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Lead By Example Canine Behaviour and Training


‘21 Certificate of Excellence

I'm a fully qualified behaviourist and trainer, providing bespoke rehabilitation / behaviour modification / training for canines and their guardians. Just like us, all dogs are individuals, and no two personalities or 'problems' are the same. My services are tailored to meet individual requirements. All services are relationship centred, welfare focused, and reward based. All services are inclusive of a visit to your home, a personalised rehabilitation / behaviour modification / training plan, and one month's free telephone / video call / email / messaging service support. I do not charge for travel. Please see 'Services' for details and pricing. Please note that 'training' does not always solve the 'problem'. Many behaviours considered a nuisance (e.g. barking, jumping up, inappropriate toileting) are actually performed as the result of a dog's emotional state (e.g. fear, anxiety, stress, depression etc.) so please note that a full behaviour consultation may be required. Meaningful learning can only take place once the root cause of the 'problem' has been established, and the fear, anxiety, stress, depression etc. dealt with first. It very much depends on each dog as an individual, and his/her individual circumstances, so please do provide me with as much information as possible when you contact me. (I have a rough idea of requirements through the filter list on Bark, but please provide me with exact details, so that I can supply you with the most accurate plan and price. Many thanks.)

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What do you love most about your job?

Everything! I have huge passion for animal welfare. Dogs need so much more from life than we think. But it isn't just about helping dogs, it's also about helping people.

Living with a reactive dog or a dog lacking essential life skills can be a debilitating experience, and my mission is to restore balance and happiness to the lives of all dogs and their guardians.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I was inspired to start this company by my own wonderful rescue dog, Bella-Louise.

When I saw her at a local rescue centre, her charming face and kooky name were just too hard to resist. I fell in love immediately (as you do) and she was home within a matter of days. Already 10 years of age, and without any knowledge of her background, I didn't have a clue where to start. She often displayed behaviour that I can only describe as slightly eccentric!; so I embarked on a journey to explore the workings of the canine mind. That journey continued, and Lead By Example was established.

In 2017 we welcomed another lovely rescue to our family, Megan.

As is often the case with rescue dogs, we enjoyed a brief honeymoon period before she was ready to tell us how she really felt about life. Megan finds many aspects of daily life difficult (more than we'd bargained for!) but with lots of love, patience, and a carefully managed rehabilitation plan, we've made remarkable progress over the last year or so. She's a bright young thing, is learning to love life, and reminds us every day of the joys and challenges of living with a reactive dog.

Why should our clients choose you?

I provide relationship centred, welfare focused, reward based learning for canines and their companions.

The relationship between us and our dogs is a unique connection. Strengthening that connection through trust, fun, and motivational learning, shapes positive behaviour with lasting results.

And it's the only way to achieve those results.

I never, under any circumstances, use aversives. They exacerbate the behaviour 'problem', cause further behaviour problems (fear, stress, aggression, amongst others), do not teach a dog the behaviour we wish to see instead, damage the relationship we have with our dogs, and cause lasting psychological and physiological damage. They are cruel, unnecessary, and ineffective.

Positive methods are not only kind and humane, but they're scientifically proven.

I'm a proud member of Pet Professional Guild, Association Of INTODogs, and International Companion Animal Network - all of which are welfare focused organisations committed to force free, pain free, and fear free education and training; and the highest standards of professional conduct.

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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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