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Auggie & Troy

Training with Felicia has changed the WHOLE dynamic of my home! I have two Shih Tzu mixes and my oldest, Troy was a rescue that has a lot of behavioral issues including severe fear aggression. I had taken him to a board and train before and was told he was the most aggressive dog this trainer has seen and that it’s likely that he was untrainable and gave advice to euthanize or not have kids as it would be dangerous. This broke my heart. I was ready to just give up the rest of my life dreams.I am a dog groomer and we met from one or both of us finding each other on Instagram. And through her stories and posts, I saw that she worked with dogs similar to Troy! So I thought I’d give it a try. She didn’t guarantee that she could help but she gave him a chance and we have seen great results!We ended up making a choice to get a COVID puppy and he is SO WELL BEHAVED! I bring him to work and my coworkers compliment him saying they have never seen a puppy be so calm and collected! She worked with him from 10 weeks old and he is 9 months old now and people that meet him can hardly believe it.I will continue to seek guidance from Shades of Blu I have a board and train coming up and I am booking another set of private training for them. I never thought I would have such great communication with my dogs it’s such a gift she has given me. I couldn’t recommend her enough! Kim, San Diego, CA

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We adopted our dog Waffles/Wednesday from shades of blu. We couldn’t be happier with the experience. Felicia provided a very detailed personality and obedience profile of the dog and couldn’t have been more accommodating with us during the process. We were extra careful about getting another dog because and Felicia was willing to let us go slow with the process. Having a dog that comes trained reduces so much stress that normally comes with getting a new dog. Waffles was ready “out of the box” to be the best behaved dog we’ve ever owned. Mike & Aly, San Diego, CA

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Felicia and the trainers at Shades of Blu are truly amazing. My husband and I rescued our first puppy from Woof Gang Rehab (also run by Felicia) and we have had the best experience with them so far. We have learned so much about dog behavior and psychology, and the proper tools to use to effectively train a dog. If not for Shades of Blu, we would not know as much as we do now about training a dog to make sure they live the best life. We could not be happier with the progress our pup has made since working with Shades of Blu, and we can't wait to see how she does at her two week board and train with Shades of Blu. Zach & Sam, Fullerton, CA

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Felicia has provided excellent support and services to me and my dog. She was passionate and dedicated to her work and that reflects in their time with you and your pet. Felicia is tough and honest and won’t just tell you what you want to hear, which is vital for real growth & progress. I have a Samoyed and he is stubborn and willful but met his match in Felicia and the rest of the Blu crew. Through training, he has become much more respectful and focused, even while giving space for his unique preferences and traits as a northern breed & independent dog. We are still learning and growing but know we can go far with the skills we’ve both gained and Blu’s continued help!! Highly recommend Shades of Blu for any owner who wants to commit to a better life for their dog through balanced training. Meg, San Diego, CA

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West Coast Aussie Pack

Where do I even begin. The first time I met Felicia when she came over to meet my dogs & talk to me about training & what she thought they would need - I was blown away at how thorough she was. She schedules a day/time that works for you both so she can really get to know you, your dogs, your needs and your dogs needs. Then she has this awesome presentation to teach you about the type of training she does & all about the process. She even goes into detail about veterinary care, affordable options, insurance for your dog, diet & behavior, & resources for you to read & look into. Right away I could tell she genuinely cares about your dogs and helping you no matter how hard of a case it may be. After agreeing to proceed with training she sends over extremely thorough and in depth paperwork so she can fully understand all of your goals and aspirations for you & your doggo. I have a toddler & 3 dogs and work from home. Two of my dogs were leash aggressive and all 3 had pretty bad anxiety. They went for multiple classes/walks and then stayed for board & training for 3 weeks. When they came home I had 3 different dogs that I can actually bring out in public around people & other dogs which was unheard of before. They have house manners & I can have fun training them now. I am so grateful for what Shades of Blu has done for my family. On top of it with her board and train you get free group classes so you can continue your training. Felicia is incredibly talented & honest which is hard to find. If you're looking for someone to trust with your precious babies and want results so your dogs can be happy & confident then Felicia with Shades of Blu is your GIRL. Thank you thank you THANK YOU Leah, San Diego, CA

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Felicia is an excellent trainer, we sent our 9 month old English bulldog to a 4 week board and train. When Rubble came home it was night and day. He is behaved and enjoyable. Long gone is the pacing, nipping, and stubbornness. Felicia takes her time to do training with you as the owner with the dog to unlearn those bad habits we have that confuse our furry family members when asking them to do something. The one thing that stood out above all else is just how much she truly cares and loves for every animal she helps. I highly recommend Shades of Blue Dog Training to anyone who is looking and anyone with unruly dog that they need some help with. Thank you Felicia from the Montijo family The Montijo Family, Menifee, CA

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Our pup Miko (Australian Shepherd) was extremely reactive, full of energy and anxiety. In just a few weeks of board and training with Felicia, she has completely transformed Miko to staying calm, listen, not pulling on leash, and much more. Felicia is very educational which helps maintain all of the training. If you are looking for a trainer and/or someone to watch your dog while you go on vacation, Shades of Blu Training INC is the way to go. Overall, Felicia is very knowledgeable, loves and cares for every dog she takes in! Austin, San Diego, CA

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Shades of Blu Dog Training changed my life. Felicia is an amazing trainer. She not only listened to my concerns and goals I had for my dog Kimber, but observed Kimber to better understand what I couldn’t. Felicia made it easy for me to understand - we would work on confidence building and communication, and the rest would follow. And it did. She is realistic about ‘homework’ between training sessions and makes it easy to keep stepping towards goals with Kimber. As a rescue, Kimber’s biggest thing was confidence building and we have come miles from where we were all thanks to Felicia. When we go out Kimber gets complimented all the time on how well behaved she is. She has blossomed into a dog that takes on new challenges in stride. Taking her places isn’t a chore, it’s a fun adventure. I don’t take her on walks, we walk together. I have enjoyed being a dog owner so much more having the knowledge and tools I have now from Felicia. I used to be such a frustrated dog parent with my dog’s behavior, and if you are too please please please give you and your dog the gift that is Felicia.

Katherine, San Diego, CA

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I cannot say enough good things about Felicia/Shades of Blu. I was a bit scared my puppy didn’t know how to properly play with other dogs, which is what originally prompted me to contact Felicia. We had our first lesson and I learned so much about my dog. She doesn’t just talk about training but also about food, grooming, and insurance. Having someone else tell you about your dog from their professional perspective/opinion can help so much. Felicia was honest and told me that we would need to work hard and use a very structured schedule to have a good relationship with Mac based on his temperament and genetics. We started training with Felicia when Mac was around 12 weeks old so we definitely ran into new challenges as he matured. Eventually, we would have to tackle fears on leash, house manners, and crate training to name a few. Felicia always provided us with ways we can work on Mac’s behavior and I always appreciated that she gave us feedback as to what we were doing wrong and how we can improve our handling skills. It wasn’t just about Mac, it was about my relationship with Mac. I think that is what makes Felicia’s program so great is because she doesn’t just care about your dog, she cares about her clients and truly wants them to have the best lives possible with our dogs. We’re proud private lesson and BnT graduates and I would never hesitate to use her services again in the future when Mac is ready to tackle more advanced obedience and dog sports!

Hanna, San Diego, CA

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I am SO thankful that we found Felicia. My husband and I are lucky enough to have adopted a very sweet dog, but he has so much energy and loves to jump on people. Thanks to Felicia, she has helped us to learn how to manage his energy. We’d be so lost without her! Highly recommend!

Lisa, Menifee, CA

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