Happy new year!

Where has the time gone? Happy new year and my best wishes for 2018!

It promises to be a busy year and we have seen many changes since my last blog.

My group dog behaviour walks are proving a huge success, these are open to everyone and you will be very welcome when you join us with your dog. I can help you with whatever you need help with and you will be in good company!

I think i is fair to say I see my fair share of mismatches, dogs and owners who are not quite working together and this causes friction and frustration.

I love solving puzzles and realigning dogs and owners is the greatest puzzle and solving them is the greatest satisfaction because that brings the dog and owner much closer together.

Stress and confusion can be a big source of frustration which can be interpreted as aggression, indeed a frustrated person can be aggressive if they don't believe the causes of their frustration are being addressed, they feel they have to try to make things change. When the situation is a difficult one, it can be very difficult to know what to do because it can be very confusing given the amount of information available on the internet.

A detached and dispassionate pair of eyes looking at the world from your dogs perspective will help you understand more which means your dog will understand you more and your relationship will dramatically improve.

The balance of my work is very one sided as the majority of my clients are women as they seem to be the ones to try and improve the situation. This requires a specific approach as men and women think very differently and behave and react very differently.

Being relaxed and calm is very important in a stressful situation, especially when emotions are running high as they usually when a dog is causing stress and upset.

Gentle guidance works best with both dogs and people as does req=warding and praising good behaviour and then results are gained and improvements begun.

Learning something new is a challenge and can be difficult so support is essential for the required progress to be made for as long as it is needed so the client has the support to continue through the tough times and, with challenging dogs, there can be tough times ahead. 

Not everyone makes it through, sometimes they have taken on too much and that can be a very tough thing to admit but sometimes it is the right thing to admit. Not every dog will suit every person but many can learn to adapt if their owners can also learn to adapt.

I love what I do because I love seeing people and their dogs being happy together. If you would like to be happier with your dog, please give me a call.

Steven Havers