We had our initial session with Kirk just after getting our 4 month old puppy. I thought we would just have to “put up” with all the unpleasant puppy behaviors for a year or so, but Kirk helped us understand why we were seeing certain behaviors, how to manage them and how to set boundaries within our home. He was especially helpful with our kids 9 and 7 years old, helping them understand how their energy levels and responses affect the puppy’s behavior. Kirk worked with all of us as a family, teaching us the importance of understanding what our dog was thinking and how to build a relationship with him. I was shocked at how quickly our puppy responded to Kirk’s methods. We continue to utilize the tools Kirk gave us and saw huge improvements with in a week! I would highly recommend Kirk. His teaching methods are amazing!
“As soon as I met Kirk it was obvious that he truly has a special understanding of dog behavior. My dog is normally very nervous, anxious and reactive with strangers, but Kirk was calm and confident in his first interactions with my dog, Sophie and was able to gain control of the situation instantaneously. Over the course of the next 90 minutes, Kirk was very personable and patient with both Sophie and me. His experience and knowledge of dog behavior is apparent and he does a great job of addressing problem situations by empowering you with the knowledge, the tools and most importantly, the confidence to do it on your own.It has only been a few days from our initial session but I am very pleased with the results thus far. I am much more confident in my ability to manage Sophie’s less than ideal behaviors (barking at the door, reacting on leash at other dogs, etc.) This in turn has had a noticeably positive effect on her behavior and energy. I look forward to continue working with Kirk and continuing our progress. I absolutely recommend Kirk if you’re looking for insight into dog behavior and are seeking assistance with your own pup.”
Kirk is awesome. We have 2 dogs and a cat. All was well in our universe until we introduced a new rescue kitty. One of the dogs is very curious about anything or anyone new entering his environment and wanted to inspect the kitty; which of course scared the kitty, who responded with a hiss causing the dog to snap. We kept them separated for a while but made no progress with their behavior toward one another. Kirk spent ONE hour with us and we followed his advice to the letter. His training style is based on his deep understanding of how dogs think therefore there is no need for e-collars or punishment based training. I am happy to report that not only are we all living together peacefully but some of the dogs’ less desirable behaviors have been corrected i.e. barking maniacally when someone rings the bell, pulling on the leash and jumping on people when over excited. I highly recommend Kirk for any of your canine needs. His fees schedule is very reasonable and he is very trust worthy.
I was totally blown away with Kirk’s natural ability to work with my A.D.H.D dogs. I completely trust his judgement and have seen incredible results in a matter of hours after hiring his services. I’m so fortunate to have The Dog Masters in my circle. I also really enjoyed talking with him about his life in Canada. He is the real deal.
My confidence around dogs has always held be back from living in the moment. Kirk Cushing accomplished what I thought was impossible. I know consider myself a “savvy dog person”. I remember him saying, “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” He was absolutely right! It didn’t take long to learn to trust him. I have always had issues with strangers in my home. But after asking him a few questions, I knew he was a real professional. My dog seemed to fall in love with him at first sight. I’m very satisfied with working with him. I can now take my dog to the dog park and is good mannered around other dogs and friends (total behavior change!). His gift with dogs and people is truly remarkable. I keep his business card on me to share with coworkers, family and friends! If you have any doubts or questions, just call and talk to him. Thanks again for everything! You’re the best!!
Kirk is very impressive who knows what exactly dogs and people need to like each other. All my clients can’t speaker nicer things about the man, his sense of character and personal experience is pretty damn impressive. I’ve been rescuing dogs from the streets my whole life. I know what to look for in any “animal lover” and people who really cares about animal welfare. He’s always calm and collected and commands attention. He reminds me of a younger Dog Whisperer and Crocodile Hunter. I know he’s going places. And he’s going to help a lot of dogs and people along the way. May God Bless his work!