It's A Dog's Life

It's A Dog's Life

It's A Dog's Life locationChelmsford, Essex, Essex

Elite Pro (24 Reviews)

I’m Penny owner of It's a Dogs Life. As well as being a Dog Trainer, I am also a qualified Canine Behaviourist.

PLEASE NOTE ALL MY TRAINING IS ON A 1-2-1 BASIS

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So here's some information about my Dog and Puppy training services.

I provide help and bespoke solutions for owners that may be experiencing unwanted behaviour from their canine family member or just need some general obedience training. I give on the spot guidance and tuition to enable you to correct any unwanted behaviour you may be experiencing, for example –

• nipping/biting
• toilet training difficulties
• over excitable behaviour
• jumping up at people/furniture
• destructive chewing
• anxiety
• stealing
• excessive barking

This training takes place in your home where most behaviour problems take place.

In the same session, I can help with all aspects of basic obedience training, including

• How to achieve consistent recall
• Stay
• Down
• Leave
• Pulling on the lead

My methods are modern,kind and effective, based on positive reinforcement not punishment. Resulting in a fantastic relationship with your best friend based on trust and mutual respect; not fear. I am also an advocate of clicker training.

I like to have as many of your family/household as there as possible, as consistency is vital.

I'll follow-up with an email with information regarding subjects discussed during the session, links and further useful information.

Furthermore, I studied canine nutrition and will be able to help you make the right dietary choices for your dog from the bewildering range of products on the market

For your peace of mind I have a Canine First Aid qualification, Full Police Disclosure Certificate and we also have specialist insurance for Custody, Care and Control of your dog.

You can find lots more information on my website www.itsadogslife-essex.co.uk

Please call me 07711 018804 or email penny.itsadogslife@gmail.com for more detailed information.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Penny
07711 018804
www.itsadogslife-essex.co.uk
penny.itsadogslife@gmail.com

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It's A Dog's Life Reviews

It's A Dog's Life Reviews


Review of It's A Dog's Life by Joanne Green
5 24/05/2018 Joanne Green

What a great decision it was to give Penny a call! Penny is very approachable, knowledgable, patient and kind. She has made our life so much easier with our 4 month old border Terrier Ruby, our only regret is that we didn't contact her sooner.

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Tracy Welch
5 25/04/2018 Tracy Welch

What can I say about Penny? She is so good st what she does. She is extremely knowledgeable, calm and reassuring and knows her stuff. We’d have been lost without her! Thank you Penny

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Isaac Carter-Allen
5 02/03/2018 Isaac Carter-Allen

What would we do without Penny? She was incredibly helpful to us as first time dog owners with a very boisterous puppy. She showed us how to effectively use clicker training and made us a plan tailored to our puppy, covering her training and diet. Things are going very well and Penny is always on hand to check in and make sure everything is okay.

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Elena
5 12/02/2018 Elena

My dog suffers from separation anxiety so we called on the help of Penny after reading all of her good reviews on the internet. Penny came to visit our house for a 1-2-1 session. She talked us through a wide range of areas that can affect a dogs behaviour, such as diet, exercise, mental stimulation and how we should behave with the dog. She provided so much useful information and support to help us with our dog, not only with separation anxiety, but also how to use clicker training and general tips. We are now in the process of changing our dogs diet, short daily training sessions and working on her separation anxiety. Penny has been a great help and has been brilliant with any queries that we had following the session over email. We are now really looking forward to taking our dog to an agility session with Penny!

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Stacey Blandford
5 04/02/2018 Stacey Blandford

I was so impressed with the help that Penny gave us training our 14 week old puppy.

Penny arranged a session where we spoke through all of our concerns and she gave us some great solutions. Penny also showed us how to use clicker training and within minutes had the puppy doing ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘leave’. It had only been a couple of weeks since our session and we have noticed a huge difference in our puppy’s behaviour since following Penny’s guidance.

Penny is very knowledgable and I would definitely reccomend her to anyone looking for a trainer for their puppy or dog, or to deal with any specific behavioural issues you may be having.

Thanks again Penny!

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Jane bowles
5 21/01/2018 Jane bowles

Very nice lady explained the training we had to do

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Louise
5 09/01/2018 Louise

After spending many hours with our puppy Oscar 'treat' training him the basic commands - we hit a brick wall when attempting recall training with him. So we never felt confident letting him off the lead - we knew he wasn't getting enough exercise just being taken out on the lead and at 9 months old this was also reflecting in his behaviour. So we decided we needed help. We asked for recommendations on a website and Penny contacted us. After discussing our needs Penny arranged to come our home to help us. She asked for all members of the household to be present for the training. Penny was very professional and sat down and asked us lots of questions to learn how we all interacted with Oscar. Even though we had only asked for help with 'recall' Penny immediately noticed Oscar had a few bad manners as well - Jumping up and nipping. Before she started the recall training she showed us how to deal with the bad manners. She also fully explained about how giving Oscar 'timeout' by removing him from the room and ignoring him was the most effective way to combat the jumping and nipping. Penny uses clicker training, as we had not used this style of training before, she spent a while getting Oscar used to the clicker - once he mastered this we all went outside to practise the recall. I was really impressed how quickly we all learnt including Oscar. I was also amazed how obedient Oscar was - he used to go deaf once we were out of the house and completely ignored any command.
After our session with Penny we decided to take Oscar out for a walk straight away to put into practise what we had learnt. It was brilliant - we took him to nearby fields let him off the lead and he was in his element, he really enjoyed running free and I felt really confident letting him run around off the lead because I was still in control of him. He came back to me every time I called him.
Now I feel confident letting Oscar off the lead it has really changed the way I feel about walking him. Walks are now so much more enjoyable for us both, Oscar really enjoys being free and its lovely to watch him with the knowledge he will come back when I ask him to.
Oscar is a completely different dog now. Before we were walking him 2 or 3 times a day for an hour or so but on the lead. Now he gets off the lead and can run free he is using up lots more energy and getting far more exercise. He is a lot calmer and the jumping up and nipping has stopped. The two hours Penny spent with us was worth every penny. If I were to have any issues in the future with him I would not hesitate to contact Penny again.

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Luca

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Sally
5 13/11/2017 Sally

Penny was great when she came to visit us and our dog Rupert.

She shared with us a wealth of knowledge on how to address certain behavioural issues, introduced us to clicker training, gave diet advise and introduced us to the halti lead which improved our walks almost instantly.

Since our meet Penny has kept in touch and we are looking forward to attending some obedience training in the new year.

I would highly recommend Penny to anyone looking for help with their dog, we have seen great improvements in such a short space of time.

Thank you Penny!

Sally

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Victoria Lee
5 06/11/2017 Victoria Lee

I was having behaviour problems with my young English Bull Terrier, Doris, whose barking was annoying not just us but the neighbours as well!

She was also anxious and jumped at us and visitors, so we asked Penny to help us.

Penny asked for the whole family including the children to be there for the training session. We were very impressed with the time she took to understand how the family operated and how Doris fitted in.

We explained the problems we were having and Penny came up with clear, positive advice as to how to resolve them ourselves. We are delighted with the results and things are improving by the day.

We’ve arranged to meet Penny again in a park, so she can help us with recall.

I would highly recommend Penny’s services and thought the fee was more than worth the money.

Victoria

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Swathe Sivasubramaniam
5 16/10/2017 Swathe Sivasubramaniam

Penny was brilliant. She helped us train our 16 week old puppy.She is very knowledgeable and full of information.

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Kat Wilson
4 13/09/2017 Kat Wilson

Penny from It's A Dog's Life was extremely helpful and the fee charged was reasonable. We received some good advice and have followed this through, however we felt that not all advice was completely applicable to our dog being a giant breed and so we have adjusted ourselves. We also did not want to pay for a follow up.

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by UK Small Business Hub
5 12/06/2017 UK Small Business Hub

Penny is amazing!
There is no other word to describe her. In the two sessions we had with her, our lovable but misbehaving boxer, Stevie, has learned to come when called and will stop on command even when he sees other dogs!

Penny was brilliant.

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Louise Sage
5 07/06/2017 Louise Sage

After meeting Penny, training our Tibetan Terrier pup has become so much clearer and effective. Her advice focusses on consistency and a whole family strategy.

Penny spent over 2 hours with us until we felt confident following the ides and training commands she had suggested. Through modelling and detailed explanation, Penny was able to put us on a positive path, on which we are now further along.

Within the first few days we started to see huge improvements with walking on the lead and recall.

I cannot recommend her enough.

Louise Sage

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Pippa Ward
5 07/06/2017 Pippa Ward

Dear Penny

I would like to thank you for our consultation re our naughty Yuki white German shepherd.

The advice you gave was invaluable and walking without being pulled over is now a regular.

Yuki is much better behaved and recall is excellent as well.

I would highly recommend your services to other dog owners

A massive thank you to you

Kind Regards
Pippa and family

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Chloe Ferguson

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Bonnie Whitaker

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Gordon Swift
5 28/02/2017 Gordon Swift

Penny was really helpful and I would recommend her to anyone in need of her services.

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Claire Melaniphy
5 24/01/2017 Claire Melaniphy

Penny came to our home to help us with our puppy. She was very professional, took lots of history, and we were very happy with the service. Would set recommend.

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Peter geng
5 23/12/2016 Peter geng

I have not used this trainer yet but she knows what I need thank you.

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Dee Lewis
5 28/11/2016 Dee Lewis

Penny was great! Gave great advice and my little naughty dog is getting better already! Not one mess in the house since! And is actually starting to listen to me :) thanks penny and thanks for the fridge magnet list x

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Carla
5 03/11/2016 Carla

I would like to thank you Penny for the help and support that you’ve given me concerning my new puppy ‘Bear’.

Bear was becoming hard to be around as his biting was becoming unbearable.

My son had found you on the internet and thank god he did. You worked wonders on him. He’s a pleasure to be around and to play with now.

You’ve followed up with text messages and emails of support and information on foods, techniques and educational links for information with dealing with puppies. You’ve helped me buy the correct size and helped fit Bear with his halite (head collar) and seatbelt harness and now we are going to carry on with obedience training which I am very much looking forward to. Thank you again.

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Charlotte and Joe
5 03/11/2016 Charlotte and Joe

My husband and I bought a Miniature Dachshund puppy and knowing how stubborn the breed can be, we thought we should try to train him as early as possible. We found Penny online, arranged a home visit and during the first session, Penny sat with us and spent a lot of time trying to understand both ours and Henry's habits before starting the practical training.

As we started the training when Henry was only 4 months old,  our initial aim was to master some basic obedience (walking on the lead/sit/recall/toilet training) and most importantly, to get him out of the habit of playful biting. With good, sound advice, we have made so much progress with Henry!

Many thanks to Penny for providing us with the expertise and techniques to work with Henry and for the ongoing support. We would highly recommend Penny to anyone looking for an experienced and helpful dog trainer!

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Victoria
5 19/10/2016 Victoria

Penny was excellent, really spending the time to get to know our family and our naughty dog!

only needed one session

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Review of It's A Dog's Life by Victoria
5 29/09/2016 Victoria

I was having behavioural problems with my young Bully (English Bull Terrier) Doris, whose barking was annoying not just us but the neighbours as well!

She was also anxious and jumped at us and visitors, so we asked Penny to help us.

Penny asked for the whole family including the children to be there for the consultation. We were very impressed with the time she took to understand how the family operated and how Doris fitted in.

We explained the problems we were having and Penny came up with clear, positive advice as to how to resolve them ourselves. We are delighted with the results and things are improving by the day.

We’ve arranged to meet Penny again in a park, so she can help us with recall.

I would highly recommend Penny’s services and thought the fee was more than worth the money

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Clare
5 25/07/2016 Clare

Even though we only saw Penny twice she massively helped by training us on how to get our 7 month old toy poodle Lola to stop jumping up, stay, wait and do recall consistently.

Penny's practical yet effective approach are testament to the fact we only had to see her twice.

We would highly recommend her and are delighted with the quick results.

Clare and John

Review of It's A Dog's Life by Nishma
5 25/07/2016 Nishma

Penny is amazing! There is no other word to describe her. In the two sessions we had with her, our lovable but misbehaving boxer, Stevie, has learned to come when called and will stop on command even when he sees other dogs!

Penny was brilliant.

At the first session she took the time to discuss all parts of Stevie's life and her recommendations meant that from the very next day, Stevie was already better behaved. I am so grateful to Penny and I would recommend her 100%

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It's A Dog's Life Q&A

It's A Dog's Life Q&A

What do you love most about your job?

Oh gosh not enough room here to say, but working with dogs is a privilege in itself. It's also so rewarding when I receive positive feed back from my clients and knowing I've really made a positive difference to the owner and the dogs lives.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Really because I can choose what type work I take on. For example I much prefer to do 1-2-1 sessions than group classes

Why should our clients choose you?

I am passionate about what I do and I like to succeed! My fees are keenly priced and I offer a free followup service.

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