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24th March 2014

Isla Clarke 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 Other
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This was the first home dog training we have had and I can say with my hand on my heart that Isla is truly wonderful at her job and worth every penny.

Isla was so very kind and clear in her explanations and spent time talking through Tinkerbell’s history and behaviour.

Even within the initial training session Isla helped transform Tinkerbell’s undesirable behaviour into a sweet little girl who feels safe and happy.

Isla talked us through how to deal with Tinkerbell’s behaviour taking us both through every stage allowing my husband and I to give the commands.

As a result of Isla's visit we changed Tinkerbell's food.


A.K.
Oldbury, West Midlands

5th March 2014

Isla Clarke dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger
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Well where do we start. We where both very skeptical about this training but for the sake of our little rescue dog (Chaz) we where willing to give it a go. Isla made us feel as though we had known her for years she felt like part of the family as soon as she walked in. She is a fabulous person and a very caring person. She took some notes from asking questions about Chaz; does he bark at people, does he jump up, does he chew, does he dirty in the house. Isla then told us she was going to show us some simple exercises to do in the house. We have carried this on every day and he is getting better each time. Rob has been taking him out still in a morning but is worried that he is not doing the procedure right - this is something we will both work on and strive to achieve. All in all we are very, very pleased with the small progress we have made in just 3 days. Isla you are an angel in disguise and thank you for guiding us in what we have to do to help Chaz.


R.L.
Telford, Shropshire

24th January 2014

Isla Clarke 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 Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Puppy Management Separation Anxiety
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I was starting to worry that my beautiful baby was somehow a problem case. She is only a pup and suffered with not staying in her fate and when she was there howling like a wolf. Within 1 hour of Isla's arrival she was quiet and behaving. Of course I have many weeks of imbedding the behaviour into my dog but the difference in just 3 hours is quite frankly remarkable.

Isla is lovely and easy to discuss issues with.

Would highly recommend


G.F.
Birmingham, West Midlands

3rd November 2013

Isla Clarke 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 Separation Anxiety

Dudley is doing extremely well thanks to Isla. He is more confident and getting better everyday. We have done a couple of comunity walks with Isla and he is so well behaved and very rarly barks at other dogs. The advice we have been given regarding his diet has worked amazingly, we never thought that just by changing the type of dog food he had would make such an impact on his life. He still has days when he won't really eat a lot but it's just a case of time and patience and Isla did inform us of the little hick ups we may have as he gets to know his new ways. I'm very proud of the huge change to Dudley with Isla's help I think we would of still been scratching our heads wondering what to do to help and reassure him if we hadn't had her help.


R.S.
Leek, Staffordshire

1st August 2013

Isla Clarke dealt with: Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety Other
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I can sum the training up in one word AMAZING. Dudley was responding really quickly which i was surprised about. One thing that we are working on is stopping him from going into the front window and already he has stopped himself a couple of times. I wish i had had this help sooner. I can't wait to see the transformations over the next year to help make Duduleys life a stress free one. As a rescue dog i believe he has had enough stress in his 2 years of life and want his new life with our family to be a happy one as he is a treasured pet.

Trainer note from Isla:
It is lovely working with Dudley and his family, Dudley and his family work so hard in training and it was so lovley to see all of his progress over time and it was lovely to see you all at the community dog walk.

R.S.
Leek, Staffordshire

10th July 2013

Isla Clarke 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 Recall or not coming when called
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Isla is a very pleasant young lady who understood our needs and demonstrated very well how we can help Jude.

Early days for us yet on a steep learning curve but we will get there in the end!

Trainer note from Isla:
Working with Jude has been a pleasure, she is trying very hard with her training and blossoming into a very happy good and gentle girl

M.H.
Wolverhampton, West Midlands

2nd July 2013

Isla Clarke dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

Isla is amazing. So friendly and you can tell she is knowledgeable and loves the dogs. Dave responded well to training and for the first time I have hope that he can socialise with other dogs without aggression. He is already calmer (as am I) and easier to handle. Our first walk after training was a very happy experience - thank you and look forward to the next session.

Trainer note from Isla:
Dave is such a lovely bright boy to work with and on our second visit he worked very well the whole time, he is making lovely progress with his training

L.S.
Tamworth, Staffordshire

29th June 2013

Isla Clarke dealt with: Hyperactivity Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called

Isla was very good explained what we had to do in a way which was very clear, after a while Beauty started to respond, we are very pleased with the first visit.

One big problem we have is Beauty pulling, Isla showed us a way to help us to stop this so lets hope she will improve -

- we have seen a marked improvement in Beauty - her sit and stay are almost perfect thanks to Isla but we still have a problem with her on the lead

recall is getting better

Trainer note from Isla:
It has been great working with Beauty, she is making good progress and her lead work in our second session was very good. On our third session we have been able to practice some lovely recall work with Beauty. I am pleased in her progress with her training

A.W.
Wolverhampton, West Midlands

27th June 2013

Isla Clarke 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 Other

I was at an all time low with Rosie although we have had GSDs for some 30 years. She had become over-protective and dominant with me for a number of reasons with the result that I felt I was her prisoner and she was holding the household to ransom. A gentle giant with the family, she had become a constant anxiety if other people visited , friends , family and strangers alike.

Decision time had arrived and in desperation I surfed the net and came across Barkbusters. Isla arrived.

Isla has visited us twice and has restored my confidence in my ability to turn the situation round. Already I can take Rosie out by myself and feel some confidence in my ability to control her reactions.She no longer whines in the car nor does she barge her way around the house. Importantly I trust her with our new puppy.

Isla has a confident and gentle but assertive approach which I and, I am sure , the dog appreciates.

I am looking forward to doing further socialisation work with Rosie and Isla and would be happy to keep you posted.

Finally, I would not hesitate to recommend Isla to my friends and family and anyone else who has difficulties with their dogs.

Trainer note from Isla:
it is lovely working with you both and seeing your wonderful progress so far, I am looking forward to our next visit (and having more puppy cuddles).

J.S.
Shifnal, Shropshire

16th June 2013

Isla Clarke dealt with: Puppy Management

My puppy was biting and sometimes uncontrollable. He is much better with the training. Isla is so good with him, she changed his diet which helped enormously, I havent had a dog before and didnt realise what was involved but Isla is helping me with all my concerns.

Trainer note from Isla:
It has been a wonderful experience working with Dexter over these last few months and watching him develop from a puppy and each visit I have seen his progress with his training - I look forward to seeing you again for our update in September Dexter

D.R.
sutton coldfield, West Midlands

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