What my clients say about the results they’ve achieved with The Dog Man.

I can highly recommend Craig & Karen. When they first met Sid (cocker spaniel nine months), he was a nightmare to take a walk; he pulled like a husky pulling a sleigh! We wish we had used them for training from when we got Sid.
Their extensive knowledge/training techniques have transformed Sid & his owners!
With total commitment, he can now walk alongside me with no pulling. It is a joy to take him out.
The training hasn’t always gone smoothly, but Craig & Karen are there promptly to offer further advice and guidance.
We will be extending the training to develop Sid further.

Libby Turner

I contacted Craig for help with Lupe my rescue dog from Bulgaria.
She has not had much experience with the world and is reactive to most things that move.
I had come to a point where I didn’t quite know what to do with her. Craig’s experience and knowledge have given me an understanding of how to get Lupe to focus more on me rather than her surroundings. Doing a little practice several times a day pays off and although we still have a way to go, she is improving daily and people we meet regularly have commented on how she has improved. The videos Craig uploads to the Client Zone are a great way to keep refreshing what he said and making sure you are doing things right. Any questions sent on the Client Zone are answered promptly with further advice. We had a follow-up meeting where we were concentrating on focus work away from home and in an environment with more distractions.
Craig does stress that you won’t see massive improvements overnight and that training takes time and patience.
Thank you, Craig.

Sarah Owen

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 :

Simone Lane
Stoke on Trent

Craig came highly recommended by our dog walker who has had 1:1 training with her German Shepherd. Both Craig and his wife are very knowledgeable. We initially asked Craig to help with our ‘rescue’ sprocker Daisy. We wanted to get her off the lead and come back to us (something we thought she would naturally do in time by learning from our older dog). When Daisy first met Craig and Karen, she was so badly affected by other issues that we were given some training tips to follow to help to get her to focus. A second visit gave us a few more techniques. Now we have a visit to a freedom field booked to see if Craig’s ‘magic’ works. We have noticed how much calmer Daisy is around the house. Little techniques used consistently over a period of time have had a huge impact. Visitors have noticed the difference in Daisy, as have other people we meet whilst out walking.

We notice new improvements all the time and know that we have a long way to go – and it will take time – but Craig reassured us that we will get there. One thing for certain, we couldn’t have done it without Craig’s approach to training, his support, the videos or the answers to questions that we have asked on our portal.

Lisa Shallcross
Stoke on Trent

I met with Craig and Karen following a telephone enquiry about my 2 year old Cockerpoo, Ted, who had developed some behavioural issues. At 18 months old, and for no apparent reason, Ted seemed to lose his confidence and became overly sensitive to different situations and environments. He was also reluctant to be touched, stroked or fussed. At our first meeting Craig explained the possible reasoning for Ted’s behaviour and the best way we could resolve it, he also explained my part in the process. Craig was very knowledgable, informative and understanding of the situation. We are now 4-5 weeks into the training programme and Ted is certainly more content to be fussed again and on the whole he seems a lot calmer. We found the portal extremely useful to watch our personalised training videos and also read other more generic training guides. The messaging service on the portal is great as Craig is always on hand to offer advice and support when needed. I can now finally see a way forward for myself and Ted, and look forward to any further training we can do to build on his confidence. Thank you

Tina Arrowsmith
Stoke On Trent

Craig and Karen, it was so nice to meet you both. After my puppy training with you, I can’t recommend you enough.

You are certainly in tune with Dottie, Thank you

Sue Jones

Craig came to see my boisterous and very excitable 1yr old Labrador Sooty in January 2023. He was confident that he could help with his excitability and his reactivity and aggression towards dogs. We had a very in-depth chat about the problems Sooty was having and Craig even suggested a virus that may have been causing some of his weight and skin issues, which had not been mentioned by the vets on our many visits! Turns out once I pushed for some tests, Sooty had indeed got this virus which I don’t think I would have even known about had it not of been for Craig’s knowledge and suggestion to get it checked out. Thanks for that again! We are slowly but surely working through his training programme with success, Sooty has calmed down and is more focused than he ever was. It’s still a slow process and we are getting there, but there is still much to do which he informed me at the start. Craig has also been there to answer my many questions about moving forward, to help my understanding of the training. I’m sure I will be back for further progression once Sooty has covered all the areas Craig identified. Thanks again Craig, really appreciate your input.

Kerry Bailey

Winnie, our puppy, has been with us 5 weeks (our first ever dog) and with Craig’s help she is doing really well. She is picking up the training very quickly and the videos are well worth it. She is still learning and the training is ongoing. On her 2nd social event the other day she sat in the pub at my feet for well over an hour without her lead, There were 2 other dogs in the room who had to be restrained. Several people on her walks have remarked how calm she is.

I would definately recommend Craig.

Julie Woodsford

The training and advice you have given Craig have been so helpful, Coco has developed into a fabulous obedient dog.
Thank you

Louise Hanna

Thank you for all the help and encouragement with Mia so far. . You’ve definitely set us up on the right path and I’m so pleased with how she’s progressing and me of course! You’ve shown me a new approach to things and I can see the results already. I’m looking forward to a session in a month or so to see if you think Mia and I are still on the right track.
I would recommend you to everyone who needs direction with their dog. You’ve given me the confidence to get the best from my super smart pup
Thank you
Ema and Mia

Ema Cole

I would highly recommend Craig the dog man to train dogs, especially dogs with difficult problems.
Craig has great knowledge and is good with dogs. My dog Bernard has been rescued he suffers from anxiety and aggression due to fear, but after only a few days of training, he is starting to improve. All of the training techniques and information is useful and easy to follow.

Amanda Saxton (Mandy)

Craig really understands dogs. His knowledge was excellent and he took the time to observe before giving feedback. We are really on board with his training techniques – they fit in with our own ethos of reward, not punishment and they are very effective. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. Also, our dog loves his food! It suits her sensitive stomach really well and she seems to really enjoy it. Thank you, Craig.
Mark and Emma

Mark & Emma Pugh
Brewood, Staffordshire

Craig’s calm, caring and professional demeanor is evident in his training methods. Poppy is calmer and listens more, even after only one day. We still have a long way to go, but I feel very confident with the support Craig offers and look forward to learning alongside the dog.
I would highly recommend The Dog Man.

Fiona Render
Stoke on Trent

I would highly recommend Craig to work with you and your dog. Craig is currently working with my 10 week Fox Red Lab Inka.

Inka was nipping a lot which left me feeling very frustrated but with Craig’s help and support it is all about having boundaries with Inka. The first session with Craig was very informative but I and Inka learnt a lot which I am applying daily. The videos / literature are great you can see the passion that Craig has when I met with him.

Craig has supported me in switching from Raw food to a complete diet, I purchased this from Craig and Inka is enjoying it. I have another session next week

Thank you Craig !! A 5 star rating

Lucy Shelley
Brogan English Springer Spaniel

Hi Craig it was great to catch up with you yesterday and your new addition looked lovely and no doubt he be will be amazing.

We have done exactly the same as you instructed us with Max with our Spaniel Brogan from day dot and after 4 weeks he became the most obedient attached pup.

We went away to Mablethorpe and he was brilliant on his recall on the beach even when other dogs were around.

We now can call him from anywhere around our house and property and no matter what he is doing he will come to you.

We have used your techniques from the day we got Brogan and he has been amazing. He became toilet trained in 10 days and we haven’t looked back.

We are now working on short walks and lead work.

He knows the boundaries and doesn’t go out the gate or off the property unless one of us is with him.

Max our Collie has become a lot more settled and confident since we got Brogan and while we were away he stopped reacting to other dogs even when a Rottweiler challenged him he sat and just looked at it, he is like another dog. He is calmer on the lead and no longer needs to pull or panic.

Whilst a puppy is a lot of work and commitment he has bought a calm and balance to the house.

Your lessons have stood us in good stead. Our next training step is when Brogan is 16 months which is when we are going to begin to train him to be the assistance hearing dog for Morgan but in the meantime, we will keep up with your techniques and hopefully, both Max and Brogan will continue to thrive.

Thanks again for your help and guidance 

Steph & Co


I hope this finds you well. For the first time since lockdown Bailey went to the vets for his health check. They were delighted with his condition, lovely coat, good skin and clean ears. The biggest bonus was his weight loss. He’s gone from 36kg to just under 31kg all thanks to changing to The Dog Man’s Choice. Thank you for helping us achieve this.
Kind regards

Denise Summerfield

As owners of a beautifully well behaved 9 year old Labrador, the arrival of our excited, confident Golden Retriever puppy was both a delight and shock in equal measures! We called Craig to help us with lead walking and recall. and instantly felt confident that we were in good hands. Craig started by ensuring we understood the psychology behind his training and the core values of rewarding the behaviour we wanted to replicate. Our commitment to repeating the exercises Craig set us numerous times every day and ensuring consistency in the family is being rewarded. We have met with Craig a second time and feel confident to move forward. We are very grateful for all his professional advice and highly recommend him to anyone who is prepared to put the work in. The rewards are certainly worth the effort. Thanks Craig.

Jane Simmons

My missy is very nervous around strangers, so obviously was very defensive when Craig arrived, by the time he left he could gently stroke her, Craig is very knowledgeable and has given me a training plan and the confidence to help my girl overcome her fears, Craig is a very calm and friendly guy and made me feel that I and missy together can do this.

Karen davies

After spending so much on our family pet we wanted to spend the time and get the training right to benefit Bailey and the rest of the family! Craig has been amazing at helping us achieve the results we want and always on hand to offer advice in between sessions, the client portal is great for reading up on a wide variety of topics! On top of that Craig is friendly, professional and very knowledgable:)

Alexis Lawford

We had our first training session with Craig yesterday (18/2/21) He delivered a brilliant 4 hour session, of excellent informative information & practical demonstrations with Beau our anxious Border Collie. The information, strategy & videos of Craig working with Beau were swiftly put into our Client Zone. Watching Craig work with Beau made us realise that with perseverance we could start to enjoy our beautiful girl. Thanks Craig we should have done this much sooner.

Susan Jeavons

Craig has been a great support in helping us to how best go forward with our dog Obi. We met up for a morning a few weeks ago and have been able to implement some practical things, which have really helped Obi to change his behaviour.
We appreciate that it is a step at a time and very grateful for Craig’s ongoing support so that we can continue to improve in the areas that are still a concern.
We have learnt a lot from Craig’s experience and knowledge and are optimistic in going forward and making more positive changes.
I would definitely recommend Craig to other dog owners wanting guidance with their dogs.
Much appreciated.

Sue Devall

I’d like to write a heartfelt thank you to Craig, he made the time to help me.

My dog and I were attacked by another dog and thankfully the Police have been very supportive but what Craig brought was an exceptional level of insight into dog behaviour to calm my mind and give me hope that I do have options and ways to look after my dog.

There is a lot of unhelpful misinformation on the internet so I really valued Craig’s technical advice which really made sense and I will surely use.

Thanks, Craig.

Yasin Haleem

Despite attending puppy classes and 18 months of dog training, I was still experiencing problems with my 4-year-old Labrador. He was over-reactive with other dogs and over greeting everyone he met. Desperate to solve this I searched and found The Dog Man.

Craig visited for a 1 2 1 session and demonstrated how to begin training towards our end goal. Having the session filmed for reference is invaluable, together with the opportunity to contact Craig with any questions. Replies are prompt and reassuring.
It’s early days but there has been improvement and with Craig’s guidance, I believe my goals are achievable.

Craig recommended his light trout and salmon food for Bailey. He loves it and has lost his excess weight (quite an achievement for a lab). His coat is silkier too.

I would highly recommend Craig and his methods to anyone wanting the best life for their dog.

Denise Summerfield

I met Craig in August 2020 through a recommendation from a friend. Having just adopted a border collie rescue we soon noticed some concerning behaviour around our young children, others and animals.

Rather than return our new family member to the border collie trust we attempted to correct his behaviour but needed some professional help. With Craig’s expertise and patience, I learnt to understand our dog, the training plan worked well and after six months all the concerning behaviour has gone. Our dog is now very obedient and an absolute joy to be around. With Craig‘s help we can now jog together, off the lead, with the confidence he will return upon command. We recommend Craig to friends family and anyone else who wishes for a more harmonious life with their dog.

Thanks, Craig, I hope you have a fantastic 2021, speak soon.

Lee Smith

Riggs is a 3 year old full of energy Staffie. He is a lovely dog but he is over excitable, reactive to other dogs, people, cars, bikes (and the list goes on) He pulls on his lead and lunges. He gets very excited when we have visitors and he pulls on clothes and has been know to nip and react aggressively.

We decided that although we have managed to teach Riggs the basics of good manners we did not have the knowledge we needed to contain the worst of his behavior. Which is where Craig came in.

I booked a 1-2-1 training session and although it is early days and we have a long way to go, with all the information and support from Craig we are starting to see improvement and his reactivity in some situations has improved greatly. Craig is very patient and extremely knowledgeable and supportive.

I have booked another session so we can continue our training journey and we cannot thank him enough for his help with making Riggs a better behaved and much calmer pooch.

I have also switched Riggs onto Craig’s own brand dog food which he is enjoying immensely and this has also helped with his training a great deal. I have found it is really good value and healthy.

Thanks Craig 🙂

Wendy Moseley

I was the 5th rehome for Milo (Chocolate Labrador) who is the most wonderful dog but very boisterous and easily distracted. I couldn’t let him off the lead as didn’t trust him to come back and he pulled like crazy on the lead. As I have been working from home for the last 5 months (COVID 19), I thought how about doing a course to help Milo (and me!) and have a bit of a holiday. I found Craig on the internet, liked what I read so booked a 3 day 1 on 1 training. 3 days in beautiful Staffordshire in a lovely hotel. As soon as I met Craig I was put at ease. At the end of 3 days of training, it all made sense! Craig is very professional, explains clearly and not at all frustrated about explaining again and again (sorry Craig!). The personal videos of the training and fact sheets are a massive help as I can look back on them. Craig was also the best tour guide showing me the countryside in between stopping and training.

Today is my first day at home with Milo and continuing on what we have been taught, I had the best walk ever with Milo – no pulling. I even risked letting him off the lead (with a 10-metre training lead attached) in a (near!) enclosed area and let him go 20 feet ahead, called him back and he came back every time! I held his attention when there were distractions (dogs, people, a leaf!). I’m not getting ahead of myself – Milo is not trained (yet!). It’s a process that has been taught very well and up to me to continue – I understand that.

I cannot recommend Craig enough – his personality and training technique is amazing. Thank you so much Craig – I will be eternally grateful. Happy dog. Happy home. ?

Thank you so much
Hels & Milo

Helen Cowling

We made the decision to have 1-2-1 training when we got our puppy, and couldn’t have made a better decision.

From the moment we met Craig we knew we had made the right choice. He clearly explained the different step by step approach to training and the reasoning behind each segment.

Each training exercise is recorded and makes a useful reference point to go back to. There’s also tonnes of information on the client zone, which covers all training and dog behaviour.

The response to any queries we’ve had is answered really quickly with clear advice.

We cant recommend Craig enough.

Alistair & Emma (and Bear)

Alistair Hulse

Craig came to do a 4 hour 1-2-1 session with us and our French Bulldog, Poppy after a biting incident. He quickly identified that our dog was very anxious, and his detailed and knowledgeable explanations of her behaviour made a lot of sense, and clearly matched up to a lot of the behaviours we regularly observed but did not always understand!
He explained clear strategies we should introduce to support and retrain Poppy; and we have already see a massive difference in her attitude and behaviour within a couple of days. His video prompts have been a great help, and there is so much extra information and advice we have accessed through the downloadable factsheets which have been amazingly helpful. Craig has responded so promptly since the training to questions we have asked, giving additional clarification and advice where we needed it. We cannot express how pleased we are that we found The Dog Man and for the help he has given us. We look forward to continuing our training and seeing the differnce it makes to Poppy in the long run.

Julie (and Poppy ?)

Having recently rehomed a young 11 month crossbreed with certain challenges with biting, jumping and alarm barking, we wanted to start on the right foot and enlisted the help of Craig.

Within minutes of being here he understood the challenges that Teddy had as a result of his past treatment and offered both reassurance and behavioural appropriate training to get Teddy off to a great start.

From first contact through to the meet, Craig has been professional, supportive and engaging and made us feel confident that we can provide the training and support and mutual respect that our new family member needs.

Would definitely highly recommend Craig to anyone wanting to really understand and work with their new or long term dog.

Nic Preston and Neil Watson

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.

Elaine Wright
Stoke on Trent
Steph Lauren recommends The Dog Man

“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!!”

Steph Lauren

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.

Kathryn Godwin
Romania Rescue Lola

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.

Kay Rolf

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!!

Craig & Sarah
Stoke on Trent

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.

Shelagh Teahan
Market drayton

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!

Nikki Creswell

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! 🙂

Jenny Brown

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!

Sue Bloor
Stoke on Trent

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.

Julie Rogers

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.

Ricky Gough
Craig is exceptionally knowledgeable in every aspect of canine behaviour and wellbeing. His expert one-to-one tuition really helped us understand our dog better. Craig’s dog food is terrific, good value and our dog is always eager to gobble up her food. She has never been healthier then when being fed The Dog Man’s Choice.
John Thornton
Bretforton, Evesham

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.

Vikki French

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.

Anne Antoszewski

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 !

Alice & Aled

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!

Olivia & Alex
Fox Terrier

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

Marnie Collins
City of London

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.

Tania & Archie

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.

Thank you
Gemma, Will and of course Tasker.

Will and Gemma Rouse

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

Kristie & Ray Birley-Long
Stoke on Trent

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

Kate Mason
Uttoxeter Staffordshire

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.

Yvonne Arundel

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

Jess & Simon Poole
Cheadle Staffordshire

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

Nathan Prince
Stoke on Trent

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 !

Jean & Andy Osiecki

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 !

Beth Blackshaw

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!

Mitch Rigby

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.

Mike and Zoe Smith

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.

Colleen may

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.

Raafat Gendy

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!

Geraldine Eld
Penkhull, Stoke

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!! ..

Colleen May
West midlands

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.

Iftahar Hussain

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.

Cheers Andrew

Andrew Murphy

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.

Nicholas Weller

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.

Dave Elson
Burton on Trent

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.

Sue Bloor

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.

Lucy Harvey

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!

Jess Hayes

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.
Highly recommended

Emma Denson
Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent

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

Lauren Cox
Penkridge Staffordshire

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.

Vikki & Ebony
Bramshall, Staffordshire

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)

Annette Allan

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

Donna Pagel
Rugeley Staffordshire

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!

Laura Such
Lecturer, Animal Management Halesowen College

“ 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.

Cheers Craig

David Dubois RSPCA
Burton Upon Trent

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

Ian & Mandy Howells

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.

Joanne Brady

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!

Tom & Melanie Sharman Whittington

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.

Danny Martin

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.

Nick Higginson

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.

Peter & Joan Davis
Stoke on Trent

“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”

Angela Wilson Butterton
Newcastle Staffordshire

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

Lucy Evans
Stoke on Trent

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.

Lucy & Adge Cutler

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.

Beth & Joel

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.

Lou Graham

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.

Brian & Marie Marsden

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

Nigel Thomas

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.

Florrie Bryce & Max

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

Jake Stevenson

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.

Emma & Glyn

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!

Dana Moqaddass

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