Welcome

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?

  • Pulling on a lead;
  • Excessive barking;
  • Recall issues - running off and not listening to you;
  • Dog to dog reactivity - barking and lunging at other dogs;
  • Dog to people reactivity and aggression;
  • Sensitivity to noise - fireworks, army range explosions, traffic, neighbours moving around;
  • Resource guarding - not giving up toys or stolen items;
  • Puppy training - individually tailored training plan ahead of attending puppy training classes or puppy parties;
  • Toilet training issues;
  • Help with a rescue dog;
  • Fearful or nervous behaviour;
  • Separation anxiety;
  • Chewing inappropriate items - furniture or the TV remote;
  • How to make husbandry tasks easier - 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 telephone me, 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.  I have set packages available (see Services page) all of which 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. 

 

I will send you a questionnaire about your dog before our first session for you to complete and return to me and I will 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 last between two and three hours and this will be conducted in your own home so that I can get a feel for your routines and those of your dog. I will produce a detailed written Behaviour Modification Plan which you will normally receive within 3 days of our first meeting. There will be follow-up support via email, telephone, Face-Time or Skype to help you put in place the recommendations contained in the plan and additional visit to your home, training ground or walking area.

 

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 properly qualified 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. It will be my aim to 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 Diploma, I have completed 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.

 

I am a member of the Dog Welfare Alliance and a friend of INTO Dogs (currently applying for full membership). I am fully insured as a Canine Behaviourist.