Zoe came to us as a nine week old puppy from the shelter. She played the perfect counterpart to our older dog – he the bouncy, goofy alpha to her sweet, submissive and slightly mischievous nature.
As she grew older, though, she started to exhibit a more fearful nature toward new situations and things that she did not like or seem to understand. I had tried working with her at home, and through another training program. Nothing seemed to help. She seemed to become more fearful and lose her confidence as time progressed. As a pet owner, this worried me. As a veterinary professional, this worried me even more, especially when she discovered that growling at new people made them go away! My husband and I also love hiking and other outdoor activities, and this new behavior meant that she could not accompany us on our outings anymore. Zoe is very bonded to our older dog, and this upset her greatly when we had to leave her at home.
Wayne came very highly recommended from a colleague of mine, so I decided to give him a call. He quickly called me back after I left him a message, and we signed Zoe up for four sessions.
I was, and continue to be, impressed with Wayne’s sound advice and techniques to make Zoe a better member of our family. He breaks training into manageable steps – which is important not only for the dog, but for the owners who are being trained as well!
I am so excited that Zoe has come so far under Wayne’s training, and our monthly “Training in the Park.” She is no longer as fearful and anxious as she was in new places, and the growling has stopped! It has also improved our relationship! She now knows what I expect of her, and what she can expect from me. This has paid huge dividends with our older dog as well.
I would recommend Wayne without reservation to any of my friends, family, or clients!
After having Chloe for 2 years, her bad behavior with other dogs just got too much for me to handle. She's only 11 lbs but she is one strong dog! I did a google search one day and Canine Behavior Specialists was the first one that caught my eye.
Wayne called me back with in 24 hours and was very helpful and I instantly agreed to set our first appointment. We just finished our 4th session last week and the changes in my sweet girl are amazing.
The best part about the experience was probably Wayne's knowledge and any question I had he would answer and any concern I had he would address. I know I need to keep my end of the bargain up by continuing to work with her which is so much easier now! Thank you again to Wayne for making this such a positive experience.
I have a sweet 4 year old yellow lab mix which I adopted from a Craigslist ad in 2011. It was a risk – no telling what kind of behavior issues I might deal with but overall he is awesome – in the house, while alone with me.
Riley’s manners were sorely lacking with guests and when on walks it felt like he would dislocate my shoulder from pulling & lunging toward distractions and other dogs. I have back issues and a 78 lb dog – this was NOT acceptable.
Once I began working with Wayne from Canine Behavior Specialists, it was quickly obvious that the issues I’d identified with Riley were not for his lack of desire to obey me, but rather my lack of understanding of how I need to speak verbally & nonverbally to command and keep his undivided attention. Wayne gave me the tools & support I needed to help me help my sweet dog live up to his potential. I loved Riley before, but was often disappointed and frequently embarrassed by my lack of control over my dog.
Now Riley just melts my heart with his obedience because I speak and act in a manner that is meaningful to him resulting in positive behavior.