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Barry is the best! He helped us w/ our boxer rescue who had multiple issues.
Wendy Grizzle Kives

Everyone I have talked with who has worked with Barry has been so pleased.
Tena Peebles

I enjoy seeing the results of your training especially when the dog sits and intensely focuses while waiting for the

Barry is like a wolf shaman. He is the go-to guy for local Rescue groups.
Steve Cartwright

Do you think any of your techniques will work on a cat???
I really do enjoy your posts.
Claire Casey

Thank you Barry Sechler so much for your guidance on training our dogs! they have come a long way and

Your fb page is full of great dogs and the videos show how well dogs do with your training.
Can't wait

Barry was so awesome with my boy Chance. Chance's human on the other hand was a little more difficult to

Barry has been so wonderful to assist our small rescue, The Bear Project, Inc. with several dogs that have needed

Barry has done a wonderful job with a couple of rescues I brought to him, Dogs that many believed could

I first met Barry when he worked for another company and I had a rescue dog Toby, who has since

I had a very dog aggressive dog that I rescued. And weighing in at almost 100 lbs I had to

Barry is one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet. As a Casting Director for films,

Barry has done an excellent job training our Australian shepherd, Conrad. He's been encouraging us to discover the Power of

Thank you Barry for helping us guide our rescue Chip! We highly recommend Barry's services. Barry goes above and beyond,

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Calm is Good for Yoga and Dogs

(For those responsible dog owners that invested time and effort in training their dogs. For those that wished they had)

Nearly all people who share their lives with dogs have experienced a pivotal training moment.

You politely ask your dog to Sit for his dinner or Stay so you can pick a piece of lint off the floor or Come to you so you can lock up the house and get going.

And your normally compliant dog completely and utterly IGNORES you.

If she looks at you at all, it’s with the maddeningly limpid gaze that says “Yeah, I hear you, and I could care less.” But she probably doesn’t even waste her time with a glimpse in your direction. She’ll just keep on doing whatever terribly important thing she is doing before you made your request.

Yes, it IS infuriating.

You want to yell. You want to repeat her name in shrill, demanding tones. You want to grab her by her collar and manhandle her into a Sit, a Stay, or a Come. You want to call up your significant other and tell them what THEIR dog did, which, of course, is all THEIR fault for getting the dog/not properly training the dog/never being around to help with the dog when you need it/ad nauseum.

I know.

And so, the very last thing you want anyone to tell you at your moment of deepest dog despair is to be the C word: Calm.

For one, anger and its manifestations (screaming, stomping around, etc.) can actually scare your dog. And possibly your other family members.

Also, this type of response does not set a good example for your offspring on how to handle frustration.

And finally, going off the deep end over an unresponsive dog achieves nothing. It does not make your dog suddenly come to his senses and salute you.

Here is what to do:

Stand up tall.

Square your shoulders and take a deep breath….. calm.

If you need a break, walk away for a moment to get your act together.

Now, think back to how you started training your dog.

You used normal, not harsh, voice tones, accompanied by the appropriate hand signal for Sit and Stay.

You crouched down to get your dog to Come.

You praised your dog when she did what was asked. You probably followed up the praise with a treat.

If your dog did not comply, you patiently attached her to a leash, and practiced the behavior a couple of times.

If you are saying “But she KNOWS how to do all that! Why should I have to start all over again?”

Your dog is a living, breathing creature. She has her own mind and her own priorities. While 99% of the time, she will do what you want and be happy to do it, she’s not perfect. Sometimes we humans don’t want to do what we’re told, either. So, consider this to be a mere blip in the long and lovely life you and your dog have together. Guide her to do the behavior you want, reward her, and move on.

If you are consistently having difficulties getting your dog to behave, talk to a Certified Professional Dog Trainer for advice and assistance.