Testimonials

Owen & Pixie

Owen before Matty:

Lab mix, approx. 7 yrs old. Got him from rescue agency, they got him from the shelter. He lived with the rescue agency 2 weeks, and in the shelter over 45 days; no history before that. We got him when he was approx. 1 year old; have had him 6 years.
  • Was so out of control on walks, it hurt my back to walk him. Pulled very hard, and lunged so much that my back and knees often got hurt.
  • On the walks, he lunged at other dogs / cats. It got so bad that he saw a dog across the street, and lunged into the street and almost got hit by a car. I barely held onto him, dropped to the ground, and he flung into the street. Car barely missed him. It was the next day I called Matty…
  • He was honestly terrified to take a walk. He would scream, and spend the whole time just running around us, in fear.
  • He attacked TV. He once smashed his front leg into the TV stand, and sustained a minor fracture.
  • He attacked the vacuum cleaner, to the point we had to lock him in his carrier whenever we would vacuum.
  • He was aggressive to some people at the park; including some children, and 2 very nice older gentlemen. It got so bad we would avoid the park if either of the men were there, and muzzle him if any children were out.
  • We could not control him at the vet. He would not obey anything we said. It got so bad, he almost attacked a small dog; and from that point on we always muzzled him when we took him to the vet. They always put us in a side room away from all the other dogs; but it was a nightmare just getting him to that room. 
Pixie before Matty:

Lab mix, approx. 3 yrs old. We got her from the shelter. She had been there 2 weeks. No history before that. We got her when she was approx. 1 year old; have had her over 2 ½ years.
  • Main issue was pulling ahead. She pulled so hard, I could not walk her; only Bruce could. She almost strangled herself with a regular collar, so switched to a gentle leader, but still pulled so hard.
  • Fence aggression toward neighbor dogs
All of us (dogs and family) now:

We can walk, and both dogs stay by our sides! My back has not gone out since we started working with Matty! We used to be SO stressed before taking a walk, and now, we all look forward to it! Dogs obey commands to sit, stay, down. Five times on walks Owen has had dogs run up to him and he has not reacted aggressively, and he has obeyed commands to leave the other dog alone.

Dogs behave at the front door. They do not go out until they are in a calm state, and sit at the door until told to go out.

It is great!

Tango & Kimba

Before

Uncle Matty entered our lives April 2016. I had adopted 2 special needs dogs. 

The first was a 50 pound terrier mix who grew up on the streets and spent months at Homeward Bound. Homeward Bound is an amazing Golden Retriever rescue center. The kind people at HB took in Tango after people found/dropped him off, saying he was a golden doodle. Months went by and people came to Homeward Bound adopting Golden Retrievers daily. Tango was not adopted for months (as people typically sought out HB for a Golden Retriever). As soon as I met Tango, I fell in love with him. I promised Tango that, although I could not change the past which left him so fearful of the world, I would make certain he would be safe and happy for the remainder of his life.

When I met Tango he was adorable and extremely frightened of most everything. Luckily, Tango imprinted on me and soon felt safe with me. Tango, however, continued  to feel unsafe around other people and dogs. Tango would run and hide whenever in the vicinity of people or animals. He was often trembling. Prior to meeting Uncle Matty, Tango remained this way. 

Then I adopted Kimba, a sweet, regal, loving 120 lbs. English Mastiff. Unlike Tango, Kimba loved dogs, but Kimba was unbelievably afraid of most everything else, including people. When I tried to take Kimba for walks, she would bolt and run at most anything (trash can, car, Holiday decoration, etc). She was physically strong and could easily break free of any leash or harness i had. So Kimba would bolt and run. I would follow her. She would run, never stopping within my reach for at least an hour, until she would let me take her home.

Along with her fear was the concerning behavior that Kimba would bark at people. Although never ever physically aggressive, being 120 lbs. with a ferocious bark, Kimba would intimidate people. She would bark at people relentlessly. And she would bark at my neighbor in this way, until he was unable to peacefully spend time in the backyard. My neighbor is a very kind person, so when he told me that I needed to address this problem, I understood. Uncle Matty had helped my neighbor's pup with some significant behavioral concerns. My neighbor recommended I call Uncle Matty.

And so I did.  
After

I called Uncle Matty on a weekend afternoon. Uncle Matty was immediately available and interviewed me re: my concerns, as well as my commitment to address these concerns. Even via our telephone conversation, it was clear that Uncle Matty had the knowledge and expertise to help me and my pups.

It was also clear that he expected me dedication to be available and wholeheartedly willing to learn how to help my pups. Uncle Matty arrived at my home approximately one hour later. And this is where the magic started. For the next half hour, my Kimba was like a wild horse, bucking and pulling. Uncle Matty had an 100 foot leash and gently moved here around in a circular fashion, in ever smaller circles, until she was circling very near him. Then she was sitting next to him with a calm peaceful demeanor.
Starting that day, Uncle Matty's talents and gifts with dogs helped my Kimba learn to start trusting people. He helped her learn, not simple to obey commands, but to feel safe and secure in our world.
Every skill that Matty taught Kimba transferred directly into my ability to help her feel comfortable with that task or skill. For example, my Kimba was too frightened to get into the car for our veterinary appointment. I called Matty for guidance. Matty came over, and within 10 minutes Kimba was comfortable hopping into the back seat. I was of course in awe and asked how I would be able to teach that to Kimba. Matty advised she would now readily into the car if I offered this. He suggested I try it out. So I brought Kimba out to my car, opened the back door, and sure enough, Kimba easily and calmly jumped in the back seat and settled in. 

And so it was with the many other area Matty helped us with. As Kimba's fears subsided, so did her barking. She still barks, however, no longer relentlessly as she is less fearful of the world. She now loves going for walks and car rides and to new places. Kimba is so much more comfortable and happier overall.
And, Tango, oh my goodness. Tango adores Uncle Matty and wags his whole body in joy when with Uncle Matty. Tango now feels safe, secure and happy with me, Uncle Matty, AND TO MY JOYFUL SURPRISE, EVEN WITH OTHER PEOPLE! EVEN NOW WITH SOME DOGS!
Uncle Matty's approach focuses on a bonding, loving training experience. My dogs learned to feel safe in a world in which they never previously had felt safe. My dogs learned that responding to direction offered the rewards of affection and praise. They did not feel fear during training, but rather the joy of positive affirmation. My pups are happier, more self confident, and enjoying life so much more thanks to Matty's training methods. 

Also, this is because of Matty's positive influence on the people with whom he works. The key is to listen to what Matty tells you to watch, learn and do. If you do that, then some of his magic becomes yours and your pups will happier members of your family.

There is a reason that Matty had a successful television show and was the pup trainer of so many famous people ( including Cher, Madonna, Dudley Moore, Darryl Hannah, Victoria Principle, etc). Matty helps US provide our loving dogs safe and happy lives. We are fortunate to have such a gifted trainer of dog lovers and our dogs in the Sacramento area. I feel honored to have the opportunity to know and work with Matty.

Quigley

Before

We decided after having many Golden Retrievers in our lives, and loving them dearly, that would take a different direction in the choice of our new puppy. we decided on an Australian Shepherd. Wow, we were in for a surprise! As adorable as can be, sweet and smart, it did not take long to see we had a “high energy” pup. We new that getting help to train our pup was the best thing we could do as we have kids, Grandkids and Great Grandparents around us all the time. We just had to decide which training technique and who was going to do it. We had heard about “Uncle Matty” for years, and decided to check him out, as opposed to puppy training lessons in the numerous facilities around. Thank goodness we did.

We had our initial meeting with Uncle Matty, and knew immediately he was the one we wanted guiding and training both our new pup and us! He took immediate control in such a gentle manner. He states he works with “Love and affection” and it is so true. He explained dogs in a way we never heard before or thought of. It was like your children, safety and loving affection at all times. We were on our way.
After

First lesson Quigley was a typical pup, all over the place, pretty jumpy and crazy. We learned about his personality along the way too. Methods of training were consistent and logical. He worked with us at our home, then to the outside “real” world and busy places, as Quigley grew . He works with training over a long period of time which proved to be so beneficial. As Quigley grew up, he had new behaviors that would come up, and he handled it all. Quigley LOVES Uncle Matty and we are so thankful we chose him.
Quigley is now almost 1 year old, and is such a well behaved boy who enjoys his life as we enjoy having him part of our family. I cannot imagine not training, teaching and nurturing your dog as we do all members of our families. We would refer Uncle Matty to anyone!
– Bernard and Pamela Miramon... Quigley too!

Riff Raff

Dear Uncle Matty,

I am writing today to express our sincere gratitude for your training services for our Great Dane, Riff Raff. When we contacted you earlier this year, Riff was a little over a year old and one of the sweetest dogs you would ever meet. Until he wasn’t… 

Riff came to live with us when he was seven weeks old. When he was little, he would growl and scowl when we tried to move him off of the couch. We thought it was cute and were not concerned; we did not understand at the time that he was exhibiting territorial aggression. As he continued to settle into our home (which has 3 children ages 13 and under and a 5 year old Husky), we started to see more signs of aggression that concerned us: fear aggression, object aggression, territorial aggression. We were coping fine until one day when Riff grabbed a loaf of bread off the kitchen counter and went and hid in the laundry room with it. When we got close to him to take it, he growled and wheeled on us. This was quite frightening as by this time, Riff was very large and weighed close to 100 pounds. After much discussion, we decided that he needed an intervention and we needed training to understand how best to interact with Riff and reduce his aggression. If we could not get a handle on the situation, we were afraid we would have to surrender him to a rescue organization. This was the last option we wanted to look at. After two phone calls, we decided to work with you to learn the tricks and techniques to ensure a safe and happy environment for Riff and our family. 

Fast forward a few months, and we are so grateful for what you have taught us. Your one-on-one training with Michael and Riff was exactly what we needed. You explained to us they type of behaviors we were seeing; why Riff was exhibiting those behaviors and exactly what we needed to do to move past them. We have set boundaries for Riff—he is no longer allowed in the kitchen, he has a very large crate that he can retreat to either on his own or when we have company he is not familiar with, he is leash trained and responds to both verbal and non-verbal commands to sit, lay down, heel, etc. The command “leave it” has been invaluable in working with him. Riff understands when we say that, he needs to drop whatever is in his mouth, stop barking, etc. When he is in his crate, he is happy and relaxed, and often just goes to sleep. 

We no longer fear Riff, and he seems to be happier with structure in his life. He is the family dog we were hoping for and we owe this to you. Thank you from all of us for your exceptional training techniques and patience as we learned the best way to interact with Riff to ensure a safe, happy household for all of us.

Sincerely,

Michele K. Steiner

Buddy & Big Boomer

Dear Uncle Matty,

A little slow in writing this but just wanted to say thank you for our wonderful dogs. 

Not only did you train our dogs but you also picked them out and brought them to us. 

Buddy was an 8 week bundle of fluff when you brought him to our home and I cannot thank you enough for picking him out and training him. 

He is now my sons (multiple special needs) service dog and has been such a help. He goes everywhere with us and helps Jesse so much. Again thank you!!! 

Then there is Big Boomer the 20 pound (now 200 pound) English mastiff pup you not only pick out and trained but is a wonderful addition to our family. Truly a gentle giant with my four children all with special needs. 

I had tried a couple of different trainers before with our previous dogs, they used constant treats to get them to do what they wanted. Paid a lot of money with very few results (unless had a treat in my hand). 

When I called you and you came to train the same previous dogs what a difference!!! The same dogs had a complete turn around and became very well behaved. I only wished I had found you first and not wasted all that money. Thank you so much!!!!

Thanks,

Frances

Galen

Good Morning Uncle Matty,

As we are fast approaching the one year anniversary of Galen's passing, I have been thinking of you often.

Words are inadequate to express my heartfelt appreciation and deep feeling of thanks for all you did for us in the ten months you took time to work with Galen.

As you may remember, it was a particularly difficult time for me as Galen was not developing as a normal puppy. There were so many issues; the lack ability to toilet train, the issues with going up and down the stairs, and to lesser degrees, the very messy eating and missing other learning milestones. And with no vet able to say exactly what was happening with him, let alone offer hope to "fix" the problems, it was a most difficult time. As I look back on it, the time was so difficult, it almost broke me. You coming to work with my baby, to love and encourage him, and to also encourage me, was my salvation. I am so very grateful you were there at the time to support me in not giving up on Galen.
I so wish the veterinarians would have taken me up on my offer to study Galen's body. To have provided us some answers as to what was happening with him, along with the video's I took, would have gone a long way in helping others with dogs such as Galen to understand and work with their challenged puppies. Oh well, it is what it is. I miss him much more than I ever have missed any of my other dogs who have transitioned. That guy was so special. It is still difficult to think of him without my eyes welling up.

Not quite two weeks after Galen left, my friend had Fiona and her two dogs at the dog park on Pleasant Grove Blvd, (about two miles from my home), and returned here carrying a small black dog. As soon as I saw her approaching I shook my head "no", as it was obvious to me she was bringing the dog here to live. My friend found the dog hiding under some shrubs, outside the dog park. There are coyotes in the natural area adjacent to the dog park! She was lucky she was not lunch for a coyote! It was obvious the dog had worn a collar recently, yet she had none on and no microchip. I watched the notices for a while to see if anyone was looking for her. No one was. I believe someone dropped her at the dog park perhaps after her owner died, in hopes someone would adopt her. She was absolutely amazing with the children at school; so patient and happy to be with them. I continued to resist for a few days, until another of my friends reminded me that if I would choose to get another dog, it would take a year to get it to the place where this one already is. As our only other option was the pound, which I look at as "doggie jail", I decided to keep her. I named her ALTHEA, as she reacted to that name better than so many others we read from the baby names book. She is an exceptionally cheerful dog, good listening skills, and very good with the children at school. She and Fiona are in a bit of a competition for Alpha position. Fiona is still the top dog.

Fiona went into mourning at Galen's death. She has been mopey with little energy for ten of the last twelve months. She is just now coming out of her depression. Galen was the second male dog in our home who died in two years. Our Cocker Spaniel had transitioned a year before we took in Galen. It seemed it was all too much for Fiona. It has been difficult to just watch Fiona and allow her to work through her grief. She is definitely on the mend now.

I recall you said you would accompany me to choose another puppy when the time came. And I told you I would not care to get another puppy after the difficult experience with Galen. And you told me that, indeed, I would get another puppy! I had an almost impossible time believing that at the time. Now I can see the possibility for some time in the future. Right now, two female dogs is quite enough. The thought of a puppy is still in the back of my head. I will let you know when I am ready.

Once again, Uncle Matty, my heartfelt thanks for all you did for Galen and myself. Galen did learn, and that learning was important. You will forever have a gentle place in my heart. If any part of this letter would benefit you in publishing it, you have my permission to do so. The World should know there are people like you who truly love animals and have the heart and patience to work lovingly with them.

We have been Blessed to have you in our lives.

Most Sincerely,
Ronnie Binczewski, Galen and Fiona
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