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Behaviour

If early warning signs are not recognized dogs can easily develop significant behaviour problems such as:

  • aggression towards people
  • aggression towards other dogs
  • genuine fear at being left alone
  • guarding food, toys or other items
  • disruptive and destructive behaviours at home

These situations require individual assesment and very specific training advice rather than a class situation and will include:

  • a minimum 2 hour consultation with the family
  • assessment of the whole relationship with the dog and his daily routine,diet etc.
  • detailed history of the problem and what triggers it
  • practical work to demonstrate techniques that will be needed
  • provision of a progressive remedial training programme
  • ongoing support via telephone and email
  • use of video to assess and fine tune training at distance
  • follow up appointments when appropriate to assess and progress remedial training
  • use of our Reactive Dog sessions where appropriate
  • attendance of the 2.25 hour Foundation presentation as part of learning to understand canine behaviour and body language

All methods used will be constructive and positive to change the dog’s response both physically and emotionally to the things that trigger the problem behaviour. He will learn coping mechanisms to deal with previously difficult situations.  Quick fixes (using punishments such as choke chains, rattle cans and physical corrections) which suppress the problem short term but do not address the situation long term are unethical and would never be considered. The situation hasn’t been changed, the trust in the handler has been destroyed and the problem will emerge again worse than before .

How to Book an Appointment

Please contact Wendy to outline the situation so she can decide whether a home visit or work at her home training facilities would be most appropriate. To eliminate the not uncommon possibility of a physical problem contributing to the behaviour, consultations are only done with veterinary consent. The form can be downloaded and needs to be completed and brought with you to the initial consultation.

A £50 deposit is asked for to secure a consultation appointment.

Consultations are at our Normanton on Trent training centre or client’s home, depending on the nature of the problem, and the initial fee includes ;

  •  Assessment of video of the problem behaviour and analysis of a detailed questionnaire on the nature and history of the problem and the dogs lifestyle and relationship with the owner.
  • A 2-2.5 hour practical assessment and consultation where appropriate training skills will be demonstrated and taught.
  • Provision of a detailed remedial training and management programme.
  • The first 4 weeks unlimited follow up time with Wendy using email, phone and video.
  • One 60 minute practical follow up session.
  • Attendance of our next available Foundation presentation covering canine behaviour, learning and body language together with how to create a well balanced, motivated partnership with your dog.
  • Sitting in on any of our training classes to pick up practical training skills.

Consultations at client’s home will be quoted depending on location and travel time and will include all of the above support programme.

For our location see address and map in Maps and Directions.

Please note that if appointments are cancelled within 72 hours without a serious veterinary or medical reason, 50% of the fee is payable, and any replacement appointment is payable in advance.


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