Training for Puppies and Mature dogs:
Prices start from £25 for the first hour and £15 for successive hours. If you prefer you can choose to share your training sessions with up to three other dogs and their owners.
Bespoke courses can be taken over 2 days or by following a regular weekly programme at a suitable location. If you book a course the initial hour consultation fee will be refunded.
Puppies learn an amazing amount at a surprisingly early age, especially when compared to a human infant. The main focus of attention for puppies is often on ‘toilet training’.
Advice can be given as to how to train your dog even into adulthood to be house trained, that is to not soil in your home. Another common problem is chewing and separation anxiety. You will be given the skills and tools to address such issues successfully.
Training invisible boundaries/sit/lead-walk:
You can learn how to train your dog to know that certain sections of your house are out of bounds. You make the decisions for what is and what is not allowed as far as sitting on furniture, going upstairs etc. You will not need to have a multitude of barriers that you have to negotiate to move around your home.
Tuition can be given in general obedience with the usual requirements for a dog to sit, lie down, stay and come to call. Fun to play games can be taught to keep your dog’s mind and body healthy.
Clicker training/positive reinforcement:
Principles of behavioural psychology applied in a firm and consistent manner, to achieve a sociable well-behaved dog. General obedience training or more advanced training can be achieved using the application of clicker training.
This follows the tried and tested practice of operant conditioning using positive reinforcement. This is a very effective and force-free method of training.
Understanding dog communication, leader/follower dynamics for a happy, stable, secure, well-mannered pet.
Many owners are aware that obedience from their dog is much improved when their pet recognises that the human is the leader and the dog the follower. But not everybody is aware of how to achieve this.
There is also some confusion in that the owner may feel that to become the ‘boss’ may involve some less attractive methods involving punishment. Many owners understandably do not wish to punish their pet. Becoming the pack leader does not require the use of physical punishment to intimidate.
It is all about learning to communicate clearly, setting boundaries and being consistent. It involves the owner losing their misconceptions and negative thoughts and emotions.
You can learn to understand your dog’s body language and correctly apply dog psychology. Your dog will be much happier when he understands the rules, boundaries and limitations of living with his human pack.
Fears and Phobias:
Many dogs struggle with a fear or phobia resulting in nervous aggression (fight) or running away (flight or avoidance). This may be household equipment such as hair driers, vacuum cleaners etc. It may be with being groomed or visiting the vet. It could be related to travelling. The list is endless. These dogs can be helped using a variety of techniques.
This may include behavioural training using classical and operant conditioning. Techniques known as systematic desensitisation can be applied with considerable success. Sonia specialised in comparative (animal) psychology when taking her psychology degree and is very experienced in using these techniques with both animals and humans.
In addition to this, a holistic approach can be applied using complementary therapies such as aromatherapy and massage. Sonia is a qualified holistic therapist.
Given that many dogs are not able to follow their natural instincts and have been over the years bred for particular activities such as tracking, hunting or herding, it is not surprising that obsessions may develop.
It is sometimes difficult to understand why certain obsessions such as tissue eating, twirling or excessive licking may develop and how this may be linked in to innate characteristics and the dog’s life experience. Training and techniques can be learned to help your dog become less obsessive and enjoy a fuller and happier life.
Tailored lectures available:
Presentations, lectures and demonstrations can be given to groups. This may be a group of dog-owners experiencing difficulties with their dogs, or simply wishing to improve their relationship.