FACT : Changing your dog will take work by you !
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Only If you are committed to helping your dog should you read on......
Behavioural modification is about altering the fundamental state of mind of your dog in situations where your dog currently struggles. dog behaviourist wirral
Dog Training is about having your dog carry out a specific action in response to a given command.
Does each affect the other and are both critical elements in helping the issues you may have with your dog? Absolutely!
I believe that all behavioural modification and dog training begins with the relationship you have with your dog.
So, does your dog respect and trust you?
Should they not, you will be wasting your time, money and effort for limited or even temporary results. Moreover you could end up in a worse position than when you began.
Current Prices can be found at the bottom of this page
dogs - what are they?
Dogs are not 'furbabies', they are not small, hairy humans, they are predators and social opportunists.
I love dogs, my passion is dogs and because of that love and passion I respect them for what they are - A DOG.
So, you are committed to your dog, committed enough to want to fulfill your dogs needs as well as your own?
For that you already have my respect. Furthermore, I congratulate you on your integrity for asking for help to improve the relationship between you and your dog(s).
My aim is to help empower you, the pet dog owner, to change the fundamental state of mind of your dog. By doing so you will move towards achieving behavioural modification. We will accomplish this goal by building a respectful, trusting relationship between you and your dog. You will learn how to clearly communicate with your dog in a way your dog understands.
Change yourself to change your dog
A balanced dog, like a balanced human, is happy. The key is helping you and your dog to achieve that balance.
I only want to work with committed owners. There are no 'magic wands' to be waved or 'fairy dust' to be sprinkled to 'fix' your dog.
Sometimes behaviours can be changed very quickly, sometimes not so. Ultimately the key is you, the owner, taking on board the teaching and applying the knowledge. Secondly, every dog is different. There is no 'one size fits all' method that will work for every dog.
Unquestionably, it takes consistence, persistence and patience to achieve. Remember you will likely be learning as much as your dog is!
FACT: For things to change for the better for your dog, You MUST change the relationship you have with your dog, Permanently!- no if's, but's or maybe's.
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Structure - Rules, Boundaries, praise and consequence
All dogs require structure in their life. Your dog needs to understand what his / her position is in relation to you and your family.
That means you giving praise and affection (at the correct time and to the right state of mind) for wanted behaviour. It also involves you giving meaningful consequences / punishment, for inappropriate / unwanted behaviour.
Punishment has to be fair, immediately identifiable as to the reason and intolerable (Uncomfortable, not painful) to your dog. If you do not understand and follow this rule then you are likely being abusive to your dog and also confusing it.
Fair punishment is NOT abuse. You must understand if you are not saying 'No' to your dog's behaviour by default you are saying 'Yes'. You are in effect, allowing all that unwanted behaviour
Why not use Positive only, modern science based methods?
Not a single living species on this planet functions in positive only manner. Humans certainly do not and neither do dogs.
Imagine never saying 'no' to your children?
Every animal learns by consequences, both positive and negative. Removing a negative consequence for a dangerous or unwanted action effectively rewards that action and encourages more of the dangerous / unwanted behaviour.
The 'science based methods' referred to are almost always 'proven' in sterile, controlled environments. Experiments are carried out by scientists who have no real world experience of dogs or their nature. Often these experiments are funded by companies or charities who have a vested financial interest in a specific outcome. If you are interested follow this link to just one debunked major scientific study -https://gamekeepersblog.com/2020/12/07/defras-research-on-dog-e-collars-is-very-seriously-flawed-and-should-not-be-relied-on/
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One of the cruelest things you can do to your dog? Prolong an anxious, stressed, unstable state of mind for any longer than is absolutely necessary!
If YOU aren't prepared to change to improve your relationship with your dog, please don't waste my time or your money.
Important : Behavioural change can be caused by underlying health factors. Because of this I strongly recommend you have your dog checked over by your vet to eliminate any potential physical / neurological causes for the behaviour. Especially if the behaviour change has been unexpected and rapid.
If you a ready and committed to changing for your dog, current prices are shown below:
First consultation/lesson - Duration 60 - 120mins Cost £100-£160 (£100 first 60 mins then £1 per minute thereafter e.g. If the session took 1 hr 30mins then the charge would be £130, 1 hr 10 mins would be £110, etc.)
The first consultation is ALWAYS at the clients house.
Second lesson - Duration 60 mins Cost £60 (+ £15 for every 15 mins thereafter)
Subsequent lessons (If needed) - £50 per hour plus £10 per 15 mins thereafter
Topics covered - Understanding what your dog is and what they are not. How your dog communicates. What your dog needs from you. How to build respect and trust with your dog. The concept of reward and fair punishment. Working with, and not against nature. The vital importance of your dogs state of mind. Seeing the world from your dog's point of view.
Basic Dog Training subjects - Engagement. Leashwork. The structured walk. Threshold work. 'Place', 'Down', 'Out', 'Leave it' commands. Recall.
I only cover the Wirral geographic area, I can recommend other trainers if you are out of my area.
To Book - Call John 07778881157
Terms and Conditions - PLEASE READ
All first session bookings require a £50 deposit which is non-refundable except where cancellation is by TopDogHouse.
Any booking cancelled by the customer with less than 48 hours notice or characterised by a 'no-show' will charged at the full cost of a single hour based on whether it is a first, second or subsequent lesson.