what dog owners say about Jo & Graham Milgrew
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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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)
23rd May 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
I thought Honey didn't like me until I got Jo in and the difference in 5 weeks is just amazing. She has been so helpful. Thank you so much.
Honey is a 5 year old rescue Bichon Friese. She guards items and bit her owner when her owner didn't realise she had something in her mouth. This type of behaviour is natural to a dog and they only behave in this way when they feel under threat. It is very upsetting for owners, but there is a lot that can be done to rebuild relationships and to prevent this type of behaviour happening again. This owner has worked hard with Honey and has made considerable progress in a short period of time.
Brentwood, Essex (Testimonial)
21st May 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
We can not thank Graham enough for his input. Our Bear was getting out of hand and out of control. Within 20 minutes of Grahams arrival he had Bear eating out of his hand instead of chewing it off. Grahams gentle manner and approach towards a potential problem was fantastic to witness. We have another appointment booked in June and are looking forward to it immensely. To see the change in Bear was mind blowing.
Bear is a very big adolescent Rottweiler who was throwing his weight about a bit and occasionally upsetting his owners and their other dog. We worked on establishing some boundaries and channeling Bear's energy. He responded very well to a kind but firm approach. It's not uncommon for large guarding breeds to appear aggressive when they're not sure who is in charge and this can be distressing to their humans. Later on, we took Bear out for a walk and were able to tackle his other big problem which was pulling and lunging on his lead. Very big dogs like Bear can be a real handful on walks, but, again, he responded really well and is now starting to enjoy some nice calm walks with his owners.
19th May 2019Jo & Graham Milgrew dealt with:
JO WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THE DOGS REACTED WELL TO HER AND SOME PROGRESS WAS MADE DURING THE FIRST VISIT! WE DISCUSSED AT LENGTH ALL THE PROBLEMS AND JO EXPLAINED WHY THESE HABITS WERE HAPPENING. I WAS VERY RELIEVED THAT JO DID NOT WORRY ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF PROBLEMS I WAS INCURRING AND WE METHODICALLY WORKED THROUGH MY LIST. SINCE JO LEFT I HAVE BEEN ADAPTING SOME OF THE COMMANDS AND REWARDS AND CAN SEE A DIFFERENCE ALREADY. MUCH TO MY NEIGHBOURS APPRECIATION
This owner has 3 dogs ranging from very small to very large and a particularly active life caring for family members with specific needs and also horses. Her dogs absolutely adore her and see her as very exciting as she does everything for them. The introduction of her large third rescue dog meant that excitement was getting out of hand and the dogs were barking at her and squabbling with each other. This is not a quick fix and takes time and commitment to prevent accidental reinforcement of bad behaviour and direct dogs to good behaviour. As her dogs are rescues they also have other issues but I am confident that this owner will be successful in dealing with their problems.
Wickford, Essex (Testimonial)