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From Amy W. in Bethesda, MD:

Lisa Daniel trained Rocky, my 4th Westie. She was absolutely phenomenal in her approach. Lisa is very thorough and provided written detailed printouts of helpful hints for all of our sessions. She had a keen sense of what was going on with our puppy and literally trained us how to train and get through the worst of puppyhood. We also had a five year old Westie and were juggling the puppy with another dog. Lisa was punctional, professional and made a significant difference. Today, I have a happy 11-month-old puppy that is a great addition to our family. I highly recommend Lisa as an obedience trainer who can troubleshoot all problems by training you - the owner.



From Lisa Barry in Chevy Chase, MD:

The Daniel's training strategy -- focused around techniques that allow the handler/owner to manage the dog effectively in a loving fashion -- have been critical to our ability to have Lily be a great dog both within our household, on walks throughout the neighborhood and in interacting with other people and dogs. Lily will have an enjoyable and productive life because of this training and we are grateful to Lisa Daniel.

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From Nick Clemente in Bethesda, MD:

Lisa, I have been meaning to give you an update on Max's progress for a while now...he is doing wonderfully. He is walking in the heel position very consistently now and we have even had quite a bit of success with distance sits and downs. He is staying with added distraction as well. Our latest triumph has been teaching Max to catch a Frisbee. He has learned to "go around" to start the throw and has been catching shorter throws pretty well every day this week. Considering we only really started training the Frisbee a little more than a week ago, I am thrilled. Max is having a great time and seems to get better every day. We are moving to Omaha, NE next month for another Army assignment so we will no longer be in the area but I wanted to thank you again for all of your help. The tools you gave us as owners have really helped and I was even able to work with my mother in law's new rescue dog when she visited last month. When she got here, she would race out an open door and pulled on her leash like crazy. Using your techniques, I had her "staying in" and walking on heel in just under a week! She is a super smart dog and simply needed a handler that would communicate with her in a consistent manner. Anyway, thanks again and best of luck in the future.

Respectfully, Nick Clemente




From Bob and Ellen Cook, Bethesda:

We were so fortunate to have found Lisa Marie Daniel to train our new puppy. We have had many dogs before, but none for 13 years. We wanted to make sure our new little boy had the best. And she is!! Lisa is warm, kind, and firm. She trained him and trained us as well. You could only be pleased if you chose Daniel's Dog Training. Thank you Lisa Marie for making Bubba a GOOD boy.


Bubba Gump


From the Roy family, Bethesda, MD:

As first time owners, we were unable to control our adopted mini schnauzer's high pitched barking. Lisa Marie was able to diagnose the problem and teach the whole family techniques to better take charge of our dog. We were so impressed, after the first consultation, that we signed up for her entire training package. Now, not only did our schnauzer learn the quiet command, but he responds better to sit, down, stay, in, leave it,come, and walking on leash. Most importantly, he understands barking is optional and is a more relaxed and happier dog.



Sunshine Griffen


From Leslie Cunningham, College Park:

I receive compliments on how well behaved Sunshine is. I owe it all to Lisa. I am a first time dog owner and Lisa's training and professionalism is outstanding.


From Bob and Wendy, Bethesda:

Lisa Daniel is a loving and excellent dog trainer. Beagles are notoriously hard to train, but she gave us all the skills we need. Griffen is a proud Daniel's Dog!



From Amy Dick, Bethesda MD:

One of the biggest obstacles to training your dog is deciding whom to pick as the trainer! There are so many dog trainers out there, that I had no clue where to start. Luckily, I found Lisa by looking at her website and decided to give her a try. Lisa isn’t just training your dog. She’s training you, the owner, to train your dog. And the good news about Lisa is that she shines just as bright when she instructs humans as when she trains canines.

If you are looking for basic obedience training, Lisa has a curriculum ready-- a curriculum that she has tested through years of experience with a variety of dogs. If you have a particularly thorny problem, she’ll honestly tell you whether she can help. (Luckily, she has a wide range of experience with a variety of dogs. So, in most cases, she has the tools to address problems like yours.) When it comes to the canine side of the equation, Lisa is just as perceptive with dogs as with their owners. She has amazing insight into dog’s personalities and can figure out what motivates your dog, in particular.

For both dogs and humans, Lisa’s methods are gentle, positive, and motivating. She gives owners training techniques that reward the dog, not punish it. I was astonished at how my dog responded to the training! Maple surprised me by being enthusiastic, not reluctant, to practice her training. She loves to train, because she earns yummy treats, she has the opportunity to please her master, and she finds mental stimulation in learning new skills and behaviors. So, thanks to Lisa, dog training is just as exciting and beneficial for the dog as it is for the owner! Another highlight of training with Lisa is that she sets the owner and dog up for success, not frustration. Her advice incorporates her many time-tested tips and techniques that are gentle but effective.

Lisa makes the learning process simple, logical, and sequential. She proceeds one lesson at a time. She provides a detailed written summary after each lesson, a handy reference for practice. The lessons build one upon the other, growing confidence in both dog and owner as they improve at every step. On top of all this, Lisa is a pleasant companion in the journey to dog and owner improvement. She is soft spoken, positive, intelligent, and able to laugh as well as instruct. She is punctual and scrupulous at keeping her appointments. She responds quickly to emails and is happy to answer additional questions outside of the lesson time. Working with Lisa gave my dog and I the chance to improve and enjoy best of our two overlapping worlds! I couldn’t be more thrilled!



From Marisa and David, Bethesda, MD:

Lisa took our very shy puppy, and helped us work with her personality to train her and help her come out of shell. Robbie learned many commands but more importantly Lisa helped us become better dog owners.


From Lodge and Anne in Bethesda, MD:

We adopted Stella as an adolescent dog from the shelter, who had clearly received some training but was a bit rough around the edges. We had never owned a dog, so we did not know how to begin training her. Lisa worked with our entire family to establish some very effective methods for establishing discipline, reinforcing good behavior and correcting bad. Most importantly, she showed us how to establish and maintain control of the dog in a variety of situations. With Lisa's help, we were able to teach an old dog new tricks!

Robbie   Stella


From Kate in Bethesda:

Lisa Daniel is a gold-standard trainer who crafts her lessons around the needs of the dog and owner. Lessons are carefully orchestrated and nuanced through years of experience. Lisa has an especially deep knowledge of canine behavior and motivations. At each meeting, she demonstrated how to elicit the desired behavior from my dog, and gave me the tools to reinforce it. Written instructions were provided at each lesson and I eventually had an arsenal of solutions to see me through future challenges. Lisa enabled my young Golden Retriever, Nora, to internalize the important cornerstone behaviors for a young pup and it's a pleasure to see her engage in them on a daily basis. Lisa brings a unique combination of substance, flexibility and humor to each lesson and I highly recommend her.



From Mary C. in Chevy Chase, MD:

Lisa has been invaluable to my family in two ways: she helped us select a rescue dog and then trained the dog and us. My husband, 9 year old son and I wanted to get an adult rescue dog but were worried about unknown behavioral baggage, particularly aggression. We wanted to be sure that we got a dog that would be good around active children. Lisa suggested some breed mixes to focus on and then helped us evaluate potential dogs. We reviewed the dog "bios" on websites with her and she suggested followup questions to ask and behaviors to observe during visits. Working with Lisa, we adopted a charming, lively one-to-two year old female daschund/beagle mix named Peanut. Peanut was fully housebroken, but was not used to walking on a leash and had not had much other training. Lisa advised us on transitioning Peanut into our home, and then gave us 6 lessons that covered general handling, household commands, attention, staying, walking, heel training, and so on. She gave us detailed information sheets covering each topics. She also helped us to understand Peanut and to address particular issues with her, such as her tendency to be dominant, jump, etc.. And she helped us to see how we were coming across, to Peanut and to adjust our behaviors accordingly. The support and training have been invaluable, and Lisa is a good fit for us --- she has a middle of the road approach to discipline, and she is flexible (up to a point) about things like the warm furry dog on furniture conundrum. 



From Mike and Elise Snyder, North Bethesda:

My wife and I were first-time puppy owners. We have an older dog who we had rescued at nine months, but nothing like our little 8-week old mini aussie. Lisa worked with very patiently with the two of us and trained us so that we could better train not only our little one, but both of our dogs. She worked great with the pups using positive reinforcement methods; explained the processes involved with training to us in a very clear manner and provided us with a tremendous amount of additional information to continue working with our dogs after our sessions. We would highly recommend working with Lisa to make yourself a better owner of a well behaved dog.



From Carole & Morris Aizenman in Bethesda:

Lisa provides practical and easy training exercises that are a great foundation for a well-behaved dog. We practice when we have a few spare minutes. And our dog, Savanna, enjoys the exercises. Lisa's knowledge and advice have been invaluable.

From Daniel & Jessica in Bethesda:

Getting adjusted to our first dog (a rescue) was much more manageable thanks to Lisa. Manny is so excited when Lisa arrives and can't wait to work with her. He has become a much better mannered dog as a result of Lisa's training.

Savanna Manny


Lisa Marie Daniel
Dog Obedience Training & Consulting for Problem Behavior
Telephone: 301-938-8870    Email: Lisadaniel20814@gmail.com