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29th October 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Recall or not coming when called Other
Photo of D.P.'s dog

Cosmo is a fun loving little boy and we like to encourage his curiosity and playful nature, so we didn't want an oppressive training which would knock the stuffing out of him. As he is a SBT, however, it is important for us to be in control as sadly SBTs have a poor and unjust reputation.

Alex explained a few simple techniques and taught us the way to make Cosmo see us as in charge and not himself!!! This was a break through and something which made complete sense to us. This allowed us to take the training on board easily and it felt intuitive once we started.

Alex himself is a star, he spent time understanding Cosmo and delivered training which he thought Cosmo would understand and respond to. It didn't feel like it was "one training fits all".

After only 2 visits we and Alex feel Cosmo has come on leaps and bounds but let's admit it now, it's John and I who have come on leaps and bounds really. We are now the pack leaders Cosmo needs so he can enjoy life understanding John and I are in control. I wonder if it will work on John too :o

Trainer note from Alex:
Cosmo, like so many other SBTs I have worked with, is an absolute delight. It's been a pleasure to work with Cosmo and his owners, retaining all the fun, just building in the boundaries all dogs want and need to be happy, confident and well adjusted.
Job well done on your part guys. Cosmo is a shining example of a SBT that will do his breed proud.

Regarding partner training, I recommend my wife. 😉

Middlewich, Cheshire (Testimonial)

28th October 2013

Alex Fraser 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 Separation Anxiety

Chloe was a rescue dog, 9 years old, with no history and a lot of problems. She was testing boundaries, jumping all over the place, hated other dogs and suffered from separation anxiety. My partner and I were at a loss of what to do - we adored her but her behaviour was very challenging. Just taking her for a walk was giving me a stress headache.

Alex really helped. He showed us techniques for calming her down (90% improvement in the home!) and for when we were out walking her. She really is a better behaved, happier dog.

I don't think we are ever going to completely resolve her fear of other dogs (I hate to think what happened in the past to her) but because I can control her, understand the signs and feel an awful lot calmer after working with Alex, walking her is nearly a stress free experience.

Trainer note from Alex:
Chloe has a real fear of other dogs and was extremely hyper in the home. I am delighted with how she has progressed since I have been working with her and her owners. Some behavioural issues such as fear of other dogs can take a long time to resolve, but in order to do so it is crucial that the owner manages the situation. Staying calm on walks when a dog's adrenalin kicks in is vital. With a consistent and calm approach I am confident that she will continue to improve so that both Chloe and her owners can enjoy their walks. Keep up the good work.

Sale, Cheshire (Testimonial)

24th October 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Barking at people, dogs and animals or barking for attention or at noises Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Recall or not coming when called
Photo of C.G.'s dog

Flo is a two year old Puggle who was barking and jumping up at anyone who came in the house, barking at the window and every time someone knocked on the door. She also barked and nipped occasionally when me or my family were leaving the house without her. She couldn't be off the lead on the park because she chased bikes and people walking fast/jogging.

Alex has been twice so far and spent a couple of hours with Flo, me & my family and explained to us what the problem was a why she was acting this way. Alex gave us a few manageable techniques to use with her to get her out of these habits. He explained them really well so we understood why we were doing what we were doing, showed us each thing a couple of times and then watched us do it. He wrote down a full guide for us before he left and told us what the most important things were. Alex was great with Flo (he clearly loves dogs!) and she responded to him really well which gave me confidence to try what he was doing. The best part about Alex coming out to see us was that he could see what the problems were and as he understands dogs so well he could tell us why she was like this, we got to the root of the problem and are now trying to change her behaviour so she is better behaved in general!

Since Alex first came 4 weeks ago Flo has been much calmer from day one! I feel more confident and in control of her. She has not completely stopped barking at the window or the door yet but I think she will get there soon and it hasn't been that hard to follow Alex's instructions and get her to where she is now. I am really glad I called Alex, I feel happier, I think Flo is happier and her problems would have only gotten worse and now they are getting better each day and I know how to control her and teach her what she is and isn't allowed to do. Thanks Alex! I would recommend you to anyone having problems with their dogs.

Trainer note from Alex:
This was another case of a little dog who thought she was in charge of her house which, over time, not only caused her owner problems at home, but also on walks. For me it is so important that both dog and owner enjoy their time together when out walking. I went for a long walk with them both on our last session and I was delighted that Flo completely ignored a number of bikes that were racing around the park. Clearly her owner has put the work in and they are now both reaping the rewards. Well done!!

Swinton, Greater Manchester (Testimonial)

24th October 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management

"Alex, showed great empathy with our lively 5 month old setter puppy Tess; he showed us how to cure her jumping up and how to get her to walk quietly on her lead. She's now a much calmer puppy, thanks Alex!"

Trainer note from Alex:
I love working with puppies and following their progress as they grow up. I often meet Tess and her owner when I am out walking and she is always a very well-behaved dog which is so nice to see.

Wilmslow, Cheshire (Testimonial)

23rd October 2013

Alex Fraser 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
Photo of A.C.'s dog

We were experiencing difficulties when walking Maxi because of her aggression toward other dogs. In almost every other way she was a perfect dog but as walking and exercise are such an inherent part of dog ownership this was becoming a big issue. We contacted Alex Fraser through the Bark Busters website and arranged for him to come and assess Maxi. Within the first few minutes of the meeting Alex was already working with Maxi and getting results. The technique of growling at your dog, a little odd at first, has had a phenomenal effect. Maxi now walks to heel, using the special chain and lead we purchased and is much improved when the post man comes to deliver. The concern with her behaviour with other dogs was treated head on and Alex has taught us to reassess Maxi's place within the family. By placing her back in a subservient position she is much less stressed, happier and is greeting and socialising with other dogs in a way that we could never have imagined. We are delighted with Alex and with Bark Busters and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone experiencing issues with their dogs. For the sake of your beloved pets, if they need help, get it from these guys, you will not look back.

Trainer note from Alex:
Maxi and her owners are a pleasure to work with. They are really focused on what I taught them and keen to put my training into practise. Any aggression shown by a dog can be extremely stressful, however, as Maxi has shown, with the right training carried out by dedicated owners, harmony can be restored. This was backed up by a relaxed walk we all enjoyed when I brought my dog along with me - I was so pleased!! (...and I'm not sure who was more proud of Maxi - me or her owners?)

Manchester, Lancashire (Testimonial)

1st October 2013

Alex Fraser 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 and animals or barking for attention or at noises Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety
Photo of A.H.'s dog

We adopted Burtie from the RSPCA at burton on Trent soon after losing our beloved teddy who, also a jack Russell x, during our 12 years together gave us no trouble at all. We naively thought there are no bad dogs , just bad owners, however, we soon found that Burtie had a number of issues. Teddy was always walked off the lead but Burtie when walked on the lead would be aggressive when encountering other dogs & when we tried gradually with him off the lead he would be easily distracted & not come back when called. When left at home alone, teddy had the run of the house without problem but Burtie was anxious & destructive. We realised that at 2 1/2 , having spent the last 3 months in Kennels, Burtie may need more time to settle than we anticipated. Although we have had dogs in the past, it now seems they were pussy cats by comparison. We were unsure how to handle him for the best & a bit of research on the net led us to Barkbusters. A phone call resulted in Alex coming to our house & after chatting & getting our & Burt's background, we went into the garden to try a few simple exercises. We were amazed at how Burt responded & were encouraged by Alex's confidence. We were given simple instructions & exercises to practice with Burtie & in the weeks that followed saw real progress. We also realised we were as much Alex's pupil as Burtie. We have had to put in the work for the results but if has been worthwhile. Alex has been in regular contact & we met up for a walk with him & his own dog Max, giving us confidence walking Burtie with other dogs. He has been quick to respond when we were at our wits end & has been so supportive. Burtie is a much more settled dog. Great fun to walk off the lead & play with, we are still progressing, & Alex is still available if we need him. Would recommend without hesitation.

Trainer note from Alex:
Due to the time and effort Burtie's owners have put in they have seen a real improvement in his behaviour which is excellent. Burtie is a lovely dog but he did have a number of behavioural issues. I am delighted with how he has improved during the time I have been working with them and I hope they have many happy years together.

Moss Nook, Greater Manchester (Testimonial)

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management
Photo of J.H.'s dog

We are happy with Brody's progress so far and the advice you provided gave us a good insight into dog "pack" psychology and the techniques and strategies we can use around the house to change and modify his behaviour. He is still a very young dog, not yet 9 months old, so we need to keep repeating the training so that he doesn't revert to his dominant behaviour.

Brody is now doing really well on his lead and when he is off the lead he returns when called. He is now socialising with other dogs and gets on well with our daughters two dogs and he recently went to the beach with them.

We have a busy house with lots of visitors who he still welcomes very enthusiastically but he now calms down much quicker. He sleeps well in his bed on the floor and his toilet training has gone really well.

Thanks again

Trainer note from Alex:
Brodie is a cracking little dog, but he really felt that he needed to be in charge of their house. His owners worked really hard on the training plan I had set them and by my second visit he was a different dog - so much calmer. Keep up the good work!

Salford, Greater Manchester (Testimonial)

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Barking at people, dogs and animals or barking for attention or at noises Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead
Photo of S.A.'s dog

My wife and I got in touch with Bark Busters due to the constant barking from Sam when people knocked at our door and when people were leaving.

Alex contacted us and came to our house to meet Sam and to discuss the best approach from Sam's barking. After a couple of sessions working with Alex, Sam has really settled down. His training is still ongoing, but he is a lot quieter now. It is also good to know that we can still call upon Alex if we need his help in the future. Thank you

Trainer note from Alex:
Until I met Sam I didn't realise how high-pitched some dogs can bark - he was truly off the scale. He was such an affectionate dog, but his barking was becoming a real issue. I am really pleased with how he has improved and I am confident that if they continue to do everything I asked them to do he will continue to get better and better. What a smashing little dog!

Chorlton Cum Hardy, Greater Manchester (Testimonial)

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management
Photo of R.D.'s dog

So sorry for taking to long to leave you some feedback - but you will be pleased to hear that Toby is doing really well. As you know, although we have always had dogs, Toby was my first very own dog and I really wanted to get him off to the best possible start. I would like to thank you for your support over the first few months of me having Toby. He is now a pleasure to walk and always comes back when I call him. Thank you Alex

Trainer note from Alex:
As you can see from his photo, Toby was a beautiful little boxer pup when I first met him, and like all puppies - he was so full of beans. Toby simply needed some rules and guidelines as to what behaviour was acceptable and his owner has done a great job. Toby is now a well balanced and calm boxer and I am confident he will continue to behave himself in the future.

Urmston, Greater Manchester (Testimonial)

30th September 2013

Alex Fraser dealt with: Puppy Management
Photo of K.L.'s dog

Beau is my first dog and having never owned a dog before I certainly wasn't aware of how much work a young puppy can be, hence the need for Bark Busters.

I like the fact that Alex came to my home to meet us. He has given me the skills to train her and I am really happy with how she behaves. I can even take her in the car now without her barking her head off and trying to get on my knee whilst I am driving. I also know that if I need Alex's advice or help in the future, all I have to do is pick up the phone!

Trainer note from Alex:
Beau is a Beautiful Chocolate Labrador but she certainly has a mind of her own and needed some direction. Following my first visit her owner has certainly put the hours in, which has resulted in a very well behaved dog. Well done!!

Manchester, Greater Manchester (Testimonial)

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