Testimonials

Robert McInturff

Quinebaug offers more services for the dollar…

I have been a client of Jennifer Broome and Quinebaug Kennels for over six years.

As someone who resides over 60 miles from her farm, I must have a good reason to make the drive – and I do.

I first ran into Jennifer at Addieville East, where she was giving a retriever demonstration to close to 100 people. She was there as part of the grand opening of Robin Hollow Outfitters.

Jennifer’s demo was the best I had ever seen, giving excellent insights into technique and subtleties of temperament in each dog. I was impressed, her references were excellent, but I was most impressed with her responsiveness to my questions via phone, email and face to face. Her response was timely and business-like, and you got the sense that she was running a business, and was not just a person who “trains dogs.”

However, there were a number of excellent trainers who were within the same driving distance, so why pick Jennifer?

Jennifer offered more services for the dollar. Her training rates were similar to others, but she offered more “soft services for the dog’s well-being, specifically more exercise time, more time outside, and certainly more consistent physical and verbal contact with our dog.

Perhaps the most important reason was that my wife and children were most comfortable with Jennifer. Her interactions with them convinced them that our dog was at a great place, not puppy jail. The result has been that our dog has spent more and longer time at Quinebaug than if he were dropped off at another facility. The family refers to Riley being at “camp”, rather than at the kennel. That comfort probably gives Jennifer 2-3 weeks more kenneling time per year.

Quinebaug’s location is easy to get to, straight out of Massachusetts and a straight ride down 395. More importantly, the local area allows us to meander when we want, taking in the antiques, restaurants and other local attractions. As a result, the drive does not seem to be that long and therefore we choose to bring our dog to Quinebaug rather than a local facility.

Finally, I’ve referred five Massachusetts residents who have in turn brought their dogs to Jennifer for either training or boarding. Each has been thoroughly pleased, have returned, and like me, feel the few extra minutes it takes to get there is not a large hurdle and well worth it.

I’m excited about Jennifer’s expansion plans and anticipate the result will be that I spend more time at Quinebaug Kennels.”

Sincerely,
Robert McInturff

Allen Brouwer III, Toms River, NJ

I have known Jennifer Broome for over 35 years. When she was 14 I used to let her take my own labs hunting.

Jenny ask me to contact you about her dog training program. First I must say I have know this fine young woman for over 35 years. I used to baby sit her and as she got older would baby sit my own children. She was like a daughter to my parents, and my family has watched her become one of the best up and coming dog trainers in the US.

She has been hunting and training dogs since she was 10 years old. I would let her take my labs any time she wanted to hunt over them. There are few people at the age of 14 I would in trust with my dogs, she was one of them. With that being said she has far exceeded my dog training skills and that is why I sent my 6 month old lab to her this summer to train for upland and waterfowl work and basic obedience. The results were remarkable. I now have the best trained 8 month old lab I have ever owned. He still needs work but for being 8 months old he is quite impressive to watch in the field and/or when I put him thru his obedience training.

Her staff is bar none the best in the business, their knowledge is vast but what I really like is the fact you can contact them anytime for up dates on your dog and keep you abreast of how he or she is progressing. That also goes for when you bring your dog home again you can contact them anytime for help and guidance. Jenny also has some of the best contacts in the business when it comes to dog trainers (not that she is not one of them), so if there is a issue she needs guidance on with your dog she has the resources to get the right answers right away!!!!!

Her facilities are clean and very well maintained… you can eat off the floors of her kennels and the staff takes great care of their guests. They treat your dog like it was their own and know when to push them to perform and when to let them get out and just have some fun. In closing you COULD NOT pick a better more qualified dog trainer in the northeast region and quite frankly if you don’t send your dog to her it will be your loss and more importantly your dog’s loss, Jenny is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!

Very truly yours,
Allen K Brouwer III

Larry Blasbalg, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

I cannot speak highly enough about you as a Friend and a Coach and the standard you set at Quinebaug Kennels!

Hi Jen,

I just wanted to let you know how much Brandy & I benefited from the Pat Burns Clinic. Coming into the Clinic, Brandy had developed a poor attitude towards her Blinds. There is no doubt that I had done something along the way to upset her while training alone. Pat quickly identified the problem and Saturday morning we were fortunate enough to get some one on one attention addressing the issue.

Brandy’s over all attitude & performance continued to improve through out the Clinic. One of the most important things that I learned was for me to improve as a handler and trainer, I need to become a better listener. I am starting to understand & realy appreciate the entire learning experience. The bond, respect and trust that we are building for each other is growing daily, Brandy and I are becoming a real Team. You Jennifer and with Pat’s help, reshaped our attitude. That positive change and reinforcement carried over for the both of us this weekend. We earned our first Senior Pass at the Shoreline Retriever Club Hunt Test at West Thompson.

The first series was a Walk Up on land, the memory bird was well hidden but very close to the line. The Go To bird was an 80 yd. Live Flyer, very visible gun station with moderate cover in the fall area. (Just below the Pavilion) Brandy sat to the whistle on the first bird, marked the second bird and then got in her “Cat Like” stance and I blew my second sit whistle. I was given my Number & released Brandy, she picked up both birds quickly, we did a good job on a relatively straight forward, short blind, 60 yards outside the test across a dirt road. No sweat. Laura Wiennman, the Judge approached us as we where Honoring and said my second sit whistle was my queue to the Judges that as the handler, I thought my dog was going to break. Even though she didn’t, it was scored as a controlled break & was warned not to let it happen again.

The water series was a double, very short memory bird, 30 yds. at most, everyone was talking about the high water, most area’s are flooded from the recent heavy rains so I think they purposely shortened one of the marks. The go bird, depending on the wind was between 65 and 100 + yds, we got lucky, almost no wind with a big, fat, belly up Drake in plain view. She did great job on those marks, nice angle entry and return. The water blind was across the channel, 50 yds and back another 25 yds up hill and up wind. She tock a fair initial line and started to scallop when I handled her on the land. I think over all she did just OK, it certainly wasn’t the best blind she has ever ran, actually sloppy, but she got the job done pretty quickly.

Jennifer, I can not speak highly enough about you as a Friend and a Coach, as well as the standard you set at Quinebaug Kennels. I strongly encourage anyone interested in improving their retriever training skills, work with you and attend the next Pat Burns Seminar.

Sincerely and with gratitude,
Larry

Jenna and Drew Allison, CT

You reformed our adopted Alpha Male 3 year old GSD

When we first took our beautiful, albeit VERY rambunctious 3 year-old German Shepherd to Quinebaug Kennels, he quite literally dragged my husband down the steps to the front door. We had just adopted him from a family who never trained him for any type of obedience. Needless to say, we adopted a very strong-willed Alpha Male who was already very set in his ways.

We found Quinebaug Kennels after doing some research online, and decided to give them a try. Since day one, Sharon was there to guide us through exactly what type of training they would be doing with Axle, and made us feel extremely comfortable in leaving our pup there for a few weeks. When we came to pick Axle up, my husband and I stood in the agility ring with our jaws on the floor – this couldn’t be our dog! He obeyed every command Sharon told him, and once we got in the drivers seat of calling out commands, did the same with us. It was UNBELIEVABLE. I cannot say enough good things about the bootcamp! Sharon, as well as the rest of Quinebaug Kennels crew, thank you again for taking care of our Axle and teaching an “old” dog new tricks!