“Dave taught us stuff that we never would have thought of”
Dave (Dog Man) is easily the best dog trainer I’ve ever met. I had a completely unmanageable three year old German Shepherd, and within just one two hour private lesson, Dave taught me how to get him under control and the basics of the skills I will need in order to train him and shape his behaviour.
A true testament to the success of the training session is that my dog was SO unmanageable that he had become impossible to walk. He is too strong for me to control once he starts pulling on his leash, and sadly it had become dangerous for me to walk him as he could easily get away from me and hurt himself or someone else. However, after just ONE private lesson with Dave, I took my dog for his first walk in two months this afternoon with no struggle at all! It was like walking a completely different dog! We are both so happy to be out walking again as I know I missed it, and I’m sure my dog did too.
It is amazing how much a skilled and enthusiastic trainer can teach you in a short period of time, and Dave is both highly skilled and enthusiastic. He explains the training process in extremely clear, easy to understand language, and is very patient in answering any and all questions. He spends the time to get to know both you and your dog so that he really understands your needs and your dog’s needs and personality. He is adaptive to the dog’s style of learning and behaviour, very clearly recognising that ‘one size does not fit all’ and that all dogs will learn differently and require different tools.
I honestly wish I had found Dog Man Australia three years ago when I adopted my dog — rather than spending my time, effort, and money on trainers and training methods that did not help — but all I can say is I couldn’t be happier that I have signed up for classes now. No matter which breed of dog you have or what kind of behaviours you want to train your dog to display (or not display!) I would highly recommend giving the Dog Man a call.
Thank you Dave for being such an amazing help, and see you in our next class!
Stephanie Latimer 2019