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Karen Poch

★★★★★

I originally contacted K9 Learning Academy to work with our one year old rescue dog who was mistreated by a former owner, extremely anxious, suffered from horrible separation anxiety, and a was a nonstop barker to boot. After our first couple of sessions with Matt and Morgan he was magically transformed into a totally different dog. It was nothing short of miraculous. He learned basic commands and they taught us ways to quell his barking and manage his anxiety without medication. However, during these sessions it became increasingly obvious that our over-indulged 3 year old dog needed training too. A LOT of training. We had allowed him to basically do what he wanted whenever he wanted - bark, eat, jump, resource guard, all the bad habits. At that point Matt and Morgan turned their attention to him and all I can say is WOW! After several sessions with them he has actually become a remarkably polite dog with excellent manners. The barking, the jumping, the separation anxiety, the leash pulling, all of it has improved dramatically. At each session Matt and Morgan would listen attentively to all of our dog woes, observe the dogs in action, and offer their knowledge and expertise. They were very flexible with days and times and worked around our schedules. They are truly masters of dog training (or training the humans they belong to). Having well-behaved and well-adjusted dogs has been life changing. I can’t recommend them enough.

Pam Frunzi

★★★★★

I highly recommend K9 Learning Academy when looking for a dog trainer. Matt has been incredibly flexible, supportive, and knowledgeable in helping us with our dog and her training needs. Leia was struggling with some anxiety and trust issues, especially pertaining to the vet. Matt went beyond my expectations and personally met us at the vet on multiple occasions, working with us and our pup to retrain our thinking, how we respond to her anxieties and needs, and to make her vet visits a positive experience. In only a few short and positive visits, Leia made tremendous strides in how she acted at the vet. Matt has also helped us with basic training commands for our pup, and taught us the correct way to desensitize her to anything which gives her anxiety. I am so appreciative for what Matt has taught us, and all the time/effort he has given to us and Leia. I feel like we have a much better understanding of her thanks to Matt. She has come a long way in the short time we’ve worked with K9 Learning Academy, and I know anytime we need his help, he’s just a call away.

 

Mary Ellen Carter

★★★★★

We received Mila our king shepherd at 8 weeks old. We knew from her birth that we were going to need a professional trainer due to the size she was going to be. After researching many facilities and long hours on the internet I found Matthew Dellaira from K9 Learning Academy. From the first visit to our home to meet Mila we saw an improvement. He explained in detail what I was doing both right and wrong. Mila thought I was her personal chew and pouncing toy. He not only trained Mila but he also trained me. After weeks of training I decided to have him train her as my service dog. Matt is absolutely amazing at all his training techniques. Mila is not the same timid and shy puppy she came to us as. He also helped us with our 11 year old Shiba mix Sushi who is a grumpy old man. Everywhere we go people stop and say what a beautiful and well behaved dog Mila is and if we plan on breeding her to please let them know. Thanks to Matt I am now able to go places and do things I was not able to do alone before. Even with the Corona Virus he stayed in constant contact with me to see how we all were doing. Mila is now a one year old 90 pound beauty and has my heart tied around her very large paw. I truly believe that Matt deserves all the credit. I can always call or text him with any questions or concerns. I look forward to the continuation of our training with him.

Cathi Macheda

★★★★★

Stu was beyond Awesome!! My reactive GSD isn't perfect yet, but thanks to Stu and what he has taught ME & my Rudy, we'll at least get close!! Thank you sooooo much!!!

Sabrina H

 ★★★★★

Stu helped take our overly excited and stubborn mutt into a better version of herself in a few short months. Highly recommend then for training.

 

Tony Huang

★★★★★

Matt was a magical dog trainer. My 10 month old lab dog Athena was a stubborn dog. She have been 2 puppy schools when she was younger. She did well in schools but mis-behave at home as she grew older and bigger (85 pounds). She ran off to the streets a couple of times and she went further each time. After a long chase in my neighborhood I decided to get some help. Fortunately, I found Matt. Matt came to our house and layed out the clear training plan. I was so surprised that with just a session of boundary training, Athena never crossed the line anymore; Not a single time ! It is magically feeling, seeing Athena free roaming in my backyard without having to worry she run away. Several times, I accidentally throw the ball outside the boundary, she stayed inside not going after it. The additional benefits was we no longer have to close the bedroom doors now. She will wait outside my room until I give her permission to enter. If you are looking for a dog trainer, I 100% recommend Matt. You will enjoy a lot more to have your dogs as integrated part of the family. As a matter of fact, Athena has become a much happier dog as I no longer have to yelling at her for stealing food or jump on people :)

 

Lauren Hauser

★★★★★

Stu helped me with basic training for my 1 year old pup Clark. My dog was very anxious, timid and excited. Stu helped me with some basic training techniques to help my dog take control of his excitement a little better. He helped with leash training & walks, making walks much more enjoyable! I also learned some basic commands to help me interact with my dog better. I highly recommend Stu for training! He was flexible and responsive, plus very knowledgeable on dog behaviorisms. I highly recommend Stu & K9 Learning if you are looking for training to understand your pups behaviors and creating a better, happier relationship with your dog.

Nicole

★★★★★

I adopted 2 puppies (a male and female) from the same litter. I knew I needed to get them training for my own sanity. From our first day, I learned the basic leave it command that has helped every day since. Our trainer, Stuart gave me so many tips and ideas as well as teaching me to use the commands with our dogs. I highly recommend K9 learning to anyone with a dog. My dogs are only 7 months old and I get so many compliments about how well they behave, listen, and walk on a leash.

 

Allison Rekuc

★★★★★

Stuart was really helpful for our anxious troublemaker Bernese mountain dog. He provided us a lot of really helpful tips and tricks and spent a lot of time working with us. Our dog is not perfect but we have seen a huge improvement after our time with Stu. I feel confident if we keep working the skills that he showed us that we can get the well-mannered dog we were hoping for!

 

Dulce Estrada

★★★★★

I can’t express with words how grateful I’m that I found Matt, I didn’t know where to go or what to

do & I just “google” & his services appeared right away! I reached out to them & they answered right away & from day one he’s (Matt) been there for every time that I’m losing my patience! I know that still a long road ahead (my niece’s dog it’s getting trained to be a service dog) but I know that we & most important our dog (Aida) it’s on a good hands! Thank you Matt

 

Melissa Bennett

★★★★★

Stuart is a fantastic trainer! We worked together in training our new Chocolate Lab named George. He taught us the foundational elements needed for all pups to use as they continue to grow and develop. George LOVED the training (and extra treats!). Stuart is so knowledgeable, has a wealth of experience and offered great advice to all of our questions. Highly recommend!

Linda Petz

★★★★★

I was taking my 10 month old golden retriever for obedience classes at a local facility. Although she was learning basic commands we were having some issues with jumping, mouthing and counter surfing. A friend recommended Matt. Matt came to my home to evaluate my pup. I knew instantly I made the right decision. Matt has worked with us for almost 2 months and has exceeded my expectations. I have an extremely well behaved dog. No jumping! We are now working on commands I never thought we would be able to do. If you are looking for a dog trainer I would not hesitate to give K9 learning academy a call.

Diana Roberto

★★★★★

Stuart is amazing. He was so patient with my dog. I can’t believe how far she has come. He truly cares about the animals and took the time to coach me as well. I feel that she will just continue to succeed with all of the knowledge Stuart has given me. I can’t thank him enough.

Jim Rhodes

 ★★★★★

Stuart was Great. Our newly rescued dog Rallo, was like 2 different dogs. Inside he was the most loving and well behaved dog. We took him outside and he wants to chase and bark at, runners, cyclist loud cars and other dogs. He is 75lbs and has a pretty vicious sounding bark, and now the terror of the Neighborhood. We knew he just was really playful, but it didn't sound like that at all. We love this dog so much, but we were now on the fence of finding a new home for him again. We called K9 Learning Academy. Stuart was very patient and professional. He assessed Rallo and told us he just needed to learn some basic manners. He encouraged us and gave us relatable examples to help us retain training techniques. He was quick to outline and point out our progress for both, Rallo and us. Stuart provided training that allowed us to become confident that we could control Rallo outside. We went from feeling very hopeless to feeling confident we can get Rallo to where we want with time, patience and a little work. This was a great experience.

 

Nick DeLorenzo

★★★★★

We had a great experience with K-9 Learning Academy. We began to see immediate improvement from our Golden retriever/German shepherd mix pup. From walking properly on a leash, to sit, lay, stay and to come running when called. Her behavior has completely changed for the better. Time and money well spent. I cannot say enough good things about our personal trainer, Stuart. Always on time, professional, friendly and an all-around great guy to have around. Give Matt and his team over at K-9 Learning Academy a try. If you’re willing to learn and be trained yourself you will not be disappointed.

 

 

Georgia Reed

★★★★★

I reached out to AMPR for suggestions of dog training, and every single person that responded told me that K9 was the best! Matt came out and talked with me and met Dixie and set me up for

9 sessions with Stuart. We talked about my goals and got right to work. We not only conquered those goals, but added things I never even thought of. Stuart gave us homework and always set the bar exactly where I needed it to be. Thanks to Stu, my Dixie is everything I have always wanted in a fur-best friend.

 

Linda Truz

★★★★★

Stuart was very helpful to get me started training my puppy. He helped me set commands, how to reward positive behavior, and how to redirect unwanted behavior. He was always positive, helpful, and complimentary. I never was judged for saying or doing the wrong thing during training sessions, but he would always help me Chevy myself. Stuart was very kind to my pup. He definitely enjoys what he does! A great trainer!

Jessica Mazza

★★★★★

We cannot thank Stu and K9 Academy enough for the training we had with our 3 month old puppy! Stu always listened to the things we wanted to work on and taught us so much in the process. Our dog now has a strong understanding of the basic commands and walks are much more enjoyable.

 

Andrea Schrum

★★★★★

Recently signed up for a group class for my 7 month old rescue pup! We did Basic Obedience course. First of all we had a great time with the trainers Stuart and Morgan...it was perfect for a dog that was already struggling with focus because there were distractions of the few other dogs in class. But we had fun, too. As we all know learning should be FUNdamental. And dogs need an enjoyable environment to be able to learn. We (me and puppo!) learned basic commands and truly had exceptional results. Matt, Stuart and Morgan have incredible rapport with both the dogs and the owner. Matt’s approach to training is teaching your best friend to live harmoniously with you, in a safe environment and by being respectful and well behaved. His staff is 100% committed to that practice. I highly recommend K9 Learning Academy and making sure to utilize the trainers and their knowledge! They are all young and engaging and current with behavioral tactics that work. Let’s face it...we want the positive results that last. This group will make that happen...and won’t rest till they do.

 

Adrienna Chell

★★★★★

We had a great experience with Matt, Stuart and Morgan training our Chi mix puppy Daisy! She learned all the basics for good puppy manners in a clear, concise and fun way. We highly recommend K9 learning Academy and would definitely go back for more training!

 

Emily Kapferer

★★★★★

It’s been such a pleasure working with K9 academy and Stuart. I am having my dad’s dog certified to be a therapy dog. Stuart is always professional and REAL. He’s teaching us so much and I’m beyond grateful for all the time and compassion Stu has spent on my family. Stuart has helped our pup with confidence and obedience. It’s exciting to know that after this journey a new one will begin with our girl Gracie. No words could express our gratitude 💗

 

 

Alexa Politi

★★★★★

After a terrible experience with a trainer, I reached out to Matt from K9 Academy. It was the best decision I could have made for my dog. I found him and his assistant Morgan very knowledgeable, and sincere. He completely turned my dog around. I would recommend K9

Academy to anyone. You won't find any who knows more about each breed and the approach to take. From 1-10 I rate them a 10+

 

Dana Pintinalli

★★★★★

We had a great experience with Matt training our dogs. We reached out to Matt to see if he could help us with our 2 year old lab/pit mix with her constant jumping. From our first training session, our dog instantly took to Matt. After only a few sessions she had improved so much with her jumping. Even family members noticed her improvement when they came to our house. Matt also helped with training our new puppy with basic commands and walking and our puppy has been doing great and improving each session. Matt is very reliable, wonderful with our dogs and you can tell how much he really enjoys his job. Ihighly recommend him and look forward to working with him in the future for any additional training needs.

Anna Goldovsky

★★★★★

We had Matt as our trainer for a very active, self-driven, and impulsive puppy. He came to our house for training and was very professional. He was nice, but stern, which was exactly what our puppy needed.

 

Alice Kerwick

★★★★★

Matt Dellaira helped to train my lab mix rescue. She was 1.5 yrs when I adopted her and started to work with Matt. She was not house broken and only knew 1 command. Matt taught her several commands and taught her to use the yard for her bathroom needs. He also taught my 9 year old Labradoodle several commands. I was happiest about getting them both off leash to play in the yard. I will be forever grateful.

Karen McNamara

★★★★★

Matt is by far the best trainer I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing!!! He focuses on each fog and what’s best for them and their family. He is kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable!!! He’s fantastic!!

 

Kelly Becker

★★★★★

Matt was wonderful. Amazing experience. Our dog is less than 2 years old and helped us be able to walk her and also behave in the house. She no longer jumps on the furniture or counter surfs. Highly recommend

 

Pat Polascak

★★★★★

We have two miniature dachshunds being trained by Matt. Matt is very knowledgeable and dedicated to help you understand how your dog thinks and what you need to do to successfully have your dog follow your commands. Our dogs are four and ten months old and we are thrilled with their progress. I highly recommend K9 Learning Academy.

Alison Cogswell

★★★★★

We hired Matt Dellaira to train our 3 month old puppy who was showing “attitude”. We were at our wits end! Matt was absolutely FANTASTIC. Even before we met him in person, he already helped us to not be anxious about it and told us everything would be fine. And it was! Our Brody is the sweetest pup now abs needed to know boundaries. Matt is the BEST!!!! He was very affordable

and very accessible! Will go back to him again and again if we ever have issues arise.

Jessica Vera

★★★★★

Matt was great from day one. He showed his extreme knowledge when he sat down with us for two hours just explaining the process and answering all our questions. He was always patient, professional, and accommodating. He was also very honest as to how well we were doing our training. He took a genuine interest in our dog and in our family. He was available to answer our questions at any time. We would highly recommend Matt, he is the best!

 

Brandon Bennett

★★★★★

Bringing our dog home for the first time was an exciting and wonderful time for our family of five. Having three children under the ages of 10 is a challenge in itself. Adding a fur baby is a whole other ballgame! We knew we needed help... Reaching out to K9 Learning Academy was one of the best things we ever did! Matt was helpful and attentive to all our needs. I would highly recommend and an absolute must for anyone who loves their dog... thank you Matt!

Varghese Karuthalackal

★★★★★

Matt was excellent and very helpful. He trained with our puppy and corrected us on proper training techniques. Matt was very flexible with our scheduling and the training sessions are not overwhelming for the puppy. Overall, we had a terrific experience and are satisfied with the training process. Matt was on time and a great professional. We could tell he enjoys his profession! Bonus: Matt is very affordable, we highly recommend him!

Alisha Dilauri

★★★★★

We found K9 Learning Academy when we were searching for a trainer for our two American Staffordshire Terriers. During our consultation we shared with Matt what our main concerns were with our dogs behavior: basic obedience, coming when called, pulling on the leash, and leash aggression towards other dogs. Prior to meeting with Matt, walking my dog was not enjoyable at all. We’ve had several training sessions with Matt and the change in my dogs behavior is wonderful. I can now walk my dogs with him right at my side instead of pulling me, they are doing fantastic with basic commands and we are able to have them off leash without worrying about them running away. In between lessons Matt is available to answer questions and provide feedback to you on how you are implementing what he has taught you. I can’t say enough good things about Matt, he is easy to get along with, has a great personality and sense of humor. It’s very obvious that he loves what he does. I would highly recommend K9 Learning Academy.🐶🐶💕

 

Terry Alloway

★★★★★

I highly recommend Matt from K-9 learning Academy, I had an issue between two of my dogs which scared me, Matt came out spent the time he needed to evaluate the situation. I'm happy to report with Matt expertise and teaching me how to handle the situation it is now like night and day. we all live in a happy home once again. Thank you Matt.. you are truly the best 💖

Beth Kupiec

★★★★★

My loving but poorly behaved pup is now a much better member of the family. He had stopped listening to me but Matt worked wonders with him! I now have control back and am comfortable taking him on walks. Recommend them highly!!

Taylor Maltese

★★★★★

Matt did an amazing job helping me with my hyper pup! He gave easy instructions and taught us training methods that became effective immediately. Very punctual as well. Great guy!

 

Wiley Hargrove III

★★★★★

I was a little apprehensive about hiring another trainer after my prior experience, but I decided to give it another shot because of my huge pup. Well I'm glad I did Matt came in and assessed my pup, and within a few short weeks my Pup has become a calmer, more obedient dog who I can now walk off leash and much... much... more. Matt is patient and good with dogs, my lessons were held at my home and was all hands on. I now feel comfortable with reinforcing what my dog has learned and then some. Matt is by far on of the better trainers in the area and I highly recommend his services.

Ashley Wittmer

★★★★★

Matt was incredible. We were scheduled for one hour sessions and each day turned into 90 minutes. We have a female Chesapeake Bay Retriever and she was very stubborn when my husband started her training. Within just a few sessions Matt provided us a foundation and a lesson plan moving forward. It’s completely changed our household. Our counter surfer turned into an obedient and loving dog. I highly recommend Matt from K9 learning Academy.

 

Mark Stephan

★★★★★

Let me first start by saying we have never hired a dog trainer before. After our experience with Matt? I wish I had done it with every dog I’ve ever owned. This was our first time not only using a trainer but adopting a dog we’ve never met. When we first got Macy she was an absolute handful. But in just a few short lessons, Matt had her doing things we didn’t think could be possible. Our biggest fear was Thanksgiving day. With many guests coming over and knowing how she liked to jump on people. We were especially fearful of the three-year-olds that would be in our home that evening. Well much to our surprise and delight Miss Macy put our fears to rest with pleasant and loving behavior. We couldn’t have been more surprised and happier. This pup was rescued by a foster family and lived for the most part outdoors on a farm with many other dogs. Thus imbedding in her a pretty wild demeaner. However when Matt came to our home he turned Miss Macy into a very obedient lovable addition to our family. It’s nothing to take her for walks without a leash she is so well behaved. And the compliments we get with regard to her manners feel great. Her tendency to be a bit wild had us quite concerned and apprehensive about this adoption. So much so, that it was breaking our hearts that we may have to have considered giving her back up. As we weren’t sure we’d ever be able to handle her. But it was Matt to the rescue! I can’t imagine our home without her now. I cannot recommend this company and Matt more if I wanted too. His dedication and techniques are amazing. This investment was worth EVERY penny!! THANK YOU MATT!!!! Mark and Robin Stephan

 

George Shultz

★★★★★

I called K 9 Learning Academy because my 17 month old English mastiff decided he didn"t want to get in the back of my Traverse. Matt came gave me a few training tips which worked. He trained me how to work with Sebastian. We worked one week ; he now will climb in the car without shaking. We still have some work to do but, Sebastian is 100% better than he was. Matt came again and said we are doing great. I can call any time if needed. Matt was a great help, he gave me the confidence that I could get Sebastian in the car and Sebastian is more willing to get

in the car. Thanks Matt

John Black

★★★★★

We are so pleased with our experience with Matt. He was extremely professional, knowledgeable, patient and easy to work with. Our dogs responded to his techniques with ease and so did we. What we learned has been invaluable. We highly recommend Matt!!

Arianna Iannacone

★★★★★

My boyfriend, Shane, and I are proud owners of our nearly two year old Akita Mylo. Over the past few months we had noticed changes in his behavior as he had become slightly more aggressive, specifically over his food and toward other people. My mom had suggested k-9 learning academy and after just 3 sessions with their trainer Matt, my boyfriend and I were able to learn the commands and exercises needed to train Mylo. He was amicable and professional throughout the entire process. I could not recommend him more!

Theodore Ray

★★★★★

Matt was excellent during our training sessions. Super flexible with when each training session is and he works with you to make sure you know how to continue to train your dog while he isn't present between sessions. I adopted a very high energy husky pup who loved to pull on his leash during walks and was incredibly mouthy at home continually play biting and hurting my girlfriend. Matt and his team helped us get him under control and our puppy is much better on walks and at home. I would recommend matt 100 times over and over again. Very friendly and you know from his demeaner and professionalism that he loves all the animals he works with and wants you and them to have a good experience.

Vinny Ungro

★★★★★

My wife and I decided to get my dog a friend and everything was going great until one day they went after each other and it got very ugly and very scary. We called Matt and he heard in my voice how concerned I was and we went right to work with at home training. Matt did an excellent job with the dogs and with us. He showed us the things to look out for to stop it before it starts. Also worked on commands and leash walking. I'm happy to say there are no more fights and the family isn't on edge anymore. Thank you so much for creating a much happier home for us.

Gerri Hand

★★★★★

We had used Matt previously to work with our very "energized" collie Abby. He worked patiently with us until she became the civilized dog that she now is. Recently we absorbed another family into our home and they came with 3 dogs. One of the new dogs (Bailey) had a dislike for Abby, he was aggressive towards her and we needed to do something in order to make this work. So it was Matt to the rescue again! I'm not sure what magic he used but while they are not lovers now they do tolerate each other and we do not need to keep them separated. The training is still ongoing and we see improvement after each visit from Matt. I highly recommend him. Giving him 10 stars not 5!!!

Terri Svecz

★★★★★

Excellent!! K9 Learning Academy has made such an amazing transformation of our 2 German Shepherd’s. From the initial assessment until today, our overall experience has been outstanding. Matt provided an in-depth and attentive consultation where we expressed our concerns and he observed their behavior and personalities. He calmly and confidently advised that we could accomplish our goals. We were uncertain if it was possible! He and his associates have worked miracles with custom tailored training sessions at our home - at our convenience. Our dogs are trained independently as well as when together. It is such a comfort to have K9 Learning

Academy as a resource when a new concern or behavior arises. Moreover, they educated and "trained" us too!!

 

Ann Fox

★★★★★

If you’re looking for a great place to have your dogs trained, this is the place. They came to my house to do the training. Which was more comfortable for myself and my two dogs. I really loved that because they see how your dogs or dogs are acting at home before there taken out to venture out for walks around the public. That was another big fear of mine. The trainers are the best and very understand. I have 2 German Shepherds and they were out of control because I didn't have time to train them because I had health issues. I called them and they came out to evaluate them both. They informed me that they could be trained. Which I had my doubts. Today, after a few sessions they both are doing real well and they both now listen in two languages. I'm very grateful and happy I made that call. You won't be sorry. Pick up the phone and give them a call if you think for one minute you have I dog, you think can't be trained!