Following are extracts from some of the many testimonials I have received.
Alessina changed how we understand our cheeky friend!
With a goal to understand our four legged friend, Alessina has made communication with her simple and effective. Her method is robust and well designed. Very happy with her friendly approach and dedicated mindset that made us a happy family.
My Cocker Spaniel, Jin Jin, is a very happy and strong willed puppy. After doing quite a lot of research, I selected a puppy school and then followed up with some private training by two organisations. Despite this and trying the tips the breeder provided, I still had a very naughty, headstrong and largely disobedient puppy that was causing me great anxiety and stress.
I contacted Alessina who responded very quickly – she wasn’t the only trainer I left messages with – and we arranged a time within two days. I was keen to develop an approach that was not treat based and focused on building a trusting relationship between us, rather than using fear based techniques that had been suggested by other trainers. Alessina provided both the training tips as well as the explaining the fundamentals of her training methodology. Understanding the psychology both from a human and dog perspective made it very easy to implement. Throughout the training period both Jin Jin and I have made significant progress and while we are still learning, I now have a ready source of tools to deal with whatever behaviour might occur.
It's clear that Alessina is passionate about creating trusting relationships between owners and their dogs. She made it fun for both of us and provided me with a gentle yet effective training regime that Jin Jin continues to respond to.
Alessina has come to my house twice now to work with my partner and I around how to be our dogs pack leader. Her strategies are simple to follow and just make sense. She provides the strategies in writing so we can refer to them as needed. Alessina’s explanations are very clear and always relate back to what our dog needs to feel calm and happy. It’s an ongoing process for us but we can already see changes in our dog’s behaviour. Most of all I love that Alessina doesn’t just train for obedience, she trains for companionship too.
I am writing this testimonial to thank Alessina for all her work with Keeley, my American Staffordshire Terrier. Keeley, a rescue dog, had a history of abuse and was very anxious and suspicious of strangers before Alessina began training her. In the four lessons my family and I had, Alessina listened to our concerns about Keeley's anxiety, leadership issues, and socialising difficulties. She addressed each problem with simple but incredibly effective techniques and helped us understand Keeley's behaviour from a dog's point of view! By the end of the fourth lesson, Keeley had learned to trust and engage with Alessina and this behaviour change was profound!
Alessina touched base with us several times between training sessions to check on our progress and will follow up in a few months to reassess our dog's behaviour. Keeley has come an awfully long way and responded so well to Alessina's training methods! She has thankfully become a different dog!
We feel we can now move forward and manage Keeley's behaviour on our own, and therefore would be happy to recommend Alessina without hesitation.
Alessina Brooks helped us tremendously with our Kelpie, “Sandy”. Sandy was a rescue dog and we had a problem when she was on the lead, wanting to cross the road at certain times during her walk. Without even seeing Sandy, I spoke with Alessina on the phone and she advised what to do and within two weeks, Sandy now walks beautifully with no further dramas. Alessina’s advice was sound and practical and we greatly appreciate her caring, practical advice.
Alessina has been a god sent for us. From the get go, her wealth of knowledge and understanding enabled us to ensure that Harry was on the right path to being a well behaved little boy. Unlike most trainers, Alessina gets you to understand a dog’s psyche, and from there, teaches you how to best go about addressing problems and behaviours that need correcting. Her knowledge, persistence and understanding has allowed us to build solid foundations in training Harry to his fullest, well behaved potential.
I would like to thank Alessina for the assistance and guidance she gave myself and my family with the training of our Rhodesian Ridgeback pup – Zoe.
Alessina’s patient/caring nature and approach was well received by both Zoe and the family. Alessina showed us how to address and correct Zoe’s behaviour so that we could apply the methods to any situation going forward. The results are instantaneous.
Alessina loves dogs and really cares about her clients, demonstrated through follow up texts to see how we
(and Zoe) are and if there is anything she can assist with.
Alessina offers a “contact me anytime with questions” service that gives you comfort once the training is complete.
Thanks again Alessina.
Alessina was fantastic with our 5 month old cavoodle puppy and equally wonderful with my 5 year old son. She explained dog training using rationale evidence that could be easily understood and engaged all of us in a gentle common sense manner.
Thank you Alessina. We have a way to go with training (especially with my 5 year old hehe) but your tips were really useful.
Frances and Connor
Levi and I would like to thank you so much for all the training tips.
Levi has accomplished some good behavioral patterns which he did not have prior to training.
Your understanding of dogs and their behavior is exceptional!
We were brand new to having a dog and we thought we had made a terrible mistake in purchasing our puppy. Within 24 hours we were contemplating giving up and fortunately Alessina saved us and Brodie.
Within 1 hour of having Alessina in our home we were able to relax and look forward to what has been an amazing journey.
Alessina brought a sense of calm into our home and gave us back the control we needed to cope with our new family member.
Brodie has come to be a special part of our lives and 4 months later continues to be an absolute joy.
Thank you Alessina for your guidance and for giving us the direction to give Brodie the platform to become a well behaved happy dog.
Rachel Peter George
I came to Alessina at a pretty desperate point. My two and a half year old dog, Luna (Dalmatian), had begun to stop coming when called, act aggressively and dominant. I had no idea what to do, or why it was happening, so I called in the professional. Thank goodness I found Alessina! She has been my saviour, and I have a changed dog! I learned so much about dog behaviour that I had never considered before, and now I understand what my dog is trying to communicate with me, so much more. I have an obedient, happy dog, who I can trust to always play nicely, and the wonderful memories of spending time with a great teacher. Thank you Alessina!
I got a 6 months old Kelpie puppy in Feb from the RSPCA. As he was a rescue puppy I was unsure how best to train him. I looked online and Alessina from Good Dog Training Tips called me the next day.
One of the things that impressed me the most was not only did Alessina ask about my dog Mitchell she also wanted to know about my family needs as well. I have a child with a few disabilities and Alessina researched these so she could understand our needs as a whole family that now includes a very boisterous puppy. We had one on one training at home that enabled Mitchell to be comfortable. Every week Alessina would explain certain aspects of dogs behaviour which helped explain why Mitchell did certain things. After a few weeks Mitchell would be so excited to see Alessina and I had a dog that was becoming more and more relaxed at home. I now have a dog that is easier to walk and play with. Mitchell is a huge part of our family now and I thank Alessina so much for her patience and understanding. My daughter loves working on getting Mitchell to learn the tricks that Alessina left for us. It is wonderful to watch the two of them play together.
Thanks Alessina for all you have done for us - your training methods by voice commands were fantastic and easy for the whole family to use. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for teaching me how to stop my dog barking at the window. I also really appreciate you helping me understand that I need to start using hand signals with my dog as he is getting old and a little deaf.
Please come back to Japan and help me and my dog some more! Many thanks!!!!
A thousand thanks for helping me with my two dogs. I must admit, I was a bit curious about your good doooog/good girrrrl
technique. But, I must admit also, it made a big, big difference in the attitude of my two pooches!!! So once again, thank you very much for a job well done, Gooood Girl, Alessina!!!
LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE TRAINING
Thank you so much for your assistance over the phone with Odie’s bathroom habits…the instructions were easy to follow and very clear…amazing how dog training can be done at a distance.
The modulated voice commands really work like a charm, as the neighbours could hear me chanting…’GOOD BOY GOOD BOY’…etc. each day. He really took notice of the positive reinforcement of the voice and happily went outside to do his business. After a week or two I didn’t even need to follow him. Just send him out with the GOOD BOY instruction.