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"Just finished the Puppy Pro course and am very happy with what I got. My puppy is still only 6 months old but she has a solid foundation because of Sara and her help. I am especially excited about the e-collar as I like to travel a lot and need a dog that is trained off-leash. My pup Marley has made lots of progress over the last 6 weeks, but still is definitely not perfect. I wasn't expecting perfection, I just needed a good starting point with some easy goals and a clear vision for training. I highly recommend Bakers Acres!"
- Parker B. (Springville, UT)
"I am so happy to have found Sara! I am so impressed with her dog training skills and I can't wait to learn from her as I train my puppy. Sara is so knowledgable and takes dog training seriously. She knows what she is doing! Once again, I'm so happy and relieved to have found her."
- Valerie S. (Woodland Hills, UT)
"As a lifelong ‘cat person’, getting a dog was definitely a new experience. Within a few hours, it was clear that my sweet but wild three month old rescue, Lucy, had already developed a few bad habits - I knew I was over my head as far as training and expectations. Enter Sara and Bakers Acres. After getting a referral from the rescue organization and an acquaintance, I contacted Sara and asked that she help me with Lucy that first day . . . . BEST decision ever.
"...Lucy spent almost two weeks at Bakers Acres. Sara sent me daily updates along with helpful hints on handling and behavior. When Lucy returned to me, she had fully learned the basic commands and was eager to keep learning. Sara followed up with several home visits teaching me so I could continue to teach Lucy. I’m now a confident dog human and have a well-behaved and loveably social best furry friend.
"...I highly recommend Bakers Acres, Sara and her entire dog training family for puppy or adult dog training, socialization, boarding and day-care."
- Kris N. (Provo, UT)
"Our favorite part of the training was learning the techniques and how to walk our dogs together. Our biggest takeaway from training was that we have to be trained as well. Our relationship with Scout (and Jackson) has drastically improved now that we have the right tools, which makes our lives much easier. We are grateful that we ran into Milo's owners and got their recommendation to train with Bakers Acres. We look forward to attending group class, and signing up for 'play dates' and ecollar training in the future."
- Lisa & Greg A. (Springville, UT)
"Can't say enough GREAT things about Sara and Bakers Acres K9 Academy!
"We initially started our puppy training journey with a different dog training team in Utah County. They promised many things, but sadly failed to deliver. With the amount of money you invest in dog training, you had better at least get what you pay for!
"Anyway, we were getting desperate for some help and called Sara. We signed up for her private-in home lessons and we were NOT disappointed! From day one Sara had a plan in place and knew what best to teach us.
"She is about teaching YOU how to train your dog, not just 'Sara trains our dog and walks away and we have no idea what to do'. She was even great to spend time with our kids, helping them learn how to handle our puppy.
"Having just finished all of our classes, we can honestly say that we are completely satisfied and that we already have an amazingly obedient 5 month old puppy.
"It CAN be done, people!!! Don't look around, don't ask your neighbors, and don't check Facebook, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! Call Sara today! Right now. Go!"
- Mandy P. & Family (Salem, UT)
"Sara has helped us get our puppy through his 'rebellious adolescent' stage. Where he had been so frustrating he now will listen to us, even if he still has to think about it for a bit. She completely helped to correct our rebel's course and saved the relationship. Sara personalized our training to meet his specific needs, taught us how to help him, and worked with our schedule to help make it happen."
- Kristi K. & Family (Springville, UT)
"Sara has been my dog sitter since my pup was under 3 months old. My pup was driving me crazy and I even wondered if I wanted to keep her. I got a hold of Sara. She came for a consult and I liked her, and her dog Bandit. She gave me some ideas and told me about puppy daycare. I gave it a try and Daisy LOVED it. So every Wednesday (now Monday) a neighbor takes Daisy to daycare and she is so happy. Daisy has learned some manners and has had leash training and is doing very well, I think I will keep her. I never worry about Daisy at Sara's, her whole family loves dogs. What a great job Sara has, she gets to watch puppies play all day and then take them for a walk. She does a great job and you can tell she loves animals."
- Janet W. (Springville, UT)
"Sara is amazing! She isn't just another dog sitter. She has many years of experience with dogs and dog training and besides taking care of our dog during the day she was also able to help us work through some behavioral problems as well as some digestive issues he was having. She really cares about your dog's success and was always willing to answer any questions we had. Our dog always came home happy and tired from a day of exercise and socialization."
- Aimee & Rush M. (Mapleton, UT)
"We have loved working with Sara. She has opened our eyes so that we can communicate with our dog Bjorn.
"We hiked the "Y" a few days ago and his ecollar died, but he still did great which to me means he's come such a long ways. He sits on place in the evening and hangs out with us every night. He hangs out with my kids in the backyard and knows to be calmer when they are around.
"We look forward to using her in the future as we continue to work with our puppy to be a great dog for our family."
- Dani & Chandler S. (Provo, UT)
"My puppy stayed with Sara for three days. In even a short time we have noticed better behavior. My husband says it was the best money we ever spent. I'm excited to continue training and fine tuning my sweet little puppy and getting great advice from Sara to help him be a happy dog in our home. He came home happy and I know he was well cared for while I was away. I will definitely use Sara again for boarding and training. Thank you so much, Sara."
- Sherri P. & Family (Pleasant Grove, UT)
Hat Creek Dog Training
"Sara is always my first pick for dog training, boarding or daycare. Dogs are in a home environment with lots of love and care. I trust her with any dog. She is also great at providing structured socialization with other dogs and people. Highly recommended."
- Tara I. (Sandy, UT)
"Sara was great. Our puppy, Ranger, is good with the fun stuff like sit, shake, and lay down. However, he would pull on walks, lunge at people and dogs, jump on us and our guests, and steal clothes from our hamper. After just 3 short weeks of training he is still the same dog, just better! RANGER 2.0! He no longer pulls on walks, doesn't jump, and knows how to behave in the house. P.S. My wife originally did not want a dog. Sara helped change that!"
- Jod & Chantel B. (Spanish Fork, UT)
"We love Sara! Not only did she help us train our Labradoodle, but she was also willing to answer any and all silly questions we had :). She truly knows her stuff when it comes to dogs. I knew that whatever advice she gave was going to be accurate. We have also boarded our dogs with her. We felt very safe and reassured that they were getting the best care out there. More than care. We knew our dogs were loved by her! We highly recommend Sara!"
- LeeAnn W. & Family (New York City, NY)
ADULT DOG TRAINING
Aslan & Tala
"I was referred to Bakers Acres by another dog trainer, high praise from another professional. My puppies are large and have very different personalities, so I was a little overwhelmed with the task of training them to be well-behaved and happy dogs. From the first phone call I was impressed with Sara’s knowledge of dogs and with her care in making sure my concerns were addressed. Not only did I feel comfortable with Sara at our first meeting, but my dogs did too. Sara tailored my sessions just for my dogs and me: basic commands of place and come, nutrition, dog anxiety, manners, and remote collar training. The end result is happy dogs and a grateful owner."
- Laurie & Greg W. (Springville, UT)
"Sara has helped us understand, read, and build rapport with our sensitive dog, Hank. He has made so much progress and so have we. She is quick to respond to messages and always helps us find a solution that works. Because of her influence, I have seen Hanks quality of life sky rocket."
- Lyndi Y. (Springville, UT)
"Sky has become the best possible dog. He hasn't eaten his bed in over a year. He is great and very patient with kids. And he goes on hikes up Šmarna Gora with me. Thank you for all the advice!"
- Tanja S. (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
"Sara was very accommodating with my situation and patient with all my questions. She really knows her stuff and I would recommend her to work with any dog. She helped me figure out the best way to deal with a "spirited" dog who has discovered some pet bunnies in a chain-link fence enclosure -- he was starting to get destructive and pull on the fence (not good for his teeth OR the fence, LOL). I felt like Sara really took the time to understand our situation and gave us a few different options to choose from, of which a couple of them would cost us less (meaning less money we'd be paying her) -- I thought that was very admirable and I appreciated her honesty. Sara Baker is AWESOME! ;-)"
- Kellie A. (Lehi, UT)
Augustus, Nana, & Piper
"Sara is AMAZING! She is passionate about what she does and very knowledgable. She has been helping me train my 3 crazy pups and has made life so much easier. I came in with basically no experience with training and she has been able to walk me through everything while making me feel like a confident fur momma. You couldn't be in better hands!"
- Lindsay B. (Santaquin, UT)
"Sara Baker is an exceptional dog trainer who is very knowledgeable about her craft. She has taught me how to work with a troubled foster pup, who is now flourishing due to Sara's expertise. Her own personal pups are extremely well behaved, groomed, and cared for. Her home is spotless clean and well kept, and all dogs in her care are very well cared for."
- Tori P. (Mount Pleasant, UT)
"I met Sara when I needed a place to board my dog, Willow, when I went to visit family. At that time my self confidence was at an all time low and my anxiety was through the roof. Little did I know much like a child, Willow was taking after me and Sara recognized that. Willow began to lunge at people, animals, and even bit me. I went back to Sara for an evaluation of Willow to see what training would be the most beneficial.
"...Right away she was able to see the connection between me and Willow. I was shy, so was she. I had anxiety, she did to. I was more of a wall flower that didn't know how to trust others fully and because of these things Willow didn't know how to trust others and felt like she had to resource guard. I didn't see these things until Sara pointed them out to me and explained it in a way that I truly understood.
"...I signed Willow up for the three week board and train which is what Sara had recommended. When I dropped her off for her training a week later Sara and I had a heart to heart. She explained how she could help Willow's confidence there but she couldn't guarantee her confidence would stay strong when she would come home unless I got my own self confidence up. Sara told me to go do what I love and try new things that would build myself up and make myself happy. This was truly a wakeup call she had given me. So while Willow was trying new things and building herself up, so was I. We both became less shy, less anxious, and more happy all thanks to Sara. Willow now doesn't lunge at anyone or anything and she has learned how to trust others.
"...Sara Baker isn't just a dog trainer, she's a friend. She's not only helping your dog but she's helping you as well. She has a deep passion for what she does and it shows in her training. She changed both mine and Willow's life and because of Sara, Willow and I have a deeper bond and understanding of each other."
..."Thank you, Sara. There's not enough time in the world to say how thankful I am that someone as kind as you came along and helped me and Willow up off our feet. Because of you I am smiling and laughing more and have a whole new outlook on life. Thank you again Sara."
- Carlie N. (Salem, UT)
Diesel & Texas
"Definitely what our household needed. Sara has helped us out and followed up to check on how things were going. I really appreciate her and everything she does! Everyone should feel free to give her a call!"
- Abby P. (Mount Pleasant)
"We were so fortunate to find Sara! We've never had a dog and were completely lost on how to teach our new dog the rules of our house. Sara came over to our home to meet Xena and evaluate her. After working with Xena for a few minutes, she was able to give us some techniques and suggest some tools to help us and Xena.
"...Sara has also been there for all our little questions about owning a dog. She explains things in a way that we can understand and are able to implement with our new dog. We love watching her work and learn something every time!
"...Thanks to Sara, Xena even listens to us when she sees the family cat! Thank you, Sara!!!"
- Cherylee & Scott C. (Pleasant Grove, UT)
"Sara is an excellent trainer. I was really impressed with her willingness to come to my home and work on so many things right away. Her techniques are simple, giving me the confidence to continue working with my dog. I definitely recommend Bakers Acres."
- Serena B. (Orem, UT)
"Sara has been incredibly reliable and helpful to our double doodle male puppy. Our dog, Eddie, has learned excellent obedience skills and is always happy to go for boarding and happy when we pick him up. We recommend Sara and Bakers Acres to everyone who asks."
- Steven B. & Family (Springville, UT)
"One of the most phenomenal people I've met. You can find professional dog trainers anywhere. But finding one with integrity, honesty and authenticity is rare. Sara is amazing! We came to BAK9 because our german shepherd was biting other dogs. When I called on the phone Sara spent over an hour with me talking about my dog, myself and the home situation. I felt like I was LISTENED to and that's why we went in for an evaluation. We left our dog at BAK9 for 2 weeks. I was updated consistently with pictures, videos and was able to visit once. My dog returned with a good solid foundation to overcoming her problems as long as I maintain and work with her at home. Not only did Sara do amazing with our board and train....but she coached me about training my boxer at home who had misbehavior issues that were dangerous. She could have told me that my boxer needed to come in for a board and train as well (and I probably would have paid). But she saw my excitement and passion to do it myself and encouraged me to learn this new skill. If you want a place to train or board your dog there are lots of options out there. If you care about integrity, honesty and authenticity in a business....this is the place to go!"
- Bethany & Sid F. (Orem, UT)
"Anyone who has been to our house probably thinks very first about the massive 115lb dog that shoves his way through to make sure you say 'hi' to him first, often knocking you against a wall, making you drop your things and possibly knocking down children out of excitement. He also is notorious for hating (and scaring the crap out of) any type of 'service' person (bug sprayer, Internet provider, delivery person, etc) this has been an enormous source of tension and anxiety in our house for the past 6 years because the way he acts can be scary. We'd resorted to simply locking him outside as soon as a service person came and had to listen to him bark and go crazy and cross our fingers that he wouldn't someday come through the glass door.
"Well, this week, two service men came to our house to replace our TV and Gideon, calmly lay on his bed. He stayed there for over 30 minutes while the guys came in and out, went upstairs, made a bunch of noise unloading the new TV and loading up the old one. I was even reading books to my daughter and 'forgot' about him laying there because i was so at ease.
"Thank you so much, Sara, for what you've helped us learn. I feel like we'll never be able to repay you for the gift of peace. He is so much happier (not to mention the people that come over that don't get trampled). Bringing calm into my house has been the biggest blessing in the world right now. It's more than I ever believed as possible."
..."It continually makes us swell with pride and emotion that we are able to have a LIFE with our dog now. Such a simple thing, but to sit in our front yard, no leash, and just watch our daughter play with our puppy relaxing with us...no words. What's even more, we had at least 4 people walk past our house with little to no reaction from Gideon. We know it might not seem like a big deal to the average person with an average dog, but this has been so huge for us! Sara Baker, we'll just never be able to thank you enough even if we say it a million times!"
"...Sara Baker worked miracles with us! I'll recommend her to EVERYONE who asks."
- Destiny & Bart K. (Spanish Fork, UT)
"I got a monster but you turned her into an angel. Love my Cassie now, but there was a time when one of us had to go or else!!! Thanks Sara."
-Marylin B. (Springville, UT)
"From day one, I have enjoyed and appreciated my time with Sara at Bakers Acres. She has always been clear, kind, and helpful in all things and most importantly with my dog. I recommend her services to anybody and everybody! Do yourself and your dog a favor and use Bakers Acres."
- Chelsea & Alex A. (Orem, UT)
"Sara is amazing. She isn't just a dog-sitter; she doesn't just provide basic care for your pet. She provides an atmosphere where your dog can excel and be a successful, social-being with humans and animals. Juno attended daycare twice a week and Sara would show me videos of her playing, going on walks, and having fun. She reinforces the training your dog has had and provides training where there isn't any.
"Before Sara, Juno had attended daycare a few times at a large facility in Murray. Juno couldn't wait to get picked up from the other place, but picking her up from Sara's, she is happily playing with the other dogs when it is time to go. It is great to see Juno's confidence grow after being with Sara.
"The one-on-one experience and smaller group size is worth it! I would highly recommend Sara over the 'big box' doggy daycares."
- Jackie L. (Salt Lake City, UT)
"Bakers Acres K9 Academy always exceeds expectations. These guys are great."
- Nick D. (Provo, UT)
"We have been very pleased with the care Sara has given to our young mini Schnauzer. She obviously loves dogs and gives excellent care. We knew that while our dog was under Sara's care, he would be well cared for and also receive training that would help him be better behaved. We strongly recommend Sara."
- Richard & Marne I. (Provo, UT)
"Sara has been a WONDERFUL person for us and our dog. For two years she has helped us with daycare, dog boarding, and dog training. She goes above and beyond. She enforces house rules, makes sure the dogs get lots of play time, takes them for walks and makes sure they get tons of socialization. Ruby always came home happy and tired, and her behavior improved markedly with each visit.
"...It's great that all of Sara's training/daycare/boarding is out of her home. This means that the dogs don't have to be stressed out about going to a kennel, or being in an uncomfortable environment. Ruby loved going to Sara's because it was the equivalent of going to a friend's house, not doggie jail.
"...We love her. We are so sad to have moved away."
- Bryce & McCall C. (Biddeford, ME)
"Sara knows her stuff. Our dog, Teddy, has spent a lot of time with her at doggy daycare and training lessons. We see changes in his behavior almost immediately. Her training is direct and user friendly. We highly recommend her."
- Michelle & Robert G. (Springville, UT)
"We've done both boarding and training with Sara and can't thank her enough. She cares for the dogs and has passion about what she does. She took the time to explain and show us through example how to become even better friends."
- Brian B. & Family (Mapleton, UT)
"We have known Sara for a few years as she has cared for our schnauzer on a number of occasions. We highly recommend Sara for a number of reasons: she's very tender and caring, she loves each dog that she cares for and is very knowledgeable in proper dog training techniques. She's our local "dog whisperer" and can help resolve just about any behavioral problems any dog might be having. We don't think you can find a more engaged, knowledgeable and caring canine professional in Utah."
- Steve & Donna J. (Mapleton, UT)
Corgi & Tiny
“My girls are with someone who truly cares and will strengthen rather than compromise their training.”
- Johnny & Spring F. (Springville, UT)
"Sara is great with dogs and I felt very secure knowing Spero was staying with her. I hate leaving my guy, and usually take him everywhere with me, but I will be taking him to Sara's again, for daycare, and the occasional stay-over. Spero says 4 paws up!! :)"
- Ray C. (Salt Lake City, UT)
"I was so glad to find Bakers Acres. I was initially so worried about leaving him in the hands of strangers, but the daily updates and pictures made me feel at ease and I was able to enjoy my vacation and my dog was too! When we took our beloved Chief home, he was so worn out from all the fun and what was great is that Sara reinforced the training we had been working on. We will definitely use Sara in the future.
- Kasey G. (Provo, UT)
"My Siberian Husky (Taz) had a great time staying with the Bakers. He didn't want to go home when we came to pick him up! I felt that my dog was in good hands and had no worries leaving him here. I know that he spent the majority of the time outside playing with the other dogs rather than sitting in a kennel all day. I would definitely recommend these guys!"
- Brooke & Sean M. (Springville, UT)
"Please . . . only use Sara if you want your dog to have a safe, fantastic, home-style stay while you're away! Your best friend will not be disappointed. Your family member will stay with her family and not be consigned to a kennel. But beware, once your dog stays with Sara, another dog sitter won't be accepted. We love her style, and she keeps us informed during the stay."
"...Our dog Emee stayed for almost two weeks! She was happy and healthy when we picked her up.
"...We were so excited to find a place that doesn't leave them locked in a kennel for most of the time. She was with the family and running with the pack during the day, and sleeping in her own kennel at night.
"We were a bit worried, as Emee doesn't have other dog friends. But, she seemed to adjust quite quickly and enjoy meeting other dogs.
"We will be returning for all our future dog sitting needs! Thanks so much Sara!!
- Chris & Linda P. (Springville, UT)
"So, I have an 11 year old lab who is an only fur baby, (his companion died 2 years ago), and he started having anxiety issues. He would drool and lick compulsively all the time. We tried all kinds of medications, to no avail. Then he started having behavior problems. (Getting in the trash, getting on furniture, begging for food.) Multiple vet visits and tests found no medical issues. I brought him to Sara for doggy daycare so he had something to do and some socialization just to try it out. Seriously after ONE DAY he did not lick or drool. He is more calm and happy. Needless to say, he is a regular client now!"
- Leslie & Rod N. (Spanish Fork, UT)
"We have used several different 'dog sitters' in the last three years to take care of our chocolate lab, Jake, while we were out of town on trips. We checked references for all of them before we left Jake with them. All of these people took good care of Jake. However, there was one person who was clearly superior to all of the others, and that person was Sara Baker. She has experience as a dog trainer and is familiar with many, many breeds and with peculiar characteristics of each breed. Jake always got lots of exercise while he was with Sara. She made certain that all of the interactions with other dogs were in a safe environment. She always had some good advice for us when we picked up Jake at her home. The advice ranged from preferred brands of dog food to how to help him get over some bad habits that she had observed. Jake gets excited whenever we even get close to Sara’s house because he enjoys being there. She is honest and trustworthy in all of her dealings with us. Her treatment of Jake has been superb. I would not have any hesitation at all in recommending Sara for taking care of other people’s dogs – she is superb!"
"...Sara was fantastic! She worked with Jake on some behavior problems we have been experiencing and she gave us some really good tips on more training that we could do. Jake loved his stay there! He was treated like the 'prince' that he is!"
- Richard & Bonnie T. (Orem, UT)
"Sara was the best host. She sent great updates and often watches multiple dogs, so we knew our dog had lots of friends to keep him busy. She was the clear leader of the dogs from the first moment we got there, and we had no worries about the pack. We'll definitely be booking her again."
- Claire B. (Park City, UT)
Sampson & Scout
"Sara did an amazing job with my dogs! They didn't want to come back home after boarding with her for the holiday weekend! Will definitely go back to Sara for our dog needs."
- Alma G. (Provo, UT)
Kingston & Laila
"I was so excited when we found Bakers which was near our house. We were able to come and check out the place to make sure we felt comfortable in leaving our dogs there. Right away we knew that this family loves dogs and we knew our dogs would be in good hands. We left a boxer and a cavalier and they got amazing care. The yard is big which the dogs got to play, they were fed and taken care of. Overall it was a great experience as it was convenient. The price is great for amount of love and care the dogs got."
- Kaycee & Myller D. (Spanish Fork, UT)
"Sara is fantastic! We wouldn't take our fur baby to anyone else!"
- Abigail & Moises P. (Vineyard, UT)
"Our dog, Wesley, has been with Sara on several occasions. The last time we left him over Thanksgiving. He was well cared for and had a great time playing with the other dogs there. Sara is great with dogs and she helped Wesley with some behavioral issues while he was there. He was returned to us a happy and healthy dog."
- Cole R. & Family (Provo, UT)
"Great experience for Willey and us as well. Sara was very helpful and had many valuable suggestions about our dogs behavior. We would use her services again without hesitation."
- Cory D.
Emma & Zoe
"My two little dogs loved their stay with Sara! They were able to be around other dogs and to play outside in Sara's backyard. Sara is very knowledgeable about dogs and also very professional since this is her business and not just a "side" job. I highly recommend this dog sitter!"
- Karyn M.
"When I arrived to pick up my boxer mix at the end of a long weekend, it was clear she was well cared for, entertained, and exercised. She had enjoyed being in the company of the other dogs. Sara even had some suggestions for me to eliminate an annoying behavior that I had tried to solve. Her suggestions worked! Sara knows, understands and cares for dogs."
- Karen J.
"When we first hired Sara to watch our little Jack Russell Terrier, we were reluctant to leave him for so long, however, she was so thoughtful to invite us over prior to leaving on our trip that we felt like he was going to be in good hands. Sara's dog Bandit was so friendly with our dog as well that we knew he'd have a great time while we were gone.
"...During his stay with Sara, our little guy learned how to heel during a walk, wait patiently for his food, and to avoid going where he wasn't supposed to. Sara also remembered to send several text messages and photos to help us know he was having a great time. We'd highly recommend Sara to anyone who needs a dog-sitter."
- Chris & Terelyn K. (Springville, UT)