hooked!!! I came away with a feeling of peace and well-being.
My dogs have always talked to me with their eyes, now they
communicate to me in a way that I can fully understand."
Lorena Bedford (Flint)
"I was sceptical when
I arrived, and I didn't expect to get anything. When I got accurate
information from the animals I worked with, I was stunned!!! You
could have knocked me down with a feather."
Val Stewart (Birkenhead)
"I really enjoyed
the workshop. I came away much more confident in my abilities.
I felt Sue and Elaine gave much more practice time than other
courses that I've attended, and I love their relaxation techniques."
Angela Pitman, Dog Trainer (Chester)
Reggie & Crackerjack
"I had struggled
with my dog Ben's aggression with other dogs for a long
while. I had asked for help from several different sources,
with little effect. With Sue and Elaine's help, Ben has
become trustworthy, and more confident around other dogs.
Judy Robinson (Burnley)
communicating with my cat Amber, Elaine discovered that he felt
isolated and unhappy, due to his deafness and blindness. He
was exhibiting this by urinating on our bed, as he spent much
of his time in our bedroom. We found him a special safe place
to be with us downstairs, and the behaviour stopped"!!
Judy Robinson (Burnley)
"My dog Star used to snap
at me numerous times during the night. Elaine and Sue communicated
with her to find the reason and now the behaviour has completely stopped.
During the same communication Elaine and Sue scanned Star's body for
any physical problems. They found that she had a painful left shoulder.
I took her to the vet and he told me that Star's left shoulder was
out - he put it back and now she's back to her old self, running around."
Lorena Bedford (Flint)
"Two dogs from the training
club I run have benefited greatly from Elaine and Sue's communication.
One dog in particular, who used to be very nervous, has improved
Angela Pitman, Dog Trainer (Chester)
"My terrier Crackerjack
used to stop dead for apparently no reason while out on a
lead walk with me. He also destroyed my partner's mobile phone,
and then destroyed the replacement phone, which was completely
out of character for him. He communicated to Sue that although
he loved my partner very much, he felt upset because some
of his role in looking after me had been taken over by my
partner. Sue was able to negotiate with Crackerjack, and between
them they agreed what his role with me would be in the future.
Because he was able to explain his feelings and fears, both
the behaviours stopped immediately."
Angela Pitman, Dog Trainer, (Chester)
"My 3 year old
Labrador Glen had always been a nervous, worried character.
He would bark at strangers, was very distant in his manner,
and found it hard to show affection, even to me.
A few months
ago he began to lose weight very rapidly. He became extremely
thin, and despite extensive investigations the vet could find
no reason for this. Sue and Elaine communicated with Glen
and released a spirit who had been attached to him since he
was a puppy.
Glen pictured after
That night he jumped onto the settee with me and kissed me on the nose, which he had never done before. Since that day he has become increasingly more relaxed and confident, to the point where people are saying "What have you done with Glen? He's so much better!" Even more importantly, he has put on weight to the point where he now looks like a "proper" Labrador again.
I cannot thank
Sue and Elaine enough - they have given me my dog back, and
have also made me realize how important it is to "look outside
the box" when helping our animals."
Val Stewart, (Birkenhead)
"I bought my first
puppy in January. I had been thinking about it for a long time and
was really keen to have one but was concerned how my 2 cats Jack
and Fussy would take to a dog having never lived with one and it
just having been the 3 of us, give or take the odd boyfriend in
the Border Collie pup arrived in January and Jack who wasn't
keen but who was curious, after about 3 weeks ventured into
the room he was in, sniffed him, hissed at him, smacked him
about a bit and then decided all was well and he was happy with
the new addition!
Fussy however, who is Fussy by name and by
nature completely freaked out and refused for 6 weeks to come
out of the bedroom, where she literally shut down and wouldn't
even interact with me. .
|I knew the pup had really upset her and wasn't sure how to handle it. I had attended an AC workshop myself in the past and whilst normally I was happy to talk to my feline friends myself, I knew this was too complex and too emotional for me to do myself, so I called Elaine and Sue
I was making the appointment on the phone, Fussy came out of
the bedroom and got on my lap for the first time in weeks, she
purred and was almost her usual self... I knew then she would
have quite a bit to say on the subject!
On the morning of the call, we all waited. Jack sat in the window
of the front room, Fussy on the chair next to me and Tot by
the baby gate - everyone was waiting, even though the doors
and windows were open and all the animals were free to go wherever.
Sue and Elaine came on the phone and asked which animal wanted
to speak first.
Fussy got up off the chair, onto the floor, put her tail up
and at that moment, they both said Fussy's 1st! They hadnt
seen her body language - only I had. Fuss talked for about
20 minutes, she let rip at me, very dramatically, as only
a long haired female cat can and she made it quite clear that
the dog was ruining her life!He was not welcome and she felt
I was ignoring her and didnt love her the same any more -
plus she was cross that she had told me this several times
and I had ignored her! I was really emotional about this and
Elaine and Sue were perfect about explaining to Fussy that
this was not the case and that I still loved her just as much
but I had room in my heart for Tot as well.
They asked her
how I could make it better for her, whilst still keeping the
dog and she said she wanted to have some special 'me' time
for her alone. She also said she would let me know when this
was to happen. Her whole body language changed as she was
talking. She became more loving and purred more. She swished
her tail in a jubilant manner and looked so much happier just
for being able to say her piece
Jack then spoke
for about 5 minutes to say all was well, he liked the puppy
and didnt know what the problem was!
Tot gushed for 5 minutes
about how amazing life was and what great walks he had.... So Fussy
had finally told me how she was feeling and straight after the session,
we worked better together. She makes a little miaow noise when she
needs some 'me' time, or she swished her tail and looks at me with
those 'love me' eyes and I give her a special loving and a brush.
She will now go in the same room as the dog and although she spits
and snarls at him if he gets too close to her, she never hides herself
away now and she has once or twice got close enough to sniff his
nose (he doesnt move an inch when she comes by!!)
Thanks so much to Elaine
and Sue for their love and work"
Michelle Clarke, Freckleton, Preston
I had always imagined
myself with at least two dogs. I started off with Harvey,
a gorgeous black Labrador. From day one there was a special
bond between Harvey and myself - in true Labrador style, he
was and is keen to do anything to please me and always shows
a lot of affection.
When Harvey was
about eighteen months old, I decided it was time to think
about adding to our family. With this in mind I contacted
the breeder who had let me have Harvey and was put on the
waiting list for one of her next litter.
I had a fixed idea of
what I wanted - a chocolate Labrador dog, so when the breeder rang
me with news of her new litter, I was delighted to hear there were
two chocolate puppies. The problem was that there was one bitch
and one dog, and the dog had already been spoken for. I had to make
the decision of whether I should have the bitch or wait for future
litters that may contain chocolate dogs.
The decision wasn't that
difficult, I decided the chocolate bitch was the one for me. So,
at seven weeks old, Amber returned home with me to meet her Uncle
Harvey for the first time.
Like Harvey, Amber is
also a gorgeous dog, she has bright sparkling eyes and a cheeky
look on her face a lot of the time. I spent a lot of time with Amber
settling her into her new home and taking her to socialisation and
training classes, but there seemed to be something missing. I didn't
feel that we connected very well, and she didn't seem to put her
trust in me, no matter what I did. I just put it down to Amber having
a very different personality from Harvey, but she seemed very distant
to me a lot of the time. Then, when she was about eighteen months
old, Amber seemed to get spooked very easily and was suddenly terrified
of various everyday noises that hadn't bothered her before. She
was fully housetrained but suddenly started messing in the kitchen
at night. I could see she was distressed but couldn't do anything
to reassure or comfort her.
Elaine arranged to have
a chat with Amber and myself. We did this over the telephone on
two occasions. I had several questions to ask Amber through Elaine
and Elaine gave me Amber's responses. At first Amber was saying
she felt I was sometimes distant with her (when I had felt it was
the other way round). During our talk, Amber was in the same room
as me, sometimes walking around and sometimes sitting or lying down.
As we talked it came out that Amber felt I had never really wanted
her as she knew I wanted a dog, not a bitch and she felt she couldn't
get close to me because of the bond I had with Harvey. She didn't
think I would have enough love to share between them both. I was
able to tell Amber that although I had initially wanted a dog, I
chose to have her. If I hadn't wanted her, I could have waited for
another litter. I also explained how I loved Amber just as much
as Harvey and that if she wanted to sit next to me or have my full
attention at any time she could without feeling she was stepping
on Harvey's toes.
I told Amber that I was
there for her and if anything frightened her she must come to me
as I would always protect her. As our conversation went on Amber
jumped onto the seat next to me, curled up and let out the biggest
sigh I have ever heard - she was totally relaxed and the weight
was lifted from her mind.
Following our conversations,
Amber and I have grown closer and closer. It took time and each
day we progressed a little further. Wherever I go around the house,
my little Princess is never far away. Amber doesn't leave any mess
in the kitchen at night - she now gives me a clear signal such as
barking until I wake up or even jumping on the bed and pawing me
to let me know if she needs to go out. If anything worries or upsets
her Amber runs to me immediately and knows she is safe by my side.
Amber is also happy knowing that there is enough love to go around.
Since working on our
problems with the help of Elaine the real Amber has emerged and
she is a delightful, fun, cheeky, mischievous, much more confident,
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