Satisfied Owners. Happy Puppies.


Julie is the Mary Poppins of dog training. With her firm, fair, and fun approach she put our puppy on the path to success.  Her communication with myself and my partner was fantastic - we received text updates and a wonderful Puppy Guide at the end of training. Now we're borderline arrogant at our puppy play dates! People CANNOT BELIEVE how well behaved our boy Henson is - the comments are many and often! Henson is a gentle, loving, sweet boy and I'm sure that without Nanny Julie this would have been a much tougher process. A+++


I cannot say enough nice things about Julie! She spent six weeks with our new puppy, Stella! Julie has answered every single one of my questions not only about the breed, but about Stella and what to expect with her behavior.  Stella has been home almost a week and she is a dream. She knows all of her puppy basics, is almost all the way housebroken, and is sweet as can be.  Julie has made sure that she fits right into our family and our routine. If and when we ever get another dog, we will be sending them to Julie without hesitation! Thank you Julie (and your family) for Stella!


I highly recommend Julie as a puppy trainer! Julie is warm and nurturing and provided me with pictures and videos and was always willing to answer even my craziest questions after we brought our puppy home. As for training, when our puppy arrived she was crate trained, mostly potty trained...she still has a puppy-size bladder :), walked well on the leash, and followed basic commands. Our puppy also had the opportunity to be socialized with other dogs and children.  Everyone who has come to visit (or sees us walking) will comment, "She's such a good puppy!" I give all the credit to Julie! Lastly, Julie provides you so much along the way but also gives you detailed information when you receive the puppy. She was very thorough and made the transition to my home a smooth one.  Thank you Julie!!! I feel like you are a forever friend ;)!!

Winnie Mae

Julie has been outstanding with our pup Boomer! Boomer had been at boot camp for about 2 months but Julie would update us multiple times a day, every single day, about Boomer's achievements and how he was getting along with the other pups.  We received pictures and videos every day! We were really lucky to have Boomer spend his time with Julie and her family. Due to his training at Julie's he is incredibly well behaved and socialized.  Boomer's transition home was so smooth because Julie spent a lot of time explaining how to make this process easier for everyone involved. Julie wrote a very detailed letter home including everything we had to know about Boomer's routine and life at the puppy boot camp. We are really thankful to have had the opportunity to have a pup trained by Julie.  We highly recommend sending your pups to Julie. Thank you for all the work you have done with Boomer.


Julie and Melanie are absolutely fabulous. Our Stella has come home to us so well socialized and confident. Ms. Melanie has taught Stella so many commands and Stella is doing incredibly well adjusting to her new home and environment. We cannot thank these two ladies enough for their time, patience and incredible knowledge. I would highly recommend Good Start if you are looking for a "good start" to training for a puppy or any dog!! ~Alyssa K.


Highly recommend Nanny Julie! She's great. A talented and gifted trainer for the new puppy! Julie made fantastic progress with Madison (Maddie)... Sent out extremely frequent updates and reports. Great pictures and videos of Maddie's progress. A real joy and professional to work with. Thank you!


Our FCF pup, Baci, has been with Sam for almost 5 weeks. To say she is amazing would be an understatement. She posts videos and pictures on FB so we can follow. She answers all of the crazy questions we have - most almost immediately. She has been providing us with updates and resources so we can have a smooth transition home. She is making the stressful process of bringing in a new puppy to a already busy household one that we feel we can manage  all thanks to her. She is a tremendous asset to Good Start. We are so thankful we were paired up with her. I can't thank her or you enough We can't wait to meet Baci!


I wanted to shoot you a quick note to say how happy I am with all the work Kelly put in to her puppy training. She is a happy, well adjusted puppy and I wouldn't have been able to handle the early stages of puppy ownership without Kelly. Lucy is potty trained and does so well in her crate. I'm able to do conference calls at my house and she sits quietly and naps in her crate while I work. This alone was worth the money/training! Thanks again to Kelly for making Lucy such a wonderful puppy to bring home. We couldn't be happier!


Ruby is doing amazing and we are in love! She has been wonderful with the kids - barely any jumping or nipping. She cuddles with all of us and let's us play with her. She is eating and going potty on a schedule and she slept through the night (!!!) from 10-5:15. Thank you for everything! (Melanie was Ruby's trainer)