Millie has already helped countless clients and their pets. Here you will find some testimonials from clients. If you'd like to have your personal experience with our training services featured, please send us an e-mail!
"We have been part of the Butler Creek family for 14 years. Henry is now our 3rd Golden Retriever to be a patient at Butler Creek, and a complete lover of Millie and the play care gang! I can’t tell you enough how wonderful Millie has been for Henry. Her board and train program was phenomenal and anytime he attends play care he comes home with better manners. If I had to describe our love for Millie, Butler Creek, and all it offers, I would just have to say, “Simply the BEST!”
Staci Loudermilk, Henry
"I can’t recommend Millie and her pack enough. In my initial conversation with Millie, I told her I was concerned about training a puppy for the first time in 10 years. She suggested a one on one training session in which she could identify some of my concerns. Millie gave me the confidence I needed to effectively and efficiently communicate with my dog. I now have 2 young pups that are confident in all of their interactions, both with humans and other dogs alike. While at weekly PlayCare, the team has worked on specific training items that I have been Practicing at home, reinforcing that positive behavior and interaction. I have recommended her and her team to everyone I know that has a dog that could use a little (or a lot of) help. she Is readily available for questions or concerns and is always more than happy to share her genuine love and knowledge of dog psychology. It means the world to me that we found someone with her skill and knowledge that, not only loves my dogs as if they were her own, but truly wants the relationship I have with them to be the best it can possibly be."
Mackenzie Mabee, Plankton & Nori
"We are so thankful for Millie and the work she has done with our Brittany, Gunner. Gunner is a very high energy dog that we adopted when he was 10 months old. Given his very high energy, he struggled to settle down...constant motion all day and night. His "zoomies" were becoming more out of control and impacted our time with him. He spent most of his time alone in a crate before we adopted him, so walking on a leash was also a big struggle for him.
Enter Millie...she was amazing about listening to our concerns and behaviors that we saw with Gunner. Millie provided us with strategies to improve Gunner's behavior, as well as our own (clear rules, routines, etc). She worked with our younger son so that he could take back some control over Gunner. Gunner responded very well to each strategy introduced. Millie was very patient with all of us and the payoff was huge! Gunner has calmed down tremendously and actually "relaxes" with us. He walks beautifully on a leash...and we never thought that would be possible. We can't believe the improvement Gunner has made and will be forever thankful for Millie!"
Nikki Boone, Gunner
"We have worked with Millie over the last few years. We started out when we were working with a woman who was using a very high pitched voice and TONS of treats to train out then English Cream puppy. We were getting nowhere except a spoiled, over indulged dog. Our Vet recommended Millie and her team. Well…
Let me just say, when we met Millie and she came to our home, we were in awe!! The way Millie used psychology and body language along with training us…the humans, was something we had never experienced and I will say, at first we were lost!
After a few sessions, my husband and I started making some progress. That’s right, WE had to change our behaviors. Millie ended up taking Quincy for board and train for 2 weeks and the results were amazing. Our dog responded to Millie in a way I never dreamed of. At that time and to this day, we have 3 dogs. One dog is a highly leash reactive Border Collie. We thought he could never be a part of Play care. Millie kept pressing and lo and behold, he did awesome!
Now here is the tough part…We implemented none of what Millie taught us. We thought training would just magically stick. We are now working again with Millie and she is giving us things to make small wins at a time.
WE are putting in the work. Dogs mirror us, Millie is teaching us to think like them, in the moment, caring only about feeling safe and feeling there is a leader. The exercise we are working on is how we think our dog feels and what the behavior really means. They are not mad if we do not give a treat, they are not pulling on the leash to aggravate us. They beg and pull because this has always been accepted by us.
Millie is a very gifted, talented trainer who goes deep into the mind of the dog. No harsh collars are needed, no treat bribery. The training is about what they/we think is happening vs reality. Calm owner, calm dog. Confident owner, confident dog, worried owner, worried dog.
We have made the commitment to out away all other training methods we have read about, heard or even practiced and it has led to the relationships we have always wanted with your dogs. The process of become the best leaders we can be. Bottom line, that is the best way to show your dog’s you love them. It is hard and takes work, yes, easier to toss a treat.
You wouldn’t let your dog run in traffic, well an anxious, stressed, frustrated owner is causing them to be in the same danger, just emotionally instead of physically.
Make the choice, make the investment. You will never find a trainer who commits herself to her trade, her pack and her clients. Millie is truly a gift to all of her clients and their beloved pups."
Meryl Dwyer, Quincy, Remington, & Sumnyr
"I cannot tell you what a lifesaver Millie and her team at Butler Creek Animal Hospital have been for us and our one-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Sadie. Sadie was our first puppy after having two Boxers for almost 14 years and when we got her we were not quite prepared for all of her “puppy behavior”!
I reached out to several trainers and looked into multiple training programs but I could not find anything that felt like the right option. Then one day in a casual conversation a friend of mine recommended that I reach out to Millie. I called Millie, talked with her for a bit about the obstacles I was facing with Sadie, and I immediately felt comfortable with her! I brought Sadie in for a one on one session with her and I walked away knowing we were on the right path! She truly educated me on Sadie’s behavior, dog training, and demonstrated several at-home training exercises that have been extremely impactful. She also recommended that Sadie get more exercise by attending Play Care a few times a week. I have to admit, I believed that it would make a difference in Sadie’s overall behavior, but I did not think it would have the tremendous effect that it has.
Sadie started going to Play Care regularly and has every week since! Millie, Skylar, and Courtney are just incredible. The amount of knowledge, energy, and passion that is put into what they do has helped Sadie, and us, so much. We now truly better understand Sadie’s behavior, personality, and she has really responded to everything they do with her at Play Care. Every week we get little pointers and information on how she is doing and anytime we have concerns about something Sadie may be struggling with they actually dedicate the time to help you – and it works!!
I am not an easy customer at times and Millie has always treated any of my questions or needs with the utmost urgency and consideration. Sadie will continue to go to Play Care as they have become a full part of our lives and routine. Millie, Skylar, and Courtney have made it Sadie’s new forever home away from home.
The entire team at BCAH is truly amazing – training, grooming, vet care, front desk – they are all incredible and I would recommend them with confidence to anyone!! "