Professional dog training & behaviour consults, puppy classes & 1 on 1 dog training that is informative and designed for real life situations.

With over 30 years dog training experience I use effective, science based positive reinforcement methods. If you need help with your puppy or dog... You have come to the right place!


Puppy Behaviour

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Teaching your puppy from the time it comes home at 8 weeks will give you and your dog the best chance of long term behaviour that you really want to see and reduce the unwanted behaviours very quickly.

Your puppy does not understand what you do want and there are ways to teach them kindly that will work more quickly and effectively than saying "No" to your puppy all the time.  

Remember they do not understand English or any other language except dog and they also have to learn our social standards which are very different from canine standards.  Pooping on carpet for instance is much the same as doing it on the grass to them so when you catch them and tell them off they probably think they are getting told off for doing it with you present!!!

If you take on a puppy it is your responsibility to learn a bit about how they think before you can teach them how you want them to behave.

If you would like any help with choosing the right puppy for you or information on dog behaviour,  I am happy to answer a few questions on the phone or email or come do a behaviour consult to set you off on the right track.  Just go to the contacts page and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

 

 

Dog Articles & Info

When we trainers talk about things dog we can often say things that dog owners do not fully understand.  I often get surprised to realise that pet owners do not automatically understand their dog because I forget that I have had years of watching, reading and studying dogs to learn what I know.  ( Secretly I think I don't realise how old I really am but don't tell anyone that!!!).  So I thought I would explain a few words I use here in relation to dogs and particularly fear behaviour.

Flight:  Moving away from, trying to hide avoiding or averting eyes

Fight: Moving towards, posturing (standing tall or stiff) barking, growling, lunging, aligning front to front.

Freeze:  Becoming very still, flattening on the ground, shutting down all communication totally.

Behaviours may vary from dog to dog and for different reasons, but hopefully this will give you a better picture of what is meant by the various expressing used about a dog's behaviour.

 

 

Dog  Behaviour Issues

Dogs need consistency in their training and respond much better in the longer term using positive reinforcement methods than using punitive methods.  But positive does not mean permissive.  Clear use of language by all the family, repeating commands only once and teaching your dog what it is YOU want is vital to getting a well mannered dog.  No matter what the problem we can work on it together and I can help you understand how your dog thinks and understands, making your training more fun for both of you and working toward great results.  

Get on to any behaviour problems before they become established.  Sometimes it is just a matter of knowing how to respond and what works for your dog to get things back on the right track.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any doggy issues I'd love to help.