What Our Clients Say
“Nigel is a real magician. He transformed our wayward and difficult dog into a delightful companion”
“ Nigel was a huge help when we got our puppy”
"Nigel, thank you so much,Millie and Ruby changed for ever after meeting you!! After years of being dragged about by them can’t believe how fast and effective your techniques are. Can’t recommend you highly enough."
"The Dog Sitter was a very pleasant person, my house was very tidy on my return, my dogs were clearly content and happy and everything was in order as I asked, thank you very much."
“A very professional service and clearly passionate about the best possible scenarios for my dogs, thank you. “
“The plants were alive and looked well, the dog was happy and looked after, house was clean and tidy, I could not ask for more and will continue to use you.”
“Nigel worked with us and our dog Jasper. The results were impressive not least because Jasper is completely deaf and life is just that bit more difficult for him, us and any trainer. Nigel achieved amazing results getting him to walk to heel but more importantly teaching him such good recall that we can confidently have him off lead in our local park – a real triumph for us and Jasper.”
“Nigel’s focused and calm methods ensured that we knew what to do when he was not going to be around and he is at the end of a phone for follow up support and advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who wants proper professional help and is serious about training and prepared to put in the work – there are no shortcuts for you and your dog! “
“Following yet another miserable walk with Abi, my 14 month old German Shepherd dog, I could only describe my mood as one of utter despair. My legs were bleeding as her massive strength had pulled me over when she lunged after another dog. My wrists were painful from being tugged here and there, but the biggest problem was the feeling of humiliation and failure.
Due to Abi’s behaviour towards other dogs was so hostile, I couldn’t realistically expect her to receive a warm welcome at the local dog classes. So I turned to You Tube to see if I could discover any training tips. Fortunately Nigel had added an impressive short video on how to walk a dog on a loose leash. Although I live some distance from London, I decided to contact Nigel to see if he would be willing to spend a week training both Abi and me. This request was slightly different from the services he usually provides, but I think he could sense my desperation and agreed to help.
Nigel commenced the week by educating me on why dogs behave the way that they do, drawing from studies of their natural behaviour in the wild. With this new knowledge, I could now make some sense of what causes Abi’s nervous aggression and anxieties. By implementing some simple changes to the way I deal with Abi in the home, this would then have a positive impact on her behaviour across the board, including the miserable walk experience.
My over-riding impression of Nigel was his gentleness, patience and strong, but quiet presence with Abi. The little rascal didn’t want to willingly concede her lofty position as ‘leader’, but as the week progressed, Abi became calmer, less demanding and finally was demonstrating good manners both in and out of the house.
Incredibly, Abi now walks to heel… if she tries to edge ahead; I follow Nigel’s instructions by stopping, turning back a few paces, and then continue onwards. It hasn’t just been about the walking though; Nigel also addressed the way she reacts to other people and dogs, the lengthy barking episodes, the jumping up when greeting visitors and he has given Abi the opportunity to relax. I have been absolutely delighted with the outcome and am grateful to Nigel for improving the quality of both Abi’s and my life.”
K Pawseys’ progress with Abi can be seen on her personal blog at http://karen123.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/just-abi/
“We have a beautiful and intelligent 7 month Hungarian Vizsla. I could put up with the fact that I had been too lazy to lead train her, or even the fact that she jumped up like a Dervish whenever we came through the door. When she started to get involved in mini-brawls with other dogs smaller than herself in Regent’s Park I began to think I needed some expert help, despite having previously owned a more timid Vizsla as I did not want her to grow into a fighter and she is both feisty, affectionate and up for ‘the challenge’. After surfing the net, not having been happy with the trainer our vet had recommended for puppy socialisation, I found Nigel Reed’s website. When I first heard that all his training starts in the home and that Nigel would require a minimum of a 9 -5 week to get Dido under control, I almost faltered but Nigel moved in. Dido is a very bright and responsive dog but one week later she walks on a loose lead along the busiest pavement.
We have learnt how to alter her behaviour so that she doesn’t jump up at us, or our guests and Nigel has trained me to know exactly what to do and not to do if she ever does get into an unpleasant park ‘scrap’. And, more importantly how to take action to avoid the situation in advance. Dido now know her place in our family pack, does not experience separation anxiety and we are already missing Nigel’s calm, undemanding and knowledgeable presence in our home. Alternatively he offers a consultation and videos for you to find your own way but every penny we spent was a golden investment”.
“Not only was my dog calmer when I returned, he has actually stopped barking hysterically at the door. “
“You have made my life easier and I feel so much more relaxed with Benji now, he is a different dog,”
“ Kahn was trying to attack every dog he saw, now he is happy and plays with other dogs, I did not think it was possible, thank you so much.”
Dear Nigel, Thank you, you have revolutionised our life by showing us the way to gently and quietly train our two largely out-of-control dogs!We can now, after just two weeks, walk without being pulled, eat dinner without slobbering dogs nudging us all the time and feed them without excessive fuss and pandemonium! They also listen much more and clearly are more aware that we are the leaders of the pack and not them!! They are now a pleasure to live with…. well, nearly!!
I can’t thank you enough!
"We contacted Nigel after weeks of dog classes at the local dog club that did not help us change any of our 2 year old rescue dog Bruno’s behaviour issues. Instead of teaching us more techniques to control Bruno, Nigel showed us how to understand Bruno’s needs and read Bruno’s behaviours for what they really are. We are now armed with lots of techniques to help show Bruno that we are in charge and he can relax and be happy being a dog rather than feeling like he needs to lead and protect us all the time. No more halti leads or battles of muscles for us!"
"Nigel has helped me train both my 12 year old Golden Retriever who had severe anxiety around other dogs, and our second retriever puppy when he was too mischievous for words!"
"Nigel is kind and passionate about his work. I was able to implement his suggestions with great success, and we now have a well behaved and well socialised dog."
My overriding impression of Nigel was his gentleness, patience and strong, but quiet presence with Abi my German Shepherd. The little rascal didn’t want to willingly concede her lofty position as ‘leader’, but as the week progressed, Abi became calmer, less demanding and finally was demonstrating good manners both in and out of the house.
"Nigel challenge is to help my rescue Labrador overcome his fear of unfamiliar dogs. He has educated me on communication techniques (with refresher sessions) and has worked with my dog whilst I was away. The significant improvement in my dog behaviour evidences Nigel excellent skills."
"Our dog Bugsy main issues was barking at the front door, passers by and attacking the letters (mostly my expensive magazine subscriptions) that dared to enter our home.
Nigel helped me develop boundaries and communicate my role around this space demonstrating to Bugsy that I had control of the situation.
We then got another dog Gatsby. Based on all of his teachings Nigel helped us to establish feeding, training and settling in techniques that allowed Gatsby to settle into our lives and home established within our pack and understanding his position. This has created a happy pack, happy humans and wonderful life for us all!
Thank you Nigel."
"Nigel taught us how to help our Miniature Schnauzer Dilly who was very fearful in the park and in our local pub. After some time implementing his methods we saw the real progress she was making. Nigel’s technique is unique and was the only method that had any results for us. Now we can go anywhere with Dilly and she is totally relaxed."