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Is your dog barking and lunging at other dogs on your walks?

Are you frustrated? fed up? Tired?

Are you walking in the early morning or late at night to avoid others?

You’ve become *that person*. The dog and human that other dog walkers avoid. And the ones that don’t avoid you are just a pain because they let their dogs get too close. Every. Damn. Day.

Your dog is bloody amazing at home with the people they love. It’s only when they catch sight (or sound) of another dog that they have a personality transplant.

You wish that other people could see your dog the way you do. It’s embarrassing and scary when they are barking and lunging on the lead at every dog they see. It all feels out of control and you’re anxious about what might happen if they get close to another dog.

 

You’re worried that your dog’s behaviour might be all your fault, or maybe you’ve been told that it is. That you’re not *alpha* enough or a good enough leader for your dog. You think things are getting worse, and you know you have to do something. It would be great if there really was a magic wand, but you know that’s unrealistic. You’re prepared to put in the training but you just don’t know what to do.

You’ve spent hours scouring the internet for information but all you’ve discovered is that everyone has an opinion and they are all different. You don’t like the thought of having to punish your dog or squash their spirit but it’s not like your dog takes treats when they are busy shouting at everything either. And you wonder what difference treats would do in this situation anyway.

 

You dream of being able to walk with your dog and enjoy the outdoors together. With your dog calmly by your side, they head off to investigate some interesting sniffs before checking back in with you.

Your greatest fantasy is that you will one day be able to walk where there are other dogs and your dog will stay with you, unfazed by the others around you. 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 you’re not alone. Someone who will love your dog almost as much as you do. 

Even when they’re being a twonk. 

 

I can help you

If your dog barks, growls or lunges at other dogs on your walks, I can help you change things. My Calm About Canines package is a tried and tested formula that is still flexible enough to be bespoke for you and your dog so you can both enjoy your walks together in peace.

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 around other dogs.
  • 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.

Calm About Canines is perfect for you if….

  • You dream of being able to enjoy the outdoors with your dog in the same places as other dogs
  • 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?
Wilson, a Welsh Springer Spaniel on top of cliffs in Cornwall
“[No blame] is one of the reasons why I come to you for training and recommend you to other people!

In those moments when I’ve felt totally useless, ineffective and stupid as Wilson is doing something ‘bad’, you haven’t looked at me in a way people can/do and reinforced that feeling. You have calmly advised what to do and how.

Great big thank you for your help and understanding!”

Maxine (with Wilson)

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.

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