FROM OUR DOG TRAINING CLIENTS
It has been almost 3 months since Kelse trained with you.
She was a changed dog when we picked her up and she remains a
changed dog now! She is as sweet as ever but she is also now
amazingly very obedient! She no longer lunges or snaps at other
dogs on our walks. In fact, other dogs may lunge or growl at
her but she will follow our command and keep heeling. She heels
perfectly and does not pull any longer. Even our dog walker comments
on how well Kelse behaves on walks and wished other dogs that
she walked behaved like Kelse.
When the doorbell rings Kelse no longer chargers frantically
toward the door. She sits and stays when and where we tell her.
She does not jump on people when they come into the house. When
children approach her and want to pet her, she sits patiently
and lets them.
She still has the tendency to run the fence line and bark
at the lawnmower but with "uh uh, come, sit, stay"
string of commands, those behaviors cease also. Last but certainly
not least, she comes on command off leash in an enclosed area
as big as a baseball field! (We have not tried her off leash
in a wide open area.) At home she consistently comes on command
off leash and even without the e-collar. Also, we have rarely
used the shock function. She responds to the buzz very quickly.
We are so grateful for the work you did with Kelse! Even a
6 year old stubborn German Shepherd can change under your training!
Thank you again for all your help!
Tim and Tuyet C from Chantilly, VA
Hi Susanna and Adam,
I just wanted to express my gratitude for training my third
Giant Schnauzer. Bear is a completely different dog now. Gone
is the dumpster diving and then running around the kitchen with
the trash. He did it once when he got home and never again. He
has also learned to not jump up on the kitchen counters. He now
walks very well on the leash and doesn't pull anymore. He has
stopped mouthing my children which makes them very happy. Because
of his good behavior he is is now allowed in other areas of the
house to be part of the family. With him being a large breed,
I am more confident now that he is trained. Your training still
let him be his confident self and retain his sweet disposition.
When I decided I was going to get another puppy, you two were
the first people I thought of. Last night when we were getting
ready to sit down to dinner, Bear went in his crate and laid
down. My husband and I looked at each other in disbelief. The
usual dinner time behavior for him was jumping up on the table
to steal the food, napkins, or utensils. Now it is much more
relaxed and we can actually enjoy dinner. His training makes
everyone in the family happy most of all Bear because he is not
getting yelled at all the time now.
I can't believe that we have known each other since 1997 when
I met you at Old Town School for Dogs. My first Giant Schnauzer,
Bailey, that you helped train was a massive dog who was completely
obsessed with squirrels. One dog obedience instructor told me
that I would never be able to handle a dog of his size and demeanor.
After your training I took him back to that very instructor for
a group class and Bailey did the whole class off leash in the
city. The instructor was so impressed that he wanted to buy the
dog from me. Needless to say, Bailey wasn't for sale. My second
Giant, Rocky, was a dominant dog who was a rambunctious puppy.
With your careful training he turned into a wonderful, well behaved
dog who was king of the dog park.
When I have been out in public with any of my dogs, people
always come up to ask what kind of dog they are and the second
comment they always make is how well behaved they are. I am a
walking advertisement for you because I always tell everyone
how knowledgable and gifted you are as dog trainers. My sincerest
appreciation for once again giving me a well trained dog.
Best regards and we will be in touch,
Mary Kay G. from Annandale, VA.
Our dogs, Cooper (3 years) and Blue (1 year), are very high
energy, vizsla hunting dogs. We live with them in the city and
had trouble taking them on leashed walks and runs. They pulled
like crazy. Their energy level made basic obedience commands
difficult and if they saw a bird or squirrel they would take
off after it!
We decided to send them to Campbells Canine Camps
3-week e-collar training. At first we were nervous because Cooper
is very timid and shy and we were not sure how he would react
to the e-collar. And Blue is so stubborn, we werent sure
the training would have too much of an effect.
Well, we were pleasantly surprised!
When we dropped them off we were shown the training facilities,
which are clean and new. Adam, the trainer, took the time to
ask thoughtful questions about each pup and by the end of the
drop-off both dogs were comfortable with Adam.
During their stay we received weekly check-ins on their health
and training progress. And, when it was time to pick them up,
they were changed dogs!
Adam took the time to work with each dog individually, then
together to make sure their obedience foundation worked in any
situation. Now, their obedience is excellent for commands such
as sit, stay, come, down. We are now able to walk and run with
them OFF leash, in the city!
Thanks to Campbells Canine Camp we have two happy, well-behaved
vizslas - that we can take anywhere. Their training camp is worth
Natalie S and Andy L from Philadelphia, PA.
Dear Adam and Susanna,
I have been remiss in not writing this sooner, but wanted to
update you on our puppy, Winnie, who spent three weeks with you
in August. She is simply AMAZING. I can not express enough gratitude
for what you have done for our dog and our family. Winnie came
to you as a pretty wild, 9 month old puppy. We had many problems
with her to include her recall, walking on a leash, eating things
she shouldn't, and just not listening in general. We had attempted
to train her on our own, but were not very successful. Winnie
thought that she was number one in the family and in charge.
At the height of our struggles, I realized I couldn't control
Winnie enough to bring her inside after she had jumped on a friend
of my daughter's while playing in the yard. I was also very worried
that I couldn't keep Winnie safe from eating things she shouldn't
- she would never let me take something out of her firmly clenched
Winnie spent three weeks at your Canine Camp, where she learned
to walk on the leash (heel, turn, sit, etc). She was trained
with the remote collar and that was and is a useful tool to get
her sit, down, stay (which she does without the collar, but the
collar still helps remind her sometimes), come when called, drop
something in her mouth that she should not have, etc, etc. I
have only ever used to collar on vibrate (ie have never had to
use the shocking function). She still responds immediately to
the vibration. The remote collar has been a wonderful tool for
our very headstrong, smart dog.
Best of all, I am writing to you months after we have left
your camp. I considered writing earlier, but thought it is more
meaningful if this comes to you after we have been home and on
our own for several months. Winnie is pure joy to have. One of
the best things about all of this, is that Winnie is still the
fun loving, mischievous, silly heart of a dog that she was before
training - she just listens now to commands (from all members
of our family) and we are able to keep her and others around
Thank you Adam for sharing your training skills with us and
our dog. We are forever grateful. Wishing you and your family
a wonderful 2016!!
Pat, Cheryl, Delaney, Brianna, and Winnie M., Vienna, VA.
Kirby is a sweet baby pet. Absolutely energetic and always
on the go. She has been complimented by many for her good behaviors.
The lady at the Animal Hospital says she is an Angel. Yep! Great
accolades for a German Shepherd which is known to have Reactive
Aggression and Predator Instinct.
Of course this is after the training process.
Prior to this at the Animal clinic they had to put a muzzle
on her face and it took two assistants to get that done. We often
got cuts from her teeth in an attempt to do the same. She also
fought back and refused to walk on leash. When that happened
she pulled me towards any direction and made one to feel that
the arms are going to come out of the shoulders.
Also, she must be a descendant of the Dyson family. Kirby
was like a vacuum cleaner. She picked up almost anything which
moves and sometimes small rocks and pebbles. It was a wrestling
bout on a consistent basis.
Fast forward and enter Campbell's Canine Camp The training
provided by them to Kirby was something out of the ordinary.
She is like a different dog right now. She has learned Social
Graces from a couple who are just dedicated and focused. The
electronic collar provided to her does really help to listen
and respond to all commands close to 99% of the time.
Try them. It's a nice drive on route 15 to their Camp which
is not far from Virginia where we live. Leave your pet for two
weeks of training and I guarantee you will see a marked difference
in your pets behavior.
Just don't take our word for it. Check them out. They are
extremely cordial and you will certainly get a one on one service
which is a rarity these days.
Crispina V and James D, Oakhill, VA
You guys really have changed our lives! Since I picked him
up, Murphy has been able to participate with the family all the
time instead of being crated for a lot of the day. My parents
came over and Murphy was calm and very well behaved around my
mother, who has rheumatoid arthritis and is a bit frail. He usually
has to be crated while she is here because he gets overly excited.
I don't know if Adam told you, but my daughter has special needs
and Murphy is typically very gentle around her but super excited
because he loves her so much so it's been hard for them to interact.
It is such a huge change that Shiloh was able to give him a goodnight
kiss without being slobbered or jumped on. Adam's training session
was perfect. He helped me so much. You guys have changed our
lives at home and I am so thankful!
Again, thank you so much!
Summer P. and Murphy From Sterling, VA
I have meant to tell update you on Sully's progress long before
this, but time has slipped by so fast. Sully is AWESOME since
his training. You were correct...the training was good for him.
Thanks to the E-collar, he has more freedom to run freely on
my four acres and so is a happier boy and also is able to get
the exercise that he needs. I worked with him throughout the
summer, walking the boundaries of the property using the collar
to train him about what his boundaries are.. it was so easy.
He actually gets excited every morning when I pick up his collar
to put on him... he knows it means the gates outside are going
to be opened and he can take his morning "walk-about"
to check his domain. A neighbor has two dogs that run freely
and visit Sully to play. Sully makes no attempt to follow the
dogs when they leave the property. I have been able to use the
collar to deter him from chasing deer and stray cats. And, to
be honest, I have only used the "page" (warning/vibration)
button on the remote. I have never actually used the shock button.
He is also still doing well walking on the leash as well as
all the other commands that he learned during his training. It
is such a comfort to know that he comes to me on command when
we are outside. I am just so very happy that I made the decision
to bring him to you. Our lives are much improved. Thank you thank
you thank you.
Sharon M. and Sully, From Parkersburg, WV
We are so grateful for Campbell's K-9 obedience trainers Adam
and Susanna and their expert training skills for our dog, Ceelo.
With their 3 week program, Ceelo was transformed from an overly
anxious, impatient, unfocused dog to a well mannered, happy,
pleasing, obedient dog. The difference in behavior is astounding.
Not only is Ceelo trained in off leash, remote collar, he is
now able to begin training to be Scott's PTSD service dog. This
couldn't have happened without obedience training in place. Ceelo
is a true member of our family and he brings so much joy, love
and happiness to our lives everyday!
Thanks so much!!
Scott and Sarah M. Harpers Ferry, WV
Dear Susanna and Adam,
What a transformation!
I am truly amazed at the difference in AJ's behavior after 3
weeks with you.
We are continuing to work on the commands and behavior Adam taught
I need the work more than AJ--I just wish I had come to you sooner.
If you could see him at the golf course you would be so proud.
I feel he is much safer now that he listens and doesn't impulsively
bolt after every rabbit/squirrel/deer/coyote that he sees. I
still let him hunt a little, but it is in a small area well away
from roads or golfers and only when I release him.
You have really inspired me to work harder and to be the pack
leader AJ is looking for.
I hope you will have him back to stay with you when I take my
next long trip.
Julieta S. and AJ From Baltimore MD.
||There is no such thing as a bad dog. Although
sometimes they do not listen to you or obey your commands. Enrolling
Skyler in Campbell's canine obedience and remote collar training
courses was the very best thing I could have done. It is truely
amazing to me the turnaround and transformation of my puppy Skyler.
Adam's ability to accurately evaluate, communicate and train
both owner and their dog is exceptional, focused and results
oriented. The dedication, love, experience, ability, education
and professional help this couple bring to the table is first
class and can not be beat.
Thank you Adam and Susanna for giving me the dream puppy I always
wanted and now have!
Patrice M., Manassas, VA
Dear Adam and Susanna,
Its been about a week since Tasha has been home and she
has done really well with the transition. Or should I say we
have done really well!
When we first brought her home she tried to test us a little
bit, but we quickly let her know that the same rules
applied at home. Since shes been home she hasnt barked
at people at the window (including our neighbor) and hasnt
tried to lunge at anyone. In fact, she only barked once outside
at some people walking by, but we only had to do the verbal correction.
Its amazing how different she is now. She isnt
anxious and overly excited anymore. She doesnt breathe
or pant heavily anymore and is very patient with everything (including
our kids). She sits patiently waiting for our commands and doesnt
even jump on my parents either. In fact, my father said it was
weird that she was in the same room with him and wasnt
in his face (or his lap). She just sat quietly by his feet.
We have such a well behaved dog and we cant thank you
enough! We feel like we are finally able to communicate with
her and that we are speaking the same language. Thank you both
so much! Adam did an excellent job! (and I am still speechless).
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about how quickly
our dog would take to this type of training. However, after Adam
explained everything to us and showed us what Tasha could do,
I am definitely a believer!
Thank you again for teaching us how to be better owners!
Sonia and Richard, Centreville,
Adam and Susanna,
Wanted to send a quick follow up regarding Annie's training.
While there was some initial concern about her retaining what
she learned, we noticed an immediate improvement in the way she
is on leash when walking her. There were some minor issues with
some of the commands like sitting when we stop and staying in
the sit position, but sticking to the training you outlined when
we picked her up soon proved to be rewarding for all. We chocked
it up to "oh, I'm back in my regular environment now. I
can do what I want like before". The continual exercises
have resulted in her responding almost exactly as she has when
we picked her up. This seems to in turn made the walk more enjoyable
for not only us, but her as well since she is no longer choking
herself to get to things while still allowing her to have free
time at her favorite spots (telephone poles, fire hydrants, signs,
etc). While greeting family in the house still requires training,
on her walks she is absolutely perfect. She is following commands
which she will soon learn will result in more attention from
people around her. We will try Petsmart soon during the week
to see how she does.
We wanted to thank you both for everything. Adam did a phenomenal
job with her and we could immediately tell by the way she was
with him that she liked being there which was very comforting
to us. You are both very professional and meticulous in your
methods and it seemed to have paid off. Also, meeting with Adam
during the pickup was awesome. Everything was explained in detail
which resulted in us leaving having a full understanding how
to move forward with Annie's continual training. It is so great
to walk down the street with her by our side while other dogs
go crazy. She just looks at them like "what's their problem?".
Thank you for everything and looking forward to boarding her
with you guys if/when we ever take any trips.
Bill and Lezonne H. Martinsburg,
We love our dogs! They continue to behave perfectly
- and believe it or not Oscar is even better than Champ! I walk
both dogs with one finger holding the leashes! Amazing! Thanks
so much for training them!
Oscar and Champ "staying" on the beach
in Puerto Rico with help of Dogtra and Campbell's K9 Camp training!
"Hi Susanna & Adam!
We love you guys! Are you sure aliens didn't abduct our two dogs
and reprogram them? They are not the same dogs we left with you
4 months ago! They heel, sit, stay, walk without pulling on the
leash and are amazingly calm. We laugh every day, like, "this
just can't be true!" We just think you guys rock! Thanks
for boarding, training and loving our dogs while we were deployed!!!!"
Rey and Kathy V. from Bowie,
"We are so pleased with
how Clover has been coming along this past year. Accidents and
grovelling behavior are much rarer. She is still very high-strung,
but much more confident in her approach to both dogs and people
-.just generally much more enjoyable to live with. We are both
so appreciative of the work you did with her, as we know how
challenging she was!"
March E. from Washington,
"It's been over a year now
and Ogre and Pygmy are still doing great! Ogre's gotten more
confident around other people and he's even more focused on our
walks. We're very impressed at how well Pygmy stays and heels
. She's way more patient and respectful than we thought she ever
Matt and Michelle H. from
"Susanna and Adam -- we
are just about 10 days post camp for our wonderful Rugby. We
knew when we brought him to you guys for 2 weeks that he would
be a challenge (I think he was for a few days) but we also knew
that the magic you worked with Chili over 13 years ago, you would
work again. And you did. Chili will be gone one year on Thanksgiving.
We are still sad, but Rugby brings back all the love and joy,
and his willingness now to be a well mannered, obedient boy will
make this Thanksgiving a very joyful one. No more sad tears,
only lots of laughs and fun times with our wonderful Golden.
I hope you like the new photos. Thanks again, and we will see
you in early 2012. Best always."
Janice and Gary E. from Alexandria,
"We happened upon Arnold
while living in New York City. His previous owner found him running
around the streets of Queens and could not handle him anymore.
We initially took him on as a foster case, but then, as often
happens, he won us over. Before bringing Arnold to Campbells
Canine Camp we had a difficult time walking him, he barely knew
basic commands, and he jumped up on EVERYONE! After two weeks
at camp, Arnold has become a model walker, and runner, and mastered
several commands. Arnold has also become much calmer, especially
when walking we have a lot of pride when Arnold continues
to walk while other dogs are barking at him (and usually the
other owner is reluctant to walk by Arnold because he looks like
hes an aggressive dog
). We have since sent Arnold
and our other dog, Jet, back to the Campbells for boarding; they
have been extremely accommodating and nice every time we work
Brady and Cate S. from Washington
"I wanted to let you know
how Buddy has been doing since we left on Sunday. On the way
home I wanted to practice what I had just learned and help him
transfer the pack leader to me on neutral territory.
We stopped at the Hagerstown Outlets and practiced for almost
2 hrs. How fantastic! We heeled, turned, sat and what was really
great, we did down/stays a few times. I sat a few feet from him
on a bench for a while. People would come up and ask to pet him
and previously he would at least get up from a down and sit or
even stand when approached (if not jump). He made no move to
get up and when they petted him stayed down, nice and calm. This
was a real test
he loves and gets distracted with kids
pre-schoolers approached and asked if they could pet him. Previously
he would get up, excited and least of all lick them. He didnt
move while all 3 petted him at once and he remained calm with
his head on his paws! And they remained petting him for more
than just a minute. Another test: There was a man sitting on
a bench with a small dog on a leash. Initially walking by, Buddy
wanted to cross in front of me to meet him, but I corrected him.
We walked past, turned around and walked past him again
time he only looked and I corrected him from looking to pay attention
to me. We turned again and walked past and he didnt even
look in the dogs direction. About 15 min. later we were
walking up to the same place and I didnt expect the man
and dog to still be there, but this gave us another opportunity.
He walked past as if the dog was not even there---THIS IS HUGE!!!!
Yesterday I took him to Pet Smart
is still a challenge for him, but he did much better than ever
before. I have to be careful when I take him there to give him
100% of my attention to make sure he focuses
my challenge. But he did well.
Soon after getting back from
training, we walked past a bailiff in the courthouse and he commented,
Did that dog get manners?
Today at work so far, Ive
taken him around to everyones office so he could greet
each person with his new demeanor. When in someone
elses office previously, he would be interested in what
was going on in the hall and want to leave to go out in the hall.
One of the prosecutors who handles some child abuse cases noticed
how different his behavior is. Together (she, Buddy & I)
have met with quite a few families, individuals, children in
the past 3 years. While visiting her she immediately noticed
the change in him
how calm and still when in a down/stay.
Her response was I think this will work now.
Even if I dont get reimbursed
the training was so worth it! THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
ADAM!! Im telling everyone how amazing you are!
Update: Its been over a
month and weve been practicing in all the courtrooms that
Buddy may be used in. Hes doing great
even when there
is a lot of activity (before the judge takes the bench) with
the clerk, sheriffs deputies, bailiffs walking around.
I sit in the first row within visual sight of him. In that scenario,
hes never attempted to get up. The most hell do is
raise his head to look. The maximum amount of time Ive
had him in a down/stay there is 30 min. which I figure would
be enough for a dog and/or a child; then we could take a break.
Buddy is such a pleasure to walk now
so much more fun."
Joyce S. from Westminster,
"We picked up Mason from
a rescue shelter. He was an untrained six-month old Labrador
with a lot of inquisitiveness. Having no back yard, we had to
go running with him several times a day to burn off his extra
energy. We didn't dare let him off lead to run after tennis balls,
which he lives for. And we had to keep an eye on him every second
of the day, even during dinnertime. After three weeks with Adam
and Susanna, he was the same sweet dog but now we did not have
to worry about him running off when we played fetch and he was
much mellower and better behaved around the house. All of our
friends were amazed at the change in his behavior. Since then
he has gotten better every day. We still use the techniques and
training that Adam gave him and us. We would recommend the Campbells
Joe and Laura C. from Richmond,
"So tell me where you found
a replacement dog. She's definitely not the one I left with you
two weeks ago! She's fantastic! We're so pleased. It's good to
have her home, and she is better in so many ways. She still has
some bad habits we're working on but she does think first. She
is remarkable on a leash and very attentive. I'm loving my new
walking partner. She's so cute too, she prances. We sat down
for dinner the first night and she just laid down. No begging!
Just wanted to let you know we're doing well. Thanks so much!
Kim B. from Petersburg, WV
"We initially contacted
Campbells K9 when our Doberman, Laika, started showing
signs of aggression and had become difficult to control, particularly
around other dogs. We were at our wits end and worried
that the situation would deteriorate to the point that we would
have to try to re-home Laika. Even waiting the 5 weeks until
there was an opening at Campbells was a challenge.
After two weeks with Adam, Laika
is calmer and easier to control. More importantly, Adam gave
us the knowledge and tools we need to be confident owners. Not
only do we now have a better-behaved dog, but we have an improved
relationship with her, making our time together more enjoyable.
Although we still experience the occasional problem when Laika
meets new dogs, we are able to control the situation and keep
Laika in a calm state of mind. With daily training sessions,
we are confident that Laikas behavior will continue to
improve and we look forward to a long lifetime with our girl."
Shawn and Jennifer K in Washington,
it an honor and a privilege to share Daisy's experience with
extraordinary trainers Adam and Susanna Campbell who own and
operate the revered Campbell's K9 Camp. Daisy arrived at the
Campbell's immaculate, serene, and profoundly loving camp as
a nervous, high-energy, control freak puppy! She was an excessive
barker who ignored commands and demanded our undivided attention.
We were at our wits end. Under the expert guidance of Adam and
Susanna Campbell, Daisy returned home, after only two short weeks,
calm, attentive, sweet, AND completely obedient! By our following
through on the Campbell's effective strategies, Daisy continues
to do a beautiful job! We regard our "new" Daisy as
nothing less than a miracle. Perhaps, what is most unusual and
fulfilling, is that the Campbell's did not provide us with a
quick fix. Daisy's newly-derived, appealing temperment has stuck!
And it has stuck for several important reasons: the Campbells
technique works! The Campbells go out of their way to remain
accessible to owners long after the training ends should unforeseen
questions or concerns arise. Campbell's K9 Camp works, far and
beyond any other, because Adam and Susanna Campbell are superb
trainers and, equally important, they are remarkable people.
Unequivocally, the Campbells care about each and every dog in
their care, they implicitly know their craft, and they exemplify
the highest standards of integrity and professionalism at all
times. Campbell's K9 Canine Camp is unparalleled. Adam and Susanna
Campbell are phenomenal! You will be thrilled by their amazing
Janie C. from Potomac,
"My wife and I still can't
believe the amazing transformation of our Australian Cattle dog
(Bella). Our vet and other trainers told us there was little
hope for Bella because she was a two year old herding dog, therefore
she would be set in her "independent" ways. Bella is
a brand new dog now after only two weeks of your camp. No more
nipping and she is unbelievablely obedient. The best part is
she actually seems to enjoy following our commands. Thank you
so much Adam and Susanna!"
Jeff and Marissa Z. of McLean,
Clint and I just wanted to let you and Adam know how wonderful
Lily has been doing. On Sunday I ran a 6K with her and she did
great. At the after party I had my hands full so I just looped
the leash around my shoulder like a sling and I forgot she was
even there!! She was sooooo good. There were over 1500 people
there and a bunch of other dogs too. She just stayed right by
my side and didn't try to run off when she was intimidated or
trip me or anything. Also, she hasn't had a single accident in
the house yet. I'm sure she'll have accidents here and there
but going from once to twice a day to none in almost a week is
really awesome. She is regressing a little into jumping when
she gets excited but it's very controllable and with a little
more consistency I think she'll stop it completely. It's not
just that she hasn't chewed on our furniture or pottied in the
house; it's really that she's in a state of mind that she is
not the alfa of the house and listens to us. I think our other
dog can sense it too. She has gotten after Lily for eating her
food and playing too rough. In the past she just let Lily eat
her food and beat her up, now I think she can sense that Lily
is not the leader and is more comfortable standing up for herself.
I'm sure some issue will eventually arise that we'll need your
help with, but for now I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful
difference you've made.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Clint, Liz, Daisy, and Lily from Baltimore, MD.
"Where is my dog? The dog you returned to me cannot be
the same dog. This dog walks by my side when on a leash; he sits
and stays on command. He no longer jumps on people or furniture.
He does not even get car sick like my dog.
Kidding aside, thank you for
the training you provided to Cody. He is now the dog I always
dreamed of having. "
We are AMAZED by the changes
in our dogs. Posh is an easy enough dog, a few tics, here and
there, but easy enough. As you know Buddy was a complete challenge.
We knew if the training with you did not work, we would have
to send Buddy away. We are delighted to report we expect Buddy
to live with us forever. When Buddy went to you, he was a punk-a
bad seed-It is difficult to express how bad he was when we brought
him to you. While we work with him everyday, and we know we will
have to work with him forever, we are so happy you have given
us the tools to do so- My lesson was as important as the lessons
you have taught both dogs. It was so incredible that you have
taught us what to do to modify their behavior AND it works, even
more important, you taught us the WHY, the psychology behind
the changes. Please feel free to have any prospective clients
phone us, we would LOVE to tell anyone and everyone how great
your training program is. Thank you from our entire family, our
best regards to you and Susanna,"
The Boyle Family
"When Adam Campbell met
Charlie, our six-month-old English Mastiff the first time, the
dog was cowering in the back seat of our car, terrified of his
own shadow. Even so, within five minutes Adam had begun to perform
his magic with our huge beast."
"At the end of that first
session our dog was on the road to becoming an obedient member
of our family. Within five weeks he had become a trusted companion,
a dog who was loved anywhere we would take him."
La Plata, Maryland
"Just wanted to report that
we are all amazed with Mandys progress in NOT jumping up!!!!
Even at the door, she is sitting and being so good. She has slipped
a couple of times but hardly at all. You really did a wonderful
"For 48 years I was a true
cat person. Not one of those crazy ladies with 50 cats roaming
the house, but the owner of a pair of furry, cuddly Burmese cats
and later two perfectly appointed friendly Tonkinese cats. So
I was thoroughly out of my element when I consented to the pleadings
of my 12-year daughter for a dog. And we got a dog. A 2-month
old Bull Mastiff puppy.
Four days after getting this
puppy, who was getting bigger by the minute (perhaps this was
Clifford the Big Red cartoon dog in disguise), I met with Adam
Campbell. I know from earning my Girl Scout Badge about 35 years
ago that there is a certain way to hold horse reins, and logically
I figured the same would hold true for dogs. So the first thing
I asked Adam was "Now how do you hold the reins,...er, leash?"
To his never-ending credit, Adam didn't laugh, he didn't even
flinch. He patiently explained leash holding as if that were
a typical good question.
The second thing Adam taught
me was dog control and submission. This is teaching the dog that
I am basically Ms. Alpha and she/he is a dog and I get to be
in control! This doesn't work with kids, but it sure worked with
my dog. A good thing too as this first puppy grew to 150 pounds
and was joined just a few years later with my second Bull Mastiff
weighing in at 115. And when you are walking around downtown
Washington, DC with 265 pounds of dog on a leash (holding it
very comfortably now I might add) it is good to be in control.
This submission training also
becomes very obvious at times like vet visits, when my dogs lie
still for shots, temperature taking, ear checking etc. And when
the vet says something like "These are the best behaved
dogs I've seen for weeks" I barely can contain my pride.
All that said, I have now been
a dog person for 10 years.... or at least a Campbell dog-trained
person. The Campbells have trained both my Bull Mastiffs and
I have to say as I walk my dogs through Rock Creek Park, Lafayette
Square or Logan Circle my dogs are the calmest, friendliest and
best behaved. All qualities I ascribe to the Campbell training.
I also use the Campbells for
boarding my dogs. When the dogs are in the car and we start to
approach the spot where the Campbells meet us, both dogs start
wagging and smiling. They can't wait to get the Campbell Canine
Camp where they can play, sleep, eat and play some more. They
LOVE it there!!
So this is a long way of saying,
I highly recommend the Campbells for general or specific problem
dog training, socializing, boarding and just general dog-loving.
If only they would take kids or at least cats !!!
"Gator was like many dogs,
he was a good boy with a few bad habits.
Unfortunately, those bad habits had gotten worse with time and
new baby at home, we decided that we needed help from the experts.
After looking around, we found Campbell's Canine Camp. It became
immediately clear that Susanna and Adam were dog lovers, had
tremendous expertise, and spent as much time teaching us as they
teaching Gator. Gator spent three weeks at camp and returned
new and improved habits but the same friendly, sweet attitude
before. We are working with him everyday, and it shows. He is
pleasant on walks, he comes when called, and even the mailman
exciting than before. Because of the training Adam provided us,
more confident and knowledgeable. It is most reassuring that
Campbell's is just a call or an email away. They have answered
our follow up questions and continue to provide us with the support
need. Sending Gator to camp was the best decision we have ever
for him, and we are very grateful to Susanna and Adam."
Lynn and David W. of Alexandria,
"Our 16-month-old Labrador
Retrievers came back from Campbell's Canine Services behaving
like real gentlemen! No more jumping on passersby--they now walk
with decorum. Everywhere we walk in the neighborhood, people
now say 'they're so well behaved!' Even with two 90-pound dogs,
one of us can walk them with greater ease, and they respond to
commands with joy and enthusiasm. The training is obviously practical
and performed with love and affection for the animals."
Nuala & Glenn K.
* We could observe an amazing
difference in our dog's behavior after the training program.
* The training sessions contributed
immensely to the healthy development of our dog.
* The lessons weren't just a
benefit to Lucy, but we learned a great deal as well at the interactive
* Adam and Susanna have been
a wonderful resource throughout Lucy's development.
* We highly recommend Adam and
Susanna to anyone.
Scott & Lisa L.
"We started training with
Susanna Campbell when Carrie, our German Shepherd, was 8 weeks
old. Little did we know at that age how important that training
and bonding was going to be for Carrie. Carrie was a single litter
pup and therefore never got naturally socialized. Susanna quickly
established a rapport with Carrie and easily and quickly taught
her basic obedience. Between the ages of 1-2 years old Carrie
developed multiple fears. Consistent training with Susanna helped
us to identify those fears and adjust our training and responses
to alleviate Carrie's anxieties. Eventually, though, we had to
put Carrie on drugs. The veterinarian who diagnosed Carrie's
fears remarked that because of the early training Carrie had
had she was an excellent candidate for behavior modification.
We are very thankful that Susanna gave Carrie such a strong base
to work from. It has been a corner stone of strength for Carrie
Judy & Brad S.
"Adam was extremely friendly,
knowledgeable, prompt, efficient and an excellent trainer. Thank
you for showing us how to work together."
Patti & Chris C.
I know it has been a couple of
months but I wanted to update you on Sam and thank you for your
wonderful guidance in working with him.
Sam is, as always, amazing. You really helped us understand the
kind of leadership Sam requires. You pointed out that I treated
him like he was a six year old, when in fact, he was the equivalent
of a 28 year old. With that awareness, I was shocked to realize
how much I doted and fawned over him. Ouch. Needless to say I
have adjusted my behavior and Samson is clearly appreciative
of that shift. Art has stepped up in his leadership and I have
stepped back in my "meddling" and the result is we
have found a wonderful balance that allows Sam to be the amazing
boy that he naturally is. He doesn't get mixed messages any longer,
and he is a dream to handle. Thank you so much for all of your
"We couldn't be more pleased
with Kerry's responsiveness to the training program. Kerry is
a strong, active, independent-minded young Labrador. Handling
him on a leash was quite difficult, and we hoped he eventually
could go off leash. We needed expert help, so we called the Campbells.
They develop a real rapport with their canine (and human) clients.
The training program was gentle, positive, and effective. Kerry
responds very well now, and we are really pleased with the results.
We highly recommend Adam and Susanna."
Barbara & Dan T.
"Once again, we want to
thank you for the work you have done with Nia. We have to share
this with you!! Nia was a part of the 4th. of July parade at
the beach this past weekend, that lasted a good three hours.
Talk about distractions!! There were tons of people, music, motorcycles,
other dogs and more people, birds and food. She was amazing.
Never once, did she pull on the leash. She healed and walked
proudly next to Demi the entire time. It was such a great experience."
Anne Marie T.
Silver Spring, Maryland
"We took Cory into DC on
Thanksgiving and she did very well. If it wasn't for Adam doing
such a great job training her, this would have never been possible.
She stayed by my side and listened to all my commands. Lots of
people came up asking to pet her and she sat very still when
I told her to stay. She also walked nicely on the leash without
pulling even after I said the magic words "OK" so that
she could sniff around. "
"We can't thank you enough
because your training camp saved our sanity. Cory is now 20 months
old and FINALLY settling down. She even played with our friends
children (ages 6 and 4) recently and was very good with them.
Before we sent her to you guys, I never would have allowed her
to be off leash near children b/c I'd be afraid she'd run them
Stephanie and Rich T.
"You and Adam did an amazing
job with Jackson. I worked with him yesterday afternoon then
took him for a long walk this morning -- did about 20 minutes
on work including following three other dogs for about 10 minutes.
The real test was this afternoon. Took him up to Old Town to
go to the Art Street Fair. He was remarkably good. Really paid
attention. The finale was lunch at Faccia Luna. He quietly lay
under the table while we had lunch...just like the well behaved
pups of Paris. I can't believe he made so much progress in just
"Quite frankly, Susanna
& Adam Campbell are remarkable! They are gifted, compassionate,
professional, enthusiastic, educated, kind, and very sweet people.
And, they love ALL dogs.
As the owner of an extremely
problematic dog, the Campbell's were my salvation. Through their
expertise, they enormously improved our dog's behavior and continue
to offer support through telephone calls and e-mails. I consider
both of them to be my friends. I wholeheartedly recommend Campbell's
Canines to any dog owner because they are unequivocally the best!
I interviewed numerous trainers
and invested money in a behavioral therapist. Truly, there is
nobody in the Washington Metropolitan area that can compare to
the Campbell's. Their combination of skills is unsurpassed in
the dog training world. Additionally, they are conveniently 'located'
by meeting and training in Old Town, Alexandria.
Our initial telephone conversation
was longer than 1 hour, including all of my exasperated questions.
Our dog had been diagnosed by a veterinarian with 'fearful aggression'
and had been prescribed 3 different medicines to calm his behavior.
Nothing had worked. His annoying behaviors included: pulling,
barking, whining, jumping, licking, digging, and attacking his
canine brother. He was impossible. We adopted him from the shelter
at 8 weeks old and by 1 year, he was out-of-control. He is a
very smart, mixed breed and weighs 65 lbs. We were told by the
veterinarian to euthanize our dog. I could not follow through
with that choice.
This summer, as a last chance
for our dog, we gave Campbell's Canines a try. Our dog spent
more than 2 weeks at their home and there was a dramatic transformation.
With the help of a correction collar, our dog was able to respond
to the commands: sit, heel, stay, and down. Miraculously, he
was able to stop whining. Additionally, he was able to sleep
in a 6 foot pen in our playroom with a radio on during the night.
He had never been able to sleep downstairs without whining incessantly
while ruining our night of sleep.
Our meetings in Old Town were
productive. Susanna & Adam were always prompt and happy to
see our naughty dog. Amazingly, they controlled our dog in spite
of the distractions near the waterfront. I also had the opportunity
to meet other wonderful dogs & humans. We all agreed that
my dog was the worst behaved of all. Period.
Today, we understand that our
dog is now a good dog in the wrong environment. We live in a
townhouse with plenty of rules and regulations. Our dog needs
room to run and burn off boundless energy, without other dogs
nearby. He needs a big yard. So, we are hopeful that we can find
the 'right' home for our trained dog; a better home where he
can be happier. Until we find that special place, we are keeping
our dog safe, healthy, and out of trouble. And, we're giving
Thanks to the Campbell's, our
dog was given another chance at life!
"When we first got our dog
George, he was a little terror. He seemed to define the term
'Alpha Dog'. After Adam Campbell's training, he became a totally
different dog. Now we have a happy dog who understands that he
is part of the family, not leader of the family. We wholeheartedly
recommend training by Adam and Susanna Campbell."
Phil & Kjersten D.