My Australian Shepherds just completed Crystal Blaker’s Novice Agility class. She is truly outstanding and breaks everything down in small pieces to make it easy to learn. Crystal is all the things you look for in a teacher — knowledgeable, enthusiastic, progressive, personable, interesting and possessing of a great sense of humor. Amazing dog training that works and is fun, for you and your dog! We are looking forward to the Intermediate Agility class.
Rob & Barbara
Hi Crystal, Thank you for your hard work, your superb training and professionalism. Charlie is truly a “Service Dog.” He braces me and anticipates every move I make. Everything he does is because of your training. We just returned from house-hunting in Houston, Texas and took Charlie with us by airplane. I brought his blanket with and he just laid down at our feet. The only time he got upset was when the plane descended he cried. We didn’t realize that his ears hurt. We gave him a rawhide and he was fine. What a pleasure it was to travel with him. That is because of your training. Having a well-trained service to who can go into restaurants and the place we are ultimately going to be living in was a pleasure. He did everything he is suppose to. Allan and I are very grateful for all your training with both Charlie and me. We wish you, Michael and your sweet-little Lauren a wonderful life. We will miss you.
Allan & Marlene Zoloto
“Hi, I am Dr. Kellie Barrett and I’m a veterinarian here in Tucson and I recommend Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification.”
(To see the full video testimonial, click on Dr. Barrett’s name below)
“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.”
Dr. Scott O. Miller, DVM
Chloe is an 18-month old terrier, whom we adopted from the Humane Society. “She is our first dog and we really didn’t know how to treat dogs and how to communicate with dogs, so we took the Basic Obedience Class from Ruff House.” Chloe learned “all the basic commands and we just know what she needs and we communicate with her a lot better. We would really recommend Ruff House, Crystal has been great, she has a lot of experience and we just felt very comfortable, the class size was small and the time was convenient. So, I would really recommend, if you are looking for a basic obedience training taking the Ruff House class.”
To see the full video testimonial, click on the Psaltis Family name below.
“Crystal is very intuitive when it comes to identifying behavioral issues with dogs and how to address them. Her advice on crate training and how to get my dog to stop growling at strangers helped so much! Benji was “rough around the edges,” when we first got him, and now he is such a different dog.”
“I call Crystal the dog whisperer because every time Chloe sees her, even if months have gone by, the dog is so happy to see her and is totally mesmerized by her. Crystal’s training methods are unique and effective. Chloe could perform the basic commands and more, but was having difficulty obeying in distracting situations. So some of our sessions with Crystal were held in public places. She always gives thorough explanations and demonstrates techniques. After the training sessions, Crystal sends notes so that you can continue working with your dog. Additionally, Crystal has made herself available by email when we have a problem with Chloe; after all’s she is still a puppy. Crystal is prompt in getting back to us and her training tips work so that we can get the behavior under control.”
“I can’t say enough about Crystal! She has a strong educational background and years of experience working with dogs. She has a special connection with the animal so that her training is extremely effective and she accomplishes that using positive reinforcement techniques.”
“We are so fortunate to have found Crystal and highly recommend her.”
Terry & Martha Perl
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.
“We just finished the Puppy Obedience Class, with Ruff House, with Crystal Blaker. We really enjoyed the class, had a lot of fun. And we really appreciated the fact that the class size was so small.” “We really got individual attention.” “Crystal was really great about giving all the owners tips with there particular breed of dog.” “Not only were we training the dogs, but we were also getting trained as owners.” Chip, my 5-month old Jack Russell Terrier “went from being very shy and timid the first week to just loving going to puppy class and seeing his friends and playing with them in between the training sessions.”
(To see the full video testimonial, click on Audra & Chip’s name below)