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18th March 2015

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 Other

Kevin - what can I say!?!?! You are amazing - I had a few niggly bits that I had with my 14 month old Collie, Noodles, and within the 4 hours you spent with us - they have been nipped in the bud! I was stunned at the instant transformation with him and me. We now have a much better and calmer relationship between us, as it should be! Though Noodles has needed training, I also needed training to train him and you showed/helped me with sincere compassion and respect. I have contacted you since our meeting and was amazed at the quick and helpful response from yourself. I would (and have already) recommended you to my fellow dog owners. Anyone who is reading this who feel they need help - Kevin is your man!!


B.N.
Plymouth, Devon

15th March 2015

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

Kevin was both professional and understanding, making an instant impact on our dogs' behaviour, even to the extent of being able to accept another dog into our home. He has given us clear instructions on how to proceed with our problems and we have already experienced significant changes on our afternoon walk following the lengthy and detailed session.


D.N.
Truro, Cornwall

5th March 2015

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

We were impressed with the professional, experienced approach from Kevin McDonnell. We liked the fact that the dog was looked at as an individual and that no treats or punishments were recommended in helping correct his behaviour, instead the techniques used were acceptable and effective. We have already noted an improvement in Lincoln's behaviour.


K.L.
Truro, Cornwall

2nd March 2015

Kevin McDonnell 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 Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called
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I was absolutely amazed with Kevin's traning techniques. It was a lovely experience seeing my dogs learn so quickly and calmly . I would recommend bark busters to people in the future & I was very happy with Kevin McDonnell. Just after one day my dogs are doing what I want them to do and that is making my life so much easier. I'm thrilled .. It was worth every penny!


D.C.
Plymouth, Devon

1st March 2015

Kevin McDonnell 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 Hyperactivity 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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Kevin arrived on time, his training was very clear and gave me confidence to use the techniques he told us about. I love my dog but he was a real handful. Kevin has made us realise we were causing a lot of the problems and now we feel confident to manage the behaviours as they arise.


Y.H.
Plymouth, Devon

25th February 2015

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

Kevin was very approachable and very friendly. He spent a lot of time explaining the reason for our dog's behaviour and we were able to go through all of the habits that were troubling us. His methods were easy to understand but very effective and Charlie was already showing signs of improvements despite his stubborn nature. With more practice we hope to see a continued improvement. Highly recommended and hopefully will change our life!!


S.B.
Torquay, Devon

25th January 2015

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 Recall or not coming when called
Photo of J.H.'s dog

We recently rehomed Tye, our 8 year old staffie who had a few issues such as jumping up and pulling on the lead, especially towards other dogs which meant we were always wary. Upon meeting Kevin, he explained that Tye was simply excited to meet the other dogs and not wanting to hurt them, which in turn has made us more relaxed. Kevin taught us some simple but very effective techniques which worked almost immediately. We were initially cautious about how effective the training would be. However, there was no need to be as Tye is now a completely different dog after just 3 hours. We would highly recommend Kevin to anyone considering a trainer!


J.H.
Plymouth, Devon

19th January 2015

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
Photo of J.M.'s dog

Having previously had a measure of despair that Alice, a rescue bull terrier of 8 years of age, could be cured of her fearful aggression, we are very reassured and encouraged by what Kevin has told us about the dog's personality, what approach we should adopt and what he has shown to be possible with her, given time and effort. Both the indoor work on our style of command and response to behaviour, and outdoor work in a typical problem situation were extremely useful. The guidance on equipment was helpful; in particular, the collar Kevin supplied us with looks as if it will be invaluable.


J.M.
Wellington, Somerset

16th January 2015

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead

I was apprehensive calling a dog therapist to help with my dogs behaviour. After the first lesson, I am amazed by how much Storm and myself have learned. After 1 day of following the exercises Kevin advised, I could actually open my front door wide and my dog remained in the front room. He could see the door open but did not attempt to run out. This is amazing! We will be going out for a walk soon, after a calming exercise has been done. I am positive, in no time, my dog and I can enjoy going out for walks again, without it being a stressful event.

Kevin, thank you so much!


B.T.
Chagford, Devon

11th January 2015

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
Photo of C.G.'s dog

Kevin's visit was absolutely amazing. We noticed a difference straight away which we weren't expecting. Kevin is an approachable, calm and patient trainer. His techniques are simple and easy to follow and kind to both animal and human. I will be recommending him to my friends who also have troublesome dogs.


C.G.
Exeter, Devon

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