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Star Dog Training Denver2019-09-25T13:35:50-06:00

We Take Pride in What We Do for You
& Your Best Friends

Meet Star Dog Owner, Judy Borsheim 

Judy Borsheim, MS, VSPDT, specializes in aggression & anxiety and severe behavioral problems.

Judy has been helping people and their dogs live happier lives together since 2012. Her goal in working with people and dogs is to go beyond teaching basic obedience and give people “Aha!” moments that unveil a dog’s perspective and how to channel it to calm a dog down, motivate it to listen, discourage problem behaviors, and encourage preferred behaviors.

In attaining her master’s degree in Canine Life Sciences at Bergin University, Judy studied under various well-known, influential people in animal behavior, psychology, ethics, genetics, and evolution – all with a focus on dogs. This is the only masters program of its kind in the United States.

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Specializing in Aggression and Anxiety

We all love our dogs, but sometimes their behavior can drive us crazy. Are you unsure how to teach your dog basics like recall and leash walking?

Does your dog:

  • Behave badly in public or around guests?
  • Have selective listening or just not seem to understand you?
  • Pull on walks?
  • Destroy belongings when you’re away?
  • Mark or have accidents in the home?

We can help! Feeling frustrated, embarrassed, angry, or even sad and stressed about your dog’s behavior is common. At Star Dog Training, we start by creating positive relationships between people and their dogs. From there, we have years of experience opening lines of communication to help people and dogs understand each other. So whether your dog is just a little rough around the edges or practically a wild animal, we can help!

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Real Facebook Reviews!

  • positive review  Judy is fantastic! I brought home my second puppy, Rue (a shepherd mix), at 8 weeks old from Lifeline Puppy Rescue and saw within the first few days that she was showing some aggressive behaviors. Besides taking an immediate liking in our older dog, Rue freaked out and had fearful reactions to any other dogs walking by. If another dog, regardless of size or age, was within 20-30 feet of her she would run away screaming (literally crying so loud it sounded like she was being attacked). Rue would also get snarly and even bite us when she was frustrated, tired, or we were trying to move her away from something… and at 8 weeks old we got really nervous about what this could turn into as she grew up. I immediately started to try to find puppy socialization classes for her, but got denied by two different groups when I reached out explaining her behavior. I was connected to Judy when she was working for Wag & Train, and she recommended we start with private in-home training and gradually introduce her to puppy classes. Her methods worked wonders, and after our first session Judy encouraged us to come to her pawsome puppy class (an hour split between puppy play and beginner training). Rue was nervous in the first playtime and mostly hid behind our feet, but by the second week going she showed huge improvements, and after a few more weeks she was a transformed puppy and was greeting and playing with all the other pups in the room! She's gotten braver on walks too, and now gets excited when she sees most dogs, and when she is afraid she does well at getting redirected and continues on. Meanwhile, in the 3 private sessions we had with Judy she gave us more targeted cues and areas to work on to ease Rue’s fear of bigger dogs and to reduce the snarling/aggression. Judy was great, with me being the overzealous puppy parent I probably sent her at least 5 email essays with whatever my latest concern was that week and Judy patiently sent me a detailed response every time! I appreciated the in-home sessions because Judy worked with us to help set up our home between the crate and pens to make sure it was supporting Rue’s training, and also spent time advising us on anxious behaviors with our older dog too. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Judy as a training, for both in home and group class settings. She was personable and patient, and made us feel very comfortable as she guided us on good training methods.

    thumb Beth Chappell
    11/08/2019
  • positive review  I have worked alongside Judy for 7 years, and I highly recommend her for dog training. She uses only positive reinforcement/reward-based training and truly focuses on the individual needs of each dog. Sara is also a wonderful trainer!

    thumb Kari Bastyr
    9/24/2019
  • positive review  Judy is wonderful with dogs. Her patience and support with my rescue pup was so helpful and made our transition post-adoptions so much easier. I can't recommend her enough!

    thumb Rachel Cohen
    9/24/2019
  • positive review  Judy helped us with our deaf puppy, Chip, for several months through puppy socializations, grade school, and adventure school. Every class, we learned something new about dogs and their behaviors so these classes were just as beneficial for us as they were for Chip. Judy was always very helpful and answered any questions we had, even outside of class and things we learned at class. We ended up getting private classes for our 9 year old blue heeler who has some problems with reactivity and over protectiveness and in just 3 classes, there have been many, many improvements. We had never been to a dog trainer before and because of Judy, we will always get training for puppies or dogs we may adopt in the future. Her classes are great and we enjoyed working with her!

    thumb Cheyanna Carbajal
    11/01/2019
  • positive review  Judy is incredibly knowledgeable and personable. Her help was invaluable when I was having difficulties with a new foster in the house. She also listens very well and I was impressed with how customized (and effective) her plan was.

    thumb Meredith Schultz
    9/12/2019
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My husband and I always looked forward to classes!

My husband and I always looked forward to classes!

Judy with Wag & Train is fantastic! She is extremely knowledgeable and very patient with puppies (& people!). Our puppy, Barley, started in her socialization classes when he was 8 weeks old and just graduated from Good Dog Grade School. Barley has grown leaps and bounds with Judy’s guidance and weekly “funwork”. My husband and I always looked forward to...
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 We loved the Good Dog Grade School class! It was great to get an insight into how dogs process real life situations and how that knowledge can ease tensions. My dog and I responded well to Judy's style that stressed positive interaction with all participants in the class. Judy explained the behaviors and how the training would improve the interactions between dog...
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What Dominance Is: My dog wants to lead on walks: he's dominant.   My dog growls when I approach her bone: she's dominant.  My dog growls at other dogs: he's dominant.  Dogs that hump other dogs or toys are dominant.  Which of those statements is true?  You may be surprised to learn that dominance has little bearing in any of those...
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Dogs and children can have wonderful relationships, but they can also have relationships that are a disaster waiting to happen.  Children aged 5-9 are the population at greatest risk of being bitten by dogs.  Often, these bites are delivered by dogs that live in the home.  How can this be when we all know the beloved stories of "a boy and his...
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