We started training classes with our 8.5 week old puppy because my spouse and I had never had a puppy so young and wanted to start off right with our little guy. We also didn't want to use harsh training methods (like choke chains or e-collars) and the fact that Bridget doesn't even allow those in her classes made a great first impression on paper. I didn't really know what to expect when we started and was a little out of my league and a little intimidated, but when we walked out of the very first session with our wee baby dog knowing how to sit and walk on a leash in under an hour, I was impressed. Bridget is great with recognizing which dogs are better paired together and which ones likely shouldn't interact and then pairs them up for individual play time during the sessions. Having the combination of social time and training time. She truly understands their behaviors and the way they think. I've never seen dogs adjust to training so quickly. I honestly wish I had gone to her with my last dog because she's great with all ages and stages of dogs, but I just didn't know to even look for her! Our dog is now 5.5 months old and he has since graduated puppy kindergarten and just completed elementary manners. Those two classes are very similar in training, but elementary is a smaller class, more focused, and it really does help reinforce the behavior as the dog is growing and changing constantly. We plan on enrolling in more classes so we can continue our dog's growth and development because Bridget really does understand dogs and has really helped us with a crazy puppy!
July 29th, 2017
I have this amazing rescue dog, Caesar the Saint Bernard, who is...perfectly imperfect...in certain situations that need to be fixed. I called Bridget to set up an appointment and wow oh wow. Her approach is ideal for anyone who has done their research and KNOWS that choking their dogs, shocking their dogs, or associating bad behavior with pain DOES NOT WORK and can bring forth MORE negative personality traits as a result. I look forward to continuing to work with her, and know that we've found an ideal match with Bridget. Thanks again!!!
July 26th, 2017
Bridget helped me with fireworks and thunder anxiety with my German Shepherd Lacie! She had been having issues for some years now. I don't like to give her the prescription medicines because of the awful side effects of those. The thunder shirt didn't phase her. Now I don't dread the fireworks or the thunder. Lacie is so much calmer because of the help I received from Bridget. She lays and sleeps through it instead of stressing out now. Thanks so much Bridget!
Laurie Lynn Ratliff-Rodrick
July 15th, 2017
Bridget is a very thoughtful, gentle, and positive trainer. She brings a great deal of knowledge and experience with her. We used other trainers but with Bridget we have had excellent results. I went from a Boston Terrier Puppy that was biting to a calm and lovable pup. Bridget is worth every cent we have paid. Love her and highly recommended her.
June 26th, 2017
If you live in the northern Virginia area and you're looking for an amazing dog trainer...look no further! I was so nervous to take our sweet pup Kip to a dog trainer, but I'm so glad we did. Kip has some fear aggression with men and after reading all of Bridget's reviews, I thought she ma be the perfect fit for Kip. Immediately upon arriving to our private session, she was calm and sweet with Kip. Within 15 minutes into the session, he was responding to commands from her such as sit, down and leave it! We had a two hour private session and I can honestly say I saw a huge difference in Kip just after the one session. He seems to have more confidence, is listening to my commands when he becomes nervous and seems happier! She only uses positive training methods...which was a must for us. She trains using treats, eye contact and positive reinforcement! We will be going back for her elementary manners class in a few weeks and I am sooo excited to see the progress Kip will continue to make! Like I have told so many people already..she is like a dog angel! Thanks Bridget!
June 4th, 2017
Money well spent. Highly recommend Positive approach is effective efficient and my dog is eager to learn. Bridget is very skilled. She has a plan for each class and a targeted skill to teach but customizes and tailors the class to address your dogs needs.
May 13th, 2017
Bridget is wonderful! We recently moved to the area with our new 7 month old puppy. Deciding to rescue a puppy while renovating a home, selling it and then living in a hotel for a month waiting on the new house was not the smartest decision on my boyfriend and my's part... and our highly energetic Wednesday agreed... so did our 10 year old Maltese who was usually on the receiving end of Wednesday's high energy! Once we got settled into the area we decided that puppy training was a must and after a simple Yelp search we got extremely lucky and found Bridget at Pawsome Pups. I loved the idea of rewards based training, and after meeting Bridget in person I knew she was the right choice for us. After our first day of class my boyfriend and I could easily see that Bridget was passionate about what she did and could definitely help us. After four weeks of classes our highly energetic puppy has now mastered sit, down and leave it.... the last, being one our Maltese is extremely grateful for. We have decided to continue on with Wednesday's training for another five week class to continue building on these skills. We are so thankful for Bridget and all the help she has provided us in training Wednesday and, as she has pointed out, helping us build our relationship with Winnie in the process!!!! I would definitely recommend Pawsome Pups Training to anyone looking for help with their furry family members!
May 5th, 2017
I highly recommend Bridget at Pawsome Pups! Lola, my three-year old mixed breed dog who had never been formally trained, loves Bridget and has made great progress since we started training classes. Bridget is obviously an animal lover and she instantly recognized my dogs fearfulness and timidity. When Lola is scared to try something new, Bridget always comes up with a way to make Lola feel more comfortable. Bridget never forces the Lola to do something that she isn't comfortable with - she just patiently tries new ways to introduce concepts and work with Lola until they're second nature.
We initially went to Bridget because Lola was terrorizing my boyfriend's cat after we moved in together. We scheduled a private, in-home training (highly recommended) and Bridget was able to teach us methods that would allow Lola and the cat to develop a positive relationship. She expertly explained why the methods we were using weren't working (keeping the animals separated all the time and tying Lola up with a leash in the house). Within four weeks, our house was completely transformed and now Lola can peacefully co-exist with the cat. We are so grateful for Bridget and her positive training methods
April 25th, 2017
Bridget is just as patient with the pups as she is with the humans- which we appreciate because we're learning, too! We appreciate the positive reinforcement and love coming to the puppy kindergarten classes. She is always finding ways to helps us with our stubborn puppy. Our oldest doxie is a natural well-trained sweetie but we wish we had found her sooner for our middle dachsund as we are seeing such a difference with our youngest.
Bridget does a fantastic job. My 5 month old puppy was sitting in less then 10 minutes and continues to sit to this day. She was able to train my 8 year old and 2 year old dachshund as well. We continue to take lessons on the weekends .
April 22nd, 2017
Bridget does a fantastic job. My 5 month old puppy was sitting in less then 10 minutes and continues to sit to this day. She was able to train my 8 year old and 2 year old dachshund as well. We continue to take lessons on the weekends with her and others. We will also continue to use her to train our future dogs. I was in great need of professional assistance for training dachshunds and I found it with Bridget.
April 15th, 2017
Bridget has been a life saver for us. Our German Shepherd puppy is a real challenge, and Bridget's kindness, patience, and extensive knowledge have helped Kobi become a wonderful member of our family. Bridget is more than a dog trainer--she's a great person all around. She's always available to answer questions, no matter how dumb! Our puppy is always so happy to see her. We recommend Pawsome Pups to anyone who has a dog.
April 8th, 2017
Where do I even start. I have been working with dogs myself for over 15 years. I have worked with several trainers over the years but Bridget is by far my favorite. I recently met her due to several of her clients raving over her. I have seen first hand how her clients and their dogs have been transformed by her positive reinforcement training. I recommend her to anyone no matter what the issue is. Weather it be just meer training or a behavioral issue, or for a want to be therapy dog. Everyone who I have encountered, that has been to her, can not believe how great she is with their dog. In the past I have encountered trainers who use prongs, chokers, and electronic shock, I have also witnessed dogs being hit, yanked on by the neck, and traumatized by other training methods. But Bridget is gentle and takes her time to understand the dog and their owner. I have met all of her own dogs and have seen her transform a aggressive dog that was terrorized by a man, into a sweet and trusting animal. If you are willing to listen to her advice and follow through with what she asks, I guarantee you will have a amazing dog as well.
March 17th, 2017
We have found Pawsome Pups a fantastic training experience. Our dog was extremely nervous during the first class, however the constant positive reinforcement made him excited about the class and his training! We can not praise this dog training enough! We highly recommend it!
March 6th, 2017
After trying a few different techniques and approaches to training my puppy, Pawsome Pups really was a beacon of hope. Bridget has an amazing way with dogs and I was shocked to come out of my first session having more knowledge and more control than I have had during any previous attempts with other methods. My puppy is learning so much though positive reinforcement and she absolutely loves training now. So glad that I found this trainer!
February 22nd, 2017
Bridget at Pawsome Pups has been a miracle worker with our puppy! She has a huge knowledge base and ENDLESS patience. My husband and I enjoy the classes as much as our puppy does. We're looking forward to the next one.
February 12th, 2017
I contacted Bridget prior to bringing home my eight week old German Shepherd (not my first rodeo), and found her very supportive and understanding. (I had heartbreak after my last German Shepherd had passed earlier this year). Bridget is very positive and optimistic, and watches how handler and dog react/respond (let's face it we are all a little different) to one another, and makes appropriate methods of training work. Pawsome Pups is a positive rewards training method, which is not how my other GS was trained. I found it to be very pleasant and straight forward, as my Cooper is very well behaved whenever we take him out, which is often. He is a little gentleman at 5 1/2 months old. I would absolutely recommend her classes, and should you be having issue with your dog, Cooper was pretty typical for a GS puppy, but watched as she dealt with other situations, clearly making a difference with training.
We have gone through two sets of classes, everything taught to Cooper and me, has stuck. I am pleased. I did exactly as Bridget suggested, as far as socializing and puppy daycare, again very pleased. It was nice to be in a class with other breeds, which allows you to really learn so much more. It was a good experience for me and of course Cooper. There were times that Bridget helped me with Cooper as my knees are bad, and to see Cooper with Bridget was wonderful. He knew "she's the trainer". Any first time owner, should absolutely be taking these training classes as basic training/skill set. Should you wish to advance, you can do that too. Very comfortable environment to be in.
Thank you Bridget for the love of the dog!
December 11th, 2016
Bridget is the best! Very knowledgeable, patient, and kind to dogs and their "parents". Our puppy, Kobi, is a very sweet girl, but she's a bit of a challenge, and thanks to Bridget, she's come a long way. We plan to enroll in more classes. Thanks again, Bridget!
December 3rd, 2016
Joey (my puppy), and I have learned so much from Bridget! I love the reward based training, and so does he. Would defiantly recommend to a friend.
October 17th, 2016
Bridget has done a great job helping us train our 6 month old German Shepherd puppy. She's helped with basic manners as well as teaching us how to handle our dog's excessive jumping and excitability. We highly recommend Pawsome Pups!
August 22, 2016
Pawsome Pups has been excellent. They have been extremely flexible in when and where to train our puppy and Boo (our pup) has learned so much at such a young age.
August 16, 2016
Bridget is an excellent dog trainer! She has been so helpful with the training of our pup Otis, the Great Dane. She recently took care of him while we were on vacation for 4 days. I could not have found anyone more kind, gentle and responsible. Thank you Bridget for your training and your caring.
August 13, 2016
Thank you Bridget for helping my family with Nina. Nina was adopted in Augusta County Virginia and was very shy, resulting in fear biting. You gave me tools to use and knowledge of her body language, that has Nina fully integrated into our home. We love her and appreciate all you have done. It is so nice to hear people say "What a sweet dog you have". I hope your training business is as much a success as our little Nina!
July 20th, 2016
Bridget has a natural talent to go along with the extensive education she has sought for dog behavior and training. As an avid rescuer and pet owner, I have relied on her knowledge to help my personal dogs, as well as assist in saving the lives of otherwise un-adoptable dogs. Thank you Bridget for your patience and willingness to approach each animal as the unique being that it is, and finding ways to help make good citizens of each and every one. Sparty, my once deemed dangerous, pittie mix, is a great family member, who now helps us help other dogs with bad histories.
July 14th, 2016
Bridget helped with the training of our dog Bosch and showed us new methods of training I'd never done before in the past. Bosch doesn't normally like strangers right off, so I was amazed that he took right to her on their first meeting. She explained to me some things she did with her body language to make him feel more at ease with her from the beginning. She used all rewards based methods while working with our dog and he loved the training. He is always excited to see her when she comes for a training session. I highly recommend her!
July 12th, 2016
I've learned many new things from this page. I never knew about training dogs like this before. I like that it is all positive for the dogs and have enjoyed the many different videos on this page. I have one regret, you aren't located closer to me, so I could hire you to help me with my dog. I will continue to visit this page to learn more about dog training methods I never knew existed.
July 11th, 2016
Thank you for all you do for my boy Thomas!
Salvati Animalele Baia Mare
June 16th, 2016
I'm learning so many new things! Thank you.
June 15th, 2016
Thank you for helping my boy, Sparty, become a social gentleman!
November 28, 2015
Bridget you did an excellent job with Zeus! I was very happy with him and I feel he is a much better dog!
September 5, 2015