I have known Gareth for almost 2 years now - through my employing his services - and have found him to be professional and trustworthy at all times. His honesty is admirable - for example when delivering unpalatable news on how my behaviour was adversely affecting my dog - and he cares deeply about the work he does and the dogs he looks after. Gareth has worked extensively with my 'Sprockador' Enzo (a Springer Spaniel/Cocker Spaniel/Labrador mix) over the last year and a half. He has spent at least two full days a week with Enzo and has rehabilitated him, transforming my originally nervous and hyper dog into a happy, calm and trustworthy one. Enzo has been quite a complicated challenge for Gareth - Enzo's fears and separation problems compounded with his exceptionally high energy levels lead him to being a difficult dog to control. A frightening experience at the vet when Enzo was 8 weeks old meant that he was hugely protective of his tail and hind-quarters, both with dogs and humans, and he had bitten dogs and people as a defense several times. That coupled with my inexperience with dogs had lead to considerable problems. Gareth worked with Enzo over many months to build up his trust, and they came to share a very strong bond. I am now able to understand my dog thanks to Gareth, whose interpretations and explanations of dog behavior, and subsequent advice, have been as helpful as his practical work.
The reason I started taking my dog to Gareth was that I saw first hand, whenever we met during dog walks which crossed, how well controlled all the dogs were that he walked with, no matter which dogs or how many he had with him. His techniques and training were always perfectly illustrated by his canine charges and persuaded me that I could not find a better trainer. Getting to know Gareth over the months has only enhanced this initial observation. Gareth has worked with Enzo's fear of meeting new dogs too. I am now confident that I can take Enzo anywhere off lead and he will greet strange dogs appropriately and confidently and without any fear or defensiveness.
Gareth has incredible control over dogs and a wonderful way with them. He is always calm and I have never heard him shout at a dog or indeed raise his voice. He is clearly the 'pack leader' and the dogs are so eager to please him - Enzo especially. He has channeled Enzo's huge energy into many pursuits, including agility training and canicross work. He has done scent training with Enzo too, all of which challenge my dog and have ensured that he has become responsive and keen. Enzo now knows his place in our home and everywhere we go. This was essential as Enzo was disrespecting my young son and refusing to do anything my son told him. Gareth is incredibly patient. Enzo had a real fear of getting into the front of a car following an incident in which his tail was trapped. Gareth spent literally hours a day over many weeks leading him in and out of the boot and footwells and building up his confidence around vehicles again. If put in the boot, Enzo became territorial, barking madly and even lunging at whoever was coming close in a very threatening way. Once again Gareth worked for hours with great intelligence, dealing with Enzo's behavioural issues in a way that I could mirror so that we could help my dog amend his response in these situations. In summary, I strongly recommend Gareth for any work which involves handling, training and understanding dogs".