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.
“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
“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
“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
“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 training 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
“My 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
“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
“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
“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
Oct 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:
Deb was without a doubt the best dog trainer we could have wished for. Within minutes of our first training session, Deb immediately 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
Helped my pups get along
“I originally called Deb to help introduce my new puppy to my territorial female pit bull and pug mix. She was thoughtful and kind listening to my fears and respecting how I treated my dogs. She immediately helped with simple tricks to harmonize my pet family with group walks and outside play. My pit had failed out of doggie kindergarten and never learned down. Deb made a believer out of me when she got her to learn down and the training time seemed to make her happier. A lot of trainers tell you their way to handle your dogs with no respect for the things you already do well or your preferences in discipline. From the beginning, we were all comfortable and her suggestions worked. I have learned a lot and so have my pups. Our whole household has learned to ring bells after a few hours. Deb has been supportive and thoughtful. You wouldn’t even recognize my “ferocious” Mia on a walk now. I would recommend Deb to everyone with any dog training needs. You will never regret a session with her.”
Nicole, Mia, Bubba, and Phantom’s mom
puppy training, rescue dog training, reactive dog training Chester Spring, PA
One month in, and I am seeing what the potential of my dog!
“I have tried different trainers and suggestions before, but found that my dog did not understand the training or retain these skills long term. I was given Deb’s name by a friend, who had a great experience with Pepper’s Paws. From day one, my dog (a European blood-line German Shepherd) responded amazingly to Deb’s method of training. Her approach, professionalism, and custom training really gives you the best opportunity to succeed.
The best part? The coaching does not stop at the end of the session. Deb goes out of her way to answer any questions I have with training and does a recap of our training sessions. Prior to working with Pepper’s Paws, I only felt like I was utilizing 50% of my dog’s training ability. I have seen him much happier, much more engaged, and much more obedient. If you want results in an environment where it is easy to understand and emulate, then Deb will not disappoint.”
Jon, Yager’s dad
new dog training Chester Springs, PA
Great help training our dog!
“Deb did an excellent job helping us with our dog Marty. She answered all our questions and showed us many ways to improve his behavior. I highly recommend Deb to anyone who needs a dog trainer.”
Darby, Mary’s dad
obedience training Chester Springs, PA
“Deb did a terrific job teaching me and giving me confidence to handle and continue working with my pup. Will definitely be calling on her in the future! Thank you Deb!”
Joyce, Buster’s mom
obedience training West Chester, PA
Allowing Deb to see how Maxie behaved in that setting allowed her to really understand the root of her problems. The improvements even after just a few days following Debs advice was astonishing, and now after a couple months, she is a different dog. She still has her moments, but overall she is a sweet, fun, loving dog. Its a daily task of training her and sticking to the advice I got and continue to get through the group sessions (I decided to continue with the level 2 class) but as things become habit for me and Maxie, its just that much easier. I think back to how things were and am so thankful I found Peppers Paws! Deb and the rest of her team are clearly passionate about dogs and want you and your dog to be successful!
“We can thank Deb Murray enough for all her help, assistance and training with both of our three year old labs. The guidance and training methods are wonderful and completely force free and Deb is very knowledgeable, patient and kind. We recommend Peppers Paws and Deb Murray every chance we get. Changing the lives of dogs and their owners one class at a time.
“We adopted a lab/shephard mix this past April from a rescue. He was 8 weeks old and a few weeks after we brought Jet home, he started exhibiting a lot of behavioral problems beyond those of a typical puppy. He was biting us and others and we started questioning whether we can keep this dog; my son was 8 years old was scared to be around him. We started referring to him as Cujo.
A friend suggested Pepper’s Paws and we scheduled an appointment with Deb. She spent a lot of time getting to know us and the issues we were having with the dog. After 3 training sessions, it was like we had a brand new dog. He stopped biting and became a pleasure to be around. He now sits with us on the couch and my son loves to play with him.
If you have a pet and feel like things are hopeless, call Pepper’s Paws. You won’t be disappointed.”
“Hi, Deb – I just wanted to thank you again for all of the help you have been to us with Gibbs. When he came to us in March as a 3 1/2 month old puppy, we were overwhelmed and at a complete loss for how to handle him. He and our 4 year old were not getting along, and he was regularly biting us and chewing all of our belongings.
I spoke with someone from another agency for quite sometime about getting help, but I never heard back from the trainer she recommended within her group. We were desperate, and you picked up the phone the FIRST time I called! You came over the next day, and we were immediately on the road to a happy family again.
You seem to have a natural understanding of how dogs think, and you gave us the skills to teach Gibbs how to behave. Training has been a lot of fun, and Gibbs enjoys it, too!
Thank you again SO much for your help and enthusiasm and encouragement. We would not be where we are now without you!”
Priscilla, Gibbs’ Mom
puppy training Exton, PA
“My family and I could not be any happier than we have been with Deb and her assistants. Our active Golden Retriever is more than two hands-full, but Deb and her helpers are gentle, caring, and patient, as my family and I are learning to manage Cody’s energy. We hope that as he matures, he will settle a bit, but until then, Deb works with us to guide our very smart puppy to making the right behavior choices. Thank you!”
Tracy B, Cody’s mom
new puppy training Exton, PA
“I highly recommend Pepper’s Paws! Deb and her assistants Eryn and Diana are very knowledgeable and very easy to work with ! My Vizsla Copper has benefitted mightily from Manners 1 & 2 classes taught by Deb and crew. Deb and her staff know how important it is to have a well trained dog and have the tools to teach the dogs and the humans how to interact and communicate better. Deb was even able to teach my 9yr old daughter how to get Copper to listen to her!!
Worth every penny – thank you so much !”
Todd M, Copper’s dad
obedience training Downingtown, PA
“I became acquainted with Deb Murray while I was in between dogs and volunteering with animal rescue. She is very knowledgeable, has a positive training approach, and is passionate about working with dogs and their owners.
When we adopted our dog and wanted to address some issues, there was no question that we wanted to work with Deb/Peppers Paws. First we had a private training session at our home tailored specifically to our needs. She patiently answered all our questions (there were many), never made us feel rushed and gave us so much helpful information and offered support if any questions came up later. One of our main concerns was teaching our dog to not chase our cat. She showed us how to work with both animals and encouraged us to stick with the training – and it worked!
Training is an ongoing part of our life and our dog looks forward to it. It’s a great way to bond with your dog while teaching good manners. Which reminds me – we also took Deb’s group training class – another great experience. Class sizes are small, there are two wonderful assistants (Erin and Diane), and you can ask questions about issues that come up at home during the week. Our dog loved the class, and being there with other dogs and people helped her with socialization.”
new dog training Glenmoore, PA
“Deb is incredible. We have a 14 month old lab pup who listens to me and is very good at understanding that I am his master. He ignores my wife most all of the time. It is a point of frustration for us and has cause some friction in our relationship.
Enter Deb Murray and WOW!. She talked to us for about 45 minutes before we did anything. She ask us what the issues were with Jack, and how they were issues. By the time we got to some training, she NAILED it with Jack. My wife and I have very different styles when it comes to dog training. I have trained several dogs over the years and Jack is my wife’s first puppy. She said she did not have confidence and was actually afraid of Jack. He was like Jeckle and Hyde. With me he is a gentlemen, and with her Jack is ( I mean was) a maniac.
We we did about 65 minutes of training including parking Jack and walking jack. At the end of the session we could see my wife’s confidence brimming over and Jack being a gentleman with her like he is with me. Deb gave us a few exercises to do with Jack this week. We introduced a Kong product that has entertained Jack while we are away at work. ”
Dave O, Jack & George’s dad
new dog training Downingtown, PA
“I have a 1 year old Aussie that had been through basic puppy training, but needed something more. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the time to be able to train her properly. That’s where Deb came in. While Sydney was in doggie day care, Deb spent some time 5 or 6 days in a row with her, reinforcing the basics, some safety lessons, and general behavior.
When she came the following weekend to go over what she had taught her, I couldn’t believe it was the same dog! She was doing things I couldn’t get her to do in class or any other way. Deb went through all of the training, provided follow-up materials, and showed us (as opposed to just telling us) how to continue to reinforce what she has learned.
Well, not that we are in the reinforcement phase, it’s easy to keep things moving ahead. Sydney has been great with what she learned, and I feel confident with the reinforcement suggestions Deb had that she will turn into the great dog she is destined to be.
Thanks, Deb. I’m sure we’ll be back at some point for some more advanced training.”
John C, Sydney’s dad
I have a 11 mo old puppy that had a major jumping problem – Deb & Eryn were able to correct it in 1 session. Now, instead of becoming insane and out of control with excitement anytime someone even looks in his direction he has learned to sit or lay down (tail still going a thousand miles an hour) so he can be petted. He also learned “leave it” which has saved me (and him) from some potentially nasty situations where he could have eaten something bad.Go check out Pepper’s Paws! You will not be disappointed.”
“I HAVE to take this opportunity to sing Deb’s praises!When Deb started in-house training at Dogtopia with my 1 year old coonhound/lab mix Bella, she was faced with a dog who was very unsure of herself. Bella’s nervousness made her reluctant to trust strangers and also made it very difficult to keep her attention for even a few seconds.
Deb was extremely patient and endlessly positive with Bella. Most importantly, Deb didn’t give up on my dog when I’m sure other trainers would have. Deb not only taught my dog the basic but necessary behaviors (sit, stay, come, wait, watch) – she taught my dog to TRUST people besides her “mom and dad”, and taught me how to reinforce positive behaviors with my dog by keeping her engaged yet relaxed.
Bella is a happy and confident dog thanks to her “board and train” sessions Deb… And I am an extremely proud and grateful dog mom! My investment in Bella’s training was 110% worth it.
Bella and I cannot wait to sign up for the Level 2 Advanced group class! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU DEB!”
Kate M – Bella’s mom
“Deb was quick in her response and follow up conversations. She worked with our schedule to meet within the week. She was very knowledgeable and offered great insight. We love her positive approach to training and look forward to continuing our training with her.”
|“I couldn’t be happier with Deb and her training methods. She is adored by my dogs and everything she has taught us has been learned quickly, easily and, most importantly, painlessly (on my part!).Deb practices positive reinforcement in word and deed. I highly recommend her to anyone who has a dog in need of either tip to tail training or just a little smoothing round the edges.I especially recommend her to people who don’t understand dogs and simply want someone to train their dog — Deb won’t do that — but she will train the dog AND the owner. Which guarantees a happy partnership with your pooch!” Laura S
West Chester, PA
“Deb is awesome! From the moment she walked in I felt like I was with an old friend. My dogs LOVED her and her techniques were gentle but assertive and the difference in the first hour was amazing. We have had worries and difficulties with our rescue dogs for years and thought they were hopeless and impossible to fix. Thanks to Deb, we are so encouraged that they can learn new behavior. Our dogs are 5 and 6 and even at their age Deb assured us we can help them. She was so kind and thorough and encouraging to the dogs and us. She explains things in such a simple way that makes sense and helps you see things from a different perspective. I can’t wait until she comes back and keeps helping us! My doggies are already loving what they learned and so are we! Thanks Deb!
“It was absolutely amazing. My dog Roxy responded so well to everything she learned and we got wonderful information on how to train her. She always jumps on you when you first come in and after just one session with deb I came home last night and Roxy jumped up I turned away and she immediately sat down and waiting where normally she would just keep jumping up and down. She has the touch down perfectly already, she immediately bumps her nose and will even jump up to bump it if we put our hand in the air above her. Its amazing how much she is learning already.
Ludwig’s Corner, PA
“Deb has been working with me and our now 5 mo old golden retriever. He is our family dog, but she is helping me reach benchmarks in anticipation for having him certified as a therapy dog once he becomes a year old. She has such a calm, positive demeanor and her training techniques work!!! Highly recommended for all your troublesome dog habits, but also for training before they develop them.”
“I started working with Deb last Summer when one of my 11 year old dogs started being destructive when I left the house. Deb helped me figure out what was causing her behavior, put together a plan for me to follow to reduce my dog’s stress when I left, & increased her exercise levels so she was more relaxed overall. Deb works with my dogs once a week now & they are always so happy to see her. She is patient with them & it is evident that she enjoys working with them.”
“Deb does wonderful with dogs.. My rescue was afraid of everything and Deb is helping us work through our leash reactiveness. I used to use a prong collar (much to my dislike, but was oly thing I could sort of control dog with) and now we use a harness. Seems to work better and I feel much better about not hurting my dog. She uses only positive techniques and for a dog that is afraid of even the sound of a clicker, this is the only way to go. We have made great progress and look forward to having a well balanced dog. Highly recommend her!!!! Thanks a million Deb!!”
One day I got a FB message from you saying you were going to offer training and was anyone interested. While I loved my 6 month old puppy he was a hand full! I was a new dog owner and not exactly sure what I was doing with him. And how to get him to listen to me, he is very hyper and excited and its hard for him to sit still long enough to learn anything . Before the training even started you gave me helpful hints and ideas to use and now he has three training classes under his belt he is like a different dog ! I am so grateful that I decided to take you up on Sammy’s training .
Sammy is no longer “untrainable” he AND I have learned what to do and how to do it. He is well on his way to becoming a good “canine citizen”
no matter what behavioral problems or new tricks we want to learn with Sammy , I always appreciate the fact that you are creative and thoughtful in your strategies and respectful of how I feel towards Sammy’s eduaction.
Sammy loves his training classes and loves to be around you, that in itself is the best endorsement any human can get ! Thanks so much for your passion and support!
Angela and Sammy”