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Dear Julie, We just want to thank you again. Danielle, Laylah (16 week old border collie) and myself learnt so much at puppy preschool. We now have a disciplined dog (almost) and some very fond memories of our time at puppy preschool.
Julie you are a true professional and should be congratulated on your skills and enthusiasm.

- Kay Houstone

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Hi my name is Mikki, the Spoodle, and my owners Janette (Mum) and Martin (Dad) thought it would be a good idea after I first came home to go to puppy preschool. I was a bit shy and found mixing with other puppies a bit scary. I was also having a few problems at home with separation anxiety and not knowing my place, so after puppy school finished Mum asked Julie to come to home and help with my problems. It was hard work for everyone but I started improving and found my place in the home, 4th I even come after Bimbo the cat. I still needed some direction so Mum took me to Adolescence classes where we did lots of exercises and learned more ways of being a good puppy. We even won some achievement ribbons! We both liked going to classes, we have been to all of them, other than the Growly one, and I love Julie and Michelle and love meeting up with new and old puppy friends. I loved going to Williamtown and doing the agility courses. I am usually the youngest there (I turn 2 years old in June) and sometimes I am a bit distracted, but by the advanced course I was better disciplined. Can’t wait for the next course!!
I am more confident and I am becoming the well adjusted grown up dog that Mum and Dad love to have around.
I even feature in the advanced class section of this website, yep that’s me jumping over a jump – don’t I look good?

- Mikki

We would like to thank Julie for understanding our unique circumstances and helping Mikki and us put coping mechanisms in place and giving direction so we could change Mikki’s behaviour and Michelle for her help during the classes. I really enjoyed the classes which became more challenging with off lead work in the advanced course. Mikki is growing up to be a great Spoodle.

- Janette & Martin

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My dog Charlie is very timid and before she started training she hated walks because she would always encounter other dogs. She did not want to do anything other than lie in her kennel or look for worms in our yard. She was scared of people who she didn’t know. When we tried to teach her sit and stay, she didn’t understand and usually walked away. We took her to Julie’s Lochinvar class and she quickly came out of her shell. She loves walks, although she is still a little afraid of other dogs. She now plays with me in the backyard and chases sparrows around (she will never have a chance at catching them; she makes too much noise running). She now wants to befriend every person she meets and thrives on attention. Best of all, she started doing tricks and now we are working on some harder ones for her to learn. I would recommend Barkers in Balance to anyone with a dog that needs some help. It was a great class. Thanks Julie.

- Matthew G

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Hi Julie, I would like to thank you and Michelle so much for helping us with Narla. By showing us how to communicate with her more effectively, we have gotten even closer together. It is an absolute dream to walk her now and I’m not scared that I’m going to be a passanger if she decides to take off on me. Where we had to strain so much taking her for walks, I often let go of the lead now and she stays right next to us. She usually does what she is told the first time which is great. We can control her barking and taught her where her place is in the ‘pack’. It’s almost as if she has gained a lot of respect for my partner and I. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that with one word or gesture she does exactly what she is supposed to. It makes us so proud when we see other misbehaved dogs and it’s no effort to get Narla to do what we want her to. She has gotten so good that we can take her to go have coffee and everything! Something we would never have dreamt of doing.
We look forward to the rest of the classes, if she is this good after 3 sessions, she will be a star when the class is finished.
Thank for turning our ladette into a lady.

- Adele & Grant

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Just thought we’d drop you a line and let you know how things are going. Harry is doing so well. His behaviour has changed so much since our 2 sessions with you and I would like to once again thank you for teaching me the techniques to be able to help Harry become a more relaxed dog and to be a puppy again where his biggest concern is what ball should I chase. Walking is such a pleasure now. I no longer get rope burn after each walk and no longer dread having to take him for a walk. He very rarely jumps on people anymore however every now and then he has a brain snap but as soon as he is told no he stops. And his anxiety level has dropped heaps.
I thought I’d attach a photo of Harry for you since his training he has become a bit of a poser.
Take care and thanks again.

- Emma & Harry