Following are extracts from some of the many testimonials I have received.
Alessina is a very calm and practical trainer who displays an affinity for, and love of, dogs.
Alessina was recommended to us when our dog was having some problems with separation anxiety and destructive behavior. Alessina has a wonderful rapport with animals and has been able to alleviate the situation and improve our dog’s behavior greatly. We are amazed at Alessina’s skills and we highly recommend her.
We would like to express our gratitude to you for helping us make our first experience welcoming a dog into our family a more pleasant one.
At a time when we were questioning whether to give up our beloved Trixie (a Kelpie x Cocker Spaniel) I met you in an unrelated situation and discovered this wonderful talent you have working with dogs and their owners. Trixie was unhappy at group treat-based dog training. It seemed to make her anxious and subsequently aggressive.
There were other situations when she was aggressive. You were able to make us realize that these behaviours weren’t necessarily Trixie’s fault. With your wonderful tuition we have been able to train with our voices and actions rather than with treats. You have given us the ‘tools’ with which to work. We now have a happy family enjoying our affectionate puppy.
Once again thank you Alessina for all of your wonderful help. Many thanks.
Our puppy Billy was a rescue dog, he came to our home when he was a little over three months old but he’d had a difficult beginning, being born into a family of pet hoarders. He was very keen on other pets but not so keen on humans, especially those he didn’t know.
He was showing some aggressive tendencies and he was certainly ruling the roost! Alessina came just at the right time. She helped us extinguish some annoying behaviours – jumping, barking, growling, chewing etc and helped us instill some good behaviours, sitting, staying and dropping.
I guess that is what you expect from a dog trainer right? Well Alessina was so much more than that, she helped us understand what was going on in Billy’s head and she taught us all some great games. She did all that with humour, support and a genuine love of helping humans and their animals get along and enjoy each other. We highly recommend her.
Thanks so much for your help in training our dog Billie. It’s now pleasant to walk him and go outside without being jumped on. Your expert advice has given us a family pet to love and enjoy. We are a much happier family now that the dog has been trained by you.
Alessina worked with Milly and I not long after Milly came into our lives. Alessina shows that she cares a great deal about your dog by the firm but warm guidance she gives. I realized early that this was about training me as well as Milly!
Thank you so much for helping us train Romeo. He is much better at listening and has gotten over his aggression…
Having waited 41 years to get my first dog I was determined to be the best doggie parent ever. I watched every minute of The Dog Whisperer I could find and took it all in. By the time I got the call to pick up the beautiful ex-racing greyhound that the good people at the Greyhound Adoption Program had matched to me I was nervous but thought I would be able to apply all that I had learned. Obviously being an ex-racer my boy Buddy was basically pretty well behaved; he walked reasonably well on the lead, he knew 'wait' and wasn't too bad at 'on your bed'. However, having never been a pet before and having been through the kennels and fostering via GAP he was pretty anxious and uncertain about life and was very clingy. On top of all that I was a mess! Totally overwhelmed with the enormity of what I had done, was worried I'd made a horrible mistake and, despite all my preparation, felt completely unprepared for doggie parenthood! Enter Alessina to rescue!
Alessina has a wonderful way not only with dogs but also with people! After only a couple of sessions with her I felt much more in control. She gave me the tools to help Buddy learn lots of new skills, the most impressive of which was 'sit'! Everyone, including the local dog obedience club, told me that greyhounds never sit. Wrong! Buddy now sits beautifully on command and the local dog trainers are amazed at the trust my boy has that he will do for it me. We also worked on setting some boundaries within the house such as not knocking me down the stairs and not following us into the kitchen and bathroom every five minutes. This was especially helpful as he is an enormous example of a greyhound and once he spreads himself across the floor there's no room for anyone else! His separation anxiety is still a bit of a work in progress but we we are getting there with the tools Alessina gave us. Bringing Buddy to live with us has been a big upheaval and life has changed completely but I wouldn't change it for the world. And thanks to Alessina life with Buddy is good
Thanks to Alessina’s fine work, my dog Pepper is now house trained and he loves to go on walks. She trained him to sit, drop and when told walk quietly on the lead. He always comes to his name. I recommend Alessina to everyone as a dog trainer and as a friend.
Alessina responded promptly to an ad I had placed concerning training our 10 week old Staffie pup Zeus. During the time she was with us, in a friendly and sincere way, Alessina helped my husband and I understand the need to be firm but kind leaders for Zeus and how to deal with bite inhibition, recall and socialization. She showed us how to walk Zeus on his lead and how to fetch and bring. In the 3 sessions we had with her, she demonstrated how much she cared for the dog’s (and our) welfare and was delighted to hear that we had enrolled Zeus in puppy school to help with his socialization. I would be happy to recommend her abilities, teaching methods, and knowledge of dog behavior to anyone who might be interested.
Hello Alessina, thankyou for making me the best dog! Everyone loves me!
Over a cocktail one summer evening, Alessina, a neighbor, explained that she was now training dogs. It didn’t take a minute for my wife Mary and I to agree to allow her to “have a go” at our two untrained dogs, Coco, a chocolate Labrador and Ruby, our recently acquired chocolate Kelpie (who definitely needed some obedience training!). Alessina spent several evening sessions with Mary, teaching her how to relate to the dogs in a calm confident manner using voice only. The dogs learned to sit on command, drop on command and walk without pulling on the lead. As I am the one who usually walks the dogs, I was delighted to take the dogs to the local park with Alessina and see that on command the dogs dropped and stayed in position. This was an amazing achievement for dogs that had previously known no obedient behaviors. I have no hesitation in recommending Alessina’s training and teaching skills; they are gentle and not coercive.
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.