Customer Reviews and Client Testimonials
Many wonderful people have been kind enough to send me great feedback. Below are testimonials from both The Online Dog Trainer members and my private dog consultations. If you’d like to leave a review, please visit THIS PAGE – thanks! ~ Doggy Dan
Verified customer reviews
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Doggy Dan…you are a genius!!
I cannot thank you enough for sharing your acquired knowledge with the world. It is like we have a different dog! He’s not perfect, but he’s still young….& anyone we meet cannot believe we’ve only had him just over 2months (most say it took them 18months minimum to get theirs to behave)! He no longer tries to get on the sofa, he doesn’t jump up at people any more (unless given the command to do so) his recall has improved, & his separation anxiety has pretty much disappeared too! He’s getting much better around other dogs too, just trying to socialise him as much as possible so he gets a mix of happy, playful dogs, as well as those who don’t want to play so much (& tell him so!) He’s starting to learn not to always go steaming in to sniff any & every dog that approaches!
Thank you again!! We’ve been telling EVERYONE about you & your methods!
Iona & Tom Relf, and of course, Cooper – Canterbury, U.K.
Dan, we’ve had great success!
I have a 7 month old puppy that is very excitable and gets out of control easily. He is currently enrolled in dog classes but they don’t cover much material and the going is slow. I was impressed with your website and wanted to learn about your philosophy of kind and gentle training. So far so good! We’ve had GREAT success with the “thank you” method for indoor barking. (Never would have thought to do a “time out” with a dog!) I’ve found ALL your videos to be interesting and helpful. Though we have a long way to go, I feel like we’re on the right path. Thank you for all the great information!
Jeanine Dunaj – Berkley, Michigan, U.S.A.
Doggy Dan, you’ve got a new fan!
Me and my husband have 2 dogs and we are about to adopt a new little puppy. I signed up for your website after listening to the podcast thinking it would be helpful to get the new puppy trained as well as our dogs. Then, when I started watching the videos I could see that our adult dogs needed a lot of help as well. Alvie, our medium sized dog (looks just like your dog Moses) seemed to be pack leader. He was just like fat boy, in the video you just posted. He would sit on us and had no respect for our space. But after only 3 days of following your methods Alvie is a much calmer and respectful dog. We have done everything wrong up until now and Klaus, our little dachshund/chihuahua mix was actually really scared of us. He would pee when he knew he was in trouble because our discipline was always yelling or a light bop on the nose. Now, even after just 3 days of your training methods, he’s calmer, and getting more confident. Both the dogs and us understand the rules now and we are really looking forward to raising our new puppy with your methods. I’ve been raving like a lunatic about you to everyone I know with dogs. THANK YOU!!
Lise Ann Baker – www.LiseBaker.com
The neighbours are happy now!
Barking, Pulling on leash and over excited near other dogs
We had what I would say would be some common problems with our two young dogs; pulling on the lead, barking when we were at work, over excitement when seeing other dogs etc…
After Dan went through the key to success and showed us few techniques to use with them, we are seeing improvements in their behaviour every day that goes by.
The neighbours have let us know that the barking when we are at work is much, much better! So that is a big relief for us.
Dan has given us confidence in how to handle the dogs when they become over excited, and providing a consequence to inappropriate behaviour in a calm confident manner and in a way that provides the dogs with a clear message.
We have found the dogs much calmer and the techniques shown to us very effective.
The online video support website and information is an excellent way to get reminders and to watch examples on how to perform the techniques correctly.
We highly recommend Dan’s service, and are very grateful for his help.
Chris and Anna Maguire – Titirangi
“Absolutely invaluable” – Mike McRoberts 3 News
Doggy Dan’s tips and instructions on handling our Schnoodle puppy Manu have been absolutely invaluable.
His simple and easy going presentation makes it a great experience for the whole family.
I’m thrilled at how much more we’ve learnt about her needs and what a loving and obedient dog Manu has turned into.
Our family wouldn’t be the same without her.
Mike McRoberts – TV 3 News
From the assistant director…
I had my reservations about what I could possibly learn from Doggy Dan’s video website, as I have many years of experience working with hundreds of dogs and I have already read and watched everything I could get my hands on, however I was very pleasantly surprised to learn several new techniques within the first few videos and was able to put them to good use immediately, so I can heartily recommend Doggy Dan’s video website to anybody who is looking to learn safe, humane, simple, but effective techniques for both training and rehabilitating dogs.
Sean Mc Cormack – Co Founder and executive director of the SPCA of Taiwan
Dan, here we go again!
A little boxer pup female Tayla has joined our family. I know you meet a lot of dog lovers but we are the couple you came out to see in Glendowie with the growlie angry boxer who had just bitten an elderly lady in 2011 at the end of summer. Well…our Marley is amazing now. He is 5 in July and is a rock star down here at the dog parks for his amazing behaviour and for listening every time, and being so great with all sorts of dogs and drama if it happens. He really is awesome and I had no idea that super cool relationship between us could even happen. We moved down here to Cambridge to open another store in Hamilton last July. Marley was doing great in Auckland but it has been an amazing to see the rest of the pieces fit together. We think the training and the relaxed town lifestyle we are also feeling has reflected onto him even further. So cool, he brings us lots of happy times 🙂
Hence getting him a buddy as he is in a good role model state and we were thinking he might actually speak English soon! We have to spell far too much for a start! He has a pup mate up the road that he is so great with so we got him his own buddy. Tayla has been with us for a week and had no ears what so ever before and I would say we are all starting to work each other out and how it works. She has a neat nature and is very confident which is a change from Marleys nervousness. I am sure this will pose its own challenges too though.
Thanks so much for your time and again thank you so much for all you have done to get us on track with our Marley boy, he brings us so much joy 🙂
Eva, Paula, Marley, Bella & Tayla Mataele – Cambridge
Barking, separation anxiety, toileting inside.
Things have changed dramatically since your visit where you showed us simple techniques to take control of the situation with Harrison.
He no longer barks or cries when we leave the house, he comes when called and has the best manners when waiting to be feed! Amazingly he has also stopped attacking the mobile phone after your visit and stopped toileting inside.
But the best bit is that we have claimed our bed back! Harrison no longer feels like he needs to be next to us 100% of the time, and can now enjoy his own space and has become a huge fan of his doggy bed.
Now when we get home we enjoy spending time with Harrison now that he is so well behaved.
Your advice has helped us tremendously and I truly believe that Harrison is a much happier dog.
Matt and Alison – Ponsonby
Thanks very much for working with us yesterday. It was very interesting to say the least! I wasn’t expecting such a quick change in our wee boy: he’s been a lot more relaxed and I think it was the first evening since we got him that he’s left me alone while I’m talking with the family or watching TV ! – He didn’t once sit on me or stick his tongue in my ear, he didn’t follow me all around the house when I got up to go anywhere and he wasn’t mouthing or pawing at my hand all evening. This morning he was just as manageable and it made the trip to the vet much less traumatic than we were expecting (Jo refused to take him by herself after he practically destroyed the place last time he went!).
We all enjoyed the process, love your work and won’t hesitate to recommend you to any of our friends who might be have need of some of your magic.
Cheers and regards
Irvine & family – Mt Albert
A serious fear of dogs is overcome
We first met Dan and his lovely girls Peanut and Inca, in May 2011 when looking for someone to help our 7 1/2 year old son Ryan, who had an extreme fear of dogs. His fear had come out of the blue at about 2 yrs of age, he has never been hurt or threatened by a dog. He would go into a panic whenever a dog was anywhere is sight, hyperventilating, screaming and crying. It was awful and his younger brother would often hook into the behaviour. It was bordering on dangerous and made going anywhere very stressful.
I located Dan on the internet and after speaking with him on the phone, decided that he was the person for the job. His manner with Ryan was just brilliant and he gained Ryan’s trust very quickly. Within four visits of an hour each, Ryan was playing with Peanut and Inca, patting them and truly enjoying his time with them.
Had I not seen it with my own eyes I would not have believed it was possible.
He has now been in the company of several other dogs since and has coped admirably.
Thank you so much Dan, Peanut and Inca you have given our young man a new confidence in himself and his ability to tolerate and respect and even enjoy dogs.
Wendy Taylor – Waitakere
Before your visit I felt like everything was spiralling out of control and that Bensen our large German Shepherd was the one making the rules. Since your visit Bensen has improved considerably & is growing up to be a really lovely dog.
He does not chase the chickens anymore & has calmed down a lot. We have put a barrier up in the doorway to stop the chickens coming in as Bensen just ignores them as they walk past him into the house to eat the cat food !
He comes every time I call him & has stopped jumping up.
We would highly recommend you to anyone who is having problems with their dog.
Sue and Scott Tindale – Rodney
We have been meaning to email you to say a huge thank you – your methods and tips have made a huge difference already to our lives! We can’t believe the difference in both Peanut and Mouse since day one.
We have just got back from the park tonight where we happened to meet 4 of our neighbours with their dogs. They were all off leash, which would normally have been chaos with our two. Mouse was much calmer and had great fun playing with the smaller dogs. Peanut was so different too – normally she would be stressed out and trying to protect Mouse, and eventually would try to bite if a dog sniffed her for too long. She was much calmer and more relaxed and didnt seem to feel that she had to defend Mouse or us. Your tip about how to show our dogs that there is no danger seems to really be helping.
Walking them is such a different experience now too – before they decided when and where to stop (which was a lot!) and now we are in charge. I even have Mouse walking calmly by my side for almost the whole walk – fantastic!
Thank you so much – we both feel so much more in control and I am enjoying walking the dogs so much more now. We have been singing your praises to all our doggy neighbours, and left your card at the vets too – they had already heard of you too!
Katherine River and Claire Shields – Point Chevalier
Since Doggy Dan came Daisy has calmed down enormously.
With our new calm approach she is no longer aggressive towards us when we address her bad behaviour. Her aggression used to be a daily occurrence but we have had no aggressive episodes at all since the training.
She is easier to calm down when she does get into an excited state and I believe she herself is a happier less frustrated dog.
All aspects of her behavior have improved and she is definitely looking and listening more to us for direction rather than her being in charge. It has had a big impact on the whole family and now we really enjoy having her around as part of “our pack”.
Ichiro Harada – Howick
Barking, recall, hard to relax,
Great to have you over on Sunday. Just amazing stuff you’re doing. Heaps of progress with Georgia already – we’re all truly grateful. I had a friend over yesterday who has a dog of his own, and he was blown away with how much better Georgia’s barking was. (So was I !!) Love it.
Now she’s learning that she’s not the pack leader thing, Georgia has this expression on her face as if to say Wow, thanks for taking that job off me. Now I can relax. She’s so much more responsive to us now. Great recalls in the paddock this morning even though she was a bit excited. We’ve got a way to go, but it’s rewarding for us to see progress every day.
She was sitting quietly next to the cat this morning when I left. Would never have dreamt that would happen a week ago.
Just very impressed and grateful to you. If there’s anything I can do to promote your great work, let me know.
Also more progress with Georgia when I left – she normally scratches at the door and moans when I leave in the mornings. Yesterday, virtually nothing! Pawed the door once then wandered off into the lounge and lay down for a snooze. Yay!
Many Thanks again.
Ben Naden – La Cantina Wines, St Helliers
Barking, aggression issues, hyperactive, stressed…
Both Maggie and Milo came to us very much second hand – in fact Maggie was 4th hand by her 2nd birthday, so both brought with them a lot of baggage and damage from their previous homes and some very mixed messages training wise.
Maggie, a Lab Rottie cross, perpetual barker, scrapper and overly anxious dog with an incredible need to foist her 45kg frame on top of us at all times had become quite intolerable and was in desperate need of learning how to become independent and self confident in her very muddled world.
We were recommended DoggyDan by Annie at K9 Heaven who said both dogs would benefit enormously from a session. Having spent a small fortune on other trainers we had pretty much resigned ourselves to having to manage ‘problem pooches’ for the foreseeable future.
The day DoggyDan arrived was the day things changed. A 2 hour session and Maggie had stopped her paw biting and her anxiety levels had subsided. For the first time she took a deep sigh and was content to lie on the floor away from us – the back flips performed at feeding time gave way to gentle seated waiting and we now enjoy being able to sit on the sofa without a 45kg dog sitting on our feet, spilling drinks by her incessant pawing.
Maggie was transformed overnight and a couple of months down the track we are continuing our new routines to benefit the entire household and Miss Maggie. Mr Milo, the rather individual Boxer remains a work in progress but has shown significantly reduced aggression toward other dogs.
Louise Brooks – Paremoremo
Dominant aggression to dogs
Thanks to Dan, my 6 year old Alsatian Astrid and I have more fun on our outings. Just a few simple pointers on how best to let Astrid know who is in control was all it took. His easy and gentle approach has given my beautiful dog and I more confidence in each other. The choice to maintain this happy situation, is entirely mine, a little self disciple has been a wonderful lesson for us both!
Tina & Astrid
Barking, barking, barking
Thanks for your help with our 4 year old Schnauzer, Kutya.
By using your easy to understand techniques and quiet approach our dog with a human brain has learnt that she’s not in charge after all!
Previously, we hadn’t been able to find a way to control her excitable barking, but now she’s grasping that not everything needs to be her problem!
We have also noticed that she is much calmer, while still keeping her great personality.
Jackie and Craig – Massey
Severe separation anxiety, barking
Doggy Dan has completely changed the way my dog Nates behaves. He used to go crazy barking and as a 50kg Bull Mastiff it could be pretty loud.
Nate also suffered from separation anxiety when we left him. He’d chew and lick himself raw. When we left him in the car to pop into a shop he would go crazy – Twice Nate smashed a car window and jumped out to come and get us!
Now we don’t have a barking issue Nates barks just to tell us somebody is there and then will be quiet as soon as we ask him. He is calm and relaxed when we leave him at home and he sleeps in the back seat of the car if we leave him there. Awesome!
Thanks to you Dan, Nate is a changed dog!
Kat and Slim – Massey
Barking, biting, jumping, chewing, pulling on lead
As a lifelong dog lover I was very excited to welcome Cassie into our home and was looking forward to teaching my 5 year old daughter all about pet ownership. It quickly became apparent, however that our gorgeous little ball of fun was growing into a rather large and strong juvenile delinquent, in fact we nicknamed her The Delinquent Dog.
After trying group obedience classes and failing miserably to get anywhere I found Doggy Dan on-line and gave him a call. At the time Cassie was 9 months old, weighed 25kgs and was pretty certain that she ruled the roost and unfortunately she was probably right!
We spent around 3 hours with Dan going through all of her bad habits – jumping on everyone, barking madly, biting ankles & clothes, chewing furniture & toys, tugging on the lead, etc! Dan showed us how to communicate with Cassie effectively & how to gain her trust.
3 months later it’s like we have a new reformed Cassie. She is so much more fun to be around and our friends too have noticed the changes, commenting on how much calmer she is now.
Can’t ask for more than that. Thanks Dan!!
Patsy Shaw – Titirangi
Calm inside the house and around our son
Since having you come to us here at home, we have a completely different dog. I know that sounds so cliche, and maybe you hear it every day, but we can not express how amazing the transformation has been.
Sifa and I are both social and community workers who for the last 5 to 10 years have been working to help people learn how to communicate with other people. From youth offenders, behavioural teenagers, parents, children, teen mums and dads even to teaching government groups and community how to work with each other. Heck, I’ve even been involved in writing a book about it! So when it came to a dog, we seriously thought that we would have the skills to communicate with it and be fine. But we weren’t.
For 6 months, we struggled trying to control Nala and spent most of the time yelling at her. We had decided that we would have to change the situation – either let Nala go to another home, or seek help. So we called you. Well. Let me tell you. Calling you was the best decision of the year! Within hours, Nala was the calmest we have ever experienced her since she has arrived in our lives. After learning your rules and putting them into practice, we have learnt how to show her in a way that she understands quickly what we expect from her. It’s not rocket science, it’s just dog science! We realise now that it wasn’t about the amount of effort we were putting in (because let me tell you we were really trying!) it was the amount of knowledge we had!
Before you came, Nala was left outside for most of the day, She was taken from her box to the front garden. She would get fed and then we left her to it. Milan (our 2 year old) and I would not venture into the garden because Nala would take over our space and we would get too upset. Nala would then get fed in the afternoon and taken for a walk by Sifa. She would then be put back into the garden until we went to bed then taken back to her box. We didn’t have a pet and she didn’t have a life.
Now, Nala is inside with us and is calm enough to really be a part of our family! Milan can dance and play and run and jump all around her without even a flinch from Nala. Just last night, Milan was lying beside Nala playing with his trains. This would have been impossible 2 weeks ago with Nala jumping all over Milan and ending up with the trains all chewed up. We also have our outside space again and I can venture back into my vege garden – which I have been avoiding since getting Nala because I would have had to fight with her to get away for most of the time.
We sing your praises every day, and have been doing so to everyone that we know – whether they have a dog or not! Thank you Dan, It was a pleasure having you come to us and the skills you have taught us have been invaluable. We’ll keep in touch if we have any problems, but the knowledge you gave us when you visited has been fantastic for now.
Tara, Sifa and Milan – Glen Innes
To be friendly to all strangers approved by me
What can I say…Dan! Thanks! You truly are a Prince among men. Thanks seem so inadequate. Here is a picture of the new Tyke and our boat for our trip.
If you can use this as a credential Dan, I really would tell the World “don’t hesitate to call Dan and to completely and I mean completely trust in and implement everything in full!”
Tyke has become a dog owners dream.
I cannot emphasise enough to anyone the importance of really understanding a dog’s perspective on life.
It is a wonderful method once the concept is grasped; it is with amazingly fast and easy to maintain results and it gives you a relaxed obedient and fully contented happy dog admired by all.
Thanks Heaps Dan
Sam Butler – Christchurch
Barking, pulling on lead, hackles up, snarling
My partner and I decided to get a dog trainer in to help us with our dogs after we had an incident where one of our dogs attacked another dog.
We had Doggy Dan over and were impressed from the beginning with his confidence around our dogs, and the dogs seemed to take to him straight away.
Sheba, who is now 6 years old, was our biggest challenge, always very protective, barking at anyone coming into the property- even running out with her hackles up and snarling. So far we have been seeing remarkable results! Thanks to Dan’s advice, she now looks to us for direction, and is a seemingly different dog!
Our male dog Oscar used to feel the need to drag us along behind him on the walk! Again, Dan has given us some fantastic techniques to make walking him a lot easier.
I would highly recommend Dan to anyone who has a dog. We tried several different local training schools for our dogs, and although this may have taught them to sit and shake hands, had I have known about Doggy Dan I would have skipped all this and gone straight to him.
We are thrilled with the results and cannot thank Dan enough for his help!
Brendan Smith and Natasha Matthews – Whangaparoa
Dominating, aggressive, fighting
It was wonderful to have Dan come over to work with our two dogs, Daisy a 2 year old pit bull and Rosie a 9 month old lab retriever. We called Dan earlier this year, out of sheer desperation, as the dogs had begun fighting ever since Daisy returned from staying with relatives. It had reached the point where we were close to having Daisy put down because of her continued aggressive behaviour towards Rosie.
However since that session with Dan, and putting his method into practise, our ‘girls’ have become happy friends again.
Needless to say we are very grateful!
Karen, Camille and Sophie – Ellerslie
Toilet training, mouthing, sit stay and recall
Dans dog training has a lovely gentle approachable manner, he is utterly non-judgemental and wise and immediately put me at ease. He has a gift with dogs and is totally committed to improving their relationships with their owners. A true professional on dog behaviour and obedience training I can’t recommend Doggy Dan highly enough!
Amazing value for money. His service is not just for one consultation but there on tap for a lifetime.
You have shown me how to communicate with my dog Abbey, thank you.
Penny Light – Rodney
Unsure of the cats, Barking at dogs
Thanks a million Dan for helping us understand the pack mentality of our puppy pack and showing us how to be good pack leaders. By using your techniques, we were able to introduce Butters to our cat dominated house neither the cats or dog feel threatened by each other.
Now at 9 months old, Butters comes when he is called and is socialising well with other doggies when we’re out and about. No more embarrassing barking like when we use to take him for walks or out in public places. As a first-time dog owner, I would urge anyone who has issues to call on you.
Lilian, Malc, Butters & the cats – Massey
Dog aggression, separation anxiety, fearful
With the introduction of a new puppy, Luna, into our pack our vision of two frolicking playmates was shattered as both began to regress in behaviour.
Honey, staffy X sharpei freaked out- always clingy, a mummy’s girl prone to weeing and whining she now became positively neurotic, with separation anxiety, shaking, incontinence, and, frighteningly, increasing aggression towards other dogs!
Luna a 6mth bull terrier X bull mastiff cross, was already a bit of a loony- hard to toilet train, playfully evasive to the point of hair tearing and already showing signs of snappy aggression. Getting bigger by the day her aggression to other dogs led to ostracism at our local beach, dog fights at home, and physical challenges to us!!
The evening Dan spent with us he showed us how easily we could change all of this and have happier dogs as a result – dogs who are relaxed.
Knowing that we can call Dan any time (which we have done!) has helped us to continue the great work that he started with us. Honey is much more relaxed, she no longer wets herself when we come home and Luna is now a delight, successfully passing her first obedience course and socialising well with other dogs.
Dan is a fine human with much knowledge to share. He truly loves dogs and understands how they communicate and what it is they really need. His methods are full of wisdom, love, compassion and joy. Thoroughly, unreservedly recommended.
Georgia and Simon – Rothesay Bay
My dog Tank developed a terrible behavioural problem, of which I could no longer control. Tank would run at any person or thing, viciously barking with gnashing teeth, lunging forward at them with the hair on his back up.
It got to the stage where I dreaded people visiting because of how vicious he had become, and in return folk dreaded arriving to that kind of reception. The situation was now way out of control.
I couldn’t bare the thought of an electric collar, or any other aggressive training method that I wouldn’t like used on myself.
Dan assured me he would be able help change this unwanted behaviour in a gentle way. He arrived the next day as agreed, discussed the problem at length a plan was drawn up and immediately put into action. Dan didn’t just tell me what to do, he also actioned his ideas right then by acting out the scenarios, for me to follow
I am absolutely thrilled with the change in Tanks behaviour and he is now a very happy, relaxed dog.
The other day a courier van came up the driveway to drop off a parcel…..the driver got out of the van, gave me the parcel and left….and Tank didn’t even lift his head!!!!
You definitely don’t need an electric collar to stop a dog from barking – I recommend Doggy Dan.
Yvonne Robinson – Glendowie
Selective hearing, Jumping up, Snapping
Hi Dan, just wanted to say a big thank you for changing my way of thinking with disciplining our dog. In the past we’ve had a couple of dogs and have previously used a dog training franchise where the techniques were more or less scare tactics. I wanted to have control over our dog since we have a toddler.
When we got Oscar, a friend recommend the electric or remote collar, in other words, the zapper. We found it to be a complete waste of money it did not train Oscar at all. It was good for party tricks on our husbands to see how high their pain threshold is! Entertaining but not a dog training tool.
Since you have been to visit us we have changed how we train our dog. You have given us an insight into dog training, the method is logical, ethical and has delivered amazing results.
Thank you Dan for giving us faith in owning and training another four legged ball of fluff, Our Oscar.
Regards, Neil, Nichola and Joel Williams – Herne Bay
Fearful, stressed and nervous outside
I wanted a dog trainer to help with my puppy Jesse. He was so stressed, terrified of travelling in the car and even more terrified getting out at the other end.
When Dan arrived both Jesse and I immediately felt at ease. After listening to what had been happening and asking a bunch of insightful questions he explained to me how Jesse viewed the world, and why he became so stressed and frightened. Dan showed me the gentle way to take control, no growling and no rolled up newspapers, he showed me the way to win Jesse’s mind.
Jesse is now much lighter, he’s running around outside having a fabulous time and not worrying about me. Jess is a bossy soul so sometimes its a tug-of-war, but I have the tools at my fingertips to deal with anything. He is coping so much better when we go out, he trusts me to look after him and that feels amazing.
Just as a small note, there are two other dogs in our family and all the techniques worked equally well with them!
To anyone with any kind of problem with their dog give Dan a call, he will change your life and your dogs, you won’t ever look back.
Sonja Bjerga & Jesse – Auckland
Dog aggression, dog pack integration, dogs fighting
I was quite naive thinking that it would be easy to introduce a new adult dog into my home. Monty has always been my baby and obviously very spoiled. The introduction with Paris did not go as planned – I was constantly breaking up massive dog fights!
Then I called you on day two, in the hope you’d teach the dogs some coping skills. In all honesty you came and taught the dogs nothing but you taught me! The biggest problem was me and my behaviour, not the dogs. You helped me to establish my position as pack leader which in turn meant that my dogs did not have to fight for pack leader position.
The simple, yet very effective, techniques you showed us were put in place and are now part of our every day life. Your follow up calls and emails have been very much appreciated.
The dogs are now best friends! I hope that you can come over in the near future to see the lovebirds!
Thank you very much Doggy Dan for calming my nerves as well as my dogs nerves!
Pamela Balt, Paris and Monty – Mt Albert
Dog barking, biting, no-recall, pulling on lead
Thank you SO MUCH for your help with our situation with Mac, we’ve tried several dog trainers in the past and whilst all had their good points they didn’t actually solve our dog problems long term. It’s taken a lot to admit that the problems were 100% me, I just presumed that the constant dog barking, pulling me over on the lead and biting people were all because Mac was a sensitive dog.
You helped me to understand that Mac was just doing his job and it was ME actually causing the dog barking to continue (shouting at him and joining in – I’m still laughing at myself right now) and he was only protecting me and his pack as I was not a very good pack leader. No wonder he was stressed!
When you walked in to the room Mac was so pleased that he could relax! And he’s been doing a lot more of that since. The reward system is working a treat, he is a fast learner. I’m forcing myself to be strong when I let him off the lead and did not approach him once and guess what, he came EVERY time he was called. That’s the best part. I couldn’t even go to the park before as I was getting too stressed at what might happen.
It will still be a while before I let a child other than my own children pat him but that is our goal. My confidence in him is growing by the day as is his in me.
My friends are already asking about you as they know of Mac and our problems so expect a call soon!
THANK YOU Doggy Dan.
Justina Cammish and her pack – Kohimarama
Barking at cars, obedience, selective hearing
You have had a wonderful effect! – things going well with Sonny, Peter, Bella and Gurty. Sonny will now sit, stay and come to me when called.
After you left he was a totally different dog- very quiet !!! Gurty will also sit and stay and do everything that I tell Sonny to do as she’s his little shadow!
Anyway you saved mine and Sonny’s life as the family were going to exterminate one of us!
Will be in touch again soon.
Thanks Dan, regards
Pam Rigg – Wairau Valley
Dan showed me how to be the pack leader in our home which gave Louis the security that came with my rules and a happy, co operative puppy.
Deb, Jimmy and Louis – St Helliers
Jumping up, not listening, no re-call, boisterous
Our dog is a very good-natured, two-and-a-half year-old SPCA purebred ie; name a breed, she’ll have a bit of it somewhere. However, her boisterousness in greeting guests was becoming a real problem. She was also developing a mind of her own about obedience issues which left us standing on the beach with egg on our faces while we called her and she ignored us.
A single ninety-minute session with dog trainer Dan gave us a dog’s-eye-view of the canine world, and how it can integrate with our world, to both our and the dog’s, benefit. The session also set us up with a behaviour tool-box that has resolved both the boisterousness and the obedience problems. Your back-up service has really helped us keep on track.
Ian & Josie Mune – Muriwai
Dog barking, jumping, attention seeking
Our little dog Charlie who is all of 18 months old had very bad manners and would love to jump all over visitors when they arrived at our front door. He would then bark for attention when we were sitting having a conversation. Charlie was also very stubborn and would not listen to a recall, instead he would just sit and look at me. It was annoying and embarrassing.
I contacted Dan with a big HELP ME! Dan was patient, encouraging and quickly showed us how to stop Charlie from jumping and barking. Now Charlie is very relaxed and content when people arrive at our front door and so am I. No more embarrassing moments.
Just three hours of magic and my stubborn shitzu x puppy is a great listener and obedient little dog.
Thank you Dan, you had the dog training knowledge and techniques to help with Charlie’s behaviour and obedience.
Thanks, Nicky Johnson and Charlie
Pulling on the lead, chasing birds
Simply put. Both my staffy dogs Charlie and Jackson have stopped pulling on the lead when out walking. This was without using a choke chain. Even the bird chasing has virtually stopped.
I can put Doggy Dan training into 3 words. Fail-safe, Professional and Caring.
Bronsen Brown- Takapuna
Generally over excited, poor manners
Dan, a note of appreciation. It was obvious what you did when you came round, but what happened didn’t seem to be enough to cause the complete turn-about in our dogs behaviour and our enjoyment of her as actually happened. Immediately!
And continues….. It was a miracle session. You should lift your price. And your back-up has just helped us cement things in place.
Very happy customer – Auckland
Demanding, stressed, over excited
I called Dan to come & help us with Bobby, our pure bred Chihuahua. Bobby was becoming more and more demanding in seeking attention & would also get excitable very easily.
Dan’s immense passion as a dog trainer shone through immediately. He explained to us clearly why Bobby behaved as he did & showed us exactly how to prevent these unwanted behaviours. After a very short time, Bobby is far calm & relaxed & so are we!
A big thank you from Bobby the Chihuahua & his parents – we are very happy you came into our lives Doggy Dan.
Kevin Browne – West Auckland
Dogs not getting on, ignoring commands, wandering off
Tainui and Roxy have been part of our family since the start of the year. Tainui is a large Rotty and Roxy was about to be put down. Neither of the two dogs had met when we got them so we knew we had a challenge, things were tense from the start especially around feeding time!
Kimi my wife and I have 4 kids who also like animals so we felt it important to get good advice.
Dan taught us how to get the dogs to respect all of us in a very simple way which amazed me. He showed us how to behave around them and the importance of good discipline and quality play time.
Currently Tainui and Roxy are best of mates, they eat sleep and play together which we thought would never happen! We have a large property and now they don’t go out the gate, even when it is open!!
They also listen to commands that any of my family say not just my self – which is important.
This has all been achieved based on Dan’s advice and spending quality time with the dogs.
I say Dan is the Man for Dogs!
Jason and Kimi – Whitford
Severe aggression, fear, stress, pulling on the lead, barking
Paris is my 3 year old American staffordshire bull terrier, with a lot of problems!!! Aggression, fear, pulling on the lead, barking. You name the problem Paris had it. She had a bad start to life before I got her, I’m her 3rd and last home. She will attack whatever she is scared of. Paris’ aggression was so bad she would lunge and snap at people in public, often she would turn her aggression towards me and bite, often drawing blood.
Lead walking was a nightmare. I have tried Prong collars , Choke Chains, Halti and Gentle leaders, and nothing worked. When I used a prong collar on her she would still pull even though her neck was bleeding. Choke chains weren’t much better, she would pull till she just about passed out. Haltis and Gentle leaders just didn’t work either. I began to think she could no longer go out for walks – its about 8 months since she has left the house. Paris was for ever fence running barking aggressively bark at people walking past the house or my car. She would snap at the mail lady and if she couldn’t get to her she would turn and bite or snap at me.
I had 2 other trainers out to see me – both well known and they were unable to help. One trainer was so scared of her he only stayed an hour. Many times I thought she would have to go to the vet to be put to sleep which made me cry so much as I just love Paris dearly.
I found Doggy Dan on the internet and knew Dan was Paris’ last chance at life. There is no aggression used in any way which is marvellous. His way of Training is the best. I learnt that Paris’ problems are coming from her thinking she is the pack leader. She was taking on too much responsibility on her shoulders by looking after me and my family and was unable to cope.
What I learnt from Dan was a real eye opener – so much of it was new to me. Now I can see it all clearly and my God this method works!!! Paris now only barks for a few seconds now when someone passe’s the gate etc, just to let me know that’s someone is there, She then stops barking when I ask her too! I no longer have to yell and scream at her, She is so much calmer and less stressed, her whole behaviour has changed for the best.
Before she used to barge pass me in the house mostly when I was going out the door but now she waits till I go first. This is something she change this by herself, I never trained her to do this!
I totally recommend Doggy Dan to anyone with a dog. I think if Dan was cloned and everyone got one that owned a dog there would be no dogs with problems. If you are having problems of any kind you totally should ring Doggy Dan. I felt so much relief when Dan left knowing my Baby Paris could change and be the dog I wanted. Paris and me are moving ahead well and she really hasn’t looked back.
So if you need help just ring Dan he is worth it. A big huge Thank You to you Dan, your a legend.
Joy Hendry – Tekauwhata
Dog obedience, selective hearing
Our dog, Buster, a Schnauzer, is intelligent with a willful personality and was a constant challenge to our authority. Dan came and spent time in our home so that what he showed us was relevant to our situation and surroundings, which is so much more valuable than a training manual.
He tailored his training to suit the whole family, including our 9 and 7yr olds. Dan was friendly and professional and obviously knew his stuff. As we suspected, helping control Buster was more about training us than the dog!
Since Dan’s visit we have seen a huge improvement in our ability to control his behaviour now that Dan has given us the tools to use.
Sharon Fisher – Auckland
Barking, separation anxiety
We have four Chihuahuas and one Miniature Fox Terrier. They would bark at everything on a walk, and also became very anxious when I left them alone. At one stage, I felt so embarrassed to take them out for a walk that I would stay with them inside all day. We didn’t know what to do until one day we found Doggy Dan.
Dan came to see us with his own dog Peanut and spent half a day with us. He not only told us how to rectify the problems but also clearly explained the reason for the dogs behaviour. By carefully following Dan’s notes, we started to make progress. Dan calls us regularly to provide back-up solutions and he always replies to my emails quickly.
Last weekend I took them out for a walk in the park. They did very very well. I took Oscar, Mini & Jack out for their first trip and they ran around in the park off leash for 5 minutes. They didn’t bark at anyone and came when I called them! We are also able to leave them alone and go out for dinner knowing they wont stress without us there.
We are very pleased about the result and we truly thank you for everything. Without you we couldn’t make it!!
Thank you, Doggy Dan!
From Monica and Alan. Fluffy, Jack, Mini, Cooper and Oscar – Pukekohe
Toileting inside, chicken chasing, no recall
Louie was an addition to our family a year and a half ago when we lived in town on a small half section. He was the perfect size for us and our situation.
Then we moved house to 4 acres south of Auckland. For some reason Louie took exception to toileting outside after our move. We also were the recipients of 10 chooks -feathered friends never before seen by this pug. And of course it was very easy to ignore Mum and Dad when there are all those wonderful new smells and distractions to investigate and Louie would only ever come home when he was ready – not when called.
We were almost at our wits end trying to call him back from the paddocks next door and I never thought the chooks would lay with Louie continually chasing them as soon as he was let outside. We just had to put Louie on a lead all the time he was outside, which was a shame considering we moved out to the country to give him and us more freedom. And the toileting inside was driving me to distraction.
So we called Dan. After a few weeks of using the tools we learned from Dan – the chooks were laying and wandering around our property free range without the stress of a pug dog chasing them constantly. We are able to recall Louie from the neighbouring paddocks, and watching him run back home through the long grass is a joy to behold.
And as for the toileting inside – fantastic! Louie now lets us know when he wants to go out. We are all much happier.
We continue to use the tools Dan gave us and now all of us know what is expected and how to behave. Everyone is living happier in the country.
Thanks again Dan, kind regards
Suzanne Armour – South of Auckland
Nipping on the bed, didn’t listen
Bex and I are both a lot better behaved! Being the pack leader is such a powerful tool.
My aunty came round the other day who hadn’t seen Bex since before our consultation and she was shocked at how much Bex had improved. She has even toned down her obsession with shadows and she responds really well to the calming technique you showed me.
I find it funny how before she would almost never listen to me and now she almost hangs off my every word and action. She also seems a lot less stressed with having some one else in charge. Your online dog training video support site is instrumental in helping the changes.
Her nipping on the bed has completely stopped. That was one of the first and most notable changes. My bed used to be a battleground now Bex politely waits for me to invite her up with up ya get. If I don’t say it she will usually find a spot on the ground to lie on!
I can not thank you enough Dan! Regards,
William Dennison – Totara Vale, North Shore
Agressive to humans
Dan has really helped us handle our ‘spirited’ elderly dog. Morgan a German Short Haired Pointer came into our lives via an animal shelter & although a beautiful nature, became aggressive to humans on several occasions. We were faced with the terrible prospect of putting him down until we contacted Dan, who’s simple, clear techniques and advice are turning his behavior around. We have noticed the difference within days.
Morgan is a happier more contented dog now. He is understanding his place within our household and I feel so much more confidant handling my dog & having Dan’s fantastic support along with the online training website
Thanks so much Dan for coming up to see us, we really appreciate it
Jan van der Lee – Waipu
Snapping at people and just full on!!
Hi Dan, our Boxer Marley is awesome now thanks! We have learnt to understand him and read him better, and avoid situations that he is not good with yet, which is a big help in easing him into things. Mostly I have shown him I am in charge, behaved more calmly with him and the same when we are out. His barking is a lot better too, quite funny actually as he is really trying to hold the bark in sometimes and he makes this hilarious painful sounding whinge noise while trying to contain himself! Then he just runs off and gets a ball! He eats when told and 2x a day. His appetite has actually improved so he is more responsive in training before his meal now.
We can now leave him inside for a few hours without full destruction and just this week, finally, outside without him going nuts barking and letting loose on the shoes.
He is getting better walking and we can go on nice long walks which we could not do before, holding with 2 fingers and when he has calmed down, I can run and have a loose lead on the ordinary collar!
He does not snap at people walking past now either. He is still a cheeky young boxer who is not an angel all the time, but we know how to confidently handle him now and know to stand by the rules relentlessly as we see he does like to test now and then for the top spot.
Overall, there has been so much progress in such a short time. Thanks so much for all your help, we have a nice relaxed home now and a very settled Marley, more like his name!
Eva, Paula, Marley and Lennox – Glendowie
Thanks for your email.
Coco is good – life is much calmer in our household now (most of the time)! We really couldn’t believe the difference in Coco – within a couple of days the transformation was very noticeable.
She now goes to the dog park on a regular basis and runs around like a lunatic, which is just what she needs. She still needs some work on coming back when called.
I am really enjoying your website and finding the training videos very useful.