Earls K9 Services AKA The Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer

Olathe, KS

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I solve dog problems. 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. You must learn and implement pack structure with any dog or you will always have behavior problems. This is especially true of rescue dogs that have already learned many unwanted behaviors. For more info please visit my website. Be sure to click on the 'How it works' tab. Earl Newland

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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 they bring with them to the new home. If I can take the stress out of your relationship with your dog, I'll sleep well knowing it's a forever home. I will to be available for coaching and support for the life of your dog and beyond. My fee is a 'One time fee' ! Earl Newland
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Location

Olathe, KS 66062

Times hired on Thumbtack

151

Reviews

77 Reviews
  • pat f. Oct 20, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    A very professional service!
    I feel now that we can deal with our pup's behavior issues and create a happy medium for Paddy, my husband and me. Earl's first 5 minutes stopped the counter surfing that our dog so loved to do. Wearing of the leash in the house was a plus. I realize we have some work to do but with Earl's guidance, I feel that if we remain consistent with our training, our pup can be the perfect family addition. Earl, thank you for making my life easier.
  • Robert S. Aug 10, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Accomplished everything we desperately needed! He is a real pro!
  • Amy B. Jul 14, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
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  • Ryan H. Jul 10, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl was very helpful and provided us with demonstrations of strategies for teaching our dog to obey commands. It would be a different world if all dog owners were required to have this training.
    Replied to Ryan H. - Jul 10, 2016

    Hi Ryan. Thank you for your review. I wish everyone would start early like you have so their puppy doesn't learn unwanted behaviors. Earl

  • Danny B. Jun 20, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    When I expressed a difference in opinion on dog training, Earl was rude and dismissive -- insulting really. Makes him come across as an unprofessional bully -- which is pretty much at the basis of why I don't agree with his training philosophy.
    Replied to Danny B. - Jun 20, 2016

    Unfortunately now and again I get trolled by people that just want to pick a fight. I never met Danny. He made an appointment and cancelled at the last moment w no explanation other than to try to bait me into and argument about dog training philosophy. Good Luck Danny. I'll still be here when you run out of options or decide to put your dog to sleep as you threatened to do. One bad review in a hundred good reviews is a reflection on your dog training philosophy not mine.

  • Lauren R. May 23, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl was very professional and knowledgeable. He evaluated my puppy and I to see which methods of training would be most beneficial for us. He provided excellent training resources to use and follow as my dog grows and he has made it very clear that he is always available for advice as any new issues arise. Thanks Earl!
    Replied to Lauren R. - May 23, 2016

    Hi Lauren. Thanks for your great review. I think Clark is quite a guy and will be a wonderful companion. I'll be here if you need me. Earl

  • Rich K. Apr 13, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl was great. Started us on a program and was able to direct my children and I on a course of action for our new puppies' training. Spent the time to answer questions and advise on first and future steps. He is also a resource that will remain in our arsenal for upcoming questions and concerns regarding raising our pack
    Replied to Rich K. - Apr 13, 2016

    Hi Rich. Thank you for your great review. I look forward to watching your puppies grow up. They will be a handful but also tons of fun. Earl

  • Chris W. Mar 15, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    My daughter actually hired him. His results with her family has been awesome. He is definitely a dog whisperer
    Replied to Chris W. - Mar 15, 2016

    Hi Chris. I was glad I could help your family with Capone. He was just misunderstood. He's a good pitbull if given a chance. Earl

  • Trevor J. Feb 22, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    We've been having some obedience problems with our dog and she's also been afraid of strangers, particularly men. Earl provided us with a lot of information and advice to help with our dog. He continues to work with us after our first consultation. Greatly appreciate his help!
    Replied to Trevor J. - Feb 22, 2016

    Hi Trevor. Thanks for your nice review. Be sure and let me know if you run in to any dog problems in the future. Earl

  • Donna H. Feb 16, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl worked with my dog and me to stop the dog from pulling on her leash and barking at passing cars. I felt we accomplished those tasks in an easy manner.
    Replied to Donna H. - Feb 16, 2016

    Hi Donna. Thank you for your review. Please let me know if you have any dog problems in the future. Earl

  • Susan T. Feb 8, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl is very knowledgeable about not only training dogs, but every aspect of how to care for them nutritionally, mentally and physically. Our dogs responded to the training after one session.
    Replied to Susan T. - Feb 8, 2016

    Hi Susan. Thank you for your review. I look forward to working with you again soon.

  • Margaret L. Dec 18, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl is helping me establish myself as the pack leader and gain necessary control over my two dogs. Improvement after the first lesson! So excited to be on this journey with him as the guide.
    Replied to Margaret L. - Feb 8, 2016

    It was nice to meet you and your dogs Maggie. Please call me if you need a refresher. Earl

  • Kathleen H. Dec 9, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very professional and extremely helpful! My dog and I are going to be much happier with Earl as our coach and the tools he has given us.
    Replied to Kathleen H. - Feb 8, 2016

    Hi Kathleen. Thanks for the nice review. I'll be here if you need further advice. Earl

  • Karen S. Nov 16, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    As a breeder of quailty Labradors the training advise and videos are top notch. Some of the training I knew but didn't know how to apply to my new pack. Earl was very helpful and my pack is moving in the right direction.
    Replied to Karen S. - Nov 16, 2015

    Hi Karen. Thanks for the nice review. Good luck and Best wishes with facebook.com/Paracordpup.

  • Pat V. Nov 15, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Replied to Pat V. - Nov 16, 2015

    Hi Pat. Thank you for your review. Earl

  • Kimberly V. Oct 20, 2015
    Earl was great! He was timely and efficient. He immediately started working with myself and my dog. He quickly had my dog listening and it was thrilling to watch. He taught me how to be a much better dog handler. With in one week of his visit I could open my front door and my dog would lay at it without immediately exiting (previously a great escape artist who barreled his way through the door). To my absolute horror my dog would jump at other dogs and bark (in my opinion trying to eat them) while I was walking him and with in the week he watched them but did not bark or try to attack them. I am so excited. My dog is quickly becoming my best friend. I wanted a dog I could trust and take hiking and I have him! From a very strong willed aggressive German Shepherd to an amazing buddy. Thank you Earl! Earl also gave me great information concerning immunizations, insect control for my back yard and information on overall dog care. He encompassed everything, not just have your dog make eye contact and move along. Could not be happier! Thank you Earl, you truly are the Kansas City Dog Whisperer.
    Replied to Kimberly V. - Nov 16, 2015

    Hi Kimberly. Thanks for the great review. I had fun meeting you and Argus. Earl

  • Stephanie S. Oct 5, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Earl was extremely helpful and very thorough in his assesment of our dogs. He showed us how to properly use a head halter to walk our dogs, provided lots of advice for handling the dogs inside and outside and even offered suggestions on how to keep our dogs as healthy as possible! The training was very quick, about 2 hours and after that short time our dogs were walking on a loose leash!!! It was amazing!
    Replied to Stephanie S. - Nov 16, 2015

    Hi Stephanie. Thank you for your review. Call me anytime. Earl

  • Angie D. Sep 23, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Exactly what we were hoping for. Earl is kind, encouraging and very knowledgeable. You can tell he truly loves dogs and we already feel more confident with our 10 month old puppy. Thank you Earl!
    Replied to Angie D. - Nov 16, 2015

    Hi Angie. It was nice to meet you and your family. I'm sure you will have a great relationship with your sweet little doggy. Earl

  • Debby J. Sep 1, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl was a great help to me and Butch. He showed me what to do and it worked!! Thanks so much
    Replied to Debby J. - Sep 1, 2015

    Hi Debbie. Thanks for the nice review. Butch is a good dog and just needed some direction. Earl

  • Elizabeth C. Aug 17, 2015
    Dog Training
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    Replied to Elizabeth C. - Sep 1, 2015

    Thanks Elizabeth. Earl

  • Jo A. Aug 1, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    He is truly a dog whisperer and hopefully solved my problem. My 57 lb. dog was hard to walk-pulled and lunged at squirrels and wildlife. Pulled me down once. I am 76 yr. old woman and not that strong, so I knew it had to be fixed or I couldn't walk him and possibly not keep him. The new halter he gave me works well and instructions and training really worked. yager obeys me now. Hope I remember and he continues, but I will call Earl if I have more problems.
    Replied to Jo A. - Aug 1, 2015

    Hi Jo Anne. Thank you for the nice review. Yager is a sweet dog and should not be a problem anymore. Please call me if you need a refresher. Earl

  • bill g. Jul 28, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl was organized, calm,direct and very instructional. We learned a lot that will be helpful.
    Replied to bill g. - Aug 1, 2015

    Hi Bill. Thank you for your review. Earl

  • Grace H. Jul 23, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl had great ideas and was a huge help with our puppy!!
    Replied to Grace H. - Aug 1, 2015

    Hi Grace. Thank you for your review. Earl

  • Brent L. Jul 22, 2015
    The minute that Earl walked into our home, we noticed a difference in our dog. Earls method of using food in the training process has worked wonders with our dog and has helped speed up our dogs discipline. I know for a fact that my wife and I are happier now with our puppy since the training. And I know our dog is happier now that he gets rewarded for good behavior and a simple "no" gets him to back off when he is doing something bad. The leash pressure method has worked wonders with our dog as well, on many different levels. Overall, Earl was awesome to interact with and to see our dog improve with minutes says a lot about his expertise and knowledge. I would recommend Earl to every one of my friends and all family members. You will be glad that you chose him to work with your dog- lots of great information and materials.
    Replied to Brent L. - Aug 1, 2015

    Hi Brent. Thank you for the glowing review. It's always a pleasure to work w such an excellent pup and an owner that wants to learn to train their dog. I'm sure you will do fine. Earl

  • Nicholas R. Jul 7, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl was great with our two dogs who had been showing aggression and barked at other dogs they saw on walks and while out using a shared park area. His techniques have saved us a lot of embarrassment and effort trying to reel them in when they would go crazy. Highly recommend him. Quick, painless and very affordable for all of his help. He teaches you how to train and keep your dogs under control in a very respectful and easy to understand format. We saw instant results.
    Replied to Nicholas R. - Jul 7, 2015

    Hi Nick. Thanks for your nice review. I enjoyed meeting you and Liz and the dogs. I'm glad Minnie and Yoda are doing so much better. Earl

  • Jamie B. Jul 7, 2015
    Dog Training
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    Replied to Jamie B. - Jul 7, 2015

    Hi Jamie. Thank you for your review. Earl

  • Jeremy M. Jul 6, 2015
    Dog Training
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    Replied to Jeremy M. - Jul 7, 2015

    Hi Jeremy. Thanks for your review. Earl

  • Steve M. Jul 1, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl was a big help with my Aussie. He showed me some techniques that had almost immediate results. He spent about 2 hours at my home and was very observant of my dog. I highly recommend him and am glad I will continue to have free access to his knowledge and skills should I need them in the future.
    Replied to Steve M. - Aug 1, 2015

    HI Steve. You got lucky when you and Jake found each other. He's a great dog. Thanks for your review. Earl

  • Chrissy W. Jun 19, 2015
    We've just begun our training with our 5 month old puppy, but the help and suggestions that Earl gave us in our initial consultation were invaluable! I immediately knew he really cared about our puppy and the ultimate success of our training. He has followed up on our progress and will be coming back over to help with walking and as needed in the future. He goes above and beyond, and we are very grateful for his service. I highly recommend using Earl as your dog trainer!
    Replied to Chrissy W. - Jun 19, 2015

    Hi Chrissy. I enjoyed meeting you and Lulu. She will be a sweet companion for you and your family. Thanks for your great review. Earl

  • Gerri P. Jun 18, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Earl gave some very helpful information to handle our two adult cavaliers and to properly raise our pup cavalier.
    Replied to Gerri P. - Jun 18, 2015

    Hi Gerri. Thanks for your review. I enjoyed meeting you and the Cavaliers. They are wonderful dogs. I'm sure you will have a less stressful situation now. Earl

  • Rebekah V. Jun 10, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Mr.Newland provided a 2 hour session in our home for our new 7 month old puppy, Pebbles. We appreciated that he showed us what to do once he was gone and offered to help us on any issues that may arise. Thank you!
    Replied to Rebekah V. - Jun 10, 2015

    Hi Rebekah. You got very lucky when you adopted Pebbles. Shes a great dog and a quick learner

  • Joanna G. Jun 3, 2015
    Replied to Joanna G. - Jun 10, 2015

    Hi Joanna. Thanks for your review. Earl

  • Eric F. May 5, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We were in a tough situation raising our yorkie rescues. Earl was a straight shooter, and helped us make the tough decision that maybe we weren't suited for our dogs due to our lifestyle. He didn't sugarcoat anything and I respect him for it. Earl is helping us with the transition for our dogs to a better home environment. I highly recommend Earl. Well worth it.
    Replied to Eric F. - Jun 10, 2015

    Hi Eric. Thanks for the nice review. Earl

  • Megan P. Apr 27, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We can't say enough good things about Earl! We were first time dog owners and really had no clue! Earl taught us so much about training a dog and never once placed judgement on us! He literally saved our relationship with our dog! Even in just one day we are seeing improvement in our dogs behavior! Earl also sticks with you beyond his visit! Answering questions, giving you information, etc! Thanks Earl! Megan and Steve Puppe
    Replied to Megan P. - Apr 27, 2015

    Hi Megan. I had a great time meeting you and Koda. He's a wonderful little guy and learns quickly. Thank you for the nice review. Earl

  • Lauren S. Apr 17, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent pet trainer. I've seen improvement with my two Australian shepherds in just the last week. Great advice and great hands on training.
    Replied to Lauren S. - Apr 17, 2015

    Hi Lauren. I enjoyed meeting your and your dogs, Collin too! Thanks for the nice review. Be sure to call if you have any problems w Kiara and Koda at all. Earl

  • Pam E. Apr 12, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Now I can walk my dog without frustration and we can both enjoy our time together. Earl was easy to work with and the videos he shared with me were valuable information. I feel comfortable using the new head halter knowing it fits properly and I am using it the right way. I appreciate the tips about treats and vaccinations.
    Replied to Pam E. - Apr 13, 2015

    Hi Pam. Thanks for the nice review. Solace is a sweet dog and should be no problem now. Earl

  • Kacee C. Apr 12, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Wow! Because of Earl, walking my German Shepherd, Ecko is a joy! Ecko had been getting more and more aggressive towards other dogs. He had even started lunging towards people and it made me nervous to take him out in the neighborhood. On the phone, Earl assured me that they were manageable behaviors. Earl was right on time and we sat and talked dogs for awhile. He was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. We took Ecko on a walk and as luck would have it a neighbor's dog was out. Earl showed me how to correct Ecko and that it was okay for Ecko to look at the other dog. Earl had my dog calmed down within minutes! Earl Newland is definitely worth a call if you have any issues with your dog.
    Replied to Kacee C. - Apr 13, 2015

    Thank you for your review Kacee.

  • Katrina H. Mar 10, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We contaced Earl to help us with our 2 dogs (Smooth Collie & German Shepherd mix) and their aggression towards people and other dogs. Earl gave us some great tips and helped teach us to correct the behavior. We saw immediate results while Earl was at our house. However I wasn't sure how things would go once Earl left. My husband and I took our dogs on a walk last night and we were amazed. Our dogs are 5 and 4, and we have never been able to take them both on a walk together without at least one of the dogs having a meltdown. The weather is nice, so there were plenty of people and dogs outside, kids playing, loud noises everywhere and both dogs were able to remain calm. And when the dogs got worked up by noises, kids, other dogs, etc., we were able to calm them down quickly and easily. We are absolutely amazed! We know that we still have some work to do with our dogs, but we've already seen an enormous improvement so far. I am so glad we met Earl!
    Replied to Katrina H. - Mar 10, 2015

    Hi Katrina. Thanks for the great review. It was very nice to meet you and your dogs. Earl

  • Andreina W. Feb 23, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    excellent job. Very knowledgeable and now Max is like a different dog :)
    Replied to Andreina W. - Mar 10, 2015

    Thanks Andreina.

  • Julie J. Jan 6, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    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!!
    Replied to Julie J. - Jan 6, 2015

    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. Earl

  • Pauline W. Jan 1, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Replied to Pauline W. - Jan 6, 2015

    Hi Pauline. Thank you for your review. Earl

  • Lois G. Dec 31, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Earl was very informative and knowledgeable. We are looking forward to working with him more.
    Replied to Lois G. - Jan 6, 2015

    Thanks for your review. Call me anytime Lois

  • Nick W. Dec 23, 2014
    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.
    Replied to Nick W. - Dec 24, 2014

    Hi Nick. It's been a pleasure knowing and working with you. Thanks for giving me a nice review. Earl

  • Shannon S. Nov 21, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified 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! -Shannon Shewmaker
    Replied to Shannon S. - Dec 24, 2014

    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

  • Lorraine P. Oct 27, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    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.
    Replied to Lorraine P. - Oct 28, 2014

    Hi Lorraine. You got lucky when you found Titan. He's a great dog. I had fun meeting you both. Call anytime. Earl

  • Chris B. Sep 8, 2014
    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.
    Replied to Chris B. - Sep 10, 2014

    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

  • Scott G. Aug 26, 2014
    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.
    Replied to Scott G. - Sep 10, 2014

    Hello Scott and thanks for the great review. I have Dally's photo as my fb cover pic. He's so cool lookin'. TTYL Earl

  • Courtney B. Aug 13, 2014
    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.
    Replied to Courtney B. - Sep 10, 2014

    Hi Courtney. She's a great dog and if you do get into agility competition I want to come see you compete. Earl

  • Joan G. Aug 12, 2014
    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!
    Replied to Joan G. - Sep 10, 2014

    Hi Joan Misty is a sweety. I'm glad I was able to help you out. Call anytime. Earl

  • Nichelle C. Jul 24, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    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!
    Replied to Nichelle C. - Sep 10, 2014

    Hi Nichelle. Thanks for your nice review. Please keep me abreast of your efforts to train the recall. Earl

  • Jared B. Jul 9, 2014
    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.
    Replied to Jared B. - Sep 10, 2014

    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. Earl

  • Susan N. Jul 1, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified 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!
    Replied to Susan N. - Sep 10, 2014

    Thanks Susan I hope you keep me updated on your progress. Earl

  • Cathy F. Jul 1, 2014
    Dog Training
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    Replied to Cathy F. - Sep 10, 2014

    Thanks Cathy. Earl

  • Katrin A. Jun 23, 2014
    Dog Training
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    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 $.
    Replied to Katrin A. - Sep 10, 2014

    Thanks Katrin. Call me anytime. I had fun meeting you and your dogs. Earl

  • Shannon G. Jun 19, 2014
    Dog Training
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    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!
    Replied to Shannon G. - Sep 10, 2014

    Hi Shannon. I had fun meeting you. Remember to call if you run into any problems in the future. Earl

  • Chanda T. May 29, 2014
    Dog Training
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    Knowledgable and sound assessment.
    Replied to Chanda T. - Sep 10, 2014

    Thanks Earl

  • Caroline C. May 13, 2014
    Dog Training
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    Patient and kind! Very knowledgable!
    Replied to Caroline C. - Sep 10, 2014

    Hi Caroline. I hope the chaos is manageable now. That's a lot of dogs in the house. Thanks for the nice review. Earl

  • Jeanne M. Apr 21, 2014
    Dog Training
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    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.
    Replied to Jeanne M. - Apr 25, 2014

    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

  • Jennifer A. Apr 10, 2014
    Dog Training
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    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!
    Replied to Jennifer A. - Apr 25, 2014

    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

  • Lisa A. Apr 6, 2014
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    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!
    Replied to Lisa A. - Apr 25, 2014

    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

  • Billie K. Apr 4, 2014
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    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.
    Replied to Billie K. - Apr 25, 2014

    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. Earl

  • Mary S. Mar 24, 2014
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    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
    Replied to Mary S. - Apr 25, 2014

    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. Earl

  • Roberta M. Mar 13, 2014
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    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
    Replied to Roberta M. - Apr 25, 2014

    Thank you for your review Roberta. Please contact me anytime. Earl

  • Mary K. Mar 13, 2014
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    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!
    Replied to Mary K. - Apr 25, 2014

    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.

  • Bridgette M. Feb 21, 2014
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    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!
    Replied to Bridgette M. - Apr 25, 2014

    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. Earl

  • Nicole S. Feb 3, 2014
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    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.
    Replied to Nicole S. - Apr 25, 2014

    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. Earl

  • Kaytee G. Jan 24, 2014
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    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!!!
    Replied to Kaytee G. - Apr 25, 2014

    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. Earl

  • Michelle P. Jan 14, 2014
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    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.
    Replied to Michelle P. - Apr 25, 2014

    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. Earl

  • Barbara L. Dec 29, 2013
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    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.
  • Rachel N. Dec 12, 2013
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    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! ~Rachel
    Replied to Rachel N. - Apr 25, 2014

    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

  • Amy K. Oct 21, 2013
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    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.
    Replied to Amy K. - Oct 22, 2013

    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

  • Shawn N. Sep 18, 2013
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    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!
    Replied to Shawn N. - Oct 22, 2013

    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. Earl

  • Steph S. Aug 19, 2013
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    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!
    Replied to Steph S. - Aug 19, 2013

    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

  • Lisa P. Jul 24, 2013
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    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!
    Replied to Lisa P. - Jul 29, 2013

    Hi Lisa. I'm glad that I was able to help you find the info you were looking for.

  • Diane H. Feb 21, 2013
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    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.
    Replied to Diane H. - Jul 29, 2013

    Thanks for your kind words. I'm happy I could help you.

  • Lyndsay F. Jul 13, 2012
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    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!
    Replied to Lyndsay F. - Jul 14, 2012

    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.

  • Kari B. Jun 5, 2012
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    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!
    Replied to Kari B. - Jul 14, 2012

    Thanks for the great review. I enjoyed meeting Zoe and your family. I'm looking forward to monitoring your progress with the engagement training.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
The first thing I recommend is to visit my website and click on the 'How it works' tab to see if the service I offer is right for you. There are additional reviews available at the 'Testimonials' tab. Earl
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I went to a Kansas State certified canine instructors school in 1984 and was certified by this school. It no longer exists. After that I went to seminars for many years 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 pricey. 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 without you. Earl Newland
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Every situation requires a thorough evaluation. I've been doing evaluations for over 35 years now. I typically charge a flat fee of $400 depending on what issues you have or service you need. I run every client through Basic Training to bring them up to date with modern training philosophies and techniques. (see 'How it Works' tab at my website). Then I customize each Rx or protocol to the individual needs of the client and the dog or puppy. Initial visit is a 2 hour evaluation in the clients home where I can ask questions, observe the dynamics of the relationships and recommend protocols to solve the problems you have. If it takes longer than 2 hours than it takes what it takes. I'm never in a hurry. I often recommend the most up to date videos available on the subjects to illustrate and educate. I also provide unlimited on sight coaching and support as well as 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. Earl Newland
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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. Earl Newland
What types of customers have you worked with?
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. Earl Newland Earl Newland
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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. Earl Newland
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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. Earl Newland
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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 or aggression issues and are actually afraid of these dogs. These dogs know this too. There is a saying I quote often...'Dogs know what you know and what you don't know'. Most trainers have no experience with dominant dogs either. These dogs have a place in society like police dogs but must be carefully handled and raised 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. Earl Newland