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12th September 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Recall or not coming when called
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We decided to contact Bark Busters for our 11 year old dog Gizmo. We rescued him two years ago, although fabulous around people he was always aggressive around dogs. This got to the point where I was scared of taking him out especially with our eight month old son. After Kevin had been here for 10 minutes I knew we had made the right decision- he put us completely at ease and took us through what would happen and it all made complete sense! After a few hours of training Gizmo was socialising in the field with other dogs (my heart was racing!)

Wen I walk Gizmo now I feel confident and in control which I realise I never felt before. I am taking things slowing and building up our confidence with other dogs however it had changed our lives already. Gizmo no longer barks in the house an when we come home and is a very obedient dog now (and we are only 4 days in!)

Thank you Kevin!


C.T.
Plymouth, Devon (Testimonial)

11th September 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety

We can't recommend Kevin highly enough. From the offset, we knew we'd made the right decision by turning to him for guidance. He asked lots of questions before meeting Timber and so was well prepared on arrival. We were able to ask questions too before arranging our appointment and knowing that only positive methods would be used, (no punishment or alpha training here), set our minds at ease completely. On meeting Kevin we knew that we were in experienced, knowledgeable and kind hands. Having previously made some good progress with our under-socialised and overly energetic GSD, we found we'd got to a point where we needed help handling some of his harder to solve anti-social issues, such as his excessive and frustrated reactions towards other dogs and his over-protective behaviour with us. I wouldn't have believed it myself but within 5 minutes of beginning to practise the techniques Kevin showed us, Timber showed signs of understanding what was expected of him because we could communicate effectively and give him commands he understood. What is more, after months of behaviourists trying, unsuccessfully, to help us introduce Timber to dogs, Kevin managed to help us walk Timber calmly and happily near his own dog with very little fuss or trauma. While we didn't expect all of his troubles to be solved straight away, what we saw today was the beginnings of a happier and calmer dog. Now we have the right tools to guide him, we are happier and calmer too. Thank you Kevin, you will never know just what a difference you have made, and this is only the beginning!


L.H.
Launceston, Cornwall (Testimonial)

5th September 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety
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We have a 6 year old Jack Russell called Diesel, whose separation anxiety issues and constant barking were making family life very stressful. Kevin's training session was amazing! Within half an hour he showed us how to stop Diesel barking at the doorbell, and growling at people walking past the house. He also taught us techniques to make Diesel feel safe and calm when we leave him at home alone. Just 2 days later and we already have a dog a who walks to heel, has stopped terrifying our visitors, and can already be left at home for short periods without crying his heart out. We're looking forward to keeping up the techniques that Kevin taught us and making Diesel's life (and ours) a lot calmer and happier... Thanks Kevin!


S.L.
Chudleigh Knighton, Devon (Testimonial)

31st August 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called

We are delighted with the progress that we have made with Daisy since our training session with Kevin. She seems calmer at home and when visitors arrive, which was a major problem. She is also a lot better behaved and will listen to instruction when we are out and about. Whereas before the training she had "selective deafness" at times when we were trying to get her back on the lead, especially if there were other dogs around, she now will come straight back. We have still a way to go before we have a perfectly behaved dog but with Kevin's training and the exercises he gave us to practice, we are sure that we can achieve this. Many thanks!


F.O.
HAYLE, Cornwall (Testimonial)

23rd August 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

very helpful and very patient trainer!! starting point for me being in control of my dogs rather than the other way round as it is at present. Informative and tailored to my needs


C.C.
Helston, Cornwall (Testimonial)

18th August 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Puppy Management Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety

we are really pleased with the training we received to day for our rescue puppy ben. He has helped us put in place training strategy that will make our confused anxious little dog grow into a well trained happy little fellow. Kevin is really great to work with made us feel so relaxed .He want's the best for you and your dog . He's just great I highly recommend kevin and bark busters. If you wont the best for your dog your on to a winner with kevin.


D.B.
plymouth, Devon (Testimonial)

14th August 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety

I can't thank Kevin enough - he was absolutely brilliant! He's totally changed all our life's with the amazing work he's done, and you can rest assured I have been singing his praises to all my doggie friends and contacts! Please pass on my thanks to Kevin - he is a superb asset for Bark Busters!


J.B.
Torquay, Devon (Testimonial)

1st August 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Digging Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead

I can't praise Kevin enough from having 3 excitable Gordon Setters to 3 calm relaxed but still fun loving dogs.

Kevin was very easy to talk to. Everything that was done and said was so simple but wow the effect is amazing.

Thank you so much


A.P.
Talaton Exeter, Devon (Testimonial)

30th July 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Hyperactivity Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called
Photo of G.P.'s dog

Dear Bark Busters, we were both very impressed with Kevin and the training that he did with both the dogs and ourselves. The speed of improvement was fantastic, especially with walking on a lead. I wouldn't have believed it unless I hadn't had seen it with my own eyes. Kevin was very knowledgeable and professional and at no point did we feel under any time constraints. I would definitely recommend Kevin and Bark Busters in the future. It is now up to us to keep up with the training techniques, however still having peace of mind that you are always at the other end of a phone if we get into difficulties.

Kind regards Mr Purchase


G.P.
Plymouth, Devon (Testimonial)

30th July 2013

Kevin McDonnell dealt with: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Recall or not coming when called Separation Anxiety

Kevin was very nice,we were put at ease immediately and he gave us clear instruction at every stage,we were able to command or dogs attention within the same day,and have continued to use his advice to great effect.


L.M.
exeter, Devon (Testimonial)

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