The Upbeat K9 Dog Training Testimonials
Testimonials 2018-03-07T02:20:19+00:00
Bodie and Belle

Working with The Upbeat K9, Rutland VT changed my life.  A little under a year ago my life was dictated by worry about how my dogs would react.  I feared my mastiff’s reactivity would lead to my loosing him.  I did not have the tools to keep him, let alone myself safe.  I was to the point I couldn’t walk both my dogs at the same time for fear another dog might walk by and I would end up face down in the street.  Every decision I made was informed by the time I needed to put into “tiring” my dogs out so I could relax at home.  Now, I have no fears, and my dogs don’t need to be tried to behave.  My confidence in my training and my dogs has grown exponentially! I walk both my dogs ANYWHERE with no concerns.  I have the tool box to deal with negative behaviors my dogs exhibit and reactive behaviors are beginning to disappear.  I could not have accomplished any of this without Nathan and the UpBeat K9 staff! I have never gone longer than 36 hours without an email response and each time I call someone is available to speak with me.  The UpBeat K9 makes and INCREDIBLE effort to help owners/handlers succeed in raising confident, obedient, and balanced dogs, I truly believe they are as committed to the success of my dogs as I am.


Smith Family

The Upbeat K9 is amazing. What our trainer did with my lab Murray in a week’s time is nothing short of a miracle. We were at our wits end with obedience training until we found The Upbeat K9. After a brief consult over the phone, the trainer came to our house to meet us and Murray in order to determine what corrective actions were needed and to game plan on how he could help. Five seconds after he arrived we instantly knew that The Upbeat K9 was the solution. The trainer’s approach, demeanor and knowledge are remarkable. It is evident that he has a love for dogs like no one I have ever seen. He treated Murray like he was his own and loved him as we do. All I can say is that after one week with The Upbeat K9, Murray was a completely different dog. He would now come, sit and stay when commanded and we no longer had to water ski behind him when going for a walk. In fact, we no longer need a leash to walk Murray! The Upbeat K9 continues to be available should we have questions or need a refresher and is always more than willing to help if needed. Best part of this whole experience is that not only did we gain a friend, but so did Murray.



If you’re looking for professional, compassionate, extremely knowledgeable, ever evolving dog trainers look no further… The Upbeat K9 is the best. I have an 8 mo old, female, German shepherd, Zahara, who pulled on the leash, jumped all over guests and couldn’t refrain from all her excitement when seeing another dog and would attack the vacuum cleaner like it was public enemy number one. As Zahara reached 70lbs, no longer just a small puppy that I could pick up if she needed to be corrected, she was strong and would pull me like a rag doll. I know I needed help to gain some control over her for my safety as well as hers. So I called The Upbeat K9, for a free consultation and a trainer came right over. I was so impressed with the trainer’s calm demeanor, his honesty and knowledge I signed Zahara up for the 7day jumpstart program. The results are amazing. I still have a goofy puppy, but one who is obedient, who doesn’t drag me on the leash, who isn’t jumping on my guests, has learned to walk on the treadmill and who no longer wants to eat my vacuum cleaner. I wouldn’t trust my pup with anyone but The Upbeat K9. Not to mention If you ever have a follow up question or need extra help our trainer is always available. Thank you so much to the Upbeat K9, I couldn’t be more happy with Zahara’s transformation. Signed: One Happy Mom!!



We have a male Bernese Mountain dog and at 14 months he was difficult to handle, barking, and growling, and generally unfriendly toward people and other dogs. We could not trust him like we trusted our previous dogs. We called The Upbeat K9 for help. The Upbeat K9 evaluated our dog at our home and recommended the Jump Start program. When our dog returned home, he was transformed. His bad behaviors are gone. He is a calm, confident, friendly dog. Today we have a dog we can trust. I highly recommend The Upbeat K9. The transformation in our dog is no less than exemplary. We will be forever grateful to The Upbeat K9 and highly recommend them for all dog training needs.



I would highly recommend working with Paige and Tony at Upbeat K-9. They customized a package that best suited my needs. They trained me to train my dog, and it’s an ongoing process. Paige has been working with my Thor since he was 4 months old, and he just turned 1. We worked on socialization, manners, basic obedience and were not stopping there. Thor received his Canine Good Citizens Certification at 10 months old, and gets nothing but rave reviews when we are out. Everyone compliments me on how well-mannered he is, thanks to a lot of hard work on my part with Paige and Tony! I just got Thor a Sister, “Freyja” and she begins training with upbeat k -9 next month. I take my Berger Blanc Suisse Shepherds very seriously, they excel at obedience, therapy, agility, Doc Diving, search and rescue and much more, and Paige and Tony can train them to do it all! This is not my first set of well-behaved shepherds, but it was a huge help have experienced trainers to help me with my 2nd set. The group classes are fantastic and we look forward to them every week. I would not trust anyone else to train and handle my two Fur babies!


Our family cannot thank The Upbeat K9 enough for the well behaved dog that we now have. Murphy went through training over a year ago and is still the well mannered dog he came home as. Training is easy and simple to maintain. The Upbeat K9 is always available to answer any questions that we have had and explains things in a way that is very easy to understand. Thank you for taking our crazy and uncontrollable lab puppy and transforming him into our loving family pet and our son’s best friend!




Five stars!! And if I could give it SIX stars, then I would. The Upbeat K9 has the finest, most professional, and most skilled trainers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I deal mainly with rescue dogs — many of whom have never learned basic obedience or manners. Most of them have never had any training at all! But that doesn’t stop The Upbeat K9 trainers! Their skills and ability to communicate with dogs is unmatched! They can teach any dog from any background to do anything! In fact, my dog Tuukka (and english bulldog/pit bull mix) came from a neglectful and abusive past. When I first took him home, he was unruly, anxious, and fearful/aggressive. I called on The Upbeat K9 to remedy the problem – and per usual – they did just that! In just over a week, Tuukka went from a dog I was afraid would run away to a dog I felt safe letting off-leash. Where he was once constantly pulling on the leash and darting to and fro — Our trainer taught him to walk peacefully at my side. The Upbeat K9 dealt with his mouthing/nipping issues and his fear of being handled by people. The Upbeat K9 turned him from a scared rescue dog into a perfect gentleman! I would HIGHLY recommend The Upbeat K9 anytime you need a professional to teach your dog anything! Whether its just basic manners and obedience or something more advanced, this crew can do it! And I’m pretty sure they even do boarding next time you can’t take your pup on vacation with you!!


By far the best training and boarding experience I’ve had! The Upbeat K9 is amazing and delivers everything you want and more. Their trainers have a passion for training and you can tell. I have two 200lb Boerboels that needed some good solid training. The Upbeat K9 came to my home and gave me a free consultation, was professional, thorough, and made me feel very comfortable about leaving my babies with the trainer for 5 days of training, while showing me what and how he would attempt to train my dogs. I agreed to send them to him for 5 day training. While away, he would update me as needed and send pics and videos of there progression and made me and my family feel very secure that they were in good hands. When they came back, I was totally impressed with the results! The trainer then took his time to show me how and what to do and trained me. I now can take both of them together anywhere I want, and they are very in tune with my direction I couldn’t be happier! I highly recommend The Upbeat K9 to anyone who wants just a basic training or even dogs with any kind of behavior issues or whatever your need is. Highly recommend!


Lance is amazing. We decided on the jumpstart program for our 4yr old dog. From the beginning Lance was nice and very easy to work with. He kept us updated on how she was doing and posted pics and videos on the Facebook page. When he dropped her off you could tell Athena had bonded with him and enjoyed her time with him. He spent as much time as we needed to get comfortable using the e-collar and educating us on her training. From the moment he brought her back we were impressed. She wasn’t easily distracted anymore and we could have her not on a leash in our front yard which is a very big deal. He was easy to get in touch with for follow up questions.

We are very happy with upbeat K9 and especially Lance he has given us the freedom to be outside with our dog without the fear of her running off. He has given us everything we were wanting and more.


Jesse was amazing! My Katie came home so much more attentive and well behaved. Katie, my boxer was so full of energy and did not pay one bit of attention to me. However, now with the skills that she and I have learned, coupled with her training collar, our home is much happier and less stressful. Katie also stays with Jesse for boarding. I highly recommend Jesse!!!!!


Working with Lance was such a great experience. He instantly connected with Ivan, our Great Dane/pitbull mix, and after our first session we saw a difference. Lance didn’t just train our dog, but instead gave my husband and I the tools to have an obedient and happy dog. Ivan is not the same dog that he was before training, because he truly gets to be a dog! Being able to take Ivan with us anywhere without worry is such a joy. He gets to be a dog and we couldn’t be happier with our choice to train with Lance!


I brought my 100lb Great Dane puppy Moose in for their Jumpstart Program. I have a 3 year old, and I couldn’t afford for him not to listen. He wasn’t aggressive, but he wanted to play (as pups do) and he would often play too rough with everyone, and walking him in public was impossible. He’s smart, but stubborn, and only growing bigger. Moose came home from this program a completely different dog. I can take him places without him pulling me everywhere, I can have him outside off leash without worrying that he will run off, and most importantly, I trust him enough that he can be around my son, and my son loves him! Thank you, Upbeat K9!


Great staff, great talent, so glad I brought Callie to you! Love to see the progress she makes each week, thank you!


Thanks to Nate and his very patient staff for taking such great care of Captain each week, and providing us, the humans, with the training needed to keep Captain’s high drive personality in check. Captain arrived at our home a little over a year ago as a very abused and neglected dog. With the strenuous mental training, balanced with great energy releases, and fun, Captain is a tired and happy boy at the end of each day of 4 Paws Academy!


The Upbeat K9 trainers are dog whisperers! When our puppy was 6 months old, we were at the end of our rope. She was very mouthy and wouldn’t listen. After a week with The Upbeat K9, Rylee came back a whole new dog. She listened to commands, had discipline and was SO much more enjoyable to be around! They seriously work miracles on any dog personality! If you’re looking for someone that invests their heart into your dog, the The Upbeat K9 is the answer!


We contacted The Upbeat K9 for a consultation, considering e-collar training our newest rescue dog whom we have had about 8 months. Our primary concern was to have him off-leash trained, he’s our little “crack dog” and can have selective hearing at times…

We were paired with Lance and he has been great from the get-go! Our consultation was easy and informative, and confirmed our desires for e-collar training. We bought our collar and the 5 private lessons.

Three lessons in and we took a week off to drive home to Georgia. We took our two dogs to the beach and Wylie did EXCELLENT! Perfect recall, and he had the best time running the beaches with his fur sister. I cannot express how exhilarating it was to have two perfectly behaved, off-leash dogs on a beach with many distractions from humans, food, and dogs playing (on and off leash). Many people were impressed seeing that our dogs were looking to us for directions and permission to greet people/dogs. We also had the opportunity to spread information and awareness about e-collar training and its positive uses!

Lance, The Upbeat K9, and e-collar training have been a huge game changer for us. We still have two sessions left to use and look forward to expanding our training to fun sports with Jesse down at The Dog Mall next!


Hands down the best dog school ever! Nathan is an amazing trainer. I highly command this place to anyone!



Prior to contacting Upbeat K9 we had taught our dog Bruin some basic training commands but he really struggled with walking on a leash and listening when off-leash. We decided that for his own safety (and for him to have the freedom and fun that every dog deserves to have!) we needed to take his training to the next level. We signed up with Upbeat K9 and the private lesson program. After just one lesson we saw a dramatic change in Bruin’s confidence level and his ability to focus. In between lessons, our trainer was very responsive and available to answer any questions/concerns/requests that we had. Bruin can now walk so well on a leash that our 12 year old daughter can easily walk him and he has been able to safely enjoy off leash walking though trails in the woods and parks. We have highly recommended Upbeat K9 to all of our friends with dogs and we are truly grateful for all of The Upbeat K9’s hard work. We know now that we can safely enjoy our time with Bruin.


The Upbeat K9 is amazing! My Katie came home so much more attentive and well behaved. Katie, my boxer was so full of energy and did not pay one bit of attention to me. However, now with the skills that she and I have learned, coupled with her training collar, our home is much happier and less stressful. Katie also stays with The Upbeat K9 for boarding. I highly recommend!


It was tough to tell how Bella’s training went when she came home because she was never that bad at home however once we brought her camping and saw the unbelievable difference in her manners it was awesome!!!! She no longer charges people walking by our site, she places well and is working on not charging other dogs but is completely responsive when we tell her to place when she tries. Thank you, Upbeat K9!!!! We have a very well mannered camper now!!!


This company is great. They helped my big playful puppy, Rocky learn to listen and respond to direction. But the best part is Brendan taught Rocky commands with kindness and love. I have been amazed at how excited Rocky is to see Brendan at follow up visits. I figured she would not be excited to see him because he taught her discipline … But clearly he did it in a way that was positive bc she loves him!! It’s been a fantastic experience. Rocky had a great time, she learned a lot and Brendan’s follow through has been incredible. Worth every dime!!


I have trained dogs with Lance for years, he is an innovative trainer with a great sense of feel for the dogs! I would highly recommend taking your dog to train with him!


Love the Periscope on socialization! That’s what is great about the Upbeat K9! Their trainers are always educating, sharing thoughts and fielding questions about how to better the life for you and your dog. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should!


Very pleased my dog has never been so well behaved.


I can’t believe how good my two little guys are now. Thanks to The Upbeat K9 🙂


Matt did a great job with our dog, Juno. She did the two week Jumpstart program. We are so impressed with the progress she made in just two weeks. We have much higher expectations with her now that Matt showed us what she is capable of. We’ve really learned a lot from him on Juno’s journey to being a civilized dog. We highly recommend the Upbeat K9 Jumpstart Program!


I wish I could give Upbeat K9 10 stars! It has been such a pleasure to work with Matt. We did the in-boarding training for our dog. She has some dog aggression issues and she is doing so great now thanks to Matt. He continues to work with us to make sure she is fully trained. He has taught me how to handle her around other dogs and continues to teach us how to keep her on track. I had an issue with her the first night after she came home and he was at my house the very next morning for more training. I HIGHLY recommend him to everyone!


My husband and I are keeping a Belgian Malinois/lab mix for our grandson who is in training with the Army and can’t keep him for a while. “Delta” is 8 months old and so full of energy we couldn’t keep up with her. We have owned several small dogs but never a large dog like this. We are completely out of our realm trying to do it on our own with Delta. We hired Matt and the Upbeat K9, for 2 weeks of intense training. We are so thrilled with what Matt accomplished with Delta in 2 weeks. Re-introducing Delta back into our home did result with her regressing into her bad behaviors. The BEST part is when Matt comes to our home and works with us. It has quickly gotten us and Delta back on track! I cannot say enough good and positive things about this company and their trainers.


Matt is hands down one of the easiest people to work with. He has a passion for dogs and it shows through in everything he does. He is extremely knowledgeable in regards to training, dog nutrition and overall behavior. Matt provides a good experience for both you and your dog!


As a pet professional myself, in Beavercreek, I highly recommend The Upbeat Canine. If you think you need a trainer.. you need THIS trainer! Seen him in action. Haven’t seen better in 29 years.


My Beagle Baxter, was not well behaved to say the least. Upbeat K9 was recommended to me. I set up a meeting. He has several programs and I decided 7 day at his place was what I needed to get Baxter trained right. He came home today. WOW he is a different dog even as excited as he is to be home. I have had Baxter out in different situations and in my home. He has responded to my commands. I am so grateful to Matt at Upbeat K-9 for training Baxter. I would and will highly recommend Upbeat K-9 for anyone who wants their dog trained right.


We got a German Shepherd puppy for Christmas and had no idea what a handful she would be. We were to the point that we dreaded having her out of her kennel because she was so jumpy and biting and nipping at us and we didn’t know where to start to train her. We wanted a dog that could be a loving family dog that we could trust to be around small kids and a dog that would listen to us. We found Reagan Williams and called her and she was able to come out the next day and help us with our puppy. We chose to work with Reagan and we signed up for the two week program. Reagan took her home and started immediately working with her. She sent us videos daily and gave us updates and pictures. We were amazed at how well she worked with our puppy and how much our puppy retained from her. When Reagan brought her back to us it was like a totally different dog. I can’t wait to start working with her and for her to become our family pet. We will definitely use Reagan in the future for any other training needs we have. I loved knowing that our puppy was in Reagan’s home and she worked with her like our puppy was hers. She took her places and socialized her around other dogs and it was a wonderful experience for our puppy and for us! Thank you a Reagan!!


Trent is amazing! He was super accommodating and took our big dog Boyd over Thanksgiving holiday! Always gets back to you in a very timely manner. Boyd is so much more well behaved and still hasn’t lost his personality. We can truly enjoy him and really incorporate him into our family now without it being stressful! He made a world of difference for us! I would recommend Trent Steele and Upbeat K9 to anyone and everyone with a dog!


To say I am pleased with the results of Marlie’s time with Trent is an understatement! She just completed the 14 day Jumpstart Premium program and is doing great! I highly recommend The Upbeat K9 if you are struggling with potty training or behavior issues!


We had a great experience with this program. It really helped our Snowbelle overcome her “social awkwardness” and improve her leash skills! Thanks to Upbeat we are no longer concerned about taking Snowbelle out with us! Thank you for helping our sweet girl!


I have known Trent for many years. Trent is a great trainer and his passion to help people achieve their goals to live a happy well balanced life with their dogs unmatched. Trent is also a great teaching, very patient, and takes his time to make sure you understand and all of the training that your dog receives.


Trent was awesome with my dog Sawyer, is patient and awesome at what he does.


I’ve known Trent for several years, and no one is more passionate about their animals than him. His dogs are well rounded, skilled, and amazing!


If you have been frustrated with your dog learning the basics and beyond, look no further! I am so thankful for the guidance Paige has given me with our 9 month old mini-goldendoodle. The Upbeat K9 Naples Team not only has the knowledge but they are truly passionate about helping you. Thank you Paige and Tony… Kooper and I are your biggest fans!


We were so fortunate to find Paige. When we were having a very tough time with our beautiful GSD, Paige was a godsend. Ilsa, is happy, attentive and loving! We can not thank Paige enough. Tony has spent time with Ilsa as well and both truly love what they do because they are so devoted. We are now going to have continual training because it’s not only good for Ilsa, but it’s great for us too. Instead of frustration we have FUN! If I could give 10 stars I would! Thank you Paige and Tony for sharing your talent! The BEST!


Trent, My wife & I just want to say thank you so much for all of your hard work on our Abbey. You came & picked up a hyper little just over 3 month old Goldendoddle that I thought I may have to return because of my back. You brought us a wonderful addition to are family. She is a very strong will little girl, but now she knows when I say sit she sits, when I say down she lays down.

You even taught her in three short weeks how to get up in a position on the steps or an outdoor chair so that I don’t have to bend over , & hurt my back to get her hooked up to her leash. I have told everyone that tells me what a great puppy I have at such a young age that it was all you & your hard work.

From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you.


Ian is an absolutely amazing dog trainer. My dog Arya had very severe dog and people agression. I was considering putting her down for her own safety when I met Ian. He spent the time working with her to make her more confident and obedient. She is now happily living in my home with 2 other dogs. Ian literally saved my dogs life. I cant say enough good about the quality of training that Ian provides.


Heather and her team did amazing work with my dog Levi. I used to hate walking him on a leash bc he would pull so hard the whole time and now he walks right next to me! that is just one example on how he’s changed for the better! Truly amazing!


Heather and her team did amazing work with my dog Levi. I used to hate walking him on a leash bc he would pull so hard the whole time and now he walks right next to me! that is just one example on how he’s changed for the better! Truly amazing!


My pup only joined me last year and he was very territorial. If I dropped a pen on the floor I had to be cautious retrieving it. But since coming home I’ve seen a world of difference. He’s an old dog and these are new tricks, but Ian has helped me learn a lot about how to continue the training my dog got with him over several weeks of the jump start board&train. Anyone who needs help, even with a 7 year old, 75 pound beast, should give Ian Gresh a try.


My pup only joined me last year and he was very territorial. If I dropped a pen on the floor I had to be cautious retrieving it. But since coming home I’ve seen a world of difference. He’s an old dog and these are new tricks, but Ian has helped me learn a lot about how to continue the training my dog got with him over several weeks of the jump start board&train. Anyone who needs help, even with a 7 year old, 75 pound beast, should give Ian Gresh a try.


Ian had worked with our Belgian Malinois. We honestly have to said he had done a phenomenal job with her!!!! We were pleased with the hard work that he had put into her. He is always available, whenever we have a question we will text him and he will respond back in a timely manner. Great place to get your dog trained. Thank you so much Ian for all your hard work!!!!!!


Milo (lab/hound mix) worked with trainer Erin for the 2 week jumpstart premium program and we have seen SUCH an improvement with him! He was impossible to take on walks, would go crazy if the doorbell rang or someone entered the house, and just had a lot of anxiety overall. I am happy to say Milo is a new dog after working with Erin! She went above and beyond to make sure all questions were answered and helped with whatever difficulties we were having. While his training is technically over, I know I can come to her in a week, 6 months, or a year to get us back on track if need be. I’ve learned consistency is key and I am so thankful for Erin and staff!


Choosing UpBeat K9 and working with Matt and Kirsten was the best decision we’ve made for our 2 year old French Bulldog, Teo. He spent 2 weeks with Team UpBeat and came back happy, more confident and so well trained to the basic commands. As I continue to work with Teo at home, Matt and Kirsten have supported us weekly with classes at home and out in public to work on Teo’s leash behavior. Highly recommended! They are like family now:)…and my Labrador will be going in soon for a refresher course. Both my dogs get so excited when they see the UpBeat K9 van park out front!:). 10/10 paws!


Trent worked with our shelter rescue, Rey. Rey had some significant issues that made her incapable of sharing our family space which is not what we wanted for our family or for Rey. She spent two weeks with Trent and I received daily updates with pictures and videos. I am so, so glad we did the training program. Rey is like a different dog. She knows how to please us now and it’s made her a happier dog and she has been living life with us since coming home—no more getting stuck outside or in the kennel. She of course has more work to do but we feel confident in how to help her progress. Trent clearly loves dogs and takes them everywhere with him. He is also very available for questions and concerns and made a special trip to our house to help me work through a behavior issue 24 hours after she came home. Trent understands that it’s not just the dogs that have to be trained-it’s the owners too! He also worked with my 6 year old daughter to help her feel safe and confident with Rey. I’d do this program again in a heartbeat!!!


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