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8th December 2016

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: 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
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Excellent! Kevin explained everything very clearly, especially what we want to achieve and how we would do it. The starting exercise was very revealing and I was happy that we had done the right thing in calling in Kevin. It will take a while to get Rosie to not growl and jump at other dogs, but it was great to realise that she's not aggressive, just over-excited. We finished the session with a free running exercise on Dartmoor and it did my heart good to be able to let Rosie run like the lurcher she is, in fact she didn't stop smiling! Kevin left us with some simple reinforcing homework which we intend to do. Our main ambition was to be able to allow Rosie to go off lead and enjoy herself running around without us panicking that she wouldn't come back. All in all, a very successful session, thank you Kevin for all your help!


C.T.
Plymouth, Devon

27th November 2016

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 Recall or not coming when called Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household
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Unbelievable results, absolutely delighted. A different dog immediately


B.C.
Honiton, Devon

8th November 2016

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

Kevin is a very professonal and knowledgeable trainer.

after an indepth presentation,he took us through a set of exercises with our dog.

Kevin(our dog) was introduced to Bruno gradually to test the effectiveness of the exercises.

We had a successful walk both on and off the lead.we were really pleased with the way our dog responded.

Thank you very much.


R.R.
Saltash, Cornwall

31st October 2016

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Digging Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Puppy Management Recall or not coming when called

Absolutely fabulous training from Kevin today.. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and was amazed how simple it is when you are shown how to train your dog.

I found Kevin to be very thorough and so helpful. He really is a lovely man and I can't thank him enough.

Highly recommend Kevin, he's amazing.. I feel I have learnt the tools to try and control my dog rather than my dog controlling me.

Thank you


K.K.
Plymouth, Devon

31st October 2016

Kevin McDonnell 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 Other
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I have to admit I was not completely convinced that someone could get my dog to respond so quickly and stay that way even after they had left . I have to say I was amazed by my dogs transformation. I am so pleased with the results . I would absolutely recommend. As long as you keep to the training you can't go wrong . Brilliant .


L.M.
Plymouth, Devon

15th October 2016

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 Recall or not coming when called Other
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We were astonished how quickly Xanthe responded to Kevin's training techniques. The results were evident immediately during the session and by the end of four hours there was a completely transformed dog. Before Kevin's visit we wondered how is he going to achieve the desired behaviour. But it all seemed so simple and logical suddenly. Xanthe was not reliable on recall command, she was uncontrollable among other dogs, would bark if someone came to the door. She would claim her basket with bark/growl and would stick her nose in our plates when eating. Five days onwards we have kept going with the training advice and we see great results. Big thank you to Kevin who reassured us how wonderful, good natured and smart a dog we have. We all are much happier!


E.S.
Tiverton, Devon

18th September 2016

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Other

So our Shermon was a rescue dog, not that he was badly treated he just couldn't live with his owner anymore as she got ill which left him not getting out and mixing with other dogs, basically he missed out on the puppy association part.So when it came to going for walks as soon as he saw a dog he would rear up on his back legs bark and snarl which was not great for him and not very nice when out for a walk.So my daughter and wife decided to find a trainer and looked online, this is where we found Bark Busters and our local trainer Kevin Mc Donnell. Kevin came out and went through his presentation and the training began, teaching Sherman not to bark at the doorbell or people,Recall,Then after this Kevin took Sherman on the lead to see how he was, with good results he then got us both to walk him round to his car where we were introduced to his dog Bruno.Once introduced we then went for a walk where they played and also practiced long distance recall using the techniques Kevin taught us.As we walked Kevin was saying how Sherman just was confused in what his role was and where he stood, reassuring us that over time doing the techniques we have learnt that he would get better and find his place.. That evening we took Sherman down to Sidmouth and walked passed a few dogs and sat down letting the world go buy only having one bark at a tiny dog.It is early days still but we can see a great change and can't thank Kevin enough for his Training. I can say that Kevin has a very high standard in his ways for training dogs and would recommend him 100% to anyone. THANKS KEVIN from Brian,Lynn and kerry.


B.R.
Sidmouth, Devon

17th September 2016

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Hyperactivity Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called
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Very worthwhile 4 hour session. Worth every penny. I could not believe the instant transformation, being able to walk Heidi off lead in public and her listening to me without wanting to attack other dogs was amazing. The problem I have had for a year was rectified in just 4 hours. Kevin is a brilliant trainer and I would recommend him to anyone.


L.P.
St Austell, Cornwall

25th August 2016

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

We thought Kevin's presentation and explanations were very clear and his method simple to follow and were pleasantly surprised how quickly Shelley responded. We have tried various dog behaviourists in the past in an effort to curb her aggression with both people and dogs with little success, but following the training session with Kevin she passed her first test with a visitor to the house with flying colours. It is early days but we are already seeing a welcome change in her behaviour.


J.M.
Ottery St. Mary, Devon

20th August 2016

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 Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety

We are delighted with the results of our training session. Kevin is a fantastic trainer and has helped us to understand our dogs. As a result i feel confident with continued practice our dogs will be happier and we will be too.

Thank you Kevin


C.A.
Plymouth, Devon

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