Dog Behaviourist Days

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My name is Sue and I am a qualified and experienced Dog Behavioural Psychologist working since 2015. I have now undertaken over 500 case studies. I train and support you, as your dog's owner, to rebuild your relationship with your dog and gain their trust, as once I have gone home, it will be down to you to make those changes. I am by your side throughout the transformation, as some issues take time and practice and I offer free calls/texts after the initial consultation. You cannot adopt a ‘one size fits all' approach as dogs have many different reasons for displaying some of the behaviour that they do and all have different personalities, as do the owners. The dynamic between the dog and the owner is the key to success so I train both and I work on an individual plan to suit both of you. I do not scare or hurt your dog as trust and respect is what I am nurturing. I use positive reinforcement, force free methods and have developed my own unique style and approach to building trust with your dog. I recently passed The Canine Behaviour Training Diploma with The Centre of Excellence with Distinction (Accredited by the CPD) see below. I am currently studying the Advanced Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour (Canine) Level 5 which is administered by Compass and is Accredited by the ABTC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) and Institute for Animal Care Education, to deepen my knowledge.

Since Lockdown last year there have been many emerging issues for our dogs and puppies. I am seeing a lot more dog reactivity cases as we have all been dodging each other outside and this can affect how we have been walking our dogs, tension really can travel down the lead. Some dogs who have had bad experiences with other dogs, while young or adolescent when they are in a critical 'one time learning period, where owners have meant well and in an effort to socialise them, they have had bad experiences sometimes in poorly run puppy classes or daycare institutions where they have been overwhelmed by other much bossier/larger dogs and have subsequently developed fear and mistrust of other dogs. It is far better to have fewer but all positive experiences up until your dog leaves adolescence at 18 months to 2 years than bad experiences which can make them fear reactive around other unknown dogs. Sadly, this is not a quick fix. I am also seeing many fear based issues in puppies such as separation anxiety as we have all been home all the time. I have got busier and busier which has been fantastic as there is nothing more I like than helping owners to overcome issues with their best friends and enjoy a happier and more relaxed life with them going forwards.

Here is a little about last year: Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly Channel 5 I have had an interesting year, in September last year, I had a call from the ‘Dog’s Behaving (Very) Badly team asking if we could help with some reactive dogs that Graham Hall was training and take along some calm dogs to use. My daughter, Leah and myself took our old dog Chip and Rolo, one of our clients dogs who were superstars, see photo. The episode was shown on Channel 5 about a month ago. BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex On 26th January I was invited by Nicky Patrick to speak live on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex about dogs on her Sunday night show ‘Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ which I thoroughly enjoyed and had a lot of great feedback from.