Hired 125 times
34 years in business
(Eastern Time Zone)
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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We really enjoyed David teaching us how to interact with our dog (Milo) so that we could continue our training long term. He explained how our interactions are perceived by Milo - and that has been a revelation! Milo has been doing super great - learning to play and not run off! He also taught us ways to help get Milo better socialized. David gave us the tools to succeed and now we are rest assured that Milo can remain part of our family.Feb 8, 2017VerifiedA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training's reply
Brandi, Thank you. It's always great to hear someone is working the program and doing so well. It was so nice to work with you and Andrew and to meet Sonya. Give Milo a hug for me.
David was very pleasant andknowledgeable. His experience and training were on display from the moment he entered my home. Would highly recommend David to those out there looking for an experienced trainer.Dec 18, 2016VerifiedA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training's reply
Thank you Kevin for this great review. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
David was awesome! From the moment he walked in the door I could tell it was going to be a great learning experience for me as well as Claire!Nov 4, 2016VerifiedA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training's reply
Melanie, Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure meeting you, Teeny, Dobby, and of course, Claire. Very nice picture of both of you.
David is an extremely patient and experienced trainer. He puts the Pro in Professional! We learned so many things that keep the dog centered and the heiarchy of the order. We made very simple changes that made a huge difference. The results were almost immediate. We are much more in control and the small on-going exercises have definitely helped towards his separation anxiety. This was a working yet pleasant session. I would recommend David in a heartbeat. Thanks David!Sep 2, 2016VerifiedA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training's reply
Thank you so much for the great review. It was a pleasure working with you, Frankie's and Boba. Keep up the good work Frankie. Boba is very lucky to be yours
David has a very clear high level of experience, as evidenced by his fusion of many different styles of training that roll into his extremely effective training methods. Not only has his training been amazingly useful for our one-year-old dog, Annabelle, David was also great at explaining the "why" behind each of his techniques in a fascinating way. I took care not to write a review until there was time to prove his methods, and boy did they ever prove themselves! Knowing the reasons behind corrections and training techniques has allowed us to come up with creative ways of teaching Annabelle new things. It is great to know that stepping into your dog's personal space will cause them to take a step back, but knowing that using their space as a tool in place of uselessly barking commands at them (pun intended) to clarify your intentions to them is mind-blowingly useful. These are the types of things that David teaches. To anyone reviewing multiple profiles, look no further. We paid for a four-hour session, then were told, surprisingly, that—as long as what David taught us was abided by—we would not need to schedule another meeting. That fact has turned out to be the case in practice, and our Annabelle will be a Mensa graduate before you know it!Mar 11, 2017VerifiedA Best Friend Certified Professional Dog Training's reply
Arianna, Thank you so much for all your kind words. I feel humbled. Please let me know if I can help you further. Take care and hug Annabelle for me.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I will come to your home to meet with you and anyone who directly handles your dog. We will share much information. During this time I will do an assessment and see how your dog lives with you. I will assess your relationship and interaction. If your dog is having issues we very likely will make some human changes. Together we will formulate a plan and a strategy to get your dog on the route to being your well-behaved companion. We will see your dog begin to learn very quickly. You will learn and practice a few very important techniques, many human behaviors, and how to communicate with your dog.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Please see abestfriend.org In addition to the information on my simple website my experience has been to work with tiny Yorkies and Chihuahuas to massive Rottweilers and Presa Canarios.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Someone once pointed out to me that dogs seemed to behave differently in my presence.