Steve Welch Dog Training / dog mishandled/fraud
our 3 yo great dane was taken from us by steve welch for training for an unspecified amount of time two months ago (45+ days). we were coersed emotionally into paying 2700 dollars when we met him as he guaranteed us our dog was a good dog who was just nervous and needed training with him. he promised us he would train her to allow our 1 yr old son to be able to safely crawl over our dog and pull her ears etc...
our dog had recently bit our son so we were in the process of rehoming our dog when we met steve.
two weeks later, when we called (he never contacted us once) he said she was in so much pain, he could not train her and we needed to pick her up and take her to a vet. when we picked her up (our inlaws)...our inlaws cried on seeing her. our dog had lost at least 25 lbs in two weeks with him, looked sick and lethargic and had scars all over her body. she drank 7 bowls of water in 20 minutes. we all agreed she could never return.
after seeing 3 vets regarding "the supposed pain"...we were told indie was in no pain in her knee as steve said. but the vets said a nervous great danes cant be trained...its their nature. and she may bite your son again. it is negligent to tell someone they could trust the dog after training.
steve welch refuses to refund our money after not performing the training we paid $2700. furthermore, he tortured our still beloved dog. we have contacted other reputable trainers in the area who have told us he uses starvation techniques to train animals...which explains the gross weight loss our dog suffered.
if you have had a similiar experience or are thinking of using him...please contact us and save your dog.