We reached out to ‘The Dog Man’ in January this year when our 16-month-old Schnauzer puppy did a runner out of the front door and refused to come back to us. We were terrified that something awful would happen as we live near a couple of busy roads. We needed help developing our dog’s recall and responsiveness to our commands.
Craig and Karen came to our house, listened to what training we had done ourselves, and then we watched Craig interact with our dog and show us some very basic, early tips. Craig made little video clips so we could watch them back at our leisure.
After a while, Craig and Karen took the dog into our garden and did some other food/recall-based training, again making video clips along the way.
What I learned from the home session was
1. Listen to guidance from a professional.
2. It may seem straightforward, but it’s only straightforward if you know how to do it. I clearly didn’t before meeting Craig and Karen.
3. Practice, practice and practice.
After only a few days, we could see a marked change in the dog’s behaviour. Gradually, I started getting more confident with his walks, to the point that I was confident to walk him with his lead trailing behind rather than in my hand.
With Craig’s guidance and tips via the website, I gradually increased it until I can now confidently walk the dog – safe in the knowledge that if I use my recall command or whistle, he will return 100% of the time to me.
My relationship with the dog has changed so much. It has improved from a battle of wills – to what I can only describe as a beautiful, healthy, positive relationship.
Suppose you read this review because you wonder whether to spend your money on a dog trainer. In that case, my answer is a definite YES.
Follow the guidance; when you think it isn’t quite going as well as it should, re-watch the video sessions, and you will realise that it will be YOU that isn’t quite doing it right – not the dog!
To sum my experience up :
WELL WORTH THE MONEY – RECALL ISSUE SOLVED – HUMAN / DOG RELATIONSHIP IS 100% BETTER. – CRAIG AND KAREN ARE JUST OUTSTANDING.