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Emma was a four-month-old yellow lab who looked like an angel and behaved like a demon. She was causing mayhem at home and my husband (not one of the world's great dog lovers) thought she should go.  Desperate days!

Then along came Neil. His wonderfully calming presence had Emma sitting quietly in her bed in the kitchen with the baby-gate open while we had a civilised conversation in the sitting room. Magic! But while I believed in Neil's magic, I doubted he could impart any of it to me … I was wrong.

Neil is the most patient but persistent teacher I have ever met. He has given me the confidence to cope with the inevitable 'incidents' owning a happy, bouncy, exuberant lab can produce by teaching techniques to practise each to we go out. Without Neil, I'm sure Emma would have been very reluctantly 'returned to sender' instead of the wonderful source of fun and pure joy that she is. Thank you so much Neil!

Pauline, Eastbourne 

 I thought I had tamed my rescue husky Willow quite well, her main issue was behaviour around horses.  Whenever she sensed one she was like a crocodile in a death roll trying to get to play with them.  I called in Neil and within five minutes was completely confident in his abilities.  He left us with some rules and boundaries to help.  On his return visit we went out to deliberately find horses and he showed me how to keep her calm.  This gave me confidence and after just three weeks of meeting Neil we took her to the Bexhill Horse Show - unbelievable! 

Neil has a fabulous job and he does it with great love, determination and diplomacy.  I would not hesitate to call him and the knowledge that he is there for ongoing support is reassuring.

Carol Walton, Bexhill-on-Sea 

From our first conversation Neil began to put our minds at rest and not only advised us how to stop the barking but explained exactly why our dachshund was doing it.Neil taught us the importance of being consistent and using positive reinforcement, he told us by taking control and showing leadership our dachshund would become a confident and contented puppy . . . . he was right ! Thank you Neil ".

Alex  Allcorn, Eastbourne 

I contacted Neil for his expert advice and help with my 10 month old springer George, we had 2 visits from Neil and many things became apparent, over-feeding being one of our problems.We walked George on a long lead for 3-4 weeks calling him back playing with his "going out ball", we decided to let him off of the lead and to this day his recall etc is very good...many thanks Neil for all your help

 Sue Atkins, Redhill 

That Neil knows his stuff is beyond doubt. It’s obvious right from his first meeting with your dog. But unlike many trainers, he also understands people. That and his generous back-up support make his training not just effective but excellent value for money.

Rob Ashton, Brighton 

Harvey immediately responded well to Neil's calm, assertive leadership which showed us just what Harvey was capable of.  Neil has always focused on coaching us to be cabable dog handlers so that we can fully enjoy Harvey's energy and exuberance and he can be a really happy dog. 

It is a fantastic thing to see someone who has truly found their vocation in life, and Neil certainly has.  We are very grateful to him for his coaching and encouragement and have already recommended him on to others we know. 

Sue and Dave Wolff, Lewes, East Sussex.

'Hello my name is Frankie and I would like to say a huge thank you to Neil for helping my owners help me.  He was recommended to us and we had 3 visits training my owners how they can best look after me.  He was always patient with all of us and didn’t mind how often they contacted him for support and advice.  He taught my owners strategies to use and we practiced these in between visits.  I leave my food until instructed; I wait at the bottom of the steps before being invited in to the house.  I love my owners and I think they really enjoy my companionship....thank you Neil for EVERYTHING. Lots of love and licks Frankiefrom St Leonards'

'With Neil's advice and on going support and our work and patience, Hedley is now a much calmer and better behaved dog who is much happier as he knows his boundaries and what we expect.  Both my husband and I are so glad we met Neil and we can now look forward to years of owning a happy dog'

Julie & Terry , Cuckfield

'Neil was our third and final attempt to sort out our dogs issues, thank goodness his techniques work! Neil is extremely patient and also very positive and encouraging.  He sucessfully managed to train us to train our dog!  His follow up advice has also been invaluable and has kept us all going'

Nula & Martin from Brighton

'A big thank you to Neil, for helping me train my much loved Lucy and Josh when he became a demanding teenager, and now we look forward to Neil helping us train Sophie who joins our family soon.We were the ones who needed training, we could not have done any of this without Neil and his expert advice to re thing how we think and act in front of our dogs'

Rod & Angela from Staplecross

'We can not thank Neil enough as without him Basil's story would of been very different. 

Thank you Neil we couldn't of done it without you. ' 

Becky from Eastbourne

'Eastbourne’s answer to the dog whisperer!! '

Richard and Diane Hughes of Eastbourne 

"With Neil's help, advice, encouragement and, above all, patience, Callie is becoming a much more manageable and obedient dog. Neil has given us the confidence to control Callie in a way we once did not think would ever be possible!"  Linda & Richard Lee, St Leonards

'The techniques that Neil demonstrated to us have been very beneficial in training both us and the dog.

We have been very impressed with Neils knowledge and expertise and his professional manner'

Mrs & Mrs Sanson ,  Eastbourne 

Neil King    02.06.1962 - 23.02.2016

Thank you to everyone who gave Neil the opportunity to do the job he loved so much.

It was Neil's wish that this website be left as a resource for people who might benefit from some topics posted here on the site.
























About Us

Hello let me introduce myself. My name is Neil King and I am the founder of Springerman. ben

I am passionate about animals and dog welfare and as a dog lover I understand how important your pets are to you and also the care and attention they need.

In 2001 my wife and I re-homed a one-year old Labrador/Springer crossbreed called Tess who had already been homed twice and then returned as she was deemed ‘unsuitable’.

 Things were fine for a while and then she became destructive whilst we were out of the house, chewing furniture and carpets and digging holes in the walls.

garden_trioThings got progressively worse and the damage became greater to the point that we had to make the decision to either resolve the issue or become yet another family to reject her! 

We made gradual progress over the following months, reading and investigating helpful techniques that we all had to learn and I can happily report that Tess became a much loved as well as a happy, balanced and contented dog. 
In 2004 having researched the breed and feeling ready for a challenge we took on our first English Springer Spaniel, Misty.  Misty was very clever, quick to learn and such fun to be with we thought it might be nice to have two!………. we took on Dylan seven weeks later!

Sadly, we lost Misty through illness just after her 2nd birthday. 

Later that year Molly was chosen from a litter of pups at 10 days old and it was about that time we acquired Treacle, a six month old adolescent pup who had only known a kennel as a home and who was, at first, afraid of everything. 

Boots became No 5 in the pack - she had not had a great start in life and my intention was to give her some confidence and find her a new loving home.  She settled so beautifully with us, we decided to keep her.  boots

Last but not least Jet arrived, a high energy and completely nutty Cocker Spaniel.   Another rescue, who despite having had  no formal training was as bright as they come, he is just a delight, so now we have six! marley

Having spent many years desk-bound in a busy office environment I realised that I wanted to work with dogs as much as I could and following a return to agricultural college to study Canine Behaviour I took the decision to make a life change.   I now work with owners to help them understand how they can help their dogs overcome any behavioural problems. 

I also provide one to one training in obedience or field work, puppy socialisation classes and when time permits a dog-walking service.