My husband and I adopted our first dog 2+ years ago when he was a 4 month old puppy. My only criteria for us to have a dog was that he received proper training. I asked around, and received information about Duffy's. After setting up a free evaluation, we met our trainer David. The program seemed to be exactly what we were looking for: an individual training with an individual trainer, separate lessons for our dog to learn before we were trained as handlers, and ongoing training once he had completed the training. To say that we were satisfied is a complete understatement. Everywhere we go, we are told how well our dog behaves, and how they wish that they could get their dog to behave like that. It's as if they think we just lucked out and ""got a good one."" True, our dog is one of the good ones, a sweet lab/great dane mix, but he is far from perfect. No dog is born well mannered. They are trained into such behavior. Duffy's offers a team of highly qualified trainers that INDIVIDUALLY assess your dog, and train them accordingly. I want to respond to most of those commenters by saying, ""Well, maybe you should get your money back from Petsmart."" The truth is, if you are looking to get your dog to shake your hand, Petsmart is your place. But, if you are looking for your dog to come when called, stay silent while walking next to a group of other dogs while on a walk, stay upon command, and to mind their manners when guests come into your home (a dog's most defensive and territorial place) then Duffy's is your very best choice within the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Manners are the HARDEST thing to teach a dog. They are willful, strong, and crave order. This training is top notch. The price is definitely more than a set of unproductive PetSmart classes, but you get what you pay for. On average the undivided attention that your dog will receive is nothing compared to the attention YOU receive as a handler. The staff is extremely attentive and completely patient while they train the most stubborn clients of all: pet owners. Pet owners are in such denial of their dogs' behavior. They think that terrible habits are adorable and they make tons of excuses. The trainers, especially David, are incredibly thoughtful in teaching you to work well with your dog.\r
Not only would I recommend Duffy's but I would go as far as to say that our training through them is the single biggest factor that helped me to bond with our dog. We loved the experience so much that as soon as we adopted our second dog, we took him as soon as he was old enough back to David. The strongest testament, however, is not how we feel about Duffy's. It's our dogs' opinion. Our older dog knows as soon as we turn down the street where we are going. He goes crazy: whining in anticipation, wagging his tail excitedly, and can't wait to jump out of the car to get inside. He loves Duffy's as do we. \r
Do yourself a favor, and at least go for the free evaluation. Notice the people that are there when you are. They'll be seeing their own trainer for their own individual assessments and lessons. Do us a favor, too, and join the club of owners with well-behaved dogs so that we can open our own dog park!