My husband Chris and I first fostered and later adopted our dog Harvey at 6 weeks old. He had issues that we had no idea how to address, so we did some research and discovered Pro Dog Hawaii.We started off with a private session and I could tell Marie was very intuitive on Harvey's behavior, where to begin with his training, and how to build a strong and positive relationship. We chose Pro Dog Hawaii for all of our training needs and have had him in classes from 11 weeks old to 7 months. Harvey came to us with food aggression issues and was very emotionally disconnected, but with all of PDH's help we now have a dog that looks to us for guidance and has become a happy and emotionally healthy dog that completes our family. It was amazing to see the confidence in my dog grow and how eager he was to learn. We had a wonderful experience and plan to continue training for many years to come. We will miss Marie and her team!!
5 years after leaving Marie because the army made me, I am still using all she taught me, every day with my dogs, and my horses, (and my kids!). Sometimes I didn't listen to her at the time, but I always came around and took her advice. God has blessed me abundantly through Marie by giving me relationships with my animals that I always dreamed of.
Melissa and Dexter
I first met Marie at the Bark Park when my chocolate lab pup, Sarah, was 4-and-a-half months old. After watching Marie work with her dogs several times, I asked her about helping me give Sarah some basic training. We agreed on a series of sessions at my house. Marie had an immediate rapport with Sarah. After four sessions, Sarah had the basics of her training. Marie was prompt and professional. She has an obvious love and respect for dogs. Sarah stills greets her with great enthusiasm at the Bark Park.
– Dave & Sarah
I just wanted to thank you for all the help you gave our son Antonio with his new best friend Ms. Kona. We learned so much from you in a very short time. Your extensive knowledge in the obedience training experience make it enjoyable for both the dog and owner. Watching your relationship with Jazy would make any new dog owner want to have their new family member behave and perform like her. With your guidance any new or even experienced dog owner will learn something new and make their relationship with their dog a better one.
I know that first hand...you did it for us. I thank you and I am very grateful for what you taught me, my 14 year old son and my wife. You helped plant the seed for him to become a responsible pet owner for the rest of his life and that in itself is.....priceless!!!
I am including some pictures of Antonio and Kona that were used for our 2009 Christmas cards. It was our first Christmas with Ms. Kona. You will be my first recommendation for anyone looking for help with their new dog.
Again thank you.
– Ray, Pat, Antonio and Kona...The Cruz Ohana!
Marie Selarque is a fantastic, gentle and caring dog trainer. She is simply a natural with dogs and her positive reinforcement methods made training our 10-week-old Labradoodle (Daffodil) a great experience.
We so believed in Marie that we flew her from Oahu to Maui on a regular basis to help with the initial training. Due to our hectic lifestyle, we weren't always able to spend as much time on a daily basis reinforcing what Daffodil had learned. Therefore, on two occasions, we sent Daffodil to Oahu to board with Marie. Although we missed having our puppy around, we knew that Daffodil was in the safest hands possible for nurturing and training.
We consider Marie a friend of our family and we wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone who's looking for the best.
-Lynn & Mick Fleetwood
Marie Selarque came highly recommended to us by a friend. We had just acquired a four-year-old untrained Great Dane. Marie taught us to use gentle techniques when interacting with our dogs. Our dog's manners improved immediately and before we new it they were sitting patiently, lying down on command, walking without pulling on their leashes and becoming familiar with the commands "stay" and "off." We all (dogs included) look forward to our next training session with Marie.
Marie of Pro-Dog Hawaii has been a great help in giving us the tools to raise a healthy, happy dog that can interact with humans as well as within dog society. Her reward-based training is compassionate and non-violent, and can be used by children, adults, and seniors. We have boarded our puppy with Marie on a number of occasions, and each time Mele has been welcomed in as an accepted part of the family. We have the utmost confidence that not only will our puppy be walked and fed, but she will also be given both the attention and the discipline that she needs and deserves.
– Mary, Ward & Mele
Thank you so much...it was such a special day for us. This week I am dog-sitting, and watching another, untrained dog has only highlighted how far Indy has come. Sometimes I get discouraged and feel as though I'm not doing enough for Indy, but he has really proven his manners: sitting at doors, no leash-pulling when I walk the dogs together. We thank you! I only wish more people would understand how obedience training is necessary and can make such a difference in one's family.
– Emily & Indy
I really have to thank you......If I hadn't met you ...I don't know what would have happened. I am so much more confident with him and he is so much better with strangers and even other dogs. I have to tell you ....one of the reasons I didn't want to move was that I didn't want to leave you and your class......and all that he was used to. I was worried he would regress and be stuck with a life by himself. I brought him to daycare ...it was hard to find a place ...I was really honest about him and three places wouldn't even try him. One place the woman told me reactive dogs were her specialty and then she met him and he was good.....just kind of scared and she still blew me off....and it was outrageously expensive! The place he started going...is Paws Pet Resort and he has met all of the staff and been really good and they play with and walk him.
– Thank you so much! Barbara and Meka
When Cortes was 9 months old, I was feeling stuck and a bit frustrated in my training. Private sessions with Marie have improved and enriched my relationship with Cortes immensely. Marie was able to address specific issues and behaviors unique to Cortes and teach me to handle them in positive and effective ways. The information, support and techniques she shared with me helped me get over the adolescent "hump" and took my training with Cortes to a new level. Marie is a wealth of information and I look forward to her continued help in learning with Cortes as he grows and changes.
– Cristal & Cortes
For a nominal price, Marie offers a great opportunity to find out if you are interested in agility for your dog without the frightening commitment of seeking out the people who are competing. My dog really liked some of the activities immediately, but she gained the confidence to do even those activities which were initially threatening. I believe, she even likes to show that she can do the scary ones as she repeats them in subsequent weeks.
– Margaret & Ho
Marie and Pro Dog Hawaii have given my wife and me the greatest gift of all: the ability to communicate effectively with our dog, Kapa'a. We can now take our 10-month-old Newfoundland puppy hiking, swimming, or even visit friends with confidence that she will behave appropriately. Recently we went for a hike, that was a wonderful experience. We were able to walk off leash and trust that she would come when called, stop on command, and greet other dogs and people politely. It was true joy to feel as though we were able to understand each other, and this is thanks to Marie. The learning environment at class is effective, efficient, and always positive. Thanks again.
– Matt and Renee Smalley
We just took Emi into the vet to check on a nipple problem and the staff noticed how remarkably different Emi is. They commented on how changed she is, so quiet, calm and non-reactive to other dogs. There were two American Bulldogs in the waiting room with us and Emi totally ignored them as though they were not there. Other dogs came and went and she just lay there looking at them and did not growl or even get up. We were in the waiting room for 45 minutes and the staff said it was as though Emi wasn't even there. It's a definite difference and must be due to all of the training.
– Mits, Scott and Emi
Thank you for this past Sunday's BAT training! It was very interesting to experience first-hand the different types of calming signals, reactions, etc. I never knew that Zoe did a lip lick until Sunday. She initially reacts so quickly by charging and barking [at other dogs]. I now realize that she doesn't understand how to approach dogs properly, and is just initially reactive. It was helpful to see other dogs on Sunday, and hear you explain what they were doing. Will be working with Zoe!
– Carole Koike