Over 25yrs experience with dogs from a variety of backgrounds whilst working in veterinary practice, with West Mercia Police (a Special Constable mainly carrying out duties with dog handlers) and frontline welfare work with the UK's leading animal welfare charity dealing with dogs from abandonments, neglect, abuse, cruelty cases, dog fighting incidents & resulting behaviours.
I have supplemented this practical knowledge with study & ongoing cpd.
I am particularly interested in fearful, reactive & aggressive dogs.
Behaviour modification takes time, consistency & patience from everyone involved, it doesn't happen overnight so don't be surprised when results aren't instant, you and your dog will be helped & supported through the process.
I will not use aversives such as prong or shock collars or pet correctors, these may produce quick results but do not address the underlying cause of the problem. Used incorrectly these can cause significant issues.
Force free, reward based methods & proven scientific research are implemented in my approach.
In some cases where I feel it appropriate I will request a veterinary consultation to rule out any underlying medical issues causing behavioural changes, it may also be the case that some dogs, not all cases, will benefit from a veterinary prescribed anti anxiety medication for a period of time. This is not unusual & doesn't mean your dog is worse than any other, consider it as an additional tool to work in conjunction with the modification process.
Your vet will discuss this with you where appropriate.
I am a member of several organisations promoting force free (FF) training allowing me to access & keep up to date with the latest science based research & methods, I also undertake regular studies to keep up to date with CPD.
Please email me in the first instance with any issues you may have.
I am happy to work with Police, vets, rescue facilities and private owners.
I currently own 4 dogs -
A border collie, Belgian malinois, a terrier with wonky legs & a shih-tzu x bichon with wonky legs !
The collie on my logo is in honour of my collie Jim who passed away suddenly in 2019.