Because of the coronavirus crisis, and in order to protect you as well as me, I suggest the
1. We hold an online meeting (Zoom) instead of my usual initial information gathering consultation in your home.
You will not need additional software, just a PC or tablet with a webcam facility.
2. Then we meet in an outdoor venue to continue the consultation and work on our agreed action
I hope you will agree that this is a sensible precaution.
I can 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?
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;
Pulling on a lead;
Recall issues - running off and not listening to you;
Building focus and calmness;
Using play as a part of learning;
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;
Chewing inappropriate items - furniture or the TV remote;
How to make husbandry tasks easier in future - nail cutting, grooming and administering
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
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
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.