what dog owners say about Kevin McDonnell
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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A massive Thank You to Kevin for helping me to help my little doggy friend Moon. Kevin was so patient and knowledgeable, I found the training very easy to understand and pass it on to Moon who took to it immediately, the results have made such a difference to him and myself, he’s a happier dog and that’s all I wanted for him. I’ve been recommending Barkbusters to everyone and I would urge anyone who loves their dog to contact them, you’ll be glad you did. Thank you again to Kevin and Barkbusters!S.A., Torquay, Devon (Testimonial)1st December 2019
We had a real problem with our 7 month old puppy Benji. He jumped up. Barked in his crate. Wouldn’t be left alone. Would run off chasing things off the lead and was pulling so hard I had back ache when on the lead. I was really sceptical but by the end of two hours with Kevin in the comfort of our own home Benji was no longer jumping up, we knew what to do if he did. He was walking on the lead and we knew what to do to train him for recall. The difference it has made has been extraordinary. We can’t believe it! Worth every penny.C.J., Exmouth, Devon (Testimonial)9th November 2019
Well I have got to say a huge thank you to Kevin McDonnell, our dogs are like different dogs, already they are so much calmer, and actually listening to us. Thanks to Kevin our confidence has grown and feel we can finally be the leader of the pack. Looking on line for guidance on how to put right bad behaviour in our pooches hasn’t worked for us. You need face to face training and learn on the job, as what we thought we were doing was right it just wasn’t working. We found Kevin and this was the best decision we could ever make. Within an hour we noticed a difference, but you must keep up with the homework if you want a happy, stress free household, and be able to enjoy your dogs again. As for us we were quite stressed, and couldn’t see a way forward. We know that we were to blame for their behaviour, but once we knew where we were going wrong we felt more confidant. Kevin is such a friendly person, who made you feel at ease and never made us feel mocked in anyway which has happened before. So thank you Kevin, it was great learning from you.T.M., Broadclyst, Devon (Testimonial)1st May 2019
Why we booked Kevin: Chubby our dog was barking and lunging at dogs on walks, jumping up on people, barking at the door and her recall wasn’t great either. See seemed to be quite a stubborn and pushy dog. I had many sessions with other dog trainers. We tried their approach for around 2 years, it felt that we were working around her issues rather than addressing the reason for them. Kevin was brilliant. He took the time to learn about the problems we had with our dog. Kevin sat down with us and explained his concept of training and why Chubby is behaving the way she is. He showed us their very simple method to address unwanted behaviour but also made clear that we must praise her for good behaviour, so she learns what is expected and what not to do. I can honestly say she was a different dog by the end of the day. She was calm and respectful, and she listened to us within hours. We had her playing nicely with a dog she snapped at before. We are now two weeks in, and I can walk her pass dogs on the pavement, she is leaving our guests alone, she comes when I call her, and she is a much calmer and happier dog. I can highly recommend Kevin and his training methods.C.H., Exmouth, Devon (Testimonial)11th February 2019
Kevin was a pleasure to talk with and really knows his stuff. In no time during his visit we had a 'new' dog who was obedient and actually came to us despite distractions such as blackbirds, crows etc. Not only that but, to my surprise he has continued to behave very well in the house, out in the garden and even out on his walk. We are now confident that in spite of his breed traits (wire haired dachshund) he will behave like an obedient retriever in time. Needless to say we are delighted with the results and very much looking forward to seeing the 'new' Archie growing to maturity a happier more confident but obedient gentleman that we believe he is deep down. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I would not have believed it possible. A MA ZING!D.P., East Putford, Devon (Testimonial)17th December 2018
12th January 2020Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin was incredibly calm and explained everything in a really easy to understand way. What was really good for me was that I felt totally supported not judged and was taught really simple techniques that make absolute sense and worked within one session. Kevin taught me to alter the way I behave with Olive but still be able to love her and left very clear concise notes for us to follow with a guarantee of extra telephone support if needed.
Exetet, Devon (Testimonial)
11th January 2020Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Start to finish, Kevin was friendly and professional. He first went through a presentation which was very helpful and then on to practice doggie parenting! Alfie responded really well to the training and we were soon able to take him out also with Kevin and practice in public when walking. This is where we met Bruno, Kevin’s gorgeous and very well behaved Doberman who made very good friends with Alfie. Since Kevin’s visit we have continued with the advised training of Alfie and we can now sit in a cafe without him barking and being a nuisance as well as stopping him from barking and constantly whining in the house. fantastic results! Thank you so much Kevin and Bark Busters!
Paignton, Devon (Testimonial)
17th December 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Day 2 and the difference in our 2 dogs is amazing. An almost 7 year old and 11 month JRT’s were having some sibling rivalry amongst other issues. After a clear presentation and Kevin showing us how to interact positively with the dogs, remarkably the improvement in our dog’s behaviour was almost instantaneous. We will continue with the simple training programme as already we have a happier and relaxed household
Sidmouth, Devon (Testimonial)
15th December 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Absolutely outstanding experience-Kevin is extremely professional and the difference in Bella and Chloe’s behaviour was remarkable within minutes. The training techniques have transformed our lives. The fact that Kevin will always be available for extra support/advice is reassuring.
Bishopsteignton, Devon (Testimonial)
3rd December 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Utterly amazing results. We are on the way to having a well behaved Stan. It was a pleasure to meet Kevin and found his methods WORK! Stan thoroughly enjoyed his zoomies with Kevin's dogs and the change in his behaviour already is noticable! I would recommend Kevin to anyone who wanted to correct unwanted behaviour in their dog. Brilliant!
Honiton, Devon (Testimonial)
3rd December 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin explained everything really well, then showed me how to put this into action with my dog, the training itself is easy to understand it’s now a case of taking Kevin’s expertise and carrying on with it, it’s definitely a good idea having the homework that Kevin has left for me, before Kevin left I certainly have different behaved dog I’m very happy with how the training went.
Torquay, Devon (Testimonial)
1st December 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
A massive Thank You to Kevin for helping me to help my little doggy friend Moon. Kevin was so patient and knowledgeable, I found the training very easy to understand and pass it on to Moon who took to it immediately, the results have made such a difference to him and myself, he’s a happier dog and that’s all I wanted for him. I’ve been recommending Barkbusters to everyone and I would urge anyone who loves their dog to contact them, you’ll be glad you did. Thank you again to Kevin and Barkbusters!
Torquay, Devon (Testimonial)
28th November 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
The training I had today was more than I expected and virtually instant results, which was something I was not expecting with Amber being a puppy. I found the training methods easy to understand and with practise I am more than confident they will become second nature!! I cannot express enough the gratitude I have for the company and Kevin McDonnell, our trainer. He did not rush through anything and I asked questions as and when I thought of them. Like I said I'm amazed at the results achieved today!! Many thanks to you all!!
Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon (Testimonial)
14th November 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Amazing - Yes it does exactly what it says it does. We have a pack of Corgis (our kids) and love them but from 3 kids to now 8, things just somehow get out of hand. Kevin explained the theory behind BarkBusters and quickly put us into training, not the dogs but us and the dogs. It was amazing that even the most stubborn of our gang soon took to the new rules and leadership and from us, not Kevin. We'll call him Yoda of the Dog world. Yes it's only day one but the marked improvement in our kids behaviour is unbelievable.Knowing that Kevin is there for us now for life is reassuring but somehow we believe we won't be needing to call on him too much if we stick to being in charge. Our only request is Kevin next time can we have better weather! Highly recommended.
Minehead, Somerset (Testimonial)
9th November 2019Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
We had a real problem with our 7 month old puppy Benji. He jumped up. Barked in his crate. Wouldn’t be left alone. Would run off chasing things off the lead and was pulling so hard I had back ache when on the lead. I was really sceptical but by the end of two hours with Kevin in the comfort of our own home Benji was no longer jumping up, we knew what to do if he did. He was walking on the lead and we knew what to do to train him for recall. The difference it has made has been extraordinary. We can’t believe it! Worth every penny.
Exmouth, Devon (Testimonial)