Success Stories

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Dave Johnson volunteers weekly to help the dogs at the Delta Animal Shelter.  Dave volunteers his time and talents both at the animal shelter working on basic obedience and as part of the DAWGZ ADAPT inmate dog training program where he helps teach training techniques.  His methods of training have saved numerous dogs across the entire UP.

One dog in particular was Apollo, a dog brought to the shelter that was caged his whole life and scared of human touch.  Untouchable and considered vicious, Dave sat with this little Jack Russel terrier and over much time, taught him to trust, taught himself confidence and taught him to enjoy human touch.   He worked on basic obedience, walking on lead and trusting all humans that he met.  Without Dave’s training, chances for Apollo were slim, but we are happy to say Apollo is now adopted and loving his humans and life- he loves belly rubs and sleeping on a couch. 

Dave understands dogs and can really tackle any issue a dog has.  We are thankful he devotes his time and training to help shelter dogs become the best dog they can be.

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Dave with D&D Dog Dynamics is the only person I would want training my dog!  After he first trained my “un-trainable” Pomeranian I was convinced!   Then, when I fostered a dog from the Delta Animal Shelter who I would end up adopting and after need some special training so she could become Mid Pen Schools reading therapy dog, I knew who to call,  Dave and D&D Dynammics!  Dave came out, met Charlie, saw the potential she had and agreed to work with us right at the school!  Not only has Dave trained Charlie to be the best dog she can be, he has also taught me how to be a better handler and dog mom! Dave was also great with the many students we encountered while training, taking the time to explain to kids what he was doing, why he was doing it, and sometimes even using the students as part of the training which the kids loved!  I can’t thank Dave enough for such a positive and rewarding experience!
Mandi Lippens
Title 1 Intervention
Mid Peninsula School
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Emmett came to the shelter in February of 2014. He was sent to Bay Vet to be neutered, because we didn’t have our own surgery room at the shelter yet. Dr. Sue had lost her dog J.J. six months prior, and was feeling that empty hole in her heart very keenly, when this timid little ball of fur with big sad eyes grabbed her by the heart. He never went back to the shelter. When he first came to us he always looked so sad that he was named after the clown, Emmett Kelly. Emmett had some behavior issues, mostly due to insecurities, that Dr. Sue was unable to help him with on her own. She enlisted the help of Dave Johnson, who taught her how to make Emmett into a happy, more secure dog. He still has his baggage, and doesn’t do well in large groups of strangers which is why he isn’t here tonight. But he’s at Bay Vet every day, and has become the office’s “Walmart Greeter”. We love Emmett, and are so happy to have seen him blossom!

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Buddy came to us with a lot of jumping and biting issues. He would start playing and it would escalate. Dave worked with Buddy and we saw remarkable improvements right away. With Dave’s help, Buddy was able to quickly overcome his escalation of biting and jumping and has turned into a great family companion. A great big shout out to Dave and D & D Dog Dynamics. Excellent trainer, exhibiting quick results!

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I first started working with Dave about 2 years ago. Since that time I have been nothing but impressed with the training he does with dogs.  He strives to make each and every dog he works with successful. He does this by treating the dogs like they are his own.  For my dogs, it was no different.  I first called on Dave to help me with my three year old Golden Retriever, named Remy. Remy has a lot of issues with fears. My friend, Jean referred me to Dave and I have no regrets for taking that advice.  Remy’s fears are not of people, but stem out to things like: Other dogs, unfamiliar objects, noises, and movements.  He also had a fear food aggression toward my other dogs.  First off, Dave helped me address the food aggression issue.  He showed my husband Tom and I how to react to the issue and what to do to stop any additional incidents.  We did our homework on this, and I am so proud to say that we have had total success for 2 years!  I decided to put Remy in both of Dave’s obedience classes, the beginner and the advanced.  Working with Dave and the other dogs and owners was just totally awesome for helping Remy deal with other dogs.  It was amazing to see Remy sitting right next to other dogs on the last day of class. The greatest part is I told him to stay next to those dogs and I walked away.  I was so proud!  It was such a great experience, I decided to put my Labrador, Harley through the class as well.  That too was very successful!

 Another issue I had with Remy had to deal with Agility.  I compete in UKC Agility with both Remy and Harley.  He was afraid of the teeter totter.  This piece of agility equipment is required in the entry level, so without it, we were not going to be able to do agility competitions.  I tried for over 3 years with no success. Dave was very happy to help!  What happened next was totally amazing.  Dave worked with Remy for about 15 minutes, and I could not believe at the end of that 15 minutes, Remy was walking on the teeter at its lowest level.  Dave continued to coach me, I followed his instructions, and 3 months later Remy was doing the teeter safely on his own!!  He likes the teeter today!!  We currently have two UKC Agility Titles.

Dave also helped me with both of my dogs doing Nosework. Dave has a great background in training search dogs. In nosework we search for scents.  I had already passed the easier entries levels in nosework with my dog Harley.  I was now up to the difficult, much more challenging levels, and I felt like I hit a brick wall.  Dave worked with me beginning with training me on how scent works all the way up to challenging searches, with high hides and tougher locations.  Every single search had a lesson to be learned!  We became a much better nosework team than I could have ever imagined.  In October, Harley earned the top nosework title, Elite Nosework!!!  Huge thank to Dave for his part on that!

Dave is just a great trainer.  But what makes him even better is he treats everyone with respect, he avoids turning dogs down and tries his best to address every issue.  He puts his whole heart into his work!  I believe nobody loves dogs more than Dave.  I am happy to be able to call him my friend. Hats off to Dave!  Keep up the great work!!!  Dogs Rule!

Colleen Owens, Proud Dog Owner