Testimonials - Page 1

"a genuinely lovely person... she has a natural affinity with animals"

I have a young Pomeranian, Nandos, who was attacked at six months by a large dog which made her scared of dogs – barking manically whenever one came in sight. Upon moving to Kent in late 2016 we needed somebody to look after her for 10 days. By a massive stroke of luck I was put in touch with Lesley. Over a period of a few weeks Lesley gradually built up how long Nandos stayed at her house with other dogs present. After a couple of months we were able to leave her for 10 days with no problems and no barking!!

We are now about to start working on stopping or curbing barking on walks and I’m hoping to join one of the walking trains.

I really cannot recommend Lesley enough, not only is she a genuinely lovely person she has a natural affinity with animals and a whole lot of knowledge on how to solve any issues they may be having.  I trust her completely with Nandos and in turn Nandos is happy to see her whenever we go round. You really couldn’t find a nicer or more experienced person to either help you solve a problem or to look after your pet.

Dianna Whitfield and Nandos

Nandos Sept 2017

"Always so helpful"

Dylan is always happy to stay at Red lion Canines and we can go away and enjoy our holiday knowing that he is content and well looked after. Lesley has always been so helpful in arranging drop off and pick up times.

I am very happy to recommend Red lion Canines.

Latchmi, Peter and Dylan


"We could not be more happy with the way he was looked after"

Our chocolate Labrador "Hudson" was from the very start a character and a bit of a handful, as a result he didn't do well in kennels. After a traumatic stay, for the kennels not Hudson, the kennels recommended that we speak to a lady who looked after dogs called Lesley where he might be better suited. From then on, whenever we went away, Lesley, Phil and their family took Hudson in, we would drop him off and he would bound in to his home from home. We could not be more happy with the way he was looked after.

Sadly we lost Hudson a year ago. We have just taken on a new puppy after a break of almost a year. When we were making the decision to get a puppy the first person we spoke to was Lesley to make sure she would take him if we went away, and fortunately she said she would. Being responsible dog owners we enrolled "Barney" in for puppy socialising and obedience classes through Animed vets, to our delight Lesley was taking the classes.

Mary & Nick

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"Like a duck to water"

Our Cocker Spaniel Chorney had a second, quite serious op, and it was touch and go, so we wanted him to be safe and happy when we were away. We didn’t want him to go to a regular kennel, he seemed to deserve better than that after all he had been through. Also his social skills with other dogs weren’t great, seeming to get worse with his op and we wanted to improve this.

A friend recommended Lesley, she was straight talking and had a good settling in plan. Chorney went for a visit and a sleepover, he seemed to take like a duck to water to the set-up and mixed very well with the other dogs, making lots of new friends. He stayed with Lesley and Phil for two weeks while we were on holiday and then a long weekend a few weeks later. When we took him to stay the second time, he pulled with great excitement when he realised where he was going, not bothered at all that he was being left - a good sign that he was more than happy to be staying with Lesley and Phil and the other dogs for company.

On holiday Lesley sent us videos, so we knew Chorney was happy, she also monitored his weight and adjusted his food, so he was perfect size on return and a much more sociable dog after his trips.

Brendan, Stephanie & Chorney


"Knowledge, experience and friendliness"

Lesley came to visit us at home to help with a behavioural problem I was having with Roscoe. During the visit she made suggestions which really helped me to resolve the problem and we also got a bit of clicker training that helped with Roscoe's recall.

As we were chatting I mentioned how, as he's a sociable pup, I was looking for some way that he could socialise with other dogs. Lesley told me about the Walking Train and we went along, I even felt confident enough to let him off lead for the first time. We both enjoy meeting up and it's lovely to see him running freely with the other dogs, he can't wait to get out of the car when we arrive! After a tester visit Roscoe has now spent his first day with Lesley and further visits are booked.

With her knowledge, experience and friendliness, I can't think of anyone that I'd be happier to leave him with.

Lynne and Roscoe

"A caring, professional and a thoroughly lovely couple"

Two years ago we moved into our new home in Seasalter with our two dogs, Golly and Rosie . Moving from countryside to seaside was a big change for us as was moving away from old friends and family.

We had booked a special holiday which was going to mean that we had to find suitable care for our girls and find somewhere we where we would be sure they would be happy. After phoning round several local kennels someone recommended that I should try phoning Lesley. That phone call was the call that put our minds at rest.

Lesley is a very caring and professional animal lover, and after meeting her and Phil I had no doubts that our girls would be happy to stay with them. After boarding with them for some 4 weeks (including Xmas and New year ) we picked up Golly and Rosie, complete with Xmas presents, and with no problems settling back home.

I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Lesley and Phil, a caring, professional and a thoroughly lovely couple.

Pat Lynch, Golly & Rosie


"Red Lion Canines already feels like a home from home."

We were so lucky to receive a recommendation to contact Red Lion Canine - one of those chance conversations that positively impact on your life.

In the run up to some major surgery we decided to get our first ever puppy. Being the person that I am I went full tilt and went for a bumptious, energetic breed, with an enormous heart. Our Maisy, an Old English Sheepdog has stolen our hearts and has been great emotional and physical therapy for me. Three months after the long awaited surgery I was so looking forward to two nights away but worried about where we could leave our girl. Enter Lesley at Red Lion Canines.

Lesley is one of a kind. Not only an animal lover; she has pigs, horses and dogs, but a dog trainer with huge amounts of knowledge and skill. Combined with her natural talent and skilled approach we felt totally confident leaving Maisy with Lesley and Phil. Lesley has a very thoughtful and considered approach to new dogs in her care. As part of Maisy's work up, we met for an informal chat and doggo play as a first step, then tested out a
sleepover for Maisy before we made any commitment. This made perfect sense to me - for this to work, the owner, the dog specialist, and the dog, have to be happy. Needless to say owner and doggo were very happy.

I was extremely confident that Maisy would have a lovely time with Lesley and her family, but I was thrilled when we picked her up after her holiday. I knew that Maisy had not only been superbly cared for but had huge fun. Maisy loves fun and I am so very happy that we have found such a tremendous place in Red Lion Canines.

Maisy is already booked in for some play dates over the summer while we do some non-dog-friendly days out. Without a doubt we will be making use of Red Lion Canines in the future.

A massive thank you to Lesley and Phil... Red Lion Canines already feels like a home from home.

Keziah & Maisy

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Maisie Old English

"Max loves the Walking Train and so do I"

In March 2017 I joined Lesley's Walking Train with my then one year old cockerpoo Max.

Max has thrived amongst the other dogs and learned a lot of good behaviours from them. Lesley's advice is always at hand right when you need it.

I had difficulties teaching Max recall and during the Walking Train Max learned the recall in next to no time. The dogs enjoy running through the woods and playing together.

The Walking Train is a great learning time for dogs and owners alike whilst having the freedom of the countryside and the help from a very knowledgeable trainer.

Max loves the Walking Train and so do I.

Herma & Max


"Compassionate and caring"

I first met Lesley when Bertie my cockapoo puppy had just finished socialisation classes at Animed Veterinary Centre in Whitstable.

Lesley was going to take on the Puppy Foundation classes at the centre but unfortunately I had already booked Bertie on another puppy training course. However I was so impressed not only with what she said but her whole compassionate and caring manner and so when Bertie's first puppy training classes finished I got in touch with her to carry on training.

I am so glad that I did as she has been extremely helpful with many little problems I have experienced with Bertie and has always been ready to listen and give knowledgeable advice. Bertie and I have recently joined the Walking Train a really unique experience, which we both thoroughly enjoy.

Although Bertie has not yet boarded at Lesley's I would have no hesitation in leaving him with her as I am confident he would get the best care and love.

Sue & Bertie Coppins


"New Beginnings"

When I moved from Somerset to Herne Bay some 18 months ago, following the premature death of my wife, finding a reliable and trustworthy dog boarder was at the top of my priority list, in order for me to move on in life.

My dog, Captain Woodrow Cal (it’s a long story!!), had only known one dog boarder since he was a pup (now 6) where he had become part of the ‘family’ of Andrew and John, with the delightful business name of ‘Giddy up Woof, Woof’. The bond between Cal and the guys was so strong, that all three of them cried (with me inevitably joining in), when I eventually picked him up to start my new life. The guys made me promise to go back and see them with Cal, which I will keep.

Following a recommendation, my first local dog minder experience in Kent was not a good one, I started to despair and then I found Lesley and Red Lion Canines. Other testimonials have articulated the many qualities Lesley and Phil have demonstrated in running their business and I heartily agree with all of them!

For me it was a little different, as not only was ‘Auntie’ Andrew (as I affectionately refer to him), a hard act to follow, suddenly finding myself alone was an awesome realisation of my responsibility to Cal. Red Lion Canines has actually enabled me to move forward with total confidence my dear wife’s adorable Springer Spaniel was not only going to be well cared for but secure, safe and happy, when I went away on business or pleasure.

There are no words I can find to thank Lesley and Phil and quite how special they are to Cal and I. If you have been fortunate enough to find this web site or have been recommended, then look no further. Keith & Cal

Cal & Bone
Cal & Moisey- First Meeting

Keith & Cal

"We can't thank Lesley enough for her care and advice"

Lesley at Red Lion Canines came very highly recommended.

We were having some issues with Teddy resource guarding and had tried everything we could think of. After a session with Lesley on a home visit Teddy is a different dog and we know exactly how to deal with his behaviour which has made all of us a lot happier.

Teddy has also had a wonderful holiday stay with Lesley and we regularly join in the Walking Train so he gets plenty of opportunity to socialise with a wide range of dogs - he just loves it!

We can't thank Lesley enough for her care and advice and giving us back the happiest puppy.


Amanda Gerrard & Teddy

"It’s a little miracle!"

Lesley has walked my dog, Rosey, for 8 years and now she also stays with Lesley & her family when I’m away.

Lesley is totally reliable and trustworthy and always puts the needs of the dog first. A few months ago we joined the “walking train”.

Rosey loves it, despite her normally not liking other dogs. It’s a little miracle!

Sue Coughlin


"It's a pleasure to recommend such wonderful care"

Lesley and her family have been caring for my old rescued border collie Alfie (now about 14)‎.

He was vicious with other dogs when they first met him, but with care, love and attention he accepted a newly rescued Millie, a 3 year old working cocker.

They both love going to Red Lion Canines, and we don't have a care as we absolutely know they'll be as happy and cared for as if they were home with us.

It's a pleasure to recommend such wonderful care (I just hope she doesn't get too busy!)


Dr V. M. Moore

"The best thing I did was join the walking train"

Before I met Lesley, I thought walks with my new puppy were destined to be on the lead at all times as I was terrified she would run off and not come back. With Lesley’s patience, and her calm guidance, I have found my confidence and we have cracked the recall! Seeing my dog running free, happy and grinning like a fool with her tongue hanging out makes my day! Lesley has also armed me with the tools to deal with new situations Idgie and I find ourselves in. I can’t thank Lesley enough.

The best thing I did was join the walking train – it’s like a dog training class while you are out walking. Idgie and I both love our walks with our Walking Train friends. To anyone else thinking of joining the walking train – do it! You won’t regret it!


Lesley and her family have also welcomed Idgie into their home for home boarding. Idgie just loves it. I only have to ask Idgie if she is ready to go and see Lesley and she is ready by the door. When we get there she couldn’t care less that I am leaving, she is just desperate to catch up with her friends and runs up the stairs as quickly as she can. She comes home absolutely shattered, and doesn’t move all evening.

I know we have found the perfect place for Idgie to stay for play dates, day care or holidays. She is so happy to be there, and if she is happy, I am happy.

Thank you Lesley, Red Lion Canines is THE BEST xx

Rachel Owen

"The fact that Echo gets out of the car with a very waggy tail says it all really..."

We heard about Red Lion Canines in early 2016 as we were searching for home boarding for Danny, our large lurcher. On meeting Lesley, and then Phil, we knew that we had found home from home for our dog. Their bond and love of animals is instantly apparent - a truly caring and compassionate couple.

Unfortunately, whilst going through Lesley's work-up sessions towards full overnight boarding, we lost Danny to an unexpected illness. A few months later we started work-up sessions again with Lesley this time with Echo (our newly acquired greyhound)

We use RLC for daycare, long weekends and annual holiday breaks. We can go away knowing that our dog is totally cared for and Lesley and Phil are always my first port of call for doggie boarding!

The fact that Echo gets out of the car with a very waggy tail says it all really... what better recommendation is there! Echo's happy.... we're happy.

Clare & Rob Hudson


"Thank you Lesley for being a part of making our special day so perfect"

We couldn't be happier with the service we received from Lesley on our wedding day in 2010.

We asked Lesley to collect our dog for us from our house and bring him to the church so we could have our photo taken with him. Cooper was part of our family and having him there completed our day and made it even more special.

Thank you Lesley for being a part of making our special day so perfect.

Claire & Glenn Keeler

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"I would recommend Lesley with no hesitation"

I have known Lesley for a while now and I am so glad I found her.

She is very reliable, trustworthy and takes excellent care of Molly whilst I am on holiday! I would recommend Lesley with no hesitation.

Brigitte Brewer


"The Best Care of Your Dogs at All Times"

We started using Red Lion Canines back in October 2008 for training our two 5 month old Boston Terriers.

The calm training that is used by Red Lion Canines known as clicker training was brilliant for our dogs, they took to it straight away. Red Lion Canines has also looked after our dogs on a daily basis during the working week for the past 6 years, taking into account the individual needs of each dog. This was shown sadly last year when one was very poorly but Lesley took this in her stride.

Not only do we use Red Lion Canines for training and home visits but for the past few years we have also used the Home boarding service that they now offer.

I would without hesitation recommend Red Lion Canines to take the best care of your dogs at all times.

Liz & Guy Addley
Whitstable Dog Boutique


"Red Lion Canine Rocks"

We love Lesley, Phil & family at Red Lion Canines, and trust them totally with our dogs.

Lesley was so helpful and supportive when our old dog Jess was at the end of her life. Lesley did home visits and gentle little walks to help us with Jess.

After Jess died we then got a lively Bedlington cross whippet Grey, Lesley worked with her through workup sessions and built her confidence up and Grey had many happy stays with them.

Then we got Murphy as a puppy and he went to Lesley too, building in confidence with Lesley and playing with her then puppy.
Both our dogs come home happy and tired, which is the best recommendation I can make.

Red Lion Canine rocks.

Dr Jane and Mr Mark Fenn were Whitstable but now live in remote Wales.

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"A great understanding of all animals, a very kind and caring lady"

We have known Lesley for many years ...first with Poppy, our much-loved border terrier, who was very spoilt. She had one holiday in kennels ...it wasn't her thing! ...Much better to holiday with Lesley and the family....which she continued to do up to last year, her final stay only a short time before she died, at the grand age of 15.

Such was Lesley's kindness and care, we are now introducing our new dog Minnie aged 7, a miniature schnauzer, so she too will spend holiday time, at Red Lion Canines.

She is being introduced slowly, Lesley is making her feel confident, spending time with other dogs, staying for a few hours, building up to a sleepover.

Lesley has a great understanding of all animals, a very kind and caring lady.

Jane & Tony Pozzetti