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My dog was the star pupil!

I was convinced my dog was definitely slower at learning the basics, or he was super defiant. We knew we had better get a grip on him before he ends up owning us.

My husband and I went to the first session so we’d both be able to voice what we wanted help with so there was no confusion. Also, he was all for the shock type collar and I wasn’t liking the idea.

My only frame of reference on any type of shock thing was when I got one to put on my husband’s wrist a long time ago to stop his snoring. Well, I tried it myself when it arrived and WOW, I really was shocked. I couldn’t do that to him so I sent it back.

Victoria spoke to us about the Freedom Collar which has different choices by using different buttons and a large range to set the strength, depending on your dog. We each put it on our wrists and my husband said he felt a very small sensation at about 18. I barely felt it at 21. It was unbelievably gentle. I was so impressed. It didn’t feel anything like I thought it would. I was sold. She then demonstrated it with my dog Pacino, and he all of a sudden turned into this star pupil. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Was this really my dog?

Needless to say, I am continuing on with Victoria and we are all much happier.

Thanks Victoria. BRAVO!

Lisa Scott - Gainesville, Florida

There simply isn't a better place to take your dog

It has been 6 years since we took our surrender/rescue labrador retriever to Dream Dogz. Samson is a gorgeous full bred lab. We appropriately changed his name to match his size, hair and strength. However, Samson (at 3 years old) was a bit untamed due to his lack of training from his original owners. They were simply too ill to train and care for him properly, thus they surrendered him. My wife and I said "if we can get him under control, he will be a treasured gift."

Somehow we found Dream Dogz.

Victoria has a love for each dog which comes in to her establishment which can only be understood by attending classes.

Enough rambling. Samson graduated and has been the most amazing, loving dog. Any dogs we acquire in the future are also going to be Dream Dogz students. There simply isn't a better place to take your dog if you want him/her trained to be the pet you have always desired.

Chris Ball - Gainesville, Florida

Dream Dogz are the best!

Dream Dogz are the best!

They really helped me with Parris’s resource guarding. He now eats side by side with my other dog. He has such good manners. He walks right beside me without a leash. He knows no means no. He chills out. No more counter surfing, no more jumping on guests and me.

And the best part is he is still his happy, goofy self, only the 6.o+ version.

All thanks to Dream Dogz. Nobody likes kids with no manners, kids who are bullies and pushy. Same with dogs. Dream Dogz trained my dog and in the process taught me how to be a better and more responsible pet parent. I recommend them to everyone.

Camille Morgan - St Augustine, Florida

I have a Dream Dog!

Jake was always overly adrenalized when I took him to the barn or out anywhere for that matter. Now with Dream Dogz, Jake calmly stayed in a down in an aisle way surrounded by horses out in the pasture, focused on coming when I called him and was able to change up his here command with a few downs in the middle.

I had an obedient dog before Dream Dogz, but only when there was no distractions. I did not know how to handle him out in the real world. Now I have a Dream Dog wherever we go. Thank you Victoria and Rich!

Hannah Horn - Gainesville, Florida

Great investment!

Dream Dogz training was a great investment that I am still getting rewards from months after our actual lessons!

I emailed Dream Dogz looking for training for my 4 and 6 year old boxer-mixes because they were unsocialized, stubborn, and terrible on a leash.

I LOVE the results I’ve gotten from Dream Dogz. My dogs are amazing now and I even get compliments from strangers when we go on walks! They also “got to place” and STAY there while I have guests over or eat dinner.

It’s amazing to be able to run my house myself instead of having it run by my dogs. Our training has also made my life so much easier. It’s helped me train my dogs not to bark at strangers and to come when called. I can let my dogs play off leash and I am not worried about them running off or getting into trouble.

I’m making a big move to New York City this summer and I wanted to have great city dogs, which Dream Dogz gave me.

My dogs can sit at a restaurant table no problem, greet new dogs in a friendly way, and walk by distractions with ease. I want to thank Dream Dogz for replacing my crazy dogs with well-behaved ones!

I also love that with Dream Dogz you get a lifetime of expert training advice from Victoria and Rich. They hold group classes, where you can work to socialize your dog and practice in groups. They also will answer any questions you have long after the training sessions re over. I cannot get over the changes I see in my dogs and it makes me so happy! I love this company and will miss them when I move!

Erika Kirkpatrick - New York City, New York

Now, a full service dog!

My service dog puppy was so mouthy! It was overwhelming at times.

I came to Dream Dogz because they have experience with service dogs, and my dog responded beautifully. He is now a full service dog!

Jen Treeo - Tallahassee, Florida

Dream Dogz gave me the tools and knowledge I needed

My 3 yr old yellow lab is perfectly trained in the house, but the minute we step out she is nutty on the leash. Well, I got a Mastiff puppy and I tried to make her better on leash walking. That didn’t work out so much.

I found Dream Dogz online. At our first meeting, as I was sitting there, someone walked in and I was literally pulled part way across the room by my 2 dogs. Quite embarrassing to say the least. Dream Dogz gave me the tools and knowledge to train my dogs and me.

By the end, we all sat together at a restaurant and my 110 pound Mastiff and my 70 pound Lab were perfectly behaved.

Thank you Dream Dogz for making walking my dogs and socialization easier!

Tarel Roche - Orlando, Florida

I highly recommend Dream Dogz!

My 7 month old SDIT was board trained for 4 weeks for scent training and obedience/public access so that he will one day be a diabetic alert dog for me.

Though I live in Atlanta, I chose Dream Dogz because when I first contacted Victoria it was evident that she was on same page as me as to the plan for training. I also felt that she had a sincere interest in helping my dog prepare for SD work.

I had taken him to a beginner group class locally, before he went to Dream Dogz, so he had a basic foundation and I found that when he returned home he was much tighter and focused on his obedience training.

Most importantly, after board training, he had the scent down to detect low blood sugar and was able to give a live alert within a few days of coming home. I feel that Dream Dogz provided me and my dog with the needed knowledge and tools to continue our scent training and be a successful team. My dog also began e-collar training with them and his recall has greatly improved in just a weeks time. I was able to keep up with his progress through FB and Instagram and Victoria responded to all of my texts very quickly. It is nice knowing that I have her continued support, as well. I highly recommend Dream Dogz!

Julie Alford - Stone Mountain, Georgia

Definitely recommend!

Victoria is the Gainesville Dog Whisperer! After just two sessions with you, our dogs are so much calmer and happier (and we are too!).

Maggie came home today after two weeks of board & train! She was relaxed and happy all day. She didn’t even look at the cats when they walked by to annoy her!

We just got back from a walk about 30 minutes ago in the neighborhood next to us. She was sooo good! We passed by a couple and young son with two dogs, one of which was lunging and barking at Maggie and Chance. Our dogs didn’t even glance at her. We just kept on with our walk! Then she ate in her crate, went outside, then went right to her crate to sleep when she came in.

We will be using her more in the future and definitely recommend her! Thanks Victoria, Rich, and Luke!

Kristi & Pete Johnson - Gainesville, Florida

Her focus is on what is best for the dog and it’s family

I have done group, private, and workshop training with Victoria and the Dream Dogz team.

They helped me tremendously in my journey, training my three dogs with different needs.

Victoria is skilled and knowledgeable, yet always learning so she can share the best knowledge, skills, and insight of training your four-legged family.

Her focus is on what is best for the dog and it’s family.

Kristina Roberts - Gainesville, Florida

Heart is part of their family

I took my Chihuahua/Spaniel to Dream Dogz to be trained as a service dog and they were wonderful.

I remember feeling anxious in the beginning, but when my dog went to Rich without a problem I felt at ease. They treated her so well and she learned so much and so did I.

Now Heart is a part of their family and whenever I go out of town and I decide not to take her, Dream Dogz is her second home with Auntie Victoria and Uncle Rich.

I know they will treat Heart as if she was one of their own. I’m glad I found Dream Dogz and of you use them, I promise you will not regret it!

Rosalyn Clifton - Gainesville, FL

Dream Dogz is fabulous!

When we first adopted Roxie she put forth a happy well-adjusted facade, much like a child who has had the misfortune to spend time in the foster care system. All the pictures we posted were happy and joyful….

The longer we had her, the more fear, anxiety, and nervousness we witnessed. I think she knew she was loved but her world had suddenly gotten so big and she was overwhelmed.
Before we took her to Dream Dogz, the only way she could feel safe was to hide, sometimes under beds, sometimes behind a recliner, many places, she still did want to be with us.

In the last 3 weeks she has gained confidence, security, and learned some much needed manners. When she comes home and finishes her treatment for heartworms she will experience an even bigger and better life.

Thank you to Dream Dogz and all of their fabulous trainers!

Vicki DeYot - Ocala, Florida

What set Dream Dogz apart was their approach

Before I found Dream Dogz, my dog was not listening to me at all. I felt helpless, like it would never happen. What set Dream Dogz apart was their approach, how they communicated why these techniques were used and why and how they worked.

I realized that Dream Dogz was actually working to solve my problem when I watched videos of the change in other dogs during their training, then got to watch the daily progress that our dog made. Now, life is happier and less stressful. I am so proud when people tell me how good she is!

Robyn Ackerman - Gainesville, Florida

Dream Dogz taught us how to train her!

My dog was fear aggressive. I felt hopeless. I did not know how to deal with her. She was medicated, which sedated her, and I felt bad about that.

Dream Dogz helped us get her off medication, and taught us how to train her. She needed to be trained differently that the other dogs we have had. Now, we are able to walk her out in public and take her to dog-friendly stores without her losing it. She will never be super-friendly, but she is easier to deal with now.

Joanna Holmes - Jacksonville, Florida


I recently attended the shadow program at Dream Dogz, it was amazing.

I was taught the Warfel Way and many important aspects of dog training and dog business. The staff was very professional. I was treated with respect. Again thanks for training and transparency of Dream Dogz.

Kevin Erdmier - Blackshear, Georgia

Now, I love being with my dogs!

I was frustrated that my dogs were not listening to me. Dream Dogz explained why dogs act a certain way, and helped me train them. I knew Dream Dogz was working when I could actually let my dogs off leash to walk. Now, I love being with my dogs!

Sharon Drotos - Gainesville, Florida

She keeps learning and having so much fun!

When I adopted my dog, she had no manners, so I signed up with Dream Dogz immediately.

Dream Dogz was professional and friendly, and I saw a big improvement after just a couple of group classes.

Now, life is wonderful for both my fur baby and myself! She keeps learning and having so much fun!

Maureen Davis - Trenton, Florida

They were awesome!

I can not speak more highly of Dream Dogz!

I have worked with them over the past two years, and it has been wonderful. My dog has always been uncomfortable socializing with other dogs, which means that I don't take her to dog parks and used to be very anxious about boarding her/sending her to day care before working with Dream Dogz.

We completed the individual training sessions and have been using their boarding services regularly over the past two years (ranging from weekends to longer trips). The training sessions are very detailed, client/dog centered, and all staff with Dream Dogz were very knowledgable and helpful. I was embarrassed about my dogs training prior to finding Dream Dogz.

When I need to leave my dog in boarding with Rich and Victoria (at the ranch), I have no worries. She is ALWAYS taken care of - and all staff are very communicative if there is an issue or concern that arises. They also update with plenty of pictures.

It's the first time i have taken work trips and vacations without worrying about my dog the entire time. The company is always keeping us in the loop with new training opportunities and update. I am so happy I found Dream Dogz and would recommend them to any of my friend, family, or other dog owners.

Mary Jeghers - Newberry, Florida

Now my dog is a joy to be around!

I had an out-of-control, undisciplined dog, and felt there might not be a solution to my problem. I considered finding her a new home.

Dream Dogz was different because it wasn’t all about rewarding dogs with treats. I sent my dog to the 4 week board & train, as they were the only trainers who offered that option.

Now, my dog is a joy to be around!

Christine Morhaim - Gainesville, Florida

Thank you so much!

We adopted a 4 year old lab who was pretty well behaved except on leash.

We did the personal training session with the Freedom, Remote Collar Training.

I am beyond pleased with our dog’s progress! Gus can now be around other dogs, travel safely with us, and go on more walks. Better yet, I was able to take the tools I learned with Dream Dogz to teach him new things at home. Thank you so much!

Leigh Wheeler - High Springs, Florida

Can't wait for more!

Percy has greatly enjoyed the training sessions and socials. We can’t wait for more!

Kerry Vellake - Gainesville, Florida

I needed help with my aggressive dog

I came to Dream Dogz to help my dog’s aggression. I was stuck in an endless cycle of wanting to help my dog, but being frustrated at the lack of results.

During our private lesson, my dog was able to come close enough to a dog for me to shake Rich’s hand without becoming aggressive! Now, there is structure in my house. I have been able to better communicate with my dog on how he should act.

Michelle Finn - Gainesville, Florida

I knew she would be happy on the Ranch, working around other dogs and animals

I believed my little Princess was perfect until I learned that she was terribly aggressive towards other dogs and cats.

My partner and I struggled to train her as we didn't know how to handle the situation. Walks were a hassle and outings were stressful. I didn't want her continue a life restricted from the outside world because she was a danger, and that's when we decided to look for dog trainers.

We found DreamDogz and I felt very comfortable leaving my little girl with Victoria and Richard for a whole month while she did her bootcamp training. I knew she would be happy to be on a ranch and I was happy that she would have the opportunity to be around other dogs.

I was kept updated of Princess' progress through Instagram and Facebook; it was so almost surreal seeing her around dogs and cats and be completely fine.

When we went to pick her up, I definitely saw a change in her demeanor. That, however, was not the ending of the training journey.

DreamDogz has a variety of the learning tools for owners to continue the same training at home and it's exactly what you need when your dog comes home. It is crucial to maintain the training so the dog learns that you are now in authority. This part was much easier after Victoria and Richard worked on her.

At this point, walks with Princess are fun and calm. She listens much better and has a blast while we work on our little training sessions. We will be welcoming a new pup in our home and we feel very comfortable handling the situation thanks to DreamDogz's guidance.

Karina Antia - Gainesville, Florida

They are amazing at what they do!

We have been doing boot camp, and I couldn't be happier with the results so far! He got the exact training that was right for him and our family. So grateful for you guys!

Sydney Webster - Gainesville, Florida

I can't thank Dream Dogz enough!

We contacted Dream Dogz because we had what we thought was a simple issue with a newly adopted rescue. My daughter adopted a husky mix that was told by the rescue would be a good service dog candidate. His initial seemingly passive behavior in the beginning and that he knew some basic commands led her to adopt him. The rescue knew she lived on a third floor, however they didn’t test the dog on stairs, or bother to prep him as you’d figure a good rescue would do when considering pairs or placing an animal to a forever home, they dropped the dog to my daughter, he was terrified of stairways. Their staff couldn’t get him up but my daughter and I got him up ok but the training to go down was slow going, it was getting frustrating, and near end of day, so we decided it was time and that maybe Dream Dogz could help.

They responded to our inquiry immediately, came over to help within 10 minutes, which is amazing service within itself. Most importantly though, they immediately identified serious problem in the dogs temperament, mainly aggression that he (and the rescue group) was hiding from us his first few days with us (we had him 4 days).

I’ve raised large dogs, mostly rescues themselves for over 30 years and never had such a terrifying experience, sure some have issues, most rescues have baggage, but in our experience, nothing to this level. Thankfully the dogs we have rescued and raised in the past were what you see what you get dogs, so we were so taken back and in disbelief that my daughters dog had turned out exactly opposite of what he had first appeared! When we first assessed this dog to pick, you’d never have thought he had an ounce of aggression, he spent most of the day snoozing, he appeared to be a relaxed well mannered dog.

Dream Dogz let us know that its not uncommon for dogs to show their true colors a few days or up to a week or two being in a new home. We were heartbroken, thinking we had found such a good dog only to see the full level of aggression come out, and realized immediately we’d have to return the husky mix and find a passive and more suitable dog.

What impressed me the most about Dream Dogz, although we only paid for an hour ‘stairs” appt, they spent well over two hours with us at no extra charge as they stayed explaining to us our options if we had tried to keep the dog, they were even willing to credit back the charge payment since my daughter after seeing the aggression was going to return the dog, they stayed and comforted both my daughter and I, they even tried to speak to directly to the rescue, who refused to speak to them and my daughter and I, this “rescue” only sending text messages while trying to outright deny the dogs aggression to which we all had just witnessed. The rescue showed no concern or regard for my daughter’s safety or that of community, they basically didn’t want to take any responsibility for not disclosing the dogs past behavior problems.

Anyway, I can’t thank Dream Dogz enough, they went to answer what we all thought to be a fairly simple call, that turned into something much much worse than we ever expected, they handled themselves professionally, and went above and beyond their duties, they went the extra mile, gave their time to us, and most definitely saved my daughter or anyone else for that matter from getting seriously injured. The dog was quickly returned despite the objections of the “rescue.”

Dream Dogz also went above and beyond by offering to assist my daughter in the future with finding/ screening a suitable dog to help her. There aren’t many places that go the extra mile like that. I don’t know of many that would have stayed and walked us thru such an unexpected and horrible situation and do all that they did to help at no extra charge! It’s not about the buck for them, they truly care!!

Words just aren’t enough to thank you for saving my daughter’s well being, thank you for all that you did~we most highly and definitely recommend.

Susan Washington - Gainesville, Florida

Thank you for all you have done!

I just wanted to drop you all a line and say thank you for all that you have done. I already knew that I learned so much from you already but never realized just how much until I got out there on my own. I am very grateful for all that you have done for me. Things are going more amazing than I could have every hoped for and I couldn’t have done it without Victoria and Richard.

Kerrie Wimberly - Fernandina Beach, Florida

We could not be happier!

We sent two of our dogs to Dream Dogz for the 4 week board & train. One is 5 years old and the other 10 years old. We have a new baby and it was vital that they get trained. With the help of Dream Dogz we trained our third dog at home.

We are on day 4 of the dogs being home and it has been amazing. I’m able to walk all three dogs together while wearing the baby with no problems. They are learning that the rules from training apply at home and are doing really well. It’s a lot of work following the 30 day home part of the training schedule but TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!

We could not be happier.

Thank you both!

Lauren Ferrante - St Augustine, Florida

Awesome dog!

I thought of you this morning as Stella and I were out for our walk…

You see she got not 1, but 2 compliments from strangers about how well behaved she was (BTW, she was not on a leash, but her e-collar was working its magic).

One of the people said, “I wish all dogs I met while out walking were as well behaved as yours!” (She has to sit anytime we encounter people walking or running so they don’t have to be scared of the giant dog).

Stella and I go walking or running every morning, I carry her leash and her e-collar controller and off we go! She can chase squirrels and comes back as soon as I call, “Come!” She is also great with Heel, and our new one is Side when I want or need her to be right next to me!

Thank you for helping make Stella the awesome dog she is!

Mary Anne Steinberg - Gainesville, Florida

I knew she was in the right hands

Before contacting Dream Dogz, my dog was anxious aggressive, and I felt like a failure that I wasn’t able to help her.

Dream Dogz helped me to realize that I wasn’t a failure, I was just unequipped. From the minute I dropped my dog off for her board & train, I knew she is the right hands and I know she is going to be happier!

Judie Spencer-O'Guin - Gainesville, Florida

Dream Dogz solved all our problems

We needed to do basic training and socialization with our two dogs. Dream Dogz has a solid approach to effective, quick training of our pups. It was only our second class when my dog actually did what was expected, without charging other dogs.

Not only has Dream Dogz solved all our problems, but I now know how to train dogs myself. Of course, Dream Dogz is critical for socialization.

Phil Carta - Anthony, Florida

Highly recommend!

Victoria’s training is awesome! My husband and I took both of our dogs and all four of us were able to get a lot out of it – Remy has learned so much and Piper is calming down!

The training has really helped de-stress our house, which is a huge help since we’re a terrier home. The dogs are exhausted after our training sessions (that are scattered throughout the day). All of the extra tips and tricks you throw in there for us personally are truly appreciated.

Fireworks & Thunderstorms taught me a lot about dog behaviors and how to react to them. Piper slept through the last storm and is a much more chill companion these days!

I highly recommend using Dream Dogz for any of your dog’s behavioral issues.

Amber Williamson - Gainesville, Florida

We are believers!

Brie was a very anxious, adult dog, and we had tried training her with different trainers in the past.

Dream Dogz has worked a minor miracle with the overall behavior of Brie. My husband was really impressed with the transformation within a 2 week time frame.

If you are the least bit hesitant about their training techniques – don’t be!
The results will make you ask, why didn’t I do this sooner.

We are believers!

Marcia Bugos - Palm Coast, Florida

Winter's training is PHENOMENAL!

We have used Dream Dogz with two of our dogs and live in Ocala FL.

Our first is a black German Shepherd who had pretty serious anxiety issues. She had become destructive with furniture or anything else she could get her teeth around. We found Dream Dogz while they were still located in Gainesville a few years ago and put her in a 4 week program. We could not have been any more delighted with the training our dog got. She came home so much calmer, happier and content.

We were given the information up front about the e-collar and walked through how it would be used and what for. Used correctly, which you're trained to do, it's simply a form of communication with your dog.

A few years later I went back to Victoria and Rich to train my service dog. Winters training is PHENOMENAL, she was with her trainer for 5 weeks, her training covered all the basics of service dog training so when I brought her home and continued the training Winter did great.

It has been 6 months since I worked with Dream Dogz, I have been invited several times to public outing for continued training and a 4 once a week meeting for training.

I can call them whenever I want for advice.

As a service animal Winter conducts herself perfectly.

I get so many compliments on how well my dog is trained. People don't even know she's there most of the time.

I could not be happier because it was an investment to meet a great need and my need what met.

I couldn't have done it without Victoria, Rich and Viviana.

I would recommend them to anyone.

But would add that this is your dog and you know them better than anyone do not hesitate to communicate what your dog needs while they are with Dream Dogz. Your dog is safe in their care.

Debra Gangalhoff

Dream Dogz works!

My mom was dog sitting Riley and had a visitor come to the house. As usual, Riley ran to greet the visitor (before training with you, he would get excited and jump all over). However, this time, mom said “Riley, off.” Riley stopped running, turned, and came back to mom!

Moral of the story is Dream Dogz works! I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you! Thank you!

Ellen Farley - Gainesville, Florida

Training is great fun!

My sweet 7 year old Lab, Pavi, just completed her 4th session with Victoria at Dream Dogz.

We both love the classes and Victoria’s wonderful teaching manner. Pavi became a pet therapy dog last year, after taking class with Victoria and complete the AKC Canine Good Citizenship.

These classes are wonderful for the dogs and great fun for the owners. Anyone wanting a better trained, relaxed dog, go take classes at Dream Dogz!

Jessica Elkins - Alachua, Florida

New ideas!

Both my dog and I look forward to attending class.

He really perks up when we turn down the road and is very anxious to get inside. After all of this time of dog ownership and training and working dogs, I still am amazed with the new ideas and things to try in both the regular class and the special workshops.

Theresa Jennings - Hawthorne, Florida

Now, my dog is well behaved and a pleasure!

My puppy was so obnoxious that I wanted to return her!

I found Dream Dogz, and their concrete training activities were realistic and enjoyable. Because of their training, my puppy became enjoyable. She is now well behaved and a pleasure to be with.

Bonnie Josey - High Springs, Florida

Worked wonders!

Dream Dogz turned our foster dog around!

We had issues with resource guarding/aggression which led us to Dream Dogz. Not only was the resource issue resolved, but our foster also quit licking himself incessantly (which was causing unattractive hairless spots and sores on his legs and keeping us from getting a good night’s sleep).

We didn’t realize it, but our foster was almost always adrenalized. Establishing our control made our dog worry less! The training worked wonders and we highly suggest it.

Kristi Tomlinson - Gainesville, Florida

100% recommended!

I had 2 of my 3 dogs in the Dream Dogz Boot Camp program back in Septmber. Mike the silkie terrier, approx 8 years old, and Ellie the schnauzer/terrier mix, approx 9 years old.

Through the years I’ve struggled to eliminate negative behavior issues they presented. That included aggression toward other animals, territorial issues in our home, food aggression, seperation anxiety, & severe storm/fireworks fear.

I hired 2 different trainers through the course of the years, but their work in my home didn’t eliminate the issues. When both dogs began acting aggressively toward my 2 year old, we decided to put them through the Boot Camp program as a last resort.

I dreaded using a “shock collar” and felt terrible having to go this route. Well, the first thing I did upon my initial visit to Dream Dogz was to try the E-Collar on my own self…and it didn’t hurt! Victoria & Rich explained how the E-collar was used to support a mix of training methods they’d be using, and it can be eliminated from the mix eventually, and used when needed to reinforce or retrain skills. When I saw how happy, loved, and well-behaved their dog, Arrow, was and learned he was E-collar trained, that was when I felt good about signing up!

My old dogs loved going to training…I day-boarded them so I had them at home nightly. They would stand by the door waiting to go to training from the minute I awoke each morning!
Both dogs stopped acting aggressive – they were trained to stay in a special place at home so territorial issues went away. I love walking them now, and Ellie walks with a prong collar…haven’t gone back to E-collar, but I know it’s there if we need it.

I am very glad we had this training, and have the continued support from Victoria & Rich…they’ve opened their door to my dogs to come back any time for further help & advice. I 100% recommend the Dream Dogz Boot Camp, and the E-collar training tool!

Leanna Minch - Gainesville, Florida

Miracle worker!

WOW! What a difference!

Victoria is a MIRACLE WORKER!!!

Bella was the most untrainable boxer I have ever owned. Now she is awesome! I HIGHLY recommend Boot Camp!

Bella is a whole new dog.

Alison Beightol - Gainesville, Florida

Absolutely wonderful!

They are absolutely wonderful with breaking down techniques to help you easily train your dog!

Valerie Werning - Toledo, Ohio

Dream Dogz provided the solutions I needed!

Seniors and strong vigorous dogs sometimes need help along the way with issues that involve basic control.

Even a trained loving dog can become too much dog as we age or illness changes our circumstances. After five years of working with my dog, I found Dream Dogz and Victoria Warfel.

Vicki and Rich Warfel provided the solution I needed with my dog through their Boot Camp Program and I will always be grateful for their help.

Vicki is an insightful and pragmatic young trainer with the skill to evaluate your problem, the issues with your dog, and zero in on a solution that will work in real life for both of you.
The solution begins when you need it most, NOW……….not sometime in the distant future. Program support is continuous and her goal is your goal…a well behaved, happy dog for a caring owner.

Margaret Zimmerman - Gainesville, Florida

4 paws up!

Our dog, Kenny, gives 4 paws up to Dream Dogz!

Kenny was very reactive to strange dogs and usually tried to bite them upon meeting them. We just completed personal training with Rich as our trainer, and we are so impressed with the progress Kenny has made. At our final session this week, Kenny was able to walk side by side with another dog with no reaction at all.

The focus on clear communication between dog and human has been very rewarding for both us and Kenny.

Kenny seems to truly enjoy his training session both at Dream Dogz and at home.

As a trainer, Rich as been extremely patient and attentive, and does a great job explaining training concepts in terms we can understand. Victoria has been responsive and easy to communicate with when scheduling sessions. Overall, we have nothing but a positive experience with Dream Dogz and have already recommended them our friends!

Sam Baraoidan - Columbus, Mississippi

Everything has been phenomenal!

We are currently going through Service Dog training with our 9 month old GSD, and let me say that it has been nothing but wonderful progress.

My fiance and I are very pleased with how well structured the program is and how quick Zion (our GSD) has responded to the training, of course with constant daily effort on our part. We tend to travel a lot to Orlando so it is SUPER convenient that Dream Dogz provides a flexible schedule in their program.

Zion is halfway through his "60 Day to Your Dream Dog" training and closing up on his 5 week boarding. The trainers are amazing, helpful, and have guided us so much with Zion's training. So far everything has been phenomenal and will definitely be back in a few months to update on Zion's development.

Juan Vivas - Gainesville, Florida

A world of difference in my life!

When I first came to Dream Dogz, I knew I needed help training my own service dog but did not know how to do it. My puppy pulled a lot and nothing I was doing was working. Dream Dogz used a variety of techniques to see what worked best for my puppy.

I knew Aedan was getting it after I was in an automobile accident. He walked very slowly with my and my walker. He was brilliant! Aedan has made a world of difference in my life! I don’t know what I would do without him.

Shirah Rosenek - Williston, Florida

Amazing place to train your dog!

Before training with Dream Dogz, my year old dog had never received any training. This was frustrating because poorly trained dogs are a pain!

Victoria was different because she took a very practical approach to training and focused on the individual dog, even in a group setting. Plus, she was just plain fun to be around!

I saw results at our very first session.

Dream Dogz is an amazing place to take your dog to train. Victoria is incredible with the dogs and all of us owners. I am a big believer in Freedom! Shorty is happier and much healthier now that he can run off leash. This is a fantastic investment in your dog’s health and happiness. Now he can take off after a squirrel and immediately turn around and come when called. I rarely have to correct him.

Bill Martin - Gainesville, Florida

Simply amazing!

BOTTOM LINE – The Warfel's are simply amazing at what they do!

Our little Lakai was struggling with basic obedience commands (e.g. would not go in the crate willingly), and was highly reactive to other dogs and strangers. Aggression was the primary concern. But beyond that, she was not compliant around other people and she suffered from severe separation anxiety whenever we left her alone (i.e. excessive panting, salivating, breaking out of several crates, etc.). 
We couldn’t walk her with confidence or control, we couldn’t get near her during feeding time, and we couldn’t take relatively new things out of her mouth when necessary.

The conventional training systems didn’t seem to work at all on Lakai. We tried using the “humane” (*emphasis on the air-quotes*) methods of positive reinforcement and reward-based training. Toys and play didn’t work at all. Food/treats would occasionally work.

However, what we found was that Lakai would only respond to treats if she was extremely hungry. We would have to not feed her all day (essentially starving her) so that her hunger would overcome her desire to act on her bad behavioral impulses. But, upon reflection, that was NOT HUMANE.

This is not to say that reward based training never works. It may work for some dogs, like it did for my late Golden Retriever Zack. He would eat anything anytime. He was highly responsive to treats. But Lakai is not like that. We knew a different approach was required, and we were lucky to find Dream Dogz.

Their holistic approach, using verbal rewards, e-collar and leash (pressure/release), and essential oil therapy, among other tactics, worked wonders on Lakai. To be clear, she is the same dog…just better. She demonstrates self-control. She complies with commands 99% of the time. Walks are easier. Play time is safer. She is a joy to have around now.

I feared that the 30-day board and train would fundamentally change Lakai’s personality, which we obviously fell in love with. It didn’t.

I also feared that after leaving the Ranch and coming home, Lakai would simply return to her old ways. She didn’t.

However, WE had to follow through.

WE had to reinforce everything she learned with The Warfel's.

WE had to read the books, understand the methods, and practice, practice, practice. Sure enough, it worked.

We can’t thank you guys enough for literally saving our dog’s life. Critics of their methods should really reflect on and consider the alternative.

They should also actually read the literature before rendering opinions.

We knew that Lakai was not going to be re-homed. At a shelter, she would have surely been euthanized. The Warfel Method is humane and it works.

If you have a troubled dog that struggles with aggression and doesn’t respond to reward-based training, look no further than Dream Dogz.

Keven Munoz - Gainesville, Florida


Before training, Honey was a wild child.

She did not really obey commands and her ability was limited to Sit & Down. It was shortly into the first lesson that I learned it was us that needed the training, rather than Honey. She is a smart dog but we did not know how to teach her. Victoria helped us learn how to train our dog and gave us principles that we can use long after class.

Today, Honey can sit, down, stay, leave it, find it, walk on a loose leash, come, spin, high five, crawl and play dead!

We are even thinking about enrolling our STAR pup into agility classes. Honey is having so much more fun with new challenges and we are enjoying our time much more thoroughly with our puppy.

We could not be more happy with Victoria and her excellent coaching! Thank you, Victoria!

Erik & Emily Stielow - Gainesville, Florida

Our sweet dog now pays attention!

Our retriever Coco went from a puppy that pulled and pulled on the leash and wasn’t able to listen to us to a sweet dog that pays attention to us and is able to walk better on a leash and continues learning good behavior.

Thank you Dream Dogz!

Lillian Arnold - Gainesville, Florida

Everyone there is great. Big improvement with my dog, and we will be doing more training.

The instructors have a special gift for working with the dogs and owners.

Paula Stokes - Tavares, Florida

Now, life is great!

Before I contacted Dream Dogz, I was having issues with my dog focusing and holding certain commands. I felt defeated! It was so discouraging and it constantly brought me down.

In my search for a program, I had looked for hours upon hours. When I found Dream Dogz, and saw their work and experience, I had confidence this would be what could help me.

I knew Dream Dogz could help me on the night before I had actually called and signed up. While I was researching, I was looking on Victoria’s YouTube channel, and I just started crying because I saw how hard she worked to fix the problems the dogs had.

Now that we have trained with Dream Dogz, life is great! I train every other day (since my body has a hard time with everyday) with my dog. He is on track to possibly attend school with me in the first few months of 2018. We are preparing for our CGC, then more training until the public access test which we hope to take in early 2018.

Micayla Ruby

I saw improvement at our very first session

My little dog Homer was so shy around people and dogs that at the first session, I had to hold him in my arms while he was visible shaking in my arms.

Victoria was wonderful and helped ease his nervousness (and mine) by making us feel right at home and offering suggestions that may help. After listening to Victoria and Richard’s suggestions on what may help ease his shyness, my husband and I worked with Homer three to five times per day faithfully.

By the third class, Homer surprised us when he walked into class by himself, went right to the door and when I opened it, he went right to the chairs where we sit. During the fourth class, Homer was even more sure of himself.

Victoria and Richard definitely love what they are doing and it shows in the way that they reach out to assist both the owners and their dogs with mastering their issues as well as their goals.

I must say that Victoria is definitely related to the dog whisperer and you will not leave Dream Dogz without wanting to signing up for more.

I was skeptical about dog training, but if you follow what you learn and practice faithfully, you will will be totally amazed!!!! Thank you so much Victoria and Richard, you guys are GREAT!!!!

Ellen Query - Milford, Maine

Caring trainer, and fun!

Our Aussie pup, Blue, just blossomed with Victoria’s training, and so did we!

What a caring trainer who makes each session fun as well as productive. She certainly does so much more than any other trainer in town, with her hands-on, real-life training. Now, I have a happy, obedient dog.

Judy deMontmollin - Gainesville, Florida

I am beyond impressed!

I am beyond impressed with the change I see in Zen!

He’s my same silly boy, but a far better listener.

He has been home two days and has had several opportunities to aggress towards animals he has previously had problems with. Even where food is involved! He is such a pleasure to have around.

Dream Dogz did more with him in 4 weeks than the training I got him from did in 6 months. I would recommend Dream Dogz to anyone who wants help training their dog at any level. I am beyond grateful!

Katherine Crowley - Jacksonville, Florida

Extremely delighted!

My 6 month-old pitbull puppy, Peyton, completed the Boot Camp program with Dream Dogz.

I was nervous being away from her for so long but Hannah texted me throughout the weeks, including pictures and videos of her progress, to keep me posted. I felt so comfortable knowing that she was in such great hands. I told Hannah the various behaviors that Peyton would do so they could work on improving her obedience.

When I came back I was extremely delighted to see how my fun and loving puppy was still the same adorable puppy with such a cute personality, but that she would actually listen to the commands.

I realized a dog cannot get trained over night, or even in a month, but Peyton has improved immensely during her time here. I will continue to train my dog with Dream Dogz throughout my time in Gainesville. Thank you guys so much!

Nikki Krakower - Cooper City, Florida

He is the best behaving dog I have ever had and it is all thanks to them!

I started taking my chocolate lab to Victoria at Dream Dogz since he was 4 months old and it has been the best decision. It is never too young to start training.

They are so knowledgeable and patient. He is the best behaving dog I have ever had and it is all thanks to them.

Rebecca Mason - Tampa, Florida

They are amazing with animals and have been a gift from God.

I don’t know what I would’ve done without Victoria and Rich.

I didn’t listen to my seizure dog Max one evening, had a grand mal on a tile floor and crushed half my face in. They took Max last minute, are giving him a refresher boot camp while I get my face rebuilt.

They are amazing with animals and have been a gift from God.

Dee Ann Hoelker - Sarasota, FL

Victoria and her team are seriously the best

Dream Dogz is absolutely amazing, I cannot say enough good things about them.

I brought my dog to them for their board and train program after another trainer said that she couldn't train my dog. Simply put, I was devastated. However, Victoria and Richard reassured me that they could work with my dog and make her into my dream dog.

Within a week, they had crate trained her--something that I NEVER expected to be possible. My husband and I had tried with very little results to crate train our dog, but it resulted in a lot of broken crates and sleepless nights.

Additionally, they really improved her basic obedience skills. Seriously, I was amazed by the progress she made with them in such little time.

One of the things that I loved about working with them is that they constantly gave me updates on her progress.

I got a lot of videos of them working with her and pictures of her playing with other dogs and relaxing in her crate.

My friends have all been amazed by the progress that Rosie has made and I eagerly recommend to them Dream Dogz.

Victoria and her team are seriously the best.

Ellen Cecil-Lemkin - Tallahassee, Florida

More improvement than I ever thought possible!

I just wanted to say thank you.

Before I found Dream Dogz, Brody’s aggression left me feeling hopeless. But you didn’t sugar coat the problem, and your unique approach to solving the problem was different from what I had already tried.

Brody has improved more than I ever thought possible. He is an absolute dream at the dog park, always listens to a command the first time I ask, waits for my approval at every threshold, and is just awesome.

Today he let maintenance into the apartment and work for over 45 minutes. He was completely relaxed and didn’t even think about getting off of place.

I had zero worries about him doing anything naughty.

He has come such a long way and it’s all because of you guys.

Thank you so much!

Amanda Mancino - Gainesville, Florida

Thanks to Dream Dogz!

Thanks to Dream Dogz, my poorly socialized rescue dog transformed from a lunging, barking, reactive dog around other dogs into a calm, self-assured, confident dog, who was able to stride along in the middle of last weekend’s PackWalk without any problems.

I’m looking forward to Melody being able to frolic with other dogs and to improve her skills when there are even greater distractions in the environment as she continues in her training.

Audrey Geoffroy - Gainesville, Florida

So many amazing changes!

I have a pitbull who, though very well behaved, needed some fine tuning before he could be a working dog in the public.

I have not got him back from his 4 weeks board & train yet but at the half way meet up I saw so many amazing changes in my Valentine. He was willingly calm and walked right at my heel, he followed commands, and he reacted so well to the slightest correction.

My dog is ready to be out in the public and work with children, all because of the very capable trainers at Dream Dogz.

My favorite part is that he stays in a living room as a part of the family during the whole training. Even at the half way point I notice such an amazing difference in my already well behaved dog. He loves all of the other trainers so much!!!

Amanda Joa - Gainesville, Florida

I will forever recommend you!

My testimonial is LONG overdue!

We cannot thank Dream Dogz enough for the help and guidance they have given us with Loki. She is a completely different dog thanks to the FREEDOM program; every one is saying it!

She has not just fully learned Place, and is now able to sit and socialize with our friends and family at our gatherings. We still have work to do, but we could not have arrived at this point without the help we received at Dream Dogz.

Eddie and I are so happy and so excited with the transformation Loki has taken on… We are still in shock!

Once a puppy who would jump, scratch, get in your face whenever someone came over to our home, tear all of her toys up, practically yank my arm off when I would take her out on walks — now she walks at my side, plays with her toys, instead of destroying them, sits in her Place like a good girl and lies down when people are over. 🙂

Thank you SOOO, so, so much!!!!!! I will forever recommend you and the FREEDOM program!!

Alejandra Monch - Gainesville, Florida

She's a different dog, more confident and happy!

Chloe's story is a success story for sure . We adopted her at 6 months old, she was very skittish!!!!

She displayed severe fear issues and I brought in a professional along with help from my vet.
I read every book I could get my hands on and followed the advice of the professional.

She eventually had to be put on dog Prozac!!!

She was on it a year and a half we have traveled everywhere with her!! But you take her out of her comfort zone and you can hardly take her for a walk. She pulls on me so hard , bad for me and walks in a panic state at new noises. 😪

It broke our hearts and Boxers are prone to cancer, being this afraid can't be healthy.

Our daughter suggested Dream Dogz !!!

In our searches for help with this sweet dog , 3 times it was suggested to us by others in the field, are you sure you want her??? She's a life project, other people would put a dog down like this 😩

Can you even imagine giving up ??

She is the sweetest, most loving dog and lives with Jada and our Ivy 3 legged chihuahua.
We needed new tools to help her and guess what ??? ❤️❤️❤️

She is off the drugs, Victoria and Rich use a holistic approach !

She has new training equipment, i.e. Leashes and a new regime for us to follow.

She will always have fear, it's in her .

We now are better equipped to understand and deal with it.

I am over the moon with happiness as she brings us so much joy and to see her better because we found the right help and didn't give up !

She should be a poster dog for one size doesn't fit all training.

I truly believe had it not been us that adopted her she would no longer have life, the early days were so hard ! She was so fearful, she dumped her anal glands at anything that spooked her. If you don't think that was tuff , lol think again. She then began to growl at my husband, so you can see how we had our work cut out for us.

Here we are today, 3 years old yesterday and she is a beautiful dog!

I glad we never gave up and thank God for people like Victoria and Richard!

Cathy Weber - Jennings, Florida

Go to Dream Dogz!

I started my labradoodle puppy's training, and even though she was usually too excited to focus around other dogs, it really built our communication skills. She’s almost two now, and everywhere I take her I always get compliments on how well behaved she is.

I hear a lot of people say that their labradoodles or goldendoodles could never behave as well as she does, and I always tell them to go to Dream Dogz!

Lauren Gonzalez - Gainesville, Florida

My son's service dog

We took our Border Collie to Dream Dogz for obedience and proper socialization and he earned his Canine Good Citizen title.

He is my son’s medical alert dog, so it was very important for him to have this foundation to his training. We enjoyed the training and the activities along with the new friends we met!

Maggie Pogue - Williston, Florida

She is a happier pup!

Fergie used to herd and bark at everything.

It’s been almost a year since we saw you and Fergie has made tremendous progress! She no longer tries to herd the horses. Instead, I’ll tell her to go to her bed and she will stay there until the horse has gone or she is released.

We are still working on some things, however we have made huge steps since last year. She now has the whole 26 acre property to run now, and I can tell she is a happier pup. Thank you!

Betsy Kaplan - Peterborough, New Hampshire

Love Victoria & her training!

Chef loves Victoria and her training… could not have made it without her. I love her positive approach and results.

Billie Denunzio - Gainesville, Florida

Run to Dream Dogz!

Oh my goodness, don’t walk, RUN to Dream Dogz!

Before starting class there my young German Shepherd Stark knew basic obedience but didn’t know how to meet other dogs. He had a short fuse and would get overly excited when he saw another dog. His excitement could quickly turn escalate out of control.

Victoria and Rich gave me a few tips during a 15 minute evaluation. Stark and I started training on Monday. After class we stopped at Petsmart. Stark was almost the perfect gentleman, and calmed down immediately when corrected.

Today, Saturday, I took Stark and his brother Conner to the vet and then to petsmart. Again no crazy barking, and Stark immediately calmed down with only mild corrections the few times it was necessary. Stark even ignored all the dogs that were barking at us. This afternoon some friends brought their great dane over for me to dogsit. We introduced all 3 dogs in the street, took them for a short walk and let them interact in the back yard before bringing them in the house. After my friends left I took the dogs in the back yard so Stark and Conner could run and play with their new best friend.

Two weeks ago this would not have been possible.

Thank you Victoria, Rich, and all of your staff, for giving me the tools to help Stark become another dream dog!

Christine Bruels-Testerman - Gainesville, Florida

A Miracle Worker

Viviana is nothing short of a miracle worker!

She’s a wonderful trainer and an amazing, genuine, kind, patient human being! Thank you for everything you did for my boy!

Jodey Eliseo - Ocala, Florida

Amazing results!

We adopted our bull terrier mix 2 months ago and decided to start him in training. Within a couple of weeks he started to walk on the leash right next to us and barely tugs.

Such a huge difference!

After the last class we took him to a dog friendly restaurant and it was the first time he has been able to calm down after seeing other dogs without having to be removed from the situation completely. Alot of work but amazing results!

Nichole Stetten - Gainesville, Florida