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
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
My 2yr old labrador devolped a fear of what we thought was a dog we had to pass each day on our walk, he would growl,bark, howl, bite the lead pull me across the road just to name a few he was really bad people thought he was so aggressive, I tried various differant things looked everywhere for advice and tips but nothing worked he only got worse.
1 session with max an within minutes of seeing this behaviour he new the deep fear my boy had and it wasnt the dog it was the house. Max explained the situation showed me a simple technique to help distract him and 50mins training that technique had me able to walk past that house calmly, he was still really scared but he managed. It's been 8 days since we met with max and I am utterly amazed at how well he is responding to the training, and the confidence to know I'm doing the right thing is brilliant. I am so thankful for that training session with Max, he is by far the best I still cant quite believe how he managed to put my very scared pup at ease. Amazing... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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... See MoreSee Less
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.
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 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
The hardest work in training your dog to recall in the early stages is in planning to choose your ground. This is the part where some owners can have difficulty or going further out of their way can cause some inconvenience.
What I mean by that is that the local park where you have difficulty calling your dog may only be a short walk away from home but might not be the ideal place for you to start the training.
It’s essential to choose your ground for the length of time you train. Training where all the major distractions are i.e other dogs, before you refine your tools, techniques and establish your training relationship sets you up to be disheartened and dejected when Recall is going nowhere.
Some breeds and individuals within breeds and depending on age and development can all prove challenging. This is where work on the training relationship is vital in moving towards the response and connection you need from your dog in the future. It will take an investment of your time and commitment as you progress through your dog’s life.
It’s also about sticking with the process and evaluating what you do and where and when you can move on.
Recalls will always be mixed during a dog’s first 3 years of life as you build a solid foundation. In some cases they will test you and require you level up your training at different stages.
Some are lucky and have very people oriented dogs and get their dog back without too many problems...
Some of you have dogs that are working, hunting, and strongly pulled towards certain environments...
Some need to plan and work to set up their recall for the longer term...
Plan > Execute > Repeat > Commit
Your plan should always be centred around creating better results and edging forward with steady improvement.It takes a lot of work to get your dog's recall to a high standard and there are often ups and downs as you test it in different environments. The most negle... ... See MoreSee Less
Are you irritated with your dog jumping up on people?
It’s a common complaint...but inadvertently it’s not only indirectly encouraged by a lot of people the dog meets and spends its time with, but not enough focus or tactics go into rewarding digs fir having all four paws on the ground.
This can be achieved through targeting exercises. Most people greet dogs...With Their Face!
And that means for a lot if divs lifting the front paws off the ground to get that all reinforcing interaction from the human.
When you shift the focus to hands in a strategic way where the dog targets a hand with s nose touch it can change things dramatically in a short space of time.
Of course if you have a deep rooted habit of the dog jumping up you have to limit that behaviour as much as possible, manage it better through use of equipment and certain cues, and perhaps enlist the help of some friends or relative strangers to aid you in the exercise.
Old habits die hard so you success depends on teaching and rewarding the dog through adequate rehearsal and LOTS of repetition in different encounters. ... See MoreSee Less
Training is very different from growing up. In fact, too much can create resistance to the learning process.
Training in my opinion should be focused on creating activities and outlets that allow your dog to fully express its canine instincts and behaviours. If you do that it will make MASSIVE impact to your training and relationship.
Pups need to be mischievous, grow, interact, have lots of variety, rest, have their curiosity peaked and have outlets that exercise all that. They need your commitment and time to provide that. Training should be integrated into those activities if you want to stop behaviours such as jumping and mouthing. Focus on creating a stimulating activity around them rather than focusing on the problem behaviours alone.
Teenagers are testy, pushy, bold yet cautious. Their muscles, growth plates, balance and coordination are all developing and they need to exercise that. This is really where dog ownership is ramped up and asks more from you. They are growing rapidly at every phase during this part of their lives. It’s a phase that can take us by surprise and also reveal a few hidden traits to their personality we may have been unaware of.
Training has to be defined in what you want. However, it is a process that is fine tuned through growth and maturity.
A well trained dog has a good foundation of experience and guidance to back it up. It has had time to develop socially and instinctively.
We often don’t allow a dog enough time to do that and it’s common to focus on the challenging behaviours they exhibit as they grow.
Take a moment to dwell in all your previous dogs and what they were like as pups and adolescents.
On reflection what was life like for you growing up into adulthood?
I have as a trainer encountered many disheartened owners with puppies and young dogs. Staying the course for them can prove difficult as they’ve been taken by surprise by many of the challenges in young doghood. They’ve been unprepared for it and it’s proved inconvenient.
That can happen.
If you can provide a lifestyle, even if it was not part of your original idea of owning a dog, a lifestyle that asks that you learn and apply some skills that exercise, challenge and direct your dog’s instincts according to their breed talents...if you can do that you will enjoy and sail through most of the challenges of a dog growing up.
Play a long game and look to maturity for assessing whether you have a well trained dog or not. Don’t heave unrealistic expectations on your self if your dog is power driven to work.
If it needs work, use the time to get some working skills under your belt and implement them into your game.
When your dog reaches early adulthood around 3 years old you will know where all that effort went.
The greatest successes and feedback from my clients come from those who have made a structured plan and followed it through.
Do that...you just might enjoy and delight in the whole affair!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Fabulous 4 days of mentoring with canine behaviour student Claire Downie working in a variety of training and behaviour areas as well as exercising our dogs together.
I love the mentoring days and sharing the passion to help someone start their way and business in working towards the life they want as well as sharing those training adventures together. ... See MoreSee Less