'Skipper was a 2 year old Border Collie, with little social training, when he came to live with us. We heard of Rewarding Paws training from our vet.
Since going to Mel's classes, he has become a loveable family dog. Mel's training methods are carried out with kindness and understanding – not only of our dogs, but also giving confidence to their humans. We wholeheartedly recommend them.'
– John & Jean Keane (& Skipper)
'I took my new puppy to two other classes before finding Mel and her modern kind methods. Needless to say 18 months later we are still enjoying the classes and there is always something to keep us interested.
Just when you think you have mastered a position/trick or handling technique, Mel will come along with some other suggestions to help or challenge. Every class is slightly different which keeps interest for you and your dog.
I also admire Mel for adopting independent learning so that classes can be successful with varied levels of dogs and handlers enjoying it together and learning from each other.'
– Chris & Megan the Collie
'Mel has a very quiet attitude with the dogs, but they understand her. She is calm, knowledgeable and patient and I would have no concern in recommending her to anyone who wants the best relationship with their dog.'
– Wendy & Holly the Westie
'I have been a client of Mel's for a number of years and have trained my own dogs, and occasional RSPCA foster pups, with her help.
With previous trainers, I quickly became disillusioned with the whole 'pack' and 'be the pack leader' approach. This seems to me to rely on intimidating your dog, which I simply don't agree with.
Mel believes in treating each dog and owner as individuals and I have seen how positive the results can be. She will do whatever she can in order to accommodate her clients and her enthusiasm for her work is infectious. I always recommend her, and I wouldn't train with anyone else.'
– Tracie Smith
I wanted to drop you a line to say, I am bowled over at the positive impact the group classes had on Elke's outlook. Working in close proximity to other dogs has done wonders for her confidence. Thank you.
Thea & Elke
We were recommended to go to Mel for help training our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as we had specific needs for him, as there is a member of the family whom is disabled.
We had two home visits, which were very productive, Mel was very happy to work with our children so they could be involved in the training, but also to contact national organisation’s for advice.
We also attended group classes, which I found to be very helpful and extremely good fun to work in a group setting.
Mel has a very calm demeanor whilst teaching which helped to install confidence in our ability to train a puppy. I would and have recommended Mel to others.'
Emma & Toby