Jade from Animal Behaviour Matters has helped so much with our new mate Boots. Boots is a young Bull Mastiff cross who came to us as a rescue with some behavioural issues. At 40kg, he still thought that being with humans was all about jumping and biting. He was unmanageable when he came to us, but with Jade's help, four months later he is on his way to being a well mannered member of our family. With the techniques Jade has taught us, Boots has gone from being unmanageable on his walks to walking calmly next to me, and every day is learning to be more and more gentle when he plays.
The best thing Jade taught Boots and us was "targeting". This one thing makes life with a huge dog so much easier - we can use targeting to get Boots to move when he's feeling stubborn, get and hold his attention even under stressful conditions, and distract him from doing things I'd rather he wasn't - barking at someone, stealing cushions, or trying to play too roughly.
Boots now understands how to live in a house with people, and is a calmer, happier dog. I'm not sure we would have been able to keep him without Jade's help, but we are so happy that he is settling in so well now.
Michele & Boots from Melbourne, Victoria
Hi Jade, preparing to teach an intro to targeting class at the dog training club on Sunday. Reminiscing on when you taught me and Digger "touch" in our lounge room. What a long time ago that was, what a long way we've come since! Digger has been a challenge, but so rewarding and the light of my life. Thanks for your help and patience way back when. Hope everything is good in your world - Baloo is just gorgeous! x
S & Digger, Tasmania
I would like to thank you for travelling out of your area (Hobart) to help train my little miniature schnauzer Gizzy and myself. The confidence I'm gaining as I learn along with Gizzy is amazing with your guidance I'm learning to be the leader Gizzy craves and I wouldn't be where I am with our training without you.
Gizzy and I still have a journey ahead of us, but with your help I know we can do it. Thanks so much to for your passion, commitment, time (both during and outside of our lessons) and knowledge you've given us. I urge anyone who would like to communicate on a deeper level with their best friend to give Animal Behaviour Matters a try.
Lisa & Gizzy from Latrobe, Tasmania
Just wanted to say Hi and let you know how much improved Rusty is now. About 2 years since we met you. Although I still cross the road if a dog is coming towards us, Rusty no longer loses his cool and does not react at all to them. He does however still look to see where they are. But our trust is super great now so I imagine he fully trusts me to look after his safety.
M & Rusty from Tasmania
Brigalo and Dolly would want me to thank you for teaching us your training methods – they are very happy horses these days. Your methods are such a great way to connect with their minds. When they see the reward bag they just light up with interest and eagerness to play our games (thanks for the lesson on anti-mugging too, because that saves us a lot of bullying horse behaviour). We are in awe at how these techniques can be used to modify all their behaviours, on the ground and in the saddle, fantastic! My farrier has commented on their changed manners, now they stand so quietly for their hooves being worked on. And we can't thank you enough for your help with float training – what a change, no more stress or risk of injury. Looking forward to our next session.
Our 3 horses, J & G, Canberra
Hi Jade Thanks again for coming out to help us with our 5yr old Quaker parrot. Your professional advice and customised training program has really helped us get our parrots screaming and biting under control. He has shown a very positive response just in a week. Many thanks!!
E & Peanut from Sydney
Thanks for your help with Dakota. She is a changed dog. When we first got her as an abused and abandoned rescue girl, she was beyond miserable, timid and unpredictable. Now she is a devoted, confident and thoroughly wonderful friend. She really loves our training sessions, I think she is always racking her brain for new things to teach me! I have learnt much about myself by using your methods to become a good dog owner. Thanks again for working with us to give her a second chance at, what I hope, is now a truly happy life. She certainly looks content, curled up beside me in her beanbag, she is never far from my side these days – she thanks you too.
Graeme & Dakota, Canberra
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