Dog Behaviour Consultations

Penny  runs behavioural consultations at her premises which are private and ideal for working with a dog which is fearful of people or other dogs. These sessions involve one of Penny’s assistants who will be there to work Penny’s dogs, the canine team. The canine team are used to working with reactive dogs. There are five members of the canine team, all with different characters which can really help a dog who is struggling to communicate or who has become aggressive through fear and misunderstanding.

Dog Behaviour – Your Initial Consultation

Your initial consultation will be remote via Zoom video link where possible.This gives me the opportunity to discuss your dogs history and the problems you are having  in the comfort of your own home whilst your dog is relaxed in his environment. at this point I will give you work to do at home prior to meeting outdoors with me.

What Happens Next.

Practical session

Meeting in my paddock for an hour session. here I will follow up from your consultation and we will progress to the next stage

What Happens Now.

Meeting the triggers!

With the help of my assistant we will begin to work with you in the presence of another dog or person.

These sessions may be ongoing as we work carefully with your dog under threshold. We hope to equip you with the skills to help your dog feel more and more comfortable. This is all done at the dogs pace and may take repeated sessions.

Specialist Social Skills and Obedience Workshops

PLEASE NOTE:  These are invitation only, an assessment/call with Penny is needed prior to these training sessions and they are on going monthly Tuesday sessions  Please DO NOT fill out an enrolment form.

This program works in two stages.

Stage 1 – Dogs start individually working in 1 acre field whilst other owners watch and learn from each others dogs..

• Cued Behaviours which may help in situations when the dog is exposed to stimuli which triggers a reaction we deem to be undesirable.
• Exposing dogs gently and calmly to other dogs within their own capability.
• Some one to one exercises whilst the other dogs are put away, this encourages interaction of group members who learn from each other and support each other.
• Owning a reactive dog can be socially isolating so this class addressed the needs of the owners as well as the dogs.
• Owners are helped to understand their own dogs needs through effective communication.

Stage 2.

Your dog may benefit from a specialist working group where we put dogs together and run through basic skills with them at safe distances.

Dogs progress to working in a group in closer proximity to others. They work on our Levels Obedience challenges but with a slant on recognising the limitations of each dog and with more behavioural science input to help owners further understand their dog. Owners are encouraged to participate actively within the group to continue to support each other.
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Meet the stooge dog team

If your dog has behavioural issues and you would like to discuss behavioural consultations just contact me below

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RIP Dougie Dec 2007 –September 2020

On the 19th March 2008 Dougie came into our lives. Adopted from the RSPCA at 12 weeks of age. He was a robust pup built like a breeze block!! Described as  a Springer Spaniel we always maintained he had Sussex in him.

It was clear from the start this chap was going to be a very big character and have a marked effect on our lives  and on my business . He came into the home with 7 established dogs including a big GSD who didn’t take kindly to the new addition. Dougie soon sussed him out. He kept his head down and his nose clean and stayed out of trouble.

At home he was a challenge initially. His recall was not good. The first time off lead he disappeared over the horizon only to reappear again 5 minutes later with a big grin on his face. We lost him on Exmoor once. So time was spent on a long line until he began to stick around. From that point on he as our shadow. Loving nothing better than hunting in the rough ground oh and digging.

It was Dougie who sent me down the path of more complex and in depth Gundog training and was the start of our highly successful format for Fun Gundog training. He did work on a shoot for a season but sadly he became gunshy so he would wait at home and tell Basil or Winnie off when they returned instead.

He learnt to work alongside members of my human team using his skills to help us in our work with reactive dogs. . He went on to be the most amazing stooge dog I have ever had the pleasure of working with. At the time I was advisory behaviourist for Exeter and Cornwall RSPCA. Dougie helped endless streams of stressed traumatised and worried dogs over that time. He taught me so much.

Every one fell in love with Dougie. All our children fell for his woeful face asking for a cuddle. He had a habit of sitting on your feet just to make sure he was not forgotten. He had accepted grandchildren into the fold .He allowed visiting dogs to stay without any nonsense but they all knew not to mess with Dougie. In his latter years he became more belligerent at home but we all forgave him.

Most importantly he was a very loyal companion dog for myself and for Mark. He accompanied us on numerous holidays and always wanted to be with us. He came to work with me daily, sharing his space with whichever waif and stray had joined the team. He was Ronnies duvet and Winnies best friend.

All our animals are special but Dougie was one who will leave a gaping hole in our lives despite having 4 eager companions still following us round.

He had been slowing down . I retired him from stooge work about a year ago. He didn’t suffer I hope too much as the end came suddenly upon us and a need to make that awful decision. It was the last thing we could do for this wonderful dog.

Sleep tight darling boy.

Client Success Stories

Zeus is a 4 year old German Shorthaired Pointer, who first started training with Penny at 4months old. Having developed a reactive personality, from being bitten as a puppy, she took his desire to work to keep him focused when times were tough. Always focusing on positive reinforcement when working with Zeus and helping to train us to teach him. When he first started training it was difficult to find a key motivator to reward him with, but after some excellent one to one lessons Penny soon helped us to identify these, which further helped develop his training.Zeus is currently enjoying life in the Highlands of Scotland, and whilst we’ve not seen Penny in a while, we’ve taken all the lessons she taught us to enable Zeus to be less reactive towards other dogs, be more focused on the task at hand and to be an asset when out on the mountains.

Dog Help, ZeusZeus, developed a reactive personality, from being bitten as a puppy.

Following one to one sessions Isla joined Social group. We knew Isla was never going to be an angel but her owner learnt how to read her and how to help her cope in stressful situations. Gradually their relationship flourished. Isla became more trusting and though still reactive to some dogs she generally has great walks with her owner. Much has been about managing Isla both at home and out. Recently she has been trying her hand at Rally Obedience following a season of Agility fun. Isla is a natural . She is really enjoying the mental stimulation and her owner finds all the moves she is learning are giving her things she can do with Isla when the going is tough.

Dog Help IslaIsla's Story, - She was reactive to everything which she perceived to be a threat.

After attending various groups and with careful handling and apt socialisation from his owner Dusty is becoming the little pet dog the family always wanted. He attend Social group and Rally Obedience gaining confidence all the way.

Dog Help logoDusty's Story, - He was very very vocal and frightened of people and dogs.