what dog owners say about Jo & Graham Milgrew
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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1st November 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
My dog is eight months old and has recently been diagnosed with brain damage. Jo showed us how to interact with Poppy
Poppy's brain damage means she constantly circles when worried or excited. She also barks frequently. It has been impossible to walk her up the road as she circles and barks every time she sees people. There is no quick fix to this, but Poppy has patient owners and they have been working on communicating with her so that she can calm down and walk with them. I do not know how much we will achieve because of the damage, but she is already successfully walking short distances along the road.
30th October 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
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.
Marnie is a Portuguese Water Dog who recently has nipped several people with serious consequences. This has been a very difficult time for the owners because they didn't know what to do for the best. Fortunately they have committed to working with Marnie to overcome her fears around people. There are many ways to train a dog and in this instance precision was needed to help Marnie know when she got it right. The clicker means "yes a reward is coming". This is not a quick fix. There is no quick fix with aggression, but it is one of the quickest ways to make a difference. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Marnie.
Billericay, Essex (Testimonial)
18th October 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
It went very well. Graham was friendly and very good at putting us at ease. I think our dog knew he was in charge. Absolutely made a difference. He is still doing what we tell him to but we need to keep it going. And we will.
Sam is a 6 month old Labrador who has always been friendly and bouncy. Now that he has reached adolescence he is becoming BIG, FRIENDLY and BOUNCY!! Once his owners were shown how to talk to him and focus his enthusiasm he began to change before our eyes. By the end of the session he was jumping less, listening more and we were able to get him to walk calmly on the street. He will be a work in progress for a while yet, but I think he will be a lovely, obedient dog that his owners can be proud of.
Canning Town., London (Testimonial)
11th October 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Graham was kind and patient. Very knowledgeable on dog breeds. Gave practical advice on a calm and measured way. Really helpful and would recommend. I've used another trainer in the past but wasnt impressed.
This is one of those cases that just tugs at your heart strings. Zeus is an adolescent Bull Mastiff who weighs at least 60kg and is still growing!! His previous owner died in tragic circumstances and Zeus ended up in kennels for a number of months before his current owner found him and adopted him. As is common with the breed, he is BIG, friendly and stubborn. We have been working on improving his obedience and recall and giving him clear rules regarding how to greet people (really important with such a large dog). Zeus is responding well and is becoming a bit of a celebrity at his local park.
Romford, Essex (Testimonial)
27th August 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Absolutely fantastic exhausting but fantastic. Jo made me feel comfortable and nothing was to much trouble for her. She made me feel very very positive that Gypsy will become a well behaved dog. After only a few days I have noticed good things and that is so encouraging.
This owner took on a dog that was dumped in her daughters garden. Gypsy is a little whirlwind and had been causing havoc for her owner, but she is very bright and responded so well to being given direction and boundaries. I was really impressed with her owners commitment to bringing up Gypsy when she came into her life totally unplanned.
Beddington, Surrey (Testimonial)
22nd August 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Really impressed with Graham, his knowledge & his friendly way with both us & our dogs. Thinking of getting him back in to sort the kids out next!!!
A lovely family (with very nice kids!!). They have two Jack Russells who were prone to barking at visitors and in the back garden. This is fairly typical for the breed but it has gotten worse in recent months and had also escalated into aggression outdoors on walks. Mum no longer enjoyed taking her dogs out for walks due to the stress and mayhem that this involved. Between us we figured out the main reasons why things had gotten to this stage and were able to start fixing things on the first session. It was wonderful to see the dogs responding and the owner's confidence returning. Great owners who recognised that they had a problem and weren't afraid to ask for help.
Basildon, Essex (Testimonial)
27th July 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Io was really great. We learnt so much. It was such a good session which left us feeling more confident about what we were doing with our puppy Buzz. We still need to work hard at the training and consult the notes that Jo left. We can also contact Jo if we are worried about anything. Excellent.
Buss belongs to the Daughter and is looked after by both Mother and Daughter, . He wasn't keen on being away from the Daughter and was very upset whenever she went out. Needless to say this was upsetting for all concerned. This is not unusual It can be traumatic for some puppies leaving their siblings and they can latch onto either all humans or in some cases just one human to make them feel more secure. His owners are working now on building Buzz;s confidence and is already much happier.
Brockley, London (Testimonial)
26th July 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
Jo provided us with an easy to understand and practical training plan, she is also very knowledgable regarding the behavioural issues we had with our puppy Rocky, and it was clear from the start that she has a connection and love for dogs. Rocky really enjoys the training that Jo set out for us, and we have noticed good progression so far and as a bonus it really tires him out! Overall the training so far has been well worth the money and I can't recommend Jo strongly enough.
Rocky is a English Bulldog. They have the reputation for being stubborn when it comes to training but it is often finding what motivates the dog most and using this to reinforce all the good behaviour you want. Rocky's owners have been doing lots of very short sessions with play and rest in between and have kept their puppy happy and motivated. He is therefore advancing very quickly for such a young dog.
Wanstead, Essex (Testimonial)
10th July 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
When our dog hit six years old, we grew lax with training and he started taking advantage by barking, pulling and chasing. Our session with Graham was wonderful - he identified a chronic pain issue, which was contributing to the behaviour change, and taught us simple, usable methods to reduce and retrain our dog.
Bo is a lovely big Labrador who had become a bit stubborn and set in his ways! As his owner said, he had picked up a shoulder injury and this was contributing to some of his unwillingness to do things for his humans. We identified some exercises that motivated Bo and he seems to be doing much better now.
7th June 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
What a lovely man is Graham. He was understanding, non-judgemental and encouraging. He helped us to see ourselves and our own behaviour through the eyes of our dog and explained and demonstrated how, by changing our behaviour, we could help Hugo's anxieties (which expressed itself in lead reactiveness towards other dogs and the postman). He also talked through Hugo's diet with us and as a result we have now changed this, which appears to be having a good and calming effect on his behaviour. We are now practicing the techniques he introduced and are looking forward to his next visit. We have already recommended Barkbusters to a friend! Thank you Graham
Hugo is a gorgeous big German Shepherd who didn't have the best start in life and has now been rescued by a wonderful, kind family. He's quite nervous and was showing this by barking and lunging at strange dogs and occasionally people. This is not uncommon for dogs that have been previously abused. His new owners are now patiently working through Hugo's issues and showing him the guidance and support that he needs to become a happy, confident dog.
Sidcup, Kent (Testimonial)