We just wanted to say a big thank you for what you have done for Pup (16 year old miniature poodle). She is a completely different dog. She is now a relaxed member of the pack and leaves the babies alone. My Mum couldn't believe the change in her when she last visited. We all enjoyed our session and learnt a lot. Your knowledge of dog psychology is amazing. You explained it in a way that was easy to understand and apply. We also appreciated your non-judgmental approach (i.e. not growling us for starting her on her bad habits to begin with). I will recommend you to anybody I meet with a new dog or a problem dog. Your session with us was a great investment. You are worth your weight in gold and I cannot sing your praises highly enough. Many thanks,
Belinda, Gareth, Madeleine, Maddox and Pup - Bentleigh East, Vic.
Update one year later (Pup is almost 18!):
Thank you for coming out this morning to help us with our 11 week old cavoodle, Fred. I am writing to tell you how amazing he has been since having the session with you. People talk about "dog whisperers" and I've never seen anything quite like this but since you came here, he is a changed dog. Usually, he is very attention seeking and does not like to go into the laundry on his own when we are all sitting in the kitchen. However tonight, for the first time ever, he began running in and out the laundry and through the doggy door at least 20 different times having the absolute time of his life, taking the toys out of his bed and out the doggy door, playing with them by himself. He was not interested in what we were doing. Then, he went to his bed in the laundry to go to sleep. Usually, he falls asleep on the blanket in the family room with us all around. It is quite amazing and mind boggling to see such a transformation in him in just one day. From the knowledge and logic you imparted on us today, we figured that this new independence and relaxed behaviour represents an understanding in him that he is NOT the leader of the pack and, therefore, he does not have to be in the same room as us watching us all the time and being concerned with what we are doing. He is now a follower and is at ease to go off on his own and play as he wishes because there is no instinctual urge to defend and protect us. This has made for a more relaxed and happy dog, and a more relaxed and happy family. Tomorrow I will be taking him on a walk and reinforcing the right way to walk on the lead and who is leader. The knowledge you imparted on us today in just one session, has been one of the most educational, beneficial and valuable lessons that we could have been given, which will really pay off over the next 10-15 years of Fred's lifetime with us. I think it is absolutely critical for a new dog owner, or a current dog owner with issues, to be guided by your logic and methods. I will be strongly recommending you. Feel free to use this as a testimonial on your website.
Thanks again, Jenna and family - Caulfield, Vic.
Absolutely brilliant! Sam turned up and observed my dog for a few minutes and instantly knew what core behavioral issues that we should correct and assured me that once this is dealt with, all other training (ie sit, recall, heel) will be a doddle to deal with. Not only that he was correct but spot on. After 4 days, my Goldie is a joy to bring for walks, recognises who is the leader, so much more calm and will even allow my 3 year old hold the leash while he's on walks. Excellent. All dog trainers should learn from Sam. Highly recommended.
Ida - Knoxfield, Vic.
Anita & Nev - The Basin, Vic.
Angela - Hampton, Vic.
Georgia & Chris - Heatherton - Vic.
Jenny - Berwick, Vic.
Louise - Hampton, Vic.
Cheers, Prue and Rod - Vic.
Simone - Doncaster Vic.
We have (or rather did have) a troublesome groodle called Barney. I contacted Sam at Take a Paws, had a good conversation over the phone about Barney's problems (or rather our problems) and then Sam came over on a Saturday two weeks later. After speaking with Sam I felt completely confident that Barney would learn to behave and confident in Sam's training techniques. In only a few minutes with Sam on the Saturday we could see immediate improvements in Barney. Sam's technique is so logical, common sense and practical.
Rebecca D. - Ringwood, Vic.
Jodie B. - Knoxfield, Vic.
Hi Sam just thought I'd drop you a note to say thanks once again and to let you know that Zorba is now a well behaved well balanced dog all thanks to your training methods and info you supplied. I really appreciate it. I'm confident I will be able to apply the same for Bella and I have even decided to get another dog (Great Dane cross bull mastiff). I couldn't be happier and will be recommending you to all those I know who are having difficulties settling their dogs. Thanks again, Jodie
I wanted to let you know how successful your session with Eddie the German Shepherd has been. Walking is now a pleasure with a dog under control and the methods you showed me regarding interacting with other dogs are certainly working. Thanks a million. Regards,
Mike P. - Kings Park, Vic.
We have 2 dogs and are expecting our first baby in December. We called Sam because we were worried about how our dogs would deal with the new arrival. Since spending some time with Sam we have 2 very responsive dogs. they listen to us much more, they don't pull when walking and they are extremely happy. I am confident that they will adjust well to the upcoming changes in the family and I know should I have any problems that we are unable to fix Sam will definitely be able to. Extremely happy customer and would recommend Sam to anyone with problems big or small.
Craig - Moorabbin, Vic.
Just a quick note to say a big THANK YOU for helping us with our Border Collie X Kelpie Millie. She is a different dog, she now walks nicely on her lead, she loves going in the car and not barking all the time, no jumping up at our birds. Most importantly she stays in our back yard. She even waits to be feed and lets us play with her food. Thank you so much.
From Sam, Donna, Nick, Thomas, Lucas, Tonka and Millie
Dog whisperer Look out, we have our very own right here in Australia, Imported straight from the USA! Sam the dog trainer is an amazing guy, what he was able to do with my two Jack Russells.......UN bee Lievable! Words are not enough to describe what he has done for our family, let alone our neighbors! Thank u Sam !
Misty - Bentleigh East - Vic.
Katrina & David - Elsternwick, Vic.
Kind regards, Sue, Rob, Riley, Hollie, Max and Tori - Frankston, Vic.
Thanks again, Kelly - Newport, Vic.
Many thanks for your help with Nikki. She is such a pleasure. Our main aim was to be able to have Nikki socialize with our friend's & family's dogs that come to visit. After putting your training methods to work we have been able to have our daughter's boxer Ruby come & stay which has been fantastic. We are able to have Nikki off lead while walking her up the beach & will come when called. Nikki has been improving every day & accepting that she now is here to stay. Thank you once again.
Regards, Judy & Bob - Grantville, Vic.
Cheers, Jodie - Boxer Rescue Victoria
I wanted to provide a critique on Take A Paws service. It is clear to me now that we would not have been able to have managed Yuki (our Staffordshire Bull Terrier) without your assistance. The content you provided was a true education into dog behaviour. The education you provided should be mandatory for anyone who cares to be a responsible pet owner. The aggression Yuki demonstrated early on is gone. Yuki does not have household accidents, pull on the lead or any other disagreeable behaviour. I look forward to seeing you start an obedience school. Kind regards,
Stone G. - Melbourne, Vic.
Thank you Sam for the truly amazing one of consultation with my dog Echo, the cheeky mischievous whippet. I could not believe how quickly you took control of Echo, within a few minutes he was sitting and walking to heel by command, truly putty in your hands! Your knowledge, techniques, experience and general insight into the mind & psyche of the dog have made it so much easier for me to discipline and understand him. I only wish you lived in Sydney so I could have ongoing consultations, because as you say, 'it is not so much the dog that needs the training, its their owners', which I now know is so true!
I just wanted to say a quick thank you for what you have done with our puppies. Even though Billy is deaf, he heard everything you taught him and his brother Charlie has been just as good.
We don't even need to say anything and they sit when we come outside! Thanks again for your help...
Ry and Cass