Before even meeting Blue she had ‘hit the nail on the head’ with what we were up against with his natural instincts! Jo took the time to get to understand our family’s lifestyle and desired outcomes with Blue. I cannot thank Jo enough, who was eternally calm and patient with both me, Blue, and my children alike and I have no hesitation in recommending Jo and Dog Trouble to any dog owner.
Within 5 minutes of everyone arriving on the first morning of the Junior Pack Leader course there were 6 children and 11 dogs but peace and tranquility reigned….astonishing! Our children have learned a huge amount about keeping our dogs happy and content and how to stay safe around dogs, they loved every minute of it and have already asked when they can go back on a ‘Dog course’ with Jo!
My 6 yr old rescue Labrador Bo has an obsession with squeaky toys. If she happened to find a discarded one whilst out walking she became totally fixated and oblivious to everything and everyone. I contacted Jo who came, carried out an assessment and recommended a Dog Trace collar. After 2 more sessions with Jo and following her instructions I now have a dog who is happy, balanced, well behaved and who returns to me when called.
“Jo I can’t thank you enough for your support and advice, you’re one in a million”.
Maureen, East Wittering
Sam is our rescue Cockerpoo who had 2 homes before he came to us. When we took him on, we knew that there were issues to be addressed and we worked hard to sort these out over a period of 3 ½ years. Unfortunately we weren’t able to sort out Sam’s fear aggression and realized that we needed professional help. At that time, we were seriously discussing whether we would be able to keep Sam as he was becoming more unpredictable and had bitten a number of people.
Initially Sam spent 10 days with Jo in ‘Boot Camp’ and since then Jo has helped us to modify the way that we and other people who come into contact with Sam interact with him. It is great to know that Jo is always at the end of the phone to give us advice if we need it going forward. It is also reassuring to know that we have someone who knows and understands the issues that we have with Sam to leave him with when we go away.
My border collie was fear aggressive and walks had become a bit of a nightmare. After only 4 sessions with Jo, Cracker was walking happily alongside other dogs. Jo has given me so much more confidence and Cracker and I are now really enjoying our walks together.
“Jo is very calm and patient I can not recommend her highly enough.”
Our dogs had severe issues with confidence, independence, recall and were overall just not working together. We were unable to walk our dogs together without a fight breaking up. Jo has changed our family life in so many ways, and she has helped us find just why animal ownership is such a joy. We can now take our boys to the park and woods and watch all three get into trouble together!
“We love our little family and have Jo to thank for where we are today.”
My little Yorkie Stewie was a nervous dog from the day I got him. He was really sweet and very protective of me but he started attacking any dog he came across on our walks. He was also frightened of other people. I knew I had to do something while he was still young (2 years old). I tried a training class but it was absolutely awful for both of us – the trainer kept yelling ‘keep your dog away from Stewie’. I realized that he needed something more so I started doing some research on the internet and I saw ‘Dog Trouble’. I have been a big fan of “The Dog Whisperer” and his methods and I was so pleased to see that Jo uses the same principles to ‘train’ the dogs. I didn’t need Stewie trained but I needed him to not try to kill every dog he saw and to enjoy his walks and even the greatest goal be able to be off the lead on walks sometimes.
Jo first set my mind at rest that Stewie was not an aggressive dog - just lacking in confidence. After a consultation and some ‘owner-training’ we decided that Stewie would benefit from staying at Dog Trouble for a couple of weeks. After three weeks Stewie was a changed dog. Running with the ‘pack’, lots of exercise gentle training and meeting lots of people had increased his confidence and helped him know how to greet other dogs and people properly. He is a joy on the lead – doesn’t pull or lunge any more but just trots along beautifully next to me.
When I had to go overseas recently I brought Stewie back to Dog Trouble to board. He loves it there!
Owner of “Stewie”