Barking with Butler DogSmith of Aberdeen Testimonials

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James has been helping me work with my Viszla, Mia for the last two years. She is a complex dog with lots of issues. Prior to working with James I tried various other trainers but the methods they used did not work or I did not agree with the principles they used. James uses current evidence based practice, combined with positive reinforcement. He specialises in working with “reactive dogs”. He treats every case individually and takes time to understand why the dog is having issues.
What is really helpful is that he gives the owner methods for coping with a challenging dog in the real world, my one to one lessons with him have been invaluable, they give me the confidence to deal with most situations that arise out on our daily walks.

Liz Douglas

Bronson just graduated from 6 great weeks of classes! We both loved going and meeting other people with dogs and learning new tricks. We have gained a lot from the classes, bronson is so much better on the lead, in the house and out and about. James was so helpful and always happy to answer any questions we had. Would highly recommend!! Thanks so much!

Nicole Cook

James helped us so much with our dog reactive border collie Indie. James is a lovely guy and is so brilliant with dogs … they all respond amazingly to him. He is so knowledgable and passionate about helping reactive dogs in particular and always goes the extra mile! His reactive dog classes are especially helpful and supportive. Thoroughly recommend James!

Shona Fleming

Just finished James’s 9 week Progressive Puppy Class & would highly recommend it! Our GSD pup’s socialisation has come on leaps & bounds after attending this. It’s heaps of fun & so beneficial. Thanks James

Tracy Leiper

Me and my mum loved James! So helpful! Amazing with our doggies! Recommended him to anyone who needs help training their dogs! Look forward to another training session! Thanks James!

Megan Ewan

Keira just had her first session with James… Lovely guy and a great trainer. He is obviously passionate about dogs and helping their owners. Thoroughly recommend

Rachael Hyland

James has helped us on recall with our runaway Lurcher Luna! Can’t thank him enough for his fantastic work and knowledge. We thought Luna was a lost cause until recently.

Cara Laurenson

I have a very hyper puppy, James is able to gain his attention instantly and has helped me get his focus. His puppy classes are fun and no pressure at all. Small classes so that each puppy gets the right amount of attention and the location is ideal. Not crowded but with the right amount of distraction. James is super patient and never makes you feel like you are doing things wrong, which can happen in other classes. I would not hesitate to recommend him for both 1-1 and the classes. Extremely grateful for his help.

Nicola Harkins

I would highly recommend! James was a star when he came to see bolt, our deaf terrier, he got control of his blasts of energy where he would normally become aggressive and managed to teach us some good distraction methods of keeping his focus and to calm down. And I can very happily say that for the first time since we have taken him home.. Bolt is asleep on the opposite side of the sofa !!

Hayleigh Gilmour