About Dave


Dave’s interest in dog training began at the age of 10 years old. Dave competed in Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) dog obedience trials with his dogs. By age of 12 years old Dave told his mom when he grew up that he wanted to be a professional dog trainer and have his own school. He got his school but never grew up LOL.

“I love what I do every day of my life, I have made my passion my profession.”

I help people and their dogs, I know that I make a difference in their lives.”

Dave is a past Board of Directors member with the Niagara Falls Humane Society.

Dave is the Originator of the First Command Response dog training system that is being used Internationally.

Dave McMahon is a consultant to rescue groups on the assessment and temperament of dogs that are adopted.


  • Author of “Obedience Training manual For the Family Dog”
  • Author of “Don’t Get Bit” A Dog Bite Prevention E-Book For Children, free to read online here.


  • Proprietor/Operator of McMahon’s Dog Training Academy
  • Professional dog trainer and behavior specialist
  • Owns and operates the largest dog training school in the Niagara region of Ontario
  • Instructor of All Breed dog obedience classes
  • Voted “Best Dog Training School – Dave McMahon’s Dog Academy” by Readers Choice Awards
  • 35 years experience evaluating and temperament testing dogs
  • Training in personal protection estate and corporate security
  • Academy for K-9 Security Dog Handlers
  • Instructor at Niagara College in Welland Continuing education Since 1990
  • Therapy dog trainer and handler, Actively visiting retirement and nursing homes in the Niagara region.
  • Established in 1986
  • Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals ( I.A.C.P)
  • Has trained Humane Society Staff on the “Proper use of Training Collars” & Humane Training Methods
  • Specializing in behaviour modification and rehabilitation for dogs
  • Detection dog trainer and handler
  • Therapy dog trainer and handler and evaluator
  • Mentors Dog Trainers

Past work

  • Evaluator of the St. John Ambulance Therapy dog program
  • Has trained Humane Society Staff on the “Proper use of Training Collars” & Humane Training Methods
  • Provided 1st Therapy Dog and Handler to the Tender Wishes Foundation of Canada
  • Canine Selection Agent for Civilians who wish to acquire dogs for special purposes
  • Canine Selection Agent for Private Law Enforcement Agencies that use dogs in their operations
  • Past Instructor to handlers and dogs at FrontLine K-9 Security and Investigations in Toronto, Ontario

Provides presentations at public schools.

“Safety for Kids”.

Volunteers frequently to give talks to children on safety around dogs, and dog bite prevention.

Author of Don’t Get Bit a dog bite prevention Free e-book.