Doggy Dan is the founder of The Online Dog Trainer, a wildly successful online training program for dog owners. He has years of experience dealing with every type of behavioral dog issue and has worked with all breeds and ages of dogs. Over the last decade, he has helped over 25,000 people successfully train their dogs using the exact methods found in The Online Dog Trainer program.
Since establishing himself as a respected dog trainer, Doggy Dan has written the book What the Dogs Taught Me About Being a Parent, published by Random House.
On top of a successful book, over 100,000 people from around the world subscribe to Doggy Dan’s blog site, and he has been featured in a number of magazines, including Women's Weekly.
Dan has also appeared as a regular guest on a number of radio shows and made several TV appearances, recently showing up on The Real Housewives of Auckland.
Dan is a big supporter of animal rights and has written a number of articles and attended the SPCA National Conference in New Zealand as a keynote speaker. He is also keen to give back to worthy causes around the globe such as the Pack Sanctuary in Taiwan, and the Big Fix in Uganda.
His goal is to continue to share his unique approach to dog training with like-minded people who wish to make a difference in the world of dogs. He hopes that his training methods, which focus on creating and building connections between dogs and dog owners, will be shared and used around the world.
Note From Dan:
Hi, I'm Doggy Dan.
My life plan is to help change the world of dog training and make it a better place for all dogs. To help people see that there is another way to change their dog's behavior that is gentle and kind.
I have recently started a fan page on Facebook, so please follow me and keep up to date with what I'm up to and help spread the word about this gentle method of dog training.
So why the Blog?
With this blog, I want to share with as many people as possible the strategies, methods and techniques I use in my dog training business. And also to share with you my love for these amazing creatures. They really are man's best friend. If you’re already training your dog, I hope that my experiences can help you reach your goals.
If you’re not doing some kind of dog training but thinking about it, you can see what it’s like, see what’s involved and make decisions on your own, hopefully without having to pay someone else and be subjected to the possibility of false claims and wasted money.
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My search for a dog training method that worked
My own journey began a long time ago. After years of loving and working with dogs on a casual basis I decided to quit my corporate career in the city to work with dogs full time. I have always loved all animals however it is dogs that I admire the most. Loyal, brave, loving, honest and always true to themselves… how can you not respect them?
Yet so many dogs seem to struggle to existing in today's society – I want to help them live happy and relaxed lives.
My own knowledge has come about after years of studying many different methods from around the world. Initially it seemed to me that nobody really understood clearly why so many dogs had so many problems. I read every dog behavior book I could get my hands on and watched more dog training video's and DVDs than I care to remember trying to understand why dogs behaved the way they did. I completed several courses both here and overseas, attending courses with dog behaviorists from America and the UK.
Everyone held widely differing ideas and approaches to every behavioral problem but what was so concerning was that they seemed to be treating the symptoms and not the root cause of all the problems! Nobody seemed to have a clear answer that made sense.
A totally different approach to dogs
Then I found a very different method that understood what was really going on. This method is without a shadow of a doubt the simplest, gentlest and most logical way to change your dog’s behavior. Based firmly on the dogs own communication signals they understand it immediately.
Watching dogs change their behavior of their own free will is amazing.
For most dogs that I have worked with it is like a light bulb being turned on compared to the complicated, confusing messages that it often receives. It is the way dogs understand and appreciate.
More about me
I live with my wife Jenni, and our son Stanley and baby daughter Sage with our four dogs Peanut, Inca, Moses and Jack in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a full-time dog trainer (www.doggydan.co.nz) and speaker and I'm in the process of publishing my first book. My other interests are gardening, soccer, and playing the guitar. Jenni is a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor with a keen passion for horses. We also have a ginger persian cat, Bouja, who decided to live with us. I would like to point out before you ask that I have very little control over him or any other cats!
Peanut, “my little girl” is a six year old Rhodesian Ridgeback cross Staffy. Inca I picked up following my trip the the SPCA when I had to visit there for work. My wife warned me to be careful and not come home with another dog so instead I came home with a puppy! Inca is possibly a Whippet X.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you on the blog sometime soon!