Photos and Testimonials from some of the clients of Cottage canines

Here are just a few of the many hundreds of dogs who have passed through  the doors of Cottages Canines and worked with Paul over recent years with a small selection of comments that owners have made…. ​

Just a quick email to say thank you for today. It was such a positive experience and taught us all that training is fun. Looking forward to the next session. 
Janet and Sarah – Ryde.

Thanks again for your ongoing advice and support which has already enabled us and Bonzo to make  positive changes.
Phil – Cowes.

Thank you for the report and very accurate description of Candie. We certainly had a ‘ light bulb ‘ moment when you advised us how to avoid the situations that make her stressed.  It made complete sense when someone who knows what they are talking about explains it to you. We look forward to meeting with you for the next session.
T & A  – Newport. Isle of Wight.

tedHi Paul,

I thought you’d like to see this photo of Bruce and Ted, happily sitting together! Amazingly, there’s a very similar photo of him with her cat.

I’m a born optimist, but I never thought we’d get this far and I’m grateful for your time and input once again. Your report was invaluable.

Kind regards
Helen Sinclair. Friends of the Animals.   
Ted is a German Shepherd. His story begins on the mainland where, as a young dog he was tied up with another German Shepherd dog to be a watchdog in a builders yard. His bed was a few blankets in a crate. Escaping one night the dogs were hit by a train from a nearby line which severly injured Ted (he lost a leg) and killed his companion.

Ted was rescued by Friends of the Animals and brought down to the Island to recover. He was naturally incredibly traumatised and shut down. He was quite simply fearful of his own shadow.

Time and patience from all concerned has helped rehabilitate Ted over the past year into the dog he is today. Teds full story is available on the F.O.T.A. website or see the F.O.T.A. Magazine.

When we took on Rory from the RSPCA we were told we were taking on a dog who was very aggressive towards other dogs and had no training at all. We couldn’t even walk him down the road! We contacted Paul as soon as we got Rory home and he came and did an assessment and wrote a plan for us to follow which helped us understand Rory a lot more.

We then started training with Paul in his training area firstly working with Jayden and later with both Tia and Dash. We were so pleased when Rory began being able to walk with other dogs. We also found that Rory adored training and he has come on so well. Sometimes now he play barks when he sees Tia.
Helen – Newport Isle of Wight

Thank you for all your help with Fionn we are both so much more confident now.

I just wanted to say how pleased we are to see Jess and Tyler making such improvement.

Your report is so comprehensive and is great to refer to as we work through the programme. You made it seem so simple. Thank you so much.
JL and Family with Tyler and Jess

Having taken your advice we are pleased to say that Bailey is showing excellent improvement. We will keep going as per your advice and are very happy and enjoyed our time spent with you. We would like to continue with further sessions.
Andrea Smith and Bailey – Isle of Wight

It was very good to meet you last week and I found all your advice so helpful as is the training programme.
DN and Isla – Brighstone

Hi Paul.

You may not remember me, but I owned Cara – or should I say Cara owned me – and you came to our home to give us some coping strategies for Cara who was becoming increasingly aggressive as she got older.

I am very sad to let you know that a couple of weeks ago I had to take the difficult decision to have her put to sleep. I don’t think there is any more difficult decision to make, but on the other hand she only really suffered for one day and even then we had a LOVELY if quiet day. We went for a little walk, she went with me in the garden for a time and I made her as comfortable as possible.  

She had a good life and I will always think of her attitudinal attitude! As you know she was a character and however difficult her behaviour and however sad I am now I am so glad to have had her in our life.

I am writing this to you to let you know how much I valued your care for Cara.

The coping strategies that you gave to me allowed me to cope with her and she seemed a happier dog for it right until the end.  Your support for me in caring for Cara allowed her to live out her little life to its full and not be swayed by others telling me that Cara was too challenging and that I should consider putting her to sleep some years ago and for that I will always remember you and be very grateful.

Thank you again
Sharon Harcourt  – Ryde 

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