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  1. Mary and John Kondrath (Verified Student)

    Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of our picking up our boy from his breeders. In this photo he’s checking for squirrels in his favorite hollow tree that we dub Ye Old Squirrel Tree. Thank you again for your help in his training journey. He’s on the way to becoming our best Welsh Terrier ever…and they’ve all been great, wonderful dogs.

    Foundations Plus+Foundations Plus+

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  2. Sara Baylor (Verified Student)

    Excellent course! Again, Emma provided a comprehensive course that got us off to a good start for getting Obi extra and various exercise. It can be difficult to get a lengthy walk in everyday; particularly when the weather is extreme. This program offers a great alternative to do exercise at home; inside or out.
    I waited until Obi had completed the course for a couple months before reviewing, so that I could say with certainly that this really does give the building blocks to give you terrier a fun workout. Obi leaned the cavalettis, step, and various cone/obstacle exercise to put together into a circuit of exercise. We’ve practiced nearly everyday and added distance; so he can now circle a cone or other object many yards away; go over a platform; and across the cavalettis in a agility-like circuit. If he does this several times, running, he gets a great little doggy workout! He also seems to really enjoy doing it, because when he sees the cones and cavalettis come out, he gets excited, starting over them before I can even finish setting them up.
    Like any other training, some time and commitment to it are necessary and pay off many times over. If your willing to be patient and put in the time, this provides convenience and additional options for you as well as variety and new fun for the terrier in you life. I highly recommend!

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  3. Deborah Leadingham (Verified Student)

    We have just completed Puppy Foundations training with Emma (and Miles). It has been a fun and insightful experience. We made plans to start training as soon as our Toy Fox Terrier came home. At 12 weeks she was already a handful. With Emma’s help we found exactly what Gracie needed to become a happy and well rounded puppy. Gracie loves the homework sessions and it has been fun to watch her think through a situation and then resolve the problem. I have attended many training classes and this is by far the best way to train a terrier. Emma has great ideas (including Puppy Parfait) and Gracie loves all of it. We are seeing great results and look forward to Advanced Foundations. Thanks Emma for sharing your insight. It is making a difference!

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  4. Vincent Sagisi

    I don’t think there’s more I could add to the already stellar reviews. If you want a healthy, working relationship with your terrier, Emma is the person to work with. Game changer!

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  5. judith faraone (Verified Student)

    Emma Kesler and Terrier Academy Puppy Foundations are AMAZING!!

    My breeder recommended Emma and I contacted her as soon as I knew we were getting our Welsh. We signed up for Puppy Foundations which was terrific!! Emma”s website made things “easy peasy” because there were links for the right crate, pen, leashes, treats, food, toys……..everything you need. I resisted buying the specific toy she recommended, but Emma convinced me, and the toy is worth it’s weight in gold. Beau loves it and it tires him out.

    Terrier pups have more energy than any other dog. I’ve had 3 pups in the past (one Welsh) and never used a pen. I did this time upon Emma’s recommendation and set up instructions, and it sure makes things easy and it is Beau’s safe space. Our first meeting with Emma was before Beau arrived, and Emma really prepared us, even convincing us to try a raw diet. Emma is extremely supportive and gives a lot of encouragement because raising a puppy is not easy. I now make puppy milkshakes and dehydrate meat for Beau’s treats. You always have access to her well written student website which contains videos, tips, lessons, and recipes. The most important stage of life in kids and dogs is the very beginning. What you do now will pay off in the long run and you will have a well behaved, loyal companion for many years. Hiring Emma was a wise choice and we are glad we did.

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“When I brought my terrier puppy home at 9 weeks of age, I had 2 goals that I wanted to accomplish: good behavior and good socialization. Emma has such insight into the terrier brain and how they perceive things. Having had a Welsh Terrier before, it has been an exciting experience to see Tory’s responsiveness to the training. Whatever she learns seems to become imprinted very quickly into her brain.”



"Emma is the best. I have found the lessons very helpful. Meghan, our four-legged child was very difficult; to handle. Without her help we would not have been able to deal with her. Our dog, Meghan, was impossible to walk. She was wild. I could not go half a block. She is a pleasure to be with now. She has responded to Emma’s techniques very well. She would not respond to traditional methods. To anyone thinking about working with Emma I say JUST DO IT"



"A past trainer used coercive training techniques. The dog and I both disliked the class. The trainer did not seem to know the dog or care about anything but her own techniques. She did not give the dog the desire to comply. Training sessions with Emma are enjoyable. She addresses our specific concerns and issues rather than just a standard list of topics. Emma let’s us set the pace with our questions and needs. Emma has helped with training, feeding, housebreaking, and keeping both Stella and our furniture safe. I had some doubts about online training, but it has been very easy. We can watch Emma demonstrate with Miles and then Emma can watch us work with Stella."



"Emma is approachable, supportive, positive, and a great problem solver! We have appreciated working with her to help us help Puck! It was great to have a specific plan to focus on each week, and know that we would review again the following session, and Emma would help correct and fine tune our training. I think we have more respect for how hard Puck is working and trying to learn and please us. It feels more natural for us to focus on good behavior than focusing on “no” and negative reinforcement. He is so smart, and Emma’s training has helped us see that! We think this is a great investment in helping us all live together happily!"

Doug & Elizabeth


"I hired Emma because I had a large adolescent terrier and an older small dog in a small space. Emmas help was clear and concise. I loved having the tailored homework, it was helpful and not overwhelming. Anyone can benefit from Emmas education and training. I am grateful to her for her hard work and help! Our dogs get along!!"



“She has found her calling in life. There are not very many people that you can say, you were made for that. Emma has found her calling for sure. Without exception, every lesson that we finished up, I felt better than when we started. Even if we hadn’t done our homework perfectly, after our meetings, I always felt more enthused and just more upbeat. I can’t imagine raising our terrier puppy without the basis that Emma gave us.”

Debbie & Wayne


"Emma is incredibly knowledgeable, but very laid back. The investment of both time and money is so worth it when your terrorist becomes the sweet terrier you were hoping for! During Harvey’s puppy years, Emma helped us create a plan for him so we get things done and live normally. She set us up for success in his adult years with him coming when we call, releasing potentially harmful objects on command and knowing how to manage him when we have guests. She also was key in resolving his allergy problems. Our Harvey will come when called, he’ll run to his bed and lay down on command, and thanks to Emma he has stopped itching!'



"Working with Emma has been nothing but amazing! We are finally able to connect with our puppy and enjoy him. He is so much calmer and relaxed."

R & M


“Learning how to create a connection with your pup through love, fun, positivity and mutual respect; I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the 1:1 Face Time sessions worked so that the training could be personalized to how Griffin was responding. It also helped to see Miles demonstrating some of the training methods. Emma – you know I love all you’ve done to make our special pup Griffin such a joy. You are so much more than a terrier trainer.”



"Life with a welsh terrier is not always easy, but with Emma’s help we have learned it can be very rewarding. And whenever I have doubts about something, need advice, or have successes to share, Emma is still the one I turn to first."

D & A


"Emma is exceptional. Her methods are easy to follow and I now have a turbo-charged but well behaved Welsh Terrier. I found Emma’s methods gentle, dog-intuitive and the results incredible. I enthusiastically recommend her! I would like to say that Emma’s training of me and my Welsh Terrier has enriched both of our lives immensely. She guided both me and my puppy through extremely challenging times. Her expert training produced a relaxed and happy owner and a relaxed and well behaved terrier. Thank you for such a gift."



"It’s amazing over the last couple of weeks how many people have said that Roscoe is very calm for a puppy! I think your lessons are doing the job!"



"I truly enjoyed getting to know Emma as a person as well as a highly qualified trainer! I like her style!! She takes the time to listen to the problem/question and gives a complete and understandable answer! Very down to earth, upbeat, and positive! The documentation provided is a very nice touch! It reinforces everything that was covered during the session. This especially helps me not forget certain aspects of the lesson. I can relate different aspects of what our two terriers are doing to the training we’ve received. For instance now I can spot things the dogs are doing and say to myself “Emma would suggest this…… “!"



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