BEHAVIOUR & DOG TRAINING
We offer a variety of services for pet owners in Devon.
We organise occasional Dog Training Classes for puppies, improvers and advanced dogs. We also offer Training Classes to private groups in their area. We run workshops throughout the year, such as: Stop Chase (using our sheep as a medium); Reliable Recall; Reactive Dog Classes (after behavioural assessment consultation only).
We use motivational positive reinforcement techniques, which includes marker training such as the clicker with food treats, toys and voice as rewards. Our courses offer the opportunity to train your dog in a supportive environment.
We can offer support for all ages of dogs:
Puppy foundation - for all vaccinated puppies up until the age of 20 weeks.
Improvers - for progressing puppies and dogs who are starting their basic training after 20 weeks.
Advanced - progressing dogs and those that have already reached a reasonable level of obedience and want to build on their skills, improve control and learn new useful behaviours.
We will help you achieve a good level of obedience and sound socialisation.
Individual Training Sessions
We also offer bespoke one to one training sessions, allowing you the opportunity to concentrate on specific aims. These sessions can be arranged at your home or other venues as appropriate.
'Sheep Chase / Leave it' workshops and individual sessions teach strategies that help you train your dog so that you both can walk stress free in areas with livestock and wildlife without your dog chasing inappropriately. This is not a one event training, it is a process that will require persistence and consistency using reward based techniques. Whilst following a basic programme all the courses and individual sessions will be bespoked for your needs. Please contact us for details.
Reactive Dog Classes: These sessions are designed to cover a period of several weeks. Dogs attending these classes have to have been through a behaviour assessment and starting to learn alternative behaviours.
In these classes we include how to introduce management techniques; how to prevent your dog from reacting; building a default behaviour for your dog to fall back on in times of stress, and other skills. This builds confidence not only in your dog but in you as well as the owner.
Other workshops include 'Reliable Recall' and 'Scent workshop'.
To provide the best service, our behaviour assessments are only taken on referral from your veterinary practice. This discounts the possibility of a medical reason for the unwanted behaviour, thereby making it more cost effective for you, our client. Many of the veterinary practices in Devon use our services.
- Emotional Assessment of the animal during the actual behaviour problem.
- Mood State Assessment of how the animal feels and behaves in general.
- Reinforcement Assessment of what factors are maintaining the behaviour problem.
We will assess and produce an individual behaviour modification programme which incorporates EMRA with reward based techniques. This offers a holistic approach by considering your dog's emotions, diet, routine and appropriate positive training techniques that will ultimately help you to see positive improvements and improve the bond with your dog.
It should be noted that this is a process that requires time, commitment and consistency in order to see positive improvements. Our extensive experience has shown us that clients benefit more from a minimum of 2 sessions; this will provide support, guidance and motivation to help you achieve your aims.
The fee for your first session with one of us will include:
- An initial phone call and preparation of the case using a detailed questionnaire.
- Any research required, analysis of video footage or discussions with your vet.
- A 2 - 2.5 hour session at your home or other appropriate and agreed venue.
- Written report for you and your vet, plus training instructions.
- Support by phone or email
- Our travel costs and use of any equipment required during the appointment.
We offer very competitive prices and packages tailored for your needs, please enquire for further information.
Dogs Today Magazine Articles
Kirsty, Chrissy and Rachael have had articles on behaviour published in Dogs Today magazine. They are available to download here in Adobe PDF format.