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Click on the above names or images to read about their success stories.
I need to say an enormous THANK YOU for your help. Bonnie and I have learnt so much and I feel we now have a wonderful relationship and trust in each other. We are now enjoying walks off the lead every day, on the beach, links and in the woods. Bonnie enjoys, like most collies, being out in front, checking the route is safe, and she checks in at every junction and turn on the route. She also comes straight back to me if she is worried about an other dog or on my call. She has really enjoyed the lovely weather during the summer being in the garden nearly all day, while I have been working out there. If you look carefully in the photo you might see her wee smile.
Best wishes and many thanks
Evelyn and Bonnie
Look at that face, butter would melt! I didn’t always feel that way about him. Sonny is a rescue dog, I don’t really know his history, but whilst he is a generally friendly and engaging dog he did still have issues. Two incidents in the first year I had him made me consider sending him back. Firstly, his recall was a bit hit and miss, I suspect he was actually just coming back to me when he wanted, not when I wanted. This behaviour finally culminated in him doing a runner on me and disappearing for two and half hours, then returning covered in mud; I was not happy by any stretch of the imagination! I started working with Mike on improving Sonny’s recall. It takes patience and persistence and a willingness to gently but surely move your dog’s behaviour towards a point that you want to be, and away from the old behaviour. Mikes techniques are not difficult but they are effective if you keep at it. As Sonny became more settled his recall gradually improved to a point now where I can take him for a walk and let him run as his wants to, but still be confident that I can get him back on command. The second incident came nearly a year after I got him and was mildly unexpected. He decided he didn’t like the cut of the postman’s jib and nipped him. I was mortified, and apologetic of course, who knows what Sonny was thinking; the point was I didn’t want him to think it again. I spoke with Mike and he came out to help. He showed me a really simply technique to get Sonny to sit quietly whenever a stranger visited. Again, with patience and persistence it worked to the point where the relief postman actually commented on how well behaved he was. With rescue dogs it does sometimes feel like you are peeling back the layers of some their negative experiences they may have had. You just have to be patient and accept that it takes times; but Sonny was definitely worth the effort and we are both very grateful to Mike for helping me to help Sonny understand better what I need him to do or not do. Sonny is definitely not going back now, I wouldn’t be parted from him for the world as he is a delight to have around.
would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts in
problems I had with my springer spaniel Bess. Her uncontrolled wanderings
were, as you know, a major difficulty and might easily have resulted
in me either loosing the dog under a car or in despair selling her on
to somebody who might be more able to contain her before the inevitable
happened. Happily neither event occurred due to your timely intervention.
She has the occasional relapse but renewed application of your training
techniques seems to bring things back into order fairly easily. I am
rewarded with the pleasure of owning a spirited but obedient dog and
she is much happier for it.
Tara is a German Shepherd that I gave a home to. She is, I think, about
8 years old. She started pulling on the lead; wanted to have a go at
Life was quite routine and quiet until Ben came along. Suddenly it was
like we had been hit by a tornado.
I just thought you might like to know that Breac is improving out of
all recognition. I had friends staying last week who hadn't seen him
since February, and they could hardly belive the difference - they kept
commenting on how calm he was. And today I walked him along part of
the West Highland Way. People he just ignored - rucsacs and walking
poles and all. Then we met four dogs all off the lead - I had him on
a lead in case of deer, ground nesting birds, etc., and he accepted
their attentions with only a slight demur when one of the dogs put his
chin on Breac's shoulder - a move which six months ago would have at
least led to resistance, if not serious objection! Walking him now is
a pleasure, not a nightmare, and we are both very grateful to you!
was a treasure of a find from the rescue centre, apart from the fact
that we could not take him in the car. He would get agitated and whine
all the time to such a pitch that it was intolerable. During one visit
is my six year old labrador. She is strong willed and with a mind of
her own, taking her out for walks became such a tedious task.
you so much for your advice concerning Benjii, I am pleased to report
he is now toilet trained, ---------a hugh bonus!
that a year has passed, I thought we would give you an update on the
progress. We are pleased to say that Gemma has improved vastly. There
are still a few things but hopefully they will sort themselves out with
time - all in all a big improvement over the year.
you for your help with Georgie. She's a lovely wee dog now and comes
well to the whistle.
you so much Mike for all your help with Gemma - without which we would
be living in some sort of madhouse!
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