Bark Busters Reviews and Customer Testimonials
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15th June 2014Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
What a fantastic morning. We (and Sammi our dog) learnt so much. I had a dog on a muzzle (not dog friendly at all) working with people she had never met (apart from Jo) and in no time at all they had identified Sammi's issue. Found the start of the solution and within a couple of hours Sammi was running around with no muzzle and totally ignoring the other dogs that were around her. Her love of the little Pond kept her occupied. We have a way to go but we are feeling very positive about how this is going to go. Sammi will now sniff around some other dogs rather than attack them. We still have a few issues but with further workshops we are convinced it will all come good. After all, Rome wasnâ€™t built in a day. We can only thank you for what you have done so far and Iâ€™m sure Sammi thanks you too !!
Sammi is a lovely Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was adopted from Battersea Dogs Home. Like many rescue dogs she came with lots of little quirks like her love of sitting on tables and chairs and her determination to look out of the window, but the thing that her owners really struggled with was her dog aggression. She is a very fearful dog and had learned that the best form of defence was offence and would attack dogs if they came to close. We started off with muzzle training for safety and then her owners started working at a distance getting her focus onto them and getting her used to dogs walking nearby. They had practiced this diligently and by the time she came to the workshop Sammi was ready for practice in a controlled environment with "friendly" dogs. Dog aggression is not an overnight fix, but these owners have proved that with hard work and determination you can make a difference to your dog.
Update: Sammi has been to a second workshop and is now being let off lead in open spaces and comes back to her owner on command if she is worried or concerned. She is still fearful and will react to dogs so is kept muzzled for safety unless her owner knows the dogs are friendly. This is an excellent common sense approach as her owners can then relax and enjoy being out and about with their dog.
15th June 2014Kim Lummis dealt with:
Kim obviously loves dogs! She has a wonderful rapport with our puppy. She explains the training very well so that everything is clear and easy to follow. She is very friendly and easy to talk to and I feel able to ask her questions about anything! I cannot praise Kim enough! She was recommended to me by a friend and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to other dog owners!
Hove, East Sussex
13th June 2014Tina Edwards dealt with:
Very pleased with Tina. Our dog is responding to the training almost immediately.
A young GSD who is excitable by nature, but made worse by his diet. We worked on getting him to respond to the natural communication methods I use so that we can slowly build his understanding or good and unacceptable behaviours. A puppy in an adult body, he will take time to mature as he learns.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
11th June 2014Tina Edwards dealt with:
Tina was clear and concise with her instructions & had my family working well with Tia. The session was intense but worthwhile. Tia was exhausted!
I have a new found confidence to take my over exuberant GSD out on my own.
Now its up to me and the rest of the family to be consistent with Tia and make her the calmer happy dog we know she can be.
Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement
Tia is a lovely girl, but highly strung as some GSD's can be. Calm, consistent work, showing and guiding her into the new behaviour will get the results wanted.
9th June 2014Lee Hardy dealt with:
We seem to have made a good start, Billy is now walking better on lead and not barking at everybody as much as before. The word and use of cushion is proving to be very helpful with our puppy , they seem to be getting along a lot better, she is learning her boundaries and how to leave Billy alone sometimes at least!
We are hopeful that with further input from Lee we will be left with 2 very happy dogs.
Coventry, West Midlands
9th June 2014Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
I have been seeing Jo with my 3 year old German Shepherd Candy who had been attacked three times when she was a young puppy by my neighbours' dogs. I noticed after that she became aggressive when meeting other dogs and it became so problematical that I could not take her out during the day and took her out for a walk in the early hours of the morning.
I have just attended a workshop that Jo ran along with Georgina from the German Shepherd rescue and Jenny who showed me more TTouch exercises to do with Candy to help calm her prior to going out for a walk. I had learnt the basics of TTouch with Jo and have been practising this for a while.
At the end of the training session I was able to walk Candy round an enclosure with another 2 dogs inside and 4 other dogs outside the enclosure that Candy could see. I discovered that Candy was not as aggressive as I first thought, as although she appeared aggressive to me whilst out when she was barking with her hackles raised, she was observed by Jo to actually retreat rather than advance towards the other dogs.
I realise that the 'problem' also lies with me and that I have to be more confident when meeting other dogs whereas before I tended to avoid this in case Candy attacked them. It is early days and I have been walking Candy during the day. We have encountered other dogs and I have been practising the skills and commands that I learnt and am gradually building up my confidence too. Thanks Jo and team.
This owner has two large powerful dogs. A beautiful white German Shepherd Candy and an elderly German Shepherd Collie Cross. For safety she had got to the point where she would only take her two dogs out at 5am in the morning so that she could minimise the chance of meeting any other dogs. She had worked hard on getting the control she needed and when she came to the workshop she had the chance to practice in a safe environment and did a wonderful job of helping her dog cope with other dogs around. Dealing with dog to dog aggression is not a quick fix. It is a combination of getting a dogs focus on the owner, keeping them calm and then working with them so that they do not feel under threat and can actually focus on learning. This owner is prepared to go the extra mile with her dog and do everything she can to help her be less fearful and cope with seeing other dogs.
Southend on Sea, Essex
9th June 2014Lee Hardy dealt with:
Lee very quickly sorted out barking problems I was having with my dogs.
My dogs have other issues that need working on and I am confident that these will be remedied in future sessions.
8th June 2014Lee Hardy dealt with:
Jack has almost stopped barking at the provocation from the neighbours children and is a different dog.
Lizzie is much slower but we are getting there. I am not sure if she is stubborn or stupid!!
And I am relaxed and the house is much calmer and happier.
A complete success all round.
Fantastic. Many, many thanks
Birmingham, West Midlands
7th June 2014Lee Hardy dealt with:
i felt lees knowledge and approach was outstanding he wrote us out a short training plan to follow for the training of our dog hugo.. can notice a vast difference already
yardley birmingham, West Midlands
7th June 2014Lee Hardy dealt with:
Lee has been amazing. He is so personable, experienced and provides clear advice and training. Casper has responded instantly to the training programme, which still continues. We are currently seeing Lee on a monthly basis, with plenty of homework for us in-between sessions. Each time, we are steadily moving forward and as a result our uncontrollable puppy is maturing into a beautiful dog. I cannot recommend Lee highly enough, I would recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who requires help training their dog.
Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire