He promised so much, but did not deliver. My 8 month old poodle already knew the commands of sit and stay; was 100% house broken.. I gave him a list of things i wanted addressed in my 8 month old Poodle: 1) my dog pulled on the leash when walking; 2) he was afraid of other dogs while walking; 3) he would jump, in a friendly manner, on people; and 4) he got very excited around other dogs almost instantly. He told me that for $800.00 CASH ( cash he said) he would take my dog in-house for 10 days and train him and correct all of these problems. When i dropped my dog off with the &800.00 cash, he told me when I would pick him up - he then told me what all he would do and that he would text me pictures of the progress. I only received ONE picture, and that was after I texted him asking..how is it going? additionally, before I took my dog there, he told me, that My dog would be the only dog there -and that my dog would be getting undivided attention. When i took my dog on a Thursday morning, there were 2 other dogs there. his dog was there AND a 2nd dog was there, a VERY young puppy - that was not part of the deal, but since I was already there, and was excited for the prospects for my dog, I did not complain - I should have just left on the spot since that was the polar opposite of what he had told me. when I picked up my dog, I had only received ONE photo over the 9 days, and some of my texts went unanswered over the 9 day period. I was worried he was doing something with my pet. When I picked him up, Mark was so proud that he (my dog) would sit - I just wanted to say, that is old news, He has been sitting for me for 7 months already. he handed him to me on a home made leash - he told me to keep the leash on him "until July 4th, well, guess what - 2 days latter, had the dog on a walk with the leash, another dog approached us and spooked my dog - something he was supposed to address but did NOT - AND. guess what?? the home-made leash BROKE - my dog ran to a major street. I mananged to remain calm, and get my dog back, and hand guide him home. IF anyone is still naive enough to take their dog to him, PLEASE toss out the crazy leash he "makes". 4 days after I picked up my dog, he texts me and asks " how are things going". I said not good, I said I cannot tell that he learned anything, and your leash you made BROKE - and dogs still spook him - . that was my text. He didn't even reply. He should have at least apologized OR he should have said how can we fix this. He should have replied back with: what can i do? he did not even reply. I did not press it because I wanted to be done with him. I thought that was $800 for 10 days, but 9 days in his calendar world - and I chalked it up to me not being smarter about who I chose.
I still have NO idea what he taught my dog. He never bother to tell me what he had taught him - I think nothing. One would think he would at least have responded to my reply to his text - asking me what he could do to fix the problem - but nothing. He could have at least apologized for that crazy leash breaking - almost causing my dog to die in a car crash. But no. he replied with.....NOTHING> Moreover, the photos on his website -- well, where is that place - because that is NOT where he trains....the whole thing is VERY misleading and a total waste of money - and very detrimental for your beloved pet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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! :)
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!!!!