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 I would like to help you to help your dog, using only holistic, force free and positive reward based methods. I specialise in building confidence in anxious and fearful dogs. 

 

To live with a happy dog that is well behaved and has learned basic manners is what most owners dream of having in their lives. Unfortunately, many dogs have not had a great start in life, for one reason or another find it hard to socialise with strangers or other dogs, have become scared of everyday objects and, sadly, some have suffered a trauma. Understanding how a dog's behaviour is affected by its current lifestyle and the events in its past is a major step towards helping them become the happy dog of your (and their) dreams.

 

For some dogs, the reality is that they just find it hard to understand what their owners require of them and this can cause confusion, stress and frustration in not just you, but in your dog too! Improving how you communicate with each other can be quite a simple thing to do, once you know how!   

 

What can I help you with?

 

Behavioural issues

  • Dog to dog reactivity - barking and lunging at other dogs;
  • Dog to people reactivity'
  • Some aggression cases;
  • Fearful or nervous behaviour;
  • Separation anxiety - how to build time away from your dog without them getting upset;
  • Sensitivity to noise - fireworks, army range explosions, traffic, neighbours moving around;
  • Introducing a new pet into the household;
  • Resource guarding - not giving up toys or stolen items;
  • Nutritional advice.

 

Training issues

  • Pulling on a lead;
  • Excessive barking;
  • Recall issues - running off and not listening to you;
  • Building focus and calmness;
  • Using play as a part of learning;
  • Environmental enrichment;
  • Help with a new rescue dog.

 

New Puppy advice

  • Puppy training - individually tailored training plan ahead of attending puppy training classes or puppy parties;
  • Toilet training issues;
  • Building confidence;
  • Appropriate play;
  • Nutritional advice;
  • Exercise programme;
  • Chewing inappropriate items - furniture or the TV remote;
  • How to make husbandry tasks easier in future - nail cutting, grooming and administering medications. ​

 

If you would like to discuss the issues you have with your dog in complete confidence and without judgement please email me or use my contact form. Together we can decide if you and your dog would benefit from an in-depth consultation and a bespoke behaviour modification plan or just a short visit to put you on the right track.  I have hourly rates available or set packages (see Services page), all are designed to fit in with you, your commitments and the needs of your dog. However, should you feel you need more support I would be happy to put together a completely bespoke package just for you. 

 

I am based on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border and cover Andover, Amesbury, Newbury, Salisbury, Stockbridge, Winchester and the surrounding villages but if you are outside of this area please contact me as I may still be able to help you. 

 

Depending upon the issue you tell me about I may send you a questionnaire about your dog before our first session (for you to complete and return to me). I may also ask you to see your vet to rule out any medical reasons for sudden changes in behaviour. My first session with you, your family, and your dog will likely be about ninety minutes for a training issue and two to three hours for a more indepth behaviour issue. I will discuss this with you before I come to see you. 

 

The visit will be conducted in your own home so that I can get a feel for your routines and those of your dog. I will produceeither a detailed Training Plan or a detailed Behaviour Modification Plan which you will receive within 3 days of our first meeting. I will be available for follow-up support via email, telephone, Face-Time or Skype to help you put in place the recommendations contained in the plan. Additional visit to your home, training ground or walking area can be arranged. 

 

It is a sad fact that in the UK at the moment anyone can call themselves a dog behaviourist so I would

highly recommend that you only approach someone who is trained to offer you advice.

 

I have a Diploma in Canine Behaviour from the International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour (ISCP). All ISCP graduates sign a Charter which focusses on treating all clients and their dogs with respect, compassion and understanding and we all agree to use only positive methods in our work with dogs. I will teach you and your dog using only positive, reward based training methods. I will not use any method that involves causing pain, distress or fear to your dog. 

 

In addition to my ISCP Diploma I am a Tutor for the school, a Full Member of INTODogs (Certified Canine Behaviourist and Certified Dog Trainer) and I am a member of the Dog Welfare Alliance. I am fully insured as a Canine Behaviourist. 

 

I have completed further courses in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, Dog First Aid, Canine Body Language and Facial Expressions from Sarah Whitehead's, Learn to Talk Dog Programme and the IMDT Aggression and Rehabilitation Course.  I regularly attend seminars and workshops in order to expand my knowedge of dog behaviour and I keep up to date with new research and modern dog training methods.

My accreditations

As well as being an INTODogs Certified Canine Behaviourist and Certified Animal Trainer and ICAN Certifed Animal Behaviourist and Certified Animal Trainer. I am a tutor and the Vice-Principal of the International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour Limited which has students in 60 countries training to become canine behaviourists and dog trainers. I take my own continued professional development very seriously and this is checked annually as part of my professional memberships. I regularly attend workshops, seminars and training days to ensure my own skills are kept up to date. 

 

UK DOG BEHAVIOUR AND TRAINING CHARTER - As a full accredited member of The Association of INTODogs (www.intodogs.org) I am able to display this symbol. Please check out the charter website to see what assurances this symbol brings www.ukdogcharter.org.