After getting a Doberman puppy, we realized that the puppy classes at Petsmart were not going to be enough to help with changing some of her behaviors. Our daily walks were horrendous with her constant pulling. Feeding times were a disaster as Greta would jump on me. We knew that as she got larger, there would be more issues. We are so happy that we found Confetti Dogs. Not only does he provide all necessary equipment, including leashes and collars, but through his app, we send weekly videos of our “homework” documenting our progress. John comes prepared with weekly lessons geared to what we want to work on. His background in education shows through on how to change behaviors of our pet. After working with us, our lives have changed to the point that I’m now walking Greta 3 miles a day. Feedings are pleasant for us. I would highly recommend John and Confetti Dogs.
We had a great experience working with John and our pup, Silvie. John’s calm approach was exactly what we needed to help us with our training of our very active pup. John provided us with practical tools and exercises that proved valuable to us in guiding our pup towards good choices and behaviors. We highly recommend John if you are looking for a trainer for your pup.
My family and I were really impressed with the program John created for us and our 5 year old shiba inu, Jasper. Previous to our few weeks with John, Jasper wouldn't allow anything to fall on the floor without playing keep away, or let anyone move through the house without nipping at their feet. John devised a very personalized and effective set of drills and homework that really, really made a difference. We used to be afraid to have our daughter's toys downstairs or invite guests over only to have them bitten on the way to the bathroom. Not anymore. We were really impressed with Jasper's progress over the sessions and are more comfortable in our home thanks to Confetti Dogs.
Mallory K. Jensen
We cannot recommend John enough. He has helped us immensely with our dog’s reactivity toward other dogs. We learn so much each session and our dog clearly loves learning from and working with John. Beyond the wonderful training, John has also taught us to have a better understanding of our dog’s behavior so we can predict when he is feeling reactive better and recorrect his behavior before he has an outburst. Highly recommend!
We highly recommend John Tomassoni and Confetti Dogs for your training needs. John recently worked with us and our two dogs to address some behavior problems. He initially met with us and the dogs to evaluate our situation and then developed a training plan tailored for each dog. John is great at communicating the training goals and the purpose of each training session exercise and gave us encouraging feedback as we continued to work with our dogs on the exercises. John interacted with the dogs is a low-key manner and the dogs responded well to this approach. John was flexible in scheduling our training sessions to meet our availability. We are very satisfied with the outcome of the training provided by John/Confetti Dog.
We adopted our Envigo beagle when she was 7 months old, and after working with her for a couple of months, we realized we needed help. Our dog was very reactive to other dogs and people, and crazy on walks where she pulled on the leash almost choking herself. We reached out to John and working with him has been a very pleasant and positive experience. He has been extremely thorough, detail oriented and hands-on from the very first session. We worked through several of our dogs issues and tried various approaches to her reactivity and leash skills, and finally identified that using a prong collar combined with positive reinforcement training helped her tremendously. She was no longer choking herself on walks, and with a lower energy level, showed almost no reactivity to people and significantly less reactivity to dogs. We are very grateful to John for going above and beyond for helping us understand and handle our dog in any situation. Will highly recommend his services.
When we adopted our second dog, Cap, he inutially got along pretty well with our other dog, Bagel. However, within the first couple of days they got into a couple of fights and we had difficulty understanding why they began. In order to keep both of our dogs safe they were not allowed to be out in the same area at the same time. We contacted Confetti Dogs and met with John in hopes of developing a plan and working with the dogs in order for them to be out at the same time. John came over to see how the dogs interacted separately and together and talked through what were reasonable goals that they could both work on. John's amount of knowledge was incredible and he always brought us along with the rationale of what different things we would try and why. We really appreciated John's approach of working on foundational skills first and the accountability of sending videos to ensure we are practicing throughout the week really helped us out to ensure that dogs were getting enough practice to make progress. Through the multiple work months we worked with John, we tried multiple different strategies to see what would work best for our dogs. Having goals as well as strategies specific to that particular dog and what they already knew how to do and what they needed to work on was really important to us. John was very flexible in scheduling the training sessions and also ensuring the sessions were specified to meet the goals for that week. At the end of each session, John would give us 2-4 things to work on that week and which things to take videos of. After the months of working together with John, our dogs were able to be out together with muzzles on for safety, then they were able to be out together for short periods of time without muzzles on. Now they are able to be out together at all times, they cuddle with each other, run around the yard together, and respect each other's spaces as well as have been safe around each other. My partner and I are so amazed at the progress both of our dogs have made and they have far surpassed the initial goals John and we had set for them. We are looking forward to the years to come of our dogs being able to spend time together and play together. We are immeasurably thankful to John and Confetti Dogs!
We are so thankful for John and Confetti Dogs! We have had our greyhound, Norman, for 6 years. He has always been such a sweet and well behaved boy. When we brought home our first baby last summer, Norman started to bark and act up more than he ever has in the past. From the second that I spoke with John, it was obvious that he is incredibly knowledgeable in his field. After an in person consultation and meeting Norman, he created a custom plan based on our concerns. After a few short sessions, we can already see a huge change in Norman’s behavior. John also provided us with wonderful tools moving forward and is available if we have concerns in the future. We are so thankful to John and Confetti Dogs for helping us and our boy Norman!
John is truly a master of his craft. We have an incredibly high energy, large dog that has a heart of gold, but is a bit on the crazy side. Taking him for walks was tough because he pulled the entire time, having guests come over was tough because he would jump on them, and just in general we didn’t know how to train him effectively. John not only had our pup walking well and not jumping on guests, but he has him so well behaved that we are actually proud to take him out in public when we used to be a bit embarrassed because of his behavior. I can’t recommend John enough because he meets you where you are in training your dog. (For us it was square one) Not only that, you can tell he truly cares and understands how dogs think. If you decide to go with John and Confetti Dogs to train your dog, you will not be disappointed!
My 6 year old rough around edges yet lovable rescue dog just needed more training. Worried he was too old for dog school, from day 1, John's masterful 1 - 1 training incredible to witness our dog's transformation - with a few reps, he became way more manageable (in specific situations). Much of it is training holistically the entire family (hard to win over on the process, esp the kids) but given time and reps with guided practice & HW, our dog has dramatically improved behavior on walks, transitions, etc. Absolute game changer - and part of that simply is John being observant of the dog in the context of what's happening in the dog's home environment. I don't write reviews often, but I highly recommend John and Confetti Dogs for dog training in the DMV, particularly if you live near Frederick MD.