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In-Home Behavior Consultations

I want to extend a huge thank you to Trainer Chad at Island Dog Obedience!

We did the 2-week board and train program for our dog Spock with Chad. We wanted to solidify Spock's basic obedience and cannot thank Chad enough for helping us achieve this goal. What I admire about Island Dog Obedience is that their trainers welcome your dog into their home and into their ohana, and they take care of your dog like their own. To trust a complete stranger to do that is a lot - but I am confident that you can trust Chad with your board and train goals!

Island Dog Obedience uses the e-collar for training, and we absolutely swear by it! I do not recommend buying it to do it on your own, especially if you are not familiar with the device. It should be used with proper education and a proper trainer.

At first, we were hesitant to use it because of stuff that we read online. So, we basically tried everything first to get our dogs to listen to us, to heel/walk nicely besides us, and be obedient.

We have tried clicker training, martingale collars, no-pull harnesses, gentle-leaders, chain collars. We've tried different trainers as well and are thankful for their guidance. However, the e-collar is the one tool that we now swear by and will continue to use - thank you Island Dog Obedience!

We have complete confidence in Island Dog Obedience, their trainers, and training methods. In fact, our other dog Po is also doing private lessons with Maria to help with behavioral modification and reactivity (huge shout out to Maria as well!!!)

Of course, basic obedience and basic manners for dogs begins with the dog's owner. You need to educate yourself into being the strongest leader for your dog - to ensure that you have a well-mannered and obedient dog - and finding the right tool to do so.

I highly recommend that Island Dog Obedience is the right tool for us - thank you Chad, thank you Maria, and thank you to the rest of the trainers for everything that you do to help us become the best leaders for our dogs!

- Karen

Golden doodle after training


Board & Train

We took our 6mo old goldendoodle for a 2 week long training program to Island Dog Obedience. Chad did an amazing job caring for and teaching our puppy. Before our puppy had so much difficulty walking on leash, listening to commands, jumping on people, and had major separation anxiety. Chad was able to fix all of her issues and would constantly send us daily updates on her training. Chad worked with Mabel every day taking her to various locations through out the island and socializing her properly with people and other dogs. In addition to the 2 week long training, Chad did an amazing job following up with us on her status once she was brought back home. We’re extremely grateful to Island Dog Obedience! Our puppy is so much more manageable and easier to train thanks to Island Dog Obedience!

- Hyanghwa K

Golden lab sitting after lesson


Board & Train

"Thank you Chantelle and everyone who's trained with Benji! The vast improvement from before he trained to now is significantly impressive and highly appreciated. We moved to Honolulu, where he used to be so afraid to leave the apartment. Now he can walk outside with minimal fear and obey commands even in the loudest of environments. We wanted him to be able to be around strangers and not jump at them, obey and understand commands outside, and enjoy the beach life and Island Dog did just that. Of course two weeks is just the beginning for Benji and we will continue to train him the same way for the rest of his life. I don't know how much to express how happy and amazed what they could accomplish in two weeks of training. We got updates every day of progress, which for me, I loved since I missed him every day. It's definitely worth the investment not just for behavior but the happiness and well-being of your forever puppy. Thank you so much!"

- Ann

Brown lab pup after training


In-Home Behavior Consultations

"Kehau was our training instructor for our chocolate lab, Kaia. Kaia is almost ten months old and needed to improve her recall and walking nicely on a leash. We did the In-Home Lesson. In just 2 sessions (a total of 2 hours), Kehau did a fantastic job, Kaia, my husband, and I learned a lot. It was so helpful we enrolled Kaia at Island Dog Obedience. We would highly recommend Kehau, who has a great understanding of how to train dogs, with a loving, caring, and gentle attitude."

- April

Golden lab in hawaii


Board & Train

"Boarding and training with Island Dog Obidience is fantastic! Chad did an awesome job training and taking such good care of Tommy "AKA: Mr. Punk". Chad is so easy to work with, very professional. Chad started training Tommy right after he picked him up from the house and send us great pictures and videos updates everyday. Tommy's really a smart boy, affectionate and funny but he is stubborn and have a mind of his own lol he is a bit manipulative too, he walks us instead of us walking him he also dragged us, he also listens like a rock! But Chad was able to trained Tommy to obey every command and be an obedient dog. Tommy also loves to hike and he likes to run to every dog to say hi and play. Today, we took him to Manoa Falls, heavily traffic and there were few dogs along the hike. Tommy did really well off leash. Tommy's stayed at my husband's side all the time while walking and didn't run to them at all instead he just stopped to say hi and then back at walking. We're enjoying more our Tommy Punk. Now our Tommy's more obedient, pay more attention, walk like a champ and listens well.

And one thing also I love about Island Dog Obidience, they work as a team, dog trainers help each other for the benefit of having an obedient and great dogs. Great job I'm proud of you guys. And our family can't Thank you enough for Chad"

- Irah

Dog swimming class in Hawaii


Board & Train

"There's nothing more amazing than finding a trainer than loves your dog as much as you do. Maria is the best trainer I have ever worked with. Her level of commitment and dedication to helping our pup Aila is beyond what we expected from a training program. Aila has been trained and boarded with Maria, as well as done water therapy for her leg she injured a few weeks ago.
From basic obedience to Canine Good Citizen training, she is helping with all our training needs for our dogs. I truly cannot express enough my gratitude for Maria, and could never recommend anyone else. Mahalo!"

- Juniper

Dog in Hawaii waving in the back of a truck


Board & Train

"We are SO impressed with our Border Collie's (Luna) results from her 2-week board and train with Maria Hagood. We highly recommend Island Dog Obedience to anyone looking for training for their pooch.

We had a detailed discussion on all the things that Luna needed work on. We really wanted her to work on off-leash training: heeling, distance commands (distance down, distance sit) and we wanted her to work with Luna on her fear of loud noises.

We can't believe how well Luna behaves off-leash now, with just 2 weeks of training.

We highly recommend Maria to anyone looking to take their dog's training to the next level. She is the real deal! "

- Megan

English bulldog laying down after their dog training session


Board & Train

"I wish I could give Maria more than 5 stars! She was exactly what our 1.5-year-old Old English bulldog (Krillan) needed. Maria is kind, knowledgeable, friendly, honest, & accommodating.

After the two weeks he was a brand new dog. The system Maria uses is very effective! The behavioral issues were corrected. She managed to address all of our concerns (& more). Krillan no longer pulls on his leash, he actually walks with no leash sometimes & he listens well, he doesn't chew on anything, and he doesn't jump on people.

I highly recommend Maria to all my friends & family. You can tell she's passionate about what she does, and also very professional.

We definitely can't thank you enough, Maria!! & Krillan says he misses you!!"

- LC

Smiling puppy during his training


Board & Train

"We recently adopted a dog from the shelter and had no idea what we were getting into. After weeks of Woody biting us, we were desperate for some help. We were over the moon when we found Maria. She was so kind, and we could tell that she really cared about our dog right away. We decided on the 2-week board and train.

During that time, Maria sent us video and picture updates to keep us in the loop. We were shocked by how quickly he was learning. Once the 2 weeks were over, Woody's behavior did a 180. Not only was he not biting, but he was trained on all of the basics. Maria individualized the training for Woody, to make sure he was getting what he needed. Now, we have peace of mind knowing that we can have guests over to our home, but also that we can enjoy outings together with our pup. We would recommend Maria to anyone. She was the absolute best!"

- Emily

Mango sitting under a tree in Hawaii


In-Home Behavior Consultations

"Maria is an excellent and knowledgeable dog trainer. She helped with my high-maintenance Labradoodle Mango. Mango is the cutest pup but would constantly pull on the leash, jump on people and display bad behavior at home by constantly stealing food from the kitchen counter.

With a gentle and patient approach, Maria modified his behavior and gave me plenty of tips and tricks for the future. I highly recommend Maria to everyone."

- Lia

Puppy Lili sitting on the Hawaiian shore


In-Home Behavior Consultations

"Maria was amazing with my puppy, Lili. I would definitely spend the money again and again for her to train my dog. I highly recommend Maria as your trainer! I've trained my dogs before with group classes and private training but the results are immediate and better when you let a pro like Maria handle it for you. I will do it again with my future dogs and I would highly recommend using Maria Hagood.

Thank you again, Maria!!!"

- James

Puppy sitting on leash during her dog training


In-Home Behavior Consultations

"If your dog has any issue, I'm totally confident Island Dog Obedience has your solution. Six weeks ago today I adopted a sweet little dog with a BIG confinement issue. In the first 3 weeks, she escaped or chewed holes in 3 different kennels.

Learning the basic commands has given Pua more confidence and control over her behavior in the kennel and without a doubt, strengthened the bond between us. They taught me how to make the new kennel a more friendly place

Maria stayed in constant touch, asking how things were going and answering my many questions

Maria and Island Dog Obedience gave me the opportunity to save the precious life of my little Pua and thereby improving my own life. I am very grateful. Thank you!"

- Judy

puppy sitting on the lawn with leash

Boston Terrier

In-Home Behavior Consultations

"As parents to be, my husband and I have been concerned about how our hyper-energetic 2-year-old Boston Terrier will adjust to having a human brother. He was always barking when people come to the house, jumping, pulling on the leash, and disobeying his Mommy and Daddy.

Maria came to our house a few days later to meet our puppy, and observe his behavior. We then came up with a 5 session in-home obedience training plan that was individually personalized for our puppy's specific needs.

Thanks to Maria's personalized training plan for our growing family, my husband and I feel much more confident and at ease about our puppy's manners when his baby brother arrives! "

- Christie S.

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