Individual dog training sessions- One to One.
We specialise in challenging behaviour- overcoming fear/ aggression or over-excitement. Taking the stress out of daily life.
One to one sessions are individually tailored to fit individual needs
* problems and behavioural issues
– what to do about challenging behaviour or undesirable habits and how to encourage nice manners,
* the best start for new owners
– how to establish good routines and fun times with polite behaviour from the beginning
* bespoke training
like enabling a pet to assist those with disabilities
Anything and Everything.
We like to practise what we preach- working hands- on, explaining the behavioural science behind it as we go.
Working with the dog and making sure things are improving speaks louder than anything we could say.
When looking at behaviour, during an appointment we listen, watch, assess and:
- teach owners what to do so they feel confident whatever comes their way
- train dogs so that they can communicate their wishes politely, handle their emotions, think and make good decisions.
It’s sometimes good to make plans of action (“if this happens do that” sort of stuff) so that owners know how to handle different situations easily and appropriately.
Does your dog react to other dogs?
If seeing a dog in the distance gives you anxiety, we can show you what to do so walks are safe and fun again.
Is your dog happy to see others, but it gets too much?
We can show them how to make friends without being overwhelmed.
Our dogs are trained to help us show fearful, aggressive or over-excited dogs to calm down, greet each other nicely and start to play.
Does your dog seem to dislike a certain type of person?
We can show the dog how to overcome their fears.
We use kind, effective methods based on behavioural study research eg. helping owners recognise the first signals of discomfort, encouraging flight instinct showing there’s no need to be self defensive. We teach owners what to do so that they are confident in any situation.
Our goal is that owners can live without adapting or compromising and can enjoy life more easily with a more contented dog.
A (good) hour of assessment, one to one training and advice is £60
And a white coffee with 2 sugars 😉
Sessions are so timed as most adult dogs tire and run out of concentration in about 40 minutes.
Years of study and a lifetime’s experience in dog ownership, training and breeding means our common- sense solutions work.
- We come to you so we can assess behaviour in the environment where the dog is most comfortable.
- If the problem is outside, we go to the park.
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 to work on.
New owners can get a master-class 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 will help.
Once with you, we assess and then begin working straight away.
For most issues, by the end of the session you should have 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.
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 Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Please ring us with any questions or queries you may have: 0751 976 2411 our contact page is here
For the the toughest of problems, £150 for 3 sessions.
After the session, please feel free to call or text if anything slips your mind. It’s a lot of info to take in at once.
Please also give us updates– good and bad. Especially if things go backwards. We will do what we can and genuinely want to be helpful.
However, sometimes I need to warn people that when we’re changing routines and behaviour, some bad habits get worse before they are better- and this is normal and to be expected. I will explain if this is the case. (It happens because the dog is confused about changes and the penny hasn’t dropped. Please click our dog training theory/ methods page for more info on these extinction/ exhaustion drives.)
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.
Here at Affinity we have many years of experience in canine behaviour and are proud of our many happy clients, their dogs and our reputation for our down to earth approach.
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: we use high quality dog food instead of treats in our sessions, either from Taste of the Wild or Orijen. They have been awarded for their nutritional value. The food is around 80% meat with fruit and vegetables and no additives, 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!