It was a privilege to meet you briefly today to sign my book The Way of The Dog, and an absolute honour to watch you work your beautiful collies, and to listen to you explain dog behaviour and language, as to me a vet nurse, who runs fear free consults I know I’m saying the right thing….my partner said …he sounds like you….so I’m chuffed to bits we think alike.
I know your book will be a firm favourite in my daily work…if you ever do courses on dog behaviour please please let me know and I will be there soaking up every word. I may even contact you regarding cases if I’m completely stumped.
Keep spreading the message regarding children and dogs, so much more needs to be done there, hopefully people will take on board what you have said.
Saw the great Dog and Duck show
at the Henley Show at Hambledon yesterday. It was the most entertaining, interesting, informative and enjoyable experience. It gave such an incite into the training of the sheep dogs to round up the running ducks, done so calmly and kindly and totally right for your household pet!
The ducks were so funny, attempting ‘breakouts’ round the ring, giving the dogs and the occasional spectator quite a workout and finally the calm handler ‘stayed’ the dogs and quietly called all his ducks to follow him into their travel crate…….which they did!
Saw you at Newbury and loved not only the way you managed your charges, but the way you involved the audience, particularly the children. I am sure some of them (those who are old enough to relate their experience) will be talking of it for some time to come. It certainly is something we won’t forget!
Just wanted to say how much me and my two sons loved your dog and duck show at the Bath and West Show on Friday. You talk so much sense and watching you work the three dogs was a pleasure and joy to watch. You have such an understanding that modern dog trainers don’t have. I took on board your point of eye contact and being in front of the dog to positively correct a behaviour. I used this on a walk with my four dogs. They were all running everywhere, so I got in front and calmly got them all back and waiting, then turned and walked on and not one passed me till I released them; three Jack Russell’s and a Lab cross. One of the jacks is a nervous girl, only a year old, but always been nervous so I was always a jumpy owner. If another dog came near I would tighten the lead or pick her up, but now have tried keeping lead loose and got in front so she looked at me and let the other dog walk by. She was quiet and just concentrated on me with a loose lead, with lots of treat rewards. I have been to these so-called force free trainer, but none have ever been of any help, but your simple explanation made such sense and it works! Do you ever do training day as I would love to learn more as I have been looking for a course on behaviour but can’t find one that doesn’t start dogs don’t understand dominance and are not pack animals which seems mad to me. I have worked with horses, cows, sheep, pigs and bird and all need clear boundary and a strong leader to show them what’s right and wrong using body language and your voice. I have your book and hope to start reading it soon. Once again thank you for an amazing demonstration.
Fantastic dog and duck Show today!
Informative, entertaining and educational. Please come back next year to the wonderful Westmorland County Show.
Just seen The Sheep Show (twice) at the Royal Cornwall Show, my daughter and I loved it, thank you for making us laugh. And great Dog and Duck Show
At the show I purchased your book “The Way of The Dog, training by instinct”. I read it in 2 days and immediately started to put it into practice with my Giant Schnauzer (3 1/2 years old) and my mini schnauzer(16 months old ). The effect has been dramatic, within our house in 2 days, I have managed to reduce to almost zero the number of times the mini jumps up at me (she jumps but not against my leg). I know it will need to be reinforced over the next few days but it has definitely been the most effective of all the methods tried so far. I am also teaching my 9 year old daughter how to put her into the submissive position (being 9 she doesn’t have a deep enough growl to make the other method effective) and she too is finding a reduction in the number of times the mini jumps up to her.
Today we had my daughters friends come to and from the house a few times usually the giant barks as people approach the door, come in the door and as people leave the house, not in an aggressive way but to make sure we are all fully aware what is happening and she becomes very excited as it’s someone new to sniff, interact with and possibly get attention from. I stood between her (and the mini) and the door, made myself as large as possible and growled, she didn’t bark once and was rather subdued when the kids came in and again when they left. Unfortunately I was not able to get to the door the next time but I did growl a “no” from another room and she stopped barking as they came in and she didn’t bark when they went out and all I did was stand next to the door. I tried again later in the day and again it was incredibly effective. I know with reinforcement over the next few days and weeks, we will very soon have a much quieter home. It has even made a positive difference when we are going in and out the front door, the giant has definitely recognised that I am the leader and is more relaxed and has automatically started to wait for me to go out first without prompting.
The other fantastic and immediate benefit is that the mini has been barking intensely when I go to put on leads before we go out and the barking has been even more intense if I put the giants lead on first, I have tried numerous techniques to stop this but to no avail. The amazing thing is that I haven’t even used your technique during ” lead on” time but she has completely stopped barking I can put on the leads in any order and she sits and waits!!
I have as yet struggled to implement the technique outdoors with the mini barking at other dogs without any provocation but I am very confident that as she becomes more responsive to the technique indoors she will respond outdoors too in the next few weeks.
I have been to months of puppy training, read books, articles on the internet and taken advice from experienced breeders since bringing the giant and especially with the mini who is much more highly strung and very intelligent (which seems to intensify her behaviour) into our home and nothing has been so effective so quickly with regard to changing behaviour. Thank you
I saw this guy at Peterborough yesterday, probably one of the best displays on dog psychology & training I’ve seen! Lots of humour too, very “Steve Irwin-esque”! Highly recommend
With no place left to turn I was about to kill my autistic son’s best friend for
being an aggressive pet when out of the blue a friend sent me Stuart’s contact
details. I spoke with him for 30mins where he gave me specific training instructions
that I followed to the letter. I rang him back 10 minutes later because he had
changed my dog, me and my sons lives forever. We now enjoy the company of our happy
dogs in a happy house enjoying regular walks on the beach. Thank you Stuart. Without
your guidance this would be a family home with a member of the family gone forever.
We will always be grateful.
Today we saw the Sheep Show and Dog and Duck show at the Royal Lancashire Show. Stuarts high energy and passion is reflected in the relationship he has with the animals he works with. The shows are educational, informative and most entertaining.
There was lots of laughter as Stuart engages with all age groups. Thank you Stuart, you made our day an exceptionally happy one.