The Adventures of a 12 pound Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) going to Paris.


Tom & Maxine like to travel. Blogging helps us create a record of the trips, and share with friends and family...

Sunday, August 20, 2006

How Did Lori Do It?

Just a couple quick comments on how training with Lori Peikoff was different.

Believe it or not, Cassie had actually been to two other trainers. The first, part of a city of LA program, was just about the mechanics. For example, "this is how you teach a dog to sit, to stay, to come, etc."

The second trainer was a private trainer, and expensive. We thought that made him different than city of LA trainers. After 4 sessions with Cassie he gave up. Six months later we called asking for more help and he said there wasn't anything else he could do.

Lori 'gets' dogs. When she would tell us how to interact with Cassie she did it from a standpoint of (at least it seemed this way to us) understanding what Cassie was thinking.

I don't mean for this to sound 'woo woo', mysterious, or Dr. Doolittle-like. But what we found is that Lori had an understanding of why Cassie was acting the way she was when she would mis-behave. And, starting from that understanding Lori would work with us to change how we related to Cassie, how we exposed her to situations, and how we indicated what we expected of Cassie.

It worked. Our trainer, and now our friend, Lori, gave us a new dog! And gave us a chance to go to Paris and live there (for 2 months) in a way that we had only fantasized about 10 months ago.


Blogger Don Barko said...

It comes as no surprise to me that an experience with Lori proved so successful. I am a dog trainer myself. I have a small practice here on the East End of Long Island, NY. I was introduced to Lori while in Los Angeles by a very enthusiastic person who felt we had "something in common."
I was extremely impressed with her professionally and personally and struck up an acquaintance immediately.
She, like I, had a different way of interacting with dogs and both of us appreciated in the other, the resonant perspective.

The work that I do brings me into contact with a number of high profile individuals and well known's. Given my concentration of work here on the East Coast, I am delighted to recommend Lori to any West Coast client, knowing that they will prosper by their association with her.
Those that may want a personal reference may do so by contacting me here in the East. (
I am always pleased to include my name in support of Lori anywhere her name might appear.

Philip Levine
Companion Dogs
East Hampton, New York

11:52 PM  
Blogger The Girl Next Store said...

I am so thrilled to see that Lori Peikoff is still around all these years later and continues to get rave reviews. She deserves them! I used her about 8 years ago with my Jack Russell, Louie. He was the original example of "A D D" A real energenic nut. If you are willing to do the work, Lori can do wonders. Both a unique talent with dogs and a lovely woman wrapped up in one.

8:04 AM  
Blogger DOG LOVER said...

Dog lovers of Los Angeles unite and hail to the chief!!! Who is that you ask? My brilliant,and I mean brilliant dog behaviorist, Lori Peikoff. I am currently training my 3rd dog with her and I'm grateful she's still around after 14 years! If you need the best she's your gal! (310)837-6397.

10:08 PM  
Blogger ThePowerOfPlay said...

Lori Peikoff is the Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung of dog behaviorists! She knows dogs so well that it almost seems like she is hypnotizing them into obeying her every command. The truth is, she understands their psychology, so her biggest task is to help humans understand it, too. Once an owner understands what is going on in a dog's mind, he or she can work their own wonders with their pet. And Lori is a master craftsman at helping dogs and people give each other what they really want and need!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Our dog is a rescue and came to us labeled as "not good with other dogs." By the time we asked our vet for help, it had gotten to the point that we would turn around on walks just to avoid having her interact with other dogs—she would jump, growl and bark from 10 feet away and continue to do so long after the other dog had passed. At day care, she kept to herself and showed hostility to certain dogs.

Our vet's receptionist recommended that we call Lori Peikoff and we could not be happier with the
way things turned out. After just a few sessions with Lori, we started seeing our dog change for the better. Now she's like a brand-new dog. She plays with the other dogs at day care, even those that she was hostile towards before. Her leash aggression has decreased and she is more easily managed during walks. She responds better
to commands. Most importantly, she did not lose any of her "personality" in the process. While our goal in hiring Lori was only to improve our dog's behavior with other dogs, the results encompassed so much more. If you are having any issues at all with your dog, call Lori. She is the best!

5:45 PM  
Blogger Alan Hart said...

Lori Peikoff knows her dogs. Within a couple of months of training them (and me) she changed two unsocialized, older (10 & 5), golden retrievers from being aggressive and attacking other dogs they met to friendly and calm, and interacting with other dogs off leash like they used to at the beach and dog parks.

She taught me and my family to spot other aggressive energy dogs and calm my dogs with a voice command.

They are back to walking calmly on a leash and playing with each other as well as many other dogs around them.

Thank you Lori!

Alan, Wendy, Kiley, Walker - and Angie and Mickey
Topanga, California

7:29 AM  
Blogger Zeus said...

Lori first saw our 2 1/2 year old Coton de Tulear less than one month ago. Zeus (big name for an 11 pound dog) met her at our door on leash, barking and growling at Lori. Zeus is fear aggressive and had already bitten several people, including relatives and friends. Walking him required safe distance from people and dogs as he would bark, growl and lunge at everyone. We had previously spent thousands of dollars on trainers without success. They all said that obedience training was the answer, but after 2 years of this, we thought we would have to give him up. Our wonderful Vet told us to call Lori. Today, when the doorbell rang, I told Zeus to stay where he was in the family room while I answered the door. He was still there when I brought Lori in and told him it was okay to come say hello. This weekend we had a family reunion and party with over 40 people and he was great and social with everyone. Next week my husband and I are meeting Lori at the Topanga Plaza so she can show us how to handle Zeus while in the mall. We can't believe this is the same dog. When we take him on walks in the neighborhood Zeus walks by my side without pulling and ignores other dogs. I just wish I had called Lori 2 years ago. Thank you, Lori!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Gracie's "Mom" said...

I must admit that I have the sweetest and most adorable Labradoodle ever, named Gracie. However, Gracie, age 4, had several very annoying habits.
Notice I said "had." Over the years we have had many trainers, but none of them were able to get Gracie to stop jumping on people within the first 5 minutes of meeting them, or of constant and unnecessary barking. Fortunately Gracie is only 30 lbs. but even so, jumping on people is a "no no!" I was fearful that she could hurt my 4 year old grandson with her jumping, or scare him with her barking.
Lori came to our rescue and within several lessons--Gracie is now more amazing than she was before! I personally think Lori speaks "dogese".
Over the 4th of July, we had a house full of company, including my 4 year old grandson--and Gracie was a little lady. In fact, my grandson was walking her on a leash, and using the special techniques Lori taught us. Yes, we even had a lesson with Gracie and Caleb!!
As you can see, if a 4 year old gets her techniques--so can you. Take a tip from me and give Lori (the "Dog Whisperer") a call--right now! You will be glad you did.

2:59 AM  
Blogger DoubleDoodle said...

Lori's top dog at our house. She's trained us well, or as well as we can be trained, but she's done an awesome job with our 2 dogs (an 11 year old goldendoodle and a 3 year old labradoodle). We've conquered mmany, many different challenges with Lori's help. She's the best.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Sibyl Forsberg said...

Lori is the best at what she does. She has worked with my dog Bennett and I several times now and my dog's previous fear aggression has practically disappeared. She models a calm, confident alpha and dogs respond to her immediately. Bennett was calmer in minutes after working with her. I highly recommend her for any dog issues. She speaks dog fluently!!

12:29 AM  

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