Does your dog bark constantly at visitors?
Are you worried about what might happen when your dog lunges at people?
Are you walking in out of the way places to avoid people?
You’ve become the family no one visits. The thought of visitors at home is enough for you to be suggesting a night out instead. People coming to the house is stressful, for everyone. Your dog starts barking as soon as they hear the gate open and it doesn’t stop until your visitors have gone. Even people walking past the house can be enough to set your dog off.
With the family your dog is silly and cuddly and a joy and you wish that others could see them in the same way. It’s embarrassing and scary when they bark or growl at people, especially when it’s people you know. It can feel out of control sometimes and you’re not always sure what your dog might do. And you know your friends and family with perfectly behaved dogs are judging you, even if they say they’re not.
Sometimes if your dog can calm down enough they can say hello, but you’re holding your breath the whole time. And if your visitor isn’t sure about dogs, well then you know that your dog is going to react badly. And of course there’s the “helpful” visitor who says they love dogs and it’ll be OK, and you know it would be nothing short of a riot in the living room.
You want your dog to be part of things, but sometimes it’s just easier to put them in another room. Then you worry you aren’t actually dealing with the problem and that keeping them separate is making it worse.
Walks can sometimes be OK, but if people get too close, then all bets are off. Your dog runs and barks at them, not quite making contact, but you’re worried that this behaviour scares people and that it will get you and your dog in trouble.
You’ve started walking where you’ll see fewer people so that you can relax a bit more, but you can feel yourself tense up as soon as you spot another person. And if only your dog wasn’t so beautiful and gorgeous maybe fewer people would be interested in meeting them!
You’ve spent hours looking for help. You’ve even seen some dog trainers. But it’s just left you confused with all the different opinions. You’re still not sure what you should be doing. You don’t like the thought of having to punish your dog or flatten their personality, but you’re worried about rewarding the aggression with treats. Besides, it’s not like your dog takes treats when they are busy doing a hound of the Baskervilles impression anyway.
You dream of being able to walk with your dog and enjoy the outdoors together. With your dog calmly by your side, you can say hi to people as you walk by without your dog shouting at them.
Your greatest fantasy is that you will one day be able to invite people into your home without worrying about what your dog will do. 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 can see past the scary facade to the loveable dog you know so well.
Happy About Humans is perfect for you if….
- You dream of being able to enjoy having visitors to your home or going out to places with your dog where there will be other people.
- 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 a coaching package works
1. Book a call
Book a free discovery call and we can discuss what is going on and what package is the right one for you.
After the call I'll send you all you need to book right away.
If we aren't a good fit, I can give you information on who may be able to help you better.
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 easy access to my 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 you can opt for 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?
You can schedule your initial consultation upon booking your package.
Current wait times to start are between 2-4 weeks.
Where necessary, you'll receive immediate advice and actions to take to minimise risk and prevent the problem from worsening before the package starts.
“You set Diva and I on the right track.
I can confidently say that she is a changed dog, and we are a team. We now trust each other.
I have a dog that when we are out, people stop and comment on how lovely she is.”
Sue (with Diva)
I can help you
go from a dog who barks, growls or lunges at people, to one who calmly accepts guests and makes polite acquaintance with people. My Happy About Humans programme is a tried and tested formula that is still flexible enough to be bespoke for you and your dog so you can enjoy your social life again and no longer be pariahs.
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.
- 8-12 (standard) or 12-16 (intensive) weeks of support and coaching from an expert who’s been where you are.
- 4 (standard) or 12 (intensive) knowledge sessions so that you and your dog can learn the skills you need with real-time expert coaching.
- Structured, yet flexible programme with a personalised plan that will help you stay on track and achieve your goals.
- Written training plans with audio and video support so you have easy reminders of what to do and can easily 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 people.
- Access to a private community group (just for Tails We Win clients) where you’ll have access to office hours and can share tips and successes on the forums.
- A training pack with the items I recommend and use myself to get you started on the right foot.
4 sessions in 8-12 weeks
Best for: dogs who have 1 or 2 issues to work through where the main issue is reactivity or aggression towards other people.
For a deeper understanding of how you can help your dog so your training is slick, efficient and full of fun rather than a battle.
Recommended frequency of a coaching session every 2 weeks.
12 sessions in 12-16 weeks
Best for: dogs who have several issues to work through but where the main issue is reactivity or aggression towards other people.
A true deep dive into learning about your dog’s behaviour. What motivates them to do what they do and how you can help support them for successful change.
Recommended frequency of 2 sessions a week to start, decreasing to 1 a week, then 1 every 2 weeks as the package progresses.
Let’s discuss what’s going on and what will work best for you.
“The video feedback was so valuable.
Sending video clips on our progress and getting your feedback was so valuable. Your positivity and enthusiasm boosted my confidence even when I felt it was all going to pot.
Your belief in us helped me to connect all the different bits of training together.
You have great advice, from adjusting training to suit us, to helping with to get a new harness and lead. Showing us where Bryher was happy but also where we had reached her limit in feeling comfortable and not anxious.
Thank you doesn’t actually feel enough!”