Ian Francis

Ian Francis

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Ian Francis locationStreet, Somerset

(9 Reviews)

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A CLIENT WHO HAS NOT PAID HIS BILL I CANNOT CURRENTLY PAY THE £2-7 BARK CHARGES ME TO CONTACT CLIENTS. PLEASE CONTACT ME ON 07770132553 or @ALLFOURPAWSSOMERSET on Facebook. Thank you!

A one-stop canine advice, training and behaviour service.

I offer:

- advice for new and potential owners;
- advice and support for those preparing to adopt dogs from rescue;
- behaviour rehabilitation at any stage of life.

My name is Ian and I run All Four Paws, a one-stop dog advice, training and behaviour rehabilitation service. I am based in Street and happy to travel to you.

Most dog trainers in this area offer some sort of obedience training; most, however, will not consider behavioural problems. I can offer a range of services from essential dog advice through obedience work to complex behaviour rehabilitation.

As well as a range of positive training techniques, including Behaviour Adaptation Therapy and Music Therapy for anxious dogs, I am also the only trainer in the area to have trained with the only official UK Dog Whisperer, and I will be able to take a holistic look at your dog's situation.

Please take a look at my website, www.all4paws.net for details of the range of services I can provide. I am happy to visit your home for 1:1 sessions.

I also have a waiting list for my Socialisation class in my beautiful large orchard in Street, at a cost of £10 for the hour.

Please contact me on 07770 132553 or ian@all4paws.net if I can be of help.

All breeds, ages and sizes catered for. Fully insured, Enhanced DBS Certificate.

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Ian Francis Reviews

Ian Francis Reviews


Review of Ian Francis by Simon Hutt
5 11/11/2018 Simon Hutt

Very professional. Good common sense advice.

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Review of Ian Francis by judith watts
5 26/09/2017 judith watts

Knowledge, calm and caring. Knows his stuff!

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Review of Ian Francis by Lucy James
5 20/08/2017 Lucy James

Ian was qietly confident, gave us really good advice and lots of tips. We're arranging a further session.

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Review of Ian Francis by Amanda Barsby
5 11/06/2017 Amanda Barsby

Well what can I say about Ian? Following a traumatic visit to the vets where I was told if I didn't get my dogs behaviour sorted I would have to consider finite care! I was totally horrified and quite traumatised by this, admittedly Charlie had been unusually awful I hadn't seen him so scared before, so that led me to seek out help urgently.
I came across Bark to get help, and Ian answered from his quick response and very encouraging reply we arranged our first appointment myself with complete trepidation and really thinking that there is no way Ian will sort my boys out. But boy was I wrong Ian is totally committed to making every dog he sees become the happy dog that they should be along with the owners, he is very passionate and a born dog lover, he reads body language so well, I'm truly amazed at what he has accomplished thus far. Ian's natural and calming approach just works, and has given me more confidence along the way.
We are using Behavioural Adaption Therapy in the form of classical music and I truly am amazed by the results, Charlie has severe sensitivities and psych' problems but he is really doing well. My other dog was an ankle biter and he has nipped it in the bud!!
So I truly highly recommend Ian if you have any concerns or problems he really knows his stuff!! Be prepared to put in 100% and you will be fully rewarded, still ongoing with treatment but the best decision I could have made, the alternative was unthinkable but a wake up call for sure, for the record my dogs are JRT's

Thank you Ian for the fantastic job you are continuing to do with my boys!!

Kindest regards

Amanda Bertie & Charlie!!

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Review of Ian Francis by Kim
5 20/03/2017 Kim

Ian was very very good and I'm still continuing to work with him.
I would recommend him to any one that needs a dog trainer.
My dog is a rescue and I never thought we could work out some of the issues but Ian proved otherwise

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Review of Ian Francis by Kay Johnson
5 08/03/2017 Kay Johnson

After sending out an inquiry for a behaviour specialist for my new puppy I was message by Ian. His response was friendly and very helpful. My puppy has since improved without any help but I will certainly keep Ian's details just incase.

Ian Francis replied:
Thank you for your kind review; good reviews are important to me. I am glad I could help, and wish you all the best.
Review of Ian Francis by Roger  Cockhill
3 04/08/2016 Roger Cockhill

My wife and I have had one session with Ian and we will continue with him.

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Review of Ian Francis by Adrian
4 30/07/2016 Adrian

A very talented and honest professional. Sorted out many of the issues troubling my rescue dog in a single session. More to come. Highly recommended.

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Review of Ian Francis by Amanda J Barsby
5 Amanda J Barsby

Well what can I say about Ian? Following a traumatic visit to the vets where I was told if I didn't get my dogs behaviour sorted I would have to consider finite care! I was totally horrified and quite traumatised by this, admittedly Charlie had been unusually awful I hadn't seen him so scared before, so that led me to seek out help urgently.
I came across Bark to get help, and Ian answered from his quick response and very encouraging reply we arranged our first appointment myself with complete trepidation and really thinking that there is no way Ian will sort my boys out. But boy was I wrong Ian is totally committed to making every dog he sees become the happy dog that they should be along with the owners, he is very passionate and a born dog lover, he reads body language so well, I'm truly amazed at what he has accomplished thus far. Ian's natural and calming approach just works, and has given me more confidence along the way.
We are using Behavioural Adaption Therapy in the form of classical music and I truly am amazed by the results, Charlie has severe sensitivities and psych' problems but he is really doing well. My other dog was an ankle biter and he has nipped it in the bud!!
So I truly highly recommend Ian if you have any concerns or problems he really knows his stuff!! Be prepared to put in 100% and you will be fully rewarded, still ongoing with treatment but the best decision I could have made, the alternative was unthinkable but a wake up call for sure, for the record my dogs are JRT's

Thank you Ian for the fantastic job you are continuing to do with my boys!!

Kindest regards

Amanda Bertie & Charlie!!

Ian Francis


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Ian Francis Q&A

Ian Francis Q&A

What do you love most about your job?

I came into this business for the dogs. I absolutely love seeing a problem solved, a dog more relaxed, happy and balanced, and a happy owner. Even the most experienced dog owner can need a little help sometimes, or a difficult behaviour needs a way to be corrected or managed. It is a privilege to be able to help and set all four paws on the ground again.

What inspired you to start your own business?

From before I was born there have always been dogs in my family; the first two, and many after them, were rescues.
As a teenager I owned a deerhound x boy; he was an absolute star, and helped my father through his heart bypass surgery, leading him away from what he was doing when he needed a rest. At some point my dog began lunging and barking at almost anything he saw on walks, such that he was impossible to walk.
We tried a 'behaviourist', whose advice was to tie him to a post in a barn, bring in another dog and let mine bark it out. This was clearly not good enough, something I would never do to him, and so my poor boy was confined to the garden. I knew then that I had to learn more about dog behaviour.
Years later, living and working in Poland, I adopted two beautiful Groenendael Belgian Shepherd dogs, who had been beaten and chained to a tree in a forest to die. Thankfully they were found, and taken to a small private rescue shelter where, two years later, I found them. The girl in particular had issues, and I began learning how to help unbalanced dogs in earnest. It became clear that this was what I needed to do with my life.

Why should our clients choose you?

I have a lifetime's experience with a huge range of breeds and crosses, balanced dogs and those with issues. I 'read' and feel dogs; I understand their language, their needs and triggers, and how to help them become their better selves. I am committed to helping all dogs that need me, however I can.
I use a range of gentle, non-invasive methods ranging from positive reward-based reinforcement, the incredibly simple and successful Behaviour Adaptation Therapy for many conditions from over-enthusiasm through aggression to chasing livestock, to old-fashioned dog whispering where I 'read' a dog's mood, body language and responses, and create conditions for the dog to feel more balanced. When the 'tried and trusted' methods from the books fail, I find an effective, kind alternative.
I have two dogs, a Flat Coated Retriever x Groenendael 4 1/2 year old girl, and a year old Flatcoat x collie x Golden Retriever x collie boy. My girl is the prettiest dog I have ever seen, beautiful, elegant and 'sensitive', meaning she can be jumpy, is very sensitive to harsh commands or the moods of those around her, and is very sensitive to criticism. This is a rare condition I occasionally see in my clients. She is a double rescue, having been brought over from Romania at 6 months by a UK rescue charity and homed with a couple who took her back to the charity a year later. She spent the next 6 months in different foster homes until I found her. I bought her home for a trial but by the next day had phoned the charity to tell them she was staying. She has a stiff shoulder, a stiff joint in her back, and is prone to hip dysplasia, something we found out when she was x-rayed for a damaged cruciate ligament! She has been signed off hydrotherapy and is now bouncing around with her friends like a puppy.
My boy is the complete opposite. Normally I adopt rescue dogs, but on this occasion, due to my girl's sensitivity, I bought a puppy so there was less strain for her getting used to her new housemate. He is incredibly handsome, a bit bossy, loves everybody, and at home is my shadow. I have tentative hopes that when he is older he might help me in my work.

Services provided by Ian Francis

Ian Francis Services

Canine Advice, Training and Behaviour Rehabilitation

New Dog? New Owner? An essential service for those thinking of getting their first dog, or needing help with a new aquisition. Rescue Ready - advice and support for those thinking of adopting a rescued dog. Behaviour Rehabilitation - Even the most perfect dog can come with problem behaviours, develop them over time, or suddenly change or start an unwanted behaviour. These behaviours can sometimes be difficult to resolve and can take time and patience – loving your dog is sometimes not enough, and needs help from outside. My name is Ian. I have over 40 years experience living and working with dogs, and over 8 years working with dogs with problems. I use a range of modern non-aggressive and supportive techniques to resolve challenging behaviours. I adhere to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Code of Practice. All visits take place in your home. All breeds and sizes. Enhanced DBS Check.

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Work history from Ian Francis

Work History

The Chamberlain Group

International Education Consultant

From September 2011 to present.

Bratislava International School Forel

Director

From December 2010 to September 2011.

Britannica International School

Director of Studies

From August 2009 to July 2010.

An awful place to work, as normal teacher and worse as a middle manager.

Somerset Language Services

Director

From January 2007 to January 2008.

Projects

All Four Paws canine advice, training and behaviour rehabilitation

Launched officially in 2015. My mission: to keep the world's dogs happy and balanced.

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