BBC Scotland's The Nine talked to Si
about Sophie From Romania
Watch the interview below
The Guardian looks at post pandemic dog problems
Gaby Hinsliff explores whether the rise in dog ownership has lead to an explosion of behaviour problems and talks to Si about Sophie from Romania and tackling fear in dogs.
"Simon is absolutely fantastic. He came and helped us with one of our dogs. He was very polite, helpful, did not rush in fact he stayed longer than our appointment was for to ensure we understood our plan for our little boy. Definitely knows his stuff and we are already seeing great differences in our dogs behaviour. I have no issues in highly recommending Simon and if you're teetering on the edge about whether or not to get some help and advice I'd recommend you give him a call. We're looking forward to continuing with our plan. Thanks again."
"Simon is a very approachable and knowledgeable trainer who worked with my two elderly english setters rescued from Spain .
He was patient , held the dogs attention well and achieved some great results with them despite it being the hottest day of the year. I have already recommended SImon to a number of friends and look forward to working with him further on recall with my deaf dog ."
"Simon has been my dog angel. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and how to achieve the best for your dog and you. He is very easy to work with both for the dogs and humans.
I am not a particularly experienced dog owner who took on a rescue dog from Romania with little information about her. She had few skills other than a willingness to learn and please, but also has some unpredictable issues and with Simons help we are starting to address them. He has been so supportive to us all -with e mails, you tube clips, information, recommendations about appropriate equipment and articles to read to help us understand. Not to mention a lot of much needed support and kind words. Which can not be understated how important they are when you feel like you are struggling.
We paid for the initial one to one session where we got lots of practical training with the understanding behind why this way works. I loved the fact no dog chooses to get scared any more than we do but we can all learn how to deal with it better. A journey for all of us in life. The session was definitely value for money.
we have all improved and made good steps forward and that’s all credit to Simon."
"Sociable dog have given me huge amounts of support and confidence to work through the challenges I've experienced with my dog-reactive rescue greyhound, Moose. Si is just a brilliant guy who is super kind to dogs and just a lovely guy to work with. You'll get no judgements, no blaming, just a whole load of knowledge and skills, and confidence that you didn't know you possessed! I was lost and feeling hopeless and overwhelmed when I first encountered Sociable Dog. Yet it is thanks to their support and cheerleading, that I have now embarked on my own work to help others who have adopted challenging ex racers. If you feel like no-one can help you and your dog, give Si a call. He'll tell you than no dog is beyond help and show you that progress is always possible ... :)"