Welcome to my blog, I hope you will find it of interest to you. My aim is to Promote the Inter-Relationship between Dog and Owner ! I am a dog behaviourist and dog trainer, but first and foremost I will take the psychological mind set of the dog in to consideration before I begin to even think of any adjustment training . If you are having questions about your canine family members, be it working dogs, dogs you had from when they were a pup, or rescue dogs who need that bit of extra help , you have come to the right place. I am here to listen, take your situation on board (environment, location, family atmosphere etc.) and give advice on how to make changes, which help to build a trusting relationship between owner and dog.
I could bamboozzle you with fancy words and make myself out to be the be all and end all of all dog trainers, but to what purpose. I have high moral standards when it comes to working with dogs and their owners and would never encourage a specific guidance programme, which is not suitable or does not sit right, just to look for results.
First of all I do not like the word training, I like to think that I encourage dogs to engage with their owners, and vice-versa of course. I believe that trust is the key to good dog behaviour, if trust is established dogs will bend over backwards to please their owner. If there is trust, the dogs needs little else to be happy. My background is Person -Centred Counselling, and I use the same interaction when it comes to working with dogs and their owners. I do not believe in e collars and such... physical punishment etc. I believe that understanding the dogs psyche, so understanding WHY a dog is behaving in a certain way, must be the beginning of any 1 to 1 session, it is never a quick fix, and patience is a must and of great value.
I also believe that we need to look at the dog breed in question, and what it has been bred for, be it to hunt, to herd, to guard, to kill. There is nothing more frustrating for a dog than not to be able to fulfil its innate behaviour and function. Dogs are clever, no matter what anyone says. Yes, they can be a bit slow in the up take, but more often than not they are actually away ahead of us and run rings around us. I am based in Dumfriesshire, but travel far and wide to visit you in your own home for one to one behaviour advice. I also take calls and work via Skype.
You may rather try some Dog Classes (if they are available at that time) first to see what your dog will make of it and see if it will address your companions issues. In general I hold classes in Dumfries, Kirkconnel and Dalswinton. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for further information.