Vicki has been like a second mum to Spud over the last couple of years. Her commitment and dedication to his care is second to none and she has been there to support at every step. She has helped when he has been sick, always offering advice and top tips. She's been on hand last minute when work commitments have meant that I've not been home in time to walk him and she even stepped in when one of us got locked out of the house!! Vicki has such a caring and loving nature, you can tell as soon as you meet her how much passion she has for her job and the dogs she looks after. I 100% recommend her for anyone considering a regular dog walker as she is so reliable and dedicated.
Vicki has looked after my Daisy since she was 12 weeks old. She cannot wait to leave with Vicki which says it all really. The service offered is professional, reliable and very flexible and nothing is too much trouble.
Vicki has a vast knowledge of all aspects of care and behaviour of dogs which Daisy and I have benefited from. I can leave Daisy for the day or while I am on holiday knowing she is going to be safe, well looked after and treated like one of the family. I would be lost without Taking the Lead and the five-star service that is offered. "
Mrs D Barnes
We lost our dear Labrador Maisie in February 2018. We looked for many months until Lexi arrived. It didn’t take long to realise she was completely uncontrollable!
Two months later Ruby, a red fox Labrador, arrived and she was even worse! I was aware of sibling rivalry but didn’t realise its an age thing not necessary a litter thing.
To make matters worse Ruby was diagnosed with slight dysplasia in her left elbow. The skirting boards and bedding were chewed to bits every morning and there was constant fighting.
Our vets said that Ruby was mentally unstable and had a hysterical fear of other dogs. We needed a canine Mary Poppins!
Vicki came to see us and the progress was remarkable. Lexi is now recall trained and has become the most relaxed companion. Ruby is working on her fear of other dogs and is getting there. The fighting has stopped and they have become willing to learn many commands. This has all been achieved in four home visits. Both dogs now have full run of the house – no damage…... Happy days! Many thanks Vicki "
Brian and Elaine Downes
" Vicki has been fantastic with our dogs. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable of dog behaviour and techniques and quickly bonded with both dogs. She has been incredibly flexible with our schedules and has often really helped us at very short notice. There are very few people I would feel comfortable with, not only looking after my dogs, but also having a key to my house; however Vicki is one of them. She is entirely trustworthy and a professional dog handler through and through. I would highly recommend Vicki and her pet care services and training."
" We have been using Taking the Lead’s dog walking and holiday care service for the past six months. Vicki has been invaluable to us, giving our dog the best possible care. She is always punctual, reliable and trustworthy. We highly recommend to anyone who thinks of their dog as part of the family."
Karen and Mike Higgins
" We highly recommend the services of Taking the Lead Bromsgrove, when we go away on holiday we know our cat is in safe hands and is being fed at our home and checked onto make sure that he's ok. Our dog has also boarded with Taking The Lead Bromsgrove and is always very well looked after and he adores Vicki and her family which says it all! "
Mr & Mrs Smith of Bromsgrove
" I found Taking the Lead reassuring and positive, I found them helpful and put me at ease when leaving my yellow Labrador, They asked me about what she likes and doesn't like, how much food , what food she eats , was she allowed treats . Taking the Lead had a lovely sleeping area which was quiet and cosy, and during the day she is integrated with their family dog and family which was nice as my yellow lab really loves company both dogs and people,
I now have a regular spot over the Summer holidays and I don't need to worry because Taking the lead will look after my dog just as well as I do at home, to me that's priceless!!
" My rescue Rottie and I met Vicki for some help with her pulling on the lead, the advice and support Vicki gave was sensible and easy to keep up for future training.
Then luckily we were able to squeeze into Vicki’s diary for a daily walk. I would always know when I got home there was a tired, happy Rottie waiting for me. Thank you