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    Professional dog trainer - One to One Dog Training, Puppy Training and Behaviour Training Packages

    Our Services


    One to one personal coaching sessions, puppy training in your home and behavioural consultations are just some of the services from Action 4 Dogs. We have a lifetime of experience dealing with dogs and helping their owners.

    Online Dog Training

    Online Training

    Online Training and support in the comfort and privacy of your own…

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    121 Training

    Don’t wish to commit to a package? Basic dog training

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    Behaviour Training Packages

    My behaviour training sessions are designed to enable you to

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    Attentive Dog

    Rescue Dogs & Overseas Rescues:

    If your dog has already had a previous home or spent a…

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    Recall Level 1

    Initial 1 ½ hour session followed by 3 x 1 hour block…

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    Recall Level 2

    (clients will have ideally come through Level 1 otherwise a new assessment…

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    Ultimate Recall

    Each Level at completion includes a final timescale assessment of your dog’s…

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    Gun Dog + Retriever

    You may not have a working dog, but your dog may have…

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    The Puppy Taster

    This is a one-off 2 hour session that can be arranged in…

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    Puppy Foundation Package

    The Taster (2 hours) plus one follow up session (1 hour) to…

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    Ultimate Puppy Experience

    includes the Taster (2 hours) plus a further 2 x 1 ½…

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    Welcome to Action 4 Dogs in Edinburgh

    Action 4 Dogs are based on the outskirts of Edinburgh in the heart of the Scottish Lothians. Founder Max Muir travels throughout the UK coaching clients to train their dogs as well as delivering his energising and stimulating seminars and workshops.

    Max Muir

    I am based on the outskirts of Edinburgh in the heart of the Scottish Lothians. Over the past 18 years I have travelled throughout the UK coaching clients to train their dogs as well as delivering some energising, stimulating seminars and workshops.

    I have had the pleasure of delivering International keynote presentations on dog behaviour. I am a full member of APDT and registered dog trainer with ABTC. I am the MD of Action 4 Dogs and dedicated to teaching and providing my clients with the tools they need to have the relationship with their dog they desire.

    Certified Dog Trainer

    I am trained to a high standard and I’ve built a good reputation as a certified dog trainer working with owners and students professionally for the last 20 years.

    APDT Full Member certified dog trainer

    ABTC Registered dog trainer

    Compass Education & Training College of Canine Studies


    Dog Rescue Services

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    A good deal of my time is devoted to working with rescue dogs and I am a proud sponsor of Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland Scio where I have enjoyed a successful close working relationship with founder Carolyne Poulton BEM (The First Lady of Labradors.). My work includes the assessment and rehabilitation of dogs in need of being rescued, training and behaviour, and training and re-homing support for owners when the dogs eventually find their new homes. I have loved every minute of my work with LRRSS and I’m affectionately known in the area as the Labrador man.


    I also offer mentoring programmes where students gain hands-on practical experience working closely with me on a one to one coaching basis. Students gain insight into enhancing their observation skills, reading canine body language, learning techniques, training methods and principles, as well as practical training and handling skills.

    *Please be aware that 'travel expenses' apply on all packages where I have to travel to the customer. Email for the total cost.

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    The Recall - Does your dog have recall?
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    Professional dog trainer Max, has spent his entire life in the company of dogs. In that time he has been guided by a deep desire to grow his knowledge of dogs while creating a better world for them by employing a natural and humane approach using training methods that are both kind and respectful. His relationship with dogs and the training methods used are motivated by a deep love for the animal.

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    We invited Max to work with us to assist in realising our ambition, which was to establish the criterion we would use as a benchmark for the exceptional care we commit to delivering to the dogs entrusted in our care. We examined many trainers available and concluded that Max not only enjoyed great success with proven results but also had a lot in common with our own personal beliefs, which is to create an enjoyable world for dogs with adherence to a natural and kind approach. We were delighted with the programme Max created delivering outstanding results in an enjoyable and relaxed setting. Our team of 14 now work with proficient consistency and enjoy a greater awareness. The continued relationship we have with Max is something we hold with high regard, and his admirable skills and knowledge have been invaluable. Having Max as a ‘champion’ is of great worth to Citidogs and we fully endorse his methods and approach.
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    Rhona - Edinburgh
    Mongrel Dog Owner
    Max came to the house and after talking about Toby he explained to me that Toby had never learned to deal with situations he found stressful and couldn’t cope. I also learned that I had made the situation worse by using techniques that I had been advised to use from another source. We went out for a walk and Max taught me how to use a sound, response and treat technique to get Toby’s attention and also how to gain Toby’s trust and respect, allowing me to take the lead in a calm manner and get Toby out of situations he found stressful. The session went so quickly but in that time Max taught me how to recognise Toby’s signals and to understand things from Toby’s perspective. I found the session very informative, Max explains things in a clear manner and also follows up with a report and an action plan. It will not be a quick fix with Toby but already I see a difference in him and now we have an even stronger bond. He is a lot calmer out on walks and I feel confident that with using the techniques that Max has taught me we will go from strength to strength. I also know that Max is at the end of the phone if I am unsure about anything. I highly recommend Max, by the end of the session he had a fantastic bond with Toby and it is plain to see that he is there because he genuinely cares about helping you to help your dog.
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    Allan and Mary - Eskbank
    English Springer Spaniel
    Bonnie came to us via North West English Springer Spaniel Rescue. She had lived with six other dogs, she was neglected, very thin and nervous. We felt that we needed to do something to help her socialise with people and other dogs and give her more self confidence. Walking on the lead was becoming difficult, she pulled hard and almost had me off my feet a couple of times. So, we contacted Max. Two days later we can hardly believe the difference in Bonnie. We all went out for a walk and Max showed us that by pulling Bonnie back was entirely the wrong way to deal with her, by using a long leash and a combination of treats and praise we worked wonders, in fact by the evening we noticed she was calmer altogether. The next day we put the new training methods into practice, they are so simple but make so much sense, the difference in Bonnie is amazing and lead walking is easy now, all of us are less stressed and Bonnie is growing in confidence.
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    Angela, Newtongrange
    Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog Owner
    On acquiring my Bulldog puppy’, Shiloh, at six months I found her to be very aggressive with other dogs. I also could not get her attention and she was basically doing what she liked. Shiloh responded immediately to the sound and rewards methods you advised us to implement. actually within the space of one day she was coming to recall, sitting and even taught her to give a paw in three ten minute training sessions, also her lead pulling was stopped instantly with your advised change of leash technique.Her dog to dog aggression was our main concern as she was snarling and pulling if any strange dogs came close to her and i was very worried that I would never be able to let her off the lead in public. We worked for a week on the advice you gave us and I am so delighted to say that yesterday my lovely puppy was in the park off lead and playing with Spaniels, Labradors, Greyhounds etc..Shiloh and I cannot thank you enough for understanding her issues and giving us the advice to overcome the problem.
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    Gordon and Linda Lansley - Penicuik
    Black Labrador Owners
    We have a one year old Black Labrador called Rogan. A typical Lab full of energy and excitement. We were wary when out on walks. If Rogan saw a dog in the distance he would ignore any command and run to the other dog. We would like to say a huge thank you Max, after one session you have shown us how to keep Rogan’s attention on us to the point where he can ignore the presence of other dogs. You also showed us how to stop him from pulling on the lead. Rogan would also like to say thank you, he has lots more fun now when he is out, he gets to use all that energy with his favourite game FETCH!!!
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    Stuart & Amanda - Bonnyrigg
    Maltese Terrier Owner
    Max was recommended to us as we were having problems walking our one year old Maltese Terrier Dog. Whenever Mackay encountered another dog on a walk he would go berserk, barking and snapping uncontrollably to the point that we lost all confidence in taking him out. After a couple of sessions with Max we were able to understand the cause of his behaviour and Max has shown us how to handle and correct this in a calm and effective manner. We are now a lot more relaxed and enjoying walks with Mackay and wish that we had contacted Max much sooner as he has shown a genuine interest in helping us and has been so thorough in his work with Mackay.
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    My work includes the assessment and rehabilitation of dogs in need of being rescued, training and behaviour, and training and re-homing support for owners when the dogs eventually find their new homes.


    I have rehabilitated and helped rehome over 75 dogs. I am a proud sponsor of Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland Scio (LRRSS) and have enjoyed a successful close working relationship with founder Carolyne Poulton BEM.


    I have hosted workshops, seminars and webinars in Edinburgh, Glasgow and throughout Scotland and the UK. All covering a variety of dog-related topics.


    I also offer 'One to One' dog trainer coaching with students. Students will learn dog training techniques, methods and principles as well as the practical training and handling skills.