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Case: Delta - Portuguese Water DogDog Aggression
Just to let you know, Delta is doing very well! I no longer use the muzzle & he even lets dogs steal his ball. He is starting to investigate & play with dogs too - & my blood pressure has reduced! :-)
Case: Leo - Border Terrier X
Just thought you might like an update on my 'demon dog!' Leo owes you a great deal. If it wasn't for your help I may have given up on him. However he is now so much better and I can walk both dogs relatively stress free. He is still my work in progress and has had a couple of 'moments' but the difference in his behaviour is huge.
THANK YOU. X
Case: Cassie - Labrador
Growling & uncomfortable around the grandchild
Just wanted to give you an update on Cassie that you came to see,
because she was growling at my little Granddaughter.
We got the doll and work on this with her, and the
problem has gone now.
When we call to her 'Margo' my granddaughters coming, she now wags
the tail and cannot wait to see her.
She is still quite anxious, and the vets said to spray her with
something or tablets, but we are trying to work through this now, without the tablets.
I would like to thank you for all your help with her, I don't know
what I would have done.
Thank you very much
Case: Buddy - Border Collie - no recall off lead
This was shared to my Facebook page.
Hi Everyone, I just wanted to share my experience with you all regarding the excellent Leader of the Pack services. We have a 1 year old Border Collie 'Buddy'.
Buddy is a very loving and 'special' dog, working with children in our school and being a very prominent part of our daily lives. Buddy had one problem.... he didn't want to come back off the lead, although he wouldn't run away he just didn't want to be caught.
I researched a dog behaviourist and found Nikki.
Nikki took us on an amazing journey, we worked together for a 5 week period and cured Buddy of all real problems. I was sceptical of dog trainers, having not benefitted from puppy classes because Buddy wont work for treats, I was reluctant to find outside help. However Nikki has not just helped us educate Buddy but moreover she has educated us. Her approach is not about 'training' your dog but more about giving you the tools to train your pet. She assessed buddy at the st James Park and commented on how sociable and friendly he was, she then spent three hours with us going over her theories and philosophies on understanding dog behaviour, some of her comments initially were strange for me, but in time it became apparent that his naughty ways were not him but it was with us. The wrong message we were giving him by 'spoiling' him and treating him almost like a child. Once we got more respect, lead walks became controlled and relaxed, he became more affectionate (if that was possible) and he seemed so much happier. Dividing 'play' time, 'work' time and 'loving' time. Nikki's methods of helping with recall were both educational and fun. If you had told me that Buddy would be the way he is today in just 5 weeks I would have laughed at you but he is. He runs and swims and returns each and every time. He is happy to please and he seems so focused during work time but yet so sweet on down time. I am writing this entry because I feel really compelled to share my story. Nikki has taken us on a fun filled journey, we have laughed and sometimes even cried but I can honestly say she is different, she is not a dog trainer she is an amazing inspirational person who connects and understands our hairy friends in a way that I have never experienced before. She is highly recommended to anyone with any type of problem. She is truly the 'dog whisperer'!!
Case: Ben - Labrador X - rescue dog with several behaviour problems
Thank you for
being so kind, patient, resourceful and supportive of us. We have just returned
from a trip away in our motorhome, and Ben was SO much better behaved than last
year. We are keeping up the daily training!
Hazel and Keith
Case: Rani - Springer X Poodle - lead-pulling & lack of focus with owner.
Just a quick note to say thanks for your time on
Saturday. It was really very interesting chatting to you and it felt very
amazing to see the effect your suggestions had when we took Rani out on the
different leads. Who would have known I simply had to take a deep breath,
have a little shimmy with my shoulders and stride out confidently!!
Paul went straight out to buy a halti and we have been
practising with her several times in the day, in the garden and also out on
walks. She is already being more responsive when she goes for runs
off-lead and we all feel our relationship has changed with her. I
am certainly feeling much more positive
Thank you so much, we are really looking forward to the next
two sessions - we are really
excited to learn more and to start to try the different approaches.
Until then, all the best
Debbie, Paul, Jake, Ella and Rani
Case: Samson - Golden Retriever - disobedient & almost impossible to walk on lead.
It's Lesley with Samson. Just to let you know he has changed so much. God knows what you did!!! He is so good now & listens. Walks great on the lead. So so pleased. Thank you!!
Case: Diesel - Dogue de Bordeaux - Dog-aggressive
Bella - Staffie Lurcher - Hyperactive & untrained
I just wanted to thank you for you help with the dogs & let you know we are doing OK. Took Diesel out yesterday & met 4 dogs on our route (2 of which were off lead!) - although he didn't ignore them completely he only reacted to about a "level 3" & I remained calm about it. Definitely a step in the right direction. Bella is going to take a while but she's doing ok too.
Thank you again - you have really helped my family & my dogs. :-)
Case: Gucci - Staffie Puppy.
Over-hyper, jumping & nipping.
I think you have left a different puppy with me! I carried on training when you left & had Gucci leaving the food, laying down & not biting or anything. She followed me everywhere last night & today I have spent more time training & walking. No biting, or pulling & only a few corrections for jumping & she stopped straight away - amazing. I'm gob-smacked! She's had lots of love & is thriving on it already - her tail has been going non-stop.
Case: Woody - Cockerpoo.
Just wanted to let you know that Woody is doing really well. He's doing amazingly off lead & with his training - sit, come etc. Manners are good now too. He was out at a party - lots of people / kids, & didn't even ask for or look at the food! He's had a couple of swipes from the cat & is getting the idea to leave her alone too :-) And you're right ... chicken is definitely the way to his heart!!!
Thank you so much for giving me the confidence.
Case: Poppy - Collie X Spitz
Fear & reactivity on walks & when people visit.
Thank you for the consultation last night. I walked Poppy this morning on the Gentle Leader & bought a slip-lead like yours. With the instructions you gave us Poppy is like a different dog! I cannot believe the change, & literally - instantly.
When we got in she licked my arms & was really waggy.
Thank you so much, Nikki. You're amazing!!
Case: Holly - Wire Haired German Pointer
Over-exuberance, lead-pulling & poor re-call
I hope you are having a lovely Easter. I thought you
would like to know how we are getting on with Holly after your session a few weeks ago as things are going really well,
and I suspect you normally tend to hear from people only when they aren't!
She is walking really well to heel now. It isn't
perfect, but we are far more relaxed, which is helping her, and the number of
corrections needed are far fewer, and mainly when she is on grass/somewhere
We took your advice and got her a dog pack and she loves it,
and it definitely tires her out more. She gets so much attention when we
are out and about with her wearing it as everyone wants to know what she's got
She still gets very excited when one of us returns after
being out, but ignoring her works very well and she calms down.
We have borrowed a dog game from a friend where she has to
open a series of compartments to get a treat from, and she loves playing with
Her recall is also improving. Having chicken etc on us
definitely helps, particularly when she's got her head down a rabbit hole!
Thank you for helping us so much - it has transformed our
relationship with her, and we now have an even happier dog, and two far less
Sophie and Rich
Case: Duke - German Shepherd
Just thought I'd give you an update on Duke.
We are making progress and are employing the methods you taught us along
with watching a lot of Cesar Millan!!
I am now very confident about walking Duke to school and back and when I
feel he is getting too 'excited' about an oncoming dog I know how to correct
Some days he is more relaxed than others with the boys scootering off ahead
so I know we still have work to do. I have found the best way is to
forget I've even got Duke with me and just be on a mission to walk fast. Guess
that's the body language and energy working!!
I just wanted to say thanks again for all your help. I've gone from dreading
taking Duke out to enjoying him.
Case: Duke - German Shepherd
What success we have had. Went straight to the pet shop to buy a halti and a lead. Just got back from the nicest walk. Daniel and I walked Duke up to the woods where we practiced recall. We saw some dogs walking home (all be it on the other side of the road) but Duke didn't even look at them as he would previously. No pulling and stayed behind the imaginary line. Only a few corrections needed.
I honestly can't thank you enough.
I am so happy with today's achievements and look forward to learning more.
Case: Female German Shepherd
Thank you for your open and honest commitment to try and help us resolve the
behavioural problems developed by both my German Shepherds. In particular our girl. From day one, you were honest enough to tell us that she was a very
troubled dog, & despite this you showed true dedication in trying to get her help
at the highest level. Sadly we ran out of time and she had to be re-homed
before we had the opportunity to work with the wonderful and in depth programme you
had designed for her. Even after this you were still there for the family and
our remaining dog.
Your dedication to dogs is second to none and we are
very grateful that you tried everything despite the overwhelming evidence that our girl was a troubled dog - you still went out of your way to try and keep her
within our family.
Case: Max - Miniature Schnauzer
We have been doing crate time with Max gradually this afternoon & got him happy in his crate up to 10 minutes now! Also bought the new lead & have just come back from a walk with him ..... he seems a totally different dog!! Did not bark once & even walked past a dog! So impressed!
Thank you for your work so far
Marie & Jon
Case: Joshi - Coton de Tulear
I just wanted to email to say how much I appreciated all
your help and advice with Joshi's puppy start. He is adorable and settled in
really well. Due to your advice and detailed booklet of info and ideas I have
finally succeeded in getting Joshi to remain in his crate all night downstairs
without crying and barking.... I think without all the information I would have
been unsure how to encourage him with this but slowly over the last few weeks
using lots of treats I have increased the time he will stay in the crate
happily during the day (from crying as soon as the door was shut to a few
seconds to longer and longer).
I think anyone with a new puppy would find your puppy
start absolutely invaluable to help with the tricky first few weeks.
Jo & Joshi
Case: Flash - Labradoodle.
Boisterous over-excitement & nervousness when out.
Just a quick note to let you know how we're getting on.
I can't thank you enough for the dog park session - although Flash does still jump occasionally, he is nowhere near as bad as he was or as intense. I am far more confident taking him out and actually look forward to taking him to the park, and he enjoys it too. He now sniffs and runs about with other dogs, and on the occasion that he does jump up, a quick correction and he tends to get the point.
I did try one session with a bit of ball throwing, but he still seemed more inclined to jump up more often, so for now I am keeping ball games for the garden and just letting him have more doggy time.
We're also discovering routes around the estate that we didn't know existed in a bid to go new places that Flash does know, so all in all, things are definitely on the up!
Thank you once again for all your help!
See you soon
Case: Bryn - Border Collie
People & dog aggression.
Do you remember Bryn and Willow - how naughty and scared Bryn was? He always had the makings of a great dog and you gave me the confidence to "go with the flow!", relax and be boss - he is wonderful now - the most gentle, sensitive dog I could wish for... he would just die for Steve, Willow and me. Thank you for making me trust myself.
Case: Indi - Ridgeback x Lab
Aggressive to strangers when on walks
Had a really successful walk with Indi this morning :-)
Three bikes & a postman & she didn't lunge!!! Just one visit & it's already having an effect! Yay!
Case: Rupert - Young Boxer
Pulling on lead & over-reactive to other dogs
Just had to send you an email today. As I speak, Rupert is laying on the floor on his back puffed out . I haven't seen him in that pose for many, many months :) Just taken him for quite a long walk and already I'm feeling more at ease. He pulls slightly but I'm relaxed and go with it and I'm not scared at all. With other dogs, well today after reading more of your report on him I'm learning slowly how to cope. He seems a lot more relaxed (all I have to do is click my fingers! ) and always make sure I'm carrying a pocket of treats. Our relationship is changing and I'm feeling very different around him already.
See you soon,
Case: Three Jack Russells
Over-reactive, barking, growling & in-fighting at home.
Last night was great, Alan thinks you are the BEST, and the dogs....oh the dogs: last night was peaceful, calm, no one waking us up and barking at us to do stuff, no one whining and the growing was minimal.
Even this morning the barkathon wasn't major, and we tried to use the techniques you did/showed us. Today I've walked them already once, a slightly different path than usual, and at first we ran ran ran, then they slow down, and dawdle over stuff: like Oscar found his favourite: a pile of fox poop and rolled in it before i realised what he was up to. but he loves it so. Chops and Jake munched fresh springtime grass. the boys weed everywhere along the way! Then it started to rain and we came in. I'll take them out again, later. Really making an effort to go twice a day now. We were out about 30-35 minutes.
Again, what a pleasure our dogs are! They're sleeping off their walkies right now.
Looking forward to our next session, hope they will retain some good behaviours and that we won't backslide with them.
See you soon,
Case: Freddie - Cocker Spaniel Puppy
Wetting the bed at night.
I'm pleased to say that Freddie has now stopped soiling his bed and is sleeping through the night, so thank you for your advice.
Case: Holly - Chihuahua X
Over-reactive barking when out & aggressive with other dogs.
Thank you, so much for coming to see us yesterday. I'm not sure what I was expecting. Maybe a cross between that Victoria Stillwell and Barbara Woodhouse. I'm pleased to say that you were nothing like them. Very down-to-earth AND friendly.
So far, I have been very good & Holly is doing well. When it was time to go to bed, I asked her if she would like to do some training. We went through her entire repertoire twice. You are right - I need to come up with something else too. She loves to be told she's a good girl. We will definitely keep this up.
She only grumbled at me once, in bed, and that was this morning when she snuggled up to me and I stroked her tummy. So, so far so good.
Off to the park soon. Wish me luck.
Case: Costa - Female Doberman.
Aggressive with strangers when out.
My girl continues to do well!! Our favourite place is Riverside Park in Southampton. Ever been there? Constant stream of people to pass, joggers and cyclists galore!! Think she really enjoys the busyness of it, as well as being interested in the ducks!! She was interested in the swans, but soon learned that they aren't too friendly!! Never thought I would be able to walk her somewhere like that!! Forever grateful for all your help!!
Case: Sam - Greyhound
Aggressive to dogs when on the lead
Thank you for your help so far. We are definitely growing in confidence.
Marie, Sam & Bella.
Case: Blue - Whippet
All is fantastic thanks to you.
Blue is becoming a perfect part of the family.
Matt and Rachel.
Case: Frankie & Rudy - Jack Russells
New rescue dogs with noisy separation anxiety
I thought I would let you know that sadly we have made the decision to re home Frankie and Rudy. There are fantastic little dogs and deserve a home where they will be loved and trained and not left for long periods on their own. Unfortunately my job means that they would effectively be on their own for too long each day.
I would also like to thank you as the little bit of training that we did paid off and we had a lovely time with them both with no noise at night.
They have gone to a couple of brothers who live very close to one another and have had Jack Russells all their lives so I am certain they will be well looked after.
Thanks again for all your help, it was great meeting you and maybe one day when we are in a position to have doggies again we will look you up,
Case: Bella - Old English Sheepdog
Aggression towards people.
My client has sent me this e-mail to share with you. I was called out to assess Bella back in 2011. She was due to be put to sleep the following day having previously bitten members of the family & more recently very badly bitten the dog-walker's friend. Luckily they called me in before they went ahead....
I contacted Nikki out of desperation. Bella, our dog, had just bitten a lady quite badly and we were considering having her put down. We had mistaken Bella saying "please leave me alone" with an aggressive attack. My daughters and I were desperate to avoid having her put down but as a responsible person I did not want a dangerous dog of Bella's size and strength to hurt anyone else. Old English sheep dogs are large powerful dogs!
Nikki came around that evening, with Tony her husband. Within minutes there was a calm air around Bella and she appeared to be a lot more relaxed than she had been in a long while. We were told that under no circumstances was Bella a dangerous dog. She was a nervous dog who had been allowed to view herself as the pack leader. Bella felt obliged to protect us but was nervous and frightened about doing it. We suddenly realised just how unhappy and insecure our dog was. We agreed to start a course of training. Nikki taught us how to show Bella her proper place in the pack. I noticed that wild and edgy look disappear from her eyes within days. Bella stopped sitting "on guard" and started to collapse and go to sleep by our feet. She was now a much happier dog without a worry in the world. Nikki also taught us, that being a very bright dog, Bella needed mental stimulation. We started to teach her games to play and to train her to obey commands. She absolutely loves learning. Two years on from that date we have a lovely contented dog who knows her place in the pack.
Case: Willow & Lily - Bichon Frise & Bichon Frise x.
Excessive barking & separation anxiety.
Taken from my BLOG:
Just 2 hours advice from Nikki and my furries are changing already, well, I should say I am changing and the dogs behaviour has changed very quickly. I am sure with all the good advice from Nikki we should be a happy little family very quickly.
Woofs from Willow and Lilly Bichon Frise x
And thanks from Lizzie
Case: Archie - Mastiff x German Shepherd.
Lunging at traffic on walks & being dog-aggressive.
Here's our latest update... Our newest edition is here now and Archie has been brilliant. We also have seen an improvement in walking with him on the lead ( so much so I was still walking him on my own at 8.5 months pregnant and a couple of days after giving birth - something I wouldn't have considered before). And we have taken him out to the park with other dogs where he's been happy to lay about and even completely relax so we could rub his belly - that certainaly never happened before. We'll contact you again once we have completely settled with the little one, but I wanted to let you know that we have continued with the Programme that you gave us!
Hope you had a good Christmas and happy 2013.
Angie, Tom and family x
Case: Mitchel - Lurcher.
Just a quick update to say a big "Thank you". We have been practicing all week where I live - how to hold the lead etc... Today I took him to the local park. I was well psyched-up - "this will be fine" etc.. Well, after a couple of goes we established who was in charge & he was brilliant! We went past dogs chasing a ball, dogs on leads, dogs running & barking.... I was so proud of him. We zig-zagged, went backwards, forwards, sideways & both of us enjoyed about an hour in the park.
Thank you so much Nikki. I will keep practicing & when he is reliable I will contact you again & we can work at letting him off the lead.
See you soon, take care.
Sharon, Mitchel & Rosie. :-)
Case: Winston - Boxer.
OTT with bad manners.
Just thought we'd send you a little update. We got back from holiday about two weeks ago & Winston absolutely smashed all expectations we had for him. He was the best behaved dog there! He has done amazingly well & is a joy to walk again. At home he is so much calmer too. We are now thinking very seriously about getting him a little brother or sister.
Thank you so much for all of your help so far!
Sinead & Rick
Case: Boston - American Cocker Spaniel.
Over-reactive to strangers & new situations.
Just thought I’d email you with a Boston update.
Well Boston (and I) are doing really well. Boston still continues to bark and run to the door but he knows that he has to go back to the mat before the door is opened. He also is still very keen to run forward but I am doing a good job in showing him its my door and my visitor.
Out and about he is amazing. He walking is brilliant on the new lead and he really seems to like being ‘lead’. He is also really good at reading other dogs body language and so am I now. He is still a little unsure of playing with other dogs but always makes an initial approach to sniff etc. Yesterday myself and a dog walking friend went over the park and met a whole load of other dogs and owners who meet there everyday at the same time for the dogs to play and so that was good and we’re going to try to get there more often, for me more than him really!
As a Leader I am so much more confident and in charge of him and he is truly a joy. We’ve also being having more people and kids over so that's really nice and he is getting used to it. Once again thank you so much for all your help.
Best wishes, Jodi x
Case: Theo - Male Pug.
Afraid of strangers.
We thought we would update you with how Theo is doing after his training sessions. Well we can only say a big ''Thank you'' because your training has made a huge difference to his and our life. As you are aware we were on the verge of re-homing him as we could not deal with the issues that he presented due to the neglect he experienced from his previous home and as a last resort we sought your help. I'm sure you can remember Theo barking at yourself as you entered the house or at the slightest body movement after you had sat down as he was so afraid of strangers, I am happy to say this is no longer an issue. With your techniques we have managed to stop this by reducing his anxiety of strangers (our friends and family) entering our home. Theo was also afraid of people when he went on walks and showed his anxieties when he saw other people - even at the end of a road/field. With your help of teaching my husband and I to feel relaxed and confident during these times (as a pack leader influences the behaviour of their dogs) this has reduced dramatically. Feeling confident and calm at any time when around Theo and our other dog Nico has made a huge difference in both their behaviours. This has been the most profound technique that you have taught us, yet one of the most difficult (to begin with) and what a difference it has made. I am happy to say we are now a very happy and calm household and are so glad we sought your help for Theo and Nico.
I would happily recommend your service to friends and family and have become a big advocate of dog behaviourist training. As you know I had watched and read 'The dog whisper' and 'It's me or the dog', but whilst these give you an understanding of why dogs behave the way they do and offer techniques to reduce these, it is very difficult to implement. You taught us HOW and WHY by showing us the techniques and observing us when implementing them. You were empathic and no question was out of bound regardless of how silly we believed it might have been. The individual profile guide you wrote to meet Theo's and Nico's needs was brilliant as a reference guide and showed that you listened to our situation and offered solutions that were easy to use in our everyday lives.
A BIG ''THANK YOU'' again from myself, husband, Nico and Theo.
Case: Boston - American Cocker Spaniel.
Over-reactive to strangers & new situations.
OMG YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!
Seriously - you have changed my life in just 48 hours!
I have just had a beautiful, calm and enjoyable walk with Boston, without him pulling. I bought the lead after you left yesterday and have given him 3 walks since and cannot wait to walk him again. Obviously it goes without saying he is having the corrections here and there but nothing at all like I imagined.
During his walk we also met a few other dogs and at this time he was off his lead and played so happily, but what was also amazing was that the recalls were brilliant and he was so happy to have the lead back on....I am gob smacked!.
With regards the door I am so much more confident and whilst he is still not quite getting it straight away, I just close the door and relax him before carrying on. We still have a long way to go with the door (and strangers) but I can see such an improvement and the fact I want people to knock the door is just so brilliant.
I have noticed also that I am approaching situations that before I would have avoided. As an example we’ve just returned from the walk and my neighbour was out cleaning his car (with a noisy hoover!) and I went over very confidently to say hi with Boston, and Boston just sat calmly next to me. Normally I would have just gone indoors with Boston in case going over would have just resulted in him barking & barking.
Not wanting to get too mushy, but you have truly inspired me and I know for an absolute fact my life is going to be much better since you have taught me these tools. Thank you so much. Like I said, I know we still have a long way to go but I cannot wait.
Have a lovely weekend and see you soon.
Jodi and Boston x
Case: Tia - Female White German Shepherd.
Extremely aggressive, with both other dogs & strangers.
I just wanted to let you know how Tia's doing. We've still got a lot of work to do with people in the house but we're slowly getting there as with correction she does do as shes told. Outside of the house is 100 times better we really enjoy our walks now, she still doesn't like the head collar but she is still not confident enough for me to take it off. I can now talk to people that approach occasionally she needs a small correction but she is so much better. She is really confident down the beach now even with dogs and people walking past so we've just started on Bransbury park as the dogs and owners are playing closer.She has met a few different breeds of dogs in the park from a playful Labrador puppy to a snappy staff and handled them all well. The fur still goes up as shes still a bit unsure but i encourage her towards them and she has a sniff then comes straight back to me. Another dog owner approached us this week and played catch with Tia for a while which was good, she kept bringing her kong back to me instead of him but its a good start as i didn't think she'd let him touch her toy. I'd just like to thank you for giving me the confidence and push i needed, we've still got a long way to go but I'm now confident we'll get there as i didn't ever think I'd be playing in the park with her. I will contact you again in the future if thats ok for further work with dog walking, i would love her to trust other people to walk her.
Kerry & Tia
Case: Kane - Male Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.
Boisterous & disobedient puppy, often biting his owners.
Hope you had a good Christmas.
Thought I would drop you a line to tell you how our puppy Kane is doing now.
He's doing good! He has his mad moments but does calm down quickly and will sit and chew on a bone or play with his toys with us. He's still having a few mishaps going to the toilet, but not many - he's good and trying to wait until we take him out the back or for a walk.
We went to mum and dads and he was good as gold as he just sat at my dad's feet for about an hour until dad moved.
So all in all he is settling. He does have his mad moments and sometimes they last bit longer; but you can see he's in one of his "I want to win" moods and they are not often and most of the time a correction will stop what he's doing.
We've taught him to give a paw and then the other paw he picked that up really quick.
So if any of your clients think their dogs are out of control, just tell them about Kane - if he can improve like he has, then their dogs can too!
We've still got long way to go but the progress we've made is amazing. I did wonder if we could ever get to this stage - but we have!
Case: Kia - Female Northern Innuit.
Dog-aggressive & snappy with children.
I just wanted to let you know you how delighted I am with the changes that you have enabled us to bring about in Kias’ behaviour. I’ve gone from dreading every potential encounter with another dog to feeling confident that, now Kia sees me as a Leader of the Pack, she will do as instructed. She has become more relaxed and ‘chilled-out’ since the pack responsibility has been lifted from her shoulders. I would strongly recommend you to anyone who is experiencing problems with their pooches. As far as I’m concerned you’re brilliant!.
Take care for now m’dear.
Case: Eddie - Male Labradoodle.
Aggressive with strangers.
I just thought I'd send you an email on Eddie.
We have had a hectic week. Loads of people, loads of kids, loads of noise. Lots of people coming in and out the house. Eddie has been absolutely brilliant. He had his muzzle on for the first introduction, but I then took it off - & even with the children, he was so relaxed, happy and confident. He also met people who he has been very aggressive with in the past and just sat down in the lounge with them. Not a growl snarl or snap! We know that we still can not be off guard with him with people, but we are all so happy & everybody has commented on how well behaved he is now. What a difference from this time last year!!!!!
Thank you for all your great advice. I'm now looking forward to Xmas when we will have another house full.!!!
Carolyn, Tony and Charlotte and Josh, and of course Eddie.
Case: Tilly - Female Yorkshire Terrier.
Multiple problems including chewing, barking & messing in the house.
I just wanted to let you know that things have changed for the best with Tilly.
We let her out in the garden all the time now and she seems a lot calmer in herself. She now eats her food when it is put down & she goes for a walk every day. We have seen a massive improvement with her chewing and just being crazy so that’s another good sign. The humping has stopped, and the licking has now kind of subsided with her only occasionally licking but stopping as we do the correct. She is still sleeping in our room, but IN HER BED on most occasions (she sometimes sneakily gets on the bed in the middle of the night). She still barks when the door knocks, but as soon as the person enters and approaches her she stops barking and calms down. Another massive improvement is her toileting outside, she now goes out to the toilet all the time and even when out on walks! Slowly but surely she is now letting other dogs approach her without attacking them, and we have had some success with her being off her lead down the park and responding when I call her.
So all in all - as you can probably guess - I am over the moon with her behaviour!
Once again thank you for all your help.
Case: Costa - Female Doberman.
Aggressive with strangers when out.
Hope all is well with you. I just wanted to let you know that everything is going well and that we have already seen a distinct improvement in our girl, Costa. Lots of "eh's" and "tsh's" both at home and on walks! She is walking SO much better on lead the way you showed us when we went out at yours and we have tried to take her to busier places. She is also having lots of "aerobic" walks with the boys!I'm still only letting her off when I am really sure in a big open space. The rest of the time she is still on extended lead with me, but has been walking really nicely past people on quite a long lead on paths etc. I am quite happy like this at the moment and think I will continue in this way for a little longer until I get more confident still, although I have to say my confidence has grown since we saw you.
Case: Dushka - Male Akita / Malamute Mix.
Boisterous & disobedient puppy, often biting his owners.
As you know, a few months ago I brought to my home a very cute and potentially dangerous puppy. & he was biting me and my children and trying to take over the house. Thank you so much Nikki – due to your expertise, time, compassion and loyalty to my pet, he is now a big giant softy. He has Akita in him which I know is one of the very hardest breeds to look after and train, so I’m glad I had you on hand or it could have ended up with him taking over the house or worse still one of my children being bitten and him being put to sleep. Thankfully this never happened and now we can all just enjoy each other.
Thank you so much again and I will keep you posted on his progress.
Case: Norman - Male Border Terrier.
Pulling & dog-aggressive when on the lead.
I thought I should email you with a progress report.
All is going very well indeed - Norm is now a pleasure to walk on the lead, and we both know that I'm in charge of the walk rather than him. He still begins a brief huff-puff at some (not many) dogs we pass but on the whole has improved immensely.
The difference being that I now have the confidence to nip it in the bud immediately it starts.
We are really pleased to have achieved such swift results and are very grateful for your valued advice - glad we found you when we did!
Hope all's well with you
Case: Charlie - Male Chocolate Lab.
I have to write to thank you for your effort and time to effect a change in Charlie's behaviour , we have seen a positive improvement since he came to your Boot Camp. I also have a better understanding of the underlying problems and a clear action plan to follow.
I would say you have an excellent understanding of dog behaviour and a great ability to transfer the theory into practice, but above all you have an obvious passion and genuine concern for the dogs in your control. I think anyone would be hard pressed to find better service and value for money elsewhere. I wish you every success with you future plans and would be very happy to recommend you.
Case: Zeus - Male Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog.
Boisterous & disobedient.
I thought I would drop you a line to say how grateful we are for your help with Zeus.
I cannot believe how much of a different dog he is!! He was hectic, jumped up at people, grabbed at their clothes and was very intimidating - we were ready to give up on him, until we found you. Now he is happy to just lay around without a care in the world. You showed us what areas we needed working on and explained that Zeus wasn't being naughty, he was just confused!! Now we can enjoy our dog like we planned for when he was a pup. You didn't just show us how to change Zeus' behaviour, but how to change ours, showing us how to address situations in the correct way that Zeus understood. Now we are the leaders of the pack and he is happy to tag along as a follower.
We have recommended you to all of our friends and shall be keeping in touch with you regularly to let you know how we are all getting on.
Once again thank you so much!!
All the best
Paul, Stacie, Charlie Lou and Zeus.
P.S When you have your own T.V show remember us!! Lol xxx
Case: Meeka - Male Siberian Husky.
Nervous, recent rescue.
I just had to drop you a line and let you know how my boy is doing. Meeka my Siberian Husky who I rescued 4 weeks ago, who you visited and helped me with 3 weeks ago, is doing great. I put into practice all that you left me to do, & I still can't believe it. It's one thing seeing behaviourists doing it on telly with other peoples' dogs, but to see you come round and do it with him was just amazing. Just goes to show with the right people and right routine and exercise etc. it really does work. When I first had him as you know he was really skittish, worried and anxious; now he is calm, happy and full of bounce. You really wouldn't recognise him.
I really can't thank you enough. He is so different and a pleasure to be with. Also the children are helping more too now, like you suggested. They love to make him sit and wait for things, & they have also learnt not to talk to him when they come in from school. It was quite hard at first, but worth it in the end. Thank you so much. In just that two hours, you have given an abused rescue dog peace of mind and helped me understand him. Putting all that into practice over 3 weeks has made it happier for all of us. Thank you from Meeka too, because this now means this is his fourth and last home - His Forever Home.
Mrs M Clark,
Client Ratings & Reviews from FreeIndex.co.uk
Friendly, professional service with clear guidance and support throughout training. The prices were very reasonable and coupled to the level of service I would say excellent value for money. Dedicated and conscientious. I was very happy with the service and results and would be happy to recommend.
Mr Moore - 17 Feb 2010
Rating: not completed
[Two disobedient Greyhounds]
We used Nikki to help us out with our dogs, they were not out of control but she showed us how to become better dog owners and to have much more control over them. Now they are just happy dogs. Excellent service and such a nice person - I would recommend her to anyone who has a problem with their dog big or small. A really genuine dog lover and all round nice person.
Mrs Waight - 16 Feb 2010
[Shih Tzu with separation anxiety]
The services provided were carried out in a truly professional but friendly way and a comprehensive programme covering all aspects of my dog's problems was provided.Contact is regularly made as to my dog's progress which is steadily improving.
Mrs Gilmore - 16 Feb 2010
[Nervous & disobedient Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix]
Leader of the Pack worked on our dogs anxiety and social problems and also advised us on creating a calmer household for our dog. The advice and follow on support was exceptional and we are able with lots of hard work to keep our family pet. Leader of the Pack were non-judgmental and worked on the whole families needs.
Mrs Coombs - 16 Feb 2010
[Two Great Danes & English Mastiff - pulling on the lead & over-reactive to dogs]
Nikki's approach to both dog training and customer services was very refreshing in a world where many businesses seem to have forgotten how far knowledge and understanding will take them.
If anyone has a dog training issue I mention Nikki and "Leader of the Pack" to them.
Mrs Greene - 16 Feb 2010
[Nervous Siberian Husky]
I have a rescue dog that was in a bad way when he came to me, he's had four different homes and if it wasn't for the time equipment and expertise of Nikki he would have gone on to yet another home. Definitely value for money if anything i thought she could have charged more, but that's what is so nice about Nikki - she has the love and compassion too.
Mrs Clark - 15 Feb 2010
[Boisterous & disobedient Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog]
Nikki is fantastic. She completely transformed our dog.
Ms Knights - 15 Feb 2010