What our clients are saying about their experiences with Sit and Stay.
If you’ve been following the blog/social media for Hoboken Girl, you’ll know it’s puppy central at HobokenGirl.com lately. In June, I adopted a french bulldog named Pierre. He is such a little sweetie — currently 4 months and loving life in Hoboken.
While beauty, fashion, and food may be somewhat of a hot topic of consumption of the blog, besides the occasional adoptable pets of the week, pets are not as commonly discussed on HG (until recently!). That’s why when this novice pet owner posted about who people recommended as a dog trainer on the HG Facebook page a while back, I didn’t expect such an overwhelmingly unanimous response of who to use as a trainer– Joana of Sit N Stay LLC. Joana came highly recommended by many readers (and friends with dogs), and so within the first week we had our puppy we scheduled an appointment with Joana to come to our house and give us puppy 101, essentially. As soon as Joana walked in, she laid out a blanket, had Pierre lay on it, and had him chew on a marrow bone. His leash and harness stayed on — and it was attached to us. This was done so that we wouldn’t be distracted with him running around, and then she gave us the scoop on every aspect of dog ownership you could imagine! From food choices to potty training to walking on a leash to basic commands to appropriate dog play — I took copious notes(legitimately about 20 pages). It was amazingly informative, and I don’t think our first week or two would have gone as smoothly without her coming. It was about a 2-3 hour visit. Joana uses positive training methods only, and you can clearly tell how much she loves animals — she treated Pierre as if he were her own. She also recommended an amazing vet for Pierre — Secaucus Animal Hospital. They are so wonderful! Not only does Joana do in-home training and behavioral counseling for dogs (and phone/email availability for any follow-up questions you have at any time with your pet 9-7pm daily!), but she also runs various classes at Elks Club in Hoboken. The classes are in swing right now, but they will be starting again in the fall! Definitely signing little P up for Basic Training — and who knows, maybe therapy dog training too! I just love that I can contact Joana at ANY time (M-F 9:30-7pm) and ask follow-up questions about Pierre. It’s such a relief and helpful part of her service. After she left our apartment, she also sent an email with a ton of links and helpful resources for Pierre’s training. Her Facebook Page is chock full of tons of tips as well. Just what we needed! Overall – I was extremely pleased with Joana’s expertise, professionalism, and compassion. I would recommend her to anyone with a new pup (or someone who is having behavioral issues with their dog). She’s the best! Pierre has been doing quite well — getting there with potty training, and I have him on a pretty good schedule. It’s a work in progress!
"Joana is wonderful. My daughter and I took our two puppies to her Beginner and Advanced Training courses. As first-time dog owners, Joana had her hands full (more with us than the puppies!), but she was always patient and kind. Almost a year after finishing the last course, she still takes my calls (!) anytime I have a doggie behavioral question and reassures me in her calm voice that it's all going to be ok. I can't recommend her highly enough."
"Joana is a brilliant and gifted dog trainer. As a therapist, I can attest to the pivotal role that dogs play in some forms of treatment. In fact, I am currently working with Joana to train my own dog. She should be applauded for the work that she does. Her incredible skill and knowledge changes the lives of both the dogs that she trains, and the humans that love them."
--Montclair, NJ web reviews from: Therapists of the Four Legged Variety
"When we first started working with Joana we had a very excitable, mouthy, jumpy and untrained dog. Our very emaciated shelter dog was gaining weight fast and unintentionally hurting us every time he got excited. After only one session with Joana we had a dog who knew at least 5 different commands and we were left with a TON of knowledge about training, eating habits, toys, collars, and so on. She left us with a plan - something we could work on and monitor. Joana is the first person we call when we have a dog question. She has helped us find a vet, and was even a major influence on the dietary change that helped our dog's on going stomach issues. We will continue to work with her when needed and I would happily recommend her to anyone with a 4 legged family member."
--Morgan, Tom & Jagger, Hoboken, NJ
Attention Hoboken dog owners! You might be on the fence or ready to bring your four-legged friend to the next level in regards to their behavior and obedience. Whether you have a problem pooch, or just want to put and end to some nagging issues – you’d be interested to know about the Sit and Stay Dog Training & Behavioral program that takes place regularly at the Hoboken Elks Lodge at 10th & Washington Streets. They offer various six-week classes: Puppy Kindergarten, “Basic Training,” as well as advanced training for more refined dogs. From what I’ve heard, Hoboken residents have had great success with trainer Joana Watsky. Hoboken411
"You are an amazing teacher; direct, extremely knowledgeable and experienced and can really connect with dogs without any negativity! Very impressive! Thanks for changing me from old school discipline to the positive approach! Both me and Oliver are much happier!"
Warmest regards! Cara, Nutley NJ Oliver, Therapy Dog
"Teddy and I have both come a long way since we met Joana in 2010. I initially signed up for her obedience class because I had reached a roadblock in doing it on my own. She showed me how to achieve the results I wanted using only positive reinforcement, which was very important to me. Teddy is now a certified therapy dog who loves working with children at the library. It's rewarding work for both of us and we couldn't have done it without Joana's guidance and patience. I know that she is always just a phone call away, because training doesn't stop when your dog graduates obedience class. I regularly recommend her to friends, family and anyone else who looks like they could use some dog handling advice."
--Marian & Therapy Dog Teddy, Guttenberg, NJ
Hi Joana, Coby and I went to Clara Mass today. He was Amazing! He was a big hit with the staff and acted like he has been doing this forever. They asked me how long has he been a Therapy Dog and how many other facilities he's worked for. When I said this was the first time he stepped paws into a hospital they couldn't believe it. Thank you so much, we are going to love doing this!!
--Diane and Coby, Kearny, NJ
"John, Allie & I want to thank you for all your expertise and wonderful demeanor you have with dogs. The Therapy Dog/Advanced classes were a positive experience for all three of us and I know that Allie will be a terrific Therapy Dog."
--Jo-Ann, Lyndhurst, NJ
Hi Joana, "Last week we had our Halloween visit at the Eastern Star Assisted Living and Nursing home in Bridgewater, NJ. He went as an angel! He is doing so wonderfully and amazes me when we go to "work". He "hams" it up with the residents and is a perfect gentleman around the ladies. I have been looking daily on petfinder and keeping my eyes open for my next dog to join our family and train with you again."
Kathleen, West New York, NJ