It was clear from the get-go that Leonie provides a professional service and has a brilliant way with dogs. Her advice and direction for my dog, Ghost, has been invaluable, and she’s always provided excellent written plans that are easy to follow and have given me a sense of confidence in managing my pup’s behaviour.
It’s also clear that Leonie really cares about each and every dog she works with and is very generous with her time and advice. You should look no further when thinking of someone to improve your relationship with your beloved pooch.
Olivia is a 7 year old Australia Red Heeler who has gone through a few traumatic episodes in her life including surgery for a fractured ankle after a dog attack and surgery for a cancerous tumour in her left thigh. Following these incidents her behaviour became increasingly nervous to the extent that I was unable to walk her to the park. She would just sit down and refuse to move. On the occasion where we required a dog walker, she was unable to get Olivia’s lead on let alone go out of the house for a walk.
We had two wonderful sessions with Leonie to help us with the above issues. The first was with my partner to help us understand her behaviour and how to improve it. Leonie spent over three hours with us for the initial assessment and gained a full and detailed history from us. She was able to hypothesise why Olivia was behaving the way she was and how my human behaviour was feeding into it. Leonie was able to educate me on play activities and stimulating exercises for Olivia both inside the flat and out in the park to get her to feel calm and less nervous about walking. Following the initial assessment, within a week, Leonie and written up a full report on her assessment of Olivia and provided us with work sheets on training activities that we can work on.
We followed Leonie’s advice and instructions to the word and within a week Olivia’s behaviour had improved. I am now able to walk Olivia to any park and she is one happy beast! Leonie followed our progress with telephone consultations which gave us encouragement that we were doing things right and answered any additional questions that we had.
She then did a further session with our dog walker on how to behave with Olivia to encourage her to go for walks during the day with a person who she was less familiar with. After an hours session, the dog walker reported feeling much more confident in handling Olivia and has strategies in place to ensure she can eliminate herself.
I can’t thank Leonie enough for her wisdom, patience and continual encouragement and dedication to train Olivia and rehab us owners! She was fantastic and highly recommend her.
We got a puppy and expected everything would be easy, how wrong we were! I had expected a sleepy, placid, gentle bundle of easily trained joy – what we seemed to have was a mass of frenetic energy with sharp teeth and a mind of her own. When we were at the end of our tether and definitely the end of our training ideas we contacted Leonie. It was such a relief. Leonie showed us some straight forward techniques which meant we could communicate with the creature which was causing us so much concern. We now have a young dog who still has a mind of her own, but impresses everyone who met her as a 3 month old with how far she has come.
Many thanks, Liz
Time for a mini rant. I have been wondering lately what can be done to persuade dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead while walking the public streets? It is such a simple thing to do yet so many flout this very basic rule of good urban dog owner etiquette. Every other day I meet someone walking along with their dog, off lead, ten feet ahead of them or ten feet behind. So often the dog attempts to cross the road to meet my dog- on a lead of course- and I have to call over in my sweetest tones “can you please put your dog on a lead”, or more sweetly still, “Did you know it is illegal for a dog to cross the road off lead?”
So what is the harm you say, my dog is friendly and well-behaved? Well, does your friendly dog like to meet people and children that don’t necessarily want to meet him? That way disaster lies as the friendly, rambunctious dog that jumps up trying to meet and greet with his nose and claws may be construed as a pest or worse, dangerous. Remember a friendly dog can fall foul of the Dangerous Dogs Act by accident. Friendly is not code for well behaved and one person’s friendly is another’s nightmare.
Many dogs feel trapped on the lead as they have a sense that they cannot run or escape from anything that makes them anxious. Another strange dog right in your dog’s face, or trying to sniff his rear, makes many dogs, already on a lead, incredibly anxious. Seriously folks, unless you have a competition level obedience-trained hound and can guarantee that your dog will stay by your side or wherever you leave him, without faltering, no matter what the distraction, not even venturing a sniff should a canine ‘pied piper’ pass exuding the aromas of bitch in heat, or similar, then my advice is simple- put a lead on your dog on the public streets and lead by example!
I am very impressed with Milo’s progress we have had a lot of visitors due to summer holidays and Milo has been great. At first he is vocal and a bit bouncy but no aggression shown. Meal times have improved, all round a better dog. He has shown a form of trust and calms down after the excitement of people arriving.
Kind regards, Alison
Hi Leonie, I’ve been meaning to reply. Malcolm is doing great, his aggressive behaviour is much improved. I bought the intelligence games you mentioned which they both love and they are just really settling nicely now. I use the trailing lead when I am out on my own with them but when he’s in the pack I don’t need it as much as his recall is soooo much better.
Kind regards, Carmel