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
Rabbits and deer on our walks and pigeons in the garden. The only time Oscar barks is if a pigeon dares come into our garden, doesn't bother about any other birds so rather strange! A quick 'leave' usually works with rabbits, deer he gets fed up once he's flushed them out and the pigeons obviously fly away!
Running! Also like a chase especially deer and hare and Trinket likes hunting for small mice in the grass. Thank goodness they come back to the whistle!
Training Tip: If you really want to train a behaviour well you must work on:
• the clarity of the message • repetition in the environment you want it to have effect in • And deliver at the least an acceptable reward for your dog...and also (very important)...how you feel about delivering that reward!
Depending on your dog’s age and experience, your training will be determined by your rate of repetition.
Are you training or going through the motions?
Small training bites with good frequency are best.
I always tell my clients...
‘When you are training something new the pathway in the brain is like a piece of thread, through frequency and repetition is becomes like a piece of string. Depending on how much you desire that behaviour...you want it like a bit of rope!’
What frequency are you training on?
Individual dogs have different learning rates according to age, intelligence and the strength of your relationship. The stronger that relationship is outside of training the better your dog will trust the process. ... See MoreSee Less
Throughout the years of home consults I’ve done I’ve seen many cases of full baskets of untouched dog toys. A variety of toys that are mostly still as new as the day they were bought. Owners often comment that their dog is not play inclined or interested in toys.
Toys can often be bought not only as play items for our dogs but also as items to keep them contented. It’s not uncommon fur baskets to stay full and unrummaged, (if that’s not a word I think you know what I mean) particularly in the case of single home dogs.
In this case it’s not that your dog is not play inclined, but that your dog is wired towards a different type of enrichment, the type of stimulation that includes you. This can be so in and out of the home. My own finding with dogs like this are that they love good old fashioned interactive teamwork. Although teamwork tasks have varying levels of skill, for example tracking or teaching different types of retrieve, you don’t have to be a total expert in doing it to engage your dog’s interest and raise the bar of enthusiasm. You just need to get started in a different way.
Togetherness is ‘in dogs’ at a deep level in all that you do, even right down to taking a drive if it doesn’t include a walk. Being with you is a richly rewarding experience for most dogs, period!
Thus, experimenting with different types of play ideas, training games and using a variety of environments is going to demand....some creativity and imagination from you. Even those toys in that full basket can be made very interesting and put to good effect with something a little different that peaks your dog’s interest and natural talent.
Study your dog when you’re out there, watch and think about how your dog uses its senses and lives its daily life as a dog. You may be surprised with some of the great ideas you come up with, very useful ideas that can make any training you do a lot more effective.
Teamwork in my opinion is also the number 1 activity for building self-confidence in a dog and it’s owners.
You may find something of interest in that stuffed basket you have after all...
If you are stuck for ideas like and share this post, comment shared in the comment section then drop me an email and I’ll send something out to you. Alternatively if you think this can be of benefit to anyone else please share the post. There are dogs out there in need of a little more challenge and confidence building. email: email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less
I often wonder about Chop and all the toys we've got him over the years, shared the post and any ideas welcome 😁
I have a GR rescue. To begin with she took out her frustration on the toys (which I understood as she came from a damaged background) but now her toys are picked up and carried in moments of extreme pleasure 😁🐶
Hello, any suggestions please. Islay doesn't play with her toys much - just gets them out and spreads then around, constantly! She would rather follow me around the house. Thank you. Linda
Oscar loves to carry his toys around, he's from gun dogs so guessing this is instinctive for him and it seems to keep him content having something in his mouth. As a funny aside, he was emptying his toy box the other day and I found about 8 pairs of neatly folded together socks!! He does have a wee thing for them 😂.
Not all dogs are easily trained, they can be very challenging and it can take all the creativity, motivation and effort you can summon along with the persistence and consistency the training needs, especially when dogs have a particularly strong pull towards environments elements.
It’s not only a case of a dog not coming back on request but forging a training relationship through the different phases of growth, particularly in the case of young developing dogs.
Commendable work from this owner who is doing all he can behind the scenes to work his recall and it’s evident in each session we have.
Choosing a breed can sometimes be a shock to the system and we get to learn the real meaning of persistence, timing, practise, use of signals and how to use a whistle to best effect.