Testimonials

Astute insight into canine behavior…

"For the past 11 years, which I have had the privilege of sharing with my beautiful Australian Shepherd, not a human who has met him has failed to note what an incredibly well-mannered, obedient, self-restrained and sweet dog he is. I always say that I owe it all to Tamara Tokash! Working with Tamara is a gift. I feel so lucky to have someone of her caliber, character, level of knowledge, and astute insight into canine behavior teach me how to help my dog be the best he can be." - Marina Donahue

Plethora of knowledge….

"Tamara Tokash put her all into the training for my dog and me! She went the extra mile with each lesson. She has a plethora of knowledge on dogs and shows her concern for their well being." - The Balsamos

Tailored to our needs…

"We had taken our dog to a local group obedience class; but unfortunately were disappointed. When we were told about Courteous Canines, our dog and family were able to get one on one attention. The training was tailored to our needs. Maddy’s favorite part of the program was when Tamara would take us on field trips to town. That was real life socialization! They are extremely knowledgeable and good hearted dog people!" - Frank Long

Love and consistency…

"I believe that Tamara’s flexible approach and professional style with training has made Cocoa a dynamite dog. She was a great dog to begin with, but Tamara made her be all that she could be. She is two years old now, and when I see owners having a hard time, I thank Tamara silently for teaching me how to understand a dog and handle them with love and consistency." - Carol Greco

The best start possible…

"We wanted to give our 8 week old puppy the best start possible; so I hired Courteous Canines to help me train him. It was a very pleasant experience for both my family and my puppy. They were such thorough, patient & knowledgeable trainers. I owe all his good manners to them!" - Tara Rosselli

A rewarding experience…

"We first met Tamara in 1998. We were expecting our first child and had a very rambunctious 9 month old female, black Labrador, Dagney. We had already tried another dog training service which did not work out. After speaking with our veterinarian, they recommended Courteous Canines. We immediately enrolled in two classes, “Babies and Doggies” and “Manners Training”. It was obvious from our first session with Tamara that this was going to be a rewarding experience for both Dagney and us. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about dogs, you could tell she truly cared about them!" - Rosalie & Steve and Szynal

Confident and proud…

"My dog was afraid of her own shadow but Courteous Canines and Tamara Tokash worked with my family, myself, and my dog until she learned how to be confident and proud of her shadow!" - The Heatly’s  

Unique…

Tamara is so much more than a dog trainer!

Love…

Tamara taught me how to love my dog.

Veterinarian recommended…

Tamara was recommended by my veterinarian and helped us develop strategies which were individualized for our Labradoodle, Max. Max was diagnosed with kidney disease and Tamara helped us with dietary choices as Max’s appetite declined. After a year-long battle, Max was hospitalized and it was time to say goodbye. Tamara lovingly made sure to visit with Max before he went to sleep, and later planted a memorial tree in his honor. - Antonia Pinnney  

Calm and Happy Dog…

Tamara is a gem! When we were on vacation last year, our sweet, introverted pup was in a panic that we had left her with a dog sitter. Tamara made an emergency house call and implemented specific behavior modification techniques and worked with our pup and our pet sitter until our dog was calm and happy. Tamara didn’t just save the day, she saved the whole vacation! - Penny Sokolowski

Passionate…

She's one passionate woman that is determined to make dogs' lives better!

Invaluable training program…

"Courteous Canines proved to be an invaluable training program for us and our dog Comet. We learned how to communicate positively with Comet through hand signals, verbal commands and fun games. It gave us the tools to build a life-long relationship. What sets it apart from other programs is the individualized training plan, providing positive solutions specific to our dog. Comet also enjoys the special treats from them, especially the tripe chews and the dried sweet potatoes on a rope!" - Barbara Morse

True love for dogs…

"I loved Tamara's calm approach and they way she can read individual dog personalities! I still use many of the techniques she showed me and would love to have her back again to brush up. Tamara's true love for dogs and natural way with them is amazing!" - Lisa Graham

Well behaved pooch….

"Tamara’s a trainer with special gifts. She knows how to communicate effectively with both dogs and their owners. Her lessons are fun and easy. The results will surely bring smiles to the faces of owners. She is also available for follow-up question as well as advice. There’s nothing better than having a well behaved pooch!" - Ruth Morris

Expertise in nutrition and wellness…

If you are looking for an authentic expert in all areas of canine health and nutrition, behavior and training, and understanding of the deep love and bond between humans and their dogs, look no further! Tamara is an incredibly gifted woman who’s understanding of canine behavior and expertise in nutrition and wellness comes from her extensive training and endless hours of research in both Eastern and Western medicine. On top of her incredible knowledge and profound love of dogs, she is one of the most kind-hearted and compassionate people you and your dog will ever have the pleasure of meeting! - Karen Carlucci

Impressive…

Impressed with the comprehensive approach that Tamara uses. She has a unique ability to sense exactly what a dog and person need.

Dog Whisperer…

Tamara is the DOG WHISPERER! The quintessential dog expert. Well rounded, qualified and effective. She thoroughly assess everything that impacts your dog – food, behavior, obedience, lifestyle, your energy and more. She’s my go to person for everything! Before I call my vet, I call Tamara

An eager student…

"Tamara used positive reinforcement, which made Mandy an eager student. The detailed course program was extremely helpful in reviewing all we had learned. Tamara is an excellent trainer and we appreciated her limitless patience with all of our questions. Tamara’s sensitivity, support, advice, knowledge and professionalism helped us immensely. Mandy become a “courteous canine”, and our family more knowledgeable." - The Forman Family

In Between Thoughts…

When you hire Tamara for training, you get so much more. Since nutrition and health are integral parts of behavioral training, Tamara culls from her extensive studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, holistic healing methods and optimal nutrition. Her education in these areas is on par with that of medical and clinical practitioners. - Beth Ellis


Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.” – Rumi

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