Testimonials from our Amazing Clients
Over the past sixteen years, Nathan has been privileged to work with amazing dog owners. Below are a variety of testimonials from emails and the Dog Behaviour Specialist Facebook page.
My dog Layla, a 4 year old American Pit Bull had developed anxiety, dog aggression, peeing inside, greeting strangers by barking and charging the door, over excitement, highly demanding, and very disobedient. She would be a nightmare to walk on the lead and would never come back in the park when called. She was ball obsessive with extreme focus on the ball, nothing could snap her out of it. She had also developed hyper alertness at night when walking and jumped at almost any strange sound.
I'd dealt with this for years and tried everything to change it, from dog walkers for the extreme amounts of energy, to obedience training, positive ‘treat’ training; basically anything I could to help her, but unfortunately no change.
Within 15-20 minutes of Nathan coming into my home, Layla had completely changed her energy. She was calm, in control and like a dog I didn’t know I could have. Nathan took great care, attention and used his expert skill and understanding to help me to understand what was really happening.
After the techniques he showed me, she completely transformed, she has become calm and obedient, she walks on the lead perfectly, doesn’t go to the toilet inside, she no longer is anxious and jumps all over the place and respects the boundaries Nathan taught me to put in place.
For my work, I am a director of an international investment firm and I train people in communication, from conscious to subconscious communication, tonality, body language, human communication styles and how humans interact with one another. Never have I seen such an amazing display of communication and the ability Nathan showed to help me understand it, the way he instinctually knew what my dog was communicating was simply profound.
I can honestly say it was one of the most enriching, educational and memorable experiences I have ever had. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for Nathan and his genuine abilities and would unequivocally recommend him without hesitation. The results have honestly changed my life, it’s truly amazing. Thank you.
Thank you Nathan. You have taught me how to be a better owner today. Milo is pretty relaxed at home now... Not barking.
Mario Gerardo Mendez
Thanks a lot for all your knowledge and help. It was a pleasure to meet you and again thank you for helping our dogs enjoy their lives with us. :)
Nathan, Thank you so much.... I am happy for anyone to contact me should they wish to use your services it is the Best Investment I have ever made on my babies. They are so happy and so are we so nice being in a peaceful home....
We'd like to thank you guys so much. Alfie is a new pup, much calmer and making huge improvements every day!! You went above and beyond with your advice and ongoing support. Thanks again!
Nathan, you're amazing. And we wouldn't have the great life with Harley and Cooper if it wasn't for you. Keep up the great work and let's hope the MSG spreads rapidly!
Haven't even had our session with Nathan yet and already feel calmer and at ease !!!! Called him in distress (after a few incidences with our little guy and a years worth of training and beyond!). He listened, spoke, advised, questioned, made me laugh and reassured my pre and misconceptions about canine training and behaviourists as a whole.
Nathan was genuine, easy going, very willing, funny, compassionate and found a way to express things to me in a way I could understand. He gave me his time because he cared and not merely as a means of financial gain (which is rare in this industry....I speak from personal experience!). We have our session in a couple of weeks and look forward to a new start and really getting to know and understand our boy under the professional guidance of "The Nathan Williams"!!!
Nathan, I cant thankyou enough for your help with Harvey yesterday. Just when i thought there was no hope ... you came to the rescue! I am still blown away by the immediate changes in his behaviour and im enjoying every minute of my time with him now. The work you do is incredible and i am nothing short of amazed! Thanks so much! And a note to all of your "likers" ..... Nathan is the best of the best!! Call him!!!
I came home to two extremely well behaved dogs today!! :) they were nowhere to be seen when I walked through the door! thanks so much for your help.. Ill definitely be keeping on top of them!!
Thank you very much Nathan for your help today. We feel more confident with our dogs and will work hard to follow through with all your tips, so that our dogs are more comfortable and so are we. Thank you again.
Nathan you are worth your weight in gold for helping save that beautiful dog from a life of misunderstanding and multiple homes. So many people give up their pets and then the innocent animals are put to death through no fault of their own. A little understanding goes a long way. Thank you Nathan for helping xx
Thank you so much for the work you did today with my babies. Your skills are outstanding, and I appreciate the devotion you have for dogs. I am so thrilled to be given the appropriate tools to train my dogs behaviours in such a humane and kind way. Thank you again. I am so so grateful. Katie Rowley, mummy to Trixie and biff.
Nathan came to our house three weeks ago. We had just adopted a 9 month old staffy/great dane cross who had been abused and abandoned as a pup, and who was exhibiting fear and avoidance around adult male humans. We also have a cattle dog cross who has been living with us for the past two years, and he was also a rescue pup: his main issue was that he would constantly patrol the property at high speed and bark at intruders, real or imagined. We were looking for some advice on how to give both our boys a relaxed and happy life with us as part of our family.
Nathan arrived and without speaking a word, had both dogs responding to him in a positive way. He passed on volumes of knowledge and helpful advice to my wife and I during the few hours that he spent with our dogs and us.
In my working life I am a behaviour specialist and I work with people who have developmental disabilities. I am trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and work within the framework of Positive Behaviour Support. I am opposed to the use of punishment or aversive behavioural techniques and believe every person (and every dog for that matter) has the right to support that is respectful and socially valid, based on positive reinforcement rather than correction.
I am aware of critiques on the theory of Dominance in dog behaviour. I agree that many dog trainers, in previous generations and less so today, have used excessively punitive techniques of correction while lacking an understanding of the power and benefits of positive reinforcement. I agree that it has been a common mistake to project human models of dominance and hierarchy onto dogs. With my first dog, the cattle dog cross, I fell into the opposite trap; projecting human models of democracy and shared decision-making onto him. The effect being that he could not relax around me and was always looking for a way to contribute his energy, even if it meant chasing imaginary intruders around the yard. And in the case of our new dog, my compassionate and gentle approach was too hesitant and was in fact reinforcing his desire to keep me out of his territory.
Nathan brought a more balanced approach than this. Without a word from him, my dogs relaxed around him. Nathan explained that he uses his body language and his clear intention to communicate with dogs that he is in command of the territory, and that the dogs can relax and wait for his command.
This is of course obvious! Ninety percent of what we communicate is non-verbal, and dogs are immediately in tune with these signals.
To see my dogs relax and at one stage fall asleep in Nathan's presence, on the same shared mat, communicated to me that my ideas of democracy and shared leadership were actually stressing my dogs out! My dogs approached Nathan voluntarily and were attracted to him--the exact opposite of an aversive response. I may not convince fellow behaviourists that this was anything more than the effect of intimidation and "spirit-breaking" but I was and am convinced that it was non-aversive, and the least punitive effective technique to ensure two happy relaxed dogs.
My wife and I have been able to carry these techniques and approaches forward, and report that the behaviour problems for both dogs have resolved. We have had two relaxed and happy family members who are open and responsive to positive training techniques, because our body language, boundaries and our attitude is consistent and clear to start with.
Our younger dog passed away due to a medical problem a couple of days ago. I am writing this message to Nathan now because we appreciate how valuable to have had him come and help us out as a family, making the last three weeks of our puppy's life a happy and positive time, free of fear.