a leash! I would have been happy with that but I got so much more. He understood she is a sensitive girl, he gave her the love and praise she deserved, so she came home being able to sit, lay down, stay, and heal/walk on a leash. For our follow-up he showed me how to teach her go to your crate/bed. Just a few tries and she already has it!!
I will be practicing and look forward to a future sessions to work on distance and e-collar training. I am hoping my little girl will be a therapy dog someday, and with Zephyr & GBDT’s help we will get there! You don’t have to take my word for it, the proof is in the happy well behaved pups! I recommend getting a consult with him if you are unsure! You will be glad you did.
Liz M Quincy
We were exceptionally happy working with Zephyr to bring our English Bulldog into a friendlier mindset (he randomly lunged at people, especially men). Zephyr not only trained the dog, but he trained us in how to handle him – how to make sure we don’t transfer our anxieties to the dog and how to handle situations in which we anticipate a problem and situations in which we are surprised by them. Zephyr has a wealth of knowledge, patience and a great sense of humor – all of which came in handy! He is also truly a dog lover and it makes all the difference. We’d heartily recommend Zephyr and Greater Boston Dog Training.
To anyone that is experiencing issues with your dog that you think cannot be corrected, I would recommend contacting Zephyr Clarke-Dolberg of Greater Boston Dog Training.
I’ve recently become a first time grandmother (and a proud one at that). My son and his wife both work full time so I offered to watch little Nicholas on a full time basis so that he’s not with strangers 5 days a week for daycare. Now, the problem I have (or should I say “had”) is that I also own a dog (Jack Russell named Maxie). She is 10 years old and still has the energy of a young puppy. She was so hyper and energetic around the baby that I was afraid she would scratch or nip at the baby. She cried when the baby cried and was always at my feet jumping up to reach the baby in my arms while I would be walking with him. She was so fixated on the baby that she would totally ignore me or anyone else and just run and run around the baby jumping up trying to lick him (and she would do this for hours). It got to a point where I was contemplating having to do something drastic like finding a new family for Maxie (oh, how heartbreaking it was to even think that). My son called Zephyr to come to the house and train Maxie.
It’s only been 1 session so far (I’m not sure if a 2nd session will even be needed) and Zephyr was able to not only help train Maxie, but also trained/educated me on how to properly exercise Maxie (both mentally and physically). Zephyr gave me the knowledge and tools to use to not only exercise Maxie, but to also correct her behavior before she gets to the “hyper” point. Zephyr came prepared with different tools to use and took his time answering all of my questions and provided detailed explanations. He probably stayed a lot longer than the session typically lasts, but at no time was he rushing anything.
It’s only been 3 days so far, but the difference is unbelievable!!! It’s not to say this was magical or anything, there’s still some work I have to do, but so far the work is well worth the results.
Thanks Zephyr for helping me,
Nicholas and Maxie
My six month old mini labradoodle puppy has learned to sit, stay, come and heel on a loose leash in just three sessions with Zephyr. He is also very good at training me, as her owner, which is the real secret to the task. I highly recommend Greater Boston Dog Training
My husband and I contacted Zephyr to get his guidance on how to properly train our labradoodle puppy. We also needed to learn the correct commands ourselves, when we need our puppy to obey. Winston like all puppies did not heel correctly on his leash and favored chasing squirrels during walk time. Within a few sessions and some practice Zephyr taught us how to command and Winston how to heel, sit and go down the stairs. Winston is now a well behaved puppy. It is quite apparent after seeing Zephyr interact with Winston that he truly loves dogs and wants them to behave properly. Zephyr is very patient and answers all your questions. You cannot ask for a better dog trainer when you have Zephyr work with your puppy. We have scheduled some refresher classes to refine some skills. He is also extremely flexible with his schedule.