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Amazing class with Barbara today! She is amazing with the dogs! I have never learned so much in a short period of time. Highly recommend The Thinking K9 for your dog training needs. Her place of business is so clean and she has so much to offer the dogs. Do not hesitate to take your dog here for training, you will not be disappointed!!!

- DeAnna Wallace and Ceaser

Barbara was delightful to work with when training my new puppy! I have had 30 years of Viszlas and lots of training so I knew what to expect. However Barbara’s classes were more detailed, more informative, and very professional. My longhair dachshund had the perfect base to move on to CGC class.

Barbara also does boarding and I was fortunate to be able to leave Sweetness with her for a couple of days. She sent pictures often and kept in touch while I was away. Sweetness looked so happy! I was afraid she wouldn’t want to come home with me!

And, Barbara has the most well trained boxer, Batman, that I have ever seen! She is amazing with dogs!!

Highly recommend training or boarding with Barbara!!

- Chris Brandt, formerly from Delavan, WI relocated to Bonita Springs, FL

I was referred to Barbara, at The Thinking K9, by a good friend of mine when I was searching for someone to board and train our puppy, Teddy. My family was pretty desperate for relief from too much barking, chewed up wood furniture, accidents on the carpet and basically a household taken over by an adorable, out of control puppy!

Barbara took Teddy into her home and lovingly taught him some manners. Over the course of these first two years of his life, Barbara has continued to train as needed, which included training us how to communicate effectively with Teddy to acheive the desired behavior.

On top of the training, the peace of mind that we have dropping off Teddy to stay with Barbara and her family while our family is able to go on vacation and seeing how much he obviously loves her, is priceless.

- Colleen Morris & Teddy

We first knew Barbara as the instructor of the AKC CGC class Agness participated in. We learned so much about interacting with our 1-year-old Pug. Agness adored Barbara & Barbara would always say such encouraging things to both Agness & I that we ended up graduating from class. Not too long after that I found out Barbara would board dogs. We had taken Agness to another place prior to leaving her with Barbara. At the other place, we chose the best accommodations they had to offer. However, nothing can compare to having your puppy welcomed & loved by what has become her second family.

My husband never wanted to leave Agness until we found Barbara. After leaving Agness with Barbara a couple times, he suggested we leave her while we took a week’s vacation. Every time Agness stays in Barbara’s home even for a day, we get several pictures & videos, she goes on walks, she plays with Barbara’s dogs, family & visitors — all of which we appreciate. The only doubt that ever entered my mind was ‘Is Agness going to want to come home after all the fun she’s having at Barbara’s?’ Anyone who has had to leave their pet knows that definitely puts your mind at ease.

- Deb Lyons-Roehl & Agness

Our Redbone Coonhound, Henna, Loved her class! The Instructors are high energy, Positve and great fun to work with. We learned so much from them!The CGC class taught Henna and I how to work together and has helped create a stronger bond between us. Incredible experience!

I also recommend Canine Camp to anyone that wants to keep working with their Dog after CGC classes. We can't wait for more training experiences!

- Cynthia Walker & Hannah

We first contacted Barb after we were given a referral for her services. She gave us some great tips and tricks to get our Frenchie to walk proper on a leash, and to not jump on company when they come over. She gave us handouts so that we wouldn’t have to worry about trying to remember everything we went over that day. She even followed up with us a couple of weeks later on our progress.

We then inquired about other services she offered and found her to be very flexible and her prices to be very reasonable. We have used Barb for doggie daycare and for in home services such as feeding, potty time and playtime with our 3 dogs while we are away. She fills out a daily bio of each dog for each day you are gone.

The services she provides, I must admit, are a huge success as my 2 Frenchie’s have the hugest smiles on their faces throughout the whole day of daycare. Did I also mention that she sends us pictures, videos and text messages while we are away from our fur babies? It’s great! We get to see our dogs play and interact with others and they get to wear out some of that puppy energy as well.

Our senior dog with special needs, is not able to attend doggie daycare with his brother and sister. Barb has always made sure to give him one on one time with cuddles and playtime when she has come into our home. We highly recommend Barb and her services, she has provided us with a peace of mind when we have to be away from our fur babies!

- Donn, Kristi, Rex, Stella, & Buster Ziemer

I contacted Barbara at the Thinking K9 because I was having trouble with my 15 month old lab nicely walking by other dogs. I had a previous dog with leash aggression and didn't want another. Barbara came to my home and met with myself and my dog Gus. In my home Barbara could see how my dog behaved in his own environment. Barbara even walked my dog with me to see how he behaves with other dogs present. Barbara taught me techniques I can use with my dog to avoid the leash aggression I was concerned about.

Barbara went one step further and even brought her own dog so I could practice the techniques with Barbara present. She provided handouts and lots of positive reinforcement. She made me feel good about what I have done with my dog regarding his training so far, and that I am not a failure.

- Roxanne Hemmerling & Gus


I would highly recommend Barbara as an instructor for dog training. I appreciate the positive reinforcement to train your dog(no harsh yanking - just praise and treats), the handouts after class for review at home and the equipment provided in class to build up your dog's confidence. I like Barbara's website for useful information regarding class review, recommended equipment to buy and pictures of our dogs. I look forward to training my bulldog at the next level under Barbara's instruction. Thanks Barbara!

- Nancy & Joe the Bulldog

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Chad & Olive
Barb, Erin and Joe are excellent instructors. The knowledge that they have and pass along is phenomenal. Their positive and upbeat demeanor is so helpful during the classes. My dog adores all of them. Kudos to them.
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Mandy & Abby Lane
Barbara and Erin are great, loving teachers. They love your dogs and are very nice to help you learn how to handle your dogs. I would highly reccomend them and the classes they teach.
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Charles & Mr President
Barbara and Erin not only make it fun and informative, but they are excellent trainers! I would highly recommend training classes here!
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Adam Dassow & Luna
We have taken all of our dogs here. Trainers are top notch, dogs love it. What more could you want?
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Amy & Jordy
Jordy loved puppy class! I highly recommend the class!
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