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Boss dog Bryn (Behaviour Modification)

What can I say about Shaun that's not already been said but let me tell you my story. My 7 year old border collie Bryn developed a total fear of cars, he would not go anywhere near to enable me getting him into the car, after going in cars since he was 8 weeks old with no problems whatsoever. This was due to a number of reasons one of which Shaun explained and I must say I didn't agree with but soon came to realise Shaun was correct. Anyway you can imagine the impact this had upon our lives from not being able to go further afield than local dog walks, to not being able to go on holiday with Bryn (and no I would never leave him in kennels), to even not being able to take him to the vets. Massive problem. I tried everything but as I am not the most patient of people did more harm than good. I Needed Help !!!!! So reluctantly and with some trepidation I rang Shaun I needn't have worried, Shaun listens to your problems and soon assesses the situation, he has an easy going way with him and made training fun for Bryn in a calm, gentle, persuasive manner. Last Thursday after a few short weeks Bryn actually got in the car I am still picking my jaw up off the ground, I would never have believed it. Admittedly as Shaun says still early stages. Bryn's confidence needs to be built up, but I am feeling really positive. Sorry to ramble on but I wanted to tell everyone what an excellent trainer and behaviourist Shaun is and I would recommend him to anyone. So thank you Shaun for everything you have done and for getting us so far, I realise it has been harder work training me than Bryn !!!

Thank you for your kind review Ann. It continues to be a real pleasure working with you, I enjoy watching your delight at seeing Bryn progress. This case is very much about fear, empowerment, and trust. We have learned over recent weeks how to be patient and rebuild that trust so that the dog willingly engages and follows our lead. You have worked very hard to support your dog and hopefully in time you will be racing round the county in your car with Bryn once again willingly hopping in and out.

Bane the goof

I have a 11 month old Dobbie and basically me and my partner where at the end of our tether with him, he is huge and would chew shoes and anything he could in the house. He has a lovely temperament and is a friendly boy but we had little if no control at all whilst walking him. He just used to see something and run, I am only 5”2 and he dragged me wherever he wanted to go. We had to seek help, I found ‘The Way of the Dog’ online and spoke with Shaun, we spoke about where I wanted to go with Bane and really I just wanted him to have a happy life and not be shouted at every day of his life. We have been training for 6 weeks now and I’m not going to say all my problems are solved because that would be a lie but we are on the right path and improvements are happening. Bane is a massive goof as we have learned and gets bored as he’s only a puppy but Shaun is brilliant with him and Bane loves to see him. Unlike a comment made by a dog walker in the park regarding The Way of the Dog being strict and that I should try a different trainer I am more than happy with how Bane is responding to Shaun. Myself and Bane thoroughly enjoy our classes each week. I can’t thank Shaun and The Way of the Dog enough for helping us. Without him we would most likely be looking for a new home for Bane.

Thank you very much for your kind review Emma. I really appreciate the comments that you have made as they reflect the fact that dog training requires commitment, consistency, continuity, and patience. The comments by the dog walker may have some foundation as I am strict in my approach as I want you and your dog to experience a harmonious relationship. Perhaps that was not the message that was being conveyed to you? Contrary to the beliefs of some, being strict in our approach to training does not mean that we adopt aversive methods. We are strict in detail and delivery and always ensure that our dogs have a pleasurable experience leaving them wanting more.

by Daniel Lomas on The Way of the Dog
Training my Cane da Presa

Training Kenzo - having spoken to several dog trainers over the phone before deciding who was going to be able to point me in all of the right directions when it came to training my dog, I immediately knew that Shaun was going to be the one who could do so! My initial thoughts and opinions were soon proven correct from my first ever lesson with him. My dog was roughly 14 weeks of age when he had his first lesson and knowing he was going to grow into a whopper very quickly, now 10 months on I am able to have a better understanding of not only the breed of dog I have but the way his mind works. I have Shaun to thank for that. He’s taught me in steps how to maintain a good bond with my dog and this has enabled me to make sure small commands are now a part of our daily routine. He doesn’t just train your dog but he teaches you personally how to train your dog yourself, so you can go away from the lesson able to follow them through at home. I would recommend Shaun to anyone wanting to train their puppy or adult dog. He treats your dog like one of his own and the relationship between my dog and Shaun shows, he quickly became excited to get on the field and work, not to mention seeing Shaun. Thank you!

Thank you for your kind review Daniel. It has been a real pleasure being involved in the training and development of Kenzo. From the little blue eyed pup to the gigantic beast that he has become. Training is certainly always entertaining and I do look forward to our sessions. Keep up the good work and know that you are part of the core of responsible dog owners that are out there.

by Sharon Jennings on The Way of the Dog
Accomplished and Appropriate Training

Meg and Ben are border collie x kelpie, or mongrels as I used to know dogs who were of mixed breeds. I rescued them when they were just under 3 years old. They are brother and sister and had been mistreated and underfed. I was new to owning dogs, and whilst we bonded quite quickly I felt that I wasn't enough for them. They showed signs of wanting more from me and it was confusing for them that I didn't have the expertise they had perhaps been used to. I wanted them to be happy and to help them cope with some of their behavioural issues they were displaying. Ben with his lack of confidence and Meg with her stressful approach to situations behaving like a ferocious wolf when she doesn't really know what to do then looking like Bambi when she wants something. Shaun had previously given me some very good advice a few years before about a dog I was thinking of rescuing and so it was a no brainer for me to choose him to help me train me so that I could be of benefit for the dogs. Shaun is well educated both with practice and theory of dogs and their behaviours. He provided appropriate and adequate advice at every given moment, quite often referenced by other credible dog authors/psychologists/trainers. Ben and Meg took to Shaun straight away in a way I hadn't seem them do with other adults. They knew that Shaun knew about dogs and they knew that I didn't. The hard part has been me remembering what we've learned from the sessions to implement at home. This is supported through his forum along with phone, text or email if needed. It's been a huge step for me, but without Shaun, I would not be where I am with the dogs today which is 7 months with the dogs now and we can walk outdoors like civilised animals rather than ferocious wolves. I have tried other trainers prior to Shaun, but none that provided an accomplished approach which you get with Shaun.

Thank you very much Sharon for your very kind review. Taking on a rescue dog is not always the easy task that it is sometimes portrayed, taking on rescue siblings is an altogether different prospect. Despite the challenges that we face in supporting both dogs it has been an absolute pleasure working with you all. It is clear that Ben & Meg are intelligent dogs despite their respective sensitivities. I look forward to continuing to unlock their potential and helping them become the dogs that they were always destined to be.

by Gareth Pratt on The Way of the Dog
Zippy - English Springer spaniel

Shaun was highly recommend by a client of mine and didn't disappoint. We initially took our Springer to see him as we thought she had anxiety and stress issues on the lead, Shaun quickly and very accurately advised that this wasn't the case. After a few sessions with Shaun we now have a much greater understanding of Zippy and what makes her tick and feel much more confident and that has definitely transmitted down the lead into a happier dog 😀. Highly recommended, cheers Shaun.

Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure working with you and it was extremely satisfying passing on the knowledge and understanding of your dog so that you can all live in harmony. I hope that you have great times together.

by Tariq Mukhtar on The Way of the Dog
Not just dog training

As soon as my kids hit their teenage years they had been wanting a dog. I, coming from backgrounds where we never had any involvement never mind owning dogs. I sought expert help and by word of mouth found Shaun. Shaun has been a mentor for us even before we acquired any dogs and gave us correct and accurate advice. However, desires took over and we did not follow Shaun's advice and bought an Akita puppy - Shaun still agreed to help us and we built a good foundation base of knowledge. As per Shaun's initial advise we came to quickly realise what Shaun was saying is correct and the Akita dog which was brilliantly trained for such breed was not as per our requirements.We later bought a semi trained GSD however it came with a lot of rough edges. However, Shaun quickly grasped its previous training regime and developed our handling skills to cope with the dog. The main handler of this dog is my teenage son and it will be fair to say my son has developed many many handling skills and knowledge from Shaun. So much that I think soon the dog and the handler can be put forward for competitions if required. So coming from no dog experience to such a stage is unbelievable within a time frame of 18 months.I have 5 children and more important to me is the psychological reasoning and skills I have developed with Shaun which I can also implement on my children and day to day needs and the dog training has really helped and developed my skills in personal life too.Shaun has a passion for dog training and trains the dog and the handler with his heart - that's what I like about him.

Thank you Tariq to you and your family for such a kind review. I appreciate the time that you have taken to formulate this thoughtful review. It is always a pleasure working with you and your boys and watching you all develop together. I look forward to many more training sessions.

by Caroline Entwistle on The Way of the Dog
Storm GSD (Puppy Development)

Shaun came highly recommended by the breeders of my German Shepherd. They knew that as a working line GSD she would need a lot of mental stimulation as well as physical exercise to keep her a happy well rounded dog.Well they weren't wrong and I am so glad I contacted Shaun as he shows me how to bring out the absolute best in my dog with his knowledge and skills.He always takes the time to answer any questions I have thoroughly or address any issues I may have encountered with Storm.I will continue to work with Shaun as Storm grows into an adult dog to ensure I can handle each stage with Shaun's expert guidance.Highly recommended.

Thank you for your kind review Caroline. It is an absolute pleasure working with you both and watching Storm develop, she is a quick leaner and is very sharp. Your commitment to your dog is being rewarded in kind, her attention and focus on you is excellent. Well done keep up the good work.

by Steve & Jackie on The Way of the Dog
Cooper - Golden Retriever puppy

After sadly losing our family Golden Retriever to cancer just over 3 years ago we decided to take a doggie break. At the end of last year, 8 week old ‘Goldie’ Cooper came into our lives. Although we aren’t novice dog owners we felt that we needed direction to nurture this beautiful, playful, typically sociable pup into becoming a rounded, well mannered member of the family. We were initially going to take Cooper to a traditional group puppy training class but after watching a class decided against this as we would have been in a large group with less individual attention. Shaun at The Way of The Dog was recommended to us and we haven’t looked back. Shaun’s considerable years of experience and expert knowledge was apparent from onset. Using very simple methods we see each session how clever and receptive our dog really is and with the right guidance he very quickly picks up requests and commands and has loads of fun ‘playing’ (training). We can’t recommend The Way of the Dog highly enough. Shaun has given us the confidence and the tools to enable us to manage and enjoy the puppy stage and we will continue through the next few ‘testing’ months as Cooper asserts himself into manhood. We both look forward to and enjoy our training sessions and Cooper just has fun!

Thank you for your kind review Steve & Jackie. It is always a pleasure to watch a young pup develop and learn. It has been great fun working with you all and consequently each training session is most enjoyable. Training a puppy should always been fun and never a chore, when it becomes the latter then we are not doing something right. Your commitment and dedication to your dog is very apparent and I am sure you will be rewarded with a well rounded adult male dog in due course. Well done.

by Tony Sykes on The Way of the Dog
Klaus - Dog Training

I recommend Shaun 100% for training your dog. After the first session we were blown away with how professional Shaun is and left us full of confidence that our GSD could be trained. Today is our 7th session and Klaus has become a different dog, Shaun has shown us what we need to do and what we have been doing wrong with Klaus and to know the trigger signs that make Klaus behave badly. Without this training we would have an unmanageable, aggressive pet. if you are having problems with your dog do not hesitate to contact The Way Of The Dog.

Thank you for your kind review Tony. I have enjoyed working with you and your family and look forward to supporting you all in the future to help you unlock Klaus' potential. Despite some early challenges he is proving to be the dog that he was always destined to be, and that is down to your hard work and commitment. Well done.

by Andrew Ward on The Way of the Dog
Bobby - German Shepherd 7 Mths Old

From my experience at The Way Of The Dog, if you want a professional, practical, and knowledgeable trainer for yourself and your puppy / dog, Shaun is an outstanding choice.I have an 11 month old German Shepherd “Bobby” and have been working with Shaun for 3 months. I turned up at Shaun’s training ground (having tried a couple of other “dog trainers” who had confused me with continual contradictions), anxious to get Bobby, who was largely out of control in public, on a structured training path as soon as possible. It was clear to me that I did not have the correct knowledge or tools to improve the situation and I was becoming genuinely concerned for Bobby’s short-term future.Meeting Shaun for the first time what struck me was his honest and practical assessment of Bobby, myself, and TWOTD training process. In that first session Shaun began some basic training with Bobby, which I then repeated and it was clear from the dog’s behaviour (all basic commands and heel work) that although Bobby was far from perfect, he was intelligent motivated and willing to learn. Shaun identified, explained and provided solutions to the fact, that a significant proportion of the issues I had experienced with Bobby his demeanour and negative behaviour had been unconsciously supported by my lack of experience in handling / training Bobby. Shaun began to teach me techniques and training patterns to turn that situation around.Over the following weeks Shaun’s experience, knowledge and skill continued my basic handling and training knowledge. Introducing further commands to Bobby steadily and practically over several sessions which have led to a continued improvement in home training sessions and Bobby’s overall behaviour.With Shaun’s knowledge, skill, patience and direction I have and continue to learn/understand Bobby, the breed, and other dog breeds / dog owners. This background knowledge coupled with Shaun’s vast training techniques and knowledge leads to a guarded but steadily growing confidence in my handling abilities, offering a consistency to Bobby which becomes essential and mutually beneficial. The changes in Bobby have been significant and he is without doubt a happier more contented dog than when we began the training. Although we both have a long way to go I look forward to continuing to work with Shaun to improve/maximise Bobby’s ability/potential.

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review Andrew. Our sessions are always enjoyable and it is a pleasure working with the both of you. Watching Bobby grow into his GSD profile and become the dog that he is meant to be is a real privileged. Long may our working relationship continue.

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