Words of Kindness
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... Work Completed Date: July 31, 2011
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $75.00
Member Comments: Overall has been excellent! Dave is brilliant with animals, AND their owners. He's been out 2x and my dog has responded positively, and I've learned better how to handle her. She's a senior 95 lb. Anatolian Shepherd that I took home from a rescue place. While she loves all people, from little kids to adults (even the postal workers), she wasn't socialized properly with other dogs. Now she is getting that, and responding better. I'm also understanding her behaviors better thanks to Dave. We'll have some more lessons (more for me than her no doubt)! Dave's price isn't just for an hour - he'll stay until he feels your dog (and you) have gotten what is necessary from that day's training. And his price was excellent! The above is what he quoted me, but after meeting my dog and hearing our story, we received a discount. I couldn't believe it - his initial price was already better than other dog trainers). Dave is outgoing, friendly, exuberant, compassionate and really cares about animals, and how people care for them. You'll get more than your money's worth if you hire Dave.
Additional Questions Answered when completing this report
How much did the final cost compare to the original estimate? lower than estimate
How does the value of the work compare to the price? I got more than my money's worth
How far in advance did you schedule the work? within a week
Did you find the company through Angie's List? yes
If yes, which source(s)? website
Why did you choose this contractor? location, reputation, other, and price
Have you used this company before? this is the first time I've used this company
What did you like most about this contractor? Energetic, knows animal psychology, knows how to 'train' the owner.
What did you like least about this contractor? n/a
What surprises came up during the course of the work? n/a
What words of advice would you give other members considering this contractor? Don't look any further - Dave knows what he's doing.
What words of advice would you give this contractor? Don't change anything!
As animals do, Beau brings me so much joy. Dave's instinct is to appreciate and help clients build upon those joys, through an attentive connection that incorporates structure, consistency, and lots of positive reinforcement. More importantly is the education that the client receives, apart from the dog.
Over the months, Dave's explicit instruction has taught me how to effectively manage Beau's high energy and sometimes stubborn qualities. Particularly, we were having barking and howling issues around separation anxiety that Dave helped us resolve swiftly and humanely. Under Dave's care, Beau continues to thrive, and improve his manners and socialization with other animals, including cats!
I have worked with various trainers previously, and with other dogs, and have not achieved the results that I have experienced in having Dave as a teacher.
Without a doubt, I trust Dave implicitly in helping Beau improve. Additionally, I can honestly say that without Dave's guidance, knowledge, connection to the canine world, and instruction, I wouldn't be half the Mom I need to be with big, goofy Beau.
When you recognize the positive changes you and your dog make as a direct result of lessons with Dave, you, too, will know that you've made the correct choice. Chances are, your relationship with your dog will improve exponentially -- I know mine did. Without hesitation, Beau and I highly recommend Dave."
Dave's training is priceless. It was so weird because even after the first session it was like I was talking to my dog for the first time. My husband and I have been around dogs all our lives but until working with Dave we never truly understood them. Dave's patience, experience, and critical thinking make him the best dog trainer I've ever encountered. He's taken Urabon, a lab/dalmatian mix, who used to bark at every dog that got within 5 feet of her and turned her into a happy social dog. Calling Dave was the best thing I ever did for my furry family and I can't recommend him enough to anyone I meet who needs a dog trainer.
Marley (four year old Female Rottweiler)
"I love Dave - he plays with me all the time and teaches me right from wrong. He respects the fact that I need love, attention, exercise, and strong leadership to be a happy pup. Thanks Dave!"
Dave Eggers makes my dog happy bottom line. My neighbor, friend, and dog trainer Eggers is an absolute joy to have around my Rottweiler Marley. Marley, an obstinate, dominant female, responds extremely well to his love and gentle style of training (she may listen to him better than me at times!). She loves the environment he creates for dogs always interactive and focused, never destructive, bored, or disobedient. Eggers has also taught me a lot about my dog just by watching him work with her or others on the property. I have learned patience from him, a virtue not easily taught. Thanks Eggers, for caring so much for one of my best friends! I wholeheartedly recommend your effort, knowledge, and obvious care for canines to anyone in need of training.
Dave is the best! He works with my dog on a very regular basis and truly cares for her. Dave is a compassionate, knowledgeable dog trainer who I would recommend to anyone in need of some help with their pooch.
Dave and RogueAs the As the owner of a beautiful young male Dogue de Bordeaux, Rogue, I took immense pride in having a normally very sweet, well-behaved, well-socialized dog that even though he was extremely large and powerful, I could take with me anywhere and everywhere, that is until he developed some unfortunate adolescent behavior that made it hard for me to take him out in public - namely he suddenly became aggressive towards other dogs we would meet on the street. Eggers not only helped us overcome this issue, he gave me invaluable training myself on how to handle a dog almost as large as I am, as it seems I was mostly the problem (which I understand is usually the case with behavioral issues in dogs). Rogue absolutely adores Eggers, who has a natural way with dogs and really understands how they think and what motivates them to behave well, and he shows us dog-owners how to bring out the best in our dogs. Rogue is now a different dog, or at least hes back to being his normally very sweet well-behaved self that I can once again take with me everywhere and anywhere.
Toni Y. Rogues Mom
Dave and Bella
If you're in the market for a cutting edge, “behavioral specialist”, then I suggest you run to the phone. When I met Eggers I’d just adopted a Siberian Husky who’d been attacked by coyotes. He was wounded and traumatized and, as I later found out, sorely lacking in doggie social skills. Although his physical wounds were healing, his emotional ones were not. Just when I’d begun to think I’d bit off way more than I could chew… enter Eggers . After just one visit Bella Luna was a different, more trusting, less fearful dog. It was obvious to me by Eggers second visit that he had a “sense” of just what this animal needed. I’m not exactly sure how he does what he does, or what makes his philosophy so special, but it really doesn't matter because the results are in; my dog is healthier, happier and more well adjusted and I am grateful! We still have one more hurdle to jump-the DOG PARK, but I am confident these results will be just as amazing as the rest of them have been.Thank You, Eggers
Sherry Jorden, Jordens Sancuary
"I worked at a kennel with Dave for 6 months and wouldn't trust my dog to anyone else. He understands animals and ONLY uses positivereinforcement. They learn respect rather than fear. "
Compassion 4 Animals
"Dave is half dog half man. He gets them and understands them (and I would assume all animals) and is essential in helping us work with two rescued dogs we have brought home that are having issues. His keen canine capabilities make for an interesting and informative time for the dogs and us. Mostly, he gives us a sense of awareness and a sigh of relief knowing that we are able to make a difference and have a happier family life with our pets who are definitely part of OUR family. Now, like it or not, Dave is part of it, too!"
"He understands how dogs think and interact socially. "
I asked Dave Eggers to train my dogs after seeing him at the dog park with a pack of 15 dogs that showed astonishing obedience to him. I would not have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes. We have a 2-year-old Lab mix and a Shepard mix who is almost 2-years-old. They are very sweet dogs with boundless energy. Although we love them a lot, we were very frustrated at their lack of obedience and way they playfully terrorized our home and yard. They were so exuberant around people that they barked and jumped all over our guests. We became frustrated to the point that we resigned ourselves to locking them in the kitchen when guests visited or when we were at our wits end with them. We were sad that we weren’t able to enjoy them as part of the family.
Dave arrived and changed everything for us. He is the not the kind of trainer that just throws a bunch of treats at the dogs while barking “sit” and “stay” commands to them …anyone can do that. Dave utilizes what seems to us a keen understanding of dogs and the relationship between dogs and people to do his magic. Over a couple of months of weekly visits, Dave taught us how to know our dogs, how to predict their behavior and how to intervene in a gentle, intuitive manner that ultimately transformed the dogs behavior and the way that we behaved around them! He even incorporated our 6-month old baby into the training and helped us to foster a safe and loving relationship between them. We all (the dogs included) really enjoyed our sessions with Dave. It never felt like training (I came to understand this as part of Dave’s genius). Rather it felt like we were hanging out with a friend while learning skills and deepening our bond with our dogs. Dave trained our dogs in a gentle, subtle (but powerful) manner in real-world environments. He even came to a holiday party that we held at our house and proved to us that our dogs can interact beautifully with a room full people and tables full of food. Dave is a truly unique trainer who got amazing results with our dogs in a short period of time (my husband and I joke that Dave might be 50% dog himself!). We recommend him to all of our friends and we recommend that you call him right away if you want to live in peace and joy with your furry friends.
- Alison and Jeff Ross and their dogs, Jackson & Shaina, Woodland Hills, CA
DAVE, JACKSON AND SHAINA