Wayne is the best dog trainer I have ever had the privilege of working with!! He has a love for animals that radiates off of him. We have a very, very, hyper Weimaraner.
Duke really needed training, but we couldn't afford what a lot of other animal trainers were charging. Not only did Wayne work with us to make training affordable, it was obvious that Wayne was trustworthy, honest and passionate about what he does and his love of animals. Duke was 10 months old the first time he went with Wayne. Duke was with Wayne for 3 weeks. Wayne sent daily/every other day updates. He sent pictures and videos, he called and text us about Duke's training progress and how much fun he was having. Wayne also picked up Duke and brought him back to us. This was so convenient, not having to spend two days traveling. Wayne was honest about his training and background. He answered all the questions we had, without hesitation. Wayne is so transparent and wants the animals owner to know every detail. He let me know that Duke had got a small cut from a barbwires fence. Even though that cut would have been healed and unnoticeable by the time we got Duke back, he wanted us to know.
Duke came back a completely different dog, in relation to his manners. He followed the commands that Wayne had taught him. Wayne spent about an hour teaching us the commands and how to work with Duke, when he brought him home. Duke, went to Wayne a huge, destructive, out of control dog. Honestly, we were not sue we would be able to keep Duke due to his behaviors. Duke came back from Wayne a (still huge) respectful dog that followed commands. He was way less hyper and no longer controlled us. Duke is still the same fun loving dog he has always been, but now he is calmer and responds to his commands. Duke still gets excited and is crazy at times, only now he knows when it is appropriate to show his emotions. Wayne trains his dogs with praise versus treats. I love this, because Duke will follow command for nothing but being told that he is such a "good boy".
Duke went with Wayne for a second training session. Duke was so excited to see Wayne! This made my heart so happy. Wayne did a refresher course with Duke, but this time he was there for Shed Training. Duke spent a month with Wayne. You can imagine how much we missed him!! I never once worried that Duke wasn't with the best trainer and person he could be with. I knew he was having the time of his life, all while learning. My son will be spending several days in the spring, with Duke and Wayne to further Duke's shed training.
I really could say so much more and would be happy to answer any questions that someone might have. Wayne will always have a place in my heart for the way he has cared for Duke. I consider him a friend for life. Wayne is the only person that I trust, without a single doubt to care for Duke, for such long periods of time. I know that Wayne loved Duke like one of his own. Wayne is also very flexible and understanding and would take Duke on a moments notice, for any reason.
Thanks Wayne!! You truly have gained our love, trust and respect. P.S. Duke misses you and all his friends!! Thanks for everything you've done for us! Stacy N.