Success stories

From aggression to lead pulling, from puppies to rescue dogs, from Chihuahuas to Rottweilers and all crosses in-between, I have experienced all sorts of problem behaviours. Read more about my methods in these testimonials from some of my dog training clients.

Jake the German shepherd/retriever

Jake the German shepherd/retriever

Jake is a 2 year old German shepherd/retriever, male, a rescue dog who came to us with all sorts of fears and issues about the outside world.

Storm's holiday

Storm on holiday with Jane, Sarah and Mark

We left for Cornwall on a hot Saturday. The week went very well, we took her everywhere with us. Into busy streets with lots of people and dogs. Onto the beach and into the sea, she did not like the waves. Long walks in the woods.

Jess the Border Collie

Jess the border Collie relaxed by the hoover
Jessie was wonderful until she was 8 months old, obedient and always came back on walks. However, she then decided she was the boss and started to rule us!

Blue the Patterdale Terrier

Blue the Patterdale Terrier in the park
I’ve been around dogs for most of my 56 years, but I could not understand why my dog Blue was trying to bite people or what to do about it.

Milo the Jack Russell

Jean and Milo the Jack Russell
Sally came and immediately saw the problem - I needed to be the leader.

Winston the Wheaten terrier

Winston the Wheaten terrier
Sally had an immediate impact with Winston and helped us to understand the importance of our dog having a pack and a leader.

Ozzy the Staffordshire bull terrier

Scott and Ozzy the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Ozzy is 2 years old and he behaved like he owned our house he barked at night every night. Jumping at people that come in the house. Wanting his own way all the time pulling on the lead getting pillows and clothes etc and getting on the sofas.

Sam the Cocker Spaniel

Sam the Cocker Spaniel

Well what can I say, apart from Sally delivered what she promised.

Warbie the labrador

Warbie the labrador and owner Keith

Warbie is a very affectionate 16 month old chocolate labrador and came to us as an excitable 11 month old rescue dog.

Loofah the miniature daschund

Marjorie and Loofah the miniature daschund
My Daughter called Sally Barnes because she saw I needed help with a vigorous puppy. It was such a relief to get the expert advice and be shown exactly what to do and when to do it.

Dave the malamute

Debbie, huby and Dave the malamute
After going to work with bruises up my arms and following a recommendation from the puppy class leader, realising something had to be done, we contacted Sally.

Maddie the setter/retriever

Simon, Marianne and Maddie the setter/retriever
Very quickly we felt unable to manage her - she was a talented escapologist with a penchant for leaping over very high fences - not what we wanted at all.

Chi the Husky/Atika Rescue Dog cross

Dave and Chi the Husky/Atika Rescue Dog cross
Sally came by for what 3hrs in which she originally met me and Chi alone before my parents arrived. All I can say is UNBELIEVABLE. In the first 10mins I knew I had made a good choice as she relieved my concerns and let me know the truth behind Chi’s issues.

The little Terrier

The little Terrier plus other dog
Now, in the past this little terrier would have the attention span of a nat! For example, if he saw children, a bus, people on bicycles this dog would have ran after them and not come back to us when called. We have a very different dog today.

Caspa the German Shepherd

Lynne, Caspa and Sally's dogs Boy and Chiot
This dog had got to the point where she was likely to have to be destroyed! Fortunately I became aware of Sally, working in my area. Thank goodness! And there began an amazing journey and a total transformation!

Troublesome Terrier

My husband and I have two dogs. A Patterdale terrier cross and a Springer Spaniel. Just recently they have began fighting. At first they would only fight when we were around, until one day I came home to a horrific site.

Billy and Macey the Pointers

Sally with Billy and Macey the pointers
One of the great things about Sally is she does not make you feel stupid – I have felt like that with other trainers – I know I am the problem I was actually afraid to take Billy out for a walk.

Jackson the Flat-Coated Retriever

Sally, Venetia, David and Jackson the Flat-Coated Retriever
Sally has been of the most valuable help in the re-educating and training of our badly behaved five and a half year old Flat coated Retriever.

Monty the Border Terrier

Debbie and Monty the Border Terrier
I was astonished at the change in him after our first meeting. I was in control in my own home and by the 3rd night he was sleeping downstairs and I could see the way forward. I had a plan and knew what I needed to do, be calm but assertive and to only ask for something when he was on a lead, when I was in control and he was waiting for me to show him the way.

Dexter, Kipper and Charlie the cat

Meryl and Dexter
Sally you are a lifesaver – literally! I seriously doubt we would still have our dog, Dexter if it wasn’t for your intervention. Your help and advice plus patience and perseverance have meant that we still have a gorgeous little tinker as part of our family.

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