* help with problems and behavioural issues * Show new owners how to set off on the right foot
* specialised training (like enabling a pet to assist those with disabilities)
A (good) hour of assessment, one to one training and advice is £50
And a white coffee with 2 sugars 😉
Years of study and a lifetime’s experience in dog ownership, training and breeding means our common- sense solutions work.
One to one sessions are individually tailored to fit individual needs
- We come to you so we can assess behaviour in the environment where the dog is most comfortable.
- If there’s problem is outside, we go to the park.
- If the dog has issues with other dogs, our dogs are trained to help.
Once an appointment is made, I like to get owners to leave a pen and paper out so if they think of something or see the dog doing something they would rather they didn’t, owners can jot it down- so we have a comprehensive list of anything and everything they would like to work on.
New owners can get a masterclass version of our classes- usually they are shown how to teach their dog things like leave it, come here, wait, walk nicely and how to avoid biting, chewing, pulling or jumping up … we do whatever you think would be useful.
Once with you, we assess and then begin working straight away. For most issues, by the end of the session you should have all the answers you need and see some improvement. Some behaviour can be changed quite quickly, some takes more time. If so, we make sure you know what to do, that you have the tools you need to help the dog understand while we wait for the penny to drop. By the end we hope that owners should know what to do in every different related circumstance that we can think of.
I‘d love to have a magic wand or formula which could fix any problem and situation immediately, but we do have plenty of effective, simple and practical answers, hints, tips and hacks which are appropriate, kind and fun. Sue has two Cambridge degrees and is also qualified with the ADTB to teach and assess to gold level. Studying didn’t finish with exams- we are constantly researching and are self-confessed dog nerds.
Sessions are so timed as most adult dogs tire and run out of concentration in about 40 minutes.
Although our appointments are limited, we do try to arrange them for a time easiest for you. If you have a day and time that’s convenient, please say- although do bear in mind we have classes on Thursday (and sometimes Tuesday) evenings. Please ring us with any questions or queries you may have: 0751 976 2411
For the the toughest of problems, three sessions are £120.
What we do and how we do it
we explain “why” as we work
Most commonly these sessions are booked by people whose dog has a specific behavioural quirk that they would like to address, or by people with a new puppy or rescue dog who want to get off to a good start.
During our one to one sessions we assess the dogs and listen to worries. We analyse behaviour, demonstrate the exercises which will help and show how to adapt them into real life. We explain how to recognise and pre-empt problem moments, then illustrate ways to encourage preferred behaviour. Dogs learn by association and repetition- and much quicker if they’re enjoying themselves, so we use fun exercises that also teach.
A bonus is this training stimulates the dog’s brain which is tiring, helping to keep them out of mischief. We find that in these sessions, as their problems disappear, people begin to be less stressed and start to relax and have fun with their dogs again. Many find life easier and they enjoy themselves so much they wish to continue and apply to join one of our training classes.
We offer a £5 discount to anyone booking classes after a one to one.
For appointments out of Northampton town, a small charge per mile is added, please ask us for details.
It’s sensible to have at least two sessions: one to assess and offer solutions; others about a week later to check things are going right and iron out any issues.
FAQ: the treats we use during our training sessions is from Taste of the Wild or Orijen, high quality dog food and award winning nutrition. It is around 80% meat with fruit and vegetables and no grains or cereals. Most dogs seem to adore them.
The most frequently asked question (after an appointment) is whether we can help with children, mothers-in-law, husbands or wives! I wish!