what our clients say about Kevin McDonnell

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27th November 2013

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

Excellent, I cannot believe the amazing results after our training today with Kevin.


J.H.
Torquay, Devon

20th November 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

I sought Kevin’s help as I felt I was not in control of my dogs and it was having a bad effect on family life. I had many issues to solve, dogs fighting, dog barking at door and noise, dog jumping up and mouthy biting, dog on couch, dog over excited when people come in the house, dog pulling badly on lead. Since Kevin's visit 3 weeks ago and continuous and ongoing training, I have had wonderful results in every area. My house is a calmer place now.

I would highly recommend Kevin. He is a very knowledgeable man who instills confidence in you. I felt he really cared and put me at ease. Huge thanks to you Kevin.


J.W.
Holsworthy, Devon

3rd November 2013

Kevin McDonnell 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 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 Toileting
Photo of S.A.'s dog

Both my husband and I was extremely happy with the training we received from Kevin. Toby responded very quickly and was almost a different dog in under 24 hours. The techniques we were given was very easy to understand and to put into practice. We would recommend Bark Busters to anyone who need's guidance with there canine friend. Kevin was very friendly and we would welcome him back into our home when he's next in the area.


S.A.
Truro, Cornwall

30th October 2013

Kevin McDonnell 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 Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household
Photo of W.L.'s dog

Excellent! So helpful, reassuring and nothing was too much trouble. I've learnt so much already, my dogs have responded very well and we are well on the way to being a happy family again!


W.L.
Taunton, Somerset

25th October 2013

Kevin McDonnell 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
Photo of M.E.'s dog

Training benson today was absolutely brilliant, Kevin explained and showed everything to us thoroughly. After only a few hours we had amazing results without any physical contact at all. We started with a very dominant dog who was constantly trying to be the leader of the pack and have finished with a calm submissive dog that's following commands that he never did before. Very, very happy and looking forward to the future with our dog. Worth every penny.


M.E.
Saltash, Cornwall

23rd September 2013

Kevin McDonnell 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 Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household Toileting

It was utterly amazing, both my husband and I felt that for the first time we are able to communicate with our dogs.


K.S.
truro, Cornwall

12th September 2013

Kevin McDonnell 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 Recall or not coming when called
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We decided to contact Bark Busters for our 11 year old dog Gizmo. We rescued him two years ago, although fabulous around people he was always aggressive around dogs. This got to the point where I was scared of taking him out especially with our eight month old son. After Kevin had been here for 10 minutes I knew we had made the right decision- he put us completely at ease and took us through what would happen and it all made complete sense! After a few hours of training Gizmo was socialising in the field with other dogs (my heart was racing!)

Wen I walk Gizmo now I feel confident and in control which I realise I never felt before. I am taking things slowing and building up our confidence with other dogs however it had changed our lives already. Gizmo no longer barks in the house an when we come home and is a very obedient dog now (and we are only 4 days in!)

Thank you Kevin!


C.T.
Plymouth, Devon

11th September 2013

Kevin McDonnell 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 Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety

We can't recommend Kevin highly enough. From the offset, we knew we'd made the right decision by turning to him for guidance. He asked lots of questions before meeting Timber and so was well prepared on arrival. We were able to ask questions too before arranging our appointment and knowing that only positive methods would be used, (no punishment or alpha training here), set our minds at ease completely. On meeting Kevin we knew that we were in experienced, knowledgeable and kind hands. Having previously made some good progress with our under-socialised and overly energetic GSD, we found we'd got to a point where we needed help handling some of his harder to solve anti-social issues, such as his excessive and frustrated reactions towards other dogs and his over-protective behaviour with us. I wouldn't have believed it myself but within 5 minutes of beginning to practise the techniques Kevin showed us, Timber showed signs of understanding what was expected of him because we could communicate effectively and give him commands he understood. What is more, after months of behaviourists trying, unsuccessfully, to help us introduce Timber to dogs, Kevin managed to help us walk Timber calmly and happily near his own dog with very little fuss or trauma. While we didn't expect all of his troubles to be solved straight away, what we saw today was the beginnings of a happier and calmer dog. Now we have the right tools to guide him, we are happier and calmer too. Thank you Kevin, you will never know just what a difference you have made, and this is only the beginning!


L.H.
Launceston, Cornwall

5th September 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety
Photo of S.L.'s dog

We have a 6 year old Jack Russell called Diesel, whose separation anxiety issues and constant barking were making family life very stressful. Kevin's training session was amazing! Within half an hour he showed us how to stop Diesel barking at the doorbell, and growling at people walking past the house. He also taught us techniques to make Diesel feel safe and calm when we leave him at home alone. Just 2 days later and we already have a dog a who walks to heel, has stopped terrifying our visitors, and can already be left at home for short periods without crying his heart out. We're looking forward to keeping up the techniques that Kevin taught us and making Diesel's life (and ours) a lot calmer and happier... Thanks Kevin!


S.L.
Chudleigh Knighton, Devon

31st August 2013

Kevin McDonnell 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 Recall or not coming when called

We are delighted with the progress that we have made with Daisy since our training session with Kevin. She seems calmer at home and when visitors arrive, which was a major problem. She is also a lot better behaved and will listen to instruction when we are out and about. Whereas before the training she had "selective deafness" at times when we were trying to get her back on the lead, especially if there were other dogs around, she now will come straight back. We have still a way to go before we have a perfectly behaved dog but with Kevin's training and the exercises he gave us to practice, we are sure that we can achieve this. Many thanks!


F.O.
HAYLE, Cornwall

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