"When we called Shona for help, it was on the advice of a dog sitter who had encountered real problems looking after Rosie when we went away for a week. At home Rosie was always jumping up at visitors and pulling on her lead to jump up when we were out (no small problem as she weighs over 50kilos and is a Newfoundland!) she used to take toys and run around with them, damaging expensive things and causing chaos and she would not come back when we were out if she saw another dog and wanted to go off and play. She was also very reluctant to get into the car. Rosie was never aggressive, the problems were made more serious because of her size and until that point we'd coped and hoped she'd calm down as she got older.
When Shona arrived, Rosie jumped up in her face and all over her, but within 15 minutes, she had showed us techniques which calmed her incredibly effectively. During her first visit, Shona explained to us why Rosie was behaving the way she did, and how our behaviour affected her, and given us a handful of basic techniques which would teach Rosie to be calm for visitors, to walk well on the lead, to sit calmly in the living room and shown us how the Tellington T Touch could help to calm Rosie. She also established that it was painful for Rosie to get into our car . Over the following days, the change was fast and amazing. Thanks to the new techniques, Rosie remained calm when visitors came into the house, she walked beautifully on a Halti lead. There were moments, such as the time she peacefully passed the postlady on her bike, or sat down for visitors when people could not help but comment about the change in her.
The Tellington T Touch techniques also had a wonderful effect on her. Rather than her rolling over and wanting to rough play, she began to sit calmly and her whole demeanour became calmer and more content. Rosie spends much more time with us as a family now (instead of being banished to the dining room for eating things she shouldn't),
There's no doubt that Rosie is far, far happier already, just two weeks on, and we get to spend a lot more time stroking her, or sitting quietly enjoying each others company. Shona was effective at explaining dog behaviour, making us feel confident, not judged and the results have been incredible, she's made us all a much happier family. Thank you Shona!"
Viki & Adam Wilson