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Are you worried about your dog growling at you when you go to stroke them?

Do you have to tip toe past them on the sofa?

Are all chews and toys banished because they guard them?

Your dog is lovely the majority of the time and loves cuddles and fussing……until they don’t. You feel like you’re walking on eggshells some days, they just have this *look* sometimes and you know they are going to snap, or worse.

You feel like you shouldn’t let them get away with it, but you also don’t want it to escalate. And it’s been escalating. It feels unpredictable at times. You’ve read that it’s maybe because they are scared. But you don’t know why they would be scared of you, you’ve never done anything to hurt them. So why are they growling and snarling at you when you walk past them? Or dry their paws? And if they’re scared, why do they ask for a fuss and then snap at you?

Perhaps there seems to be an increasing list of things they guard. Food, chews, toys, stolen items….Sometimes it seems like they steal things just to guard them from you. And now it happens when they don’t have anything and have just been lying on the sofa. 

 

woman and dog enjoy a loose lead walk on path in the woods

You know it can’t go on. You’re worried about what might happen around the children, visitors, anyone really. But you also don’t know how to fix it, because nothing you’ve done seems to have made a difference. 

You’ve spent many evenings searching the internet for information but you’re more confused than ever. All the different opinions seem to contradict each other. You don’t like the thought of having to punish your dog or temper their personality, but when they growl and snap at you, it’s hard not to feel hurt. And you need to make them understand they can’t do that. 

 

 

You dream of being able to relax in your own home, enjoying cuddles on the sofa together. Your version of Netflix and chill.

Your greatest fantasy is that you will one day be able to walk past your dog when they have something without them growling or snapping at you. To be able to ask them to give back what they’ve stolen without it being a fight. Or clean them after a muddy walk without a struggle. Where you are confident, relaxed and proud of how your dog behaves. 

You want to have a plan to follow. So you know what you need to do and when. And you want someone who will walk you through it, so that you’re not alone. Someone who will see the best in your dog and love them.

Even when they’re being scary. 

 

I can help you

If your dog growls or snaps at you when you try to take things from them, or touch or groom them, I can help you. My Rocky Relationship to Harmonious Home package is a tried and tested formula that is still flexible enough to be bespoke for you and your dog and your life together. Let me help you change things so that you, your family and your dog can live together in harmony. 

Investment: £795

  • 12 weeks of support and coaching from an expert who’s been where you are.
  • 3 practical coached training sessions so that you and your dog can learn the skills you need with real-time expert coaching.
  • Structured, yet flexible programme so that you get a personalised plan that will help you stay on track and achieve your goals.
  • Written training plans and videos so you have easy reminders of what to do and share everything you’re working on with any other members of the family who might not be able to make it to the sessions.
  • Video feedback on your training throughout the package.
  • No more inconsistency, frustration or anxiety about how your dog will behave. You’ll have clear strategies to improve your dog’s behaviour at home with you.
  • Access to a private community group (just for Tails We Win clients) so that you can share tips and successes and support each other.
  • A training pack with the items I recommend and use myself to get you started on the right foot.
  • A deeper understanding of how you can help your dog so that training is slick, efficient and full of fun rather than a battle.

Veterinary referral is required prior to working with you. You may be able to claim back some or all of the cost of my support through your pet insurance, due to my qualifications and accreditations. You should check with your insurer whether you are covered and for what amount.

We are fully booked until June, but you can join the wait list to be contacted in May to book your discovery call. 

Rocky Relationship to Harmonious Home is perfect for you if….

  • You dream of being able to relax and enjoy time with your dog at home, without being on guard constantly.
  • You realise there are no quick fixes and that behaviour change (for both you and your dog) takes time.
  • You want support and understanding, both from an expert and other people with similar problems to you. 
  • You want to build a positive relationship with your dog while addressing the problems you have.
  • You like to have a plan broken down into smaller steps and track your progress as you go.

How it works

1. tell me about the problem

The first step is to talk. Book a free discovery call appointment and we can discuss what is going on and what package is the right one for you. 

I’ll talk you through the steps to get a veterinary referral and we can book a start date. 

2. Support from the start

We’ll start with an online consult so I can work out what’s going on and share my expert advice.

I’ll set out a clear plan of action and coach you through the first steps. 

3. Your Individual Plan

You don’t need to worry about remembering everything. I’ll send you material immediately after the first session.

I’ll then follow up with a pack of step by step instructions to move you on, video examples and other resources so you know exactly what to do and when.

4. Ongoing Support

Now you know what to do you can start to put the plan into action. You’ll have access to email support along with feedback on training videos you send me. I’ll be able to guide you through any problems to get you back on track. 

You’ll have follow up sessions, either online, or if you’re local in-person at our outdoor venue. 

5. Build a great relationship

Dogs are a joy, but can also be hard work. It can be a struggle to see how far you’ve come when working through a behaviour problem. That’s why I include a reflection practise in my packages. 

You’ll be able to build a great relationship with your dog and look forward to a bright future. All while celebrating just how far you’ve traveled together.

Are you ready to get started?

We are fully booked until June, but you can join the wait list to be contacted in May to book your discovery call. 

close up of a dog's nose
“A dog centred approach”

“seeing each dog as an individual with different personality traits and sensitivities rather than one size fits all was something I liked.”

Abbie (with Heidi)

Behaviour FAQs

Can't you just give me some tips during the Discovery call?

I’d love to be able to solve behaviour problems over the phone in less than an hour, but sadly it’s just not possible. Nobody can make such a promise.

Every dog and situation is individual and I can’t safely give advice without first assessing your dog.

For a real resolution it is vital to understand the underlying reasons for your dog’s behaviour and that can only happen with a full assessment.

Will my dog’s behaviour get better on its own?

It’s unlikely. It’s much more likely to get worse as time goes on. You’ve probably been thinking about getting help for a while because the behaviour seems to have got worse, but you’re not sure whether it is bad enough.

Often I don’t get called until there has been a particular incident that has scared people in some way. By then the problem has been developing for a long time and has become quite ingrained. It is never too early to address behaviour concerns.

What about training classes, will they help?
It's understandable that you might think a training class will help, but these kind of problems are about more than just good manners. The problem you’re facing is bigger than just some pulling on the lead on the way out the door and it’s going to take more than just a weekly class to fix it.

Classes are great for learning how to teach dogs everyday manners or particular skills like coming when called. In order to learn your dog needs to be comfortable and relaxed in that environment and generally dogs that are showing problem behaviours like those above just aren’t relaxed, confident dogs.

How much effort will I have to put in?
A fair amount. To change your dog’s behaviour normally involves changing your behaviour too and that can be hard. You’ll be supported every step of the way though with a plan broken into achievable stages so you won’t be overwhelmed.

You’ll probably have to spend an extra 15mins each day doing specific training, plus changing routines or implementing new management to prevent problem behaviour.

Although it might feel difficult at first, the changes you’ll see in your dog and your life together will make it more than worthwhile.

How long will it take to see results?
You should see the beginnings of change within two weeks. For lasting results you will probably need to work for several months. Your dog’s current problems are likely to have developed over a long period of time and that can’t be undone overnight.
Why do I need to get a veterinary referral?

It’s important to work under referral to make sure your dog has no medical issues contributing to a problem behaviour. Lots of medical conditions can affect behaviour including joint pain, thyroid disease, neurological issues, skin problems and gut issues like an irritable bowel. Medical problems need to be treated first so that you aren’t wasting your time trying to change behaviour that has a medical cause.

What if my dog has more than one problem?

It's common for dogs to have big feelings about more than one thing and so have problem behaviours in multiple situations. 

It may be possible to work with more than one type of problem within a package, but it depends on the problems and the reasons for them. Packages can be increased to account for additional problems and the time needed to work with you on them. 

Pick the problem that is the biggest headache for you and book a call for that package. Make sure to tell me about any additional problems you will want to address and I will discuss options with you at the discovery call. 

 

What guarantees do you offer?
I can't guarantee specific results, and no one else can either, there's too many variables to be able to do that.

What I can guarantee you is:

  • A safe, non-judgmental environment
  • Commitment to help you seek relief, change and improvement
  • Dedication to kind, fair, science-based training methods for both you and your dog.
Why should I work with you?
Because I’m qualified and accredited as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist. In the UK anyone can call themselves a trainer or behaviourist regardless of their level of knowledge or skill.  I have been assessed by the Association of Pet Behaviour Councellors (APBC) and I’m registered with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) so you can be assured of my academic knowledge and professional experience.

Importantly I also understand what you’re going through —I’ve been there with my own dogs in the past. I personally understand the embarrassment, fear and guilt that having a dog with behaviour problems entails.

Find out more about me.

Can't you just give me some tips during the discovery call?

I’d love to be able to solve behaviour problems over the phone in less than an hour, but sadly it’s just not possible. Nobody can make such a promise.

Every dog and situation is individual and I can’t safely give advice without first assessing your dog.

For a real resolution it is vital to understand the underlying reasons for your dog’s behaviour and that can only happen with a full assessment.

Will my dog’s behaviour get better on its own?
It’s unlikely. It’s much more likely to get worse as time goes on. You’ve probably been thinking about getting help for a while because the behaviour seems to have got worse, but you’re not sure whether it is bad enough.

Often I don’t get called until there has been a particular incident that has scared people in some way. By then the problem has been developing for a long time and has become quite ingrained. It is never too early to address behaviour concerns.

What about training classes, will they help?
It's understandable that you might think a training class will help, but these kind of problems are about more than just good manners. The problem you’re facing is bigger than just some pulling on the lead on the way out the door and it’s going to take more than just a weekly class to fix it.

Classes are great for learning how to teach dogs everyday manners or particular skills like coming when called. In order to learn your dog needs to be comfortable and relaxed in that environment and generally dogs that are showing problem behaviours like those above just aren’t relaxed, confident dogs.

How much effort will I have to put in?
A fair amount. To change your dog’s behaviour normally involves changing your behaviour too and that can be hard. You’ll be supported every step of the way though with a plan broken into achievable stages so you won’t be overwhelmed.

You’ll probably have to spend an extra 15mins each day doing specific training, plus changing routines or implementing new management to prevent problem behaviour.

Although it might feel difficult at first, the changes you’ll see in your dog and your life together will make it more than worthwhile.

How long will it take to see results?
You should see the beginnings of change within two weeks. For lasting results you will probably need to work for several months. Your dog’s current problems are likely to have developed over a long period of time and that can’t be undone overnight.
why do i need to get a veterinary referral?
It’s important to work under referral to make sure your dog has no medical issues contributing to a problem behaviour. Lots of medical conditions can affect behaviour including joint pain, thyroid disease, neurological issues, skin problems and gut issues like an irritable bowel. Medical problems need to be treated first so that you aren’t wasting your time trying to change behaviour that has a medical cause.
what if my dog has more than one problem?

It's common for dogs to have big feelings about more than one thing and so have problem behaviours in multiple situations. 

It may be possible to work with more than one type of problem within a package, but it depends on the problems and the reasons for them. Packages can be increased to account for additional problems and the time needed to work with you on them. 

Pick the problem that is the biggest headache for you and book a call for that package. Make sure to tell me about any additional problems you will want to address and I will discuss options with you at the discovery call. 

what guarantees do you offer?
I can't guarantee specific results, and no one else can either, there's too many variables to be able to do that.

What I can guarantee you is:

  • A safe, non-judgmental environment
  • Commitment to help you seek relief, change and improvement
  • Dedication to kind, fair, science-based training methods for both you and your dog.
Why should I work with you?
Because I’m qualified and accredited as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist. In the UK anyone can call themselves a trainer or behaviourist regardless of their level of knowledge or skill.  I have been assessed by the Association of Pet Behaviour Councellors (APBC) and I’m registered with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) so you can be assured of my academic knowledge and professional experience.

Importantly I also understand what you’re going through —I’ve been there with my own dogs in the past. I personally understand the embarrassment, fear and guilt that having a dog with behaviour problems entails.

Find out more about me.

FULLY BOOKED UNTIL JUNE

We are fully booked until June 2022 and are not currently taking discovery calls for behaviour packages.

If you would like to join the waiting list please use the button below. We will be in touch on a first come first see basis so you can book a free discovery call when our books reopen. We expect to be reopening our books in May/June.

If you cannot wait that long for an appointment we encourage you to check the APBC and ABTC listings for other certified Clinical Animal Behaviourists who may be able to help you sooner.