After a chance meeting with Brian (Dogs Listen Up) we took the plunge and enlisted his help with our Miniature Schnauzer, Otto. Although we have had dogs for many years, neither of us had ever had such a young puppy to deal with, and the thought of his imminent arrival in our home was causing some anxiety, since we were eager to give him the best start in life.
Brian came to see us at home before Otto had moved in, and during this visit, he helped us to prepare the house for a new puppy. This was invaluable since it made us focus on basic issues, such as where to house the puppy crate and where to create a toilet area in the garden. The advice that he gave us at this time has enabled us to ensure that good habits were established from the very beginning, and provided a solid foundation for the training programme, which began in earnest when Otto reached the age of 16 weeks.
Otto is now six months old and, thanks to his training, has been a delightful addition to our family. He walks to heel and sits patiently when we come to a stop. He will stay until we call him, and, amazingly, understands the “down” command! We are having great fun practicing the “recall” and have found many places to play hide and seek! With Brian’s advice, toilet training has been amazingly simple, and, in total, we have only had 5 “accidents” in the house.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Brian and his one-to-one training methods to anyone thinking of bringing a new puppy into their home. We will miss our training sessions with Brian, but we feel reassured that we can contact him at anytime should problems arise in the future.
Lorraine & Leroy, Cockermouth.
Brian is great. After just one visit Leroy was walking to heel and doing automatic sit most of the time. He also stopped flinging himself at the window everytime someone walked passed the house. Now I can take him for a walk without the constant worry that he may ‘go’ for someone (he’s rather protective) and people can now come to the house without any problems. There is still room for improvement but with the training Brian has given me I am confident that he will continue to improve. He no longer jumps up and is a joy to have around. Thank you Brian for teaching me how to train Leroy and helping me to get the dog I have always wanted.
Carrie, Jonny & Yogi, Carlisle
Brian's help with Yogi on a 1 to 1 basis at home has been a revelation. With Brian's help he has turned our naughty puppy into a well behaved obedient dog, who will sit and stay on command and walk to heel every time, so that he is a joy to have around. Brian's patience, encouragement and good humour means we all look forward to his visits. The difference in Yogi after each session is remarkable. We would have no hesitation in recommending Brian to any dog owner. Thank you Brian!!!
Joanne & Poppy, Carlisle
"We have a 3 year old Dalmation called Poppy, we have had her since a puppy, she is a lovely pet and good with our 2 children. The problems arose when we took her out for a walk she was pulling and became aggressive when meeting people whilst on the lead it got that bad that we stopped taking her out. With the help of Brian – Dogs Listen Up he took us back to basic training we worked on commands sit, stay, down and come which Poppy picked up in no time. We then tackled the problem of walking on the lead which has improved greatly with Brian’s support and extensive knowledge of dog training, we now have the confidence to take Poppy on walks again. We would have no hesitation in recommending Dogs Listen Up."
Carol & Ruby, Carlisle
"Ruby has learned to sit, stay and come since working with Brian. I thought the one to one training was ideal for us because we could do it at my convenience and were not interrupted by others, it helped build my own confidence as well as Ruby’s. I learned a lot about the nature of Schnauzers so now know what to expect from her which is really helpful for a novice like me. I would highly recommend the training at Dogs Listen Up to everyone as I found it really beneficial for us both."
Denise & Robbie, Kendal
"We had a beautiful natured 10 month old Border Collie with a huge problem that we couldn’t solve, and that was his fears of cars, he would go crazy and even bite whenever one came near him. I called Brian, Robbie loved Brian and I really liked his approach which was gentle but firm. After a few sessions Robbie began to understand that he was safe and what was expected from him. I can now take him for a walk along the street without it becoming a major battle, I am so grateful to Brian and would recommend him to anyone who is having problems with their dog, I consider him an excellent trainer."
Michael & Billie, Frizington.
"Brian has been able to show me in a few short weeks how it is possible to turn a wild exuberant puppy into a good obedient companion. My Cocker Spaniel pup 'Billy' will now walk to heel, sit and wait patiently for me when I stop. He will stay until called to come and is generally well behaved. Billy also had a fear of staircases which Brian managed to overcome in a very short space of time using patience and perseverance. The 'one to one training' in my own home has also enabled Brian to give me advice on 'toilet training' and now at only 20 weeks old it is very rare for Billy to have any 'accidents' indoors. All in all I would recommend Brian and his methods of training to anyone who wants to own a well behaved pet."
Carolyn & Sadie, Carlisle.
"I can’t thank Brian enough for his help and guidance in training Sadie. she has gone from a very excitable dog which would run around the tops of the settees etc, pull you over when out walking, to a more quiet and content dog that greets people nicely and walks like a lady, sitting down automatically when we cross roads. Many thanks for everything you helped me achieve"