Sitting Pretty
Dog Training in your home

By the Murray Method
Sheila A. Murray
Master Trainer
(805) 649-3140     [email]

Behavioral Specialist and Dog Communicator

Santa Paula
Santa Barbara
Conejo Valley

... and all surrounding areas

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Sheila A. Murray
(805) 649-3140

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Dog Obedience training in your home.  Canine Behavioral Specialist.  Amazing and quick problem solving Dog training & puppy consultation serving Ojai, Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Santa Paula and surrounding Ventura County. 
Personalized gentle approach. 
Aggressive breed authority

 About Me:

I have been training dogs for the better part of my life; more correctly, I have been training 'owners' of dogs.  I spend two hours at the dog's home and can solve most problems that are going on between the owner and animal within those two hours.  It's unique.  It's amazing and it's guaranteed.  I need to see the animal in its own environment and listen to what he/she has to say to me before I can address the problems.  I don't believe training should ever be an issue of control; but, an issue of harmony.  My goal is to provide harmony in the home between owner and animal.  A husband of one of my clients called me one evening after he got home from work.  I had worked with his wife and Chocolate Labrador that day.  He thought I had pulled a gag on him and switched dogs.  I don't know anyone else who trains the way I do.  I believe that when you have a special gift; you have an obligation to share it.  Animals trust me and I love them for their beauty, honesty, and individuality. 

If your dog respects the boundaries you have set for him/her and you give your dog respect for the great intelligence it was born with; the combination is harmony.  Harmony leads to the most uncomplicated love combination there is:  Master and pet.  Defining which is which is a bit more complicated!!!!

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   Here's a brief display of some dogs I've trained and their owners comments....
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My husband & I have a wonderful, sweet loving pit-bull (Harley) – he’s truly a part of the family. When I became pregnant I was a bit worried that when we brought home our baby that Harley would be jealous. Despite hearing how wonderful his breed is w/ children, being a new mom, I was concerned. And, I was right to be. When we brought home our baby girl, we could tell Harley was a bit jealous, very curious & starting to be a bit territorial. We called Sheila. She had done wonders w/ Harley’s bully behavior in the past & we definitely felt we needed her now. Sheila came over & spent a few hours w/ Harley & the rest of us. I don’t know what or how she did it – but she somehow made Harley understand what was going on & his new role in the family. (she also gave me some great new tips on motherhood). Almost 2 years later, Harley and our daughter are thick as thieves. I trust completely that Harley would never allow harm to come to our daughter. They love each other to no end & we owe it all to Sheila.

Thank you Sheila – you’re the best!

Love, Chris, Galinda, Abigail & Harley (The Braga Family).

Sheila Murray is the greatest of all dog trainers.
  I have been through numerous books, training strategies and videos - all of which produced out of control dogs and myself a frustrated owner.  There is nothing worse than a dog who doesn't respect and love you.  Sheila has been able to look into the mind of a dog and find a method that reaches his soul, teaching him obedience, love and respect.  Our dog is a well behaved, most loved member of the household.  We have had chickens (starting out as free-range chicks), kittens. another puppy and all sorts of farm animals.  With Sheila's training methods, he has been taught to treat them all with respect and protective care.  We have nine children ages ranging from newborn to teen, and he respects each of them.  If they can drag his collar, he follows submissively - adjusting his strength according to the child.  He carefully avoids the baby until the baby can crawl over to him and play with him.  At that point, he is quiet and careful.  This is all because of Sheila's uncanny ability to get inside the dog's head and communicate human intent. 

Bravo Sheila!  

(from Christie Wall)

Dear Shelia,

I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for all the training you have given to me and my dog, Bugsy. Your particular method of training worked so well in bonding me with him and to get him to listen to my commands. Because I live on the third floor, you have trained him to not go down the stairs and only use the elevator. After two years, he still, will not go down the stairs in my building. Having to utilize a wheelchair for mobility, it has been a great relief to not worry about him running off and I can just open the door so he can go up and down the hallway which is outside and achieve some exercise. Plus, the neighbors all love him so very much.  (more...)

Dear Sheila,

Jason and I recently returned from our around the world adventure, and the length of that trip was largely due to you. 

You helped us train Bailey, and more importantly ourselves, when we first got Bailey nearly four years ago.  She was a nervous, co-dependent bundle of unruly energy when we first got her from her original family, and you helped us understand her and the basics of dog psychology so quickly and easily that she became a different dog in no time at all.  She showed herself to be a very smart and eager to please companion that just needed ground rules, some understanding and mutual respect.   (more...)

Just a short note to thank you for coming to our rescue (mine ,Ted's and Bosco's), As you know we had serious issues with Bosco. From the moment (no lie) you walked in to our home, he was a changed dog. He no longer needs to be gated into the kitchen, and he comes (most of the time) when we call him. We just have to say the "C" word and Bosco responds, AMAZING!! It is a 100% turn around for Bosco. Changing his diet has helped with Bosco's biting and scratching, We can say, we are enjoying Bosco a lot more since you came to train us and HIM!  (more...)
Dear Sheila:
Thank you so much for helping us with our Standard Poodle, Gia.
You helped us prepare for her even before we brought her home.  You gave us nutritional, psychological, and comfort tips to aid us upon her arrival.
You have a unique communication skill with animals.  You seem to know what they are thinking, how they will behave in certain situations, as well as knowledge about the breed.  You are a dog whisperer.
You've been a loving, patient, and knowledgeable trainer.  You are always available, prompt, and reasonable.   (more...)
Dear Dog Owner: 

My husband and I had been blocking off our 3 babies, two Chihuahuas and one Pomeranian, with child restraining gates so they could not roam around the house unsupervised.  We did this for 3 years.  Sheila walked in and within 15 minutes we no longer needed the gates.  WOW!!  I have never in my life experienced such a transformation.  All of our dogs are so happy and healthy and behaved because of Sheila. 
I have recommended Sheila to other friends and dog owners and they too were astounded by her capabilities.    (more...)
Dear Sheila:
Seems amazing that in the span of only one week (5 days!), Lucky has gone through such an amazing transformation.  He is the puppy we brought into our home.
We truly believe that 90% of the problem was that he didn't feel good and that he didn't feel well because he had the wrong diet!  His attitude... (more...)
  Hi Sheila,

Thanks for the follow-up. You're so professional.

I have definitely noticed a difference in Hero's behavior.  Not only was he helped by your visit, but so was I.  I needed a bit of a "tune" up on how to handle him and you modeling it for me reminded me of several things I forgot. 
Dear Sheila:
Seems amazing that in the span of only one week (5 days!), Lucky has gone through such an amazing transformation.  He is the puppy we brought into our home.
We truly believe that 90% of the problem was that he didn't feel good and that he didn't feel well because he had the wrong diet!  His attitude is back to normal and he has more zip and zang than he has for about 6 weeks.  We are so thrilled to have met you.  We can't believe that we were considering putting him down.    (more...)

Regarding Dog Training,

I recommend enthusiastically the services of Sheila Murray of “Sitting Pretty”. Before calling Ms. Murray, I had relied on my previous experience with owning a dog and on a number of dog-training books. However, neither my experience nor my reading had prepared me for an unruly German Shepherd puppy. After a good start, the puppy became overly aggressive and lost interest in obeying my commands. Ms. Murray came to my house and restored order immediately – and permanently.   (more...)


  Hi Sheila,
Thank you for being such a help and a blessing to us.  Being in the ministry, we can sense when other people do what they do as a ministry too.  I think your business is your ministry to help people and dogs and it is refreshing to meet somebody like that these days.
  Dear Sheila: 

Thank you for watching Elmo so nicely and patiently!  He behaved wonderfully during the trip.  I could never thank you enough for training him.  He became my pride.  He's obedient now.  the town here is very small and no pet store.  Boise is bigger and fun.  I'm sure I can find a good pet store where we can get good food for Elmo.  There are many dogs around the neighborhood and Elmo is the best! 
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