Dog training for the real world!

Grand Rapids Based Dog Training

Do you love your dog but still get frustrated and upset with her behavior?  I want you to know that there is hope!  You are not alone, and many of the dogs that come here have already been to other trainers with little or no success.  Whether your dog is aggressive, reactive, fearful, pulling on the leash, or just generally disobedient, at Follow The Leader Dog Training I am here to help you change your dog, change yourself, and change your life!

What people are saying...

Matt was engaged and focused on helping us deal with our dog. While he gave stories about other dogs-he kept his focus on what would work for George and how we could see that or learn more about how he learns and reacts. He was always available via text or phone to ensure if we had issues between sessions, we would be able to handle them. Matt really goes above and beyond to ensure his clients are successful-while being very honest about the work that has to happen at home to actually see the progress. He doesn't just teach a skill, he has you try it and coaches you to ensure when you go home, you're doing the right things to help your dog.

- Melissa J.

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West Michigan's Premier Balanced Dog Trainer and Behaviorist

Follow The Leader Dog Training was founded by Matt Hendricks and specializes in everything from basic dog obedience training to advanced behavior modification and dog aggression issues. Using my balanced approach to training I am able to get your dog into a better state of mind and thus create calmness in the place of chaos and help your family to actually be able to enjoy having a dog. Many of the dogs I train have already been to other trainers with little or no success before being brought to me.

I am one of the few dog trainers who will actually work with aggressive dogs. In addition to working with aggression, I also specialize in issues such as pulling on the leash, leash reactivity, not coming when called, fear and anxiety, separation anxiety, counter surfing, stealing food off your table, running away, barking, jumping up on people, not staying in place, snapping and growling, chewing, not respecting thresholds (such as doors and gates), and much more. I am also an expert at dog obedience training and consistently teach dogs the structured walk (heel), sit-stay, down-stay, place, recall (come when called), out (drop it), proper feeding etiquette, and to go to their crate. In addition, I also specialize in off-leash, low-level e-collar training.

Follow The Leader Dog Training is based in Grand Rapids, but also provides balanced dog training for nearby places such as Grand Haven, Holland, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Rockford, Hudsonville, Grandville, Byron Center, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Comstock Park, Walker, Cascade, Ada, Cedar Springs, Sparta, and many others.