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Behaves perfectly with other dogs

‘A very big thank you for all you have done for us. Over the Christmas break we were at the beach with Ari and Ines – and they both behaved perfectly with other dogs. We are continually amazed with the dramatic changes in both of them.’

Martha, George and Elly, Ivanhoe

Money well spent

‘Gus no longer barks at the door and is now so much easier to walk. Money well spent. Thank you!’

Anne M, Kooyong

Truly astounding improvements

‘Ted’s confidence has grown and he is no longer scared of every new human or loud sound. We’re both still learning but his improvements have been truly astounding. Ted is now a very happy boy!’

Conor (and Ted), Princess Hill

An absolute marvel

‘We are so grateful for John’s expertise. Our home is now calm and peaceful – we can even leave doors open! Our puppies are quickly adapting to the new rules. John is an absolute marvel.’

Jillian & Les P, Malvern East

After just one session

‘After just one session, my eight-month-old Border Collie Lucy no longer barks excessively. And I’m now able to take her on walks without her trying to herd cars. Thank you!’

Barbara B, Mont Albert North

John is fabulous

‘Our new puppy Ted was excellent on his walk this morning! John is a fabulous character and we can’t thank him enough.’

Jo W, Yarraville

John absolutely transformed my dog

I first met John 10 years ago when my Golden retriever, Toby, was 12 weeks old. I told him that, although I had raised and trained 3 previous dogs ( a Corgi and 2 Golden Retrievers) it had been 15 years since the previous Golden was a puppy and, as a new and furthermore, now older, mother I lacked confidence and felt I needed some guidance. 

I shall never forget the couple of hours we spent with Toby that day. We walked him to the nearby train station, stood on the platform and watched trains go by, walked amongst throngs of schoolgirls on the footpath as they headed towards the station, took him to a coffee shop, crossed busy roads, watched noisy trucks pass by, crossed pedestrian crossings – all with John’s firm guidance and expertise. 

This is a man who really knows dogs and, I suspect, also has considerable insight into owner’s personalities!

My interaction with John resulted in a placid, well trained and incredibly loveable dog and I am deeply grateful to him.

Annette C, Armadale

Your expertise was invaluable

‘Thank you so much for teaching us to be better masters! As I suspected, the root problem didn’t lie with our Border Collies Sidney and Harry – they lay with our behaviours as owners. Your time and expertise were invaluable.’

Louise V, Pakenham

Walking her is now a pleasure!

John, I would like to thank you for the time you spent with us. It made the difference between just having Kora because I had to and appreciating just what a beautiful dog she is. Walking her is now a pleasure and she is even trying so hard not to jump on Grandma. You can actually see her working out what it is that will please us. I can see now how intelligent she is and how quickly she responds. I can’t thank you enough as at this hard time of grieving, you have taken one worry away.
Thank you so much again.

Virginia R, Seaford

A life-changing two hours

‘The two hours we had with John were the most enlightening and educational we’ve ever had. They were absolutely life-changing. We are so happy to feel in control of our house and lives. And now we can really enjoy our pets.’

Ana, Gary, Patrik, Lara and Filomena

She now behaves perfectly

‘Within a couple of minutes of meeting our Labrador Milly, John was able to identify why she had been misbehaving. She now behaves perfectly.’

Helena H, Eltham

An absolute miracle

‘John accomplished an absolute miracle. My little princess is now a true princess. Thank you, thank you, thank you – and bless you from the bottom of my heart.’

Tabitha O, Kew

Cooper is a whole new dog

‘After our 90 minute consultation with John, Cooper became a whole new dog. He no longer ‘sooks’, he walks well on lead – and best of all, he no longer wakes us up at 3am!’

Julie G, Rowville

John is a miracle worker

‘Our five-month-old Labradoodle no longer jumps on our children or steals their toys. In fact all our walks are now calm and pleasant. Our puppy has become a member of our family – he really does come with us everywhere! John is a miracle worker.’

Fiona & Daniel K, Croydon North

John is fantastic with children

‘John was fantastic with my nine-year-old daughter. She’s so much more confident with our puppy Stanley, and now understands why it’s important to follow our house rules (and give Stanley lots of cuddles!). What’s more, Stanley’s behaviour has improved in leaps and bounds in just 24 hours.’

Sam W, Toorak

John has the magic touch

‘John Harkin pretty much trained me as well as my dog Meg. He made the process fun and gave me the confidence to build a strong relationship with her. So many people have remarked on how obedient and socialised she now is! I tell all my friends about John’s magic touch every chance I get.’

Barbara J C

We came back to John after 12 years

‘When we adopted our dog Aus 12 years ago, John’s advice was invaluable. We recently reached out to him again for help with our new Labradoodle puppy. John’s approach was just as effective and fun as it was 12 years ago!’

Paula C, Kew

Results were instant

‘The arrival of our new puppy was a very exciting time but the challenges quickly became apparent. However, John’s visit was all we needed to help us set boundaries for our puppy – and the results were instant. After just one week of reinforcement, our puppy is now toilet trained and extremely well-behaved.’

Mike N, Warranwood

The best investment we could have made

‘We were convinced our adult Staffies were beyond help. But almost instantly, John had them walking next to us on the lead without pulling, sitting at each street corner and waiting to be invited onto the street, not barking at people walking past our house… the list goes on! We were blown away by his extraordinary ability and insight. It’s by far the best investment we could have made.’

Tuzz & Rhys M, Mornington

Wonderfully patient with our rescue dog

‘Our rescue cattle dog Abbey initially came to us with lots of love to give and attitude. Even though we’ve been dog owners for a long time, John’s expertise and friendly no-fuss approach were invaluable. Thank you for being so wonderfully patient with our rescue dog – and also for ‘rescuing’ us!’

Dr M Williams, Canterbury

Learnt a great deal

‘My sincerest thanks for your time with Milly and me today. I learnt a great deal and look forward to Milly behaving herself!’

Lynne G, Hurstbridge

John revolutionised our lives

‘It’s hard to put into words how amazing John is. He really did revolutionise our lives. And now we are very happy to have a relaxed dog that walks without barking at others.’

Gill & Owen M, South Yarra

Lola has completely transformed

‘Our 15-week-old American Staffordshire Lola used to be a little terror. She would pull so hard on her lead that she choked herself – and refused to let go of socks, shoes and whatever else she could find. And when we tried to play with her, she would bite the entire time. But since John’s help, Lola has completely transformed. She walks on her lead like a dream, no longer jumps on the couch and hasn’t bitten us once!’

Carly M, Carrum

Wish we had found you earlier

‘Our 20-month-old yellow Lab Teddy became aggressive towards other dogs, barking furiously and acting like he would attack them. We tried eight sessions with another dog trainer but saw no improvement whatsoever. But John solved the issue in just one session! We wish we had found you earlier!’

Gill & Owen M, South Yarra

The future looks bright

‘My heart had been heavy since Reuben’s ‘bite situation’. But John has empowered me with the confidence and knowledge to manage his behaviour on an ongoing basis. The future looks bright as I start my new relationship with Rueben. We are going to be a neat team as we strut our stuff!’

Marleene H, Aberfeldie

Now a model canine citizen

‘We had so much fun and learnt heaps with John. His methods really do work! When we took Vinnie out yesterday, he stopped at each crossing we came to – even when we were on the other side of the road. Vinnie is now a model canine citizen.’

Michael & Kelly S, Croydon

Advice from John

Children and Dogs

Don’t just take it for granted that because your dog is good with your children that he or she will be fine with all children. Don’t be paranoid, however, exercise caution with dogs around children, particularly those under 8 years. Also be very careful with puppies and small children, often children don’t realise their strength and can damage internal organs on pup with a very affectionate cuddle.

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Christmas time and lots of food around

Be certain to ask your guests not to feed your dog. Many foods that are fine for humans are not so good for dogs.
The last thing you want during the festive season is a sick dog and a big Vet bill.
Ask your Vet to provide you with a list of dangerous foods and plants and don’t over feed your dog.

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Heat and Dogs

Dogs rarely die from cold, but often die from heat exhaustion. Please exercise plenty of care over the summer months, a dog can die locked in a hot car just as quickly as a child can. Also be very cautious on hot pavements, dogs pads are no tougher than our feet unless conditioned. Even then radiant heat from the pavement is not far from dogs vital organs. It is never a good idea to walk your dog in the heat of the day.

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