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    • “Hi, I am Dr. Kellie Barrett and I’m a veterinarian here in Tucson and I recommend Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification.”

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      Dr. Kellie Barrett, DVM
    • “I have practiced veterinary medicine in 4 different states over the past 12 years and without a doubt, Crystal is one of the most professional, educated, and compassionate trainers I have ever had the pleasure to work with and learn from. Crystal worked personally with my own adult dogs at my house and in Ruff House training classes. Her understanding of behavior and attention to detail regarding each pets individual needs is beyond impressive allowing for a thorough yet simple approach to even the most complicated behavioral issues. She is brilliant in her focus and approach, able to incorporate all aspects of training and most importantly, never forgets that those who need the most training are often the owners themselves…..even the veterinarians.

      Crystal, her husband Michael and Ruff House Dog Training are special. Their compassion, dedication, understanding, patience and resolve are evident in all they do for me, my clients, my patients and all animal lovers who know, “they are not just pets, but family.” Tucson is fortunate to have such an asset and service. I will continue to rely on Crystal’s expertise and recommend her to all those in need. Thank you Crystal…. for all you do to improve the bond between us and our extended furry family.”

      Scott O. Miller, DVM
    • While in NYC for Thanksgiving, we rescued Jackson; a 45 lb, 8 month old lab/border collie mix. Jackson was living with a relative and was going to be sent to a shelter because they couldn’t take care of him, although he was supposed to be well behaved. We decided to fly him back to Tucson with us; we are in our 70s and already had 2 small dogs but thought we could accommodate one more.

      As soon as we got him home he began to jump on us and was virtually uncontrollable. After a few days of desperately trying to train him, I called several trainers and all were completely filled until after the New Year. I started checking no kill shelters because we could not continue with him until sometime in January. Finally, I left a message at Ruff House and requested a recommendation for a no kill shelter in Tucson, indicating that we needed to give him up. Crystal called us back that night and said she would come over the next day at 8:00AM and see what she could do to help. By 9:00AM Jackson was no longer jumping on us and we had learned several techniques for walking him in a controlled fashion as well as socializing him with the other dogs. The following week Crystal came to the house and helped us get our alpha female Chihuahua and Jackson to coexist. We have now used Ruff House to board and train Jackson for two weeks while we were traveling, have attended a group training session and have had a follow-up session at our home to reinforce what Jackson learned when he was boarded.

      From the above, it is obvious that we would not have Jackson now were it not for Ruff House coming to our rescue. Jackson will be 1 year old in 2 weeks and he is now well integrated into our family. We know how to channel his energy, train and correct him, and act as the leader of our pack. Whenever we have questions or concerns, Crystal quickly returns our calls or emails and is able to come up with great suggestions to rectify issues that occur. We think Ruff House is fantastic and give it the highest possible rating.

      Sheldon Guttman
    • “We have a one and a half year old Shih Tzu named Romeo who had several behavioral issues. Two of them, separation anxiety and uncontrollability on his leash around other dogs, were especially severe. We turned to Crystal at Ruff House and engaged her for the two week live-in program at her house. We called it “Boot Camp.” With follow-on help from Crystal we continued to work with Romeo after the tremendous head start she gave him at Boot Camp. In fact we now understand that it is never over and we will always have to reinforce what he learned from Crystal and from us afterwards. By training Romeo to his crate, which he now loves and where he now spends all his time when we are sleeping and whenever we’re away from the house, his separation anxiety his been largely eliminated. His leash behavior is also much improved but is a longer-term proposition requiring a lot of work on our part. With follow-on advice from Crystal we are confident that problem will also be eliminated.”

      Lee & Kathleen Hessler
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