What people say
In three years we spent well over £1000 on behaviourists, puppy classes and dog walkers to get our two Cavalier King Charles stop acting like lunatics with other dogs - but no luck. After two weeks, following the program we received from Ben, it resulted that walking them isn't a constant nightmare anymore. He definitely has an unorthodox style, quite different to what we are used to in England - but we think it is a good thing: at times a fresh approach is needed to change old habits.
Jack and Jacquie Helm, Devon
My husband contacted the school as a last resort, since no one else was willing to help our dog. Our young Labrador developed a nervousness issue with both dogs and people. When B came to our house, he told us to stay inside, and went out to the garden to face Boba alone. He said he wanted to see how far our dog was "willing to go". We watched what was happening through the window not entirely without some nervousness, I must add.
In less than five minutes, these two were "kissing and cuddling", and ever since have been best friends.
He made a pledge that he was committed to our case as much as we were, and he kept his promise: never missed or cancelled a session with Boba. It is still a long way to go, but we can now see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Becky L., Ryde
We had a rather peculiar problem with our Scottish Terrier puppy: she refused to walk. She had this habit of sitting down in the middle of the road when he had enough of the walk. Or refusing to even leave the house. Florrie is an angel, (although Bruno calls her "a black witch"), but she is also a terrier:
if she doesn’t want to do something, then “discussion is over”...
We were getting really desperate, when one day Ben saw how we are struggling with Florrie on the walk, and came over to talk to us.
Once we began implementing his program, the change in Florrie's behaviour was imminent. It wasn't even the same dog!!! UNBELIEVABLE. The issue with the walking disappeared, literally within days. We were truly impressed.
Ben is knowledgeable, very straightforward, wastes no time for chitchat. He is definitely a “dog whisperer”, who has a very special way with dogs. No wonder Florrie is in love with him.
We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs help with training his dog, and have done so.
Jane and Howard Lowel, Newport
Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves the other day in your dog school. Barney was knackered and I must admit so was I.
Respect to you mate, I learned so much from your knowledge. Have been using your techniques every day. Big thank you. Also cheers for all the info you sent me on accessories, leads, harness, bowls etc.
I'll keep you informed of our progress. Massive thanks again mate.
Steve H., Bembridge
The situation with our 16-month Labrador turned bad to worse: not coming back, pulling on the lead, jumping on people, bullying dogs – the whole nine yard. He is not a bad boy, but there came a point where controlling him became nearly impossible, given his strength. One day we saw Ben's ad on his car. He came to see Buddy, recommended getting new collar and lead for him, and gave us a training program to do each day for two weeks, which we did. A massive improvement occurred in Duke's behaviour: he began to listen to commands! We couldn't believe the change. Cost us only £45.
Nick Mason, Staffordshire
My confidence has grown so much and my knowledge about dogs, behaviour and recognising potentially difficult situations with unfamiliar dogs, since we met you in March, and completed the “crash training”. Loose lead walking is a joy, and seldom do we have any barking at other dogs, even if they are barking at us! Sir, you have given us so much of your time, knowledge and my confidence has increased since we met you and started working with you. We continue to keep up the suggestions that you made in the beginning and they certainly make so much sense. I have been so impressed by you, and happily recommend you to everyone. I am so pleased to see the membership creeping up and hope this continues... strength to strength with the success you deserve.
Jeanie, Paul & Dex
We came to the school with our staffordshire mix, adopted from the RSPCA, who appeared unfriendly with certain dogs. We wanted to know if there is anything we can do to help him. Ben took a special interest in teaching my granddaughter how to handle Tiger. It was quite a surprise to see how fast Tiger responded to the training. Must be noted, never charged us for sessions, and several times even gave us a ride home from class, as we don't have a car. He also looked after Tiger when we had to go to London. I found him very competent, confident and a gentleman.
He certainly has a gift with both dogs and children.
Pamela Mara and Annabelle, Brading
Called Ben about my young and boisterous Staffordshire terrier. He came to our house, immediately the dog calmed down and spent the next hour sleeping in his cage while we sit and talked at the dining table. Truly amazing effect he had on 'The Beast' (as he nicknamed Tyson). During our first three sessions my partner and I were taught how to train our Staffie. We got help to buy the right gear too - turned out we had all the wrong gear.
He is cool, very knowledgeable chap. Tyson loved him.
Chris Oozie, Carisbrooke
Ben helped us out with training our golden Lab girl. The difference in her behaviour after only a couple of sessions was amazing. Abbey has calmed down and much much easier on the walks.
He was also very patient with my children, which I am especially grateful for.
Many thanks, we would definitely "use" him again, and recommended his dog school to our friends with dogs.
Kirsty, Freia, Harry and Abbey, Ryde
Hi, just wanted to say a big thank you for your help with Vinnie! We both found it highly beneficial, and feel a lot more comfortable with the strategy that you have taught us. I will be coming to the Island in two weekends time, and wish to book some sessions with you.
Linda and Steve M., Binstead
We first met Ben on the Esplanade in Ryde on a Saturday afternoon. As usual, our 16 month German Shepherd was barking at his two dogs like lunatic. He walked up to us, gave us his card and said "Dog trouble? Better call Ben!" We called him the next day. Always responded promptly to emails, and encouraged us to keep going. After each session, he also sent us a reminder of our homework. He even came to our house and took Belle out to walk when we did not have the time for her. Never charged extra either. He certainly cares – he gave us a new lead and collar for Belle, and he advised us what harness and food we should buy for her. What we personally like about him is that he is non-judgmental - he never made us feel bad or stupid for doing something wrong. We just really wish we met him about six months ago.
Kumari Holmes and Aaron Foyle, East Cowes
My daughter rescued Vesta in Mongolia. She is good as gold at home, but she had some issues, and lately she began to react badly to more dogs and situations.
Ben came to our house and we did a mini-course. He explained how we can help Vesta with exercise and "less spoiling", to make him feel more relaxed. It was really wonderful to see how he helped Vesta to be more confident with the agility field, when we visited the dog school. His training has been very interesting and useful, and I am awaiting the day when we can join the class with the socialisation.
Pamela and Cathryn Arnold, Newchurch
Betsy is a real challenging dog. It was literally impossible to walk her, given my health issues, she was pulling so hard, and she is strong as a bull. Ben took Betsy for a long walk to see her 'in action', then put together a special training program for us. Because I don't have a car, he even offered to come to our house in Chale Greens for our sessions, and took Betsy out to exercise to the nearby field. His presence was a big big help in a very difficult time. Good lad!
Saffron and Jade, Chale Greens
We are carrying on with the methods you taught us, and still working to improve on her. Marnie is responding well and is still well behaved.
We both really appreciate all the help and support you have given us.
Good luck with your dog school!
Ashlye & Paul, Ryde
Hi Ben, Rosie is with us in France for the summer holiday and was very well behaved! She was even good with the two cats here. She's still quite naughty, but the new harness DOES make a difference, you were right on the money. We are supposed to be back in Bembridge this week, will let you know so we can schedule our next session. Thank you for your help.
Frederique and Jon, Bembridge
We have asked Ben to help us with our "Springer issue”: pulling hard on the lead, recall problems, being too boisterous around children and chasing animals, such as sheep and squirrels... He came over to our house, and checked out our dogs, analysed the situation and gave us a mini-program to do, all within not more than 25 minutes. He is a direct, straight-to-the-point trainer.
We followed his guidance to the book. The changes were almost instant – our dogs became A LOT calmer within three days, both on the walks and at home. We have found Ben’s method of mixing theory and practical drills exactly what we needed.
Mary and Noel, Seaview
Ben helped us in training our stubborn Yorkshire terrier. We should say he has rather trained us. Results occurred literally within hours. He has been very patient, with extra attention to make sure that we understand what to do and why. After each session we have received homework to do along with written, printed instructions. He genuinely cares about his customers. One example, when he saw that Tilly was cold during the session, he put a warm coat on her, and then even let her have it as a gift. We are extremely grateful for his help.
Anne and Derek Schubert, Newport
There is no-one we would trust more
for training our dog. His dedication is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble to ask of him. We have certainly learned how to change direction with Holly. He has been a great help in identifying the things we have been doing wrong. The time we spent in his dog school when visiting the Island was extreme fun and a real therapy for all of us, not just Holly.
Highly recommended for impeccable service.
The Murray family, Hucclecote, Gloucester
If I am not mistaken, we were Ben’s very first customer on the Island. I contacted him because our french bulldog became grumpy with other dogs after she was attacked by another dog. We had a couple of sessions on the beach and in our house.
He used his own two dogs to re-train Ronnie. At first, he was really skittish and bad-tempered - I was even worried he may hurt his dogs. It was a great surprise to see that after only half an hour, all the dogs were walking next to each other - in complete harmony.
That was the evidence of what I thought - and a bullet really hard to bite: that I need to be trained and not Ronnie. It was really really big eyeopener.
Kim Evans, Sandown