We have a 20 month old male Newfoundland, Maxwell, our second over the last 30 years or so. Our first was a female which was very well behaved and fairly docile for such a large dog. Surprisingly, although from the same bloodline, Maxwell is very different, more active, somewhat stubborn, and seemingly slow to learn. We had heard good things about Chris’s training from folks in Andover and visited him for an initial evaluation. We were amazed to see Chris take control of Maxwell and almost immediately change his behavior. We enrolled Maxwell is Chris’ boarding/training program and were continually impressed with Maxwell’s progress as seem in Chris’s frequent messages and videos and several visits that we made. Funny that at the end of his training period I thought that I’d follow through on my own. On the contrary, Chris quickly showed me that although Maxwell now knew his commands, that I now needed some training as well. We had Several weekly follow up sessions with Chris where both Maxwell and I were evaluated and received additional coaching from
Howard Blackwell Wakefield Ma
I believe I speak for most when I say its a difficult decision to separate from our dogs for a controversial treatment program. Well, it turned out to be the best decision I could have made. This team, Chris and London are incredibly talented with mitigating bad behaviors and loving your dog simultaneously. Chris being the bad cop and London being the good. There was not a question or concern that they both could not answer. We are now better owners with our well behaved dog thanks to this dynamic duo.
Sharon Regan Andover Ma
If you need help with your dog, Chris is your answer! We adopted a puppy in January that was giving us a lot of trouble. We love Riley but there hadn’t been a day that I didn’t cry over the difficulties he was exhibiting.
I came across Chris’ website and reviews about him on Google. I was so skeptical because of ALL of the 5 star reviews. I didn’t think anyone could be THAT good. We decided to take a chance with Chris and sent Riley for the 2-3 week training. We dropped our puppy off to a stranger, crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.
Chris sent videos of Riley’s training which made us feel better showing that he was being taken care of and of his progress, he looked like a different dog. He looked like he was so proud of himself and enjoyed the positive response from his trainer, London. Chris decided that Riley needed a few more days than just the two weeks of training which amazed us. We thought Chris would just keep Riley for the two weeks to make it easier for himself but he actually kept Riley since he felt Riley needed it.
When Riley was ready, we were trained on how to work with him. To our surprise it took about an hour and a half, taking the time to make sure we were doing everything correctly for consistency, giving us with the tools necessary to make us successful.
Over the next three weeks, Chris came to our home and met us at Home Depot for at least an hour each a week and continued to train my husband and I helping us with what we were doing incorrectly. Chris always took care to ask us where we needed help with Riley and concentrated on those issues.
I mentioned something we needed help with after Riley graduated, Chris came by the house on his own time and will be taking Riley to work with him for another day. Even though the training is done, Chris is still there for us answering my texts and calls. He and London are very professional and care about their puppies and families.
We’re incredibly happy we hired Chris. Go for it, you can’t go wrong!
Lynn Neville N Reading MA
We needed some help with training our adopted 2 year old pit bull mix named Penny. She was out of control, afraid of her crate, and not fully house trained. Chris and his assistant London helped Penny to become the best family dog for us. We thank them for their patience with her (and us!). She is such a sweet girl who makes us smile every day.😊
Sue and Chris Regan Andover Ma
We would highly recommend Chris Park Training to anyone that is looking for help with training their dog. Chris and his colleague London are talented trainers who obviously love their jobs and the dogs that are entrusted to their care. If we could give them 6 stars we would, they are just that good.
We adopted our German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix Gemma from a nearby shelter, and fell in love with her immediately. Like the dogs we had before, we enrolled her in a local training program. She quickly showed us she not only was smart enough to learn basic commands, she was also stubborn enough to ignore every single one of them. Food motivated? Not her! She was much more motivated to go visit our neighbors dogs or chase a squirrel through our unfenced yard into the woods. Her favorite game seemed to be to slip the collar (flat collar, martingale, full harness--you name it we tried it) and have us chase her through the neighborhood. She was an escape artist that loved exploring and meeting new dogs. Very frustrating and completely unsafe.
When Gemma was 9 months old she kept getting stronger and faster; we knew we needed additional training and help. We found Chris’ program online, and we were initially skeptical at ALL the glowing reviews. We called Chris and he immediately set up a time to come to our home and evaluate Gemma. He recommended his 2 week Board and Train program. Giving our dog over was so hard, but we knew that it was necessary. We were worried that by leaving her with Chris, she would think that she was in a shelter again and that we had forgotten about her. We were also worried we were sending away our affectionate, silly puppy and getting back a robot dog with her personality trained out of her. We couldn’t have been more wrong, trust the process.
The time she was away was not easy, we really missed her. The videos and text updates Chris sent showing her progress helped. After two and a half weeks (remember stubborn) Gemma was ready to come home. We went to pick her up and we received a very detailed and thorough explanation and demonstration of what she had learned and how we needed to communicate with her. When she came home, she was a bit shell shocked. But after 20 minutes, she acted as if she had always been home. She was checking out her favorite windows, running around with her toys, jumping on the couch to cuddle with us. All of her little personality quirks were still there. Our worst nightmare happened the first full day she was home; she slipped out the back door and ran into the woods to chase a squirrel. Two or three corrections later (just like London had taught us the night before) and she was back in the house. We were all astonished! Couple of weeks later, we went to a graduation party and were confident to let her off leash. She loved greeting everyone at the party and exploring the new yard. Chris did several follow up home visits to both answer questions and help us with our handling technique. Gemma’s course completion was not certified based on an “end date” but when we demonstrated correct handling and corrections when needed. At our final evaluation, she lied down outside of a Stop & Shop and let a line of 10+ carriages pass by and didn’t move a muscle.
We could go on and on about how appreciative we are to Chris and London. Truthfully, Gemma is the happiest out of the entire situation. Our confidence in her lets her play and have freedom that she never could, and it has resulted in a more confident dog. She lets us know when strangers pass by the house but will stop barking when we tell her everything is ok. We can play catch in the back where she can really run. On off-leash walks she can explore every bush, tree, and flower she passes. It’s a dream that we didn’t think was possible with Gemma. Chris and his team’s methods work, and we will trust them for any of our dogs in the future without hesitation.
Carolyn Kodis N Reading Ma
Chris is truly a god send. Our 10 month old poodle/husky mix was aggressive with other dogs when there were any bones/toys around and is extremely headstrong. He could not be off of a leash because he would just run off to where ever he pleased. When we reached out to Chris he responded immediately to schedule an evaluation. When he came for the evaluation he was very straightforward and explained how his training worked and his background and answered all of our questions. In that initial evaluation he already was showing us things we were doing incorrectly and how to improve them. When he left the evaluation we knew we had found the right guy. He is honest and forthcoming and truly impressive with his knowledge. He has trained police dogs and even helps aggressive dogs in shelters who were basically told had no hope due to their aggression and certain behaviors, but Chris was able to help them. It was obvious from the first time we met him that he truly cares about helping dogs.
We chose to have Chris come to our home for training and he taught and coached us with our dog and showed us in detail all of the corrections and directions to give our dog. He took his time and showed us how we would build on each command and how to practice each step in between sessions. I took a video after 2 sessions and sent it to my family(who have had and have multiple dogs) after a couple of sessions with Chris and every response was simply “unbelievable”, because Chris is truly unbelievable. Our dog does not have to be on a leash when we take him on walks now, which is so amazing for us and him. Our dog has so much more freedom and enjoyment while also being safe because he listens when we tell him to come to us or sit/lay down in different situations. Now when he is around other dogs we feel safe knowing knowing we have a way to control his aggression.
I was walking him the other day and another dog walked by, I told our pup to lay down, while the other dog was pulling and going crazy, and I praised our pup and told him good boy and the owner of the other dog said “wow he is so good, how did you teach him that?” and I told them about Chris and passed on his information. I honestly cannot praise Chris enough and after our pup’s graduation we were sad to see Chris go.
The biggest difference with Chris is that your dog is trained to listen to and respond your voice even in the most intense/extreme situations instead of only responding when you have a treat in your hand. We are so thankful for Chris and cannot recommend him enough
Rachel Wilson Andover Ma
My family decided to add another puppy to our family and found a Mini Australian Shepherd breeder. We picked a girl from the litter and after a few weeks we were told she was deaf. We decided to take her anyway. Once we got her home we realized having a deaf dog was a bit different. We searched the internet and read books on training her. We were able to train her to sit but then she ran out the house one day. Scariest day ever! We knew after that she needed professional training. Chris came highly recommended from a friend and we are so happy with the results. Our puppy, Sammi Rose, can now walk without a lease and knows many commands. We no longer worry about her running out the house or away from us anymore. It was truly the best decision we made!
Tara O’Keefe Peabody Ma
We started in-home training with Chris when our puppy was 4 months old and what a great experience it has been! Remi has learned how to be a great listener and such a well behaved puppy! Chris is truly sensational- he understands and bonded so well with our girl- a fantastic trainer and a great guy! Thanks, Chris!
Jon and Mary Pallazola N Andover Ma