We offer both classes and private sessions to meet your training needs. This includes puppy training, basic obedience and all levels of competitive agility instruction. Private appointments are tailored to your needs mainly focusing on problem behaviors, or for those who cannot make our class schedule.
I'm Nell Wirtes and since 2008 I have provided class and private instruction to residents of NW Florida. I strive to educate both dog and owner building a strong and trusting working relationship on our way to solving training challenges. To give my clients the best possible guidance I routinely continue my education so I can remain current on ways to solve clients' dog training issues. It brings me great joy to help dog and owner reach their potential!
I’ve known Nell (owner/trainer) of Dog Max, Inc. for over 10 years, ever since I watched and competed with her and her Dobermans in agility.About three years ago I started driving the 87 mile one-way trip to Crestview for agility classes. I decided to do this because although there are some excellent dog trainers closer to me, there aren’t any better teachers. I love the fact that Nell “teaches” me and doesn’t just train the dog. I also love the fact that she has a positive influence on me and my training methods for agility and there is no rushing involved.
While I only go to Nell for agility lessons she teaches puppy and pet obedience classes, as well as in-home personal instruction. Nell also has a wealth of canine health and nutrition knowledge, which she shares freely when asked. I think Dog Max is an excellent choice for you and your four-legged family members.
Nell Wirtes is truly an amazing trainer. We have 5 dogs, 4 of them are large breed dogs and of the 4 large dogs 3 are male. We had been having some issues with what we thought was aggression in one of the dogs. He would get in fights with the other two male dogs. These fights would get pretty bad and were getting hard to break up. We thought he would out grow it. Of course that did not happen and things continued to escalate. We did not like to have guests come to our home because all but 1 of the dogs were ill mannered and did not listen. We knew something had to change. We had let things go too long and needed help to make those changes. We did not know where to start so we called Nell at Dog Max. She came very highly recommended and after her first session I can see why. She was able to recognize behavior in my dogs that I did not understand. She is teaching our dogs the proper way to behave and teaching us how to work with them and better understand them. Our dogs truly enjoy their training with her. She has given us hope that our dogs can be well behaved and pleasant to be around. I can't say enough good things about her and her ability as a trainer. She is truly amazing and I would recommend her. I wish I had called her a long time ago. Christi S.
I started training at Dog Max with my German Shepherd when she was five months old. Through puppy class and basic obedience not only did she learn all the fundamentals, but Nell helped us as a team over come some of her issues she was having. Now Karma has not only certified with Canine Good Citizen but has also continued to train in agility. We’ve been training here for close to four years and I couldn’t think of a better place to bring your dog! Nell is a resource of information on every aspect from training to diets and is able to analyze issues and help you and your puppy grow. This is the place to go! Ariel Thorp
"I met Nell several years ago when I called her regarding agility training for my young, challenging Doberman. Remi is a very smart and athletic dog, but could be very insecure and reactive. Remi instantly bonded with Nell, and we both learned a ton about agility from her. She is hands down one of the best teachers I have ever worked with, as she is very patient and enthusiastic and willing to think outside of the box. In the course of our two years with Nell, Remi went from being crated and covered during group classes, to socializing and interacting with other dogs and their owners during class. We became a much happier and better educated team and we both loved our Tuesday morning classes with Nell! I highly recommend her for agility instruction, as well as basic and puppy obedience and behavior modification! She is wonderful!" A. Berlew
I have been training with Nell Wirtes for over a decade. Her training methods are sound, her handling techniques are polished and she has an amazing rapport with every dog she works with. She has a solid background in obedience, agility and conformation which she maintains by constantly participating in training opportunities, shows and trials herself. SHE IS NOT AFRAID TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. She brings what she learns to class and shares with her students. Over the years that I have trained with her, Nell has periodically revamped her training methods and classes to incorporate new and innovative training techniques to her clients and dogs. Each change has improved her class presentations and expanded her ability to address a wide variety of behavioral challenges in the dogs she works with. There are other trainers in our area, but what Nell brings to the dog training arena is truly an art form. You will come away from her classes improving your relationship with your dog along with the dog's behavior.