what dog owners say about Tina Edwards
Dog Training & Behavioral Therapist
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15th June 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
The improvement with our dogs was immediate and they are getting better and better each day.
Two female labradors, who were basically taking the mickey! One was more sensitive and thoughtful, the other a typical love everyone, boisterous girl. They were mobbing visitors, barking unnecessarily and worst of all, chasing off after pheasants with deaf ears! During the first session they learned how to wait quietly and patiently until allowed to greet visitors, learned how to walked on a loose lead next to their owners and began to learn that recall was to happen every time! On my next visit, we worked on teaching the girls not to dive into the swimming pool unless invited and more on recall. Very committed owners had achieved so much in just a few short weeks.
Milstead, Kent (Testimonial)
6th June 2010Tina Edwards dealt with:
Halfway through the session I thought it was going to be "worth every penny". We had a lovely peaceful afternoon after Tina left and noticed a change in Barney immediately. When getting ready to take Barney for a walk, he no longer barks his head off and just hovvers by me instead which is a fantastic improvement. When I come home I ignore him and my other dog and thereafter greet them when I amy ready thus avoiding another barking session. Further, he has not woken us up in the early hours of the morning wanting attention which is terrific! We were able to have a lie in this weekend! Co-incidentally, he doesn't pull as much on the lead even though Tina is coming back to address this problem as we ran out of time on her visit on 30th May. I am looking forward to being shown the walking techinques and to know that when winter comes I won't be pulled along treacherous pavements! Tina also confirmed our suspicions in that Barney is partially deaf, so I have bought a dog whistle and we know to be aware of his deafness to emphasise hand signals. When I went to see my dog sitter for tea/chat on Friday, the Yorkshire terrier she was looking after kept yapping and so I applied the correct/praise technique and silence was golden. Everytime she started to yap I did the technique and my dog sitter was extremely impressed. I have given her a leaflet to pass onto another of her customers as that person has a dog who is in charge on the lead! A BIG thank you to Tina.
I am always happy that people will take on an older dog and Barney at 11 yrs, was taken on as a companion to the owners existing older female. But Barney was causing huge problems both for his owners and neighbours with his random and incessant barking, and as a result was getting anxious himself. Because we use body language as well as voice it wasn't difficult to get Barney to understand (despite his deafness) that his barking was not wanted as dogs mainly communicate through body language themselves. He responded very well and his elderly female companion dog, will also benefit from the new regime in the household, ensuring that they can relax and just enjoy a lovely life.
Tonbridge, Kent (Testimonial)
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)