Jim Devenny has done an awesome job helping us train our stubborn/spoiled Teddy Bear pup. He is now a Therapy Dog, bringing smiles to others--and we continue to work on the advanced obedience part 🙂 Jim understands that sometimes the puppy parents require as much training as the pup, and he is patient through it all.
Jim is absolutely the best! I was given so much information in the first class that I was able to apply immediately and see results! I’m looking forward to her future and the tools thsf all will help my connection with my dog
Jim helped us train our goldendoodle, she is now a therapy dog. We are taking our new puppy who is an Aussie doodle and she also is doing great. Hope she can make it to be a therapy dog also. He is very supportive and works on positive reinforcement.
From the first time Jim worked with me & my buddy Astro I knew it was a good decision! Through positive reinforcement he taught me how to train Astro to be a well behaved and happy dog. Astro is on schedule to become a therapy dog. We are so pleased we have enrolled our newest puppy into training with Jim, too! Highly recommended.
Timber and I love coming to training class. Jim is very easy to follow and has been a great guidance in our journey thus far. I can't wait to see how we progress from puppy culture all the way to level 4. I definitely recommend his program!!
Jim helped us with an issue we were having with Frisco, our adorable rescue dog, and all it took was one visit for Jim to train "us". Jim is great with dogs, but even more importantly he is great with the humans too, which often times turn out to be the ones needing training. I would highly recommend Jim; it is money well spent for you and your 4-legged family member. Thanks Jim, and Frisco says hello!!
Jim saved us from having to get rid of our new family member. We adopted a dog from the Shelter and it wasn't working out. Jim came to our home and gave us a few tools and commands to use immediately. It has work great so far. We are so hopefully and thankful he came quickly.
Thank you from the whole Powell family!!!
We have a 10 month old Aussie Zeva who at five months old was so aggressive she chased our friend back into her car when she came to visit. It was at that point we decided to get her into a class to try and socialize her, and signed up for Jim's classes. She's now a little over nine months old and her attitude and behavior have changed drastically. She'll greet strangers and other dogs politely, sits, waits, and walks happily on a leash. Jim uses positive reinforcement only, no yelling, jerking or intimidation methods in his classes, and it works! There have been times when I have been frustrated throughout the training process, but his patience prevails with myself and Zeva. If you have a dog that you know can be better, but you just can't seen to get there.....this is the trainer you should be calling, he is by far the best!
I am president and founder of Wags and Whiskers Rescue and we know and value the services of For Paws Pet Sitter. Marilyn is responsible and has a genuine love of animals. She has experience and a medical background which is helpful when making decisions if she needs to transport a pet to the vet. When our rescue takes a vacation, we need someone who can manage and monitor a herd of cats. Also, Marilyn drives a 4 wheel drive SUV so she can navigate our country roads in the winter. Marilyn is our go-to person--the person we know we can trust in our home and the person who will take wonderful care of our 4-legged kids!
I have known Jim, Marilyn and their 3 great dogs since 2009. During that time I also got to know several other dogs that were cared for by Jim and Marilyn in their home. Each visitor was treated like family with love and care.
Marilyn and Jim's home is my dog's home away from home. I can't write enough good things about them. My dog goes hiking and runs errands and has a ball. When I pick up my dog, she is never mad at me, because she has had such a good time at Camp Devinny. In fact, she is even a better dog after staying with Marilyn and Jim, since she gets to socialize with their dogs. Generally, I take my dog with me to Florida for Thanksgiving; however, this year I am leaving her with Marilyn, knowing that my dog will be happier with Marilyn than in Florida. You can't do better than Marilyn and Jim!
I have known Jim and Marilyn for about 7 years now and I can say that I would trust them completely with my dogs. They are truly genuine animal lovers. Two of their own personal dogs have served for years as reading mentors for my Puppy Tales program at the Independence Branch of the Kenton County Public Library. They have always been reliable and eager to volunteer at the library with their fur kids. I would highly recommend them for any pet related service.
Fred & Carole Koss
Fortunately for us, Jim and Marilyn have always had open hearts and open doors for dogs and cats. They have fostered many, many dogs and cats throughout the years and one of those dogs is our English Spaniel---Asha. She has brought us much, much happiness the past 7 years. Because of Jim and Marilyn's genuine concern and understanding of an animal's needs, we highly recommend them.
I've know Marilyn and Jim for 20 years now and they have always helped me with my pet needs. In fact, just today Marilyn helped me find a new home for a little kitty I rescued. They are the best. They love and respect animals totally. They can be hired with the utmost confidence. I highly recommend them.
Our family was so blessed to have Jim and Marilyn as an integral part in caring for our dog Huggins during her 13years of life. They were always available to lovingly care for her while we were away, but most of all we are most appreciative of their empathetic and objective support and assistance during her illness and especially during her last days with us.
You could have named your business "Peace of Mind" because that's what we felt when you watched Blue. And he obviously enjoyed it, too, as evidenced by his excitement every time he sees you!
I have trusted Marilyn and Jim with my dog for eight years . . . ever since I rescued her. They are wonderful people and it is so great to have that peace of mind while i am away that someone is taking care of her just like I do . . . which means she is loved and spoiled like the princess she is. I don't know how I'd get by without them. Although sometimes it hurts my feelings that I think my dog might just love them more! She gets so excited to see them and sad when they're gone!
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My wife Marilyn and I have been involved with animal rescue and pet sitting for over 25 years. I am a graduate from the Tri State Canine Obedience program and offer extended training in my home and certify therapy dogs, I have also partnered with Petropolis as a trainer at their Union Kentucky location.
We would love to welcome you to our circle …and we want you to know that just like our own pets, all of the dogs (and cats) that we encounter are as important as the children and adult relationships in our lives.
Welcome to For Paws Canine Obedience Training and In Your Home Pet Sitting & Care
Our training and pet sitting philosophy is simple. We treat your pets like our own. Visit the About Us section to get to know us. We never use forceful or painful methods while watching or training your pet. We instead work with a dog’s natural instincts to encourage the behavior you desire and promote a stronger bond. Your pet should not fear you or us when being watched or trained.
We only use positive reinforcement techniques and operant conditioning. These techniques give us the tools we need to create a happy learning environment to motivate pups and handlers to become excited learners. We believe that training should be a fun experience for you and your pet. Whether you are looking for basic commands, more advanced training, or therapy dog instruction, positive reward based training will produce the best results. Go to the section on LEVELS Training Method to learn more.
Our services have been designed to work with a variety of needs and budgets:
- Puppy, Basic, and Advanced Obedience Group Classes
- Therapy Dog Training
- In Home Programs- Pet Sitting
- Problem Solving- Unwanted Behaviors
- Behavioral Modification
- Off Leash Training
- Private Consultations
- Board and Train
- Day Care and Train
- Consulting/Evaluations- Looking for that New Puppy/Dog
- AKC Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator and ATD Therapy dog tester/observer.