Reviews


Our rescue Labradoodle came with a number of problems which to start with we were not sure could be overcome.  However thanks to the input from Ainsley and her staff Max has become an almost different dog! He has gained confidence and trust and is a much happier and less anxious dog now. We've learned to see life from his perspective which has helped us all and he has become such a rewarding and lovely companion to share our lives with. Many thanks. Dee and Bob Burgess

-review by Dee And Bob Burgess

 

Our rescue Labradoodle came with a number of problems which to start with we were not sure could be overcome.  However thanks to the input from Ainsley and her staff Max has become an almost different dog! He has gained confidence and trust and is a much happier and less anxious dog now. We've learned to see life from his perspective which has helped us all and he has become such a rewarding and lovely companion to share our lives with. Many thanks. Dee and Bob Burgess
Cannot thank Diane and Jennie enough. 
Thought I would send you a photo of my two girls 😁
Thank you again we have learnt so much.
Kaye

 

-review by Kaye, Rosie & Harley

 

Cannot thank Diane and Jennie enough. 
Thought I would send you a photo of my two girls 😁
Thank you again we have learnt so much.
Kaye

 
A big thank you for all your help with our Lurcher, Rosie. We rescued Rosie a year ago when she was aged 9. From the outset, Rosie has always been very loving and great in every way apart from her great reluctance to walk, especially from our house. Her anxiety got so bad, last Summer she started to avoid going into the garden for her wee. In desperation, we called Ainsley. She worked with us and soon ascertained that Rosie had a fear of traffic. With a few changes in diet and habits and activities outside we now have a new dog. We can now get her to walk from the house with only 2 of us, a major achievement. She is also different in herself, more interactive and lively (or as lively as an old Lurcher will ever be!) We are continuing with the training Ainsley gave us and our aim now is to get her to walk with only one of us from the house. So many thanks Ainsley and I can certainly recommend Active Paws for help with dogs with anxiety issues.

-review by Nicola & Simon

 

A big thank you for all your help with our Lurcher, Rosie. We rescued Rosie a year ago when she was aged 9. From the outset, Rosie has always been very loving and great in every way apart from her great reluctance to walk, especially from our house. Her anxiety got so bad, last Summer she started to avoid going into the garden for her wee. In desperation, we called Ainsley. She worked with us and soon ascertained that Rosie had a fear of traffic. With a few changes in diet and habits and activities outside we now have a new dog. We can now get her to walk from the house with only 2 of us, a major achievement. She is also different in herself, more interactive and lively (or as lively as an old Lurcher will ever be!) We are continuing with the training Ainsley gave us and our aim now is to get her to walk with only one of us from the house. So many thanks Ainsley and I can certainly recommend Active Paws for help with dogs with anxiety issues.
I was at my wits' end with Simba, our 9 month old rescue GSD puppy, when I was put in touch with Ainsley. My family wanted nothing to do with him; my husband was distraught because our beautiful new home and its contents were being destroyed and our 13 years old son had had enough of being 'mouthed' (not his terminology!). Visitors were likely to have their toes, ankles, wrists and clothes bitten, albeit not in aggression, but that's no consolation and still hurts. I had tried everything and neither my previous experience of owning 3 GSDs nor other trainers were able to achieve any improvement. We started at Active Paws with Maria doing TD Rally Level 1 and Follow Your Nose; the atmosphere was relaxed and, with tremendous help and support from Jennie during the sessions, Simba did really well. Ainsley came to the house a couple of times and the effects of her advice were immediate. We then had a number of one-to-one sessions at Active Paws going from strength to strength. Our first attempt at Lifeskills Basics was too much for Simba to cope with but the second a triumph and we are now looking forward to continuing scent work and obedience. I can't pretend that Simba is now perfect but he has come such a very long way; my husband shows him off with pride and our son can even be caught having a game or lying on the floor having a cuddle. We also receive numerous compliments from the dog-walking fraternity. My family and I really can't thank Ainsley and her team enough.

-review by Claire

 

I was at my wits' end with Simba, our 9 month old rescue GSD puppy, when I was put in touch with Ainsley. My family wanted nothing to do with him; my husband was distraught because our beautiful new home and its contents were being destroyed and our 13 years old son had had enough of being 'mouthed' (not his terminology!). Visitors were likely to have their toes, ankles, wrists and clothes bitten, albeit not in aggression, but that's no consolation and still hurts. I had tried everything and neither my previous experience of owning 3 GSDs nor other trainers were able to achieve any improvement. We started at Active Paws with Maria doing TD Rally Level 1 and Follow Your Nose; the atmosphere was relaxed and, with tremendous help and support from Jennie during the sessions, Simba did really well. Ainsley came to the house a couple of times and the effects of her advice were immediate. We then had a number of one-to-one sessions at Active Paws going from strength to strength. Our first attempt at Lifeskills Basics was too much for Simba to cope with but the second a triumph and we are now looking forward to continuing scent work and obedience. I can't pretend that Simba is now perfect but he has come such a very long way; my husband shows him off with pride and our son can even be caught having a game or lying on the floor having a cuddle. We also receive numerous compliments from the dog-walking fraternity. My family and I really can't thank Ainsley and her team enough.
I am a canine physio and have worked with a young energetic dog for a while. This dog has recently had some training with her owners from Ainsley and has quickly learnt how to concentrate, focus and problem solve making her physio exercise therapy sessions much more effective. She is more calm and so using her body better therefore achieving more in physio. Thank you Ainsley

-review by Nycky Edleston

 

I am a canine physio and have worked with a young energetic dog for a while. This dog has recently had some training with her owners from Ainsley and has quickly learnt how to concentrate, focus and problem solve making her physio exercise therapy sessions much more effective. She is more calm and so using her body better therefore achieving more in physio. Thank you Ainsley
After 6 weeks and 3 days of gentle (but firm) guidance, support and advice from Ainsley and Jennie we hit the jackpot. Carla was on the village rec NOT ATTACHED to me or a lead or a long line; running free with other dogs and people both close and in the distance. From being a dog for whom everything was a major threat prompting flight she has become mildly interested or not bothered at all. Can't thank them enough - I really didn't think we'd ever reach that goal till the other side of Christmas 2017!! We are now ready to go on to TDRally and a whole host of other opportunities for dogs and their handlers which Active Paws runs. WHOOOOPEEEE!!

-review by Caroline And Carla

 

After 6 weeks and 3 days of gentle (but firm) guidance, support and advice from Ainsley and Jennie we hit the jackpot. Carla was on the village rec NOT ATTACHED to me or a lead or a long line; running free with other dogs and people both close and in the distance. From being a dog for whom everything was a major threat prompting flight she has become mildly interested or not bothered at all. Can't thank them enough - I really didn't think we'd ever reach that goal till the other side of Christmas 2017!! We are now ready to go on to TDRally and a whole host of other opportunities for dogs and their handlers which Active Paws runs. WHOOOOPEEEE!!
The Myotherapy treatment definitely seems to be working! Bertie is a lot better and his back legs are much less stiff. I have noticed an improvement in his gait, he is more keen to jump up into the car and up on things. He's holding his tail up alot more and is not shaking his back leg out in the morning before going for a walk. It has definitely done the trick!
 
"The Myotherapy treatment definitely seems to be working! Bertie is a lot better and his back legs are much less stiff. I have noticed an improvement in his gait, he is more keen to jump up into the car and up on things. He's holding his tail up alot more and is not shaking his back leg out in the morning before going for a walk. It has definitely done the trick!"

-review by Gaby & Bertie

 

The Myotherapy treatment definitely seems to be working! Bertie is a lot better and his back legs are much less stiff. I have noticed an improvement in his gait, he is more keen to jump up into the car and up on things. He's holding his tail up alot more and is not shaking his back leg out in the morning before going for a walk. It has definitely done the trick!
 
"The Myotherapy treatment definitely seems to be working! Bertie is a lot better and his back legs are much less stiff. I have noticed an improvement in his gait, he is more keen to jump up into the car and up on things. He's holding his tail up alot more and is not shaking his back leg out in the morning before going for a walk. It has definitely done the trick!"
 I have a mixed breed (German Shepherd X Beagle) rescue dog called Guzzi, which I have now had for 4 years.  In this time I have never succeeded to help Guzzi overcome his numerous behaviour issues until now, and that's all thanks to Ainsley and the team at Active Paws.  I arranged for Ainsley to come for home visit to meet Guzzi and the family and to see first hand the problems we were experiencing.  On a normal day he would growl at food, growl at people if they go near his toys and  lunge and bark excessivley at other dogs.........walking could be very traumatic!  Apart from this he is a loving dog as long as there are no toys, food or other dogs around!  From day one Ainsley suggested small changes to the way we do things and overnight things started to improve. Three months on and some 1:1 training sessions at Active Paws and Guzzi's behaviour has significantly improved.  The progress has been made by understanding why Guzzi behaves the way he does and helping him to cope with situations rather than just trying to correct his bad behaviour.  With this new understanding I am far more confident on how to help Guzzi and life in our house and walks are far less stressful.  The training is ongoing and I'm not saying he's now perfect, but with the help of Ainsley and her team I know that we will continue to help Guzzi and maybe our dream of getting another dog to join our family is getting a little closer.

-review by Sharon Ritchie

 

 I have a mixed breed (German Shepherd X Beagle) rescue dog called Guzzi, which I have now had for 4 years.  In this time I have never succeeded to help Guzzi overcome his numerous behaviour issues until now, and that's all thanks to Ainsley and the team at Active Paws.  I arranged for Ainsley to come for home visit to meet Guzzi and the family and to see first hand the problems we were experiencing.  On a normal day he would growl at food, growl at people if they go near his toys and  lunge and bark excessivley at other dogs.........walking could be very traumatic!  Apart from this he is a loving dog as long as there are no toys, food or other dogs around!  From day one Ainsley suggested small changes to the way we do things and overnight things started to improve. Three months on and some 1:1 training sessions at Active Paws and Guzzi's behaviour has significantly improved.  The progress has been made by understanding why Guzzi behaves the way he does and helping him to cope with situations rather than just trying to correct his bad behaviour.  With this new understanding I am far more confident on how to help Guzzi and life in our house and walks are far less stressful.  The training is ongoing and I'm not saying he's now perfect, but with the help of Ainsley and her team I know that we will continue to help Guzzi and maybe our dream of getting another dog to join our family is getting a little closer.
I just wanted to say how much Monty and I enjoyed Fit for Life.
It was a very informative course and taught well with good instructions and lot's of guidance.
I have learnt so much about how a dog moves and balances, I feel the benefits from this course will carry on with Monty in his every day life as we can do all the exercises whenever we want, wherever we want to.
I shall continue to practice with him as it helps his whole body to work together and he does seem to love it.
Many Thanks
 

-review by Carol Street

 

I just wanted to say how much Monty and I enjoyed Fit for Life.
It was a very informative course and taught well with good instructions and lot's of guidance.
I have learnt so much about how a dog moves and balances, I feel the benefits from this course will carry on with Monty in his every day life as we can do all the exercises whenever we want, wherever we want to.
I shall continue to practice with him as it helps his whole body to work together and he does seem to love it.
Many Thanks
 
Inky ( our 12 year old Patterdale  terrier ) and I attended the  Active Paws Fit for  Life course as he had a back injury which caused his hind legs to tremble.  
The course was 8 weeks long and Ainsley sent us home each week with exercises to practice, which we did.  The change in his demeanour was amazing and his back and  hind legs were much stronger.  After 3 weeks  I took him back to the physio where he'd been having treatment,  she was surprised  with the speed of  his progress. 
He is a much happier boy now and loves the exercises,  so much so that we've signed up for the next course. 
I can really recommend this course and Ainsley to everyone. 
 

-review by Annie

 

Inky ( our 12 year old Patterdale  terrier ) and I attended the  Active Paws Fit for  Life course as he had a back injury which caused his hind legs to tremble.  
The course was 8 weeks long and Ainsley sent us home each week with exercises to practice, which we did.  The change in his demeanour was amazing and his back and  hind legs were much stronger.  After 3 weeks  I took him back to the physio where he'd been having treatment,  she was surprised  with the speed of  his progress. 
He is a much happier boy now and loves the exercises,  so much so that we've signed up for the next course. 
I can really recommend this course and Ainsley to everyone. 
 
Am absolutely amazed - the venue, the equipment, the empathy shown to dogs and their humans - outstanding. Hoot and I are both (unsurprisingly!) looking forward to getting back from holiday next week so we can get on with Rally. Well done, can't think of enough superlatives so I'll stop now.

-review by Caroline Shelford

 

Am absolutely amazed - the venue, the equipment, the empathy shown to dogs and their humans - outstanding. Hoot and I are both (unsurprisingly!) looking forward to getting back from holiday next week so we can get on with Rally. Well done, can't think of enough superlatives so I'll stop now.
Benji used to be a real handful - not listening to commands, pulling on the lead and play biting to name a few! But Ainsley has given us a lot of tools and tips to help manage his behaviour and we have seen a huge improvement and in only a couple of months! Couldn't recommend this more. In fact, we travel an hour and a half to get to Active Paws as there is literally nothing like this nearby.

 

-review by Mark & Gareth

 

Benji used to be a real handful - not listening to commands, pulling on the lead and play biting to name a few! But Ainsley has given us a lot of tools and tips to help manage his behaviour and we have seen a huge improvement and in only a couple of months! Couldn't recommend this more. In fact, we travel an hour and a half to get to Active Paws as there is literally nothing like this nearby.

 
Thank you Ainsley and Jennie for the the six week Restart course, I was so impressed that I have signed up for another with our second dog. Small classes in a safe and comfortable environment dedicated to dog training - not a village hall or field. You girls Rock!!

-review by Sue Lane

 

Thank you Ainsley and Jennie for the the six week Restart course, I was so impressed that I have signed up for another with our second dog. Small classes in a safe and comfortable environment dedicated to dog training - not a village hall or field. You girls Rock!!
Barley and myself had the best time at the gym taster session (i didn't realise we'd both be getting such a work out ;-) ) on Sunday. Great fun. Super venue and the nicest people.

-review by Paula Topping

 

Barley and myself had the best time at the gym taster session (i didn't realise we'd both be getting such a work out ;-) ) on Sunday. Great fun. Super venue and the nicest people.
Maja and I had a great couple of taster sessions at Active Paws Fitness and Activity Centre.
It is held in a small building so classes are small, you don't have to worry about adverse weather or loud noises, bangs, fireworks etc. as some of you well know absolutely petrify Maja.
Comfortable seats, lovely area, superb equipment and very nice and soft Vetbeds for the dogs to lie on. Maja was especially impressed and comfortable!
COAPE qualified so you can be sure that they have a deep understanding of dogs, and that their practices, information and all that they do is up to date, for the dogs benefit and won't cause them any harm or discomfort.
We enjoyed the TD Rally especially and look forward to using their gym equipment!
Highly recommended.

-review by Rob Staves

 

Maja and I had a great couple of taster sessions at Active Paws Fitness and Activity Centre.
It is held in a small building so classes are small, you don't have to worry about adverse weather or loud noises, bangs, fireworks etc. as some of you well know absolutely petrify Maja.
Comfortable seats, lovely area, superb equipment and very nice and soft Vetbeds for the dogs to lie on. Maja was especially impressed and comfortable!
COAPE qualified so you can be sure that they have a deep understanding of dogs, and that their practices, information and all that they do is up to date, for the dogs benefit and won't cause them any harm or discomfort.
We enjoyed the TD Rally especially and look forward to using their gym equipment!
Highly recommended.
What a great place!! Doggy heaven and the peeps that work there are passionate about what they do. Our Ezri had a taster session of rally and loved it.

-review by Sue Barlow

 

What a great place!! Doggy heaven and the peeps that work there are passionate about what they do. Our Ezri had a taster session of rally and loved it.
I had such a lovely time doing the TD Rally taster, Monty loved it as did I. Looking forward to starting the 6 week course. You have an amazing, safe environment to work dog's. Everyone I met was extremely friendly and helpful.

-review by Carol Anne Street

 

I had such a lovely time doing the TD Rally taster, Monty loved it as did I. Looking forward to starting the 6 week course. You have an amazing, safe environment to work dog's. Everyone I met was extremely friendly and helpful.

 

 
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Reviews

A Different Max, less anxious, much happier, gained confidence and trust, overcome thanks to Ainsley

Dee And Bob Burgess

Thank you, learnt so much, happy dogs, puppy training

Kaye, Rosie & Harley

A much happier and less anxious lurcher, new dog, recommend Active Paws

Nicola & Simon

Family Rescue! Come a long way, pride, can't thank Active Paws enough

Claire

Canine Physio noticing calm, focus after training helping her exercises

Nycky Edleston

Miraculous!

Caroline And Carla

myotherapy definitely working...improvement in gait...jumping in car,on to things...done the trick

Gaby & Bertie

GSD X Beagle rescue, numerous issues, help from Ainsley, improved from day 1, I know how to help him

Sharon Ritchie

informative, huge benefits to every day life, he loves it

Carol Street

I can really recommend this course and Ainsley to everyone.

Annie

Great venue - Great Trainers - What else do you need?!

Caroline Shelford

Lots of tools and tips...huge improvement in only a couple of months...we travel 1½ hours

Mark & Gareth

I thoroughly recommend this place!

Sue Lane

Wow, lovely people, great venue and super class

Paula Topping

Highly recommended.

Rob Staves

What a great place!!

Sue Barlow

Such a lovely time

Carol Anne Street

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