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This trainer is amazing!!! Found her on referral from 2 different friends who took dogs there and now she is my lifetime trainer for my boy. My German Shepherd was to big and wild for me to walk on a leash...but now he is an angel in a park full of people and animals. No tugging or pulling at all. She really worked with me on how to handle him in the best way. We messaged the whole time he was away so she could build a program just for him and she even sent video! She has been available for questions afterwards as well. I can’t believe how lucky we are to have this customized training available at this skill level in WV! My boy will definitely be going back for a stay/training as needed. He loves it there and the cost is nothing compared to the reward of a “good boy”. I actually checked several programs and found her to be the most affordable. Thank you so much!! No one works harder to make your fur-family happy and well trained than Laura!!!

From Lazlo’s Mom. Sharon Rynard

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Laura is fantastic- Clark my Doberman spent two weeks at 6 months old for the two week agility and obedience training. Of course i was worried the whole time but Laura sent pictures and kept me updated every step of the way. Before Clark was a wild maniac although he knew a lot of the basics from my work with him at home. When he came back he was a very different dog- such a pleasure to be around and always looking at ‘dad’ for his command and my permission to do something- although he can still be a little rowdy. Clark’s obedience never stopped with Laura- her instruction is continued at HOME which is the only way this can work. Dogs- especially a strong headed breed like Dobermans- constantly test their owners - if their owners are pushovers then the dog will then take charge. Clark is on voice command now for the most part- only using the lead to ‘remind him’ and when we go racing dirt bikes- he is a kid lover and even obeys them with the commands Laura instilled in him. We are so thankful for an excellent/skilled trainer in our area of WV! Laura really is the best- and was recommended to me by at least a dozen people ranging from businessmen, well known physicians, and friends. No doubt EVERYONE Clark meets has benefited from Laura’s training! Thank you so much!

Clark’s Dad Adame Meade
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My Maggie just finished up her board & Train last week. I would definitely recommend Walnut Ridge farm. 

As soon as I dropped Maggie off to Laura she went right with her. I was shocked as Maggie had never been away from us. I have definitely saw changes in Maggie since she has been home. Laura always responds back to me when I message her with any questions I may have. We went back today for class and Maggie was very excited to be back there. I will be using walnut ridge any time I need to board her. 

Vallery Lester Tilley
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My dog Duke a yorkie and I went to a training session yesterday. The owner is very knowledgeable and Duke just loved her. I would definitely recommend this place. It was Duke's 1st time of being there but it won't be his last.

Jessica Drake
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Laura knows what she is doing in training dogs. She picks up immediately on their different personalities. She is encouraging, and the owners learn as much as the dogs do in a pleasant, carefree atmosphere.

Cathy Cross
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We have a new dog after just one visit! Laura read our dog's personality right away and was able to help us. So glad we can enjoy our walks now!

Amy Althon
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Met Laura and Ritchie 2 years ago over the phone from Philadelphia, Pa. We were moving to West Virginia and needed to board out collie for the day. Laura could not have been any nicer. We dropped our baby off, made settlement , came back and found one happy dog..Since that day we have board "Beckley" numerous times and to be truthful, I think he minds one bit how long we are away!!! We feel very good knowing he's being take care of..Also took him there for obedience lessons which turned out well for the dog, however, I think they should have lessons just for the parents..haha. You couldn't find 2 nicer people to leave you animals with. May God continue to bless them with good health and patience.
Theresa Bennett
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Laura is amazing. Our sweet Jack spent 2 weeks with her and came home a totally different dog. Anyone who has a puppy who needs some guidance should most certainly give Laura a call!!!
Jennifer Mcbride
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The only place I ever board my dogs. They typically come home exhausted from playing and smelling great!

Elizabeth Vines
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Very reasonable rates and she takes excellent care of our doggo when we go on vacation. Thanks so much!! 

Seby Bell :D
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Laura and Ritchie were both great with my doberman! He was a different dog after the second lesson. Im so glad I took him for training .
Kristen Tingler
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Laura had our German Shepherd Max for two weeks of obedience training and wow what a difference. Our 7 year old granddaughter took max for a walk today and she handled him without any problems. Two weeks ago he would have pulled her down the street. Best investment we have made on our pet. We would highly recommend.

Laura Gary Brown
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Awesome farm! Great with animals and a wonderful person!

Brooklyn Hjerpe
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No better place for dogs, horses and friends to meet up and have a great time!
Marsha Fuzia
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I have taken my dog there since she was 3 months old. She believes it is her own doggie camp!
Vicki West
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My dog loves staying at Walnut Ridge! Laura and Ritchie take great care of him, he gets to play with new friends, and I always bring home a sleepy and happy pup. Highly recommend!

Kristi Bay
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Amazing job with my two German Shepard's. Highly recommend the 2 wk obedience course. We are very amazed and pleased with the results:)
Cynthia Lafferty
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They took great care of our dogs.. dogs were happy and so are we... 
They are very compassionate people, much appreciated , thank you..

Kathie Sutphin Stacey
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Great facility and Laura is great with the animals.

Kim Rowley
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Would highly recommend Walnut Ridge to anyone looking for obedience training. Laura knows what's she's doing.

Hilary Lee
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Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did with Casper. He is very well behaved in most circumstances. We are quite pleased as we continue to work with him on the command "Casper come". The deer we have in our neighborhood seem to be too much for him to resist, but in most situations he listens and comes to us. He heels very nicely and will sit next to me when I stop walking. Prior to your training he would just about pull me over when we went for walks. Richard and I really appreciate your work and would be happy to be a reference if you should ever need one.
Best wishes to you for a warm and wonderful spring…no more snow!

Regards, Karen Troutman
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I have been boarding my 2 female boxers here for 5 years. They both seem to enjoy their vacations in the country. I feel very comfortable leaving them with Laura at Walnut Ridge, she runs a great boarding, training facility. 

Mary Sue Wilcox 
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Laura has boarded my cattle dog Rexie several times while we travel. Rexie is the type of dog that does not care for strangers and most people are scared of him. The only person I trust to keep him is Laura. Laura is wonderful with Rexie. She cares for him and also ensures that he gets enough exercise and attention. When we are traveling she sends us pictures of Rexie having fun on the farm. This makes us extremely happy because Rexie is an important member of our family. Laura is hands down the best option available for dog boarding. Rexie loves her and always comes home happy and healthy. We will continue to use her services in the future. 

Thanks, Ashley and Jeff Henderson
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Laura has been fantastic with all of my dogs and they have all loved her. When they stay at Walnut Ridge they have a great time getting to play with all of the other dogs. I never worry about my babies because I know they are being well taken care of. I would recommend anyone who needs their doggies taken care of to take them to Walnut Ridge.
Sheryl Morgan
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I had an amazing time at Walnut Ridge Farm. As a mom, wife and Nurse, I am very busy, as most of us are. Getting to stop by to meet Laura Hark-Plumley and her vast array of horses, mules and dogs was just what I needed. The farm is beautiful but most importantly the animals are both physically and mentally thriving. I follow Laura on Facebook and am so thankful I got to go and experience "her life" in person, if only for just one evening. Getting to ride with her has recharged me and challenged me to ride/challenge my own horses and dogs even more. Tks again to Laura Hark-Plumley and her husband for such a great experience.

Martha Goodwin-Colebank

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My wife, and I were referred to Walnut Ridge Farm to board our first German Shepherd for the first time back in 2001 by a WV State Trooper, and we couldn’t have been more blessed. Laura not only has a safe and clean kennel set up; she has an obvious love for animals. She’s very knowledgeable about animals, especially German Shepherds.

We’re still calling on Laura today to take care of our new German Shepherd. As we simply can’t trust any other boarder / trainer like we can Laura. She’s one of a kind, with a true love for animals, and it’s obvious in every way.

Thank you, Laura for being so accommodating, and for taking such good care of our current German Shepherd, Charlie.

Chris Saunders
Pineville, WV
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Laura is awesome! Our 6 month old German Shepherd Zeus is a totally different dog now and he absolutely loved her and the farm.

Mike Bragg

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Walnut Ridge made my weekend way less stressful! I just knew my Murphy was being taken care of while I had to leave him!! Thank you so much!! We will definitely be back!!

Jessicia Marie Gauldin
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This was out first time boarding our boys. It was a wonderful experience for us and them. Thank you so much!!!

Andrea Stracener

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I would HIGHLY recommend this place!!! I wouldn’t trust my German Shepherd with anyone else!

Liz Vestal
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I highly recommend Walnut Ridge. You can leave knowing your pup will be well taken care of. Extremely responsive and reassuring with texts. 

Abbie Ward

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Laura is amazing!! We enrolled our dog, Bear, into the two week board and train as soon as he turned 5 months old. I could not believe the change in him after the training! He follows all the commands she taught us, and now knows how to properly walk on a leash. It’s truly been life changing for us! We also now use her to board Bear when we travel. He LOVES it there! He always has “friends” to play with, and he loves all the obstacles. I highly recommend Walnut Ridge for every single dog owner. It’s an awesome place, and Laura is a true dog whisperer. She’s great at training us owners too(the entire family). She’s readily available for all questions as they arise. We consider her a family friend now.

Angie Hartsuch
Beckley WV
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"You sure you didn't give me the wrong dog? Lol. We played some frisbee in the snow and went on a long walk to practice. Ashby did wonderful and walks are actually fun instead of stressful. I can't thank you enough for everything. " 

Cynthia Hall

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I absolutely recommend Walnut Ridge to EVERY dog owner! Laura is absolutely amazing! I have a 6 month old Great Dane that was sooo out of control until I boarded her. She still has puppy issues because lets face it, she's a 6 month old Marmaduke lol. But thanks to Laura I can now control her and keep her training up. I absolutely recommend Walnut Ridge! The best doggie decision I've EVER made! You're puppy is not only trained but also loved!

Monica Williams



Walnut Ridge Farm
Laura Hark-Plumley  •  304-763-9017
Shady Spring, WV

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