What my clients say about the results they’ve achieved with The Dog Man.
For so long we’ve been saying we need support from a professional but I was nervous; I knew that the issues we’ve been facing were in some way encouraged by us.
Craig made me feel at ease in so many ways. He’s very honest yet understanding when he completes his assessments. His knowledge and experience is clear from the beginning; as soon as he entered our home he was assessing and taking things in. He pointed out things that I knew new to consider and the longer we talked the more I learnt how to read Rufus and his behaviour.
I feel more confident in my ability to train Rufus and use Craig’s techniques because I know he’s there for ongoing support. I thought he was going to help me teach Rufus how to be more confident, I never expected he would also teach me to be more confident!
I know that over time Rufus will grow to become a happier, more relaxed and confident dog and we have Craig to thank for that.
Craig really is The Dog Man and I would recommend his service to anyone.
“Craig has spent the afternoon with us today working with our dog Jax who we have been struggling with recently. We are unable to get his attention or focus on us when outside on walks and he pulls very badly on the lead. Within an hour, Craig had Jax’s full attention- I have never seen him so responsive or focused in the year and a bit we have had him! Craig has guided us through the steps we need to help us get Jax to where we want him, has been so helpful answering all our question and has been very patient with us and Jax. This is just the start of our 3-month journey with Craig but we are so happy with the training he has done with us this afternoon and I really feel like we can rely on him and trust him already. It was also great to learn some more about food nutrition for our dogs as I don’t know enough about it! Jax loved the Salmon and Potato food that is Craig’s own brand and he talked us through the nutrition involved and why it is good for them. We are now switching from Arden Grange food to Craig’s own brand, now we know a lot more about the nutrition Jax needs Thank you so much Craig!!”
We contacted Craig due to our pug, Bruce, showing significant aggression and fear towards other dogs.
Within 20 minutes of Craig being here he knew exactly where we were going wrong. His knowledge of dogs and their behavior is nothing short of remarkable.
We’ve been working hard with Bruce over the past week since Craig’s visit, working on the little clicker exercises he showed us. I am amazed at how quick Bruce picked up what to do, associating looking at me/touching my hand etc with the clicker sound – he even comes to the sound of the clicker now! There is still plenty of work to do but just these small changes already are amazing given that before Craig came, Bruce wouldn’t pay attention to us unless in a calm situation where he was getting a reward.
We’re now looking forward to family walks again with Bruce, and meeting other dogs with him. Thank you so much Craig, we wouldnt hesitate to use him again for our next dog.
Our dog Lola is a 2-year-old rescue from Romania. She is intelligent but hugely lacking in confidence. This results in aggressive reactivity to some people, dogs, plastic bags in trees etc! Lola appears obedient and calm with familiar people and dogs in familiar settings but her potential to react badly has begun to restrict our activities with her.
We have just had one introductory session with Craig so this isn’t a review of results, Craig very much goes back to basics – teaching us to address underlying confidence issues with Lola and improving her focus on us in general. Part of the strength of Craig’s approach is the wealth of training notes and videos he makes available alongside encouraged ongoing contact and support from Craig himself. He has given us renewed optimism for Lola’s future.
We contacted Craig due to significant biting, hyperactive energy spells and issues walking Bobby our 6 month Labrador.
We are three weeks into the training following the initial 2 hour 1-2-1 session with Craig and the results are unbelievable however we still have work to do.
I would highly recommend Craig to dog owners who are struggling to understand their dogs, the service you will receive is very comprehensive and to be honest, it is very heart warming how passionate Craig is about dogs/training.
Craig explains things extremely well and always puts it in simple terms therefore his instructions/videos/notes are clear. Craig is also the king of analogies!!
We contacted Craig after being told at a training class that we would always have a problem dog. She barked at other dogs and people and taking her for a walk was very difficult.
As soon as Craig saw her he knew she was very fearful, and began to talk us through and to demonstrate ways to help her.
My daughter and I were amazed at how Willow responded, and now feel we have the help we needed to begin training our new 6 month old.
I would not hesitate in recommending Craig to anyone!
We have a now 9 month old Belgian Malinois/GSD. Craig came to help when Marley was 7 months, our Mal was a very excited puppy, with a high prey drive. Although a very fast learner and lovely dog, the barking at other dogs, pulling on walks and generally far too excited at everything was starting to get out of hand.
We searched for a trainer with experience with Mal’s or GSD and Craig was an amazing choice. I had a 1-2-1 and it really has helped.
Craig had great techniques, great training and Marley really responded to him. I was filled with confidence and enthusiasm after our first session and I can happily report 2 months on, Marley is so much calmer and responds to us. Don’t get me wrong Marley has a long way to go and we both still have a lot of learning to do. I have another session coming up and I am looking forward to keep improving.
Thanks for all your help!
We contacted Craig to help us with our Golden Retriever who doesn’t come back to us when off the lead, especially when there’s distractions.
We had our session with Craig and was extremely impressed by his knowledge and advice. We learnt so much and it has given us so much hope that we can get our dog to behave the way we’d like. We are very excited to start the training! 🙂
I have been using Craig’s own brand of dog food for a few months now for my golden retriever, who has had a dry, flaky skin problem for a while. She has been on the super premium fish & potato with itch ease and her skin I’d say is about 90 percent better, smoother, softer and very minimal flakes of skin.
It has made quite a difference to her coat, much less hair sheading and thicker.
I would really recommend.
Also free delivery to your door!
We contacted Craig in desperation when Woody, our 3 month old Labrador Vizsla cross was doing some really hard biting, mostly directed at our two young children. Immediately Woody had a connection with Craig, who showed us a different method of training him, one that we had no experience of despite having been dog owners for 20 years. This totally transformed the way we will ever train our dogs again.
Five months later and some perseverance and we have a dog that is an absolute joy to walk. His recall is sharp, he walks to heel well, he listens to us, he doesn’t pull on the lead. I knew Woody had really nailed it when he chased a rabbit across the field and when I called him back he immediately turned around, ran back to me and planted himself at my feet. Wow. I feel so lucky to have had Craig involved in training our wonderful family dog. Thank you.
We booked Craig to help us get off on the right foot with our Husky/Border Collie x puppy Jax. We didn’t have any major issues at the time but we knew he was a mix that was notorious for being difficult to train and we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of avoiding having to deal with a big out of control animal.
After only 4 weeks, he seems calmer overall and we have got him walking nicely on the lead and staying close by when free. He is 75% husky so we were worried that we wouldn’t ever be able to let him run free but his recall is reliable and getting better all the time. He is only 4.5 months old so we are more than happy and really surprised with his progress and how he behaves when out.
Craig doesn’t train your dog for you. He teaches you how to train your dog so we were able to go away and work with Jax every day, confident that we were doing the right things and he’s still improving all the time. We are really glad that we didn’t wait for the inevitable problems to developed before calling Craig.
Initially, all we wanted was a dog that didn’t jump up people or pull on the lead and came back when called. Already we pretty much have what we wanted from Jax but having seen what is possible with a bit of effort and knowledge, we intend to keep working with Craig to get the best out of him.
I’d like to recommend The Dog Man’s Choice food. Good service, quick delivery and my Labrador loves it.
Great range of flavours to choose from as well.
We have two beautiful scottie pups Angus and Dougie. It was important for us all to have well behaved dogs that we can take anywhere.
We trawled the internet and found The Dog Man – Craig and the detail on the website exceeded our expectations when he spent the morning with us.
The theory and knowledge imparted about the Scottie breed, the practical training and advice has certainly been of great value and although we are only a couple of weeks in, we are reaping the benefits. We appreciate we have a long way to go and we have comfort in the fact that we can contact Craig for advice.
We have also found his learning tools on the client zone of great benefit and the videos have really helped.
We would highly recommend Craig he has such a presence with the Dogs and gave us confidence in ourselves to get the training right.
My mind will forever be blown by what Craig has shown and taught us!
We rescued Bonnie 3 years ago as a companion for our first dog Mylo. She has truly blossomed over the years however when it comes to recall, we have really struggled. Everything else is far more interesting to her and if she sees another dog, all bets are off, she just wants to go and say hello and play.
We gave Craig a call and he immediately understood the problem and suggested a half day session. Within the first 30 minutes I was already learning so much about her breed and disposition, not to mention, Craig himself was lovely. Once the training got going I could already see how much attention she was paying to him with the techniques he was using and the theories behind them were so clear, making perfect sense! We are now 3 days in and I am already noticing how much more value she is placing on us. Could not recommend Craig enough, not to mention the Client Zone is really unique, being able to access videos and training notes at your disposal.
Can’t wait for our catch up session !
Would like to say a massive Thankyou to Craig. We booked a half day 1:2:1 with him and our German shepherd puppy Kylo. We weren’t disappointed! Not only did he help us understand what we had bought in relation to the breed but he also showed us different ways in harnessing his typical traits. You could see Kylo really responding to Craig even after only a few hours. The learning tools you are left with are fantastic, a few different ways so we can remember the techniques needed!
Thank you so much to Craig! Would highly recommend to anyone considering booking Craig!
We did 3 days with Craig, the dog man, it was excellent. My dog, Jim, a fox terrier must have given a huge sigh of relief when we met him. Thinking, at last someone who gets me. It was the best dog training I’ve ever done. Craig is a lovely and unique guy, with so much experience, knowledge and education, I don’t think you could find better. He has a relaxed approach that stops you worrying, this really helped me and my dog Jim. Do not hesitate with this guy he is all and more than his website says
The Dog Man, Craig is a fantastic dog trainer. His vast amount of knowledge, passion and dedication to help my dog Archie and me to understand how these beautiful animals learn and become one with the owner was more than I could have expected from this 3 day 121 course. Already on the second day, I could see how Archie started to understand what The Dog Man has tried to implement on the first day. We had 3 wonderful days, spent training and walking in beautiful areas around Stafford. Archie was so happy and enjoyed being trained by The Dog Man. Back home, we carry on implementing what we’ve learned and are making good progress – plus, I spend a lot more time with my little boy now, too and he loves it.
I would recommend Craig to anyone, no matter how small or big the problem is that you’ve got with your dog. In fact I have already don’t so on one of my walks.
Thank you so much Craig for taking the time to show Archie and myself how to learn and apply your great techniques. We’re both over the moon to have spent such a great time training with you.
First off we would like to say a massive thank you to Craig for all his help and advice for training our puppy Tasker. Craig spent half a day with us and explained in depth the theory behind the steps we needed to take to communicate with our pup; due to his breed and German lines he needs to be trained in a different way. Craig made this really easy for us backed up with videos and lots of really useful information. Tasker is engaging with us really well and I know if we need any further help Craig will be available whenever we need him. Craig has a really friendly approach and excellent training skills which are fair for both trainers and the dog.
Gemma, Will and of course Tasker.
Ziggy was a rescue dog from The City Dogs Home and has lived with us since April last year. Like most rescue dogs his previous life was pretty much unknown. Ziggy was boisterous and just didn’t know how to play properly with other dogs. We have tried other dog trainers and they all appear to offer different advice. Around the home he was OK but outside he didn’t respond at all.
We met up with Craig and with his help we have had success with our dog when using Craig’s training method, we are pleased to say Ziggy is now doing really well. Even though it’s only been a short time Ziggy’s focus has been amazing, he is doing things first time!!
Thank you Craig
I am writing to thank you for the training and advice you gave me with Arnie.
You’ll remember I’m sure that he suffered from fearful aggression which made it impossible to walk him off lead, and eventual any public walking also became too hard to attempt.
Thankfully we met you. Today I took this photograph of Arnie on a pack walk with two new dogs that he only met today for the first time. Not only that but I was the one leading the entire pack with no aid, something that I would never have imagined possible when I first engaged your services.
With your help and guidance Arnie has become a calm and balanced dog who now enjoys all of his walks off lead, socializing and mixing with many dogs and people on his travels. He is a constant source of pleasure and has become a wonderful companion.
For anyone out there with a problem dog I can only say they should put their faith in you and the expert knowledge you have in what makes a dog tick. You taught me what to look for and how to deal with my boy. We both owe you a huge debt for that.
With great respect and admiration
Kate and Arnie
Our beautiful Maisy, the crazy Collie is now 15 months old, we bought her from what we thought was a legitimate farmer in Wales. Sadly it may not have been the case. We picked up a very frightened and what turned out to be a very poorly puppy dog whom we took straight to the vet when we got home. Sadly she was that poorly she was kept in for a week on a drip.
Months on she is such a sensitive soul but by talking about her instincts and her drive to do what she does, Craig put a training plan in place to work on her focus, grass roots training which within days had produced such a positive outcome for Maisy and us.
Maisy would be completely anxious when visitors come to the house to then over greet them looking for approval.
She loves her walks but would worry herself, bark and pull when she saw other dogs and people.
Following the plan to a ‘T’ and not letting our very bright Collie ‘test’ the plan we are astounded by the progress we see each day.
Neighbours and friends have been to visit who are astonished by the difference they have seen in our beautiful girl.
We are now starting to see a difference out on walks but know that we must not falter and rush the process.
Craig continues to support us via his dog man messenger service which I personally find invaluable. Craig gives me the confidence in my own ability to help my dog have a rewarding relaxed and enjoyable life she so deserves after such a rocky start to her life.
It wasn’t just Maisy that needed training, it was me, I can never thank Craig enough.
Craig has a really relaxed approach that helped us to understand the steps that we needed to follow to communicate with our dog.
Although people have tried to explain it to us before, they didn’t give us the theory behind why we were doing it.
He made it look very easy but it’s motivated us to follow through because we actually understand now and after seeing our dog during the session, we know it’s possible to get him to behave the way we want him to. It’s just a case of training his humans
I got in touch with The Dog Man in January this year, my 50+kg Bullmastiff has a few problems one been pulling on the lead! he’s a big powerful dog but after only one session with The Dog Man Zeus began to act like a different dog! I now know how to control my dog using the techniques taught by Craig, I am also now feeling a lot more confident and looking forward to our other sessions with Craig to tackle other issues Zeus has. Thanks Craig
After consulting with Craig we started using training techniques with our English Bulldog. It is early days yet but we have had encouraging results. We wished we had sought Craig’s help earlier. We also changed to THE DOG MAN’S CHOICE DOG FOOD and our dog has had no problems digesting his food whatsoever, whereas before it was a nightmare.
We would highly recommend !
Craig has helped me with my Labrador puppy (Rufus) over the last few months.
The results have been outstanding. He has extensive knowledge and advice. Rufus now has excellent recall, walks on the lead without pulling and is much more responsive to my commands. I loved Craig’s approach, I have only had 2 lessons and Rufus has come so far. I would defiantly recommend Craig to anyone who would like a well behaved dog.
We have also switched to The Dog Man’s food, this is great value and perfect for Rufus, he can’t get enough of it.
Many thanks Craig !
We saw Craig a couple of weeks ago with our 18 month old German Shepherd who was very reactive to other dogs when on the lead.
Craig explained things really well and in a way that we understood. He helped us understand why our dog behaved in the way he did and gave us steps to follow in order for us to get the behaviour that we wanted.
We have got a long way to go but we saw improvements after only a couple of days with how much calmer our dog was.
Many thanks Craig!
Highly recommend Craig’s knowledge and expertise. He taught us to train our English pointer puppy. We would also highly recommend Craig’s range of dog feeds.
For any dog owner who has issues with there dogs feed . Please go and try The Dog Man’s Choice. We were having major issues with our dogs having diarrhoea, I was constantly looking for different dry foods for sensitive tummy’s. I’m so glad I found Craig’s range of feed. Within a couple of days “no diarrhoea “… it has saved me a fortune in Vet bills, regularly taking our dogs to Vets for treatment to stop the diarrhoea.
I would recommend this feed to everyone. It’s a good price too…. and such a lot of variety as well. My cocker spaniel and cockerpoo love the grain free chicken and sweet potato. They only need to see the bag come out of the cupboard they practically sing and dance.
Many many thanks to The Dog Man’s Choice.
The issue I had with the dog has significantly improved. Craig is a nice and approachable person, he has extensive experience and depth of knowledge, his fees are reasonable and I am pleased with the outcome.
We saw Craig due to our border terrier Colin, being totally over stimulated by pretty much everything! He would lunge and bark at other dogs and people because he wanted to greet them and was intensely excited. He paid absolutely no attention to us outside of the house, had no loyalty to us and was more motivated by any external stimulus than by us. His friendly nature made us wonder if it was worth paying to see Craig as we didn’t have a problem like aggression with Colin, but as we’d tried general training classes with absolutely no success we decided to give it a go as holidays, days out and walks weren’t improving no matter what we had tried and Colin’s frustration on walks was clear to see.
I wish we hadn’t waited so long as within a few days of seeing Craig we could see improvement and a few months later he is like a different dog. He pays attention to us, is generally much calmer and most importantly he is much happier and is not displaying frustrated, self soothing behaviours all of the time as he was before.
Today we’ve had a follow up session at a really good price as Colin continues to be an excitable boy in very stimulating environments and we wanted to know how to help him direct that. Craig was happy with Colin’s progress and now that Colin is calmer and paying more attention we’ve been able to move on to new techniques to help him direct his excitement and desire to chase and have fun. I’m excited to be able to put the new techniques into action as I know they’ll get results after our previous success. I can’t thank Craig enough for helping us to understand our Colin and enabling him to be a calm and happy boy.
I highly recommend!
I cannot praise craig enough. I have a 4 month old cocker spaniel who was super lively. Would not come back when called, over greeted people, knocked the grandkids over! and more. Craig was brilliant, he taught me how to use a clicker, recall is fab now. She still can get a little excited but she’s learning everyday.. 100% improvement, in just a few weeks. I will continue with what Craig has instilled, and I will certainly recommend him to anyone who as issues with their dog. And may I add his dog food is brill!! My pup was costing a fortune trying her with different dry food that kept going right through her. Craig’s food has stopped all the diarrhea she had and she loves it!!… Many thanks Craig!! ..
I attended a 4 hour session with my Staffordshire bull terrier Denzel.
He is a 10 month old lively pup.
I was quite nervous to begin with as I had been to a couple of dog trainers before and not had a good experience. Craig from the off was very methodical in his approach and put my mind to ease detailing what the day would entail. The training was very detailed and answered the most important factor for me which was why my dog behaves the way he does and how we will put it right.
I walked away confident in my own ability that i would be able to get Denzel where he need to be as long as I follow the guidelines Craig has given me.
I would highly recommend Craig to anyone with a challenging dog.
I have been meaning to thank you for your help earlier in the year. It has enabled Lily and I to have a much more harmonious relationship adding to the quality of our lifes. Also, I was talking to a lady who lives a few doors away from me with a little Jack Russell called Gerald, who has been similarly assisted.
Excellent experience and has helped us learn more about our family member Jack the Chocolate Cockapoo.
We followed Craig’s advised and have seen progress in Jack’s behaviour and general all day management of Jack through out the day-to-day activities.
Well worth the money and very happy with the service provided.
It is not easy training your dog, but if you keep up the consistent training advice from Craig you will notice a difference in your dog.
I would recommend Craig to anyone considering any training and very easy to talk if you have any queries.
We found Craig after trying a number of other dog trainers, to resolve the issues we have with our German Shepherd girl Cassie. We were attracted by the fact that Craig is an ex police dog handler and trainer, so has experience with this breed.
We had an initial full day 1-2-1 training session where Craig explained the issues and we implemented a new feeding and training regime.
We are now 8 weeks into the process and have seen a considerable improvement in Cassie’s behaviour, with her being generally calmer, and less re-active to other dogs and people.
We have just had a subsequent 1 hour follow-on session where Craig assessed our progress and suggested where we could improve our handling technique.
Craig’s whole approach is very relaxed and his training methods and explanations very logical. All of his training is reward based with positive reinforcement of wanted behaviours, with no physical correction or punishment of unwanted behaviours.
We still have a way to go in getting Cassie to be the calmer, more balanced dog which we know is in there, but hopefully by working with Craig further, we will be able to achieve this ultimate goal.
We have worked with Craig and our cocker spaniel Ralph, Craig gave us advise on Ralphs behaviour on his initial assessment.
We followed Craig’s advise and training methods throughout and have definitely seen a change in Ralph. He’s calmer, no more jumping up, he’s walking better on his lead and with us applying the continued training all issues with Ralph are improving, but not completely. By us keeping up the training hopefully over time he will be. We understand that it is primarily the owners responsibility to keep with the training methods introduced by Craig, ongoing.
The information and advise given by Craig on training sessions and online are very informative and helpful and Craig is always there if you need to contact him.
Craig’s own brand of dog food is very good too, we put Ralph on to it and we think this has helped as well, plus his coat is gleaming!
We have enjoyed working with Craig, he’s very pleasant, knowledgeable and professional.
I really appreciate Craig’s honest approach. I trust his methods and I have high hopes for the training he’s currently doing with my father and his Boxer. He made it very clear that his efforts and advice must be equally met by the dog owner to get proper results. So far my father seems very satisfied with the training and up for the challenge.
I spent 3 days with Craig and my Dandie Dinmont Terrier Walter. Walter is a very timid dog when faced with other dogs or lots of people and I was worried that Walter’s problems were going to be difficult to overcome. After spending time with Craig I was reassured that his issues will resolve overtime with the techniques I learnt, time and commitment. Walter has already improved in his behaviour and our other Dandie loves the training too! The training with Craig not only helped Walter but also let me gain some confidence and helped me with my mental health issues. I liked Craig’s calm and relaxed approach and hope to learn more from him in the future. It makes me wish I had gone into a career with dogs!
Craig’s training has made such a change to the lives of our 2 dogs Gunner and Chase. They are both from working dog backgrounds and it’s only since working with Craig we have understood what this means ! I’ve slowly realised that Craig doesn’t train the dog . . He trains me to be able to train the dog’s going forward and it’s working ! Hes a great guy, who genuinely cares and really knows his stuff. If you’re having behaviour issues ‘ the dog man ‘ is your guy.
We have recently seen Craig for our dog Honey who has built up a fear of cars/walks and going outside of the house. We have noticed an improvement straight away with Honey and she is actually walking on the lead (she would sit and shake before) and is much happier and even wags her tail on walks! We are being consistent with the training and Craig assured us it would work if we stick to the advice and it has straight away. Craig is an expert in his field and I would definitely recommend his help and advice.
Thank you Craig
Over the years I have wasted precious amounts of time and money on dog training that had left me with little faith in so called ‘professional dog trainers’. Having taken ownership of a wonderful but challenging black Labrador I sought the help of Craig ‘The Dog Man”, I approached the training with an open mind considering my past experiences. My only regret is I did not discover Craig years ago. Craig has opened my eyes to a world I never knew could exist, a world where positive reinforcement produces results way beyond anything I ever dreamed about. The only time I ever look back now is to see how far we have come.
My son Mark and I had a fantastic time with Craig (THE DOG MAN), he watch and soon realised we needed help with our dog Bronson. With the bereavement of my husband Mark’s dad, emotions have been high. We joined Craig at the Dog and Doublet for breakfast a great start for the day, we walked and talked, it was very calming to be outside in the fresh air. By the second day Bronson became calmer he jumped into Craig’s car. Mark’s taken on what Craig said to us, Mark being the main dog walker, Bronson is enjoying going for walks and loves meeting other dogs, still a bit cautious about meeting new people, when people visit we take him into the garden he’s ok with my grandchild, sister Jan and friends who visit regularliy. I know it will take time, keeping calm,ignore him Bronson not Mark 🙂 Bronson loves his food, his coat and waste product is a lot better, which Craig recommended. Craig has worked wonders training us, I mean Bronson 🙂 I would highly recommend Craig (THE DOG MAN)
Well where do I start !!
Firstly I would highly recommend Craig The Dog Man to anyone needing training with your dogs, his knowledge and expertise has made such a positive impact on our Husky family.
Our training journey began in September after we rescued a husky named Otis whom had been abandoned in central London found tied to a park bench with his father bow. After trying to introduce Otis a former sled dog into our pack of 2 domesticated Husky’s was certainly not as easy as we had hoped which led us to our training with Craig.
We have stumbled over a few bumps throughout our time with Otis but by following the training Craig has implemented the difference from September to December has been amazing we really cannot thank Craig enough, he’s a genuinely lovely chap that’s so very easy to spend time with whilst training Otis.
We hope to continue all the invaluable training and move forward to future stages with Craig and Otis in 2018
Since starting teaching five years ago, I have discovered an invaluable teaching resource; Craig The Dog Man! Craig has been visiting every year as a guest lecturer to teach the theory of animal training and provide practical demonstrations to learners in both further and higher education. Every time Craig visits, he never ceases to amaze with his in depth knowledge of training theory and dog behaviour, and provides the ‘wow’ factor with his positive and ethical practical training skills; his ability to ‘read the dog’ is extraordinary. Learners are always thoroughly engaged and involved throughout the session and leave truly inspired!
“ Craig, Sue and I just wanted to give you some feedback about the time we spent with you with Sasha our “German Shepherd girl”. We both thought that the whole exercise was enlightening and really helped us with our view of how to train and manage our dogs, and we have applied the learnings to Ska our boy German Shepherd as well. It was only after looking back did we realise that a large part of your work was training us and not the dog J. Good value, excellent return on our investment of time and money and we will be back again I am sure” Best regards
Craig has been working with some members of our team of kennel assistants and taking them through some of the finer points of dog management. Which the team have found both beneficial and rewarding for the dogs in their care.
I have found Craig to be very professional and inspirational when it comes to training. His knowledge, practical experience, but also his down to earth approach, has made the training both enjoyable as well as interesting.
I only wish that there were more people like Craig being used to help train and prevent unwanted behaviours, before the point that many of these dogs end up in rescue centres.
I just wanted to let you know how we are progressing with Snowy. We are in Scotland and he is loving every minute of it on the beach and he’s 99.9% improved. Thank you for helping us Craig
It is a few days now since I completed a 3 day training course with Craig and I can already see a huge change in my German Shepherd, Sarge. We still have a long way to go but I know that with the knowledge I have gained I will be able to go for a walk with no pulling and excellent recall. Craig has given me the confidence to move forward with Sarge and I feel that I am much better connected to him. I can’t thank Craig enough for his wisdom and patience and I know that I have his ongoing support to help us achieve our goal.
We rescued a Dutch herder from the Dog’s trust that had absolutely no training or manners at all. A Dutch herder is a large breed dog with boundless energy and is very springy to say the least. We contacted Craig wanting to tame his behavior and enable us to take him on walks without him pulling, barking and lunging towards other dogs.
Craig gave us a home visit at first to assess Monti’s needs. He left us with some basic training tips and commands to practice with Monti. After a few weeks we noticed Monti was starting to take notice and so decided to book 3 further sessions to develop him further. These sessions involved one on one training on mutual ground. Craig offered us further advice and assessed not only Monti and how he had improved but how we had taken to the training. This was offered to us in written evaluations also giving us access to further tips and exercises online. It has been a challenging time with Monti but we now have a dog that will walk to heel ( the majority of the time) and will let us pass other dogs without a dramatic meeting. We would highly recommend Craig to anyone who feels their dog needs taming. He is very personable, approachable, motivating and good fun!
After seeing one of my clients dog who had been trained by Craig, we decided that we wanted his expertise for our new husky puppy. Our puppy Bella was displaying behaviour such as jumping up, nipping, messing in the house and lack of concentration. After just 2 sessions with Craig we cannot believe the difference in Bella’s behaviour. She now sits, lays down, walks on a loose lead and is learning new things everyday like returning on command.
Craig is worth every penny, friends of ours have paid twice what we have and have for a behaviourist and have nowhere near the results we have.
Craig is also a lovely guy who is a great support and always willing to help be it night or day.
Had some guarding and aggression issues with Max our Cocker Spaniel. 4 sessions with Craig has seen massive improvements in Max’s behaviour, and we have also learned much about how to train him going forward. Craig is an undoubted expert in dog behaviour, and I would recommend him to anyone.
Craig is a ‘ one off ‘ I have been involved with Gun dogs for the past 40 years and thought I knew all I needed to know about handling dogs until at 80 years of age my wife and I decided to add to our family in the form of Ben a Yorkie and Dachshund cross. He is a most adorable lad but had a mind of his own. He over greeted and jumped up visitors, pulled on the lead and would not return when called. We found Craig’s website whilst looking for someone to help us. We enlisted his help and it was the best decision we could have made. After 3 training sessions Ben is now a pleasure to live with. Thank you Craig.
“The problem I had was a dog that was reactive on the lead around other dogs, walks were not pleasurable and my dogs bad behaviour (or my bad handling) was beginning to rub off on our new puppy. After trying lots of other methods with no sustained success I called Craig. I booked the 3 day intensive course and although tough both mentally and physically I enjoyed every minute. Craig is a real natural and taught me how to handle my dog and assert myself as his leader. The difference has been amazing and my confidence as a handler has changed beyond expectations, I can’t thank or recommend Craig enough”
We have a boisterous Staffy Cross who we needed help with in three main areas; jumping up visitors and taking forever to calm down, pulling on his harness and recall. We had 1 2 1 training as a 2hr sesson followed by three 1hr sessions. The advice provided by Craig has been invaluable, not only does he provide tips on how to deal with the unwanted behaviours but also takes the time to observe and understand your dog so that he can provide insight as to why your dog is behaving in the way he is. We thought our dog was just subborn, turns out he is an anxious little guy whose confidence we need to build upon. Since having the training our dog (and us!) are calmer, we have seen improvement in all three areas and our dog even stayed with us, off his lead, on a busy beach (I was amazed!) We still have a way to go, but thanks to Craig we now have the knowledge, understanding and the techniques to help our dog have a happier, calmer life. We would certainly recommend
We have just got home after a very informative and helpful three-day course with Craig. We have two dogs, both rescues, and he was extremely helpful in identifying that it’s really Buddy who has the issues and Sasha is picking up on his nervousness and compounding our problems! We have come home brimful of positivity, ideas, information and strategies that we are working on. It’s a long road ahead but we believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. The online client-zone is a blessing as when we need to remind ourselves of things the information is ready to hand. I hope to be able to write a further review in a few months saying how Buddy has been transformed – watch this space! I can already report that Sasha no longer pulls on the lead and has become much more focused on us.
Myself and my partner have had a Chow Chow for over a year now and have continuously been told due to their stubborn nature we will not be able to get them trained off lead. In just two sessions with Craig we already know we have made the right decision in committing to this training and we cannot wait to see results after we are finished. Craig is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, approachable and always ready to give advice when needed. Craig is also very confident in what he does and gets the results he plans to get. Look forward to future sessions with him.
Earlier this week I travelled over 290 miles with Dexter my 74kg, 10 month old stubborn English Mastiff to meet with Craig for a 3 day intensive 1:2:1 training holiday. I had problems with recall, pulling on the lead and him generally ignoring all instructions given when outside the house. Dexter’s was fascinated by the outside world and his focus was on anything and everything except me. Today we went on out first off lead beach walk post training and there was a staggering difference. Although he still took himself off to meet other dogs on the beach, he recalled when asked and was a lot more focused on me and the rewards I had in my pocket for him.
We still have a long way to go, but by using the simple but effective training methods that Craig taught us during the 3 days, I am confident that Dexter’s focus and willingness to obey commands will grow stronger each day.
Craig has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in dog training and nothing seems to faze him nor test his patience. Craig has a fabulous personality, he’s very easy to get on with and has some great stories to tell. I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 days in Stafford with Craig and would highly recommend him to anyone having training issues with their dog.
Unfortunately Ziggy was viciously attacked whilst on a walk, he was left with horrific injuries and a fear of dogs and people. With Craig’s support and excellent training programme we now have a happy, relaxed dog who walks like a dream and ignores other dogs. From wanting to go for Craig in the beginning, to ending our 1-1 programme with Ziggy on Craig’s lap kissing him is incredible. We can never thank Craig enough for all his time, effort and support. We now have our dog back.
Buster who is 18 months had always been a shy breed since a puppy and lacked confidence. When we had our new pup Maxie 6 months ago his demeanour changed and he became aggressive with other dogs…. so we called The Dog Man. Craig’s plan was to address conditional training first to regain focus and this worked well with Maxie, yet Buster was having none of it. However with Maxie being more focussed Buster started to show improvements. Craig then adjusted the training to work on building confidence and never has an old pair if socks and chicken had so much impact. Busters confidence improved and he has become a more sociable dog. When reviewing our case with Craig at the end of training, we both agreed that no two dogs are the same and never expect that, plus persistence and adjustment pays. A new phrase RCCM I spoke with Craig is very true (root cause counter measure) meant with adjusting the plan Craig identified the root cause with Buster. Like passing your driving test you only learn once you’ve passed and we continue to drive and focus both dogs. Meeting other dogs is now easier and it skip shows other owners who need Craigs help! Thanks Craig from us all and for those reading this don’t delay if you need help ask The Dog Man
After worrying about the out comes for our dog and endless internet searches I came across Craig ‘the dog man’ and decided to make contact.
Our dog hadn’t had a great start to life, he’d been rejected twice before we got him.
Craig chatted on the phone and fully explained his services, costings and made arrangements to come to see us. That was the beginning of a new future for our dog and our family as dog owners.
We can’t recommend Craig enough. He is a highly skilled, supportive teacher. He has enabled a complex dog with substantial anxiety issues an opportunity to become a calmer trusting loyal family member. The skills installed in our family enable us to facilitate a calm sensible approach to moving our bundle of energy towards a more settled disciplined dog. Our once suspicious and timid dog gets excited to see him and has enjoyed every session. Craig’s 1:1 5 hour programme has been invaluable and we can’t emphasise enough the impact of his guidance on our abilities. His calm, patient compassionate nature made Craig easy to work with. His methods of teaching are manageable and realistic and his support system is robust and easily accessible, His insight unmeasurable. It’s been a pleasure to work in unison with Craig. He is worth every penny and more.
If you need help with your dog he is undoubtedly the man for the job.
My German Shepard Rex was adopted from a rescue centre nearly two years ago. We had Craig come out to see us in the first year and thought we could handle the dog on our own, we were wrong, after continued aggression towards other dogs we tried various “trainers” and ended up back to Craig, best decision I’ve made regarding Rex.
After the first day of training I was amazed by the results. Rex’s was more obedient than ever before and showed how clever he was.
The way Craig talks about training dogs just gives you a great sense of satisfaction that you are doing the right thing. I would recommend Craig too anyone who needs a bit of help training their dog (big or small)
Such an enjoyable experience
Glyn and I just wanted to say an extra thank you for all your help and patience with Rigby, he is so much calmer since we met you and we both feel that we know him better now.
Although Jessie still has 1 more session with Craig and a very long way to go, I would just like to say ‘Thank You’ for giving me the tools and education I needed to help Jessie get to where she is now. Jessie is a rescue Border Collie cross Staffy with 9 years worth of anxiety and fear aggression towards other dogs. I have been dragged on walks, pulled into bushes and had Jessie frothing at the mouth when we saw other dogs. I didn’t have a chance in Gods name at calling Jessie away. Gaining her attention on a walk was not possible in any way. When Craig advised me on the hand feeding method I was not optimistic because Jessie is not food orientated and will only eat out of necessity. For 3 days Jessie did not eat and I thought this isn’t going to work. Craig supported me when I contacted him and I have followed Craig’s rules persistently. I am now able to call Jessie away when we see dogs and she has established that when we see a dog she gets food. This was an incredibly huge step for her and although a long way to go and more sessions with Craig, I cannot recommend The Dog Man training program enough. It isn’t a quick fix and you must do the hard work. Craig provides you with the know how, you just need to put it into practice.
Thank you Craig!
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