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2nd December 2015

Alex Fraser dealt with: Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety Other

Alex was very good at talking me through everything. Poppy was a different dog when he was walking her. She is improving all the time, especially with the pulling. I really feel as if I am getting somewhere with her. I used to dread walking her but I am getting more confident now. Poppy still needs a lot of work but I have every confidence in Alex.


S.P.
Manchester, Lancashire

19th November 2015

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 Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

A most enjoyable session, I learnt a great deal - as did my dogs, who to my surprise where very attentive. Of particular help was how to stop Harris from grabbing anything that came through the letter box and treating it as his prey which he needed to kill (I.e. Ripping it to shreds)! Also I feel a lot more confident and in control of them when they are together and less fearful of a fight breaking out between them.

Trainer note from Alex:
I have met plenty of dogs that get excited when the post arrives, but I had never met a dog that got quite as focuses as Harris. This made life a little difficult when trying to retrieve post from the porch when he was around. Once we get the dogs to start listening to and respecting their owner, we can start to focus on particular issues. I've been back once so far and I couldn't believe how much better he is doing with not attacking the post. The next session will be dedicated to his sisters recall.

S.K.
Manchester, Merseyside

19th November 2015

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 Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

A most enjoyable session, I learnt a great deal - as did my dogs, who to my surprise where very attentive. Of particular help was how to stop Harris from grabbing anything that came through the letter box and treating it as his prey which he needed to kill (I.e. Ripping it to shreds)! Also I feel a lot more confident and in control of them when they are together and less fearful of a fight breaking out between them.

Trainer note from Alex:
I have met plenty of dogs that get excited when the post arrives, but I had never met a dog that got quite as focused as Harris. This made life a little difficult when trying to retrieve post from the porch when he was around. Once we get the dogs to start listening to and respecting their owner, we can start to focus on particular issues. I can't believe how much better he is doing with not attacking the post. The next session will be dedicated to his sisters recall. I can't wait!

S.K.
Manchester, Merseyside

18th November 2015

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 Pulling on the Lead
Photo of A.B.'s dog

Being quite apprehensive about our first visit from Barkbusters,as neither myself or Bob are very good at being told what to do !! Alex put us at ease with his pleasant,laid back manner,being willing to listen first and give advice later.I was amazed by the fact that Bob was responding by the end of the first session as he is a very stubborn little terrier who has not had the best start in life,having had three previous owners before I got him from an animal shelter. We were making progress in several areas and he socialised well with people and other dogs,until after several incidents with out of control dogs he was attacked and injured physically and mentally. He became nervously aggressive with dogs,constantly barking when approached by dogs, pulling when on his lead,to the point there was no pleasure walking him and became quite dominant in the house.After the first lesson things started to improve as I had gained the confidence to deal with the problem, I won't say I have not had setbacks but have realised I have been doing lots of things wrong and unfortunately Bob seems to learn faster than I do! but now feel sure I can deal with it,having taken the ' for life option ' giving me the peace of mind that if things do start to go 'pear shaped' I can call on Alex for support. I would recommend Alex and Barkbusters ( and have done so) to anyone having problems with their dogs behaviour, unfortunately many people seem to see the behaviour as acceptable,and as I have been told several times 'but that's what dogs do'! The most important thing to me is that Alex is passionate about the job he is doing and the dogs he works with, it is not 'just a job'.I also have a much more relaxed and I hope happier little Bob.

Trainer note from Alex:
Little Bob had been passed round from pillar to post before finally meeting his new owner. I'm delighted he has finally found his forever home and an extremely patient owner as Bob has developed a few issues. It is always important that before we start working with a dog, I gather as much information as possible, so that we can tailor the training program to suit their needs.

I am delighted to say that Bob has come on leaps and bounds, both inside and outside the house. Not all behavioural issues can be fixed over night, or be completely fixed, but once an owner learns how to refocus their dog before the dog becomes too stressed, then walks can once again become a pleasure and not a chore!!

I'm looking forward to my 3rd session with Bob.

A.B.
Denton, Lancashire

5th November 2015

Alex Fraser dealt with: 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 Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety Other

The training was a great experience for us to properly learn how to be towards our dogs instead of always second guessing. Once Alex started work with us, the dogs' behaviour completely changed, and they seemed like two totally different animals to the ones we know.

We know that we still have a long way to go, but after only a few days they have improved ten fold on the walk, no longer jump up and remain quiet when we leave the house. Thanks Alex, from both of us.

Trainer note from Alex:
These were 2 lovely, but very noisy and attention seeking little dogs, especially when out walking. They both used to like barking at other dogs.

Before the end of the first session they had both really calmed down and had started to listen to their owners. I can't wait to see how they are both doing when I meet them next week.

D.A.
Prestwich, Greater Manchester

13th October 2015

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 Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead

I was really really impressed with Alex's training. My dogs were a handful, always barking, going after other dogs and generally disobedient. After just one session with Alex, they are totally different dogs! They are such a joy to walk now. I'm not stressed and they aren't stressed, everyone enjoys it.

So, Alex thank you so so much. You have been a god send!

I would recommend Alex to anyone who needs help.

Trainer note from Alex:
I love jobs which involve little dogs that bark a lot, and this job was no exception.

When I arrived both dogs barked and barked. After we had finished doing some exercises around the home we took them both out for a walk and I was warned about how they both barked everybody and everything. However, due to the fact that both dogs were now listening to their owner we had a very enjoyable and peaceful walk. The dogs just needed to see their owner as in charge of their pack.

Another great result. Happy dogs and happy owner!!

C.L.
Manchester, Lancashire

7th October 2015

Alex Fraser dealt with: Pulling on the Lead Puppy Management Recall or not coming when called Toileting

We contacted Bark Busters looking for some general puppy management with our new miniature schnauzer - we were keen to start off on the right foot and avoid getting into too many bad habits that we would need to correct later on. Alex has been great in helping us achieve that. He has been supportive, encouraging and given clear advice on any issue or question that has popped up. We have since moved on to lead training and are progressing well.

Peppa is a delight so far and part of that is down to the training advice we have been given by Alex.

We took out the one year option so also feel assured that should any issues crop up Alex will be on hand to help us navigate our way through them.

Trainer note from Alex:
I always enjoy working with puppy's and their owners - especially first time owners as they are always keen to learn!

Peppa is doing really well and her family have worked really hard to ensure she grows up to become a well behaved young lady. Although my work is almost done with Peppa, I would be happy to catch up with her in the future just to say hello and go for a nice walk.

J.A.
Timperley, Cheshire

7th October 2015

Alex Fraser dealt with: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks
Photo of Y.W.'s dog

What a transformation... Before Alex came Ted was in total control of the house, attacking anyone that came around. I used to have keep him in a different room, which I hated because he used to cry. After only a couple of lessons the results where amazing he was no longer jumping up at friends or family and was just alround much more obedient with myself. I would fully recommend Alex to anyone with a troublesome pup!!!

Trainer note from Alex:
Ted is a young Staffi, and boy was he a lively young dog. He used to have a habit of jumping up at people who entered his home and could easily remove somebody's glasses from their face or break a necklace. He certainly wasn't aggressive, but he could unnerve people with his jumping, and he had also start to bite people's clothing.

Ted's Mum really was in need of some training but more importantly Ted needed a change of diet. Although the food he had been on for the past 12 months was a well known popular brand - it certainly wasn't doing him any favours!!

Anyway, I am absolutely delighted in how much calmer Ted is, especially when he has visitors. No more jumping or mouthing and no more being shut away in other rooms. Well done to both Ted and his Mum. Keep up the good work!

Y.W.
Wilmslow, Cheshire

29th September 2015

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 Pulling on the Lead Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Separation Anxiety

A fantastic first lesson, really thought my dog was beyond help and he's 11 months old but back to school for me, what an eye opener all I'd been doing with him was wrong. Alex showed us the right way and straight away we noticed a big difference with him. Alex explains everything in terms you can understand, it's so easy but you do have to put the time and effort in otherwise it's a waste. I would say to anyone who has concerns to contact Alex, we have had dog trainers before and not one of them inspired confidence yet Alex does and most of all it's great to see my dog is happy again and not in so much trouble!!!!

Trainer note from Alex:
Our training is all about training the owner to train their dog as it is important that the dog listens to them once I have left their home.

The first session went really well and her dog showed a big improvement after just 3 hours.

I have since been back to see them again and was delighted with the results. This time we focused on walking to heel. He did really well and I am confident that by the next time I visit he will be walking at her side and not pulling.

Keep up the good work.

L.S.
Bury, Greater Manchester

5th September 2015

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

Very pleased with how Baxter is doing. I understand it is early days and we still have work to do but I know we will get there. We can see a big change in him. He is a much calmer dog, more relaxed. My family have also seen a change in him.

Trainer note from Alex:
I have already been back to see Baxter and he is like a different dog. The first time I met him he barked and barked and barked. He really thought he was in charge of the house and all that responsibility was stressing him out, hence a lot of barking and growling at visitors.

It was so nice to meet a calm and relaxed Baxter. His owners have worked hard and they re getting the results they desired which is excellent.

J.W.
Dukinfield, Cheshire

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