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Rewarding Dogs

Inverness, Highland, Highlands

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Probably the most experienced behaviourists in Scotland will find the right way to help you and your dog.

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17 December 2019

We turned to Mike at Rewarding dogs on a recommendation that he was very experienced with reactive dogs. Our Molly was a rescue dog that clearly had issues with all manner of moving objects including humans and other dogs. Fun huh? Over the course of a few sessions Mike taught us, and Molly, how to cope and how to improve. We had sought advice from a number of trainers before but Mike really knew what the problems were and how to deal with them. It takes time; it takes patience, but we now have a dog that is so much more able and has a full life with humans, and other dogs! Thank you Mike. More...

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3 December 2019

I highly recommend working with Mike if you have any behaviour issues with your dog, the way in which he communicates training with both the dog and owner is fantastic and his wealth of knowledge is extensive. He has the patience and compassion required to assist through the whole process and is always at the end of the phone for advice. Issues will seldom be a 5 minute fix, but if you are willing to put the effort in, Mike is the right person to guide you. Cannot thank him enough for the support he has offered. More...

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8 March 2019

Joolz came to see us last weekend so we are only a week into our progression with Superdog Jasper!! We were very impressed with the clarity about how to help with a dog who pulled on the lead and ran off to play with other dogs at every given opportunity. We have seen progress in less than a week - with the techniques that Joolz taught us, we can see Jasper starting to think a bit before reacting which is a massive move forward. Joolz is very passionate about the work and very quickly followed the practical up with a very informative and full report which gave us a very clear account about how to use the new techniques :) More...

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8 January 2019

Having tried two other trainers and gave up with them pretty quickly I heard about Rewarding Dogs and contacted Mike who came to the house and met us all and straight into training. After a few hours we knew we were onto something good. Mike wrote up a full training plan and was only an email or phone call away if he was needed. He assured us our problems could be sorted although, knowing our dog, we had our doubts. But a month or so in and what a huge difference there is. It's like our dog is starting to realise what he's supposed to do! It's still a work in progress but I am a lot more confident and we have a happy, well behaved dog. Can't recommend Mike highly enough and will use him again if we need help with any of our dogs . More...

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8 December 2018

Our big male Newfoundland cross was very strong and had a tendency to pull on the lead and run to other dogs. His recall was also non existent. Thanks to mikes guidance and help he will now recall and walk off the lead easily and his focus and attention is now 100% on us. More...

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8 December 2018

I had a big problem with Amber chasing deer and going missing, Mike helped enormously and after two sessions the problem was completely solved,

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28 November 2018

Our experience with Rewarding dogs was first class. We all enjoyed working with Mike including our Deerhound cross Nellie. Nellie’s prey drive was so strong we didn’t think we would be able to keep her as she did get into a bit of bother. That’s all in the past and we now have a lovely happy dog who can safely run and play off the lead! All our lives have changed for the better thanks to Rewarding dogs.Thank You More...

Reviewed on Yell

8 October 2018

After trying two other trainers Mike was able to make the dog happily cooperative and calm. He has a wealth of knowledge that he imparts and what a fantastic transformation after just a few days. Highly recommend.

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8 October 2018

Mike was fantastic in the way he helped us with our dog Maggie. He helped us understand the issues she was facing and set in place a programme that we followed to change her behaviour. Would highly recommend.

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8 September 2018

Absolutely delighted with the progress Troy has made since I enlisted the help of Mike and Joolz. He was quite a handful as a pup- boisterous and headstrong. Training was going nowhere. I was getting desperate! The support I've had from Mike has been invaluable, from his initial visit, written feedback, DVD to the continuing advice given on the phone or by email. I can now go for walks confident that Troy will not run away or rush up to other dogs. He has developed good recall and his listening/focussing is improving. My relationship with Troy is so much better and I'm just so glad we found out about Rewarding Dogs More...

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8 September 2018

We can't praise Mike enough. Our rescued German Shepherd was uncontrollable; the usual training methods had no effect on him. We worked with several dog trainers before we met Mike and nearly gave the dog up as a lost cause. Meeting Mike changed our lives (and the dog's). Mike's assessment of our German Shepherd shed light on what caused the problems we had with him. One of the revelations for us was that the dog wasn't aggressive by nature, but highly reactive and deeply insecure. We also were 'trained' by Mike to change our own attitude and behaviour; this is something not to underestimate as a dog owner. Thanks to Mike we can now enjoy our walks and spend relaxed time with our German Shepherd. More...

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8 September 2018

I have used the services of Mike on a number of occasions over the last few years, the spaniel who stole food by jumping on the kitchen work tops, the one who used to vanish on walks for up to 3hrs and most recently on a spaniel who had become phobic after being stung wasps, each of these dogs had differing problems and different temperaments, the advice and training techniques given to me by Mike were tailored specifically for each dog, depending on various factors involved. The were gentle and based on how the dog can understand what is being asked. The are not bandaids that covered over a problem but training and handling advice that dealt with the problem in the long-term, these methods significantly changed these situations for both me and my dogs, and my overall relationship with them. This has lead to them being a joy to be with rather than a battle to control. K More...

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8 August 2018

I have to thank Mike not only on behalf of myself and Harry my Husky X but the wider local community, whom with his intervention and help, has shown me through training, how to keep Harry from running off. Before Mikes training,Harry had even reached the A82,which could have resulted in carnage.Now I can take Harry on long walks without a lead (in the countryside)and know that he is responsive to call back and that he enjoys as do I our outings.If you need help with your dog,dont hesitate to call Mike. More...

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8 July 2018

I can highly recommend Mike @rewarding dogs. He has helped me with my rescue dog Rexi who was socially anxious ,dog aggressive and very reactive to pretty much everything! Mike has a calm and assertive manor and approaches training methods in a very positive way. I had also attended Mike's training classes which resulted in my dog gaining his good citizen Bronze award which is proudly on display! I never thought we would get there at the beginning before Mike! I can highly recommend Mike and he is the only dog behaviorist and trainer I would recommend. More...

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8 July 2018

Mike has went above and beyond at 1to1 sessions to help with our family dog who didn't have the best start in life, he was an outside kennel dog before who had little to almost no socialisation and I was struggling terribly with how to overcome his fears and trust issues. Mike was extremely knowledgable and very patient, he went over things repeatedly until I knew exactly what I was doing when I was on my own with Mylo. He done follow up calls to see how I was getting on and a few new unusual behaviours arised along the way, that Mike was more than happy to give me guidance about on the phone and if I need him here again he will be more than happy to come out. I would 110% recommend Mike, his approach with my dog has been incredible and I have noticed great differences recently, still a work in progress but Mylo has definitely come a long way in the short space of time so far. Onwards and upwards for my boy which I never thought was possible, so thank you Mike! More...

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8 July 2018

I would highly recommend rewarding dogs, especially for those dogs that are over reactive and extremely difficult to train. My dog (Storm) was extremely aggressive towards other dogs as well as over reactive to most situations and Mike has taught myself and my partner how to keep her under control and relaxed. He was very good at reading my anxieties which he knew the dog was picking up on and giving honest feedback which has been a great help with progression of our training. We can’t thank mike enough! I never would hesitate to pick up the phone if I needed anymore advice. I would highly recommend Rewarding dogs to anyone! More...

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8 June 2018

I can not speak more highly of Mike and Rewarding Dogs! They have helped me and my collie x springer to gain trust and knowledge and overcome our problems. The tools you are provided with are unique to you and your dog. Mike is SO knowledgeable and you trust him implicitly! More...

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8 June 2018

We had a real positive experience with Rewarding dogs. Although our pup is still a working progress we are feeling more confident on how to deal with some of the tricky behaviours we'd been experiencing. Joolz was really informative, and explained things clearly in a way that made sense. I also liked the way Rewarding dogs involved all family members when showing us how to deal with our menace pup! Rewarding dogs were there to help us with one of our dogs but gave us loads of extra helpful advise for our other dog that also lives with us at no extra charge. ! I also like that we have our own training record to refer back to when needed. I felt it was money well spent and enjoyed our day with Rewarding dogs and came away from the experience feeling much happier and far more confident! I would highly recommend! More...

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31 December 2017

I first contacted Mike when the dogs were in need of proper training in recall as neither would return. Also one of the dogs was not good around most dogs and Mike arranged a visit to discuss things further and see the dogs for himself. Not only did he take them a walk with us, but he actually began training there and then. The dogs soon responded to his calm demeanour.Furthermore, he went that extra mile and took the dog, who wasn't keen on most dogs, home with him for one to one training!He also provides you with a detailed book on how to continue training and you can contact him for further advice if need be - he is always willing to help.It is largely thanks to Mike that both dogs are much better nowadays. Nothing is too much trouble for him, he really is an excellent trainer and is always there should you have any concerns or worries. More...

Reviewed on Yell

31 October 2017

I can not rate Mike and Rewarding Dogs highly enough! I am not sure where me and my dog would be without them! The tools you are provided with to help are unique to you and your dog and your lifestyle! Not just generic teachings? Mike understands the dog! He is hugely knowledgeable with YEARS behind him in dog training. If you want to understand why your dog is behaving the way it is then go and see Mike! More...

Reviewed on Yell

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