what dog owners say about Kevin McDonnell
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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Really cannot thank Kevin enough, our dogs are so much more calm now and obedient within one day. They used to constantly play fight with one another and not listen to us but now they will walk past each other in the garden and not take notice and are always looking at ways to please us. Our Rottweiler, Marley was a nightmare on the lead and he was not enjoyable to walk but now we can walk him anywhere without him pulling. Would highly recommend Kevin to anyone!J.M., Wellington, Somerset (Testimonial)4th June 2018
We contacted Bark Busters after being advised by the vet to seek a behaviourist for our 3 y.o cocker spaniel. We needed to be able to clean his teeth every day and simply couldn’t get near him. He was a very anxious dog, without being aggressive, and we could not groom him, check him over, leave the house (the list goes on!) without him getting extremely anxious. At first, we were quite sceptical about how much of a change we would see in our dog and if seeing a behaviourist would really work. If you follow the training instructions and stick with what you have been told to do then the change is immense, you literally would not believe it unless you had seen it! It really does work! Kevin came and from the first exercise he had us do, our dog changed instantly! The information provided is so interesting and makes you realise why your dog is doing, what it is doing! Kevin is friendly and so supportive and does not make you feel judged at all. It was a pleasure to take part in the training and fascinating to talk to Kevin and get all the information provided, It’s also nice to know how to combat any potential future problems and the reassurance that Kevin is just a phone call away. Would definitely recommend!T.P., Taunton, Somerset (Testimonial)3rd February 2018
I have a 4 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback who had two main behavioural issues: 1) jumping up at people coming into our home and 2) scared of other dogs when out and about. Kevin explained the reasons why dogs show this sort of behaviour and explained a very simple and extremely effective method to combat both issues. Within a couple of minutes of the practical training, my dog was listening to me, did not jump up and within half an hour he was playing with a dog he had never seen before in our garden! I am still shocked at how simple the techniques are and how my dog has become an even better version of himself. If you are contemplating using Kevin at Bark Busters, save yourself the time and just book him, it's money well spent, he earns every penny and I will not hesitate to recommend him to anyone with a dog! Thank you Kevin.C.L., Exmouth, Devon (Testimonial)17th December 2017
Kevin was not only professional but also pleasant. He made the training session easy to understand and follow. We were amazed at how quickly Pluto picked things up and the change was remarkable. We were able to follow Kevin's guidance through the training session and with some practice over the coming weeks we should all be able to enjoy life together under the correct hierarchy. Thank you Kevin, you were amazing.H.B., Liskeard, Cornwall (Testimonial)14th May 2017
The training went very well not only for the two dogs but for us as owners. We have learnt to communicate with our girls, each of which have separate problems but they have a common issue which is fear. We are both feel more confident when taking them out. Tonight I took both dogs out alone only this time I did not come home feeling extremely stressed, as Sally did not pull me along the road, and I wasn't concerned Shirley was going to lunge at another dog in the street - something she does out of fear. It's a joy to see Shirley off high alert, and enjoying her walk and clearly more relaxed. Oh and people can now knock on my door and speak and come in the house wwithout two dogs barking and growling at them....we have practiced this several times already. Kevin is a lovely man, calm with a lot of patience. Importantly he instills confidence, he has given me a toolkit for life so I can enjoy my dogs and they can enjoy their time with us. Kevin left us detailed but easily understood instructions . We will need to work with the girls as Rome cannot be built in one day, but I am really looking forward to walking them tomorrow.S.B., St. Austell, Cornwall (Testimonial)30th October 2015
31st October 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin worked extremely well with the dogs and his technique showed immediate effect with a lot of the problems. By the end of the session we were confident with our roles and the dogs were where we wanted them regarding their behaviour and relationships with us as owners and with each other.The training is now up to us to continue as we have been shown by Kevin and so far it is really working! Kevin was very good with the dogs and had a very kind but firm manner with them.
Exeter, Devon (Testimonial)
26th October 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin, was very informative and thorough in his training techniques, with his help we have overcome the issues that we were experiencing with our beloved Boss and we honestly can't thank him enough for guiding us to the appropriate ways to combat them, during his time with us Kevin worked on all the issues we had discussed and myself and my husband even took Boss out for a short drive in the car, an activity that previously filled us with dread & anxiety, things were very difficult and stressful at home due to the issues we were having including Boss's dominance and there is now a sense of calm and we have been able to rekindle the relationship we were longing for with us four legged family member, Thankyou so much, it really is a life changer for us, Boss's behaviours have improved massively and guests (again something that used to give a sinking feeling, having people over, due to his barking & jumping) have commented on how 'Well behaved' he is now, that he is 'like a different dog' and how much happier we all appear to be, long may it continue, we have every faith that the 'rocky' chapter has now gone for ever and we can continue our journey as a family in a positive manor. Thanks again 2 very happy customers, Trev & Charlotte Dare
Woodbury Salterton, Devon (Testimonial)
24th October 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
We are delighted with the training, and amazed at how quickly we have already seen results. We recognise we must continue to work as advised by Kevin and feel confident in achieving the results we want. Kevin is approachable, professional and clear in the help given.
Paignton, Devon (Testimonial)
2nd October 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin was excellent. We were amazed at how well Freddie responded to the actions we were being taught. Kevin made it all very clear and straight forward to us, he had a great way of putting the behaviours across. We were extremely impressed and are looking forward to taking the lessons learnt forward . We would highly recommend Kevin to anyone.
Taunton, Somerset (Testimonial)
24th September 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin was very knowledgable and put as at ease straight away. After he’d taught us the approach he helped us to put it into practice with Tarka, who responded immediately. He came with us on one of our regular dog walks too as we got to grips with things. The transformation in Tarka was immediate and this evening as I write this review we are clam and she is lying in the lounge peacefully watching the TV. By contrast last evening she was jumping up, trying to get on furniture and attention seeking. We know we have more to do but what a great start. We recommend Kevin to anyone.
Exeter, Devon (Testimonial)
31st August 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Excellent! Very impressed. The training was everything we needed to help us with our two pugs. We are enthused to follow through with training and we can already see improvements. Thank you.
Exeter, Devon (Testimonial)
23rd August 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Clear, concise and extremely effective
Wellington, Somerset (Testimonial)
14th August 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
Kevin was an excellent trainer in instructing us and Harley. We have learnt a tremendous amount and Harley has improved his behaviour so much already. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with training their dog.
Newton Abbot, Devon (Testimonial)
13th August 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
The training Kevin provided us with was excellent he explained everything so easily and clearly so that myself my partner and my parents were all on the same page, even over night we have noticed a massive difference in our previously very hyperactive dog, he is already walking so much better on his lead and is much calmer and more obedient inside and outside the house.
Exeter, Devon (Testimonial)
22nd July 2018Kevin McDonnell dealt with:
We thought Kevin was very personable and helpful and the session was very thorough - telling us and, more importantly, showing us what to do with our nervous and troubled dogs. Follow up support was also helpful and we feel our dogs are progressing in the right direction.
Southerton, Devon (Testimonial)