Personal Reference from Peter Neville Director/Tutor, COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) Clinical Professor, Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Japan Professor, Dept of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University, USA (Adjunct Full),2012
Sam Redmond (DipCAPBT)NOCN gained her Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training with COAPE in 2008. She has since gone on most successfully to develop a broad and extensive experience of working with dogs and cats in her behaviour referral practice and dog training activities. She demonstrates a real empathy for her clients and crucially devotes much time planning individually tailored treatment programmes for them, and then supports them all the way through the therapeutic process. Alongside her behaviour practice, Sam is now also heavily invested in preventing behaviour problems in dogs. She runs small-group puppy courses in a range of ‘real life’ locations such as fields, towns, cafes and even local pubs, preparing pups for life in all parts of the human world, not just in a single training venue or in the home. As always, Sam only uses modern reward-based motivational training techniques to help all her clients’ pets learn how to behave and be successful companions, both at home and in society. In serving the referring veterinary practice, Sam is thoroughly reliable, attends to cases very promptly and keeps everyone informed with regular progress reports on every behaviour case. All in all, she is a first class all round example of a modern behaviourist and trainer.
Lois & Annik
Incredibly engaging and inspiring training days with Sam. Her integrity shines through her methods, I’ve never had any formal dog training but I know I won’t need to look any further. I trust Sam completely to give me honest and ethical training every time.
Reggie, Ethel and Kay
I cannot thank Sam enough for her help with our dogs. We had a very distressing situation with one of our dogs where unfortunately due to bad breeding, He was terrified of absolutely everything and didn’t know how to react other than with agression and excessive barking.
Sam took the time to understand our situation and also helped us to understand our dogs mental condition, she explained everything in depth and made sure we knew what we were dealing with, what we needed to do and how to move forward. Her help and understanding has been invaluable. Sam worked tirelessly with us and kept in touch every couple of days to discuss progress and tweaks to our training if needed. We now have two happy, healthy and confident little dogs, it’s a joy having them in our lives and no longer a foreboding struggle. Sam most definitely has the best interest of her clients and animals at heart, It is clear that she does this for her love and compassion for dogs and their families.
Gemma & Zeus
Extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Worked very well with our large energetic young male. Great at explaining the reasoning behind behaviours and how to deal with them.
Jess-Lemmy and Fallon
Fabulous in every way. A credit to her profession. Would recommend thoroughly. Her dogs are also absolutely fantastic!
Sue and Tilly
I was so worried about my rescue dog, when out walking. I had tried everything I could think of, to help her, but any improvement only lasted a couple of weeks. I knew that I needed the help of an expert. Sam came to visit us at home and after listening to all the information that I could give to help, Sam immediately identified her problem. My poor little Dog was afraid of other dogs. Sam is very informative, not only about the actual training but about diet too. I changed her food, which she preferred anyway! Sam helped me to understand my dogs “mind set” and how to help her feel less anxious. I eagerly took on board everything Sam said. I know it will take time, but already the difference is quite amazing. The fact that Sam’s methods work, and will continue to work is such a relief. I am thoroughly enjoying the training programme. Sam emails to check progress too. To know that I am not on my own in this, and that Sam is the expert that I can call on is so reassuring. I would recommend her to anyone. If you are reading this and have any issues with your dog, I urge you to speak to Sam, you won`t regret it.
Laura and Banjo
Sam is very knowledgeable and good at what she does. Moreover she listens! One of my dogs (rescued at 7months) had never been out of his run until we got him, resulting in fear of traffic/loud noises(where he launched at lorries etc.) and anxiety at not being able to bound up to other dogs on walks. Both problems resulted in him seeming aggressive. Sam gave me some great advice and good tools to help me to help him cope. Walks are now much calmer. I wasn’t able to identify how he was feeling or why, but Sam soon got to the bottom of it. Thank you Sam!
I have known Sam for a number of years. Her knowledge, understanding and patience are outstanding. I would always go to Sam with any issues or questions that I have
Kerry Wild – Breeder
I had known Sam for quite a while via a mutual friend but not on a professional level until I had a young dog returned to me suffering from various Separation Anxiety Issues. Thanks to Sam’s expert advice, support,guidance and step by step program we saw fantastic results the young dog happily found his forever home is now a happy confident adult
For the last three years Sam has taught at the Northern Breed Adolescent Training Day and has been invaluable giving talks, demonstrations and training sessions.She covered everything from understanding our dogs emotions, to short practical group sessions in basic obedience as well as problem solving.
If you are looking for positive force free training delivered in a fun but informative way that actually gets results or help and advice on behavioural issues then contact Sam
Rachel and Rufus
We’ve been working with Sam along with our puppy Rufus for a couple of months after getting to the end of our tether with some of Rufus’ behaviours that were so out of character. Rufus is a strong and boisterous German Wirehaired Pointer who started to demonstrate some alarming behaviours at around 9/10 months old – jumping at cars, cyclists, people as well as appearing to be very nervous / aggressive.
From the outset Sam made some recommendations that would benefit us and help calm Rufus down when he was unable to manage his own emotions; these worked fairly quickly (food, treats, language). The insights that Sam provided into behaviours and impact of testosterone / cortisone levels really helped us to understand Rufus much better and ensure that he was in the best environment dependent on his mood.
Sam has been at hand to answer questions and listen to concerns. It’s been a difficult path at times with Rufus and there have been some tears from me along the way but by working with Sam and ensuring we provide Rufus with the right approach we are slowly turning the corner.
Would recommend Sam to anyone looking to better understand their dog’s behaviour.
Karen & Amber
Sam is a lovely lady who helped my daughter and I train our dog to pass Levels 1 and 2 on her journey to becoming an assistance dog. She very patiently worked with my daughter who is disabled and has many physical limitations, finding ways to make things work for her. Before meeting Sam we had never heard of how to use “shaping” to achieve task work. We will always be grateful for what she has helped us achieve. Thanks Sam!
Lisa & Betty
Sam has worked with us as a family and helped our anxious little Jack Russel,Betty, to become more settled and happy when out walking. She has a very calming nature and all her work is based on positive reinforcement. We woul definitely recommend Sam.
Sam has helped us train our Doberman puppy, nursing us through training difficulties like biting. She has been fantastically supportive and always coming up with new ideas for us to try to make training fun and enjoyable for both ourselves and our puppy. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and having seen her work with her own dog Koda she gives me something to aspire to.
Just thought I’d let you know how much more manageable Woody is following your training and advice. As you know walking him was a chore rather than a pleasure due to his sometimes aggressive behaviour towards other dogs walking and while in the car. Glad to say that this has been mostly eradicated following the introduction of your positive training. We are more comfortable taking the dogs out together, Woody even responds to the in car training and where he used to be very noisy when passing other dogs, a lot of the time now he just watches them and if we continue with your advice we can usually avoid the problems occurring.
Having had dogs for many years we thought perhaps that we knew how to handle any situation but having taken on Woody at 6 months old we had not seen this type of behaviour before. Without you’re training I’m not sure where we would be now, very stressed I would imagine and not being able to enjoy walking the two dogs together which is something we’ve always wanted. Many thanks for your time and advice, hopefully we won’t need your services again but if we do we’ll have no hesitation in giving you a call.
We approached Sam for help with our Northern Inuit Mako. He was pulling us really badly when walking and lunging towards people and dogs when he wanted to meet them. As he is around 46 Kilos he was dragging us all over the place and it was becoming very dangerous. As Sam came highly recommended by the breeder of our dog and Sam has an Northern Inuit herself, we hoped that she would be better help than the local dog training classes, which were useless. Sam visited our house and spent two full hours working with Mako and left us with some training tasks and techniques, as well as recommending a Mekuti balance harness instead of using a flat collar. Sam also has provided telephone and email support for our questions and has been extremely patient and helpful, we could not be happier and would recommend her to anyone. It was Sam’s training that has helped Mako and us, and enabled enjoyable walks and take Mako’s training to the next level.
We had Dylan from 8 weeks old and everything was fine until he reached 6 months old, I started to notice he was aggressive with other dogs and he went to bite a couple of people when we were out on his walks. I then took the decision to have him neutered and as a result, the problems got worse. This is when I asked for help from Sam Redmond, who was recommended by our vet. The first session was her getting to know Dylan, our family and all about the problems that we had with Dylan. She was very positive and sure that the problems could be sorted by me and the rest of my family working with her, she gave me a better understanding of why Dylan was behaving like he was. She accompanied me on our daily walk so she could observe his behaviour. Sam gave me advice and showed me how to deal with Dylan when he reacts in certain situations eg. When he came in contact with other dogs, people walking in close proximity, passing cyclists and joggers. He would be aggressive in all of the situations mentioned previously. . Dylan works best with treats rather than a toy so I always carry them with me on walks. Sam also helped me realise that Dylan is a nervous dog and showed me ways to make him feel secure, eg. by making him a den where he can feel safe, also how to train him with a Clicker which Dylan took to quite well. Sam also recommended some calming aids to help with his nervousness which turned out to be a great help as he is now much calmer and able to learn new behaviours. Sam would always keep in contact by phone to see how we were getting on and if we were having any problems which I found a great help. I would not hesitate to recommend Sam to anyone who has problems with their dog as she has helped me to enjoy the walks with Dylan rather than dread them as I used to do. She has built my confidence as well as Dylan’s which we are all grateful for.
Wilf is our first dog and we found the training that Sam gave him invaluable. We didn’t have a clue where to start but by attending the Puppy Foundation Course that was run by Sam, we picked up lots of tricks and techniques and it gave us a really sound basis for starting Wilf’s training. We were so pleased with his progress after only 8 weeks. We would definitely use Sam again in the future for any further training requirements. Sam has been brilliant both in class and on email. As it’s all new to us we’ve been asking lots of people for advice and out of everyone that we’ve spoken to Sam is the person that we listen to and trust the most. I would definitely recommend Sam to friends.
Despite months of research, visiting the breeder several times and reading as many puppy manuals as I could get my hands on, getting our puppy home was like a baptism of fire. Ok, so we’d gone for a Vizsla as our first dog, which I was later told was like buying a Ferrari just after passing your driving test. It was harder than I could have imagined, and I definitely had ‘what have I done moments’. My concern was that I didn’t really know where to start with training our gorgeous girl, and so started looking for some local classes. I found Sam and started the classes as a complete novice, with hands full, and a head full of doubts. However, over the weeks with the help of Sam and her team, I have grown so much in confidence, gained some much needed advice and now have a 6 month old puppy that is doing me proud in and out of lessons. The classes are all small and friendly, and what I like is that Sam adapts the lessons to suit each individual dog, with the aim of us all reaching the same goal. The expert tuition and support in general, has turned dog ownership into an absolute joy, from something that felt quite scary to begin with. I’d highly recommend the classes.
I first used Sam Redmond for puppy training, both on a one to one and in a group situation. She was quick to identify training needs and help establish positive, but achievable training methods and outcomes for both me and my dog. She is always there to make suggestions to help both me and my dog get the best from each other. As a first time dog owner Sam’s help has been invaluable, I would certainly recommend her services to others.
I asked for Sam’s help with my 13 month old Chocolate Labrador, who had become hard to handle on the lead and was constantly jumping up when anybody came to visit. Sam helped me to understand why Lewis reacted the way he did. He is now much more controllable, and responds more to my commands. Although he still gets excited with visitors,with the tips that Sam gave me it is no longer a nightmare when we receive visitors. Sam’s understanding is fantastic. I’d been trying to use the basic command “Stay” with Lewis but it just didn’t work. Changing the word to “still” has had a great impact. He will now sit and remain sat while I open the gate and take the bin out. I now have a lot more confidence taking him out for walks on the field off the lead, which is great. Sam’s knowledge and advice has been invaluable. I recommend her services to anybody.”
Shane & Harvey
Sam really knows her stuff, Harvey is a wonderful dog thanks to Sam and the behaviour work helped him start life with us well balanced. Would definitely recommend