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by J.M. Westwood MA on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

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 on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

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 on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

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 on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

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 on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

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 !!!

by Francie & Jim on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

Ray is most definitely the “dog whisperer”, his calm manner and years of experience have helped us immensely. We were referred to Ray by our veterinarian for significant behavioral problems with our Bouvier de Flanders puppy, Hamish. His fear-based issues made it impossible for us to take Hamish to the vet for check-ups or even getting his routine vaccinations. Ray has helped us with Hamish so that he is able to go to the vet now as well as many of the “normal” activities that dogs do with people. We have even been able to travel with Hamish and stay at rental properties with no issues. Thanks to Ray, Hamish is coping with life and is a much happier more confident dog!

by Angela on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

I was chatting with a friend about challenges that my family and I were experiencing as our puppy was approaching two. Without hesitation my friend said I’m going to send you Ray’s information, contact him. Well I did and was not disappointed. Ray immediately caught onto our issues and has helped our whole family a great deal. Our puppy is very happy and seemingly proud with himself in his new found self control. Thank you Ray!

by Janet Liss on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

Ray’s unparalleled understanding of canine behavior coupled with his keen observational skills and boundless wisdom and experience, make him simply— the best at what he does! After two years of “obedience training,” Kane could sit, down, place, come when called…yet he was still a fearful, anxious dog who would pace, growl and bark whenever someone would walk by the house or pass us on a walk. He’d patrol the yard nervously barking with his fur on end. I worried that my sweet, but damaged rescue dog, would never know a calm, contented life--until I met Ray McSoley. Ray taught our dog how to manage his fear and gave us the tools to help our dog channel his energy toward tasks to curb his reactivity. Within weeks, Kane was a calmer, happier, more affectionate dog.

by Liz Doyne on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

Three years ago Ray came to my house, 6 hours away from his, and turned my relationship with my golden retriever puppy and me around. This was my 3rd golden and the other two were easy for me. This puppy was really anxious and dominant, a kind of tricky mix, and had come to us at an early 6 weeks. He was not bred the same way the others were. He had worms, fleas and seemed insecure. He was biting and aggressive in a way I hadn’t known Goldens to be. I was at a loss, and getting bitten to boot. When Ray was here he quickly identified the problem, made me feel comfortable with what he saw, even though it required changes on my part,, and taught me how to establish my leadership with this puppy who needed more firmness and consistency than he was getting. He taught me how to walk him, how to make me heel and follow my lead, and within a few weeks his unpredictable aggressiveness mellowed and we could play and relax together. Now, 3 years later, this wonderful soul is a therapy dog and lays by my side during sessions, and even, when he senses some sorrow in a client, will look at me, cock his head to see my command, and if I nod he goes to the client and offers his comfort. My other 2 goldens also did this, but never at 3 years old. This one has now calmed down so much, has an easy attachment to me, and to others, and has turned into a most beloved companion. I do believe that Ray was instrumental in getting us to this place and I would hire him in a skinny minute if I ever have the need again. In addition, because of the drive here, Ray stayed with us and was such a delight as a guest. I feel fortunate to have him as a friend and a guide.

by Heidi on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

Spira, my 4 year old German Shepherd was headed to an untimely bad end. She had grown increasingly dog aggressive and had bitten her second victim, a Dachshund walking past our house. I had sought out every behaviorist in the greater Boston area, 7 of them, including 3 academics of International fame. The dog fights caused in me a hyper alert anxiety that made things worse. The Dachshund’s owner suggested Ray McSoley. When Ray entered the house Spira went submissive. Ray said my fear directed her aggression. He set out to build upon our heeling work. After 2 weeks, Ray said we’d go off lead. We walked in parks, where she’d exploded, passing 20 dogs in an hour. No aggression. Slowly, over months, I lost my fear. My companion of woods and fields had returned. It took a year but now, a model citizen, she plays with dogs. This miracle is from Ray McSoley. He saved Spira’s life and gave us both the gift of rebirth.

by Kim on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

Our life was upside down after rescuing 2 adorable street-dog pups in the Caribbean. They arrived, 5 months old with no names, never lived in a house and no training at all. And, we loved them! One month later they had their first fight. Then another, and another, the last a very serious one. We were at our wits end, until our friends told us about Ray and we haven’t looked back since. He taught our family how to manage our dogs with “Heel” training, helping them to relax and be well behaved. Our dogs are now very happy and so are we. It has been transformational. We highly recommend Ray if you have any dog problems. You will also have made a great friend with this wonderful man.

by Christine on Ray McSoley & Animal Behavior Associates

Ray, A thousand thanks! The landscaper did not latch one of the back gates this morning. They always have in the past. Riley pushed the gate and got out! With the whistle, he came right back! We are so grateful to you for suggesting the whistle technique of yours – and that Riley will come for all of us!