I absolutely loved my experience with the Dog Wizard. My dog was having issues growling and snapping at friends and it was starting to scare me. One of the dog trainers at the Dog Wizard, he explained to me that my dog Lil Reeses is fighting with anxiety and needs a boost in his confidence. They took lots of care of Lil Reeses. Everyday he posted pictures of my baby and I was able to see my dog making huge improvements. I truly believe he fell in love with my dog and it made me feel secure in knowing my dog was getting the best training and was in the best hands. I am so happy I chose to go with Dog Wizard. My dog is much more relaxed now. He loves doing his commands and showing off. He no longer snaps at people. More importantly, I have learned how to communicate with my dog. I love that my services with the Dog Wizard last forever! I am looking forward to taking Lil Reeses to a doggie camp on the weekends. Thank you to everyone at the Dog Wizard. I completely recommend the Dog Wizard to anyone looking for dog training.
To anyone considering The Dog Wizard and Don for aggression dog training, we say you must do it! We adopted our beloved Logan, an American Bulldog/Pointer mix, when he was around 8 months old. In our eyes Logan was a guard dog, always attentive and reactive to any sound coming from outside our home. He barked at anyone walking by our house, especially if they had a dog. When we walked him he would bark and try to lunge at loud and fast vehicles passing us by. If a dog got too close to us and his personal space he would instantly react in a aggressive manner (i.e. growling, barking, trying to break free of the leash to attack). Inside our vehicles, Logan would lunge and bark at oncoming cars, or at loud vehicles and motorcycle driving alongside.
We did not realize that all of these behaviors were fear-based. We had a few instances when Logan became overly aggressive towards other dogs as a defense mechanism because he did not know what to do when introduced to new dogs. Because of these aggressive tendencies, I was afraid to walk him by myself, for fear that he might break-free. With a baby on the way, we felt that it was time to correct his aggressive tendencies.
Logan reacted positively from the moment that he met his trainer, Don Murray. During training Don took time to answer detailed questions about Logan’s progress and he was very reassuring. His answers were very insightful and his suggestion have proven very useful. Don was always professional and patient with us, but also loving and caring with Logan. We strongly recommend Don to anyone who has a dog that is as stress-prone and scared as our Dog used to be. Only twenty-one days of full training resulted in a dog that is much more at ease and less tense than he has ever been. Logan is not as concerned with noises outside our home and our surroundings. When he is out on walks he is not agitated by loud vehicles or sudden movement of kids in bikes, moving towards us or passing us by. When dogs are passing our home his bark is not an aggressive one anymore and we now know how to get him to stop. We feel better prepared to handle the things we know have set him off in the past.
It is so refreshing to know that I can walk him without him reacting to every little noise. It is also nice to know that when someone comes to the house and rings the doorbell he will obey the place command and not run to the door barking and jumping like he has in the past. It was amazing to see our dog socialize with other dogs in the training facility without going into his rabid state of mind. We know that if we stick to his training and continue to socialize him that we can have a peaceful and more predictable loving dog. Logan is now the dog he always deserved to be thanks to Don, and the wonderful training techniques of The Dog Wizard.
I was apprehensive about sending my puppy for the 2 week training program. I had gotten so attached to my dog and was worried that he would come back with a different personality and lose some of the things I loved about him through the training process. While he was gone I was nervous that he wouldn’t want to come back home…I saw so many pictures of him doing such fun stuff and living a dog centered life that I thought he would think his life here was boring. When Willie came back home after his homefront program I was so impressed with all he had learned!
He was so happy to be home and was the same dog he was before training as far as his personality was concerned. His obedience was top notch, and I could see that he enjoyed it. His confidence and happiness were increased from having been through the program. The first day I had him back I took him out to work on his skills and was so excited about all the new places he could come with me and how our relationship would grow through more shared experiences together.
The part I never expected was how our bond was made stronger through the training program because it gave us more ways to communicate with each other and language we could speak together. Hopefully I am not the only CRAZY dog owner out there and this review helps someone who is on the fence about the training program…your dog will benefit just as much if not more than you will!