Early in 2016 our rescue organization was contacted about a mixed breed dog with severe demodectic mange and the obvious signs of long term neglect. While we were immediately able to go to work on her physical needs, as her foster mom, I recognized the deep emotional scars already present in her young life. I knew we had our work cut out for us in order
to deem “Niblet” adoptable. As experienced as I was in the rehabilitation of such dogs, I knew I would need help in rebuilding her self-esteem, and Joseph Honeycutt was a name I heard more than once. I needed to give her something to be proud of, and I chose to start with basic obedience under Joseph’s direction.
Niblet’s first encounter with Joseph resulted in his listening to me while his hands were totally on the dog. This was not in a way to train, but I later learned, to gain her trust. She had a fear of “touch” and by the end of the first class, her tail was no longer between her legs. After the second session, she had started to raise her head and make eye contact, and no
longer was uncomfortable with hand’s on. What immediately impressed me is how Joseph had individualized the training
to be totally about Niblet. It was not textbook or instructed, it was about what worked for her. By the fourth class, she had developed a silly little walk, specific to him only, and a bond had developed between trainer and dog. She was well on her way to her future, something we had strong doubts about for a very long time.
We continued the training with Joseph long after Niblet’s basic skills were perfected. As her spirit grew stronger we saw a definite change in her desire to please. It became not about the treat, but about what she could prove. With additional training she has now learned to bow, differentiate between left and right and has learned her primary colors. Joseph saw the drive she had and challenged it. She didn’t disappoint. He knew what she needed, and she delivered.
There are not words to describe what a difference has been made in Niblet’s life because she was given the resources made available by having the direction of an experienced and skilled trainer. Joseph definitely went above and beyond in making the difference in the life of a very special dog.
Pam Mayes, President and Founder
Alabama Pug Rescue and Adoption, Inc.
I have been thru various training classes with my dogs over the years and we always learn enough to need and want more. Then I met and worked with Joseph…..and we really got it done! We have found our forever trainer!
I am so thankful to have met Joseph Honeycutt! I was amazed at how immediate the response was from both my dogs he has worked with. He was able to quickly assess the needs and personalities of the dogs (and their people) and individualize training techniques to get results. I experienced this with my dogs as well as with the other s we shared classes with.
My 6 yr old rescue poodle mix Fiona, was impossibly distracted, fearful of noises and other dogs that were not immediately submissive to her. With Joseph’s guidance, she achieved Canine Good Citizen and has made amazing progress toward our goal of serving as a therapy team. And, she LOVES her time with Joseph! Her excitement is impossible to contain when it’s time for us to “go to school"!
My rescue pit mix, Stone came with anxiety issues and behaviors that had the potential of being dangerous considering his strength . I was concerned that I had taken on more than I could handle. After working with Joseph, we are able to relax and live peacefully and participate in normal play and activities without concerns. I am often told when we are in public, that he is so well behaved! In addition, Joseph’s awesome dedication and loyalty to us continues. He not only takes his work seriously, he takes it personally! He sticks with it as long as it takes. It is obvious that he is dedicated to the pet/person relationship, not just a job! He is more than a trainer, he is our forever friend.
I adopted a 6 month Old English Bulldogge that someone was trying to surrender to a no-kill shelter. It was love at first sight for Charlie and I. Not knowing much about OEB’s, I did my research. He was a very passive puppy who loved everyone. On neutral gound, I introduced him to my 4 year old Boxer. Both are male dogs who are neutered, so I agreed to take Charlie and I hoped for the best. They played and appeared to have a good time. Little did I know, things would change.
At 9 months old, he stopped a small fight between my Boxer and my other dog (female). At this age, Charlie made sure he was Alpha. My 80 pound Boxer was no match. After several fights (blood baths), many trips to the vet (even a Bully Specialist), medication, and my husband and I getting hurt separating them, it was time to go one step further. The most painful part of it all, they only fought on occasion. The appeared to love each other, play well and behaved well. They did not have to be separted all the time. But, when a trigger hit, the hounds of hell were released. The choices were training or Charlie finding a new home.
Fortunately, a co-worker told me about an AWESOME trainer. (I have to experience things before I call someone awesome.) When I met Joseph, I agreed he was awesome and the Bully Master! Once he met my Boxer, he was able to assess his personality within 5 minutes of meeting him. He pegged him totally. I stood amazed. After meeting both dogs, he devised a plan of action.
Joseph trained me and my two wild ones. Giving me the support and encouragement, I began to realize, I can handle these two and maintain our fur family. With training, Samson (Boxer) became more submissive and understood his place in the family. He would normally instigate the fights and Charlie would end them. Now, all I have to do is say “Leave IT”, when they appear to be starting a fight or find a trigger. It takes two to fight. If one does not respond, the other moves along. Samson responds well to my commands and I can prevent the fight with careful observation, continued practice with commands and a stern voice and posture. We continue to work on Charlie. He is doing very well with training and I am as well. He responds to commands well and is beginning to understand his place in the family.
I can not express enough praise or gratitude to Joseph. He has the training and experience to assist you with handling you dog. Awesome does not even begin to describe his skill with handling all types of dogs. I can say that he saved my two boys, but really, he saved my heart from breaking. Instead of being on pins and needles in fear of a fight breaking out, I can now relax and enjoy watching my boys play well together.Joseph Honeycutt was the best choice in trainers. Not only does he have the training and experience to meet your dog’s needs, he understands your needs and has the ability change your lives.
Joseph Honeycutt is an amazing dog trainer whose skills go beyond basic obedience training. Joseph effectively incorporates behavior modification. For example, he successfully intervened to curb our Millie's excessive barking and our Penny's 'po-go' jumping. He knows how to read a dog's unique personality and adjust the training approach as needed. He has tactfully provided us with suggestions for modifying our body posture and communication style to help our pups and is readily available for follow-up questions. With his help, both our pups passed their canine good citizenship test at just 1 year old, and we are working with Joseph to prepare our dogs for passing Hand in Paw's therapy dog test soon. All our dogs love him. He has a calm, assertive manner and positive methods which our pups respond well to. As a bonus, Joseph is knowledgeable about all aspects of raising healthy dogs and has recommended helpful products such as nutritious foods, snacks, chews, collars, and calming aids.
Over the past 3 months, I have watched Joseph work with my daughter and me in a professional and courteous manner. Under the guidance of Joseph, our puppy, Lily has been able to amplify her skills consistently each week. When we first brought Lily to Joseph she was a 10 week old puppy that was hyper, destructive, and not
potty trained. Within the first week, Lily was house broken and learning not to puppy bite. Joseph taught us how to exhaust some of Lily's excessive energy so she could focus. In the past twelve weeks, Lily has learned over 15 commands plus leash training, the inhibited bite, off leash handling, and socialization. I am extremely pleased with the progress Lily has made in such a short period of time. Lily enjoys learning new skills and sequences from Mr. Honeycutt.
While knowing Mr. Honeycutt, I have seen him be a positive influence on everyone he encounters. He has always been friendly and demonstrated genuine warmth, caring, and respect for all the people and animals he encounters. Joseph is a hard-working self-starter who invariably understands what training is all about from the outset. He is resourceful, creative, and intuitive. He is able to come up with new and innovative approaches in teaching and training dogs. Joseph stands out above the rest as a trainer by giving pet owners support and advice where needed while teaching them how to read their dogs behaviors.
Based on my experience working with and knowing Joseph Honeycutt, I can assuredly say his skills as a dog trainer are above all others and I can unreservedly recommend him to anyone wanting to have an amazing and well behaved pet.
Almost every time I take my dog out in public people are amazed about how well mannered and well trained she is, especially considering that she is a Rottweiler puppy. There is no way that I would've had such great success with Marley if it weren't for Joseph! Within the first couple of visits with Joseph Marley learned more commands than I even thought she'd know in her lifetime. As we continued our training Joseph taught her more commands that I had never thought
of. You could really see her eagerness to learn, how it sparked her brain and best of all help with her puppy energy and destruction (if you've ever owned a puppy you know about the chewing and the potty
training)! I honestly would've been happy with the sit, down, stay, basic commands. Joseph exceeded my expectations by teaching me about crate training, how to properly socialize her, even the best food and treats that she should be on for her growth stage and breed. He gave me toy/play ideas that wore Marley out while reinforcing training and increasing our dog/owner bond (ask him about a flirt pole and a spring pole). Joseph really is the dog whisperer. It is uncanny how he can bond, train, and lead dogs in a gentle way. My only complaint now is
that I think my dog loves Joseph more than me.
When my dog turned two and was weighing in at close to 80lbs I knew I needed a real miracle. I love my dog but my big lovable puppy, was now 83lbs of mostly muscle and crazy strong force and sadly he had no clue how big he was. I
have scars to remind me. I had been drug around by his strength several times, and then I had to deal with him being misunderstood because of his breed I knew I needed to get him shaped up, gain respect and my
place as his leader. But I didn't know where to turn because I had already gone through 2 trainers and somewhere in the ballpark of $1200. He had some basic skills but still no respect! I contacted a local bully rescue for help finding a trainer that might be more skilled for my needs and they gave me the name and number for Joseph. I was skeptical because I had spent so much money with other trainers with little results. I was so worried I wouldn't be able to ever get a handle
on my dog, after one class with Joseph I saw my dogs demeanor change. Joseph was so good about seeing the need and meeting the need, and explaining to me how to correct my behavior in order to be the best owner for my dog. No other trainer had ever directed me the way he did and that was the real issue. In a matter of just a few classes I was a
better equipped owner and my dog was a much more behaved and responsive pooch! Not to mention the cost of training was dramatically cheaper than the other trainers and Joseph personalized each class to our specific need. I couldn't have asked for a better training experience. And my dog absolutely loves Joseph.
My Irish Setter came to Joseph Honeycutt for basic obedience training at18 months old. Having had dogs in training programs before - programs that failed me - and knowing we were getting such a late start, I wasn't expecting much... Jake was a stubborn, hyper jumper that had acquired many bad habits and was spoiled rotten. In the last year and a half,
Jake has not only earned his CGC certificate but we have also applied to Hand In Paw to become a therapy team, and I fully expect us to be accepted. Joseph has worked miracles with my dog. He has not only trained my dog, he has trained me to read and understand my dog. I can now look at Jake and notice subtleties that tell me how he is feeling
and what he is expressing. I have grown to love Jake more than I ever thought possible because our working together, and working with Joseph, has bonded us. We now understand each other. Jake now has a healthy respect for me as his owner/handler, which makes our relationship enjoyable. Joseph is amazing. I will never use another trainer.
Joseph Honeycutt introduced me to a passion I never knew I had. It was that I love to
train dogs. From day one I knew he was unlike any trainer I had ever encountered. He openedmy eyes to the world of dog training.My dog, Rowen, is about a year and a half.Rowen came to Joseph only knowing how to potty outside. I had no idea what I was doing, but that changed
fast. Joseph can paint a picture of how training benefits not only the dog but the owner as well.
Joseph goes above and beyond. Even in a group setting he will still individualize to any animal’s
needs while simultaneously teaching an entire class. His private classes are my personal
favorites because you can get very specific with what you want to learn. For me I am training my
dog to be a service animal and Joseph has made the process a breeze. Rowen has learned
everything from ignoring any distraction to listening to only me unless I say a release word.
Joseph has given me an unbreakable bond with my dog and I am forever thankful.
Joseph has an incredible gift. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of dogs. Each session is completely individualized for the dog and her owners. We left having the tools to succeed at home, and the confidence to use those tools. He is a true talent. We are grateful and proud to know him.
Joe and Diane Landers
Jax was about 6 months when he met Joseph. Jax had basic training prior to meeting Joseph but being a Bernese Mountain Dog he was still difficult for me to handle. He was pulling and still jumping on me. I remember being impressed when I talked to Joseph on the phone before Jax even started training with him. Jax made so much progress when Joseph started training him. It was absolutely amazing. Jax and I both learned so much. Joseph is the most knowledgeable dog trainer I have ever met. Joseph teaches you more than just sit, stand, stay. He is familiar with the characteristics and behaviors of the different dog breeds. For example, Bernese Mountain
Dogs are working dogs. Joseph has been training Jax to pull a sleigh with weights. Jax loves it. I don't think any other dog trainer will
go to that extent. I can't say enough good about Joseph Honeycutt as a dog trainer. I will recommend him to anyone that has a dog. His passion for dogs and training is contagious.
We used Joseph for classes with my West Highland Terrier, Winston. At the time we began classes he was 16 wks old. Our first class I immediately felt at ease with Joseph when I first met him. He spent much time with us. I really enjoyed this time
spent with Winston and the help Joseph gave me to understand Winston.
Mike and Colloni Keener
Meet Loxley! Loxley started puppy training classes with Joseph when he was about 5 months old. As a small puppy Loxley was very calm but we were having trouble potty training him, but few other issues. Joseph talked to us about how much Loxley’s personality would change as he grew and boy was he right. Loxley had a big issue with respecting me, as well as being dog aggressive. Joseph taught both Loxley and myself about the respect issue and I can say the techniques work. Being an American Pit Bull Terrier I was very concerned with his dog aggression that seemed to have come out of nowhere and got really bad, really fast. He still has some excitement issues when he meets other dogs (I mean come on, someone play with me!) but with the knowledge we were given and the exposure training with Loxley, it has greatly improved! We loved our training classes it was an great opportunity for Loxley to socialize and for everyone to learn!
Chris and Lauren Mercer
Having purchased a Great Dane puppy and understanding the importance having a dog of such size very well trained, we began to seek out advice and recommendations as to where to find the best training in our area. Almost every person we spoke to recommended we use Joseph Honeycutt for all our training. In the weeks we worked with him we came to understand why he came so highly recommended.
We got our to lovely, highly strung puppies, Cam and Remi late last year. Extremely high energy, didn't listen, and were always jumping. Shortly after, we found out that we were expecting a beautiful baby girl. We came to Joseph in hopes to break this behavior
and teach us how to work with our puppies and keep them controlled and responsive. We came out with so much more. Our puppies learned many commands and leash training specific for a pair of dogs. Often working them together and separate, but always making sure they both got what they needed. He also showed us a pheremone diffuser for when our baby made her appearance, so it would ease the transition. We couldn't have received any better then what we got.
When I became the human mom of an 8-week old Chocolate Lab, it didn’t take long for me to realize we were going to
need training – and FAST! My pup came from a litter of 12, and for the first 8 weeks of her life, she had other pups to chew on as her toys. She was chewing on me and causing lots of injuries. That’s when we found Joseph Honeycutt.
He began working with Willow and me, trying to correct and stop her biting, as well as the usual training instructions of sit, lay down, stay, etc. He was very patient with Willow as he explained to me that I would have to redirect her to chew on toys. He even advised me on toys to get for her that were indestructible. Sad to say, within a couple of days, Willow had completely destroyed the “indestructible.”
Not giving up, Joseph continued to patiently work with her, as Willow grew into the 70 lb. dog that stopped chewing on me,
but began jumping on me and tearing up my arms even more. As Joseph often said to me, he was not giving up on training
Willow to stop jumping, because he was tired of seeing me covered in band-aids every time we met for training.
I am very pleased with Joseph’s patience and dedication to his art of dog training. I can now report that as a 1-year old pup, Willow rarely jumps on anyone and follows commands very well. Visitors to my home always comment on how well behaved she is and I owe it all to Joseph Honeycutt. He was willing to spend all the time it took to help her become the best Lab I could ever have.
Thanks, Joseph, for all you do!
Still in the works, Taz is a Belgian Malinios currently in training for personal and proximity protection spanning 4 acres of farm. He's excelled rapidly in obedience, bite work, obstacle, and agility training amongst numerous distractions. A more detailed testimonial to come soon. His sire and dam were both K9 Officers. With that being said his temperament was tested and assured for such a long haul of training as well as confirmed by his parentage both having equivilant success.