After 1 session with Max I had my confidence back to walk my boy again. More than showing me what my dog needs and how to train him, our home is so much happier because we feel our dog is happier. We get to spend time with him and enjoy that time while feeling like we're giving him what he needs. His behaviour was so over the top I couldn't remember the last time I had walked him yet I was out with Max and later on with my 2 wee girls too. Even my eldest took him a walk! Our dog is different in so many ways. Still early days but because of Max, we know we'll get there and have real determination to get it right for our boy.
Max coming out was a lifesaver. Couldn't recommend highly enough. A real gift.... See MoreSee Less
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!... See MoreSee Less
I took my 5 month old puppy for a session with Max and can highly recommend him. My main focus was recall and after an initial assessment, Max gave me the confidence to let her off lead immediately - she has been off lead almost every day since and recalling well using the techniques Max provided. Max is very friendly, understanding and so easy to talk to - he helped me out with a few other puppy training issues and I will not hesitate to contact him again in future.... See MoreSee Less
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... See MoreSee Less
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
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.... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. �... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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
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 .... See MoreSee Less
Max met our 1yr old GSD Harvey earlier this week - Harvey has found his voice & now enjoys barking at everyone AND everything! Max's advice, guidance & support was fantastic. Thank you so much Max. We feel we now have the tools to help Harvey & look forward to our next 121 in the New Year �... See MoreSee Less
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
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! �� �... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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
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
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
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
Effective communication with your dog and any other dogs you come into contact with through work or socially hangs on a few vital factors:
• Mostly as humans we use words- but not as effectively as we could do. However, words only make up about 7% of communication
• Body language and how we express ourselves accounts for more and makes up about 55% of our communication. This area has to be good.
• Voice tone - There is a Massive difference in the words you use and how they are expressed. Both through tone and with the right body language.
It is in the relationship sense about expressing attitude and feelings. This is where I help most of my clients and students out. This must be expressed correctly if you are going to live and work with dogs. It’s especially effective if you are supporting a dog with behavioural challenges when most likely we all tend to focus on methods and systematic approach.
The spirit in which you do things changes everything! I could go really deep on this stuff as it’s been the core of my relationship with dogs since my childhood.
Don’t be what others think you should be a do things their way because they say it is the way.
Find your way and express who you are correctly. The dogs will thank you for it. #dogs #dogbehavior #dogtraining ... See MoreSee Less
Degas' Diary Degas has gone from strength to strength in developing his confidence and discovering himself around the home. He is the perfect buddy for Jacques as they eat, play and in many cases sleep together.
I love this adolescent age that is discovery packed with lots of valuable little life lessons they get every day. Ive taken my time and will continue to do so for some time. He gets adequate socialisation with other dogs, lots of opportunity to exercise body and senses and I work on focus and solidifying the feeling of family activity.
It's the most natural feeling in the world now going out with both dogs and having the 'wee one' run with our entire family group. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s always a pleasure to receive updates and feedback. What a lovely session and trip across to Ayrshire this was. When I first met Tracey and her dog she was experiencing some impossible behaviours but to her credit she has persevered and is winning her lifestyle back where she can enjoy a family dog walk. Keep up the fabulous work Tracey. ... See MoreSee Less
After 1 session with Max I had my confidence back to walk my boy again. More than showing me what my dog needs and how to train him, our home is so much happier because we feel our dog is happier. We...
Hi folks, Here’s the latest article from my blog on my website. ‘There’s no easy way to cope when we watch our dogs suffer from the effects of old age before our eyes. At the same time caring for our older dog can also be a very satisfying thing to do in the appreciation that you have given them as full a life as you have…
CLICK on the image below to read the full article and please comment, or share with anyone you know it may be of benefit to. Have a great day!!! Max. ... See MoreSee Less
The most popular client packages over the past 4 months have been the Recall Packages. Recall is the most important behaviour you will ever teach your dog. Can you afford not to have your dog come back to you when called? Grab your offer on the post pinned to the top of the page and email me to receive -£25.00 OFF Recall Packages. action4dogs.co.uk/services/recall-level-1/... See MoreSee Less
The primary concern and need for any dog is the feeling of being safe. Safety is top of the list.
Part of our relationship training is communicating with our dog how we respond and act when a dog feels something is potentially unsafe.
This takes a lot of focus and is often skipped or overlooked in our relationship with dogs. We tend to think in terms of what we want our dog to do and how we want our dog to act through training.
Relationship is partnership, it’s two-way and in any situation you are in it together. The goal through relationship training is teamwork, guidance and proper direction. When we give this the effect it has on training improves drastically.
We can confuse a dog when we expect a trained response in an anxious situation. We tend to focus on conditioning heavily as opposed to directional cues that keep them safe.
A dog will respond more when you can take the pressure off by giving appropriate direction and getting the dog to trust your direction. I work heavily on this and it is all done without the use of food.
Trust, partnership, guidance and direction are the core ingredients to any strong responsive relationship. They take time and development in dogs of any age.
How do you feel in an anxious situation?
How does your dog respond to the way you feel?
That’s where you have to start. Work on yourself before you work on your dog. ... See MoreSee Less
When we get our puppy our thoughts can often drift to puppy training.
But what does that mean?
Puppy training is designed to introduce your dog in small increments to the training process. This is normally a mix of obedience training, social classes, toilet training and the beginnings of Recall work.
The social aspect is one of owner’s primary thoughts. Getting their pups used to other dogs, people, traffic and lots of other environmental stimulants.
There’s nothing wrong in all of this...except in some cases the line of thought when our pups exhibit any unwanted behaviour, is that they need trained.
I’ve done hundreds of puppy consults over the years and this can be common. Many unwanted puppy behaviours are totally normal, for pups that is. This includes chewing, mouthing, messing, destroying, chasing, barking, exploring and whining to name a handful.
Many, not all, but many puppy problems can usually stem from two areas. Lack of a good variety of enrichment and too many demands placed on the pup. The demands usually stem from an unrealistic expectation of how the pup should behave and respond to social challenge.
What’s the rush? Pups, just like children, need time to grow up and experience the world around them. The training is best introduced while the dog develops with the owner and environment and the relationship takes priority. The relationship should always precede any training programme.
I don’t like the word programme for pups. Training should have an end goal, but the most effective training is done in small, fun sessions as you develop your relationship together. If the dog trusts you it will learn to love and trust the training. I always say you are training s dog for the first 2-3 years of life and after that it’s about maintenance.
With this approach in mind it takes the pressure off with too many demands on the dog. It keeps our expectations realistic and stops stress and frustration setting into the relationship.
Pups and adolescents can be expected to act and behave like mature dogs. Those demands would be unfair.
I always tell my clients to enjoy the process and to prepare for it. Most undesirable puppy behaviours will pass and with the proper planning, feedback and approach can be eliminated altogether. Often we’re not prepared for how busy their minds want to be.
Allowing your pup the time to grow up will take the pressure of you both.
If you wish to set up your puppy relationship training click the website link for the available puppy packages.
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