testimonial

The Short Family

The Short Family

Natalie did a better job than I could have dreamed of for my dog. She took her to gun ranges, water parks, fire stations and many more places to work with Hunter. Noise desensitization was a big issue for me as I shoot guns on the weekends and like my dog with me. She goes above and beyond to find out what your needs are (as the owner) and works very hard to make those happen. My dog will now respond to my commands and she is a much happier part of the family. As soon as Hunter arrived at the house we could all see an immediate change and we owe it all to Natalie. She checks in with us to see how things are going even after Hunter’s training was completed. If you want your pet trained right, TAKE THEM TO NATALIE.

 

Loher Family

Loher Family

In March of 2015 my husband and I sent our 2 year old, German Shepherd Dog Riley to Copilot. Natalie is amazing! Where do I begin? Riley was just like the dog from Marley and Me, he has a .5 second attention spam and wouldn’t listen for all the treats in China! If we (my husband and I) tried to take him for a walk, our walk would turn into a sprint while being dragged across streets, sidewalks, yards, parks.. It was horrible! We decided enough was enough and had a consultation with Natalie, owner of Copilot and within the first 2 minutes, I was hooked on her methods, her dedication and love for animals. We entered Riley in the one month board and train. When we picked up Riley at the end of his training all I could say was wow! He went from such a head ache, a hazard, a mess, to such a wonderful and respectful dog! Natalie will work with you one on one and takes times to understand your needs and wishes. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. It is now a joy to bring Riley places and receive compliments on how well behaved he is! Check the link below to see how amazing the transformation is! https://youtu.be/bjl9qTz58Dc

 

Stacy Mills

Stacy Mills

Our 10 month German Shepherd just finished a 28 day board and train with Natalie, Copilot Academy. Natalie has to be one of the best trainers around. We received updates daily along with pictures and videos. Natalie is very patient and loves working with dogs. Because of the destination training Natalie did with our Mardi we are now able to take her on outings. Our German Shepherd came home more obedient and confident after training with Natalie. Our baby was well taken care of while in Natalie's care. If I ever need a trainer for another pup I will be a repeat customer with Natalie and we highly recommend her services. Natalie you are amazing and Mardi Gras loved being your pupil.

 

The James Family

The James Family

Natalie is by far the best dog trainer we have ever seen. I sent my 10 month old German Shepherd, Miranda, to her for reactivity issues with dogs and people/kids. I couldn’t take Miranda out in public and walks were a nightmare. With us expecting our first child, I was scared and stressed beyond belief of dealing with both Miranda’s issues and caring for a new baby. I have been to several trainers and had consultations with several more. Natalie by far has the most EFFECTIVE METHOD of training and my dog took to it very well. Copilot’s board and train program increased Miranda’s confidence as well as MY confidence in her. Natalie came highly recommended to me, and I highly recommend her to anyone else struggling with similar issues. One thing to understand is that most of the work still falls on us as the owners. Natalie is there to provide a solid framework to build upon, not just an immediate fix.

Now that we are home, Miranda seems noticeably happier and more confident. I am able to take her on walks and out in public without causing a scene. Natalie took great care of my dog during the month she was gone and I received several video updates and pictures daily. One thing that stands out about Natalie is her discipline and dedication to her work. She works long hours and makes sure to give your dog several quality hours of training per day.

We would definitely be willing to speak with anyone considering using copilot academy for their dog training needs.

Caitlan Bartle

Caitlan Bartle

I contacted Natalie at Copilot Academy when I needed some help training my 8 month old Golden Retriever/Spaniel mix, Radley. After discussing our goals, we decided on the six private lesson package. I could not have found a better trainer! Natalie is wonderful at both training your dog herself, and involving you in the process so you can continue the training at home. However, I am most impressed at how effective her training methods are at teaching your pup better manners, while also maintaining their spirit. Radley is still my silly, fun puppy, he is just a well behaved version of himself! We even reached our goal of becoming Canine Good Citizen certified! I cannot recommend Natalie at Copilot Academy enough.

 

Scott

Scott

I took my one year old Belgian Malinois , Leda, to train with Natalie at Copilot Academy. I had originally gotten Leda as a puppy in hopes of doing protection training with her. As she grew older she became the most fearful dog of people and her surroundings I had ever seen, much less owned. I work from home so Leda wasn’t lacking in the attention department, loved me, but would run and hide or hunker under furniture anytime visitors came over. She was so fearful of the world that having her off leash was no problem. It looked as though I had done extensive off leash obedience with her since she always stayed by my side, but in reality she feared everything. A friend referred me to Natalie to help rehabilitate Leda. Many diligent weeks later Natalie brought Leda back fully capable of being greeted and touched by others when approached. She was much calmer and confident and no longer went in “shut down pancake to the floor mode” when introduced to new surroundings. Leda still has more rehabilitating to work through, but I am so glad my friend told me about Natalie. She has helped give my dog more confidence than I ever thought possible.

 

Patricia, Jim, Austin & Thor

Patricia, Jim, Austin & Thor

Copilot Academy exceeded our expectations. Thor (4 month old GSD) was placed in Natalie’s care on February 10. When he started his boarding, he was a puppy that was pretty much out of control. But when he returned to our house 30 days later, he was a perfect gentleman. We left him and his big brother home alone when we went to work and came back to a perfect house. He listens to us, waits to be fed, and goes outside if he needs to do his business.. Nothing better than coming back home and not having to clean up Poo and Pee all over the place and not finding your bathroom chewed up.. The best part is that whenever we have a question Natalie is always willing to get back to us really fast and answer all of them. The best part of it all is that Thor learned all his manners with just positive reinforcement. No shock collars were used. Thank you so much Natalie for all the love that you have shown our furry son.

 

Christine Coke

Christine Coke

I can’t express enough how impressed I have been with the miracles Natalie has performed!! I sent her my very jealous and poorly socialized 1 year old Poodle/Shih-Tzu mix, as well as my 3 month old German Shepherd. At the initial consultation she was very professional and took the time to get a clear idea of my goals for training with each dog. She spent a significant amount of time showing me the environment the dogs would be in, as well as going through her training philosophies. Given that I live 3 hours away, she asked how frequently I would like to be updated on their progress. She was absolutely amazing with her daily pictures and videos so that I actually felt involved in the process. At the end of the training she provided a very professional video documenting their growth and achievement of training goals. I now am the proud owner of a happy, well-socialized Poodle/Shih-Tzu and a quickly growing very well behaved 4 month old German Shepherd!! I would give the entire experience a 10+ and highly recommend Copilot Academy!