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!!!

We will always suggest a private one to one meeting as the starting point (except for young puppies) because our initial emphasis is look at the individual dog’s needs. A private session gives time and space to explain to the family what is needed, show useful techniques and ideas,  and set up clear communications & calmness, healthy games & play, in a strong, mutually beneficial relationship. The initial meeting can be at our Learning & Activity Base, in the real world or at your home.  Depending on the complexity of the need, this initial meeting may be for one hour (outdoors or at the LAB) or the full consultation package (at home or the LAB), as described below.

The reason for this approach is that a stressed, over-excited or confused dog (or person!) is not in a good mental space to learn. However, as soon the dog is relaxed and confident, they will learn like sponges, all we have to then do is guide and motivate them…. getting them relaxed is best done initially on a individual basis rather than putting a dog onto a group course where the subtleties may be missed.

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.

You can book a personal session at the  Learning & Activity Centre (the LAB), outdoors or a home visit by using the contact form or preferably phoning to discuss.

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.