Harris a Scottish terrier
I wanted to say how much my late husband Dennis, and I and Harris appreciated your training. Wherever we took Harris people commented on his good manners and he was always invited back. On various occasions I have mentally thanked you for teaching me various actions to take, at the vets, in hotels and meeting people etc. I hope Wee Jeannie will follow in his paw prints. We have enjoyed her Puppy Training course.
Jess a Border Terrier
I just wanted to say thanks for all your advice on the phone the other day. You’ve given me the nudge I needed to try a little harder myself instead of waiting for the next training course. Jess and I really do enjoy the group sessions. Thank you.
Tracey and Jess
Poppy a Golden Retirever
"I can personally recommend this organisation! I have a very lively 3 year old Golden Retriever (Poppy, whom I simply adore!) I did puppy classes with Poppy (not with People & Dogs), then did another class for young dogs (with a 2nd dog trainer) and don’t get me wrong, they were ok. Poppy has a great temperament with people (esp children) and she would do the usual sit, stand, lie, stay. But for me the basics were still not there. Mainly lead walking and recall. Until 6 months ago only myself and my Dad could not walk Poppy as she was simply too strong and pulled like crazy. We spent hours and pounds on training with 3 different trainers using regular leads, halti’s, harnesses, but to no success. I was even told by one trainer that Poppy will always be like this because she gets so excited to go out or on a walk!!
A friend recommended People & Dogs, and I reluctantly contacted them - it was very much a last resort. That was 6 months ago, and now Poppy walks beautifully on a loose lead, never, ever pulling. Her recall is now 100% consistent. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t happen overnight, and it required effort and commitment from me, but it has been totally worth it, and worth every penny.
I think what impressed me most about People & Dogs was their exceptional knowledge and understanding about dog behaviour and this was so evident in everything they taught me. I am in the process of looking for another dog/puppy and as soon as I know when I will be getting one People and Dogs will be the first people I contact. I have since recommended friends to People & Dogs and have heard nothing but 'good things' about them. "
Miss K Tute. Sheffield. Poppy Golden Retriever. 1-1, and group training, plus fun activities.
Jack a 20 month old Border Collie
"I came across the People and Dogs website, and was impressed with the high level of specialist qualifications held by the proprietor, Victoria Cooper, as well as the promise to work with owners to solve aggression problems. I was also attracted by the fact that People and Dogs stated that they would undertake a full assessment into the aggression problems, as these were complicated and individual to each situation, and then develop a full and detailed plan of approaches to be used as a way forward.
I have to say that the professionalism and understanding offered by Victoria Cooper in helping us to resolve the aggression problems we were experiencing with Jack has been outstanding. Victoria was never judgemental or chastising of us, despite the fact that (as we learnt) we were the main cause of Jack’s aggression due to the confrontational ways in which we were treating him. Instead, Victoria helped us to see that the techniques, advised by a previous 'trainer' had caused Jack to feel frightened of us, and that his growling was his way of getting us to keep our distance. To this end, we stopped using these aggressive confrontational techniques immediately and completely, replacing them with positive reinforcement. All commands were given in a confident and cheerful voice, and praise and/or treats given when Jack completed the command.
These simple methods changed Jack’s behaviour overnight, and the growling completely disappeared. As time has gone on, Jack has become more and more relaxed around us, and is noticeably happier.
I cannot begin to express how grateful we are to Victoria Cooper for helping us to resolve Jack’s problems, as we had reached a point where we couldn’t see how we could continue to keep him as we really felt that we had tried everything. I only wish that we had approached Victoria and People and Dogs in the first instance, and I certainly realise the importance of working with a fully qualified trainer rather than one of the many unqualified people who seem to think that they can offer expert guidance in this complex field. Both we and Jack have been very lucky in achieving a happy outcome, as without the help of People and Dogs, this could have been a very different and sad story!!"
M.Sheardown and Jack the Border collie. Behaviour Therapy and 1-1 training.
"Hi Vicky, I just wanted to give you an update on Sadie’s progress. Over the last month she has come on in leaps and bounds. She is becoming much calmer and seems to be really happy. She is now fabulous with the children, virtually no jumping up or mouthing. She has stopped stealing and comes when called. It has been a really hard four months for all of us and there have been many times when Judith and I thought we had made a big mistake in taking her on. Now we can see what a lovely family pet she is going to be. She is a bright little thing and it seems that the more she learns, the happier she is.
Anyway I just wanted to say thanks to you and your team for helping this Barnsley stray to find her place in our family"
Mr and Mrs Cook, Sheffield. Sadie. Behaviour Modification, 1-1, Group training and Agility Workshop
Scrappy, 2 year old Border Terrier
"I was at my wits end with my Border terrier scrappy, she was generally unruly and after showing aggression towards other dogs and then on one occasion a friends child I was ready to re-home/ have her put to sleep. It was breaking my heart and I was really at a loss as what to do next!
I contacted Victoria from People and Dogs as a last resort and recommended by my vet, I was a bit sceptical at first thinking scrappy was beyond help and what else could be done to help a seemingly aggressive dog?!! But can honestly now say it was the best thing I could have done.
Victoria first came to visit us at home, I found her friendly and she instantly put me at ease. She is very knowledgeable, and was honest and truthful from the first visit that it would take a lot of hard work to train Scrappy and improve her behaviour. Scrappy’s main issues were due to a lack of socialisation from a young age, causing fear of dogs/children. Victoria put a plan in place and after the first lesson I was amazed at Scrappy’s quick progress and how well she could behave around other dogs with the right guidance from Victoria!
I cannot thank Victoria enough, I was ready to give up and part with Scrappy.... But now I am better equipped Scrappy is quickly becoming the perfect family dog I wanted, she is a million times happier and so am I. So Thank you Victoria, we would highly recommend you with confidence Rachel and Scrappy xxx"
Behaviour Therapy and 1-1 training.
and a few more...
I just wanted to let you know that my dogs are a great joy and pleasure thanks to your training and expertise. I’m sure you know how much I enjoy your classes. Thank you. Gill Smith.
A big Thank You for all our help, advice and support with Ben over the last 18 months. I wouldn’t have made it without you. Best Wishes Linda and Ben
We just wanted to thank you for all the time you have takken in giving us advice and help in relation to Bentley. Your assistance with this situation has been much appreciated. Mr and Mrs O Connor
Just a BIG BIG thank you for all your help with Charlie and me. I’ve learnt so much and feel more confident and in control and its all down to YOU! Many thanks Alison and Charlie.
I just wanted to say thank you for helping me with learning to train my dogs. I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me. I just hope I can be as good as you one day as it means the world to me. Thank you. Natalie. 2010
Just wanted to say ‘Thank you’ for turning me into a nice puppy! I am looking forward to more fun training classes. Love ‘Sparkey’ the Whippet
To My Teachers – Vicky and the Team
I just wanted to say ‘Thank you’ for helping me train my owners. They have improved a lot and we get on better now we understand each other! Thank you for helping me to pass my Bronze exam. I love my rosette! See you soon – Tia Needham 2008
Thank you for all your support and advice. – Judi, Neil and Dave the Dog
Thank you for helping me to socialise Molly. Its been wonderful and Molly is a different dog. Let me know when you have more courses on offer. Denise and a big thank You from Molly
Thank you once again Vicky for helping me to achieve my ambition to have a happy and well trained dog (and owner!) Best wishes, Joan 2007