what our clients say about Kevin McDonnell
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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17th February 2016Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
The session began with Kevin taking us through a clear plan for the day. Principally the psychology of pack behaviour and how this works positively and negatively. He then clearly explained the practical exercises that lay ahead.
we were shocked at how instant the response was to taking away the leader role from Rosie and moving it over to us. this continued to be reinforced as the day continued. we practiced the various tasks.
Kevin in our view is an intuitive and highly skilled and professional trainer. Moreover and importantly, he has empathy for the pet owners !!!! and his skill in moving control from him to us was fluid and at no time did we feel disengaged from the process.
Our first day on our own so to speak has been entirely positive. our girls are still disorientated to a degree but do feel safe and secure. I think the rapid change of pack leader role has had a major impact on Rosie but feel confident that she is already feeling OK about this. we have undertaken all of the tasks and have had just amazing results. For example both dogs off lead, a first for some time ( due to a number of bad experiences) and us in control when the door bell rings! x 2. So a huge thank you to Kevin. Working with him has left us 100% committed to our tasks to change our behaviour and for our dogs to benefit. what more could we ask!
Ottery St Mary, Devon
10th February 2016Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin was brilliant,he gave us clear instructions on how to combat the issues that Herbie has.
We were surprised and delighted that by the end of the session Herbie's behaviour had improved so much that Kevin was able to bring Russell his dog into our lounge, something we thought would never happen.
25th November 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin filled us with confidence when we first spoke to him on the phone and that was more than justified when we met.
His calm demeanour made us believe that he could do what he said he could and that proved to be true.
First he talked us through the plan, then went through our problems giving us the advice and the tools to carry it out. We were amazed that separation anxiety was down to our behaviour with Kee but that we could also alleviate it when we put Kevin's advice into practice.
The same calmness carried us through what we need to do to stop Kee barking at passing dogs, pulling on the lead and best of all Kee's fear and anxiety around other dogs.
We didn't think for one minute that progress could be made in one day but boy, were we wrong!
The icing on the cake came when we took Kee and Kevin's dogs onto Dartmoor and Kee was let off the lead - for the very first time with other dogs. After an initial growl, they played together like lifetime buddies, running and jumping, having the time of their lives!
We are not so naive as to think that is the end of it. We are very aware that we have to continue with the training that Kevin taught us so that the behaviour we want from Kee in order for him to have a happy and balanced life will become second nature to him and to us.
This is a 5 star service given by a 5 star expert. We are so grateful to Kevin for all his help and to know that he is there for us if we need him
15th November 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Fantastic session with our dog that has suffered separation anxiety for over 3 years (since 12 weeks old) was left half an hour after our session for 40 mins without one bark or a howl.
Massive difference in both dogs already in all areas that linked in with the separation that we didn't even realise.
Over 3 years we have tried everything and other trainers and within 10 mins of training with Kevin and Bark Busters we could start to see the difference and after the full session two different dogs.
Thank you so much Kevin you have given us the tools to build on and we will start to get our lives back.
12th November 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin was punctual. Friendly and very professional. He explained everything in detail and went through what we would cover and why we needed to do to resolve the issues we were experiencing with Louie.
The training and demostration were clear and easy to follow.
The results even after a short time were very encouraging. Just need to train us now. Louie is doing his bit.
30th October 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
The training went very well not only for the two dogs but for us as owners. We have learnt to communicate with our girls, each of which have separate problems but they have a common issue which is fear. We are both feel more confident when taking them out.
Tonight I took both dogs out alone only this time I did not come home feeling extremely stressed, as Sally did not pull me along the road, and I wasn't concerned Shirley was going to lunge at another dog in the street - something she does out of fear. It's a joy to see Shirley off high alert, and enjoying her walk and clearly more relaxed. Oh and people can now knock on my door and speak and come in the house wwithout two dogs barking and growling at them....we have practiced this several times already.
Kevin is a lovely man, calm with a lot of patience. Importantly he instills confidence, he has given me a toolkit for life so I can enjoy my dogs and they can enjoy their time with us. Kevin left us detailed but easily understood instructions . We will need to work with the girls as Rome cannot be built in one day, but I am really looking forward to walking them tomorrow.
St. Austell, Cornwall
28th October 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
The training was excellent and has given me the confidence to know I will succeed and have a well behaved dog. The training is set out well on the display sheets. I would recommend Bark Busters to others.
17th May 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
We were extremely happy with the training we got from Kevin. It's almost like we have a new dog! It only took a couple of hours all in all, and we started to see a huge difference. Our dog put up a fight to begin with, but she then started to understand that we're the boss, not her.
Training is very simple, yet very effective. Kevin is a very patient trainer, and he made us feel very comfortable. He explained everything very clearly and we have received everything in writing as well. We are very satisfied customers and have a big smile on our faces. Thank you so much!
1st May 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
A most enlightening experience for both owners and pet. We liked Kevin's approach which was straightforward and friendly. We now have a better understanding of our dog's behaviour and how our actions are interpreted by her. Roxy responded well to the training session and continues to do so.
We would have no hesitation in fully recommending this service to others.
31st March 2015Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Excellent. We saw an immediate improvement in Boo's manageability and whilst I'm sure we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, I think we now have better skills to achieve our goals.