I just wanted to let you know how much Danny Davis (K-9 Behavior Rehabilitation) and the pack walks have meant to us. Last year this time we had one dog with serious injuries which forced us to remove Frankie from our home for a few months. I was beside myself with shame and anxiety over what to do. After finding you guys and learning about pack leadership and diligently working with Frankie and attending the weekly pack walks, we were able to bring peace back into our home! And now we have little Louise in our pack who is joining our little pack walks and showing Frankie how to be calm. We can’t thank you guys enough.
We initially sought out the help of Danny as a last resort after many trainers and behaviorists said we would have to re-home one of our dogs due to aggressive behaviors and injuries. With little hope we went to our initial appointment and from day one Danny had our dogs walking at his side, teaching us how to be the leader, and he assured us we would not have to re-home a dog. Danny taught us how to be calm and assertive with our dogs, how to handle aggressive situations, and to add more exercise and walking for our very energetic Boston Terriers.
Danny and the team at K-9 Behavior Rehabilitation gave us hope when there was little left and the training we needed to keep our dogs! It is still an on going process, but with the help of Danny, Kelly and Margaret, we have successfully avoided further injury to either dog, and we were able to keep our family together. We cannot thank you all enough for all you did for us and for all the roughnecks (Roughneck Rescue & Sanctuary).
Robert, Alyssa, Luna, and Mira
We can't express how thankful we are for so much help! The understanding we gained is PRICELESS! Everything that was explained was so helpful- from the walk where it was explained how we should be walking the dog and then Danny's one on one direction of holding the leash further down so the dogs were closer- made a HUGE difference. The explanation of exercise is so essential. I also realized there is more responsibility on the owner than I initially thought- that a dog's behavior is the result of the pack leader... Before the workshop, I felt a sense of hopelessness- of "oh, that's just how our dog is and we've tried everything." I was so wrong and would recommend going to the workshop for everyone, even if you don't have concerns with your dog.
The understanding we gained- SO HELPFUL! I have more patience, because when Lance acts a certain way, evaluating how I acted and what caused the action, I'm more patient and often feel bad because it is the result of me- whether it is a lack of exercise or forgetting that I first must see animal, then dog, then greyhound, then Lance. There is so many more great things I can say about what you are doing, and please know, you are such a blessing! Thank you!!!
Katelyn and Ben
I found K-9 Behavior Rehabilitation/Danny on the internet after researching dog behaviors. I phoned him almost in tears after my German Shepherd nipped a friend, I was not sure what do do with this dog I loved so much. He was a great family dog, just didn't like anybody else. He began barking and charging at everybody. I used a leash and muzzle if anybody came over, and still he would lunge at people. Others became afraid of him. He has a very nervous personality and socialization was always difficult from the get go, never let anybody pet him.
We had two private lessons and I attended one Behavior workshop, where I learned how to be the pack leader. Danny was very patient, teaching different techniques and educating me on dog behaviors. He saw positives in my dog right away. It all started with mastering the walk, we did that twice a day, with fewer corrections each time. With both of our confidences up we progressed to the dog park and had great success. It was so amazing to see him run and play with other dogs and be happy. And finally this weekend we had a birthday party with about 20 guests, this was his true test. I took him for a bike ride before people came over, to get some energy out. He greeted people (without a muzzle on or a leash for the first time) by sniffing them, no barking or charging. He was able to lay down on the floor with a group of people in the room and be relaxed. This was the ultimate celebration of our hard work !!
My journey started with tears and thoughts of having to get rid of my dog that I loved, and ended with a dog that is balanced, healthy and happy. I highly recommend his classes, even if you have to drive a few hours, it will be worth it !!
Thank you Danny for all your support!!
Tyson and Brenda, Grand Rapids
This is Copper about two minutes after we pulled out of your driveway. He and Scruffy were tired but in the best way!! Scruffy was also sleeping in the back seat.
They have been relaxed and calm all day. It is the best way to start the New Year.
Thank you so much, Danny!! We will be there on Sunday, and are already practicing.
Kim and Ed
Danny Davis is a life saver. He literally saves dogs’ lives. Danny does this by behaviorally rehabilitating at-risk dogs so that they can be adopted into, or happily remain in, their forever homes.
These dogs are ones who have a variety of anti-social issues, from general anxiety to separation anxiety to aggression. Dogs learn these negative behaviors in order to survive, especially when they lack a trusting pack leader. Whatever the reason for their behavioral problems, trauma, abuse, neglect, a lack of a pack leader, or all of the above, Danny Davis is a God send to dogs and their people alike.
I know this from personal experience. Danny saved the life of my fifteen month old dog, Roxie. In January 2008, she was going to be destroyed at the Humane Society due to an incident with a volunteer. Roxie, who was back at the Humane Society for the second time in seven months, only had three days to live. Fortunately, for her (and ultimately me) Danny intervened just in time. He strongly urged administrators not to destroy Roxie, but to allow him the time to work with her. They agreed; and the rest as they say is history.
After two weeks with Danny, Roxie became a model dog. She is calm, happy, gentle and very well behaved. One would never think that she had behavior problems, but the story doesn’t end there. Danny has helped me with my other dog Ozzie, as well. He has retrained me to become that pack leader that my dogs need. Dogs require a pack leader they can trust who ideally is their person owner and will always meet their needs. Danny has saved other dogs too such as Big Daddy. Hopefully, he will be able to continue advocating for and rescuing dogs at the Humane Society and other dog shelters.
Of course, Danny Davis is more than a dog rescuer. He is a true “dog whisperer”. This term is used often these days, but in Danny’s case it is true, accurate and appropriate. He has a special way with dogs, communicating with them without words through his confident body language and calm positive assertive manner. Dogs relate to him instantly in an almost uncanny way. Danny exudes a confidence and calmness which I believe dogs pick up on and are drawn to. They immediately understand that he is the pack leader. Danny models his behavior for his client and tells them how to become like him, a calm and assertive pack leader who is in charge of his or her dogs and in control of them and the household.
Danny is not a dog trainer, but rather a dog behaviorist. He skillfully uses dog psychology to help unbalanced dogs become balanced and well behaved.
Danny is very patient and kind in his teaching. He is a keen observer and will point out your dog handling mistakes so that you may learn from them. He demonstrates and teaches new techniques you can use right away. His approach is straightforward and direct. He is easy to understand and follow. He advocated consistency and the three main principles – exercise, discipline and affection. Never is a loud yell or angry reprimand given, or any sort of physical discipline. Just firm gentle corrections and an effective technique that is similar to what a mother dog or pack leader might do.
Danny is very professional, reliable and trustworthy and available. He calls and checks on clients and returns messages. He willingly provides phone consultations as well. I wholeheartedly recommend Danny Davis’ K-9 Behavior Rehabilitation services. I am very pleased with the assistance he has given me in regards to my two dogs and for saving the life of one of them. In a sense, he has saved me as well.
Read about Renee and Sophie, the little girl who wanted to attack everyone and everything that crossed her path on their walks. Keep up the great work Renee!!
Thanks so much to all of you for sharing your amazing pack leader skills and for sharing the essential tools to become Pack Leaders ourselves. I walked out of your workshop much more confident and excited for our journey to begin, for Sophie and myself to enjoy relaxing walks and a balanced lifetime of contentment. Soph is like a new girl. It’s amazing how quickly we both caught on. She actually sat calmly and watched two bicycles ride in front of her today (that’s HUGE!) and she stays at my knee even when we aren’t on a walk…just…WOW.
Lindsay, Jonny and their dog Ozzy came to the Workshop - Learn the tools to achieve balance in your dog with Danny Davis. They have seen improvements in Ozzy and are on a path to having a balanced dog! Great job guys!!
Lindsay wrote: My husband and I had a great experience at the workshop in September when we brought our one year old, Ozzy. We have busy schedules but made it a plan to practice our walks 3-5x a week but we have not missed a single day of walking yet and each day is getting better, today will be day eight for us 😊. Ozzy is constantly looking to us for direction and listens much better now that we have began to use just a few words for commands verses too many words in the past. I feel much more confident, comfortable, and best of all excited to continue leading Ozzy to improvements with what we learned!
I have a beagle that has had separation anxiety since I rescued him about three years ago. In the past several months it has only gotten worse to the point he's shredded carpeting to get out of a crate, chewed through walls, and chewed door knobs. I took Louie to Danny about a month ago and have been working on everything Danny taught me since. I cannot believe the transformation already! I've left him home alone several times now, most recently for three hours, and he's been absolutely perfect! If I knew what Danny could do for us three years ago...!!!! I highly recommend Danny for training if you're having any issues with your dog.
Thank you so much Danny!
Jen and Louie
From fighter to lover.
Gump lived his whole life in a wood box with a cage door. He was born and bred to kill other dogs and became a Grand Champion Fighter. Gump was rescued from a Pit Bull fighting ring in Indiana about two years ago and came to live with Danny who immediately started his rehabilitation. With the top of his head at his ears worn down to calluses from the top of the wood box and so many scars on his nose that he snorts when he breathes, Gump is becoming a balanced dog. This weekend, Gump stepped out on his first rehabilitation case with us. He was right by our side as we helped two families with their dogs and was able to prove that even the worst cases have hope. All it takes is the simple formula of Exercise, Leadership and then Affection. And of course, it takes discipline by the human to be consistent, which is often the hardest part. If you have a dog with issues, you can learn the tools needed to achieve balance in that dog. Congratulations to our Gump! Good job boy.
Sadly Gump passed away. He lived out his life here with us at Roughneck Rescue & Sanctuary spending his days playing and lounging with his pack. RIP Gump you are missed.
We met Tina at the local Humane Society when she was about to be euthanized if we did not take her for rehabilitation. Tina was an eight month old big black Mastiff mix who at her young age already weighed 80 pounds. The staff told us she played very rough and was mouthing too aggressively and if the behavior continued to progress, she would be a big problem. So off to rehab she went! We worked with Tina on her problems which were easily corrected because of her age. Young dogs are like sponges and are looking for direction and guidance.
Tina stayed with Danny and the pack for three months. She was adopted by Matt and Cathy who are both loving people that took Tina and gave her the forever home that she needed and deserved.
After about three years Danny and the pack were at the dog park when they spotted Tina and Matt. Tina looked so beautiful; just a big, happy balanced dog. It goes without saying, Danny was very happy for Tina, Matt and Cathy.
Recently, Tina came to stay with Danny and the pack for a few days while Matt and Cathy were out of town. Danny tells us “It was a great pleasure to have her in the pack again even if for only a few days. I was sad to see her go home. It was bittersweet, like the day she was adopted and I hope to see her again soon. Thank you Matt and Cathy for giving Tina such a great place to live and all of the things you do for her every day.”
It's a story like this that makes what we do at K-9 Behavior Rehabilitation so incredibly rewarding.
I can't thank Danny enough!! My dog Charlie has been struggling with anxiety issues for 5 years. After one session he's a totally different dog!! I never realized how much of his anxiety was coming from me. So, thanks a million for helping me and Charlie!!
Our dog Bandit was showing aggressiveness toward people and dogs. We didn't know what triggered it or how to prevent it. Danny showed us how to be more effective leaders and it works!!! Bandit is calmer and his aggressive behaviors are diminishing. Work with Danny and his pack is amazing.
I have to say how much I appreciate everything you did to help us! We came to see you in November with two out of my three dogs fighting constantly. My husband and I got bit multiple times and we had one of our dogs living with my mom. I could not use anything on the house that made noise or had a handle because my bulldog would attack it and it would take two of us to get him to release. Since we have seen you I can use things with a handle in the house and his fenced in yard area (still need to work on things outside the fence) and I can dry my hair without getting a black eye. I also have all of my dogs home and we have had no issues. Without you I would have had to get rid of one of them. You are truly amazing. Thank You! I think I need to make the 4 hour drive to see you again this summer to see if you can help me get my Monster (bulldog) to get along with other dogs.
I met Danny Davis when I was ordered by the Ann Arbor police to impound my four year old beagle mix for biting a passerby. Axle had been raised in a setting where his nervous and occasionally aggressive behavior was never dealt with. He was pretty unsociable dog except with this family. I took him in because I did not want him to be put to sleep; I knew he had some wonderful qualities. I asked the Humane Society if they could recommend a dog trainer to help me with Axle's problems. I was given Danny's number. He agreed to come out after talking to me and reassured me that the problems we had to deal with were very remediable.
The confidence I got just from the first phone call was a a great comfort to both my children and me. He made it possible to afford by allowing me to split the fee into payments. He wasn't a bit snobbish, and I could tell he really cared about the issues we were having with our dogs. He even visited Axle while he was in "jail". After working with Danny's techniques for a few months, we and others could see definite improvements in Axle's general response to people and other dogs.
Due to landlord issues I was forced to find another home for Axle. The new owner is going to hire Danny also, so that she understands the techniques that helped to bring out the best in Axle, who is now called Skipper. If I had listened to certain negative people, this loving, smart dog would not be with us today. It's very important to know that people can be trained to be good dog owners and that a dog that was poorly conditioned to begin with can be rehabilitated.
Thank you Danny for the valuable skills you taught my family. We will be able to use these for the rest of our lives!
I have had the privilege of observing and working with Danny Davis of K-9 Rescue and Rehabilitation since March of 2007. Having used several dog trainers unsuccessfully in the past, it is readily apparent that Danny is the most qualified and the most personable. Danny has unique talents as a dog psychologist. It gives me great pleasure and is an honor to have been asked to write this reference highlighting Danny’s unique talents and abilities.
As the owner of a two-year-old mixed Beagle, Ellie, who has exhibited aggressive tendencies towards other dogs, I have been extremely pleased with the progress my dog has been making under Danny’s guidance. He quickly and accurately assessed the situation and developed a plan to correct the inappropriate behavior. Ellie is now equipped with a collar and a leash system that enables the person walking her to have all of the control. I worked with Danny to learn how to control her in this particular way. I have used many dog-walking apparatuses recommended by different trainers in the past. I never had the success that I now enjoy. I have learned that proper exercise, where I am her pack leader, allows for proper discipline and in turn enables me to show my dog affection. This system has worked wonders in my household. Danny has demonstrated on several occasions that rules, boundaries and limitations are needed to raise a happy, well adjusted dog. It should be noted that Danny actually demonstrates each action that he wants performed for the dog. He is patient, never tiring until the dog understands what is wanted of her in a particular situation.
My husband and I are now able to walk Ellie through our local park without having her tug and pull on the leash, and she no longer lunges at other dogs. Her behavior has turned around at home as well. Ellie no longer runs our home with an iron paw. She instead has taken very well to being an affectionate pet and wonderful companion. Danny has showed me how to develop the patience it takes to work with an aggressive dog as well as how to understand her most basic needs.
Danny has proven himself to be fair, evenhanded and enthusiastic! He is able to understand the mind of a dog and connect to the dog’s level of understanding. He is a patient teacher with a positive attitude who continues to work with clients until they have a complete understanding of the program and their dog has had success. Danny has been a positive influence on me as well as my dog, Ellie.
I wish him the utmost success as he continues to grow his program and recommend him to anyone looking for a positive rewarding dog rehabilitation experience.