I contacted Barbara Jean on the advice of a friend who had been working with her and highly recommended her. She has helped me and Sibley progress so much, I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am. One of the things I liked the most about working with Barbara Jean and RSA is how she holds you accountable for practicing what you learn in each session. The importance of reinforcing the learned behaviors is stressed every time. The one on one format is perfect for ‘troubled dogs’ like mine. When I was traveling to my first trainer, Sibley would behave differently at their location, but once I got her home in her own environment with all the distractions, her good behavior just disappeared and I would panic, often ending up in tears. By bringing her own and other dogs to the training sessions, she helped me relax and trust in my ability to handle my dog. I think a lot of people like the idea of sending their dog away and having the trainer ‘fix them’ and their issues. That may work for some, but Barbara Jean’s patience and guidance was directed at me- and that’s what made the most difference. She has helped me to be the best owner, which helps my dog be a much better behaved pet. When I commented to my friend that I didn’t know if I could afford to work with RSA, she responded “she’s worth 10 times what she charges”. And she was right. Now I can’t imagine my life without Sibs– but before I met Barbara Jean, I didn’t know how I was going to survive with her.