what dog owners say about Tina Edwards
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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24th May 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
I knew our dogs were intelligent and I had seen on TV how easy they can be trained, but achieving the same results by yourslef is not easy. Tina came and spent the early part of the session talking to my husband and I, but abviously assessing both dogs. The puppy hardly stopped barking and she said she would stop that behaviour and show us how to achieve the same results which she did. The peace and quiet we have had for the last 24 hours is wonderful and we are both confident that we can continue with the training methods shown to us for even better results. Roll on the next session.
Two GSD's one only 8 months old, who were stranger aggressive to visitors. When I arrived they were on leads and barked and appeared aggressive. The youngster had been appointed to "guard" by the elder dog and was of a nervous disposition, so barked at EVERYTHING. We did lots of work on control of barking and simulated visitor arrival using front and back doors. Very quickly the owners mastered the simple techniques and by the end of the session both dogs were lying down and resting for the first time in the presence of a visitor.
Groombridge, Kent (Testimonial)
18th May 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
We were very inpressed with out initial training session and have noticed a difference in his behaviour, although he has a way to go yet.
This terrier mix was the dream rescue dog until he began to mature. He began to take charge of who could come into the house and would suddenly attack the feet and legs of visitors, even those he knew well. He had become the owner's protector and was making all the decisions. We did a lot of calm controlling work initially on barking as this was raising his adrenalin levels to a point where he could not respond. There is definitely work to be done before he can be completely trusted, but huge steps have now been taken.
Maidstone, Kent (Testimonial)
12th May 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
Tina is very good at her job and trained me well with the help of her dogs as well. Thank you very much.
A rescue ex racing Greyhound a lovely laid back boy in the house, but lunged and barked at dogs when out for a walk. On the first session we worked at general walking techniques and with the help of a neighbour I showed how he could be controlled and his behaviour changed when meeting dogs. On our second session I took my own dogs to act as stooges to help gain more control and and relaxation around dogs. The owners have worked hard with the techniques and achieved the result they wanted.
Biggin Hill, Kent (Testimonial)
6th May 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
After only one session there is a great difference in my dog. He is better behaved both inside and outside the house. Inside he knows his boundaries i.e. furniture, outside he is more relaxed and therefore doesn't feel the need to bark at everything in sight hysterically. The day after Tina's visit I was confronted on a pavement by an oncoming dog off the lead and my dog remained under control, whereas before he would have gone mad. Unwanted behaviour has stopped almost immedeately. So all in all we are very satisfied if this is the improvement after one visit, we look forward to the next visits.
This GSD x Collie is only young, but has a rather anxious personality. I showed his owners how to give him confidence and gain their own, showing him how to listen to their commands in the knowledge that they knew best, not him! He responded very well to the work we did, walking him past barking dogs and teaching him to ignore them. It is lovely to hear that Mrs L was able to control him in a difficult situation the following day.
St Leonards, East Sussex (Testimonial)
6th May 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
Sambo and Piglet are two Greek dogs adopted by us during our 30 year residence in Greece and brought to this country in October 2009. They are two of nine dogs, all Greek rescues we brought with us. Sambo has always beena "barket" and from an early age established his position as Alpha dog in the family. I have never been able to cure or even minimuze his barking. Piglet was rescued from a garden centre where he was kept on a 1 metre chain and lived in a rusty barrel outside in all weathers. Surrounded by excrement and filth he is a miniature poodle cross and was considered a "good guard dog" because he would bite anyone who came near him! I have not been able to cure his (now)intermittent indoor urinating against furniture. This is a long established habit and I do not know whether we can ever cure it completely, even with Tina's help. I feel more hopeful about the barking problem.
A delightful pack of 9 dogs of various size and age. We actually worked with all of them for various exercises so that Sambo could see all the dogs responding. He did very well, but it will take consistent work by his owners as he had been elected the minder by the rest of the pack! Piglet's issues with toileting will not be cured overnight, but with patience and the changes recommended, he should gradually respond.
Denstroude, Kent (Testimonial)
5th May 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
We have tried other dog trainers without success, but with Tina Edwards from Bark Busters, both our dogs responded straight away. We felt very comfortable with her and her methods.
Two 4 year old Shihtzu brothers who had a little sibling rivalry, but the owners' main issue was aggression to other dogs and people making walks a real chore rather than a pleasure. I coached the owners to show the dogs how they should be behaving, getting them to focus on the person holding the lead and walk quietly next to them. Keeping their focus when meeting situations that would normally cause aggressive barking and were therefore able to redirect their behaviour in a more positive manner.
Ashford, Kent (Testimonial)
30th April 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
We couldn't believe how quickly Arbie responded to Tina's techniques. He is much better to walk now although after only one session, his aggresssion towards other dogs has not disappeared, it has improved and I am confident that he will continue to do so.
I showed Arbie's owners how his behaviour had become a fixed habit and that by changing their own behaviour to a more positive relaxed control they were able to walk past a house where Arbie normally reacted badly to the dogs living there. My next visit will be with my own dogs to further help Arbie learn how to approach dogs in a normal doggy fashion!
Cliffsend, Kent (Testimonial)
28th April 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
We have had Max now for 6 months. He is a very well behaved dog, but very nervous. Tina is helping with his training and we can see the improvement in his behaviour. Max isn't very good with other dogs, but we are seeing improvement in the recent weeks.
Max is a 6 year old Lurcher who gets very spooked at various situations. It seems he was never socialised with other dogs or has had a bad experience, as he was barking and lunging at them.
Rescue dogs often take longer to rehabilitate, but by taking my dogs to visit and going out on walks with the owners I have been able to show them techniques to help Max gain confidence in the owner's ability to protect him when spooked.
Sheerness, Kent (Testimonial)
17th April 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
Thank you Tina and Kim. I feel in control of Leinster. I no longer feel frightened if someone comes to my door. He responded within minutes to the techniques you showed me and I can see the perfect dog he is supposed to be.
This Border Collie, was a rather timid dog who took it upon himself to "guard" 24/7! He would bark madly at people walking past the garden fence and had rushed out of the house and nipped a visiting child. Mrs S was concerned that his behaviour might put her own children at risk, but when we showed her how to relieve him of his responsibilities, he seemed to heave a huge sigh of relief! His walking still needs some work and also it appeared that he had some pain in his lower back that could account for some of his behaviour.
Canterbury, Kent (Testimonial)
16th April 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
Tina was extremely throrough and we felt much more confident after the first session.
This little dog, a Springer Spaniel,had started to believe that the lady of the house belonged to him! He'd started to growl and her husband when he came near, although was happy to be taken for walks by him! If they showed affection to each other, he'd get very excited and growl and bark, especially if in the kitchen at the time!! We started work to control barking at the front door using voice and body language in a way that he could understand and once that was under control, we worked on his possessiveness of Mrs B. Very quickly he began to realise that his behaviour was not acceptable and although there is lots of practice to do, he is well on the way to being a less anxious and more happy dog.
Ticehurst, East Sussex (Testimonial)