PLEASE TELL US HOW WE'RE DOING!
Our greatest compliment is the referral of Diamonds In The Ruff to your family and friends. We'd love to see your feedback as a Google+, Yelp!, Facebook, Thumbtack.com, or other review.
(Pictured here with Indy—RIP, 1996-2010)
(Pictured below with Riley, 2014-present)
B.S. Entomology/Wildlife Conservation, 1994
M.S. Wildlife Biology, Iowa State University, 1998
DOG TRAINING EXPERIENCE (18 years)
Cyclone Country Kennel Club (Ames, IA), 1997–2000 with Indy
4 to 6-month Puppy Class
AKC Canine Good Citizen awarded
Advanced-Beginners (AKC Novice)
Hurd's Hound Haven (Story City, IA) with Indy
Agility: Levels 1 and 2
In addition, Julie informally taught Indy many other commands, including:
"Enough" = Whatever you're doing, stop that. Applied to barking, licking feet, etc.
"Wait" = If he had run ahead during regular off-leash at the local (enclosed) cross-
country course, he was to stop and wait until verbally released.
"Street" = Never cross a street without an "OK," even if the handler keeps going
and no command is given, to resist enticement to cross or even leash tugs.
This became so ingrained that he was impossible to walk the handler unless
the handler knew to "OK" at every curb.
"Close-it" = To push closed open cabinet and other doors.
Canine Training Assoc. (Davidsonville, MD), Member, with Riley (2014-present)
Obedience—Intermediate, 1st Place in Class Final Exam "Trial"
Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Professional Premium Member
Animal Building Blocks Academy, Professional Member
PROFESSIONALLY TRAINING DOGS FOR 1 YEAR+, WITH 20+ SATISFIED CLIENTS
Julie made an accurate assessment of our dog pack (family) and we look forward to implementing her training suggestions.
What I most appreciate is her taking on a special project for Nelson, my energetic beagle/Jack Russell mix. We have a large unfenced property in a wooded community. Julie spent ten days training Nelson to our wireless fence system. I can now let him out night our day and know that he won't breach the perimeter despite some pretty significant temptations. This has meant fewer trips to the dog park, which I truly appreciate, now that the weather is cooling. Thank you, Diamonds in the Ruff.
—Alexina Robertson (via Yelp!)
Julie is helping us work with an Alaskan Malamute puppy and a 2 year old English Bulldog. She invested a lot of time in her first visit and wasn't rushed. Julie took the time to get to know us and our dogs and we also got to know her. We talked and planned out all the things we wanted to work on. She is very flexible in her schedule and willing to travel to our home. Reasonable prices and she is even available via text-message!
— Bruce J.(via Thumbtack.com)
"Julia helped us a lot with both our dogs. Our older dog became more aggressive when we adopted a puppy. Julia was extremely knowledgeable about a wide variety of techniques that we could use in many different situations (i.e. when visitors enter our home, when individuals and/or dogs pass our home and when we are walking outside with both our dogs and we encounter other dogs or people). Julia takes the time to get to know her clients and is extremely wonderful to work with. She was also very well versed in possible causes/reasons for our dog's aggression and was able to work with us in depth in a variety of locations. She would provide a detailed write-up of each training session so we would have references for our sessions."
— Maria W. (via Thumbtack.com)
Julia worked three sessions with my 8 month old puppy Turk who has been showing signs of leash aggression. The sessions all took place in my neighborhood and she took her time with every walk! I've learned a lot about correcting his behavior and establishing myself as the "boss". There's certainly been a change in Turk at home, and he improves with every walk that we practice.
— Andrea S. (via Thumbtack.com)
You can tell she definitely enjoyed her work. Very affordable. She is very knowledgeable
& she is really an awesome trainer.
— Jessica L. (via Thumbtack.com)
Diamonds In The Ruff Dog Training, LLC
Crofton Dog Walkers (via Facebook)