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December 29,2021  5/5 STARS    Verified Review                                    I couldn't be happier with my experience with WDR. From the moment Suzi entered my home I started to believe I made the right choice. She doesn't use a one size fits all approach to training. She spent time to analyze how my do dog interacted with me, with her and with the environment in which it lives. We then started to work on our training regimen. To start, my dog Penny is a rescue dog. While she has a great personality she also had some issues from her previous home. I have a lengthy (about 2 ft.) shoehorn I use. Whenever I would bring it out Penny would cower from fear of it. By the time Suzi left she was beginning to accept the shoe horn and within a few days her fear was gone. We also worked on Penny suddenly stopping while on a walk and refusing to budge. Suzi showed me how to overcome that problem. I've been using it for a few days now and that problem, with a few easily corrected exceptions, is now gone. I could go on with other problems we are working on correcting but I feel this gives a good representation of the professionalism and skill Suzi possesses. I recommend WDR without hesitation and can tell you it is one of the best things you can do for your dog...and yourself!  Ken  H. Orland Park, IL

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5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~ Verified Review October 9th, 2020 

 Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value

We found Susie through HomeGuide and are so happy that we did. She is absolutely amazing. We have a 5 year old rescue bulldog/beagle and we were having trouble with her pulling hard on the leash and being very reactive to movement be it a squirrel, rabbit, a leaf blowing, etc. both on her walks, in our yard, and in the house. She would go into a frenzy at times yelping very loud and sounding like she was hurt. Susie came over and within an hours time was able to get our dog to sit, go down, wait, leave it, to look at you, and to not pull on the leash. She spent over three hours here working with our dog, going over nutrition, and giving us the advice and the tools we need to continue working with our dog. Our dog is much improved and it is a work in progress, but if we spend the time training her and being consistent we know that everything Susie showed us will work. Susie also followed up within 48 hours and we know that we can always call her and have her come for another visit. We are very glad that we did this and would not hesitate for a moment to recommend her to anyone. - Dave and Teresa Jackson, West Allis, WI

Response from the owner 7 hours ago

Teresa, I can't thank you enough for your generous and amazing review, but understand, that you are a part of this too, you're doing the home I gave you. And things will continue to change for the better! Call me anytime you need me. God bless you, Susie



5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review October 8th, 2020

Positive: Professionalism

Susie came out to our home, evaluated our dog, and did a great job explaining all of her techniques she was using, and why she was doing them the way she was.

We were very happy with the way things were handled. Mike B. Hartland, WI

Thank you Mike,..glad everything is working out so smoothly. Especially with the aggression. Call me if you need me, God Bless you , Susie



5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified review 3 weeks ago- September 9th, 2020

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value

Susie is amazing. We do have a smart dog, but she was masterful at teaching him, and she is so easy to work with. She tailors her training to the need of the client. She is talented, hard-working, and most important, gets results for us. We know we have to do the follow-up, but I cannot imagine anyone better. You will love working with Susie. Tim Nelson- Milwaukee, WI 

 Thank you Tim,.I appreciate your view and I am so happy things are so much better after our first visit,..keep up the good work and just call if you need me,..God Bless,.Susie



5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review August 16, 2020

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value

Susan is a Dog Whisperer. My little adopted pup Augie was scared of just about everything. Cars, bridges, noises, shadows, bikes, the air, you name it he was scared of it. It gotten to the point he would not even want to go on walks and couldn’t leave my apartment block. I would have to carry him outside just so he could go to the bathroom. He had so much pent up energy that he was chewing through my place. I needed help fast! Susan came to my place and Augie immediately recognized there was a new alpha in the house and responded so positively to her. During the session we were able to walk farther on the block than we ever have. After the session I felt equipped with the tools to walk Augie so he and I tried to take a walk that evening and it all clicked. He was finally walking throughout the city. His fears definitely still creep out every now and then there but he’s slowly building his confidence and is so much happier. Thanks Susan, Augie and I are excited for many more sessions with you. Shamari S. River North~Chicago, Illinois 

 Aww, so excited for you Shamari, and Augie as well 💖 call me for anything and God bless you, Susie



5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review                          July 20, 2020

2 hours ago-

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value

Our family connected with Susie at Wind Dancer Referrals and she was pleasant and up front from the beginning. She was professional and to the point. She made the training process easy and went over details that we had no clue about. She walked us through some basics and pointed us in the right direction toward having a healthy and happy puppy with a very active household. Her follow up and tips were just what we needed. We can't thank her enough and would highly recommend her to anyone needing some assistance .

The Forman Family, Dan, Susan Bennett, Holden Jake, Mutton Chop, Maui, Cheetah, Tiger, Shadow, Oliver and Connor (Gecko). Dan Forman Hainsville, IL 

 Thanks so much Dan,..It was a pleasure to meet and work with all of you,..even the kitties,..call me anytime you need me,..God Bless,...Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review                July 15th, 2020                     Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value

Susie was very professional and fun to work with.

I like the fact that she’s there to teach you not babysit your dog. Also very knowledgeable about what to fed your dog that’s healthy.

Buddy has improved so much I am amazed.

Thanks Susie    Randy L.       Sharon, WI

 You are very welcome Randy. It was a joy to work with you and your granddaughter Sarah, call me whenever you need to, God bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review                      July 13th, 2020

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value

Susan was amazing! Our little guy Rex is 9 weeks old and we wanted to get obedience/house training put in place. I put a request through Yelp and she was the first person who reached out to me. After doing my research and seeing her extensive background in dog training I gave her a call to ask her some questions. We spoke on the phone for about 15 min and she sold me. With her expertise and love for these animals I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to help train our little guy. Susan was so helpful and very professional. Tyla P. River West~ Chicago, Il

 Thank you Tyla,..such a pleasure to work with you and Steven,..and little Rex,..call me anytime you need me,..glad to have helped you learn how to train him,..Blessings on the new baby,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review               July 7,2020                                     We called Susie to work with our dog Drake on some reactivity, guarding, biting issues. These are problems that he started having about a year ago and have slowly gotten worse.


She came in and immediately he started to listen more. She worked with us on how to lessen his anxiety which she believes to be the major cause of his problems.


Since working with her Drake has less anxiety, seems more relaxed during the day, listens to me more (main problem) as well as my husband and he's able to chew on bones without us fearing him. She also helped us work with our second dog so they can interact in a beneficial way for all of us.


We are so thankful Drake was able to get the help he needed! Katherine B. Elgin, IL


 Thank you so much Katherine, so pleased to have been able to help with the aggression so you can be safe and his issues with thunder, lightning and fireworks . Call me if you need me, glad you guys are on your way to a stress-free home, God Bless you, Susie        

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review                     June 30th, 2020                        We really enjoyed working with Susie. Sadie, our 3 yr. old poodle mix rescue has fear aggression and separation anxiety. Susie’s calm yet assertive demeanor really put our dog at ease. Within the first hour we were able to walk past another dog without Sadie growling, pulling and barking. By the end of the session Sadie was calmly sitting next to another leashed dog. We were delighted that our dog responded so positively. Thank you Susie for your non judgment and Intuitive understanding of our little Sadie. Thank you for giving us the tools to make positive changes.        Diane P. Fontana, WI 

 Thank you so much Diane,..so thankful I was able to help so quickly,..please stay in touch so we can solve some of the other issues you mentioned. Call me anytime,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons-Verified Review                 June 18.2020

Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value - Susan was so awesome to work with. My dogs demeanor changed instantly when she walked in the door. Highly recommended! 

 Thank you Tammy,..It was my pleasure to be able to help, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review                       May 12th, 2020                  Susie came out right when we needed her, we had a 10 month old Rottweiler Puppy that had started to show some aggression to 2 of her house mates and a kitty and we could not get her to stop being physically aggressive with them. Susie came out and took the time to get to know all 5 of our dogs, Myself my kids and there significant others so she was familiar with everyone that my dogs were around. She took the time to work with each one of our Dogs individually so that she could learn there personalities and quirks. She was able to point out to us that our little dog was the creator and instigator of the issues that we were having with her Physical Aggression towards him and one of our other dogs. We were able to work that out in a matter of an hour. She then worked with us and the Pup on Leaving the Kitties alone we have a 20 year old cat that she did not like and Susie helped her realize that she was a friend and not Lunch or even a snack. Our training started at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic and we were not able to have any other face to face training sessions however Susie Followed up by phone and is available to use should we need her until we can meet again. And we will be working with her in the future for some tune-ups, Basic obedience training and also to have one of my dogs trained and certified as a Therapy Animal. We highly recommend Susie she truly cares about you and your pets and will take the time to work out all the issues questions and Unknowns. Definitely not a pet store Dog trainer. Sherri M. Delavan, WI                                                      

Sherri, Thank you, and I am so glad to be able to be there for you when you needed it. Glad things are going so well and the danger is gone,..call me anytime you need me, God Bless you, Susie   

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review                                    April 29, 2020          Susie came to our home to work with us and our 10 week old pitbull puppy. She was wonderful - very professional and personable to work with. She spent 2 1/2 hours with us and we felt by the end that we could already see a change in our puppy! We went over the basic training commands as well as dietary, grooming, socializing and house training information. As first time puppy owners it was so helpful! We will definitely be having her come back again to continue with our dogs training growth and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dog trainer. Nicole K. Arlington Heights, Illinois 

 Thank you so much Nicole, it was a pleasure working with you and Mark. So pleased by our first progress report after original training. You are well on your way to being AMAZING pet parents, God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons- Verified Review                      March 9, 2020                        Susie did extraordinary work with my Anatolian Shepherd, Duke, who has stopped us from having visitors in our household for months now due to his fear aggression issues. Susie walked in and Duke immediately showed her why we don’t have guests over. She handled him calmly and with confidence despite all of his scare tactics. Once she got him calmed down, she started working with him and he was literally eating out of the palm of her hand within less than an hour. During the evaluation, Susie was able to tell us why our dogs were acting the way they were. She helped me understand my dogs in a way I hadn’t before. And she left me with training techniques and tools that are already making a positive impact in our lives. I look forward to continued improvements with Duke as we walk down the path that Susie has set us on. Thank you Susie! Kristi S. Auburn, WA 

 Thank you so much Kristi,..glad to have been able to help and work with your dogs and family,..keep on touch, God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons Verified Review                      3/2/20                                    This was such an incredible experience for us. We have 3, male, blind dogs that all have their little quirks and challenges. We were gearing up to have our first baby this coming April and needed assistance working through some toy aggression (towards each other) and other small issues like un-welcomely jumping onto furniture, jumping consistently when new people come to the home, and a few other quirks. Susan was an absolute miracle worker. She spent nearly half a day with us simply watching behaviors, focusing on their individual personalities and difficulties, and helping us find ways to address each of them in ways they'd all respond to. We refused to believe that we couldn't "train out" or work through some of the issues and Susan proved that we definitely could correct some of these behaviors. She helped us acclimate the dogs to crying babies (two of our dogs were deathly afraid and timid of the sound) and now no one is bothered by it. We can't thank Susan enough or recommend here as highly as she deserves! Cassidy W. Hartford, WI 3/2/2020 Thank you so much Cassidy and Brent. Working with special needs animals is such a challenge, but such a blessing as well. I love your heart for these guys and so thankful I was able to help and teach you how to teach them positively. God bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons`Verified Review                    February 28, 2020                     We so loved having Susie come and work with our dogs. We had purchased a service dog from another trainer and he was missing key training certificates such as CGC and Susie came down and worked with us and him. She also has been helping us with AKC due to registration issues from the breeder. Susie is great to work with, up front, fair, and honest. If anyone is looking for a service dog or has training questions I would definitely call Susie. She works with the whole family and all the animals. We will be using Susie again to help us finish training our service dog! Holly Tedder Kalona, IA                                

Thank you so much Holly,..I appreciate your feedback and also

am here to help you through the process as you go,..God Bless you and your family,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review                                      February 12,2020

Initially, my husband and I brought Susie in for an evaluation of our dog, Dakota, a 3 year old rescued Shepherd Mix with extreme separation anxiety. He couldn't be crated and would self harm. Later, reactivity became a major issue, as well as going after our cats. He needed a total overhaul.

From the moment I spoke to Susie, I felt a connection. She wasn't just a dog trainer, she really seemed to understand us as well.

From the moment we met Susie, we knew we'd made the right call. She's only been here once, but we know it won't be the last. She spent over two hours evaluating him and it was clear that Dakota respected her. She never yelled at him, it was just her authoritative tone and body language that made the difference. Before we even met face to face she had us walk him around the block so she could observe his behavior. My husband and I were terrified she was going to tell us that he was too aggressive and would need to be rehomed. I feared for her safety as well, not knowing how Dakota would respond to her. We had stopped taking him on walks over a month before, because of how reactive he was. Dakota is 85 pounds and pulls me around like a ragdoll when he sees another person or animal. But she assured us beforehand and told us not to worry. Honestly, I imagined the worse. When Dakota saw her he started pulling and growling and my husband had to grab the leash when I couldn't physically hold him back. She told us to allow him to come to her and I held my breath. But then something amazing happened. Nothing. That's right. What we perceived as outright aggression towards another person wasn't aggression after all. She told us she saw no reason he'd have to be rehomed. What a relief! My husband and I aren't rich by any means and yes, the initial evaluation cost wasn't cheap, but that peace of information as well as peace of mind we gained from her, was worth every penny we invested. It's made us see our dog differently. Knowledge is definitely power.

She touched on his separation anxiety, and also explained how nutrition plays an active role in behavior. We were sickened to learn what was actually in his dog food. She worked on his reactivity to knocking at the door, and within the first session Dakota had already begun catching on not to bark and go at the door. I was impressed. But the most impressive thing was her work with him being around one of our cats. Before she left she had both eating side by side. Never in a million years would I have believed that possible. Don't get me wrong, there's a ton of work to be done on this, but it's a start, and we know that he's now capable of "playing nice" with our cats and it gives us hope that one day we'll be able to grant Dakota freedom around them once again.

Susie poured a lot of information into the evaluation and was more than happy to go over some of the things we couldn't quite remember when we gave the 48 hour progress report. She gave us hope and a new outlook for Dakota's future. Susie has a presence about her that tells you she's been down your road before and she understands. It's easy to recondition your dog; the hard part is in reconditioning ourselves. We're grateful she's in our lives! It's going to take time to recondition our dog, but now we have hope that Dakota will have a brighter, happier, and healthier future. We have confidence in Susie's abilities and we look forward to her working with us and Dakota in the future. For anyone reading this, I would highly recommend her services. Robyn S. Clinton, WI 2/12/2020 Thank you so much Robyn, I can't begin to tell you how this report blesses me to hear. My ultimate goal is to bring peace to the animal and the home environment so issues can subside. Can't wait to follow up and call me whenever you need me, God Bless you all, Susie

5/5 ☆☆☆☆☆! Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review                                January 14, 2020 We purchased a English Lab puppy for our son Adam who has Down Syndrome. We wanted companion/ service dog training. After the conventional classes Karen from the Bark Market suggested Susie to train our puppy Shadow. Susie is amazingly intuitive with dogs and people! She was able to assess Shadow and Adam coming up with the the best way for them to communicate with one another. Susie's instructions are clear and the response from Shadow was inspiring. Shadow passed his CGC with flying colors! We are now taking Shadow to the next level with Susie and are excited to achieve his therapy/ service vest for he and Adam to go out into the world together. Practice makes perfect folks! Susie has a video of Adam and Shadow at Lowes if you want to see them in action. Susie is a blessing to all of us! Adam is so happy with his buddy Shadow! Part 2 is we have a new puppy a Maltipoo, Alfie we are starting to train with Susie! One session last night and Alfie caught on! Susie you ROCK!!!! Thank you friend! Chace W. Lake Geneva, WI Chace,..thank you, it is more like working with family I feel by now,..you guys are so great! I love helping you in any way I can,..God Bless You, Susie 

5/5 STARS Dog Training Private Lessons- Verified Review                             January 5, 2020


I got in touch with Susie through “Home Guide” looking for a dog trainer that comes to your home. When I got in touch with Susie over the phone to learn more about her and her training business we spoke for almost an hour. At no point was the conversation rushed and we both took turns “interviewing” one another. I am very appreciative of this because it felt very personal and important to ensure it was a good fit for Susie, myself and my dog Abby. My dog Abby suffers from separation anxiety and fear associated with prior trauma/abuse. I rescued Abby when she was 8 months old and at best guess she is a Sheppard mix. Abby is now 3 years old and after some significant life changes (a couple of moves back to back, a new environment and the loss of her other doggy companion) her anxiety and fear really intensified. Susie gave me a couple of tips over the phone during out first conversation so I could begin working with Abby to help with her separation anxiety. To my surprise within a couple of days I saw improvement! I followed up with Susie and decided to move forward with training since I was so impressed with the success of her tips provided over the phone. At no point did Susie ever make me feel pressured to do business with her and it never felt like it was about the money. Susie spent 2 hours with Abby and I recently and not only trained Abby and taught her new commands but, she trained me as well. I was so surprised how the smallest gesture or choice of words can impact the success of the work you put into training your dog. Susie also went over nutrition with me and I can honestly say that none of the vets I have been to ever sat down and did such a thorough nutritional education that Susie did. As a dedicated and passionate dog mom all I want is to do what is best for Abby to give her the best life possible. With Susie’s help, and expertise I now feel I have the confidence in my own ability to give Abby the life she deserves and the structure she needs to build her confidence as well. Susie is a wonderful person and I am forever grateful for her knowledge and compassion for dogs! Brianne C. Lake in the Hills, Il


Response from the owner:

Thank you so much Brianne,..it was so wonderful to be able to help you with tips over the phone for free, but to be able to follow up and give you the guidance you needed to train Abby in the right way for her. God Bless you, call anytime you need me,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons-Verified Review                             November 5, 2019  Hiring Susie to help address multiple issues I was having with my dogs was one of the best decisions I have made.

I was convinced that these behaviors were just something I was going to have to live with.

I suffer from bad anxiety, and certain behaviors from the dogs would cause my anxiety to sky rocket.

Susie worked one on one with me so I could best address my anxiety with the dogs and took things at my pace.

Our first phone call I explained a lot of the issues in the house that I thought would never be solved. She gave tips over the phone that I immediately saw making a difference. I knew I couldn’t wait for her to come to the house.

Our first session, I saw the dogs behaving in a way I never thought possible.

My dog Zoe was the cause of most of my stress and anxiety.

Zoe gets over excited and anxious when company comes over. Often running and jumping up on them, and can’t relax the entire time they are over. I would usually put her in a room as it became too stressful for me to handle. This many having guest over something I would dread.

Susie worked with me to help handle Zoe’s anxiety and excitement, and Zoe has been able to relax enough to be in the same room as company and not jump all over them when they come in the house.

I also have a major anxiety/ fear myself that the dogs will run out as they are escape artist. Susie was able to work with them where they didn’t rush to the door when it was opened.

Another thing I didn’t even expect to work on was Zoe refusing to go outside when it rains. She hates the rain and would not go out, sometimes resulting in her having accidents in the house.

Within the first 15mins of Susie arriving she was working with Zoe and had Zoe going outside in the rain, to do her business. I was amazed that this could be accompanied, and so quickly.

I love that Susie is a phone call away and always happy to take my call to walk me through things.

She recognized my learning style and customized the plan so I can get the most out of it and it being the most rewarding for me, and is excited at check ins when I share our progress.

Susie has a gift not just with animals, but with her clients so I can become more confident in my ability to work with my dogs. Brittany S. Crowne Point, Indiana 


Thank you so very much Brittany ! Enjoyed working with you and spending time with you and the dogs,.very unusual for me to feel so comfortable in someones house so quickly, but I definitely think there is a special something going on with this training and our friendship. God Bless you, Susie                       

5/5 STARS Dog Training - Private Lessons~ Verified Review                October 16th 2019                                  My husband & I wanted to give the gift of finding the right dog trainer for our Granddogs & daughter for her birthday. I went on line & entered pertinent information & received quickest reply from Susie so started there. She was extremely responsive, listened keenly to needs & immediately addressed some issues even on the phone. We thought it sounded too good to be true that we would be that lucky to find perfect fit for our family with first interview for dog trainer. Susie’s tremendous talent and wealth of knowledge is phenomenal.


Susie honestly was a God send to our family-such a beautiful blessing. We connected on so many levels. Our daughter has anxiety & Susie truly helped that too. Susie made an incredible difference & brought calm environment, positive behavior and peace to fur babies & entire family. We trust her fully & know that God placed her in our path.


The extensive amount of time Susie spent on the phone, literally hours, listening to specific issues, giving tips and advice as well as helping on the spot without additional charge is totally unheard of these days.


It was utterly amazing how quick both the dogs responded & learned new behavior with Susie! She worked with each dog individually with positive reinforcement and really understood their unique personalities. Susie is simply the BEST!


We truly can’t thank Susie enough for making such an enormous positive difference & showing such care, understanding, & patience with both dogs, my daughter, my husband, & I.


Our family highly recommends Susie & we know you will be as blessed as we are if you choose her. We are forever grateful for Susie! Marilyn Schane Dyer, IN 

 

 Thank you so much Marilyn,..it is a Blessing and a Pleasure to help                                      

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons ~Verified Review                            June 18th, 2019              Susie was amazing and exceptional in diagnosing what Lucy our French Bulldog was dealing with & how our response just fed into her anxiousness /protectiveness. Susie;s knowledge & expertise helped us understand why & how we could be better dog parents She turned Lucy's alpha dog behavior around in just one visit! She no longer is charging people in Pet stores or when other people are walking their dogs. Now its their dogs that are the problem! And best of all she is not trying to bite my friend LuAnn when she comes to visit. Susie actually had Lucy eating out of Lu's hand by end of the training hour. Susie knows her stuff so don't delay in getting your dog the help it needs. Its the best money you ll ever spend .

 Thank you so very Much Lilly,..it was and is such an awesome pleasure to work with you and Norm and your friends and neighbors,..SO happy that Lucy is better , keep up the good work. God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review                      Jun 02 2019

Susie was honest and direct throughout her visit. Within 10 minutes of being in our home, she had incredible insight into our dog's behavior and was able to confidently tell us why they acted how they did. We had very separate issues with both our dogs (one is friendly but gets over excited, the other fearful and anxious and mildly aggressive). Susie was so helpful in helping us with both issues. She provided tips and exercises that have helped and corrected some of the issues within just a day or two. We had a follow up phone call 4 days after her visit where I learned even more. Susie is an expert in her field and I highly recommend her! Aubrey Boetcher- Greefield, WI

Thanks so much Aubrey,..glad to be of service and soo happy about your progress report after only ONE session,..I am so proud of you and Kyle to be following through with all your homework, and that it is already making such a difference,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review          March 29th, 2019                                We have a small Jack Russel/Papillon mix who is only 1-1/2 yrs. He is not and was not ever a "bad" dog, however our home situation changed and we now have several residents with disabilities in wheelchairs. Gus was a little out of his mind. We reached out to Susie via a referral from a friend and are NOT disappointed. She gave us some immediate and strict guidelines to follow until she could come for a training. Long story short, she did not need to come at all. The advice she gave us FREELY over the phone changed the entire situation for the better. Gus has acclimated extremely well and is not going to need on-site training. Susie has called multiple times to follow up and has done all of this at NO Charge. She is certainly a rare find and we would highly recommend her. Thank you Susie!!! Dani J. Elkhorn, WI

 Thank you Dani,..appreciate your progress report,..glad to have been able to help,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review       March 9, 2019                                              I Had just rescued an 18 month old malamute. He's a great dog, but wanted to give him every opportunity to be his best. Contacted Susie and he is already exceeding my expectations. One session and he is definitely more behaved. I would recommend Susie to everyone. Takeets and I are looking forward to a second session. Pat C. Aurora, IL 

 Thank you Pat,..so glad we were able to connect and start working with him to give you a little more guidance for his specific training needs,..He is such a gorgeous and smart dog,..call me anytime you need me, God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~ Verified Review                                March 6th, 2019          Susie has been absolutely fantastic. She has a wealth of knowledge and has been incredibly helpful in training/reconditioning our 1 year old German Shepherd, Murphy.

Prior to working with Susie, Murphy would bark and lunge at moving cars, chase our cats to no end, and bark excessively at friends and family when they visited our home.

Susie has helped us to regain control of Murphy and we have begun to break these bad habits.

I would most definitely recommend Wind Dancer Referrals to anyone looking for help training their dog(s).


Thanks for the help and I look forward to our next session. Best, Dylan Delavan, WI


Thank you Very much Dylan,..I am so glad to be able to get you on the road to understanding why this behavior was happening and that ALL of you are doing so much better in such a short time,..call me anytime you need me,..God Bless you, Susie 

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~Verified Review                   February 28, 2019                       We have a Australian Cattle dog which was a rescue. Thou she is a good dog she wouldn’t listen to me and would jump on my head. Was trying to train her but all it accomplished was her getting a treat. Susan came to our house and taught us the correct way to train her. Since then our dog is very good. She doesn’t jump on my head anymore and she listens to me now. I would recommend Susan to help with any dog training. She is very knowledgeable about animals from nutrition to training. Susan’s a God send thank you so much. Jill W. Woodstock, IL

 Thank you so much Jill,..so glad I was able to help you. Please call anytime you need me and we'll work on that door issue and her outside heeling,..she is such a smarty,..she learns easily after we figured out how SHE needed to be trained,..God Bless you,..Susie       

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~Verified Review                           February 26th, 2019             I was having issues with my GSD rescue being unsure of himself and having separation anxiety. I called and had a great phone call with Susan where I wanted to have the initial visit. I set that up and could have not been happier after... My GSD (Loki) immediately showed more confidence and alertness towards me where he was already learning sit and down within a half hour....he was also able to take treats out of my hand without fearing them. He is also off the meds that were being used to sedate him because of his anxiety issues. I am completely thrilled, and have scheduled follow up visits to see how far he can come! Will keep posting updates. Susan knows her stuff and I learned so much about all aspects training, feeding, commands etc.....HIGHLY recommend this service! David P Delavan, WI 

   Thank you very Much Dave, so happy how far Loki came in ONE visit,..he is a work in progress but I believe with gentle care and love we can reverse the awful things that had happened to him in his past,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons-Verified Review                        February 5th. 2019                 We have a 7 year old dog who was running our household as though she was the QUEEN. A kitten joined our family and soon all chaos broke loose. I was given Susie's name by Karen at the Bark Market in Delavan. We called her and she came out within a few days and met our Queenly dog and poor kitty. When she left we had a totally different household. Dog and kitty were laying on the couch together by evening which never happened before. Now we know how to work thru issues and are beginning to enjoy our home again. THANK YOU, THANK YOU SUSIE.    Jill R. Elkhorn, WI Thank you so very Much Jill,..a pleasure to help with ALL of your family members,..furry and skinned alike,..call me anytime you need me,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review   December 22, 2019                                     Susie is helping us train our 9 month old cream, golden retriever. We found Susie because we are working towards training him for CGC & emotional support dog. We've had a couple bumps in the road and are currently working on some separation anxiety. Susie has been very helpful with this and nutrition, among other things. She is always available for questions. You can tell she really loves working with animals. David M. St. Charles, IL 

      Thank you David,..I am looking forward to continuing the journey and pray that Ollie is up to the task that lies before him,..call me anytime! God Bless you, Susie    

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review           January 13th, 2019

 

We couldn’t be more happy with Wind Dancer Referrals. We were looking for a well qualified competent trainer who could give us the time, attention to detail and really want your puppy to be a great member of the family as well as a farm dog.


We have a 4.5 month old Australian Cattle Dog who is amazing, lovable and high drive. We needed a way to harness his excitement into training. We really wanted to make sure that he was going to fit in at home and on the farm. Susie was here for five minutes and we were already amazed at the command she had. She went through all aspects of owning a dog, training and communicating with our puppy. She did a fantastic job.


Susie was amazing at training and explaining. She gave homework for us to work on and we provided a 48 report as to our progress with our pupppy. It was great to be able to communicate what was going right and what we needed to work on. What really helped us is we are able to see where our puppy needed more instruction and also were we needed more instruction.


We couldn’t have been more happy and we are over the moon to have found Susie. We can’t wait for our next session. Jessica C. Elkhorn, WI 

                               Jess and Eric,..so neat to have been able to solve some of your issues,..can't wait to continue and get Yeti exactly where you need him to be,..God Bless You,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review             January 5, 2019                                                               We recently purchased a lab puppy and were growing increasingly frustrated with some behavioral issues. We decided to seek some professional training, so we began searching the internet for local trainers. We started the process at 9:00 pm looking at websites and reading reviews. We stumbled upon Wind Dancer Referrals (Susie) and was impressed by the reviews that were on line. The next thing we noticed is that she was open at 9:30 at night! We called Susie and discussed the situation and she came to our house the next day.


Within minutes of her arrival, we were already seeing a change in our dog’s behavior. The session included a health assessment, a nutrition assessment and then teaching (owner and dog) five commands. Susie leaves you with homework to continue reinforcing the commands and then asks you to provide a 48 hour update on how the dog is doing.


We were extremely impressed by Susie’s professionalism in the way she handles the dog and in the immediate change that we saw in our energetic puppy. Susie makes herself available for questions and pointers and we would (and have) recommended her to others looking for help in training their pets. We look forward to our next training session which will include teaching our 3-year-old granddaughter to give Winnie commands. Susie is a true blessing to our family. Rosemary and Mark Gardner Elkhorn, WI 

        Thank so very much Rosemary,..I am here to help you and any other person who wants to understand how to work with each and every dog,..as there are all individual and unique just like we are,..God Bless you and Mark and Winnie too,.Susie/Owner of Wind Dancer Referrals  

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons- Verified Review                 December 17, 2018                     We have an 11 month old beagle, Bernie, who was becoming increasingly harder to handle - not listening to us, biting and destroying things. When he ate my glasses, I thought it was time to seek help - and we found Susie! She is wonderful, she connected with the dog immediately; we thought the dog was stupid but apparently he is extremely intelligent and he was not being appropriately stimulated, as well as he thought he should manage the whole family - us stupid humans and felines, and was finding that burden quite stressful! Susie taught us how to interact with him, set boundaries; we are following her instructions and have bought puzzles which Bernie loves, and things are so much better! Susie is a true dog whisperer, Bernie cried for an hour after she left! Thank you Susie! Rada and Ivan I. River Forest , IL 

 Thank you so very much Rada,..I am so pleased we were able to help Bernie and you in just one session,..call me anytime you need me,..it was great meeting you ALL,..God Bless you,..Susie 

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review                      December 11, 2018                 Susie is a God-send. She came out to help us with our beautiful 6 year old Golden Retriever Cooper that has gotten aggressive and bitten 3 members of the family over the past 3 years. This last time it was to the point where we were needing to find him a new home. These were isolated stressful situations that happened once a year and we tried to adjust ourselves, but after the last instance I found Susie. She is helping us re-train him and helping us work with him to desensitize him. We have had her out once and plan a return visit to keep up the great progress we have made. We are helping him not resource-guard by regularly giving and taking away bones. We are working with him on basic commands and now understand that there are many components that were probably at the heart of his issues, but we are hopeful. He is eager to please and play and loves the trainings. Thank you Susie for helping us!!! SHE IS A DOG WHISPERER:) Christine S. Richfield, WI Christine,..Thank you so much,..It was understanding how Cooper thinks, Especially with his pack drive and just changing things up so he doesn't feel as if he is running you or the household,..He also has so much energy,..he just needed a challenge from you,..so glad to know things are so much better,..call me anytime,..God Bless you all,..Susie 

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review Nov 24, 2018.                                        Can't thank you enough Susie for the incite and professional competence in training & modifying our Nala's behavior. For working around our last minute schedule change due to unexpected circumstances & traveling from WI to NC.

We adopted a 2yr old female German Shepherd who spent most of her time in a kennel & next to no interaction with any other dogs. She had much separation anxiety, liked to nip & wanted to be the alpha dog with us & any dog she saw.

In the short time Susie spent with her, Nala has been more responsive to our commands. Her interaction with other dogs has improved & continues to do so. Even her interaction with our 14yr old cat has improved remarkably.

Thank you again Susie for your work with our sweet Nala & educating us in how to bring out the best in her. Ruth and John K. Sparta, NC 

         Ruth, I am honored to have worked with you and so Blessed to hear of the amazing changes,..so thankful we could make it work,..God Bless you, Susie   

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons- Verified Review             November 30. 2018                        Susie is simply phenomenal when it comes to working with animals! We truly believe she is the dog whisperer. This is the second time we had her come back. She had helped us train our female Akita Phoebe two years ago. Phoebe even after two years still knows all her commands that Susie taught her! It’s simply amazing! Today in just two short hours Susie had our ten week old Akita puppy sitting, doing down, going into his crate and letting us know that he wants to potty outside. Susie was so patient with our puppy Spencer. Never forcing him to do anything. Only positive reinforcements. It’s amazing what a little patience will do in the long run. My husband and I are very happy with the service we received. We highly recommend Susie for all your animal training needs. She is hands down the best! Yelena R. South Elgin, Il

Thank you so much Yelena,..It has always been a Blessing to help you with your furry family,..call me anytime you need me,..Love to ALL, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review         November 21,2018                              We have a 22 month old German Shepherd named Heidi who is incredibly sweet but would rule the house when my husband wasn't home. She was a true alpha. She would bark uncontrollably both inside and outside. She would jump on anyone who would walk through the door. We didn't know how to get a handle on her behavioral issues, until Susie. Susie is a wealth of knowledge. From education on nutrition and the do's and don'ts of ingredients to different training techniques, we could not believe what a difference she made in just a few short hours. She is truly passionate about what she does and has a true love for animals and improving their well being as well as ours. Since our session she has followed up multiple times to ensure we are comfortable implementing and following through with what she has taught us. She is now a part of our family and would reccomend her time and time again. We are so grateful Susie had come into our lives and can't wait to see her again. Diana and Ray M. Plainfield, Illinois 

 Thank you Diana,..that really means a lot,..I am so glad of the immediate and continual changes in the household and in Heidi and Kiki as well,..I really enjoyed spending time with your family and consider you guys not only as clients, but friends and added family members,..it's always about passing Blessings and what we can do to help others,..human or animal,..God Bless you and have an AWESOME Thanksgiving,..Susie                       

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review                November 18, 2018                          We adopted two dogs from a local rescue. One in September of 2017 and another in January of 2018. We became concerned when our younger dog, Otis, began to display aggressive behavior towards other dogs (other than his sister). We typically would walk daily, which became something we were unable to do because of Otis’ unpredictable and new dog-aggressive behavior. We decided to hire an expert, a specialist, someone who knew dog behavior, not simply a “trainer”. When Susie met our dogs, it didn’t take long for her to declare that Otis wasn’t “aggressive”, he was scared. She worked with both dogs to make sure she had all the information she needed, went through some behavior modifications for both dogs and even addressed some of the more “minor” behaviors that we were seeing. We had homework to do and we were instructed to call after 48 hours to check in. We did, and Susie had some adjustments to the training homework and we met again the following week. When she returned, the difference was visible. She not only worked with the dogs, she worked with us, the humans, to make sure we all knew what it was going to take to recondition Otis’ fear-based behavior. She is thorough, kind, firm and clearly has a gift for reading behaviors and finding the proper strategies for training. We feel blessed to have found her! Chris B, Janesville, WI                                                                

   Chris,.I can't thank you enough for this and the fact that you care so much as well for all animals as I do,..the "homework" you clearly did and way beyond,..the difference I saw in just one week was absolutely amazing,..I am so glad I was able to help and will continue to come alongside you whenever you need me,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review     October 21st, 2018                            Susie was a miracle worker! My wife and I own a 3 year old pitbull and just recently got a 4 month old pitbull lab mix. What started out as great playful friendship turned into a nightmare in a few weeks. Everyday they began to fight more and more, sometimes 6 fights a day. We tried everything we read online, but nothing worked. We took a shot and hired Susie, she cared for us and our pets. She totally changed our lives in 1 visit. She taught our new puppy sit, wait, down, off and how to wait for his food. She did not just teach them, but also taught us how to carry out the training that she instilled. Our dogs now sleep in the same dog bed and get along all day without incident. She stopped the constant fear that plagued our household. I could not recommend Susie more. Greg T. Fox River Grove, IL 

 Thank you very much Greg ,..so glad I was able to help, it was a pleasure to work with you and Kelsey, Please keep in touch and let me know if there is anything I can do to help in any other way,.. God Bless you, Susie            

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review                    Mon Oct 15 2018

When our dog Jake started being more aggressive towards other dogs we started seeking help and was referred to Wind Dancer only through someone else to whom our vet referred us. That, to me, was Only God. She is a true blessing and is exactly what we needed. She was extremely thorough in her evaluation. We learned our baby dog was unfortunately abused at one point in his life, he is older than we thought and has genius intelligence. She told us and showed us how to address the concerning behaviors which also included some marking. It’s only been a couple days but we are already seeing a difference. I can’t wait until we are fully alpha so Jake can just chill and be a dog instead of a furry four legged (albeit super cute) ball of neurotic behaviors. Thank you, Susie. Cathy S. Schaumburg, IL


Thank you so much Cathy,..it was a pleasure to help and to work with your family in establishing these new measures,..so glad to hear how great things are going in just that ONE session,..call me anytime,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review        October 7, 2018

We called Susie because our puppy, Wrangler has severe resource guarding issues. We were at the point where we were thinking all hope was lost with helping our puppy. After speaking, at length, with Susie on the phone, we decided it was best to have her come to our home. Susie spent her entire evening in our home getting to know our dog. She was extremely thorough about food, treats and even educated us on ingredients so we really had an understanding of the nutrition our dog does and doesn't need. She worked on Wrangler's resource guarding issues and taught us different reconditioning techniques to practice. We truly have never seen our dog react so well to training nor did we ever think our session would have gone as well as it did. It truly was a miracle seeing how well he responded to Susie. Since our session, Susie has followed up multiple times and is available any time we need her. We plan to continue our training with Susie. She has now finally given us hope with our puppy and truly made a difference in all of our lives.

- Kelsey and Matt, Wheeling IL.  (Amended reviewb October 22, 2018) : Susie came to our home to help our 8 month old lab mix who has a severe resource guarding issue. I myself have been extremely scared to be around my dog while he was around anything food related. Our puppy, Wrangler, is a true alpha who rules the house. We had about lost hope until Suzie came to our home. She customized our training method exactly to our puppy. She stayed in our home long enough to truly get to know him and understand his true personality. Suzie finally gave us hope in a case where nobody else has. We are getting more confident as time goes by because Suzie has truly shown us what we are capable of. We will definitely be continuing our training with Suzie and would recommend her to anyone.

Thanks so much Kelsey and Matt,..it was a pleasure to work with your whole family in this venture,..glad to also see immediate changes in Wrangler,..call anytime and keep me posted on the progress, God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons ~ Verified Review        Monday Octber 1, 2018                    After just a couple of hours with Susie, my Golden Doodle puppy, Minnie has vastly , her commands of sit, down, off and wait. She also helped with stopping the nipping and barking. She helped me with nutrition- food and treats and toys. Since my 4 grandkids spend time with me, they were included in the training so we have consistentcy. I was very pleased. Pat L. Darien, WI

Pat,.So Glad I was able to help you with Minnie,.Call anytime you need me,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review                       September 12,2018             Suzie is incredible and will help you. She customized her approach and methods to our dog specifically and took time to get to know us and our furry family member. She went the extra mile and helped with some additional tips! Please consider calling Wind Dancer Referrals for any animal training/behavioral needs. You'll gain understanding and piece of mind and your pet will thank you! Cody P. Lincoln Park, IL  

Thank you so much Cody,..it was a pleasure to work with you and Megan and Capt. America,..so glad things are starting to take a new route and that you guys have a handle on his needs and that your homework is going so well,...call me ANY time you need me,..God Bless you,..Susie


5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons- Verified Review         July 22, 2018                        "Awesome"!

Worth every penny and more. Very professional and my dog showed improvement immediately Dawn R. Farmington Hills, MI 

 Thank you Dawn,..so glad to work with you and be there for you when you need me. I pray the changes will continue and that it will be a happy stress-free home for ALL of you,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STAR Dog Training- Private Lessons- Verified Review       July 21, 2018                                   "She Can Handle It All!"

My dog experienced a trauma that completely changed his perspective about dogs and people and became totally aggressive towards them & no one could get near us or him. I contacted Susan as my last hope since other trainers techniques have failed and didn’t work with our dog. Susans evaluation is not like any other I’ve seen. She doesn’t have generic techniques that she uses on all dogs. Instead she evaluated him and created a customized training session in specific to his behavior, trauma and needs. Since then she has been absolutely involved in my dogs progress. Before this I was losing hope but we are all literally seeing progress in him so much faster than we expected! We are able to socialize him and strangers can actually walk on the same side walk as us and even pet him at dog parks and he has even become more tolerable towards other dogs as well! Susans follow up progression with your dog, concern, availability, advise & professionalism is a stellar package! Sabrina J. Chicago, IL  

            Thank you so Much Sabrina,..It is my pleasure to help in cases like this,..so glad we are seeing some progress with Mickey,..call whenever you need me,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons- Verified Review      July 21st, 2018                                     "First Day Results For A Newly Adopted Dog."

I am very glad called Wind Dancer Referrals (Suzy). We called because our new beloved dog Bebe was very aggressive at the fence line, to the point of self harm. Suzy happened to be in town the weekend of my call and worked with us to arrange an appointment for the next day. The moment she arrived we could tell she was the real deal. By reading her behavior, she revealed hints of Bebe's past, like that she was kicked. During the visit she explained both what she was doing and why she was doing it that way. She even roped the neighbors into the session, it was a learning experience for all. After all it isn't just about dog training, it's about people training too. You could hear the passion in her voice when she explained Bebe's past to our neighbors. We addressed not only the problem behavior but supportive pack dynamics to make our new family member comfortable in her new home and release the burden of being the protector from her shoulders. Josie P. Warren, MI

 Thank you Josie,..so happy we could make this work on such short notice,..Bebe is a work in progress, but I do see she can learn through her trauma,..call me whenever you need me,..God Bless you,..Susie

Elizabeth Janvier, MSWFounder & CEO

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5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons- Verified Review Anyone looking for a behavioral specialist for you pet dog with aggressive/obedience issues, or trauma?? I STRONGLY recommend Susan Hanks from Wind Dancer. My sister spent so much $$$ on various trainers and group sessions for our dog just to get NO RESULTS at all. Our dog was traumatized with aggressive and behavior issues. When my sister found Susan, EVERYTHING changed for the BETTER and he has made phenomenal strides. Susan was God sent because his aggression issues were so bad that we feared having him around people for risk of biting/attacking. I’ve never met anyone like Susan who is as intuitive and well versed in understanding dog language and discerning their needs!! She has such a profound gift in working with animals. She’s very reliable, and transparent in letting you know what is working and not working for your dog. Susan is knowledgeable in healthy nutrition options that can also be a contributing factor to your dogs’ behaviors. I can go on and on about her!!! I thought I’d pass her along as a HIGH RECOMMENDATION to anyone in need of a personal trainer for their dog(s). Check out her website in the link below and the reviews on Google if you don’t believe me Lol. You won’t regret Susan.

Thank you so much Elizabeth,.I am so glad the work is helping,..please call me whenever you need me,..God Bless you,..Susie

July 2, 2018

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons- Verified Review

Our dogs were fighting all the time and jumping on us with biting motions. Susie was able to correct that behavior and is amazing with dogs,..Thank you so much Chris H. Greenfield, IN 

 Thank you so much Chris,..It was great meeting some of your family,..especially the 9 grand kids,..they are awesome,..so glad I was able to help with this behavior for you and Kim,...God Bless you,..Susie

June 24, 2018

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons-Verified Review

Susan did a superb job with my pup. I found her work extremely conscientious, professional and goal oriented. My doggie got Susan's message immediately. She hasn't barked at anyone, since Susan left. It was amazing to watch. Susan taught me how to control our interactions. This, without changing our way of life. I recommend her as an animal trainer and problem solver, without reservation. Nancy G. Carmel, IN

 Oh Nancy,...I am so incredibly happy for both you and Sweetheart,..glad I was able to help you get this under control,..it was an amazing day and so lovely to see all the places and things we have in common,...you are not only young at heart,..but such a beautiful woman,..I think you told me a fib about your age,...God Bless you,..Susie                                 

                   June 12, 2018                 5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons-Verified Review

Susan was fantastic. She took the time to get to the root of our issues and was patient with us when she explained how to over come them. We now have a clear cut plan of action moving forward. She also was the very first person, including veterinarians, to actually explain what we need to look for and stay away from as far as nutrition. No one else would commit. So grateful for clear and concise guidance. Thank you! Lisa L. Green Bay, WI

   Lisa,..so glad I was able to help you,..please keep me posted and let me know ANYTIME whether I can be of any other help to you guys and Heidi <3 God Bless you,..Susie                               

June 10, 2018

5/5 Stars Dog Training -Private lessons~Verified Review   5/5 STARS

Susie was very knowledgeable and taught us both so much about nutrition, behaviors and training. She did amazing work with Charlie and we could see immediate improvements after our 3 hour session. We were very impressed with her patience, knowledge and her natural ability to work with dogs. We would highly recommend Susie! Jeff B. Milwaukee, WI 

 Thank you so much Jeff and Abbey,..so glad I was able to help you and I can't wait for your progress report,..call me anytime you or Charlie need me,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~~ Verified Review                              June 4th, 2018                Her passion for helping me and my dogs along with how educated and professional she is, makes her so amazing to work with. Lexi R. Madison, WI

 Thank you so much Lexi,..I just try to make a difference where God has me,..so glad that you are already seeing changes,..I am here for you whenever you need me,..God Bless you,.Susie 

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review                           May 31, 2018                     Very passionate about what she does and is very honest. Gina V. Mt Pleasant, WI 

 Thank you very much Gina,..glad I was able to help when you needed it the most....God Bless you and your family,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~~Verified Review               May 25th, 2018                           Susie was an AMAZING Professional. Her work with our dogs was fantastic,..the one we called her about biting and aggression issues, showed almost immediate results. I highly recommend Wind Dancer Referrals. Margery N. Galena, Il 

 Margery,...WOW!! What a wonderful compliment, one that I strive each day to live up to..            I can't thank you enough for your kind words,...so glad to have met you and Bob and been able to help with all 3 of your dogs,..especially "SNOW" Please call anytime you need me,..God Bless you,.Susie 

May 14, 2018

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~~Verified review

Thank you for your patience and knowledge! Very informative and thorough! Tricia E. Geneva, Il Thank you so much Tricia,..you have a beautiful family,..so glad to be able to help in ANY way I can,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training~ Private Lessons-Verified Review                                           April 25, 2018


What I love most about Susie is...all of the above, literally. My family and I feel that we made the right decision about choosing her to help us with our dog. She expects follow-ups and will literally work with you for as long as you need her to. I have been to expensive trainers that do not care to follow up or will charge you a whole limb for a follow up appointment or have to purchase another package as if to start over just to see that their techniques are not working with our pup. I have 10lb YorkiePom mix that is almost 2 years old and he tries to attack people and dogs and he is even very anxious with when leave the house and he has some obedience issues. We had him since he was 8weeks old so we are so lost about where this aggression came since he used to be sweet to other dogs and other people. Susie will literally come to your home and diagnose him, physically and mentally to get to bottom of the issue. TBH I was unsure this would work because his behavior seemed so hopeless to fix since we tried so many things that didn't work for us from other trainers, but Susie has honestly been a guardian angel in our lives. It has only been exactly one week since she has came to work with us and I am literally seeing the changes & I am grateful. She is a great listener (and she will ask all the necessary questions to make sure she is prepared for you and your dog! She is very flexible, extremely passionate in her work, and generally cares about your dog - even their diet! (and that is everything to me personally). She will not train your dog like all others, her session will be customized to the needs and temperament of your dog. She is first key to you & your pups journey to awesomeness! You will not regret it, she is truly a blessing! Sabrina J. Chicago, Il 

 Sabrina,..I can't thank you enough for your thoughts and confidence in my gift of training,..but to be fair,..you guys are doing the work to change the situation after I pointed out what I was seeing that brought on Mickies aggression spells,..I pray that the progress continues and call me anytime you need me,..I loved meeting your whole family and I am Blessed to call you friends, as well as clients,..God Bless you, Susie

   5/5 STARS Dog Training ~Private Lessons- Verified Review                                      April 21, 2018

Susie was great! She was so quick to respond and she arrived right on time for our appointment. She was able to get me in quickly. I have been very frustrated in training progress with our Pom Sophie but having Susie teach my husband and I certain techniques tailored to Sophie, I can already see some positive changes in her this afternoon and evening. While I know we have a lot of training ahead of us to work with Sophie, I am really glad we met Susie and got her help. It certainly took a lot of the stress and anxiety away that I was feeling. I also like that she went over feeding, what she should be eating and playtime, not just behavior. Betty S. Chicago, Il

Betty,..so glad I was able to help with the aggression,..she is so smart,..just needs to do some scheduled thinking sessions,..God Bless you both,..Susie

April 18, 2018

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review

I have to say I had one of the best experiences of my life. Susie really takes pride in her work, she was amazing with my dogs and children. She is patient but the dogs knows who's boss. She took her time and learned each dog. We have a lot of work to go, but I know now we are heading in the right direction. I am thankful and so blessed to have met such a wonderful person. I look forward to days ahead to more well behaved dogs. Heather M. Skokie, IL 

 Thank you Heather,..your children are precious and such helpers,..glad to have met your sister and her husband as well,..We'll keep moving forward,..glad to be of service to you all,..God Bless you,..Susie

10/10 STARS Dog Training ~~ Private Lessons- Verified Review                       April 9th, 2018             Wow! So informative, and not just a training but an experience! We have an 8 month old baby, and Susie was helpful with helping Cyrus feel more at ease with her. Cyrus is a very smart dog who likes to be the "alpha", and we learned to firmly but lovingly teach him we are "alpha" over him. We are also thankful that Susie informed us about the dangers in different common dog food. She will definitely be our go-to from now on :) We very much appreciate your dedication! God Bless The Lawrence's Peoria Il 

  Courtney and Steve,..it was a Blessing to have been able to help and guide you in this process,..I pray that the reports KEEP being good ones and anytime you need me,..I'm only a phone call away,..God Bless your family and ALL you do for HIS Kingdom! Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training Private Lessons-Verified Review                                                April 6, 2018

We were amazed at the results from our session. Our dogs are beginning to interact now with much less conflict. We were shown how to modify the dogs' behavior properly. Overall, a very good experience! Michael D. Bloomington, Il

Thank you so much Mike,..I appreciate your confidence in me,..nothing short of an AMAZING session today with absolutely no aggression rearing its head,..call me anytime,..God Bless, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training Private lessons~~ Verified Review                                            April 4, 2018

Susie is a blessing. My husband and I have had cats for the past several years and knew nothing about dogs when we decided to get one. Susie gave us the knowledge we needed to be good dog owners and help the dog and cats adjust to each other. We still have a ways to go with his training but we both now feel much more confident in what we're doing. Thank you Susie! Melissa L. Kenosha, WI.

Melissa,..you are more than welcome,..,my mission is to being Happy, Healthy, Stressfree and safe households for ALL family members,..including the furry or scaly kind,..I t was a pleasure to help you and Ed feel more confident in any situation,..God Bless you,..call me anytime,..Susie

March 29, 2018

10/10 STARS Dog Training- Private lessons!! Verified Review

We hired Susie to help us with our miniature Dachshund, Bowie. He’s just over one year old and began exhibiting sever fear-based aggression when he was just six months old. We had socialized him with other dogs and people from a young age, so needless to say we were confused when he started exhibiting this behavior. My fiancé and I had tried to fix the issue ourselves, but as much as we read online and tried to make it work we couldn’t. We then brought in a “trainer” who immediately put our dog on a prong collar, jerked him all around, and generally traumatized the heck out of him. Then she never called us or contacted us again... Finally we heard about Susie from our friends who had a similar situation. From the moment she walked in the door Bowie was a changed dog. I have never seen anyone have animals react to them with such immediate respect. Susie spent all afternoon at our home, and by the time she left Bowie was completely changed. Most importantly, the fear-based aggression has stopped, but he also treats me and my fiancé with more respect. We cannot emphasize enough what a godsend Susie was for us - we had all but given up hope. Thank you, Susie for doing such an amazing job. 10/10 will recommend to anyone and everyone. Carla N. Chicago, IL

Thank you so much Carla and Walker,..it was great to be able to be there for you and work with Bowie with progress where others had let you down. Please stay in touch and let me know anytime I can be of service to you,..God Bless You,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training - Private Lessons~Verified Review     March 2, 2018


Susie is the REAL DEAL! I have a fairly new situation with aggression between my three dogs which without going into detail, was VERY concerning for my husband and I and we were not able to resolve this on our own and absolutely knew we had to get "professional help" for. I happened to google dog behavior specialists and Susie's name popped up. I knew nothing about her or her level of expertise. I am here to say SHE IS THE BEST! Without any hesitation, I would recommend her!!! We are truly blessed by God to have her cross our paths at this difficult time! With all the scams etc. out there, it was so meaningful to experience/have what she says she is able to do! My dogs were together in the same room for the first time since January 19th, when the "incident" took place. AMAZING! We are so excited moving forward! Donna C. Sheboygan, WI 

   Donna,...Thank you so much for your confidence in allowing me to be a part of helping in this situation,..we want a happy, healthy, stress-free household ,..keep me posted and anytime you need me just call,..God Bless you and Don ,..Susie     

5/5 STARS Dog Training~Private Lessons -Verified                                             March 2, 2018

Wind Dancer Referrals is fantastic. Exceptional professional assistance with training our family black lab puppy and our 6 year old TeddyBear. Clare F. Kohler WI.  

  Thank you so much Clare,..it was a Blessing to work with you and meet some of your amazing family,..keep me posted,..God Bless,..Susie                

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~~Verified Review                    October 18th, 2017                      Suzie came into our house and showed us how to be confident and dominant with our dogs. She is very educated in dogs and other animals. What makes her stand out the most is how much she cares about her clients and animals. She is well educated, truly cares, and wants what is best for you and your animals. You truly won’t find a better trainer/person like Suzie. Nathan N. Kenosha,WI 

  Nathan,..thank you, however,..the whole purpose of the lesson is to be a POSITIVE leader,..NOT to dominate which instills the fear that Gunnar has in him we are trying to work with now,..we always want the animals to be allowed to respect us,..and to be gentle, positive, patient but firm leaders as they need us to be,..can't wait to continue to hear the progress reports and always to make sure that you are acting on the side of safety,..call me whenever you need to,..God Bless you and Courtney,...Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~~ Verified Review                         October 16th, 2017        Susie is awesome. She embodies it all: quality work, professionalism, she was responsive to our needs and that of our dog. She was very punctual and to my husband and myself (and our dog Gracie) she was worth her weight in gold!!! Janet F. S. Beloit, Il 

 Thank you so very much Janet,..It was an AMAZING experience to work with you and your husband Shelby,..so wonderful to meet people of like minds as well,..please keep me posted and I will continue to help you in whatever way I can,..God Bless You BOTH,.Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons- Verified Review     October 9th, 2017                                Susie was excellent in identifying the issues with my dog and helped me with tools to resolve those issues. Obviously, wrong behaviors learned over time need consistency and patience to correct. I feel highly empowered after her visit to solve my dogs issues - leash pulling, hyperactivity and fearful aggression when he sees other dogs, prey drive when he sees small animals like squirrels and biggest if them all - wanting to kill the mail truck. Susie taught me how to take control and redirect his focus. Right from the time she walked in, it was clear she was the alpha and my dog immediately fell in line to what she was telling him. Obviously her calm and assured energy was paramount to my dog relaxing and following her lead. I would highly recommend her if you’re struggling with behavioral issues with your dog. Now it’s up to me to consistently follow through and teach my dog what is acceptable and what is not. Ji V. Oak Creek, WI

 Thank you so much Ji,..It was an amazing day working with TinTin,..both of you are doing a GREAT job now that you know the basic fundamentals,..it is NOT anyones fault when they have been given the wrong information or training advice and every animal learns in a different way,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~ Verified Review      September 26, 2017                              Susie was everything and more I would hope she would be. I am forever grateful for her hard work and time spent with Lola and I. She listened and worked with Lola in a way that is truly special to see. I cannot rave about her enough she is the dog behavioralist whisperer! I am a 26 year old living with my boyfriend in the city of Chicago and we have a fur baby named Lola who we rescued off the street when she was 3 weeks old! Being our first dog and not really knowing how to properly care for that little of a puppy was a huge learning experience and also very intimidating! She is now 12 weeks old and is a happy little thing but was starting to display some aggressive behaviors. It was crucial to both of us to get this issue fixed asap considering she is around people all the time. I was researching calling my vet for days trying to solve this, looking online for trainers but I was not satisfied enough with anyone's answers that I had spoken to. I went on thumbtack and Susie contacted me immediately! She called me that day and I knew that moment this woman meant business! This isn't just a hobby or money for her this is what she was put on this earth to do and it shows! Not only did she educate us on Lola, but on food ingredients proper treats and so much more. She was honest on ever topic and was very clear as to the type of service she would be providing. Long story short she worked with us and Lola and within 24hrs there was a drastic change in Lola's behavior in the best way possible! I can't rave about Susie enough not only did she teach me things I thought I'd never understand but she truly saved our baby. We are forever grateful to you Susie and so is Lola. I cannot recommend Susie enough don't hesitate just contact her for any issue or beahvorial problem you are having with your pet and Susie will deliver!!! Brittany J. Chicago, IL                                                                                     

Thank you so much Brittany,..I a so glad that things have taken a turn for the better, agrression like that is very uncommon in a puppy so young, but she has had a rough beginning..May you, Andrea and Matt be Blessed and Lola learn that a foundation cures all that ails,..God Bless you,..Susie      

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons-Verified Review       September 11. 2017                              Susan was amazing. She is true to all her reviews, in that she took control of the environment and both my dogs (one who has fear/aggression issues), during the time she was here (3 hours). My problem dog was showing significant progress within an hour or so. Susie does a great job at interviewing us clients as well as being informative, professional and successful. Our problem dog was continuing with progress throughout the night. I was amazed at Susan's way with dogs; she really is the real deal. 😇 Chelsea P. Ann Arbor, MI                                                                                        Thank you so much Chelsea and Jon,..I really enjoyed helping you with Ziggy and Max,..and I also loved meeting your mom as well,..what a wonderful woman,..keep up the work and keep me posted,..call me whenever you need me,..God Bless you,..Susie                                      

  5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private lessons- Verified Review    September 7, 2017                                 Susie Hanks does an amazing job! Before we found her we were seriously considering taking our dog to the humane society because we just couldn't control him. My husband and I were amazed how Susie had literally changed our dog within seconds. We are now confident that we can control our dog. No longer do we have to worry about him jumping through our house windows to chase a squirrel, jump on people, show aggression toward another dog or any other negative behavior. Not only is Susie, by far, the best animal behavioralist and trainer, she is also very affordable and much less expensive than any other I've found. If you want your pet healthier and happier and peace in your home, don't wait, call Susie! Lori A. Grand Haven, MI                                                                                                       Thank you so much Lori,..I am so pleased about this review and the changes in Max already so soon,..God Bless,..Susie ( P.S. also so enjoyed my evening with you and Jon <3               

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons-Verified Review (Aggression issues) September 8th 2017 Fantastic experience my wife is much better prepared to deal with our dog now and he is responding much better to her commands now. James M. Cedar Springs, MI                                        Thank you so much James,..you are such an AWESOME trainer yourself,..Diana will pick it up with our help,..so glad to be able to implement a better tool for both of you to use with Titus! Have a Blessed Day,..Susie                                                                                         

  5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons- Verified Review September 10. 2017 Susie addressed our needs and was extremely helpful with guiding us toward our ultimate goal. We have a lot of work ahead of us but are thrilled to have Susie's help along the way!!!

 Thank you Susie!! Pam C. Caledonia, MI Thank you so much Pam,..enjoyed working with your whole family,..just hoping we can get Kelly the help she needs,..God Bless you, Susie      

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review    August 31th, 2017 Words can't describe how wonderful she is! She really helped change things in our household and we feel as if we were given a new dog!    Anonymous                                                                           

Thank you so much whoever this is,.My ministry is to strive to bring order and a stress free household to all families I come into contact with,..May you be Blessed,..Susie  

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons! Verified Review August 26th, 2017 Susie communicated with us during the entire process--from the day I first contacted her about her dog training services-- so nothing came as a surprise to us. She was very clear about how to be in touch with her, what kind of information she needed from us, what services we could expect her to provide regarding our dogs' training (which includes a 48-hour follow-up), what the fees would be based on, and what kind of follow-up services she could provide. She is very professional and knowledgeable. After observing, testing, and interacting with our dogs, she instructed us on how our dogs learned and what tools and techniques would be most useful to us in training them. After a four-hour session with Susie in our home, we feel equipped to make some positive changes in our dogs' behavior. We have been practicing what we learned from her, and already see a difference in our dogs' behaviors. (And, it's only day 1.) Linnae A. Rochelle, IL 

 Linnae,..I look forward to all the progress you will have with BOTH your dogs...they are so smart and eager to please,..Thank you so much for allowing me to work with you on getting things turned around,..God Bless You,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review    August 24th, 2017     Suzy is beyond professional. Her knowledge and expertise will help insure our puppies grow into healthy, happy, loyal companions. We highly recommend Suzy for any type of training you may need. Cathy G. Park Ridge, IL     Thank you very much Cathy! It was great working with your whole family,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review       August 18, 2017                                     First rate experience! We adopted a rescue that was so full of fear we couldn't come near him. His fear aggression led him to bite at us if we came near his space. Susie came to our home & in one mornings time she had given us the tools to be able to physically handle the dog. After 2 months of having him in our home without being able to come near him, we nearly cried when we could first hold him & pet him. Susie went the extra mile & helped us get our little guy to the vet, went over our food choices with him & taught us how to position ourselves so that we could work with him. We were fearful at first to try the techniques without her. However, with Susie's wise words & training of the humans in the house we powered forward. He is now experiencing the love of human interaction. He has since discovered his love for snuggling, laying in the grass & evening walks. I am simply amazed at the turn around. Susie was paramount in giving this little guy a new life. We are forever grateful! The before & after photos say it all! Heather J. Randolf, WI. Heather,..I can't tell you how happy this makes me,.WOW! What a transformation for Rascal,..and you guys are the key because you are doing the follow-up work,..I am truly Blessed to be able to help these animals and their people learn about each other,..God Bless you,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review          August 12, 2017                               Susie "saved" this family. If we could not get this dog, Charley< to train, we were going to have to surrender him to a rescue shelter. After 15 minutes, she had Charley sitting, lying, off furniture and people, and most importantly not attacking the little dogs. He was well behaved with the small children instead of jumping and knocking them down. Susie even took Charley and his owner, our daughter Kalyn, for a walk to teach her how to handle him outside of his comfort zone. Susie literally save us from making a decision we all knew would devastate our family. The saying "God sends angels in plain clothing" is an accurate statement for our new friend Susie. Carole F. Wyandotte, MI                

Carole,.you are so special to me in my life and in my heart! As is your family,..I am so overjoyed that I was able to use my God Given gifts to help Charley and your family to have a more cohesive family and pack units,..Call me anytime,..for ANYTHING,..not just doggie stuff,..Much Love and Gods Blessings,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~ Verified Review    August 9th, 2017                                  Words elude me; to say that Susie (Wind Dancer Referrals) is the best is a drastic understatement. The knowledge, experience, passion & love that she brings is unmatched. In fact, it is so much so that I initially thought she was just too good to be true. From the amount of experience she has, the number of clients she works with, the degree of knowledge she shares and the price that she charges - I had a hard time believing she was the real deal. Then, she showed up at my door and let me tell you, she is far more than the real deal - she is an absolute God send! Within 5 minutes of her being at my house, my furbaby (Riley) was doing things that I had spent hours trying to teach her; and after 2+ hours, my baby was doing things I never thought I'd see her do. Not only is she listening to me better than ever but she is beginning to relax in ways she never has been able to. Her interaction with other dogs is beginning to change & I can almost visible see her anxiety decreasing. I am certain that this progress will only continue and that Riley's life will be what I want for her, the best one she can have. So, would I recommend Susie (Wind Dancer Referrals)?? I absolutely would!! And I can promise, this woman will not only bless you in regards to your dogs life but your life will be enriched by her presence, as well. Riley & I could never thank Susie enough for what she has brought to our home or the difference she has made in our lives. May God continue to bless this remarkable woman and the incredible, unparalleled business that she has!! Libby P. Battle Creek, MI                             Libby,..words elude me as well in how to thank you for such an awesome reference,..I am so Blessed to know you and have not only another cross country client ,..but a true friend as well,..keep up the amazing work you are continuing to relieve her stress and call ANYTIME you need me,..God Bless you as well,..Susie  

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~Verified Review    August 7th, 2017                                               Susie was very responsive! I contacted her through thumbtack and she immediately got back to me. She also gave me some pointers to help me in the mean time. I just adopted a dog from a shelter and he was misbehaving and I had no idea how to handle it. I can't wait to work with her in the future! Rebecca G. Grand Blanc, MI                                                                                                          Thank you so very much Rebecca,..anytime I can be of service or help to you ,..Just call,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review              August 7th, 2017                           Susie was wonderful and professional. Within 1 hour Bambi was a different dog, in fact our grandson for the first time could pet Bambi and not get pushed down. Susie trained us very well. I would recommend her without question.       Glenn S. Toledo, Ohio

 Thank you very much Glenn,..it was a pleasure to work with ALL of you and to help you implement life changing techniques for yourselves and Bambi,..God Bless you,..Susie             

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review    August 6th,.2017                                                    Susie's honesty and professionalism set her apart from the rest. She spent more time with my family and I helping us with our dog, both on the phone and in person, than she was paid to do. Susie will tell you that she does it because of her love for animals, and there is no doubt this is true. She is an amazing person and truly knows her calling. Thank you for helping our family move in the right direction. Renee B. St Clair Shores, MI *This customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, value, responsiveness, and punctuality.

Thank you Renee,...wish I could have been of more help,..I thank you for your kind words and faith in me,..I just want ALL involved to be safe,..this is the MOST difficult part of my job,..God Bless You,..Susie                                                                                                                                            5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review        August 6th, 2017                                                        Susie was absolutely fantastic! She was everything I had hoped she would be & more ! I was on the verge of surrendering my dog , Susie taught me A LOT in a short amount of time ~ I'm going to use the tools & guidance she gave me & give it a "go" with my dog ! Susie is truly amazing with animals & she's an angel ! Thanks so much !!!!! ~ Suzan ( Detroit , MI )

 Suzie,...Thank you so much,..I pray that EVERYTHING in your life works out,..not just Nyx,..I feel I made a new friend in you and Nyx,..God Bless you,..Susie                                                              

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~Verified Review          August 6th, 2017                                     Susan was great with my two dogs! I have two Australian Shepherd rescues and they are very high energy and smart! Susan helped me to fine tune my younger guy and I am sure our life will be much better because of it... Thank you Susan!! Mari Jo. A. Troy, MI 

 Thank you very much Mari Jo,..glad I was able to bring a little more peace to your life and to your dogs,..God Bless You,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training~ Private Lessons- Verified Review       July 30, 2017                                      Susie did a wonderful job explaining the root cause of our dog Maggie's "door and visitor" issues. She systematically observed her behavior and made effective recommendations to correct both how we handle Maggie and how Maggie responds. No more "princess pillows!!" We've all learned who needs to be in charge in order to help Maggie get over her anxiety and have a calmer happy home. It's also helped us unlock the potential in our girl...did not realize how smart she really is and that this requires constant attention. Thanks Susie for guiding us in the right direction!!! Roberta & PJ S. Campton Hills, IL 

 Roberta,..you are more than welcome,..glad to be of service to you and your family and to help you understand a little more of what is in Maggies head,..she is amazing,..continue the great work,..God Bless you,.Susie

July 25, 2017

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review

Susie is very easy to communicate with and very knowledgeable. She treated my pet like her own dog and helped me immensely in dealing with the problems I was experiencing. Mary T. Glendale, WI 

 Thank you very much Mary,..it was a pleasure to help you work with Bella,..always a treat to work with a cutie patootie like her and help her get over her fears,..God Bless You,..Susie       

July 19, 2017

5/5 STARS Dog Training ~ Private Lessons- Verified Review

Suzie was amazing. She really had me take a step back and took time to explain how my interactions with my dog are received by him and what he is thinking. Looking at it now what I was doing wrong makes complete logical sense. She took time to teach my five year old son how to work with him and was very personable. By the time she left he had been sitting in her lap and took every piece of advice to heart. Meant a lot to me. Even just tonight the same day she was here I see a different happier dog who is already responsive to the commands she taught. I would highly recommend her to anyone and it was a wonderful experience! Very thankful I found her to guide my family in the right direction. Aericka P. West Bend, WI 

 Oh Aericka,..Bless your heart,..Jackson has stolen mine,..even when Ryan tried to take him off my lap he STILL wanted to be there,..I LOVED IT,..and that he paid me his own saved up .51 cents was precious,..even when I told him "Mommy already paid me sweetie",..so neat to have worked with your family and helped influence some small but big changes and that you are on your way to being Timbers ALPHA mom!! Thank you so much,..glad to be of help to you,..God Bless your whole family,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training Private Lessons=Verified Review 

 Susie was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and super helpful. My rescue dog was becoming unruly and not a nice housemate. Susie has helped us become friends again and we can confidently go out in public without worrying who he might bite. Happy person, happy dog. I highly recommend Wind Dancer Referrals!!! Joan July 15th, 2017 Horicon, WI 

 Wow!! Thank you ever so much Joan,..I simply strive to help the animals and the people I work with,..and use my gifts to bring about a positive change,..God Bless you,..Susie/Owner of Wind Dancer Referrals, LLC

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~Verified Review

Susie was full of helpful information...I seemed to be doing it all wrong, lol. I can't wait to see the changes, good of course, in my pup. Thanks!! Katreena Y. July 14, 2017 Detroit, MI

Thank you so much Katreena,..I am here to help,..not to judge,..please always let me know whenever I can be of help to you,..God Bless you,..Susie

Dog Training    5/5 STARS Private Lessons-Verified Review

Susie has been absolutely amazing! She has always responded in a timely manner and always listens and answers my questions Sue B. July 12th, 2017 Adrian, MI

Thank you so much Sue,..I try my best to be of service to ALL who come into contact with me,..not only for their animals,...but for their own knowledge as well,,..God Bless you,.Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons!~Verified Review

Great experience and fun learning with Susie how to better understand and kindly groom our dog's behavior to make him a better family member, neighbor and friend to other dogs. Seeing results in the first few hours Lei D. Knoxville, TN July 9, 2017

         Thank you so much Lei,..It was a pleasure to work with ALL of you,..but your daughter Josie is simply AMAZING,..and especially with animals,.I knew I felt a connection to her immediately,..just work on separating yourself more from Huggs and those results can increase and get so much better as long as he is getting the structure he needs,..may you be Blessed,..and call me anytime you need me,..Susie                

5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review

Susie is truly an amazing woman to work with. She worked great with my pups and helped me more

than just my dogs. I would recommend her to anyone. Benjamin G. Bean Station, TN     July 7, 2018 Benjamin,.thank you so much and Brittany as well,..came to train, and ended of leaving with a home cooked meal and two new amazing friends!! So glad to help in ANY way I can,..personally or professionally,..God Bless you ALL,..Susie

4/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons-Verified Review

Susie was very knowledgeable over the phone, she gave clear feedback and concern for any and all questions I asked. She is very straightforward and will not sugarcoat anything. Which to be honest caught me off gaurd at first, but with that said I could tell she has a real passion for what she does and is really aiming towards helping and educating people. I had booked an appointment with her, but had to cancel a week later due to stumbling upon a great trainer really close to our home. Susie gave me advice regarding better food choices though, because of her Marnie is responding better in general. Which lead my wife and I to be more proactive in what we feed to our puppy and we've even looked into what we feed our cats now too. If it wasn't for Susie, I probably wouldn't have thought twice about what really goes into pet food. Unfortunately we won't get to see Susie in her element, but if something for any reason comes up that we can't fix I'll know who to call. Morgan H. Racine, WI

Thank you very much Morgan,..so glad you were able to find another great trainer so close to you,..please call whenever you need to,...glad to be of so much help to you,..God Bless,..Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training ~Private Lessons- Verified Review

My experience was more than I could have asked for. She worked very systemically and logically in a way I could follow and see progress right before my eyes. Eileen W. Racine, WI

Thank You Eileen,..It was a pleasure to work with you, Noelle and Wrigley,...and help you establish some alpha foundation,..they are AMAZING dogs,..especially Wrigley with his genius level intellect,..Call me if you need me,..God Bless you ,...Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training - Private Lessons~~Verified Review

We contacted Susie after our dog had started to become increasingly aggressive. We knew it was based out of fear, and not because he was truely a mean dog. After several internet searches to try and fix this problem on our own, nothing was changing. Susie came to our house and explained how being the alpha of the house is extremely important. We talked about the types of food and treats to give and different strategies to show the dog who the alpha is. Fear aggression doesn't change overnight but when Susie handled our dog outside, he was like a totally different dog. No barking or growling at anyone in front of the house (he had been territorial aggressive as well) which was just shocking to us. We still have a lot of work to do on our own to make sure this behavior sticks, but we feel much better that we are on the right track. I also very much appreciate that we can call her at anytime after the appointment to talk things through free of charge. Susie really cares about what she is doing and takes it extremely seriously which we really appreciated. She gave us some very good advice and showed us with her actions.

Brendan L. Chicago, Il on June 12, 2017

Susan H. from Wind Dancer Referrals-Midwest Region replied to this review on June 12, 2017

Thank you very much Brendan,..I appreciate that and love to help,..especailly when it is involving aggression issues,..please keep me updated , but so happy the other day went so well,..and nice to meet your neighbors and family,..God Bless, Susie

5/5 STARS Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine) CATS~~ Verified Review

I highly recommend Susie of Wind Dancer Referrals,LLC-Midwest Region. She was very professional, but also very caring of my two cats. She put me at ease right away. She helped me with introducing my 16 year old cat to a new cat who is very aggressive. She gave each cat a check-up and went over their diets with me. She made suggestions to help with their quality of life. She said diet can be a factor in aggressive behavior. She definitely has a way with animals. My 16 year old cat who runs and hides from everyone even sat on her lap.

Mary L. Chicago, IL on June 10, 2017

Susan H. from Wind Dancer Referrals-Midwest Region replied to this review on June 10, 2017

Thank you so much Mary Lou,..it was a pleasure to work with you and if need be continue to help with Samantha and Nora to safely get together if at all possible,...I ALWAYS want my clients to know what is going on in dietary issues so they can always give their furry children the best,..God Bless you and and James and the kitties,..Susie

Ashlyn Gilpin-Dallas, Il /Bettendorf, IA

· 9 hours ago 5/5 STARS~Dog Training -Private Lessons/Aggression Reconditioning

I love how Susan just took control and completely changed the atmosphere in our household. My miniature Aussie is already realizing things are going to change and I couldn't be happier with the results that are already presenting themselves. Not only does she care for the animals, but she made sure our needs were taken care of also. When I had no one else to turn to for my aggressive puppy, Susan gave me hope that he can be redirected after his previous trauma. What she does is so helpful and she truly shows a passion for the animals well-being. I couldn't be more happy with having her travel to see us.

Thank you Ashlyn,..you are the FIRST family who reached me and I drove 500 miles to work with all by yourselves,...Langston is a work in progress and I see hope,..just keep up the good work and keep our communication open and let me know if you need me...I love your attitude towards animals and I feel you have an AWESOME future ahead of you,..Susie Thanks for letting me add yet another state to my roster while coming to see you,.. God Bless you,..Susie

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Susan is wonderful. She made me a better dog owner. Thank you for all you've done to help us and Pearl. Margie G. Pewaukee, WI May 31st

Thank you very much Margie,..so glad to help, Pearl is such a sweetie as is her family,..God Bless,..Susie/Wind Dancer Referrals, LLC

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private lessons~Verified Review

She was very open, honest, patient, respectful, knowledgeable and just awesome to work with. My whole family learned a lot working with her.

Nicole C. Menomonee Falls, WI on May 12, 2017

You replied to this review on May 12, 2017

Thank you so much Nicole,..you have a wonderful family and an AMAZING puppy,...can't wait to see where you take her,..firm, loving, patient, work with her and the sky is the limit,..please continue to keep in touch,..God Bless you,..Susie


5/5 STARS Dog Training-Private Lessons~ Verified Review

Although she may be more expensive than other dog trainers, she is highly qualified and committed to working with you and your dog to address any issues you may be having. I've learned I needed trained as much as my dog. I now have the tools I need to (after four years) to stop her from pulling me down the block!

Mary C. Chicago, IL on May 10, 2017

You replied to this review on May 10, 2017

Thank you Mary,..I try my best to stay reasonable,..your first evaluation is more, as we are learning the drive of your dog and how they learn,..very in depth,..Mental, Physical, emotional and intelligence,..unlike most trainers who just use the same methods with EVERY dog,..which does NOT work,..as all animals are unique individuals who learn in different ways ,..just as every person does,..I am so glad I was able to get to you so quickly and help you with Penny,..please keep me posted with any updates or needs,..now that you are past the expensive part, the rest is a piece of cake,..glad to have given you help and hope,..God Bless you, Susie

5/5 STARS Animal Training and Behavior Modification-private Lessons~~ Verified Review

"Phenomenal" This woman has an amazing gift to understand animal behavior! Very professional and informative. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is dealing with dog behavior and aggression issues.

Wendy W. Talkeetna, AK on May 9, 2017 (see photo of Wendy w/Mara & Kana in Gallery)

You replied to this review on May 9, 2017

Thank you so much Wendy and Tom,..I am so stoked to be able to help Mara with her aggression and fear,..she has been through so much,..we just need to let her know everyone is not going to hurt her,..God Bless you and it was a joy to work with ALL of you,..Kana is my new best friend, Susie

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~~Verified Review

We would highly recommend Susan. She was great to work with and took the time to understand the dynamic happening with our dog. We have seen an improvement almost instantly. She is a professional who has an obvious love for animals and an uncanny understanding of their behaviors.

Stephanie G. Chicago, IL on May 7, 2017

You replied to this review on May 7, 2017

Thank you very much Stephanie,..it was great to work with You and Miles,..he is so eager to learn,..we just need to guide him in a way he knows,..he has NOTHING to fear,..call me anytime you need me, God Bless you, Susi

5/5 STARS Dog Training - Priavte Lessons~~Verified Review

"Excellent trainer" !

Susan was very professional and very knowledgeable of her work and the healthy products to feed and keep my dog fit

Jackson J. Aurora, IL on May 1, 2017

You replied to this review on May 1, 2017

Thank you Jackson,..It was a pleasure to work with you and Champ,..and my goodness did you name him right,..with his intelligence,..he is going to be an AMAZING dog,..just let him always know you are his alpha leader in a kind and loving way,..and the sky is the limit with him,..God Bless you,..Susie,..(call me anytime)!

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~~Verified Review

There are not enough great words to say about Suzie. My Silky Terrier puppy and I were both stressed after relocating from Chicago to TN. Suzie walked in and immediately put us both at ease and showed how my becoming an Alpha Dog would give us both a sense of stabiity and control. She did more than just show me how to get her to settle and listen, she talked with me about nutrition for my dog and how to keep her healthy. We analyzed the ingredients in the food I was feeding her and the type of treats I was using and armed with that information, I am making better decisions that affect my puppie's health. And if I am struggling with something, Suzie is always just a phone call away. Whether adding a new dog to your home, or dealing with issues with an existing animal, you cannot go wrong with Suzie.

Cathy B. Vonore, TN on April 29, 2017

You replied to this review on April 29, 2017

Oh Cathy,..thank you so much,..I appreciate that so much coming from you,..I know how utterly stressed you were and the main things was for me to bring you and Asher some hope. I am so glad I was able to do THAT and so much more,..please keep in touch for ANYTHING you need,..God Bless you,..Susi

5/5 STARS Dog Training Private Lessons~ Verified Review "PHENOMENAL~~" My son & I recently experienced some behaviors from our puppy that was concerning. After my first contact with Susie...I knew she was the trainer we needed. She stays in constant contact with you. No matter where she is. Being a new puppy owner we did not know the best way to train or what we were doing. By far the best training experience my son & I have received in our home.

She was patient, honest informative & her positive energy allowed us to feel very comfortable with her. Susie has a very special gift with animals & our Pomsky Sapphire took right to her as well as we did. We all benefited from her showing us techniques in a positive way. Educating us on the food & addressed all our questions in ways we understood. She traveled such a distance for us.... because she truly loves what she does & it shows. I teased her she needs to clone herself ... if only more trainers were like her. I would highly recommend her. My son Connor(12) rated her above 10. I think that says it all.

Kelly McGee Franklin, TN

Kelly M. on April 27, 2017

You replied to this review on April 27, 2017

Kelly,..I can't thank you enough for your kind words and so glad that this experience was so much better and more informative than the first "Trainer" you tried,..it is my job to easily convey to you how your dog learns and make that easy and a good transition for your family,..Conner is great! Call me whenever you need me and may your family be Blessed,..Sus

5/5 STARS Dog Training -Private Lessons~~ Verified Review I am so very fortunate that I found Susie! My pups & I couldn't be more satisfied with the knowledge & training techniques Susie provided. Her professionalism was spot on! You can tell that she genuinely cares for all animals & it shows in her work! I would HIGHLY recommend Susie to anyone! Thank you for helping get some order back in my home. You truly are a GIFT!

Candi C. , Corryton , TN on April 23, 2017

You replied to this review on April 24, 2017

Candi,..it was such a pleasure to work with you and your AMAZING husband Greg, You are extremely Blessed to have one of the few men who are a TRUE gentlemen!! I felt like a queen at your house. It is my job to come into your home and restore order and show you HOW to keep that order,..(even with the unruly neighbor dogs,..lol) Please keep in touch and let me know anytime you need me,..even just to get together,..God Bless you,

5/5 STARS Dog Training - Private Lessons~~Verified Review

Susie is such a wonderful trainer and person. Great experience!

Very knowledgeable and lovingly teaches your pet & you what you need to know to better live together

Lin M. Powell, TN on April 22, 2017

You replied to this review on April 22, 2017

Thank you Lin,..it was wonderful to help you and Kim establish who's the leader in your household,..keep up the good work,..God Bless you,..Susi

5/5 STARS Dog Training- Private Lessons~~ Verified Review

Susie sets the bar for professional training!

"Susie sets the bar for professional dog trainers. She is extremely knowledgeable and is an excellent communicator both with humans, dog and I must add cats! We've made amazing progress with our two new pups in just 24 hours. Susie gives you the skills necessary to feel confident about creating the best home environment for you and your pets." Julie T. Glen Ellyn, IL

Julie,..so great to hear the news even before our 48 hr progress report! As an Animal Behavioral Specialist,..it is up to me to know what each and every animal needs and how to speak to them in a gentle, loving Alpha leader manner and to convey that to the people as well so they can work with their own animals without having to pay others or ship them out to possibly be mis-treated,..This is what brings me joy,..to help people and animals alike,..God Bless you,..Susie

April 18, 2017 

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"Very good with our dogs. Amazing results with both of them. Very motivated, professional, full of positive energy would recommend to anyone. Thanks"! David P. Island Lake, IL