Mike is amazing! He is truly one of a kind. The depth of his understanding of dogs and how they think combined with his ability to teach us as owners how to communicate with our dogs has been priceless. His passion and commitment to what he does comes through in every interaction we have had with him. When other trainers gave up (one even recommended we re-home one of our fur babies! ?) we were determined to find better dog training in Bradenton and we did! With what Mike has taught us, we have been able to maintain a calm, cooperative, loving relationship amongst all 4 of our 50-70 lbs rescues! We were even able to introduce a cat into the mix! There are not enough words to express our gratitude and there is not enough money in the world to establish his value. He is quite simply the best at what he does and we are very fortunate to have him as our go-to for all things dog! Thank you, Mike!
Was in search of dog training in Bradenton. We found Mike Harvey of K9 Coach is great! I have (had) a very nervous dog. She was afraid of people, animals, sounds, everything! But not Mike! His approach with her was fantastic and she wasn’t skeptical of him for long. Since working with him, she responds SO much better to commands and even learned some valuable new ones. ‘Heel’ has changed our night time walks forever! She wags her tail every time she sees Mike and has even warmed up to everyone in class! My husband and I just adopted a new puppy and we’ll also be enrolling him in training with K9 Coach.
I was looking for a Dog Trainer in Bradenton and Found The K9 Coach. Mike has done an awesome job with our dog Cooper. Cooper was a completely different dog after just a couple weeks and is very slowly losing his dog aggression issues after about a month of training. This is a slow process and Mike has shown to be fully committed to helping Cooper. I would also like to mention that Mike doesn’t just train dogs, he trains the owners. We had an electronic collar long before we met Mike and were doing a couple things wrong. Cooper’s training would not be successful if Mike had not also worked with us. The programs at K9 Coach are not your 20 minute programs at the big name pet food store. These are in depth and well worth the investment in your dog and also yourself.
I honestly don’t know where my dog would be if it wasn’t for Mike and integrating his techniques into our (my dog and I) daily lives. I have never met another dog that was so fearful and aggressive. It was to the point that I stopped taking her anywhere for fear of what may happen, when she used to love being around other people and animals. I don’t know where we went wrong, I just know that she became fearful of everything. When it came to the flight, fight, or freeze my dog was pure fight. We were rejected by another trainer who didn’t think they could handle my dog and were becoming despondent at the notion that there may not be a trainer who could possibly train my dog in the way she so desperately needed training. It was to the point that my vet was urging me to put my dog on medication to reduce her fearfulness/anxiety when outside of her “safety zones.”
However, I happen to find dog training near me. When I met Mike and he came to our home for the private lesson he was able to interact with my dog in a way that I hadn’t seen anyone other than myself be able to do in just under 10 minutes. Since then, and continually going to training, I have seen huge differences in my dog.I am no longer fearful of taking her into public. I am not sure she will ever like other people/dogs but she is at least able to handle the situations we put her into without becoming a hot mess and my heart going into my throat at every car, dog, person, or motorcycle going by. She has always been extremely smart and able to pickup on commands, but she was absolutely unable to listen to us and would go berserk outside of the safety of our home and I simply couldn’t let her be a risk to others (she’s 80 lbs of pure muscle and stubbornness). My dog’s behaviors and anxiety at the beginning of the training and where she is now is so vastly different that it’s almost a miracle. She listens to me, she is more trusting of her environment, and she doesn’t seem as fearful of everything. She is always going to be a lot of work and constantly reinforcing what has already been learned. But honestly, that is small potatoes compared to what we were dealing with at the onset of training. Thanks to Mike, my girl is able to have a beautiful quality of life with less anxiety for her (and let’s be honest, myself). I really do not know where we would be without him. He is simply the best and I would never take any possible future dogs anywhere else moving forward.
Mike Harvey is an amazing dog trainer and I highly recommend him. I immediately started training Matilda, my Blue Heeler puppy, after bringing her home. I first went to a national chain and even after attending all three classes at 6 weeks each, my dog was still unpredictable. I was looking for a dog trainer near me. I found Mike and after just two sessions with him, I saw major progress in Tilly’s behavior. As we continue training in the group lessons, the improvements keep coming and my bond with her grows stronger. Training is as much about the owner as it is about the dog and I am so pleased with the changes in both of us.