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Dog trainer testimonial
We are so grateful to Jennifer!

Rachel, Rob, and Bodhi

Alexandria, VA

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
We were HOPELESS and overwhelmed when we first met Jennifer Philips at Separation Anxiety & Beyond.

Our 6 month old pup could not stand to be alone for more than a few moments before he started crying, whining and barking (and our town house neighbors were a bit fed up too). We couldn't go to the bathroom without him barking at the door, let alone consider going out to grocery shop or to eat together without finding him a babysitter. We felt totally in over our heads. From the very first call with Jennifer, I knew we were in good hands, and we started to feel real hope. The training methods she used were nothing I'd ever heard of or read about online, but we started to see results in just a few sessions. Fast forward to now- Bodhi is a professional chill master, and when we leave, he naps comfortably. We are so grateful to Jennifer and the team at SA&B for giving us back a sense of balance in our puppy parenthood journey. Would 100% recommend!

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Joanna was there every step of the way.

Kimby and Rusty

Washington, DC & New York, NY

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
Rusty was an anxious rescue pup who quickly became overwhelmed in many settings, including being left alone.

Last summer, I couldn't leave him alone for more than 2-3 minutes; now in January he snoozes on his own for 4+ hours (but is always eager to jump up and greet me with the nearest shoe in his mouth as soon as I come home). Learning to manage Rusty's anxiety was often overwhelming for me, and I could not have gotten through it without Joanna's patience, responsiveness, and empathy. Joanna taught me SO much about how to read Rusty's cues and body language, and develop trust with him. I honestly feel that I understand his emotional and psychological state of being on a far deeper level than I anticipated when I first adopted him. We went through many challenges (including an ill-timed move) and Joanna was there every step of the way checking in, celebrating small wins, and giving me the encouragement I needed to stay patient. Now that he can stay home alone, Rusty and I have some other challenges to tackle - but I feel far better equipped and confident to handle those moving forward

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We cannot recommend Jennifer highly enough!

Anna, Corey, and Sadie

Washington, D.C.

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
Our dog Sadie joined our family in the middle of the pandemic while we were both working from home, and she had never spent time home alone.

When we started, Sadie couldn't be alone more than a minute before showing signs of anxiety. Now when we leave her, she relaxes and falls asleep. Jennifer was so encouraging, and made us feel confident that we were never making Sadie uncomfortable or anxious throughout training. We are so grateful for her help, and would recommend her to any family that has a dog that's uncomfortable being alone!

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The shelter had recommended Tracy and we're glad they did!

Sandrine and Theo

New York, NY

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
We would definitely recommend Tracy to anyone who has a dog with separation anxiety. She's really knowledgeable and has always been available to answer our questions and was also very flexible when it came to scheduling training sessions.

Her method really worked with our dog, Bagel,who we've recently adopted knowing he had separation anxiety. The shelter had recommended Tracy and we're glad they did! He went from not being able to stay alone for a few minutes without barking and scratching the door to being and relaxed alone for more than 2 hours in just a month! Thanks for everything Tracy! 

Dog trainer testimonial
We highly recommend Joanna.

Zach and Sam

Arlington, Va.

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
My partner and I adopted an adorable pitty, Bumi, in the middle of the pandemic. All he wanted to do was cuddle up on the couch and watch tv. Unfortunately, the moment we tried to leave him alone he would panic and bark the entire time we were gone.

Joanna, through her kindness and patience, taught us all the signs and behaviors to look out for while we followed her step-by-step instructions. Now we can leave Bumi home alone for an hour and his only reaction is to flop on his side. Joanna was so helpful during the process and was always available to answer questions. It was so evident that she truly cares about the dogs she works with and the progress we made with Bumi. Joanna celebrated with us when Bumi made huge improvements and offered great advice and compassion when we had to give him some extra time to adjust. If you and your dog are struggling with separation anxiety, we highly recommend Joanna. Thank you for everything!

Dog trainer testimonial
I am delighted to recommend her.

Susan G.

Rockville, MD

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
Tracy is amazing. Her skilled and systematic approach really helps anxious dogs -- and their people! – navigate separation and learn to manage being alone.

Tracy carefully designs exercises that are tailored to meet the needs of both dog and person and provides daily follow-up to ensure she has the most up-to-date information possible. Perhaps most importantly, though, she understands the complicated feelings that go with training a dog with SA: sympathy, sadness, love, frustration, and so much more. Her thoughtful and caring feedback offers a lifeline for people struggling to deal with this challenging condition. She combines impressive expertise, boundless energy, compassionate responsiveness – and a winning sense of humor. I am delighted to recommend her.

Dog trainer testimonial
Tracy guided us every step of the way.

Meghan and Jason A.

Washington, DC

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
We cannot recommend Tracy highly enough! We found Tracy through a free webinar and engaged her a few months later to help us with our pandemic rescue puppy, Juniper.

We were unable to leave Juniper home alone at all, and her separation anxiety (or separation frustration, as Tracy termed it) started to become worse and worse, even when one person left the house. We needed specific, concrete guidance and tools to help us understand Juniper's behavior, her thresholds, and how to build her resilience to being alone. Tracy was beyond kind, compassionate, and we loved that her approach was tailored and customized to Juniper's needs. Over the course of our formal training, Tracy guided us every step of the way, first from helping Juniper learn to feel comfortable in her gated area to eventually having us leave the house successfully. We went from Juniper not being able to settle down at all in her gated area to being able to leave her in it and leave the house for nearly 50 minutes. Now, several months on from formal training, we've built up Juniper's duration alone to two hours and continue to practice with the tools Tracy gave us. We are so thankful that we can leave Juniper alone to run errands without coordinating schedules or sending her to daycare, all while knowing that she is happy and comfortable. As pet owners, it has been such a relief to feel equipped and confident to help our pup continue to thrive - and this is all due to Tracy. Although our formal training is complete, we still send her updates on Juniper's progress and she continues to cheerlead us from afar. Thank you so much, Tracy!

Dog trainer testimonial
Positive and encouraging.

Stacie B.

Washington, DC

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
Words cannot express my gratitude to Tracy for the tremendous job she did to relieve my shelter dog, Riley, from severe separation anxiety. It is not uncommon for shelter dogs to have this issue.

I had a shelter dog before Riley, but he did not have Separation Anxiety so this was a whole new matter to for me to address. Thankfully the shelter had Tracy’s information on their website. I contacted Tracy and we quickly got training for Riley set up through Zoom. The training was thoughtful, methodical, non threatening. It worked perfectly for Riley. All exercises we did went extremely well. When we got to point of my leaving the house for periods of time, some extended, I had a WYZE camera/audio set up in the kitchen and could look at the live video/sound from my iPhone. As a result of Tracy’s caring and remarkable training program, Riley is now happy to be home alone! Tracy was a delight to work with, she was so positive and encouraging throughout the training. She had so many suggestions and solutions. Tracy’s program worked beautifully for Riley and me! I cannot recommend her more highly.

Dog trainer testimonial
I was lucky enough to find Tracy.

Lisa A.

Washington, DC

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
Because of #EnzoThePoodle and his separation anxiety and aggression, I was lucky enough to find dog trainer extraordinaire Tracy Krulik via the Humane Rescue Alliance website.

Though I’ve incredibly never met Tracy before in person, I feel like she is a lifelong friend. And her four weeks of intensive daily training instruction via lesson plans and video feeds has truly given Enzo and me stability, trust, and love. He is a new dog. A sweet dog, A good dog. A dog who is no longer afraid or aggressive. And I owe this all to Tracy!

Dog trainer testimonial
He just curls up and sleeps now.

Mariska and Brian

Washington, DC

Kristen W. & Gimlet

Washington D.C.
This is how well Tracy helped us train our dog:

We went on a walk tonight and then came home and went our separate ways. Remy is generally in one of three places - living room with me, looking out one particular window, or upstairs with Brian. He wasn’t with me, so when I went upstairs to take a shower, I stopped by Brian’s office Remy wasn’t there. I thought maybe he had accidentally shut himself in the bedroom, but he wasn’t there either. He was in my bathroom, where he had followed Brian in and not out. Brian had accidentally shut him in there. I opened the door and Remy stood up and stretched. He was lying on the bath mat (one of his mats I send him to). He was there for at least an hour and just put himself to rest. He always lies down on his mats, puts his head down, and often lies on his side or curls up and sleeps. Thank you again for your help, Tracy!

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