Sonia came to our house and observed Marlon. She helped us to understand Marlon’s behaviour and talked us through some strategies to help. Sonia was very understanding and had a lovely way of teaching. She made us feel very comfortable and confident in being able to apply the techniques and we saw results straight away.
It was helpful to have a plan written down and even when there were concerns following Sonia’s visit, it was both helpful and reassuring to know that Sonia was at the other end of the phone for support and advice. Sonia was willing to help and offer further strategies when we contacted her after our visit. We’ve had no concerns with Marlon snapping since and he continues to grow in confidence! We’re very pleased we sought Sonia’s help and would highly recommend her services!
After observing us in our natural habitat, Sonia quickly identified that Nigel was in fact the leader in our pack! We were quite surprised that was the case as he’s so loving and cuddly, but it became quite clear that his behaviour (and ours!) was reinforcing this in his mind, leading quite substantially to the behaviour he was exhibiting. Sonia gave us some simple, but very effective techniques to redress the balance and we saw results quite quickly.
Sonia has since been back to look at Nigel’s anxiety issues, which for me was the most concerning issue. The worst problem with this was being unable to leave him alone as he would cry, howl, shake, pant – it was awful and had got much worse over the last two years. It was beginning to affect our social life. After some excellent advice, and some minor changes to our routine, we can now leave Nigel much longer – and he is no longer exhibiting signs of stress (we have installed ‘Nigel-cam’ a very reasonable Motorola camera where you can talk to your dog!). We still have some howling, but that is gradually getting less and less! We’re thrilled.
I think it is important to note that it does take some effort on the owner’s part, but it is well worth the rewards. We have a much calmer, happier little doggie and we can also have post delivered to the door and go out without worrying!
Sonia also recommended some excellent natural food for Nigel and he absolutely loves his new diet -which definitely keeps him full and content much longer than the previous food he was on.
Happy customers – thank you Sonia!
Julia, Mark and Nigel x
Roxie has had a tough time during the past year as she had a mass cell tumour removed from her leg and more recently got attacked by a farmers dog while on the lead.
We have had Roxie since a pup and have experienced some challenging behaviours but have been all within the house until recently. These are most of her bad behaviours.
1/ sitting on furniture without being invited
2/ pulling on the lead when walking
3/ dashing through open doors & going through before us
4/ stealing TV remotes and other items for attention usually when I am on the phone or talking to someone in my house
5/ barking at visitors and pouncing up at them when they come in the door and then won’t leave them alone
6/ barking at me when my husband goes out
Roxie is generally a very friendly dog. She’s great when off the lead but on the lead since being attacked she has started to show signs of nervous aggression towards other dogs which is an issue for our family as we take our dog everywhere with us.
I got in touch with Sonia after reading about her on the internet and wanted some advice relating to Roxie’s behaviour. Sonia arranged a home visit and we have seen her 3 times now. On the first visit Sonia highlighted a number of issues that myself and my husband were doing incorrectly including not giving firm, clear and consistent commands, not displaying clear pack leadership behaviour, not consistently correcting bad behaviour in the house and not correcting bad behaviour while walking Roxie on the lead.
Sonia initially provided us with an excellent insight into dog psychology to help us understand Roxie’s behaviour and provided us with a structured training plan to correct the bad behaviour. Amazingly I found results later that day, Roxie was staying off the furniture, not barking at me when on the phone, not stealing the TV remote and not bolting through open doors. This has made life far more enjoyable for Roxie and the family.
On Sonia’s 3rd home visit we made significant improvement while walking Roxie on the lead, Roxie no longer pulls like a steam train, she is controllable and responsive to commands. We are starting to see improvements relating to on the lead aggression as Roxie’s confidence in our pack leadership increases.
For all the reasons above I would highly recommend Sonia and her training methods regardless of you dogs age, size or issues because as we have found most issues can be resolved and managed if you have the knowledge and skills taught by Sonia. We just need to be consistent and confident in our approach.
Thanks for all your help to date Deb, Roxie and family
When Sonia came she assessed us and Teddy and quickly diagnosed the problems and began teaching us methods to correct his behaviour and gave us advice on what to feed him as a lot of Teddy’s issues were food related. On the day of the session Teddy quickly responded to the methods Sonia taught us and it was honestly like a fairy godmother had come to help us! Teddy is listening to us now and learning to drop items he shouldn’t have. He has not been aggressive and is so much calmer and happier. We can’t thank Sonia enough. Even after our session, Sonia was on call to answer any questions by phone and keep us on track. I can’t recommend Sonia enough, she is a fantastic lady who really cares about training the animals in their best interests to make the whole family happier. Thank you Sonia!
S and C Weddington
I looked for help on the internet and found Best Buddies. Sonia came to me and after 3 to 4 hours what a transformation.
Marley was listening to me at last. I can get him to sit and wait, play ball when I want to, no more plants dug up, no barking at next door for attention and he is walking better on the lead. I was also advised to change his diet from kibble to raw meat and vegetables. This has improved his health, toilet and behaviour. He is a lot calmer now and very happy.
Oh yes and the main result I now know how to take charge. A very big thank you to Sonia at Best Buddies.
We picked Betty up at 8 weeks old and from the very start we new that there was a problem due to her constant crying and messing in her crate whenever she got left (even for 5minutes), we were so worried about leaving her and felt terrible every time we heard her cry.
We couldn’t even have a shower without her following us!! We came to the conclusion that she had separation anxiety, after doing some research we rang best buddies and it was the best thing we ever did, we can now leave Betty for our days at work and not have to worry about the crying or the mess we would come home to, she is a very happy puppy that has learnt lots of tricks on demand due to the training that Sonia gave us!
It was the best thing we ever did after seeing how happy our puppy is now.
Thank you from Emily, Adam and Betty x
That had an immediate calming effect and ensured Glyder was getting the nutrients she needed. With Sonia’s help, we’ve implemented a programme of behaviour training, bespoke to Glyder’s personality and individual needs. We’ve focused a lot on lead training and consistent recall because of Glyder’s confidence and curiosity!
Over time Glyder has gone from being a cannonball of chaos to a much calmer dog, willing to respond to instructions, with much better attentiveness.
2 weeks later a second fight occurred this time over a squeaky toy, this fight resulted in a trip to the vets with the eldest dog, and he needed to have his ear stapled. We knew that this was getting serious and i started looking for help. 1 week after that another occurred, this time it was over food. I First called Sonia at Best Buddies in December 2015 after reading about her on her web page, I had also been in contact with another trainer but chose Sonia because when I called her I got to speak with her in person and not an assistant.
I discussed the issues that we had with the dogs Aggression being at the top of the list, I also mentioned pulling on the lead, jumping up at guests, dominance, barking at fireworks and recall issues. I was delighted when Sonia said that she could help. We booked in the first appointment for the third week in January. We were both happy that we were getting the issues sorted and did our best until we could meet with Sonia.
Christmas Day another fight occurred, even after managing to separate them by closing patio doors they would still try and fight through the doors. My partner then decided that we could no longer keep both dogs together as it was not fair to both of them, this is when he listed the youngest to go to a good home. This decision was not taken lightly and the advert was written with a lot of heart, we would not let her go unless she would be loved and looked after. This broke my heart as i could not handle the thought of loosing one of the dogs that I love so much. I called Sonia in tears. Sonia was so understanding of our issues and offered comfort in a time when I needed her. Sonia moved the appointment with her closer and came to visit a few days later.
The first visit with Sonia made such a huge difference, she advised us on so many issues and offered training on many things on the first visit, we have noticed improvement in everything and the biggest for us is that since that very first visit we have had no fighting or signs of aggression at all. We are now 3 months in and the dogs are listening to us and are a pleasure to live with again. I can walk both of them without being pulled over and they are listening to the commands that we give.
They now are learning that they have boundaries and they are not in control of us. Sonia taught us that many behaviours they had shown had been signs of dominance over each other and over us! without her help we would not have realised this. We took the 3 month package with Sonia and within those 3 months we could not be any happier, not only offering advice and training in person within our home, but Sonia is always at the end of the phone when we need advice.
We cannot thank Sonia enough for her help, thanks to her we are able to keep both of our beautiful dogs that we love so much and we now live in a much more controlled and happy environment. We cannot recommend Sonia highly enough.
Abby and Leigh (Derbyshire)