Dog Trainer

Dogs Anonymous

Greensboro, NC

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“Turning worst enemies back into best friends is my passion!”

Bio

I have had dogs all my life and decided to take the professional plunge about 3 years ago when I became a student at Animal Behavior College. Soon after I set up shop and the rest is recent history! LOVE WHAT I DO!

About Dogs Anonymous

hired 24 times on Thumbtack

I am a professionally certified dog trainer with over 25 years of experience in working with dogs in a variety of situations.

I have excellent results at rehabilitating dogs suffering from anxiety and aggression.

I also train basic obedience cues, and behavior modification.

Another service I offer is walking and sitting. LOVE to walk dogs!

I am also a member of International Association of Canine Professionals and am certified in Animal CPR and First Aid.

Location

Greensboro, NC 27408

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  • 4/5 stars November 24, 2014

    We had recently moved to the area and our sheltie (Kody, 1-1/2 years old) was experiencing a lot of anxiety. Kody's barking was almost constant and he was also starting to display some aggression towards us. We needed help. We found Chris Martin through a web search and decided to give him a call to see if he could help. Chris was very professional and came to our house for a consultation. We agreed to work with Chris and began to see immediate results. Chris's method of teaching was to address our areas of concern and teach us how to work with Kody to correct those concerns. Though this is still an ongoing process, I am pleased with our results so far and would recommend Chris Martin to anyone who needs professional help with their dog.

  • 5/5 stars November 12, 2014

    Chris took care of walking my dogs for 5 days while I was out of town. He was very professional and accommodating, making sure to keep the boys regular schedule even though it meant early mornings. I felt confident while I was gone, knowing that Chris could handle anything that arose. I highly recommend Dogs Anonymous and Chris. He's great.

  • 5/5 stars October 20, 2014

    Our experience working with dogs anonymous and Chris has been fantastic. We cannot speak highly enough of his professionalism and the impact it is having on our dog. We recommend dogs anonymous without any hesitation!

  • 5/5 stars August 2, 2014

    Chris did an amazing job. My dog was leash aggressive, really a complete challenge going on a walk if any other dog passed by. Chris worked with him for two weeks while I was out of town, then came over and taught me what to do. The difference is amazing. Now my dog easily walks by other dogs and is no problem to walk. I couldn't recommend Chris more highly.

  • 5/5 stars January 14, 2014

    I have 2 male pitbulls about 3 years old. When I came to Chris I was in a situation where there was a lot of aggression building between them, could not figure out why, and really did not know how to fix the issue. Chris came right in a began correcting the issues he saw from day one. He identified key contributors to the aggression and trained myself and my girlfriend how to identify and correct behaviors that could escalate into fighting. The best part about Chris' program is he encourages the owners to be very hands on and provides us with the tools to continue his program after his sessions are over. If you are having aggression issues with your dogs I strongly recommend Chris. He is always on time, works with your schedule and is flexible to last minute changes.

  • 5/5 stars October 28, 2013

    I found Dogs Anonymous here on Thumbtack after inquiring about dog training for Axl, my 1.5 year old German Shepherd. He is a smart obedient dog, however we were having issues with his dominant/excitement behavior at home and in public places. Chris established specific guidelines for tackling Axl's behavior and regaining our household and control of the walk. I am very pleased with the service and flexibility Chris with Dogs Anonymous offers. I highly recommend him! I will be using his service again soon for helping Axl's socialization around other dogs.

  • 5/5 stars May 5, 2013

    We contacted Chris to help us with our miniature schnauzer. Our dog would bark and snap at any guests we had in our home. Chris helped us learn how to get Ty under control. He was very knowledgeable about dog behavior. It was both interesting and exciting to see Ty behaving for the first time!

  • 5/5 stars April 27, 2013

    Chris is a very professional, knowledgeable dog trainer. He helped train our shelter dog (and us) in basic obedience. He has a very good training system and is very reasonable in his fee. He is a pleasure to work with.

  • 5/5 stars April 23, 2013

    It was comfortable to work with Chris. His schedule was flexible which made training possible for us.

  • 5/5 stars March 30, 2013

    I originally contacted Chris to help our young, very high-energy GSP, Lucy, with loose-leash walking, coming when called and not completely assaulting visitors at the door. These issues have improved tremendously, as well as our knowledge of how to address them. Chris is professional, knowledgeable and personable. We had a great experience all around!

  • 5/5 stars March 27, 2013

    Chris worked with me and my 4 month old puppy on basic obedience. We trained for 1 hour weekly for six weeks, over which time Chris was very flexible with the schedule when necessary. Chris worked with me on how to train my puppy so that we can continue practicing and progressing. Ugie just loved working with him and is doing great!

  • 5/5 stars March 18, 2013

    The best in the field!! I will continue to use Chris
    Awesome experience!!!!

  • 5/5 stars December 6, 2012

    I have been very pleased with Chris. He came over and met Gizmo before we set up any training and discussed what I needed help with. He addressed her recall and anxiety when others come to my house. He has been very flexible with his time and reasonably priced. Chris has given me a plan and suggestions on how to remain calm and maintain control of the situation. I would recommend Chris if you need help with an energetic dog.

  • 5/5 stars November 5, 2012

    Great professional dog trainer at an affordable price. He is very experienced and knows exactly what to do around dogs. I am a first time dog owner and I adopted a 2 year old shephard mix, Hailey, who had mostly been an 'outdoor dog.' Chris helped her get comfortable in my apartment and taught her basic commands. He sent out summary emails with what we had gone over in our training sessions and even brought his own dog on the last day to play with Hailey. Definitely recommended.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I primarily work with private clients whose dogs are having specific behavioral issues such as aggression or fearfulness. Some of my clients, however, have hired me for basic obedience training in combination with behavior modification for their dogs.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. One of my latest jobs involved working with "Emma", a golden retriever who had the good fortune of being rescued by my client here in North Carolina. Emma was, however, a wild dog used to running free in wide open spaces, and once within the confines of a house or car, Emma's problems emerged. Fortunately, after a week of working with her, Emma was no longer hunched down in the crawlspace of the car, but sitting up and looking out the windows.
The second most recent case involved Gizmo, a Pit Bull Terrier, who became overly excited at the door when visitors arrived. After one day of working with Gizmo her owner had her sitting and focusing on her away from the door while guests entered and exited.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure that the trainer you have contacted has gone through SOME kind of certification program. Too many people are calling themselves "dog pros" now without having had any kind of training or hands-on experience whatsoever.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. One of the things I do when taking on new clients is to allow their dogs to come to ME and not me to THEM. This establishes from the start a good working relationship.
I also am not a dog trainer who believes in taking the dog away and returning it to the owner "fixed". I prefer for the owners to get involved with the rehabilitation or training from the start in order to make sure what I do will remain longer after I'm gone.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I LOVE WORKING WITH DOGS! I get up every morning knowing that I'm making a living doing what I love. There is no better life I could be living right now.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am a member of IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) and I keep current on all new dog learning theory, and training techniques with either self motivated study or by attending seminars for CEUs (Continuing Education Units). The most recent seminar was a 3 day long course with the legendary veterinarian and dog behaviorist Dr Ian Dunbar where we studied socialization, biting and fighting. It was an amazing 3 days!

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