- My philosophy
- Active cooperation with veterinary procedures
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I understand that entrusting your dog’s care and wellbeing to someone else can be worrying for any owner. As a life-long dog owner, I know how important it is to select the right care. You can be assured that your dog will be in the best possible hands. Not only is The Dog Lady a fully insured, disclosure checked, and first-aid trained business, but all of my methods are based on evidence-based, force-free methods. This means that I never use punitive methods or equipment, and that not only will your dog’s physical health and exercise be taken care of, but their well-being is also my top priority. In addition to 10 years of university-level scientific study of dog behaviour and training, I attend regular workshops and seminars to ensure I have the most up-to-date tools and techniques available to work you and your dog, including events run by Pet Professional Guild, Sarah Whitehead, APDT, the School of Canine Science and the UK Dog Bite Conference. I am happy to explain the evidence supporting my methods, ask me for some references to further reading or online resources if you want to learn more!
I am a full member dog training professional of the Pet Professional Guild, the association for force-free pet professionals. You can learn more about the history and guiding principles of the Guild, and access comprehensive owner resources. I am also a member of PPG’s Project tRade, you can read more about what I offer here. I have a number of professional memberships which mean you can be sure that I will adhere to professional standards in my interactions with you and your dog.
My training philosophy is to provide you with the resources you need to form a relationship with your dog that works for both of you. Owning a dog can, and should, be a rewarding experience, but training and behavioural issues can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know how to approach them or what you’ve tried doesn’t seem to be working. Many issues are common to dogs owners – even experienced owners! However with an ever-growing wealth of conflicting information available online, it can be hard to know how to approach your dog’s training. Getting the right advice up front can be invaluable and prevent problems in the future, so hiring a trainer you can trust is one of the best investments you can make for your dog.
If you have a new new puppy and would like to make sure you get off to the right start, are having problems with toilet training, recalls or basic obedience, or would even like to teach your dog something new and exciting, a one-to-one training session is just the thing to help you build the skills you need to work with your dog, and build a satisfying relationship. Training isn’t just for puppies though, adult dogs, rescue dogs and older dogs can also benefit from training and even enjoy the mental stimulation it brings. I offer training to help with behaviours such as walking on the lead, jumping up, poor recall, integrating new dogs into the household and much more. Training sessions start at £40 per individual hour and discounts are available for group bookings, bock booking and with special offers.
Training is suitable for teaching your dog new behaviours, like recall, loose lead walking, impulse control, distance control, retrieving, and more. If you believe your dog has behavioural issues which you would like to remedy, such as fear, anxiety or aggression you will require a behaviour consultation which provides a comprehensive behaviour modification protocol.
Active cooperation with veterinary procedures
One of my training specialisations is active cooperation with veterinary procedures. Visting the vet is not only a routine part of a dog’s life, but vital to keeping them healthy and happy. Unfortunately, it can also be a major source of stress for many dogs and stress can lead to behavioual issues at the veterinary surgery, poor health outcomes and owners being reluctant to visit the vet. Dogs can be taught to actively cooperate with many procedures rather than simply enduring them, leading to more enjoyable vet visits and better health outcomes. Owners and veterinary staff also need to learn how to teach these behaviours and how to make a vet visit Fear Free. Read more here and here.
Terms and Conditions
All payments are due no later than the day of the appointment.
Any appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time will be subject to the full fee.
Appointments rescheduled or cancelled between 48-24 hours before the scheduled time will be subject to a fee of 50% of the appointment cost.
Appointments may be rescheduled up to 48 hours before the scheduled appointment time to a mutually agreeable time at no additional cost.
There will be no refunds of fees paid.
The cancellation policy applies to all appointments made.