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Case: Nelly - American Bulldog
Aggression towards the baby & other dogs
What a change we have had in Nelly. I can't thank you enough for all your help with her. She's not perfect, but we have a much happier dog & a happy house! :-)
Case: Murphy - Staffie - Severe lead pulling
We now know how to walk our little boy as part of the pack. All it took was one evening with you & a little persistence from us & he walks beautifully! Murphy says "Thanks Auntie Nikki, for showing mummy & daddy the right way to do things - it works for us all!"
Thank you! He loves you very much.
Case: Fergus - Lurcher Puppy
Introducing to the rest of the other dogs
I want to thank you for all your help & support in introducing my new pup to the pack. Your help has been amazing & you have gone way beyond in helping me to get the introductions to each other right; & giving me the confidence that I can do this. Your caring for the dogs in your care - & the owners - goes way beyond any "business model". It is real & genuine, & I am so thankful for it. You really make a difference.
Case: Delta - Portuguese Water Dog - Dog 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
Just wanted to give you an update on Cassie that you came to see,
because she was growling at my little Granddaughter.
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: 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!
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.
Bella - Staffie Lurcher - Hyperactive & untrained
Case: Gucci - Staffie Puppy.
Case: Woody - Cockerpoo.
Case: Poppy - Collie X Spitz
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
Case: Duke - German Shepherd
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
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.
Case: Female German Shepherd
Case: Max - Miniature Schnauzer
Thank you for your work so far
Marie & Jon
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.
Boisterous over-excitement & nervousness when out.Hi Nikki,
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
Aggressive to strangers when on walks
Had a really successful walk with Indi this morning :-)
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
Case: Costa - Female Doberman.
Case: Sam - Greyhound
Marie, Sam & Bella.
Case: Blue - Whippet
Blue is becoming a perfect part of the family.
Matt and Rachel.
Case: Frankie & Rudy - Jack Russells
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.
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,
Aggression towards people.
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.
Excessive barking & separation anxiety.
And thanks from Lizzie
Lunging at traffic on walks & being dog-aggressive.
Angie, Tom and family x
Case: Mitchel - Lurcher.
Case: Winston - Boxer.
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.
Over-reactive to strangers & new situations.
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.
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
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.
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
Extremely aggressive, with both other dogs & strangers.
Kerry & Tia
Boisterous & disobedient puppy, often biting his owners.
Hope you had a good Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
Aggressive with strangers.
Case: Tilly - Female Yorkshire Terrier.
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!
Aggressive with strangers when out.
Boisterous & disobedient puppy, often biting his owners.
Pulling & dog-aggressive when on the lead.
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.
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
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.
Case: Zeus - Male Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog.
I thought I would drop you a line to say how grateful we are for your help with Zeus.
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.
All the best
Case: Meeka - Male Siberian Husky.
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.
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.
Rating: not completed
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.
[Shih Tzu with separation anxiety]
Mrs Gilmore - 16 Feb 2010
[Nervous & disobedient Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix]
Mrs Coombs - 16 Feb 2010
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.
Mrs Greene - 16 Feb 2010
[Nervous Siberian Husky]
Mrs Clark - 15 Feb 2010
[Boisterous & disobedient Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog]
Ms Knights - 15 Feb 2010