I have owned dogs all my life. I have been helping people solve their dog problems for over 30 years.
I became a K9 instructor so I could be a better dog owner myself. My job is to teach modern dog training methods to my clients.
“I solve dog problems”
I have owned dogs all my life. I have been helping people solve their dog problems for over 30 years.
I became a K9 instructor so I could be a better dog owner myself. My job is to teach modern dog training methods to my clients.
hired 75 times on Thumbtack
I am a K9 instructor/behavior consultant with 30 plus years of professional experience. I do not train your dogs for you. I teach you how to do your own training. I am your coach. My goal is to give you a 21st century view of raising and training your dog.
I'm called "The Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer" because I have been helping people in the Kansas City area solve their dog problems since long before there was such a term as "Dog Whisperer".
I specialize in dealing with Aggression and Dominance issues that most dog trainers fear.
I believe that if you want to have a dog you should learn to train it yourself on a daily basis during the first year or more, starting as soon as possible, instead of going to a 2 week class or hiring a trainer to do it for you. There can be only one trainer in a dogs life. It should be you. You will have a much better relationship if you take your time. Forcing it in a short period will damage your relationship. How do you think 'board and train' kennels can train your dog in 2-3 weeks? Force! As a training coach I will teach you the skills you need to do it right and be there to coach you through the process.
Another thing most trainers do not understand or don't teach at all is 'Pack Structure' for puppies and adults. It doesn't matter how much training you do with your dog. If you don't learn and implement 'Pack structure', you will always have behavior problems. I can save you a lot of grief. Most of the problems I see people having are not 'training' problems, they are 'pack structure' and 'management' problems. My goal is to give you a new and more modern outlook on how to raise and train your dog.
In the early1980's, the first dog training 'instructors' school I went to was run by a former United States Army Chief K9 instructor from the Viet Nam era (the 60's). I was schooled not only to train dogs but to be an instructor that teaches people to train dogs. He ran it like an army school with the same rigorous requirements and curriculum. Imagine marching 5 miles through a winter blizzard in 2 feet of snow with 5-man/dog teams and you get the idea. I don't think they make guys like that anymore.
He was hard core and so were all the dogs(100+) on his property. You see, he also ran a guard dog service and bred wolf/shepherd hybrids. These are the type of animals I learned to handle. I bought a 1/2 Alaskan Tundra Wolf and half German Shepherd from him in 1979.
He was at that time getting his 'Instructors school' accredited through the state of Kansas and I enrolled using my GI benefits to pay my tuition. I had to learn dog training and K9/wolf behavior fast. I have been researching and studying behavior and training ever since along with attending many seminars with world renown dog trainers and coaches.
Dog training has changed a great deal over the last 30 years but many trainers have not kept up with these important changes. The old 'compulsion' methods or 'crank' and 'yank' methods are obsolete and will damage your relationship with your dog. Never use a choke chain on your puppy or dog. It will 'neutralize' the dogs neck and cause nerve damage.
I see my clients in their homes and I regularly use 'state of the art' instructional videos to educate my clients about the most modern methods.
I offer free phone consultations for anyone with a rescue dog. I will always answer or return your call. Your choice is to go to an amateur training class using old school methods or see me to learn the most advanced training techniques so you can train your dog using 21st century methods.
The primary focus of my training philosophy is teaching "Pack Structure". Cesar calls it leadership! I will help you cut through the confusion and steer you to the latest most humane methods. There is a lot of bad information out there. So if you are ready to embrace a modern view of corrections and join the inducement revolution, call me. I can save you from going through a lot of heart ache and confusion.
I work with any breed large or small including working, herding and fighting breeds.
My consultation/evaluation and instruction will be in your home and will take about 2 hours. I teach advanced methods and you will learn much more than you might expect.
My one time fee is for one visit and includes unlimited follow up consulting by phone and when necessary, return visits so I can assure your success. I am available weekends and evenings.
An instructional DVD and training equipment is included in my fee depending on your situation.
Please read my profile carefully so you understand what I do.
I do not offer group classes or board and train nor do I recommend either of them for obvious reasons.
I do not train your dog for you but I will demonstrate what you need to do and i will always be available to coach you through the process. You are paying for my knowledge, wisdom, experience and integrity. It's up to you to follow through with what you learn. You must be self motivated. Remember, if you and your dog are not having fun and learning, you're not with the right teacher.
Thanks for reading my profile and be sure to check out my reviews. Please give me a call if you have any questions.
Please visit my facebook page at facebook.com/puppyguru to check out some of the dogs I've worked with recently. I strive to bring you the most relevant new information available.
Olathe, KS 66062
excellent job. Very knowledgeable and now Max is like a different dog :)
Earl Newland literally saved our dog's life. Hudson, our 2 year old blue heeler mix, had been getting more and more aggressive. He was becoming harder to control around guests and children. Without intervention, he would have been put down.
After reaching out via Thumbtack, Earl contacted us with impressive credentials. He very quickly identified with our frustrations and concerns. I immediately knew he was our best hope.
Before his visit he gave us background information concerning dog behavior and training methodology. Earl came to our house to meet both our dogs and to show us better methods to establish control with Hudson. He gave us a head halter and training video.
Before Earl left we could already see a huge difference in Hudson. He has become less nervous, more attentive, calmer, and happier. I can now see that Hudson is capable of not only just becoming a tolerable dog, but highly trained.
Earl is very personable, responsive and dependable. He has promised to be there to support us with Hudson's training and has provided many support websites, including pet supplies and training sites. He even has offered any help we might need with our other, very quirky dog - all included in the original bid - a lifetime guarantee.
I couldn't be happier. I am no longer worried about Hudson hurting someone and am excited to see how far we can go with training. Thank you, Earl!!
Hi Julie. I enjoyed meeting you and Hudson. It's always a great feeling to have this kind of impact on the lives of the people and dogs I meet. I'll be here for you.
Hi Pauline. Thank you for your review.
Earl was very informative and knowledgeable. We are looking forward to working with him more.
Thanks for your review. Call me anytime Lois
I met earl 4 years ago. I called him about my female American bull dog named Plex. She was 9 months old and really hard headed. I wanted someone to train my dog. So I called earl. He was very friendly and knowledgable about dogs. So Plex and I had a meet with earl. After we met in person I knew he was the real deal. He taught me how to train my dog. We went over pack structure, food rewards, markers, and lastly the best game of all tug of war. Now 4 years later Plex and I are doing well. She understands pack structure and loves to do her tricks. All due to using the marker system that earl taught me with only a few words Yes, No, and Good. It was very easy and fun to do. Plex also loves to play tug witch taught her to fetch, release, and targeting all in one fun game. Earl is a good guy helped me and my family out a lot with our dog and future dogs. Give him a call it's well worth it.
Hi Nick. It's been a pleasure knowing and working with you. Thanks for giving me a nice review.
My families experience with Earl was fantastic. I have a beagle who's a year and a half. She's full of energy and ran the household. Earl brought changes out of her in the first 15 minutes of being with her. He gave us the tools we need to get her on track and to regain control. Simply speaking with Earl you can tell he has had a lot of experience and knew what he was talking about. He assured us he was always available to help from now on. You will not be disappointed. Thanks Earl!
Hi Shannon. I was glad I could help you get your situation under control. I understood that you were on the verge of giving up so I was gratified I could save your relationship with your dog so you wouldn't have to find him another home. Call anytime.
Earl arrived on time. He was generous with suggestions-- and he liked my dog!
I appreciate the promise of future consultations if needed. He came with necessary tools.
Hi Lorraine. You got lucky when you found Titan. He's a great dog. I had fun meeting you both. Call anytime.
Earl was absolutely wonderful to work with. His knowledge on dog training will benefit my wife and I for a lifetime. It was a pleasure to get to know him as he invested in training us to train our dog. I am extremely grateful of his expertise that will continue to benefit our family. Earl truly knows how to train dogs and I highly recommend anyone with a dog to call him up.
Hi Chris. Thank you for the nice review I enjoyed meeting you, Anna and Indy. She's a sweet dog and I was proud of the way she responded. I'm sure everything will go well from now on.
Earl came by and we talked dog for quite a while. I learned quite a bit in a very short time. I appreciate the style of training. I plan to have more conversations with him about avenues I want to take with my dog. Earl is a very knowledgeable about dogs, and I'd recommend him to anyone who needs advise or just wants to learn more.
Hello Scott and thanks for the great review. I have Dally's photo as my fb cover pic. He's so cool lookin'. TTYL
After being attacked as a puppy by a dog running loose in my neighborhood my Sheltie was having dog aggression issues around the house. Earl was very helpful when he came out to see her offering tips on leash walking and being the pack leader. Also helped me find agility training classes which I also wanted to do. Very reasonably priced too.
Hi Courtney. She's a great dog and if you do get into agility competition I want to come see you compete.
Earl came to spend an afternoon with our family and our dog, Misty. She is a 3 year shelter dog we got about 1 1/2 yrs. ago. We have 3 issues: unable to walk on a leash, sporadic peeing in the house, and possible aggression toward other dogs. Earl took us for a walk throughout our neighborhood and within minutes Misty was walking alongside. Also, we ran into a couple of other dogs and aggression issues were handled immediately. We are continuing to work on the other issue. Earl has a heart of a teacher and can tell he is very attuned with animals and wants to do what is best for not only the animal but what fits with your family. He has stressed several times for us to please contact him if other issues arise, if we have a question, etc. I would highly recommend Earl!
Hi Joan Misty is a sweety. I'm glad I was able to help you out. Call anytime.
We had such a great time working with Earl and our new dog Riley. Earl was very helpful in showing us what was necessary to keep Riley from walking us, instead of us walking her! She is already showing signs of improvement and Earl's promise to be our lifelong trainer makes me feel very confident that we'll have his guidance and help every step of the way!
I personally have never had a dog before, so and I was nervous about training her incorrectly (as new dog owners so often do). After our session with Earl I feel confident and ready to help our new addition become the best doggy she can be!
I would definitely recommend Earl's services to anyone looking for some assistance on training their dog--young or old!
Hi Nichelle. Thanks for your nice review. Please keep me abreast of your efforts to train the recall.
I so glad that I contacted Earl. I was having some serious aggression problems with my dog Buster. Earl was able to give me some very simple suggestions and tools to work with Buster. Since implementing them, Buster has had very good success and my stress level has reduced greatly. I would highly recommend Earl to anyone with aggressive dogs. Thanks again Earl.
Hi Jared. You have great looking dogs. I enjoyed meeting and helping with the aggression problem and I'm glad you have control over it now. Thanks for the great review.
Really feel that Earl Newland knows his stuff! We are following his plan for us and are already seeing major improvements! I would highly recommend his services!
Thanks Susan I hope you keep me updated on your progress.
Earl is a true dog lover. He actually made two trips to my home, and gave my some great pointers and a greater understanding of my "pack". Was worth the $.
Thanks Katrin. Call me anytime. I had fun meeting you and your dogs.
Thanks to Earl K9 Services we will be able to take our dog on family vacation this summer instead of having to go through an expensive dog boarding facility. Earl has the best dog training techniques and is very patient with unruly dog. Kali(our dog) now knows who's boss.
Thank you Earl and God bless!
Hi Shannon. I had fun meeting you. Remember to call if you run into any problems in the future.
Knowledgable and sound assessment.
I was devastated when my rescue German Shepherd turned out to be an avid chaser of cats. I didn't want to put my cat in danger, but I didn't want to give up on my new dog. In a panic, I contacted Earl. He immediately provided me with information on how to begin resolving the situation, and he continued to provide guidance and encouragement whenever I needed it. In addition to helping me teach my dog not to eat my cat, Earl also provided instruction on safe games and chew toys, leash walking, and other training techniques. I'm thrilled to say my dog and cat are now buddies. I still marvel at the change, especially when I see them snuggling together. I absolutely would recommend Earl to anyone who is having difficulty with their dog or to anyone who just wants to have a better relationship with their beloved furry friend.
Thanks Gina. Call anytime.
Patient and kind! Very knowledgable!
Hi Caroline. I hope the chaos is manageable now. That's a lot of dogs in the house. Thanks for the nice review.
We rescued our dog, Maria, about 1.5 years ago. She had been on her own for about 2 years so she has always been overprotective and shown fear aggression towards strangers. Although she made progress initially, the improvement plateaued and we called Earl because we had exhausted every DIY option. Earl was prompt, professional and polite; very easy to work with. He was patient with Maria and when she warmed up to him he saw the sweet dog we know her to be. Over the course of his 2hr visit we worked her up to walking past groups of strangers, loud noises and even riding in the elevator with another dog and person. Maria is already a more calm and submissive dog, and we are grateful for Earl and his patient approach.
Hi Brad. Thank you for the great review. I appreciate it very much. I enjoyed meeting you and working with Maria. She made real progress while i was with you and I'm very happy that you have your situation under control now. Please call me any time.
Earl was very straightforward regarding how to deal with my dogs. I brought a new one year old rescue dog to my home and I was having a lot of difficulty walking him. Earl provided me with a different type of lead which worked for a few days. I had some issues with this dog and Earl came back out with a different collar and he spent quite a while walking him and showing me how to handle him. He had told me to call or email anytime if I need more assistance. I highly recommend Earl if you are looking to know how to train your dog.
Hi Jeanne. I really liked Buster. He is a bit hard headed but has a sweet personality and wants to please. I'm glad I got to work with him. Thank you for your review.
Earl was a huge life saver for my husband and I! We have a 10 month old Golden retriever named Bear who was completely running the show! Earl showed us practical, effective ways to establish leadership in our home. He was extremely encouraging and never made of feel bad for anything we could've been doing differently with Bear. We were very impressed with his knowledge and experience with dog training. He had our dog relaxing on the floor for an extended period of time which was a first for Bear! I would highly recommend Earl for any kind of dog behavioral issues. We could tell he truly cared about us and Bear and wanted to see us be successful in our dog ownership!
Hi Jennifer. Bear was a fun dog to work with and I had a good time working with him. I'm glad we got your situation under control. Thank you for the nice review.
Earl was promt, timely and professional. He freely shared a wealth of knowledge and competently evaluated our very "multi-faceted" situation. It is rare to find a professional in any field with both obvious expertise and manners. Thank you, Earl!
Thanks for the great review Lisa. You have a somewhat complicated situation with so many livestock guarding dogs. It was very interesting to get to work with you. Please keep me posted.
Earl was prompt, professional, compassionate and had an extensive amount of experience and knowledge. My daughter and I have a vastly improved relationship with our shelter dog. All three of us are much more fulfilled every day. He gave us the answers to our questions, provided training resources and an overview of comprehensible choices. Strongly suggest his
in home work.
Hello Billie. I was glad I could help you with your dog and I hope your daughter has fun training him. Let me know if you ever need any more help.
Our two year old Westie, Frances runs our house. Now that we have a grandbaby we knew that her bad behavior had to be stopped. We contacted Earl who I feel I questioned thoroughly and he did also in return. I wanted to know about him and how he handles training. I wanted to make sure his training methods did not in any way hurt my pet...there are a lot of styles out there. Earl wanted to know about the dynamics that are going on in the house with Frances. Earl gave us links to review that pertained to some of the issues we were having. This was helpful. When he arrived he immediately took control of our Westie, made her calm and submissive and we were able to discuss our list of issues and concerns. This is a biggie.. as Frances is very difficult to control when guests arrive. It was instantaneous with Earl. When I watched him and how he handled her I knew I was on the right track. After talking about the many issues we have we began to work outside with our excercises. Earl was upfront with both my husband and myself and corrected us every time we needed it. He was up front and told us that Frances does not respect me. This is what you pay for. Going to puppy class is one thing...you learn the basics then you go home and think you are doing the right thing but we weren't. We needed someone to be honest with us. I have never seen Frances react to anyone as she did with Earl. It gives us hope and now the work begins to keep working at our excercises.. Once Earl works with you he is your go to guy after that. Give him a call I guarantee its the best thing you will do for your pet and your family.
Mary and Lee
Hi Mary. Hi Lee. I'm glad Frances is doing better and that you now have more control of her. I'm sure everyone will be happier now. Thank you for your review. Please call anytime.
He was intelligent, patient, did not jump in to go the problem,he sat and observed her then beg a n working with her. I liked his calm attitude and willingness to help 24~7
Thank you for your review Roberta. Please contact me anytime.
We adopted a 1 year old female Lab from the shelter and we hired Earl to assist us with her training! Earl came to our home for 2 hours and got to know us, our dog, Frances, and all our needs! He explained the role we are to be as her Pack Leader, the role Frances has in our home, and how his instruction will teach her to respect us and her new home! He showed us the value of crate training and tethering with the leash, how to apply correction with her misbehavior and how to be her true pack leader with easy repetition daily! Earl's instruction was hands-on, effective and he demonstrated the training, so we can be effective when he is not here! Frances truly responded to Earl, and continues to do so with us! Not only did he get us farther than we hoped, he is available to us for continual instruction and will assist us if new hurdles arise! We could not be more pleased. We would recommend Earl to any pet owner with any level of assistance required. Earl's extreme knowledge, compassion, and control were truly the Dog Whisperer we hoped for! Thank you, Earl!
Hi Mary. Frances is a sweet dog and has a very high energy level. I'm glad we could give her some direction. Thank you for the wonderful review. Please call anytime.
In a very controversial situation between our two dogs, Earl came to our home and quickly assessed the issue at hand with thorough questions and an observation of what we needed for a successful management system of our dogs. He was genuine and caring. When we introduced our dogs to him briefly, he seemed confident in working with them and was friendly toward them. What I also liked about Earl was his willingness to ask our thoughts about how we felt and valued our input. I would recommend him to everyone I know and will continue to seek advice from him regarding my dogs.
Hi Mishawn. I'm glad I was able to provide insight into the dynamics of your situation. i will be available for any follow up you need. Thanks for the nice review.
Our experience with Earl was great. He was knowledgeable about methods to help our dogs. He provided great tools and advice to help us with training our puppy and helping our older dog cope. It turned out our dogs didn't need as much help as we thought!
Hi Bridgette. You have a very manageable situation and I'm glad I was able to provide some insight to help you. Thanks for your review.
I met Mr. Newland online, and contacted him about a phone consultation, as I live in Michigan. He promptly arranged a call, and listened carefully to my problem. (I have three large dogs, and after four years of them being together I'm having some pack dominance issues.) Mr. Newland clearly and concisely laid out a solution, and also gave me several webb references to check out for additional information. I immediately began implementing the plan that he gave me, and noticed almost instant positive results. After my initial consultation Mr. Newland contacted me several times to follow up and to offer new suggestions and resources. I would recommend Mr. Newland's services to anyone who is having issues with their dog(s). He tells it straight and clear. His demeanor is friendly, concise, and easy to understand. And he knows his stuff!
Hi Nancy. Thanks for your review. I'm glad I was able to help you get your situation under control.
Earl Newland was above and beyond my expectations. Not only did he make my dog comfortable, he also made me comfortable. He came with a ton of great information and worked with us to figure out what the issues my dog has been having. He was so wonderful, knowledgeable and very sweet. The thing I enjoyed most about him was that he did not want to change my dog, he simply wanted to help him become a better version of himself. I also love the fact that he wants to ensure my success and allows free advice after the consultation. I have yet to see someone do that I think it is just amazing. You can tell he really loves doing this and is very dedicated. If you are in the Kansas City area and looking for help with your dog, Earl is the only one to go to.
Hello Nicole. Meeting you and Maurice was a lot of fun. He is such a spirited little guy. Thank you for the great review. Please contact me anytime.
If anyone out there is looking for a great, amazing dog trainer than Earl is your guy!!! He spent one evening so far with our strong headed puppy (or as Earl calls her a 'go getter') and we have already noticed remarkable improvement. She is not biting on us as much still have some more work to do there but we now have the tools to do so. Plus in just a 24 hour period my husband has been able to teach Laycee to sit and lay down, yes she needs refreshers but it come right back to her, she is only 9 weeks. My husband was very skeptical of Earl's methods as he grow up with his mom breeding dogs and this is not how they trained him, but after only 2 hours my husband is a believer and recommending his services to co-workers. Wish we had meet Earl years ago when we had our first dog. Thanks so much Earl you have made our house my enjoyable!!!
Hi Katee. Your boxer pup is a high drive working dog and I was glad you called me so I could help you get your situation under control. She is a 'go getter' and pure potential should you decide to compete in any dog sport. Thank you for your review and please call me anytime.
Thanks Earl for coming out to our home and spending time with our family and our Golden Retriever, Lucy. You listened to our concerns about her "mugging" our guests and trouble with the recall. We've gone back to some elementary training behaviors and started a few of the techniques discussed on the videos you brought. Thanks for the follow up phone conversation and for any future questions we need answered.
Hello Michelle. I enjoyed working with Lucy. she is so easy and willing to please. Good luck with training her a recall and let me know if you run into any problems. Thank you for your review.
Good empathetic relationship with my dog. We plan to teach her how to properly walk when weather gets better - will be able to say more then.
Due to some aggression issues we were having with our Anatolian, Penny, we contacted Earl for help. He was very knowledgeable in helping us change our perspective on how we manage our dogs around small children, guests, and each other. He also provided us with helpful resources in consistent training with Penny. I highly recommend Earl for whatever issues you may be having with your dog, he is a wealth of information! Thanks Earl!
Hi Rachel. I enjoyed meeting you and your family. I think you understand your 2 female dogs better now and why they were fighting. You have all the tools you need now but you can always call me if you need my help with them. Thank you for your review.
Earl was great, he was timely, very knowledgable, and a great teacher. He showed us a number of ways to help correct some of the bad habits we had formed with our dog. He also helped us come up with a great plan for what to do when our baby joins the family. He is also more than willing to continue working with us in the future if additional questions/concerns come up.
Hi Amy. Thanks for the nice review. I was pleased with how quickly your dog responded. Mirra is a great dog and I'm sure everything will go smoothly when your baby comes. I will always be available to help out anyway I can.
Earl was exactly what our family needed. We are grateful for the hints, tips & 'to do's". We will certainly keep in contact in case we have questions in the future. Much gratitude, thank you Earl!
Hi Shawn. It was nice to meet Ally and your family. Ally is a sweet dog and I'm sure she will be a great companion. Thank you for your review.
We have 2 dogs - a 11 year old who is very sweet and a new small rescue dog who has been aggressive by nipping and barking at our guests and neighbors. After one visit with Earl the KC Dog Whisperer, our dogs are better behaved! We learned so much in one session that our dogs are already heeling when we walk and show no aggression to guests. We have a lot to adjust in the way my husband and I run our pack - but now we have applicable plans and methods that are already proving to work. We are so pleased!
Hi Steph. It was great to meet you and Sam. Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm glad everything is going well. I will be available anytime you need help with Tater and Dango.
Earl was great to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the care and behavior of dogs. We worked on introducing dogs to each other. Earl worked with us for approximately 1 hr. I would recomment him to anyone who needs assistance with their dogs.
Hi Carolyn. Thanks for the nice review. It was great to meet you and John and Goldie. Remember you can call me even after you move to Denver.
Very helpful in providing information for the uncommon service I was looking for; and continuing that help. Genuinely nice guy, professional; with not only canine skills under his belt, but customer service as well. Go Earl!
Hi Lisa. I'm glad that I was able to help you find the info you were looking for.
I was looking for a trainer to train me to train my service dog. The only response I got was from Earl, who is not a trainer of service animals. Earl purchased the referral because he knew someone who WAS an expert service dog trainer and he wanted to put me in touch with her. I did meet with her, and she is exactly what I need. So many times these days people will not take any kind of action to help a stranger unless they somehow benefit from it themselves. I was so touched that Ed went out of his way to help me even when it COST him rather than directly benefitted him. In addition, he told me that he would appreciate it if I would keep in touch with him so he could follow the progress of our training. Two miracles in one. I am thrilled that he helped me find the right trainer, and even more thrilled that he cares about the outcome. I told him that if my dog proves to be unfit for service work (so far she is very well suited) that I would hire him to to the kind of quality training I would want her to have anyway. I believe in doing random acts of kindness myself, and it appears that Earl does as well.
Thanks for your kind words. I'm happy I could help you.
Earl has advised me about training methods and DVDs that would be helpful for training our Jack Russell Terrier here on our small farm. He immediately understood what we were experiencing and explained what we needed to do and why it would be helpful. I am so very grateful for Earl's expert and caring advice, which was right on target for our situation and for the needs of our dog. I'm confident that now I can train our JRT to become the excellent farm dog that I know she can be.
Hi Janet. Thanks for the review, I am glad to help and am looking forward to monitoring your progress. You will both be amazing.
Earl worked with us and our two 6 month old Great Dane puppies. Our dogs were fairly well bahaved before; however, they needed reminding of who was in charge. They have improved on their leash walking and their behavior when in the house. We have also almost completely eliminating jumping. We would definitely recommend Earl to anyone needing some guidance with their pups!
Hi Lyndsay, Hi Lee. I have seldom met two such sweet dogs as Truman and Zeus. I hope you will consult with me if you have any other concerns as I can usually solve most problems over the phone. You are always welcome to call.
I have a dog who is an extremely rare breed of dog. She is a German Pinscher (not to be confused with the min pin). She has an extremely strong personality, everything she does, she gives it her all. She is a very loving and loyal dog; however, she has some issues with strangers and territorial aggression. She would not let anyone else into our home, even our friends. In our ignorance, we were trying to socialize her and keep her around when people came into our home so that she would get used to it. For this reason, we have many friends who are now terrified of her, and for good reason. It killed me to have my friends talk about how vicious my dog was and how we should not allow her around my son. I really did not want to have to re-home her or put her down, because I know for a fact that Zoe would fight to the death before she let anyone hurt me or my family. She would never bite anyone in our family, or even growl at us. She is so very loyal, and these types of dogs only have one true owner. So I know that even if I did re-home her instead of putting her down, all I would be able to think about was how she would never be the same, and neither would we. She is a member of the family.
We have had many, many trainers work with her, and they all had different theories. Many told us that she would never really be safe to have around other people. I can't describe how exhausting it was to think about being on edge for the rest of her life. In effect, owning Zoe was controlling our lives.
Earl was very helpful for multiple reasons, but two really stand out. The first is that he knew of Zoe's breed, and had seen her breed in action before. So the first thing he told me was that, she was not doing anything abnormal for her breed. She is a strong dog, and her breed is naturally wary of strangers and are said to be excellent watch dogs (though not many progress to the guard dog stage that Zoe thought she was at). This made me feel better because even though he saw her aggression first hand, he did not think she was vicious or bad. Earl has extensive experience with working dogs, like Zoe, and with extremely aggressive and dominant dogs. There really are not many trainers out there who truly are qualified to work with aggressive dogs, and Zoe most definitely had not been responding to the 'tree hugging' version of training that is so popular now. For most dogs, that may work fine, but Zoe had progressed to biting and needed specialized training, not out of the box training.
The other thing that really helped that Earl did was explain the theory of dominance and pack structure in a way that I could understand. Of course, with a dog like Zoe, I had read a lot of material on being a pack leader and watched every Caesar Milan episode he has made, but it seemed like a lot of it was just mean, to me. Earl explained why a dog needs to know where s/he stands in the pack and that it is not all about asserting yourself in a violent way. There are many subtle and easy things that you can do to establish your rank in the house and we were doing them wrong. Things like letting her have free reign of the house instead of making that an earned reward, and allowing her on the furniture and to sleep on our bed. Just beginning to change these simple things I have seen a huge improvement with Zoe. She used to be kind of a spaz, and we thought that was just her being weird, but really it was her not knowing her place and being confused. Sometimes we were dominant, others we weren't, and we were not being consistent. Now, she is calm all the time! She has had NO problem not sleeping with us anymore (and it is fantastic to have our bed back) and she spends a lot of her time calm and sleeping in her area. She gets to go out and play when I decide, and that has been more than enough for her. I thought it was mean to keep a dog confined, that they needed the stimulation, but I can already see how much calmer and happier she is, just after a few days! We still have a lot more work to do, but I can see that Earl's approach really works and is making her happier, not making her feel unwanted. There is much, much more that we were doing wrong, but the long and short of it was that we were treating her like a person, not a dog. And with some dogs, that may never pose a problem, but with a working dog like Zoe, it definitely did. She didn't have a place, she didn't have a job, so she took on a job of her own, protecting the house. Now, it is my responsibility to take on that job and let her know she does not need to handle it.
Finally, another thing that really helped me, was the amount of material that Earl gave me to peruse. I am the kind of person who likes to learn as much as I can about an approach so that I can really do it right, and Earl was able to provide that for me. I now have so many things to work on, I will have to make myself an objectives list to be sure that I touch on all the issues. The other good thing about all the reading material is that it is hard for a trainer to really see all of your dogs issues in just an hour or two, or even after a month of working with them. I live with Zoe and see all the things that she does. There were many things that she was doing to assert herself as dominant that I never realized were an issue. So now I know even more that I need to correct than what Earl saw. He, of course, saw how she reacted to strangers, but I was able to see how she was asserting herself with me. I thought she knew I was alpha because she was obedient and would listen to me (except when she didn't). She had decided that she would listen when she wanted, but that she got to decide when to obey and when not to. That is why I had so little control over her when people came to our door.
All of this I got from only two days working with Earl. I appreciate all his help so far, and I intend to gain off leash control/obedience from Zoe, so watch for my call Earl! You will be hearing from me!
I could write more, but I'm sure no one is interested in the life and times of Zoe; however, I think that the most important thing we will gain from this experience is MY confidence. A lot of trainers talk about the dog gaining confidence, but for me I needed to be confident of my place and ability to control Zoe. She didn't trust me to handle the situation, so she took charge. That will be changing now.
Thanks again, Earl!
Thanks for the great review. I enjoyed meeting Zoe and your family. I'm looking forward to monitoring your progress with the engagement training.
I contacted Earl because I have an 80 pound pit bull. I had been told she was dog aggressive. I had also been having enourmous problems walking her on the leash. It seemed she was destined to either have to live out her life with no walks, be adopted by someone, or be put to sleep. Our first meeting with Earl was at his home. Dora, my dog, immediately took to Earl. He just has a way with dogs. I found out she is not dog aggressive at all. We spent the afternoon with Earl and then returned to my community. Because my neighborhood has a lot of distractions, Earl graciously came to mine and Dora's world. He spent the evening with us and helped me understand how to deal with the barriers or challenges Dora encounteres. I no longer think I have to get rid of my dog or put her to sleep. Earl has been extremely helpful and I strongly advise anyone who has a dog with issues to contact Earl. I cannot say in words how much I appreciate the work he has done with me and Dora.
Thank you for the great review Celeste. Dora is a wonderful dog and I really enjoy working with both of you. She is a strong dog and strong willed too but she just wants to get along with everyone and has a strong desire to please.
A. Your dog pulls on the leash.
Your dog runs your life.
These are the most frequent problems I work with.
Also puppy biting and pack structure (crate training) come up a lot. The fact is if you don't learn and implement "Pack Structure" you will always have behavior problems and your dog will run your life. This is serious stuff and nobody in Kansas city teaches it properly. It requires a strong foundation in a working dog philosophy to even understand the issue. Cesar calls it being a leader and he is so right but this can actually be a difficult concept for people to grasp. Your rules also have to be fair to get respect from your dog. Other trainers have other lingo but it doesn't convey the seriousness of letting your dog be the boss. It can get you and your dog in deep trouble. I will teach you how to avoid a serious liability if you have a dog with the propensity to bite.
A. Almost all the dogs I see have out of control issues that range from separation anxiety and fear aggression to differing levels of dominance. They can all be reasons for a dangerous situation until you understand the consequences and know how to take control. The last two dogs were a pair at the same residence that were very sweet and not a mean bone in them. They were just allowed to run the house. I gave the owners the tools to achieve their goals and saw perfect results while I was working with them. It took all of 5 minute to teach each one to walk on a loose lead. I am very proud of them and I know this young couple will have a better relationship with the dogs now they know how to lead. I also hope they will stay in touch with me so I can work with them further.
A. Always check for reviews. I have reviews on Google places, Angies List, Linkedin, Merchant Circle and Thumbtack. Ask friends or family if they have heard about a reliable trainer too. Then finish your research by making phone calls to see how helpful and what kind of attitudes you run into. A good trainer should genuinely want to help you with pertinent information.
A. Anyone can buy a certification no matter what their experience or lack of. Check around and look for referrals and reviews When you contact a trainer ask questions until you feel comfortable with the trainer and his abilities. Make sure the trainer provides unlimited follow up to make sure your dog problems are solved. A trainer who truly wants to help you will always be available to take your call or returns calls promptly. 24/7/365.Earl Newland
A. What kind of follow up is provided with the service. In my experience this is the most important aspect of assuring that the problems people have are solved and stay solved. There are always issues that come up afterword that must be addressed. If your service provider does not offer free follow up included in the price then you may want to look for one that does. When I say follow up I am referring to 24/7365 access to the provider as support is very necessary to achieving success. I provide that access to all my clients for the life of the dog and beyond. I always answer my phone or return calls as quickly as I can.
A. Make a list of the problems you are facing. Having a list to work from will help you to focus on the solutions and change the way you think. Your dog is not a human and they do not think like a human. I see an awful lot of unnecessary permissiveness. We have to face the fact that these animals we love are not people. Dogs expect to be a member of a pack so they know what is expected of them. Their prime motivation is conflict avoidance. They have to have a strong leader to give them rules to live by. That leader is you.
A. I work with working, herding and fighting breeds and dogs with strong temperaments that most trainers fear. Dogs with biting issues are my specialty. Call me before you take some other trainers advice to put your dog to sleep because of a biting problem. When other trainers or veterinarians tell you your dog has a mental problem call me before you accept the diagnosis or put your dog on medication. I can help. If your trainer is not familiar with the concept of "Pack Structure", find one that is. All dogs need pack structure or you will always have dog problems.
A. The thing I like most about my job are the many wonderful dogs and people I get to meet. The variety is amazing and you would be surprised to see how many great dogs are rescue dogs. I see a lot of pure bred dogs of many types and the mix breeds I see are very interesting too. I offer free phone consultations for anyone with a rescue dog. I want to help rescue dogs integrate into the new family situation and help solve any behavior issues or other baggage they bring with them to the new home.
A. The important thing to remember when considering a dog trainer to hire is experience. Most young trainers today have little or no experience with strong temperaments and are actually afraid of these dogs. Most trainers have no experience with dominant dogs either. These dogs have a place in our word but must be carefully handled or bad things can happen. If you have a dog you think may be a dominant dog, have an experienced trainer evaluate your situation before you take advice from a trainer or vet to put your dog to sleep as it may not be a dominance issue at all. Fear aggression is often mistaken for dominance by inexperienced trainers. Luckily severely dominant dogs are somewhat rare in the pet dog world but everyone needs to be aware that doing "Alpha Rolls" on a dominant dog can be the most dangerous thing you can do.
A. After serving in the US Navy in the late 70's I was looking for something that I could really love to do for the rest of my life so after a stint as a new car salesman I happened upon a kennel run by a former Chief K9 instructor from the Viet Nam era. Back then the old school "crank and yank" methods were the only thing out there but over the years many new methods and techniques have been developed that are much safer and better for the human/dog relationship. It has truly been a journey of philosophical evolution in the dog world for me. I work hard to keep up with the latest innovations in dog training.
A. I think of my last two clients who were told that their dogs should be put to sleep because they were aggressive or dangerous. They were dogs with spirit that reflected the breed of each. But they also were misunderstood by other trainers and not approached with respect for that quality that the breed was bred for. The temperaments of these dog required a different way of thinking and dealing with than a "pet" dog. These dogs were of "working" and "fighting" breeds that you can't treat like a pet. They require precautions if they are to be kept safe from the outside world and vise versa. In other words these dogs were not bred to be docile friendly "pets" and you have to make adjustments to your lifestyle to accommodate these breeds. They are protective. The owners of these dogs were grateful that they learned to make these adjustment to save their dogs life. That is what makes my career gratifying and worthwhile.
A. Back in the day you had to go to seminars to learn the latest information on dog training or overcoming problems in training. Now days it is much easier to keep up with the latest information because of the internet and social media. some of the best dog training websites are loaded with free videos and the longer more comprehensive videos are great although they can get a bit pricy. But that is what you have to do. Invest in your ongoing education and never look back. It is important or you will be left behind as the world of dog training advances with out you.
A. In the last 30 years I have witnessed the evolution of dog training and dog sports from a compulsion basis to an emphasis on "prey drive", developed by a German trainer named Bernhard Mannell. In the 90's "Inducement" was the important trend brought to the forefront by a well known German trainer Gottfried Dildei. Today aversive techniques of the past are not used or avoided as much as possible. The philosophical emphasis for me is from the well known trainer Michael Ellis who has a school in San Francisco. It is called inducement and I believe it will be the foundation of much training in the future.
A. Every situation requires a thorough evaluation. I typically charge $200 for a 2 hour evaluation in the clients home where I can ask questions, observe the dynamics of the relationships and the provide protocols to solve the problems you have. If it takes longer than 2 hours there is no extra charge. I often use the most up to date videos available on the subjects to illustrate and educate. I also provide unlimited follow up and phone consultations for my clients for the life of the dog. They know they can call me day or night ,24/7/365, with any problem. Many of my clients have been with me for over 20 years and multiple dogs. For long distance appointments I frequently have to include a 20$ gasoline surcharge.
A. There are lots of dog trainer schools out there and it is difficult to wade through all the hype. I would suggest getting to know some local trainers and find out who they follow if anyone and who thier guru's are. Check out the different fields of dog training as well such as sport dog training like schutzhund or AKC obedience, rally and agility competitions and look for the top competitors in those fields. Service dogs are another aspect of dog training that you should look into. Lastly, check out the different dog training schools around the country and look at the reviews on them.
A. In a word, my greatest strength is my experience. I have been pursuing my knowledge for over 30 years. Not to make a living but to further advance my relationships with my own dogs. I have been to a great many K9 seminars with some of the worlds most highly regarded trainers including police and FBI K9 seminars. You will have the benefit of not only my experience and knowledge but also my resources in the dog world no matter which aspect of training or competition you are interested in. I can coach you into it. Although I have never personally been into competition, I have followed some of the most accomplished competitors around for years so I can steer you in the right direction and introduce or recommend you to the best.
A. I am a huge fan of continuing education. I believe learning never stops. Many dog trainers are still doing things the way they did 30 years ago. Pack Structure for instance, you don't learn that in a puppy class at the local pet store and unless you learn it and implement it then it doesn't matter how much training you do you will always have dog problems. Dog training has evolved greatly over the last 30 plus years and it has been a challenge to keep up with the latest trends, methods, techniques and philosophies. Luckily I am an information junkie and this is what I live for. The latest in dog training. I am often waiting for the latest video to come out and can't wait to get my hands on it. Luckily for the average dog owner training has actually become more simple in that much of the new information available is really just common sense and readily absorbed.