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Jacqueline Pascarl
Jacqueline Pascarl was Special Ambassador for CARE International working in the war zones of East Timor, Kosovo and Bosnia. She is recognized internationally as an expert on the Hague Convention and International Parental Child Abduction, and has lectured at the US State Department and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as the European Union and the Hong Kong Family Law Association.

A best-selling author published in 22 languages and an award-winning documentary film maker, Ms Pascarl won a special commendation for her work during the United Nations International Year of the Child. A recipient of the Overseas Humanitarian Award, and two recognition awards from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, USA, Jacqueline has been a high profile international lobbyist on human rights and refugee issues and established a child literacy project, Operation Book Power on the African Continent. She is married and has four children. Jacqueline was appointed Patron of the global aid agency, CARE International in 2007.

Ms Pascarl is a broadcaster and public speaker who now resides in Melbourne, where she is concentrating on her writing and other projects.

To Whom It May Concern,

My personal knowledge of Basil Theofanides and Command Dog Training is a long one, spanning over seventeen years and two much loved canine companions.

Adopting Muckle, a gangly, five month old pup from the RSPCA, I recognised that the formerly ill-treated Doberman German Shepherd cross would need to be properly trained as she was taking up residence in a household which always had a myriad of children coming and going.

With a well designed and personalised training plan devised by Basil to suit our needs and that of our family, Muckle became the most gentle and well behaved dog one could ever hope for. Having my children participate in a dog training programme that was suited to the personality of our own dog made an enormous difference in the overall integration of Muckle into our household.

Eventually, our dog was able to walk on heel without a lead, and most importantly, developed an excellent and trustworthy demeanour around small children (even if they had mouth-watering morsels in their hands at family barbecues).

Muckle went on to become devoted to my children, Iddin and Shahirah, and upon their abduction, took it upon herself to become my protector.

My high media profile unfortunately attracted a violent stalker with a prison record who broke into my house in the middle of the night – much to my surprise, Muckle fought off my attacker who fled the scene. She then shepherded me into what she considered a safe location and sat across the doorway until the police arrived. Not in anyway aggressive in normal circumstances, I believe Muckle’s formative training under Command Dog Training, made the difference to all concerned as she knew her place and what was expected of her in terms of rules and behaviour. Muckle passed away in 2001 from cancer.

When I finally decided the time was right to have a puppy again it was a natural decision to call upon Command Dog Training and Basil’s skills to train our new family member, Mac. Now with two younger children, a four year old and a six year old, I knew that Basil was the person I could trust to set us all on the right path to training a happy, obedient and well behaved dog. Six months down the track, Mac (a Groodle – Standard Poodle crossed with a Retriever) has grown enormously and his training is coming along well, he can be a bit boisterous at times, but knows his place in the hierarchy which makes for a happier dog and a peaceful existence for us all.

I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Basil Theofanides and his excellent Command Dog Training School.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Pascarl

I do wish to thank you for quickly helping to transform my dogs. Your logical & gentle suggestions were easily put into practice & I feel that they now respond to me as the pack leader. That makes all of us happier.

To whom it may concern ,

"I would thoroughly recommend Basil Theofanides to anyone experiencing behavioural problems with their dog.  After only one hour of working with my dog & I, Basil was able to teach us better, easier and more effective ways of dealing with some of the behavioural issues we were experiencing.  We still have a long way to go, but Basil certainly restored my commitment to my dog's training and renewed my hope that somewhere not so deep down was an intelligent and worthwhile pet.  

We had tried another dog training school, but didn't feel that the methods being taught us were especially effective or even really addressing the issues.  I am very happy that I decided to try Basil and his school and am very sure that the skills Basil has and teaches are not only going to help us from now on, but will also help in reducing the damage done at the other school and from my dogs previous experiences at the dog shelter I adopted her from."

Kelly Hallahan

Brighton VIC 

 

I do wish to thank you for quickly helping to transform my dogs. Your logical & gentle suggestions were easily put into practice & I feel that they now respond to me as the pack leader. That makes all of us happier.

Dear Basil,

Just a note of sincere thanks for your kind and generous help in getting both my dog and myself walking happily together. Your instruction and guidance has now allowed me to kep her (my old body getting weaker) and I would have hated parting with her. You certainly know about dog training and your expertise and kindness to me, so appreciated.

Most sincerely

Nola Carr

I do wish to thank you for quickly helping to transform my dogs. Your logical & gentle suggestions were easily put into practice & I feel that they now respond to me as the pack leader. That makes all of us happier.

Dear Basil,

I have just returned from my daily walk with the dogs.
Thanks to you, I am now able to take both dogs out at the same time with no drama or pulling.

I can’t believe how easy it was to do & how quickly they responded. Today, for the first time, I attached the leash to the head halter only & I think that was more comfortable for them. They do not resist this at all.

We all enjoy the walks now & as I told you at our first meeting, this was one of my objectives.

I do wish to thank you for quickly helping to transform my dogs. Your logical & gentle suggestions were easily put into practice & I feel that they now respond to me as the pack leader. That makes all of us happier.

Many thanks & best wishes,

Lindy


I do wish to thank you for quickly helping to transform my dogs. Your logical & gentle suggestions were easily put into practice & I feel that they now respond to me as the pack leader. That makes all of us happier.


Overall, I can't tell you how grateful I am. I am sure Ken will be well pleased with the change in both the dog and me now that I know how to scruff with confidence (if I need to do it). Funnily, it took me a lot of coaxing to get Monty to come out of the crate for lunch!!


Hi Basil

I had a marvellous weekend with my beautiful babies and I had to share it with you.

On Saturday, I took Shirley and Luchie for a walk from home to Willsmere Park (about 15 minutes) in Kew. Its a huge park (which goes from behind the Guide Dogs to Greenacres Golf Course). It has a big soccer field and an enormous off-leash area plus the river plus a billabong plus ducks etc.

On the walk to the park, Shirley was pretty good (compared to the past). She only arched up once and I corrected her (eye balled) etc and growled "leave" or got her to sit and she remained quite calm, she really didn't need much more force than that. When we got to the park, I let Luchie off immediately and Shirley seemed to be quite happy on the lead but after a short while, there were quite a few other friendly dogs there which I couldn't stop coming to us. Well, it was like I had a different dog to last week! Shirley was really nice and friendly, she sniffed and played and greeted other dogs, including 2 golden retrievers without any angst at all. It was marvellous. I made the decision to let her off also and she was a star! Luchie and Shirley had a big swim in the billabong (chasing ducks) and then we headed to a bend in the river where Luchie likes to fetch sticks. Along, the way they made a new friend "Tyson" who is a whippet/terrier. Funny little guy with a gorgeous face and he and Shirley got along beautifully. Luchie got along with him too but he was far more interested in swimming.

The downside was yesterday (at the other doggy training place). Shirley is on an 'orange' lead (which marks dogs that might have behaviour issues - warning lead to keep a distance). Frankly, she didn't really need to be a "marked woman" anymore as she was absolutely marvellous and didn't lunge at any dog in the class at all. The assistant trainer, who has been monitoring her, took her for a walk around the class to see whether she might go onto a normal lead. Shirl was perfect and only went to other dogs to say hello - tail wagging, ears friendly etc. During one of the last exercises, (walk along the line of dogs), she had one little bark at an extremely annoying jack russell that kept growling at everybody and every dog (who was NOT on an orange lead) and for that, I think she will still be on an 'orange' lead next week.

Its definitely time for us to move schools, where they are encouraged to achieve.

I can't thank you enough!!!

Brig


Dog Training

 

Diana Tregoning

Dear Basil What a different dog! Monty was well-mannered as I put on his new jumper; he's been peacefully in his crate; he's much calmer!! After his lunch, I took him out to toilet and did it! YAY!! He came in the door nicely and into bed. I'm amazed and relieved. I feel much more in control and like the Alpha pack leader. I am so glad that we don't have to rap him on the muzzle or carry on in order to get his respect.

Overall, I can't tell you how grateful I am. I am sure Ken will be well pleased with the change in both the dog and me now that I know how to scruff with confidence (if I need to do it). Funnily, it took me a lot of coaxing to get Monty to come out of the crate for lunch!!

My lack of knowledge affected my whole life - work (felt I couldn't take the dog and my parents are sick of looking after him), marriage, walking, general moving around the house. I felt trapped in a bad situation and confused with all the bad training advice that I had previously read and heard.

My heartfelt thanks to you, Basil. You're a genius!

Kindest regards

Diana Tregoning


I can see that you really care for and understand dogs. With the cold and uncaring attitude some people have towards animals, people like you are very much needed. Again thank you very much Basil. Keep up the good work with these beautiful dogs. Kind regards Inge.

I was very happy with the puppy course. Basil was brilliant, Very helpful and I would definitely recommend the course to anyone. Basil is actually the best trainer I’ve come across. This is my third dog and I’ve had other trainers in Perth and Melbourne. Fantastic.

V. C.

 

I can see that you really care for and understand dogs. With the cold and uncaring attitude some people have towards animals, people like you are very much needed. Again thank you very much Basil. Keep up the good work with these beautiful dogs. Kind regards Inge.

Dear Basil,

Just a short note to thank you very much for saving L.T’s dog from being destroyed. Your assessment weighed heavily in Inuk’s favour as well as Lorraine Bauer’s excellent negotiating skills.

I can see that you really care for and understand dogs. With the cold and uncaring attitude some people have towards animals, people like you are very much needed. Again thank you very much Basil. Keep up the good work with these beautiful dogs. Kind regards Inge.


I. Boyd
Brighton

 

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