RUFFERENCES & TESTIMONIALS
We are honored to have received the following professional references and client testimonials. Client testimonials are listed below professional references.
• I have known Barbara Adler for over 15 years. As a veterinarian for 24
years, I see many dogs and their owners everyday. Barbara has
consistently had well-behaved and gentle dogs. This does not occur by
happenstance. Not only is Barbara an attentive, loving leader to her
dogs, it is obvious that Barbara handles and works with her dogs in a
positive manner that results in happy, healthy and well adjusted pets.
has expressed her desire to further her education in pursuit of a
doctorate in Veterinary medicine with an emphasis on behavioral
science. I support her decision to pursue any goal related to animal
medicine and behavior. Barbara loves animals and is passionate about
their health, safety and well-being. She would be completely dedicated
to her chosen profession of helping pets and their owners and having a
positive impact on their lives.
summary, I highly recommend Barbara Adler for any position that she
should choose and/or seek to pursue in the companion animal field.
Dr. Claudia Horvath, DVM
Los Alamitos Animal Hospital
4102 Katella Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
• Dog training and dog trainers cover a vast array of skills
and goals. Some trainers achieve results by simply having the dog follow
commands, but the dog does not understand “why” they are doing something, only
to “react” to a command. Barbara Adler is a trainer who understands what the
canine is thinking and how the dog perceives their environment, and as such,
will instill and ingrain in a dog the foundational base so the dog not only
complies, but also understands. Barbara is a flexible trainer who is adaptive
to the ever-changing needs of both the dog and owner. She has the ability to
quickly access any situation and react appropriately.
Barbara’s flexibility in training allows her to adjust to the changing dynamics
involved to adequately train a dog. She does not adhere to a “fixed” mindset or
schedule most trainers follow, and as such, has the freedom to obtain “results”
and achieve goal objectives quicker and that the goals have permanence and long
Barbara also has the ability to understand behavioral problems and to
adequately address them. Many traditional dog trainers lack this ability, or do
not understand the dynamics involved. Barbara has a solid knowledge base of the
principles involved for behavioral modification and to change a dog’s behavior.
As a PhD Animal Behaviorist, I understand how important this ability is.
Barbara not only has a complete understanding of the dynamics involved but the
ability to implement them in any training program. Barbara has the ability to
quickly access what is the best course of action for any given situation or
circumstance. When trying to change a dog’s behavior, correct a problem
behavior, or to teach and instill new concepts in the dog, this ability is
Barbara Adler has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to accomplish what
any dog owner wishes to achieve in the most affective way. She has realistic
expectations and will not give “false promises” as many other trainers do just
to appease owners. This practice of false expectations often results in
incomplete training, failure of the dog to comply, and an emotional letdown of
owners who are discouraged. Barbara is a no-nonsense trainer who will get the
results in a straightforward manner.
Dr. Charles A Bortell, PhD, Applied Animal Behaviorist
have known Barbara Adler for over 10 years, as a client of the
veterinary hospital where I was previously employed, and we continue to
remain in touch. She is a true animal lover, and would do anything for
the well-being of pets. She has always known that her dream was to work
in the animal care profession, and she dedicated herself to making it
come true. I can vouch for her genuine passion for dogs, having
experienced it firsthand. Her patience and fondness for animals makes
her an ideal person for this profession. I have witnessed her handling
her dogs and her interaction with them was always loving and
gentle. In addition, I know her to be an honest and caring person, and
I have the utmost confidence in her integrity and dedication to the
profession of caring for and training dogs.
Parkview Pet Hospital
4103 Viking Way, Suite A,
Long Beach, CA 90808
Adler is a born teacher. Her love of dogs and people translates into
the best combination for teaching the human and training the dog. She
has a positive and enthusiastic attitude that makes training fun as
well as meaningful.
Dr. Lois Abrams, Ph.D., Delta Society Evaluator and
have known Barbara Adler for some time. We met though working at Petco
where I was the Companion Animal Department Manager and she was our Dog
Trainer. From the time Barbara arrived we witnessed a great increase in
sales and as soon as she started her classes it showed why. She would
take time out of her personal schedule to do her best to benefit the
dogs she was helping. She took in some of the worst behaved dogs and by
the end of her courses turned them around to being great family dogs.
Since she has left my store, we have not had near the success or
compliments from our training program. I would hire Barbara in a
heartbeat should I ever encounter a training issue.
Companion Animal Department Manager, PETCO
• Barbara Adler was the
Trainer at the Petco Store I managed. Her abilities as a dog trainer
are extraordinary. During her first 3 months of employment with the
company she brought our store’s dog training sales up by 40%, bringing
our store up from last in the division to first, primarily through word
of mouth. Barbara is not only a highly experienced and knowledgeable
trainer she is a talented trainer. She has that “knack” you rarely see.
Seeing the difference in the dogs she trained was outstanding. The pet
parents were thrilled and the dogs were actually happier. I highly
recommend Barbara as your dog trainer.
• Dear Barbara,
There aren’t words
to properly thank you enough for the miraculous difference you made in my dog,
Rosie. As you well know, when I first called you I was certain my hopes of
helping her were lost. You were so kind and understanding I decided to give it
another try. All I wanted was a happy dog that wasn’t frightened of her own
shadow, wanted to go for walks and would simply leave the house!
The first time you
came to our home, as was typically the case whenever we had guests, Rosie hid under a chair, was scared to death and would not come out from under. You devised
a plan and let me know it was going to take time. I’ll never forget how you put
it; “First we have to teach her how to be “bad,” then we’ll teach her how to be
“good!” Thing is, teaching her how to be “bad” is going to take more time.”
You were so right.
When you arrived
for our third session she flew to the door (she had never done that in her
life). I’ll never forget how happy you were to see this but we still had work
to do. While it did take a bit of time, she began venturing outside further
and further from the house. Before long she became confident and loved going
for her walks so much, she began pulling on the leash! Now we could teach her
how to be “GOOD!” Just as you said, that was a piece of cake. Everything you
said, everything you did and everything you taught us was right on target. Your
patience, your compassion and your knowledge are unsurpassed. Rosie is the
happiest dog on earth and I am the happiest woman. (Consequently, Al is the
happiest husband! ;)
It is said things
happen for a reason. Rosie brought you into our lives. Not only did you give her
the help she needed, we are blessed to have gained you and Tess as very dear
Thank you, Barbara.
We hope life holds only the very best for you.
Love, Gloria, Al
and Rosie Greenstein
• I love Barbara
and so do my dogs!!!!!!!! She is the best trainer around. She is
excellent with animals; her style is very positive! Not only is she
knowledgeable regarding how to train dogs, it doesn't hurt that she is
patient with pet owners as well ;) Two big thumbs up! I highly recommend
her to help you with your dogs behavior problems. We now call her
Auntie Barb! She is great :)
Thank you from Francy J.
chihuahua Maybe-line would always bolt outside whenever l opened my
doors. I was so afraid I would lose her or she would get hurt! Barbara
solved this problem for us very quickly! Maybe-line no longer bolts and
is actually better, she stays by my side. Thanks to Barbara, her trainer.
• Hi Barbara,
just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed taking your Basic
Obedience Class with Tank. Over the years I have attended other classes
through Parks and Recreation and PetSmart. Your class, by far, has been
the best. I am looking forward to the Intermediate class.
Raising K9's Barbara Adler is the best trainer I
have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have trained many dogs over
the last 50 years and Barbara is the most informed trainer out there. She
knows dogs and her techniques work!!
wanted to let you know that Gracie and I received our conformation
letter from the Delta Society for registered therapy dog. We are now "ready for action!" Just waiting for our badges........We
will be in the Paws for Healing program which will allow Gracie to work
her magic for folks (especially kids) who are in the hospital and are
in need of an emotional lift. Thank you for showing me the correct way
to train my dog. Your training program was always fun, easy going, to
the point, and Gracie loved it. If
you need a reference, please don't hesitate to give me a call. Having
an obedient, loving companion is such a joy and the results of your
program in just 6 months was truly amazing!! Take care and please let us
know about any upcoming dog parties!
Jerry Newman & Gracie
• Hi Barb:
I just wanted to let you know that Molly passed
her Delta evaluation today with a score of 38 out of 40. Thank you for
all of your knowledge and help with getting Molly ready for her
evaluation. I think the best and most important thing that helped me
handle her is the "Focus" command. It gets her right on cue with me.
Everyone is impressed with that command! Anyway, I did not want you to
think I disappeared and was not appreciative. I have just been very
busy and just continued to reinforce what you have taught Molly and me.
Once again, thanks.
Gracie and I will begin our animal
assisted therapy volunteer program at UCI Medical Center on Jan. 5 2011.
We want to thank you for the training that we both received and the
information on how to proceed with the registration/evaluation process
for therapy dogs.
I called you in April 2010 to inquire about
training Gracie the basic commands needed for pet therapy work. We
followed your training techniques step by step. In August 2010, we
passed our test for the Delta Society Pet Partners program.
Now, we have been accepted for the UCI Tails program!
you ever need a referral, please don't hesitate to call. The training
for doing therapy dog work was fun. Now the real fun is about to begin!
Jerry Newman & Gracie
• Guess what!? I had Lilo on the
couch and did not want to move her because she was comfortable... got up
to go to the bathroom and did a stay hand at Cheeto so he wouldn't move
and make Lilo move and it worked! Even though I haven't been totally
consistent with the kids! Amazing! So, moral of the story... you ...are a
superb trainer who has made my dogs and myself happier!!!!!
• Thank you for a great class. Roxy and I enjoyed learning from you.
and I want you to know how much we've enjoyed the classes. We can see
improvement already though we know with a Lab, it's a long term project!
Thanks for the extra week as well. We're glad to have found you and
look forward to a long term relationship.
Kathy and Joe Roah
• After the loss
of our 16 year old retriever; my husband brought home Kobe, a 6 week old
lab mix. He had been
abandoned and abused. The idea of a puppy in the house and all the
training issues to come made my head spin!
Kobe was a handful with
endless energy!! I by chance stopped in a Petco Store and inquired
about training classes. Then we found Barbara!!
Adler is extremely knowledgeable and totally dedicated to her
profession. Barbara demonstrated her training techniques with each pup
and owner individually as well as observing the “students” try it on
their own. In addition to the lesson at hand Barbara would always
explain why it was necessary to do things a certain way (often from a
dogs’ point of view). This offered the owners a better understanding
of their pups’ behavior and in turn helped to develop a deeper bond.
boarded Kobe for us for 5 days while we were out of town. Kobe became
part of the family right away! Tess, her chocolate lab and Kobe soon
were best buddies. Kobe slept on his own bed in Barbara’s home along
side Tess and Casper the cat. Barbara encouraged me to
call her anytime if I had any concerns about Kobe’s stay. She even
prepared a “diary” from Kobe describing his daily new adventures. I
have never felt better about leaving a pet behind.
highly recommend Barbara Adler as a professional trainer and
behaviorist. Dogs are her passion and it shows. If anyone wishes to
contact me regarding her expertise; Barbara has my permission to give
out my phone number.
Greg, Chris and Kobe