Help train my Portugese Water Dog

Slash 3

The cute and playful puppy got out of hand

The cute little puppy grows up to be a large and powerful dog. All of a sudden his antics aren't so funny any more.  What was once cute and funny now has become annoying and tiresome and despite how much as you love your dog he is becoming harder to live with.
Sound familiar?

Did some training already but didn't quite work

Like many people who call me to help with their dog - Slash's owners had already done a training course with their dog and unfortunately for them it dint provide the help they were looking for.

One of his owners' concerns was that he would just play dead during training.  This is what he did with his last trainer.

This is a form of avoidance and a very clever one at that.  It is up to the trainer to make sure this doesn't happen and to work with he dog's natural and playful instincts to bring out the best from him in training.
Slash is bred by Adriana Krupp of
Danjek Kennels and she recommended his owner give me call for some help.

My dog jumps, bites runs away and does not listen

Slash's energy level and drives were making daily life with him a challenge, Take a look at his video and you can see he is an intense dog.  Without proper training and direction he is trouble walking.  Post training he is a delight and a lot of fun.

I want a well trained dog but I don't want a robot.

Neither do I.
A lot of people worry about this and I don't blame them.  it is a common concern for good reason - a lot of trainers and training methods remove the dog's character for the sake of obedience.  I think it is plain to anyone who watch es Slash in this video that he is still a very spirited dog - yet able to be very obedient when asked to do so.

I want my dog to listen around distractions, come when called, heel properly and stop pulling on leash, and listen to me when he is excited

Have a look:-)

Will my dog listen to me or just my trainer?

Will your dog listen to you if it is trained by Nick?Without a doubt!

It all depends on two very important details:

1) How is the dog trained?

If your dog is trained with methods that allow for easy transfer and rely on the scientific pricipals of learning - your dog should be responsive to you right away.

2) The quality of instruction the trainer gives the onwer once the dog return home.

Transfer lessons are hugely important in order forowners and dogs to successfully continue where the trainer left off with the dog.
With over 20 years in the business of helping dog owners train their pets to be reliable both on and off leash - Nick has this aspect dialed in to a “T:.

Take a look at Jonathan and Maeby in their first lesson together.

It is easy to see that Maeby has a very nice and relaxed focus and Jonathan although still learning the ropes is keeping her attention and walking her through the steps with ease.

All of this is being done off leash on their very first day in a park in NDG with people and dogs nearby as well as a busy road just a few feet away.

One other thing to consider is that Maeby had to focus on Nick while in training with him for three weeks and is now totally tuning Nick out while he stands thee filming and talking to Jonathan - clearly she has transferred over to her onwer.