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
Fabulous morning session with this flatcoat boy working on memory retrieve. Retrieving, if your dog likes to carry stuff or go get things is a very useful tool in building the dog / handler relationship. At the same time you get to work on whistle, steadiness, impulse control and the drop. Great work!!! Is your dog a natural retriever? Use that to your advantage and book your session with me today! ... See MoreSee Less
How and what we teach our dogs can leave lasting impressions. We know that dogs learn by association, but the power of those associations are often underestimated. The primary aim for any dog, human or other mammal is safety and many of the social associations that are formed, revolve around individual safety. Here is my latest article on my blog 'Life is a Challenge' at Action 4 Dogs. Click on the image below to read the full article... ... See MoreSee Less
Dog training is a skill like any other skill. The recipe for any dog training success is founded in commitment, effort and consistency. You do get out of it what you put in. When is the best time to s...
Lumen is 4.5 years old. She is ‘dark’ chocolate rather than ‘milk’ chocolate 😉 Both parents choc labs. Mum had great hip score, dad’s hip score almost perfect. She has no hip problems. Not scored but vet has commented on good conformation and condition. Talking of condition, despite being a ‘show type’ pedigree, she is more lean and muscular than most so looks more like a tall working type. I believe this is down to careful diet and exercise etc. as despite being spayed, I have seen some of her litter mates in photos that are on the erm... chubby side. She is drivey and motivated and enjoys ‘work’ rather than being a lazy lab ( although she can chill out too with the best of them). She does have a propensity for itchy, yeasty ears ... but then she loves moist yukky environments like ponds, water troughs, muddy puddles etc. but also possible link to mild seasonal allergies. Small sprinkling of grey hair on her chin in recent months.
I have 2 sisters 11.5 years old, no problems with weight, never had any ear problems, hardly been to vets, both very active still.
Life expectancy of chocolates less that other colours? Tell that to my three (chocolate) girls: one is rising 16, one is 15 and the other 14. They are not obese and never have been. Obviously age is taking its (arthritic) toll, but today they spent a good hour outdoors pottering around in the sunshine.
Our chocolate girl will be 11 next month. She came from 2 chocolate parents & a full choc litter. She has always been fit & slender & is still enjoying her exercise, swimming, agility (small height) & loves her training & brain work. I couldn't have wished for a better dog, she is amazing. 🥰
I've had chocolate labs for nearly 30 years. My first boy was pts at the age of 15. Next one pts when he was 14, next one when he had just turned 14. They are no more prone to obesity than any other lab but the one thing they have all had in common is arthritis. No surprises there though! Every choc boy I've had has been unique in their personalities. I can't imagine my life without a chocco.
Yeah, my boy Major (Male Choc lab) both parents CL’s. Problems with elbow displacia, Age 3 , knee cruciate ligament replacements, troubled with weight after being neutered. However he’s absolutely adorable 💖full of fun was easy to train and off lead control is great, still try’s to mount most dogs though 🙃
Our Jura pups was diagnosed with hip and elbow dysplasia at 3 and in later life developed Cushings, but our grand old man did make it to his 13th birthday before leaving us for Rainbow Bridge. The deck was stacked against him from the get-go but he was stubborn, proud, determined and didn't let anything stop him. Always a pup and an absolute nutty chocolate right to the end.
No obese Labs in my house; just the owner 😂
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Do you approach your training sessions with the enthusiasm and motivation a dog has to get out there and live that moment to the full? How we feel can ultimately affect the results of any session or endeavour you put your mind to. For a dog to be motivated to participate in training you must be in there heart and soul and be the source of the motivation for the dog, that vital spark that makes the difference between you and whatever else is out there. Food is only one of many tools a trainer may use but should be secondary to the training relationship. For any training to be ultimately and truly effective establishment of the relationship must be prioritised. #dogtraining #dog #dogs #maxwellmuir #edinburgh #edinburghdogtrainer ... See MoreSee Less
'Am I safe?' That is the primary question for all young pups, and for a dog of any age for that matter. Personal safety and security are what builds a dog's social confidence. In my opinion there are many cases where dogs are over-socialized, over-exposed, and over-whelmed. At very young ages it is not always so easy to see or observe as reactions and responses can be quite passive.
As owners our dogs need to feel safe with us. When they are overwhelmed it can be extremely difficult to take any guidance and direction if the emotions of fear and anxiousness are very strong. A fearful dog does not necessarily remain a fearful dog throughout its life. They can develop bold, reactive and often highly charged behaviours. Often we search for the answer with how to handle or what methods we should use when dealing with extremely expressive behaviours but the answer may just lie in the amount of time we take to show them that the world is a safe place when they are young and allow them the time to develop mentally and physically during those vital early days. What I am saying in essence is that they need time to grow up at a rate determined by each individual dog.
They are babies and the developmental rate emotionally varies from pup to pup. Feeling safe with the owner and family is the first priority and I prefer to have that in place before exposing them too much to the big wide world. I have also found after 18 years in rescue work that many dogs with troubled pasts find a great deal of security when they find themselves in the care of a person who takes the time to bond and live together. Through that bond and security they are able to take guidance and direction from those they feel safe with and trust.
Consider the important aspects of safety to wild canines. It is the first things they learn when growing up and venture away from the safety of the den area. They are very proficient at making the right decisions of avoiding danger to maintain safety and engage in as low risk ventures as possible. Our dogs are only domestic because we take the time to habituate and socialize them to our world.
Growing up, not too soon, and not too quickly can be the key for many dogs to the socially balanced individual we desire in all our pets. ... See MoreSee Less
We often remark that dogs are highly social creatures and very trainable. However, being highly social does not grant one access to easy training and results. Dogs have the individual capacity to be highly social with us if our approach to them, our communication with them, our interaction, body language and overall chemistry with them is enough to make them want to be social. Dogs have deeper relationships with some people than they do others. That's a fact and that includes trainers. They are preferential creatures. One of the best ways to test your level of communication skills is to spend some time with a strange or relatively unfamiliar dog, leave your treats and your equipment behind, and spend some time learning to communicate. The dogs themselves will let you know exactly how you are doing.... ... See MoreSee Less
If you want me to live up to your expectations....you will have to commit and invest the appropriate time and expense in my education and training. You will get back what you put in....it's as simple as that. Lay a solid foundation and our house will withstand life's storms. #edinburghdogtrainer #action4dogs #results #labrador#dogtrainer ... See MoreSee Less