Common Ground Dog Training Carmel, New York

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B Miller

3 years ago

Linda, thank you for your phone consultation. We were not yet able to attend training classes for our 4 month old puppy but we knew we needed help now with some issues that had arisen. It was great to get some guidance from an expert with so much experience. We're practicing what you taught us and definitely making progress.


3 years ago

Henry is a rescue- I had not had a dog in many years and felt ill equipped to help Henry adjust to his new life. I needed someone to teach me how to best work with him and "tweak" some inappropriate behaviors. I was hesitant at first because Henry is fearful of new people; but he took to Linda right away. She has a very calming presence. I was new to clicker training, but was impressed with how well it works. Linda's methods work-any "failures" Henry has is due to my lack of consistency-. I know Linda refers to herself as a dog trainer; but really, she trained me! :)

Greg Malara

4 years ago

Linda has a great temperament and a wealth of knowledge. We learned so much from her!

Lisa Yu

4 years ago

I feel really bad leaving bad reviews but this has been something that has been bothering me ever since I worked with Linda. I hired her based off of her perfect 5 star reviews and felt mislead. The moment she arrived, she was very pushy about using the clicker training and forced it on me which I did not feel comfortable using. She would arrive late and/or cancel last minute. We also wasted a lot of time going over basic commands that my dog knows, I understand we need to know basic before we can move on, but definitely did not need to take as much time as we did with that as she already knew them. Some of the words that I used with my dog wasn't acceptable to her as command words, so she wanted to reteach my dog the same commands with new words (also time waster). She was hired to work on my dog's fear aggression. After our 4 sessions, NOTHING changed. I ended up having to hire a new trainer who was ACTUALLY certified in everything and my dog has shown such a positive change! I ended up paying Linda my 4 sessions in advance and after our first session, I already knew I didn't wanted to continue but she did not refund me. This is just all from my experience and till this day, I'm still bothered by it.

Nikolai Isayev

4 years ago

Linda took great care and time with our Cavapoo Tucker. Her training methods, focused on positive reinforcement, worked for us as compared to another trainer we tried out. Would recommend Linda to any new dog owner or someone looking to improve their dogs skills.

Pat Dwyer

8 years ago

I was very happy with Linda's training. I used her for our youngest dog after having used other area trainers for our older ones. Her training is far superior to others in the area. She uses a very positive approach which results in a dog with crisp commands. She also has a variety of techniques to deal with the various dog issues in a class setting. Highly recommended.

Sandra Casey

8 years ago

Experience, Talent, Integrity, Credentials Linda has trained 2 service dogs for my Autistic Daughter. They both responded beautifully to her positive reinforcement method with the "clicker". She also made sure that I could replicate her method and receive similar results independently. There are a bunch of "fly by night" trainers out there that don't have the same credentials or results that Linda has. Do your research and you will see that she rises above.

Sr. Catherine Grace

8 years ago

Linda is the absolute best. She actually saved our Weimaraner's life when he began attacking other dogs with intent to kill. With tremendous patience and commitment to Simon's possibilities, she taught me how to work with him. Thankfully he enjoyed many more years of life, and even became friends with a little Westie who came to live here with our farm manager. That was a miracle indeed, and all those happy years were Linda's gift to us -- and definitely to Simon!

N Woodson-Berbick

11 years ago

If you’re looking for an exceptional, talented, fair and compassionate dog trainer that happens to be an animal lover, look no further than Linda Lukens. Linda is in a class by herself. In my opinion Linda is one of the best dog trainers …

Roger Payne

11 years ago

I found Linda and Common Ground Dog Training when I really needed help with my Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy Simon in 2000. I am so relieved she stepped up to help with my "Type A" dog. Linda immediately took control and laid out an easy-to-follow plan for me to gain control. Linda had solutions for every problem that came up, she was professional, patient and flexible enough to work around my varied schedule. I could not have gotten Simon under control without her and I was so happy with Linda and Common Ground that I relied on her to work with my next two puppies. I highly recommend Common Ground!

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Common Ground Dog Training, New York, Carmel

36 Pine Trl

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