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My experience with Shaun from The Way of the Dog is absolutely outstanding, my boy Theo has been through lots of Training Tutors to no avail. Theo is from a working background from his grand parents to Mum & Dad. I have wasted so much money on these other people that call themselves trainers and I got no results. Theo and myself have now been students with Shaun for 8 weeks and we have both come on leaps and bounds. The beauty of all this is Shaun is on a 1 to 1 basis and not only does he train your dog, he also trains you both to work in harmony and as a perfect team. I highly recommend The Way of the Dog for all your training needs. Shaun is absolutely outstanding in the way he works, Shaun had my boy doing things I never thought possible especially due to Theo having picked up a lot of bad habits due to previous trainers and their methods. Theo is now a totally different dog and Shaun keeps every week different and it brings something else out in Theo and his capabilities. I am so impressed with the way Shaun handles his work he's extremely professional and his training and methods are outstanding and I cannot thank him enough for all the progress, encouragement and support
Thank you Duane for such a kind review. Your experience of the dog training industry is becoming an all to familiar one. The bottom line is this, if you're going to invest in a wonderful working line guardian breed make sure that you invest equally in appropriate breed specific training. The standard dog training classes do not support the development of these incredible dogs, they need and deserve so much more. It is always a pleasure to work with you and Theo, it has been entertaining and very encouraging. Theo has a lot of potential and is on course to be an excellent dog. Well done.
We’d been thinking about a new trainer for our GSD, Echo, for quite a while. The standard puppy training classes were just not enough for her intelligence. She behaved perfectly in the class but the moment we left we didn’t know how to deal with her pulling on the lead, chasing leaves and vehicles, cats, squirrels, lunging at other dogs etc. We were aware that she was developing bad habits that we had no idea how to stop. Echo was around a year old when Shaun started working with us, how we wish we’d been with him when she was a small puppy! He has shown us how to train her and she is, quite simply, a different dog from our starting point. This could not have been achieved by going to a standard puppy class. As first-time dog owners we were feeling out of our depth from the start, I think it’s fair to say. Despite our best intentions we did a lot of things wrong and we are now being trained by Shaun in the correct ways to train Echo. We are learning as much as she is, and this has highlighted some comical co-ordination issues in the humans! It’s always a fun hour and Echo loves her time on the private field.
You only have to look at Shaun’s dogs to know this man is a fantastic trainer, and he will do his utmost to help you, without judgement. It’s still early days for us and Echo will need more work around other animals but, with Shaun’s help, we are now confident we are well on the way to getting the family dog we always wanted.
Thank you Jo, Pete, and Emily for your kind review. It is always a pleasure to work with you all. It has been great to watch Echo progress and also to watch you all develop as handlers. I always enjoy our sessions and get a lot of pride out of seeing you all advance. Training is an ongoing requirement, Echo is a young dog and with her enthusiasm to work and learn anything is possible. Well done.
Following the death of our rescued Kelpie (who was perfection) … we decided to search for another Kelpie puppy. Very quickly we located Spencer in Cheltenham. His mother a Kelpie originating from Australia, whose owner had searched for the best sire to match his mother’s sociable and friendly characteristics. He was clearly loved by his breeder, reared in a home environment with an 8-month baby. On January 4th 2020, aged 8-weeks we brought him to share our home with our 7-year old extremely confident Yorkie, who had been very distressed following the death of her companion. We had worked with Shaun (TWOTD) a number of years previously, to support the management of our Yorkie, with our previous Kelpie. Shaun was really positive about Spencer but very realistic and honest too saying “ Kelpie’s are not for the faint hearted” and how true these words were to become. Our Yorkie stayed upstairs or yapped at him permanently. He grew so quickly, we could not “baby” or “cuddle” him as he mouthed and bit all the time. Family members did not have the confidence to support us and we could not leave him with the grand-children for fear of him hurting them accidently. He was very people centred, attention seeking, had selective hearing but was not aggressive. We had not prepared ourselves for life with a handsome, loving, very inquisitive, environmentally alert, active, cheeky, destructive, vocal Kelpie who loved to totally ignore us and was to grow to twice the size of our previous Kelpie … and all this happening during the COVID lockdown too… We initially had two training sessions before COVID hit, another 12 when the lockdown was relaxed and plan to have more in the future. The sessions have all been amazing, relevant, and incremental in building up the training according to both ours and Spencer’s development progression. There have been times when we felt getting Spencer was just “the biggest mistake ever.” However, the opportunity for discussion with Shaun at every session gave us the confidence, allayed anxieties, stopped us overthinking or over-egging his behaviour and enabled us to move forward positively. Spencer is not a typical Kelpie in that he is not always up for working and prefers to “clown around” or “do his own thing”…. We have learnt so much about the Kelpie as a working breed, how to engage him, keep his interest, and not give in to his extraordinarily strong will whilst still having fun. Shaun is passionate, incredibly knowledgeable and his practical expertise in working with dogs is just so evident. He talks such sense and his enquiring, logical, flexible approach works so well. Spencer would always work with Shaun as we looked on amazed and are so proud he does that with us now. Shaun has always been patient, flexible and adaptable in his approach when working with us, especially when we do not get the sequencing quite right, the commands wrong or the walking lines not quite straight. The access to the online journal has provided the opportunity for focus and reflection and the environment the training takes place in is exceptional and so very well kept. I have owned a range of dogs, some puppies and others rescued, since childhood but none have tested us as Spencer has. He is now 10-months old, huge weighing more than 30kg, so not a medium sized dog as we expected but very handsome (we think). Thanks to Shaun the future of our relationship with Spencer is solid, he is here to stay. We are now extremely attached and “love him to bits”. He no longer controls family life but fits into it and even our Yorkie is beginning to play with him now she has put him in his place. Thanks to Shaun we now understand the breed. The training has given us confidence and assurance to work positively with Spencer and know that positive reinforcement is the right approach. Working with your dog in this way is essential to prevent problems . I have in the past been to other types of dog training classes but now I would always highly recommend Shaun @TWOTD as the most and perhaps only effective mode of training. It is just excellent. Thank you, Shaun.
Thank you Jane & Alan for your extremely kind review. I am very grateful to you for taking the time to write this review, you have clearly put much thought and effort into it. Spencer has not been the straight forward puppy, but very much an individual who knows where he is at and what he does or does not want. Working with you all is always pleasurable and I look forward to supporting you again when you are ready for refresher training or advancing Spencer's skills. Well done for sticking with the challenge.
To anyone looking for a trainer who knows what they're doing, look no further. I've been working with Shaun now for over 4 months. I looked around my area for dog trainers that could help me train my new Belgian Malinois pup Caesar. After thorough research, I decided to use The Way Of The Dog mainly because of his own background and that he himself owns Mali's. From day one Shaun has been nothing but exceptional. You can tell he has a true passion for what he does and this is shown through his extensive knowledge and understanding of how to get the most out of both dog and trainer. I like his approach to training and how he teaches you as well as your dog. Sometimes I leave a session learning more than my Mali and I find this even more Valuable. Each session always builds on the last and if I ever want to learn something specifically, Shaun never hesitates to teach and guide me. Shaun is very approachable and never pushes you beyond your current skill set. I will be continuing to work with Shaun for the foreseeable and I hope my brain is ready to absorb every last drop of knowledge and experience he has to offer.
Thank you Cory and Elle for a kind and thoughtful review. It is a pleasure working with you all and a real delight watching the pup develop week on week. He has a lot of potential and with our continued approach to his development there is no reason why he should not become a well rounded and extremely capable Malinois. Keep up the hard work, your dedication and enthusiasm is always evident.
I initially contacted Shaun with regards to my rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier who had become increasingly difficult to walk if there were any other dogs. As he was a rescue I had limited information to his background and history but this didn't cause much issue as Shaun was very understanding and reassuring. He is very knowledgeable and gives you the tools and confidence needed to feel in control. Not only did my dog get training but I did too and in fact, I feel for me, that was even more valuable. Each session was tailored to our needs and progress. Shaun made me feel very comfortable and I wasn't afraid to ask further questions should there be something I didn't quite understand. I was given honest, clear information and although the training received has helped significantly I also understood that this wasn't a quick fix and hard work was needed on my part continuously. My dogs behaviour has much improved on walks, he isn't 100% all of the time however the training I received with Shaun has given me the confidence to know what to do in a situation and how to handle my dog better. It has made being out on walks so much easier and more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend.
Thank you very much for your kind review Nicola. It was a real pleasure working with you and Coby. The SBT sometimes gets a bad rep, however Coby proved just how intelligent and wonderful the breed can be. You both demonstrated a desire and enthusiasm to learn and that made the process all the more enjoyable. Behaviour modification is never an exact science as sometimes portrayed via social media, the television, or other media, management is also a compulsory component. There is no reason why you should not continue to enjoy Coby and all that he offers as long as you manage him and handle him accordingly. He is a fantastic little dog with a massive desire to please. Well done and good luck.
Shaun has been a god send for us, we brought home an 8 week old Parson Terrier and instantly started to notice some behaviour issues. Normally we would have sought some advice straight away but felt trapped because only two weeks later the country went into lockdown. We resigned ourselves to books and online advice but felt frustrated as everything online kept telling us that our puppy’s behaviour was normal but we felt it was anything but.
After weeks of escalating behaviour we found Shaun online and after reading his credentials we got in touch to see if he could help. He was incredibly accommodating and we managed a number of online sessions before we moved to the training ground after lockdown was eased. It was such a huge relief to have someone with his experience tell us that his behaviour wasn’t normal or acceptable, it was an even bigger relief to hear that Shaun could help us correct his behaviour through a puppy development course. His progress has been astonishing, he’s exceeded our expectations and has become the perfect addition to our family. We’re 100% positive that the changes have been down to Shaun. For us it wasn’t just the training sessions that helped but the constant support and advice.
Thank you Adele & Stephanie for such a kind review. Your initial programme has been very enjoyable as the lockdown forced us to think outside the box and look at novel ways to support you. I was pleasantly surprised how well the online video sessions progressed and I would have no hesitation in offering that as a service in the future. This was further reinforced when we moved to the training area to conduct live sessions, all the early learning was in place. Otis is a great little character and it has been really enjoyable working with you all. I look forward in continuing to support you until he is a mature adult. Well done.
The Way of the Dog - Shaun was recommended by friends after I said that we struggle with our 10 months old German Shepherd Hunter. We had two other trainers and were trying to use internet to learn how to deal with our dog and the behaviours that we didn't approve. Unfortunately, the advice that we were given and the training groups that we were attending were not appropriate for us and our dog which resulted in such bad behaviours. Safe to say, after two weeks - 2 lessons with Shaun we learnt more than in 7 months with others. We were amazed by the knowledge, patience, attention to detail, and completely different approach than we have seen before. We knew straight away that we have got it right this time! Now, we have done five weeks and Hunter is a changed dog, so are we. Because he is working line, we know how to fulfil his needs. He became very focused on us, responsive and what is more the bad behaviours are not occurring often! As well, have to say that Hunter loves Shaun and he is excited for every lesson. As dog novices, we were totally lost - now we feel like we have got an instruction manual and we are looking forward to the future and development of our dog. Thank you so much Shaun, we are ever so grateful for your help and guidance and we are looking forward to the next session!
Thank you very much for your kind review Ania & Chris. Yours is not an uncommon story, a dog bred to have great working potential but the owners struggling to find the right training provider to help release that potential. Your pup is wonderful and has a bright future if he is trained appropriately and his enthusiasm is channelled accordingly. Others may have written your pup off, but that is definitely not about the pup. He has shown such a quick change in behaviour because he is now being trained in an educational and ethical manner that is fitting of his breeding. You have both worked extremely hard over the past 5 or more weeks and so has Hunter, we are now on course to a safe and rewarding relationship. Well done to you all.
We were having problems at home with our 18 mo Rottweiler Bruce, including him stealing and destroying anything in the house he could get hold of, being unable to settle down at home, and worst of all biting our hands and arms when he became overstimulated. He had engaged with puppy classes but our own issues weren’t really touched on, and we had a one-on-one session in our home for a few brief hours with a behaviourist who we felt just gave us the same spiel as for everyone else and didn’t get to the root of our issues. Myself and Bruce have been working with Shaun for a few months now. By actually working closely with Bruce rather than just giving a few basic commands, Shaun was able to actually see for himself the problems we were having, and although embarrassing it was a relief for someone that could help us to be able to witness that. Through our sessions we’ve been able to work on my relationship with Bruce and identify how I can confuse him and create conflict. Now when he begins to “fizz over” I’m able to confidently correct him, and both move on with our day. There is still work to be done but we have gone from me shedding tears on a nearly weekly basis at home over my dog’s challenging behaviour, to him being an (almost) angel at home and us being able to enjoy our relationship with the dog.
Thank you Chelsea for your kind review. You clearly know that I have a soft spot for the Rottweiler and despite the challenging behaviour that Bruce can present he is already a dog that I have taken a great liking to. In my opinion the guardians require a level of understanding like no other types of dog and this is arguably why there are so many rescues full of guardian breeds. People quickly find themselves out of their depths for a host of different reasons. You have earned my respect during this programme because you have not given up on your dog, you have stood your ground despite the challenges that you have faced and learnt how to deal with Bruce thus earning his respect. There is still much work ahead but you are both showing great potential, long may this continue. Well done.
We have a 9 month Doberman, he is full of energy and growing by day. Our boy is well natured but due to his size and stature would have the potential to intimidate if not kept under control and obedient during walks. Shaun came well recommended to me and on meeting him I knew I met the right person to train my breed of dog. Shaun has a wealth of experience, patience and professionalism consistent with that of his Military dog handling experience. During our 3 months of training my dog has learned to walk to heel listen to my commands and behave in a manner which gives me pride and confidence. I have learned more about my dog and how to interact with him than I could have expected. I am really pleased with our progress in the past 3 months and shall continue to work with Shaun to get the best out of my dog.
Thank you Mike & Caroline for your kind review, it is appreciated. What a character Arnie is and how well has he done so far. It is always a real pleasure to nurture the potential of a young guardian pup. If he continues on his current path I have no doubt he will prove to be a dog to be proud of and an absolute asset to your family. I am looking forward to seeing how far we can develop him and to see how he matures into the adult guardian Doberman. Well done, keep up the good work.
I have only seen Shaun a few times, due to the lock down, with my 16 month old Malinois. On our first visit I didn’t think there was much hope for Yogi. He was uncomfortable when he met or saw other dogs, he even didn’t take a liking to many people. I honestly now can’t believe it’s the same dog. His recall is 1000 times better, he listens and waits for commands. I can take him on the field and he doesn’t even look at other dogs. He’s not bothered by people. I’m going to leave a review in a few months also to update. Hand on my heart if you are looking for someone to train your dog in any way I think you will struggle to find anyone more suited. I would also like to mention how clean tidy and well looked after his training ground is.
Thanks again Shaun for everything so far.
Thank you very much for your kind review, it is appreciated. There's absolutely no doubt that when you arrived with Yogi for the first dog training session I knew we had work to do. Imagine trying to speak to each other with a dog barking constantly for 55 minutes. Fast forward a few weeks; with your effort and enthusiasm we have definitely turned a corner and we are now tapping into the excellent potential of your wonderful Malinois. There is still much work to do but the future is bright. It is a real pleasure to watch you both learning and developing. Well done.