"We are very happy to recommend Simon. We have several cats, who weren't getting on well together. There was a lot of stress for them, and some fighting. We really wanted them to feel happier and more relaxed. Simon was recommended to us by our vet. He arranged a home visit and spent a while looking at the environment, the individual cats and asked us about our concerns.
Simon also asked about a typical day, examples of problems and watched our cats interacting. He helped us understand how cats think and prefer to behave. Simon also offered us some immediately helpful suggestions and wrote a great report for us.
After making a few small changes we saw some great improvements and this went on for months after. Simon also kept in touch to see if this were on track. Now our cats are definitely much happier, relaxed and tolerant of each other. Simon has been kind, thoughtful and approachable. He's also a very knowledgeable and kind person who cares about animals."
- Clients from Astonlee Veterinary Hospital And Surgery, Newport Pagnell
"We contacted Simon in relation to some major behavioural issues we were experiencing with our then 8-month-old border collie, Bonzo (including escalating aggressive behaviour). The result is that after six months of working with Simon we have a very different dog, and the difference Simon has made to all our lives is remarkable.
Simon visited us at home on several occasions for consultations, and was able to observe firsthand the difficulties we were experiencing. The treatment plan he compiled and his recommendations on how we approach our dealings with Bonzo were extremely clear and thorough.
The support we received from Simon in the months that followed his initial visit to us were invaluable, both by email and by telephone. There were times when life was pretty unmanageable during this transition, and we honestly couldn't have carried on the way we were without knowing that Simon was on hand to guide us in the right direction.
Simon's caring, patient, understanding approach, coupled with his excellent knowledge of animal behaviour, enables him to 'mediate' between dog and owner. I genuinely know we wouldn't be where we are today if we hadn't had Simon's support and guidance, and I would highly recommend him to anyone that is encountering issues with their pets, or maybe just wants to learn how to 'think like a dog'."
- Nikki, Duncan and Bonzo, Wellingborough, Northants (Vets4pets, Kettering).
"Simon has been a huge help to me and my dog Meeko. He has lots of ideas that really work and are realistic to achieve.
I felt he really listened to the problems I was having with Meeko and made the effort to understand and find the best route for us to take.
Simons help has made a massive difference to day to day problems I was having with Meeko and also has been a huge help with Meeko's dog desensitisation.
Thank you Simon, you've been a great help, Meeko is a happier dog and I'm a happier owner!"
- Becky, student vet nurse, Bridgwater, Somerset.
"Simon worked with us and two German Shorthaired Pointers, one of whom was a rescue, the other with us from 8 weeks old. We were reluctant to spend money on a behaviourist, having already spent around a £1000 pounds already on different holistic foods, leads, harnesses, haltis, bed set ups, calming tablets, vet bills, training classes, calming t-shirts, and calming plug-ins. We loved our dogs and thought that we could research and sort things ourselves without someone coming in and 'judging' our dog ownership skills. We were very wrong!
Simon put us at ease very quickly and said that he had wished that we had gone to him sooner, and in hindsight we could have saved ourselves money, time and effort. It was a massive relief when he said he could see how hard we had been trying. He reassured us that he could help us to do things differently and get different results. It was no surprise to learn that some of our efforts were hampering our dog's progression.
We had one dog who was very excitable and required less interaction, he was getting too much. We had one who turned out to be phobic of people and needed lesser and more appropriate interaction with others, rather than us trying to 'socialise' him like a new puppy. Simon gave us a variety of very specific exercises to do with our rescue dog for all different aspects of his struggles, including not able to be left alone. We were impressed that Simon identified and got to the root of the problems very quickly. Implementing Simon's advice requires work and dedication, some aspects are taking time but within a week we could see big improvements and that encouraged us to continue.
It's been around two months since we first met Simon and all of our lives have improved, we have calmer, happier dogs and we are much more relaxed. We no longer have to worry about the food shop as our dog is comfortable to be left at home, something that we just couldn't do until we had worked with Simon. We can even go out for a meal knowing that he isn't howling whilst the neighbours are getting ready to sleep! It's difficult to summarize the work he did with our us and our dogs, as our situation was complex, but I have no hesitation in recommending Simon, his knowledge of behaviour in dogs and his ability to give honest feedback on how quickly things can be resolved, has turned out to be spot on."
- Gem and Mark with Chilli and Pepper, Corby, Northants.
"We can’t thank Simon enough for his invaluable help and assistance with our pug's behaviour. At two years old, Rocco was becoming hyper and demanding in some everyday situations and could sometimes be aggressive when he didn’t want to do something, which became very upsetting for us.
Simon came to visit us and was immediately able to help and assist us in how to deal with Rocco’s changing behaviour, and put our minds at ease that this was all perfectly normal. He has devised us an excellent and thorough treatment plan which is very clear and easy to follow and it has worked absolute wonders with Rocco.
We are also extremely happy in the knowledge that Simon is always just at the end of the phone or email if we ever need any assistance at all, at any time.
Thank you Simon.
- Jayne, Brian, and Rocco, Wellingborough, Northants. Referred by Johnstone's vets.