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Jo & Graham Milgrew - London Dog Trainers & Behaviour Therapists

Hello, our names are Jo and Graham Milgrew and we are your local Bark Busters dog behaviour therapists and dog trainers for London.

We specialise in one-to-one training in your home where we don’t just provide a behavioural consultation with advice, we actually demonstrate how to train your dog. We have a genuine any breed any age, any problem policy and see you and your dog in the environment where the problems are occurring. This includes in your home, when out walking on the roads, in the local Park or common. We then provide behaviour management advice coupled with concrete practical training solutions which are backed up with follow up visits and phone and email support for a whole year after your first visit.
For puppies we make sure you get off to the best start possible with the reassurance that you can contact whichever of us is your trainer to answer all those little questions that always crop up with puppies together with follow up visits for further training.

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More about Jo

Jo Milgrew Dog Training

I have always been what my friends and family call a "doggie person" so in addition to my many years of dog behaviour and training experience, I have hands on experience of doing the job myself. I have always been given dogs that needed help. There was Bobby, a mongrel, whose owners gave up on him when he became aggressive after being seriously attacked by another dog. Zak, a German Shepherd who pulled like a train and who destroyed my furniture when he got distressed at being left on his own and then there was Jason, an elderly poodle who didn’t like anyone coming near me when he was on my lap and proved to me that older dogs can be trained just as effectively as young ones.

At the moment my husband and I have four dogs. We have recently taken in a small Jack Russell Terrier cross Chihuahua (Jackchi) we have called Hamish. He is very high energy and on the go all the time. Although we got him at 21 weeks we have still been dealing with all the usual puppy problems including mouthing, nipping, chewing and digging. Toileting has been particularly tough as he has got a very small bladder which is common in Chihuahuas cross breeds and he hates going out in the rain. He is also a serious barker which is a Jack Russell trait. This tiny little thing likes nothing more than running out in the garden and having a barking competition with our neighbours Jack Russell and Yorkshire Terrier on one side and English Bull Terrier on the other; as you can imagine this made toilet training doubly difficult. Hamish loves people outside the house, but inside is a different story. He is very suspicious and we have been teaching him that we do not need a miniscule guard dog either inside or outside in the garden.

The dog I had before I met my husband is a 12 year old Whippet/Terrier cross girl who I called Lottie. She was a working dog until she had a serious accident when she was 7 and was then too slow to do her job of killing rats and rabbits anymore. I knew she loved to jump on people and would growl and nip people if they tried to stop her stealing their food, but when I got her I found she also didn’t like dogs and would sometimes charge at dogs to drive them away. If they barked at her she would keep barking back until they were a small spot in the distance. As she was trained to chase prey, she would chase squirrels and cats with absolute determination. Nothing would stop her when she was in “prey” mode. Walks were a complete nightmare until I got all of this sorted. As she aged she started to go deaf and to lose her night time sight. Normally older dogs slow down but she is still a very fast running dog so she would get disorientated and run at speed in the wrong direction away from us. We have now trained her to stay with us with sign language.

I became a Bark Busters Trainer because of a personal experience. My sister’s dog was a friendly and obedient family dog, but as soon as my nephew started to crawl he would occasionally growl at him. One day he came too close to my nephew who was then a 15 months old toddler. He grabbed his face and Ouzo nipped him. At that moment our world turned upside down. Everybody told my sister and brother-in-law to get rid of him or put him to sleep. They believed that once a dog has bitten he will bite again and couldn’t be trusted no matter what the circumstances. Fortunately they recognised that they needed help and called in Bark Busters.

The Bark Busters Therapist came to see us all as and we were given a simple programme to follow. From the first visit he was a changed dog. The fretful, growling dog who was scared of my nephew was gone. At the time my sister gave feedback saying "immediate and remarkable results...truly fantastic". For me, it was a life changing moment. I realised that people did not have tolerate their dogs’ problem behaviour or try to resolve it themselves. Even if the issues were truly difficult, a dog could be helped by caring owners following proven and practical training methods.

Becoming a Bark Busters Trainer was the best work and lifestyle decision I have ever made. I am able to put my 20 plus years of experience rehabilitating damaged dogs to good use and truly enjoy working with owners to resolve their own doggie issues because in simple terms I have been there myself and know that all dogs have different needs and live as many different type of lifestyles as their owners do.

More about Graham

Jo and Graham MilgrewHello, my name is Graham and I was introduced to the world of dog behaviour and training by my wife Jo. Prior to this introduction, I had considered myself to be pretty good with dogs because most of the dogs that I encountered were ‘pretty good’!

In a nutshell, that’s the problem – many of the dogs that we encounter in day to day life are fairly accommodating and just fit into our life. This is what we expect. So when we encounter a dog with behaviour problems there’s a tendency to get confused and then frustrated with the dog. “Why won’t it just do as it’s told?” “Is it my fault?” - If we’re not careful we can get upset and behave inappropriately towards the dog and this only makes the situation worse. We can also just “manage” problems rather than tackle them. My Whippet, Smudge, suffered terribly from separation anxiety after his sibling Stripe died from complications after an injury and I made very elaborate arrangements so he was never left on his own as he would howl pitifully and wee everywhere when he was. I did try to help him. I bought books, read what I could find on the internet and even consulted my Vet, but nothing I did really helped until I then met my wife and found that there was a way to build his confidence and resolve his separation anxiety.

We got our Greyhound Angus last year. Most Greyhounds are laid back couch potatoes but Angus wouldn’t come when called, ran up and down the garden barking so loudly the windows seemed to shake and was aggressive with all larger dogs. He had been in a rescue for nearly six months because nobody wanted to take on an aggressive Greyhound until my wife persuaded me that he would be the perfect for us and was only a small Greyhound, honest!! We got him home and found he didn’t like to be touched, growled at both of our other dogs if they walked past him and didn’t like us unless we were feeding him. Now we have a beautiful dog that is a joy to live with. He is not perfect as big dogs still scare him terribly, (which seems strange as he is a huge dog himself) but he looks to us now for guidance and to protect him rather than going into “attack first and ask questions later” mode. He loves to play with Hamish the Jackchi and very gently bats him with his huge paws while putting up with a puppy climbing all over him. We often look at him and cannot believe he is the same dog that we brought home.

As you can see, we lots of experience of doing the job of training ourselves. I guess you could say that we truly practice what we preach! So if you want to get it right from the outset and give your puppy the best start in life, or you have doggy problems you want to resolve, then let us give you the tools and techniques so you can have the pleasure of a calm and happy dog. Please call or email to find out more; we'd love to help.

 

Call Jo & Graham on Freephone 0808 100 4071 or e-mail Jo & Graham Direct

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