We took on a 1-year old rescue collie who arrived scared and anxious and was our first family dog. Martin did an amazing job training us to train Kia and that is his focus and it works. He is full of excellent advice, keeps it simple and constantly reassures. We thoroughly enjoyed the sessions we had with Martin and it has allowed us all to relax, be confident and for Kia to become an integral part of our family unit. You even get some great stories about musical theatre if you ask - thanks Martin!
Leanne & Nathan
If you're looking for the best dog trainer in this area - in my opinion, if you're reading this review then you've found him. I now have the dream dog that I honestly didn't think was possible a few months ago. BUT - you have to stick with what Martin says - it's not just a "one lesson" quick fix. AND - don't expect him to come in and immediately "goo" over how gorgeous your dog is - why? - well, you'll find out if you work with Martin. But don't worry, plenty of cuddles with your dog IS part of the training 🙂
Martin is an outstanding trainer. He is calm and patient and his understanding of dogs is pretty much perfect. My German Shepherd has come on leaps and bounds since meeting Martin.
After getting our first puppy we wanted to make sure we were getting things right from the start as neither of us have had a dog before. Martin made everything so much clearer, gave us confidence and now things don't seem so daunting. We really like his approach and we will definitely use him in the future if we need to.
Great Support & Knowledge
After re-homing a 5 month delightful Cocker Spaniel we contacted Martin to help and support us with a few issues that she came with. Martins vast knowledge and insight was a great help to us and even after a couple of sessions we can see a great benefit to her behaviour and she certainly is turning into a well behaved and balanced puppy. Thank you Martin for all your help and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you, or call you up in future
We adopted a 4 year old dog and at the start it was impossible to go even for short walks with him as he pulled so much on the leash and didn't listen to any commands while outside. We were almost ready to give up on him. However, once Martin started training with us and explained his behaviour and worked with us to change it with regular lessons and home work, our dog's behaviour changed rapidly. Martin is loved by our dog and his patient training approach showed results very fast. Our dog is now much better behaved on and off the leash and can even walk at heel. Martin tailored his lessons around our requirements, suggesting practical solutions and always being open and honest about what we can achieve within the time we had. We cannot recommend Martin and his training approach high or often enough.
Martin arrived on our door after a desperate call for help with our two year old rescue Siberian husky Skye. When he arrived his calm manner had a overwhelming effect on our totally unruly dog. He brought her back to basic commands which he said would help and gave us lessons on our behaviour with Skye which we kept to the letter. The words free, wait, sit and down are still so much part of our ongoing training. Martin instructed us on all Skye's behavioural issues, fear, aggression and basic obedience. His calmness throughout all our training have been so beneficial to Skye, she learnt to respect us and as well our respect of her and helping her overcome the terrible trauma she had in her first year. Martins positive plus approach to dog training is truly fantastic, we now have a calm, responsive dog who obeys command and has even achieved more than we had hoped for. Skye responded so well to Martin and his training and even looked forward to it and waited by the door for his regular appointments. Martin is kind, considerate of both animal and owners needs, his manner and his approach to dogs is what every owner needs in dog training, feeding and training needs are something we will always continue and know if ever we needed urgent help with anything we know a quick chat or text Martin will be there for both you and your dog. We always recommend Martin with pride - if Martin can train our mad out of control Siberian husky (the so called hard to train dogs) and turn her into the adorable dog she is today he can train any dog.
Alec & Mags
Very Happy Indeed
Martin has been working with us and our dog Phoebe using his positive plus dog training method. I am very pleased with her progress and am happy to recommend Martin to anyone looking for help in training their dogs using these effective and gentle techniques.
Reassuring & Supportive
I contacted Martin as my dog had become reactive to certain dogs when walking her on a lead which, in turn, was making me very anxious and getting to the point where I didn't want to walk her anymore. Martin has been very reassuring and supportive throughout the training and his techniques have proven to be very successful. We subsequently went on to train recall because my dog would ignore me around distractions and had even run off to chase deer. I have seen a remarkable difference and can now walk her and call her back whenever I want and Martin has even shown me how to train her to ignore deer and other animals. I can't stress enough that if you follow Martin's techniques and persevere with the training you will see a remarkable difference in your dog's behaviour. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
We adopted a 4 year old GSP and at the start it was impossible to go even for short walks with him as he pulled so much on the leash and didn't listen to any commands while outside. We were almost ready to give up. However, once Martin started training with us through regular lessons and home work, our dog's behaviour changed rapidly. Martin is loved by our dog and his patient training approach showed results very fast. Our dog is now much better behaved on and off the leash and can even walk at heel. Martin tailored his lessons around our requirements, suggesting practical solutions and always being honest about what we can achieve within the time we had. We cannot recommend Martin and his training approach high or often enough.
Hi Martin, really pleased, feels like I have a different dog! I can chat to my neighbour without him barking, thank you ever so much.
I contacted Positive Plus Dog Training in February after taking on a rescue dog with very aggressive tendencies towards other dogs. When confronted with another dog (even if it was on the other side of the road), my rescue without warning would try and attack. When Martin told me we could eventually get her to a level of walking side by side with another dog I didn't believe him AT ALL, but thought any improvement was better so persevered. Throughout the training Martin was patient, reassuring, generous with his time and knowledge, and above all a genius; as I'm proud to say that at our last training session (in July) my dog walked alongside another dog without a care in the world, and even had a sniff at each-other. I'm overwhelmingly delighted with the results and can't thank or promote Martins work enough.”
I asked for Martin's help with our 4 year old Springer who, though generally well behaved and well trained in field work, had some issues at home with guarding which were becoming more pronounced. From our initial meeting, Martin's philosophy and training methods made total sense to me and the results were amazing. We concentrated on basic obedience training in the first sessions which had such a dramatic effect that when we got to addressing the guarding issues (which I had been dreading) they seemed largely to have disappeared! Martin gave me the skills and confidence to continue with the training once our sessions had finished and we have a much happier and more relaxed dog as a result (which is also evident in his field work and when out on walks). If any issues do now arise, which is very rare, I know which methods to use to successfully address them. I really can't recommend Martin enough and I should also mention that the training sessions are really fun for the dog and hugely rewarding for the owner!
Last year we met our little boy Freddie, our border terrier. He is very excitable and when he was nearly a year old we decided he needed training. After a lot of research we decided to go with Martin. After our 12 week programme with Martin we can honestly say we have a different dog. He obeys and understands all commands taught by Martin and responds very well. Martin is very calm, reassuring and professional. We cannot recommend him enough. Thank you Martin.
Just What We Needed
We recently completed the Positive Plus puppy obedience course with our young puppy which consisted of 3 x 1 hour sessions with Martin in our garden. We honestly couldn’t recommend the course enough to anyone who also has a new puppy or a young dog, you’ll learn a lot! We initially reached out to Martin because, although we’d already started doing a bit of training ourselves, we wanted to make sure we were doing things right and setting our puppy up for success. We learned so much from Martin about how to properly mark behaviour and the steps we needed to take to successfully train the things that we needed most help with. Martin is truly an expert in his field and our puppy has come on leaps and bounds as a result. Following the course we now have all the information and guidance we need to continue training effectively and are so happy that we took the time to do the course.
Charlotte & Callum
Great & Practical Training
Martin gave us three sessions to help with the training of our puppy Gully a Hungarian Vizsla. Easy to understand and very thorough, and even though we have two other dogs that went through training lots of new learnings. Excellent techniques and detailed steps to help with the basic commands. Would have no hesitation in recommending.