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Dog Training - Customer Testimonials

Jon has been great. He has helped me develop my understanding of my dog and his behaviours. I now have a good understanding of why my dog reacts the way he does in certain situations. This knowledge has undoubtedly increased my confidence in training my dog and with Jon's help I now feel much more confident out and about with my dog, who soon will be rivalling my strength and body weight!

Thanks for all your help Jon : )                                                              Suzzi Porter       

I contacted Jon out of desperation, our 11 month old cocker spaniel was unruly, disobedient, didn't listen to instructions and wouldn't do simple commands. He also had a tendency to snap at us if we touched his possessions. It was safe to say Buddy ruled our house!

On Jon first visit he witnessed Buddy jumping all over our furniture and not listening to me at all.

Week after week we followed Jon's instructions and training and I can't honestly believe what a transformation it has been.Buddy is a lot calmer, doesn't get on our furniture, is a pleasure to walk and be around and we actually enjoy Buddy now.

I can't thank Jon enough for his help, I only wish I had contacted him

sooner!                                                                                                       Sarah Dean

My parents and I have given a home to a young dog , she had had 2 homes in her 12 months and we had conflicting reports from her past owners.

We decided to get some help as we didn't really know her history so I asked Jon for advice. He was so helpful with Lexi who is a terrier cross and helped us gain her trust.

From advice on types of leads and commands to use we now have a very happy and contented pet.

She loves to run free and returns to whistle commands .

In 6 sessions Lexi changed into a loving little madam.

Thank you Jon , Lexi has bought a lot of joy to my parents and my family. 

Susan Bratchley 

I brought my cocker spaniel puppy home from the breeder and soon realised that some help with Barney's training would be a good idea as he was so excitable! I was pleased to find Sound Hound dog training was local to me and that Jon would come to the house and give Barney individual tuition over a six week course. The basic training is now over and Jon and Barney got on well together and so consequently I am pleased to have a puppy who responds to commands. Through out the training Jon was always helpful with suggestions for improvement. I would certainly recommend him to anybody seeking a good dog trainer.

Thank you.                                                                                       Carole and Barney  

We have always owned golden retrievers, but have never really trained them. So when I bought daisy - a golden cocker spaniel- with a larger than life personality and attitude to go with it I knew we would have to set about training her.

I had a look around at different trainers and came across Jon, and I'm glad I did!

It was so convenient that he could come to our house for the lessons. When he arrived I knew I had made the right choice, his calm assertive energy resonated off him. He answered all of my questions and showed me all the training aspects I needed.

I have put the work in with daisy and after 6 weeks she's doing great.

I would definitely recommend Jon to any one who's looking to train their dog.

Thank you.

Cassie Patten - happy dog owner!     

Thank you for your help and support with training Bryher. We feel that she has come on a lot over the last 6 sessions, and we have learnt so much ourselves! We hope to carry on, using the advice you have given us, to improve her walking to heel off-lead this is our next challenge. We are so pleased with her recall, and no longer feel anxious when she is off-lead. She is also now very good at sit and stay, and hopefully this will help her when we decide to start agility. The sessions have been fun and informative, and we would definitely recommend you to other dog owners. We hope to keep in touch and maybe organise a few more sessions if there is anything else we would like to work on.

Many thanks,                                                                       - James, Siobhan and Bryher

"Having had a bad experience with another dog training company, finding the right trainer for our large dog was essential. Jon immediately bonded with Vincenzo and made us much more relaxed. After several weeks we achieved what we thought was impossible - being able to walk our dog with other animals and people around.

Jon tailored the training to suit us and our dog and the whole process was an education and enjoyable"                                                                          - Michelle & Paul Journeaux.

The Duchy Box Company  

So, we bought "Chippy" a Cocker Spaniel, but we got him late (four months old) consequently he had some bad, ingrained habits.

1. Sleeping on the bed

2. Never having been left on his own for a minute

We were unable to go out of the house as he got extremely agitated and distressed, and we were simply struggling to cope.

After a friend had recommended him, we called Jon. He came round for a chat and following that, we booked a lesson a week for six weeks.

Now "Chippy" sleeps happily in his crate. He is quite happy to be left for a few hours, does all the basic commands, and comes to the whistle especially well.

Jon has a special way about handling dogs which both Chippy and we recognised instantly.

Calm, gentle and authoritative and we can only recommend him unreservedly.

We have a happy dog and our bed back :-)                                                     - Alan & Jan

"At the beginning of the 6 week session, Harvey was becoming unruly. With one unruly mutt in the house I idn't want a second!

Issues at the beginning......

- lead walk was poor with lunging to side for sniffs

- recall was non existent

- general listening to me was non existent

- jumping up people was a problem

- retrieving non existent

- he wouldn't get in the car and if he did jumped straight out in a panic

- would try and lunge at any livestock - sheep and cows in particular

- retrieval - non existent

- lunging at other dogs on walks

At the end of the 6 weeks I am surprised at how easy Harvey is to live with. He is much improved on all of the above issues and in some cases, entirely fixed. He is also considerably calmer. Harvey is a young, immature dog and I realise I have another 12 months of consistent enforcement to provide, but Soundhound gave me the tools and understanding on how to do this. Jon is calm, understanding and trains in the same way. I am extremely happy with the results, even at this early stage. I would absolutely recommend (and already have recommended) Soundhound for dog training."                                   - Debbie Watton

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