Initial Assessment (usually 2 to 3 hours conducted at the owners home, includes free follow on session and ongoing telephone / email support) – £150

Further sessions – £50 per session

Mileage charge – no charge within 20 miles of Amesbury, then 45p per mile

Every dog has a natural social position (character) that explains the way in which it deals with situations. A key factor for modifying behaviour is understanding how the dog’s social position is adapted to the home environment when a dog, the owner, and other household members become a family unit and each adopts a separate role. In many cases the position assumed by the dog is incompatible with it’s natural abilities and this will result in behaviour problems.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT DOMINANCE THEORY OR ABOUT BEING THE ‘ALPHA’ OVER YOUR DOG (IN FACT THERE ARE VARIOUS REASONS WHY A HUMAN CANNOT BE AN ALPHA OVER A DOG). NEITHER IS IT MAKING CLAIMS THAT YOUR DOG IS A WOLF AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH.

Instead it is understanding that the most mature and easily observed natural canine behaviour is demonstrated by the dogs’ distant cousins the wolf either in captivity and in the wild and it is using this knowledge to explain the instinctive behaviour that is seen in domestic dogs in their home environment.

I help people to understand their own character, the dogs character and how to create a harmony between them by working with the natural side of the dog. All training will focus on taking dogs back to different developmental stages in their life to repair disruptions that may have occurred.

Anyone receiving assistance will gain knowledge of canine interaction, psychology and behaviour. This will help develop your depth of knowledge and understanding with regard to the everyday behaviour of your dog including social positioning and its relevance to dogs, communication and behaviour, circles of development, and the different areas on the dog and what they mean.

I specialise in all common problems such as socialisation, separation anxiety, trauma, and aggression.

Socialisation is not just a matter of getting your puppy or dog to meet as many dogs as they can as incorrect socialisation can cause more harm than good. I can help you understanding the right time when a dog needs socialising, how to develop good socialisation skills, ways to socialise your dog using sound and smell as well as sight, and the use of good role models.

I can help you understand why separation anxiety occurs and what your dog is thinking, how environmental assessment can impact the outcome, equipment and training aids to help, how you influence the behaviour, and the dogs social position and its relevance.

I offer a deeper understanding of trauma in all its forms and show how to select the appropriate training when an animal has been traumatised in some way. This will give the owner knowledge of how to deal with traumatic events, positive and negative trauma, and trauma through different social positions.

Owning a dog that shows aggressive behaviour can have a severe impact upon families. I offer the chance to understand triggers and values associated to the level of aggression that the dog shows, and provide you with methods to apply without the use of fear or force. I can also provide an understanding of what it means when dogs bite certain areas and using certain teeth, calming signals and how they would have been taught, and how to rehabilitate your dog.

This service is available throughout South Wiltshire.