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
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
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
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
is almost two months since you had Glen for training and we wanted to
let you know that he is totally transformed and to thank you very much
for everything you did for him. He no longer runs off nor is he
constantly looking around at everything except us when we go out for a
He no longer chases the rabbits and squirrels
he meets every day and we have taken him close to sheep and even met
some deer and after a good look he turned away and followed us.
He is calmer and I
think happier and without hesitation we are so pleased that we came to
you and just wish we had done it sooner. We really appreciated you
taking Glen for his initial training and then also coming to 'the scene
of the crime' to help us here. Walks which used to be stressful are now
a pleasure and the long line is a thing of the past. Thank you very much
from us and from Glen.
Viv and John
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.
again for your guidance and support.
You came over to Aviemore over a year ago to help me with my Slovakian
rough haired pointer, Saffie, and I've felt guilty for not being in
touch with you sooner, but thought you might wonder what happened to
us seeing as you didn't hear from us afterwards.
we got on great with your programme that you wrote out for us, I wanted
to say thank you very, very much for your help as it did make a huge
difference to our lives and I would definitely recommend you to other
people and their dogs having similar problems.
I didn't want you to think that I hadn't taken your advice, or that
it hadn't worked for us, so thanks again, and best of luck with your
work in the future.
We have all seen a mass improvement on Meg.
Before you came Meg was very hyperactive, pulled on the lead and used
to drag my daughter round the room by her hair. We were coming to the
end of our tether with her, then you came and helped us greatly.
Meg now joins us all in the living room and plays nicely with us all
including our daughter. Walking Meg is a work in progress as, if we
are next to the road, she will still pull on the lead, but nowhere near
as bad as she was.
I can let Meg out of her cage when visitors are around now and she just
leaves them alone instead of jumping up wanting attention all the time.
We have noticed that we all enjoy having Meg around now she is a beautiful
dog and lots of fun.
Thank you for all that you did. I will keep you updated every 3 months.
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
in touch with Mike Grantham. He came to the house and spent a few hours
with myself and Tara. What an improvement that made. I can now hold the
lead with 2 fingers and she is getting better with other dogs. I wish
I had got Mike Grantham months before I did. Well worth it.
Heather T Maclean
I found your letter re Flake’s programme while I was sorting out
the filing cabinet and thought you might like an update a year on!
Flake has really transformed this last year - everyone who knows us
and knows the dog agrees - he is a different dog. He is so much more
chilled out, relaxed, happy, obedient, easy to be around - easy to manage.
We are also more relaxed around him and that makes a difference obviously.
Our confidence in him has increased by seeing how responsive he is,
and that has, in turn, helped him. He still (sometimes) barks at people
who come to the house, but he stops pretty quickly. He is more sociable
with other dogs, other owners, and other people. He comes back, walks
He made friends with everyone at our home in the Highlands before we
left - including Alex, our downstairs neighbour, whom Flake had a particular
Thanks for all your help - hope life is good for you,
Hazel, Glynn and Flake.
Life was quite routine and quiet until Ben came along. Suddenly it was
like we had been hit by a tornado.
Tara our previous dog who died at the ripe old age of 18, was the most
obedient, lovable dog you could hope to have as a pet.
Ben, on the other hand, was the complete opposite. We rescued him when
he was 2 years old and he was stubborn, aggressive, disobedient and
not the least bit friendly. He bit both my wife and myself.
I thought that I could maybe change his behaviour and make him into
a more friendly dog. I took him on long walks on the lead and tried
to calm him, but it didn’t seem to make any difference.
He ran after anything moving and attacked it, footballs, prams, buggies
and other dogs. When someone passed by he would turn round and bite
for no reason. On one occasion it cost me £30.00 for a gentleman’s
trousers. The last straw was when he bit the vet.
That was when I realised I needed help. I contacted Mike Grantham who
took over completely. He took Ben and I to different locations including
supermarkets, as the small wheels on trolleys and push-chairs seemed
to make him want to attack. Mike showed me how to gently teach Ben to
ignore all of these things.
Since Mike trained him, Ben has become a much more contented, loving
dog. He returns to me when called. He is friendly with other people
and dogs, even the postman. He is an obedient, happy and relaxed pet.
I would recommend Mike to anyone who has any problem with their dog.
Note from Mike:
Ben’s rehabilitation from a dangerous dog to a loyal pet is a
tribute to the persistence and determination of George and his wife
Jessie, who are not a young couple. Most people, including the vet,
would have had Ben put to sleep.
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!
2 months later:
I felt I had to give you another up-date on Breac - last week he was
invited to a wedding picnic! We all went down to the beach afterwards
for champagne and sandwiches, they said to bring my dogs.
I took Breac, who behaved impeccably. Everyone said what a well-behaved
dog he was; I could hardly believe it. Even when other dogs came past,
he showed interest, but didn't bark or lunge. He and Jennie (their dog)
played a bit, and then he settled down beside me on a rug, and watched
my summer visitors comment on how much calmer he is.
you again for your help,
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
Mike we did some work in the house, which was relevent to the car but
not so obvious to us. And then we took the road test. Instantly it was
not as bad in the car. Now, with the work that Mike set us, we now have
one happy to go in the car dog. It has made our lives so much easier
as even taking him to the kennels involved the car but we now do not
need the kennels.
THANK YOU Mike.
From Maureen and Roy White
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.
I was pulled every direction. Letting her off the leash was unthinkable.
Heather would not come back. Obedience was just not in her vocabulary
- till I met Mike and Paddy. After only a few weeks Heather was a different
we are never in. She is a joy to have now.
Thank you so much, Mike and Paddy.
Mrs M. Edwards.
you so much for your advice concerning Benjii, I am pleased to report
he is now toilet trained, ---------a hugh bonus!
We have used your excellent ideas, and Benjii is a happy, confident
dog now, even people who met him at first have remarked on the amazing
I think we're now on a winning streak, he is a lovely dog very affectionate
and friendly, so thank you again for your help.
Judi Crossley, Glasgow"
Thank you Mike
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.
We are thoroughly enjoying having her as she has so much character.
Barbara & William Bremner
you for your help with Georgie. She's a lovely wee dog now and comes
well to the whistle.
Dr. B. Crabb.
you so much Mike for all your help with Gemma - without which we would
be living in some sort of madhouse!
John & Judith Crook.