The Inner Dog LLC

Sam Wike, CPDT-KA, VSPDT and Behavior Specialist

pet professional guild

"We have been blessed to know and use the services of Sam Wike to train our three German Shepherd Dogs Zak, Zoe and Phoebe.  We encountered a range of issues with them from anxiety, to incorporating a new puppy with an older dog to an overly exuberant dog who needs mental as well as physical stimulation. Through all the issues the one thing we learned from Sam was to accept each dog as an individual and not try and change them to bend to our human will but to accept them for the dog they are not who we want to force them to be.  We learned the importance not just of acceptance but of patience and the importance of consistency.  Our Phoebe is now two and we know that if any problem comes up Sam is just a phone call away. We highly recommend him!!!!!"
Luci, Ed and Elisa P., Long Branch, NJ


"...We have learned so much from Sam about how our puppy thinks and why she does what she does.  She is two and a half now, and truly the best behaved, gentlest animal on earth.  Sam is the reason she is such a great dog.  He is extremely gentle, a phenomenal listener, and a sincere professional.  On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest excellence, Sam is a 1,000,000."
Sally S. Oceanport, NJ

"I got a King Cavalier Spaniel, Baxter.  The problem was I am a spoiler in the true sense of the word.  If Baxter wanted to pull, he pulled.  If Baxter wanted to jump, he jumped.  So Sam had a duel problem, training the pup, and the owner.  I honestly don't know which was harder. I have never met (I have met several) a gentler, kinder or better trainer. ... Sam taught him manners, safety and kindness.  He is now a therapy dog and brings love and kindness to everyone he meets.  Sam taught me how to behave with him too.  Thank you Sam!  There is not a better person or trainer around.  I recommend him every chance I get."
Gail B., Red Bank, NJ

"Sam has and continues to be an invaluable resource to all my dog related needs. Whether it be guiding me through training with my first dog, answering questions and providing advice for mutliple foster dogs I have had, and being an amazing resource at the shelter where I volunteer. Sam is always available, always positive and his true passion for dogs always shines through. I am fortunate our paths crossed and I have learned and been inspired by him." 
Dawn E. Red Bank, NJ

"Sam Wike provides invaluable insight into the rescue dogs we work with. At every step of the process, Sam shares his expertise, evaluating at shelters, speaking with fosters to decide a behavioral plan, and working with adopting families to insure their home is a forever home. There is something unique about watching Sam with a new family. Many trainers understand dog behavior, but Sam has a way of explaining that people like and UNDERSTAND. Sam's discussions of dog's body language leave people saying, "ohhhhh!! I didn't know!"  His work with families during the adoption process is our peace of mind....he is the BEST we can offer to our adopters and (most importantly) our dogs to insure that our dogs needs are understood, and the family is truly ready to welcome their newest member." 
-Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue, Monmouth County, NJ

"I just wanted to check in with you and update you on Inky's progress. If you recall it was just about a year ago that you and the doctor came to my  home, and at that time Inky was still quite a troubled little boy. Since we last saw each other he has remained on his Prozac and he has made so much progress it's extraordinary.... I just wanted to drop a line to let you know how grateful we are for all your help, you helped us incorporate Inky into the family and flat out saved his life! I don't know what would have happened to him if we hadn't been able to make this work, but luckily we don't have to think about that..." 

Karen G.


"Sam is extremely knowledgeable about dogs. He truly loves them and is very insightful. I like that his training is kind to dogs and not based on punishments."

‚ÄčLisa B.

I can honestly say that I have just as much fun working with people as I do their dogs. Whether new puppies or dogs with severe behavioral challenges, watching one or both have that "lightbulb moment" is magic- and I knew for me that seeing those magic moments is the greatest thrill I can have. These are just some reviews of what clients have thought of my work.