Understanding what you want for your dog

We can help with any aspect of your life with your puppy or dog. Sometimes this is a fairly simple teaching issue, other times we deal with complex and embedded problems, as you’ll see on the problem solving page.

Tap into our years of experience, knowledge and techniques…..

When you first contact us, we will ask for details about your dog, any problems or issues, and what you want to achieve. There will be options about how we can best help and we will explain these so you can choose what best suits you in regard to cost, times etc

Almost inevitably, our starting point will be a personal one to one meeting. Depending on the dog’s needs, this initial meeting can be either for one hour (more about this on the Courses page) or the full Consultation package, as described below. 

A personal session gives time and space to explain to the family what is needed, show useful techniques and ideas specific to their dog, and set up clear communications & calmness, healthy games & play, in a strong, mutually beneficial relationship. 

Calmness and confidence comes first, training second….

A consultation can look at any aspect of your dog’s behaviour and training which concerns or frustrates you, or that you would simply like to improve.

There’s a list of common problems we deal with on our problem solving page.

About the consultation package

Personal consultations begin with a 1.5 to 2 hour session at your home or the LAB. Prior to the visit you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. During the visit, we will outline our observations, explain why the dog is behaving as he is and how you can start influencing new behaviours. we will show/teach you appropriate relaxation/training techniques etc that will help your dog.

By the end of the visit, you will have a plan for moving forward designed specifically for you and your dog which will be written up as a report emailed to you, summarising the assessment, initial training and management advice given and suggestions for future work which may include further one to one sessions or a course if applicable. A review phone conversation will take place after one week or so to discuss progress and next steps.

We will copy the report to your vet and any other professional if required.

Dogs learn new behaviours by experience, not by explanations! Once you are shown what needs to be done, you have to be prepared to give the dog plenty of learning experiences to reinforce the new, wanted behaviours. This requires thought so that the dog’s learning progresses through stages, and although you may quickly see some changes, it will take a few weeks even months before the new behaviours become reliably embedded (maybe more if the problems are deep rooted/severe). While we are very careful to say we have no magic wand to cure a dog instantly (as seen on TV!), we are confident that we can make inroads into most intractable problems, given the commitment of the humans to put in time, thought and understanding.