what our clients say about Jo & Graham Milgrew
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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18th December 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo was brilliant. She showed us that our puppy could be trained quite easily with the right knowledge. She also showed us that we were at fault in lots of ways and gave us great guidance in how to resolve these issues. Bailey is coming along a treat and whilst it's work in progress, we can see light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks Jo
Bailey is a lovely little Bichon Frieze puppy who has had some health problems which made his issues harder to deal with. He didn't like to be on his own and was very demanding of attention to the point where he would bite his owners if they didn't give in. A lot of work has been done by his owners to make him more confident and settled and he is now very obedient and well behaved. The final issue - still toileting on puppy pads - has had to be put on hold owing to his ill health, but I am confident his owners will do a great job when he is well enough to tackle this.
17th November 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
We have been astounded by the change in our German Shepherd puppy, Blue, since starting the training with Jo. He used to spend a lot of time outdoors as we were not sure how to integrate him properly within our home, even though he was already house trained and always sleeps indoors. Jo identified that Blue was very anxious and worked on techniques to help him overcome this. Since her first visit, Blue spends most of his time indoors and we all feel so much more confident with him and him with us. Jo also advised us of what he should be eating and this change in diet has really benefitted him. Blue still has more training to do in terms of lead walking etc but we are confident now that we are on the right track. We always look forward to seeing Jo as her input and training has been invaluable. We just wish we had contacted her sooner.
This lovely family wanted their dog to be part of their family and were disappointed to find that Blue seemed to prefer to be outside. Blue had few social manners and simply wanted to do his own thing so it was a case of them all working hard to teach him what was acceptable manners and to actually listen to his owners. He has come on in leaps and bounds and now prefers to be inside with his owners rather than outside and has become a loving and obedient family pet. He is a true credit to his owners.
8th November 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Wow... What an impressive trainer. I had a problem dog and was pregnant with twins and panicked about how I could turn things around so that my dog would accept the babies and how I could correct/change her behaviour problems. Not only did the trainer help me turn my dog around but she also taught me how to be the owner/pack leader that I had always wanted to be. Her continued support has been soooooo helpful and has ensured that we don't regress. Jo has not only supported me and cassey at a very difficult/challenging time but has extended this support to my dog walker and family members.
I would recommend Jo and Bark Busters to all family and friends and have been that impressed that my friend has also enlisted the help from Bark Busters for her dogs. My dog is sooooo content and completely different from before Jo came.
I have recently had my twins and cassey has instantly accepted them as her pack members (as I religiously followed Jo's instructions). I had a small blip with cassey becoming protective of the babies but that was made worse as I had not recovered fully from the op, so Jo came for a follow up visit and now we're changing this behaviour and cassey seems happier for it. I will always be indebted to Jo for her expertise/compassion and continued support.
This owner is has done everything she can to ensure that her dog and new babies live happily together. She had previously invested time in the training of her dog and had a very good relationship with cassey, but cassey felt that she had to protect at all times and was acting like a guard dog rather than a family pet. Everyone has pitched in and Cassey is now able to accept visitors and relax around strangers and is able to show her true loving personality without over stepping the mark.
Woodford Green, Essex
11th October 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
I was sceptical at first about whether this would work. After the first appointment I felt much happier in what was needed to achieve the results we needed. I didn't think we had made much progress but on the second visit it was surprising how far we had come. This is still an ongoing process but I feel that with Jo's help we have achieved so much. My two dogs still have their 'naughty' moments and I always have my water bottle handy in case they start to fight again. I am at last beginning to enjoy the dogs instead of thinking how stupid I was to have 2 dogs. I have to say a big thank you to Jo and have that reassurance that should I need her in the next year she is only a phone call away.
This owners dogs were constantly fighting. It would start off as over-exuberant playing and rapidly degenerate into scrapping and fighting. When left on their own it would include destruction and the neighbours were complaining about the noise. The owner and her family have put in a lot of hard work to get the dogs to listen and without them having to shout or physically pull the dogs apart any more. The dogs true personalities are now showing through and they can be enjoyed now rather than constantly told off. This is a major achievement in a very short period of time.
3rd October 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
I wasn't sure how much I would get from the training but was very surprised at how quickly there was an improvement in behaviour. Jo gave simple, easy to follow instructions and they work! I have to constantly reinforce what I have learnt but the dogs are responding - even Sam who is 11. It is hard work but I am getting results even with Charlie stealing food! Thank you Jo, look forward to our next session walking with food in the woods!
These 2 lovely labradors have great temperaments but were really frustrating their owner with some annoying and embarrassing habits. The worse of which was Charlie who would dive into the dishwasher, steal any food he could and take shopping bags and food off anyone who walks past him. Despite having a very busy lifestyle this lady has had some real results with her dogs and it is a pleasure to see them happily responding to her and her commands rather than going off and doing their own thing. The owner has done fantastically well in getting great results in such a short time!!
Woodford Green, Essex
20th September 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo was a lovely lady and made the time she was with us very enjoyable. She gave us lots of advice and good tips which we are using to help out 2 puppies easier to handle and train. The older of our 2 dogs is now taking notice of what we say to her and not being such a nuisance when people visit or walk past the house. Because the younger puppy is only 4 months old he will take a bit longer but is already responding well. We may need another visit in the future but at the moment are continuing with the advice Jo gave. I was recommended Jo by my hairdresser and have already recommended her to other friends.
This owner had already worked hard with her two dogs, but was struggling a little owing to physical disability and 2 fast young dogs scampering around the place. It was helpful that the older of her two dogs alerted her to visitors but she wouldn't stop barking when the visitors came in. She has responded very well to guidance as to what she can and can't do and is a much happier and settled dog as a result. The younger puppy was starting to copy the older dog, but is now learning good behaviour at his own pace.
12th September 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo was amazing and still is! If I have any questions she is more than happy to advise me on the phone! It was so interesting to understand why my dogs are behaving the way they are.... Things are a lot easier now at home although being on my own with two big dogs is difficult! But me and the dogs are a lot happier now we all know our places! I loved the whole experience and want to say thank you so much! X
This owner struggled to take her dogs out together as they were competitive with each other and pulled her down the road. One of her dogs was rescued and although they looked to have settled in well together they competed for her attention in the home and refused at times to listen to her. Once she knew exactly why it was happening she took the necessary steps and her dogs responded immediately. She has done a fantastic job with her 2 big and powerful dogs and they are a credit to her patience and persistence in training them.
31st August 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
I work for Hornchurch Animal Rescue and was at my wits end with Lulu my foster dog who had been with me for 3 months and already returned to rescue once at just 6 months old. Lulu was incredibly hard work - hyperactive, food possessive, would steal food from my 4yr old, pulled on the lead, was constantly mouthing and basically had no social manners. Long term dog experienced friends dreaded visits to my house. We saw Jo on 2 occasions after she very kindly offered to help with Lulu who I should've mentioned was a JRT x Dalmatian. After the first visit we saw a difference in her behaviour with immediate effect, after 10 minutes to be precise. We persevered with the 'baah' training which meant training me just as much as Lulu as we had both developed naughty habits and the results have been fantastic. Lulu has now been successfully re-homed to a lovely family with 3 children and 2 cats whom she adores. She walks much better on the lead, is no longer food possessive, has calmed down greatly and has settled in so well they can't imagine life without her. Big thank you to Jo for all of your help I didn't think Lulu would ever find a home and I couldn't have done it without your help.
This lady is an extremely experienced dog fosterer and has rehabilitated a series of troubled dogs over the years. She also works tirelessly matching new families with the dogs, cats and other animals that come into the rescues care. Although Lulu was very young she had significant behavioural issues and it was a full time job keeping her safe and under control. As her fosterer this lady wanted the best chance for Lulu to be homed and was prepared to spend significant time and effort in training her, which she duly did. The successful homing of Lulu is a testament to her commitment to giving every dog a chance, no matter what their problems and that damaged dogs can be rehabilitated.
31st July 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
We have a Miniature Shnauzer named Star. She is nearly 2 years old and we got her form a puppy. She is a well mannered dog but began to have barking issues especially towards adults and children when she is on the lead after we were burgled at 3.00am in the morning whilst we were asleep, she chased the horrible criminals out of our house. I got very anxious walking her and Jo came to the rescue. Have seen Jo twice in the space of 2 weeks so far and Star no longer barks as people enter the house and she "heels" whilst walking. I am learning through simple techniques how to take away her protectiveness/fear and this is showing Star that "we protect her" NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND. Thanks to Jo and her guidance, help and practical techniques, our lovely dog can now become the "Star" that she is. It's amazing!!!
This lovely little dog has bags of personality and tried to take on a bit more than she could handle after the burglary. She felt she had to chase everyone away both in and outside the house. Her owners have worked hard to make sure she knows that she doesn't have to do this and she is now a much more settled and happy dog who can enjoy her life rather than being constantly on guard. Particular credit goes to her young owner who has really helped her parents with Star.
19th July 2012Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo is a lovely friendly lady who put us all at ease, made us feel that the problems can be rectified quite easily. My dogs have improved far beyond my wildest dreams and its all down to Jo. Thank you!!! I can now walk my dogs for pleasure with no stress and I love the bond I now have with Charlie.
These owners have 2 border collies very close in age The dogs couldn't be walked together and they were often fighting and squabbling between themselves. This wasn't soft play and the owners were rightly concerned that one could get really hurt. To add to the problem, Charlie was more interested in Nellie than he was with his owners so wouldn't listen. These owners have done a fabulous job of turning this around. Charlie has now bonded with his owners and both dogs are listening and have stopped fighting. A truly great result.