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A review for Lucy – From Kookie Down aged 3
I’ve lived with my humans, and my sickeningly well behaved doggy brother for my whole life and in that time I have had more dog trainers then trips to the vet and believe me there have been lots of those! I wasn’t the best behaved dog in the world, I was pretty good when I was indoors especially if there were treats involved but out of that front door in the big wide world, well that was a different story! I really couldn’t understand why or how to walk nicely on a lead and coming back when I was called wasn’t too high on my list of priorities either. I was out having fun and that was what was important to me!
My mum had tried everything with me, from puppy classes, to agility, and then the icing on the cake was full on gun dog training! Now don’t get me wrong it was all real fun but the problem was it didn’t really teach me how to behave in the real world.
Then we moved to this really amazing place with lots of fun places to explore but I was so naughty on and off the lead we never really went anywhere. That was until my mum decided to call in expert help and that is how I met Lucy.
Lucy is different I think she might be a doggy, like me, but she cleverly disguises herself as a human for her job, can you believe she can even talk to birds! She has helped me to teach my humans so many things about me and the way I think that it really has made our lives as a human and dog family better. The best thing about Lucy is she never blamed me, the dog, instead she really helped my mum to understand me and to realise that sometimes her way of life for me is actually really, really boring! For the first time in my life I feel like my humans have been trained and now understand that I will reward them with good behaviour if they communicate properly with me and teach me to communicate with them on a better level. It’s so good I can’t remember the last time I got shouted at, well….except when I stole a sausage roll of the plate on Christmas day but it really was worth it!
So I just want to say thank you to Lucy and thank you to my humans for helping to make my doggy life so much more enjoyable! I can’t wait to have some more sessions with you this year.
Love from Kookie
"From the very first appointment with Lucy we knew she had the sensible but compassionate dog centred approach we were looking for. Buster, our 11 year old rescue cairn terrier, was having trouble walking on the lead without barking and reacting to anything that was small or big that moved quickly or noisily! We love him dearly but all we needed help! What we like most about the way Lucy works is that she looks at the whole system. She helped us understand what we were doing that could be counterproductive and gave us really practical suggestions. She has great skills and is really knowledgable. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing a bit a extra help with their best pal in the world!" C & I Baguley
"We had Lucy to help us with Amber, our adorable but naughty chocolate Labrador adolescent (13 months) dog. Lucy turned the traditional dog training on its head, totally. Amber is encouraged to make choices and those choices depend on us and what we want her choices to be. We have had eight sessions and have booked some more, simply because Amber enjoys them, we enjoy them so tremendously and we want Amber to behave impeccably in the future, in ALL circumstances. As to our life, it has become so much easier with Lucy's patient guidance and a dog ownership is now an utter pleasure and source of pride because of our well behaved pooch, thanks to LUCY! Do book your sessions since Lucy is getting extremely busy; our next one is mid November. Thank you Lucy" S Slater
"The first time Lucy met Nelson, my husband had been in for only 10mins, the window cleaner was doing his job and someone new was in the house, needless to say my dog was all over the place and stressed out, but by the end of the hour Nelson was happy to give Lucy one of his toys and he was pleased to see her when she came for a second visit (much to my surprise). It has been very educational and I am looking forward to putting the techniques into practice." V Lawton
"I came to Lucy with my 11 month old pup who pulled too much on the lead. Lucy is extremely knowledgable and understands each animals individual needs. We worked alongside another couple but Lucy tailor made the techniques the each dog and allowed us time to work with the new techniques learnt. I would recommend The Animal Behaviourist to anyone looking for a gentler way to train your animal because she works a lot with choices instead of more traditional methods of forcing the animal to do what you want. We've been working on the exercises learnt and I can already see a marked improving on our walks. Thank you Lucy." K Tibenham
"After adopting a 12 month old collie/german-shepherd a few months back, we had our hands full! Our dog was showing signs of aggression to both people and other dogs (or pretty much anything that moved!), wanting to play fight and biting our hands, she was pulling really hard on her lead when going for walks, and chewing absolutely everything! Lucy, the Animal Behaviour Coach came to our house to meet Teddy and watch her at home with us and immediately picked up on several of her behaviours. Straight away she gave us tips on how to manage these behaviours until we could begin our training sessions. In just a handful of sessions with Lucy, she is now no longer pulling us over when we walk and occasionally she's walking with a lose lead! It's very much still a work in progress but Lucy has explained her approach to teaching us and Teddy, and we are really happy with the really fast progress we've made with this so far! We are teaching Teddy to want to walk at our side, and when she's able to achieve this, she really enjoys her walks! We also established with Lucy that the chewing was due to anxiety and with her help, Teddy is no longer destroying everything in sight! Our biggest problem of aggression is something that we were really worried about. We had a training session this morning with Lucy and we were all so surprised and pleased with how well Teddy has come along in the past few weeks. She still likes to growl a little when she see's other dogs, but she's beginning to learn that people and dogs are nothing to be afraid of! In comparison to just a few weeks ago, Teddy would have barked, growled, lunged, jumped, and done anything possible to get closer. I honestly couldn't recommend Lucy highly enough to anyone who has an animal. Her approaches are exactly what I was looking for; she is able to help us to train Teddy using positive reinforcements and it's working so well for us! We really couldn't be happier with our results so far. Teddy always looks forward to her training sessions, and so do we! Truly happy owners with a very happy dog!" L Brothers
"Can highly recommend Lucy Bennett animal behaviourist, she's brilliant at teaching you what your dog is actually doing (as opposed to what you think he's doing) and puts a whole different spin on the relationship. I didn't think there was anything wrong with my relationship with my dogs before but now it's improved no end and unwanted behaviour is much less than it was. No hesitation in recommending her." K Kent
"Lucy at Animal Behaviour Coach helped me with my ducklings and has transformed them from being terrified of everyone and everything to ducks that actively seek our interaction, quack away happily when they see us and allow us to pick them up to put them away at night without any trouble. Lucy's knowledge and expertise is phenomenal across such a wide range of animals. It's so lovely to have happy confident ducks and it's all thanks to Animal Behaviour Coach. Can't recommend enough." C Knight
"Lucy really is an expert. My wife and I could not believe how well our puppy responded to Lucy and her methods. We have followed her advice to help us sleep soundly through the night, put an end to "little accidents" in the house and improve recall and walking on the lead. Lucy is a warm and genuine person. We'll certainly be working with Animal Behaviour Coach again" N Day
"Lucy is brilliant! Charlie and I felt so comfortable around her and she offers great help and tips - very highly recommend and look forward to seeing you soon, thanks so much xx" A North
"So pleased we had Lucy today. She really opened my eyes as to what I was doing right and wrong. My staffie is already 18m but still has a few underlying issues. With her help, I'm confident we can get him to where I want him to be. Definitely recommend" L Dutton
"I approached the Animal Behaviour Coach as my dog had become very difficult to walk (he was barking at most things). Lucy was very approachable, she listened to my/our problems. She wasn't judgemental, and I must admit that I found my dog barking at everything quite embarrassing. Each appointment was laid back, and Lucy helped me to understand my dog's behaviour and my own. She 'coached' us through the process, and it has been a very positive and rewarding experience. Not only have we tackled the barking but I feel that my dog is happier in general." - L Brennan
"Wonderful afternoon at the Learn Like An Animal workshop this afternoon. Practical hands on skills, interactive learning in a positive environment. Lucy shared lots of really helpful insights into how our animals learn and how we can be more considerate handlers and trainers. I would really recommend these workshops!" J Pay
"Lucy came round to visit me as I am a first time kitten owner, she is so knowledgeable and her understanding of my kittens behaviour was amazing. She read her like a book! Would recommend Lucy to anyone." W Halligan
"I found Lucy's help extremely valuable, I bought one Guinea Pig and I followed her advice and got a second one. They are both so happy now, I'm really glad that I followed the advice given. I also find Lucy has a wealth of knowledge which has helped me provide more enrichment and encourage my Guinea Pigs in their natural behaviour." - L Bennett-Poynter
"Lucy’s extensive knowledge in animal behavior/psychology is truly remarkable! Knowing her personally I constantly witness her natural ability to relate well with animals from all walks of life (dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters, otters, mice, snakes, owls, chickens to name a few!) She provides immense dedication & care to help animals that encounter psychological/behavioral issues, allowing them all to behave more positively & lead a happier life.
With my recent addition to the family (my first ever puppy French Bulldog named ‘George’), Lucy helped me overcome the daunting process in finding a dog breed suitable for my lifestyle, in addition advice on after care in terms of training etc. There have been many times Lucy has come to my rescue! Such as explaining the importance of finding an accredited dog breeder to ensure the dog has the best start in life and much more. I realize now how lack of research into dog breeders may result in your new puppy to uncover hidden mental & physical health issues, which usually is discovered at later semesters in animal development.
To add, Lucy provided me the right tools & knowledge I needed to best train George. As a result George has quickly settled in well in my family despite only being 12 weeks old. I’m immensely grateful for Lucy’s support and would highly recommend her services to help tackle any pet woes or requiring advice on finding the right pet to suit any lifestyle."- J Cunliffe
"Lucy is an excellent trainer and I would highly recommend her." C Jakubowski