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
Thank you too, for all the great ideas you have provided to make
both our lives easier, like using Vienna sausages to take pills, the
particular food you highly recommend, using a kennel with a sheet
over it for sleeping, etc.. He truly loves his cave and feels very
Your loving approach has assisted me in handling an 80 lb. Old
English Sheep dog from a wheelchair and I thank you so very much for
going above and beyond in time spent with him. We both have grown
very fond of you and we know, if any particular thing arises, I can
call and count on you to help us with any other concerns.
With kindest regards,
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. Ms.
Murray was also there for all of us when we had questions after she
left. She is always there for us and our dogs. She is the real dog
Thank you for becoming a really good friend,
Sheila, you are truly the best.
Kellie and Scott Cameron
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Sheila A. Murray
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 12:59 PM
Subject: RE: Hero
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.
I got a lead for him so he could stay outside in the
shade, but he doesn't seem to like to be out there
alone. He just barks and barks at the house looking
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!
Kathy, Ted and Bosco
P.S. We refer to you as the SUPER DOG NANNY lol
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.
We continue to rely on you as Gia grows and goes through her various stages and needs.
You've become a good friend. Thank you for helping us all learn and grow.
Rebecca and Michael
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.
Yes, I had to follow-up on the techniques she taught me, but these were not difficult and required only a commitment to succeed. Ms. Murray’s empathic, “no-nonsense” approach laid a new foundation for my puppy’s behavior. And this is the secret of “Sitting Pretty” – a foundation that the dog and the owner use to build confidence and reliability toward unreserved obedience. Ms. Murray’s humane methods are based on simple leash-training without pinch-collars. The successful results are
immediate and become permanent if the owner is willing to continue the training. Compared to the price and complexity of other training programs, “Sitting Pretty” achieves much more with much less. Ms. Murray demonstrates a wide knowledge and expertise with all of the dog breeds, their nutrition and behavior. I’m sure that my high satisfaction with Ms. Murray’s program is typical of her customers.
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.
We are watching his gait and hips. In the morning and early in the day, he seems fine. At night when the damp air rolls in, he seems to be a little more gimpy.
The other part of course was attitude and behavior. Now that we know how we're supposed to communicate with him he has quickly learned who is boss and what we mean.
He is coming along with the sit exercise. Last night, he did perfectly well until 14 minutes when my car drove up (he always runs down the stairs to say "hello"). When he heard the car, he looked at Zane, got up, and when Zane said, "sit", he went back down.
The aggressive barking and aggressive mouth behavior is gone. We know that we have to completely follow the rules to stay on top of this but we are just thrilled with his obedience.
Again, thank you for everything! If you are ever in the neighborhood, call us and stop by. We'd love to host you for a glass of wine, Sunday brunch, grilled burgers...
We are looking forward to our day in Ojai for the "graduation"!
Best to you,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lantz Shapiro"
To: "Sheila A. Murray"
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 11:33 PM
Subject: Thank you!!!
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.
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!
Take care! Miss you! Ojuki (Elmo is a 3 year old Great
Jason and I
recently returned from our around the world adventure, and the
length of that trip was largely due to you.
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.
A couple of
years later, accompanied by a move to Texas, and we brought our
new canine companion into the mix. Many of the techniques you
showed us for Bailey easily helped us bring Malcolm into the
family as well.
decided to take advantage of a once in a lifetime chance to take
a trip around the world for six months, but that meant leaving
Malcolm and Bailey with friends and family to care for them. As
you already know, their original caregivers weren't up to the
task (taking care of someone elseʼs pets is no easy task!), but
when you stepped in and gave my sister-in-law and brother-in-law
the training they needed to understand and care for our dogs,
you also gave us the ability to complete our dream journey
rather than have to come home early to pick up our pooches.
Bailey and Malcolm behaved extremely well for their foster
parents and you gave my in-laws the confidence to properly care
for our dogs and maintain order in their household. Upon
returning, we practiced your techniques right away, and our pack
order (with us as pack leaders) was quickly and seamlessly
and I had a wonderful, memorable journey, and we thank you so
much for sharing your gift to effectively communicate with our
canine companions with us and our family. Your human and canine
clientele are lucky to have you!
Incidentally, once we arrived back in the U.S. and picked
Malcolm and Bailey up, we did a little site seeing on our way
back to Texas. Both dogs behaved well, so much so that we even
received a number of compliments on how well behaved they were
at the Grand Canyon (that it was "clear who the pack leaders
were!"). Attached is a picture of them enjoying their walk at
the rim of the Grand Canyon.