Testimonials

K-9 Perfection voted best of Manitowoc County 2017
Mary Jackson , with K- 9 Perfection, is just that!! K- 9 Perfection !!!

She has done so much to help us with our dog. Mary’s knowledge and ability is so evident in the success of all the dogs and owners she has helped through the years!! Our dog is not the same dog as before we started our training with her. Talk about a night and day difference.!! All because we had the privilege of using K-9 Perfection!!!

I would and I have recommended K-9 Perfection to friends that needed some help with the training of their dog! Working with Mary was certainly money well spent! She is a miracle worker…..so are her dogs!!!!

—Therese McCarty Schmitt‎

K-9 Perfection voted best of Manitowoc County 2016Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that Jax has been doing fantastic!
We are so grateful that you helped us with the needed commands to keep him in the yard, safe and sound. With our busy street, we now feel better that he will listen and come back when we call him.
The collar you suggested from Don Sullivan was a life saver!! We would definitely suggest that collar to anyone!! Thank you for showing us how to train him for walking . . . what a change!! He walks so nice alongside of us now 🙂

We are so happy and want to thank you over and over for everything!
You are fantastic!

—Dan and Patrice Fischer


I didn’t have one out-of-control dog, I had two!
My very sweet but naughty golden doodles. Rainy Day, 8 and Harvest Moon, 3 would bark uncontrollably, scramble and dive across the floor when someone came to the door. They would not walk on a leash or come when called. I couldn’t imagine them sitting and staying. I did the in- home training with Mary and now they do it all. I actually feel in control of my home and it’s a peaceful place again. Mary works wonders!

—Wendy Beffel

K9 Perfection was voted BEST of Manitowoc County in 2014 - Pet Obedience Training

I just wanted to thank you and note how much I appreciate your training efforts and what they have taught Nikki. Bringing her to your facility for training and socialization just 2 months after her birth was a great decision. Nikki took a liking to your warm and friendly training techniques and she has made weekly improvements.

Nikki has responded very well and I would recommend your knowledge and skills in training to anyone.

Nikki will continue to be a part of your program, as well as myself.

—Greg


When I brought Kango to K9 Perfection, I had no idea why he behaved the way he did. But, thanks to Mary, I found out that he was just scared of other dogs.
Through her guidance and lots of repetition, he has come full circle. He now goes to the dog park in Two Rivers and plays with other dogs with no problem. He will now go up to other dogs to say “Hello.” The best thing for me is the fact that he won’t bark at other dogs while I’m in the car driving. Granted, he has some obedience issues yet, but he is still a puppy. I’m glad I can still call Mary if I have any questions for her.

I’m sure going to miss Thursday’s classes with the training dogs, too. Maddie, the treat beggar, Ellie, the attention getter, Phoebe, the trickster, Zoey, the sort of shy one, and Katie, the scared one. I hope I can visit with Kango from time to time. I would recommend K9 Perfection to anyone that wants some dog training.

—Scott Walotkiewicz

We are retired and decided to get ourselves a companion. We picked up CJ in May of 2012. She was an 8 week old miniature goldendoodle. Later that summer we heard of Mary and K9 Perfection and enrolled CJ. She went through and passed beginning obedience. Later in 2012 we enrolled her in advanced obedience. With the guidance of Mary, she aced the class. This year, 2013, we asked about the Canine Good Citizen class. Mary agreed to work with us along with the advanced class. We had high hopes for CJ (and ourselves) and with Mary’s patience and encouragement, along with lots of practice, we all passed!! My husband and I both have to thank Mary for helping us train our dog CJ to become, as we call her, the best dog in the world!
Thank You Mary, it is so rewarding to have an obedient, loving dog. We are blessed!!

—Chuck and Joanne Hynek

Our rescue dog, Senny, was afraid of everything (noises, dogs, people, etc.), had never been leash trained, and couldn’t interact with other dogs. She was a great family dog so we weren’t about to give up on her! With Mary’s training we were able to see a whole new side to our dog emerge. Senny now makes “friends” easily, listens readily, and is the best dog we could ever ask for. Thank you K-9 Perfection!

—Amity Hoenisch

Our dog Ellie has responded so well to training with Mary. Ellie had a good grasp of basic obedience because of her classes with K-9 Perfection, but she needed a little work on her manners (reacting to strangers, jumping on people, over-enthusiastic play). Mary worked patiently with Ellie and us, teaching us how to handle her and encourage good behavior. Even after one session we noticed changes in Ellie’s demeanor. After six weeks, she is well on her way to becoming a polite pup! She will now approach strangers nicely on walks, sit and wait for her Frisbee, and enthusiastically greet familiar people without jumping. Almost daily we compliments on how well-behaved Ellie is. We can honestly say that this would not have happened if we had not gone to Mary. The change in our dog has been fantastic, and we have Mary to thank for that!

—Justin Meyer & Erin Otte-Meyer

If you are looking for someone who can not only train your dog in obedience, but also fix behavior problems, then you are looking in the right place. I use to watch “It’s me or the dog” on Animal Planet and wished there was someone around here that could fix my problems.  I have 2 Chihuahuas’ and all they did was bark at everything they saw. I tried everything to shut them up and nothing worked. I also wanted to be able to walk them together. They can be very aggressive when they are together.

I found Mary through my Veterinary’s Office. I called Mary and had her come for a consultation and the 2 dogs barked at her for 15 minutes straight. Mary’s ears were ringing by that time. In 15-20 minutes she had them listening to me when I told them quiet. I signed up for private lessons on the spot. Before she left, both of the dogs were her buddies. Peanut was even sitting on her lap.
I just finished taking them to obedience training and plan on taking them again only separate this time to socialize them more with other dogs and people. They met Mary’s dogs and got along with them great.

I call Mary my miracle worker. I was at my wits end and didn’t know what to do any more. I felt like the people on the show “It’s Me or the Dog”. Now I have two sweet dogs. I can’t thank Mary enough.

—Lois Lackershire,
Peanut and Casper

K9 Perfection was voted BEST of Manitowoc County in 2014 - Pet Obedience Training

Thank you so much for all your help with Milo and Lucky!  You are so kind and gentle with the dogs, yet you have a way of also commanding respect from them. You helped us to understand how to control Lucky’s aggression, which was a power thing when he was on the bed or the couch. Thank you!! It was a treat for all of us to spend time learning the proper way to train Milo. He is still such a crazy puppy but we have a better understanding of how to work with him. And thank you for all you help on potty training him…it worked!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

—Jackie Brennan

K-9 Perfection has been a wonderful experience for our collie, Murphy, and also our family. Classes are smaller which enable Mary, the instructor, to give more one-on-one instruction. She understands how each person/animal’s needs can be so personal and different. Mary has helped us to change Murphy’s bad behaviors for more acceptable ones with her training techniques, patience, persistence and positive reinforcement. Murphy has changed from a barking, jumping, chasing, just crazy puppy to a more calm grown-up puppy. Murphy absolutely loves Mary and her dogs and looks forward to “play time” at the end of each lesson. If you ever see Mary walking her four dogs together you can clearly understand that she is a truly gifted dog trainer.

—Brenda and Jeff McLaughlin

I highly recommend Mary’s as animal behaviorist trainer. Mary provided obedience training to our adult dog Houdini. Reinforcing you are never to old to learn. Our Izabella was a food aggressive and social fear aggressive puppy. Mary’s expertize gave us hope when other dog savvy people had none. Izabella is on her way to being a healthy and happy adult dog because of Mary’s ability to not only obedience train but provide individualized instructions for the dog and owners. Mary’s gentle but firm approach provided us with a solution for having a healthy pack.

—Monica Strong and Michael Kronschnabel

Mary’s patience and professional skills helped our dog become the greatest companion we could ever ask for! Her approaches toward obedience were gentle, and exactly what we would expect and needed when trying to train Bella. We like to call Mary “The Dog Whisperer” because she has a special ability when it comes to dogs and will do whatever it takes to help you feel comfortable and confident with training obedience. Again we couldn’t be happier with the results of having Bella in her class!”

—Val and Bill Durocher

We were so impressed by Mary and K9 Perfection. She not only trained our puppies – Blitz and Scruffy – but she helped to train our entire family about how best to work with and take care of them. Mary is so patient, kind and thoughtful and we really
appreciate her dedication. THANKS for everything!

—Kathy Jacoby

Mary was our life-saver! When I called Mary I was at the end of my rope. We had gotten a sweet little puppy in November who had turned into what I thought was a lost cause. I wasn’t sure where to turn. It was now February and we were trying to attend puppy classes at a local training facility. It was not working. Sparky had become fear aggressive and barked and growled at everyone and everything. At home he was good. However out in public he literally frightened people and other dogs. I left class one night in tears.

The next day I frantically searched the internet for behavior trainers. Along came Mary. I saw her site and dialed the number. From the moment she picked up the phone I sensed her calm and caring presence. I explained what Sparky’s behavior problems were and she assured me she could help. It was not maybe, or we’ll see what we can do, it was we can turn this around if you are willing to do the work. She was our angel. She came that week to do a consult and meet our family and from the moment she stepped in the door I knew it would be ok. She had an instant connection with Sparky and he sensed her calm yet assertive demeanor. We began private classes and it wasn’t long before Sparky was able to puppy play with Mary’s dogs and soon began a puppy class with many other dogs. There aren’t words to express how thankful we are for all her help and encouragement through this process. We are now able to use the tools and techniques that we learned to help Sparky to be the best dog he can be!

—Heidi Simonar

What a difference in our dog Boomer. We have been working with Mary to help Boomer overcome his tendency to snap at other dogs who get too close to him. After a few weeks of class, Boomer is relaxed enough to sit quietly beside other dogs.

Mary showed me how to handle Boomer so he would respond to to her dogs in a friendly manner. She had lots of suggestions to help both of us be successful, as I was worried about Boomer meeting other dogs. Her calm demeanor was an asset when working with both of us. She helped build confidence in Boomer and me to ensure success.

I also brought our other dog, Rocky, to Mary’s beginning obedience class to help build his confidence and sharpen his skills. He received plenty of individualized instruction based on his needs. Mary had varied the activities to keep the dogs interested and motivated.

Thanks Mary, for all you have done to help our dogs become happier and better trained pets. I highly recommend you to others who are looking to strengthen the bond they have with their dogs through positive training.

—Mary Larson, Boomer and Rocky

K-9 Perfection has done wonders for my dogs. Blossom and Roscoe both attended Mary’s class, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that both of them learned many new things. Mary is very patient and her coaching techniques are easy to follow. I liked the fact that we were in a class environment, so the dogs got to socialize with others, but the classes were not too big. Mary was able to give individual attention to everyone in the group. I would definitely recommend her class to anyone who is considering getting classes for their dog or puppy.

—Eddie Longoria

We have had our puppies for six weeks now and the training with Mary is going very well! Siku and Nanuq have learned the basics and have graduated from Puppy Kindergarten. We all look forward to continuing their weekly training as there is no such thing as an over-trained dog. As a result of this training, we feel we are becoming better pet owners. You are a wonderful trainer!  Thank you!

—The Katz Family

Thank you Mary! Finally we have more control over our dogs Maya and Missy. It feels good knowing that they won’t endanger themselves and others. They seem much calmer and friendlier as well.

—Jan and Christine Ettrich

Mary is a joy to work with and I would highly recommend her as a competent dog trainer. Sarah is a very social and loving golden-doodle. She has been in training with Mary along with her sister Star. Mary has a very calm, gentle, yet firm demeanor which was good for Sarah and me. Sarah picked up the basic commands quickly and was eager to go to Mary’s training facility when we got out of the car. Mary uses positive reinforcement and patiently works with each puppy until the command is understood, then mastered. Mary is very knowledgeable and organized. I appreciate her flexibility. I was not able to attend a class because I had a golden-doodle giving birth to a litter of puppies. She rescheduled at my convenience. The puppies are ready for adoption and I recommended Mary to all the puppies that are being adopted locally.

—Karen Morrow

We will always be so very grateful to Mary for all she did with Chauncy to make him a happy dog once again. He was having behavior problems and even though I had taken him to beginner classes, he didn’t get the one on one training and love Mary gave him. She also worked with us to show us what we were doing wrong and how to correct it. Chauncy loved her and looked forward to her visits – tail wagging. I would highly recommend (and have) to everyone, Mary and her loving methods of dog training.

Thanks again for all you help,

—Judy & Chris Eiles

Mary Kalista-Jackson at K9 Perfection is the “perfect” trainer for any dog. Her enthusiasm, love, and compassion for dogs appears in everything she does. Mary trained our puppy for three months. People simply cannot believe what a well-behaved dog we have. Thanks to Mary, we can take our pet anywhere and know she will be welcomed and never a pest. Mary knows dogs; that is evident in her prepared instructions and everyday training methods.

—Laurie

I was very happy with K-9 Perfection Dog Training. Mary made us feel very welcome and she was very flexible with scheduling. Mary worked with my 12 year old son, Sam, to show him how to handle his new yellow lab pup, Rose. We started training classes when she was 10 weeks old and she was able to not only get the the special attention and training that a pup requires, but she was able to socialize with Mary’s 3 dogs which was an extra treat for her. Rose has done well with her first class and we plan to continue a training plan. Mary has a great environment for training, professional yet relaxed and private.

I would recommend K-9 Perfection for anyone that is looking for a personalized dog training program.

—Patricia Schneider, Sam and Rose, Manitowoc WI

I chose Mary at K9 Perfection, which is an hour’s drive from my house and she is well worth the drive. My puppy Otis immediately loved her as did I. I also like the fact that she has a large out door as well as indoor training area. Mary’s 4 dogs are trained to handle puppies. The larger dogs were so gentle with Otis and he now knows how to puppy play with other dogs.

I chose private lessons and after just 6 sessions with Mary, Otis can come, sit, heal, stay, fetch and lay down at 13 weeks of age. He is well socialized and can now play with other dogs.

I am so impressed with Mary that I plan on having her help Otis become a successful Therapy Dog.

Thank you Mary,

—Linda Esposito
Appleton WI

2 Comments on “Testimonials

  1. Mary is an awesome instructor! She is so patient with all the dogs and their owners. We brought in our middle age independent dog that we just bought from the animal shelter, and she worked miracles on it! Her own dogs are show caliber trained and amazing to watch. She offers good suggestions for toys and other things also. What she teaches is priceless and easy to grasp. Thank you Mary! We appreciate you and your efforts enormously!

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