Training a rescue dog isn't easy.... especially one was who badly treated before being abandoned to be a street dog to... fend for himself in Spain. It's like having a 7-year-old puppy who "no speeka dee Engleeeesh!"
However, thanks to the wonderful Steve Hutley in just 1 visit and 3 days later we are now all understanding each other much better! Arlo has learned to go to his mat, and is getting the hang of staying on it. He's also learned to come to us on command, and to stop barking when we ask! Sitting and lying on command are a work in progress, but today we managed a lie down on command, so that definitely warranted lots of treats and praise and a photo.
We cannot thank, or recommend, Steve enough, and we can't be more proud of Arlo! 💙🐾read more
Steve was professional, friendly and patient. He spent the day with us after I sought his help with our 2yr old... cockapoo who was developing bad habits. We were at a low point when he started refusing to let my husband put his lead on often turning and biting. Steve helped us see that in often small ways we were letting Frank take charge. He gave us the skills and confidence to correct this behaviour. Almost immediately we had a calmer dog happy to go out for walks with my husband again. Thank you so much Steve.read more
We thoroughly recommend Steve to anyone who needs help with their dog. Steve is a calm and professional trainer who... imparts his knowledge in an easy to understand way.Steve spent some time with us and Quinn this week and he has totally changed our dog from one who was pretty hyper whenever he was around us or out on a walk. Quinn also hated getting in the car.Steve talked through his methodologies clearly so We could understand how we needed to change to help Quinn. He also had plenty of simple tips, which we have followed and just a couple of days later we now have a much more relaxed dog, who walks to heel, jumps in the car and is chilled when we sit down.The picture is from this morning while we were reading the papers, this would not have happened last weekend.read more
A big thank you Steve! Finally we have our boy jumping in/out the car.Jack took an instant dislike to our new car.... It was the same make and model of our old one which he happily got into but a different colour. He wouldn’t come near it. After trying for 5 months when we couldn’t take him anywhere. He (and us) were missing out. We tried a local dog trainer. She seemed to make the whole experience worse. He became a shivering wreck around the car. I then found Steve on a web search and made contact. We arranged for Steve to come to us in Kent.Steve made both myself and my husband comfortable with what he was going to do. We spent a couple of hours talking and getting jack used to Steve being there. We took jack for a walk (thanks for the tips on having jack walk more calmly), moved the car off the drive to a quiet side road. Then gradually Steve got him used to walking past the car with the boot open. Eventually Jack jumped in. We were excited and jack did this several times.Since Steve’s visit Jack is now really comfortable in the car. We’re all happy that we can go out and about. The world has opened up to us again and Jack is enjoying his new walks and play times.Thanks again Steve. We’ll keep you in touch.read more
I can’t recommend Steve enough. He’s really helped us in one day where other trainers and extensive online research... couldn’t. It’s definitely worth the investment and has given us so much more confidence with our dog. Steve is such a lovely guy too and his experience really shows.read more
We've had the pleasure of spending the day with Steve where he has taught us so much.Without realising it we were... making our dog Tizzy's anxiety worse when we were trying to reassure her - all we were actually doing was reinforcing the fact there was something scary.Having seen the way Tizzy has responded to Steve and his techniques today I'm supremely confident she'll be a calm, confident and happy dog in no time!!read more
Steve arrived and wasted no time in getting down to work he seemed to understand exactly what we needed (that’s us... humans and our dog ) He was so patient, precise and totally non judgemental. Only day 1 but the changes are unbelievable , we have work still to do regarding excessive barking but feel Steve taught us so much yesterday and has left us with invaluable techniques we need going forward.read more
Excellent service - fitted me in at short notice as I was struggling with a badly stressed elderly Jack Russell and a... new rescue pooch.Steve was very patient and kind, assessed the issue and taught me some really fast, easy and effective techniques to manage the situation. Within a couple of days, harmony was restored to the household and the dogs are all living together without problems.Very highly recommended.read more
Steve helped us with our 1year old Cocker Spaniel, he had some general behaviour issues from jumping up, mouthing and... barking, also was hard to walk on the lead. Steve was absolutely great addressing each issue in a way that was easy for us as novices to understand. He was very encouraging and also let a family member attend the session to help ensure we are all singing from the same sheet!
We went out for a walk and saw small improvement instantly.
We are so pleased with our session and looking forward to keeping up our training.read more
Great informative trainer. Within in a few hours my dog was walking on a loose lead and not reacting to everything!, my... dog Jack loved his calming body language. Good service from the startread more
We contacted Steve for our 3 year old Jack Russell who was barking at any noise when in the house and would be... unpredictable with other dogs when on walks. Steve spent the day with us and we both noticed how calm our dog was around him and how his methods worked in a short space of time, we have since had an in-depth document going through everything we went through on the day which has been a great resource and handy to share with my family who also spend time with my dog when I’m at work. Almost straight away we have noticed an improvement with our dogs behaviour in the house she no longer barks at the smallest of noice and if she does she is stopped with a simple que, walks are improving with time and consistency. We had begun to accept the behaviour traits of our Jack Russell but I am so pleased we didn’t and after Steve’s input and knowing that if we need him in the future we can contact him I am pleased to say that she is becoming the family dog we always hoped we would have. I would highly recommend Steve to anyone who is having any issues or has put up with their dogs behaviour like we had because it really is a life changer!read more
We contacted Steve as we were facing difficulties with our dog and his worsening resource guarding. Steve spent a whole... day with us, and conducted an in depth diagnosis of our dog and taught us how we can train our dog and change his behaviours. When Steve was with us he was very attentive and thorough and you can tell he has a real passion and love for animals and wanting to help his customers. The methods Steve uses are fantastic, little things we wouldn’t normally think of have made a big difference to our dog. A few days after coming over, Steve sent us a large detailed document personal to our dog and how we can overcome the issues we were facing. Steve has also offered his continued support via phone and email which is very helpful and reassuring. Since using the methods Steve taught us for the last 2 weeks we have seen a huge change in our dog and we couldn’t recommend Steve any higher. Thanks againread more
Steve visited us on 2nd December, to assist with Lola a 2 year old rehome Italian spinone with excessive prey drive and... no recall. With his advice and constructive suggestions at last we feel we are getting there. The report was very comprehensive. No hesitation in reccommending Steveread more
We had Steve visit us yesterday with regards to Benson and Finlay our 2 black labs. His calm method of training the... dogs and more importantly educating my wife and I was exemplary. Just the mental exhaustion on the dogs gave them both a good nights sleep. We have started to train, and am totally surprised of the progress already made. Steve makes this so simple, and the aftercare offered is also great to know. Looking forward to reading his behavioural diagnostic report. Can not recommend Steve highly enoughread more
Amazing trainer! My boys were both unhappy with strangers and walks weren’t enjoyable with them. After one day with... Steve I know how to manage their behaviours and begin to make them more comfortable with people they don’t know. The dogs are less stressed and so am I! Would highly recommend - and have been already.read more
Steve spent a day with me and my two very excitable, yappy dogs. Their recall was non existent and walks were not... enjoyable. After a day with Steve, I learnt more than I could’ve imagined and my dogs are calmer, their recall works and walks are now enjoyable. Steve is an absolute wealth of knowledge and I cannot recommend him enough.read more
Steve is a true professional and offers a very in-depth service to help overcome the specific issues you are facing... with your dog. Be prepared for an intense session focused on training you as an owner on how to handle your dog. We now feel fully educated on how to tackle our little rescue dog’s aggression toward other dogs and we are already seeing improvements in the first few weeks after seeing Steve. Thanks again Steve!read more
It’s lovely to take Maggie for a walk rather than her take me. On going support given on issues that are not going to... chance over night.
Steve is certainly very experienced. Great to have a behavioural diagnostic report to look back on.read more
Steve visited us to work with our 3 year old rescue dog Sophie. He spent about 6 hours with us getting to know... Sophie’s background and behaviour and giving us useful techniques to try. We took Sophie to the park so Steve could see her behaviour around other dogs and show us what to do. Sophie’s biggest fear seems to be of other dogs and on almost every walk she would become fixed to the spot unwilling or unable to move due to fear. She is too big to carry but sometimes we ended up doing exactly that having run out of other options! With a few of Steve’s tips on how to keep her moving we are now no longer rooted to the spot with her and we are dealing with her fear of other dogs and making good progress! Really glad we found Steve. He really knows dogs- and helped build our confidence in guiding Sophie and helping her settle down.read more
I’m feeling confident, assertive and calm after my one to one session. The methods and tools I’ve been given are... simple to follow, make perfect sense and there’s been a notable difference on day one. Steve does help you not to overthink with your dog(s) and he makes it look so easy. My usually “fearful of men” Goldendoodle morphed into a pussycat as soon as Steve walked through the door. Worth every penny, especially knowing you have ongoing expert support and advice. Thank you Steve, it was a remarkable day.read more
I was having problems with my dog pulling on the lead and being very reactive for example jumping on people and barking... excessively when she wanted something. Steve gave me good advice and demonstrated techniques that I could use that worked for us . Thank you Steve for all your help and patience. Bella is a different dog now!read more
Having collected our Corso/Briard puppy on the very day the April Lockdown started, we knew that we were lacking on the... ‘training’ front! Lexi is a big baby and jumps up at people as they come into the house and is massively over excited!She has not been a pleasure on the lead at all, and even a short car journey to the pooch parlour was a stressful experience! Unruly and demanding, and completely our fault!THANK GOODNESS FOR STEVE AND HIS EXPERTISE!Yesterday Steve came to our home and within minutes picked up the issues, showed us techniques for her and our expectations and her and our behaviours - And we even had a cheeky lead walk without her usual Houdini exploits!This morning Lexi is a new pooch! We’re even going to brave a 1-2-1 lead walk after rush hour! We cannot thank Steve enough for his immediate assistance, and of course his unjudgmental approach to our recent failings as pooch parents!Thanks Steve! We cannot thank you enough! xread more
We had issues with our 2 1/5 GSD reacting to visitors or anyone coming to the door with constant barking, we also have... our 1st grandchild and was not confident on how to have her in the same room. Steve has given us the skills and knowledge to retrain our GSD to become the calm family pet you are looking for. We are now confident to move forward and deal with these issues knowing at anytime if we feel deflated that we can just pick up the phoneread more
Steve came to help us with our 2 year old GSD & 7 year old Doberman, what can I say within a few hours we could see a... change in both the girls, and since Steve’s visit we are going from strength to strength!! Cannot recommend him enough, thanks Steve, I’m actually enjoying our dogs again xxread more
Really happy with Steve’s way of training. He is very knowledgeable and educational. Myself and my fiancé will be... practicing the techniques we have learnt today and hopefully Odin will carry on being a good boy . Highly recommend!read more
We had a fantastic day with Steve, so many hints and tips that have helped us massively with training Pluto. We have a... rescue saluki and he really has improved so much with his lead walking and reactive behaviour. Thank you for all your help and advice. We have a much calmer and happier dog and household now! 😁read more
I have two dogs that i needed help with, and I cannot thank Steve enough for all his help and the knowledge that he has... passed onto me, it got to the point I thought I was going to have to rehome one of my boys because I couldn't control him, but thanks to Steve thats changed has of today.
I absolutely 💯 % highly recommend Steve.read more
What a nice bloke Steve is.. didn’t Once make me feel like a bad useless dog owner. Helped me out with all the... Russians issue and I’m putting all this new knowledge into action. Thank you Steve xread more
Well what can I say Steve has been a lifesaver in regards to our 21 month old German shepherd Ace one of our main... issues was ace becoming really excited when we would have children around (we live in a household of 3 adults) to the point we would have to have ace on the lead at all time when we have people because he is just too big. But I’m so thankful to Steve for his tips and tricks that he showed us that we have now had 2 occasions where children have been round and there has been no lead in site 😁 and the other issues we were having like pulling on the lead and other things are slowly getting there so glad we found Steve are now more in control and at ease with our devil dog 🐕 will be highly recommending to anyone that needs help thanks once again Steve look forward to our catch upread more
Words cannot thank Steve enough!!
We hit crisis point with our 4 year old Jack Russell Geoffrey. He had been a great... dog but suddenly began biting me and our 2 year old twin girls randomly to the point every moment I spent in the house with all three was stressful, I was was in a constant state of panic he would hurt our Daughters and a bit scared of him, he became unsettled and barked constantly at times other than when my fiancé was home and I thought we were going to have to re-home him.
I have to say I had given up and was skeptical Steve could help but my fiancé wanted to give it a chance before we made the dreaded decision.
Steve gave up his only day off in many to squeeze us in (not squeezed as he spent the most part of the day with us) this when he knew toddlers were being bitten although he was fully booked for months ahead.
Within a couple of minutes of arrival at our house I could see a difference in Geoffrey.
Steve made us realise by my becoming apprehensive around Geoffrey I’d lost my place in the pack and put myself and the girls below him, this making him anxious when my other half was out as he felt responsible to work harder protecting us and the house.
Not only did Steve teach me how to regain my pack place, he taught us to understand Geoffrey and invaluable skills to deal with his behaviours in the right way effectively, he also helped us correct behaviours we had just learnt to live with thinking we could never change.
Geoffrey no longer bites, or barks constantly at anything he can see move outside like a squirrel, bird etc, doesn’t jump up on anyone coming into the house, alerts us someone has approached the house but that’s his job done and he stops when told and only jumps on our sofas when invited! Only because Steve taught us how to understand and use techniques AMAZING I was blown away!!
We now have a very happy calm dog who we all enjoy being around again!
Steve is absolutely outstanding at what he does, he’s calm, knowledgeable and non judgemental (we really let our dog down with ignorance and neglected him somewhat after having twins)
Can not rate his service highly enough he changed our lives.
Thank you!read more
Steve is so calming and patient he spent time at home explaining techniques to us and giving advice about both our... rescue lurchers Martha and Dylan then we took our very anxious and reactive to other dogs Dylan out to learn to walk to heel then into the park to confront his anxiety around other dogs. Steve was brilliant with him so calm and encouraging reassuring us that Dylan was not a problem to other people with his noise and giving us ideas of how to cope with him so he was less anxious. I truly felt like I was walking a different dog after a while as he relaxed under Steve’s positive attitude. Thanks Steve from hubby and me but more importantly from Dylan and Martha a truly fabulous service and worth every penny of the relatively small fee he chargesread more
Didn’t think anyone would be able to help with my ball stealing bulldog but Steve was fantastic! So knowledgeable and... now I can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel! Thankyou so muchread more
A week after adopting our fearful noodle Mable the Greyhoud we realised we need professional help. She was an ex-racer... and has never been in a home before so was frightened of us and worst of all frightened of going for walks and would not move from her "safe spot" We called Steve to find out what can be done and he took the time to explain and give as a few tips without the pressure of having to book him or pay anything. We decided to book him for an initial consultation and it turns out it was the best thing we could have done! Within just one day Steve was able to show us a few simple but effective tricks to make her and us feel more confident.Steve also explained everything in such a fun and understandable way without any judgement and after a week of using the techniques we have seen so much improvement! She now wags her tail when it's going out time and is in general a lot more confident. Thank you so much Steve! We can't wait to watch our girl grow and learn how to dog with your help. We will be in touch for more sessions as well.If you're in any doubt how to approach things with your dog do not hesitate to get professional help and if you already decided to do that, there's no need to look any further! Thanks again Steve!
All the Best!
Mabel,Barb,Rich and Yvonneread more
Steve has been amazing. I can't recommend him highly enough. He is always on the other end of the phone if you need... him - going beyond the "call of duty". Steve has been training (me) and Ranger (German Shepherd) since we got him at 12 weeks old - he is now almost 14 months. We have had issues with him becoming aggressive towards other people, however Steve has guided us, supported us and reassured us. There is no doubt that he needs his own TV show. Thanks for everything Steve!read more
1st meeting part 1.We highly recommend Steve, I have a 15 month old bubbly Staffy who pulls on the lead and is... reactive to some dogs, Steve came to our home and we worked with Lily outside and walking via social distancing😊. gave us the tools on how to deal with this which we have been doing and are definitely working. before we found Steve we tried another trainer which was fruitless, Steve is a god send and helped us immensely. look no further this guy is brilliant.2nd meeting Part 2.We met up with Steve for the 2nd time today at a dog park and again another amazing time spent with Steve and his extensive knowledge with dogs, their behaviour and everything about dogs issues in general, I genuinely cannot praise this man enough and has given me huge amount of confidence when out with Lily in dog parks, there is nothing he doesn't know about dogs and how to help. I am so chuffed with today day and absolutely blown away, we highly highly recommend Steve, he is truly brilliant.read more
Steve helped me with excellent tips on how to prepare to receive my TT puppy. We had a phone conversation during... lockdown and then a very thorough and detailed email with all the things I would need to buy, how to collect puppy from breeder, what to do when getting home, crate and toilet training. it made me feel much more empowered and calm about the arrival of my lovely puppy.
I would most certainly recommend him and would use his services again for extra training when puppy grows a bit more.read more
I have a beautiful Staffy who is playful fun and ever so affectionate but a total nightmare on the lead, pulling and... biting the lead whenever we go out, I was almost getting to the point of dreading taking him out and some days not wanting to go at all.
I asked Steve for his help and have been blown away ! Steve showed me how to walk Marley to heel and suggested the best lead for him, what to do when he pulls and even how to hold a lead properly so I had complete control.
Steve cuts through all the confusing advice that is out there and practically shows you in a way that is simple yet effective. We even covered dog on dog behaviour as Marley is sometimes reactive if other dog’s approach. In less than an hour and a half I had a dog walking to heel and walking alongside another dog !! Totally Amazing !
I am now looking forward to taking my dog out rather than dreading it every day. Thank you so much Steve, this will give me so much more freedom in places i want to walk knowing I have a dog that will walk without pulling.
If you have any dog concerns look no further call Steve Hutley !read more
After just 1 phone call and some amazing advice from Steve, my ridiculously strong 8 month old king charles cavalier... has gone from pulling me left, right, and down the road, to walking beside me after just one walk following Steve's advice! I cannot wait to carry this on and to share our progress! Thankyou so much Steve!!!read more
What a difference a day makes! We had a dog that we couldn’t get off the driveway due to his traffic phobia. Now he... walks anywhere. He still gets nervous sometimes but Steve has helped us understand how to deal with the anxiety and help him through it. Has completely changed his behaviour on the lead in general. Lots of other positive changes too following other useful tips from the day. Thank you Steve !read more
Steve's approach was extremely welcoming and inclusive for us. He has a very positive attitude when dealing with new... dogs (ours can be quite territorial). He gave us fantastic advice and taught us how to train effectively. I would highly recommend his services.read more
We have been implementing the training recommended by Steve over the past few weeks and already we can both notice how... much easier it is to walk our energetic and lively Rory. We still have a way to go but Steve has educated and provided us with a plan, to enable us to develop a simple but highly effective routine in managing and changing unwanted behaviours. Dog walks are now more enjoyable and I am now more relaxed whilst out on walks as I feel more in control.
Steve is very professional, thorough and methodical in his approach, with a friendly and easy to talk to manner.He is clearly very knowledgeable in his field and could quite easily have his own dog training T.V programme/series. I for one would definitely watch it!read more
Steve spent the day with us and our two dogs, Herbie and Stanley on Tuesday.
We have had problems with over-... excitement and pulling on the lead especially, and in the four days since he visited we have seen a marked difference.
Both 'boys' are much calmer generally and have responded really well to the positive rewards.
Walking to heel seems to be a real challenge for Herbie but Stanley is a changed dog on the lead. We will persevere!
We would recommend Steve to anyone needing advice or guidance with their dog's behaviour.read more
Steve spent the whole day with us addressing lots of issues with our 2 year old lab/dal/Springer cross rescue dog.... Mostly fear aggression on lead. He gave us lots of training to do with him both at home and outside and have already seen an improvement in his behaviour. We would highly recommend Steve.read more
Highly recommended. Great advice and valuable tips learnt. Reinforced with practical guidance, and everything... thoroughly explained in easy terms, which made so much sense. This in turn made it easy to put into practice. You can see that Steve is dedicated and committed to what he does and clearly achieves the results. We loved his enthusiasm, knowledge and his experience shows in his work. Steve is definitely the man to call if you need a pet behaviourist. 🐶🐶🐶read more
I'm writing this on behalf of my mum Heather & her dog, Berkeley the German Shepherd xxWe just cannot thank Steve... enough.
We have a 6 month old German Shepherd who is reactive to people & dogs, yet was fine at puppy training etc.
It got to the point when taking him out for walks, I was apprehensive and dreading the daily 'ordeal', as he is so strong
When Steve came, he told us that I was transmitting these feelings down the lead to the pup, which is why he was so reactive. He took us out on a walk, and BANG, 4 reactive dogs appeared, as soon as we left our house. With Steve showing us the proper way to react, pup walked past with no reaction at all. I'm not ashamed to say, I cried. It was like a Eureka moment!! After 6 hours of Steve being here, I felt confident that I would be able to cope & be calm and not let the pup think he had to protect ME. I have taken him out since, shown him the calm assertiveness that was needed and even when he does react to people or dogs that are too close, I now have the confidence to walk by. I just feel so sad that pup was trying to protect me, as he sensed my fear, and that I was the problem, not him.
Father Christmas has given me the best present ever, thank you Steve, I can now enjoy my new pup and turn him into a well balanced boy. We just cannot praise Steve enough & would NOT hesitate to recommend him.
Money well spent, worth every penny and more.From Heather P
Bury St Edmundsread more
Absolutely fantastic such a noticeable difference in both my pugs behaviours within the first day and constantly... improving they listen and bark less reduced pulling on the lead and constantly improving when consistent and sticking to training plan couldn’t be happier we haven’t had a single incident of aggression between the two of them since your visit can’t thankyou enoughread more
We have 2 young German Shepherd boys whom we needed some guidance with as one is a little nervousFrom the moment we... met a Steve everything he said and showed us really worked and some information was really useful which once Steve left us after being with us all day we were shown how we can get one of our dogs near to another dog and heal walking is fantastic as even though both over 1 we have reintroduced treats.We have also changed leads again after showing us a good lead for the breed and the challenges we haveI was amazed as this morning I walked both on my own put Into practise everything Steve showed us yesterday and was a great walk.Thanks Steve we can definitely recommend you to anyone with a few challenges and needing directionread more
After a bit of a stressful year with a long wait to finally move to a new home, we were all struggling with maintaining... focus on training. Eli became even more of ‘barker’ in the car and even short journeys were fraught with anxiety...and cross humans! Thanks for your help and guidance again Steve; I’ve relayed everything to David and he and Eli are currently ‘searching’ for a teabag (cheese is too easy now!). I feel much more confident just from going over things today and we’ll keep you updated. If anyone is looking to be helped to understand ‘dog’ then Steve is just the person to help YOU to help your furry friend 👍read more
Steve spent over 6 hours with us and our 7 month old staffy x mastiff, Hector today going over all our training needs,... covering a wide variety of things.
Hector has been a generally well behaved dog but had shown some possessive tendencies which we wanted to address immediately to prevent escalation, and also wanted to "fine - tune" our training to make sure we were giving hector the correct direction in life.
Steve has given us the tools to address these issues and the confidence to move forward with the right training techniques.
Can't be happier and will be highly recommend all dog owning friends to invest in a day with Steve, who's fee is much lower than it should be given the value of his work.read more
We would recommend Steve he is really good with dogs and teaching owners. Its a week now and Nero walks to heel without... pulling as if he never pulled. I am more confident walking him and we have met a few dogs without me going into melt down. Best training ever.read more
We contacted Steve at Rehabilitation and training for help with our one year old French bulldog Rocco.
Rocco had been... quite dominant and was using aggression to get his own way. He was snapping at all members of the household (all adults), but was fine out on walks meeting other dogs and their owners. The behaviour was only towards members of the household, but not visitors to the house.
Steve came and carried out a thorough assessment of the families interaction with Rocco. We have not had a dog before so there was a lot to learn, even though Rocco had completed puppy training courses.
Steve spent time with all of the family and together we learned how to get things back on track.
Rocco used to bark at any cars or people walking across the front of our house, but he now responds when we acknowledge his alert following up with ‘quiet’.
Rocco now stays on his touch mat when asked, in order that a caller at the door can be seen without Rocco fighting to get there first!
Rocco also stays on his touch mat when it’s time to prepare dinner, where before he would jump up constantly.
Steve has encouraged us to use a small lead when allowing Rocco into the living room to assist with asking him to get ‘off’ the sofa, as he would storm into the room and protect his seat. Now Rocco successfully waits to be asked up onto the sofa and the ‘off’ command is no longer needed.
In addition to the tasks indoors, Steve has given advice and demonstrated getting Rocco to walk to heal. Rocco grasped this very quickly. This has been a huge success and all the family are now much more confident in taking Rocco out!
We can not thank or recommend Steve enough. We were aware that the problems were created in the main by us and not Rocco, but we have managed to turn things round. This of course is an ongoing process.
Just to add, Rocco has just spent a week at a doggy hotel while we were on holiday. He has been well behaved during this time. Rocco has also maintained what he has been taught and things are carrying on in the same vein - onwards and upwards.
Thank you Steve for your understanding and patience. Rocco should now be able to enjoy his home life and his family have a much better understanding of his needs.read more
Thoroughly recommend Steve, he is a really nice guy who is fantastic with dogs. He came to help us with our rescue... Harry and his territorial barking which was getting out of hand. Steve was able to teach us in three hours how to communicate to Harry some simple, positive but very effective ways to stop the barking. Obviously Harry is still allowed to bark, as dogs should, but we can now quieten him and calm him down when we need to which is good for us but also very good for Harry as he doesn’t need to be as stressed out. The session was worth every penny. A big thank you to Steve.read more
Spent the best part of the day with Steve, helping us out with our 7 month gsd. Zola, had started taking liberties, and... after a few moments Steve had her sussed and proceeded with training us on how to train zola 😂 A wonderful and enlightening experience! Zola is already, a different dog.
Thank you!!!!read more
A valuable day spent with Steve who worked his magic with my two young boisterous Irish setters. By the end of the day... they were calmer and listening. They still have their spirit, sparkle and energy but now it's controllable. Steve uses consistency, positivity and praise to achieve results and also explains why methods do or don't work. An enjoyable and informative day which I would highly recommended.read more
Steve was fantastic with my bulldog Rupert. Explained everything in really easy to understand terminology and made it... seem so easy. had him walking to heel within 10mins. Fingers crossed Rupert stops barking so much! Cheers Steve.read more
We recently had Steve come to help with our Hungarian vizsla who has a behavioural/aggression problem.
He spent 9 hours... with us, literally taking us back to basics to instil discipline from us to our dog. It was clear that we needed ‘training’ too as we had allowed our dog to dominate us through over loving and our naivety as first time owners.
He’s a lovely, genuine man who is very easy to get along with and we felt we learned a lot from his extensive knowledge.
It’s a great benefit that he emails a comprehensive dossier of all the techniques and procedures afterwards to enable you to refer back to.
He is also happy to advise further via telephone or email.
We would highly recommend Steve.
Simon & Debs Matthewsread more
Steve basically spent the day training us how to handle our lab pups.
it's a work in progress but we've got one dog... almost walking to heel and both with near perfect recall after 3 weeks. it's hard work and consistency is the key. Steve explained the dog physio really well.read more
What a lovely man 🐾
We spent all day with Steve going over our issues with our 8mth GSD.
Steve is very knowledgable... and everything he suggested we have complete trust in as it all makes complete sense.
We have put into place the training and have already seen subtle changes in Mabel’s behaviour.
Steve sends over a lovely detailed report which we can refer too which is just brilliant, as there is a lot of information to take on board.
We couldn’t recommend Steve highly enough, he is very likeable, genuine, and highly knowledgeable. 🐶read more
Steve was amazing, good explanations on why dogs do things and how they think. Our 2 young cavaliers were put through... their paces and enjoyed the day, especially the yummy hotdog sausage. We can’t recommend Steve highly enough, he was brilliant. This morning I took the girls for a walk and wow no pulling , they walked to heel beautifully. Now working on stay and leave.
Thank you so much , great day with a great result.read more
Wouldn’t recommend anyone else. Steve is so professional and been amazing with our German Shepherd. Also, the report... Steve provides is detailed and fantastic to look back on when needed. Thanks Steve for your help.read more
Steve was fantastic! He really helped us with our 3 dogs, couldn't recommend him highly enough. He makes everything... really easy to follow and is very thorough with his post-session report which is invaluable.read more
Our 14 month old Jack Russell, Maisie, had an excellent Initial Consultation with Steve. We had particular behavioural... issues with Maisie which we wanted to address and these were covered as part of a whole package of training techniques which were clearly and patiently demonstrated and practised. We had been a little anxious about how Maisie would react to Steve on his arrival but he very soon had her calm and attentive. Steve is very personable but clearly also very knowledgeable and experienced with training dogs so the consultation was both enjoyable and helpful and we covered a lot in the one session. It is easy to forget details when covering numerous training techniques, so the follow-up detailed report will be a very helpful reference for us. Steve had been recommended to us by two people on separate occasions and we can see why. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who wants help or advice with training their dog.read more
Thanks Steve for spending the day with myself and Carmen and giving us valuable advice and the tools to help Ollie.... Being a rescue dog we expect the training to be a slow process but can already see differences in his behaviour. He is walking to heel better and by putting your tips in place he his better with other dogs. For others thinking of rehabilitation and training for their dog we cannot praise Steve highly enough on guidance and knowledge and would thoroughly recommend. Thanks again Steve.read more
What an amazing day spent learning so many tactics to ensure a positive relationship with Bella. Thank you so much... Steve. You’re an extremely clever and knowledgeable man.Already seen a difference in Bella’s behaviour towards our daughter.Would highly recommend. 👍read more
Had a great day with Steve and would highly recommend him. Our Boerboel is a bit of a handful and after the session... with Steve we now have a framework we can work with. I know it won't happen overnight but we are already seeing some improvements.read more
Steve spent 1.5 very informative hours with me and my rescue dog. I found it very enlightening to understand the dogs... psychology and feel so much more confident having spent time with Steve. My family and very importantly, my dog have benefitted loads already and will continue to benefit from all that I learnt. Thanks Steve!read more
Really enjoyed our session with Steve helping with the issues we had with our excitable labrador. Feel like we will... gain a lot from his simple, yet effective methods to get great results. Steve is very patient with us and the dog, such a lovely, polite man who we would highly recommend.. Thank you Steve! 🐶🐾read more
We have a 4 year old very excitable Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Steve spent the day with us showing us all the key... training needs for a calm and happy dog, and how to set the boundaries needed. He also showed us how to address some issues, including pulling on the lead. There’s been such a difference right from the start, and Jess is no longer pulling on the lead! Thoroughly recommend Steve 😊read more
Steve, Jayne and I have both had an amazing day with you today, we have learnt so much. We are putting into practice... what we have learnt and the results are beginning to show already. It's absolutely astounding what you have helped us achieve in just one day. Would highly recommend you. Thank you for all your help.read more
Steve came to meet my 15 month old Westie yesterday. She had decided she wanted to be top female and look after me on... her terms. She was definitely well on her way to achieving her ambition and used every means to get there, even biting.
Steve spent all day with us and put up with my constant questioning about dog psychology. By the time our day was over Mabel was walking beautifully to heal, and obeying EVERY command with ease for Steve and ME!! I couldn't believe this well behaved dog was mine. I used a crate for her when she was a tiny puppy but she hated it. Steve said he could make her like it and I really thought he would fail but yet again, he made her love it and now she spends most of her sleeping time snuggled up in there with her cushions around her. As for the growling and biting I have been educated on how to cope with this. She did give me a couple of nasty warning growls last night and she was humainly punished. She hasn't done it since.
I highly recommend Steve no matter what the problem, he really knows his stuff and it shows how much he cares about dogs.
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Would highly recommend !! We have a different dog!! Jack is walking lovely to heal and responding well to commands!! TV... barking at animals is a working progress but already making huge improvements !!! Really pleased thank you Steve xxread more
Steve came and spent the day with us helping us with our year old Maltipoo .... within a day I could already see a... different dog. His positive approach training is really effective and Obi has learnt quickly...we have a less barky dog which is great and hopefully no more nipping ankles!...hopefully the start of a less anxious dog... We are looking forward to having a couple of more sessions with Steve to help us have more confidence with taking Obi off lead and with other dogs . .thanks so much with your help Steve!read more
steve was great. not only we, but our pup loves him. his attitudes and passion about his job are great. he show us how... to work with our GDS Max so our lifd together will be better. really well spend money. thank uouread more
Steve came round to help with my 2 over excited dogs - one is 9 and the other is just 1 - after 9 years of being pulled... over by my dogs and being in awe of anyone who can just walk their dogs happily on a lead I didn’t hold out much hope! However within no time at all he had them both behaving and walking to heel! I’m not saying they are cured but I went out this morning and managed to walk sensibly and am just amazed!!! If you have any dog issues Steve is the man to get round! Totally professional and will spend as much time as you need! 👍 5 stars from me!!! 🐾🐾read more
Steve came Friday afternoon and we have noticed massive improvements already in Buddy’s behaviour. So much... information and support, Steve stayed until we’d covered everything for Buddy. Of course it was our fault for letting him take pack leader role when he didn’t really want it at all, poor fella. He already seems so much more chilled out, even falling asleep when we watched a programme about dogs, some barking! That never would have happened before!
Still work for us to do but so far, so brilliant!! 😀🐾read more
Steve is an excellent behaviourist and trainer bringing his years of police dog handling, training and education into... his technique. His obvious understanding and love of dogs guides his actions. Finn immediately reacted to Steve, he relaxed and looked to Steve for guidance, relieved not to be top dog. A positive and busy day followed. It sounds easy but Steve really knows what he is doing and it is focused and hard work. Finn and I learned so much and have already made progress. The day was followed by an extensive written report and a reminder for the family and I to continue the training with the chance of follow up sessions as needed. A Gold Star day and I am pleased to recommend Steve to other dog owners. Lindaread more
Steve gave us so much time in helping us to manage Delilah’s anxiety. It’s up to us to really work on us to build... her confidence for she is very intelligent but speaks dog body language and not English! Steve has so much experience and knowledge about dog behaviour and we highly recommend his approach. Brilliant !read more
Thank you Steve. Benji is already a different dog after you have trained us all. Our day with you will make dog... ownership so much more relaxed as well as rewarding. We certainly recommend you.read more
Steve came to see us yesterday and spent over 5 hours with myself my partner and my 2 demanding pooches! We have seen 2... other trainers before and our dogs have been to residential training for 4 weeks without us! We were at our whits end and not sure what else to do! Steve took the time to explain everything in detail with us, the changes we need to make to understand our dogs and so the dogs understand us, take the dogs for a walk and show us many different tips for a fraction of the price I have spent elsewhere (we have litrally wasted thousands on other trainers wish we had found steve much sooner!) We have problems with jumping up, claiming the bed and sofa as their own, lead pulling, barking, aggression towards it other dogs ect! feels like you name it it's one of our issues and we were u sure what else we could possible do to make owning our dogs enjoyable! Alot of information was given to us in that amount of time (maybe too much to take in at once) so were looking forward to receiving our written report with guides in there to help us! don't get me wrong it's not a quick fix or miracle but most defo a step in the right direction and me and my partner have both said we both feel so much more positive now- especially knowing we can call Steve for advice or other sessions if we need too! managed to take the dogs out separately tonight for around 45 minutes with lead training and 'me time' for them too we saw other dogs and people with minimal stress/fuss (from us and them) including exploring our local area more which is a massive step for us! Couldn't recommend Steve anymore!! I'll be back in a few months to say how were doing!Thanks again!!!read more
Had a brilliant day with Steve yesterday, helping us with our dog who was trying to take over as alpha dog! He was... amazing with Wolfie and after following his rules we have noticed such a difference already! Thank you so much Steve, can't recommend you highly enough!read more
Steve was super helpful and very generous with his knowledge and techniques for training our pup Cliff. We have been... using all of the techniques he gave us and have found them to be very effective. Thanks Steve 🙂read more
We adopted Nelly a week ago, not knowing anything about her past, or even what she is - looks like a staffie, could be... staffie cross and think she’s about 6/7 months old.
She’s settled in well with my 11 year old lab, bus has separation anxiety when she’s left, which is stressful for all. She’s also not had a great deal of training so I was keen to get pointers from Steve so we could put those into action.
Steve spent over four hours here today, talking through the best way to try and help Nelly over come this issue, and what we as a family need to do to help her. He also helped with lead waking, and gave me advice on other areas of training like recall, when to praise, when to ignore etc.
At no point did I feel that Steve was trying to rush things, or squeeze everything into a time slot, he had all the time needed.
Early days still, but we’ll get there and I’m so grateful for his calm advice, and knowing he’s at the end of an email is very comforting.read more
Great, practical advice given which we have been following religiously. One week on and both dogs already know a lot... of what is expected of them and I have been remembering to keep to the rules!read more
Steve came round to teach us how to correctly teach and discipline our 1yr old pup. He was here 6 hours and within that... time Harley (our dog) made incredible progress! Steve made the training easy to understand and explained why and what we’re doing is necessary. We now understand the dogs psychology more and how to train and discipline him properly and even over night has made amazing progress! What a difference a day makes!!read more
I had Steve round to see angle as she was pulling on the lead & jumping up when people come in to the home I can truly... say that in that day angel had got the message know more pulling & jumping up I will say if eny one has a problems with the dogs please give Steve Hurley a ring on 07859879559 and I know he will help you.. Heather ..read more
Steve's calm, clear approach made it easy for us to understand where we had been going wrong. It made perfect sense... when he said Millie was not happy feeling that she was 'pack leader's. As soon as we started implementing his simple training techniques she relaxed and willingly gave up control. I can't thank Steve enough.read more
We had Steve round today and what a difference a day makes or a different eye on the way we do things has had already ,... just understanding in a different way is amazing. Steve came to see our two 8 year old miniature schnauzers ( who have had no training at alll ) and 7 month old ridgeback cross mastiff , within an a couple of hours our dogs where acting much better , he spent a good 5.5 hours with us so we was happy and confident in what he had shown as well as taught us , it's amazing how he makes everything sound much more understanding then if we was to just read up on it , we are looking forward to putting all his advice into practice and the fact that he on end of phone or will come help if we struggle is a big reassurance . Thankyou Steve ��read more
Understands the problems that you have and works hard to ensure that you know exactly what to do. Nothing is too much... trouble explains in simple terms with demonstrations with you dog . Easy to talk to and discuss problems with , with an approachable manner many thanks to steve for his time and effort with our German shepherdread more
Steve came over yesterday spent most of the day accessing and going though techniques with me. I have a white GSD with... anxiety issues and is extremely nervous of almost everything outside, walking her is something else!! So today I have been putting into practice the advice Steve has recommended. Going ok, just come back from taking her for a walk! It is soooo hard what I need to do to break the cycle, however, me and Skara have got to come out the other side!!
I highly recommend Steve, he certainly knows his stuff especially with GSD. With hard work and determination we’ll be rewarded with one happy hound
Steve came to see our two springer spaniels who are seven.He has showed us how to stop one of them pulling when out... walking and given us the confidence to try and get our other springer to be more sociable.read more
Steve visited us today to work with our Rough Collie, Sylvie, who was rescued from Romania 18 months ago. We have been... experiencing a variety of unusual issues which all come down to a lack of confidence. She has been refusing to leave the sofa unless asked, won't drink in front of us, sometimes won't eat, and is terrified when she is anywhere in the house, except "her" sofa. We have had 4 collies before and have never experienced anything like this, and after 16 months of working with her, and having advice from other trainers, we were at the point of giving up and, literally, letting sleeping dogs lie! Steve was recommended by a friend, and I have to say, was a breath of fresh air. He came with no preconceptions, and was not judgemental in any way. He had to totally reverse the advice he usually gives to people, and I felt that he worked not only with Sylvie, but also with me as an individual. He was with us for 6 hours, and took time to assess what he saw on the day, as well as taking into account my opinion. By half way through the appointment, Sylvie was happily lying in the kitchen, in her dog bed, a place where she had never before ventured without scuttling through the room in a panic, despite bribery with treats of cheese. We now have a plan firmly in place in order to make her comfortable in different rooms in the house, one at a time, and I'm pleased to say that she is sleeping next to me in the kitchen, despite all doors being open - she has chosen to be with me. Thank you Steve - from me and Sylvie. Xread more
Steve came to help me deal with several issues with my two Rescue dogs, Biscuit and Crumb. From excessive barking, to... lead pulling and nipping.I couldn't believe what a positive influence he had on Biscuit and she seemed to visibly relax in his company. Steve has shown me how to help Crumb who is deaf and how I can adapt hand signals so he understands what I need him to do.He clearly has a brilliant understanding of dogs and what makes them tick. Steve has given me the tools transform my delinquent pair, so now it is down to me to work with them. We covered so many aspects of dog behavior today and I simply can't thank him enough. I can't recommend Steve enough, a really decent bloke and a brilliant service.read more
Steve has opened my eyes to what is achievable in such a short space of time. Lots of hard work ahead of us but so... worth it. I think you should call yourself a "dog whisperer "! Thank you so much Steve.read more
Thank you so much for our training session last week. We learnt so much from it, I think it was us that needed the... training not the dogs! Having had no experience of training a deaf dog, I feel that with your instructions and directions we are making good progress. There has been a noticable difference in our household this week. You emphasised the importance of us remaining consistent with all the dogs and it seems to be working well. I know we still have a long way to go, but feel we are defiantly moving in the right direction. Thank you once again Steve, highly recommend your services �read more
My very bouncy, excitable dog Otto has very quickly learnt to stay in his bed when the doorbell goes following Steve's... visit today. We have lots of practice to do but Otto has certainly got the idea pretty quickly and it will make a big difference to all of us when someone comes to the door! Thank you Steve.read more
Steve came recommended. I took my dog Ozzy on as a rescue and he had some behavioural issues when on the lead and... meeting other dogs. He's a big dog so I was also anxious about keeping him under control when out for walks and meeting other dogs.Steve spent a good 5 hours explaining ways in which to change his behaviour, both at home and when out. Steve has a reassuring and professional manner that you feel you can trust. He came on a walk to observe Ozzy and a dog came running up while we were out and Ozzy didn't react. It was that quick of a change. Steve explained that I need to also change my reaction to these situations to try to keep everything calm.
It's been over 3 weeks since our consultation and Ozzy is making great progress. He will walk really well on the lead and is so much calmer when meeting other dogs and rarely reacts, I also feel a lot more confident. This has made walking him so much less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Thanks so much.read more
We recently got a Romanian street dog from a local rescue centre and as first time dog owners, we were struggling with... her for the first few days and were thinking of taking her back.
She was never aggressive but kept nipping, we couldn't eat food in peace as she'd jump at us, the walks consisted of us being dragged round the streets, having to have a wrestling match with her for me to leave the front door for work in the mornings and it got to stage where my partner had to sit on my lap in a single seat whilst the dog had the three seater sofa to herself cause she was such a pain if we tried sitting on it. Then we decided to call Steve and we're so glad we did.
He's obviously very knowledgeable and with teaching us and her clear instructions and showing us how we should be more dominant, it's made such a difference already. We know we still have a lot of work to do but after just three days she now sits, stays, pretty much won't go on the sofa unless invited and the walks are much better. We love her to bits and so glad we kept her. Thank you Steve!read more
Thanks for today Steve.
I learnt loads (mainly about how untrained I am lol) !!
I am still speechless at how quick you... got them to take commands... and calm down 🙂
It's been a nice relaxing (quiet) evening since you left. Amazing!!
Highly recommended!read more
Today i spent 5 odd hours rolling my eyes, tutting alot and saying "oh my god yes & I'M so stupid"..... Today I was... trained.... I can not express enough how thankful i am to Steve. He truly knows his 'stuff' and he has guided me and given me back my faith in my ability to train my 8mnth old german shepherd who has been pushing his boundaries. Most of what i was taught today is common sense from the dogs point of view. I can not wait to put into practice all i have learnt. (id start straight away but Ace is soundo haha). Many many thanks Steve. I truly and highly recommend anyone who needs training (yes you not the dog �) to give Steve a call.read more
Thankyou so much for working with us a family with millie and gemma. It was really enjoyable to understand what the... dogs are thinking and why they behave in such a way. You had patience with me when i kept getting it wrong.Ive put your training in place straight away last night with successful walk to heal around the roads stopping at every road crossing. Then went over woods this morning early, so they can assess there environment and again successfully avoided other confrontation from other dogs. Recall was brilliant and fun.Millie hasnt been on sofa since!Thankyou so much and highly recommended your services xxxread more
Steve came today to see our 16 week old and 7 year old miniature schnauzers both new to our household.
My god this guy... knows his business. He had a gentle but firm approach to both dogs, and us. We learnt SO much.
Thank you so much Steve, we now look forward to puppy training sessions.
Cannot recommend him enough, excellent value for money.
Pete & Sueread more
After losing our Labrador, our other dog Murphy become increasingly anxious to the point that when people come round... he'd run & hide. When Steve arrived Murphy ran and hid as usual, but within 4 hours he was not only taking treats from Steve's hand, he also let him take him for a walk. I am confident that by following Steve's tips & advice I will be able to help Murphy get back to his old self.read more
Thanks Steve, you have shown us how to be the owners a dog deserves. In such a short time you covered every concern we... had and demonstrated methods that worked straight away. You genuinly care about each dog you meet and put the work in 110%
You have let us understand zero and we couldnt have asked for more.Definitely recommend for any dog owners that have any problems. Steves methods are effective straight away. You will see results and so will your pets 🙂read more
We have experienced some amazing training techniques for our 3 boys today. We are very hopeful that they will all... succeed in their training. We have our hands full with a daschund , jack Russell cross and a bulldog cross staffy, and really needed some professional help. From barking, aggression, jumping up and no discipline , we have finally had the help we urgently needed. Thanks very much for all your help Steve and we will keep in touch.read more
We have a 8 month old Staffordshire bull terrier who is very loving, but mischievous. We were finding him really hard... work but since Steve came and worked with us, he has changed so much for the better! I am beginning to be able to really enjoy my dog and walking him on a lead 🙂 Steve is so friendly and by the time he left, I felt confident that things were going to change for the better and we were going to have the dog we always wanted in Stanley! I 100% recommend Steve, he is really enthusiastic and you can really tell he loves what he does 🙂 My dog loved him straight away 🙂read more
Currently using Steve for our dog who has been through so much, he has certainly made positive changes to our Jess and... we still have a long way to go, Steve is highly trained and we would definitely recommend this guy, so glad we found him.read more