Red Rover Ranch



From the Snout

What our Dogs* and their Humans are Saying

*dog quotes are ‘tongue in cheek’ and meant to highlight aspects of our services.



I’m just a puppy and I used to pee indoors. But now I know how to politely ask to go to the restroom outside!”

- Bella

Adult Dog training

I just wanted to write you and tell you how much we appreciate your coming out to help us with our Cassie.  I CANNOT believe how different she is -- it is a total transformation! 

She is like a new dog, and we are SO grateful to you -- and to my friend who led me to you and your gentle methods of helping Cassie become a good citizen. I have to be honest, it was so hard for me to be patient before because I felt so overwhelmed.  Now both Cassie and I feel calm and confident!  Thank you so much!

~ Jackie and Cassie (Concord, MA)



Puppy training

Rachel, I have to tell you that with each walk the pulling diminished and now it’s not even happening.  Stress free walking.  It’s like night and day. He’s barely, and I mean barely, reacting to [his former dog daycare]. He is now way more interested in me and what I might have as reward for being calm.  Again, stress free. We’ve been doing his Sit and Down Stays and he’s a total rock star.

I am doing the Leash Interrupting when necessary, and it’s working really well when encountering people with dogs. Sometimes when I put my foot on the leash, and he’s calm, he’s getting a bunch of treats.  I am talking to the other person with my hand down, if he’s calm.  Trying to make it a non-big deal.  Again, it is working!  Anyway, I am so happy you entered out life. Woody is definitely our little baby, and you’ve helped us tremendously.

~ Jill & Woody (Newton, MA)


“I like to stay at the ranch because I really like the seasonal treats, especially the organic pumpkin frozen yogurt.”

- Sadie


Adult Dog Leash Reactivity training

Thanks again for another great training session yesterday, Rachel! Mr. B has been doing fantastic - just take a look at this photo from this morning where he's just happy as can be with other dogs *right* there! We stayed in that locale to enjoy our coffee for 30 minutes with people and dogs passing and he was relaxed. That leash and you are magic!

~ Nicole & Barney (Concord, MA)

Puppy and Advanced Class Graduate

Jake is doing GREAT! His recall is awesome! He starting CGC in March! You played such a big part in getting him this far - we love you!!

~ Shani & Christine & Jake (Somerville, MA)


Look at me, I’m potty trained!!

- Lucille “Furball”
Puppy Academy

Adult Dog training

Mihir and I felt compelled to write to say a big thank you again on behalf of us and Barney because you did such a great job training all of us! [wink] Barney is doing so well - he's becoming a star loose leash walker, his barking around others has quieted down considerably outside and has improved inside when there's enough space. His barking when introducing a new person into our home ends after approximately 2-3 minutes of treat training, and he keeps his cool around other dogs at 20 feet and sometimes even closer (depending on the dog and the day). Just having the tools to know what to do has helped all of us immensely - thank you again!

~ Nicole, Mihir & Barney



“I’m a big fan of the wooded area for sniffing out chippies and sittin’ in the shade. I love how the huge yard never gets boring!”

- Rex

Puppy training

Thank you so much Rachel. We really appreciated your guidance and experience!! You’re phenomenal!

~ Meri, Jon & Xena (Acton, MA)



Puppy training

"It was a pleasure to work with you Rachel! It is such a relief when someone who knows what they are doing comes in and saves the day!"

~ Leland, Liz & Pivo


I’ve been a regular for years so I get to go on off-leash adventures, this is my favorite watering hole to cool off in on hot days! It really feels like summer camp.”

- Sunny

Puppy training

Thanks Rachel. Thanks again for all the help. He has come a long way in the past two weeks and we have you to thank!

~ Ken & Vilma with Joseph



Puppy training

Thank you so very much for everything! You helped all three of us so much. The confidence that you instilled in us has been so valuable. We wish you many more successful years of doing what you love! We will certainly let you know should anything come up!

~ Kate & Joe with Lucy


“The evenings are so peaceful on the porch. I love the sun streaking through the trees, we don’t get this in the city.

- Millie


Puppy private and class training

We couldn't do with out you!  All of the tips and guidance you gave us really helped us understand how to instill the most important values in Charlie as a young pup!  I'm so glad we ended up with you!

~ Michal & Brian (Charlie)

Adult Dog training

 Can I just tell you that I walked Xanadu and Kelda this morning and I was barely holding the leashes. Like barely.  Like it was at my fingertips. They didn’t even need it. Thank you for helping us with them. 

~ Jackie & Xanadu & Kelda




- Cali

Puppy class Graduate

Thank you so much for your class we took with Baker. He is so much calmer thanks to your relaxation techniques and people often comment on how well behaved he is, which for a barely 4 month old puppy, we are extremely proud!

~ Ellie, Tim & Baker



Adult Dog training

Thank YOU so much. We really felt so energized and hopeful after the visit with you, and we know that Cadi will just continue to be a rock star. We went on a short walk today around the neighborhood, and she was so responsive to the directional changes...and even walked by a bird without twitching an eye! You have helped us so much, and we are forever grateful.

~ Maureen, Tyler and Acadia


“I used to get scared when dogs ran up behind me, but the right training worked. Look at me now!”

- Abby

Puppy private and class training

Rachel, You are truly a wonderful teacher. For what it's worth, I've spent most of professional career teaching at the college level and I've encountered very few individuals who can communicate information as well as you. I'm a firm believer that in order to be a great teacher you really need to LOVE what you do. Working with you has only reaffirmed this belief.  It has truly been a pleasure.

~ Rob and Larkin



Puppy private and class training

Thank you SO much for our training together!! I had so much fun and it is just such a relief to have some reassurance and guidance! This information is great I am going to get these checklists started asap!"

"Gosh this weekend was a whirlwind! Thank you SO SO much for your help! You gave me immediate relief and Maggie and I had a great weekend!!! First full work week this week -- we geared up in preparation as you instructed and we made it happen! She is doing great! Also, your techniques already have her walking on the leash so well!! THANK YOU! Can't wait to spend time with you again soon!"

Again thank you for being so incredibly amazing!

~ Carolynn & Maggie


“Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay
Where my dogs at? Bark with me now
Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay.”
- Snoop Dogg


- Shiloh


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