I am posting my review here as well as on her Click Pawsitive Dog Training site, because people don't always check there: Outstanding program and trainer. Three years ago I adopted a Rottweiler Australian Shepherd mix named Macy. She was three years old and not trained to a leash. She was a lot stronger than I expected her to be and she pulled me down during the winter months. She also was attacked by a smaller dog and it was difficult to break up the fight. It became impossible for me to walk her in my neighborhood due to the number of other dogs, cats, squirrels, etc, I had to find places to walk her away from all distractions. It seemed like fate when I sat next to Sara at the retirement dinner and she gave me her card. When I got back from visiting my family in Virginia, Macy and I started private lessons with Sara. I was amazed at how quickly Macy responded to the training and was able to attend Sara's Focused Fido Class with other dogs. I just came back from walking Macy in my neighborhood where we ran into 4 other dogs, including a poodle mix who barked at her the whole time we passed her yard. Macy stayed focused on me the whole time (other that needing to get in some good sniffs and pees) and no pulling or reacting to the other dogs. Within 6 weeks of training, this is why If I could give Sara even more stars I would. -Diane Bennett
I am a disabled service dog handler & have utilized the training services of Click!Pawsitive Dog Training owner, Sara Alguire. Sara is an absolutely incredible dog trainer. She runs wonderful training groups and also offers convenient personal training sessions. Sara is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CPT), which essentially means that she is credentialed by the foremost academy of force-free positive reinforcement training. This accreditation is reserved for the best of the best in the dog training arena. If a trainer is effective in training a dog to service dog standard (and understanding ADA law and task training requirements) it is fair to say that they can handle any pet dog that comes their way. Sara is the trainer I chose after contacting upwards of 10 other local trainers, and I do not hesitate to recommend her to any service dog team or pet dog owner in a 50 mile radius of Haslett, Michigan.
- Katie L.
Sara, was patient, broke things down for me, explained when I asked WHY? Also appreciated the homework assignments..wish we could work together every week!! -Shari C.
I can't say enough great things about Sara!! She took my hysterical phone call on a Saturday, not knowing me, and stayed on the phone for almost an hour calming me down after my rescue dog bit my friend. :( I was worried that we wouldn't be able to keep him...she came to our house to help us help him and he is a completely different dog! Charlie has grown so much with her help and so have we. She gave us the tools to train him and know the warning signs when he is anxious. We LOVE her for helping us turn him around! Thanks for everything!! - McCollums
Sarah did great with my boxer/bulldog mix. She is always hesitant towards strangers, but warmed up to Sarah and was always very excited when time for our sessions would come. We had private training sessions so she came right to my apartment and provided a clicker and treat bag, as well as weekly using her own treats for training. I enlisted Sarah's help in dealing with my dog's reactivity towards other dogs, and through our training sessions she is finally on the road to being calm when in the presence of other dogs. She was also considerate of my varying schedule as a college student, and made this aspect a lot easier on me as well. I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone that is looking for help with reactivity issues. - Nicole Mahmood
Sara is so kind with our dog! He was very nervous the first time she came out to our house but with her patience with him he eventually warmed up. With her encouragement we have been able to learn several skills that had been hard to master. Our dog can now greet people calmly at the door and walks like a gentleman on a leash! I would recommend Sara to anyone looking to have a well trained dog. - Jason Smith
Sara was fantastic to work with. My two year old English Springer was a little too energetic and jumpy but after 4 sessions with Sara we have turned her into quite the obedient dog. I had private training done so Sara came right to my home, worked for about an hour each week and provided me with necessary equipment. (clicker, treat pouch) I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for have their furry friend learn a few lessons in a warm and welcoming manner. - Jay Sarkar
Honest and reliable. Would definitely recommend Sara. Great with dogs!!! Her knowledge and expertise is beyond what I expected. - Rhonda Burke