Some of Our Many Delighted Clients
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!
I met Zephyr through a neighbor in Miami who had a
fantastic dog. I had to get one just like him--well behaved, attentive,
and very loving. Zephyr helped me locate and obtain Cosmo and trained
him for me in his home with his family.
When I flew up to Boston to pick up Cosmo, Zephyr spent two days making
sure I was equally as well trained. The following year I wanted Cosmo
made ready to pass his Assistance Dogs International certification and
Zephyr and Cosmo worked hard together. Cosmo passed on his first try!
Cosmo and I have been inseparable ever since then. We travel everywhere
together and Cosmo behaves so well. GBDT is absolutely the only place
I'd use and Zephyr makes it easy with his specialty services for busy
Greater Boston Dog Training is the best. Zephyr has
come over to my house three times and in the first lesson he taught me
and the dogs heal and sit. I can walk both dogs at the same time without
them pulling me across the street. We are now working on the barking,
jumping and stay. My dogs are reformed. We are all much happier because
of Zephyr. Thank you.!!!!
We met Zephyr when we got a new puppy Skout who is a
Dutch Shepherd.He is very energetic, stubborn and needs a strong leader
to show him the way things are to be. We started the training with basic
walking because Skout didn't want to walk out of the house so Zephyr
helped us get over that issue. After that part of training was done
Zephyr taught us as much as he taught Skout in basic commands like sit,
heel, stay, down, go to your place etc. And more important than that,
how to keep Skout challenged with mental exercise as much as physical
exercise. Skout loves Zephyr and that says a lot about him as this dog
is very weary of strangers, but he actually loved when Zephyr would come
over for a training session and he would be exhausted after every one of
them. Our experience with Zephyr was amazing and he truly understands
each and every dog that he trains!!! You will not go wrong in your
decision to have him train you and your dog.
Patrick and Angie Ferrer
Our family is so happy to know Zephyr. He came highly
recommended by our dog sitter - herself a trained veterinary assistant.
We have two dogs. One is quite fearful and the other was starting to get
pretty bossy. On his very first visit, Zephyr showed us how to properly
walk our dogs and we saw almost an instant result. A few weeks later, we
boarded our dogs with Zephyr while on vacation. During this time, he
worked with them on basic commands. This has made a big difference. We
are still working with our dogs, but Zephyr's training and instruction
has gone a long way. Our fearful dog is noticeably calmer and happier
and our bossy guy is behaving better.
Zephyr is knowledgeable, relaxed and a great instructor. And he clearly
loves the dogs he is entrusted with. Thank you Zephyr!!
Leon and Lizzie
My husband and I contacted Zephyr to get his guidance
on how to properly train our labradoodle puppy. We also needed to learn
the correct commands ourselves, when we need our puppy to obey. Winston
like all puppies did not heel correctly on his leash and favored chasing
squirrels during walk time. Within a few sessions and some practice
Zephyr taught us how to command and Winston how to heel, sit and go down
the stairs. Winston is now a well behaved puppy. It is quite apparent
after seeing Zephyr interact with Winston that he truly loves dogs and
wants them to behave properly. Zephyr is very patient and answers all
your questions. You cannot ask for a better dog trainer when you have
Zephyr work with your puppy. We have scheduled some refresher classes to
refine some skills. He is also extremely flexible with his schedule.
Julianne, Phill and Winston
I'm a Veteran who was In need of an Emotional Support
dog Zephyr was very informative and was able to guide me with caring and
effective methods. He took very good care of my furry best friend for a
whole month. Zephyr always made sure that I was comfortable and that I
knew the command cues effectively. This has allowed me to continue with
conditioning and training. He also provided many insights and tips. I've
always followed what Zephyr has said from Day 1 and what I achieved,
through the help of Zephyr, is immaculate results for a adolescent
Priscilla & Randy
I want to take the time to thank you for training our
newest family member Cali. We have had other dogs before but she is the
best behaved and obedient thanks to your passion for training dogs with
love and true understanding to her needs. With your training I can bring
her with me anywhere and she will obey her commands in public with other
dogs right next to her! Your training has allowed her to not be leashed
or contained with fences in our yard which it truly amazing to me that
she will stay and knows her boundaries with cars and people only feet
away! Thank you for giving us the gift of a well trained family member.
We can't thank you enough for doing basic and recall
training with us. You were wonderfully flexible with times as my hours
are not always convenient working nights at an animal hospital. Fly was
extremely skittish and shy of strangers. We lost her for nearly a week
when she was first adopted. With your help she is responsive off leash
when called and more relaxed with unfamiliar settings and people. We
would definitely recommend Greater Boston Dog Training!
We want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude
to you for the amazing training you have provided to us & to Bernie. We
were so excited to add a puppy to our family and it was very important
for our busy family of five to have a well mannered & socialized dog .
We feel so very fortunate to have benefited from your expertise starting
when Bernie was just 9 weeks old . The tips & knowledge you imparted to
us during those first early weeks proved invaluable & have allowed us to
fully enjoy & understand her, thank you. As the weeks & months have
passed , your talents have allowed our family to have such a rewarding
relationship with Bernie. We are so happy to have a dog that we are
enjoying both inside our home & out . She walks, heels , sits and stays
on command ( and enjoys showing off her skills). It's a pleasure to take
her on a walk or watch the kids walking her without being pulled around.
Thank you for helping make the well mannered puppy we imagined a reality
The Hart Family
In December 2010, I enrolled my six (6) month old
Boxer puppy "Charlie" in Zephyr's 30-day in-kennel service dog-training
program. After a short 4-weeks, Charlie returned into an extraordinarily
obedient and well-mannered dog fluent in Hebrew. He mastered his
individually trained tasks along with advanced obedience skills, on and
off leash, in response to both Hebrew verbal commands and hand signals.
The commands he mastered were "Heel, Auto-Sit, Sit-Stay, Come, Down,
Sit, Down-Stay, Drop it, Leave it, Stand, Emergency Down, Release, and
Place" The Charlie also acquired proper social-behavior skills which
included no aggressive behavior towards people or other animals such as
barking, biting, snapping, snarling, growling and/or lunging, no
soliciting food or petting from other people, and no sniffing
merchandise or people or intruding into another dog's space. Proper
socialization also included tolerating strange sights, sounds, odors
etc. in a wide variety of public settings, walking calmly on and off
leash, no unruly behavior or unnecessary vocalizations in public
settings, and no urinating or defecating in public unless given the
Charlie was also trained as a service animal in the task of standing and
bracing the handler in the event that he or she loses balance. He
remains standing in the event that the handler falls and requires the
dog's support to rise. Once the handler rises, the Charlie does not move
until the handler feels comfortable and begins to walk.
Today, Charlie is 5 years old and still recalls all of his commands. He
plays with my 20-month old daughter calmly and is very tolerant of her.
I will undoubtedly send my next dog to Zephyr. He is a very talented and
We were very happy to bring home Juno, our new puppy,
but her exuberant personality got us worrying. Would we be able to get
her to listen, to walk on a leash, and to stop from constantly jumping
We weren't sure, but Zephyr turned out to be an exceptional trainer. He
taught the dog very well, and taught us to work with her. He was firm
but patient. His combination of kindness and expertise put everyone at
ease (Juno included) and he gave us the skills and confidence we needed
as owners. He helped us become a family!
Nancy and Mike
I met Zephyr Dolberg in the spring of 2007 first
thing I noticed about him is his calm assertive personality when dealing
with people. As I got to know him I realized that Zephyr has an innate
ability with dogs, his instincts with dogs are very rare. I spent time
with Zephyr teaching him formal dog training, it was truly a terrific
experience. Most people who learn how to train dogs do not naturally
possess the instincts zephyr has, and usually it takes them a long time
to develop it. Zephyr also had the opportunity to prove himself with
large aggressive dogs living in a shelter environment. He certainly
proved his ability to work with these dogs in a positive way, to
rehabilitate and turn them into good canine citizens.
I wholeheartedly recommend Zephyr Clarke-Dolberg, yours for better dogs
I really can't say enough great things about Zephyr!!
Here is my experience, I hope it can be of help to you. I have an 11
month old mountain cur/retriever mix rescue (Daisy-Belle from Tenn) who
had a rough start to life. She is extremely fearful of loud unfamiliar
noises, especially cars, due to the circumstances in which her litter
was abandoned. I quickly found out I just did not have the skills to
help her overcome her fears to be able to go on a normal walk. I
actually had met Zephyr one day while at the dog groomers, I told him
all about her anxiety issues. He said that he could absolutely help,
with either sessions or overnight board & train. After some thought, I
choose the week of boarding and training. While I was going to miss her,
I knew she was going to need the consistency of being with him for a
week to get the best results.
Boy was that the right choice!!!! She came back a whole different girl!!
She's not perfect, I don't want to false advertise, but she is 80-90%
better than she was! She walks with much more confidence now, and is in
general less fearful. There really was just so much to life she was
afraid of, Zephyr took the time to work with her in so many difference
settings and situations over that week to get her to overcome her fear
of cars and now she walks beautifully on a leash! I would have been
happy with that but I got so much more. He understood she is a sensitive
girl, he gave her the love and praise she deserved, so she came home
being able to sit, lay down, stay, and heal/walk on a leash. For our
follow-up he showed me how to teach her go to your crate/bed. Just a few
tries and she already has it!!
I will be practicing and look forward to a future sessions to work on
distance and e-collar training. I am hoping my little girl will be a
therapy dog someday, and with Zephyr & GBDT's help we will get there!
You don't have to take my word for it, the proof is in the happy well
behaved pups! I recommend getting a consult with him if you are unsure!
You will be glad you did!
Liz M Quincy
We were exceptionally happy working with Zephyr to
bring our English Bulldog into a friendlier mindset (he randomly lunged
at people, especially men). Zephyr not only trained the dog, but he
trained us in how to handle him - how to make sure we don't transfer our
anxieties to the dog and how to handle situations in which we anticipate
a problem and situations in which we are surprised by them. Zephyr has a
wealth of knowledge, patience and a great sense of humor - all of which
came in handy! He is also truly a dog lover and it makes all the
difference. We'd heartily recommend Zephyr and Greater Boston Dog
My wife an I adopted a deaf terrier whippet mix
who was rescued from Puerto Rico. After a few weeks of having her we
started to see issues of aggression towards basically anyone that she
met other then my wife an I. Heartbroken we called the shelter and
considered bringing her back. They sent us to a specialist who
prescribed her medicine and sent us on our way. The behavior didnt
change and again we thought about giving Alba up. However we wanted to
take one more chance since Alba had truly become a part of our family,
enter Zephyr at Greater Boston Dog Training. He truly invested himself
immediately in our case and began to think of everything to try to help
Alba out. We have been working with him now for 5 sessions and although
the process has been extremely difficult at times we have begun to see
major improvements in her behavior. With his help Alba can now be around
other members of our family and has even been walked around on leash by
other members of the family. Zephyr is truly amazing with dogs and his
never give up attitude is unreal especially seeing how frustrating our
case has been. He truly makes you feel like he will stop at nothing to
fix the troublesome behavior and always considers your feelings as well
as the dog's in all of his training methods. We were always so
heartbroken seeing Alba's aggression since she is such an amazing dog
with us and we have become so attached to her and love having her as a
part of our family. Zephyr made us feel like his number one priority was
fixing this behavior so that we can keep Alba in our family. He has
always made himself available to answer our questions and has spent
plenty of time on the phone listening to our concerns and trying to find
solutions to put our nerves at ease. I would recommend him as highly as
anyone I have ever worked with in any field at all.
Very happy that we found Zephyr! We had a five month
old Shiba Inu puppy Bolt who was doing really well, but then started
getting quite aggressive with the food guarding and space guarding, and
out of control with the play biting as he went into adolescence. I was
really becoming afraid of him and worried. We have read so many dog
training websites etc but we weren't successful, and I wanted to nip
those behaviors in the bud before they became too dangerous. A co-worker
of mine is having great success with her dog trainer in RI, so I called
him, however Boston was out of his range-- but thankfully he referred me
to Zephyr, who recently returned to the Boston area and who actually was
Zephyr came out for our first session and he was definitely an expert,
patient, confident, and assuring. I realized that on our own, with our
inexperience with this kind of dog personality, we couldn't have taken
the obedience training to the next level like our little puppy needed.
We were so thankful to have found Zephyr, that he could share his
experience and skills to help us out, and show us the tools we needed to
teach Bolt how to make better behavior decisions. It definitely made a
huge difference in just one night. Bolt is very strong-willed as shibas
are known to be, and for us, we needed more advice to make sure we could
help our puppy continue on the right path. Coincidentally we had already
had a vacation planned the next week, and so we decided to do one of the
training courses and have Bolt stay with Zephyr for 10 days.
He came back from "boot camp" all freshly bathed with nails trimmed, and
demonstrated his newly learned commands to our delight. I was especially
thrilled to see his progress in Drop it and Leave it, and he was Heeling
like a pro! that's his best success. Zephyr then spent almost two hours
teaching us everything he did and how to keep working on the training.
It's a lot more fun to walk him now when he isn't out of control. Of
course he isn't perfect yet, we have to continue the training and the
practice every day.
Bolt is apparently very quirky with his food, and we definitely have
work still to do. But now we have a strong foundation to build on for
continuing the obedience training, and that's exactly what we needed. I
was feeling a bit desperate before with all the challenges we had to
work on with Bolt, but now we see a lot more of the sweet side of our
puppy again. I am determined to figure this dog out, and now there is
hope! We will have a follow up visit from Zephyr with Bolt in a week or
so as part of the training course, and we are looking forward to seeing
Bolt grow up happy, healthy, and safe. It's just as much about training
the guardians as it is the dog, and Zephyr is good at both.
To anyone that is experiencing issues with your dog
that you think cannot be corrected, I would recommend contacting Zephyr
Clarke-Dolberg of Greater Boston Dog Training.
I've recently become a first time grandmother (and a proud one at that).
My son and his wife both work full time so I offered to watch little
Nicholas on a full time basis so that he's not with strangers 5 days a
week for daycare. Now, the problem I have (or should I say "had") is
that I also own a dog (Jack Russell named Maxie). She is 10 years old
and still has the energy of a young puppy. She was so hyper and
energetic around the baby that I was afraid she would scratch or nip at
the baby. She cried when the baby cried and was always at my feet
jumping up to reach the baby in my arms while I would be walking with
him. She was so fixated on the baby that she would totally ignore me or
anyone else and just run and run around the baby jumping up trying to
lick him (and she would do this for hours). It got to a point where I
was contemplating having to do something drastic like finding a new
family for Maxie (oh, how heartbreaking it was to even think that). My
son called Zephyr to come to the house and train Maxie.
It's only been 1 session so far (I'm not sure if a 2nd session will even
be needed) and Zephyr was able to not only help train Maxie, but also
trained/educated me on how to properly exercise Maxie (both mentally and
physically). Zephyr gave me the knowledge and tools to use to not only
exercise Maxie, but to also correct her behavior before she gets to the
"hyper" point. Zephyr came prepared with different tools to use and took
his time answering all of my questions and provided detailed
explanations. He probably stayed a lot longer than the session typically
lasts, but at no time was he rushing anything.
It's only been 3 days so far, but the difference is unbelievable!!! It's
not to say this was magical or anything, there's still some work I have
to do, but so far the work is well worth the results.
Thanks Zephyr for helping me,
Nicholas and Maxie
My six month old mini labradoodle puppy has lerned to
sit, stay, come and heel on a loose leash in just three sessions with
Zephyr. He is also very good at training me, as her owner, which is the
real secret to the task. I highly recommend Greater Boston Dog Training.