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Super responsive, well-priced, and helpful. We will be contacting Brian again should we have any questions about what he told us. Highly, highly recommend!!

     —Wei M., New York NY, June 2020, Bark.com review

I had an hour phone consult with Brian to help me better understand my new cattle dog puppy. It's been one of the best use of my time ever. I was able to get personalized answers to my questions. I learned more about typical dog behaviors and how to react to them. No amount of YouTube videos will equate to a phone consult with Good Dog Workshop!
   

     —Philippe D., Kirkland WA, June 2020, Bark.com review

 

    I can not recommend Brian and Good Dog Workshop enough! What initially impressed me was the time and thoroughness he spent before I "officially" became a client. When I first was in touch with Brian, I was deciding between two dogs to adopt the following day. He spent the better part of an hour listening to me talk through both dogs and offered great advice and perspective.
     During this consultation call he also asked very thorough questions to overall understand what my concerns were and where I may want to focus our time together once I adopted a dog. This was a very different experience than I received with a few other trainers who quite frankly asked very little about the dog and were just focused on booking an appointment. Additionally, keep in mind this was all time spent talking to me before I'd even committed to a session together. I think this really speaks to the fact that he cares about both people and dogs tremendously and he's willing to invest in the relationship with the owner to ensure success later on.
     This investment in our relationship has only continued. He checked in after my first night with the newly adopted dog and after we had our session with Brian he continued to both make himself available when I had questions and to proactively check in and see how things were going. It's so relieving to have someone like Brian available as a resource to make sure I'm continuing to do right by my dog.
     As for the session itself, it also was hugely beneficial. I was initially a bit skeptical when he says most people only need one session but after spending time together I now understand why. He ultimately teaches us how to read our dog, the other dogs we may encounter, and more importantly how to communicate with dogs. He's very observant and picks up on things (both in the humans and the dogs) that I had overlooked and then has the ability to translate the dog's perspective into understandable human terms. Once he does this a few times you start to really understand and are then able to shift your approach and perspective about the relationship with your dog. These tools can then be applied to any situation in the future.
     Lastly, I really enjoyed the evaluation he performs. As new dog owner I was a bit anxious to understand how my dog interacted with other dogs and if there were any concerning behaviors or aggressive tendencies. Having Brian there to test her around his dogs was such a relief and really put my mind at ease during this crucial evaluation. We ended our session going to the dog park together (another thing I had been apprehensive about) but it turns out after some education on my end and with Brian there to coach me it's not such a scary thing and I now feel much more confident in my ability to read the people and dogs at the dog park to ensure I'm not putting myself and my dog in an unwanted situation. Overall I am so grateful to have found Brian and If I could give more than five stars I would!
    —Liz K., Alexandria VA, June 2020, Yelp review

 

I worked in home with Marina with training my dog on her dog aggression, pulling on the lead, and running out the door. So far I have seen an immense change in her behavior even after just one visit. Every penny I spent I’d do it all over again my dog is changed for the better thank you so much!

    —Melanie S., Warrenton VA, June 2020, Bark.com review

Met my needs the same day I requested help. Empathetic with my concerns and my dog’s personality. Helped me understand how to learn to speak dog more fluently. Would definitely use Good Dog Workshop again!

    —Joy L., Fairfax VA, June 2020, Bark.com review

Brian called back quickly and sounded so knowledgeable that I hired him without speaking to other trainers for comparison. I am so glad I did as we were trying to introduce our 4 cats to a new 4.5 month old rescue puppy because we had concerns. The trainer, Marina was fantastic! She helped us do the cat intros & a whole lot more. She was also extremely knowledgeable so we learned a lot of great moves with our new puppy, including an intro to her own dogs for socialization & most importantly now have our new puppy co existing with our 4 cats. Look no further & go with Good Dog Workshop!

    —Brie C., Germantown MD, June 2020, Bark.com review

Marina is an amazing trainer. Max was very fond of her. He learned a lot within a short period of time!. Thanks 😊

    —Rashed H., Fairfax VA, June 2020, Google review

We are in California so we were a bit skeptical about getting help over the phone. Turns out it was just what we needed! After our first phone consultation with Brian we understood what we need to do with our two female German Shepherds so they will get along and we don't have to find a new home for one of them. Brian is VERY knowledgeable and empathetic. THANK YOU, BRIAN!
    —Janet R., Fair Oaks CA, June 2020, Google review

Good Dog Workshop was very thorough in their explanations of why my dog behaves a certain way and listened carefully when I asked questions or expressed concerns. They approach dogs with a natural way of training that suited my dog and kept him comfortable with them. I will definitely keep in touch with them and consult for any future concerns.
    —Antara B., Dunn Loring, June 2020, Google review

 

Marina came today and worked with me on some behavior issues with my new dog. She was AMAZING! Her guidance and instructions were easy to understand and follow. I love that she brought her dogs so that I could see if Charlie would be good to take to the dog park. I was amazed at the changes in Charlie after just a short training time. I learned a lot, and will be paying more attention to what Charlie is trying to tell me. I will be practicing what she taught me! After our session I felt much better about my dog, and my ability. Highly recommend, and if I have problems in the future, I would definitely contact Good Dog Workshop--although I am confident I won't need to unless I need to ask a question. Very effective training methods!
    —Carol K., Winchester VA, June 2020, Bark.com review

I worked with Brian at Good Dog Workshop over the phone. It was clear he had a lot of experience and was able to answer every question I had. He was able to help me understand my dogs body language and how to better communicate with her in order to work through her fears and anxieties. After just one day following his advice I have seen a difference in how my dog responds to me. I will gladly use him again for any future questions I have.
    —Tyler W., Lubbock TX, June 2020, Bark.com review

Brian is not only good with dogs, but also people! My new dog made 3/4 people in my house nervous, and Brian didn't just addressed Tigger's "scary" qualities... but addressed the fears that were associated with her. He showed us a successful dog introduction and taught us how read our dogs to ensure our own success with Tigger after he leaves us! Two and a half hours with Brian changed the lives of 4 people and one wonderful dog :)  Thank you Brian!!!!
    —Samantha B., Leesburg VA, May 2020, Google review

 

We have now had Brian work with two of our dogs and could not be any happier with the results. He is a master dog trainer and will work with your family to really help everyone understand their relationship with the dog and how they can affect positive change. The impact is huge and my entire family is using his methods to communicate with and live with our two wonderful dogs.
    —Patrick C., Sterling VA, May 2020, Google review


We were referred to Marina with Good Dog Workshop by our vet. Our rescue, Dixie Mae, was having some behavioral issues, which is why we reached out for help. Marina was hands on showing us, and then teaching us how to work with Dixie. She gave us the needed tools in order to work with Dixie and have seen a huge improvement in her behavior! 100% would recommend Marina and her team!
    —Heather G., Amissville VA, May 2020, Yelp review

I recently adopted a 3-year-old German Shepherd who was dog reactive, territorial and had separation anxiety. Rex is a beautiful dog with a sweet disposition, but these issues were a problem and I needed help fast. Brian and his assistant, Marina, came to my home, which was fantastic! Brian was able to explain to me why Rex was behaving this way and what Rex needed from me to become a happy, well-balanced dog. He completely changed my perspective about dog training. After only one 3-hour session, I could immediately see a difference in my dog and in myself. They left me with the tools I needed to continue to work with Rex and we are having great success! Brian even checked in with me a few days later to see how things were going. I can't say enough good things about Good Dog Workshop!
    —Marie F., Warrenton VA, May 2020, Yelp review

 

I contacted Brian on 5/9/2020 and he was at my house on 5/10/2020. We had an incident with our dog and a neighbor and I was frightened that our rescue could escalate and felt we needed help fast. I've always been a fan of Cesar Milan and to see Brian work the same way in front of me was astonishing. When he came into our house, I was fearful that Wilson would jump and try to hurt Brian. Instead, Brian's approach was calm and within approximately 10 minutes our dog was interacting lovingly with Brian. He answered all our questions and showed us new ways of playing with our dog on our terms instead of the dog grabbing at our hands. WOW! I just came home from the grocery store and used what I learned and our dog let go of his toy which never happened before! I know we have homework to do to keep our dog balanced and happy and I am so glad I reached out and received the help WE needed. I emphasize WE because both my husband and I need to learn how to speak "dog" even though we have owned dogs before. So, an old dog (me) can learn even though we have had rescue dogs in the past. I highly recommend Brian to anyone who needs help with their dog. You will be as impressed as we are with how fast your dog will be well behaved. Brian also called the next morning to check in and I was super impressed with his level of commitment and desire to truly help. I love that quality of dedication and professionalism.

    —Deirdre J., Sterling VA, May 11, 2020, Yelp review

I reached out to Brian with some concerns I was having with my senior dogs recent behavior. After one phone call, he made me feel confident in myself and my dog again and really made some eye opening points. I appreciate that phone call more than he could know! I will continue to turn to Brian for help with current or future behavior issues. Thanks so much, Brian!

    —Chelsea M., Catlett VA, March 13, 2020, Yelp review

Brian was extremely helpful and offered great insights and advice. We saw immediate results. We appreciated that he would come to our house, and his own dogs also were a great asset as we worked to determine exactly how our dog would react to various situations. Brian also was willing to work with our schedule.

    —Lauren L., Warrenton VA, March 2, 2020, Angie's List review

Brian totally helped us understand what it truly means to command a dog's obedience, respect, and attention. The one lesson we had blew us away because within a short hour and a half, we had all of our questions answered, and discovered things that we didn't know was important. The one lesson we had with him completely changed our perspective on what it is to own a dog, and we would highly recommend to anyone looking for an obedience coach. Would give Good Dog Workshop six stars if I could!!
    —Chris G., Fairfax VA, Google review, February 2020

Great day working with Brian, his assistant trainer and his pack of pups. Learned so much today and cannot wait to put it to use. Even saw some changes immediately.
    —Terry, K., Warrenton VA, Google review, February 2020

 

Brian is a consummate professional. He taught us how to effectively communicate with our young German Shepherd to subdue his aggression and be a more respectful member of our household. His skills and level of respect are just a wonder. I thought our situation was on the verge of hopeless but we simply lacked the knowledge and skill to handle the situation. He has been very responsive in follow up as well.
    —Diana H., Haymarket VA, February 2020, Google review

 

Brian immediately came in and worked wonders with our dog, Millie. We highly recommend him if you need some training for your dog. We will be a return customer with other dogs in the future for sure!

    —Stephen B., Remington VA, January 20, 2020, Yelp review

Brian came recommended by another dog trainer who thought we could benefit from someone who dealt specifically in behavioral issues. So far we have only spoken by phone and his expertise has been quite valuable. It's obvious he really knows what he is talking about. He assessed our situation and we have come up with a plan moving forward. We can't wait to meet him in person to continue socializing our girl.

    —Gretchen D., Reston VA, January 20, 2020, Yelp review


Brian came, he saw, he conquered. 😊 Seriously though, we have two large dogs with very different personalities and issues and he helped us tackle both in one visit. We definitely have a good base to start working with now and are looking forward to having a more peaceful household in the future.  Thank you Brian!
    —Christine R., October 2019, Google review

Brian was amazing! Simple as that; came into our home and immediately our dogs understood him. His technique and coaching was perfect, very good at explaining and teaching us, as the humans, what we needed to do, then letting us practice. Would highly recommend him to anyone with an anxious dog, nervous dog, high energy, any issue that you can think of.
    —Melvin G., November 2019, Google review

We have worked with Brian and his Good Dog Workshop for our last 2 dogs.
Each dogs personality was so different and Brian knew what each dog needed from Debbie and myself.  We learned the 1st time around that dog training is really about teaching us how to properly lead our dog.
We just happened upon Brian yesterday outside the Vint Hill Dog Park yesterday and unsolicited, he took some time with us and Elsa (our Shepherd/Collie mix) to reaffirm previous teachings and also teach us some new things as well.
We are already seeing positive results from our time yesterday.
    —Michael W., November 2019, Google review

 

Brian is very friendly and knowledgeable. He spent a couple of hours with us to teach us how we could help our newly-adopted rescue dog deal with her anxiety. The results were nothing short of amazing!
We have been using the techniques that he shared with us and our dog is much more comfortable in situations that used to freak her out. He really understands dogs and what it takes to help them become comfortable. He has even followed up via email and phone to see how our dog is doing. We can't recommend him enough.

    —Tim L., Warrenton VA, YNovember 5, 2019, elp review

I can't say enough good things about our experience with Good Dog Workshop. We were having some trouble with our 3 y/o adopted pit mix (he came to us untrained) and our goal was to have him better trained in time for visiting family for the holidays. We called Brian and within a week we had our in-home training with him. He showed us how to understand and communicate with our dog. And it was really beneficial for our first dog who is 7 y/o who participated. We could use the training on both of them. It's been 2 days and we've been putting in the time and the boys are already responding and doing so well on walks. It's really incredible and we have nothing but faith they're going to excel as we keep up the work.
    —Kelly S., November 2019, Google & Yelp review

Brian knows dog psychology! My 6 yr old Puggle mix is very energetic and hyper. Although we run and walk with her regularly, she is never tired. Our dog has occasional leash aggression towards other dogs and gets very upset when we leave so Brian helped us understand our dog better in order to correct her behavior and make her feel confident we are coming back. Within a matter of hours, our dog excelled and we are more confident she will be the fun loving dog we know she is, and make new friends with other dogs
    —Karen L., October 2019, Google & Yelp review

Brian, We want to thank you for the time you spent with us and our dog, Roman. We continue to use the tools you taught us and he is responding to our direction. We will try to introduce him to Cooper (my brother's English Lab) in the near future. We highly recommend your workshop and appreciate your knowledge and expertise.
    —Sheila S., Spotsylvania VA, October 2019, Google review

He was phenomenal in training my young and high energy dog as well as giving us the tools to succeed and continue his training after the visit. He is available whenever for a phone call or email which makes life 100 times easier. Highly recommend Brian over any other service.
    —Nick F., October 2019, Google review

Good Dog Workshop is the most informative and supportive team! They are full of positive energy and will work with you and your dog. If you are not sure how to assert strong, firm leadership for your anxious/newly adopted shelter dog/or any dog in need of some obedience training, please contact Good Dog Workshop. It is incredible what you can learn in one day. My dog is happier already and is responding well to my energy, body language, and cues! (Still in progress... I don't want to get too cocky.)
The kind of training Good Dog Workshop offers is NECESSARY in order to be a responsible, healthy owner. Walks around your neighborhood will be much more pleasant! Highly recommend!
    —Christine C., October 2019, Google review

I have not yet hired Brian, but I am going to next week. I just adopted a Jack Russell X who has a "biting" issue which I do not understand. I called Brian about our situation, our concern regarding whether this was an issue of training or inherent behavior that cannot be corrected. With everything he communicated to me, I am confident that with his expertise, we are going to get the correct answer and resolve this issue.
The reason I am posting this review prior to engaging him formally is because of the amount of time he spent on the phone with me talking through our concerns. Many minutes invested by him to help us, even before we hired him. Truly professional!

    —Sandra B., Amissville VA, Yelp review, October 1, 2019

They were so compassionate, patient, attentive and helpful while I explained my situation with my 8 mos old (very large) puppy, and my boyfriend, who were somewhat at odds with each other. They immediately listened to my initial concerns voiced over the phone, and did not try to rush me or get me in for a paid consultation first, etc. He just listened for as long as I needed to talk. Though I could have purchased in-home training sessions from them, they actually advised it may not be helpful as my issue was primarily based on the relationship I had with each; the boyfriend and my puppy. This honest and frank insight was eye-opening for me. There are still good people out there who still have work ethic and human compassion. Thanks guys - you really helped me get more clarity on the real issue at hand! No doubt, this organization knows animals (and humans)!

    —Amy W., University Park MD, Yelp review, August 20, 2019

What a difference a day makes!
Thank you Brian for teaching us how to better communicate with our dogs, using language they understand. We are already noticing a difference after just one day.  I can't wait to see how good it can be!

    —Christine R., Bristow VA, Yelp review, August 13, 2019

I did a workshop with Brian last weekend.  It was so much fun and was so interesting watching Brian work with these dogs and change behavior right in front of us.  I learned a lot and my girl, Nala, did too!  Thanks, Brian!

    —Kathleen P., Leesburg VA, Yelp review, May 23, 2019

 

Brian is an absolute pro when it comes to dog training. He is a true dog whisperer! We reached out to Brian when our rescue puppy started displaying some concerning behaviors, and Brian armed us with the tools (and confidence) to correctly and safely discipline our pup. He is as focused on training the owners to be responsible and fair as he is teaching the dogs proper manners and etiquette. I would highly recommend!

    —Allie K., Vienna VA, Yelp review, April 2, 2019

I can’t recommend Brian and Josh enough. They are so knowledgeable, friendly, fun and inspiring! They have changed my family in a way that I will be forever grateful.
    —Brandie B., February 2019, Google review

What a wonderful experience watching a warrior with the dogs! Brian and Josh are so knowledgeable about the behavior of dogs
They let the warrior interact with many of them until he narrowed it down to the one his family all liked.  Amazing to watch !
    —Barbara M., Google review 2019

They were so compassionate, patient, attentive and helpful while I explained my situation with my 8 mos old (very large) puppy, and my boyfriend, who were somewhat at odds with each other. They immediately listened to my initial concerns voiced over the phone, and did not try to rush me or get me in for a paid consultation first, etc. He just listened for as long as I needed to talk. Though I could have purchased in-home training sessions from them, they actually advised it may not be helpful as my issue was primarily based on the relationship I had with each; the boyfriend and my puppy. This honest and frank insight was eye-opening for me. There are still good people out there who still have work ethic and human compassion. Thanks guys - you really helped me get more clarity on the real issue at hand! No doubt, this organization knows animals (and humans)!
    —Amy W., Google review 2019

Brian was so calm and professional. In one session he made us feel comfortable working with our puppy (who just needs some manners) and our older anxious dog (who needs a lot of attention and training). Somehow he worked with my fiancé and I and both dogs while giving everyone the attention and instruction they needed. Highly recommend!
    —Kirbie L., Google review 2019

I own and have been operating a very successful boarding and training facility as well as an all breed dog rescue since 1996. I have been looking for skilled trainers to recommend as I have found that there is a huge demand for knowledgeable trainers who understand dog behavior and are capable of actually helping the client improve their dogs behavior rather than just being told what the issues are. I am so happy and impressed after witnessing Brian Kerchner from Good Dog Workshop in action! He has a wealth of knowledge and is eager to share it with his clients in a very clear, easy to understand way. He works with the people as well as the dog and gives them the tools and skills to continue working on their own. He comes across with a calm confidence and quickly connects with the dogs he works with. It is easy to see that he truly cares about his clients and their dogs and wants to see them succeed. I highly recommend Brian and am thrilled to know a trainer of this caliber!
    —Carla N., Country Club Kennels, Google review 2019

Thank you Brian for helping me understand my boys better. Not only am I happier, my dogs are happier! My whole house hold is happier after just one visit. I highly recommend Brian. His knowledge seems endless and his advice is very understandable and practical. Definitely give him a call!
    —Sarah H., Warrenton VA, Google review 2019

I have a 4 year old Lab/Chow that I took to Brian so that my dog could socialize with other dogs. I was very impressed with Brian because he was so knowledgeable about the behavior of dogs. He would explain to me certain behaviors that I never noticed before. I was happy to see my dog be so comfortable with other dogs by slowly being introduced to them. My dog even wanted to get inside Brian's truck with his other dogs by the end of it. I highly recommend Brian, he was very helpful and knowledgeable.
    —Rene R., Google review 2019

Brian is an awesome trainer. In almost 2 and half hours he took the time to explain us the case with our dog, teach us how to correct some behaviors, but most importantly how as human we have to provide the appropriate leadership, discipline and affection. For our first time we saw our dog off leash with other dogs, chasing the ball and being social.
We have homework to do, but Brian was a great support and teacher.
We will be calling him in the future to introduce our dog into dog parks.
I will definitely recommend him, without having to spend a fortune in training, he will come to your home and provide you personalized feedback.
Thank you Brian. You brought hope to us.
    —Paula A., Aldie VA, Google review 2019

Brian was fantastic! Our dog has been having uncontrollable barking fits due to excitement when meeting a person or dog. In just a couple hours working with Brian, our dog was able to approach dogs and people without barking. Such a relief!
    —Beth N., Google review 2019

My family and I recently adopted a 1 year old Jack/Beagle mix that was known for resource guarding. Having a young daughter in the house (7 yrd old) the resource guarding and some other aggression factors worried us. Brian was referred to us from another trainer that did great, but was not comfortable working with the resource guarding like Brian could.
We have had two consults with Brian and have been amazed at the experience so far. Brian's understanding of the dog behavior is amazing but what is even more exceptional is ability to transfer his knowledge and understanding to us. Brian was very prompt and professional with every consult. We will plan to use him in the future as needed and may family would 100% recommend him and his services!
    —Chris D., Ashburn VA, Google review 2019

Our trusted vet in Warrenton connected us with Brian. One phone call told us we had the right resource to polish up our puppy training skills after 15 years of adult dog experiences in our home.
Brian had our 11-week old puppy tuned in and enjoying his lessons within minutes of meeting him. His understanding of the pack mentality, and the discipline any healthy dog craves, set us on the course to a wonderful relationship that is positive and rewarding for our household, and any dogs that enter the youngster's life.
Brian visited our home with three four-legged tutors, each with their own unique personality and hence each offered different lessons to the pup. It was fascinating to watch and then instantly be able to put the knowledge to work helping the puppy socialize as he grows.
Don't search any further. If you have found the Good Dog Workshop, you are in the best hands and your dog is on its way to being a good pack member.

    —Michael T., Warrenton VA, Yelp review, January 26, 2019

 

I have a 4 year old Lab/Chow that I took to Brian so that my dog could socialize with other dogs. I was very impressed with Brian because he was so knowledgeable about the behavior of dogs. He would explain to me certain behaviors that I never noticed before. I was happy to see my dog be so comfortable with other dogs by slowly being introduced to them. My dog even wanted to get inside Brian's truck with his other dogs by the end of it. I highly recommend Brian, he was very helpful and knowledgeable.
    —Rene R., Manassas VA, Yelp review, December 12, 2019


We actually tried two behaviorists for my dog. One of them, and the winner by far, was Good Dog Workshop and we were blown away. Brian really helped us get to the root of the issues by working hands on with both of my dogs and taught me how some things I was doing could create confusion with my dog in terms of leadership. We took my dogs out on a walk and he gave me great tips and pointers to help me with walking them and keeping them under control. Lastly he taught me how to introduce new dogs to mine and to learn how to catch & correct bad behavior before it happens. He brought 3 of his own dogs out and led me in the exercises to introduce our packs. (And we were outside in the snow doing this for over an hour and a half!) He did not skimp on the exercises and gave very detailed answers/info in his teachings. Even in the inclement weather, Brian spent a total of 3 hours with me for our initial consultation. I was very grateful for the extra time and his dedication to helping us. I HIGHLY recommend his business and am so glad we found him. I feel so empowered now and confident with my newfound knowledge and tools -which will help me be a better pack leader.
Unfortunately the other company we tried first (I won’t mention their name here), was not as thorough or knowledgeable and to me was a complete waste of money ($$$). I received a brief assessment “report” with some suggestions to try, such as calming pheromone collars, and to not feed them together (which actually isn’t an issue). I was left with xeroxed copies of common dog behavior and that was it. The whole thing was *maybe* an hour and the worst service I’ve ever paid for. Neither my dogs or I got any actual assistance from this meeting, which led me to find a more hands on and through behaviorist that could demonstrate their claim of helping pet owners actually resolve bad behavior issues.
The worst part I think of the unnamed company who again was definitely NOT helpful to me, was that she told me my dog’s bad behavior (aggression towards dogs) was most likely genetic and just her personality, and that she would probably be a dog who could not be around other dogs!!!! How disheartening and utterly WRONG! Her claims were proven false by Good Dog Workshop when my pup not only met 3 new dogs, but went on walks with them side by side with no issues!

Do yourself a favor if you are having dog behavioral issues —  contact Good Dog Workshop. His dedication and professionalism are top notch.
      —Carnie M., Google review 2018

 

Brian helped us learn how to get a better handle on our adopted dog's reactivity. Our time working with him was super helpful, and he is way more affordable than any other trainers I had looked into. Highly recommend!

      —Jennifer P., Fairfax VA, Yelp review, November 29, 2018

We have used Brian's service when we adopted a shelter puppy who has separation anxiety. Despite being in Warrenton, Brian drove to Fairfax to help us. He is super observant picking up on things that we didn't see as a problem but realizing it months later - my dog's possessiveness of his bones and food. Brian definitely helped with the separation anxiety and even a year later when the dog relapsed to his anxiety, Brian took the time to give me a call and provided his advice on the situation. We definitely recommend him!
    —Ace B., Fairfax VA, August 22, 2018

We just adopted a rescue who was most likely abandoned at some point, so she has a lot separation anxiety. Brian did a great job reading not just the dog but also our behavior with the dog and helped us identify small things we do that reinforces her anxiety (ex make a big fuss of leaving or returning home). He was very knowledgeable and empathetic. His philosophy is that a calm submissive and respectful dog makes a happy dog and a happy environment.  We picked up a few tips and behaviors we need to model to calm her anxiety and reinforce a stable environment.  He also brought three of his dogs over to evaluate how our dog responds when being introduced to other dogs. That was very helpful as we want our dog to be socialized and get along very well with other dogs. Overall I would definitely recommend him and would use him again.
    —Alex F., Leesburg VA, May 20, 2018

We worked with Brian Kerchner, owner of Good Dog Workshop, for some additional training with our cattle dog who was becoming less and less well behaved in our home and community - excessive barking, barking at other dogs, lunging on the lease, etc. Brian exceeded our expectations and we saw immediate improvement in some of the unwanted behaviors. Before coming to our home for a two-hour session, Brian spent about 30 to 45 minutes on the phone gathering background information, listening to our problems, etc. and then followed up with another phone call about a week after our session. Both my husband and I were well aware our dog's behaviors started with us and Brian gave us each helpful and very different feedback (but, we both needed to be strong pack leaders). Brian explained that our dog's behavior was due to his uncertainty about his place in the pack and, in absence of strong leaders, was filling in what he thought were the appropriate gaps. Brian showed us how to react and correct unwanted behaviors both inside and while out walking. We also had the opportunity to interact with Brian's three dogs - working on in house greetings, as well as how to handle and introduce dogs while out on a walk. Brian felt that our dog picked up everything fairly quickly and that we wouldn't need another session; however, he noted he was always available for questions and followed up several times since. I cannot say enough good things about Brian and his approach. He clearly understands dogs and our dog's reaction to him was almost immediate. Having gone through several obedience classes (our obedience trainer actually recommended Brian), I really wish we would have learned then what Brian taught us here.

    —Lauren T., Ashburn VA, April 16, 2018

My husband and I are so pleased with the help we received Good Dog Workshop! I was pointed in his direction by a friend who volunteers at the shelter we adopted our dog Baloo from. She said Brian is the best, and I couldn't agree more!
After the initial phone consultation, we were surprised to hear that we likely would only need one session of training, considering we believed Baloo's reactivity/"aggression" issues to be more severe than a single afternoon could solve. However, by the end of our nearly 3-hr long session with Brian, we felt very confident that we had all the tools we needed to continue Baloo's training on our own.
Brian explained to us that Baloo is not actually aggressive, but merely confused about his place in the household and in need of structure. He emphasized that we needed to exercise Baloo more and be strong leaders for him. My husband and I learned so much from Brian's practical advice, demonstrations, and thorough answers to our many questions. He even brought along his own dogs to help us implement the techniques we had learned! This was a big plus in our eyes.
Brian was extremely responsive and professional from the very beginning. He even called a few days later to check in and see how we're all doing. Our relationship with our Baloo is improving slowly but surely, and we've even had successful introductions to new people and dogs! We are extremely happy with Good Dog Workshop and would not hesitate to recommend this training service to others.
    —Rebekah H., Ashburn VA, January 19, 2018

My husband and I are so pleased with the help we received Good Dog Workshop! I was pointed in his direction by a friend who volunteers at the shelter we adopted our dog Baloo from. She said Brian is the best, and I couldn't agree more!
After the initial phone consultation, we were surprised to hear that we likely would only need one session of training, considering we believed Baloo's reactivity/"aggression" issues to be more severe than a single afternoon could solve. However, by the end of our nearly 3-hr long session with Brian (in our own home and neighborhood!), we felt very confident that we had all the tools we needed to continue Baloo's training on our own.
Brian explained to us that Baloo is not actually aggressive, but merely confused about his place in the household and in need of structure. He emphasized that we needed to exercise Baloo more and be strong leaders for him. My husband and I learned so much from Brian's practical advice, demonstrations, and thorough answers to our many questions. He even brought along his own dogs to help us implement the techniques we had learned! This was a big plus in our eyes.
Brian was extremely responsive and professional from the very beginning. He even called a few days later to check in and see how we're all doing. Our relationship with our Baloo is improving slowly but surely, and we've even had successful introductions to new people and dogs! We are extremely happy with Good Dog Workshop and would not hesitate to recommend this training service to others.
      —Rebekah E., Google review 2018

There is not enough praise that I can give for Brian! I read every review on Angieslist, Yelp and various internet sites.  BELIEVE the reviews....Brian knows what he is doing! I believe one of the Angieslist review stated that their Vet recommended Good Dog Workshop!!
So, we decided to take our lovely and high-energy 1 year old Goldendoodle (Bella) to the Good Dog Workshop training.  Brian offers training both in the owner's home and at his facility; we opted to take a lovely ride to Warrenton because one area of focus was to minimize Bella's anxiety with car rides. We also wanted Brian to train Bella (and the owners) on how walk properly utilizing a leash because Bella leads and pulls the leash. Also, we wanted Bell to learn how to socialize better because she wants to play with every dog and jump and kiss every human she sees!!
Immediately upon arrival, Brian met us at the car to start his introduction to Bella prior to her jumping out of the vehicle. I don't understand it, maybe he is a dog whisperer, but he was able to calm Bella. Over the next two hours, Brian, made us clearly understand that we (the humans) were NOT doing our part by being the pack leader. IT WAS A HARD ADJUSTMENT for me especially during the first 20 - 30 minutes.  So, do yourself a favor and just listen to what Brian tells you to do!
I really could not be more pleased. We learned so much in the training, starting with the leash itself. We were using the WRONG type of leash for initial training. We ended up purchasing one of Brian's "slip not" leash. Bella responded to it immediately. While Bella is not quite over her car anxiety,we made great progress and we have the teaching tools to get her to anxiety free!  As a matter of fact, on the car ride home she was not as anxious and appeared to be a bit more relaxed (not completely relaxed but much improved.)  She walks so much better on a leash and off leash she was near Brian and I during the walk. When Bella strayed slightly, we did a command and she focused on us and she came!  
Simply an AMAZING day!!
We now have to continue to train but I feel so confident that we can do this because of Brian!
Also, he recommended that we stop by Carousel Ice Cream to get both the humans and the pup a cup of ice cream! Note:  the pup cup was free!! WHAT A GREAT DAY!! Thank you so much Brian!
For the reader: You should definitely use Good Dog Workshop training!
      —Teresa B. Manassas VA, June 25, 2016

​​“The phone consultation, evaluation and training session all went exceptionally well. I sent Brian and email on Sunday. He called first thing Monday morning and we chatted for 40 minutes, so that he could better understand the challenges with my dog. I drove down to his 18 acre training facility Warrenton. He greeted upon arrival and didn't waste any time.  He connected with us and our dog immediately. He observed and then provided feedback on areas for improvement. In our case, he taught us how to establish ourselves as the pack leader by not allowing our dog to do whatever he pleased, even with something as simple as jumping out of the car as soon as the door opened. He introduced his family of dogs (different sizes  and temperament) one at a time to teach our dog proper dog etiquette when meeting other dogs. Brian demonstrates everything he explains. At the end of the training session, he provided us with a packet with additional information on training. The training session was educational, hands on, interactive, fun, and jammed packed with valuable information. After a week of following Brian’s instructions and techniques, for the first time in many months, I was able to take my dog out for a nice, pleasant long walk. Shopping at a pet store is also much more enjoyable. The transformation has been remarkable. I am very pleased with the results and highly recommend Good Dog Workshop to anyone who doesn’t want to wait until their dog is elderly before they can enjoy time with them.”
      —Sabrina T., Ashburn VA, April 20, 2015 (Angie’s List review)

“Brian came to our house and evaluated our two dogs. He taught us what we needed to do to help us help them become more balanced and calm. After an initial phone consultation Brian came out to our house a few days later on a snowy day to work with us and our two dogs. Our little terrier had started biting visitors to our house and our lab mix was barking and lunging like crazy when he saw other dogs. Brian observed our terrier in action and advised us that she was actually fearful but making bad decisions (biting) when she didn't know what to do and wasn't getting the leadership she needed. Brian showed us how to make corrections and provide the leadership she needs to be more stable, outlining the importance of exercise to drain the dogs' energy and how to set boundaries. Brian worked with our lab mix outside, using his calm dog to observe how our dog reacted to another dog. Turns out, our dog is just sooo excited to see another dog and frustrated that he can't that he goes crazy. Our dog eventually calmed down enough to walk with and meet the other dog and he did great. With both dogs, we still have a lot of work to do and there have been setbacks but after almost two weeks I see overall progress. Brian followed-up his visit with an extensive email summarizing what we need to do with the dogs and why, as well as phone call a week afterward to see how we were doing. He took half an hour to chat with me to answer questions and provide suggestions, for no charge. I really appreciated his professionalism and responsiveness.”
      —Tracey H., Vienna VA, March 5, 2015 (Angie’s List review)

“Brian helped me learn how to properly walk my dog on a leash and how to be a strong pack leader. Brian basically broke down in detail how & why dogs behave in certain ways. He is the reason why I kept my dog. Brian is the reason why I have a great relationship with my dog.”
      —Sergio P., Merrifield VA, February 1, 2015 (Angie’s List review)

“Brian was great. He came out to the house and worked with our two pups. We trained for 2 hours on everything from jumping up to walking on the leash. Brian was patient and explained things clearly. I liked his approach and how he explained dog mentality. He even had collars and leads that I could buy so I didn't have to go to the store.”
      —Koren B., Ashburn VA, January 31, 2015 (Angie’s List review)

“Great. Came in and immediately went to work. Brought peace to our home. Great work & fair price. Would have paid double for the results.
      —Fred B., Warrenton VA, January 9, 2015 (Angie’s List review)

“Thanks again to Brian. He came to my house today with Red and Rosie and worked with Nala, my 3 ? month old Cane Corso. This was our second time working with Brian and once again he was a great teacher to myself and my family.”
      —Sergio P., Merrifield VA, December 11, 2014 (Facebook post)
 
“Brian and Josh have worked with KC since he was 10 weeks old. They are amazing trainers, I always receive compliments how well behaved KC is. If you follow the training/advise that Good Dog Workshop LLC provides, I promise you will have great results. I will NEVER use another trainer!!! Thanks again for everything!”
      —Nancy C., Haymarket VA, December 11, 2014 (Facebook post)

“We recently brought ourselves and our two year old Akita to Brian at Good Dog Workshop. To preface, my fiance and I are serious dog owners which means we are serious about training and being in tune with our dog. First, let's talk about Brian. He is an outstanding individual that is able connect well with a multitude of personalities. He is extremely knowledgeable and more importantly, honest about the extent of his knowledge and experience. Most impressive, is how he tailors his communication so we could understand and actually apply his theories. Brian is a true professional. This is the fourth trainer we have seen in the past year and half (we rescued her at 8 months old). The difference between Good Dog Workshop and other trainers is that they don't try to mask the dog's symptoms with treats, they dissect EVERY aspect of the dog's behavior to cure the root problem. Honestly, I thought we were at a dog shrink and our pup was laying on a couch telling Doctor Brian about her dreams and childhood while reaching her paw back to grab another tissue. But really, their approach to training is much more holistic. Certain bad behaviors are typically just a byproduct of an underlying problem. Once we identified the root issue, Brian didn't just tell us how to strengthen our shortcomings, he showed us new techniques and proved to us they work. Post training - After our visit with Good Dog Workshop, Brian typed up detailed notes, reminders and instructions. I am full of questions and ideas, and [Brian] never left a call or email unanswered. It truly is amazing when you can be in tune with your dog and the pack mentality. In a sense, it is primal and almost basic. However, it takes practice, consistency and patience to fully know your dog.”
      —Scott C., Sterling VA, December 7, 2014

“We brought both of our dogs (female German Shepherd and male English Foxhound) to the Good Dog Workshop in Warrenton. We are very pleased with the result. Both dogs are rescues and both have some issues. The German Shepherd is very high strung, barks at visitors to our home, and barks at other dogs during walks. The foxhound is good-natured but pulls on the leash during walks. We spent about two hours with Brian and his dogs,  and the results were excellent. Both dogs are doing better already and by the end of our visit, our difficult German Shepherd was happily running and playing off leash with the other dogs. We know now that she can do well with dogs other than our foxhound and we are using other advice to control some of the other problem behaviors.”
      —William R., Alexandria VA, November 11, 2014 (Angie’s List review)

“The two hour session exceeded my expectation. From our first introductory phone conversation to the session itself, Brian, the Owner, gave me guidance and reassurance on my interaction with the pack. I learned how to take control, lead, herd and correct, all with the understanding that it's not what you say, but the confidence you exude that will encourage better behavior. There's so much to learn about man's best friend and a session with Good Dog Workshop will help you become a better dog parent. Good Dog Workshop is owned by a passionate, well-informed and devoted dog lover. If you want a better dog, teach yourself to be a better dog parent and take a session with Good Dog Workshop.”
      —Lynn W., Haymarket VA, November 4, 2014 (Angie’s List review)
 
“Brian, the owner of Good Dog Workshop, came out to my house to meet with me, my wife and my mother-in-law, to try to help us with behavioral issues that we were having with our standard poodle puppy. All I can say is WOW! As soon as Brian entered the house and began to interact with our puppy, it was like she was a completely different dog. She was calm and submissive, and while we worked with Brian, she did not demonstrate any of the behaviors that were causing concern. Brian worked with each of us individually, and based on our personalities, showed us the best way to interact with our puppy. He also brought out [several] members of his "pack", and it was interesting to observe how my dog interacted with Brian's dogs and their different personalities. The two hours we spent with Brian completely changed our view on how to best deal with our "rambunctious" puppy. I would definitely recommend Brian's services to any one who is having problems dealing with a dog that has behavioral issues.”
      —Alfred C., Chantilly VA, October 26, 2014 (Angie’s List review)

“Brian came to our house for an evaluation. It lasted 2 hours. During that time, he assessed our dogs' personalities and our situation. He then explained the importance of exercise, what it meant to have the strong leader energy, and how to communicate that to the dogs. He also taught my wife and me a new way to correct our dachshund, who gets aggressive towards men, by introducing a different collar for him. We then went on a walk with that dog. He showed me how to correct the dog on a walk and how to introduce him to other dogs. Brian even brought two of his dogs with him on the walk. The last thing he did was bring one of his dogs into our house to see if our dogs would handle that well, and they did! It went really well! My wife and I felt a lot more confident about being the alpha in our home. We also felt a lot more hopeful that our Dachshund's behavioral issues will resolve over time now that we know a more effective way to correct him and to be his leader. Brian explained very well, providing examples of previous jobs or of his own dogs. We felt he was very easy to talk to and open up to. About a week later, Brian called to follow up with us. He made it clear that we can give him a call anytime if we have any other questions or concerns, which we will definitely do if the need arises.”
      —Adam D., Sterling VA, May 1, 2014 (Angie’s List review)

“Good morning Brian, I wanted to let you know that the session with Josh yesterday was great and even exceeded my expectations. I was amazed at the results we received in an hour and a half. Truly remarkable! From the moment he arrived we had a new relationship with our dog that seemed to be beneficial for all of us. Remy seems more relaxed than ever which in turn made his owners relaxed. Now we understand how to utilize the calm assertive energy I have read about. Josh was really great at interpreting Remy's body language and showing us what to look for when correcting him. My wife was really nervous at times but Josh really made her feel comfortable and she was able to follow through with the training scenarios. She has definitely elevated her status in our pack and seems really proud of that accomplishment. There is still work to be done, but for now I believe we have the skill set to make it happen. Thanks to you and Josh for helping us out!”
      —Mike M., Arlington VA, April 28, 2014

“Josh, Thanks again for your assistance today to help correct many of Gordi's bad behaviors. We will do our best to instill better control over her and how she interacts with each environment she is exposed to. With your guidance we noticed a vast improvement, and now it is our job to repeat it daily. Thanks again!”
      —Nathan T., Ashburn VA, February 22, 2014

“We want to thank you very much for all your help. Caroline is doing much better. She is a quick leaner and we keep working at it every day. Take care”
      —Sherry S., Ashburn VA, February 18, 2014

“Hi Brian. Thank you so much for coming here to help us. You were absolutely amazing the way you got results immediately. It does show there's more dynamics going on than just the GSD. I will keep you posted and just want you to know that you have given me so much hope. Thanks again.”
      —Sally S., Clifton VA, November 19, 2013

“Brian showed me how to work with and understand my min-pin/terrier puppies. He is thoroughly trained, professional and keenly in tune with dog and people behavior. Words cannot accurately relay the incredible experience I had, the mountains of information given, hands on practice, and invaluable insight to my behavior as it affects my dogs. Brian is patient, communicates clearly what he is teaching and allowed me to practice the techniques on the spot. He has a his own teaching pack that is invaluable in the process of assessing my dog's reactions to different situations. The "classroom" is his spacious farm with plenty of land, horses and just enough distraction to enhance the training while not putting the dogs in danger of being hit by cars. Once the training was done, Brian sent me a detailed email reiterating the training lessons, tips specific to my dog's quirks, and "homework" to build on the experience. He encourages continued  communication to keep the success going. PLEASE take advantage of Brian's skill and give your dog(s) a chance to have a wonderful, secure, safe life with its "pack"- you and your family. I was blown away by the experience and will definitely go back to Brian when I my dogs and I are ready to go to the next level of training.”
      —Diane S., Herndon VA, November 8, 2013 (Angie’s List review)

“Brian didn't skip a beat to start our session and get to know us and our dogs. After listening to us and watching our dogs, he began to introduce our dogs to his pack. His dogs each had their own unique personality, but were all so well behaved that it put our dogs at ease. We worked through different scenarios that our dogs have trouble with (e.g., meeting new dogs on a walk) and each time I was surprised at how responsive they were to Brian's instruction. He quickly was able to identify some issues that we needed to work on and there were things that neither my husband nor I would have ever thought about. Brian gave us great, practical things to work on with our dogs and gave us reassurance that with some adjustments, we can have the pack we want. I think it was well worth the time and money. I really do believe we'll be able to make the needed adjustments to see our dogs become more relaxed and trusting of us as their pack leaders. It's amazing how much of our own behavior dogs pick up on and we don't even realize! My husband and I really learned a lot and saw changes in our dogs even during the first visit. Our lab even fell in with Brian's pack! I honestly couldn't have asked for anything more during this session. Brian was friendly, professional and CLEARLY knows and loves dogs.”
      —Deirdre F., Burke VA, September 8, 2013 (Angie’s List review)

“Brian, Thank you so much for yesterday! Rob and I really learned alot and you were awesome with Jax :-) I walked him this morning and there is already such a huge difference! He was next to me the whole time and sat at every crossing without words :-) Thank you so much!”
      —Christina A., Arlington VA, August 18, 2013

“Hi, Brian! I just wanted to check in with you and give you an update on Gunnar and Heidi. We moved to Southern Pines, North Carolina. It's hard to believe, but we found a place with even less of a backyard than we had in Gainesville :). I think it has been a blessing for the dogs, though. The area here is incredibly dog friendly, and dog smart. There are plenty of people with dogs off leash, but people really seem to know how to handle their dogs and are in good control. We walk two to three times a day. We shoot for a total of walking time between 1 to 1.5 hours a day. The dogs are tired and have the chance to be exposed to much more than they were exposed to back home. Heidi is much less chewy than she used to be, and she has very few nervous accidents. Gunnar barks a LOT less and is getting better with both dogs and people. At least twice a week, people stop in their cars to tell us how well behaved our dogs are. It is so refreshing. I just wanted to give you an update and thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. You have really helped our dogs to be more comfortable, us to feel like we are better owners, and all of us to enjoy each other more deeply. You are amazing!”
      —Sarah Z., Gainesville VA, April 28, 2013

“Thank you for the follow up email. We wanted to also let you know that we have implemented much of what you taught us in our session and we have already seen a stark difference in Brody's behavior!  He has become a much calmer dog, almost overnight!  We will continue with the progress. Thanks”
      —Dany G., Herndon VA, April 18, 2013

“Brian, Thanks so much for today. You and Josh's presence made a huge difference! Thanks”
      —Melany H., Oakton VA, April 9, 2013

“Brian: Thanks for calling to check in on the dogs. As you know, my #1 goal was to enable the dogs to get along while we're all at the beach. Mission accomplished. They're running around the house and the beach having a good time -- thus, so are we. Thanks again for your help.
      —Richard M., Oakton VA, March 28, 2013

“Brian, I must say thank you so much for the instruction yesterday. It appears we not only picked a great dog, but also an excellent trainer for "our pack." We will read through your directions and do our best to follow them exactly. All in all I would like to say one more time that I feel you have really given us the tools needed for many years of joy. Thanks again”
      —Mike W., Bristow VA, March 27, 2013

“Hi Brian, Thanks for today - you handled the tense situation with the black dog perfectly. It could have been very bad and you probably saved that dog by being there.”
      —Kristen A., Fairfax County Animal Shelter, March 7, 2013

“Brian--Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your notes are so thorough!! I have been working a lot with both Gunnar and Heidi, and the change is remarkable. The house is much calmer. The barking at the window is almost completely gone. I would say once a night the dogs bark. (They used to bark EVERY time someone walked in front of the house.) I have even noticed that Gunnar approaches the window and then decides to turn around. The dogs are moving toward sitting and being calm every time I "interrupt" them. They do still begin to be anxious occasionally, but there is a marked improvement.  Both Gunnar and Heidi are adapting well to the walk. They both walk immediately next to me (separately, not together yet). Gunnar has only barked once on our walks. He barked once at a dog that I had not noticed (in the dark). I corrected him and we went about our business. I am so excited for the progress. Have a great weekend.”
      —Sarah Z., Gainesville VA, February 21, 2013

“Thank you so much for coming out to our house.  Just in the one day we saw a drastic improvement in Storm.  I took her out for another walk around 2pm and wow what a pleasant walk. The walk was the same as we did, but I added going down the street in the middle I told you about and back home-she did the hesitation thing I told you about and I just did Level 1 and she stopped hesitating.  I plan on buying a seat brace or whatever they call it so I can drive to other areas around us for a change of scenery.  I had to do Level 3-Contact after you left she was going after Stella I tried Level 1 no go I did level 2 and that is when she tried  to nip me – so Level 3 was done and Storm looked at me like no you too-because you had done it before me.  She does “Down” well now and she will give us one of her paws. The Level 1 is really working.  Mark and I both said we were so glad we did this. I cannot wait to use that leash for Stella when kids come over to stop the jumping and nipping she does. Just this morning Storm tried stealing Lucy’s bone-I stood up Storm looked at me and walked away :O)  Thank you again!!
      —Lisa R., Amissville VA, January 28, 2013

“Hi Brian, Monty is a great walker, in and around cars! The resource guarding with people is not a problem for at least 2 months. He will occasionally get something in his mouth that is not acceptable and we can take it out of his mouth without a problem.
He did well staying with a friend who has 2 dogs when we went away for a weekend. He was very vocal with my sister's dog regarding his space under the table when people snacks were out over Christmas.  This may be a weak point for Monty. Normally, they act like best friends. We don't really have another dog around regularly to work him out of it at this point and I really just want one dog for us. He has made great progress and we are very glad he is in our lives. Thanks so much, Brian and Happy New Year.
      —Joan R., Fairfax VA, January 2, 2013

“Brian, Thank you so much for a great session. Your knowledge and instruction is just what we needed to help our family get on the same page in terms of leadership for Ginger. It was reassuring to hear from you that Ginger is already making good progress. We will continue to work diligently with Ginger as a family. I am looking forward to scheduling our next session to work on socializing Ginger with other dogs. On our afternoon walk on Saturday we saw her buddy Woody and she was so happy. The two played together beautifully and when I called her to come to me she listened. It was amazing to have control of her even when she was excited. Seriously a month ago that would never have happened. I really appreciate the notes. Always nice to have a written reminder of what we should be focusing on with Ginger. Look forward to touching base soon.
     —Karen H., Arlington VA, December 17, 2012

“Thank you, Brian, for the meeting and the notes. Both are so helpful and give me hope and confidence that we will have a balanced and peaceful pack and home. Your work with Mark is really paying off. He has been a super teammate which has the effect of reducing my stress level, allowing me to be a more balanced and authentic leader. We are still having our challenges but they are less frequent, less intense, and more quickly resolved. Thank you again, Brian. You are really helping my family.”
     —Heather P., Middleburg VA, December 11, 2012

“Brian, Wow! You guys are miracle workers! I didn’t tell you when we met that, leading up to our appointment, I feared I would have to return Maddie to the rescue group, because I doubted my ability to be an effective pack leader. I had been dreading Maddie’s and my twice-daily walks because of the way she pulled me and lunged at other dogs. I now love our walks! The first time we went out after our lesson, she tried to go after a squirrel, but I corrected her, immediately and instinctively, and she fell right back in at my side. She has been trotting next to me in heel position with very little correction necessary.  On Sunday afternoon, I took her down to the nature preserve near my house – something I hadn’t dared do before. We met several dogs, who she mostly greeted in a lady-like fashion (for a dog, at least). Where before I was embarrassed by her behavior, I now see other dogs pulling or carrying on, and I’m proud of my little girl. I appreciate your comments and I will do the practice you’ve recommended. Thanks for everything.”
     —Kim M., Sterling VA, October 23, 2012

“Just wanted to send you a quick note to say how wonderful Ren was with Ares! She seemed to have also had fun with him and engage him in all sorts of activities. He was such a happy dog and we felt very comfortable knowing he was with her over the weekend! Thank you for recommending her and as you anticipated, she's a wonderful addition to your team!”
     —Ioana & Gabriel B., Middleburg VA, October 18, 2012

“Oliver has been really good. I even took him to my softball games the other night. He was AMAZING. I tied him to the bench in the dugout and he sat quietly while I was out in the field and waiting for everyone to come back in. As we all came in, he would sit or stand quietly and politely ask for attention as folks past by. He didn't get overly excited or offer to jump on anyone. He knows not to jump on me but it doesn't always translate to others - we seem to have turned the corner and he's earned the right to go back to more games with me. Everyone was impressed with how good/calm he was.”
     —Amy S., Herndon VA, October 2, 2012

“Thank you Brian for all of your help, you are an amazing trainer and we learned so much! We have been practicing the techniques and we can already see a difference with Shadow. We appreciate you sending this email to remind us on what we need to do to be consistent with the training. Shadow is a great dog and a part of our family, so we are determined to help him overcome the issues. With lots of patience we know it will soon be a pleasant experience for everyone. It was great meeting you and we look forward to hearing from you soon.”
     —Karen T., Woodbridge VA, September 25, 2012

“Thanks Brian for taking such excellent care of Brody!”
     —Christine L., Reston VA, September 1, 2012

“Brian, We were very happy to have you talk to the staff regarding dog behavior. It's refreshing to see them trying your techniques on various dogs in the clinic. They are quite pleased with themselves when they are successful :) Everyone commented on the usefulness of the meeting. Thanks again!!”
     —DeAnna M., Sterling VA, July 31, 2012

“Hi Brian, Today I even noticed Ares walking behind me during our off-leash jog, which he's never done before…he [was] always at least a head ahead if not a few feet. I've also kept him sitting and waiting in several situations I know he's eager to go (i.e., at the door, entering the paddock and even for the horses to sniff him). I also have him wait while I get up and get things so he doesn't follow me as intensely.  Good practice for him! :)  Thank you”
     —Ioana B., Middleburg VA, July 31, 2012

“Hi Brian, Thank you for all the information. It was a pleasure meeting you and your pack yesterday. Thank you for taking so much time to assess Ares and explain things to me. I can already see a difference in many of Ares' behaviors just based on the things you highlighted yesterday. Gabriel was eager to try them out just as you predicted :-)?  Thank you again for everything!”
     —Ioana B., Middleburg VA, July 28, 2012

-----Original Message-----
To: Homeward Trails Foster Parents
Subject: AWESOME trainer!
“Hey everyone!
     My dog Champ and I were attacked by another dog and he just wasn't the same afterwards. I reached out to Cindy to see if she knew anyone who worked with HT and could help me work through my "dog issues". Well let me tell you. Cindy recommended Brian and his company "Good Dog Workshop" and I have been AMAZED. In just two sessions I have seen incredible changes in both of my dogs and in myself. His training philosophies are simple to understand and easy to implement. Who knew that some very simple strategies would make such a HUGE difference?
     I wanted to thank Brian for everything he's done to help me become a better dog owner AND foster, so the best thing I could think of was to get him referrals. If you know of anyone, or you are looking to become the best dog owner you can, please consider using the Good Dog Workshop! I truly cannot explain how easy it has been, how helpful Brian is, and how empowered I feel. All his information is below and he comes HIGHLY recommended!”
     —Adele B., Silver Spring MD, July 23, 2012

“Update on sweet Gracie: I took her to Brian Kerchner today, of "Good Dog Workshop". Brian graciously gave of his time and expertise to analyze her behavior and mannerisms so that we may better understand her unique circumstances and communicate effectively with her considering she is both blind and (mostly) deaf. Brian is by far, one of the most competent and knowledgeable dog behaviorists and trainers in his field. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his guidance, sensitivity and care. If anyone is looking for a trainer or behaviorist, I cannot say enough good things about him and his team.”
     —Joy J., Linden VA, July 14, 2012

“Hi Brian, Things are going great with Red. We are out on longer walks again and I'm much more confident when we encounter another dog. I do want another session if possible so that you could show my daughter and son the techniques. Let me know if you have any evening or Sunday times available in the next couple weeks. Thanks again for the help.”
     —Mary T., Purcellville VA, June 29, 2012

“Hi, Brian! I just left you a voice mail, so I figured I would follow up with an email. Carlos was wonderful. He showed me some very simple, yet important, things that I can do with Bella to help her understand that I'm the leader and she doesn't need to be on the offensive all the time. We have been taking everything Carlos taught us, and putting it to good use. I have already seen big improvements, which i'm sure other people wouldn't notice. I've also figured out I can adjust certain training to fit in with something that makes a bigger impact on her. Thank you again. Hope all is well with you and Good Dog Workshop!”
     —Melanie A., Ashburn VA, June 14, 2012

"Good Morning,
I wanted to thank you again for taking such good care of Rio. By all accounts he looked very relaxed at your house and enjoyed his stay. It has been a long search to find a place where we could leave Rio and feel good about it and I am happy to recommend your services."
     —Bonnie N., Haymarket VA, June 6, 2012

“Brian was amazingly informative, took wonderful care of my dogs and helped me learn to be a better dog owner with a better relationship with my dogs, all for the cost of an overnight stay for the weekend. Amazing.”
     —Amber M., Fairfax VA, June 3, 2012

“Good Dog Workshop assisted with training and socializing my dog with other people (the trainer) and other dogs; they also taught my family members and me how to better work with my dog. The training went so well that a few weeks later someone said that they had to tell me what a good dog I have!  My dog is now better socialized, but more importantly, I am able to read his body language much better, control him better, and know how to better introduce other people and dogs to him.”
     —Emily L., Springfield VA, April 4, 2012

“Thanks for all your help! Trixie is doing great and has 100% adjusted to the new baby with no problems."
     —Patrick S., Quantico VA, April 3, 2012

"Dear Brian, I can't thank you enough for your time and expertise. I feel like something magical has happened at home. The house is peaceful and calm. The transformation in Bella is unbelievable. She hasn't mouthed me once since you've been there. She sits and looks at me with respectful expectancy, like she's waiting patiently waiting for me to tell her what to do, instead of her taking charge. And she spent the night in our room, uncrated. She did great! Thank you again. You've made our pack a joy to be with."
     —Lori E., Warrenton VA, April 2, 2012

"Great, Great, Great! My dogs immediately responded to Brian. He was very knowledgeable and was able to help me understand my dogs! He also brought to my attention the things I need to work on in order for my dogs to portray more positive behaviors. Everything clicked for me when Brian told me my dogs are a mirror of myself. I am now able to walk my two dogs and push the baby in the stroller without chaos. Thanks, Brian, for making our lives better!!!"
     —Lauren L., Culpeper VA, January 18, 2012

"Hey Brian, I cannot THANK YOU ENOUGH for your patience, your diligence, your eagerness to teach and prepare all of us to do what is best not only for our dogs but for us! My only regret is that I didn't get into this a year ago when I first adopted Peanut (when her only issue seemed to be wetting the carpet, which she still does on occasion). But don't worry, I won't live in the past. Not to give you an inflated ego or anything but "all I ever needed to know about life" I quickly learned from two very competent, patient, perceptive dog trainers today!!! Who would have THUNK it??? Peanut is mentally spent [after today's training]....not only am I "feelin' the love" from her now but I'm seeing some real genuine respect as well. The latter is indeed most important in any relationship. I'm looking forward to the work I have ahead of me and trust Peanut is in the best of care through it all. Thank so much for spending the extra time with Peanut and for enriching the lives of so many beloved dogs!!! You rock!"
      —Becky B., Reston VA, January 15, 2012

 “Thanks for all the help! We really enjoyed working with Mike and Chester is much better behaved now. He walks much better on the leash and his separation anxiety has decreased a lot. We highly recommend Mike and GDW.”
     —Douglas B., Burke VA, November 13, 2011

“We really enjoyed working with Mike. Our puggle, Chester, is much better behaved now. He walks nicely on the leash instead of pulling and he doesn't bark and whine as much when we leave. My husband and I would recommend Good Dog Workshop to anyone!”
     —Alison B., Burke VA, October 13, 2011  
 
“Dear Brian, Our girls are doing really well. It's amazing what training us has done. We should have done this years ago. Sunday afternoon, our son and future daughter in law came for a visit. We decided to take them for a stroll down Main Street. Notice I said "stroll," which meant we walked slowly. We decided to take the dogs, knowing there was a good chance they would misbehave on our slow walk. They were a bit frustrated, but actually did very well. How well? A woman who passed us walking in the opposite direction actually commented about how well-behaved our dogs were. Really. That's amazing. I wish we would have met you both years ago!”
     —Kathy K., Warrenton VA, October 25, 2011  

 “Good Morning Brian, You are truly amazing. I feel like the Dog Whisperer is in my home when you are here. We all really were mesmerized by your calm leadership skills and little talking while totally communicating in the dog’s language.  Cool. I am very pleased to say that each of us have seen steady progress with both Riley and Andre in the short time since you visited. Both dogs are getting regular exercise and interact more peacefully with each other, feeding time with Andre is now taking 5-8 minutes versus longer as we are waiting for him to ‘give in’ to our authority and then allowing him to eat, both seem to sense our ‘energy’ and respect us more, and I am much more comfortable around Andre. All good. “
     —Lissa L., Warrenton VA, September 12, 2011

“Brian, Olive is doing great. An absolute joy around the house and much better behaved in public."
     —Sean M., Washington DC, August 12, 2011

"Brian, Thank you soo much, you really helped me see how powerful I am and built my confidence level even more. I walked our other dog as well with Bandit, and I am excited to give them the positive energy and leadership they need. I am so grateful to you, thank you."
     —Nancy L., Stafford VA, June 16, 2011

"Wow! That was the most pleasant walk ever!! People keep remarking how well Tucker is behaving. And I'm not tripping over him in the kitchen! Wahoo!"
     —Kathy T., Chantilly VA, April 25, 2011

"Hi Brian, Jocelyn called me right after their session [with Carlos] and was very excited about how much they learned. They thought their biggest problem was the dogs going through the invisible fence which Carlos fixed in about 5 min by adjusting the dogs’ collars. The session inside the house revealed the bigger problem, however. They were impressed by how Carlos calmly and firmly demonstrated the dominance issue. They really appreciated how Carlos handled the whole training session. Jocelyn was worried that they might be considered bad ‘pet parents’ but Carlos was never judgmental or condescending. They felt very comfortable with him and his techniques. They are eagerly putting his recommendations to use. THANKS FOR THIS GREAT SERVICE!"
     —Cindy F., Roanoke VA, March 14, 2011

"Hi Brian, I was so lucky to be on the receiving end of one of my clients' workshops with Carlos today. I am so excited to 'begin again' as I feel like I'm armed with the proper tools that are going to give me more confidence in handling my dogs. I will continue to recommend your company, especially after seeing first hand how helpful it can be.”
     —Kathleen B., Potomac Falls VA, March 3, 2011

"Hi Brian! I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a houseful of family and overnight guests and Daisy took it all in stride! She was amazing! Even the non-dog people commented on what a nice dog she is. She and Troy are best buds now too. He doesn't want to go anywhere without her! She fits right in. You definitely have a gift for matching the right dog with the right family! Thanks again!"
     —Janette U., Rehobeth Beach DE, November 26, 2010

"Brian, It was a pleasure meeting you today and I thoroughly enjoyed the training session. It truly was an incredible amount of information but I do believe I have retained the most important points. Fred and Lucy are both more respectful of me when I enter and leave the house and we just came back from a 40 minute walk which was pleasantly uneventful. Squirrels were jumping out of trees and a deer crossed the road in front of us: one correction to each and we continued down the road. Until your probing, it never occurred to me that [our] previous dogs were better behaved because their lives were more structured due to our living environment at the time—as Oprah would say: my first ‘Aha’ moment. I hope to have more such moments in the next few days. Thanks so much for your time and I can’t wait to have our next session."
     —Andrea S., Marshall VA September 23, 2010

"I've been meaning to tell you that whatever you think you did for Nell, she is very noticeably more interactive and happy with us and with people that come over to our house. It's awesome! She seems more alert but relaxed, like she's finally able to pay attention without being scared of it all. The other day my hair stylist came by and as we were talking by the front door, Nell crept out of the office, all stealthy-like, to come sit in front of me and lean against my shins--this put her within a foot of the other lady and she didn't shake or anything. Thank you so much for taking the extra days to work with her. Whatever you did made a very big difference. :)"
     —Danielle D., Gainesville VA, January 15, 2010

"The training session was excellent...far more was accomplished than I had anticipated. My dog responded well to the trainer's very "in charge" but understanding demeanor. I can't tell you how much we appreciate your prompt and caring manner. Wonderful service!!!
     —Kathy H., Casanova VA, July 23, 2009

"I love to save all his photos! You took great pictures again. They make me laugh when I look at them all just hanging out in the grass. LOL! Fado looks like he's high, he's so happy and his ears couldn't stand up any more! He just loves coming there and hanging out. You guys are the best!!"
     —Barbara S., Burke VA, July 11, 2009

"Brian, [It's like] we have a brand new dog in our house! I don't know what you did to him but he is FANTASTIC!"
     —Barbara S., Burke VA, April 15, 2009

"Thank you for your help today! The dogs are already better during their walks and I am working on the ‘stranger’ thing. Thank you!"
     —Nita G., Manassas VA, June 23, 2009

"Good Dog Workshop is the best for training aggressive dogs. [Brian] has been helping me with my rescue dogs that have many issues and I've received many positive responses from clients, families and volunteers that have worked with him. I recommend them to all my families that are adopting dogs with issues!"
     —Laurie C., Alexandria VA, May 27, 2009

"Scott and I were very impressed with Carlos and his ability to relate to our dogs. His response to the dogs' behavior seems instinctual with him and that is the state we are striving to get to in our relationship with Simon and Mika. Just watching the interaction between Carlos and the dogs when they needed corrections was priceless. You could sense the respect they had for him even after a struggle for control. Mika can be a handful at mealtimes and Carlos has proven to us that the control can be ours if we work at it in other aspects of her life. Eventually she will be the balanced dog that we hope for and getting these tips with Mika will make us better pack leaders for our puppy Simon. In his case, all the work will be done up front so we will avoid any future problems. This workshop should be a requirement for every dog owner. I'm passing along some of your material to K-9 Lifesavers, the rescue organization that we're involved with, and will mention your Workshop to any of the adopters that I work with. Thank you for everything."
     —Lynne S., Alexandria VA, April 18, 2009

"Good morning Brian, Thank you so much for the continuing wonderful pictures of Magic. She looks soooooo happy. Obviously she has adjusted well which speaks volumes for you and Morgan."
     —Pam W., Big Horn WY, April 17, 2009

"Carlos' work with us on Saturday was exceptional. Both dogs are much calmer and submissive. They both look less depressed and anxious. Boss is much quieter, already, when the doorbell rings. Feedings are much calmer and peaceful. We are truly grateful. Many thanks, Brian. This was just the intervention that we needed."
     —David C., Reston VA, April 13, 2009

"We were both extremely impressed with both you and Carlos. We feel as though we've finally found people that can actually help us address the issues we've been struggling with for so long now. The three other trainers we had seen didn't even come close to figuring out our boys the way that you and Carlos did within minutes, and we had multiple sessions with those trainers. We're so grateful to have found you all, and we're confident that with the tools you've shared with us and a lot of hard work, we can get the boys to a happy place so we're all at peace. Thank you (and Carlos!) for all your help--we're extremely excited by the results we see in the boys (and ourselves) and we're looking forward to continuing on this new path."
     —Katie C., Gainesville VA, March 11, 2009

"Thank you again. I greatly appreciate it. You are extremely easy to talk to, have excellent canine knowledge, stay 100% focused and have a very pleasant professional demeanor - definitely a WIN-WIN situation!"
     —Misty Y., Bethesda MD

"Hi Brian, Just wanted to thank you for sending out Carlos on Saturday to treadmill train Cheyenne. It worked! I can't believe it but he actually likes it. When we are done he walks back into the room and gets on the treadmill all by himself. It's quite cute. Thanks again."
     —Lori C., Fairfax VA, February 18, 2009

"Carlos was so helpful. My husband and I got a lot out of our session and could really see some results!"
     —Erin F., Fairfax VA, February 5, 2009

"We were very impressed with how quick Amph took to the training methods."
     —Dave M., Arlington VA, February 3, 2009

"Rescuing our shepherd was the easy part, but trying to read his behavior was a bit more difficult. GDW provided a powerful learning environment for us and our dog in a short amount of time. We acquired the leadership skills needed to free up our dog's anxiety, so that he could settle into his forever home. In this economy...Brian was money well spent!"
     —Barbara S., Burke VA, January 21, 2009

"Hilo stayed with GDW for about 7 days and we had no complaints whatsoever. Hilo came back happy and tired from all his walks and playtime! Hilo loved playing with the other dogs and really needed the behavior and socialization skills that Brian worked on. Thank you so much.”
     —Marianne K., Warrenton VA, January 18, 2009

"I think your services are great, I still can't believe what a difference I see in how Capone behaves. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I actually look forward to walking Capone now, no more pulling. I really appreciate everything you guys did for us :-)"
     —Shannon C., Gainesville VA, November 9, 2008

"Hi Brian,
      Caesar and our [son] Brian are doing VERY well together - thank you for helping us get the pack order straight in our household! It is a beautiful thing to see my 45-pound, 6-year-old son silently instruct our 85lb dog to sit, then lie down and wait before he feeds him, then signal him when it's okay to get up and eat! It's great for my son's confidence level, which in turn helps Caesar to know who is the boss, regardless of their sizes! I can honestly say that they are enjoying each other.
      Your suggestion to take him on brisk, structured walks on a shorter leash every day has worked out very well. Caesar does very well on our walks, not pulling or being unduly distracted by other dogs, etc. Since his heartworm treatment was completed in August, we have started taking him out to soccer games, where there are more distractions, but he's handling that pretty well, too.
     Interestingly enough, since we've implemented your suggestions, we no longer have the problems we had with Caesar chewing and being stressed when he's alone. We still put him in the basement to sleep, but he is very accepting, and lies right down quietly. During the day when we're at school, he's in the house with no problems.
      I've wanted to let you know that we appreciate how you helped us to interact with our dog for a healthier "pack" relationship - you really made a difference! Thank you!"
     —Joyce B., Spotsylvania VA, September 12, 2008

"Carlos was excellent because ours was not an easy case. My husband and I have been at odds about how to discipline the dogs and Carlos made it very clear to both of us that if we aren't on the same page his instruction would be for naught. It was interesting to learn that our dogs are not the problem - which I suspected but it was affirmed! They are doing much better and seem to love the treadmill. Thank you and we still may call for a booster later!"
     —Betsy C., Alexandria VA, September 25, 2008

"Your service was great, and the price even better. I will and have already highly recommended Good Dog Workshop to my friends and clients. My husband and I are very satisfied, even excited about the lessons we learned and the homework we are to apply to our dogs. I have finally learned how to get my dogs on the treadmill. We are very impressed with Carlos."
     —Carmen P., Alexandria VA, September 24, 2008

"Brian was great and we learned a lot from him. We would definitely recommend his services to others."
     —Barbara S., Marshall VA, September 23, 2008

"Brian, We had a great session with Carlos yesterday. We've been using the techniques already last night and this morning with success. And most importantly he showed us how to be confident and assertive so that we can be good leaders."
     —Kira O., Ashburn VA, August 24, 2008

"You were so accommodating and helpful. You went over and above the call of duty seeing to Turk's needs. I appreciate your patience with Frannie, recognizing that she needed more one-on-one attention early on, so that she could play comfortably and safely with the other dogs as time went on-- that's just the kind of supervised socialization she needed. I would feel completely at ease leaving them with you again, though I'm a little afraid they might not want to leave!"
     —Libby S., Washington DC, August 22, 2008

"Hi Brian, I can't begin to tell you how pleased we are with your services. We were amazed at the instant results!!!! Carlos is such a cool guy, he helped with all our dogs, not just the one we thought had a problem. He gave us lots of advice, worked on us humans too, I was terrified to go on a walk with 200lbs worth of nutty german shepherds. The following day we went on a walk and for the first time in many months, I actually enjoyed it!!!! As the days pass it only gets better, now we look forward to walk, we do it twice a day even. Thanks a million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
     —Alejandra D., Gaithersburg MD, August 20, 2008

"Hi all at Middleburg Humane, In my last e-mail regarding the great progress Bella has made, I mentioned Good Dog Workshop owned by Brian Kerchner. I highly recommend Brian for any of the foster homes that are working with all of the "Settle" dogs, as well as any of your adopters that need help on the homefront with dog (and people) issues. He will come right to your home and watch you and your dog interact. When he came here to help with Bella, we worked on walking on a leash with the other dogs, as well as fear issues, and going into her crate. Brian is reasonably priced and very generous with his time. He will stick with you until a solution is found, and his positive energy is infectious! Brian is also on the Board for Virginia German Shepherd Rescue and has a real place in his heart for rescued dogs.  I just wanted to pass on his information because his help with Bella has been invaluable to her progress and happiness in our family."
     —Debbie G., Haymarket VA, August 15, 2008

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