Thank you again for helping us with our Labradoodle, Mercedes. She walks even better than she did and is very good about waiting for us to go up and down stairs and through thresholds. We appreciate you modelling how to take the lead and communicate effectively her. We just came back from her volunteer therapy dog duties and I’m happy to report that she was delightful! I have recommended you to several people.
Thanks again for all your help,
Bev and Brian
Mark taught us that this is not how dogs interact with people. They respond better to leadership, and being shown how to interact in uncomfortable situations. The steps that Mark’s instruction have made in our lives, and most importantly, in Nola’s life, have been monumental. After just one session with Mark, our ability to walk Nola was significantly improved. We continued to witness more improvement with Nola in the months afterwards. Mark was also always helpful and willing to discuss if we had any question we wanted to discuss over the phone, to ensure that we were consistently making progress. We now have total confidence in our ability to work with Nola, and Mark has been instrumental in teaching and empowering us to be the confident leaders Nola needs.
Nola is a fearful dog still, but she has learned to trust our decisions about where to go, and even gets excited for walks sometimes now (as long as they don’t disrupt her beauty sleep). We even feel comfortable taking her off leash in many situations, where she is excited to explore but never wants to stray too far from us as her leaders. The transformation of working with Mark outside on going for walks and using the leash to show leadership has transferred into the house as well, where Nola shows her true “dog-self” now, exuding confidence in every part of our apartment, but also understanding limitations on where we want her to be (i.e. she is not allowed to sleep in our bed). Mark’s methods are not gimmicky, but are based rather on his vast experience of working with so many dogs with a variety of problems over the years. No matter how disparate the problem you are having may seem – and for us and everyone around us, Nola seemed like an absolute lost cause – Mark will be able to provide you with the tools and know-how to make a marked improvement. Mark genuinely cares about the dogs he works with, and is our go-to person for any advice and guidance on Nola. We couldn’t recommend Mark enough!