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Lead By Example Canine Behaviour and Training

Newport

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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What are the problematic dog behaviours?

Pulling lead, Anxiety, Barking

What type of dog training do you need?

Behavioural Modification, Family Dog Training

What are the dog(s) age(s) (select all that apply)

1-2 years

Which locations would you consider?

At my home, Park

Which type(s) of training would you consider?

Private lessons, Group classes

What is the breed of the dog(s)?

Terrier cross

Do you have any additional details

Recently brought home a rescue got. She is affectionate, fully house trained. No aggression around food will sit rec.. but has a lot of anxiety on the lead and separation anxiety is very bad.

What are the problematic dog behaviours?

Aggression towards dogs

What type of dog training do you need?

Behavioural Modification

What are the dog(s) age(s) (select all that apply)

3+ years

Which locations would you consider?

Any

Which type(s) of training would you consider?

Private lessons, Group classes

What is the breed of the dog(s)?

Westie

Do you have any additional details

We have rejoined Tesa our Westie from Newport dog kennels. She is happy and good on her own but not around other dogs, growling and a bit aggressive. She even growls at animals in the tv.

What type of dog training do you need?

Behavioural Modification

What are the problematic dog behaviours?

Aggression towards dogs, Aggression towards people

What are the dog(s) age(s) (select all that apply)

Adolescents - 6-12 months

Which locations would you consider?

Any

Which type(s) of training would you consider?

Private lessons

What is the breed of the dog(s)?

French Bulldog

Do you have any additional details

Aggressive with dogs and people while he's being taken for a walk Stares at my 10 year old grandaughter before running at her. Doesn't allow people into the house.

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