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I provide one to one dog behaviour coaching services, puppy training and rehabilitation courses as well as “doggy boot camp” board and train programs. I talk so your dog can listen and listen so your dog can talk. I help my clients to learn to do the same. My training programs are based on the individual needs your family and your dog. I can help to train and socialise your new puppy or help to teach “old dog new tricks”. Currently I also provide guided socialisation programs for the puppies born during the lockdown as they have missed on vital opportunities to meet and mix with other dogs and people.

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What do you love most about your job?

Every dog and every family I work with is unique. I love the challenge every new case brings. I love seeing all dogs fulfilling their potential and owners realising the strength and the power of the human-companion animal bond.
Every time I see a boisterous, naughty puppy turning into well mannered member of the family I feel I helped to create a happy pack that will learn and grow together. Every time I see the progress of a “problem dog” and bring a family from the bring of despair back to peaceful harmony, see the smile on their faces and know that this dog will not end up in the shelter, it makes me happy.
Every time I help a dog that have been mistreated in the past to gain trust in people and build their confidence it lifts my spirits and restores my faith in humanity.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Working in veterinary behaviour and nutrition field, developing programs and supporting research studies at veterinary universities in the UK I had a chance to work alongside veterinary behaviour experts at the time this field was very new.
I realised how much difference we can make if we can communicate effectively with our pets and use positive motivation to train them rather than just impose our will on them through fear.

When I had my own children, I struggled with the usual issues all working parents do. I needed to understand how to talk so the kids would listen. My amazing communication coach Laura helped me to do just that. I learned how to understand the needs of those around me and create win- win solutions.
Working in my veterinary practice I realised these methods can be easily applied when dealing with “difficult” dogs.
I started running behaviour clinics as part of our veterinary practice and as the demand for my services increased I set up a separate business focusing on veterinary behaviour.

Most of my previous clients came to me through referrals and recommendations, but as times change I chose Bark to help me to adapt my business to the needs of the current times.

Why should our clients choose you?

I talk so the dogs can listen, I listen so the dogs can talk.
Every dog has a different personality and every family has a different needs. But we all need to feel safe, nourished and loved. When I start to work with a new client, I don’t just follow a specific training program. My aim is to understand the needs of each family member (humans, dogs and other....) and bringing them together through a combination of coaching, training and behavioural modifications.

Through the years of experience, training and observations I learned how to “talk so dogs will listen, and listen so the dog can talk”. I want to help any dog owner that wants to learn to do the same.

My ultimate goal with every pack is to bring structure and harmony and through this joy and happiness....
....“Because a happier pet makes a happier family”....

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

I offer an initial video consultation. Based on the extend of the problem and the time the owners can invest I can than tailor my program specifically to their needs. Some issues can be solved through a series of video consultations. Some require working outside in public spaces and parks, which I can offer on one to one basis, following the government guidelines on social distancing.
More extensive issues require at home training. As I currently can not work at your home, I offer a home stay program as an alternative. Your dog spends several days at my family home as part of our pack. I focus on eliminating unwanted behaviours and establishing the behaviour trades that are required, than provide coaching and video tutorials that help the owners keep the positive habits working in their home.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

I can wear shield if requested. I sterilise my hands at regular intervals when working with my clients.
All outdoor training is now done following social distancing guidelines. Fortunately the 2m distance does not apply to dogs so I can still work with your dog hands on.
I use my own lead and collar so I don’t have to touch anything of yours. Any new training tools I provide for you are in unopened packaging and packaging sterilised for you.
When traditionally I would work with my clients in their home, I now ask for video recordings so I can analyse problem with my clients remotely. As an alternative to this service I now offer training/ rehabilitation “board and train” programs.

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Making sure your pup is trained properly really matters. Without the necessary groundwork, you’re risking your dog’s wellness and security, as well as the safety of any other dogs it comes into contact with. It’s also important your dog is trained so that it can integrate properly with you and your family. Keeping it out of trouble will save you a lot of hassle (and potentially costly repairs too).

Making sure your dog listens to commands is very important. Not only will handling it be less stressful, but it can stop dangerous conflict with other animals. Furthermore, if your dog doesn’t want to listen to you, situations such as dealing with traffic can potentially become fatal. On the upside, having a well-trained pup enables you and your pet to socialise properly with other dogs and their owners.

Having a dog that is obedient means that life around the home becomes plain sailing. With good manners, your dog will be able to tell the difference between right and wrong behaviour, while being able to foster good relationships with other members of your family. These connections can help to build a fruitful relationship with your pet as part of the family. Time well spent together will allow you to both grow together, sharing experiences and creating the type of memories that make having a pet so worth it.

How about becoming an authority figure yourself? Although your trainer will help your dog get up to scratch, they will also teach you a great deal about the fundamentals of dog training. This includes not only how to handle your own dog, but principals that you can use to understand and better interact with other dogs too. Being able to help out less-informed dog owners can be a wonderful gift to have, and something that you can take further if you enjoy it.

Having a well-trained dog also means that taking your pet to the veterinarian will be a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Considering the nature and volume of work that they have to do, being a vet is tough, let alone dealing with an uncooperative pet in their surgery. In some cases, dogs can become violent when approached by a vet – definitely something they don’t need. By having your dog properly trained, you can avoid injuries – for both your dog and your vet – as well as unnecessary embarrassment upon visits.

When hiring someone to train your dog, there is plenty to think about. The needs of both you and your pet have to be considered and so taking some time to sit down and work out what is important to you is a must. Down below are a few of the questions you might ask when it comes to finding the right dog trainer –

Should I go for group or private training? Each comes with pros and cons – those with a brand new dog can expect their pet to socialise and start to develop relationships with other dogs.

Does my dog need generalised training or would training in a specific area suit it better? One example of this is if your dog has an issue with barking, or separation anxiety. In these cases, someone that can specialise in tackling these issues would be optimal.

Do I need long-term training or do I need a quick fix? Goals such as conditioning your dog for agility or developing a routine will need more time with a trainer.

You should also take care to see what type of strategies your trainer uses. There are a wide variety of techniques that can be applied in order to change your dog’s behaviour – but not all of these involve kindness and care. It’s good to talk to prospective trainers about the ways in which they choose to teach your dog, including methods of both discipline and praise. Techniques such as positive reinforcement are very beneficial for dogs and are particularly powerful, while being enjoyable for them.

While your dog is your priority, how you communicate with your trainer is important too. Your trainer’s should be able to translate their understanding into constructive advice. A good trainer can tell you both what is working in terms of training your dog, and what isn’t. This includes passing on insights of what to do to correct certain issues, while conveying these ideas in a constructive, friendly way. In order to do this, a trainer needs to not only be able to express themselves clearly, but also be diplomatic and observant.

There are various ways in which you can choose to train your dog. Some owners opt for private lessons, while others will put their dog through group daycare.

Group sessions are valuable not only because they are more budget friendly, but also because they are better as a long-term option. This is because your pet will have time to get to grips with a wider variety of commands. However one-on-one training provides your dog with lessons that are specially tailored to their needs, helping them learn in the best way for them.

There are also the various levels of obedience training to take into account. As well as classes specifically for puppies, there are basic educational classes, adult training, agility and advanced tutoring. Which of these you go for can affect pricing, as well as how quickly your dog learns (depending on its needs and comprehension).

Yes! You might be surprised to hear that dog training can be done remotely, through online video platforms like Zoom. They can take the form of group sessions or one-to-one classes to tackle certain individual behavioural issues. Many customers prefer online dog training for all sorts of reasons, like saving on travel time and costs.

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