what our clients say about Tina Edwards
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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23rd April 2015Tina Edwards dealt with:
I was pinning all my hopes on Tina being the one to finally point me in the right direction to help Jock live a stress free happier life. She certainly didn't dissapoint, within minutes I felt at ease, she is warm, and easy to talk to. The difference she made to all four dogs in the household was nothing short of phenomenal. The rest is up to me the owner, Tina has given me the guidelines to make this happen, and I will happily work alongside her to achieve the very best for my boy. Thank you Tina, you're a star.
A dog who hadn't had the best start in life was so lucky to find this family and pack of dogs to give him good role models, but he hadn't quite got the hang of letting others make the decisions and his were not good!! We had a great afternoon, working with all four dogs and his owners are now well on the way to getting the dog he is meant to be. I'm looking forward to hearing an update and working with them to help his anxiety behaviour around other dogs and strangers. Roll on the next visit!
18th April 2015Tina Edwards dealt with:
Tina was great. She showed us how the things we thought we were doing well, with sometimes a little and sometimes a lot of tweaking can change the dog we have. The things she showed us are so easy and achievable that with consist work on our side Rusty will be the dog we want him to be. Tina was not at all judgemental and understood the way that we had treated Rusty so far. She showed us how different and obedient Rusty can be with just the few hours work.
Many people who have had dogs before and had great success in training them are mystified as to why "this dog is not like any other I've had!" Most dogs I'll never meet as they are the happy go lucky middle pack dogs who may not be perfect, but have no major issues. Other dogs with low or high pack personalities (only about 25% of dogs) are more difficult to train and need a different type of training. I teach the owners of these dogs to "speak dog"!! Just using different body language and voice, showing and guiding into new behaviour, lots of praise allows the real dog to come out. Rusty is gorgeous, I had lots of kisses from him, he loved his training and "new" pack leaders.
8th April 2015Tina Edwards dealt with:
Tina has a very thorough approach which she makes clear and easy to understand. We've had three sessions so far and even after the first one we saw great improvements with Jeffrey (1yr old German shepherd) going from pulling on the lead to walking to heal and from being in charge of us in the house to us being in charge of him. A really fantastic improvement and we now feel in control! Jeff struggles with other dogs, he likes to guard us and this is what we're now working on, something that we're aware will take time but that Tina has made seem manageable. She's given us the reassurance we need to keep going.
A lovely young dog, but with the GSD instinct to guard and take things too far! Today we worked in a park looking for other dogs (on lead) so that we could work in a relaxed and confident way to show Jeffrey that there is another way to behave around other dogs. The ultimate aim will be for him to be off lead, respond to recall and interact properly with other dogs. We're on the way and he did very well today.
6th April 2015Tina Edwards dealt with:
Tina was very helpful in training "me"! I now have to put into practice everything I learned and be consistent and patient.
Frankie was a large lively young boy who was taking his owner for walks and although very friendly wanted to jump up at all visitors. He also had a problem wanting to get to other dogs on walks, only to play, but being so strong and it being a rural area, there were no pavements and he was pulling his owner over the road! We worked on basic communication teaching his owner how to "speak dog" so that Frankie understood. He's a great dog and my last session he was very much calmer and responsive to his owner.
9th March 2015Tina Edwards dealt with:
Tina was very knowledgable and helpful regarding the issues with Zighy. Although still early days, we are confident the training and techniques will eventually ease his anxiety and make him a lot happier.
At initial meeting Zighy seems quite a confident dog, but he has major issues about being left. We worked on some basics, teaching him in subtle ways that he doesn't have to worry about being left and practiced leaving him, firstly in just a different room and gradually to simulated leaving him. He responded very well and although there is no magic wand, slow consistent recondition will give his owners a much happier, contented dog.
15th February 2015Tina Edwards dealt with:
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the Canny Collar training. Just been to High Elms and had loose leads the whole hour and barely a growl when encountering other dogs. AMAZING!!
I first saw this client last November and with two lively dogs and a new baby things were somewhat difficult! The dogs are fine with the baby, but were barking non stop at every tiny noise and pulling like mad on lead. The owner worked hard and practiced the training indoors every day and made great progress, but was still having problem on lead work. I worked again on some hoover attacking and then we tried them in little gentle head collars. The result? Perfect walking on lead! Now they can join in walks next to the buggy under total control.
12th January 2015Tina Edwards dealt with:
Superb training, with a patient and knowledgable trainer, who identified exactly our problems and was excellent to work with. Calvin is already a different dog, and we now know what we (not he!) were doing wrong, and how to rectify it and maintain his behaviour as we wish it to be. Astonishing. Advice on Jasper most helpful too.
A lovely young Schnauzer and a puppy Welsh Terrier. Calvin was beginning to run the household and sounding very aggressive at the poor postman knocking at the door! I thought that he might be a little stubborn with the training, but he loved it and responded really well. All the work we did will work well with the puppy too, but with the Lifetime support guarantee they can call me back for any problems.
24th December 2014Tina Edwards dealt with:
After getting a new puppy Herbie's separation anxiety returned with a vengeance. He would spend all the time we were out sniffing under the kitchen door damaging his nose and causing it to bleed. We were so sad to see him like this so we called Tina back after she had helped us about 2 years ago. Herbie knows Tina means business! He quickly got back into it as did we. He responded straight away to the techniques Tina showed us to he point where he hasn't hurt his nose since she came over. I'm so glad I took out the lifetime guarantee, it has given me peace of mind knowing Tina is there for us. Her techniques make perfect sense and work straight away. I recommend her to everyone who ever complains of an unruly pooch!
Herbie was only a young dog when I first met him and very anxious and nervous. I recommended a cosy crate for him to retreat to if he felt worried and we practiced lots of short "leaving" sessions. With the entrance of little Olive, all previous training slipped and his owners started to feel sorry for Herbie as Olive was more confident and got more attention. However, when I saw him again he was more confident and actually allowed me to fuss him! We started on the daily programme once again reminding his owners how important it was to be consistent and he (and Olive) has responded.
I am just a call away if any further problems occur.
23rd November 2014Tina Edwards dealt with:
We have been very impressed with the progress Rodney has been making - there is still some way to go, but we have the tools we need and Tina is always on hand to keep us all focused. Rodney is coming up to 7 and was getting progressively more unruly. Tina is proof that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Rodney is enjoying his training and now he is better behaved we are enjoying him more too.
A scatty Red Setter, need I say more??!! He had become a problem barking and showing aggression at their gate to postmen and others who passed and his owners were concerned bearing in mind the new dog laws. Rodney is a very sweet boy, but had been left to his own decisions and now he understands that his owners are making the decisions he is a much happier, contented and responsive boy.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
20th November 2014Tina Edwards dealt with:
Bertie is a dog transformed! We are owners transformed!! Tina has helped Bertie to understand his place in the family and we are responding well to her training too!
We have ways of dealing with Bertie's aggression now and his jumping up is a thing of the past. It is early days and we are practicing all we have been taught, but just one week ago I never thought Bertie would be as content as he is now.
Bertie had been guarding toys, food and other stolen items trying to exert his authority over his family and had to be confined to the kitchen to control his boisterousness and naughty behaviours.
He responded very quickly to the change in communication methods, really loving all the attention he got from the fun games (training!) we devised to help him understand that his decisions were not good ones!!