Comments on Profiled Trainer: Sue Sternberg

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intheknow   aspen, ME

4/30/2011 11:41:59 AM

Sue is a champion for happy well adjusted dogs. If you have never seen a dog lose it's mind in a kennel then you shouldn't open your mouth. It's the most inhumane thing I have ever witnessed. Sometimes humane euthanasia is the best thing we can do for dogs.... Do some research before commenting on something you obviously do not understand....

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Gladys   Richmond, VA

4/18/2011 4:33:41 PM

Eloise, New Orleans - YOU should do your homework. Sternberg is not an "animal euthanizer" as you say, but someone who is willing to look at the elephant in the room - unadoptable animals who are suffering in shelters. We all must do everything we can to keep dogs out of shelters and not euthanize for "space". But - those dogs who are tormented and suffering have a right to be evaluated and possible allowed to move on to the next level of life.

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Eloise   New orleans, LA

12/12/2010 12:50:05 PM

Sue is not an "animal trainer". She is an animal euthanizer. Do your homework PRIOR to letting this woman near your dogs.

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Lyneeeeee   Wernersville, PA

8/11/2009 7:40:43 PM

We need more dedicated shelter folks like Sue Sternberg; dedicated to quality of life for all her animals (including livestock) & their next adopted families. In 02/09 & 05/09 I unexpectedly had to euthanize my 2 youngest & smallest dogs when their quality of life had deteriorated after repeated hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, and over $14,000 in veterinary bills in under 3 years. They were not going to get better & my 12 year old dog & I had to face the fact our life was going to be so empty without them. One of these dogs, a Terrier mix, I had adopted from Sue 10 years before after meeting her at one of Sue's Workshops at Rondout Valley. I'm a dog trainer & this dog was perfect for demo dog for class & in working with dogs who got overly excited seeing another dog in private lessons. She loved little kids, older kids, adults, seniors, physically & mentally challenged folks - in that sense she was perfect (but she was still a backsassing little monkey at home!) The only reason I didn't go back to Sue when I lost her is Sue's Kennel is 8-9 hours roundtrip for me. So I adopted a dog locally from a no-kill shelter. Long story short - he had a bite history that was not revealed to me; bit my 88 year old dad, drew blood 2x, & my 12 year old dog LOVES him & now I'm stuck - either break my 12yo dog's spirit & take him back or take him back knowing he'll never be adopted & live out his life in this shelter & he's only 3. He'd already been in this shelter for 8 months, looked at many times by many families & never adopted! Sue would have temperament tested this dog - several times if need be, to determine his adoptability. End result would be I'd have my next demo/working dog for the next 10+ years, my 12yo dog would be happy & our new dog would have his next forever family. Now......I'm going to end up going back to Sue anyway! All this needless heartache, anger, fear, stress, disappointment, management, training, desensitization, counter conditioning, & problems could have been avoided! Sue's years of experience add to her level of knowledge & fairness. She's always observing & learning new things herself. I have tremendous respect & admiration for her dedication to animals. I will always go back to Sue for my next companion, no matter how far the drive! I just hope she never retires!

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paul   los angeles, CA

4/20/2009 2:10:03 PM

It may interest readers to know that in the UK, Victoria has apparently been sued by dog owners on the show, and was ultimately sued for fraudulent misrepresentation by Channel 4 itself - the station that made her show. When the show was in it's inception, she had an interview and when asked about doing the show, she apparently replied that "I can do that", and was offered the show. In fact, at the time of making the show four years ago, she had never actually been a dog trainer, which was why the first series was such a disaster.


After receiving massive criticism for the shows content, she then started visiting lots of other trainers to learn how to train dogs. But the channel had never checked if she had ever actually done any dog training.


In court, she was found guily of fraud, and was ordered to pay back any money she had made from the first series, including royalties from her books and dvd's, but only for the first series - since it was accepted that by the end of the second series she had been training dogs for a year, and so could actually claim that she was now a dog trainer. She has appealed against the decsion, and the appeal has yet to be heard.


Now you know why her show was so suddenly taken off the air and never reappeared.

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Charlie   Houston, TX

2/25/2009 1:35:32 PM

If "owners" and society were more responsible about the lives they allow into this world Sue and others would not have had to become killers. If you have a dog that ever made puppies unintentionally you are responsible for generations of suffering and killing. the truth hurts

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Betty   Middletown, RI

2/22/2009 11:11:27 AM

Sue's main concern is that of public safety when adopting a shelter dog. The general public is at a much lower risk of being severely bitten by shelter dogs due to Sue's straight forward temperament evaluations. If shelters incorporate Sue's temperament test, they too can weed out the undesirable and potentially dangerous dogs in their facilities. I applaud Sue for her dedicated work in evaluating shelter dogs for public safety.

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Princess Bob   Atlanta, GA

12/29/2008 9:02:36 PM

I agree she is a killer. There are a lot of so-called expert trainers and behaviorists, many held in high esteem, that are just plain wrong. More and more it is coming to light that dog aggression CAN BE FIXED! According to Cesar Millan, aka The Dog Whisperer, and Victoria Stilwell ALL dogs can be trained if taken the proper care and patience. If you watched the documentary Shelter Dogs on HBO, you wouldn't think Sue is such a hero. I was incensed by her cavalier attitude about destroying so many dogs. Her threshold is extremely low for behaviors she deems as appropriate that the dog be destroyed. The slightest sign of a growl and she decides the dog needs to be put down. If she were on the Dog Whisperer it would be incredibly depressing because she would be telling two-thirds of the dog owners that their dogs need to be put to sleep!

Anonymous, Somewhere in ID, YOU need to do YOUR homework. A handful of sweet anecdotes about her so-called heroism does not make up for her ruthless slaying of so many innocent dogs.

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Princess Bob   Atlanta, GA

12/29/2008 9:02:31 PM

I agree she is a killer. There are a lot of so-called expert trainers and behaviorists, many held in high esteem, that are just plain wrong. More and more it is coming to light that dog aggression CAN BE FIXED! According to Cesar Millan, aka The Dog Whisperer, and Victoria Stilwell ALL dogs can be trained if taken the proper care and patience. If you watched the documentary Shelter Dogs on HBO, you wouldn't think Sue is such a hero. I was incensed by her cavalier attitude about destroying so many dogs. Her threshold is extremely low for behaviors she deems as appropriate that the dog be destroyed. The slightest sign of a growl and she decides the dog needs to be put down. If she were on the Dog Whisperer it would be incredibly depressing because she would be telling two-thirds of the dog owners that their dogs need to be put to sleep!

Anonymous, Somewhere in ID, YOU need to do YOUR homework. A handful of sweet anecdotes about her so-called heroism does not make up for her ruthless slaying of so many innocent dogs.

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Carolyn   Markham, ON

10/15/2008 2:22:26 PM

This article is great. Sue is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. I admire her greatly and wish there were more people like her in this world, it would be a far better place for sure.

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Anonymous   Somewhere, ID

8/10/2008 4:20:47 PM

Certainly she is an engaging speaker and presents captivating demonstrations. When asked about the group of dogs she worked with at one recent session, she said, "None of them are 'easy' family dogs." A rescue group in attendance pulled every one within 24 hours, to keep them from being killed by the shelter staff who were in attendance and aware of her opinion of the dogs. You need to read more about her....do your homework.

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Ellen   St. Paul, MN

6/25/2008 1:00:19 PM

Aw, what a cute story! I'm sure it would be of great comfort to the thousands of dogs needlessly killed every year after they "fail" Ms. Sternberg's unproven, ineffective assessments. Of course, these animals don't get to prove her wrong, because they are killed as soon as they "fail," for behaviors as innocent as trying to play with a rubber doll shoved in their faces. Most people & dogs I know would "fail" these tests, which makes sense considering that Ms. Sternberg has said that 75 to 85 percent of dogs in shelters in the Northeastern US should be killed. She may be personally charming, but she is a vicious killer.

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Annia   Conneaut, OH

6/3/2008 2:10:11 PM

This article failed to mention the reality of Sternberg, her "shelter" and her business. She is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent shelter animals. May that karma overtake her soon.

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Cindy   Cary, NC

5/17/2008 5:52:19 AM

I just saw Sue speak at a function and she was great. She was able to read the personality of each dog she worked with and sucessfully teach them some basic skill. She was able to do this with patients and kindness. Sue has renewed my spirit. I wish her great success in all she does.

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