Dog behaviour issues are best corrected with reward based training using classical and operant conditioning techniques. Training is carried out at a pace that suits the dog and the owner. Solving and correcting dog behaviour issues is very often a long process and there are no quick fixes. The more time you put into it the better the result.

During the 25 plus years that I have been training dogs, not only privately but also commercially I have experienced a wide range of behaviour issues. Many of the dogs that I have trained as search dogs have come from rescue kennels, Battersea, Dog Trust, Lab rescue etc. Some of these dogs had been in rescue with behaviour issues that meant that they were hard to re-home.

Having worked on their behaviour issues and given them an outlet for their energy and natural instincts, they have gone on to be very successful search dogs.

Privately I have also dealt with some very anti-social dogs (see case studies) over the years with very good results. This has been down to the dedication and commitment of the owners to see the problem though, not to give up on the dog and to follow instruction.

Common dog behaviour issues I have corrected

Below is a list of some common behaviour problems regularly experienced by pet dog owners. From my initial consultation I will be able to advise the best course of action and the type of corrective training that will best suit you and your dog.

  • Fears and phobias
  • Separation anxiety– does not like being home alone!
  • Object chasing – cars, live stock etc.
  • Resource guarder – food, toys, beds etc.
  • Aggression towards other dogs
  • Aggression towards people
  • Excessive barking in the home
  • Growly behaviour towards visitors
  • Destructive behaviour
  • House soiling

Read more about this on my dog training blog.

Some behaviour issues may require a home visit consultation (1.5 hour min) to get a much more in-depth understanding of the behaviour. I will then explain why the behaviour is happening, what is maintaining the behaviour and a course of corrective action. I will then offer to support you all the way through on a weekly or fortnightly basis for as long as you feel you need support.