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Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates
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 27 reviews
 by Tom Marrone

After your visit, Doug's made great progress with barking at the door, and with healing and walking in general. I kept the collar on him for a couple of weeks full time. Sometimes it would be on, sometimes off, but frequent enough where he got a couple of good shots of citronella. He learned fast, and respected the collar. For the last two weeks, we've noticed him running to the door when someone comes in, but barking is down to a quiet "woof" if anything. This weekend we had people in and he was perfect.

Doug heels and walks pretty well. It only took a couple of weeks of practice to get him to heel with just the lightest of touch on the leash, and then pretty much just with the verbal command. He is walking well - following just to the rear.

Kenny - our red standard - is now wearing a collar as well. We noticed he was instigating barking, so we used the same solution. He's coming along as well.

Thanks for your help with Doug. His behaviour is so much better, he may get spoiled with all the love he gets!

 by Doris Burtman

I adopted a rescue who had been chained to a tree for the first 5 years of his life. His head was covered in bite marks. From Louisiana. He loved my dog Maggie but got aggressive w male dogs. He was a love at home, but outside he was fear aggressive. He was difficult to walk too. I was frustrated. A friend recommended Ray. On the first visit Ray was teaching Rebel to heel.
It was magic. After that day Rebel heeled for me and we resumed training commands. His last remaining 5 years were fantastic. Ray explained when your dog learns how to heel he is learning to trust he is safe. He was one of my best dogs ever. Thanks to Ray! He explained to me what Rebel needed from me. Rebel in turn learned to trust. He had years of walking off leash and swimming and neighborhood walks. Not one fight. I’m forever grateful to Ray.

 by Susan B

I could not be more grateful for all of Ray's help with my 6 month old rescue pup, Patty! Being an energetic and somewhat unpredictable dog socially, I was having trouble taking Patty for walks comfortably between her pulling, and not knowing if she would bark and be rude towards passerbys. She was terrified of my little nieces and nephew, to the point of acting territorial and aggressive at times. With Ray's guidance, not only is Patty an angel walking now, but we have a much stronger dog-human relationship where I feel like I have a much better understanding of what's going on in her head! I can now walk her happily alongside strangers and little ones with newfound confidence!

 by Rebecca and Will

Remarkable. Exceptional. A God-send.



We have worked with Ray over time with two very different dogs. It’s difficult to describe just how good he is with the dogs and with us. He makes a remarkable connection with a dog, honoring each dog’s personality and understanding, on some very deep level, their quirks and what is getting in the way.



I think of Ray as wise dog whisperer with a commanding presence. There is nothing heavy handed about Ray’s work: he harnesses an energy connection with the animal and it is very, very powerful.



Ray is a great explainer of things and coach of people, too. Most recently, he’s been guiding our training with a street rescue that was a bit skittish with high energy and a strong prey drive. We weren’t certain we’d be able to let him off a leash! Now the pup skis and hikes and goes on long walks in the woods with us. He has freedom and we have peace of mind, a combo I wasn’t certain we’d reach with this puppy. We continue to work with Ray as our dog (and we) develop. I’ve learned a lot about psychology along the way.

 by Pauline

Ray has done an amazing job with our mini Goldendoodle. The dog was very possessive and would bite us. We did have another trainer before Ray and she basically thought there was no hope for the dog. We are so happy we called Ray because now we love our dog and he's so much fun. We call Ray a Dog Whisperer.

 by Maria O.

Ray. Is. Simply. The. BEST!

I engaged Ray to help me train our aggressive East German Shepherd male who had an extremely high prey drive. This intimidating dog went from being the alpha to following 6 basic commands (here, wait, down, heal, place, leave it) flawlessly. While he still was our home's Director of Public Safety, he developed into an obedient watch dog ... all thanks to Ray!

 by Judy T

 by Donna Toncic

Excellent trainer!

 by Sherry Sickler

Myself and my dog Reno's experience with Ray was amazing. Reno was viciously attacked by another dog causing my dog to be fearful and anxious. My biggest concern was Reno (75 lbs) was unable to get out of the car including at the vet's. After a 4 hour house call with Ray I gained valuable knowledge and techniques to help Reno to make a full recovery. Reno and I have become a confident team. I think I have a better dog then I had before the attack!!

 by Vicki D

We were referred to Ray from a friend and we are beyond lucky to have him as our dog trainer. He is truly a dog whisperer! His calmness and energy were perfect for us. Our puppy was biting us and the leash, jumping up and pulling. After one training session with Ray her behaviors changed. I’ve learned so much from him. He’s an incredible dog trainer as well as an amazing person. I highly recommend him.

 by Mary Salman

Ray did an amazing job with our rescue dog Jessie. Jessie was a rescue from Texas where we believe she was hit by a car which resulted in her losing an eye, tail, and a broken femur. The shelter brought her back to health and we continued the work. Jessie arrived to us scared of people, sounds, and even going for a walk. She wouldn’t even step out on the side walk. We reached out to Ray and he completely transformed Jessie! Jessie LOVES going for walks now, is so much better about meeting new people, and isn’t afraid for cars any longer. Her confidence grew so much and she’s now living her best life, thanks to Ray’s help! We couldn’t recommend him enough!

 by Marisa McNally

Ray McSoley has a true gift and is by far the most professional, efficient, and effective trainer I have ever worked with. After one session, my dog and I began working together better, and he provided clear action steps for me to continue to make progress between sessions. I cannot wait for more sessions with Ray, as he is a genuinely remarkable person and trainer. We are forever grateful!

 by Mary

Ray did an amazing job with our rescue dog Jessie. Jessie was a rescue from Texas where we believe she was hit by a car which resulted in her losing an eye, tail, and a broken femur. The shelter brought her back to health and we continued the work. Jessie arrived to us scared of people, sounds, and even going for a walk. She wouldn’t even step out on the side walk. We reached out to Ray and he completely transformed Jessie! Jessie LOVES going for walks now, is so much better about meeting new people, and isn’t afraid for cars any longer. Her confidence grew so much and she’s now living her best life, thanks to Ray’s help! We couldn’t recommend him enough!

 by Jocelyn

I found Ray as a recommendation through my Vet after struggling to get my 8 month old puppy to walk, which was leading to frustration. We had tried puppy training courses before working with Ray, but my puppy still did not want to walk on a leash and would become very afraid anytime she was in a new environment. Ray was equally as helpful for both myself and my puppy. He helped me to understand the behavior behind my dog’s actions, which gave me the confidence to start working on new leash skills. Ray taught my dog how to walk better on a leash and then helped teach me how to be the leader of the leash. My dog has come a long way and can now confidently walk on a leash in new areas, a skill she did not have before! I can’t thank Ray enough for all of his help!

 by Eliza

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Ray after struggling to take my newly adopted Bernedoodle, Bridger, on walks/ in public without him pulling, barking, and growling at any dog we encountered. Every walk was anxiety inducing for both me and Bridger and left me exhausted from all the pulling.



Within moments of meeting Ray, I saw my dog's whole demeanor change. He was immediately responsive to Ray's calm, yet commanding energy. In just one session, Ray taught Bridger how to "heel", a command that I attempted for months with him, but to no avail. Ray also taught me the invaluable lesson of how my body language affects Bridger's response to stimulus. Thank you so much for giving me the tools and confidence to take Bridger on a walk without worrying every corner I turn. The seemingly simple concepts that you taught us during our lesson have completely eliminated his aggressive behavior & Bridger seems much more relaxed in general. I can't imagine where we'd be without Ray, thank you a million times!!!

 by J.M. Westwood MA

Thank you so much for helping my dog Chipper with his fear of vinyl floors. He has been doing great thanks to you. We so appreciate your patience and kindness that allowed Chipper to trust you and conquer his fears.

 by Jessica and Mike

I wanted to let you know about the incredible progress that has been made with Jack over the last few days! On Sunday, Jack played with Willow. Well, I must say we are very proud of our boy, he continues to make us jprouder every day. We are so appreciative of your services. You helped our Jack become a better and happier dog!

 by Lee and Dave

Thought you might want to know that aliens have abducted Harley and left behind a very well-behaved look-alike! Walks this weekend and this morning have gone really well. Harley's holding a nice heel, and he beginning to relax a little.  Not mouthing or hiding behind us anymore. He's not paying attention to cars or bikes, has passed leashed dogs without problems (yeah!) and ignored a couple of yakky fellows loose in their owner's yard.

 by Chris and Sharon

We were referred to Ray by a local trainer to help with our adopted three year old Golden: pulling on the leash and aggression with other animals, particularly dogs. Ray came to our home, listened to our concerns and explained Bailey's behaviors were rooted in fear, having grown up in a home with an older dominant male. With Ray's guidance Bailey quickly caught on to heeling and walking with a loose leash, and soon afterwards encountering other dogs without aggression. He's a changed dog, more at ease, and just as important we're changed people in that we understand what's driving the behavior and how to help Bailey overcome it. Best of all he has socialized with other dogs in our circle of family and friends. Hooray!

 by Barbara and Jim

Ray Mc Soley helped "train" my husband and me when we were having trouble with our German Shepherd puppy, Sadie. We had tried other trainers with no good results and were at the point of finding another home for her. Because of Ray's extensive knowledge, calm manner and expertise, we were able to become pretty good dog owners and Sadie stayed with us for almost 13 years! She was a wonderful part of our family and we still miss her so much. She enriched our lives ... and kept us pretty healthy too with long walks at Rocky Woods and

NoonHill every day. Had we given up before we met Ray, we would have missed out on many years of joy with Sadie. Hands down, RAY IS THE BEST !!!

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