T.J has helped us socialise our young GSD and given us all the tools to confidently walk him off lead, something we were totally unable to do before. His intuitive understanding of dogs and the pack walk brings out the best in owners and their dogs.
We were in the midst of the happiness of being engaged, when my fiancé and I quickly realized we had a massive problem with seemingly no solution. How on earth do you get two male Pitt Bulls, who have never met, and one of which is highly aggressive when confronted with other dogs, and another that gets anxious, to live in the same house? We were told there would be no hope. But after hearing amazing things about TJ through a friend, we booked a session and the dogs have been living together and behaving wonderfully since that very first day. We were extremely anxious going into it and being let down again, but the guidance offered by TJ not only directly with the dogs but with us as owners has resulted in our family being whole - and all the credit goes to TJ’s wonderful methods. We were well-educated on how to move forward with training, and encouraged to reach out with any questions or issues. Our little family can’t thank you enough.
Dear T.J. We as a family would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us with our ridgeback and pitbull dogs that grew up together inseparable. As you know they were put together at 8 weeks old and for some reason one day got fed up with one another and started fighting with each other. You came to our rescue and with in 1hour session solved our issue and showed us how to be in charge and take the lead to be the Alpha.. The dogs are doing exceptionally well, It has been 3 months and they are so very happy together. We cannot believe the remarkable change in them as it looked like a hopeless situation. Thank you so much, I would recommend you any day.
Thanks to T.J for working with our dogs last night. If anyone is looking for an animal behaviourist then this is your guy. Huge positive changes with Blue and his fear aggression after just one session of trying to integrate our babies into one household.
After a ‘behaviourist’ placed doubt in our mind regarding the relationship between our rescued staffie (male,approx. 2 years) and rescued pitbull (female, approx. 2.5 years), we needed help! Having rescues can be a challenge on its own, but having two power breeds makes it that much harder. Well that is all a thing of the past! T.J came to our home and corrected difficulties we experienced within minutes. His love and understanding for dogs is inexplicable! He not only explained their behaviour but he made us aware of our own. He has since had our two over to meet and socialise with his pack and the results have superseded any and all expectations! Our two rescue pups will continue to walk and work with T.J to build their confidence, eradicate their fear and teach us to be the best pack leaders we can be. If you are reading this, my only advise is- ‘here is the person you have been looking for!!’ You have to see it to believe it! With Love- Tarren and Kim Miller
T.J helped me with my lock down shelter special. She’s adorable and harmless but was stalking other dogs in the park and then rumbling them. Their owners were angry with me. He showed me how to implement corrective behavior techniques and it’s working! Thanks T.J.
T.J and dogwalkies.co.za through a recommendation. I have an anxious German Shepherd who is not good with smaller dogs. Joined T.J on his pack walk 3 times a week and have seen an amazing transformation in my dog’s behavior and confidence.
I highly recommend T.J from Dog Walkies we adopted a young Pitbull with so many issues and T.J has been great helping us socialize her with other dogs and people. She's doing much better and she is now more comfortable with dogs and people she has made huge growth in the last two weeks thank you T.J
I searched far and wide to find just the right person to help our rescue doggo with her aggressive nature towards other dogs, which led us to a very experienced T.J from Dog Walkies! At the end of the very 1st session she was running around and playing with no less than 6 other unfamiliar large dogs. This was something that I had never experienced with her, and imagined a very long arduous journey ahead of us to get to this. T.J's calm and confident presence was super helpful, as well as the way that he talks you through the process as it happens. Highly recommend Dog Walkies!
What a great experience taking my 6 month pitbul for socialization and some obedience training. Recommended highly! Thank you T.J for your time and patience. Your Techniques are showing already when needed the most during lock down.
I am really impress with TJ and how he handled our Massey, we were left speechless when he got him socialising within 10minutes. We would highly recommend his services and greatful to have our own Ceasar Malan here in Cape Town. We will definitely be there for the dog walks and a couple more sessions.
Harvey and Mike (our two labradors) have been going for walks with T.J 3 times a week for the past three months. We had struggled for months to walk them as they were always overly excitable around other dogs and people. This was the best decision we had made for them. T.J played a HUGE role in their transition from walking on leash to free roaming at hiking trails where they are now able to walk without a leash and engage with other dogs. Harvey and Mike arrives home, tired, relaxed and happy and they are ALWAYS excited for their next walk which tells me all I need to know. Thanks T.J, your passion for fur babies is out of this world and I couldn’t recommend you more!
“T.J is the REAL DEAL.. his love and understanding of all dog breeds is immense. His knowledge and ability to tap into a dog’s (& its owner) psyche is unbelievable. T.J is passionate, gentle but firm. We never ever thought our pitXstaffi would be able to integrate with such ease into a pack of dogs( power dogs at that ). He really is the business. Breath of fresh air.. And OMG the fur balls are nuts about him...
T.J and his team have become such a special part of our fur babies lives. Amour & La Vie love their adventures, the socialising (after previously being aggressive with other dogs), and all the joyful play. There are two words we can no longer say out loud at home..."TJ and Walkies" as they think it's time to go for more fun! Thank you for caring for them so well.
T.J is a miracle worker. He transformed my re-homed Husky puppy from a frightened dog that was too scared to walk to a confident, happy, well-behaved dog in a week.
T.J is amazing with dogs. After just 3 walks we've already seen a big difference in our little pitty's confidence. Highly recommended.
T.J has really helped us out this last week by taking our dogs in at the last minute while we had contactors in and out of our house to do repairs, they came back from the day care and were so happy and exhausted from all the play time with their new friends. We have always had trouble walking our dogs as they pull and are very reactive but we weren't sure if they were aggressive or not, fortunately they did really well at the day care with the other dogs so we decided to meet and do a walk with T.J and it was extremely informative and has made us see the mistakes we have made in terms of when to give affection and when to discipline our dogs. We are definitely wanting to work with him in the near future and are going to work at being consistent with the advice he has given us. We can't thank you enough and are looking forward to learning more.
I live right near Rondebosch common and I have come across T.J and his large walking group a couple of times now. It has always been a positive experience for my dogs, partially my young Ridgeback puppy, who benefits from interacting with a large group of friendly dogs. Straight-away I noticed that T.J has a very firm grasp of dog behavioral dynamics. He was even so kind as to give me some useful tips on how to better manage my ridgeback on a day-to-day basis. I can definitely recommend his services to anyone who is unable to walk their dog on a regular basis, or anyone who has an anxious, highly-strung dog. T.J is a friendly, outgoing person and I will definitely stop and chat to him every time I see him on the Common!
I have seen T.J at work and his passion to make a difference in the doggie world is unbelievable. He puts his heart and soul into his business and surpasses any goals he has set out. Watching him do what he loves and watching him make a difference in the dogs lives and their parents is an incredible experience. The way his face lights up when he finally realizes what he has accomplished with one of the dogs is breath taking and I hope that one day all dog walkers will have the same passion and love he has.
I was nearly at breaking point trying to exercise my Great Dane alongside my Schnauzer and Yorky and literally ending up in tears at my lack of strength when I tried to take her out post lockdown. Dog Walkies has saved our lives.The stress of exercising her has been totally alleviated. She waits listening for her lift to arrive and runs off for her outing like an excited child.
Beertjies visit to T.J was more for us as dog parents than it was for my special boy. In just one morning T.J gave us the confidence to teach and guide Beertjie (Boerboel) to be a well adapted and behaved boy. We could instantly see that he understands dogs on an emotional level and he taught us how to anticipate and handle Beertjie's reactions when going for walks and being around other dogs and humans, while on and off a leash. I would recommend him to any pet owner. If you are an owner of a power breed, especially do yourself a favour and visit T.J with your pup/big doggo. He is brilliant!!!
We were recommended to TJ by a friend after we tried two other dog Behaviourists in Cape Town who were of no help to my two severely anxious Italian greyhounds. After one meeting with him and he had a clear plan and was confident he could help us socialise and train our dogs so they would be easier to walk and not be so scared and aggressive around other dogs. We now use TJ to board our pups when we go away, and also to socialise them with doggy walks when we are unable to. The dogs love him and have even stopped peeing inside with his advice! I wish we had found him sooner!
We were so impressed with how T.J helped us with Sydney (our female GSD), who struggles with anxiety/fear and reactivity. He came in with such confidence and experience and understood Sydney like no one has before. Gave simple advice which we are starting to implement. Very excited to get more hands on help from T.J and build our dogs confidence up going forward.
Thank you T.J for looking after our boy so well. He has come home so happy which means the world to us. Thank you for all the pictures and updates while we were away, I know he had the best time with you and your doggies. Duke will be back to visit you for sure.
T.J runs an excellent dog walking service. Professional, on time, and takes great care of his hounds. Our dog can’t wait to jump aboard and spend time with T.J and friends. He also provides an awesome dog sitting service. Thanks for taking great care of Rafi!
My boy Zeus had the pleasure of spending a month with T.J and the other fur babies. I loved my photos that he sent. Zeus always looked happy and relaxed. I am very grateful to know that Zeus was well looked after. If you need further references please contact me. T.J is highly recommend.
T.J was so kind to stop and help me on the side of the road when my Labrador overheated on a hot day and he provided some needed water for my dog! One could see he's very caring of our fury friends as he showed such compassion for mine who he had never met. I'm sure he's great with all the dogs he cares for thanks again T.J.
We brought a 1 year old dog to join our home, which already included 2 cats and a 6 month old Labrador. Our new foster was incredibly aggressive with our animals, I struggled to control him and I was afraid for our animals safety. T.J was recommended to us, he arrived and within an hour he already had both dogs under control, calm and actually walking around the house together, something I wouldn't think possible even after weeks. He not only trained the dogs, but myself as well. Two weeks later, both dogs are now best friends and my foster is incredibly loving and obedient, I would never have thought this can be possible. Thanks T.J!!!
Whether big or small, TJ is absolutely amazing with the dogs. He knows just how to handle a pack, and the care he shows towards each dog on an individual basis is wonderful. Charlie adores his time with TJ. Highly recommended.
My two fur babies stayed with T.J for three weeks in December. I can honestly say they were loved, happy, exercised and came back home looking so well looked after. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend T.J.
T.J knows dogs. Excellent at walking and introducing new dogs to the pack. I highly recommend T.J. Michele van der Veer from Adopt A Pet Cape Town