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Laura-Marie Allen

Using only positive behaviour training methods, I am here to help you and your dog have the best life together possible. This starts with having a trusting relationship where the respect and knowledge of each other works both ways. With the knowledge you have of your dog and my observations, I work to help you better understand your dogs behaviour, and for your dog to better understand the behaviours you are asking them for. I can help to modify problematic behaviours and reduce stress for both you and your dog. I used to work in pets at home and I also set up a small pet service company in London working part time/freelance as a fully insured pet sitter. I am not new to being around animals, nor am I wary of any particular breed. I also have qualifications in pet first aid and theory of dog grooming. I have studied human psychology for years and researched animal psychology alongside in my own time. I recently left my doctorate course in Psychology to pursue working with animals because I have a passion for this type of work. You can be assured that I will put 100% of my effort into helping you and your pet achieve the best lifestyle possible and I will be available for ongoing support in between visits. Dog trainers primarily work around obedience but I am also comfortable working with fear related behaviours- particular with rescue dogs or dogs with difficult backgrounds resulting in issues such as fear of strangers, fear of leads, collars etc. My extensive psychology education has given me a good understanding of how to implement positive reinforcement and association and training. I will always make it clear to you if i feel you would benefit from the input of a behaviourist or if i feel the situation is beyond my experience. Safety and happiness are my primary goals and I will redirect you to a more appropriate proffesional (e.g vet/behaviourist) if I feel it is required.

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What do you love most about your job?

Helping owners to create a trusting relationships with their pets, allowing them to have the best pet owning experience possible. Animals bring so much happiness to our lives, and they deserve owners like you and people like me who want the best for them too. I love seeing owners joy and pride when their pets learn to notice what they're asking of them and act accordingly. I also love watching the bond grow throughout the process- knowing that i'm helping to facilitate that life-long relationship.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I actually left my doctorate programme in psychology to pursue this career so it is by no means something to just pass the time with.

I have had a passion for working with animals for years and have finally decided that I want to do a job that I love every day. I have seen the effect animals can have on our lives and our health and loved the idea of continuing to work with people and animals at the same time.

Why should our clients choose you?

I'm not just an animal person. To me, dog training is as much about working with people as it is about working with animals. Unless you are taking a dog into a training camp- this is a combined effort that relies on consistency. Thanks to my extensive experience working with people, including vulnerable people with mental health issues- I am very empathetic to peoples needs and non-judgemental of the circumstances people find themselves in.

I believe that nobody who wants an animal in their life should have to live without one and therefore work to the best of my ability to modify my work wherever possible to meet your lifestyle and your needs. I will always put the needs of a dog first, but I know that some suggestions are just not possible for everyone. I have alternative approaches to try and work with every situation.

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

I am well versed in using online services such as zoom and can do so if required. I can also prepare training timetables and am happy for us to video work with your dog for you to reflect back on if you wish to start face to face and then move online.

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

I can work with you over zoom, phone, and email if you wish. I am also happy to continue working in outdoor areas.

I will ask customers if they have had recent symptoms. If I have any reason to believe I have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus I will contact my clients to rearrange their upcoming appts.

I completely understand that some issues are particularly present in the home. For that reason I am happy to continue home visits (due to gov.uk explaining this is allowed if working from home is not reasonable for the service). I will social distance, wash my hands regularly and have sanitiser to hand, use a face covering (we will establish first if this is safe in relation to issues around dog aggression). I have worked in health care environments previously and am well versed in infection control.

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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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The average rating for Bark Dog Trainers in Liverpool is 4.82, based on 533 reviews.

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