The Dog Tutor
Over 30 years of Experience
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Testimonials and Google Reviews

“My Lily loves Don and Maria – even my neighbors comment on the dedicated 'dog people' who walk her while I'm at work, watch her when I have to travel... continue reading

"Wish we hired Don sooner! He began training our Golden puppy Harley when the group class training we ad attended proved to be insufficient... continue reading

"Don and Maria have been so incredible with my dog Pip.
They are completely reliable when it comes to walks and care. continue reading


The Dog Tutor is a wonderful, helpful service. Don walks our dog Juno so that we can go to work without concern for his welfare.  Thanks to Don who is a very caring and dependable animal lover.    Ursula S, Bethel, CT


 Maria and Don are great caretakers of our dogs.  They are dependable, flexible and our dogs enjoy their company.   Randi, Poughquag, NY


Don and Maria are always available to help us out when we are traveling for business or pleasure in the states.  They take such good care of our two dogs, and we know that they are always in good hands both professionally and personally when our babies are cared for by them!  Jolly Good! 

Anna and Stephen, London, UK



“Don has walked my dog Lola (Siberian Husky) for an entire summer as well as pet sat for Lola and our dog Fitz. Don has done incredible work with Lola in this short period of time. He has helped train her better on the leash and generally has reduced her level of anxiety during the day when I am not around. Don is an incredibly caring person who has developed a great relationship with Lola. Lola looks forward to her daily visits from Don and is visibly overjoyed once he arrives to walk her. I could not have asked for more from Don. He treated Lola as if she were his own. I highly recommend Don for any dog walking, training and pet sitting needs.”  – Matt P., Rye, NY


“I have three dogs, one of which needed special care, and Don was wonderful. He kept me updated at all times on how my dogs were doing. He also cared for my snakes and gerbils. It was a pleasure knowing I could enjoy my vacation and not worry about my animals.”  - Inez, Patterson, NY


“My Lily loves Don and Maria – even my neighbors comment on the dedicated 'dog people' who walk her while I'm at work, watch her when I have to travel on biz, and help with her feed, training/behavior training.   I couldn't do it without them! Not sure who loves them more, Lily or me!?”

 – Nora, Pawling, NY



“When my parents went out of town, they left me at one of my favorite places: 'Camp Henderson.' On my third night there, I had shooting pains throughout my body and I could not move my head. Don and Maria were quick to action and rushed me to their local vet. They could not help me so they drove me in the pouring rain to the Norwalk emergency clinic. They stayed with me until 3 in the morning and were there for me. Don and Maria saved my life, as I had a blown disc in my back that suddenly erupted. I am doing well now, but wanted to take this opportunity to recommend Don and Maria. They are excellent pet sitters and Maria is a good cook, too!”  – Donna, Bethel, CT (Koko's Mom)



“We adopted a rescue puppy (Rusty) and quickly decided that we needed help to get his training started right away, and to break him of some early bad habits. We called Don, and with his help and guidance Rusty not only learned his basic commands, but we learned the best way to handle his ongoing training and development, thus breaking him of some of our bad habits as well. We would not have such a well-behaved dog if it wasn't for Don. Don and Maria also walk Rusty during the week. He is always excited to see them. We highly recommend Don and Maria for both training and walking. They are very dedicated, and Rusty really enjoys his time with them on our property and going to the park."
- Tony & Lynn, Stormville, NY (Rusty's parents)



"When Kodi, Kiki and I went searching for pet/house sitting services, we never thought we would find such wonderful people. Don and Maria treat our pups and home as if it were their own. I love the daily updates they give me. Kodi loves his daily walks around the neighborhood, and his waistline makes him much healthier. It was a rough winter of 2014 into 2015 with the snow and ice and they never let us down. When you love your pets with all your heart, it is a blessing to find such wonderful people that you can trust to love and care for them when you cannot. Don and Maria, thank you so much.”  – Lisa, Patterson, NY Cody



“Thank you for the invisible fence training for Sadie and for helping solve her behavioral issues. You certainly know your stuff and I definitely put you up there with Cesar! Sadie is now a more well-behaved part of our family!”   – Brittany, Ridgefield, CT


I highly recommend Don Henderson of The Dog Tutor.  He is a very reliable, experienced dog walker.  He is dependable, available, and trustworthy.  Don is very easy to contact, and he always gets right back to me.  He is a friendly, lovable dog professional.  His calm demeanor makes my two dogs relax in his presence and behave.  Thank you Don!    Melinda


Wish we hired Don sooner! He began training our Golden puppy Harley when the group class training we ad attended proved to be insufficient. He's done a remarkable job and he is now our puppy walker too! Family and puppy are very happy. Thank you Don!   - Jane, Patterson, NY


Don and Maria have been so incredible with my dog Pip.  They are completely reliable when it comes to walks and care. They are flexible and are always happy to help. Don's training of Pip has been incredible. Pip will do anything to please Don! He has become so obedient and easy to handle thanks to Don and it didn't take long! Most important of all, Pip loves Don and Maria. He is so happy every time they come over. His excitement is a joy to see. I had to go to the hospital unexpectedly recently and Don and Maria took Pip home for four days. They sent me photos every day and kept me well informed of Pip's activities. Pip came home as happy as ever. I don't know what Pip and I would do without the support of Don and Maria.

We both love them! - Mary, Danbury, CT

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________        Charley-Lu   "Love you Don -- I've known him and Mia for a long long time"

Don and Maria are great!  What I love most about the dog walking service is the flexibility.  They are great with our dog Charley, and are extremely reliable.  We have also used them to care for our dog while we go away on vacation.  We have peace of mind knowing she's in such good hands in the comfort of their home.  Tamara, Brookfield, CT


    " Hi!  I'm Heidi! "

We would be lost without Don and Maria.  They are both very reliable and loving to our Heidi!  Heidi is a happier dog largely due to their care and Don's training.   Maggie, Pawling, NY



Don and Maria took care of our dog Katie that passed away and now take care of our dog Izzy and our cat Socks! We trust them both in our home and are happy they keep us updated while we are away on how our pets are doing. They send us pictures too. We highly recommend them for pet care.      - Joyce, Wappingers Falls, NY


  Ace and Enzo

Don and Maria never say "No".  They are available even at the last seconds for us which gives us a piece of mind regarding our two Boston Terriers.  Besides their availability, they provide excellent service with their combined years of experience and trust.  We never have to be concerned about our Boston's when The Dog Tutor are in their care.  - The Serafins', Danbury CT


Sydney-Halloween-BethelDon and Maria are the best of the best!  So loving and caring of all animals.  I have known them now for about 2 years.  They can answer any questions you may have and are willing to go out of their way to help you.  My little Sydney is a tough little girl!  She doesn't take to most anyone.  When she sees Don, she is totally a different dog.  She loves him to pieces!  He is so good with her, and she listens to him...more so than myself (Lol) -- No Joke!  Don has stayed over my house when I went on vacation and took great care of her.  He is the only one I would ever leave her with, and feel comfortable to go away!  You can put your trust and furry kids in their care.  Wonderful trainer as well!  You won't be disappointed.    - Mary, Bethel, CT


                                       "I love Don"  Sydney


Don and Maria love dogs.  When you start with a simple formula, both dog and owner are inspired and relieved at the same time.  What I love about Don's training (I use them both for pet walking, training, and pet sitting), is that this is the real professional deal. No glamour, or TV show, they deliver results.  Withing a short time period Don was able to train my dog (a very stubborn breed).  My Roscoe was responding and behaving much better. I highly recommend their services.  - Laura

  I'm Rosco!!


Don has been walking my Rhodesian Ridgeback/Coon mix for over two years. He has a wonderful relationship with this rather ornery hard to control dog. I would also like to commend Don for being extremely reliable regardless of weather conditions.  - Jim, Sharon, CT



Don has been walking me (Bowie) since we moved to Ridgefield in October 2017.  He is so nice that he puts my coat on me when it's cold outside.  I get to walk with other dogs in the neighborhood, and am now part of the Gang!  Thank you Don Bowie



Maria and Don are the best! When I had surgery on my hand, I thought for sure I could stay home with my puppy.  Starr and take care of her.  Little did I know I would be in a HUGE bandage and my arm had to remain elevated above my head for days!  I called Don and he came over to my apartment immediately and brought Starr home to his house where she stayed for three days!  She was treated like family!  Don is extremely reliable; sometimes coming twice a day to walk and/or feed her when I work late. Starr goes on walks with him, meets other dogs in our complex, and Don always leaves me a note about their time together. We are so appreciative of their loving care and expertise advise.  Thank you Don & Maria!   Marilyn, Brookfield, CT


We are so lucky to have found Don & Maria to care for our Echo when we are working or have to travel.  They give us peace of mind that he is not sitting alone all day!  They have been more than reliable & flexible as our schedules constantly change.  Thank you!  Wend Echo


Don has been great!  We just got our first dog, Luna last Fall 2017.   Don provided very good tips and techniques to help her get acquainted to her new surroundings.  He is extremely reliable and Luna really looks forward to going for her walks with him. We feel lucky to have found Don and Mia! 



We found Don and Maria through Google search to walk our two energetic Labs when we were not able to let them out during the day.  They are fantastic with the "Boys" and care for them like they were their own.  They were even more reliable than the USPS during the recent March 2018 snow storms.  Thank you, Don and Maria.     Tom, Pawling, NY


Don is super-reliable and, aside from regularly scheduled visits, he is usually able to help us out in a pinch.  He even pitched in to help with our foster kittens.  We know our "beloved Abby" loved his visits.  Don is our Go-to Dog Walker!  The best!   Jane McGarry

Abby (Please see Abby's Memorial on our Memorial Page)


 Don was great with our dogs Emy and Elsa.

 We learned a lot from him in a handful of lessons! P. Fleetwood 

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