“This is my second time with BB and I am pleased to say that both times I have been extremely happy with the training and on-going support from Scott and Sharon.
First a few years ago with Lottie when she was a puppy we signed her up to the lifetime package. Scott was our trainer at that time and he was fantastic. Very patient with me as a ‘new mum’ and gave us some wonderful insights on Lottie’s personality. At the time we were having trouble with her jumping up on people (as tiny as she was), but Scott very quickly addressed that and helped us to control the ‘puppy’ behaviours so they didn’t turn into lifetime bad habits.
Last year I adopted a second dog, Esther – a senior rescue and after some settling in time it was clear I needed help again, as we had some sibling rivalry issues. The new dog Esther was also a bit of a nuisance barker and Lottie had become a resource / food guarder. It was utter chaos – I knew I had created the problem by enabling the behaviour, but I just didn’t know how to fix it.
So I’ve signed Esther up as well, and Sharon came in to help and has literally saved the day. She has been an amazing help with all the issues – initially I had thought I would only be able to work on the most pressing issues and just deal with the smaller problems. After a couple of sessions with Sharon though, she’s highlighted how the smaller issues are just as critical to address as they can escalate over time – and my own confidence had grown as well to the point where I felt I could tackle all of the issues, not just some.
The sibling rivalry with the two dogs was the most upsetting issue for me, and with Sharon’s guidance and support we’ve been able to eliminate this in only a few short weeks. The nuisance barking which I initially thought I would just have to put up with, was another ‘easy’ fix with the right guidance.
Lottie’s resource / food guarding issues have taken longer to overcome as the behaviour was fairly well ingrained over some time, but there have already been some vast improvements – it will require on-going training and re-enforcement and we are still working on this, but now that I’ve been equipped with the right training tools I feel so much more in control of the situation.
The overall training has also had a big impact on Esther’s confidence which has in turn improved her behaviour – despite the barking, she was also quite timid and sometimes reacted negatively to correction (tail between the legs, shaking). As the training has helped me establish my leadership role in the house, I now see a much more relaxed, happy and confident dog in Esther. It’s just heartwarming see such a positive change in her as a senior rescue.
The whole household has become much more relaxed and it’s just a happy place to be now, with no tension or rivalry. I can’t express enough how thrilled I am with the training. :)”