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Breeze Thru Testimonials

“Elise Paffrath is a kind, warm, funny, down-to-earth, sensitive, and incredibly skilled agility teacher/trainer of both dogs and people! Our family are BIG fans! We started dog agility with Elise a couple years ago for our extremely shy kid who wanted to explore doing agility with our extremely timid little dog. Under Elise’s savvy and relaxed guidance, both kid and dog have blossomed! Elise has a way of making everyone feel welcome all of the time—welcome to try new things, welcome to laugh when things don't go as planned, welcome to thoroughly enjoy our dogs, welcome to accept our mistakes, welcome to try real challenges and develop skills, welcome to have FUN while learning the ins and outs of agility challenges, and welcome to learn what it means as a person to be in an effective and attuned team relationship with our dog. Our kid and our dog have each grown so much in their confidence and their skill!  This family—parents, kid, and dogs—eagerly keep coming back for more! Elise is awesome!”

Kari Smith, parent, educator, dog-lover
Brattleboro, Vt

“I don't think people realize how lucky they are to have Elise teaching in the Brattleboro area. Some instructors have difficulty adapting to the learning styles of their students, but Elise is able to accommodate and work with anyone. She never loses sight of the goal of having fun with your dog and making sure the DOG has fun!!! There are so many agility instructors out there these days but I’m not thinking there would be many who could duplicate what she offers.”

Dawn Smith, agility student since 1997
Easthampton, MA

“Living in the middle of Vermont, finding quality Agility instruction is challenging.  My dogs and I travel around quite a bit . . . a class here, a workshop there.

I am lucky to have worked with many talented instructors, but Elise not only helps my dogs succeed, she does it in a way that is fun and makes me feel good about my own skills. Elise's combination of humor, a varied and balanced skill set and the ability to adjust her teaching style to the dog and handler team in front of her, is a perfect fit for me and my dogs.”

Lesli Hyland
Red Dog Solutions, Rutland, Vermont

“Breeze Thru is one of my favorite training places. The reasons are many. Elise is knowledgeable and up to date with training strategies. She is positive and offers instruction based on individual strengths and needs. I always leave Breeze Thru feeling positive about myself and my partnership with my dog. I always have things to take away and work on in my training program.”

Dee Bort, Rutland, Vt
Retired teacher



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