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Home Behavioural and Training Consultations
This is probably the area where most of my work is done. I always work on a one to one basis. Either at your home or in the place the problem occurs.
I specialise in all forms of behavioural and training counseling. However i am an acknowledged expert in Aggression either interdog or interhuman. Fear based behaviour, and the rearing and critical periods of puppies to to allow the grow into adulthood as a pleasure rather than a liability.
My unique methods generally mean that you only ever have to see me once. Over 98% of all my clients only need my services once.
All my clients have access to me either by phone or e mail for the rest of the dogs life. That includes any problems that may arise later in life that could have nothing to do with the original problems and concerns.
See contact for details of my phone numbers and e-mail.
Next Class Monday 13th July 2015 Hampton 6.30 to 7.30
My classes normally fill up very quickly therefore it is important to book up early if possible.
Socialisation early in your puppies life cycle is critical to the well being and behaviour of your dog in later life. This type of socialisation has been shown to be so beneficial, that it should be the most important and overriding factor in your pups life between 8 and 18 weeks of age.
I have held these classes now for over 13 years and they are based on my extensive knowledge of the critical periods in a puppies life. See Critical Periods.
Classes are held in Hampton and have only 8 to 10 puppies at any one time. this allows the trainers and staff to spend some individual time with each pup and owner.
We encourage children to come along if they are over 5 years of age so the pups can get used to being handled and around both adults and young children.
Classes cost £99.00 and are held in the methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Hampton Middlesex/Surrey border. CLICK for further details
Classes Cover Teddington, Hampton, Twickenham, Kingston, Richmond, Kew, Sunbury, Thames Ditton
Puppy Assessments at Your Home
I believe that this is a must for new puppy owners who are rearing puppies for the first time or even experienced owners who want to get it absolutely right for this dog.
This is a full personality test at your own home. It includes an appraisal to indicate your dog's character and possible behaviour in later life; it also indicates the dog’s ability to learn and points to the methods that should work best for your individual dog.
allowing you to tailor your training to your dog's individual temperament, aptitude, and ability. I believe this to be extremely important and should be considered for all new puppies, but is almost a necessity for first time dog or puppy owners.
You may have this dog for upwards of 15 years and in some cases longer. What you do and how you train and develop your dog at this age is so vitally important, that is shapes the behaviour of your puppy for the remainder of his or her life.
The assessment also covers sleeping arrangements, feeding, toileting, initial training schedules, training expectations, crate training and some important articles personally written.
These include “The Art of Communication” which explains how to communicate with your pet, what commands to give, when to praise and when not to praise. plus a checklist for socialising your pup and articles on first aid, basic obedience, and overcoming Nipping and Biting, Jumping up, and how to start your dog on lead work and especially Recall. Done correctly at an early age, you should have no problems later when your matures and may get the wander lust.
Expert Witness Assessments/ Legal Cases
The Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991and the Dogs Act 1871 are minefields for unsuspecting dog owners regularly work in the area of banned breeds section 1 of the the DDA.
This includes assessing the current breeds that are banned under this section they include.
The America Pit Bull Terrier
The Japanese Tosa,
The Dogo Argentino,
The Fila Brasileiro.
As an expert witness in court cases under these acts part of my work is to assess these dogs that may have been seized by the police and held in isolation in secure kennels.
The police do not always get it right. Sometimes the dogs I assess are clearly not one of the above banned breeds. I then put my report in and the case is debated in court. The outcome can rest on the length of a leg or the distance from the nose to the stop, or a head to shoulder ratio.
It is important to note that, in the UK, dangerous dogs are classified by “type”, not by “breed label”. This means that whether a dog is considered dangerous, and therefore prohibited, will depend on a judgment about its physical characteristics, and whether they match the description of a prohibited 'type'.
Another part of the act is section 3 dogs that are
dangerously out of control in a public place
Any dog is dangerously out of control if:
• it injures a person, or
• it behaves in a way that makes a person worried that it might injure them.
This is dogs that are deemed to be out of control when in a public place like a street, park, bus shelter or the common parts of a block of flats (like the entrance or stairs) or in a private place where the dog isn't allowed to be.
Your dog does not have to bite someone to be deemed to have committed an offence. They may have frightened or made anxious a person or persons that believe that your dog might injure them.This could include jumping up lunging barking or growling.
The maximum penalty for allowing a dog you own or are in charge of to be dangerously out of control is two years’ imprisonment, or a fine, or both. And you will have a criminal conviction on your record.
If your dog injures another person’s animal, or an owner of an animal reasonably believes that they could be injured if they intervened to protect their animal from your dog, then an offence may be committed. If you do not keep your dog under control, your dog could be destroyed and you could be banned from keeping a dog.
Or you might be ordered to keep your dog muzzled when taking it for a walk.
I have dealt with numerous cases in both categories. I have assessed many dogs for being of a banned type and have successfully argued that the dog does not conform to the standard used to identify a banned breed
I have also assessed and defended the in dependant assessment in court with a high rate of positive outcomes. Having said that I think it is important that I have to remain impartial and in dependant. That means that if you dog is dangerous or a banned breed then my report will reflect this.
If you have a dogs that could be deemed out of control then I strongly suggest you get a trainer or behaviourist widely experienced in this area to work with your dog. BEFORE you fall foul of the law. Please remember, your dog could be destroyed if found guilty of a breach of this Act.
For further information on the act go to DOGLAW or to contact me Click HERE
Shows and Talks
Would you like me to appear at your event? Call or E mail me if you would like me to come to your club or show and do practical demonstrations with dogs from the audience, plus a fun and exciting talk on everything from critical periods to the origin of the dog, how dogs learn, and how to understand canine body language.
I will stop dogs who I have never met before from jumping up, will get them walking to heel, sit, stay, stop barking, lunging, and some aggressive behaviour's.
If it is a large show I will need a hands free microphone and PA system,
If it is a hall I have all my own projectors and power-point presentation equipment
I also talk at breed and dog club meetings. I can offer a variety of subjects including Aggression, Fear based behaviour, Dominance, History of The Dog, The Pushy Dog, Attention Seeking, Toilet Problems, Breeder Advice and how to socialise a dog from birth to 16 weeks. This is the most critical period in a dogs life and the breeders and owners have a enormous impact on how the dogs will turn out.
Please ring me to discuss your requirements Contact me HERE