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Fine-tuned Canines, LLC
4131 6th AVE SE Naples, FL 34117 US
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FINE-TUNED CANINES, LLC - Naples Florida and Fort Myers Florida dog training & dog psychology
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Martin Deeley

 

Lexi Hayden with her mentors Martin Deeley and Pat Trichter-DeeleyOver the years I have helped and trained many who wish to become dog trainers. There have been good ones, but few who have the natural talents of Lexi Hayden. Her love for dogs not only shines through to those who watch her but also shines through to the dogs. They do things for Lexi because she has the ability to communicate with them and understand their personalities.  Her skills match her deep love for them. 

Lexi has a touch with a dog that is a gift – her smile rewards a dog and her body language gives them a wealth of information.  A gift that cannot be taught, only enhanced. Quiet yet firm, gentle yet clear in what is needed, dogs understand her and listen. They want to work for her and do well.

Not only does Lexi train dogs to a high degree but she also has the ability to relate to and understand the needs of owners.  She applies this understanding to teach owners how to build a bond with their dogs in a most encouraging and sharing way, developing a partnership to be admired.

I have no hesitation in recommending Lexi – in fact my highest recommendation is that I gave her one of my own dogs to train. Something I have never trusted to anyone else, the results are wonderful – watching him work for her with such enjoyment brings an emotional feeling of delight.  She is deserving of every success.

Martin Deeley


Pat Trichter

 

Lexi Hayden has a rare, honest, naturalness about her. Whether working with a dog or dog-owner, Lexi's relaxed, ladylike manner expertly guides and tutors them toward success. Her competency in teaching dogs and owners is well founded in education and brilliant to watch performed. I would not hesitate to recommend Lexi's knowledge and services to all dog owners as well as professionals alike. 

Pat Trichter

 


Ray and Sherri Lee

  • Location: The Villages, FL
  • Dog’s Name: Stix (18 months old / male)
  • Dog’s Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
  • Programs and services: Evaluation, Board & Train

Stix Yorkshire Terrier Board and Train dog training graduate Naples FLWe had two major issues with Stix's. First he would not come to us when called, second issue was picking up anything that got dropped on the floor. The second issue nearly cost Stix's his life; a blood pressure pill (180mg.) was dropped and Stix's swallowed it. Quick thinking on our Vet's part and then the hospital in Gainsville where they were able to pull him through. Lexi taught Stix's that when he was told to leave something, he would leave it and we are very happy to report that Stix's issues were corrected,also along with our issues, Lexi trained him to be a well-behaved dog in all instances, he is eating better, walking on his leash is amazing! ( I have to keep looking down to make sure he is still attached) no more pulling on the leash and he is walking three miles a day, and all this has made Stix's a very CALM DOG!

 

We can't express enough of the great training at Fine-Tuned Canines that our family received, we would highly recommend Lexi and her training program.

With Sincere Thanks

 

Ray, Sherri and Stix Lee

The Villages, Florida

 

  At FINE-TUNED CANINES Board and Train program in Naples, Florida, all dogs learn impulse control, patience and “Leave it”. Not only dogs learn obedience skills, but how to be calm and relaxed too.

 


Dan and Annie Janyja

  • Location: Naples, FL
  • Dog’s Name: Belle (Age unknown / female)
  • Dog’s Breed: Hound mix
  • Programs and services: Evaluation, Board & Train TOTAL FINE-TUNING (3 week program)

We rescued an adult hound mix with some issues: insecurity, fear, scent-obsession... She walked us (or pulled and jerked); she couldn't be off leash for a second or she'd be gone; she has an independent streak. But at home, she had separation anxiety and shadowed me everywhere. Lexi has fine-tuned our dog and changed all our lives! And she made it fun! Our dog walks politely, comes when called, waits patiently, and listens intently most of the time. She's still independent and tests us occasionally but Lexi taught us well. We are practicing consistent, calm, and assertive leadership and our dog is thriving. We are all having a lot of fun practicing and learning. We give Fine-Tuned Canines and Lexi Hayden our highest recommendation.

 

Dan and Annie Janyja

Naples, Florida

 


Gail Mason

  • Location: Naples, FL
  • Dog’s Name: Hannah (2.5 year old female)
  • Dog’s Breed: Toy Schnauzer

I brought my little Hannah into my life during a very difficult period. I was grieving and not able to give her the initial training and guidance a puppy needs. She didn’t have the opportunity to be properly socialized, and as a result, various behavioral problems developed. She was out of control when friends would visit. While on walks, she would bark at neighbors, lunge at dogs, upset other dog walkers with her behavior, etc. I would be embarrassed and frustrated. I was not able to control her. Alone with me at home she was my darling little puppy. 

I tried various trainers and programs but results were minimal. I was hoping she would mature and her behavior would improve. However when she reached two, I realized this wasn’t happening. She is such a loving little girl, I wanted her to be able to be a part of my life as my previous dogs had been. Finally I found Lexi . I was very apprehensive about being separated from Hannah for the Board and Train Basic Program for eleven days. However during the evaluation I knew this was what Hannah and I both needed and I had complete confidence in Lexi and her program. When you meet Lexi , you immediately realize her love for dogs, her warmth and her abilities. 

During Hannah’s training I received updates from Lexi and checked Facebook for the latest pictures. I could see the progress Hannah was making and the confidence she was acquiring. Lexi glows when working with her canine students . The dogs want to please her.

I am thrilled with the results. Hannah obeys commands, has adjusted to spending time in her new crate (she had slept with me from day one, so this was a major adjustment for both of us), and is a much calmer dog. Lexi trained me to be the “ Pack Leader” Hannah needed . I was taught that I have to realize Hannah is a dog and I can’t treat her like a baby. I was responsible for her being insecure and not having the confidence she needed. 

I can highly recommend Lexi – I will never be able to thank her and her crew (husband Mike and canine trainers Shakti and Chopper) enough. Any questions or concerns I have are always addressed and explained in detail – her support means so much to me. 

Hannah and I look forward to advanced training in the future. 

 

Gail Mason 

Naples, Florida 


Terri Norton

  • Location: Naples, FL
  • Dog’s Name: Reilly (2-year old + male)
  • Dog's Breed: Havanese
  • Programs and services: Evaluation, Board & Train TOTAL FINE-TUNING (3 week program), Swimming Training & Biuilding Confindece in the Water program

 

Reilly came to us as a rescue dog. We took one look into his eyes and fell in love. After getting him home, we found he was a bit of a problem child and needed some training. We searched and found Fine-tuned Canines and Lexi. What a wonderful find for us and Reilly. Lexi can "whisper" a dog into anything. Her talent for training dogs is amazing and she does it with such patience and love, all the while keeping us, the families, abreast of every step of training. We are so pleased with the training results and cannot praise the program enough. We highly recommend Fine-tuned Canines to all. You will not be disappointed and your dog will become a healthy, happy well behaved family member.(and...you will just adore Lexi and her training abilities....)

 

Terri Norton

Naples, Florida

 


Sheri Sabey

  • Location: Naples, FL
  • Dog's Name: Zoey (6-month old female)
  • Dog's Breed: Maltipoo
  • Programs and services: Evaluation, Dog Housebreaking program, Puppy Training and Board & Train TOTAL FINE-TUNING (3 week program)

We initially found Lexi while looking for boarding options for our pup. We were very hesitant to put her in a boarding facility and was thrilled once we contacted Fine-Tuned Canines. We set up an evaluation and house-breaking sessions with excellent results. We quickly had control over Zoey's house-breaking, crate, feeding and bitting issues. She then went to the Board and Train program where she learned more skills than I could have ever imagined. When we returned to pick Zoey up, she was a new pup! Still a puppy, but well mannered, obedient AND STILL LOVEABLE! It was so nice not to worry about Zoey while she was gone, she was part of their family during her stay (and will always remain friends)! Thanks Lexi and Mike!!

 

Sheri Sabey

Naples, Florida

 


Michele Byrd-Gerlach and Brice Gerlach

  • Location: Naples , FL
  • Dog's Name: Maisy (1 and 1/2 year-old female)
  • Dog's Breed: German Shepherd

We brought our German Shepherd, Maisy, for private lessons with Lexi. She gave us many tools to help us become more in tune with what our dog needed from us as pack leaders. She was always informative, encouraging and most of all positive about helping us meet our goals. We continue to use all the tools and advice on a daily basis. We will be back for a brush-up. We can highly recommend Lexi! She is amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Pat and Rick Ellenberger

  • Location: Naples , FL
  • Dog's Name: Teddy (8+ year-old male)
  • Dog's Breed: Maltipoo

Lexi,

We can never properly thank you for transforming our 8 year old Multipoo, Teddy into such a joyful, smart, obedient, and well mannered little dog.

Teddy has always been a loving, adorable dog but as years went on and our children left the home, Teddy wouldn't walk, he mostly sat around and slept and when he was awake he was often mean, aggressive, and dominant. Quite frankly, he ran his world, and his pack leaders tried to follow.

We knew something had to be done, no matter Teddy's age. We found you on-line and everything we read was so positive about the transformations you have completed... we said, let's give it a chance.

As soon as we met you, we knew we wanted Teddy to be trained by you. Your presence and knowledge around and about dogs inspired us and transformed us into one of Lexi's many believers!

So after reading about you, meeting you, having an evaluations on Teddy we jump in head first to become better "pack leaders" and for Teddy to find his joy and manners.

Now that Teddy has graduated your Board and Train program there has been a complete and total transformation, I've used the word miracle and magical to describe Teddy's total transformation. He is so well trained, kenneled, walking, running, swimming, tread milling, bicycling,relaxing on his "place" or on his noodle floating in the pool. And so much more, people stop us when we are out working with Teddy and compliment his training and manners. NO ONE ever said that about the old Teddy. He is so proud of himself, happy, joyful, content...so sweet. Yes, a MIRACLE!

We have so enjoyed working with you and Mike, thanks for training and transforming us into better "pack leaders". You have been one of the most interesting, inspiring, funny, and super knowledgeable people we have met along our journey. We are so thrilled to have you as our guide and trainer.

Pat and Rick


Matthew Koerner

  • Location: Fort Myers , FL
  • Dog's Name: Jersey (3 year-old female) and Indiana Jones (8 year old female)
  • Dog's Breed: Vizslas

Pending the arrival of our baby boy, my wife and I decided that we needed help to regain control of our two dogs. Our dogs were not aggressive, but decided when to listen to us and not to listen to us. After Lexi came to our home to evaluate our situation, we learned that we were NOT the pack leaders.

I was skeptical about sending our dogs away for 3 weeks, but I knew that we needed to do this for the safety of our baby boy. Well, once they returned from the board and train program all of my skepticism was replaced with gratitude. We had gone through other training programs both here in Florida and in New Jersey when we lived there and I can definitely say without hesitation that this is hands down the BEST and most effective training program we have ever used.

In the three weeks Lexi had our dogs she transformed them from being very excitable and semi-obedient, into calm and very obedient dogs. In fact, before we sent our dogs to Lexi I would never in 100 years would have thought to walk with our dogs off leash. Now I can go running through our neighborhood on 5 mile runs with the dogs off leash without any problems at all.

One of the best things about Lexi's training is that is easy to incorporate it into your own routine. The commands she teaches the dogs are simple and easy to use. Not only did Lexi do a great job in teaching the dogs, but she did a great job in teaching my wife and I how to be the pack leaders and how important it is that we be the pack leaders. I believe that we are enjoying our dogs now more than ever before as a result of Lexi's training and guidance.

Not only do we appreicate the job Lexi did, but I know Indy and Jersey appreciate it as well.

 

Matthew Koerner, Fort Myers, FL


Kenji Inuoe and Katey Zinn

  • Location: Naples , FL
  • Dog's Name: Grouper (3 year-old female)
  • Dog's Breed: Dachshund

 

 

Grouper, the Dachshund female and FINE-TUNED CANINES Board and Train program graduate (Naples, FL) What can we say, other than Lexi has brought balance to our dog and to our lives. Without question she is our Cesar Millan (We think she’s better :-) ).

We got Grouper from a rescue and she was a wonderful caring dog who loved be around her pack. The problem was that she couldn’t handle being away from her pack. We tried multiple methods on easing her separation anxiety to no avail.

In Grouper’s 3-week stay at Fine-tuned Canines Lexi crate trained her, socialized her with bigger dogs (Grouper was afraid of bigger dogs and now loves Chopper and Shakti), and taught her a bunch of new tricks. But the biggest gift of all was bringing balance to Grouper’s life, which ultimately brought balance to our lives.

During Grouper’s board and train, Lexi was great in updating us on Groupers progress. We religiously checked the Facebook page for the latest videos and pictures (the videos were awesome!)

We now have a greater sense of calmness being with Grouper. We feel secure leaving the house with Grouper in the crate because we are fulfilling all of our Grouper’s needs. She shows no anxiety and no messing in her crate.

We can’t thank Lexi and Fine-tuned Canines enough and can’t sing their praises loud enough. They’ve given us the tools to help keep Grouper balanced, which has allowed us to have a better/closer relationship with our dog.

Thank you again for all that you have given us.

Team K

(Note from FINE-TUNED CANINES: Team K - our fabulous clients Kenji and Katey)

 

Grouper the Dashing Dachshund - Naples Florida dog training Board and Train program

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Al Ventzek

  • Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FLMolly, the South African Boerboel female and FINE-TUNED CANINES Board and Train program graduate (Naples, FL)
  • Dogs Names: Molly (3 year-old female)
  • Dogs' Breed: South African Boerboel

Molly the South African Boerboel female (FINE-TUNED CANINES Board and Train dog training program graduate) with her wonderful, loving family - 3 pack leaders :) Photo: Courtesy of Molly's family who graciously shared this beautiful family photo with us

Training your dog with Lexi is with out a doubt the best investment you can make in your dog. If you are even taking the time to read this than you should strongly consider having an evaluation with her. Not only does she have an uncanny gift of communication with canines, she goes above and beyond that by taking into consideration how the whole family/pack interacts with one another. This provides a comprehensive approach that enables you to truly understand how your dog interacts with you and the rest of the world. And lastly, she builds a real relationship with her clients that goes beyond the training phase. She continues to support her clients after the training phase and provide a constant resource for information - which is invaluable in itself.

 

 

 


Debbie Llewellyn

  • Location: Port Charlotte, FL
  • Dogs Names: Gizmo (male) and Boo (female)
  • Dogs' Breed: Shih Tzu/Poodle

Thank you so much Lexi for your time, your insight, your patience with me.  I appreciate your help so much.  You have saved both my dogs and me!  You are a long awaited answer to my prayer!


Laura Toadvine

  • Location: Fort Myers, FL
  • Dog's Name: Bailey (male)
  • Dog's Breed: Labradoodle

 

Before Fine-Tuned Canines, Bailey had been in two other homes before he came into ours. The last owners that had him were an older couple that could no longer take care of him. They told us Bailey was aggressive towards other dogs and didn’t like men. Well we got Bailey and fell in love with him but we knew he needed quality training in which I decided to call Lexi to see if she could help. At the evaluation with Lexi we discussed in great detail what each of the owners had told me about him. In the short time I have had Bailey I knew he was aggressive towards other dogs, he didn’t like anything with quick movement around him which included bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, kids running and etc. . Lexi spend over two hours with me evaluating Bailey and determined she could help Bailey and me. I decided to do the Board and Train Program with Bailey and I am so glad I did. After the Board and Train Program I can now walk Bailey and just relax now because he no longer barks, growls or lunges at other dogs, bikes, skateboards, scooters and kids running back and forth. In fact a dog that he was very aggressive towards is now friends with and greets him nightly with no problems. Lexi taught me that I was giving him too much freedom and he was being the pack leader instead of me. He no longer darts out the door, he patiently sits and waits until I tell him its okay now. He also waits to eat his food until I tell him its okay. Lexi has taught me to be a pack leader instead of Bailey!!! Thank you Lexi!!!

Laura


Amy and Terry Havig

  • Location: Naples, FLJackson the Golden Retriever male from Naples, FL and FINE-TUNED CANINES Board and Train graduate 
  • Dog's Name: Jackson (male)
  • Dog's Breed: Golden Retriever

 

We are so thrilled with Lexi and her train and board program. We gave her our out of control Golden Retriever puppy and in return got a wonderfully behaved, sweet, loving puppy! Jackson spent 2 weeks with Lexi while we were on vacation. We were happy that he was busy and not missing us which meant we could relax and enjoy our trip. Jackson has now out grown our daughter yet she has complete control of him. That doesn't mean he isn't a busy puppy still, he certainly loves to play but now when we say enough, he knows what that means. His vocabulary is huge and we have added 2 new words easily. We can't say enough about Lexi and her training program! We are looking forward to a brush up stay soon.

Amy, Terry and Maquinn Havig

 

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Puppy training (Board and Train program) with FINE-TUNED CANINES in Florida (Naples, FL & Fort Myers, FL areas)

Andy and Susan Trautman

  • Location: Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 
  • Dog's Name: Eli (male)
  • Dog's Breed: Shiloh Shepherd

Eli, the Shiloh Shepherd male, came to train at FINE-TUNED CANINES in Southwest Florida all the way from Alabama. Now he's a FINE-TUNED CANINES Board and Train program graduate!From our very first conversation with Lexi Hayden and throughout the entire Board and Train experience, we were impressed by Lexi’s ability to really listen to our concerns and address these issues with expertise - at the same time making it fun for our pup and us. She patiently taught us to continue Eli’s training, making sure we felt comfortable and confident. We could not have chosen a better person to deal with Eli’s fear of other dogs – Shakti and Chopper were super helpers! Eli’s entire Board and Train experience was fantastic. Also, we know that we can call Lexi for advice and encouragement when needed. We even get to watch her entertaining videos for further tips – you just have to smile when she does!

Susan and Andy Trautman

 

 

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Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida

  • Location: Southwest Florida  Lexi Hayden with Cody. Cody was surrendered to a kill shelter because he pulled on the leash. Here, after his heartworm treatment was completed, he learned very fast not only not to pull while being walked, but also how to trot next to a bike on a loose leash.  
  • Dog's Name: Cody (male) 
  • Dog Breed: Golden Retriever

 

It is our pleasure to recommend Lexi Hayden’s dog-training skills. Last summer, Lexi fostered one of our rescue dogs, a golden retriever named Cody. Thanks to Lexi, this wild child who didn’t even know his name was transformed into a solid canine citizen who has even starred in his own videos!

Cody had a difficult road to travel because he was heartworm positive and could not be exercised during his treatment. Once he received a clean bill of health, Lexi began working miracles with Cody. First, he acquired the basics, like not pulling on the leash or jumping on people.

But thanks to Lexi’s talents, Cody learned so much more. With a full range of tricks, he is featured on a website, and appears in three videos tracking the course of his miraculous transformation.

Now adopted by his “forever family,” Cody has a happy life and continues his education. This smart boy is even teaching his new family a few tricks. Thanks to Lexi for giving Cody a second chance at life.

Cathy Cottrill

Board member, Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida


Landon

  • Location: Naples, FL
  • Dog's Name: Rosie (female)
  • Dog's Breed: Mix breed

Here's what one of our young clients, Landon, whose dog Rosie participated in our Florida Board and Train program, had to say (and even made a beautiful card!): 

To: Mrs. Lexi

From: Landon

Dear Mrs. Lexi,

Thank you so much for training Rosie. I really appreciate it. You have made her a better dog for us. If I were Rosie, I would never want to leave. Thanks again.

Love,

Landon

 


Zak Sinberg

  • Location: Naples, FLFINE-TUNED CANINES Board and Train exclusive dog training program graduate, Brodie the Golden Retriever (Naples, FL).
  • Dog's Name: Brodie (male)
  • Dog's Breed: Golden Retriever

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Lexi it has been such a pleasure to have Brodie back in the house. The change is unbelievable. You have done amazing things with him and we are excited to continue to teach him new things. His new behaviors and obedience is a real testament to your efforts and professionalism. Job well done!!!! Abby and Sophie are very happy to have the new Brodie back. Thanks again.

 

View some of the movies with Brodie on Board and Train Experience page 

 


Sharon and Terry Carroll

  • Location: Daytona Beach, FL
  • Dog's Name: Larry (male)
  • Dog's Breed: Shiloh Shepherd

We first met Lexi Hayden at a Shiloh Shepherd meet and greet in January, 2008, at a time we were experiencing extreme behavioral ... problems with our dog, Larry. Many of our troubles were a result of our inexperience and lack of education regarding "being pack leaders". After observing Larry's behavior, Lexi was immediately responsive to our concerns and offered her assistance. Her comments and observations really made us aware of the responsibilities we have to our dog to achieve "balance", and what it really means to "treat him like a dog", which is not a bad thing at all. As hard as it is, we have learned not to attribute human needs and emotions when reacting to his antics, quirks, facial expressions and general behavior.

Lexi has continually been responsive, understanding and non-judgmental when asked for guidance, and always willing to help keep us on the right track. We trust her opinions and suggestions, all of which are helping us make Larry the best Shiloh he can be. He is much easier to control, more relaxed in new situations, focuses on us during his walks, less territorial with strangers on his property, and is the darling of his groomer/boarding facility! Thank you Lexi!


Jarna and Roscoe Rainey

  • Dog's Name: Danzig (male)
  • Dog's Breed: Shiloh Shepherd

Lexi Hayden has helped me several times with my Shiloh Shepherd. From teaching a simple trick to correcting an ongoing behavior issue, no matter the situation she seems to be able to dig deep into the dog and owners mind and come up with solutions.
What I like very much about Lexi's method is how she takes the time to understand all about the situation before jumping to a conclusion. She asks questions in a way that helps owners see for themselves what some of the issues might be. Then she backs all this up with solid behavioral education and explanations.
Another thing that makes Lexi stand out from other trainers is how she uses only positive methods which benefits both canine and human. This in turn helps you develop a stronger bond with your beloved pet.
Over my lifetime of dog ownership I can truly say I've never met a dog trainer who so clearly explained a behavior in a way a non-expert could understand and put the info to use. She has a knack for giving examples and describing scenarios that anyone could follow along with and get the desired results.
Most recently Lexi helped me correct a behavior that was ongoing for over 2 years. This was something I'd asked for help with several times before with no positive results. Her methods work and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for help.
On a final note I'd like to comment on Lexi's love for animals. This will be very apparent when you are working with her. She makes training a pleasure and what's better than seeing the results right in front of your eyes. I can't thank Lexi enough for all she has done to help me make daily life with my dog such a pleasure.

 

 

 

 


Iwona and Aleksander Chmiel

  • Dog's Name: Chikita (female)
  • Dog's Breed: Yorkshire Terrier

I may truly say that everything Lexi does for animals is full of sincerity because she does it wholeheartedly.  That is the real secret of her success in dog-training. She has an approach based on love and understands how to communicate with dogs, which gives her the ability to convince even the naughtiest dogs to behave in an appropriate manner.  She helped us understand and recognize the feelings and needs of our Yorkshire terrier, and taught us how to see the world through our dog’s eyes. Thanks to her advice we are more aware of Chikita’s needs and can give her not only our love but can also make her happy. Now it is up to us to make our small friend a real member of our family. Thanks to Lexi we have discovered how to do it. It’s hard work but I can gladly say that it WORKS! Thank you Lexi!