what our clients say about Alex Fraser
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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21st August 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
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
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.
Rossendale, Greater Manchester
21st August 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
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.
She took on board everything I had to say and has worked well with her dog. I am delighted with the results.
West didsbury, Greater Manchester
16th August 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
By the time Alex had finished the first session I could already see an improvement in our dog. He is so much calmer!!
Initially I wasn't sure where to start once we had finished talking about the behavioural issues and the training techniques, as her dog was so vocal and hyper, however by the end of the first session I could already see a big improvement - her dog was so much calmer. Two weeks later I went back to see how they were all getting on and even I was blown away with how calm he was. This is why I love my job!
New Moston, Greater Manchester
6th August 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
Alex came to help me train my young border collie in early June this year. He was able to provide helpful guidance and ideas which were individually tailored to our situation. We have been able to start with the strategies to improve my 'leadership' role. These simple steps within the house were quickly achieved and have had a real impact! Since his first visit Alex has kept in touch and returned for several more visits and we have progressed to new ways of training on the lead. Alex has always been 'hands-on' ; we have carried out training in my garden and out on walks. After each session Alex leaves notes and hand outs - really helpful as there is a lot to learn.
It is really reassuring knowing that Bark Busters provides on-going support because obviously dog training can not be achieved in just one session. Alex is always practical and encouraging, his experience with dogs has been invaluable!
I have really enjoyed working with them both and I am impressed with the effort they have both put in, which has resulted in wonderful results. I will continue to support them as there is still some work to be done in regards to walking her border collie down busy roads - but we will get there!!
Little Borough, Greater Manchester
5th June 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
I enjoyed working with Alex, he is very easy going and I felt comfortable. My Cairn terrier Bobbi was adopted from manchester dogs home in december 2012. Her main problem is aggression towards any new dogs she meets on our walks. She is my fourth dog and I've never experienced this problem before so it came as a shock as she is such a sweetie in many ways. Her behaviour knocked my confidence and though I tried not to be, I found I was getting anxious on walks which didn't help. I had searched the internet for tips and tried different ways of managing Bobbi, but came to realise I couldn't handle her without some one to one help. Alex reminded me to be 'pack leader' and when he told me about using 'Bah' I was self conscious at first but I knew I'd have to get over it. I find it also deters other dogs off the lead, as well as controlling Bobbi. She used to bark wildly and lunge snapping and growling. Now we can mostly pass by unknown dogs without a problem! Bobbi has lots of off lead time and gets along fine with dogs she knows and she was ok with Alex's dog Max the first time they met. She's still a work in progress and as I'm an early riser we go out around 7am when there a only a few other dog walkers up and about and we all know each other now. I feel much more confident and able to manage situations. Bobbi responds to 'Bah' very well even if she happens to be off lead in the park and an unknown dog appears, she will come back to me instead of charging off to attack. We're still practicing front door work and her barking at the many neighbourhood cats! All in all were happy and Bobbi seems much more content now I'm in charge.
I am really pleased that Bobbi's owner has her confidence back which will really help both of them when they are out on walk. It was also great involving my dog Max in my work and it was lovely to see them interacting together on a walk. I look forwards to visiting them both in a month or two and will certainly be taking Max with me!
Manchester, Greater Manchester
4th June 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
Being a massive dog loving family we started off with 2 dogs which quickly grew to 4 dogs and now 5! Now we have a pack and things started to get really difficult with training. Calling the dogs back to us became almost impossible and chasing horses became a real issue (we own an equestrian business). All our dogs have no collars and are free to roam.
After various methods of shouting and treats we were not getting anywhere and felt we had nothing left to try.
We contacted Bark Busters and Alex came to our rescue. What amazing, simple and easy to use techniques he uses. They worked instantly with our pack......no shouting, collars or treats! Our dogs are now completely different and are so much happier to be in a settled pack. I can not recommend Alex at Bark Busters highly enough! His friendly approach and techniques will change you and your dog, or in our case, pack of fives live's.
Thank you Alex
I had an amazing day working with their five dogs!! This was the first time I had worked with more than two dogs at one session and I really had to 'think outside the box' due to the fact the dogs rarely wear collars or leads. The session exceeded my expectations and I finished the day on such a high!! I'm not sure who was more pleased with the results - their owners or myself......
Carrington, Greater Manchester
4th June 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
Even though Arthur is still only 7 months old, the advice given to us by Alex made a huge difference after the first session, poor Arthur was cream crackered after 2 1/2 hrs. Alex is always on hand to provide help over the phone and we will be arranging another home visit just to make sure we stay on the right track. It is reassuring that you can get all the help you need with your dog with no extra hidden costs - money well spent.
Arthur was a lovely dog to work with - so eager to learn. I am confident that if they continue with techniques I have shown them he will be a pleasure to have around and will walk beautifully on his lead!
25th April 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
Alex is fabulous with my dog Zak. He obeyed every command Alex gave him. I am so pleased! I know feel I am getting somewhere with Zak. His training on the lead was great. I now take Zak for a walk rather than the other way round. And my commands in the house are finally getting through to Zak. I have even stopped ripping my hair out! Thank you so much Alex
It has been my pleasure to pick up with Zak who's owner came to me as one of our existing "Gold Customers" following new issues arising. Zak is responding brilliantly, as is his owner!
Salford, Greater Manchester
20th April 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
Alex's approach was calm and professional. He listened to us and didn't try to impress us with our dog i.e. how he could handle our dog. We didn't feel he tried to take over from us (which we have experienced with other trainers, which we we didn't find useful and Merlin certainly didn't find useful!)
We were very happy with Alex's approach and style of working with us. He was also very honest.
29th March 2013Alex Fraser dealt with:
What can I say. My only regret is that I did not find Alex sooner. I'm genuinely amazed at the difference Alex has made. My dog is not young, I've tried other training before which taught the usual sit, stay, etc etc. He knew fine well what heel meant - there was just no way I could ever get him to do it outside of the controlled environment of a training class. Plus he hated it, as, I must admit, did I!!!
Well, no more!! Alex does not teach 'tricks', he teaches you to understand how to relate to your dog in ways they will understand, and there is no doubt, IT WORKS!
I really enjoyed our session, but, most importantly so did my dog.
Thank you Alex, we now proudly walk, rather than being dragged, down the street. I also have full control of all aspects of his behaviour. Meeting other male dogs used to fill me with dread but, that too, is a thing of the past.
Thumbs up from this very proud owner and her calmer, happier dog.