Teenage dog shenanigans

over the top and out of control?
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Wondering where your perfect puppy went?

Are you confused about why they are great one day and a nightmare the next?

Does it all feel too much?

You’re pulling your hair out. Your dog’s energy seems to be sky high, and yours is at rock bottom. You’re exhausted having to try to control their behaviour every moment of the day. Every day. They are unruly, boisterous and at times just plain over the top. 

You’ve tried everything to help calm them down, new food, supplements, you’re starting to wonder whether drugs would help. For you or your dog. 

It’s just in certain situations they get…..well nuts. 

 

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

You’ve been to training, your dog was great in puppy class. You don’t know what happened. You’ve searched the internet for answers and it’s got your nowhere. All you’ve found is more confusion. 

When your dog is calmer and in their happy place they are a freaking delight. You just wish they could be like that everywhere. 

And you’re never quite sure when the hell hound is going to show up. Some days are great, then the next they are barking like an idiot at a bin bag. 

It’s embarrassing. You can’t keep pretending they’re a puppy anymore. You love their zest for life, you just wish it wasn’t quite so zesty. You don’t want them to lose their personality, you love them for who they are. But you’d just like them to not be quite so much. All. The. Time. 

 

You fantasize about how it would be if their good days were every day. Visitors could come over and remain unmolested. You could enjoy a walk together where they don’t head off over the horizon to say hi to other people or dogs. You could look forward to a trip out with them without running potential disaster scenarios through your head first. And then deciding to leave them at home. 

You dream about having a dog that can join in with your activities without it being a mission. That chilling out on the sofa binging Netflix could be a thing once again. 

You know you’ve got to do something, but you don’t know what. You want to have a plan to follow. So you know exactly 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 through the crazy and loves your dog as much as you. 

Even when you want to throttle them. 

 

I can help you

If your dog is somewhere between 6 and 18 months-ish, and is unruly, boisterous and over the top, congratulations! You have a terrible teenager! And you’re in luck. Those chaotic canines are my favourite.

I’ve created the Troublesome Teens to Awesome Adults package just for this. A tried and tested formula that is still flexible enough to be bespoke just for you. A way to help you navigate this difficult period and channel that energy so you can both find the space to breathe and look forward to a well-behaved adult you can be proud to show off. 

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 in all aspects of your life.
  • 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. 

Troublesome Teens to Awesome Adults is perfect for you if….

  • Your dog is between 6 and 18 months.
  • You dream of being able to enjoy having visitors to your home or going out to places with your dog without worrying about what they might do.
  • 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. Without the need to micromanage every second of their day.
  • 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. 

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“At the beginning of the package, we had a dog I was frightened to take outside, even taking him for a loo trip in the garden was stressful. We were seriously beginning to plan how we would tell the breeder he had to go back.

We can barely believe the transformation, not just in Archie’s behaviour, but in our relationship with him.

Don’t get me wrong – he isn’t an angel – he’s still an exuberant adolescent, but my husband and I love him to bits, and are so proud of how he’s doing. We’re recognising the joy and balance that he is bringing to our lives, and are really grateful to have him around.”

Nicola & Chris (with Archie)

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.