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.

Heidi the Golden Retriever

Heidi the Golden Retriever
After the first session many of our bad habits were corrected and Heidi responded amazingly - no further over-enthusiastic greeting of visitors, no pulling on the lead and happy to walk where we wished to go.

Lilly the Border Terrier

Lilly the Border Terrier
From the moment Sally came to our home she was definitely the pack leader - Lilly knew straight away she was in the pack and not the leader anymore. What Sally has taught us in the last couple of weeks has been invaluable to us, we can now all sit in the living room, two dogs and two cats with no aggro.

Cassy the Cavapoo

Cassy the Cavapoo
When our Cavapoo pup arrived at eight weeks of age, we thought “It’s only a puppy” but then the mess, jumping, chewing, tripping and general chaos began to get us down.

Des the Pug

Des the Pug
Des had always seemed a worried little dog but after a very short time with Sally I could see that he was completely comfortable with her as pack leader. He seemed to relax fully for the first time ever. He even went to lie on his bed for the first time ever!

Margo the Toy Poodle

Margo the Toy Poodle
I allowed Margo to stay on the floor and greet Sally. When I say greet, I mean nip. I was horrified. Sally made me realise that if Margo was a large breed dog we would have a big problem on our hands, she made me aware that even though Margo is tiny we still had a big problem on our hands.

Oscar the Weimaraner

Oscar the Weimaraner
Oscar (Weimaraner) and I have had 3 sessions with Sally and the difference in him is incredible!

Jess the Collie

Jess the Collie
I have never been able to walk out of my front door without my dog jumping all over me and pulling at my clothes, trying to get me to stay.

Bartie the Indian Pariah

Bartie the Indian Pariah
Bartie is an Indian Pariah (or Indian National Dog/Street dog). Four months ago when we returned to the UK, we had to put him quarantine for four months. Bartie got through quarantine just fine, but within a few days, he started showing signs of overt dominance both inside the house with us and outside in the park.

Suki the Jack Russell

Suki the Jack Russell
Thanks to Sally, Suki is relaxed and happy all the time; she couldn't give a damn about the vacuum, she doesn't attack the bin, she doesn't steal or destroy, and when we do our training exercises she looks so proud of herself!

Ludo the Black Labrador

Ludo the Black Labrador
Sally has helped me understand how my dog thinks and has shown me how to behave so that I can enjoy my dog.

Buster the Collie/Whippet Cross

Buster the Collie/Whippet Cross
Sally has been a godsend and helped us right from the minute she arrived. She gave us clear commands to communicate with our dog and turn the situation around immediately.

Fran the American Bulldog and Maximus the Bichon Frisé

Maximus the Bichon Frisé
I got to the point where I could not bare to be inside or outside of the house with my dogs. I was extremely lucky to find Sally.

Nymeria the German Shepherd and Juno the Golden Retriever

Nymeria the German Shepherd and Juno the Golden Retriever

We have two 1 years olds - a German Shepherd and a Golden Retriever. Talk about a handful. Things have not been right from the beginning, and although seeking advice from several other dog trainers and clubs, things did not get better.

Max the German Shepherd

Max the German Shepherd and family
Through Sally's explanation of dog psychology we have a better understanding of how he is thinking and why he acts the way he does.

Ted the Poodle

Ted the Poodle with Katie
We went for a short afternoon walk and he remained by my side, did not pull, or lunge at other distractions. I feel that it is possible for Ted to become a good citizen, and with the gentle reinforcement of his new commands, every day will show our improving relationship.

Libby the Munsterlander

Libby the Munsterlander
UPDATE: I feel that Sally's visit has given me back the confidence to go forward again and with Sally's help have a much happier and relaxed dog so a much better life for both of us.

Lexi the Labrador

Lexi the Labrador with Boy, Sally's dog

Would just like to say a massive thank you for your help on our first sestion with you. We found you very helpfull and Lexi is getting there. We are pleased we contacted you when we seen things was getting tough and not when it was two late.

Bella the Cocker Spaniel

Jacky with Bella the Cocker Spaniel and Boy, Sally's German Shepherd
After rescuing a six month old working cocker spaniel I knew I would need help to raise a happy, healthy, relaxed, social & obediant dog. I searched online and found Sally Barnes, A Dog Whisperer, here in Bristol... I couldn't believe my luck!

Bruce the Rottweiler

Bruce the Rottweiler

I'm so pleased I found Sally. Having had no success with other dog behaviourists/trainers, I was reluctant to pay for another. Having a 55kg rescue rottie with anxiety related aggression, I decided to try one last time, and so pleased I did.

Alfie the Collie

Alfie the Collie
I am so glad that I called Sally, I was amazed how Sally took control from the moment she walked through the front door, within 5 minutes Alfie became submissive, like a different dog. Sally has taught me be to be calm, firm and in control, the pack leader.

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