TESTIMONIALS & PRAISE FOR DAVE
CHRIS WELLS, BAY AREA PERSONAL TRAINER
"Before I started working with Dave, I had a very small understanding of What training a dog actually meant. I grew up with dogs but they had no actual training. I literally had no idea what I was doing. Dave helped me establish a foundation that I can reliably revisit with my dog to this day (4 years later). Dave gave me the skills required to continue shaping Neo as he matures. The compliments that I get are amazing to say the least
"Your dog is so well behaved."
"How did you get him to listen to you so well?"
"How's it that he never barks unless you tell him to?"
These are all things that I didn't think were possible to be honest. Dave has been the outstanding mentor and coach that has made my ability to give Neo the leadership and sound training that he deserves and needs.
If you're on the fence about signing up with Dave, I would encourage you to give it a shot. If you are serious about giving you and your dog an amazing quality of life together, this could be the best decision you've ever made."
MARY ARNOLD, OWNER, BIT O' BLARNEY PET SERVICES
"I have known Dave for many years. I have a boarding and grooming facility and frequently refer dogs to him. When clients bring me unruly dogs I can send them to Dave, knowing that they will have manners the next time I see them! I have had dogs that pulled their owners face down in my driveway, or jumped up and knocked me down, and I refuse to be the next victim, so I send them to Dave. Dog training is a balance of science and common sense and Dave gets it perfectly. He has turned around several dogs that were very close to being turned into the shelter for behavior problems the owners could NOT deal with. I cannot recommend him highly enough!"
SHANNON, OWNER, VELVET COAT GROOMING COMPANY
"I met Dave in 1990. He has taught me how to train ALL of my dogs for over 30 years.GSDs, Malinois, Australian Shepherds and the worst Jack Russel Terrier ever that, with his tutelage became the most obedient dog ever who I went from being completely frustrated with to enjoying as my contsant companion for 17 years. I own a boarding, daycare and grooming business and have sent hundreds of people to Dave and every single one has been thrilled with the results."
PJ, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, REDWOOD COAST GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE
Dave has been one of our local "go to" trainers for a few years now. He has many years of breed experience and has proven to be a trustworthy individual. Dave has an uncanny ability to effectively communicate with newly adopted dogs and their families. He is excellent at designing effective training programs, whether it be basic obedience or more advanced sessions.
“Dave has a deep understanding of how dogs interpret the world, and can explain it to you in very clear and simple terms. His approach to dog training is very fair and individualized. We noticed changes in ourselves and our dog after a single session. Our dog training skills have significantly improved with Dave’s help.”
CASEY, SANTA CRUZ, CA
"Dave has helped us work through multiple issues with our dog. As much as we were there for our dog, Dave was incredible at training *us* as well. His calm and straightforward approach gave us the confidence and skills to keep going when we were feeling stuck in dealing with our dog’s anxious behaviors."
NATE, SANTA CRUZ, CA
"I highly recommend Dave for any training focus with any breed. He’s an incredible trainer as you can see in his dogs, credentials, and reviews, but there’s something else that I think is often missed by other trainers. That is Dave’s ability to see and interpret how you and the dog interact and start from there. He’s not necessarilyf teaching the dog anything. He is really teaching us how to teach the dog in the most effective, least stressful way possible. I’m SO glad I took my Border Collie pup to Dave! He’s almost 5 now and still a handful, but such a good boy. No doubt, those sessions with Dave helped us understand each other and strengthened our bond."
LAUREN, AROMAS, CA
"David is a gifted dog trainer and teacher. He is patient and clear when communicating with both the owner and dog. I’ve trained more than one dog under David’s watchful eye and every time I walk away from a session I’m amazed at his natural ability to read what the dog needs to succeed on and off the field."
SHEILA IYENGAR, NAGI FOUNDATION
“I have known David for over 20 years. He is an honest straight shooter who cares deeply about the people and dogs he works with. Training styles, techniques and methodology evolve with the changing of times. David has embraced the changes while maintaining the integrity of his vast training knowledge. Drawing from his lifelong experience helping people reach their goals and training dogs of all breeds and behaviors; David tailors his private training and seminars to meet the needs of each individual. I appreciate David as a trainer, mentor and good friend.”
AARON, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
"I started training with David based on a recommendation from a friend a couple years ago. Where to begin with the service and professionalism delivered…I initially came to David for some help with a dog I rescued. I had been working with two other trainers that just didn’t have the knowledge to help effectively. David was able to communicate what to do in a way that was easy for a novice to understand. A year later I got another dog, and immediately went back to David for help with the new addition. Many people can teach you sit, down, stay, But most can’t teach you how to have a better more balanced relationship with your dog and even fewer have the skills to handle a difficult dog with behavioral problems. That is what David delivers, he will teach you the tools to unlock your dogs potential."
THE MORALES FAMILY
We have worked with David for years, over several generations of our family’s personal protection dogs. He has taught us how to foster trust and obedience in the relationships we have with our German Shepherds. David is a top-notch breeder and trainer, who is always there to help us be better handlers and do better for our dogs AND our family so that we are all successful. Any time we have had a question around specific behaviors, need help navigating a tricky situation, or even have to board while on vacation, he has been there.
-The Morales Family