In Harmony Dog Training, LLC
Julia is a proud graduate of a workshop for advanced dog trainers with Cesar Millan "The Dog Whisperer."
Julia Levitt has helped many dogs and their owners learn how to live together in harmony.
COMMENTS FROM THE MOST RECENT "IN HARMONY DOG TRAINING" GRADUATES
Michelle and Luna Speak
We are going to travel to Florida this winter and I wanted to be able to walk my dog Luna downtown, on the beach, at the farmers market and all the other places I see dogs being walked in the very dog friendly town we will be staying. The only problem was Luna lacked the confidence to go anywhere, including just a simple ride in the car. She would whine constantly, was afraid, and would pull so hard on the leash it wasn’t comfortable to walk with her.
I did my research and found Julia’s In Harmony Dog Training - after talking and meeting with Julia, my husband, Steve, and I decided it was worth the commitment to Luna and her quality of life - and ours. We agreed to send Luna to Julia’s for training - it was very hard for me to think of being away from her - the timing made it even more difficult, we had just said goodbye to our beloved German Shepard, Willie, due to cancer. It was extremely hard being away from Luna - more difficult than I expected - but we stuck with it. It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made.
Julia always has a dog owner visit their dog after being at her home for one week. When I received an email from Julia asking me not to come after the first week (Julia said Luna wasn’t ready) I was very worried and didn’t think I could follow thru with it but I knew I needed to trust Julia - I’m so glad I did.
When I was finally able to have the first meeting with Luna and Julia in Julia’s backyard, I couldn’t believe the transformation in such a short time. Julia asked me to use the -No talk-No touch-No eye contact form of training used by Cesar Milan - it was hard because I wanted to hug her and tell her how much I missed her - Luna calmed down and I was able to have contact - it was awesome to be able to pet her and be with her again. It was incredible to see how much Luna would listen and obey commands from Julia. What was even better was how Julia showed me how to be able to have the same tools, skills and influence on Luna.
Over the next couple of weeks we had training sessions with Luna and I always left so happy to see the progress in Luna but also so sad to leave her. Julia would give me homework handouts to read - they were very helpful and kept me focused on our goal. Julia surprised me after one of our sessions when I was expecting to have to leave Luna again but instead told me she was ready to go home.
Since being home Luna is so happy, confident, and calm. We couldn’t be happier! We take Luna EVERYWHERE with us now and she loves it. She waits for her commands, enjoys the car rides, and loves to walk in the parks, Kerrytown, neighborhoods, and anywhere we want to go. When the weather doesn’t cooperate Luna can walk on our treadmill. Julia came to our house many times to help us in training Luna - and just as importantly - training us! The follow-up support Julia gives us is amazing, she’s always just a phone call away. Luna has been transformed into the dog we dreamed she could be and we are also more confident and smarter dog owners thanks to Julia - it was all so worth it in the end, our expectations were met and surpassed! We are sincerely grateful to Julia.
Hutchins was never what one would conventionally consider to be a "bad" dog. He showed no signs of aggression, he was smart, and of course always a very lovable fur-ball. However, Hutch had a TON of energy and he did not know how to control it, especially around other people. He was a jumper, a biter (playfully),and frankly treated his owners like fellow litter-mates!
After Hutch spent 3 weeks with Julia, not only did he know all of the commands (sit, stay, place, come, down) but he also wasn't biting or jumping on Julia at all. It seemed like a miracle! What was even more critical, though, was the training that occurred after those three weeks...Julia training Hutch's owners (us!). It took a while but we've now learned how important our energy and discipline is in the success of Hutch's training. If we weren't willing to change our overly-lenient and overly-excited and affectionate ways, the changes Julia had spent time making were not going to stick. Since coming to this realization (with the help of Julia), we have been so pleasantly surprised with the respect and loyalty Hutch is treating us with. He really is the perfect pup and we couldn't thank Julia more for helping bring out the best in Hutch and in us as dog owners! Sarah Lindenauer
We are so pleased with the training our Portuguese Water Dog Mulan received. Our dog was 4 months old when we started looking on the internet for a dog trainer, and that's how we found out about Julia. We met with her and we told her about our puppy's behaviors that we knew needed to be corrected. We wanted to start very soon, but she suggested we wait until Mulan was 6 to 7 months old and that way she would be better able to learn and keep it retained if she was a few months older. We are glad we took her advice to wait on training.
Julia taught Mulan how to have good manners -- not only in our house but when we go for walks. After the training Julia worked with us to get Mulan to be as well behaved with us as she was when Julia trained her.
Now Mulan is a pleasure. When given verbal commands she goes in her crate or her place while we eat, & etc. This makes our life with Mulan a lot easier now that she has learned several verbal commands from Julia. We have taken Mulan on a couple of road trips after her training to visit family in their home and it went so well. I would recommend Julia as a trainer to anyone. She is easy to communicate with and has integrity.
Wayne and Glenda Wade
"We adopted our beloved dog from a shelter and took him to dog training classes for months but walking with him continued to be absolutely miserable. He lunged and barked every time he saw another dog; never came when we called him; and went crazy whenever someone came to our door. We dreamed of being able to run and hike with him but his behavior was mortifying and got so bad that we started to dread taking him out in public.
Our dog spent 3 weeks with Julia and a miracle occurred. Our dog now walks on a leash peacefully, comes when we call him, and sits on his bed when guests arrive. Other dog owners have even enviously complimented our dog when we are out running with him. We were THRILLED to learn from her how we can be in charge and will forever be grateful that she helped transform our dog from a nightmare to an absolute delight!"
Julie Hollberg and Tracy Vettese
"Upon first meeting Julia we were thrilled by the calm assertive presence she brought upon walking into our home. Our puppy Beans was immediately attentive and even sat down in front of her! Julia engages her clients with active listening, calm reassurance and positive feedback ... making you feel as though you can actually accomplish the desired training results. I exuberantly recommend her to anyone regardless of the type of training you need from basic to extreme ... She is wonderful to work with!!!"
Whether it's enjoying your walks together, greeting visitors to your home in a friendly and respectful manner, or peacefulness at meal time -- your dog can do it -- and so can you!
Contact Julia to set up an assessment visit for you and your dog.