All of my adult life – I’ve made a living helping dogs and people understand each other better. Many people are misguided about the true nature and intelligence of dogs or their role within our family structure. The “Old School” terms “Pack Leader” and/or “Dominance” were thrown out by top trainers many years ago. I was one of those “Old School” trainers; right out of High School I joined the Air Force where I trained police dogs. My police dog “Joe” and I competed in a worldwide Military competition.
After the Military, I moved to Hollywood and trained hundreds of animal actors for television and motion pictures. Although our company primarily specialized with dogs and cats, I got experience working with many different kinds of animals. It was during that time I started clicker training, learning much more about animal behavior, behavior modification, non-aversive training methods and teaching people about operant and classical conditioning which are the building blocks to how dogs learn. Thank goodness for that early exposure to those “New School” techniques, because up until that point, I thought dogs did things out of dominance or because they wanted to please me. People are still being taught those “Old School” myths, i.e. if a dog walks ahead of you, through a doorway first, leaning on you, allowed to eat before you, etc. is doing so to show dominance over you. and you must not let them or you will lose your “pack leader” position. Whoever is still teaching you this, must have fallen asleep for about 28 years.
After the animal acting experience, I started my own dog training business in Los Angeles and later moving to Malibu. For 24 years I was the dog trainer to the stars. Mel Gibson, Olivia Newton John, Pamela Anderson, James Cameron and Dick Clark, are just a few of the names. During that time I became a member and attended conferences of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers).
Today, June 24th 2010 I’m living and helping dog owners on the Gold Coast of Australia, but with the Internet, it’s possible for me to help people all over the world.
June 24th 2015
About Didga the CAT: I’ve been a dog trainer without my own dog for the last 12 years, mainly because I’m around dogs all the time and although I have fun teaching them things, coming home and teaching a cat has been much more rewarding/challenging for me. It has made me a much better dog trainer and helped the dogs learn how to behave around a cat. “Didga”, a tabby cat I adopted her from the shelter is the STAR now and takes up most of my time, so I’m not training dogs ATM. Her videos on YouTube have reached over 35 million views. Together with my Malibu Dog Training youtube channel I have about 40 million views and 115k subscribers! I hope you’ll visit my channels, MALIBUDOGTRAINING and CATMANTOO
RIP Shultz (A miniature Schnauzer) and Quiz (a ginger cat) special pets of mine who were both talented enough to appear in television and movies. The Leeza Gibbons show, Americas greatest pets, Donnie and Marie show, Americas & Australia’s funniest videos, Worlds most amazing animals (Japanese production), Late night with David Letterman (stupid pet tricks) and Pet Star (Animal Planet). Schultz had a big role in the HBO movie “Devil In The Flesh”.