Durham >Pet Trainers > Dog Academy of NC
1215 Stone Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770335.947931 -78.854818
Absolutely terrible! I did plenty of research on Micheal, but I only found a couple of people with complaints. I brought my dog for the initial consult, and I must admit that he sounded very confident he could train her with no issues. After the first week I was finally allowed to visit and was astonished with how badly it appeared he had treated her! She had wounds all over her body, her neck was scabbed over with some wounds and there were fresh ones as well. When asked why her neck was so bad his response was "Your dog is a psyco!" Are you joking?! He still insisted he could train her, even though it was clear he couldn't. I brought her home and she hid under the couch for weeks. She needed to be on medication for the infection of her wounds, and is worse off than she was before. Unacceptable!!!
If you love your dog, do not take it to this dog hell! I took my dog for boarding/training. He said that my dog needed 3 weeks of training because is hard for her to get used to new people (he needed a week to bond) He doesn't let you see your dog for the first week. After 5 days we went to see our dog and the poor thing looked like she had been trough hell and back! Her neck was RAW actual wounds that had gotten infected from him using the pinch collar! She had sores all over her body and was petrified! She also had horrible diarrhea and had loose 2 lb( she is an 11 lb dog!) She was so scared that She wouldn't even let me touch her! It was the worst mistake to take my dog to this "trainer" He does not adjust his methods to suit the size and need of your dog! So unless you want your dog to be horribly mistreated, STAY AWAY from this hellhole. ( I have uploaded pictures to the photo section, take a look for yourself what he did to my dog)
Michael is an excellent dog trainer, as well as people trainer! The truth is dogs are pretty smart and it's usually the owners who really need to learn how to get the best out of their dog. Michael is very good at teaching you how to best handle your dog. We have had many dogs and our last one was particularly quirky with so many fears. Michael transformed him. Even our vet and neighbors couldn't believe the change. Michael taught our dog things that we didn't know were so wonderful to teach! Our dog boarded with Michael and came home knowing how to stay on his bed until we told him he could get up, how to stop barking, and how to come with just a blow of a whistle (even if the evil UPS truck was in the driveway). Yes, our dog was a bit stressed staying at Michael's, but he would have been if we had left him in a kennel anyway. He lost a little weight, which he needed to anyway, because he didn't eat much the first couple of days. In the end, it was very worth it because the dog was more confident and happy and we had a dog we could enjoy more. Don't hesitate to train with Michael. He's very affordable and will deliver amazing results.
Michael Ward can train any dog, at any age. – My dog is a border collie/springer/other mix and a Katrina rescue puppy who my husband and I got when he was probably 6 weeks old. He started to become aggressive at about 1 year old. By the time he was 6 years old, he had been through a good puppy school and a well regarded dog trainer without improvement, had been "asked to leave" one kennel where dogs were not confined in crates during the day, had become foaming at the mouth teeth gnashing aggressive toward other dogs, lunged to chase joggers, bike riders, and motorcycles, and had to wear a shock collar on walks. He had also pulled me down on a walk and broken my nose. In spite of all this, he was a very intelligent, sweet and devoted dog most of the time, but we finally had decided that he might be untrainable and were considering sending him to go live on a farm instead of in our suburban neighborhood. As a last resort, in August 2011 I went on line and found Michael Ward. Michael took my dog and did intensive training with him for two weeks at his Dog Academy. The second week I spent an hour or two a day there so that Michael could teach me his methods. When I brought my dog home, Michael gave me a program to follow for three weeks to transfer the training from him to me. This dog is a tough case with a long history of behavior issues, so the results were modest in the beginning but we stuck with it. Today, for the first time in 5 years, I can walk my dog without fear. He does not lunge at joggers or bicycles. He does not react to most other dogs, and if he does start to react, I can control him quickly. He is no longer in danger of being sent to a farm. Michael is a gifted dog trainer. For any dog with serious issues, I would highly recommend Michael. For any dog without serious issues, I would equally recommend him, as I can only imagine what he could do with an easy dog given what he was able to do with our hard case. Thanks, Michael!
Best Trainer in the Triangle – Simply put, Michael Ward is the best trainer in the Triangle area. There were many options to choose from - some more pricey than others - but I was unsure where to send my pup for obedience training. He had some serious behavioral problems that had to be corrected before he could be part of the family. Thankfully, Michael Ward was able to correct his behaviors and more importantly teach me the correct way to positively and negatively reinforce dog actions. When I got there I had a lot of misconceptions about how you handle dogs, teach them tricks, etc. Michael taught me that "less is more" in the dog world, meaning that yelling commands and expecting different results just doesn't work. Much better is his method of corrections.
If you have a dog who needs to be trained in the triangle area I would highly, highly recommend Michael. He will take the time to teach you the proper way to handle your dog and his professionalism, candor, and experience are impeccable. Send your dog to Michael!
Michael Ward is the "dog whisper" of NC – I am a new dog owner and had no clue about how to train a dog (other than reading some books). Thankfully I found the Dog Academy of NC. Michael not only trains the dog, but trains the owner to continue the techniques from home. Sandra was so helpful too during "boot camp" (two weeks at Dog Academy of NC). I can't recommend the Dog Academy of NC enough-one of the BEST decisions I have ever made.
Michael Ward lost my dog – which is probably all you need to know that your dog is in danger with him. At the very least, never leave your pets unattended with him. Leaving my dog in his care was the most heartbreaking mistake I've ever made.
Baxter got lost at our facilty on July 10th, 2008. This was shortly after we opened and it was devastating. Our fence could not contain such a small dog. After Baxter disappeared we closed down operations for at least a week to dedicate every waking hour to finding him but to no avail. Since then we have increased fencing security, and are still checking the web and shelters to see if he shows up somewhere.
THE DOG ACADEMY OF NC (MICHEAL WARD, OWNER) – All we can say is....THANK YOU MICHEAL WARD! This man truly saved our German Shepherds life, all other trainers and boarders advised us that our dog was not a domesticated pet and needed to be put down. As a matter of fact, one trainer/borderer stated that he was like turning a toddler losing in our neighborhood with a loaded gun! Bear as we call him, is an AKC registered Black German Shepherd, who as a puppy at 6 weeks, was attacked viciously by our 15 lb. male cat, which resolved in a costly vet bill.
Our dog (Bear) was so traumatized by this attack he became what appeared to be vicious and aggressive toward other animals and people, other than the pack (immediate family). So much so, that our close friends and family were petrified to visit us. We were afraid to walk him, socialize him or even take him for his vet visits.
To that point we had to consider, what choices we had,,,One to get rid of him (but who wants a biting dog) or Two, to put him down! And in a state of desperation, we looked on the internet for German Shepherd Rescue Sites and found Michael Wards (DOG ACADEMY OF NC) website. Michael responded back with a realistic and positive response of what he was capable of doing for our pet. HE STATED THAT ALL DOGS WERE TRAINABLE!!!!
We made our appointment for an evaluation, to introduce Bear to Michael, we were worried that our dog would try to attack him, within minutes after being with Michael; he was walking Bear by leash. Which we have never been able to do...shock but true. After 3 weeks with Michael and he became a true family pet, that we can control when friends and family are over and even take on a pleasurable walk with no worries or problems.
This man is truly the DOG WHISPER OF NORTH CAROLINA and our new friend.
The Best Dog Academy in NC – We took our 8 week old Boxer puppy Brutus for training at the Dog Academy. Michael was fantastic not only with the dog, but with training us. It is amazing what our dog can do. We take him everywhere with us and most people cannot believe he is as young as he is because he is so calm. People are always stopping us and asking us what we did to get him this way and we tell them about the Dog Academy. If you need training - no matter how young or old I would highly recommend you go to the Dog Academy
Fantastic Training! – Our six month old pitt mix puppy just finished training with Michael at Dog Academy of NC. Before beginning training, our dog displayed some dog on dog aggression and dominance. We were actually kicked out of puppy school at another local facility. Knowing we had a stubborn puppy on our hands, a friend referred us to Michael, who invited my husband and I for a free evaluation. Within minutes of meeting our dog, it was clear that Michael would be an effective trainer. There was an almost instant respect and affection formed between the two. During our three weeks of day training, Michael trained our puppy in obedience skills and problem solved for issues such as socializiation with other dogs. Most importantly, Michael spent hours training my husband and I, teaching us how to take back control from our puppy, asserting ourselves in a "pack leader" role. He taught us the appropriate mix of correction and praise to acheive the behaviors we desired from our dog.
When our training was complete, Michael made certain we understood that our work was not done. Our dog was given the obedience skills, but it was our responsibility to maintain his training at home. We are very thankful to Michael for giving us the skills to do so. One week post training, we could not be happier! We have been able to take our dog out in public - to restaurants and concerts with many people and other dogs. We have actually had a number of people approach us in the past few days, just to compliment us on how well trained our puppy is. This speaks volumns for Michael's skill! We HIGHLY recommend Michael Ward and the Dog Academy of NC!
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