Success Stories

Our success stories say it all – dogs and people love the results they get from training their dogs with us!


These success stores are from online verified reviews, emails, and texts are clients have sent us.

April 2018

german shepherd training“I had a awesome experience with Pepperspaws. I highly recommend Pepperspaws to anyone looking for a dog trainer.”

Cash’s Family

German Shepherd in home manner’s training

“Deb was great with my little pup, Pippa! When we started she having accidents whenever she was excited or feeling submissive. She was also a bit stubborn when working on commands. Deb helped us to get training back on the right path and showed us that training can also be really fun! Pippa has flourished ever since we started working with Deb and we are very much looking forward to our Tricks, Fun, Games, and Confidence Building class!

Caitie, Pippa’s Mom

In home manner’s training, West Chester PA

in home rescue dog trainingZeus update: “

Hi Deb —
Hope you are well.  I just wanted to give you a quick update on Zeus, and our trip to Connecticut for Easter this past weekend.  In short, he was a rock star!  He did really well with the little kids, parents and grandparents.  Everyone commented on how well-behaved he was and how well he listened to commands.  Four different people joked that they wanted to ‘dog-nap’ him!
Thank you so much for all of your help with our training.  We’re still working on a few things, but overall I couldn’t be happier — I think he is too.  Looking forward to more info about your upcoming classes.  And we’re still looking forward to a group walk one of these days!
Thanks again,

“Deb is fantastic! Before I adopted, I used her Perfect Match service, and she helped me understand what to look for in a dog and different scenarios to consider. This was extremely helpful for when I was meeting several rescues as potential new family members. Once I adopted, she had an instant rapport with my dog Zeus, and was able to show me how to work with him and communicate with him. I now have a happy dog — and he has a happy owner! I definitely recommend her.”

Mike B, Zeus’ dad in home manners training for rescue dog

Chester Springs, PA

March 2018

My wife and I recently rescued a young dog who was found as a stray. She understandably was overly cautious of new things and had quite a few fears that we needed to overcome with patience and persistence. Deb was recommended by the shelter and in just 4 sessions she helped our dog blossom! The amount of progress in only a couple months is remarkable. We’d highly recommend Deb!”

John P, Ruby’s dad

Fear Free in home training

Phoenixville PA

fearful dog training“We had our first training session last Wednesday 3/7/18 with Deb from Peppers Paws for our Bulldog Archie. The session was great and met all of our expectations. Bulldogs can be challenging but Deb worked well with him as well as teaching us about training a Bullie. Looking forward to our next session.”

Gerrie, Archie’s mom

Fearful dog training, Exton PA


“Deb was amazing with our Frenchie and with our family. Our Frenchie responded to the training very well. And Deb left us with so many great tools and resources to continue the training. As a first time dog owner, I definitely would recommend Deb. Her training has taught us how to help our dog and everyone is happier because of it.”

Colleen, Roxy’s mom

French bulldog in home training

Downingtown, PA

February 2018

“My experience with Pepper’s Paws Dog Training was fantastic! Deb Murray is by far the best trainer I have ever worked with. I adopted a 6 yr old Beagle/Border Collie, named Max, from To Love A Canine Rescue in August. We tried another training class before signing up for Level 1 Manners with Deb. Deb’s positive reinforcement methods worked much better for Max. Her classes really focus on being positive, happy, and having fun, which builds a great relationship with your dog. I also liked how Deb has several assistant trainers to help as well. This way everyone is able to get one on one help if needed. Max came with some anxiety issues, especially when faced with unfamiliar situations. So I jumped at the chance to attend the “Tricks, Fun, Games, and Confidence Building” class. This class was just amazing and Max absolutely loved it too! I would highly recommend Pepper’s Paws training to everyone!! I cannot wait to attend more classes both with Max and my other dog Blue!”

Becky, Max’s mom

Adult rescue dog training


“Deb is amazing and welcome into our house any time. We have the perfect golden doodle puppy that is even more lovable and obedient after only a couple sessions with Deb. This was necessary as we also have young toddlers in the home. I didn’t know I could love our dog even more but she brought peace and guidance into our raising of the perfect dog. (I am mostly amazed that our dogs pees on command). Her services are worth every penny and we could not have asked for more!”

Jennifer, Louie’s mom, goldendoodle

In home puppy training

West Chester, PA

Charlotte is my first dog so I reached out for training help when she was still a young pup. Deb came out to my apartment and not only helped get Charlotte started on the basics, she had a long conversation with me about the crate I had, the space that was set up, food, and bathroom training. She evaluated Charlotte before approving her for Puppy class.

Class was informative for me and my dog; Not only does she teach basic commands but she explains the ‘why’ and ‘how’ certain things work so that it’s easy to keep building on the basics. Knowing the care Deb took in accepting clients made the off leash play time fun without stress.

My number one goal was to have a dog that people welcomed into their homes and didn’t resent me bringing her along. Charlotte was only 5 months old and had *just* graduated Puppy STAR class when we first went to visit family for a crowded long weekend. She was fantastic, even loose leash walking with strangers and quickly able to figure out how to ask to be let out in the yard.

Over the past 2 years I’ve gone to a few more of Pepper’s Paws classes, and participated in the community walks – it’s been fantastic and I couldn’t be happier with everything. Charlotte is welcome at outdoor restaurants, and while my sister’s dog is not allowed on the furniture at my parent’s house, Charlotte is because she’s proven herself to be so well behaved. Searching for a new apartment I was able to convince a ‘no dogs’ landlord to accept us after being able to demonstrate how well behaved and trained Charlotte is.

I credit Deb and her team with the positive relationship I have with my dog and strongly recommend them to anyone looking for training and activities.”

Courtney, Charlotte’s mom

Rescue In Home Puppy Training, Puppy Class, Basic Manners, Advanced Manners, Tricks Class

West Chester, PA


“My husband and I adopted a Dachshund rescue in December. Since he had some behavioral issues, after researching trainers, we decided to go with Deb. Both Deb and Maike were very responsive in making Rocky’s transition a good and positive one. We learned so much and gained great progress with in-home training. Deb and Maike brought their dogs to complement the training.

Materials and follow-up were excellent and we highly recommend Pepper’s Paws.”

Debbie, Rocky’s mom

Fear Free Training

Downingtown, PA


January 2018

“We just completed 4 weeks of training with Deb at Pepper’s Paws for our 10 month old cockapoo. This was the second round of obedience trainingtraining we completed, after doing 4 weeks at a very young age to establish basic behaviors. The time we spent with Deb was well worth it and our pup really made great strides. Before beginning, she asked lots of questions so that she could understand any issues and what we expected to get from training. Once that was complete, we jumped right in and Deb carefully demonstrated everything and then allowed us to model the same behavior. She provided feedback and helped us master the technique before moving on. This allowed us to feel confident to repeat the training throughout the remainder of the week and because of this, our puppy really grasped each concept.

In addition to the training techniques, Deb offered great advice and demonstrated unlimited patience with our questions. Knowing that we are first time dog owners, she made us feel comfortable by telling us that we could ask anything – there are no stupid questions.

I would highly recommend Pepper’s Paws. The training is effective and Deb’s teaching skills are tremendous. She clearly loves what she does and that translates into productive sessions for puppy and puppy parents.”

Sandra, Bear’s mom

Obedience training, Downingtown PA


December 2017

DezSammyMy husband and I adopted 2 rescue puppies in 2017. Both needed more attention and training than what we could provide ourselves. A friend at work highly recommended Pepper’s Paws in Exton,PA… we reached out to the owner, Deb, and arranged a 4 visit session. Both rescue puppies have lots of fear issues/ anxiety, so Deb was able to identify this immediately. She took the time to assess each dog individually and develop a plan to have us work on their behaviors. Each session showed great improvement with both dogs, so we continued to build off of that! We were so proud of our dogs and the training built their self esteem to a level we never thought was possible. We owe so much to Deb. She is so easy to work. Deb is a true professional with a wealth of knowledge that she willingly shares. We would highly recommend Pepper’s Paws with Deb and her staff for all your canine training needs! Thank you so much Deb…our boys are so much happier and less fearful of their surroundings!”

Debbie, Dez & Sammy’s mom

Obedience training, fearful dog training


December 2017

“Pepper’s Paws has done an amazing job helping us with our dog Lilly. Deb has such a thorough knowledge of dog behavior and is able to help us humans understand why our dog is doing what she’s doing. How to add desirable behaviors to her repertoire while managing/changing/understanding some of her more challenging behaviors. Deb has gone out of her way to help facilitate continued training for approprite leash walking with other clients in our neighborhood and the results have been wonderful!”

Cassy, Lucy’s mom (terrier mix)

Obedience training, reactive dog training Chester Springs, PA


December 2017

“When we decided to adopt our rescue black lab /pit bull mix pup, I was a little nervous. I knew he was going to grow into a large dog and I wanted to be sure I would be able to handle him. I also needed someone who knew about rescue dogs and could appreciate the needs and behaviors that come along with a rescue dog. I was referred to Deb by another family who has used her training services and was extremely pleased with the results. I called Deb and she responded the SAME DAY! When I first met Deb, she instantly put me at ease. She was able to assess our puppy right in our home to be sure he was going to thrive in our family. Her knowledge about dog behavior is extensive and she made very astute and helpful observations about how our new puppy was adjusting and getting along. Deb made the seemingly overwhelming task of training our puppy, VERY DOABLE! She broke down her instruction into bite sized bits of information, and made it easy for me to remember and carry out. Our puppy was completing basic commands after our first session. Deb is thorough, knowledgeable, friendly and easy to work with. I look forward to our training sessions and so does our puppy. Deb loves what she does, it is obvious in how she works with families and their dogs and most importantly, how dogs respond to Deb. They can sense her love and they love her! Deb is fabulous and I am so glad I was able to connect with her.”

Christy C, Winston (pit mix) and Buddy (golden doodle) mom

Obedience training, fear free training Exton PA

Nov 2017

puppy training“Hi Deb,  Bruno is doing well and behaving for the most part! Thank you for everything you worked on with us. He get lots of compliments on his behavior, and you saved me from being completely overwhelmed and frustrated.

Thank you, thank you!”

Libby, Bruno (greater Swiss Mountain dog) mom

Puppy training, Malvern PA


reactive dog trainingOct 2017 – Deb was very helpful and knowledgeable! She really took the time to get to know our situation and offered much comfort and many tips. Our puppy made so much progress in just one month. Her heart is in the right place!

Amanda, Winston’s (sheltie/collie) mom

Reactive Dog training Malvern PA

UPDATE – Dec 2017:

Hi Deb!
Thank you for checking in. Winston is doing great! We are actually in the process of weening him off of the medication since he is doing so well. He no longer reacts to people or dogs on walks. He doesn’t even react to doorbells! He sometimes will bark at knocking, or the latest is when the heat kicks on but it only lasts for a minute or two. We think he’ll get used to it with time as he did the other things. He has learned most of the tricks you taught us – roll over, spin, etc. Bow seems to be the tough one. He doesn’t use his crate anymore when we’re not home and whenever I check the camera he’s usually just sleeping at the top of the steps. Over the holiday when we were visiting family out of town we found him to be more rambunctious (jumping, running around, etc.) in their houses than he is in ours but we just assumed it was because it was somewhere new and he was excited. Also, my parents have a dog which maybe contributed. While we were there we went for a walk with friends of mine from high school and their puppy that’s about 2 months younger than Winston and they couldn’t believe how well behaved he was. I told Matt I never thought I’d see the day. Winston certainly isn’t perfect and has his moments but overall he is doing SO much better. We really couldn’t thank you enough for your help with him! I hope all is well 🙂
Thanks again,
Amanda, Winston’s mom
Malvern PA
Our family has a happy, well-adjusted new rescue pup thanks to Deb Murray at Pepper’s Paws! Penny now follows several basic commands (even from our 2-year-old). Deb was always patient, kind, and informative. She truly went above and beyond to answer our COUNTLESS questions. We are so thankful for this training, as it really gave us the confidence we needed!
Kristyn, Penny’s mom
new dog training, Downingtown PA
new dog trainingWe recently completed 4 private sessions with Deb and our 4 month old Springer Spaniel. We are endlessly thankful for the training we received. Not only is our puppy happy and learning manners (he is probably the smartest dog ever�) we learned so much. We really feel that our puppy is so lucky to have met Deb and we know we are going to have a long, happy life with our new dog. Thanks!!
Cindy, Peter’s mom
puppy training, Exton PA

Deb was without a doubt the best dog trainer we could have wished for. Within minutes of our first training session, Deb JoJoimmediately captured JoJo’s attention. It was shocking to see our over active anxious puppy calm and responsive to the training. Deb’s knowledge, patience and determination made me eager for each lesson. If you are looking for an outstanding dog trainer, Deb is worth the time and money. Deb has a gift for working with dogs and a passion for working with people. I highly recommend her to everyone I know.
Terri- JoJo’s mom. Exton PA

Deb Murray is fantastic! My little rescue Lucy came to us with no back story from the SPCA and her behavior was challenging! With Deb’s training and advice I know have a rescue pup that is happy and well behaved! Deb Murray is Chester County’s Dog Whisperer!!!!
Jeanne, Lucy’s mom
new rescue dog training Downingtown, PA
Deb is not only a great dog trainer but she is also one of the nicest people I have ever met. I was extremely impressed with her knowledge of dogs and dog training and she was so very nice and kind to my Labernese puppy Shadoe. I would never hesitate to call her for help again, or call her just to say Hi! Many thanks to Deb!
Pat, Shadoe’s mom
Puppy training Downingtown, PA

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