I normally do not take part in testimonials, however after all David has done for our family and our dog, it is the least I can do. I've grown up with dogs my entire life, and have attended my fair share of classes, and met several different trainers throughout the years, so to say I am a tough critic would be quite an understatement, when I say David is the exception to the rule in several aspects, I truly mean that.
When we adopted our two year old Pit bull, Kaiya in September 2014 I quickly realized that while she is by far one of the friendliest and most loving dogs I have ever met, she lacked an understanding of basic commands and manners, and was displaying some very normal (but not acceptable) puppy behaviors. Unfortunately for my family who had never owned a Pit bull before, Kaiya's lack of training could have potentially been a deal breaker, and ended in us having to re-home her. I knew she would be an exceptional dog if just given the chance, so I was desperate to find a trainer to address our concerns. I spoke with about ten different trainers on Long Island, but for one reason or another none of them seemed to be the right fit for us, I was about to give up when I came across Canine Karma Training on Instagram, and immediately knew I had to contact David. I sent him an e-mail and within an hour he replied to me, he was professional but extremely kind in his e-mail, he reassured me that the concerns we were having, were the type of issues that he was very experienced in dealing with, for the first time since being told Kaiya may have to be re-homed, I felt a huge sense of relief, which for me was priceless. When David arrived for the consultation, he had a very positive energy about him, he was professional, and immediately began bonding with Kaiya. David did the evaluation, assessed Kaiya, educated us on a type of collar that he has found to be beneficial and safe, established goals with us, and created an objective for our work with him, I truly felt confident and reassured after David left. We have been working with David now for three months and Kaiya's progress is phenomenal. Kaiya now has an understanding of basic commands, she has learned manners both on and off her leash, she is no longer displaying puppy behaviors and she thoroughly enjoys each and every time David comes over to work with her, as much as we do. David has formed a bond with Kaiya that is remarkable, and humbling to see, and he is always friendly towards us as well. I think one of the most important pieces to the puzzle when it comes to training, is educating the owners. If the owners aren't well educated then the dog is not going to be successful with his or her training. David has worked tirelessly with our family, constructively but supportively educating us on everything and anything possible so that we can provide Kaiya with the structure she needs. I can honestly say that without David's training, guidance, assistance, and support, I am not sure Kaiya would still be part of our family.
I have never met a trainer that is more compassionate, competent, and in tune with the dogs he works with, as well as their owners, than David, furthermore David is extremely professional, kind, outgoing, engaging, and patient beyond words, it is always a pleasure working with him. David has a remarkable amount of knowledge when it not only comes to training, and behavior, but several other topics such as nutrition, and health, as well. He is constantly willing to share his experiences, education, and thoughts with us all the time, in an effort to provide us with a better understanding of Kaiya and what she needs to be happy and healthy. David uses only the most positive techniques when training Kaiya, and constantly provides her with encouragement, and praise along the way. There are some trainers that train because it is their profession, but not because it is a true passion of theirs, David is not one of those trainers. Whether he is walking Kaiya, working on basic commands with her, or simply just giving her love, you can see the amount of passion and love that David has for what he does, and the special students he works with. There are very few people I trust when it comes to Kaiya, and I am proud to say David is most certainly one of them. We look forward to continue our work with David, and words cannot describe how grateful we are for coming into our lives. David goes above and beyond what his technical job description is, and I truly believe his unique approach to training is what sets him apart from others in his field. I encourage anyone who is looking for a trainer, to reach out to him, I can confidently promise you, you will not be disappointed.