Before he was rescued by a charity Rufus spent the first two years of his life in a semi-derelict building with about a dozen other dogs and little human contact. He then spent two months in a rehoming centre where we found him and brought him home. He spent the entire trip home (several hours) trying to dig his way out of the car. He had never been in a house before so spent the first week again trying to dig his way out. He was terrified of us, the microwave, the telephone and every ordinary household noise you can think of. Despite being experienced dog owners and excellent telephone support from the rescue charity after three months we were at our wits end. Then we heard about Andy at K9.
We took Rufus down to see him and within minutes Andy had sized him up. He then took the time to explain Rufus’ behaviour to us, and how to address this. How to work on simple things like recall, and the meaning of “no”, but the defining moment for me was when Andy explained Rufus didn’t need my affection, he needed my leadership.
Things didn’t change overnight, it was a slow process (assisted by huge amounts of cheese!), but now everyone who meets Rufus remarks on how placid, relaxed and calm he is. And he is a delight to live with; he has stopped digging, his inexplicable shoe fetish has disappeared, he has learned to play and his snores shake the house. My husband and I and Rufus can’t thank Andy enough for helping us understand each other.
We contacted Club K9 in July 2015 wanting to build a solid foundation for our Staffordshire bull terrier called Ghost. He was 1 year old at the time and having owned 2 staffs previously we just wanted to correct what we had done wrong in the past.
Having read books and watched many TV shows on how to bring up the perfect dog, we soon realised that it is not as simple as that. When Ghost first arrived at Club K9 he was a happy go-lucky very energetic hyper excited dog. It was clear that not all dogs like this energy around them. He has always been well exercised so it wasn't a lack of this that caused his excitement. What Andy taught us was how you have to follow through with your commands and how a dog really thinks. Just watching how Ghost has transformed over the time mixing with the pack at Club K9 and how perfectly he greets other dogs is just so amazing.
Ghost's excited energy is now controlled not only by us but he himself understands most dogs do not like this energy around them. We can honestly say we would not be where we are today with Ghost if it were not for Club K9.
Ghost to this day still attends Club K9 on a weekly basis because he really enjoys it and it is very beneficial. He now is classed as one of the pack. We would like to thank Andy, Aly and Natalia, the Club K9 team, for what they have done for us. Thank you Tanya, Tony & Ghost.
Chaz was a young pup when he first came to club K9. I had forgotten how much hard work a puppy was! Andy came to the house and taught me about leadership, how to stop Chaz jumping on the furniture and running off with my knitting wool. Andy also talked to us about food and how a dogs over all welfare is so important to them being well balanced.
Chaz then started to attend the natural pack days at the centre learning how to play with other dogs and how to greet dogs calmly and sesnibly so he didn't get into trouble. That was 5 and a half years ago and Chaz still goes to Club K9 twice a week to see all of his cannine friends. Chaz and I would liketo say a huge thank you to Andy and the Club K9 team!
Our Kimba was just over a year old when he stopped being a bouncy puppy who loved everyone and every other dog. He was becoming strong willed and if he took a dislike to another dog, he charged right in. We hadn't a great deal of experience of dogs generally and although we adored Kimba, we felt out of our depth so we contacted Andy at K9. They have been incredibly supportive and I was most impressed on Kimba's first session. They understand dogs and dogs respond to them. In a couple of hours Kimba was calm and responding to instructions. We have also had a home visit from Aly- again quiet, gentle but in control - and Kimba knew it. The best thing has been, that they have given us the tools to work with our lovely dog and Kimba is now walking beautifully on the the lead without pulling, can sit quietly in his bed when asked and is able to walk past other dogs without aggression. We still have work to do but have a much greater understanding of our dog we have a framework we can use. Thank you K9.
My nervous little rescue dog (Polly) was besotted with Andy and his team from their first meeting.
Andy took the trouble to analyse Polly’s apprehension, understand her needs and guide me with corrective training; this he continues to do in a caring, fun environment.
Polly has a tendency to be very excitable, coupled with nervous jitters, all of which creates a few issues for off lead walking but Natalia was able to spend time applying good techniques to help us enjoy a more relaxed walk – also very grateful to Natalia and Adam for walking Polly when I had a domestic crisis.
More recently Aly, of Club K9 Dog Day Care, has been advising and treating Polly’s anxieties of fireworks, gunshot and other disturbing situations. Aly's techniques of calming Polly’s fears seem to be having a positive effect, both at home and whilst walking. It also provides a great opportunity to enhance our bonding process.
I’m so thankful for the dedication and support of Club K9 which has rewarded me with a happy, trusting little friend.
Holly is a delightful and loving 4 year old Norfolk Terrier but for over a year now she has begun to bark more and more at other dogs and lunge at cyclists who catch her unawares-of which there many around where we live!
We buy Holly's food at "Snoopies" and we mentioned Holly's tendency to bark at other dogs. They recommended we consult "CLUB K9" , your behavioural practice in East Mersey, and we booked an appointment.
Andy sat us down and over a period of 3 hours talked us through the many aspects of dog behaviour, including human too. The advice began to make a lot of sense. Although not all of it was obvious at first, because we had put our affection towards our dog before a dogs natural behaviour, we soon saw the point, and have been very pleased with the results following the advice given.
It sounds like a "cliche" to say this, but we discovered that, unintentionally, we were stressing Holly by letting her take the role of "lead dog" and she was being put in the position of thinking that she had to protect us 24/7. During our session with Andy we learnt ways to ensure that Holly didn't take the lead and realised that just by allowing her to go out of the door first we were say "you take point and warn us of any danger!" We learnt a few more "does" and "do nots" and the change in her behaviour was pretty well instant and although it only been 3 weeks since our session, and even though her record is not 100%, there has been a major shift in her behaviour to the good and she is obviously less stressed.
So, our consultation with you was well worth the time and effort and thank you very much!
We’ve had dogs most of our life and always thought that there was no such thing as a badly behaved dog only bad owners, it turns out that we’ve fallen into this category as we’ve just been fortunate to have had compatible dogs in the past.
We’ve got Gloria and Gladys now, two gorgeous Staffy’s that have clashed multiple times leading to a number of severe injuries, the latest of which cost £1150 at the emergency vets and a very sorry looking Gloria, we had got to the end of our tether so decided that to save one of their lives we needed to rehome a dog, fortunately one of the staff at the emergency vets gave us a number to club K9, I spoke at length firstly to Aly then to Andy and got some great advice to start with that we implemented straight away with immediate results giving us confidence that we may not have to break our little family up, this was followed up with a 5 hour home assessment from Aly where we and our dogs were observed in our home environment, Aly reassured us using sound reasoning and her wealth of knowledge that we could modify our behaviour and create a safe place for us all to live in harmony in a structured pack.
We have begun training ourselves and the girls with our new skills and knowledge and are reaping the rewards straight away, they are much calmer overall and appear to be happier and really keen to comply with the new regime now that they know what their role is in the pack.
If I’m being totally honest I felt a little sceptical after my conversation with the veterinary assistant but after going through this process I’ve totally bought into this way of interacting with our girls and would highly recommend anyone to go through this, Andy and Aly have a fantastic way of explaining why dogs act the way they do and what we, as good responsible dog owners should be doing to keep them safe, it’s still early days for our girls but I’m now very confident that we can all get on together in a much more stable and structured way.
Thank you very much!
Gloria & Gladys
Gloria & Gladys
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Bella is a Boxer who is now 8 years old. I consulted Andy seeking advice as Bella struggled to socialise with other dogs, she was 7 years old at the time and had experienced a number of house moves and had not been in the company of other dogs for a long time, this made it very difficult to walk her as she was very anxious and although not aggressive, did not react well to seeing other dogs. I was not able to let her off of her lead and her life had become quite solitary. I had sought advice from other "dog behavioural therapists" without success and had reached a point where I could not see a way forward to improve things for Bella. A colleague recommended Club K9 and after a telephone discussion with Andy I took Bella to the centre for an assessment, although at this time I did not have confidence that anything could change. I am delighted to say I was wrong.
The assessment covered all aspects of Bella's day to day life. not just her behaviour but also her history, routines and diet as well as the relationship between Bella and Myself. Andy had a natural confidence and affinity with Bella and quickly gained her trust. By the end of the assessment I was able to watch Bella running free with other dogs for the first time in years. I had given up believing that this could ever happen and it was wonderful to see.
This was the start of change for Bella. She began attending Club K9, initially receiving some one to one time with Andy and her socialisation with the other dogs continued to improve. Bella is always excited to go to Club K9 and has a fantastic time, she comes home tired but very happy and content. Andy's priority is always the well being of the dogs in his care and he is always willing to provide advice and guidance.
"I can say that thanks to Andy and the team at Club K9 Bella's life has been transformed, she is happier, healthier and more content than she has ever been"