Working with Kim Mandel was a very positive experience. We had so many questions, being first time dog owners. Kim has a wealth of knowledge and a tremendous amount of patience. I highly recommend her. Daisy loved her.
Working with Kim Mandel was a very positive experience. We had so many questions, being first time dog owners. Kim has a wealth of knowledge and a tremendous amount of patience. I highly recommend her. Daisy loved her.
Reliable, caring, efficient, enthusiastic, helpful, and knowledgeable are just a few adjectives to describe Kim’s training. Her visits and training sessions really made a difference for my Cocker Spaniel. Her caring attitude and gentleness were quite effective. She is always available via text or phone and is flexible with her schedule. I would highly recommend Kim as a trainer!
We have an Australian Labradoodle who we love dearly. He is now about 1.5 yo. He is not our first dog, however was completely different from our other in terms of training. We did all the classes with him- puppy kindergarten, basic/obedience training, and a few others. We were having a hard time, with certain behaviors more than others.
The car was a very big issue. While we used to be able to take him everywhere with us since he was a tiny pup, his behavior as he got bigger (around 10-11 months) was becoming more aggressive with anything involving the car, even before and after. We used to take him for long walks (which required driving to the destination), to/from school with the kids & found we couldn’t anymore. We also took him to family outings, the vet, groomer, and anytime we had to go in the car it was a nightmare. So there was a lot of planning involved.
We tried a few trainers and were at our wits end, and then found Kim Mandel. She saved us!!! She is an amazing trainer!!! She is a certified trainer, who is also a behaviorist. She has a wealth of knowledge in dog behavior and has been in the field for quite some time. She really knows what she is doing. Kim came to our house, spent time with our dog and “got in his head,” and designed an entire protocol for him/us, which we continue to use today. Since then, she has also helped us with other behaviors- going down the stairs without pulling, loose-leash walking, recall, doorbell etiquette/manners, and using the treadmill (that one was more for us, not sure he is really interested). I’m sure I am forgetting some behaviors, as she helped us with so much.
It turns out we have a wonderful dog!!! He just required a different level of training that we were unfamiliar with. We will be forever grateful to Kim and continue to recommend her!!!
Micki & Barry
I had 3 in home sessions with Kim and it made such a dramatic difference in my 9 month old Havanese! We were able to minimize any barking, jumping and nipping behaviors in such a short period of time! Before, I was nervous every time my 3 young children played with him, but now he has learned how to appropriately play and interact with them, which has made having a puppy in our family an enjoyable experience instead of a stressful one. I am so glad I had Kim to teach me how to understand my puppy and ways to alter his bad behaviors. I would highly recommend her.
Florham Park, NJ
I cannot express how much Kim has done for us. My dog is five pounds and barked at everything. I could not sit in the family room with my husband. I could not eat dinner at the table. I could not sit with my son or his girlfriend. My dog would bark without stopping. I started with Kim about two months ago. She is what I would call a miracle worker. So far, through her training and my following through, I can watch TV with my husband. We can sit at the dinner table. I can talk with my son and his girlfriend. We still have more training. Kim is fantastic. I believe with her training and my practicing what she has taught us, we are on our way to solutions. If you are in doubt, just give Kim a try. Results are remarkable.
Scotch Plains, NJ
Kim did a great job and was so helpful showing us the needed skills to train our Labradoodle. She was so knowledgeable and great at explaining the reasoning for all the issues we were having. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone!
Scotch Plains, NJ
I feel so fortunate to have found Kim. I welcomed my two baby boys into my home in January… Casserly and Reilly… Labrador Retriever brothers. I was told that they will probably be about 90 lbs. each and the importance of training them. Knowing training has never been easy for me, I knew I needed help. Thank goodness I found Kim. She truly understands dogs and their people. And the results are amazing. She is so calm and patient with the boys and me and we’ve learned soooo much. We have all enjoyed our sessions and her techniques really work!!!!!! Great trainer!!!!!
North Plainfield, NJ
We recently adopted a two-month old Yellow Lab named Carson. As experienced dog owners, we knew the basics but training a puppy was new to us. On top of that, we were bringing Carson into a very busy home with 3 kids under the age of six. We worked with Kim in her six-week, in-home, training course and cannot say enough good things about her work. She was patient with us and our (often loud) family, and most importantly, with Carson. She took the time to explain the rationale behind what she was teaching. In addition, she always asked how the week prior was so that she could work that into her lesson with Carson. She took the time to get to know our family and adapted her training to suit our needs. By the end of the six weeks, Carson had mastered most basic commands, was potty trained and had made great overall progress, and we felt like we had the tools to continue his training. We would highly recommend Kim to anyone in need of puppy or dog training.
Marisa and Chris I.
So happy to have found Kim. When my grandson invaded my very spoiled dog’s domain, we had lots of barking and stress. Kim gave us the tools to restore calmness in our house. She gave us many helpful hints that made a huge difference in our dog and us. Through working with her, I got a new understanding of my dog and his behavior.
Kim was amazing from the start. She reached out to me upon my inquiry. We talked for a little, and she gave me a couple tips even before I chose to work with her. Kim was always very responsive to me – phone calls and text messages and was always on time for our appointments.
Gigi, my dog, really enjoyed working with Kim and she learned so much from her. My biggest problem with Gigi was she didn’t know how to walk on a leash and I was always embarrassed to take her on walks because she didn’t know how to behave. Working with Kim through this problem was great. Gigi and I now go for short, but successful walks and she behaves very well.
Kim was an overall exceptional trainer and I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a dog trainer. She is professional, courteous and super knowledgeable about dogs and training.
Thank you Kim for an amazing 6 classes. Gigi says hello!
Kim is a great trainer! She is very patient, organized and clearly able to explain the “why” of puppy behavior. Positive reinforcement and clicker training is quick, effective and easy for humans to learn. Kim’s recommendations of various toys and chews have been invaluable and helped us to channel our Golden Retriever’s energy in constructive ways. We met with Kim prior to our puppy’s arrival which really helped us to prepare for our puppy’s homecoming and reduce our stress. I have found Kim easy to work with and highly recommend her!
Kimberly was great to work with. She has a very easy yet thorough was of explaining things to you, as the pet owner. Her knowledge of dog behavior is impressive, and she provides a lot of hands on tools to help in basic training. Our time spent with her was beneficial – we will miss her.
Jo Marie S.
Kim was recommended to us through our community and she was nothing short of amazing! She is a tremendous wealth of knowledge when it comes to dog behavior and training. She helped us so much with our 3 month old lab/husky mix. She teaches you what to do and how to practice with your dog so that new behaviors stick. She is truly passionate about what she does and cares about all of her clients. She is flexible with appointments and always available for questions. We enjoyed working with her very much and highly recommend her for your dog training needs.
Giovanna and John M.
I adopted a mix breed puppy for my 10 year old son at the beginning of summer break. I asked “Ms. Kim”, as we called her, to come and give him a training lesson (he’s our first dog, ever). Kim prescribes to a positive reinforcement program, which we liked. She also wants to get the puppy on your schedule, rather than you on the puppy’s schedule, which we also appreciated. As you can imagine with someone who follows this type of program she is steadfast, patient and very calm. She is a joy to speak with, very sharp and witty. I realized there was so much more I wanted to learn from her that I purchased the discounted 6-pack of lessons. She was great not only with my dog, but in helping my son to understand how to correct his own interactions with the dog in order to get the best training results. Prompt, cordial, and just an all around pleasure. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services.
Kim Mandel is fantastic! We are so happy with what she taught us in a short amount of time and we also enjoyed her personality and style so much. What a great choice we made with Kim. I am looking forward to referring her because my Rosie & Muffin not only loved her, they respected her! Thank you Kim!!!
As first-time puppy parents to Izzy, a Vizsla pup with lots of smarts and energy, we knew right away that we’d need to enlist the expertise and guidance of an experienced trainer to help set all of us up for success. Kim did not disappoint! She immediately put us at ease by answering all of our puppy-related questions (and we had a lot!) and over the course of a 2-month period, taught us how to best channel Izzy’s smarts, instincts, and energy into her training sessions to help her ‘blossom’ into the well-disciplined, confident, friendly, loving pup she is today. Thank you, Kim, for your calm demeanor, your never-ending patience, and your amazing way with Izzy! She misses you (and your yummy treats too)!
Mike and Jen C.
My three-year old golden retriever, Finnegan, suffers from the usual case of “golden retriever exuberance syndrome.” He needs to charge at anyone new he meets, especially when someone appears when the doorbell rings, jump all over them, and lay slobbery kisses on his new friends. My wife and I needed to curb this behavior and our vet highly recommended Kim Mandel as a dog trainer. We went through six sessions of training with Kim and our dog has, miraculously, learned to contain his well-meaning but inappropriate kissing and jumping on our friends and relatives. Kim is not a miracle worker but she is close! My wife, Finnegan and I highly recommend Kim’s services.
My husband and I rescued a puppy and weren’t sure how big she’d get, so we wanted to get her into a training program as early as possible. We found Kim online and loved the reviews she had – we especially enjoyed reading all of her informative blog posts!
Kim was amazing and exceeded any expectations that we had up front! Not only did our dog love her, but she really took the time to train us and had a tremendous amount of patience. This is the first puppy either of us has had in a long time and Kim always spent extra time letting us ask questions and giving us tips on how to approach everything from socializing our dog to setting up our house for success.
We learned so much from Kim and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for help. Thanks Kim!
We hired Kimberly to help us with our extremely energetic Lab mix puppy and could not be happier! She absolutely provided the structure we needed to help us get on the right track, especially in terms of the consistency required in maintaining our pup’s focus.
We have witnessed major improvements in behavior…from guests entering the house to simply corralling crazy puppy behavior We are absolutely in a better place than we were before we started. I cannot recommend Kimberly enough!!
The Wimer Family
I’m a first time dog owner, so I did the 6 class package. My dog, Macie and I learned how to work together with Kim’s help. I am glad we got to work with Kim over the course of a few months, so we could right behaviors (mostly mine) over time. Kim was a pleasure to work with. She had so many tips and tricks to help us. Kim is extremely knowledgeable and really put me at ease. Macie was always on her best behavior when Kim was around. She is gentle and caring with the dogs, and it is obviously her passion. I am sure we will see her again as Macie grows.
Soon after adopting my first rescue dog I started looking for an experienced trainer. Kim came highly recommended. I started seeing progress soon after she started working with us. Her caring nature and ability to connect with my rescue was obvious in her interactions with him. She taught me how to understand cues from him that I wasn’t used to seeing in my other dogs. She worked with me to better understand the most effective ways to reinforce her training. I would highly recommend Kim.
When my new pup from the dog rescue snapped at my 3 year old niece, I panicked and reached out to several local dog trainers for help. I was more interested in dog behavior than just your basic sit/stay/down and Kim answered my email promptly.
After a few weeks of working together, I feel more confident in my ability to manage dog-to-dog and dog-to-kid interactions. To my surprise, my busy bouncy Pekingese mix has been an attentive student and seems to enjoy the training exercises. He is better behaved with my older dog and I feel like I understand the dogs and their preferences and motivations better. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone looking for a more peaceful home with better relationships between people and dogs.
As soon as we adopted our 7-month-old puppy Milo, it was apparent that a typical obedient school would be out of the question. He is timid around humans and inconsolably nervous when he’s out of his element. Kim was exactly what we needed: She was gentle and patient as she helped us to get him acclimated to his new surroundings and follow basic commands.
As much as Milo learned from Kim, we learned even more. She taught us how to pick up his cues, how to advocate for him when strangers are around, and how to bring him out of his shell. It’s been a gradual process, but we’ve been consistent with him and have seen real progress – all thanks to Kim! We’d highly recommend her, especially for dogs who are fearful and shy like our dog.
We engaged Kim to work with our new, young, rescue dog, Dill. We wanted to ensure we properly trained Dill during the first few months he was with us, and, being first-time dog owners, we didn’t know where to start. We are so glad we found Kim! Kim answered all of our questions about Dill’s behavior and always explained why we were using certain training approaches. We worked with Kim over six sessions – and they became Dill’s favorite time of the week! Using clicker training, we worked on:
- Commands like “sit” and “down”
- Leash skills (Dill is like a different dog on a walk now!)
- We also worked on recall – something we particularly concerned about as Dill had shown that he’s a runner
- We also spent time on “stay”, “wait”, and “leave it”
It was great having Kim come teach Dill in our home as he learned and was tested to execute the skills. He learned in the places where we actually call upon him to follow instructions. For example, we practiced “stay” and “leave it” by the table where we eat dinner. Kim also gave a great list of recommended toys and other items that have benefitted Dill. For example, we tried a front-clipping leash harness that Dill responded well to, some new items he uses to get his kibble, which keep him engaged and eating more slowly, and some new toys just to play that he loves. After working with Kim, Dill is calmer and better behaved. And we know better how to set boundaries, redirect his attention, etc. I highly recommend Kim!
We hired Kim to help us train our newly adopted rescue, Lola, who had a few issues: barking non-stop at everyone who entered the house (including my husband), separation anxiety, barking at night, leash walking, and not really knowing how to play. Kim was instrumental in teaching us how to socialize Lola and divert her attention when people entered the house. She worked with us to teach us how to get the dog to listen to commands and came up with logistics to for when strangers entered either of our doors. She taught us recall, strengthened our leash walking skills. Came up with ways to entice the dog into playing. Additionally she went above and beyond by helping us solve the nighttime sleeping problems, and how to adapt to other family members (and not follow me around all the time). We worked with Kim for 6 sessions and in that time, Lola has grown and adapted. She has become a calm obedient and happier dog. And, in turn, we’ve all become happier and better adapted.
I recommend Kim very highly. Additionally she was lovely and helpful and went out of her way to come to us and work around our schedule. Even included my house sitter in our training sessions to make sure we were all on the same page.
I contacted Kim because I have two Australian Labradoodles, one 11 months old and one almost 9 years old. My younger dog was acting like a rebellious teenager, table surfing at mealtimes and jumping on people when they entered my house. My older dog, although very calm, had developed certain habits, like barking when others are talking, that have been reinforced for years. Both dogs were regularly barking like crazy whenever anyone rang the doorbell and would enter the house.
Kim taught me and the dogs, through clicker training, how certain limits had to be set. Both dogs were taught to get into a down stay on their beds whenever anyone is eating at the table for a limited amount of time, earning a reward once they are successful. I have also learned to use the same skills whenever I want to work at my desk, cook or do other things where I want the dogs to be in a safe, calm space out of my way.
In addition, Kim has taught us how to use the same training skills when someone comes to the door. Not only does getting the dogs in a down stay take away the frenetic barking and jumping when the doorbell rings, it also allows someone to enter the house without feeling like they are being attacked by two dogs, regardless of how cute they are!
Kim approaches each lesson and the dogs in an extremely competent, knowledgeable and calm way. She makes it very easy, with a lot of practice, to make me and the dogs succeed!
Short Hills, NJ
Our Honey is a very active Husky mix. We were so anxious about managing her, our cat, AND our 3-year-old grandson. Working with Kim has alleviated our anxiety. She taught us ways to maintain order with lots going on in our home. Kim’s training techniques work along with our energetic puppy. Sessions flow naturally with doable plans that help Honey behave like a happy and much calmer dog.
Anne and Charlie I.
East Hanover, NJ
Kimberly is a wonderful trainer! We signed up for 6 sessions with her for our 4 month Labrador puppy and could not be happier with the results. She is a calm, attentive person and such a pleasure to work with. It was also very important to us that we use humane, positive reinforcement only techniques – we do not believe in hurting animals to train them. Kimberly showed us how to do just that. Using simple, incentive based methods, she taught us how to rein in our very excitable puppy, as well as create a safe and happy environment in our home. We would highly recommend Kimberly to anyone who needs help training their dog.
I called Kim because my Standard Poodle seemed nervous in the yard and around people visiting our home. Also, she didn’t come to me when I called her. I discovered that many of my expectations were unrealistic: I had to learn how to motivate my dog. After achieving good progress, I also discovered that her capabilities are higher than I imagined. We could set higher behavior goals. She could be a great dog! I have a plan for managing and decreasing her anxiety when people come to the house, and our walks are actually pleasurable. I was frustrated, just believing that she was a challenging dog. Working with Kim gave me great results and hope for better behavior. The best outcome is the improved relationship I have with my dog. I like her more!
Shortly after a puppy joined our family, we called Kim to help with housetraining and his constant nipping. We followed Kim’s suggestions and made good progress with Charlie’s housetraining, and his nipping became less and less. The most helpful things we learned in our training sessions were: realizing that the humans need the training, leave Charlie’s leash on when we are home and he is not in his crate, using the “wait” command, because it is one of the most important, and use treats to help Charlie learn and reward his good behavior.
Kim was an incredible trainer to work with, and she made a positive impact on our 8 month Cavapoo puppy. She provided training techniques for both indoor and outdoor behaviors based on the targeted issues we wanted to work on with our dog. Kim was incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Our dog really learned a lot from her sessions, and we were able to utilize and reinforce all of her lessons we learned at each session at home. Our dog has significantly improved in the areas we worked on, and we are very happy with his progression with Kim’s training. We highly recommend her!
We adopted a Manchester Terrier mix about 5 months ago who is super energetic and playful, but also a bit anxious and fearful. While we love his energy, we don’t love his behavior towards other dogs and people while walking on a leash. He used to pull us all over town! We called Kimberly after we had a negative experience with a different trainer, and her method is very different. With positive reinforcement, our pup has been able to relax a bit more on walks. He’s definitely a work in progress, but with Kimberly’s teachings, we have the proper tools to train him confidently. Thanks for your help.
We used Kimberly to train our 3 year old Schnauzer when integrating her with two cats. It was a pleasure to work with Kimberly. She came prepared, was knowledgeable, patient, and helpful. It was really wonderful to work with someone who listened to what we wanted out of the sessions and focused on our needs. She helped us through the training process and gave us tools to continue training after the sessions. We would definitely recommend Kimberly.
Short Hills, NJ
Kim was great with our new puppy. She taught us many valuable tips, and Gracie loved when she came. She was kind and a pleasure to work with My husband said she trained me well. Gracie is on her way to becoming a well-behaved dog.
It was a pleasure to have Kim working with our puppy. She is always friendly, timely, and gives great dog training information. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone with a puppy or dog looking for a positive reinforcement approach to dog training.
Short Hills, NJ
In a nutshell … Kim is a real expert; always prepared; and an amazing spirit who is received so easily by anyone seeking help, and most importantly the pup they are seeking to help be trained. Below is my complete testimonial (though there is so much more to be said … she was awesome!)
First and foremost, my sister and I sought out Kim because we understand that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ONE-AND-DONE DOG WHISPERER. Training your pup starts first and foremost with YOU, THE OWNER. In accepting our tasks as loving guardians, we knew that we had to buckle down and make sure that WE were prepared with the appropriate tools, education, and know-how to educate our pup. Point being, training your pup is no different than raising a child. There is no one-time tutorial, but you can count on just six hours (spread out across a couple of weeks AND with YOUR DILIGENT HOMEWORK) to get the job done. And after that time, EVEN IF things aren’t 100%, you WILL have the skills to sharpen YOU and your pup’s discipline. AGAIN, IT ALL STARTS WITH THE OWNER.
To elaborate even further …. Kim is an expert on behavior training. Having my B.S. in Psychology, I can attest to Kim truly knows everything there is to be taught/learned when it comes to the many evidence-proved techniques concerning learning and memory, and if anything, are EASIER to teach to dogs (as opposed to emphasizing with us humans).
Kim was also so kind and receptive to both me and my pup and ALWAYS listened before she spoke even if what we were doing or saying was not correct. After the first session, I wondered how our pup would respond to her coming back to visit since her visit meant “time to buckle down and get your act together.” However, it was never that type of training session AT ALL. It was a time for US owners to learn in a very educational and helpful manner and for our pup to be eased into these tactics at whatever level HE could endure. She was never forceful, abrasive or rushed the teaching of any behavior.
Finally, her communication and preparedness were top notch. From day one, she was prompt and attentive with all communications (whether phone or email). Before and upon her visits, she always had a game plan and made use of every minute. Last but certainly not least, Kim gives before she takes. She corresponded with me at great length before our first visit and helped us understand some key first steps so that we were both prepared for her first visit.
It was a pleasure working with Kim! She was excellent with our Bulldog Angus. Angus needed a lot of training, especially since my wife and I are expecting our first child this spring. Kim emphasized the use of clicker training and Angus took right to it. Kim covered everything from sit and stays to teaching us how to control Angus’s barking. Kim even brought a baby doll prop and dedicated an entire session to making sure Angus would get used to baby noises and get used to seeing us with a baby. All-in-all Kim was excellent and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great dog trainer!
Greg and Michelle W. and Angus
We adopted a 6 month old black lab mix last summer and realized very quickly that we would need some help in getting Hunter settled in our household. He needed to learn to leash walk and some basic commands. We had had a dog in the past but what we were doing was not working with Hunter. Our vet recommended Kim and she came for a few sessions and made a huge difference for all of us. Her calm, firm demeanor put us all at ease. She showed us ways to train Hunter (and us!) that worked really well. We have called her back a few times to deal with specific issues, most recently his door answering skills. The part I really appreciate is how she sees the world from the dog’s point of view and how so many things we take for granted can be stressful for a dog, especially a rescue who has been brought from a completely different environment. Thank you Kim!!!
New Providence, NJ
Kim was extremely helpful to our family, especially given the fact that we were first-time dog owners. She came into our house prior to Winnie’s arrival to guide us with all the necessary equipment and house set-up. Once our puppy came home, she was right there to help with a much-needed schedule and provided tips with housebreaking/obedience training. She was also always available through email or text to answer any questions. We appreciate her always calm demeanor, and Winnie seems to respond to her very well.
We just finished a several week course of training with our two puppies, now aged 4 months. I am thoroughly delighted with the results of Kim’s training – of both the pups and myself!
Kim is a knowledgeable, calm and consistent trainer, who gives 100% of her attention to the task at hand – in my case, making my puppies the best they can be! She respects the dogs’ individual personalities and demonstrates ways to achieve well behaved pets without dampening their spirits in the least. The clicker training is a tried and true method, one that works very well for my dogs (King Charles Cavaliers). She also impressed on me the importance of the human side of the training equation, making sure that we “practice” all our new skills until they become muscle memory.
I highly recommend Kim Mandel. She has been a pleasure to work with – and I look forward to “refresher” courses from her as my pups grow into teens and adults. Thank you, Kim!
Short Hills, NJ
We have a really sweet English lab named Coby who needed some help with not pulling on his leash and some other basic obedience issues like letting go of things, like our kids’ toys. Kim came in and gave us really useful, practical advice which has immeasurably improved Coby’s behavior and also improved our relationship with Coby. Her attention to detail, her preparation, observations, listening ability and practice advice were incredibly useful. We highly recommend Kim and plan on using her services again.
Ellen and Dan R.
We had a wonderful training experience with Kim! Our dog Lucy is 8 years old, so we definitely had some ingrained issues to address. Our biggest concern was crazy barking at the mailman, delivery people, and anyone who came to the door. Kim helped us learn the causes behind the behavior – anxiety, not aggression! We were able to formulate a plan for me and for Lucy to deal with her trigger situations in a calmer way. It is such a relief to us to have an approach that is working for us all. I highly recommend Kim. She truly understands dogs and owners. Her calm manner and concrete suggestions have been very effective for us.
I am fortunate to have found Kim. She was recommended by my vet. I adopted a 10yr old toy poodle and her name is Daphne. Daphne has issues and Kim was kind and gentle with her. She spoke the truth when she said that training her would take a long time because she was never taught. Daphne loved her and her liver treats. I am continuing to take Kim’s advice with using the clicker and rewards. Kim came to my home and then we went to the park to try and train her not to go crazy when she sees another dog. This is work in progress. Daphne just loved her. I would highly recommend her. She was very patient with me and Daphne. She is TERRIFIC!
Gracie (a golden retriever puppy) entered our lives in April. My husband and I have never raised a dog before. We also have three children and very busy lives. It became apparent rather quickly, that we were going to need some tips from a professional to establish ground rules with our new family member. Kim Mandel gave us everything we needed and more to feel confident that we were on our way to raising a well-mannered dog. Kim came to our home and worked on key concepts that were important to our family. Kim has a calm demeanor and uses a reward based approach that we felt comfortable with. I am thrilled with the progress that Gracie has made and look forward to seeing her continue to succeed. Thanks Kim!
We adopted a 7 year old dog and quickly realized we could use some help with training and acclimating her to our home. Kim helped our family understand how dogs think and provided clear and actionable steps for housetraining (our dog had been used to a doggie door and now had to learn to communicate with us when she needed to go) and teaching basic commands. We quickly saw improvements in terms of no more accidents in the house and better communication with our dog. Leash walking has been a huge challenge. Kim helped us understand the pros and cons of several harnesses and then worked with us to deal with the challenges of keeping control when walking our dog and dealing with other dog interactions. It’s a work in progress, and Kim had given us the tools we need to be successful.
My daughter had been asking me for a puppy for years, and she must have caught me at a good time, because I finally agreed. We finally decided to adopt a rescue dog, Charlie, but as soon as I took him home, I wasn’t sure if we were training him or he was training us. That’s when I knew to make this adoption successful, we needed help and that is when I contacted Kimberly Mandel. Kimberly showed us how to set boundaries for Charlie and train him – not the other way around. I liked that she came to our home and could design a plan based on Charlie’s environment. I also liked that Kimberly was adaptable to my particular work situation to make things best for Charlie. I still call her with questions after the training. I initially did this for my daughter, but have come to love Charlie myself and he is part of the family now.
I called Kim after I brought home my very first canine companion, a 14 week old Cavapoo puppy named Charlotte. It was abundantly clear to me at our first meeting that her professionalism and quiet control over my puppy would be just what we required. I had no idea where to begin; but thanks to Kim, Charlotte and I quickly began to learn how to work together to achieve our training goals. Charlotte learned simple commands like “sit” and “down” so quickly, it was an inspiration for me to work with her every day. Kim’s techniques are so great, it makes you think you have the most brilliant puppy in the world. Kim has amazing insight into the canine mind, and thanks to her we have come through out first couple of months together happily and with very little frustration.
Scotch Plains, NJ
I thought my Chihuahua, Sky, hated people. Kim taught me that she’s just scared and needed a different way to meet and greet. The biggest problem was calling Sky to come when she is in the yard. She’s good with that now. Leash walking is improved, too.
Kim came to us when Charlie was only 8 weeks old. I was very impressed on how well Charlie responded to her. Once she walked through the door all his attention was on her. She was very helpful in training him. He sits, waits, and comes when he’s called. She gave us great advice on potty training, crate training, and jumping on the furniture. I highly recommend her.
I was very pleased with the in home training sessions for our dog. I hesitated to start training, as I thought, with a small dog, it would be easy. However, when they are small and cuddly, sometimes the owner creates bigger problems, with spoiling them because they are so cute. Winnie still needs reinforcements, but within the last 6 weeks, she has become very obedience and listens! Kimberly is truly a pleasure to work with. She is very professional, never late with appointments, and she has made these sessions beneficial to both of us.
Kim is super helpful and tailored the training totally to my wishes and needs. I contacted her prior to the arrival of our 8 week old puppy. It is our first dog and I needed all the basic help and knowledge. Kim gave me lots of time on the phone. Particularly helpful was the first session before we got the puppy. Kim helped me find a good place for the crate, helped me to size the crate, showed me helpful toys and gave me advice on the local pet stores and vets. She also gave me a schedule, as what to expect when the puppy arrives. That was an eye opener and thank you for that! Busy two weeks, but the schedule worked. I can’t imagine trying to figure it all out without her help. Kim helped me with the dog discipline as well as with my own discipline. The dog likes her and likes her treats and listens to her. I think Margaux is learning fast and happily with Kim. THANK YOU!
Yogi is doing great!! No biting at all, less territorial, and getting better at the door each day! I can’t thank Kim enough. She really helped turn things around.
Short Hills, NJ
I wanted to write this review regarding Kim’s training methods. She is amazing! We have a 6 month-old Bernese Mountain dog puppy and Kim had “Daisy” behaving in the six sessions we met with her. Kim’s methods are logical, effective and easy to remember. Plus, Kim takes extra time to explain each step to the owner so as not to confuse the dog and to make each session a positive experience for dog and owner.
The best example I can give of Kim’s training methods is the one of Daisy being an exemplary dog during Thanksgiving. We hosted 14 people and everyone said that Daisy was the best puppy they had ever seen. I said, it’s not Daisy, it’s her trainer! Kim taught us the methods to keep Daisy well-behaved, entertained by toys and safe from human food she shouldn’t ingest.
Again, I can’t say enough about Kim. In fact, I just recommended her to a friend who has a 10 week-old puppy! 🙂
In the recent loss of my dog, I rescued a 6 year old, 95 lb. German Shepard, Koa. Koa, never leash trained, was a handful! Kim trained me how to leash walk Koa without pulling, encouraging good behavior. Kim’s mild manner and patience coupled with her knowledge and expertise is priceless. She is always available by phone or email to answer questions. Thank you so much Kim!
Kim walked into our multi dog home to help restore peace and put some positive actions in place. Our biggest challenge was our Mini Aussie, Bae. Kim worked with our entire family to ensure we were well prepared for the weeks of training ahead. She also educated us on how to manage our home safely.
She has helped with a variety of issues (not just puppy training), and is always available to give her most honest, professional opinion that is best for dog and family. Kim has also been back for much needed refresher training, and caters the appointments to the needs at hand.
Not only would I recommend Kim for the puppy years, I would suggest Kim’s training services for any dog at any age.
Thanks Kim, you’ve made a difference in our home!
Last year we were faced with finding another local trainer to recommend to our clients. Our Drs. take this seriously as our clients have high expectations when their trusted veterinarian recommends specialists or pet-related services. We want to be sure we are always recommending the best.
Kim met with our staff personally to educate us on her training philosophy and techniques, and we were impressed with her knowledge, experience and skill set. She even gave off the cuff advice to some of our staff about their own pets that proved to be very helpful. We have referred several clients to her and the feedback has all been positive. We are happy to have found Kim as a resource for our clients. Quality trainers can be hard to come by.
Livingston Animal Hospital
Taking my dog Luna to training classes with Kim was well worth the time. Because we learned so much from the puppy training class, I decided to sign Luna up for the Dog Walking Class. Both classes were informative and very hands on. This experience helped me continue to properly train my dog when we were not in class. I would definitely sign us up for another class with Kim. One more thing….these classes not only train the dog. You get trained on how to work with your dog to encourage good behavior.
I have a 100 pound Great Pyrenees mix that I adopted as a puppy through a rescue group. I wanted to have him qualify as a therapy dog to visit nursing homes. Through Kim I have learned so much about how to train my dog to be calm and responsive to my directions. The progress he has made in a short period of time is really remarkable. He has changed from a dog who would occasionally do what I asked, to a dog that listens attentively, knows what is being asked of him and willingly complies! I am now able to be 20 feet away from him, and on command he will sit until I recall him! The training is done in a very positive manner and I can see he really likes it as he is always so pleased to see his trainer. An unexpected benefit is how close my dog and I have become having gone through the training and practices together. Thank you so much Kim!
We contacted Kim to help set up some basic house training routines with our new puppy, and went to her class in Westfield. I’ve had dogs for years, but her advice was still super informative, practical and easy to follow – very common sense. We had her back when our dog was about a year old and engaging in some very annoying behaviors – Kim had us straightened out right away and Rex is doing great! Would highly recommend Kim’s services!
Scotch Plains, NJ
Kim Mandel was “the trainer” recommended to me by my veterinarian. How lucky for me and my puppy to be provided with such a great start and all phases of basic obedience training…commands, crate training, leash walking, etc… and unconditional help with any problems or questions that might arise…..All done with love and a lot of patience.
I have known Kim Mandel for 4 years now and have recommended her to many of my clients for dog training. She has proven to be professional, knowledgeable, and effective. I have received nothing but positive feedback about her. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone.
Scott Linick DVM, FAVD
When my family brought our puppy home we were nervous about training her. Kim was incredible with our puppy and made training simple and fun. After just 6 sessions we had a very well trained puppy. More important, Kim left us with an understanding of how to train our puppy as things came up over time. Several weeks after our sessions ended, Kim checked in to make sure we were doing well. She also made me feel very comfortable when I called with training questions or concerns. I would highly recommend Kim to any family looking for a dog trainer.
Short Hills, NJ
Kim Mandel is extremely professional and wonderful to work with while she communicates her effective training techniques to both owners and their dogs. We highly recommend Kim to any dog owner whose pet exhibits behavioral problems and especially to prospective dog owners contemplating adding a new member to the family. Kim has made our home an even warmer place after working with our morkies Rocco and Woogie.
Al and Linda D.
Running a dog rescue as I do Kim has been such a great help to us with the foster dogs we bring in. When families adopting from us ask for a trainer we are confident in giving them Kim’s contact information.
Kim was recommended to us by a friend when we were looking for help with our 9 week old cockapoo. We are first-time dog owners & wanted to start things right by working with a trainer. Kim helped us immensely by teaching us tools to use as we worked on housebreaking & many other aspects of puppyhood! Kim is extremely professional, knowledgeable & communicative. We are so happy to have worked with Kim & to have her available as a resource in the future!
Kim came to our rescue last month- we were experiencing some behavior issues with our 6 month old chocolate lab- Colby. Our vet recommended Kim and I am so relieved that she did! Colby was tearing up paper and anything she could- its seems she was having anxiety issues when we left her alone. Kim came to our home and helped us with some commands to help Colby and recommended we get a crate for when we leave her alone. I was reluctant to get a crate but when Colby tore up anything she could get her mouth and paws on in our laundry room- I knew it was time! The crate has worked wonders! Colby is more relaxed and she likes going in the crate as her “safe place” and she knows we give her the Kong toy as her toy to keep occupied with when we leave her. Kim accessed our situation and we plan on attending the park- dog walking/obedience classes soon.
Scotch Plains, NJ
I have known Kim Mandel for many years. She helped me train my puppy five years ago. I highly recommend her.
Peter R. Brody, DVM
Murray Hill Veterinary Associates
We are so glad that we met Kim! She helped us understand our dog’s behavior and how we could improve it. Her observations were detailed and her training advice was exceptionally clear. She listened to our history, asked good questions and set achievable goals. Our experience was very worthwhile and we wholeheartedly recommend Kim.
In just a few short sessions, Kim helped my dog Blu learn to walk on the leash. She gave me so many great tips on every day dog training and how to encourage positive dog behaviors. Thanks Kim!
Kim’s advice is practical and easy to follow. We gave attended her group lessons and had individual in-home training and both formats were helpful. As a first time dog owner, I had lot of questions and Kim was (and continues to be) a great resource.
I had just retired and brought home an 8 week old Labradoodle – I was put in contact with Kim and had a session with her at home to be sure I had a good plan in place for starting off. She was very helpful with recommendations about feeding, crating and developing a specific “potty” are in the yard.
I also signed up for her puppy class and brought my grandson with me so he could become familiar with training procedures. I really liked the off leash socialization – Adeline was much larger than the other puppies in the class but Kim was great at allowing her some freedom and restraining her in when she started going over the top.
The basic commands – come, sit, down, watch, wait and leash walking were taught in a consistent manner – with any questions about a puppy’s response or lack of response addressed so I could modify my techniques for better results – training the owner! After the class ended I found my grandson practicing some of the commands on his own – and I thought he wasn’t listening during class.
As Adeline has progressed towards adolescence – like any kid, she thought she knew better and started going her own way. Kim was there with insights into what I thought was a make or break relationship with her. Thank goodness – we are now back on the correct path!
I would highly recommend attending Kim’s puppy class – very patient supportive and knowledgeable about puppy development.
Kim has been a godsend. We have a wonderful but somewhat difficult, large adolescent rescue dog, Archie. Kim’s guidance and insights have made it so much easier to integrate him into our family and keep him happy. She is patient, attentive and so well informed that I thoroughly trust her judgement and embrace what she teaches me and my family to make the best home for Archie. You have to click with and trust your dog trainer to follow through and make things work, and after trying other trainers we found this to absolutely be the case with Kim. I highly recommend Kim with no reservations at all!
I have a Golden Retriever. She is 15 months old. I was having a hard time training her until I was referred to Kim Mandel. I called her right away. Kim is a wonderful trainer and person. My Golden Retriever took to training quickly. She just loved to see Kim and listened. I am so thankful to Kim for all her help. Thank you so much, Kim.
North Plainfield, NJ
We engaged Kim for our three-month-old puppy whom we found and brought over from overseas. As the first-time dog owners, we needed advice on just about everything from house breaking, to leash walking and learning basic obedience commands. Over the course of six sessions Kim provided invaluable advice and tips, which made it easier to navigate a variety of challenges that we faced in dealing with our very energetic puppy. Kim is very patient and knowledgeable. She helped us view things through our dog’s eyes and explained long-term consequences of any learned behavior. We highly recommend engaging Kim’s services!
Working with Kim is a smart investment in your dog’s future and your own sanity! We got our first dog – as a puppy – and were totally overwhelmed. Group puppy training was helpful for basics but not tailored to our lives. By coming to our home, Kim was able to quickly appreciate the realities of our lives (two apartments, lots of elevators, constantly changing circumstances) and give us training strategies that worked for us and our pup! After only four sessions, we have a much calmer, happier, and well behaved pup!
Kimberly was recommended by my veterinarian. I had adopted a shelter dog who had been found as a stray in a city. He had already been in several shelters before I adopted him. He was angry and needed treatment for some acute illnesses. It was taking him a lot of time to settle in and adjust. Although he was 2 years old, he exhibited a lot of puppy behaviors and showed fear aggression toward other dogs. Kimberly took time to discuss my dog’s issues and establish our goals, listening to my concerns. She did not come with a set agenda and we worked on the plan for his training together. At the start of each session, I went over my observations during the week past and got her very valuable feedback on what behaviors I had observed in my dog and his progress on the training. Her recommendations were very helpful. We then proceeded to do active training in critical areas. She was excellent with my dog and me. She treated us both with high regard. My dog really liked her and responded to Kimberly by learning fast.
Kimberly takes her role as a trainer very seriously keeping up on the literature in the field and showing flexibility depending on how the dog responds. I highly recommend Kimberly as a trainer.
I have had many dog trainers over the years. Kim was far superior to any of them. She always gave me practical and useful advice. Long after our lessons were over, I refer back to Kim’s advice when working with my dogs. She helped me through some very stressful situations.
Scotch Plains, NJ
Me and my fiancee purchased a Golden Retriever 8 week old puppy one week before Christmas, and boy were we in for a challenging few months. After struggling to understand our pup, we decided to call Kim for her help, and she was a life saver. From the first training session to the last, Kim was very patient with us as newbie dog parents. Her experience and knowledge really calmed us and helped with building our confidence after a rough start. I would strongly recommend Kim’s services to anyone struggling with their fur baby or if they just want to polish up some of their training methods. Kim is very flexible based on your needs.
Thank you so much for all your help training Mochi! When we first brought him home, I was like a deer in the headlights. I had no idea where to even begin! Thankfully, Kim was able to provide invaluable information on keeping a schedule, appropriate toys, and basic commands. In no time, Mochi was learning to sit, come, wait, leave it, and walk on a leash. She gave us guidance on effective housetraining and nipping, and answered all of our questions with great advice. Kim was so patient, calm, yet very effective with our dog. In no time at all, Mochi grew very fond of Kim (perhaps because she had so many yummy treats!) I feel confident that we have the building blocks to continue our training as Mochi gets older thanks to the foundation and skills Kim laid out for us. Thanks Kim!
New Providence, NJ
Kim has been absolutely terrific with our two Spanish Water Dog puppies! We had dogs in the house before but contacted Kim when we first brought our two new sister puppies home to get the puppy training started the right way. And that’s exactly what she did, training the humans in our house along with the puppies. She is a marvelous trainer and has a wonderful way with both the canines and their human family. Her style and approach is very effective, and the puppies did very well under her guidance. She responded to their separate and different personalities and helped us address all hiccups we encountered as we integrated the puppies into our household. We were frankly very anxious about having dogs in the house again, and Kim completely eased our minds. She’s fantastic and we highly recommend her to other families.
South Orange, NJ
Just wanted to say how happy we were with Kim! She really helped us identify solutions to better control our dog who was becoming aggressive with our child. She was wonderful, and I recommend her 1000%.
Kim is AMAZING! We just wrapped up our last session, and I can’t get over the transformation in our Reagan (2 year old Pitbull mix) over the past two months. Kim covers all the basics and helped us break a lot of bad habits we had instilled over the past 2 years. We are first time puppy owners, and Kim was more than willing to answer all our questions/concerns. I know Reagan is going to miss our weekly sessions and all the yummy treats 🙂 Thanks again!!
South Plainfield, NJ
Kim did a great job helping us correct unwanted behaviors exhibited by our dog. She was patient, thoughtful, and practical and provided useful techniques that worked quickly. We highly recommend Kim Mandel!
Sending gratitude to Kim Mandel!! As a new puppy owner, I had a lot to learn. I chose the 6 session puppy package to help me through this wonderful but challenging stage in our young dog’s life. Kim is patient, kind, reassuring, and knowledgeable. We also participated in a wonderful puppy kindergarten program elsewhere, but Kim guided me through the inevitable challenges that arise at home, outside the controlled confines of the classroom. Kim helped me grow in my own confidence that, with effort and using her strategies, my puppy will continue to develop the self-control and skills she needs to be a well-behaved and thoroughly enjoyable member of our family. I am so grateful to Kim for her warm guidance during this important period of growth and development, and I know she is out there ready to help should additional concerns arise. I strongly recommend Kim Mandel for your dog training needs.
New Providence, NJ
Kimberly is an excellent trainer. She really knows how dogs think and that knowledge facilitates behavior modification. Her knowledge comes from years of experience, training, and working at shelters. She also advises on toys and other dog equipment that will facilitate behavior desired in your dog. She is an excellent communicator and worked well with me so I could teach Boomer. She is able to present examples and metaphors for the rationale behind training techniques. The more I understood about the rationale understanding the training techniques, the more effective I think I became in helping Boomer follow commands. She is intelligent and personable. She is always on time and confirms each appointment the day before.
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Having four children 7 years old and under, we were nervous about having a puppy join our family. Kim came to our home 2 days after our puppy Chewie arrived. Kim included all of our children in all of the training sessions. She was extremely patient and took time to work with each child independently. The children look forward to practicing the various commands Kim has taught them and “Chewie time” is always fun and productive. Thanks to Kim, Chewie has become a wonderful addition to our family.
“She’s nice, and kind and actually shows you how to train the dog.” – Joseph, age 7
“I liked how Miss Kim told me how to teach Chewie to ‘leave it’ when he sees my toys.” – Bennett, age 5
Lisa R. and Family
We enjoyed working with Kim from the start! We brought our puppy home and started training soon after. Kim came to our home and worked with all of us, including our 2 kids and made training fun and effective. Woody is almost 7 months old and is doing terrific! We would recommend Kim in a heartbeat.
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Kim has been an incredible trainer for our puppy, Pepper. She listens intently to our questions, challenges us as new dog owners, and equips us with tools and techniques that are helping us raise a disciplined and respectful dog. She is also a consummate professional. We highly recommend engaging Kim to help train your dog. She’s wonderful.
Vanessa and John D.
Scotch Plains, NJ
We’ve always had two dogs and then last summer both of our King Charles Cavaliers passed and I was devastated. After close to 40 years of caring for beloved dogs, I was left with none. I knew now was the time to just go for it and adopt 2. Serendipity kicked in and the Cockapoo breeder I had been in touch with had two males still available from the litter she was releasing around Labor Day. And so began my journey with litter mates Bert and Ernie.
Understanding it would be a challenge to handle double energy, double trouble, and double accidents I set out to work with them as I always had with other pets but quickly realized the challenge was beyond my experience and that I needed more support. I was referred to Kim by our veterinarian and could not have been more pleased with the progress we made together.
I bought the pack of six sessions and we proceeded to work on basic practical commands. Not only did Kim teach the “boys” to respond on cue, she taught me an even more valuable lesson—how to work with them, how to understand them, what are reasonable expectations and generally how to socialize them in our environment. We even completed a 7th session to work on walking. And it’s surely possible that I’ll schedule a “refresher” session sometime in the future.
So, I highly recommend Kim as an extraordinary trainer. She understands the dogs and the owners and helps keep us on track. The tricks I learned while working with her are effective on a regular basis in real life situations. Kim not only trains the dogs, she trains the owners as well which is perhaps the most important lesson!
Short Hills, NJ
Kim was great with training. She is gentle, but firm. I believe my Gigi really enjoyed the sessions. I would recommend Kim for your new puppy training.
Kim was a huge help teaching ME how to train my two rescues. She was always punctual, patient, and calm. My dogs reacted to her professionalism and were always glad to see her enter our home! She also helped my 13 year old son learn to walk the dogs (which was not easy)! I would recommend her highly!! Thanks so much.
I highly recommend Kim Mandel. She helped us teach our 2 year old Schnauzer not to jump on or mouth on people. He also learned to sit and stay at the door when it opens, and she also helped us with leash walking. Kim is very knowledgeable and professional and is very easy to work with. My dog responded well to her calm demeanor and positive reinforcement.
When it came time to select a trainer for our 1 year old Havanese, Darby, I went online to see what trainers were in our area. Kim had wonderful reviews, so I contacted her by phone to get a feel for her style of training. I liked her approach and felt very confident in having her come to our home to work with us and Darby.
Over a period of 6 training sessions, (a package that Kim offers), we, along with Darby (!), learned the basics of proper training. Kim has such knowledge of how dogs think and passes that on during her training sessions. Her tips on the “better” way to do things have proven invaluable now that we are on our own and following through on what she taught us. It was very impressive to see how in a short time, Darby was responding to her skills and how in following Kim’s direction, we were able to strengthen those skills.
Rick and I were sorry to see our time with Kim end! She was such a pleasant person to spend time with and we are very appreciative of the knowledge she passed onto us and Darby. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a first class dog trainer! If a second doggie is in our future, we will be giving her a call!
Donna and Rick T.
I was home recovering from knee surgery- I have a very energetic, active young hound who needed some training to get her to not jump on visitors at my home. Kim was able to work with us to try a get a calmer result – with practice Lexi, my hound is getting better. Kim also gave me some very helpful tips on how to deal with this and some tips on getting her to use her energy in a more positive way. I highly recommend Kim – she is great to work with, very knowledgeable and personable. Lexi also responded very well to her.
At 2 years old, our boxer Henry started to become territorial around our home and in some situations toward other dogs. After researching behavioral trainers, Kim seemed perfect for the job — and we were totally right. Prior to our first session, Kim led an in-depth telephone conversation to understand Henry’s background and personality. Kim proposed a custom plan to help Henry overcome insecurity and greet new guests positively and confidently. With daily practice, we saw a complete turnaround. Henry is doing great, and we are all feeling so much better. Kim is very experienced, always available to answer questions, and really cares about her clients. We highly recommend Kim for challenging behavioral training situations.
We have a 4 month old Shih Tzu and called Kim to come and help us with a few issues, since we are first time dog owners. Kim is a true professional. She was on time every session, and took her time with each exercise. As a result, our puppy has become very well behaved. We look forward to calling her again if and when the need arises. Thank you Kim!
Kim is incredible, professional and patient! As first time dog owners and parents to two small children (3 and 5), we knew we needed help welcoming our Australian Labradoodle puppy into our home. Kim came for a visit before we brought Sadie home to ensure our space was set up in a way that was puppy-appropriate and positioned us to most easily and effectively manage behavior during the early puppy months.
Kim helped us to understand how we could begin training for the right behaviors from the very start (setting a schedule, housebreaking, crate training, how to handle jumping and nipping, etc). A great dog trainer and equally effective teacher to her human clients, my husband and I often say that Kim helps us crack the Doggie DiVinci Code (why is Sadie doing this? Is it even normal? Most importantly, how do we change it?) She teaches us how to effectively teach our pup, always taking Sadie’s personality into account and diplomatically tells us when we need to change our own behavior to achieve our desired outcome. Kim has given us the confidence in our training plan thereby allowing us to cut through all the conflicting and old-school ‘advice’ you’re often bombarded with as new dog owners.
In our time together, we have included all family members in the training process, including our children and house sitter. Within one session, Kim had taught our 5-year old daughter several tools to work with Sadie including the ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘wait’ commands. Our daughter now uses these tools as a way to confidently manage puppy behavior that would otherwise be overwhelming (and even scary) to a small child.
Kim is always prepared, and guides us through the stages of progressive training. Always sharing the ‘why’ behind the training approaches, she helps us see the world from Sadie’s perspective. I’m thrilled to share that because of our work with Kim, we are developing a happy and balanced relationship with our puppy and Sadie is well on her way to becoming a well-mannered, family dog!
Kim helped me train both my new puppy Mellie and my 4yr old lab Binny. She gave me great advice on how to adjust to having a second dog. She also gave me great training tips for both dogs. She is an excellent trainer with in depth knowledge and experience. She was easygoing and wonderful to work with. My dogs absolutely LOVED her. I would recommend Kim to anyone with multiple dogs or just with a single dog. I know my dogs will miss seeing her every week!!!
We adopted a Cavachon puppy for our family of 4. When she started growling and snapping at me, and at our 6 and 11 year old daughters, we were all terribly distraught. My wife and I feared for our girls’ safety, and we were all just about ready to find her a new home. We called Kim as a last ditch effort, and couldn’t be happier that we did. She recognized immediately that little Rosie was exhibiting “guarding” characteristics. She helped us to understand that her growls and snaps were signs of anxiety and stress, as opposed to aggression. She taught us techniques to help Rosie feel more comfortable, and less stressed, in our home. She showed infinite patience with Rosie, with my wife and me (neither of us grew up with dogs), and with our girls. Within weeks we saw such a marked difference in Rosie’s behavior. We are incredibly grateful for all of Kim’s help. We highly recommend her!
Short Hills, NJ
Poppy is our first family dog, and we needed help. We have a 3-year-old child, too, so it was important for us to learn how to manage life with a puppy. Working with Kim, we learned how to teach Poppy obedience cues and how to calm her down when she got super-excited. Getting our puppy’s attention and redirecting her from trouble and understanding how to deal with her nipping were really useful to us. Now we know how to set puppy boundaries without feeling guilty! It’s all in Poppy’s – and our – best interest.
Our almost 1 year-old dog was still peeing in the house, whining , and pulling on the leash. We called Kim for help. After working with her, we learned how to limit space and judge when to get Posey outside to do her business. We also learned how to teach her obedience cues, such as down and stay and to stop her whining to get what she wanted. Leash walking is so much better, and best of all….. She lies down on her mat and stays there while we eat dinner. No more begging!
J.P. and Brooke M.
I contacted Kim, because I was looking for a positive reinforcement trainer. Buttercup was still having accidents in the house and not listening to me. I learned that I was really the one who needed training! Kim set me up on a different housetraining plan that helped Buttercup learn to hold her potty needs until we took her outside. I also learned how to use the clicker and food rewards to teach her obedience cues. Her behavior has really improved!
We wanted to get a puppy for years but as first time dog owners we were hesitant because we knew a puppy would need lots of training and we had no idea where to start. My sister worked with Kim a few years ago and she recommended that we give her a call and set up some private training classes. That call was the best thing we’ve ever done. Kim is one of the most caring, organized and passionate dog trainers I know. She spent about 30minutes on the phone with me during my initial call explaining her style of training and answering all my questions. When she arrived for our first training session she helped me with our set up in the kitchen and she gave us all kinds of hand-outs including feeding, a daily schedule, and even how to sort the puppy’s toys. Everything she recommended, we do, and it has made our life with our puppy so much easier and a lot more fun. The whole family is now completely engaged in our training plan and the puppy. I feel like we have a structure now and that Kim has given us knowledge to help us guide our puppy as he grows. I highly recommend Kim if you are getting a puppy or even if you already have a dog. She understands how dogs behave and can give solutions and suggestions for owners, too, so everyone can live in harmony. Five Star Rating from our family.
We contacted Kim to help us train our newly adopted 3 year old Schnauzer. We needed basic obedience and leash walking training. Zoey barked at people, other dogs, and squirrels. We all practiced what Kim taught us and are very happy with Zoey’s changes. Everyone enjoys walking with her now. She comes in from the yard when we call her. When people visit, she can sit and stay while we answer the door. The training has turned Zoey into a generally calmer dog.
Marianne and David L.
Kim provided us with a lot of great techniques to use with our dogs in terms of house training and becoming more comfortable around strangers. We have been utilizing her techniques and have seen a lot of improvement with our dogs. She really knows how to help, we highly recommend her.
Roselle Park, NJ
Kim Mandel is like the Mary Poppins of dog trainers. She is very knowledgeable, kind, loving and firm, and our Cavachon pup was always eager to see what treats or toys she would pull out of her bag of tricks. Kim makes herself available for questions after sessions and shows a real interest in seeing her “students” succeed. She often has good tips or ideas to address particular situations, and helped us empty-nesters deal with a puppy when the last time we did so was nearly 25 years ago. We highly recommend her.
Jane and Charles S.
Kim is great to work with. She is calm and effective with our puppy. She provides specific training activities we use during his daily routine, and they work! He was already following the commands without food reinforcers after the first meeting with Kim. She was also available to meet prior to getting our pup to help have a “plan” which for first time puppy owners was extremely valuable. She’s also been very accessible by text whenever we have questions.
Working with Kim is such a pleasure. Kim is helping me to train my newest Cavalier, while re-enforcing some things with my other older dog. This is the third dog I have owned that I have used Kim to train. Her methods are easy to understand and they work. The dogs are all so responsive to her, and I feel like I’m making great progress. Kim has so much patience with my dogs, and with me, too. I highly recommend Kimberly Mandel.
Kim is an absolute gem. Her gentle but firm manner with our pups had them (and us!) in awe. We all learned so much from her to make a seemingly difficult situation more manageable; enabling a much smoother transition from one dog to two. She has our our highest recommendation 🙂
Kim was very easy and personable to work with. My dog immediately took to her style and quickly started to learn. Kim also was willing to have our 4 year old in on the training and helped him learn how to train the dog as well. With Kim’s help, our 4 year old had our dog lying down on command that day! I would highly recommend her!
Kim was recommended in a way by my teenage son. He said that his friend’s dog was the best-behaved dog he knew – So, I got Kim’s number! She came to me the first week that we rescued Alfie. He was around 6 months old: very bony, scared, probably abused, and nervous. We are a noisy family of 5 with busy teenagers, lots of travel and activities, and no dog-owning experience. I was as nervous as the dog! I wanted to re-assure Alfie that we would look after him and not make any mistakes.
Kim trained me/us as much as she trained the dog! She helped me have confidence to set the rules for the family and the dog. She has shown me that the dog doesn’t want autonomy but that he wants to be told what to do and he is looking to be rewarded for following the rules. She has worked with my husband and with the kids, with the cleaners and the cat. We have worked on the basics: (sit, stay, wait, recall) as well as leash training, and answering the door, waiting on the stairs and playing with the kids. I have asked her numerous questions: toys, food, medical issues, boarding and all her advice has been useful.
I have found Kim to be very professional and friendly, very well-organised, punctual and flexible. Alfie loves her and behaves impeccably when she is talking to him. I am very happy to recommend her.
Working with Kim really helped me to better communicate with Nugget. The improved communication has reduced many of her dangerous unwanted behaviors like bolting through open doors and chasing.
Kim is a top notch trainer, and I highly recommend to give her a call if you need help with training.
Joe K. and Nugget
I feel fortunate that I was introduced to Kim Mandel as a trainer for my dog. I had tried someone else earlier but I wasn’t happy. Kim is so knowledgeable that my dog and I both learned a lot. I strongly recommend her services.
We recently adopted a one year old rescue and needed some help in training him with basic commands and leash walking. Kim was recommended to us by a friend and she was fantastic. Kim has a wonderful way of teaching the dog while still respecting him and showing him affection. Our dog gladly worked with Kim without an ounce of fear or confusion. This style of training was extremely important to us. Kim was patient with our dog and even more patient with us and our kids! Kim is always there for us when we have a question or concern. We highly recommend Kim Mandel and couldn’t be happier with her results.
This past August, my wife and I decided we wanted to add a 3rd dog to our home, and we rescued a 4 year old, 100lb, non-neutered clumsy oaf, yellow lab named Chase, from a family that could no longer care for him. Having easily trained my other 2 dogs (now 11 & 8), I figured I could handle Chase myself. I was very wrong. When we got him home it turns out that Chase hadn’t been taught much of anything beyond “sit”. He acted as though he hadn’t been given any restrictions in his old household at all (jumping on people & furniture, eating off of counters, running out of the doors & fence gates, barging into the bathroom, drinking from toilets, etc.). As this was my wife’s first experience training a dog, the degree of difficulty with Chase was high.
We could not have been happier with the results of the 6 lessons that Chase had with Kim. Not only did she work diligently with Chase 1 on 1, but Kim also worked with my other 2 dogs as well to help them all learn to safely interact with each other. Chase turned out to be a very quick study, and quickly fell into “the pack”. He learned all of the basics that I had taken for granted (lay down, stay, etc.). Needless to say we were very impressed with how well Kim was able to handle all of the old, deeply ingrained poor behaviors that Chase had. By the end of our sessions Chase didn’t want to see Kim go!
Kim was also great at explaining exactly what she was doing, when to do it, and why the dogs responded to it. This has allowed us to keep working with the 3 dogs on our own as well. The importance of this really can’t be overstated – my wife had never trained a dog before Chase, and the ability of Kim to clearly explain our role in Chase’s training is something that I have rarely encountered with other trainers I have tried in the past.
If we ever need canine training again, Kim is going to be my first call!
Kim has been terrific with our 2 maltipoos. She is very educated and a great teacher to dogs and their owners! We got 2 new puppies and were so nervous. She calmed our fears and educated us on the training process and the behaviors of our puppies. She helped us make the training process easy and enjoyable. Her knowledge couldn’t have been more helpful.
5 stars for Kim Mandel!
Kim was a pleasure to work with. Kim worked with us and our dog in a non-judgmental, constructive and analytical manner to teach us how to be better dog owners and also to train our dog to be less reactive to other dogs. She showed us that, while there are no shortcuts, through consistent training we can greatly improve the behavior of our dog to live in a heavily dog-populated neighborhood. Importantly, she gave us a much better understanding of what is going on from a dog’s point of view and how we can diffuse a tense situation as well as work properly with our dog in the future.
Tanya and Dan P.
Kim is a wonderful trainer! I have used her with both of my dogs on many occasions. She not only has the patience and expertise to train my puppies, but also was able to break my older dog of his bad habits! She is worth every penny and has made me realize that it is important to train our dogs otherwise they will train you! Thank you, Kim!
When my life changed last year, it was suggested that I get a puppy. They advised me that it would be a lot of work but I was determined. Well to my surprise it was a lot of work, but my vet advised me to get a trainer and suggested Kimberly Mandel. I called her to my rescue and now just a few short months later I am enjoying Muffin. What I learned was that I had to be trained to make sure that I knew how to handle the dog. I highly recommend that if you have a problem with your dog to call Kim, and I can guarantee you that your problem would be solved. I give her five stars.
Cedar Knolls, NJ
We recently adopted Dezi who is a young male dog from a hoarding situation and decided it would be best if we had some professional training sessions with him in our home. Kim has been able to teach us and guide us on basic behavioral concerns and we have been so happy with what Dezi has accomplished in such a short time. Kim was fantastic with Dezi and he really responded well to her. It is so nice to see how trainable dogs really are with a little time and patience! Dezi is still mastering what he has learned but it is amazing to see how far he has come in just 2 months. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone; she really seems to have a way with animals!
We adopted Callie, an adorable chihuahua/terrier mix, who is filled with love and spunk. Never having owned a dog before, we needed some help in how to handle a puppy. Kim taught us to set clear boundaries and to pay attention to Callie’s behaviors. A week after our first session, Callie was almost completely house trained. Walking on the leash was a challenge for Callie. She would be so distracted and bark at other dogs. Not any more! Using the methods and strategies Kim gave us, we can peacefully walk around the block and Callie stays much more focused. Just the other day, I was outside with her and one of my neighbors commented, “What a well-behaved little dog you have.” They couldn’t believe she was only four months old. This is a clear example of how Kim’s methods really do work and what an excellent trainer she is.
Scotch Plains, NJ
Kim was recommended by our vet after we adopted our 3-year old rescue, Laverne. Kim is a keen observer of dog behavior and that informs all of her recommendations. She shares the “why” of dog behaviors along with the “how” of shaping it–and that helps the learning stick with my husband and I. She’s also very skilled at breaking down training tasks into discrete steps that build on each other and lead to success. While she draws upon her extensive experience with many dogs during training, Kim assessed our peculiar yet wonderful Laverne as an individual, and conducted sessions that accommodated her strengths and her quirks. I highly recommend Kim to anyone who wants to get off on the right foot with their canine companion.
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Kim gave us a great deal of comfort and ease in integrating our new puppy into the household. Her explanations are clear and succinct and eminently practical. She helped us set up a structure for our puppy to succeed in the household by suggesting a daily schedule for housetraining and giving us clear, easy to follow guidelines for teaching the puppy basic obedience skills (sitting, going on walks, lying down, etc.). Kim was available via text for questions large and small, and was an integral part of our puppy’s first few months in our home. We highly recommend working with her!
Anne Marie K.
South Orange, NJ
I contacted Kim after reading the great reviews that other clients had written. Because of an unexpected early delivery, my daughter, her husband, newborn baby, and 7 month old Standard Poodle, Alfie, came to stay with me for a month. Having a new baby in the house was an adjustment enough, but an adolescent 40 pound puppy added a high amount of stress and concern to everyone. Kim was a tremendous help in teaching us how to best handle a high energy puppy so that commands were honored and obeyed. She patiently and calmly spent time to show us how to handle different situations involving guests and family members. Most of all, she showed us how to work with Alfie around the new baby, and how to manage him in a large family setting with a lot of activity. And at the same time. Alfie responded so well to the training sessions. He seemed to be more secure knowing what is expected of him. After our in house sessions with Kim, both my daughter’s family and my family felt much more comfortable and relaxed with Alfie and so much more confident in our interactions with him. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone seeking a professional, knowledgeable dog trainer.
Kim really helped me deal with specific issues I had with my puppy: jumping, calming down, & potty training. I had taken my cockapoo to puppy training at St. Hubert’s, but she became too distracted by the other dogs to learn quickly. I also found it hard to apply some of the lessons at home. Kim was skilled, friendly & professional, & was able to help me find solutions that were specific to my house & my puppy. Thanks, Kim!
Kim is very professional and a pleasure to work with. Her approach to training was gentle and positive. She very easily put our nervous puppy at ease and made the whole process manageable.
Kim was so helpful in training my two adopted puppies. She clearly explains her very effective techniques, is a great problem solver, obviously loves dogs, and is a pleasure to be around. One of my puppies is very fearful, so is difficult to train but we made a ton of progress in a short time. Thanks, Kim!
Marysol M. Cali and Piper
Scotch Plains, NJ
Our pointer-mix, Annie, was a real challenge after raising three golden retrievers. Annie is a mischievous, exuberant little dog that gets into everything. My vet recommended that I contact Kim. Kim came to our home and immediately recognized several bad habits that needed to be addressed. She made several recommendations that Annie responded to. Kim’s help did not stop there. She was always available whether by phone or email to answer my questions.
Kim was an integral part of our first few months with our new puppy, Yoshi. She was very helpful and patient as we relayed our many questions and concerns about our new addition. We took her puppy class and learned a lot about the basics, which really helped us. Later on, we took her Out and About course, which helped with walking skills as well as controls around strangers and public places. I would recommend Kim to anyone looking for help with their dog. She is very professional and really knows her stuff!
When we unexpectedly became the proud owners of a three month old Great Pyrenees, my husband and I turned to Kim in what I can now fondly recall as a state of desperation. We knew nothing about dog behavior and training, and our new puppy had a stubborn streak! Kim’s calm demeanor and professional manner put us immediately at ease. She taught us all of the basics that we needed to know to become responsible puppy owners. Just watching her gently control and teach Luna had us breathing easier. Now that our puppy is nine months old and about 75 pounds, we look forward to bringing her back to our home for some continuing education! We highly recommend Kim Mandel.
We LOVE Kim at the Westfield Animal Hospital! Clients that have taken the class can’t say enough about how PAWSOME the class was and how much they got out of it. Kim is very professional and we highly recommend taking one of her group or private classes. She will help you and your pet!
Westfield Animal Hospital
Kim is amazing and so knowledgeable. Each time she came to work with our family, she taught us so much! She has the patience of a saint! Kim also is easily accessible by email and offers so much helpful input. Highly recommended!!!
Kim was recommended to us by our family vet. We just moved to a new neighborhood and I was hoping that Kim could help us get our large dogs used to the new house – (they were tearing things up when we left for the day). In addition, we needed a refresher on basic training. Kim was fantastic! She was great with our dogs, very knowledgable, informative and patient. Through her guidance our dogs are much better behaved and we now have peace of mind when we leave the house that things will be in order when we return. I would highly recommend Kim!
As someone who never grew up with a pet of any kind, I was quite nervous and overwhelmed when we decided to adopt a 5 month old boxer-mix puppy from a local shelter. Our vet recommended Kim Mandel as a trainer and I knew when she first came over to our home that she was just what we needed. Our puppy, Brady, seemed mesmerized by her approach which is a combination of firm limit setting and a calm and gentle style. I felt comfortable enough to admit that I was stressed and Kim assured me that it was normal to feel that way and that things would get better.
We learned the basic commands in Kim’s puppy class and have continued on in her “Out and about” dog-walking classes now that Brady is an “adolescent”. We have learned so much and so has Brady!
Kim is very accessible and she has never made me feel that any of my questions are too silly or too many!
Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned from Kim to date is that training has just as much to do with training the owner as training the dog! Everyone in the family is learning to be more patient, consistent, positive, and resilient and I really feel that Kim is our partner with us on this journey as new dog owners.
I highly recommended her !!!!
When I first contacted Kim I was blown away by the way she explained things and how she takes her time to make sure you are understanding the correct way to train your dog. My puppy Benito and myself really love her and her way of training! We look forward to every class with her! We will continue training with Benito as we think he will make a good Therapy Dog and Kim will help us achieve that! We now have a young puppy girl that will be starting class with Kim very soon too!!
We highly recommend her!
Paola C. and Benito
North Plainfield NJ
Our vet recommended Kim to us after he thought our little 8-month old rescue puppy might need help with socialization. Kim came to our home and not only worked with Abby on socialization but also gave us so many great suggestions to help with separation anxiety and dog walking. It’s been three months now and she’s making great progress. She’s great with new people and other dogs and is getting much better at staying home without us.
We’re very grateful to Kim for all her help. I would highly recommend her to anyone who rescues a pet or is a first-time pet owner.
Annemarie and Jim S.
South Plainfield, NJ
Kim did a wonderful job with our Clover while we were away on vacation during his Board and Train. We came back to a very well-behaved puppy who learned some new commands and how to walk on his leash very nicely. We are looking forward to using her again in the future. Thank you, Kim!
South Plainfield, NJ
As a new puppy owner I knew that I needed to enroll in a puppy class in order to work on socialization and training of our new family member. I found Kim’s information online and enrolled in her class. We were very happy with our classes and continued working with Kim after this class as well. We always receive such personal attention when working with Kim and she is very patient. Jalapeno always enjoyed the classes and we saw remarkable improvement during our time working together, plus he was always exhausted when we got home (definitely a plus for a puppy owner!) Kim is full of little tips and tricks which make such a difference when working on training a puppy. She helped us pick out an appropriately fitting no-pull harness for him to wear and recommended toys for his endless chewing. We look forward to continuing to work with Kim in the future!
Michelle M. and Jalapeno
Scotch Plains, NJ
Kim came to our rescue when we came home with Maddie our eight week old mini Labradoodle to be part of our retirement life. We needed Help!!! Kim’s first lesson was the training of us as well as Maddie. Each session of the six week program as presented by Kim was followed by us and Maddie and the results were very positive. Kim’s approach of showing Maddie and us that being calm, gentle, but firm made the training process a pleasure. We feel that Kim did an outstanding job with Maddie and of course us. We would highly recommend Kim to anyone that needed a trainer. Reading puppy training books is not the way and we were grateful that Kim was recommended to us. Thank you for helping us and our new baby. We know that we can count on you as time goes on and additional Help is needed.
Roger and Linda S.
Kim is very knowledgeable and patient. My dog had limited self control around other dogs. Kim provided great insight into the reasons for her behavior and gave us very practical steps to take to better manage her situation and behavior. We are continuing to work on this and are making progress, all thanks to Kim’s guidance!!
Scotch Plains, NJ
Kim did a great job training my rescue dog Minnie. She helped me with Minnie’s jumping problem, improved her leash walking, command of sit and stay, etc. Minnie loved Kim and was always happy to see her, which also helped with the training. Kim is really a joy to work with – she’s very flexible in her approach and can handle any problem! I highly recommend her!
We called Kim after rescuing our Jack Russell, Lucy, because Lucy growled when we would pet her. Kim explained that Lucy was hand shy and gave us valuable information and suggestions on how to help her. She also taught Lucy the sit command in 1 session. Kim is very knowledgeable about dog behaviors.
We hired Kim to help us train our 6 months old Labrottie. She was very professional and knowledgeable trainer. We did 6 training sessions with her and this gave us very solid foundation. We will definitely hire her again if we need professional dog training services in the future.
We asked Kim to help us with our eight week old Goldendoodle. She has been such a helpful, thoughtful and expert trainer. This is the first dog that either of us has owned and, without Kim’s input, we would have had a very difficult time. Instead, with Kim’s input, we felt ready to bring our puppy home. She came to our house before he arrived to give us helpful advice about how to arrange the house and what items we might like to have on hand. Once he arrived, she provided essential advice for helping him to adjust to his new surroundings and family. Kim is also very dependable and available to help by phone as well. She is truly terrific, and we recommend her highly. Our puppy is thriving, and we intend to continue to work with Kim as our puppy goes through adolescence into adulthood.
Nancy G. and David K.
We hired Kim in advance for 6 training sessions knowing we would be getting our 2 Old English Sheepdog puppies. Kim is very knowledgeable & very committed to her training. We had 2 prior pups who passed away, who we never really trained, so know that we will have 2 big dogs in the future knew that we would need training with them. She was terrific with the dogs and amazing how she so quickly could get the pups to respond to her commands. She was also always available by phone if we needed her suggestions & advice. We had our last session with her last week, so know we need to follow through with our part of the training. If we feel we need additional training, will DEFINITELY be calling Kim back to help us. Thanks, Kim! You will need to come back & visit Floyd & Sherrie once they are full grown 🙂
Darlene and John R.
I cannot say enough positive things about Kim and her training. Kim came to my home to help me with some corrections needed for my two Corgis, Ethan and Khloe. Kim gave me some easy, basic techniques to use and they worked. Later on, I attended Kim’s six week course with Ethan, and again, learned some invaluable lessons. I highly recommend Kim and would use her again in a minute! Thanks for everything!
Kathy O. Khloe and Ethan