what dog owners say about Jo & Graham Milgrew
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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Jo and Graham were very caring for our dog Daisy and clearly knew their stuff . A lot of what they did was more about giving us (the owners) the confidence about what we needed to do. I’m not totally convinced Daisy is cured of her problems but she is certainly better and it just needs more investment of my time to get her where I’d like her to be. Kindly Graham has offered more time to help than we expected which is good and I will take this up as both he and Jo genuinely seem to care.C.J., Romford, Essex (Testimonial)19th March 2020
Jo was very knowledgeable and extremely supportive in assisting us to help Jimmy understand instructions, be braver when meeting other dogs and generally being settled. I would recommend Jo as a very friendly lady who’s is completely understanding and fully of helpful advice. Thanks Jo.K.O., Hornchurch, Essex (Testimonial)15th March 2020
Graham was brilliant. So knowledge, easy to understand and not judgemental. Luna is like a different dog!K.S., London (Testimonial)25th February 2020
First lesson with Graham went really well he taught us some techniques to solve some of the problems we have with barking hopefully the next few lessons will go just as well.D.R., Basildon, Essex (Testimonial)16th January 2020
I was really impressed with jo , I had almost given up hope with Marnie , So was getting pretty desperate. Jo suggested I clicker train Marnie , which so far is helping indoors. She gave me many ideas to deal with Marnie that I would never have thought of.D.W., Billericay, Essex (Testimonial)30th October 2019
2nd April 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo Came to see me for my 6 year Shitz shu Poppy. Poppy responded to the calming coat and commands. Jo was very helpful and informative.
Poppy has always been a barky dog reacting to outside noises and people moving in the flat. Her owner had tried many ways to stop this, but Poppy would still have episodes of excessive barking which her owner couldn’t stop. This got much worse when her owner’s partner bought his rambunctious Labrador Leo to visit. By the time I saw him at eight months old he was typical of many frustrated adolescent boys and was mounting, jumping up and mouthing both Poppy and her owner. It seemed as though he didn’t mean any harm, but Poppy wasn’t coping, and it was difficult for both owners to work out how to handle the situation. Her owner has done an excellent job of training Poppy to come to her rather than trying to deal with Leo herself. Her barking is triggered by noise sensitivity rather than territorial barking so a calming “Thundershirt” is being used to help Poppy to be a little less sensitive. Visits from Leo have been stopped now during Covid-19, but I have been speaking to Poppy’s owner remotely and will be guiding them remotely when they are able to visit their holiday home again.
Swanley, Kent (Testimonial)
24th March 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Graham is our trainer we could not be happier. He showed and told us techniques and a walk round the block which was fantastic but we were all in the kitchen, soon as he left the dog started her naughty ways so the next time he calls we will discuss the matter with him in the living room.
Anabella is a sweet natured but excitable American Bulldog. She gets very excited at the front door and can be a handful when out walking. We had some good success with the walking issues on our first session and will continue to work on the front door issues over time.
Leytonstone London, Essex (Testimonial)
19th March 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo and Graham were very caring for our dog Daisy and clearly knew their stuff . A lot of what they did was more about giving us (the owners) the confidence about what we needed to do. I’m not totally convinced Daisy is cured of her problems but she is certainly better and it just needs more investment of my time to get her where I’d like her to be. Kindly Graham has offered more time to help than we expected which is good and I will take this up as both he and Jo genuinely seem to care.
This owner sadly lost 2 of his dogs and Daisy then lost what little confidence she had when she had to meet dogs on her own. She was particularly nervous when other dogs approached her and the friendlier and bouncier they were, the more upset she got. Fixing this type of problem is not quick and Daisy will always be a shy dog - but since starting work with us Daisy is now able to go to her local park and interact with multiple dogs when the owner is in the calmer environment of the park cafe. Daisy does choose sometimes to go under the chair but she is no longer barking and getting very upset. She is calmer walking past dogs and has even been for two walks with our large German Shepherd and was polite and happy for Maisie to go into her house. Because Daisy and her owner needs some ongoing support we will be doing some additional socialisation once the Covid 19 restrictions are lifted. In the meantime her owner can take advantage of the quieter environment to build Daisy's confidence.
Romford, Essex (Testimonial)
17th March 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
The training is provided in a very easy manner. Graham is very friendly to Sox and us humans. He is so patient with us and explains everything so well that we can get on with each command easily. He has so many ideas for us to utilise, I don't know what we would do if we hadn't got in touch with Bark Busters. I was completely at my limit but we now have a dog to be proud of. We can't thank Graham enough he is a genius and genuine lover of all breeds of dogs. THANKS GRAHAM.
Sox is a beautiful Staffordshire cross with a really playful personality. She can get frustrated because she just wants to be busy and playing for large parts of the day. Her owners now know how to get her to focus and listen to them better and have been giving her regular training and brain games to occupy and tire her out. She is still boisterous and energetic but is becoming more controllable as time progresses.
15th March 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo was very knowledgeable and extremely supportive in assisting us to help Jimmy understand instructions, be braver when meeting other dogs and generally being settled. I would recommend Jo as a very friendly lady who’s is completely understanding and fully of helpful advice. Thanks Jo.
This owner and her family have taken on a Greyhound cross that had been left on a Travellers site. He has little or no experience of the outside world and is afraid of traffic, people, dogs and pretty much anything he hasn't experienced before. However, he has a lovely nature and has really taken to his new family which is essential to help him get used his new life. He has really responded well to initial training and I am confident he will soon love being outside as much as he loves being inside with his family.
Hornchurch, Essex (Testimonial)
25th February 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Graham was brilliant. So knowledge, easy to understand and not judgemental. Luna is like a different dog!
Luna is a beautiful, adolescent whippet.As she matured she developed a very strong prey drive (fairly common with this type of dog) and became quite obsessed with hunting foxes and other small animals. We worked on channeling Luna's energy into playing games with her owner and focusing on what she was being asked to do rather than what she would prefer to do. Luna responded very well and is making good progress - the local foxes are even starting to relax!!
11th February 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
We had Graham as our trainer who we found to be very friendly and helpful. We saw instant results on the day when Graham put Coco and Mowgli through some training and Graham showed us how we can use the training techniques ourselves by us physically carrying them out on the day, which was exactly what I needed especially with Mowglis anxious behaviour on walks.
Cocoa is a large mastiff cross and Mowgli appears to be a smallish German Shepherd cross. They were both adopted at the same time by their owners.They are lovely dogs in the house, though a bit over friendly and hyperactive! A major problem was their pulling and barking on walks. We were able to address this at the first session and things are now improving.
Basildon, Essex (Testimonial)
10th February 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
I had Graham as my trainer, who was very friendly and calm and put me and Louie at ease. He has given me some very good advise, which has been helping me and Louies relationship in training. I look forward to our next session with Graham.
Louie is a small, adolescent pug. He's a little bit nervous and this has lead to him being a bit barky and defensive when he encounters strange people and dogs. He also has the common adolescent dog issues with recall and being easily distracted. We made really good progress with him during the first session and his owner now knows how to get his attention and relax him when he's feeling stressed. We also agreed on a technique for improving his recall.
Wallington, Surrey (Testimonial)
31st January 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Graham is incredible, he has the answer/technique for everything. I am completely new to training a puppy, he has been understanding, patient and thorough in everything that he has taught us so far. Thank you for your help.
Rusty is an Irish Doodle puppy who was playing too roughly with his humans. Later on, he got scared of cars when walking on the pavement. We addressed both of these problems as well as covering all of the puppy basics. Rusty is doing really well now and his humans are having a great time with a lovely puppy.
Wallington, Surrey (Testimonial)
16th January 2020Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
First lesson with Graham went really well he taught us some techniques to solve some of the problems we have with barking hopefully the next few lessons will go just as well.
3 lovely little chihuahuas who have seen quite a few changes in their lives over the past year As a result, they have become very reactive and defensive around strangers We are working on improving their confidence and giving the owners the techniques to interrupt the barking
Basildon, Essex (Testimonial)