HI Darren

 

Finally getting back to you with my glowing feedback!

 

This is just to say how greatly I appreciated the advice and time that you gave me for our beautiful Ridgeback/Choc Labrador X whom we rehomed recently.  Having had a few dogs over the years I had assumed that I knew what I was doing with these four legged friends, but after our consultation I could see that you filled in so many gaps in my knowledge and you have transformed my confidence and ability to communicate in particular with our new dog Sky.

 

Your techniques now mean that I can take Sky into any situation with other dogs without feeling apprehensive about how she is going to approach other dogs, especially the more aggressive ones.  Since putting your advice into action, I can honestly say within 2 weeks she now completely understands when I am telling her no and she no longer runs at any other dogs if I ask her not to.  We had problems with aggressive dogs next door and that now is also under control simply by using the techniques you gave me and she no longer reacts when asked not to.  We are practicing all the basic commands using the advice you gave and she is happily obedient and improving all the time.  

 

It is an absolute pleasure going out and about with Sky and I am very confident that she will handle herself well in any situation that she is confronted with and as a dog owner that is what you want!  Walks are a pleasure again, and round the house she is very obedient, understanding any boundaries that are necessary.  You gave so many other tips, all being put into practice and I really felt that you cared about our situation and would happily keep in touch with any ongoing bits of advice.  

 

So, in conclusion, the consultation was worth every penny and I would wholeheartedly recommend you.

 

Kind regards

Julie 

 

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Can not recommend Darren enough. We have a Jack Russell - Shitzu cross and had a number of behavioural issues.

 

This included aggressiveness towards dogs and being an all round pain in the backside. After the first appointment we were taught basic and different skills and hand gestures (which I was sceptical my dog would even listen to or acknowledge)

 

After approximately two hours of Darren's time we could of probably managed to get our dog to juggle flaming knives he was that alert. With a lot of persistence we have seen no end of change in Milo (all positive). Darren is very personable, friendly and to be honest we are a little disappointed our two appointments have finished.

 

If you are looking for behaviour changes in your dog then Darren should be the first person you contact. All the best Darren and I hope many other people and dogs benefit from the skills you have established over many years; Sam & Emma.

 

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Hi Darren

I am absolutely thrilled with the change in Bertie’s behaviour – I honestly find it hard to believe just how effective your training has been! I implemented your plan after you left and just using the correct commands has worked amazingly well with so many of Bertie’s most naughty traits. I would say that as far as inside the house training goes, we are sorted, thank you so much.

 

I feel that I have a clear language I can use with Bertie, that he understands, which makes us both feel so much more at ease. Just the few commands you taught us, has literally changed the way we interact and they work in all situations – gone are the endless stream of stop that, no, let go, please stop, drop that  haha. We now know when something is good, carry on, and when a behaviour is not good and must stop. It is like a miracle! Bertie’s whole demeanour seems more relaxed as a result.

 

 

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Hi Darren

 

Thank you so much for your time today, we know it's early days but both Rich and I are amazed at the change in Gus already (we think you've actually switched Gus for another dog!).   

 

We bought a new lead and took him for a walk, and it was completely different. I definitely feel more confident with Gus and think it will only take a few more joint walks before I'd take him for a walk by myself.

 

We will read through the plan and will let you know of any questions, and I will also get back to you with some feedback.

 

Look forward to speaking with you next week (I'm sure Rich will be picking your brains about fishing the Trent too!)

 

Thanks again

Viki & Rich

 

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Lovely to meet you last week.

 

We needed advice as we recently got a 5 month old St. Bernard. We have been used to big dogs before we had a St. Bernard 12 years ago and recently lost our Leonberger but had them from 11 weeks so we have trained them from a young age.

 

Wish came to us and had no basic training as she was being used as a show dog. She was jumping up on people and things. Obviously being a very big dog already and will only grow bigger. We were concerned and needed to be able to control her and for her to understand what we wanted from her. Thats when we got in touch with Darren.

 

Since our meeting Wish has been much calmer.

We have been using your Modification Plan and doing training on a daily basis.

She will quite happily sit when asked now.

She is getting better when we stop her from getting up on the sofa. On the odd occasion she does get up we can get her off a lot easier.

We have had some visitors over (who came over when Wish was jumping up before) and they couldn't believe the improvement in her! She was calmer and didn't jump up.

We are all very grateful for your help and knowledge and putting your advice and tips into practice.

We wouldn't hesitate in recommending you. The consultation was definitely worth it.

 

Thank you so much

Kind regards

Clare O'Neill

 

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A year ago I took on a 2 year old Jack Russell with behaviour problems so bad i thought I would have to re home him, he had tried bitting the children and had shown aggression towards other dogs and people. I desperately wanted to keep him but I was so stressed that someone was going to get bitten. I called Doggy behaviour and explained everything to to Darren. Darren first initial advice was to re-home him with owners without children. He came and met Rocket and said we could re train him but it would take a lot of work and commitment. Darren showed the children games that they children could play with Rocket that were safe and also helped Rocket gain trust in the children. He also showed us as a family how to make Rocket feel safe and secure and settle in with our family. I’m so happy to say Rocket has been with us nearly a year he adores the children loves cuddles with all of us on the sofa, he is still getting use to other dogs but once he gets to know them he can run off the lead with them and play. He comes back on recall and walks well on the lead he is confident in his home and had not shown any aggression in a long while. A massive thank you To Darren for all of his advice and help.

 

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Hi Darren

Thank you so much for yesterday and the information you have sent us. We found everything really helpful and appreciated learning the psychology and science behind everything you taught us. All your strategies are simple and easy to follow. During your visit, we could already see a difference in mindy’s behaviour and we will continue to practice all your strategies until we have cracked it with her! I have done 20 mins of just sit, stay and come today which she did perfectly and have managed 2 walks with no fuss on leaving the house at all. Just a couple of ‘ah ah’s’ did the trick! The best part is that I took   Mindy to Harpenden which is a 35 min drive and I only had to use the stop word on the way there and not at all on the return journey! On the way home she played a game of burying Kong in her blanket and even lay down and closed her eyes at one point! This is an amazing transformation in such a short space of time. We will keep this up until it becomes second nature.

Thank you again for everything πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ we really appreciate your help.

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Hi Darren,

 

Feedback below for you to pass on.

 

We have had our rescue dog 8 months, he came over from Cyprus so was frightened, undernourished and had very little trust.

 

I contacted Darren as Hudson (dog) had taken a real dislike to a few people but notably my mum.  He was clearly frightened but it wasn’t a situation we could let continue. He also had an issue with stealing, chewing and barking for attention. 

 

I tried another person before Darren but found I wasn’t really given the tools to deal with his  negative behaviour only how to reward good. The treat rewards really build the trust but didn’t stop the negative behaviour. 

 

Darren spent a morning with me and I felt I had a good grasp on what I needed to do. The stealing and chewing is totally under control but I needed further help building the bond between mum and Hudson.    A point to note - you are told clearly to read and reread the plan and it’s very good advice as it’s easy to fall in to bad habits. 

 

The follow up appointment (silver package) involved Darren meeting us at mums and spending a lot of time showing me, mum and Hudson trust techniques. By the time he left Hudson was taking food from my mum, listening to commands and generally looked more comfortable. As did my mum!!   This is of course work in progress and it’s up to us to ensure we continue using the techniques and have patience but I am really happy with the service provided and the calm non judgemental way Darren helped us all.

 

I will, with out doubt call on Darren if I need further assistance. It’s money well spent. 

 

Thank you 😊 🐢

 

 

 

 

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I called upon Darren to help with my 9 month old French bulldog with anxiety and nervousness around people and dogs. During and after the visit I really felt now with the right tools I can steer Frank along the right path and in turn he will be a happier dog and have a happier owner. I was so impressed with the way Frank behaved around Darren, it helps that someone with the knowledge and skills that he has kept Frank at ease. I strongly feel that the plan he has designed for Frank is going to be gold dust. I can already see in a short space of time that he feels more relaxed knowing what I expect of him. I can’t thank you enough and have already been spreading the word.

 

Once again Thank you and I would not hesitate to recommend yourself to anyone who may need your help.

 

Many thanks

 

Kelly and Frank the Frenchie

 

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Hi Darren

To say we have seen a change in Rustys behavement would be an understatement.

Since you left I have used our new word for NO just once near the moses basket. After doing so we were able to eat dinner and also sit in the lounge together and watch a film. 

 

The very best thing about all this is that he is not stressed. And as a consequence, neither are we! 

 

Thank you so much for helping our treasured little dog be happy again! 

 

 

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We are now just over one week since Darren visited us to give advice concerning our 2 and half year rescue Labrador cross, Leo.

Briefly, Leo had not had a very good start to life and as a result was displaying some challenging behaviours. In particular he was not listening to us and he had issues with other dogs. Since Darren’s visit Leo has already shown signs that he is listening to us, and on most occasions we are able to get him to do what we want him to do. This has required us to carry out short exercises with Leo each day, but has been well worth the effort. Further, it seems that as he is now listening to us, he becomes less agitated when meeting other dogs. Although we realise there is still a long way to go, Darren has put us and Leo on a road to success. Thank you.

 

 

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Darren came and helped us with our new puppy who was very anxious when left alone. The advice he gave us to solve this particular problem has seen massive improvements in just a couple of weeks. Darren also advises on the learning theory and basic techniques to use which has meant that our dog has started to feel much more secure in the home environment. Definitely recommend.

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We would absolutely recommend Darren!, he’s a lovely guy and he totally turned our pup around, she is a totally changed dog thanks to Darren!

Don’t even hesitate thinking about using him to sort out your doggies problems he performs miracles !!!

 

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I am so sorry it has taken so long to write to you with a review on Daisy!

Thanks to you and the advice you gave us she has made really good progress. Although she is still a naturally nervous dog, we are using the language you taught us regularly which has made her much better when people come to the house.  You gave us confidence to be better dog owners and understand what she is telling us.  We just need to continue to do everything you suggested and hopefully she will continue to overcome her nerves in all environments.

Once again thank you for the time you gave us to help Daisy - you were super!

Best wishes

Julie

 

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We would definitely recommend Darren, he was very personable and knowledgeable. Although there was a lot to take in he made it very interesting and I think Reggie enjoyed the experience too. Watch this space!

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Dear Darren 

Just wanted to say how much we appreciated the time with you last Monday.

Our review is as follows:

From the initial telephone and email contact with Darren we felt that he was very professional and keen to help us gain  more understanding of our young puppy in order  to have a better relationship with her. 

We were very pleased that we were able to see Darren so promptly in our home environment as this enabled him to see some of the difficulties which may have been due to the open plan layout of our home. 

From the moment Darren arrived at our home he put both my husband and I at ease and seemed to make an immediate connection with our 13 week old puppy, Tilly. 

Darren spent time explaining and demonstrating ideas to help improve our communications with Tilly. Nothing was rushed and his calming yet persistent approach produced results literally before our eyes! Tilly’s response was very encouraging particularly in relation to sit, stay and ‘leave it ‘ commands. 

Later the same day Darren emailed a comprehensive report of what had been discussed/demonstrated and then sent a bound paper copy by post. This  has been invaluable as a recap as we try to implement changes to our interactions with Tilly. Already (within one week)  we have seen some positive benefits. A few aspects require more patience and persistence from us and we are working on them with Darren’s encouragement and reassurance. 

Kind regards

David and Jan Horbury 

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We got in touch with Darren as our Boxer used to get extremely excited when meeting new people and other dogs. As he got bigger this started to become a worry as he could, although harmlessly (he's the nicest natured dog you'll meet) hurt someone or get into an aggressive situation with other dogs, as they'd get annoyed and snap at him.

 

Darren saw this first hand when he came round and was even surprised at how excitable he was. However, what he did with Leo and how he taught us to do the same in just a few hours was genuinely amazing. We took Leo out with a neighbour's dog that day to practise the techniques with Darren and they worked! 

 

Very highly recommended.

 

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We are absolutely thrilled with the progress Ru has made following his behaviour modification programme after his consultation a week ago. Before the consultation I was quite anxious but we felt thoroughly reassured, educated and positive about ways we could move forward with Ru's behaviour. We couldn't be more pleased with the outcome and we are committed to continuing practicing the tools and methods we learnt at our consultation to make Ru the best dog he can be. We will certainly be recommending your services to all our friends. Thank you for your time, patience, knowledge and commitment, it's the best money we have ever spent on Ru's development.

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Darren, 

 

thanks so much for yesterday, was a fantastic session with you. We learned a huge amount, and the advice you gave us has already made a difference, its now just focusing and sticking with it. 

 

I would absolutely recommend you to anyone in need of your services, the approach is easy to understand, and has ensured that its done in such a way that the dogs understand what is wanted, but I don't feel that i am being mean to them, which is key for us!

 

Will stay in touch, and keep you updated on how we are doing! 

 

Kind regards, 


Anthony

 

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Hi Daren,

 

Thank you for your visit last Sunday. 

We all found it very informative and helpful regarding our baby Hungarian Vizsla Luna!

 

She is still sleeping through the night, let’s hope it carried on!

We are now walking Luna and she absolutely loves the school morning run and the park etc. 

When the house is busy she is happy to take herself off to the crate for a sleep. 

 

A question, would it be worth me getting a julius k9 power harness? We do feel like we need more control near the busy roads. Luna is very good on the lead but one distraction and slip of the lead could be dangerous. She has such a slender neck. 

 

Luna doesn’t like her dinner in the kongs but does like them as a treat stuffed with ham or cream cheese! She is eating all of her meals now (although still off of the wooded chopping board!)

 

Thank you again for your visit, we feel like we can manage now!

 

 

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Review for Darren at Doggy Behaviour:

Darren was brilliant with our ESS 6-month-old puppy. He agreed to see us with very little notice and squeezed us into his diary so that we could get his help before we went on holiday with our dog. There has been a massive improvement with Charlie after the consultation. He is responding much better to our commands and he seems to be so much happier. We are just beginning the process of having a better relationship with our beloved boy but so far, would highly recommend Darren’s services. We have a much better understanding of Charlie and his behaviour has improved so much just after a few hours with Darren. Thank you very much!!! Sarah and Justin

 

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Darren visited us on Mon 28th May and spent a long time helping us to understand why our dog has the problems that he has, and giving us lots of ideas and training techniques on how to try to correct and improve his behaviour.  I have been working on these over the last week and have seen improvement already and Darren has been in contact to check everything is going ok.

I am not particularly a people person but found Darren to be friendly, polite and likeable which put me at ease, and have no worries in contacting him should I have any questions.

 

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Darren, Macey and I would like to thank you for all your hard work and patience.

Your knowledge, skills and experience were obvious from the start which straight away put us at ease and willing to trust you.

 

Before the session it was easy to contact you and replies were prompt and professional.  We still talk about how it was fate that we ran into you in the car park on the very weekend that we were talking about getting help for Macey. 

The questionnaire we filled in, although long, served to prove to us that Macey was in safe hands.

It was easy to book an appropriate time with you and we were grateful for a Sunday booking. 

 

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Darren came to our house for a 4 hour session just over a week ago to help us with what we thought was a very stubborn DDB. Our Ted had been through a bit of a tough time in his first year and this was going to be his last chance. After Darren showed us some basic training techniques and to understand what Teddy was trying to tell us it all made sense. My children returned home 2 days later to say “we have a new dog” the change in his behaviours that were quite concerning are remarkable! Xmas eve he bit my husband when he touched the food bowl now we have a routine that with out any commands Teddy now knows. We can go near him and his bowl without being scared this is huge!!!! I would recommend Darren all the way as we now have a dog that is happier more obedient and wanting to please and learn. He is a smart loving dog and I’m glad we gave him the chance

 

 

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Big thank you to Darren who helped our nervous Labrador with his eating and aggression towards food. He is now a very tired pup after using his brain! Lots of learning to continue with and couldn’t have done it without you, thanks again 🐢🐾❀️

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Can’t recommend Darren enough. Can’t believe in just one morning how much Eddie (and us!) learnt. Looking forwards to seeing our progress over the coming weeks. Xxx

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Thank you for coming to see us and advising us with regards to Bella's behaviour. I have been trying to implement all your suggestions! The sit, wait and come has been very successful....as has Bella's love of sausage!....it appears to have made a significant difference when I am out with her as well. If I ask her to come she returns and sits at my feet! Oddly the treat of a piece of sausage does not interest her at all when we are out but she just seems to oblige anyway!

 

 

I feel now that I have a plan to work with which is very beneficial especially by keeping the commands straightforward and simple.

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On the day of the training session we were grateful that the session started earlier as we were worried about Macey getting too hot in the midday sun.

We were both impressed by the way you spent time with Macey before even setting foot in the park.

The whole session was very calm and not rushed.  We never felt that we were being pushed or taking too long to do anything. Your sense of humour and friendly nature instantly put us ease.  We didn’t feel that we were being judged but that you were on our side and wanted to help.  David is still having trouble with the camp voice but he is getting there.

Throughout the session everything was clearly explained to us including the reasons why dogs behave how they do, which was not only very interesting but easier to see the theory behind what we had to do. 

David and I were inspired by the way you went up to people and asked them to be involved with Macey’s training.  We find ourselves talking to other dog owners more and explaining what we are doing with Macey.

 

The above and beyond part of the day had to be when you drove to your house and got your dog Kimba to help out with the meet and greet. 

This gave us both the confidence that Macey wasn’t violent with other dogs and could socialise with new dogs. 

We were both very proud of how well Macey had done on the day and left feeling full of confidence that we WILL get there.

 

The report we received afterwards was very informative and has given us lots of food for thought. Knowing we were getting a report meant that we knew we didn’t have to try and remember everything or try and write it down.

 

We went to the Isle of Wight last weekend and had a much more enjoyable ferry crossing with the other dogs and we had some very enjoyable walks. 

We are getting there slowly and have not done any butt smelling yet.  We have noticed that Macey calms down a lot quicker than before.

We know that it is a long process but we are in it for the long run.

 

Thank you for everything you have done for us and Macey. 

 

 

 

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Further to our session with Darren Davidson on Saturday 23rd November 2013 we would like to provide feedback on our experience and the effects it has had on ourselves and Bentley.

 

Darren presented himself very professionally and explained his actions and the reasons why certain behaviours exist.   He found a safe environment for the consultation to take place and made us all feel very much at ease.

 

He slowly took us through our passes ensuring that focus was made on the consistency of our actions and commands towards Bentley for example; being clear with commands (keeping to the same words!) and ensuring Bentley was happy to carry out the commands and being rewarded for positive responses.

 

We feel that the consultation went well and we both noticed positive changes in Bentley’s behaviour and a new found excitement at being given the opportunity to run freely some distance, although tethered.

 

On returning home we continued with our training ensuring Bentley’s ‘walks’ follow the same command structure.   Bentley almost straight away was walking at a better pace and not tugging as much although once he has a scent this still continues and we are aware that this will not change and would not want it to, he is a hound.   He also sits by a non vocalised command, for which he is treated (not all the time) and he will wait/stay at a distance with theses being increased and decreased thus increasing our confidence in letting him stay off the lead and waiting when necessary.  We have also let him off the lead and he manages to stay close by until a scent is found; to date he has not run off too far that we are unable to retrieve him and when Bentley is focused on ourselves returns eagerly for treats.

 

We would like to thank Darren for the time he spent with us and the skills and knowledge he shared with us during the consultation. 

 

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Thanks Darren Davidson for the consultation and the follow up help. The tips you gave and the advice has really helped. I feel that now i will be able to get my dog Pandora's issues sorted out (or maybe my owner issues). She is now walking on the lead without pulling and i am also able to let her off and she comes back. I understand now its the way that i instruct her and the methods you taught me really work. Before i got into contact with you i thought that i would have to wait until she slowed down to let her off but now its my high pitch voice i have to work on. I was amazed at the obedience of you dog and i am inspired to get my Pandora to the same level. 

I am really grateful that you identified the issues with her scratching and gave some good tips to stop the habit. I feel happy that we are now able to better understand her needs and using your advice we will get rid of some of her compulsions and fears.

 

Thanks 

Craig Jenkins

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Hi Darren

 

Thanks for coming to see us today it was extremely interesting to learn what we were doing almost right but also where we were going wrong.

We both found the morning very helpful and look forward to working with Robbie to make him a happy friendly dog, we will also be using the techniques you have shown us with our older dog Charlie to try and give him a bit more confidence.

 

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My 7 year old pug had a very annoying behavioural problem whereby for years he would scratch at the doors in our house and would take the paint off them.  The more you ignored him or shouted at him the worse he was.  I contacted Darren as I was at the end of my tether and he showed me the way to remove this pattern of scratching.  It has now been around 4 weeks and I think he has scratched only once or twice in that period instead of scratching numerous times a day, every day for years.  Thank you Darren, brilliant!

 

 

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After struggling with our 17 month old Standard Poodle for sometime now, we decided to get some help. We got in touch with Darren. Within 2 weeks of seeing Darren we were able to walk with Finlay calmly and without pulling. We still have a few issues meeting other dogs, but day by day there is a great improvement. Darren is excellent at explaining situations and why certain things happen ( mainly my errors) The lessons were great fun and he makes you feel at ease. If you have any problems with your dog I would 100% recommend Darren.

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I have a very nervous  Boston terrier  whilst out walking with him I spoke with a lady who noticed how nervous he was and she recommended  Darren  a dog  behavourist  

. I  contacted him and he has been so helpful  .he came around and assessed him gave me commands to follow then followed up a few months later. I also had trouble with my dog lunging at people and other dogs so he arranged for walks with another dog owner  I have a good improvement  with my dog . Any questions  I have I can give him a call and he is always able to help .if you have any difficulties with your dog or concerns I would highly recommend him . I have tried a couple of trainers but have found them quite dismissive  of my concerns.

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Following our visit from Darren we are getting on well with the new training regime. Darren explained the issues we were having and why and gave us tools and methods to work with to improve things with our dog. We have been strict in following the advice and tools we have been given and Apollo is making good progression. We will continue with this and hopefully know where to come for advice and further services going forward. I would highly recommend Darren and his services as he knows his stuff and teaches you how to become the trainer yourself.

 

Thank you from Lyndsey, Keith and Apollo 

 

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