We are extremely happy with Natural Dog. We were at such a loss as what to do with our aggressive dog Banjo. We were a bit nervous as what to expect but we were soon put at ease with Neals knowledge of dogs. He taught us things about behavior that made so much sense and soon proven over the course of a few weeks. We can know go to any off leash park with no worries at all. The best choice we ever made for our dog. Thank you Natural Dog!
This was simply the best training I could have received for me and my dog Cholo. I had been to other trainers but this is the first time I used a behaviourist – what a difference.
He told me what was wrong with my dog and why, and then we spent 6 sessions fixing it. The change was immediate, but mostly for me – its seemed Cholo knew what to do all along, it was me that needed trained!
Thank You Natural Dog!!
My experience with Natural Dog was amazing. I learned so much and although it was hard work, my sessions were well worth it. Ivan does not mince words and does not allow you to slack-off. My dog is a different animal now and we achieved this without harsh training methods. I am so grateful!
John & Sandy R.
Anyway, thanks again for all that you do for everyone who cares enough about their dogs to get the help they need.
Candice & Paul G.
Neal taught us simple and effective ways to work with our dog. He always spoke with us as equals and shared his knowledge as well as his methods with us. We liked this non-aversive method and gentle and humane approach, and they were effective.
More importantly, Neal’s help has given me back the relationship with my dog that I was missing. We know spend lot’s of time with him outside and have been back to the dog park! I don’t dread taking my dog on long walks and I am no longer anxious if I see another person or dog. Vince listens to my commands and responds better than ever before, easing my stress and making our walks relaxing.
I am certain that without Neal’s guidance I wouldn’t have been able to handle Vince and I shudder to think what may have happened to him. The knowledge I have gained has given me the confidence to work through any situation with my dog and it has made us closer than ever.
Sara & Jared
For me, walking the dog was no longer enjoyable but more an anxious guessing game of what AJ would do next. He seemed unpredictable as he would aggressively bark and pull towards some dogs and to other dogs be very friendly. He was a different dog on the walk then when he was in the house. At home he acted shy and timid and was scared to go upstairs or to be pet by anyone other then my husband and I.
Our initial consultation with Ivan was a real eye opener. We did not have a shy timid dog but rather a dominant one that only did things he wanted to do. AJ had us wrapped around his paw and Ivan was going help us put an end to that. Ivan helped us see that AJ was longing for leadership and direction from us and we were not providing it.
Through simple techniques and vast knowledge of dog psychology Ivan showed us how to gain respect and be a pack leader without having to yell or use fancy choke collars. Ivan showed us that we have a great dog but how we were inadvertently sending mixed messages to him on the walk. We learned how to read AJ’s body language and triggers that were setting him off on the walk. No longer were we guessing what AJ was thinking or going to do next but rather anticipating and reacting to a situation before it escalated into a bigger issue.
The walk is much more enjoyable as we have the tools to handle anything on our path. The quirks around the house have totally disappeared as AJ seems more calm and relaxed. This is no miracle quick fix but rather a path towards helping your dog achieve balance. Ivan is there every step along the way and if you put the work into your dog you will see the results…we did!
We followed up with four ‘hands on’ sessions at the dog park where he patiently taught me many skills and strategies for dealing with my concern. Ivan’s prompt attention to the problem as well as his knowledge, skills and caring for dogs have helped me become a more confident, knowledgeable dog owner. He has provided me with valuable tools to carry on with the necessary training and I heartily recommend him as a very competent, caring dog behaviour consultant.
Rhonda & Mark
I can’t wait until his book comes out as I will be the first in line. I will always be committed to channeling my inner “Ivan”.
Lorena & Andrew
The difference in her is like night and day and i know that if we didn’t call Ivan our lives would be completely different. The time and effort Ivan put into our FAMILY is truly what made this so special, he puts everything on the table and gets right down to the root of the problem and that is priceless. There has been a huge weight lifted off our shoulders and we could not be more grateful for the knowledge and skills we have received. When we’re with Jasmine now, there is no fear, anxiety, anger, guilt or worry… We have a great connection and she knows her place in our pack as a well balanced dog and thanks to the tools and help from Ivan, we are her well balanced leaders.
Devon & Garret
Snow & Brent
We would recommend Ivan to dog owners that want to reclaim the lost “control” of their homes and wish to develop a better relationship with their dogs. Thanks again, Ivan – we wish we were aware of your services when we first got the pups!.
So getting to the point… Our daughter was born and we read all the books on introductions with family pets. But nothing prepared us for the dogs reaction to the baby. We did all the steps like having her blanket there for him to get used to the sent…ect but the moment he laid eyes on her and heard her, we lost total control of him.. his whining would match her intensity of a cry, and barking and jumping . Lets just say Christmas was about 45 min long because of his out of control behavior. We tried time and time again, and no luck if anything he got worse to the point that he was in another room and we could not even talk. We were at a loss..I could no longer visit my parents as it was way to stressful and not enjoyable. We needed Mikko to see our daughter as a part of out unit.. as Ivan would say our “pack” So I decided to do some research. Ivan’s website stood out right away. I wanted to get to the issue, not play games with food and rewards.
The call went out for help, and Ivan was in contact with me immediately. He taught us that there needs to be limitations and boundaries for a dog, as well as he needs to be balanced. He inspired our family to take matters into our own hands and realize that we create what we want. It took a lot of hard work, and Ivan helped us through every step of the way. I can proudly say that we are a family again,, we can have our 4 month daughter over at grandmas and granddads there are no issues. Of course we constantly work on improving and working at giving Mikko what he needs, which is exercise, discipline and affection in that order. He deserves to be happy and balanced and Ivan was the integral key to understanding our true relationship with our natural dog!
I know our club has several dogs that require more help than June or I could give and by you taking the time at the end of the evening to have private discussions with the parents and children, we now have some direction with these animals. Also, June and I (my co-leader) had confirmation that the direction we were taking and the work we’ve been doing with our club has been on the right track.
We would be more than willing to recommend you for “owner training” as we could see that it’s more often the human response to the animal that causes the issues.
Bonnie Kluthe and June Van Brabant, Canine Leaders