Action 4 Dogs
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Maxwell Muir – Dog Training & Behaviour Services
Action 4 Dogs are based on the outskirts of Edinburgh in the heart of the Scottish Lothians. Founder Maxwell Muir has spent his entire life in the company of dogs. Action 4 Dogs are committed to continuous professional development.
We also host some of the world’s leading names in dog training and behavior. Seminars, lectures and workshops are an attraction throughout the year for those wishing to further their skills, development and understanding of canine behaviour.
One to one personal coaching sessions, Puppy training in your home and behavioural consultations are just some of the services on offer from Action 4 Dogs. We have a lifetime of experience dealing with dogs and helping their owners.
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Max was recommended to me by another trainer when I moved house so I took my 15 month old St Bernard for a 1-1 session; Bixby is an adorable dog but I needed some help in improving his responsiveness when he is distracted and managing his responses when we come across aggressive or anxious dogs. I have read pretty much everything available on training, but much of it didn’t sit well with me - or seem to be right for my St Bernard pup. Meeting Max was a revelation and a relief. He has an approach, belief and style which is different to a lot of the rubbish you read and which seems to me far more logical, humane, positive and appropriate. On Bixby’s first session I saw him being completely relaxed and the most responsive I have seen him to date. He clearly had huge respect for Max and liked him enormously and I came away with ‘homework’ to practice immediately to improve his responsiveness. This is absolutely working already and we are looking forward to another session and the next stage of training.–CLARE ALLEN, ST BERNARD
We invited Max to work with us to assist in realising our ambition, which was to establish the criterion we would use as a benchmark for the exceptional care we commit to delivering to the dogs entrusted in our care. We examined many trainers available and concluded that Max not only enjoyed great success with proven results, but also had a lot in common with our own personal beliefs, which is to create an enjoyable world for dogs with adherence to a natural and kind approach. We were delighted with the programme Max created delivering outstanding results in an enjoyable and relaxed setting. Our team of 14 now work with proficient consistency and enjoy a greater awareness . The continued relationship we have with Max is something we hold with high regard, and his admirable skills and knowledge have been invaluable. Having Max as a 'champion' is of great worth to Citidogs and we fully endorse his methods and approach.–SANDY MAXWELL-FORBES & SARAH MCLEAN, OWNERS - CITIDOGS CRECHE EDINBURGH
Having never owned a dog before, getting a cocker spaniel puppy was a bit of a culture shock! The session with Max confirmed that we don't have a totally unruly dog and her behaviour, on the whole, is natural and to be expected from a puppy. The session off the lead showed what Amy was capable of and gave us lots of useful advice and tips on how to control her behaviour off the lead. In the few weeks that have passed since the session we have had lots of enjoyable, relaxing walks with Amy. Using the advice given by Max, Amy is responding well to commands and is enjoying playing retrieve (which we had failed to master before the session). The session has instilled a level of confidence in us as owners and this is having a big impact on Amy's behaviour. It was definitely a good use of a Saturday afternoon and has had a really positive impact on Amy's behaviour. –Helen, Cocker Spaniel
We have a one year old Black Labrador called Rogan. A typical Lab full of energy and excitement. We were wary when out on walks. If Rogan saw a dog in the distance he would ignore any command and run to the other dog. We would like to say a huge thank you Max, after one session you have shown us how to keep Rogan's attention on us to the point where he can ignore the presence of other dogs. You also showed us how to stop him from pulling on the lead. Rogan would also like to say thank you, he has lots more fun now when he is out, he gets to use all that energy with his favourite game FETCH!!! –Gordon & Linda Lansley, Penicuik-Black Labrador
I had been having some problems with Joey, my six year old Dachshund, most noticeably nervous barking at strangers which was starting to become aggressive. We had a home visit from Max and the results have been nothing short of incredible. All training was done with gentleness, kindness and a superb understanding of both dog and owner. In the week since your visit there has only been one incident worth mentioning and this was under exceptional circumstances (knee deep snow). I can state that we have a 99% success rate! The difference in my puppy's behaviour from a nervous and anxious dog to a much calmer and confident happy puppy is remarkable. Not only has your expertise and tips helped with his barking, I am using them with his training which is coming on by leaps and bounds. I have recommended Action 4 Dogs to several other dog owners and hope that this proves fruitful. I also think the follow up notes and behavioural tips are useful as an aide memoir as there is so much useful information in them, which I know I will refer to again and again. I would recommend him highly to any dog owner and having met some incredibly badly behaved dogs I wish more people would use his services. –Fiona Campbell, Penicuik-Dachshund
On acquiring my Bulldog puppy', Shiloh, at six months I found her to be very aggressive with other dogs. I also could not get her attention and she was basically doing what she liked. Shiloh responded immediately to the sound and rewards methods you advised us to implement. actually within the space of one day she was coming to recall, sitting and even taught her to give a paw in three ten minute training sessions, also her lead pulling was stopped instantly with your advised change of leash technique.Her dog to dog aggression was our main concern as she was snarling and pulling if any strange dogs came close to her and i was very worried that I would never be able to let her off the lead in public. We worked for a week on the advice you gave us and I am so delighted to say that yesterday my lovely puppy was in the park off lead and playing with Spaniels, Labradors, Greyhounds etc..Shiloh and I cannot thank you enough for understanding her issues and giving us the advice to overcome the problem.–Angela, Newtongrange - Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog
I have had occasion to have both 1-2-1 individual tuition for my puppy from Max and to attend one of his courses and i have found Max and the Action 4 Dogs classes really very helpful. I am a first time dog owner and at first i was really uptight in wanting to do the right thing for my dog and my family. Max has a very approachable manner which put me at ease instantly. It was brilliant to see him interact with my puppy, and his ability to communicate with my dog was such that Scudo was eager to learn all the new tricks from his new friend and to respond appropriately. This gave me a lot of confidence in Max's methods and when he encouraged me to do what he was doing i found not only that my puppy all of a sudden responded to me, but that i too was on his wavelength.I joined one of the Action 4 Dogs Training Schools and found that Max was able to relate to dogs of all kinds and all ages, and to inspire the owners in a way that helped us all to become more confident and better dog handlers. my family were able to use his instructions, methods and advice during the week, between classes, because Scudo enjoyed being stimulated and recognised our games as fun. He was learning to read our language as we were learning to understand his. I soon felt that my puppy was the best in the class, and actually, in the world, but i think we all felt that way, and i believe that is the way it should be. I can safely say that Max has given me confidence, has made me able to deal with so many different aspects of dog ownership and has made the whole experience enjoyable both for Scudo and my family. his teachings always make sense, respect the dog's sensitivity and nature and most of all are great fun for one and all. –Ale Mackenzie, Edinburgh - Springer Spaniel
Max came to the house and after talking about Toby he explained to me that Toby had never learned to deal with situations he found stressful and couldn't cope. I also learned that I had made the situation worse by using techniques that I had been advised to use from another source. We went out for a walk and Max taught me how to use a sound, response and treat technique to get Toby's attention and also how to gain Toby's trust and respect, allowing me to take the lead in a calm manner and get Toby out of situations he found stressful. The session went so quickly but in that time Max taught me how to recognise Toby's signals and to understand things from Toby's perspective. I found the session very informative, Max explains things in a clear manner and also follows up with a report and an action plan. It will not be a quick fix with Toby but already I see a difference in him and now we have an even stronger bond. He is a lot calmer out on walks and I feel confident that with using the techniques that Max has taught me we will go from strength to strength. I also know that Max is at the end of the phone if I am unsure about anything. I highly recommend Max, by the end of the session he had a fantastic bond with Toby and it is plain to see that he is there because he genuinely cares about helping you to help your dog.–Rhona, Edinburgh - Mongrel
Max was recommended to us as we were having problems walking our one year old Maltese Terrier Dog. Whenever Mackay encountered another dog on a walk he would go berserk, barking and snapping uncontrollably to the point that we lost all confidence in taking him out. After a couple of sessions with Max we were able to understand the cause of his behaviour and Max has shown us how to handle and correct this in a calm and effective manner. We are now a lot more relaxed and enjoying walks with Mackay and wish that we had contacted Max much sooner as he has shown a genuine interest in helping us and has been so thorough in his work with Mackay. –Stuart & Amanda, Bonnyrigg - Maltese Terrier
Bonnie came to us via North West English Springer Spaniel Rescue. She had lived with six other dogs, she was neglected, very thin and nervous. We felt that we needed to do something to help her socialise with people and other dogs and give her more self confidence. Walking on the lead was becoming difficult, she pulled hard and almost had me off my feet a couple of times. So, we contacted Max. Two days later we can hardly believe the difference in Bonnie. We all went out for a walk and Max showed us that by pulling Bonnie back was entirely the wrong way to deal with her, by using a long leash and a combination of treats and praise we worked wonders, in fact by the evening we noticed she was calmer altogether. The next day we put the new training methods into practice, they are so simple but make so much sense, the difference in Bonnie is amazing and lead walking is easy now, all of us are less stressed and Bonnie is growing in confidence. –Allan & Mary, Eskbank - English Springer Spaniel
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