A1 Total Control Dog Training Academy

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  • 657 Bridgeton Pike

    Mantua, NJ 08051

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  • 856-468-8040

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I purchased a 10-week-old Australian Cattle Dog in late September and about two weeks after, we were at our wits end with the dog, and considered taking the three and a half

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If you are looking for a dog trainer, your search ends here.\r
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I purchased a 10-week-old Australian Cattle Dog in late September and about two weeks after, we were at our wits end with the dog, and considered taking the three and a half

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I have done three sessions with A-1 Total Control. I have been happy with our experience so far. You can tell that our dog has already learned so much. I highly recommend their services!

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I have done three sessions with A-1 Total Control. I have been happy with our experience so far. You can tell that our dog has already learned so much. I highly recommend their services!

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I have done three sessions with A-1 Total Control. I have been happy with our experience so far. You can tell that our dog has already learned so much. I highly recommend their services!

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I have done three sessions with A-1 Total Control. I have been happy with our experience so far. You can tell that our dog has already learned so much. I highly recommend their services!

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Bring your dogs here this get your dog trained and you will not regret it!

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Bring your dogs here this get your dog trained and you will not regret it!

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We are currently going to A-1 with our puppy. The other post is correct in saying we the owners are being trained and then we in turn train our pets. That is Steve's approach and I have found it to be helpful and exactly what we needed. I would not hesitate to recommend these training classes.

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We are currently going to A-1 with our puppy. The other post is correct in saying we the owners are being trained and then we in turn train our pets. That is Steve's approach and I have found it to be helpful and exactly what we needed. I would not hesitate to recommend these training classes.

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We are currently going to A-1 with our puppy. The other post is correct in saying we the owners are being trained and then we in turn train our pets. That is Steve's approach and I have found it to be helpful and exactly what we needed. I would not hesitate to recommend these training classes.

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We are currently going to A-1 with our puppy. The other post is correct in saying we the owners are being trained and then we in turn train our pets. That is Steve's approach and I have found it to be helpful and exactly what we needed. I would not hesitate to recommend these training classes.

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I have know Steve for almost 10 years now and we met because I was working as a Veterinary Technician at a local animal hospital. I know him and I know his dogs. I was very happy to finally get a dog of my own to be able to take and train in his class. Steve knows what he is doing and it works as long as you follow through with it at home. You get results in his class and he is very gentle with the animals. I highly recomend everyone with a dog to see Steve.

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I have know Steve for almost 10 years now and we met because I was working as a Veterinary Technician at a local animal hospital. I know him and I know his dogs. I was very happy to finally get a dog of my own to be able to take and train in his class. Steve knows what he is doing and it works as long as you follow through with it at home. You get results in his class and he is very gentle with the animals. I highly recomend everyone with a dog to see Steve.

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This is the real deal. I just completed the 6 week course and I must say I am very happy with the results. We learned the fast track to success, and it works. My dog is happier, more engaging, calmer, and now tries to please me instead of himself. I think my dog will miss the classes, it was fun and challenging. Thank you Steve, from me and my BRAV HUND!

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This is the real deal. I just completed the 6 week course and I must say I am very happy with the results. We learned the fast track to success, and it works. My dog is happier, more engaging, calmer, and now tries to please me instead of himself. I think my dog will miss the classes, it was fun and challenging. Thank you Steve, from me and my BRAV HUND!

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This is the real deal. I just completed the 6 week course and I must say I am very happy with the results. We learned the fast track to success, and it works. My dog is happier, more engaging, calmer, and now tries to please me instead of himself. I think my dog will miss the classes, it was fun and challenging. Thank you Steve, from me and my BRAV HUND!

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★★★★☆

This is the real deal. I just completed the 6 week course and I must say I am very happy with the results. We learned the fast track to success, and it works. My dog is happier, more engaging, calmer, and now tries to please me instead of himself. I think my dog will miss the classes, it was fun and challenging. Thank you Steve, from me and my BRAV HUND!

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Steve is a total joke, with the personality of a wet dish cloth. He scared the hell out of my dog and it took us a few days to undo the damage he did. Not only did he forget our names 5 minutes after we were introduced and through out the lesson must have asked us at least 2 more times, but he also referred to my female dog as "He" all night after being corrected. The man is full of himself and prides himself on the fact that he can operate his own dog as a robot. He had more stories than Mother Goose. I think his techniques are cruel and would advise anyone to steer clear of him. He also says not to give your dog treats. If you walk into any pet store you will find isles and isles of treats- so someone is giving their dog treats. Stay away from this sicko.

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Steve is a total joke, with the personality of a wet dish cloth. He scared the hell out of my dog and it took us a few days to undo the damage he did. Not only did he forget our names 5 minutes after we were introduced and through out the lesson must have asked us at least 2 more times, but he also referred to my female dog as "He" all night after being corrected. The man is full of himself and prides himself on the fact that he can operate his own dog as a robot. He had more stories than Mother Goose. I think his techniques are cruel and would advise anyone to steer clear of him. He also says not to give your dog treats. If you walk into any pet store you will find isles and isles of treats- so someone is giving their dog treats. Stay away from this sicko.

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After 34 weeks which is approximately 51 hours of in class ??treat/clicker? training plus the home training, practicing the techniques every day for 9 months, my pup is not trained. It didn??t work. I really wanted it to because I believed the bs that this is the ??new and improved more humane? way to train your dog, but it is an emotional hook to get you to keep paying again and again because you attend another class and another and another. The problem is never with the training it is with you and your dog. There never is any guarantee that the methods will work.

My 13 lb. rescued pup is dog aggressive based in fear. I even took a ??reactive? dog class where I was told my dog would probably always be reactive, ??you can??t control the dog only the situation.? By the end of the 6 weeks she was better (not great) with the dogs in class because she was use to them, but let a new dog come in and she exploded. When she did explode, whites of eyes showing?teeth barred?snarling and snapping?I was advised to pick her up and hold her in a ??time out.? I am sure it was only a matter of time before I??d get bitten following this practice but my real fear for my dog who I love very much was that someday somewhere we would be someplace where a loose dog would approach us and she would incite an attack and no ??high value? treat of any kind would stop that.

So now I??m going back to the supposedly ??old school? way of training which worked for Barbara Woodhouse, Brian Kilcommons, and now Caesar. After the first class with Steve, I know GUARANTEED my dog will be trained and under control and I won??t have to live in fear of someday watching her be torn to shreds.

If treat/clicker training works for you?congratulations. Instead of accusing people who use the old standard methods of training used for years of being inhumane do some real not biased research. By the way do you eat meat? People who live in glass houses shouldn??t throw stones.

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After 34 weeks which is approximately 51 hours of in class ??treat/clicker? training plus the home training, practicing the techniques every day for 9 months, my pup is not trained. It didn??t work. I really wanted it to because I believed the bs that this is the ??new and improved more humane? way to train your dog, but it is an emotional hook to get you to keep paying again and again because you attend another class and another and another. The problem is never with the training it is with you and your dog. There never is any guarantee that the methods will work.

My 13 lb. rescued pup is dog aggressive based in fear. I even took a ??reactive? dog class where I was told my dog would probably always be reactive, ??you can??t control the dog only the situation.? By the end of the 6 weeks she was better (not great) with the dogs in class because she was use to them, but let a new dog come in and she exploded. When she did explode, whites of eyes showing?teeth barred?snarling and snapping?I was advised to pick her up and hold her in a ??time out.? I am sure it was only a matter of time before I??d get bitten following this practice but my real fear for my dog who I love very much was that someday somewhere we would be someplace where a loose dog would approach us and she would incite an attack and no ??high value? treat of any kind would stop that.

So now I??m going back to the supposedly ??old school? way of training which worked for Barbara Woodhouse, Brian Kilcommons, and now Caesar. After the first class with Steve, I know GUARANTEED my dog will be trained and under control and I won??t have to live in fear of someday watching her be torn to shreds.

If treat/clicker training works for you?congratulations. Instead of accusing people who use the old standard methods of training used for years of being inhumane do some real not biased research. By the way do you eat meat? People who live in glass houses shouldn??t throw stones.

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I have know Steve for almost 10 years now and we met because I was working as a Veterinary Technician at a local animal hospital. I know him and I know his dogs. I was very happy to finally get a dog of my own to be able to take and train in his class. Steve knows what he is doing and it works as long as you follow through with it at home. You get results in his class and he is very gentle with the animals. I highly recomend everyone with a dog to see Steve.

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I have know Steve for almost 10 years now and we met because I was working as a Veterinary Technician at a local animal hospital. I know him and I know his dogs. I was very happy to finally get a dog of my own to be able to take and train in his class. Steve knows what he is doing and it works as long as you follow through with it at home. You get results in his class and he is very gentle with the animals. I highly recomend everyone with a dog to see Steve.

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The worst experience ever. Anyone would be better of training the dog without paying this guy. Completely ruined my dog. I was never able to undo the damage. Wish I have never met this guy. He doesn??t know what he is doing. And only people that know nothing about dog training believe that this is the way you train a dog. And all these positive reviews are from Steve??s own doing.

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The worst experience ever. Anyone would be better of training the dog without paying this guy. Completely ruined my dog. I was never able to undo the damage. Wish I have never met this guy. He doesn??t know what he is doing. And only people that know nothing about dog training believe that this is the way you train a dog. And all these positive reviews are from Steve??s own doing.

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After the FIRST class I already saw a change in my dog. Shelter dog, no training, pretty nutso...probably the most stubborn, but very smart, of any dogs I've ever seen. I've done the big chain store pet classes, and not only do those dogs end up obese, but they don't listen to you without a treat in your hand. Steve trained me and my husband on how to train her, and gives you tips to work on at home. That was the strangest thing about it, I think - he told us how to do it and actively corrected us when we didn't do something right (or were inconsistent with the dog)...as opposed to just yessing us and telling us what we wanted to hear. It might be "old school," but it's crazy in effectiveness. The stuff he worked on with us stuck with her too, so we didn't have to correct her 3,000 times or bribe her with food.

As for abuse - that's just ridiculous. You could tell he loves his animals, and he was snuggly with ours as well. He also encouraged us to be really loving with her, and she has been soaking up that affection like a sponge. I want to take every dog I ever have to this guy!

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After the FIRST class I already saw a change in my dog. Shelter dog, no training, pretty nutso...probably the most stubborn, but very smart, of any dogs I've ever seen. I've done the big chain store pet classes, and not only do those dogs end up obese, but they don't listen to you without a treat in your hand. Steve trained me and my husband on how to train her, and gives you tips to work on at home. That was the strangest thing about it, I think - he told us how to do it and actively corrected us when we didn't do something right (or were inconsistent with the dog)...as opposed to just yessing us and telling us what we wanted to hear. It might be "old school," but it's crazy in effectiveness. The stuff he worked on with us stuck with her too, so we didn't have to correct her 3,000 times or bribe her with food.

As for abuse - that's just ridiculous. You could tell he loves his animals, and he was snuggly with ours as well. He also encouraged us to be really loving with her, and she has been soaking up that affection like a sponge. I want to take every dog I ever have to this guy!

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I attended Steve's class a few months ago and because of Steve and his training, we have a well-trained puppy and a happy household. Our puppy (lab-husky mix) is now 92 lbs at just under a year old! If we did not have the skills and techniques that Steve taught us, we could easily have an out of control dog. We continue to discipline, love, train, love and, as a result, enjoy our dog. I can't imagine trying to raise and live with this puppy without Steve's class. Thank you Steve!

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I attended Steve's class a few months ago and because of Steve and his training, we have a well-trained puppy and a happy household. Our puppy (lab-husky mix) is now 92 lbs at just under a year old! If we did not have the skills and techniques that Steve taught us, we could easily have an out of control dog. We continue to discipline, love, train, love and, as a result, enjoy our dog. I can't imagine trying to raise and live with this puppy without Steve's class. Thank you Steve!

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I first met Steve Nixon, the owner of A-1 Total Control Dog Training, in the spring of 1997. My wife and I had recently adopted a yellow lab mix named Sunny that was abandoned on the streets of Glassboro. Steve didn??t train Sunny; he taught my wife and me how to train Sunny. Even though it was only a five week class, Steve allowed me to continue training with him until I was comfortable with Sunny ?? it wasn??t about money with Steve, it was making sure that owner was comfortable with the dog. And I really appreciate that. Sunny was my faithful companion for the next 10 years and because he was so well trained, I could talk him anywhere!
Recently, my 10 year old daughter and I adopted a German Sheppard named Yogi from a local animal shelter. Again, Yogi was found on the street and no one knew his background. The first think I did was Google Steve Nixon name and found out that he was training in Mantua, a little bit of a ride from Marlton but I knew I wanted my new companion trained by the best so the ride is well worth it. Steve is not only helping me to train Yogi but also my daughter!
For those of you out there claiming Steve is abusing or to rough with your dogs, that is a total lie. If you ever took one of his classes, you will know that Steve isn??t training the dog you are. And yes I will admit that Steve is a ??character? (one that isn??t to be missed = love the braided beard) but he has a great sense of humor ?? he doesn??t make hurt or mistreat any dog, he does tease the trainers a little bit but it makes for a more enjoyable class (my daughter loved the fact that Steve was giving me the business when I did something wrong but we both knew it was in good fun).
Furthermore, as an elementary school teacher in a pretty rough school district, I use many of Steve??s techniques in my classroom. I teach computer classes from Kindergarten through 4th Grade and teachers always ask me why my classes act so well behaved. It isn??t because I bribe them with treats and goodies, it is because I set high expectations and goals for my students and I expect them to always try there best in reaching these goals. My own suggestion for Steve is that he might want to add some parenting classes to his schedule LOL!

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I first met Steve Nixon, the owner of A-1 Total Control Dog Training, in the spring of 1997. My wife and I had recently adopted a yellow lab mix named Sunny that was abandoned on the streets of Glassboro. Steve didn??t train Sunny; he taught my wife and me how to train Sunny. Even though it was only a five week class, Steve allowed me to continue training with him until I was comfortable with Sunny ?? it wasn??t about money with Steve, it was making sure that owner was comfortable with the dog. And I really appreciate that. Sunny was my faithful companion for the next 10 years and because he was so well trained, I could talk him anywhere!
Recently, my 10 year old daughter and I adopted a German Sheppard named Yogi from a local animal shelter. Again, Yogi was found on the street and no one knew his background. The first think I did was Google Steve Nixon name and found out that he was training in Mantua, a little bit of a ride from Marlton but I knew I wanted my new companion trained by the best so the ride is well worth it. Steve is not only helping me to train Yogi but also my daughter!
For those of you out there claiming Steve is abusing or to rough with your dogs, that is a total lie. If you ever took one of his classes, you will know that Steve isn??t training the dog you are. And yes I will admit that Steve is a ??character? (one that isn??t to be missed = love the braided beard) but he has a great sense of humor ?? he doesn??t make hurt or mistreat any dog, he does tease the trainers a little bit but it makes for a more enjoyable class (my daughter loved the fact that Steve was giving me the business when I did something wrong but we both knew it was in good fun).
Furthermore, as an elementary school teacher in a pretty rough school district, I use many of Steve??s techniques in my classroom. I teach computer classes from Kindergarten through 4th Grade and teachers always ask me why my classes act so well behaved. It isn??t because I bribe them with treats and goodies, it is because I set high expectations and goals for my students and I expect them to always try there best in reaching these goals. My own suggestion for Steve is that he might want to add some parenting classes to his schedule LOL!

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I am the owner of a 10 month Golden Retriever(my 3rd). He is a beautiful, intelligent & high spirited dog. I vowed when I got this pup that he would be trained and well mannered.I went to the pet store for an 8 week training, bought 80% of the recommended supplies and tried to learn how to juggle a clicker, leash and treat with 2 hands!? There was a slight improvement in behavior, however I ended up with a treat demanding dog. I had to find another trainer and began researching training methods.I wanted control of my dog and not vice versa. I found this site and read the comments about A-1. I asked around town and heard nothing but positive feedback. After 5 weeks I am the owner of a more well behaved pup who is eager to learn and walks like he is in a show ring.With the signal of a hand he will assume the position of the command.Steve Nixon is a phenomenal trainer and generous man who is available to his client's at all times. Steve is a diamond in the rough, for which I will continue to have as my trainer.

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I am the owner of a 10 month Golden Retriever(my 3rd). He is a beautiful, intelligent & high spirited dog. I vowed when I got this pup that he would be trained and well mannered.I went to the pet store for an 8 week training, bought 80% of the recommended supplies and tried to learn how to juggle a clicker, leash and treat with 2 hands!? There was a slight improvement in behavior, however I ended up with a treat demanding dog. I had to find another trainer and began researching training methods.I wanted control of my dog and not vice versa. I found this site and read the comments about A-1. I asked around town and heard nothing but positive feedback. After 5 weeks I am the owner of a more well behaved pup who is eager to learn and walks like he is in a show ring.With the signal of a hand he will assume the position of the command.Steve Nixon is a phenomenal trainer and generous man who is available to his client's at all times. Steve is a diamond in the rough, for which I will continue to have as my trainer.

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We are currently going to A-1 with our puppy. The other post is correct in saying we the owners are being trained and then we in turn train our pets. That is Steve's approach and I have found it to be helpful and exactly what we needed. I would not hesitate to recommend these training classes.

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We are currently going to A-1 with our puppy. The other post is correct in saying we the owners are being trained and then we in turn train our pets. That is Steve's approach and I have found it to be helpful and exactly what we needed. I would not hesitate to recommend these training classes.

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I took my "unfriendly" Bishon to Steve Nixon. I've had the dog for 6 yrs. and he liked other dogs, hated people except those he knew very well. By the end of the lesson Steve and the killer Bishon were rolling around the floor together like best friends! This was a "first" for my dog. Since then I can't say enough about Steve and his methods. Steve is one of a kind and has often been (falsely) accused of being mean and cruel to dogs but I'm here to say that that is NOT TRUE. His training is hard but it works. The collar he uses is the only one that ever worked for my dog and gets his attention. If used properly by intelligent dog owners it is the perfect tool, firm but harmless. If I had 100 dogs they would all be trained by Steve and the best advice I can give is: Try it and see, you'll be amazed just as I am!!
Donna Kerr, Mullica Hill
P.S. After reading some other reviews I had to edit mine. The dogs who whine or squeal whil being trained anr NOT---I repeat---NOT being hurt. The Mommy dogs correct the pups the same way a collar does so they are used to it. They complain because, like children, they don't like discipline or correction especially when they are not calling the shots. And one review was right on the money, Steve trains people and people train their dogs. So if your dog does not respond to you it's your fault not the trainer's fault.

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I took my "unfriendly" Bishon to Steve Nixon. I've had the dog for 6 yrs. and he liked other dogs, hated people except those he knew very well. By the end of the lesson Steve and the killer Bishon were rolling around the floor together like best friends! This was a "first" for my dog. Since then I can't say enough about Steve and his methods. Steve is one of a kind and has often been (falsely) accused of being mean and cruel to dogs but I'm here to say that that is NOT TRUE. His training is hard but it works. The collar he uses is the only one that ever worked for my dog and gets his attention. If used properly by intelligent dog owners it is the perfect tool, firm but harmless. If I had 100 dogs they would all be trained by Steve and the best advice I can give is: Try it and see, you'll be amazed just as I am!!
Donna Kerr, Mullica Hill
P.S. After reading some other reviews I had to edit mine. The dogs who whine or squeal whil being trained anr NOT---I repeat---NOT being hurt. The Mommy dogs correct the pups the same way a collar does so they are used to it. They complain because, like children, they don't like discipline or correction especially when they are not calling the shots. And one review was right on the money, Steve trains people and people train their dogs. So if your dog does not respond to you it's your fault not the trainer's fault.

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This is the second time I am using A1 total control, and I am once again a satisfied customer.
First off, my first Rottie ??Sam? was not a bad dog to begin with she was a pup, and I was looking to have her trained for obedience, and home protection. At the time electric collars had just come out, and that reminds me too much like cattle persuasion, then the drop off you dog and ??WE TRAIN THEM? was a hot item, but that was so impersonal, it is my dog and I want it to obey me and my family.
So I was driving along rt.168 and saw this guy with a bunch of dogs in the woods doing some training, so I pulled over to investigate, watching his ??Total Control ?? of his own happy loveable Dobermans sold me.

Now 15 years latter I??m on my second Rottie , and who did I call Steve @ A1 total control. I
I have never heard of him steeling dogs if anyone really new the guy then they would know his dog of preference are Dobermans, and only Dobermans. So to the person out there that claims Steve steals dogs, where are all these dogs? Why is he not in jail for steeling your pet?
And to the people who say he is rough with dog training, haven??t went through the whole class or paid any attention to the first day of evaluation, because I was taught (by A1) that 1) love, 2)discipline / correct 3) love your pet.

People need to understand animals, in general, we get trained not the dog! I bet those of you that don??t like Steve Nixon like to watch the dog whisperer on TV, research his program carefully the guy is a great dog trainer, but very similar but uniquely different.

People if I took my pet to a trainer that did what you people say he did or dose, I would be on the news, in the paper, in court to get my money back and have him return my stolen dog, it??s a shame that the negative comments are from people that only believe and live in the hype ? not the result!

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This is the second time I am using A1 total control, and I am once again a satisfied customer.
First off, my first Rottie ??Sam? was not a bad dog to begin with she was a pup, and I was looking to have her trained for obedience, and home protection. At the time electric collars had just come out, and that reminds me too much like cattle persuasion, then the drop off you dog and ??WE TRAIN THEM? was a hot item, but that was so impersonal, it is my dog and I want it to obey me and my family.
So I was driving along rt.168 and saw this guy with a bunch of dogs in the woods doing some training, so I pulled over to investigate, watching his ??Total Control ?? of his own happy loveable Dobermans sold me.

Now 15 years latter I??m on my second Rottie , and who did I call Steve @ A1 total control. I
I have never heard of him steeling dogs if anyone really new the guy then they would know his dog of preference are Dobermans, and only Dobermans. So to the person out there that claims Steve steals dogs, where are all these dogs? Why is he not in jail for steeling your pet?
And to the people who say he is rough with dog training, haven??t went through the whole class or paid any attention to the first day of evaluation, because I was taught (by A1) that 1) love, 2)discipline / correct 3) love your pet.

People need to understand animals, in general, we get trained not the dog! I bet those of you that don??t like Steve Nixon like to watch the dog whisperer on TV, research his program carefully the guy is a great dog trainer, but very similar but uniquely different.

People if I took my pet to a trainer that did what you people say he did or dose, I would be on the news, in the paper, in court to get my money back and have him return my stolen dog, it??s a shame that the negative comments are from people that only believe and live in the hype ? not the result!

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When I first read about this place I was leery of the way of training. Going by what I read was the first mistake. So I acted upon my senses and signed my 4 month old boxer up for training classes with Steve. I have to say it is now 1 month later and my friend is a totally different dog who listens, lays down, sits, and obeys my voice with no problems thanks to Steve. It was alittle rough in the beginning but after a few classes we both started to catch on. I have to say that don't believe everything you read I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND STEVE DIXON to train your dog. Steve I just wanted to say thanks for helping me train my dog. And of course we are all still in training and we are all still a work in progress but I think if we continue to stay with Steve he will get us there. I will be taking my dog back soon to continue our training with Steve.

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When I first read about this place I was leery of the way of training. Going by what I read was the first mistake. So I acted upon my senses and signed my 4 month old boxer up for training classes with Steve. I have to say it is now 1 month later and my friend is a totally different dog who listens, lays down, sits, and obeys my voice with no problems thanks to Steve. It was alittle rough in the beginning but after a few classes we both started to catch on. I have to say that don't believe everything you read I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND STEVE DIXON to train your dog. Steve I just wanted to say thanks for helping me train my dog. And of course we are all still in training and we are all still a work in progress but I think if we continue to stay with Steve he will get us there. I will be taking my dog back soon to continue our training with Steve.

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I have a 7 month old German Shepard. Steve took the time to train me not my furry human. I've read all the reviews.
1. Steve is not a girl . Bonnie C.
2. Amy P. Don't lose your clicker or your dog may end up as a traffic fatality. If you had to pull on your dogs chain constantly YOU weren't trained well, that' your fault for not learning the correct procedure. If your dog cowered at your approach what had you done to it when Steve wasn't around. You're right Amy, there is a better way it's called a training collar and my voice. Now it's just my voice.(look no clicker)
3. Anonymous- says it all, obviously they don't know who they are so how can a nobody expect to train anything..Most people call them choke collars - I choose to call them training collars. If used once correctly it is a tool that is needed very seldom. If you use it often I suggest strongly that you are the one that needs training.My hairy person comes when she is called, lays down when she is told, sits when told, and heels beautifully.The fact that I speak to her in German is terrific, because I don't want any Bonnie, Amy or Anonymous telling my dog what to do.
THANK YOU STEVE FOR THE EXCELLENT JOB YOU DID WITH MY DOG - of course I'M still a work in progress - with a little more help from my dog, I will be trained too.

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I have a 7 month old German Shepard. Steve took the time to train me not my furry human. I've read all the reviews.
1. Steve is not a girl . Bonnie C.
2. Amy P. Don't lose your clicker or your dog may end up as a traffic fatality. If you had to pull on your dogs chain constantly YOU weren't trained well, that' your fault for not learning the correct procedure. If your dog cowered at your approach what had you done to it when Steve wasn't around. You're right Amy, there is a better way it's called a training collar and my voice. Now it's just my voice.(look no clicker)
3. Anonymous- says it all, obviously they don't know who they are so how can a nobody expect to train anything..Most people call them choke collars - I choose to call them training collars. If used once correctly it is a tool that is needed very seldom. If you use it often I suggest strongly that you are the one that needs training.My hairy person comes when she is called, lays down when she is told, sits when told, and heels beautifully.The fact that I speak to her in German is terrific, because I don't want any Bonnie, Amy or Anonymous telling my dog what to do.
THANK YOU STEVE FOR THE EXCELLENT JOB YOU DID WITH MY DOG - of course I'M still a work in progress - with a little more help from my dog, I will be trained too.

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i have marley- my dog ate his way through my living room until i met steve. after 3 sessions i knew we would succeed and we did. there is nothing cruel about this training. i have a much happier dog(if that's possible with a lab) !

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i have marley- my dog ate his way through my living room until i met steve. after 3 sessions i knew we would succeed and we did. there is nothing cruel about this training. i have a much happier dog(if that's possible with a lab) !

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I took my puppy to A1 because he ran away and was found by the police in the middle of the highway. I was away for the day and left my grown son in charge. Apparently Sammy got under his fence. You can imagine how horrified I was to learn about this. The only thing that made me feel better was to enroll Sammy in doggie school. Steve was great, I was actually the one in training not Sammy. Sammy was a great student. I left a lot to be desired but I got the hang of it eventually. It was so cute to see all 4lbs of my Maltese obey my every command. In German no less! We enjoyed it so much that we went back for two more classes. It was so much fun and I never laughed so much when I was trying to do everything Steve was telling me to. I can't say enough about A 1 and I highly recommend this school and Steve. Thanks to Steve Sammy follows me everywhere. We can go outside without a leash and he's right by my side. A1 is the BEST!!

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I took my puppy to A1 because he ran away and was found by the police in the middle of the highway. I was away for the day and left my grown son in charge. Apparently Sammy got under his fence. You can imagine how horrified I was to learn about this. The only thing that made me feel better was to enroll Sammy in doggie school. Steve was great, I was actually the one in training not Sammy. Sammy was a great student. I left a lot to be desired but I got the hang of it eventually. It was so cute to see all 4lbs of my Maltese obey my every command. In German no less! We enjoyed it so much that we went back for two more classes. It was so much fun and I never laughed so much when I was trying to do everything Steve was telling me to. I can't say enough about A 1 and I highly recommend this school and Steve. Thanks to Steve Sammy follows me everywhere. We can go outside without a leash and he's right by my side. A1 is the BEST!!

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I read some of the reviews below and had to offer my $0.02 as well. I had a WONDERFUL experience at A1 and the relationship between my dog and I is completely different now. I feel like the proverbial "pack leader" you read so much about. We are not done with our training yet as we intend on going back for the intermediate class, but my dog no longer takes me out for a drag, or insists on sleeping on my bed. He comes when called and is much better around people. He can even be trusted to be off leash when we are working in the front yard (Note - we do not live on a public street). Others have remarked on how far my dog has come in his training.

I am not sure who Bonnie is referring to below, but the owner and operator of A1 is Steve Nixon, not a woman, so maybe she has the wrong school.

Edit/Addition - After reading some more of the comments I would like to add some additional information.
1. My dog is pretty close to being my best friend. We have an AMAZING relationship. He shadows me around the house and loves to be near me. If I am not home, he is happy to be with my husband, but as soon as I walk in the door, my husband might as well not be there.

2. I started at PetsMart for our lessons...and yes...my dog learned things, but was ultimately not consistent and expected a treat every time he did something right. I tried all the collars they recommended for his constant pulling and they helped, WHILE he was wearing them. I very rarely have to correct my dog when we are walking now. And if I do, the snap of the chain is almost unnoticeable. He responds to the slightest movement now.

Remember that a well behaved dog is a happy dog. If you're constantly yelling at and correcting a dog, how could he be happy?

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I read some of the reviews below and had to offer my $0.02 as well. I had a WONDERFUL experience at A1 and the relationship between my dog and I is completely different now. I feel like the proverbial "pack leader" you read so much about. We are not done with our training yet as we intend on going back for the intermediate class, but my dog no longer takes me out for a drag, or insists on sleeping on my bed. He comes when called and is much better around people. He can even be trusted to be off leash when we are working in the front yard (Note - we do not live on a public street). Others have remarked on how far my dog has come in his training.

I am not sure who Bonnie is referring to below, but the owner and operator of A1 is Steve Nixon, not a woman, so maybe she has the wrong school.

Edit/Addition - After reading some more of the comments I would like to add some additional information.
1. My dog is pretty close to being my best friend. We have an AMAZING relationship. He shadows me around the house and loves to be near me. If I am not home, he is happy to be with my husband, but as soon as I walk in the door, my husband might as well not be there.

2. I started at PetsMart for our lessons...and yes...my dog learned things, but was ultimately not consistent and expected a treat every time he did something right. I tried all the collars they recommended for his constant pulling and they helped, WHILE he was wearing them. I very rarely have to correct my dog when we are walking now. And if I do, the snap of the chain is almost unnoticeable. He responds to the slightest movement now.

Remember that a well behaved dog is a happy dog. If you're constantly yelling at and correcting a dog, how could he be happy?

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I read some of the other reviews and must disagree. My Maltese was adopted from a shelter (she was a stray) . At the shelter she was cuddly and even a bit clingy. Once out of the shelter, she was SATAN dog. She did not listen, you could not catch her, she shred anything she could get her teeth into and bolted out the door whenever the opportunity arose and much more BAD behavior. I was considering bringing her back to the shelter but instead enrolled her at A1. After the 1st lesson she did bolt out the door but I told her to 'stay'. She did, I picked her up, praised her for being good, put her in the house and went to work. In the few short weeks I was extremely pleased with the training . She is now a very good dog AND she's still a loving and happy pooch.

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I read some of the other reviews and must disagree. My Maltese was adopted from a shelter (she was a stray) . At the shelter she was cuddly and even a bit clingy. Once out of the shelter, she was SATAN dog. She did not listen, you could not catch her, she shred anything she could get her teeth into and bolted out the door whenever the opportunity arose and much more BAD behavior. I was considering bringing her back to the shelter but instead enrolled her at A1. After the 1st lesson she did bolt out the door but I told her to 'stay'. She did, I picked her up, praised her for being good, put her in the house and went to work. In the few short weeks I was extremely pleased with the training . She is now a very good dog AND she's still a loving and happy pooch.

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The world of dog training has evolved quite a bit since the inception of clicker training. If only I had known that when I first signed up my dog for training at A1. The use of aversive training techniques may, on the outside, appear effective in training your dog; but this method can, and in most cases will, be detrimental to your relationship with your dog. I know this because I took my 12-week old puppy to this training class. I'll spare the many details, but what I can remember is training my dog to heal by "snapping" a a leash that was attached to the prong collar around her neck as we walked...all the while my puppy was squeaking in pain and confusion. I was told by the owner and trainer, Steve, to ignore it...that it wasn't really hurting her. I did so. Within weeks, my dog cowered at my approach. She made her body small when I tried to pet her. She no longer came to me when called...she slowly approached...afraid to move too quickly, lest I snap that leash again. If I could go back, I would walked out of class that very first day that we learned how to 'control' our dogs by causing pain to them when they didn't respond appropriately to our request. Thankfully, I had the intelligence and love for my dog that made me question this method,albeit months later. Three years and 20 books on positive reinforcement training later, my puppy (now a full grown, loving, trusting dog) and I have overcome much of the damage done during those horrible weeks. I moved on to positive reinforcement training to teach my dog that when she does what I ask, she is rewarded for doing so. And yes, when teaching her something new, I do use food as a motivator. But, once she gets it down, a little bit of love goes a long way to keep her sharp on her skills!
I don't think the trainer, Steve, at A1 Total Control is a bad person...I just think he has not evolved with the world of dog training. I can only suggest to him to read some of the books available out there who make positive reinforcement training something that we all can do successfully to the physical and mental benefit of our beloved dogs!

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The world of dog training has evolved quite a bit since the inception of clicker training. If only I had known that when I first signed up my dog for training at A1. The use of aversive training techniques may, on the outside, appear effective in training your dog; but this method can, and in most cases will, be detrimental to your relationship with your dog. I know this because I took my 12-week old puppy to this training class. I'll spare the many details, but what I can remember is training my dog to heal by "snapping" a a leash that was attached to the prong collar around her neck as we walked...all the while my puppy was squeaking in pain and confusion. I was told by the owner and trainer, Steve, to ignore it...that it wasn't really hurting her. I did so. Within weeks, my dog cowered at my approach. She made her body small when I tried to pet her. She no longer came to me when called...she slowly approached...afraid to move too quickly, lest I snap that leash again. If I could go back, I would walked out of class that very first day that we learned how to 'control' our dogs by causing pain to them when they didn't respond appropriately to our request. Thankfully, I had the intelligence and love for my dog that made me question this method,albeit months later. Three years and 20 books on positive reinforcement training later, my puppy (now a full grown, loving, trusting dog) and I have overcome much of the damage done during those horrible weeks. I moved on to positive reinforcement training to teach my dog that when she does what I ask, she is rewarded for doing so. And yes, when teaching her something new, I do use food as a motivator. But, once she gets it down, a little bit of love goes a long way to keep her sharp on her skills!
I don't think the trainer, Steve, at A1 Total Control is a bad person...I just think he has not evolved with the world of dog training. I can only suggest to him to read some of the books available out there who make positive reinforcement training something that we all can do successfully to the physical and mental benefit of our beloved dogs!

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Steve Nixon, owner of A-1 Total Control, does not feed his dogs treats. And when looked at through an unexamined, uninformed lens, this philosophy and others he holds may seem startlingly cruel to apply to your cute, cuddly dog; but I would urge perspective owners to think more deeply about his methods, and, dare I say, to give them a try. Mr. Nixon understands, as we all should, that dogs are resilient, strong animals, with an anatomy and physiology vastly distant from our own. He also understands that a dog's cognitive development and natural rearing also varies greatly from ours. With sound pedagogical logic and blisteringly fast speech, he has approached dog training in a way that allows the owner to assume a more maternal (or paternal) dynamic with his or her dog. Mr. Nixon teaches, disciplines, and nurtures dogs as a mother would; and this creates a strong, naturalistic bond with the dog, not one predicated on jarring combinations of treat-giving and shaky operant conditioning that would be found at your local pet store. It is not true that this class is abusive, and it is misleading to think that Mr. Nixon feels anything but extreme love and dedication to his dogs. He is, in fact, more demanding of the owners than the dogs.
Mr. Nixon is careful and well-informed, with an amusing, if not abrasive personality. I would urge anyone who wants to seriously train their dog to take his class. It's fast, effective, and, in the long run, an extremely good deal.

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Steve Nixon, owner of A-1 Total Control, does not feed his dogs treats. And when looked at through an unexamined, uninformed lens, this philosophy and others he holds may seem startlingly cruel to apply to your cute, cuddly dog; but I would urge perspective owners to think more deeply about his methods, and, dare I say, to give them a try. Mr. Nixon understands, as we all should, that dogs are resilient, strong animals, with an anatomy and physiology vastly distant from our own. He also understands that a dog's cognitive development and natural rearing also varies greatly from ours. With sound pedagogical logic and blisteringly fast speech, he has approached dog training in a way that allows the owner to assume a more maternal (or paternal) dynamic with his or her dog. Mr. Nixon teaches, disciplines, and nurtures dogs as a mother would; and this creates a strong, naturalistic bond with the dog, not one predicated on jarring combinations of treat-giving and shaky operant conditioning that would be found at your local pet store. It is not true that this class is abusive, and it is misleading to think that Mr. Nixon feels anything but extreme love and dedication to his dogs. He is, in fact, more demanding of the owners than the dogs.
Mr. Nixon is careful and well-informed, with an amusing, if not abrasive personality. I would urge anyone who wants to seriously train their dog to take his class. It's fast, effective, and, in the long run, an extremely good deal.

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not exactly the best tactics for dog training in my opinion. we took our puppy there and he was very impressive with his own animals but when it came time for training he got very aggressive with the choker collars. he insists on using a german mix dialect while trying to train the animals. i would not take another animal there nor would i recommend anyone go there

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not exactly the best tactics for dog training in my opinion. we took our puppy there and he was very impressive with his own animals but when it came time for training he got very aggressive with the choker collars. he insists on using a german mix dialect while trying to train the animals. i would not take another animal there nor would i recommend anyone go there

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