Dog Training and Behaviour Services

I offer Dog Training and Dog Behaviour home visits for:

  • General Training and Management
  • Specific Behaviour Problems

I am based in Marple and will travel throughout East Cheshire and surrounding areas.

Initially, we will discuss your dog’s problems over the phone to determine which type of visit will be most appropriate for your needs.

General Training and Management

All dogs are unique and whether you are an experienced owner, a first time puppy owner or have just acquired a rescue dog, you may meet unexpected challenges in their behaviour.  Many of these will respond to training and adapting your management of your dog to better suite their individual needs.  Many owners also need reassurance that what they are doing is right – especially as there is so much conflicting information available.  There is not just one ‘right way’ to live and work with your dog but it is important you chose an approach that suits  your lifestyle and meets your dog’s needs.

This support is appropriate for puppy owners in need of general advise and for minor problems which are not established.  Asking for help and advise early is both cheaper and easier than dealing with ingrained and complex behaviour problems which may develop if initially simple issues are not satisfactorily addressed.

The types of problems I can help with are:

  • Puppy house training
  • Puppy mouthing
  • Jumping up
  • Handling issues
  • Socialisation plans
  • Basic training – sit, down, stand, stay
  • Walking on lead
  • Problems with recall

The cost for a general training and management home visit is £40 (a mileage charge of 25p per mile if over 5 miles from SK6 may also be chargeable). The initial visit will last for between 1 and 1½ hours.  Depending on the nature of the problem, follow on visits may be required to continue training.

If you would like to discuss your dog’s training and management, please Email me.

Specific Behaviour Problems

Many dogs develop behaviour problems.  These may be due to

  • Medical causes
  • Owner expectations and dogs unclear on rules
  • Emotional responses and drivers
  • Learnt behaviour which enables the dog to obtain what he wants or avoids what he doesn’t

Behaviour modification is based on addressing the cause. Therefore, the first action is to visit the vet to rule out any medical cause, especially where the behaviour had a sudden onset. If you are not referred via a vet, I will probably ask you to have your dog checked out before I visit.

Before the visit, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire to gather information about your dog, household and lifestyle.  This information will be to enable me to start getting a clear picture of the dog in general and will allow time during the visit to be spent exploring the specific problem, developing a behaviour modification plan and starting on initial training.

The types of problems I can help with are:

  • Excessive barking, destruction
  • House training
  • Over-activity
  • Anxiety and fears
  • Compulsive behaviours
  • Separation anxiety
  • Lead reactivity
  • Initial shows of aggressive behaviour

Dealing with behaviour problems in dogs requires time and commitment from the owner – whilst I will advice on a behaviour modification plan, you will need to spend time working with your dog to implement this. There are rarely quick fixes in the real world.

The cost for a behaviour home visit is £75 (a mileage charge of  25p per mile if over 5 miles from SK6 may also be chargeable).  The initial visit will last for between 1 and 2 hours.  You will receive a full report and behaviour modification plan after the visit, with supporting advice sheets as required.  You will have access to continuing email and phone support during the behaviour modification, but with more complex issues, follow on visits may be required.

If you would like to discuss your dog’s behaviour problems, please Email me.