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Our first meeting with Max this morning. Very passionate and knowledgeable about different breeds. Our puppy Spaniel Fergus was really pulling on the lead. We needed alot of guidance and advice. Max was just brilliant and we can know start training our pup to his best. Highly recommended.... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

Annette Prior

Max has been working with Hugo can’t thank him enough for his help... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Morag Harding

***** Max, thank you so much for showing and helping me get back on track with the training of my eleven month Staffie, Joona. When she was three months old we embarked on puppy training, socialisation, as is recommended by so many trainers nowadays. This resulted in her becoming more wired and confused and me becoming anxious, despairing that despite getting a 'blank canvas' to work with my energy and her intelligence were ill-matched. In our session together I realised that my dream of her becoming the dog she was born to be would, could, become possible. She loves to run and rewarding her by allowing her to do this was a much more potent way to train, far outweighing the number of treats that I was giving her. So thank you, thank you. To anyone reading this wondering if Max is the trainer for you .... I can't recommend him highly enough. I left our session with a light heart ... and a tired and happy young dog. Training is 'a process' and can be fun, simple and relaxed. We now have our whistle and line - it's down to me to continue with 'the process'. *****... See MoreSee Less

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7 months ago

Debbie Cameron

Excellent. 5 star. Patient enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. He exudes passion for dogs. We had taken on board a young Irish Setter and we knew we were out of our depth and needed help. Max showed us how to turn this dog around. And with his guidance and our commitment we have. What a joy she is to have around and to walk now. No problem is too small.... See MoreSee Less

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7 months ago

Carron Mcleay

max is just great, so down to earth and tailors training to every dogs individual needs. Even my dog Alfie took to him and hes terrified of men! I can finally see that theres hope when it comes to regaining my dogs confidence. thank you max from Alfie and me... See MoreSee Less

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9 months ago

David Alexander

We have a reactive lab x collie who we have been working with for the last 4 years. Progress has been slow. We had one session with Max last weekend and the outcome was amazing. Within 10 minutes Max had identified the problem provided a way forward and we spent the rest of the session learning what Max had taught us. Within the session Lachie was able to walk past other dogs, runners and cyclists with very little reaction. We know we have a lot of work ahead but we now have the tools to help Lachie forget his old ways and learn new positive behaviours. Already it is much more pleasurable taking him on his walks

Would highly recommend Max

Thanks for all your help and advice

David & Isabel Alexander
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9 months ago

Fiona Walton

Max is brilliant. We had our first training session today, working predominantly on leash training for Ted, our 9 month old cocker spaniel. Right from the start, Max puts you at ease. Who would have thought, that in less than 30 minutes, Ted was walking beside Max and not pulling one bit on his leash. A M A Z I N G. I couldn’t stop smiling. Lots of tips from Max too about our ongoing training homework ! Thank you so much Max. I’m sure if Ted could speak, he would say he had a brilliant session with you. Ted now wearing the correct collar and no harness and seems a happier wee dog now, thanks to Max.... See MoreSee Less

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10 months ago

Gail Russam

Just had a great training session with Max. He’s great at explaining things and is patient and understanding. Have come away with loads of new tips and techniques to help us build recall
Would HIGHLY recommend him
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11 months ago

Gaynor Marshall

I adopted a rescue pup who came to us with many many more behavioural problems than I’d anticipated. He was fear aggressive and lunged at people, dogs traffic, horses, sheep...

Max devised a long term strategy for us which is paying off in dividends. His technical capability in training is undoubted however he also supports the owner through the tough times. He gave me the confidence I needed to make sure I could implement the tools and techniques he taught.

4 months on my dog is a different dog - he is happy, sociable and off lead. We will continue to work with Max and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Put simply. Max’s methods have turned my dog’s life around.
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1 years ago

Jennifer Fyfe

Huge thank you to Max, for a fantastic session with our boy.
After consulting a number of "Trainers / Behaviourists" who failed to "see" what our problems were and we were left no further forward. After our 1 2 1 with Max we now feel more confident and positive about achieving and maintaining better behaviour in our young boy and us! Can't thank Max enough for his generous time and patience in dealing with all three of us. Most definitely recommend Max - and have already done so!
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I hired Max early last year to help me with two male dogs.

Bottom line, one wanted to kill the other and I had to break up many aggressive fights.....ouch !!

Max observed not just the dogs' behaviour but the energy that I was giving off. Anxious, fearful of what might happen and lacking leadership.

He gave me techniques to follow every day and the exact time to put them in place, always remembering to reward the dogs when they showed a relaxed state of mind.

The outcome was to have the dogs living in harmony, it would never be an option to leave them unattended however they have learned, through Max's knowledge and experience, to respect me and know their boundaries.

Life is now easy and the pack are balanced.
Thank you Max, you are top dog/man
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2 years ago

JL Steele

I attended puppy classes at north middleton hall 9 years ago with Dexter my Papillon. He loved training and was a bit of a show off being the smallest breed in the class. would absolutely recommend Max .... See MoreSee Less

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2 years ago

Julie Bird

Me and my 3 1/2 yo lab boy had a very interesting morning with Max today. I wanted to build on the training we have in regard to recall and keeping the hound motivated and happy – basically engaging his brain as he currently gets more than enough physical exercise.
I was shown some scent work and recall techniques that I hadn’t come across before. We spent a long time chatting, observing the dog with a wee bit training thrown it. It’s been very informative for me, which is what I was looking for. Max is patient and knowledgeable and has a deep understanding of dogs. I've learned a lot. Looking forward to trying it for real tomorrow. We’ll be back when we run out of ideas only as I'm confident the training techniques will work for us.
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2 years ago

Liz Simpson

After rehoming Monty a 7month old black lab we were struggling to cope with what we thought was separation anxiety resulting in constant yelping, destructive behaviour and no toilet training at all when he was left with our 7 year old dog. Max was recommended to us by Carolyne at LRRS He came for a home visit 2 weeks ago and we have been amazed at his immediate understanding of Monty and recognise he does not have separation anxiety but has probably been badly treated in his last home and is fearful of our reactions to him Since putting in place Max’s recommendations we have seen an incredible change in Monty he is learning how to play and is more relaxed and becoming more confident with only 2 minor set backs which after such a short time is incredible I know we could never have managed to help and understand Monty without Max’s advice and experience Most definitely recommend knowing we can call on him for further advice as we continue to work together Liz Simpson... See MoreSee Less

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Met with Max yesterday to get guidance on the best way to cope with my dog who developed some anxiety around certain dogs. After only using his techniques since yesterday I’m already amazed at the difference in Loki and my confidence in dealing with situations where she feels uncomfortable. Brilliant!!... See MoreSee Less

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Max had our two big puppies eating out of his hand(literally!) within minutes. He had a calming effect on the dogs but also gave us the confidence that we would be able to get our puppies under control. We are doing our homework and can’t wait to get Max back again for more!... See MoreSee Less

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My dog Basil and I have seen Max 3 times over the past year. Basil was a dog who was frightened of pretty much everything. Max was extremely kind, understanding and Basil (and I) trusted him straight away. A year later and Basil is almost unrecognisable his confidence has grown so much. We still have things to work on but the future is fear free and bright.... See MoreSee Less

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Max is brilliant. He really takes time to get to know the situation then works out a solution. Ruby responds well to all his suggestions. We are starting to see progress in our dog who was afraid of strangers. Thank you Max keep up the good work.... See MoreSee Less

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Within the space of 30 minutes or so, the problem had been figured out - Abby's not reactive to other dogs, she's protective of us, but doesn't have the confidence in herself so gets really wound up. Cue certain exercises we can do with her, also including her brother, and in the space of two hours we had results! A lot of hard work to follow, but boy is it worth it! Thank you Max!... See MoreSee Less

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Max is amazing... he is knowledgeable friendly open and caring. We were put at ease immediately. Gave us lots of advice and tips.... our doggy issues will take time but max has given us the confidence and positive thinking that we can achieve the end goal. Thank you Max we will be forever indebted to you.... See MoreSee Less

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Learning how to understand our dog was key. Thank you Max!... See MoreSee Less

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A few hours spent with Max has been fantastic for me and my young dog, Molly. Max has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he shares in a calm and supportive way. After our first session, using the techniques we'd covered, I saw an improvement and I'm sure that by implementing the further tools he's given us I'll be able to help Molly grow her confidence more. Thank you Max.... See MoreSee Less

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Absolutely fascinating; Max is just wonderful with dogs and his knowledge is outstanding. We took our pup so we could get advice on recall. We were with him for an hour and what he achieved was just beyond belief. He has the most calm & peaceful way about him & our pup responded to him so well. He taught us so much and we will definitely be returning as she gets older and we need further advice.... See MoreSee Less

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Max was recommended to us for help with our adolescent fox red lab Buddy. We had a few behaviour problems with Buddy and literally at our wits end especially with his biting. Each session Max broke everything down and explained everything fully. The improvements in Buddy was almost instant. Max gave us full support the whole time. Max's knowledge and passion for the k9 world is second to none and we can not thank him enough.... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Max for your help with Toby. I have waited to write a review and give you an update on Toby. You were very patient with his anxiety and barking for the 2 hours visit. Well the hints and tips you gave us are working! Toby is much better with visitors coming in to the house and we have seen a general improvement with his behaviour.... See MoreSee Less

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Many thanks to Max for his suggestions re my rescue dog's body clock set at 0600 hours! In her previous home her owners must have started work early! We are now being woken at approx 0700 hrs, and she is sometimes even keen on a further snooze at the side of the bed! Happy Days.
Thanks once again Max.
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Great trainer - Positive, knowledgable, friendly and professional. Thoroughly recommend �... See MoreSee Less

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We had Max come to see our dogs - a husky and Spaniel who just weren't getting on. After one session we could not believe the difference - almost an over night change and has made our life so much easier! Wish I could attach a pic to this post! Thank you!... See MoreSee Less

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Another great training session with Max today and Bixby, our 3 year old (and 93kg!) St Bernard who has some anxious reactivity issues around certain other dogs. Max has worked with Bix a few times since he was a puppy and we always come away with excellent tools and techniques to help us help Bix. Max has a great style - relaxed yet focused, intelligent but not patronising and he is not only enormously knowledgeable but a brilliant communicator - with both dogs and people : ) I absolutely recommend Max to anyone who wants help or advice to support their dogs generally or to deal with any challenges.... See MoreSee Less

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I would like to say a big thank you 2 max he is a great dog trainer and very nice guy easy to talk to makes training so much easier to understand and take in I will definitely use him again in the future to get Amber to the best she can be and would definitely recommend Max , Amber is having a well earned sleep she done well x... See MoreSee Less

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Fantastic training session with Max today
Skye is a 4 year old rescue lab who came to use 5 weeks ago with several issues around other dogs, people, livestock . Max has given us the correct guidance encouragement and tools to work with in order to progress forward, not only with Skye's training but also the training we needed too .
Met the lovely jacques who has set the bar very high indeed when it comes to the level of commitment, time and skills Max has to taught him in order to reach his full potential very inspirational .
Here's to successful check ins , recalls with a view to off leash walks .
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Max helped us out with our lab rescue dog who had some historic issues and fears. Very good at explaining the issues which allowed us to see matters from the dogs perspective. Training was kept simple and enjoyable. We have clear instructions and goals which will hopefully lead us to having a happier and confident dog. A very pleasant gentleman very passionate about dogs. Thank you so much Max. �... See MoreSee Less

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First Training Session today with Max and our 10 week old puppy Penny.
Absolutely delighted with what we've learnt today from recall to Great search games to occupy our puppy and encourage her to use her nose. Thanks very much Max! �� �
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We came to Max for help with our rescue lab Archie who is out of control when near any livestock and as lovers of the outdoors this is quite a problem for us. Well.... Thank you Max for a magical morning…… your peace, calm, depth of knowledge and understanding, caring was a wonder to be with and to see how Archie responded to that. And what a fantastic set of tools/techniques/way of being we now have to work with Archie - not just around livestock but in all our outings — actually all the time — how we are with him always. We can't wait to put all the guidance in to practice.... See MoreSee Less

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I came home with Bracken my springer pup after our first lesson with Max and told my husband I'd been training with the dog whisperer! Max had an instant connection with Bracken and read his body language and signals brilliantly. He also explained really simply how I could do the same and encourage Bracken for all the great things he does when he responds well and simply ignore any non responses or unwanted behaviour. We covered 3 training items on the first session: recalling on the whistle, walking an loose leash and some simple fetch/retrieve. We also had a good chat about all things puppy enabling me to ask daft questions. Second session was teaching stay, walking off the lead but staying close and more fetch / retrieve with gun dog dummy. With the same opportunity to ask lots of questions. Now more practice until our next session. Thanks Max. Bracken's doing really well thanks to your practical help / support... See MoreSee Less

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I spent 4 days with Max on 1_2_1 coaching. Max is a true professional and a fantastic teacher who is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the canine world. Thank you for making my 4 days enjoyable and filled with information and guidance .... See MoreSee Less

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Had our 1:1 session with Max and 'Frankie' at the weekend. Amazing, he had an instant connection and bond with Frankie! He has taught him and us loads about each other. He seems to have unlocked another level in Frankie and we look forward to see this develop with Max's help.... See MoreSee Less

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Invited Max to Aberdeen after hearing alot of good things from Claire Staines and Rizia Robertson. We had a fantastic and enlightening seminar followed by a wonderful training day. Absolutely loved how calm and engaging Max was with both humans and dogs. Really learned alot.... See MoreSee Less

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Attended dog seminar and training session. Interesting, and great ideas and advice given. Thank you.... See MoreSee Less

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I cannot thank Max enough for his time and knowledge this evening. We feel inspired and ready to embark on a calm and happy future with our puppy using his training methods and look forward to working with him again. One happy dog = one happy family... See MoreSee Less

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I took my papillon puppy Dexter to classes 5 years ago. Would recommend.... See MoreSee Less

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Max is patient and very much cares about your dogs behaviour and health. His approach with training is gentle and responsive. He's helping me and my dog Neville. Thank you... See MoreSee Less

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Top Dog!!! This guy and his information are second to none. 🙂... See MoreSee Less

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A tiny bird came into our house yesterday. My black lab had a look and a sniff but didn’t touch it before I managed to pick it up and put it outside.

Delightful session with this very bright young chestnut Labrador boy. He’ll make a good retriever as you can see in this short video clip.

When you get a good thing going in your puppy training end that part of the session on a high. Leave the pup wanting a bit more, maintain enthusiasm and don’t push as so to tire it out completely. Create the pathway of enjoyment and resume the training later.

Puppy sessions can be as little as 30 seconds in duration. This makes it very effective and doable 3-5 times per day.
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Awww! He even gave u a paw!

1st practical session of the day for young Murphy.

Whistle training
Hand signals
Puppy recall
Socialisation

Just some of the main ingredients of our session.

Pups all have individual learning preferences and abilities. It’s important to plan your training around your pup’s individual character and temperament.

Fabulous effort by Murphy and family.
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Fabulous session with this spaniel Poppy Training the first stages of response to whistle, visual hand cues, and exposure to horse and sheep.

Owners and dog did exceptional and looking very much forward to our next sessions.

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Fabulous session with this spaniel Poppy Training the first stages of response to whistle, visual hand cues, and exposure to horse and sheep.

Owners and dog did exceptional and looking very much forward to our next sessions.

She’s a beauty don’t you think!
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A good day to fine tune some variety retrieving in the shade of the forest today.

I’ll start with some basics and progress to hidden searches at ground and elevated levels.

What do you have planned for your dogs?
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Open Space vs Woodland Recalls.

Here I talk about the big difference between the two.

Do you panic when you can’t see your dog to recall it back to you?

Here, I share my method of transitioning your recalls from sight to out of sight.

youtu.be/aQYzNEBTBdgHere I explain the big differences in training recalls in open space and transitioning to forest, woodland and cover areas.
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Animals are great teachers. I get that Max. My cats read and speak energy.

So true! My quality of life depends apon Milly-Bear constantly checking in on how im feeling- she looks for change in tone of voice/ change in body movement/ me ringing someone/ me stopping moving/ certain phrases she has learnt mean i may need help presently/ me asking for help and ger dropping what she is doing and coming to help in a certain taught way..All this as it happens can be carried out inside the home aswell as out n about, so during intense Lockdown this work kept her brain busy so she didnt get bored or frustrated 🤗- Go dogs, where would we all be withought them😀

So true! My collie Bailey is my best friend and if I’m upset he becomes super cuddly and doesn’t leave my side 🥰

Absolutely ❤

My best freinds and life companions 🐕🐕

So true x

Lily coming in great as the grass is much longer and sight has gone so that now she has to rely on nose, hand signals and feedback through the whistle.

Great job girl!
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