Canine Intelligence Acadamy

Canine Intelligence Acadamy

Dallas, TX

28 years in service

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About Canine Intelligence Acadamy

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We offer in-home dog training and owner counseling at its very best. With 28 years' experience training more than 20,000 dogs in the DFW metroplex, I can give you the help you need making it fun, fast and efficient.

The vast majority of my clients only need to visit with me one time. I come to you at your convenience. There is no time limit for the session. I do not leave until you are happy and your dog is trained. First session fee is $200.00. With the initial session comes unlimited phone and email help.

You may buy additional sessions for $100.00 each. Rarely is it necessary for a second visit.


Dallas, TX 75229

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  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2013

    Mark did an excellent job of showing us how to work with our dog Bear. His philosophy is sound - now we have to put the theories into practice. Mark is very knowledgeable of animal psychology, and understands what it takes for us as owners to be happy with our dog, and also have a happy and secure dog. We have already started putting his ideas into practice - knowing that it will take time and practice to see results. I do wish there was a bit more "reading material" to help with the follow up. There was a lot of information to absorb. I will say that Mark was generous with his time, and really seemed to enjoy helping us.

  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2013

    Mr. Minnerly was very professional and easy to understand. His method of training felt natural with positive results after the first session working with my jack Russell terrier.

  • 1/5 stars April 3, 2013

    I thought the yanking of Riley off the ground was harsh. You left so called notes scribbled on a page that you can't make heads or tails out of.

    You yourself said several times you lost your train of thought of what you were telling me.

    I realize you've been doing this and it's make perfect sense, but to a consumer it does not.

    Your methods make work "old school", but had I known you were going to do that. I would have never agreed to it. I'm not one to make a scene especially in front of neighbors.

    The best that could have happened was to get you off my property. THIS IS GUY IS A RIPOFF, ONE OF HIS EARLY REVIEWS VERIFIED THE SAME EXPERIENCE.

    Mark M. from Canine Intelligence Acadamy replied to this review on April 14, 2013:

    This is an unfortunate sad fact profesional business people must learn to accept. It is impossible to make 100% of your clients happy 100% of the time, no matter how hard you try. i have 26 years of vast backgroung, knowledge and experience in the fascinating world of dogs. I truely love what I do and could not imagine do anything else.

  • 1/5 stars April 3, 2013

    I requested he help socialize a two year old Terrier Mix (12 lbs). This is a rescue dog, so known history about the dogs past. The dog is very gentle, docile, and extremely smart. But does not get along well with other dogs.

    Mark's method may work, but seem very harsh, such as jerking on a homemade leash around the dogs neck to the point of jerking the dog off the ground. He made this leash as a learning technique. He also had promised to bring another dog with him to practice with and he did not. In my opinion $200.00 was wasted.

    He speaks to for a very lengthy time, making all these drawings, however when he done it just a bunch of scribbles all over the page.

    Mark M. from Canine Intelligence Acadamy replied to this review on April 3, 2013:

    Jim is a very nice guy and his dog is exactly as he discribed. I was brought in to help Jim learn how to deal with if not fix a severe dog to dog aggression problem. Jim is a retired man and well educated so I took the logical intelectual approach to his situafion. I carefully explained why his dog was overly aggressive with any other dog and how we would carefully fix the problem. We worked throuth through the process in Jim living room until his dog as responding very well. We were to finish up with a walk to put the process to work in a real situation. We had discussed visiting with a neighbors dog who would be behind a fence. The fence between the dogs was to be the safty control. We had discyssed this in detail before leaving the appartment. What went wrong was instead of keeping a fence between the dogs Jim invited his neighbor to bring her fog out into the yard with us. My mistake was allowing that to happen. the safty control was no more and U was put into a position that was unsafe for both dogs. Jims dog did in fact try to attack the other dog and for the safty of both dogs I had yo guickly pick uo Jims dog wirh the leash and try to back away from the now attacking neighbors dog. After I was abel to move away with Jims dog everything calmed down and by the time I ended the meeting The two dogs were enteracting together reasonably well.. I must say that I am quite surprised at the negitive review from Jim. When I left the meeting Jim was beaming with pride ifor his fog and the progress made.

  • 5/5 stars January 16, 2013

    We sought Mark's help in the training of our 10 year old Springer Spaniel, confirming the myth "You can teach an old dog new tricks". Our dog Barney wasn't well socialized with people or other dogs. As a result he tended to "act" aggressively. Mark showed us how to take back control of Barney, actually control for the first time, and as a result "unleash" Barney's secure non-aggressive, obedient self. Mark was confident, but also light-hearted and funny. Barney became a new dog overnight. Mark's method does require input from the owner, but surprising simple, yet different techniques yield huge results and a dog who is a joy to be around.

  • 5/5 stars January 11, 2013

    I am so happy that we were put in contact with Mark. We just got a Vizsla in October and had Mark come to our home the first day we got her so that he could set the foundation for her training as a puppy. He trained us to work with her and when I had questions afterwards about things I hadn't thought of he was available by phone to help me with specific instructions on what to do. We will continue working with Mark for in home training to teach our dog. It is amazing, after even just 2 minutes with Sparrow (our dog), she seems like a different dog. He is truly talented and I am so glad that he is able to come to our house for the convenience and even works with our 3 boys to teach them how they can be involved in the training process.

    In addition to training, Mark has boarded Sparrow for us while we travel. It is great knowing that he will be working with her while we are away instead of her just barking her head off in a kennel. You won't be disappointed working with him.

  • 5/5 stars January 11, 2013

    Mark is the best dog trainer in Dallas. He is very professional and knows what he is talking about. If I ever have any questions he is always just a phone call away and happy to help. It is also a blessing that he does it all at our house so everyone is comfortable and in a familiar environment. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for canine training.

  • 5/5 stars January 11, 2013

    About four years ago I unexpectedly adopted a large breed puppy--a husky, shepherd mix. I had no experience with larger dogs. Mark gave me valuable advice and specific instructions on training, management, and exercise that proved effective, even though these services were provided via e-mail between Alaska and texas.

  • 5/5 stars January 9, 2013

    I have used Mark for years training and boarding my lab from puppy until he died. Always great care. I have used him recently with training my father-in-laws dog and also my Yorky.

  • 1/5 stars November 29, 2012

    This was the worse help that I have ever received. I feel like I was ripped off. We had an appointment at 1:00, he didnt show up until 2:30 said he would leave me notes, the notes were a scribbled mess that you can not decipher, he talked for an hour and a half, and told me to leave my dog in their crates until march at the earliest. Im really sad that he did not do with my dogs what he and the reviews state he could do. He also stated that he would be my trainer for life. I can not get him to respond per phone, email, or text. I will be going to the BBB and filing a complaint. .

  • 5/5 stars November 16, 2012

    Mark does an amazing job describing his method. By the time Mark left, my Min Pin was quiet, my 8 month old Rotty was walking on a leash, and they both sat in their crates until I asked them to come out. My girls have been amazed that the dogs will stay in their crate with the doors open, be calm, and that the they aren't out of control anymore. We still have a ways to go, but it's looking SO much better than before Mark came out! Thanks, Mark! Great job! :)

  • 5/5 stars September 5, 2012

    Amazing results!!! Turned our 8 pounds of terror into a completely different dog in just a couple of hours. I would recommend Marks program to anyone, he is incredible. It's been several weeks and it's like we have a different dog. Thank You Mark!!!!

Question and answer

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

A. The majority of my clients are new dog owners looking to get their dogs under control and happily incorporated into their lifestyle. I work on house training, walking on a leash politely, coming when call, and all the basic commands. Most everyone has the same wish list of behavior problems such as house training, digging, chewing, barking, jumping up and manners with people and other dogs. I help you build that Norman Rockwell dog who is a pleasure to have around. One that listens and follows directions and makes you proud. A dog who can quietly hang out by the fire place and not feel like it has to be in your lap, under your feet and molesting your quests, chewing on the coffee table and demanding that it constantly be the center of attention. The process is really quite simple and does not take long at all. Its just not necessarily easy. I try to make the training fun, fast and cost efficient.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Yesterday I helped a family get their 8 month old black lab under control. In just a couple of hours the dog learned to walk politely with its owners and to stop taking them water skiing through the neighborhood.

Last Wednesday I helped a lady in Bedford who has 11 Peekineze and a Chahuahua. I helped her get organized and set up a home kennel program that will allow her to once again have a life. She was very happy and I only charged her the one time fee of $200.

Saturday last I worked with a man in Garland who has a 4 month old Boxer. We worked on crate training and basic in home manners. I showed him how to teach his little Dennis the Mennis to always eliminate in one far corner of his yard.

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

A. Background Knowledge and experience make all the difference in the world. The dog training profession is not requlated in any way. Anyone may hang up a shingle and claim to be a trainer. I started The Dallas Dog Trainer in January of 1987 and have done nothing else but train dogs for these past 25 years.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. My phone rings at the same juncture with each of my clients. Every one really tries to fair and loving and equal with their dogs. They wish to share and and simply hang out and see how thing go and try to deal with problems when they come up. That operating system is simply to complicated for you dog to handle. Your dog desparately desires for you to step up and take a clear leadership position. Not doing so puts a great deal of stress on your dog.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. I believe it to be important to find someone that not only has experience with your particular breed of dog and the problems you are experiencing but also is able to relate to you, your personality and unique situation and concerns. Communicating well along with a tool box full of ideas and options. The cookie cutter approach only works about 30 percent of the time.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. This is an educational service. It is never to late to start but the sooner we get together the better. The longer you wait the more frustrating it will be for both you and your dog.

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

A. The 25 years of background, knowledge and experienced I bring to the table is unequaled by any other trainer in the Dallas area.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I have a dream job. I truly love the dog business. Helping dogs with people problems gives me great joy. Seeing a completely dysfunctional situation turn a 180 in just a couple of hours is an amazing experience.

Going form
"Mark, this is this dogs last chance. If you cant fix this the dog has got to go".

"Thank so much Mark for giving us the dog we were looking for".

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. It is a short list and all my clients have it. Can you house train my dog? Can you get to stop jumping me and dragging me down the street on walks? Can you teach my dog to have manners with me, my family, guests and other animals.

The answer is YES, and faster than you could ever possibly imagine.

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