“Gina Barr’s name was given to me when I got my third Golden Retriever puppy. I first met with her on a one-on-one basis to see if we “fit.” It was a lucky day for me.
Poppy and I have now completed two series of classes with Gina and will be doing a third in September 2013.
Puppies are boisterous and rambunctious, and have short attention spans. It’s a marvel to watch Gina work within these parameters. Her patience is inexhaustible, not only with the dogs, but their humans as well. Even when she disciplines a pup, they adore her! She has a knack for determining how to approach each dog, and owner, to get the best out of them.
We’ve worked in the rain, in shopping centers, parks and walked the streets of Murphys (going into many of the shops, after Gina checks with the owner that it’s all right with them), with as many as six pups/dogs in training. We’ve worked on short leads and long ones, been enticed – to ignore – various irresistible objects and the other dogs, while staying on a heel. Her directions are clear and concise. Gina is able to watch us all, supplying praise and ways to improve without insulting the fragile human idea that their dog is already perfect and the smartest in the class!
Since training with Gina, I have met at least a dozen other people who have trained with her also (and, let’s face it: really we’re the ones she’s primarily training!), and have heard nothing but praise and compliments for this dedicated, lovely woman.”