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23rd October 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks
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We were experiencing difficulties when walking Maxi because of her aggression toward other dogs. In almost every other way she was a perfect dog but as walking and exercise are such an inherent part of dog ownership this was becoming a big issue. We contacted Alex Fraser through the Bark Busters website and arranged for him to come and assess Maxi. Within the first few minutes of the meeting Alex was already working with Maxi and getting results. The technique of growling at your dog, a little odd at first, has had a phenomenal effect. Maxi now walks to heel, using the special chain and lead we purchased and is much improved when the post man comes to deliver. The concern with her behaviour with other dogs was treated head on and Alex has taught us to reassess Maxi's place within the family. By placing her back in a subservient position she is much less stressed, happier and is greeting and socialising with other dogs in a way that we could never have imagined. We are delighted with Alex and with Bark Busters and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone experiencing issues with their dogs. For the sake of your beloved pets, if they need help, get it from these guys, you will not look back.

Trainer note from Alex:
Maxi and her owners are a pleasure to work with. They are really focused on what I taught them and keen to put my training into practise. Any aggression shown by a dog can be extremely stressful, however, as Maxi has shown, with the right training carried out by dedicated owners, harmony can be restored. This was backed up by a relaxed walk we all enjoyed when I brought my dog along with me - I was so pleased!! (...and I'm not sure who was more proud of Maxi - me or her owners?)

A.C.
Manchester, Lancashire

1st October 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety
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We adopted Burtie from the RSPCA at burton on Trent soon after losing our beloved teddy who, also a jack Russell x, during our 12 years together gave us no trouble at all. We naively thought there are no bad dogs , just bad owners, however, we soon found that Burtie had a number of issues. Teddy was always walked off the lead but Burtie when walked on the lead would be aggressive when encountering other dogs & when we tried gradually with him off the lead he would be easily distracted & not come back when called. When left at home alone, teddy had the run of the house without problem but Burtie was anxious & destructive. We realised that at 2 1/2 , having spent the last 3 months in Kennels, Burtie may need more time to settle than we anticipated. Although we have had dogs in the past, it now seems they were pussy cats by comparison. We were unsure how to handle him for the best & a bit of research on the net led us to Barkbusters. A phone call resulted in Alex coming to our house & after chatting & getting our & Burt's background, we went into the garden to try a few simple exercises. We were amazed at how Burt responded & were encouraged by Alex's confidence. We were given simple instructions & exercises to practice with Burtie & in the weeks that followed saw real progress. We also realised we were as much Alex's pupil as Burtie. We have had to put in the work for the results but if has been worthwhile. Alex has been in regular contact & we met up for a walk with him & his own dog Max, giving us confidence walking Burtie with other dogs. He has been quick to respond when we were at our wits end & has been so supportive. Burtie is a much more settled dog. Great fun to walk off the lead & play with, we are still progressing, & Alex is still available if we need him. Would recommend without hesitation.

Trainer note from Alex:
Due to the time and effort Burtie's owners have put in they have seen a real improvement in his behaviour which is excellent. Burtie is a lovely dog but he did have a number of behavioural issues. I am delighted with how he has improved during the time I have been working with them and I hope they have many happy years together.

A.H.
Moss Nook, Greater Manchester

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management
Photo of J.H.'s dog

We are happy with Brody's progress so far and the advice you provided gave us a good insight into dog "pack" psychology and the techniques and strategies we can use around the house to change and modify his behaviour. He is still a very young dog, not yet 9 months old, so we need to keep repeating the training so that he doesn't revert to his dominant behaviour.

Brody is now doing really well on his lead and when he is off the lead he returns when called. He is now socialising with other dogs and gets on well with our daughters two dogs and he recently went to the beach with them.

We have a busy house with lots of visitors who he still welcomes very enthusiastically but he now calms down much quicker. He sleeps well in his bed on the floor and his toilet training has gone really well.

Thanks again

Trainer note from Alex:
Brodie is a cracking little dog, but he really felt that he needed to be in charge of their house. His owners worked really hard on the training plan I had set them and by my second visit he was a different dog - so much calmer. Keep up the good work!

J.H.
Salford, Greater Manchester

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead
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My wife and I got in touch with Bark Busters due to the constant barking from Sam when people knocked at our door and when people were leaving.

Alex contacted us and came to our house to meet Sam and to discuss the best approach from Sam's barking. After a couple of sessions working with Alex, Sam has really settled down. His training is still ongoing, but he is a lot quieter now. It is also good to know that we can still call upon Alex if we need his help in the future. Thank you

Trainer note from Alex:
Until I met Sam I didn't realise how high-pitched some dogs can bark - he was truly off the scale. He was such an affectionate dog, but his barking was becoming a real issue. I am really pleased with how he has improved and I am confident that if they continue to do everything I asked them to do he will continue to get better and better. What a smashing little dog!

S.A.
Chorlton Cum Hardy, Greater Manchester

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management
Photo of R.D.'s dog

So sorry for taking to long to leave you some feedback - but you will be pleased to hear that Toby is doing really well. As you know, although we have always had dogs, Toby was my first very own dog and I really wanted to get him off to the best possible start. I would like to thank you for your support over the first few months of me having Toby. He is now a pleasure to walk and always comes back when I call him. Thank you Alex

Trainer note from Alex:
As you can see from his photo, Toby was a beautiful little boxer pup when I first met him, and like all puppies - he was so full of beans. Toby simply needed some rules and guidelines as to what behaviour was acceptable and his owner has done a great job. Toby is now a well balanced and calm boxer and I am confident he will continue to behave himself in the future.

R.D.
Urmston, Greater Manchester

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management
Photo of K.L.'s dog

Beau is my first dog and having never owned a dog before I certainly wasn't aware of how much work a young puppy can be, hence the need for Bark Busters.

I like the fact that Alex came to my home to meet us. He has given me the skills to train her and I am really happy with how she behaves. I can even take her in the car now without her barking her head off and trying to get on my knee whilst I am driving. I also know that if I need Alex's advice or help in the future, all I have to do is pick up the phone!

Trainer note from Alex:
Beau is a Beautiful Chocolate Labrador but she certainly has a mind of her own and needed some direction. Following my first visit her owner has certainly put the hours in, which has resulted in a very well behaved dog. Well done!!

K.L.
Manchester, Greater Manchester

27th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety Toileting
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Alex was very understanding of the problems I was having with my dog Monty. At first I was very uncertain that the training was going to work and felt like giving up during the first week, but I gave it a chance and in just a couple of weeks there has been a real change in Monty for the better and I am now getting the results I have always wanted! I would recommend Alex to any dog owner with behavioural problem. Thank you

Trainer note from Alex:
I really appreciate the honesty of this testimonial. Some behavioural issues do take time resolve but never be disheartened. With time and effort spent carrying out the tailored training plan I set for Monty and his owner, he is continuing to improve which is excellent. He really is a lovely little dog!!

L.C.
HEYWOOD, Lancashire

23rd August 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Separation Anxiety
Photo of T.R.'s dog

It's no exaggeration to say you changed my life! I had to leave my lovely Archie in a cage every time I left the house as he had separation anxiety and chewed everything he could get hold off, leaving it in the hall for me. After just a couple of hours with you and some really useful ideas, no destructo-dog action for over 3 months since you came and no guilt for me!!

Trainer note from Alex:
I am so pleased with the results of this job, but credit goes to you for putting into action what we talked about during your first session. Well done you.

T.R.
Hulme, Greater Manchester

21st August 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Pulling on the Lead
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I didn't intend on getting a dog, however having lived on my own now for some time I thought a dog would provide good company and somebody to go walking with. He is a lovely dog in the home but was a bit of a nightmare when I took him out walking. He pulled like a steam train due to his size and would lunge at certain dogs. Alex showed me what I needed to do which has worked really well. Simple but effective techniques and his Bark Buster collar is excellent. I now have control over my dog when I take him for walks and we walk for miles every day. Although i am now happy with his behaviour on the lead Alex still comes back to go walking with us both which I really appreciate. Thank you Alex

Trainer note from Alex:
I really loved this job, and although they live over an hour away I will definitely be going back to see them both to go out walking, even though his dog now walks really well to heel.

C.H.
Rossendale, Greater Manchester

21st August 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management

Firstly I would like to apologise for the delay in providing feedback. Alex came to see us both back April. He explained how and why the training work which was really interesting. She is my first dog and I wanted to get things right. Ever since the first session I have had a well behaved little girl who responded really to the training techniques - I am so pleased. I also love the fact that I know I can contact Alex at any time during the 12 months and he will come back and see me but to be honest I don't think it will be necessary.

Trainer note from Alex:
She took on board everything I had to say and has worked well with her dog. I am delighted with the results.

H.M.
West didsbury, Greater Manchester

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