We thought that Kaylee (our yellow lab) would not turn into one of those crazy dogs that everyone always complains about. We can teach her. No problem! WRONG!!! Carol told us we should start soon after getting her at 8 weeks but we put it off. Pretty soon we could not take her anywhere because she was too big to control with a leash. So we called and Carol when she was 7 months old and from the very first visit Kaylee changed. We can safely take her to the in-laws now, welcome people into our home, and feel safe when we open doors, so that she doesn't bolt or mow the kids over trying to get out. Carol is amazing and she has a keen sense with dogs. They understand her ans she understands them. I recommend her whenever I can. She's worth every penny.
Stephanie and Mark Y., Melbourne, Fl
Hi Carol, just wanted to share something with you. So VERY glad you suggested the ecollar for Queso! He was outside playing with his buddy next door, when another neighbor that has 2 dogs, a Shepard and a pit bull, came out to walk his dogs. They act as a pack when together, and we always avoid them with Queso, they try to charge him, and he reacts the same. So today, when they came out, he walked them down the street and they saw Queso, and started to act aggressive, so Queso thought it was a good idea to charge after them at a full clip growling and his hackles up. Calling him back, Frank hit him with 10, no response, 20, no response, then 35 he yelped and did a quick 180 and ran back to us. It was unsettling to hear him yell, but better that than get mauled by those 2 dogs. They are so strong, the owner has a hard time controlling them together. When walked alone, they are good dogs, but together, not so much... So very glad we had a way to avoid disaster! Thank you again!
Cheryl ., Melbourne, Shores, Fl
We have a mini golden doodle he is so warm and loving and he loves Carol!! We have learned so much it’s been a great experience. My advice is to do what she says because it works and she knows dogs!!
Thank you Carol we are looking forward to ongoing training!!
Patricia Prince, December 2017 5 Star
We rescued a 2 year old Lab about 3 months ago. After a few hours with him, we knew we’d need some expert help. He was quite the wild animal, jumping on counters, people, other dogs etc. Being 75 pounds, he’s quite strong. He’d take us for a walk, not the other way around.
We knew he’d be around young children, so we wanted a trainer who would not only teach him obedience but also help develop his loving personality.
Carol exceeded even our highest expectations. Within 2 months, the beast had been tamed! We can now take Cooper on a walk and he will stay right by our side regardless of how fast or slow we walk. Even 7 year-old children can walk him with ease. He understands a variety of commands and performs them proudly.
Carol is very patient with our 8 year old daughter, working with her to ensure she is comfortable (but safe) around Cooper. We were quite impressed with Carol’s level of knowledge. She always explained the methods she used so that we understood how to reinforce what she worked on with Cooper.
We would recommend Carol without hesitation.
Lee Isenman 5 star
Carol went above and beyond for me and my dog! I had only two weeks in town before I was going to move away into an apartment with my dog who was dealing with separation anxiety and would bark constantly while I was away, even if I was only in the other room. Carol adjusted her training schedule to meet my needs and taught both me and my dog valuable lessons that have helped my dog overcome his separation anxiety – now I can leave my dog at my apartment without the fear of my neighbors complaining! I have seen drastic improvements with my dog - Carol also helped us work on basic obedience commands (which he never learned because he is a retired show dog). Carol is very kind and her love for dogs and animals is so evident! I really recommend DePaul K9 Academy to anyone looking for professional help with their dog – from basic obedience to problems that seem unfixable, Carol is the one to see!
Carol was outstanding with our 6 month old dog Maggie. She came into our home once a week and brought many helpful tools and information. Maggie took to her right away. We could tell a difference after just the first week of training. Carol is very professional and educated in the field. We enjoyed having her in our home and would recommend her to anyone looking for a loving and well trained dog.
Lauren Selice — 5 star
Carol has helped us with our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel since he was just about 12 weeks old. Her knowledge and expertise, together with her love for dog and her compassion, made all the difference. She has been instrumental in the success we have had with our dog and we will recommend her to anyone looking for an exceptional trainer. You know you have a wonderful trainer when the dog himself is delighted to see her. Carol is an exceptional trainer. Not only will your dogs listen to her, they will love her.
In fact, not only will Carol teach how to train your dog, she will also personalize the training for your specific lifestyle and home. Right upon visiting you for the very first time, she will pinpoint any area in need of correction and attention. Within just a few lessons, our puppy was no longer chasing the cat or bothering the bird. Today, they are all live in peace.
Under her guidance, we have now a well adjusted dog that does not fear to be in his crate when we leave, who can go out with us anywhere and behave, and who is not fearful of noise and new situation. He has learned to behave around other dogs, to patiently sit until told to come, and to walk without pulling on his leash.
We are so grateful for her help that we have continued to have training lessons even now that our dog is well behaved and adjusted. We will continue the wonderful relationship we have established with her and look forward to many more lessons
Katia Von Lignau Chenet — 5 star
My dog, Toby, is a rescue dog I have had since August, 2016. Toby has fear issues that cause him to become aggressive
After a referral by my groomer, Carol has been working with both Toby and me in helping him cope with his issues. I see real progress with his behavior and we know Carol is always ready to help and answer questions.
Carol is very knowledgeable in dog training with an emphasis on assisting owners to work best with their dogs.
I was looking for a dog trainer in the Melbourne area and was drawn to the DePaul K9 Academy! What a find! I had an 8-month-old “puppy” who was not trained! I had trained dogs before but this time, it just wasn’t working. Carol is amazing! She came to the house and started working with Charlie and from the first lesson, I could see the big difference! She is amazing as a dog trainer; her big challenge is training the owners to be consistent! We had 5 weeks of lessons and then I had to go out of town. During the time, I was working out of town, I asked if Carol could recommend a kennel. She did so much better! Charlie got to stay with her and have intensive training with her board and train program. What a difference that made! I am currently home in Oklahoma and now Charlie is just over a year old and still has puppy qualities yet, he is learning and retaining what he learned with Carol! (BIG HINT—it’s up to the human to be consistent and continue to practice daily what has been learned as a team between the dog and the human!!!)
Thank you, Carol, you truly do have that dog whisperer touch!
I was referred to Carol while I was looking for a board and train program. Our two year old Maltipoo had never been boarded or away from our family. We had an emergency situation and needed to leave him for a week. "Papi" has major separation anxiety, socialization issues, and many other issues that needed to worked on and corrected. He was also on medication due to his high level of anxiety, impulsive behavior, and overall hyperness. We had worked with another trainer for several months and utilized every collar, gadget and technique to try to correct his behavior but never obtained the desired level of success. "Papi" is definitely a dog that would have ended up in a shelter as a lost cause by a less committed family (and I will admit I had my fantasies of doing this...) Papi completely controlled our lives and often filled it with stress.
Carol was our life saver!!
I contacted Carol in regard to boarding and training Papi for the week my husband was having surgery. She came over the next day and spent several hours getting to know us and Papi. A few days later we met her at the park near her house where she worked with Papi and then at her house to introduce Papi to her dog Journey, house, and family. The following day we left Papi for his "stay." Carol was in constant communication, sending us videos of Papi's training that absolutely blew us away. At the end of the boarding week, Papi was well on his way to becoming the "Canine Good Citizen" of our hopes and dreams. As with any dog training program, it is imperative that the "parent" owners and family learn the proper handling techniques and commands. Carol taught us that consistency, patience, timing, correction, and praise / reward are all key elements in achieving our goals for Papi. As we move forward in our training, Papi is now using socialization / distraction techniques with just his correction collar. He is also medication free and thriving due to Carol's training techniques. One of the many things that we truly value and appreciate is that Carol does extensive research and shares information via email or text on a near daily basis. She "checks-in" often and requests videos from our family training sessions to review and critique. She truly owns her training and offers far more than the standard one hour training session and then I'll see you next week.
Due to Carol's training, our home is fast becoming a stress free, peaceful environment for all family members. Carol is an incredible, loving trainer who is 100% committed to achieving her client's goals. In her own words, "Carol loves all of her dogs" and the end result has been absolutely incredible! She is simply the best!!
Terry and Mary Bruno-Indialantic, Florida
I highly recommend Carol DePaul for any help needed with your dog. Because of her my new rescue Bobbi looks forward to his walks and it is so enjoyable for both of us.
Thank you so very much!!!!
Kathy Palmer reviewed DePaul K9 Academy 5 star
I can tell you that Carol DePaul has done wonders with some of our Coastal Poodle Rescue foster dogs. We have had nothing but success with her guidance and training of the dogs. Every dog she was worked with has been adopted and are in their new forever homes! She's the best!
Coastal Poodle Rescue 5 star
Cori“Fall seven times, get up eight.” Alright, I didn't go through seven dog trainers, but I did go through three, and I guess I can't count the ones who politely turned me down over the phone, maybe five of those?
“I'm a trainer. You need a behaviorist.”
“I'm a behaviorist. You need a trainer.”
“We train service dogs for the disabled. But we don't do obedience training for dogs belonging to the disabled.”
“We do obedience training and behavior modification for dogs belonging to the disabled, but we don't have the resources to come to you. Can you get yourself and your dog 50 mi. each way to our facility?”
Hello, my name is Cori. I have multiple sclerosis, which I refuse to type with capital letters. For the last 4 years of my 50 on Earth, I have lost walking, and use a wheelchair all day. I drive with hand controls. (And don't worry, I don't drive when I have big symptoms.)
I am a happy, happy client of Carol DePaul.
I have the best dogs in the world. You may THINK that YOU do, but I actually do. smile emoticon One of them is a basket case. That's not me being awful, that is in fact the technical jargon used by dog professionals for the issues of my dog, Keiko.
I began to write our history together as part of this testimonial but it's pages long. Keiko feared her own shadow, every sound she heard and movement she saw. She had at times gone into states I can only describe as catatonic, just frozen. Would not eat or drink water at times if it meant having to move to go to the bowls. Couldn't go 5 min. in the car in any conditions without profuse vomitting. She has gone into inconsolable fits of barking/crying in which I thought she'd give herself a stroke.
She is a rescue dog from Miami-Dade (over-crowded high-kill-rate) Animal Control, by way of the Titusville SPCA who are angels and help Miami by taking spill-over when they can. Time has made a lot of Keiko's pain less severe. But the problems remained.
Compounding this is me in a bloody wheelchair! In my life before m.s. I obedience trained 3 prior (incl. 2 adult rescue) dogs. I gave them the activity they needed to get the piss and vinegar out. I can't physically do it now. So I reached out to people whose business cards were at vet offices, people employed at the chain pet supply stores, people in the Yellow Pages, you know, people who had hung a shingle calling themselves dog trainers for hire.
“Naughty dog? We can help!” The triad of trainers prior to Carol all swore that they'd worked with wheelchair people, they are certified, they know JUST what to do, DON'T WORRY. I could elaborate on my history with them here, but it's pages long! Suffice to say, they did not know what to do. By the time I ceased working with #3, I was feeling a bit of PTSD at the prospect of having to seek out a trainer, again.
Then there was the eighth time I got up.
I recently moved and we had just become clients of Dr. Rosen and staff at Wickham Animal Hospital. They recommended Carol DePaul. And the clouds parted and the sun came through.
Carol is the first trainer to not only acknowledge my immobility, but she has video'd and studied it. She observed what I can and cannot do with the dogs, heck, what I can and cannot do, period. (One ex-trainer insisted he didn't HAVE to watch me walk the dogs...) Carol brought me the perfect training collar for Keiko, that takes almost nil effort on my part to use. She researched and found a compound, no-tangle leash with which I can easily walk both dogs while operating my mobility scooter, which had been an imbroglio for a long time.
Carol has given me SO many techniques and exercises that I am able to carry out with Keiko. In just these few weeks, Keiko has lost so much of her anxiety and fear. She now listens to my commands to knock off the nuisance behavior. She is making great eye contact and doesn't have “the stares” nearly as much. She is and may always be neurotic around bikes and skateboards, but no longer bat*#\& crazy out of control scaring the children.
I, my roommate, my other awesome dog Parker, and the neighbors are having a lot more peace... And we're not even done yet. I cannot thank Carol DePaul enough and after the official training period is over, I hope we will continue to see her. Parker and Keiko love her.
PS Working with Carol, Parker may become a nursing home visiting dog. Stay tuned.
Cori Daikan Scisorek, Melbourne 5 STAR
Our dog Sadie would get very hyper when visitors would come to the house. She wanted to jump on them and wouldn't leave them alone but Carol came to our house and with her help she taught us what to do when someone rang the door bell or came into the house. We are still working with Sadie but she is so much better now that we know how to stop this behavior. Carol also helped with Sadie to get along with our cat. This is work in progress but the situation has improved and the cat is not as nervous around Sadie.
Carol is a remarkable trainer. She was firm when she needed to be and also showed affection for Sadie and in turn Sadie loves Carol. She really helped us and Sadie.
Jan & Jim Pylman, Melbourne, Fl 5 STAR
After going through 3 training sessions, both private, and group, with 2 other trainers, our vet suggested that we contact Carol DePaul about our year old, Great Dane, Lucy. Lucy was extremely skittish, and very fearful of just about everything. Carol taught us to work with Lucy in a way that would give her more self confidence, and she suggested that our uncertainty was being projected to Lucy. We intensified our training schedule with Lucy, and followed all of Carol's simple, but sensible suggestions. Lucy is like a different dog, now. While she was previously freaked out by any new object I'd place in the house, she's fine with all my Christmas decorations, and even with the Christmas tree. Thank you, Carol, for sharing your expertise, and making Lucy as well behaved as she is adorable.
Helene DeAngelo, Satellite Beach, 5 Star Florida
My wife and I decided to get our first dog in our mid 60's. We have had . quite a few cats and did not realize how much work a 3 month old, French Bulldog puppy would be. Luckily, we discovered Carol and DePaul Academy on the Internet. We opted for the individual training sessions and they were well worth it! After six weeks we have an obedient and compliant dog. Beau sits when directed too and remarkably will stay seated until we give him the command to get up. He is much more compliant while on his leash. He is fun to have around, something he was not prior to Carol's sessions. Carol loves what she does and we highly recommend her.
Charlie and Linda Higenfeldt, Satellite Beach, Florida 5 star
Carol was recommended to me by my Vet. I had rescued a dog 2 weeks before and he was terrified of everything! The first in home visit he paced for about 20 minutes and then Carol got down on the floor with him and fed him treats getting him closer to her. She worked with Pookie and with me (I baby talk my babies). Train the dog, train the owner. After eight weeks you can see how he was.....the picture of Carol and Pookie is in the Private Lesson section, does that look like a dog that is terrified? We were going to continue with a board and train program but he tore his cruciate ligament and needed surgery 6 weeks ago, Carol came to see him! I would recommend her to all owners whose dogs are having problems, she works tirelessly with the dogs and she loves them like they are her own!
Alice Jean Cruz Deaton, Melbourne, Fl. 5 Star
Carol retrained my 7 year old Puggle how to walk correctly on the leash in just ONE lesson! She also taught her new commands such as "Look" for her focus and attention! This is extremely important for my dog to stay focused on me when we are out on our walks or I need to get her attention.Erin Verstegen, La Habra, California 5 Star
Carol is Melbourne's answer to the dog whisperer. She trained my Australian Shepherd to quit pulling when walking, now it is enjoyable to take him for walks as he strolls along next to me. She has a special connections with the dogs when she walks and they know to behave. She shows you on how to get that same result when it is just you.
John McAvey, Melbourne, Fl. 5 Star
We cannot thank Carol enough for training our dogs! We have a 3 year old Weimaraner and little puppy. We were having major problems with her jumping on my wife and chewing up everything in the house. Carol was able to stop these bad habits in just a few sessions. Highly recommend! Dogs are responding to many commands and have much more respect for us. Thank you, Jordon and Amy Luhn, Indialantic, Fl. 5 Star
We did not have a clue where to start on training our puppy. Carol took the time to train our( puppy) golden retriever and our family to be on the same page, she taught our entire family to understand our roles to the importance of consistency and respect between a family and a puppy.We now have great tools to now continue to work with. What a gift she is! Thank you for coming to California to help us out!!!!
Donna Leslie Holmes, Whittier, Ca 5 Star
Carol worked with our two rescue dogs over a period of 6 weeks. I feel Carol is an excellent trainer and very dedicated to her profession. Upon our initial visit, she took the time to evaluate, get to know our dogs and came up with a plan to help our dogs overcome the behavior issues we had concerns about. Each time she returned, she re-enforced what she had taught the week before and introduced new skills along with written materials. Our dogs responded very well to her training commands, and over the next couple of months as we re-enforced each of the commands and skills they became proficient at each. Carol was gentle, but yet firm with our dogs and taught us how to handle them in a positive way to accomplish the results needed. We know that it only works with consistency and that is something she stressed to us. We have recommended her to others because of her attitude and professionalism. Thank you Carol.
Barbara Baird, Indian Harbor Beach, Florida 5 Star
I interviewed three other trainers before I selected Carol DePaul. Early in the interview, her knowledge and the love she showed for my dogs while talking with me made me feel at ease. I heard the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, so I was curious to see what miracles she could do for my two dogs. I have a Rat Terrier almost nine years of age and a Chihuahua that is two who feels she runs the house. I was having problems with both of them barking at every little thing inside and outside the house, bolting out the door and running out of the gate. Not only did she correct those behaviors, Carol helped me understand the reason why they were behaving this way. Carol works very hard to accomplish goals that are discussed and makes sure they are completed before she leaves. I find her to be a very pleasant person, easy to talk to and is very prompt to answer your questions by a phone call or emails. Cliff Jones, Melbourne, Florida 5 Star
About eight weeks ago we had enough of our 5 year old male Black Labrador (75) pounds. Basically Shadow is a great dog. We had some problems though and not sure what to do about them. We tried different books and used different corrections, but it did not seem to work for us. Shadow had a problem door crashing, knocking children over (we teach at home), problems during the walk and not staying in the yard. We hired her for 6 sessions to address several different concerns, and after the first session with her we saw a major improvement with Shadow. Just her presence in the room, the energy she projected had an impact on Shadow’s behavior. Not only does she train the dog, she has a great skill in training the owner’s which she explained to us that this is a result in the dog’s behavior. After 6 weeks of training Shadow we no longer have the anxieties we once had when the door bell rings and people come to the door. He knows to go to his place and stay calm. We can now walk without the constant pulling, we really enjoy our walks with him now! We plan to continue these efforts with her on a periodic basis and know that Shadow will continue his progress and so will we. Thanks again Carol for all you have done!
Dr. and Mrs Daniel Young, West Melbourne, Florida 5 Star