We returned to Chas 9 years later after having trained our first dog, Kobe with him when he was a puppy. Our second puppy, Ramsey, is a very large pitbull. He is very smart but easily excitable and distracted. He had also begun, at 6 months to show some stranger/fear aggression. After only two lessons with Chas, Ramsey can now lay in the middle of the room with activity going on around him and not pay any attention or move. He is also walking so nicely that my 11 year old daughter can walk him with no problems what so ever. The techniques that Chas uses are very straight forward and to the point. He keeps the expectations very simple and easily understood so that it makes it very uncomplicated for the dog to know what he/she is supposed to do. He does not complicate things with clickers or treats, sit simply means sit. I have seen other reviews of his methods that describe them as "harsh". I very much have to disagree. Too many trainers are treating dogs as children or people, Chas understands that dogs are animals, not human, and the techniques he uses are not only appropriate, but extremely effective and not confusing to the dogs. I would and do recommend Chas and DBF to everyone who has a dog with any type of issues. We will continue to use Chas with our puppy now and any other dogs we may have down the road.
11. Oceans Of Fun
10001 W Bluemound RdMilwaukee, WI 53226
I would highly recommend Chas and the work he does with dogs! He individualizes his approach and truly wants to help the owner. My dog Roger, a basset hound, was 7 months old when we got him from a reputable breeder. He lived with 12 other dogs and was very mellow. Unfortunately, within 2 months the first 3 dogs he met in our neighborhood were mean to him, with one actually biting him on the ear. (It's owner had to remove it from Roger's ear and her dog bit her.) Consequently, Roger was traumatized and saw all dogs as enemies. He turned into "Cujo" whenever he saw another dog. (He was great with all other animals, adults and children.) Chas works individually with Roger and me to achieve the needed results. Roger is so much better! We are on our 7th lesson and I can't believe he is the same dog. Chas uses his dog in the lessons to desensitize the traumatized dogs to other dogs and I think this has been a real bonus. If you want your dog to be a happy dog and well behaved, I highly recommend Dog's Best Friend!
My husband and I have a 3 year old Weimaraner, Riley, that is very sweet, but showed aggression at the door and was aggressive to other dogs when on a leash; and this is after completing lessons when she was young. As a safety precaution we sought help from a dog trainer. Chas was recommended by a friend, and we couldn't be more pleased. Chas worked with my husband and me to teach us proper control of Riley and although she is a very determined dog, we now have control. Chas' teaching method is fair and firm and he is always conscious of safety. These lessons have been exactly what we needed for Riley. My only regret is I wish we would have hired him when Riley was a puppy. I was not offered a free lesson by writing this, but the cost of the lessons were worth every penny. Riley is a well behaved dog and we are a happy family!
We got a lab mix when he was 3 months old his name is Vador. Vador would not like to go on walks he would just sit down and not listen it would take us 45 mins. just to get to the end of the block. Vador would also bit and chew everything like most puppies do. After the first lesson with Chas Vador's bitting got 100% better. After the second lesson Vador would walk without pulling or stopping, we now take him on 30 min. to 45 min walks with no problems. Chas is very friendly and fun to work with. We are in the middle of our private lessons, but once we are done we will be signing up for the group lessons. If you are looking for a dog trainer i highly recommend Chas at Mans best friend.
I would say most of these reviews are accurate. I do not believe that Chas has harsh methods. He believes in exhausting all options before using a more "aggressive" technique. I came to Chas with doubts only because I started very late with my dog- he is almost 6 years old. I also have an aggressive dog that is very stubborn. I am not able to take my dog to group classes and let him off the leash without worrying that he will attack another dog. I would never have thought that possible. And all of this was possible without any harsh or aggressive training techniques. I recommend Chas to anyone who wants to train their dog.
I have an 11 month old boxer puppy...he was getting out of control and I was at my wits end. I searched a few places on line and I even had called a few. When I spoke with Chas I knew I found my trainer. I highly recommend private first before group...especially if your dog is not used to other dogs. It helped me emensly. He also gave me homework....if you don't do it....the classes don't work as well. Follow his training techniques...and you'll be amazed! Louie is no longer the same unruly boy!
Chas has been working with my barky aggressive dog Ringo and with my Big Baby Roscoe and I have seen a world of difference in both of them. I can finally take Ringo for a walk around the block without him freaking out at every little thing and Roscoe is finally starting to do what I want him to do even when he doesn't want to do it! And all of this with just very simple basic commands and rules to follow!
We are only three lessons into a twelve lesson program but the difference in our rescue dog Buddy has been unbelievable. Before Chas Buddy was barely controllable with a choke collar, now Buddy walks calmly next to us with a calm "heal" command. Our goal going forward is for Buddy to be as obedient as Chas's dog Lilly who is the best trained dog I have ever witnessed.