“Thank you for the wonderful work you do. We value the support and insight you give our clientele regarding their pets’ behavior. Your caring for animals is evident in your professionalism and dedication!”
Dr. Reed Hall DVM
Town and Country Veterinary Hospital
“Veronica is truly wonderful! She has such a calm, warm personality which is greatly appreciated by both her human and animal clients! She was immensely helpful in socializing our rescue Hound-mix puppy, Sage. Through reward-based training methods, Veronica is able to use her background in psychology and vast knowledge of animal behavior and training to develop a plan to tackle a variety of difficult situations. She has been such a valuable and comforting support for our family, and we don’t know where we would be without her!”
“Veronica is fantastic! She is incredibly knowledgeable and is a great source of information. She works well with the animals and evaluates all aspects of a situation in an effort to develop the best course of action-she wants to ensure that both humans and animals are happy in the end. She has a huge heart and we have greatly enjoyed working with her.”
“Veronica has the amazing ability to not only understand dogs, but to understand people! I worked with Veronica to help my rescue pup, Eloise, who was scared of life, and with Veronica’s guidance, Eloise blossomed and made progress in leaps and bounds. Veronica gave me lots of exercises to work through that were practical and reasonable- things that I could easily incorporate into my busy daily life- no outlandish unrealistic homework. And perhaps most importantly was how encouraging she was- rewarding not only Eloise, but praising me for a job well done. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so thankful for all that Veronica did for us!”
Laurie Brill, BS LVT
“You are truely the BEST!! I don’t know where we would be without you. Our family is so much happier and relaxed now.Max is such a good boy and makes our family complete. A million thank yous to you!!”
Diane Jersey LVT
“Veronica’s innate ability to communicate with both dogs and people, is truly a gift that only the best dog trainers possess. Her reward-based approach to training is fun for the dog and enables her clients to enjoy their dog training experience and learn in a comfortable and relaxed interaction.
Veronica stays current on the most modern and effective training and behavioral methods available by networking and sharing information with her colleagues. Her expertise in Service Dog Training is sought after by professionals internationally. I highly recommend Veronica for all of your dog training and behavioral needs . . . you will be thrilled to have Veronica work with you and your dog!”
Tara McLaughlin CPDT, CDBC
“I am fortunate to be able to refer adopters to Veronica Sanchez of Cooperative Paws. As the training and behavior specialist at a local animal shelter, her consulting services are an invaluable resource.
Personally, without Veronica’s help I don’t know where I would be. I adopted Skye when he was 1 year old. He came to me with a whole host of behavior problems, including reactivity towards other dogs, reactivity towards noisy and/or moving vehicles and separation distress that resulted in bites to my thigh. Determined to not give up, Veronica became my hope for a happier, well-adjusted dog. With her help and expertise Skye has blossomed. He is a constant companion and accomplished Rally-O and Agility dog. Before, he could not walk out the door without reacting to something moving in his environment including bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, and especially dogs. Now we can go for long walks without incident. I am so grateful to Veronica for all of the help that she has given to us.
Veronica is an incredibly professional and compassionate person. She has an amazing ability to translate her extensive dog behavior knowledge into clear-cut, understandable behavior plans. This ability and her immeasurable patience allows her to take any willing dog owner and equip them with the necessary tools to properly handle and rehabilitate a dog. Veronica has an amazing talent to work with people as well as dogs, which makes her such a gem for our community.”
Abbie Hubbard CPDT
“Veronica Sanchez combines safe, dog-friendly training techniques with knowledge, warmth, care, patience and professionalism. A Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, she helps solidify the human-animal bond between dog and owner. The D.C. and Northern Virginia area is lucky to have her.”
“The best person to teach disabled people how to properly select and train their own service dogs would be a disabled person who knows the importance of this from personal experience. The best person to teach trainers how to train service dogs for the disabled would possess the ability to help trainers breach the gap between standard training skills and those essential for the training of well-behaved service animals. And the best person to advise healthcare professionals regarding the full range of human, canine, and environmental concerns that must be considered before recommending the addition of a service animal to a patient’s or client’s household would someone familiar with the costs and benefits of every such human-service animal interaction. Add the excellent teaching and communications skills needed for one-on-one service dog training, on-line service dog training courses for trainers, and private consultations with medical and mental health professionals, and I can think of no one more qualified to provide these services than Veronica Sanchez at Cooperative Paws.”
Myrna Milani, DVM
Integrating animal health, behavior, and the human-animal bond
“Veronica, thank you for training Opie. You made it easy to train her to be a dual sight and mobility service dog. You have amazing insights into the needs of your clients while taking into full consideration the needs of the dogs. I learned so much from you.”
Vivian Cheung-Spielman, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology)
“Veronica’s background in education, psychology and her knowledge of dog training and animal behavior have been tremendous assets for Paws-Up, Inc. She has helped develop training materials that we regularly use with our assistance and therapy dog clients. We have sought her advice on dog behavior and training challenges involving assistance dogs and therapy dogs.
Veronica’s classroom teaching experience is reflected in her consideration of client learning styles when she conveys animal behavior and training information. She is skilled at breaking down dog training instructions for complex behaviors into simple, do-able steps. I highly recommend having Veronica teach you how to train and modify your pet’s behavior!”
Robin Pool BS CABC
Executive Director, Paws-Up, Inc.
“We have participated in group sessions in the past but with mixed results. Veronica’s knowledge combined with her unique mix of behavioral psychology and gentle training gave us extraordinary results and almost immediate positive change in our dog! It’s so nice to get comments about “how well-behaved” or “calm” your puppy is! Thank you, Thank you, Thank You!”
Rob and Veronica Yarbray
“You are absolutely pawsitively the best. No one compares.”Mindee Laumann Arlington, VA
“Veronica is the absolute best dog trainer I have ever had the privilege to learn from and work with as my dog goes through all life’s stages. I started going to Cooperative Paws when my Cavalier King Charles was about 12 weeks. I had no idea what I was doing, and Veronica has taught both Ginger and I so many commands, tricks, how to have fun, and what a joy it is to have a well-trained dog. I am a very overprotective mom and Veronica provides assistance to both Ginger and I and teaches us both how to relax. I have taken Ginger on outings and trips that I would never have had the confidence to do without Veronica.Veronica brings so much experience and knowledge about the handling of dogs and she is able to assess so many issues and she provides invaluable training. I love the positive approach to dog training and the on-going relationship she builds both with the pet and the owner. I also love all the knowledge about trick titles and accomplishments that dogs can work towards as she continues to train Ginger.I am so grateful and appreciative of the relationship both Ginger and I have with Veronica. I highly recommend Veronica for any puppy/dog training. She is the best at what she does!!!”
“Thanks, Veronica, for all the wonderful tips you gave us. You suggestions help to make me more confident and as a result, Kimmy is more confident! I loved our sessions, and it is nice to know I have a back up resource at hand. You are truly wonderful!!!”
Jan Bradshaw and Kimmy
Grace Chan and Jojo
“Veronica, I don’t know when I have enjoyed a class more and learned as much either. I truly enjoyed working with you in introducing Dealer to obedience.”
“I want to thank you for all your help around the phone consult and for your superb written report. Wow! It exceeded our expectations in every way – so thorough and professional. Thank you very, very much. We have already recommended you to our friends with dogs.”