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Understanding Dogs with Doggy Dan

“Although I am now one of the biggest dog lovers and spend the larger part of most days thinking about them and how I can help them it didn’t always used to be this way.

So here’s a little bit about my journey from a young lad growing up in the north-east of England with a mum who is terrified of dogs to to where I am today.

My hope is that my journey to find my passion in life will give you the confidence and hope to continue on your journey are developing that amazing relationship with your puppy or dog.

There is so much more to dogs than first meets the eye, even after a decade of working with them at blows me away as I slowly start to realise the depth of their love understanding and connection to us.

Sometimes I feel like they know us better than we know ourselves.”

& 80’s

Growing up around dogs in the UK

Living in the UK in the early 70’s I always loved dogs and found them no matter where we were. Although my mum was terrified of them it never put me off, although it’s the reason we never had a dog in our home growing up.


Lots of jobs but not the right one!

The 90’s saw me graduate from the University of Birmingham, UK with a degree in Civil Engineering. I tried my hand at several job but none of them fill me with the passion I was looking for although working the streets as a British Police officer was certainly exciting at times. After a short stint as a maths teacher I find myself in the corporate IT industry.


A move to New Zealand

The start of the century saw me arrive in beautiful New Zealand. I arrived having never visited here before, yet I was so convinced that this was my new home that I only buy a 1 way ticket. I landed in Auckland and set up home with my wonderful wife to be Jenni.


Peanut enters our lives

After Jen and I got married and purchased our first house in Auckland our first dog Peanut came into our lives and literally changed them forever. I immediately became a very proud dog owner, helped by the fact that Peanut was constantly referred to as “the best behaved dog in the world by friends and strangers alike


2008 Doggy Dan is founded

Finally I made the decision to quit the corporate world and follow my passion for dogs. I set up as Doggy Dan and the rapid success that follows is more than I could have dreamt of. Within a short time I find myself flying around the country and even being flown to overseas islands to work with people’s dogs. I also continue to develop my dog knowledge and gain experience working with large packs of dogs at K9 Heaven a doggy daycare close to where I lived. I find my second dog Inca at the SPCA shelter


The Online Dog Trainer is born

To help support clients and to cope with demand from not just New Zealand but also overseas I set up The Online Dog Trainer, an online dog training video website designed to walk dog and puppy owners through the same training they could experience in a personal consultation. At present it has been used by over 27,000 people worldwide.

My 1 on 1 consultation work as a dog trainer

leads to me working with many well known people including All Black
world cup final try scorer Tony Woodcock.


TV, Radio and Speaker

An increase in speaking events including schools leads me to being invited as a key note speaker at the NZ SPCA National conference, a great honour indeed. Later that year Moses joins the pack and stars in the video diary of raising a puppy from 8 weeks to 8 months, one of the courses inside The Online Dog Trainer


“What the dogs taught me about being a parent”

The launch of my first ever book by Random House Publishing, creates a very busy year with promotions including TV shows 7 Sharp and Good Morning TV and magazine appearance such as with Woman’s Weekly. Stan and Sage my two children join me on the front cover.


Consultations come home

ADue to high demand on my time I start running consultations out of my home property here in Muriwai. Providing owners a safe and controlled place to visit with their dog where we can walk through the training in a relaxed setting. With my pack of dogs close at hand to assistance in any way and the large open space they are proving a huge success.

Jack Arrives.

My new dog Jack arrives in my life. A powerful teacher and
being, its time for me to take my learning up to a new level
to connect with this strong boy.

The Doggy Dan podcasts show begins a new
venture doing dog training podcasts which
proves very succesful.


Auckland Housewives

I’m approached by TV show Auckland Housewives to appear on the show and make an appearance. Not the only thing that I did that year but certainly worth a mention and of huge entertainment to friends and family alike!


2017 Dog Trainer Academy

The online training program Dog Trainer Academy, DTA launches, teaching students all over the
world how to successfully set themselves up and become dog trainers. Able to watch
consultations, share in webinars and learn through multimedia online and become dog trainers
in their own right it is proving to be a huge success.

And into the future…

Moving ahead I look to help dog owners understand the depth of feeling and intelligence that
these animals have, that they are different from us but not lesser.
At the same time, Jenni my amazing partner of over 20 years, continues to do very similar work
with horses and riders around the world.

We plan to work together more helping animal lovers connect with and understand these
amazing four legged creatures better.

What the Dogs Taught me About Being a Parent

For an audio version of my book, click here