The Animal Behaviour Business provides behaviour modification and training for dogs and cats using reward-based positive reinforcement methods. The services I offer are:
1:1 consultations either in your home or in my training barn:
Board and train (you send your dog to me and I train him)
Stay and train (you stay in our self-catering Studio) and we train your dog together.
My name is Valerie Bennett and I founded the Animal Behaviour Business after completing an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln. I work with animals that exhibit all problem behaviours. Through the use of positive reinforcement techniques that have been proven to work scientifically, I teach owners how they can change their pet's behaviour kindly and effectively. As a highly qualified and experienced animal behaviourist, I will ensure that you and your pet will always receive a professional and caring service.
I specialise in offering a tailored programme of home-based support to identify the causes of problem behaviours and build and maintain positive relationships between you and your pet. Behaviour modification plans and training strategies are tailored to your particular circumstances and I make sure you understand and are comfortable with carrying out the exercises you need to implement. You need never feel alone as email and telephone support are available for as long as you require.
The initial consultation is the most important first step to being able to help you and your pet as this enables me to make an assessment and diagnosis of why your pet is behaving as they are. From this I can put together the behaviour modification plan that will best suit your pet. The initial consultation costs £150. Ongoing training costs £70/hour.
My behaviour modification plans really make a difference and are based on scientifically-proven techniques. I do not offer quick fixes that don’t work in the long term.
In addition to carrying out behaviour consultations, I also run training courses for dogs and their owners. These include classes for adult dogs; adolescent dogs; puppies and reactive dogs (dogs that react to other dogs and/or people by barking, growling, snapping and lunging).
As well as working with private clients I run a Behaviour Clinic at my local veterinary practice and work as a volunteer at my local dog rescue centre providing rehabilitation and behaviour modification to help the dogs find a permanent home.
16 customer reviews
Lexi Hercus Ingram
Valerie helped me when I first came home at 8 weeks old. She helped set me on the right track for manners and understanding obedience and to work with my humans. She was great and I really loved her weekly visit. I'm doing really well now because she helped start me off. Thanks Valerie xx More...
Reviewed on Facebook
Just completed the Grumps & Growlers with my Border Terrier. So beneficial for me as much as my dog. Great being able to learn and practice skills in a controlled environment with people who understand the issues. Valerie is very positive and calm and gave helpful course notes each week. Would definitely recommend. More...
Reviewed on Facebook
Cookie is my first puppy and I didn’t know where to start with puppy training. I advertised on Bark and found Valerie. We had 4 1-1 lessons and myself and cookie learnt so much. Valerie has great knowledge and was able to advise me on any questions I had about cookie. When I was stuck in between classes I was able to get hold of her very easily and had great advice on what to do. Very patient, easy to talk to and highly recommended. More...
Reply from The Animal Behaviour Business
Thank you for your very kind words Lyndsey. It was a delight to meet you and Cookie and a privilege to help start Cookie with her training.
Really helpful. Thoughtful in relation to our needs and lifestyle and very supportive - both in person and by email. Useful and clear printed information. Would highly recommend Valerie.
Valerie has useful, kind and helpful training methods, and has helped set us on the right path with our boisterous puppy!!
She is efficient and very pleasant to work with and provides helpful and informative notes after her sessions. More...
Debbie & Timm
We absolutely recommend Valerie if you and your pet are need of some coaching and support. I lacked confidence as a first time pet owner - good to read books but putting puppy skills into practice is a different matter altogether. Valerie patiently (and with great humour) helped us to understand our Vizsla better giving us great tips and techniques to bring about better behaviours (in all of us!) A big thumbs up for and thank-you to Valerie; we think you're fab:-) More...
Our dogs had developed some intractable bad habits, and Valerie gave us a completely different approach to tackle them. The dogs adored her and eagerly awaited every session. They have responded surprisingly quickly and have now turned a corner. We now have the confidence to continue reinforcing the new regime. More...
Working with Valerie gave me so much confidence as a first time dog owner. She listened to everything I had to say about what we were looking to gain from the one 2 one sessions and based our training around it as well as adding in training she believed to be useful to us. I fully recommend the Animal Behaviour Business and I can't thank Valerie enough for the well behaved pup we are left with. More...
Valerie is wonderful. We find her approach perfect for our four very individual rescue dogs.
She has come into our home and without judgment or criticism she has delivered professional and clear guidance enabling us to stop tearing our hair out and become confident dog owners. We look forward to our sessions and truly enjoy Valerie's professional teaching style and likeable nature. Our dogs love her too! More...
Very lovely lady very helpfull
Sarah and Rob Simmons
The Animal Behaviour Business have been great to work with. Valerie is flexible with appointments, and is very easy to deal with. The advice she offered was in-depth, comprehensive, and really well tailored to our needs, whilst also being simple, understandable and effective. She manages to tread a fine line about being realistic regarding goals and what can be achieved, with positivity that makes improvement seem possible. We have really valued her input, and have seen improvements already, both in our knowledge of how to deal with our dog's behaviour, and our the behaviour shown by our dog. We would thoroughly recommend the Animal Behaviour Business! More...
Helpful phone call.
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I contacted Valerie from The Animal Behaviour Business to help me with my dog, Sheba. She had started to destroy things in the house whilst I was out at work and the neighbours complained that she was barking and howling. Valerie's kindness, empathy and knowledge of dog behaviour and her commitment to helping Sheba and myself was second to none. Thanks to the programme Valerie worked through with us, Sheba can now be left alone in the house with no signs of distress. More...
The Animal Behaviour Business was very very approachable and easy to access via her website. Valerie was very prompt to reply to our enquiry and provided us with clear and concise guidance which was delivered with kindness and understanding. For our first appointment She was kind enough to come to our house one weekend which was enormously helpful and our follow up appointment was one evening, again this was really helpful. She wanted to spend time assessing us with our dog to understand the issues we were having. She spent time listening to my husband and I and observing us with our dog. We never felt at anytime we were subject to criticism, just helpful and informative explanations. She carefully explained the course of action we were to follow and subsequently sent some emails detailing her thoughts of our consultation. We felt she provided us with constant reassurance and she encouraged us to phone at anytime should we have further questions. We still feel we can talk to her even though our issues have been brilliantly resolved so we wouldn't have any hesitation recommending The Animal Behaviour Business to anyone who wanted a professional and supportive approach to overcoming your animal/pet issues. More...
Valerie, on her visits, encourages us massively and has heaps of patience with us. She communicates very well with our dog. and us. Her observations on our dog have been invaluable, also, on us, communicating with our dog. The written material she leaves us with is presented in sections, for example training for re-call etc, and we can refer to this easily and quickly. Any question we have gets the quickest of responses and Valerie is always upbeat and willing which has been so reassuring. With some of the issues we experienced, we would have been lost without her. More...
Great positive practices for dog behavioural issues. Valerie worked very successfully with me on a number of behavioural and training issues with a 10 month old foster dog in my care. She was brilliant and helped the dog be-rehomed once his issues were resolved. I can happily recommend her More...