what our clients say about Alex Fraser
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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10th October 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
We met Alex prior to our first session so we could get to know him, after all it is us who need the training not Dex!
Alex was warm,firm and friendly.Dex responded well immediately.
He is stubborn (Dex not Alex) and as Alex put it...he has trained us well in the 2 years we have had him. He is doing great with going through doors,not pulling on the lead unless he is going to his fave places, then he simply cannot wait to get there. He is slowly realising that we are in control. I am really looking forward to our next visit this Saturday to see how we have progressed. Still some work to do but positive we will get there.
Just been back to see them all for the second session and I was really pleased with how Dexter had improved! Firstly there was no barking when I knocked at the door which was excellent. They also said that he was far less demanding with his toys and demanded attention far less. Both owners now felt they had far better control of him, including calling him back inside when he has been playing in the garden. In the past he used to be very stubborn - but he now trots back in quite happily when called. Dexter used to be very possessive with his toys when out on a walk, but they told me about a walk where he didn't react to another dog who invaded his space when he had his toy. They have worked hard with Dexter and are now reaping the benefits - GOOD WORK!!
8th October 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
We found the training to be an enjoyable experience as we learnt new techniques that will hopefully benefit alfie in the future.
Alfie is a delightful puppy and the owners first dog. In the main they were doing really well, however I quickly identified that Alfie was a hungry dog. This was confirmed when we took him for a walk - his nose was glued to the ground and he constantly scavenged for things to eat. Although they were sticking with the guidelines of the food they were feeding him, I didn't feel it was enough. Puppies grow so quickly and have their mad half hours where they burn of loads of energy. They therefore need feeding regularly (normally 4 times a day) to ensure they have a full tummy. His owners felt terrible, but they shouldn't as they were feeding him what the packet said. They have agreed to up his daily intake, and I am confident that we will have a far more responsive Alfie when I visit them again.
6th October 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
Alex immediately put Olive and me at ease – he explained exactly what Bark Busters do. He soon got to know Olive and immediately started to pick up on “issues” that we both needed to address. It is still early days but we area already seeing and improvement in Olives behaviour. Barking has reduced, she has stopped sitting on the back of chairs and certainly understands my 'Ah Ah' commands.
Olive is a lovely rescue dog from one of the Greek Islands. She didn't have the best start in life but she has certainly landed on her feet now. Her owner was aware that she didn't know how manage Olive's behavior and wanted some guidance in all areas from toileting, barking to pulling on her lead. They both worked hard during the first session and by the time I left, Olive was really listening to her owner which was great.
PRESTWICH, Greater Manchester
21st September 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
Alex is friendly and approachable. Very easy to have around and felt like having a friend in our home.
Stanley had a few issues, but his main issues was walking him on his lead. He would pull like a train and bark at cars, bikes and especially dogs. We started work in the house first, as I believe if an owner has full control of their dog in their home, then they are half way there to having full control when they go for a walk. By the time we left home to go for a walk, Stanley was walking better than he ever had before!!
Rochdale, Greater Manchester
14th September 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
Absolutely delighted by the trainer. We understand what is needed and quickly saw both results in Stanley and ourselves. We would thoroughly recommend Alex and Bark Busters and we look forward to our next session.
Dexter's parents were unsure if I was going to be the correct trainer form them and asked if I could call round for a chat so they could get to meet me first. I am always more than happy to meet potential customers to both introduce myself and talk a bit about how the training would work. By the time I left they had booked the first session, which I am pleased to say went really well. look forward to seeing how Dexter is doing when i go back to see them all.
Mossley, Greater Manchester
1st September 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
Alex is very friendly and explained everything in simple terms , It didn't take long to realise we were the ones being trained. Jasper is a young very stubborn border collie. When Alex first arrived Jasper was barking his head off in another room. When he eventually met Alex he was immediately responsive to him. After a couple of walks he stopped pulling and within a couple of weeks he was letting people over the doorstep and into the house. As for his training outside he now passes other dogs calmly while on or off his lead , stopping him chasing traffic is much improved and although work is still on going in that department I can't remember the last time I had a stressful walk.
Jasper had similar behavioural issues to many Border Collies I have previously been asked to go and help. These issues included pulling on his lead and trying to chase anything that moved, from bikes to lorries! His owners were also becoming increasingly concerned with how he reacted to people entering his home.
When we first met he very quickly started to listen to me and he soon became a much calmer dog in his home. It is very important though that he responds and respects his owners more than myself as I want every dog I work with to realise that his/her owners are the people in charge. This has really started to happen which has resulted in walks with Jasper being far more of a pleasure and no longer the stressful chore they used to be.
I am delighted with how Jasper's behaviour has improved and I can't wait for the next update from his owners. Keep up the good work you two!!
20th August 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
Firstly we would like to apologise for taking so long to leave you some feedback Alex.
Alex has an excellent way with both dogs and people and he clearly explained how the training was going to work and what we needed to do. We admit that we didn't do as much as we should have done to start with and Keano did not appear to respond to us, however every time Alex came to see us he was as good as gold!! Alex then reiterated that it was crucial that Keano saw us as in charge and asked us to practice everything we had been shown.
We now have control of our not so little dog and know that we could not have done it without Alex's help. Thank you for being so patient with us.
When I started working with Keano he was a little puppy, but by the time I carried out my last session he was a whole lot bigger!! Keano quickly responded to me and was always on his best behaviour when I went to see them, but he wasn't responding to his owners in the same way. I can't stress enough how important it is for owners to practise everything I ask them to do and ensure that have excellent passive leadership in place. It is also important that when there is more than one owner, both owners have a consistent approach. Once this happened Keano started to respond to his owners in the same way he responded to me which was great.
Urmstone, Greater Manchester
17th August 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
Prince is an energetic, loving, yet stubborn young Boxer and has not been easy
for me to train, but Alex has helped me to gain confidence. Alex is exceedingly patient with both dog and owner and will make himself available if there are any new concerns about Prince's behaviour. We have one last hurdle to jump - training the grandchildren!
Prince is your typical boxer - absolutely full of beans!! He spent more time in the air than on the ground. It took a number of sessions to get him to listen to his owners and to see them as pack leaders. I am delighted to say that both owners are now doing really well and Prince has started to listen and respect them. His walking to heal is great and he is also great off lead.
ROCHDALE, Greater Manchester
11th August 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
The training that both dogs received was excellent, Judy was our main problem as she was very aggressive towards other dogs and would constantly pull on the lead. Judy is a Rotti and therefore is very strong, she is capable of pulling me to the ground (which happened often) which meant walking her became very stressful.
Alex spent 3 hours at our home and identified very quickly Judy's needs. He taught us how to deal with the aggression that she was showing while out walking. He also taught us how to deal barking, front door manners and boundary control. After the training we took Judy and Bruno out for a walk and it was like having a different dog. We followed the techniques shown to us by Alex and Judy did not act in the aggressive way that she had done for 3 years, she was easy to control and focused on us rather than try and pull away. This has made our lives so much easier and I highly recommend this training as we now have a happier dog and are happier owners.
3rd August 2014Alex Fraser dealt with:
Our 5 year old collie nipped our 4 year old daughter and we called Barkbusters to help, this was a last chance for Monty as if we couldn't have him and the children living in harmony then the next stop would be the dog's home. Alex was great and reminded us of the basics that we had been taught years ago by a previous barkbusters trainer and within an hour Monty was like a different dog. This has continued long after the training and the house feels a lot calmer now he doesn't stress so much.
They had used Bark Busters a number of years ago and went for the lifetime guarantee. Recently they started to have some issues with Monty so I went to see them to assist. Monty had become quite protective of the young children and was guarding them in the garden. His owners required a refresher to make Monty realise he was no longer in charge and by the end of the session he was a much calmer dog. I was delighted with the results and so were his owners.