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Helping you Help your dog

Hi I am Clare, dog behaviour consultant.

 I do not believe there is such thing as a bad dog or naughty dog,        it is simply a lack of understanding.

After 40 years in the company of dogs and focusing on behaviour,   I have come to understand more.

This knowledge I aim to share with you, to support your dog’s whole well being and improve your lives together.

dog running with toy
 

About Me

 I’ve been a dog handler most of my life  (my first job aged 8 was walking neighbours dogs!), My own dogs were golden retrievers and german shepherd dogs and I have run a successful home boarding and walking company             for the last 15 years.

                                   Dogs often ‘tell’ us they are not happy and it is usually reflected in their behaviour.                          

                      Being able to recognise dogs 'communication' through their body language and behaviour,                                         can provide more understanding and respect, so we can try to meet their needs better.                                                                         

The key to a happy and healthy dog is to take into consideration the dogs whole well being - diet, health, environment, stimulation and enrichment, exercise and family life within your home.

    These points are what I base my principals on, so all can live together more positively and harmoniously.

There are many schools of thought surrounding dog’s behaviour and I continually consider new fields of research and advice with continued personal development, in the form of courses, reading and experiences.

                               Qualified with British College of Canine Studies-Advanced Canine Behaviour.                                               Qualifications in: dog psychology, holistic dog care, working with fearful dogs, canine anxiety,                                                         senior dog care, Canine first aid, professional dog home care and dog walking.                                      Proud to be a volunteer education officer for Blue Cross.

                                                  Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour,                                                                                                 International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants,                                                    Pet Industry Federation and Pet Professional Guild.

 I Follow guidance of DEFRA’s code of practice for the welfare of dogs and adhere to animal activities licensing regulations, I observe guidelines set down by pet education, training and behaviour council.

 

Behavioural Service

           I will visit you in your home and listen to your concerns and what outcome you would like to achieve.

                                                           I will observe and interact with your dog, learning about their personality,                                                                                                           I will offer practical advice and suitable tasks and work with you and your dog together,                                   so you can gain confidence in the skills.

What an owner can expect of me:

                               Advice and support that is practical to each individual dog, owner and associated family/household                                                Make you aware of procedures/actions before starting.

                                                             Model procedures/actions to owner and support you to be self sufficient,                                                                    Clear structured instructions and tasks enabling you to reach required goals.

              We will talk about recognition of natural dog behaviour and how to work with that to achieve positive behaviour.

              To recognise and acknowledge stress or concerns. To be aware of and report safety concerns or issues. 

              I will also advise on holistic factors i.e. diet, general health, environment, enrichment and exercise regime.


                Confidentiality:  I may use case study for reference with other dogs, but no personal details will be used.


Specialist full insurance.


What your dog can expect from me:

 To consider and respect  specific breed or natural behaviour and  individual personality. 

To recognise any stress during consultation, or activities/tasks and alleviate this as quickly as possible.

 To have an awareness of environment and work within an area that feels safe.

 To respect and consider age, health and fitness capabilities.

 To modify and adapt depending on responses.

   

What I expect from you:

Patience - your dog needs a calm, tolerant owner. 

Persistence – it can take time for your dog to learn some skills, everyone in the dogs life has to be consistent and dedicated.

 Commitment – continued support, encouragement, love and understanding.



 

Testimonals

'Clare gave us really useful info and tips, it has been hard work, but their behaviour is improving and the dogs are becoming a pleasure.'
'I couldn't have done this without Clare's help and guidance and would definitely recommend her.'
'All I can say to you is thank you so much for the difference you have made to my daily life - I no longer feel guilty each day for not walking my dogs and that has made me feel relieved and happy.'
'I found the whole experience calming and reassuring. Thank you !'

Puppy Manual

          Getting a puppy is an exciting time with lots to learn and new experiences.                  

                  I can visit you before or after the arrival of your new puppy and advise on what to expect,                                                                      what you need and supply a personalised ‘user manual’.                                                     This will cover a settling in schedule, training, feeding, handling and other areas of puppy care,

specifically tailored for your family life and puppy.

 

                   As dogs age their needs will change, as their physical and mental capabilities slow down.     

By adjusting their care you can ensure your dog’s senior years are as happy, healthy and comfortable as possible.  I can visit you and your dog to guide and advise, providing an individual and personalised plan, considering a holistic approach with regard to all options and approaches.

 

Based in Chelmsford, Essex and up to 15 miles radius.

                                Covering Basildon, Wickford, Rayleigh, Southend, Brentwood, Billericay, Maldon,                                         Witham, Braintree, South Woodham Ferrers.

Personalised Puppy Manual £ 50.00 Home visit, advice and manual.

Personalised Senior Care Plan £ 50.00 Home visit, advice and plan

Full behavioural visit £ 130.00 which involves a visit to your home lasting approximately 2 hours, it will also include a full written report, a clear action plan. Phone or email support for lifetime of dog.

                               Follow up visit can also be arranged of approximately 1 hour, to discuss progress,                                 supply an updated report and focus plan.    £ 50.00


                                   50% deposit required to secure a booking, evenings and weekends available.                                             Percentage of fee donated to Cinnamon Trust. 

 
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