My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for ANIMALS DESERVE BETTER INC dba Paws For Life USA, Marietta, GA, USA
Kimberly, is awesome! She's straightforward and teaches you what you need to know about working with your service dog. She, works with you as a group or on an individual basis. I've had the pleasure to do both. Kimberly, also does field trips with you and your dogs so that they can get out in the public and both you and your dog learn how to handle different environments. She's a very caring person who knows what it takes to train a dog to be a service dog. I've been working with Kimberly for about 2 1/2 yrs training my shelter dog to be a service dog to help me out in various areas of my life. My dog, Bear, started alerting me when he was 4 months old about my thyroid levels. I have no thyroid so when my levels are out of sync it can be either too much or too little thyroid medication. Bear, has learned lots of things from our classes with Kimberly. Some of the things we've learned together are to find me by my scent, open a handicap door, fetch a specific item and bring it to me, pickup an item and give it to me, identify color blocks by sight, heel, come, paws up, and lots more. Kimberly believes that you can teach your dog to do the basics and more for you as long as you keep training with your dog. I've recently taught Bear to take a piece of mail from me at the mailbox and bring it into the house and give it to me, he also can push open the door from my garage to the kitchen. Some things that Kimberly and I haven't trained him to do are alerting me like I said to my thyroid levels but also alerting me when my knees or other parts of my body are hurting by lightly touching the area of my body that is hurting, as well as comforting me when I'm sleeping and have pain or sleeping restlessly. In the latter case he usually puts his head on my shoulder, or waist until I'm relaxed. He's also awakened me to take my thyroid medication and he's also awakened me when he thinks I'm having too much pain and should take something to help relieve the pain. All of this and more has been through Kimberly's help. If I wasn't working with Kimberly on how to work and train Bear I wouldn't know what some of the things he does mean. I also understand that to work together helps create a bond that you can't get in 2 or 3 weeks with some other organizations that train service dogs. Based on what Kimberly has told us in class training our service dog is really all up to us and the sky's the limit in working and training our service dogs. I'm forever grateful to Kimberly for all that she has taught me and Bear and for all that she'll continue to teach us in the future. If anyone is looking for a highly trained trainer for service dogs, Kimberly, would be my choice hands down.