Messages from happy dog owners

We have known Steve for a few years now and he worked wonders with our last rottie, who had been badly treated with her previous owners- she had serious issues with people and other dogs and with a lot of patience and persistence Steve helped us help her to chill out and not see everyone and every dog as a threat. We now have another rottie puppy who is 6 months old and Steve is helping us teach her some manners, along with recall and walking on the lead nicely. I would certainly recommend his services to anyone who needs a hand training their best friend.
— Serena Tyres, Whitwick, Leicestershire.
Since starting training with Steven a year ago my dog has come on leaps and bounds, he’s still quite reactive but he’s learning to be relaxed when meeting other dogs, or should I say Im learning to be more relaxed! The training sessions that I attend on a Monday evening for a training walk are really good too as I can learn to deal with things that I would come across when walking my dog on my own. I would highly recommend attending these classes as they really help and put you and your dog to the test but help you to deal with different situations!
— Abbie Carter, Coalville, Leicestershire
Both my dogs have done well with Steve. Especially my older one. (and I have learned loads too)
— Vicky Ross, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire
Been attending havers dog behaviour for awhile now, and he definitely knows his stuff. I find him very approachable and talks a lot of sense. I went to his with a dog I could no longer walk with big issues, I can now happily walk him, I even race with him. The change in his life and our is amazing and Mr havers has definitely had a lot to do with the changes :) thank you
— Kate Pearce, Whitwick, Leicestershire
Without doubt one of the best decisions we made was turning to Steven for help with our rescue Dougie. Home visits and classes really helped but the week we spent with Steven had by far the biggest impact we could of hoped for. 6 months on and our walks and our life with Dougie is so much better. Still work to do, we know with Steven’s ongoing support we can achieve what we once thought impossible. Thank you.
— Kelly Sharpe, Leicester
11 weeks ago our 4 yr old rescue dog reacted to other dogs so badly that I was scared to walk her and a different behaviourist said she was untrainable. With Steven’s training we are now able to walk her on the park unmuzzled without her reacting....the transformation is remarkable. Steven has supported me all the way and I would recommend him a million times over!
— lisa kyprianou, leicester
Our beautiful rescue German Shepherd Jess was often aggressive to other dogs and so strong I could barely hold her. I didn’t dare walk her anywhere I might meet anyone else, which was a bit restricting. Steve taught me how to relax with her and to de-stress the situation. We needed some practice, but now on his Saturday dog walks she has stopped pulling, runs loose with other dogs and, at the end of the walk, snoozes beside me whilst we all have a drink in a pub garden. What a joy! There’s still work to be done in more difficult situations, but I’m sure Steve will help get these sorted out. Highly recommended!
— Pam Smith, Billesden, Leicestershire
My husband and I were struggling with our 6 month old puppy becoming increasingly aggressive and possessive. Having tried lots of different techniques, we were at the end of our tether and life was becoming increasingly stressful. We had loads of toys for our puppy to play with yet she never played with them. Her recall was getting worse and she was demanding so much of our attention, our lives become totally focussed on our puppy. We searched online but nothing worked and we were getting so confused with the sheer volume of differing opinions online. We got in touch with Steven because of a recommendation from a friend. I will honestly never look back and never hesitate to invite Steven into my home to help with a dog, ever again. Steven has helped us to understand our puppy SO much better. He has taught us about the importance of praise and she now plays on her own ALL the time! It’s not a struggle to keep her off the kitchen floor anymore and she is so much more responsive to us. The stress levels that we have from our puppy have decreased by 100% and we are once again completely in love with her! Although not totally there yet (we only saw Steven for the first time two months ago!), her control issues have almost gone and we’re working hard to get her recall up to scratch. Our puppy has become an utter joy to have once again and it’s all thanks to the valuable lessons that Steven has taught us. I now recommend Steven to anyone with a dog, even if they don’t have issues like ours did! It’s great to learn just how dogs think and behave, why, and how we can teach them to live in our world.
— Jo Saines, Shepshed, Leicestershire
Hi Steve, 

We wanted to send you a message to say thank you for all your help with Alfie. Since having a home visit and attending your walks Alfie has improved so much on and off his lead. He is much calmer in his home environment and around other people. Alfie enjoys time off his lead now interacting with other humans and dogs without barking or growling. Alfie’s re call has also improved following your input. 

Thanks again, we appreciate your help. 
— Hayley, Sylvia, Colin and Alfie
Steve has helped us and Luna (GSD) overcome the challenges that faced her after losing her brother Oscar. We started going to his classes a couple of years ago and we are still going because Luna loves it, we also now take Ginny our Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. We are all ways learning new things because no two dogs are the same.
— Sarah Tyson, Syston, Leicestershire
The difference in our excitable Chihuahua after just one visit is amazing! So looking forward to continuing working with Stephen and restoring calm to our home.
— Hazel Lee, Billesden, Leicestershire.
What a difference 3 weeks makes. Great advice from Steven and a more chilled out woofer. Highly recommend if you are struggling with your dog
— Rebecca Colledge, Leicester.
Our Irish Wolfhound, Logan, had started to be a real attention seeker and this had escalated since the addition of a foster place to a further IWH. Steven immediately spotted the errors of our ways and discussed how we were encouraging the behaviour. After just a few training sessions we were able to change our behaviour and could see the pact on the dogs straight away. This has improved steadily with every visit.Steven is a very honest, knowledgeable and straight talking guy. I would recommend him extremely highly for sorting out the problems at the handle end of the lead!!!!!
— Neil Lewin, East Goscote, Leicestershire

My family & I where having problems with our 17 month old Cavachon dog. I knew my brother - law & sister in law had a dog behavourist for their dog and had excellent results with their dog. We used Steven Havers as they had said how good he was. When I rang him and spoke to him about t our dog to make appointment he said to me he does not train the dogs but the humans which I thought was strange at the time. Also it’s our first time ever having a dog so we where clueless as how to cope with her. Steven turned that all around. It was a session of 1 1/2 hour I thought how can we learn anything in that short time how wrong we where we learnt so much from the session and put the training into practice more or less straight away. We where pleasantly surprised how it worked. Steven had explained to us different ways in a calm way how to stop our dog bitting/ nipping before it got out of control and she hurt someone .He showed us how to keep still and ignore her when we come into the house as she would jump on us like crazy which for some people might not like. Steven has been very good with us and explained what to do with one session already completed we could see a difference in her already. She was a lot calmer the nipping / biting had stopped. Lots of other issues where addressed as well. Again Steven had explained what to do in a way we could manage the dogs behaviour. Our house is a lot more calmer now that we know how to deal with things and not panic as we used to in the early days. My elderly mother has made several comments how good and well behaved she was when we took her off the lead and let her have a run outside. She is not a dog person so we could never take her off the lead when going to visit her. it’s all different now she can be lead free. Also my sister made a comment about Olga our dog how she could stroke her and not feel she was going to have her had bitten off and how more loving she is. Thank you Steven Havers for working with us and helping us to understand our dog in a much better way. We praise her more rather than tell her off all the time as we did a lot of the telling off. I would most definitely recommend Steven Havers a million percent thank you again.
— Frosulla Michael-Kyprianou, Leicester
I am simply stunned at the difference in my “reactive “ dog within an hour and a half . Steven has completely made me rethink my behaviour around my dog !! Cannot recommend him highly enough !!
— Dawn Miller, Cosby, Leicestershire
Top chap has shown us how to calm our Great Dane Bob right down and behave
— Simon Aldred, Leicester
This is second time and can see the difference in our dog all ready, thanks for the advice.
— Luther Stafford, Leicester
After Stevens 1st visit it transformed the way we are with our 2 dogs. Now very calm in house. 2nd visit walking the dogs. Wow awesome. Just back from a walk so much calmer met other dogs did what Steven showed me and what a transformation. Tia behaviour did not get a chance to escalate. Thank you I love being calm the havers way.
— Denise Still, Leicester
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 puppy behaviour training

Why does a puppy need behaviour training?

hy do adult dogs and reuse dogs need behaviour training?

Because they were allowed to do what they wanted as puppies and didn't get any puppy behaviour training!

Did you know your new puppy is learning how to behave even before you go and choose?

Did you know your new puppy works out your own behaviour in the first two days of living with you?

Have those three facts made you think about your new puppy a bit differently? I hope so!

Teaching a puppy to behave is very difficult, doing puppy behaviour training is very difficult because the last thing anyone wants to do with their new puppy is teach him how to behave. 

Having a new puppy is all about play, noise, excitement and movement isn't it? Usually yes yet it is during the first few days and weeks that you can teach your puppy to behave properly and then your puppy will remember your puppy behaviour training through the rest of his life. Getting off to the right start teaching your puppy how to behave will prevent so many issues as the dog grows and gets older.

Puppy behaviour training is not sit, down and stay, that is puppy obedience training. Puppy behaviour training is toilet training, greeting people, walking on a lead and recall and all of these puppy behaviours can be trained within the first two weeks if we apply ourselves from the outset.

One simple thing that proves puppy behaviour training has not been done is puppy biting hands. This shows the puppy has been overstimulated for too long and con't cope. This proves puppy behaviour training has not been done because a puppy should never be stimulated beyond his ability to cope yet how often do we consider what our new puppy needs?

We are too concerned that we do what we want regardless of the puppies needs so really it is you who needs puppy behaviour training! What a surprise! Seriously, it is very difficult to keep calm when we get a new puppy, especially if there are younger children involved.


Here I will give you a word of warning. How we teach our puppy to behave in the first month is how your puppy will behave as an adult if nothing changes. If you have a small breed, that makes puppy behaviour training even more difficult because small dog breeds are allowed to get away with much more than large dog breeds because far fewer people are scared of small dogs yet the behaviours are the same.

herefore, owners of large breed puppies have a greater responsibility to ensure puppy behaviour training is done properly so they can be confident their large breed dog will be a well behaved adult.

Small dog breed owners need to take responsibility and do their puppy behaviour training properly so their dogs are not allowed to run up to other, bigger dogs as this causes problems for the owners of larger breed dogs. It is the responsibility and now the law that dog owners have their dogs under control in a public place and this all starts with puppy behaviour training.

f you allow your puppy freedom to do as it wishes, you will never have the control you need when he is an adult. Puppy behaviour training prevents so many unwanted behaviours in older dogs so it is really worth getting puppy behaviour training for yourselves as soon as you get your new puppy. It will be the best decision you ever made!

A 90 minute puppy behaviour training home visit when you first bring puppy home is the best start, a second visit one month later, then at six months will teach your puppy how to behave during those most important learning months. Brining your puppy to my dog behaviour group walks will complete the puppy behaviour training properly and then we can move on to adult dog behaviour training. I also suggest you buy my puppy behaviour training book before you get your new puppy so you are properly prepared.

Call 01530 242209 to book your first puppy behaviour training session. 

I look forward to meeting you!

I am in Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9RJ.



puppy behaviour the havers way book

Puppy Behaviour the Havers Way is a brand new book that will give you a very different approach to puppy behaviour like no other puppy behaviour book ever has.

That is a bold claim as I am sure you will have read many books on puppy behaviour before, I know I did hen I researched other offerings before I wrote my book on puppy behaviour and they all seem to be the same!

I found this quite concerning. When I researched publishing my book on puppy behaviour, I came across a seemingly golden rule that a book has to be substantially different to be worthy of publishing yet all puppy behaviour books appear to be the same, say the same things and do the same things. I wondered why this could be and the realisation was a simple one. People will always buy a book that promises to solve problems so it all comes down to an easy market.

I don't think that is fair to you! You are parting with your hard earned money and you want value for that money when you you a book on puppy behaviour ad you want that book to help you deal with puppy behaviour so you have a well behaved puppy, don't you?

I know many thousands of dog owners and they nearly all have books on puppy training or dog training in their bookshelves yet they still struggle with their puppies or dogs.

What does that tell you? The puppy behaviour book didn't give good advice that worked therefore wasn't good value for money! Just my opinion but there it is!

So you are now thinking what is different in my book about puppy behaviour?

My book on puppy behaviour starts with selecting the puppy, observing how the breeder behaves and helping you understand how that shapes your puppies expectations even before you choose your new puppy! There, that got your attention! I go into levels of detail that other books on puppy behaviour don't even get close to! I will help you understand your new puppy in ways you wouldn't ever have thought of because we don't think about the puppy in the right way.

Puppy Behaviour the Havers Way book helps you plan your journey home and teaches you how to bring your new puppy into your house for the first time. If things are done properly first time, everyone nows what to do and your new puppy is no exception!

I also help you plan and prepare for the first night with your new puppy from the moment you get your new puppy home! It is very important that you know what to do so your first night is quiet and peaceful!

Puppy Behaviour the Havers Way book teaches you how to approach toilet training so your new puppy earns as fast a possible where he should go to the toilet so the risk of mistakes is greatly reduced so you are all more relaxed and happy!

I also help you with bad walking and recall training and this is all within the first five days of getting your new puppy home! I believe in preparation so your puppy has the best possible chance of growing into a very well behaved dog you can be proud of and not the sort of dog we all dread meeting when out on a walk, you know the exact sort I'm talking about!

Buy Puppy Behaviour the Havers Way book and you will be able to enjoy your new puppy and be able to deal with everything he throws at you in a calm and knowledgeable manner because you will know exactly what to do!

You and your new puppy deserve the best start together and Puppy Behaviour the Havers Way book will give you all the information you need for that great start. 

Follow this link to buy your copy of my puppy behaviour training book Puppy Behaviour the Havers Way book and make a good start to your new life with your puppy! 

now with a special pre christmas discount! buy now!

Having lost two dogs in our lives that did so much for us we decided to adopt a dog that had not had a good start as they had from puppies.
Lennie is a cross breed we think about five years old ,he has gone through such trauma so we wanted to help him the best way we could.
We purchased Steve Havers book Puppy Behaviour to help us as we needed to start from the beginning .
We have followed every step that Mr Havers advised and we have a lovely calm dog .
I am just starting to teach him to sit and stay using no treats and have had very few accidents with his toileting considering he has been kept in a cage.
I would recommend this book to anyone wether it be a pup or older dog
— Susan Judd, Leicester

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home visits

Is it odd a dog behaviourist should visit your home to address your dogs behaviour when you consider the problem with your dogs behaviour is outside?

If you try and address only one part of your dog then it would be strange but my work as a dog behaviourist looks at the whole picture and, my dear dog owner, that includes you! I do more work as a human behaviourist than I do as a dog behaviourist because it is your behaviour, and that of every other dog owner I work with that needs the most attention.

You, as a human being will be doing things you have no idea your dog is picking up on. Some things you will be aware of as they are quite obvious but there are many you won't be aware of but I guarantee your dog is aware of them and builds them into his behaviour. So you see I am as much a human behaviourist as I am a dog behaviourist.

How do you reward good behaviour in your dog?

Your answer will probably include the word treat but that is not what I actually asked you. but it is the most common form of response because it demonstrates how easily we distance ourselves from the dog. I'll ask the question again, how do you reward your dog?

The answer I will give you is this, you reward with excitement.

Most of your problems with your dog come from that simple fact, you reward your dog with excitement. How is your dog going to think it behaves for you?

Dog behaviourist or human behaviourist?

Now I have you thinking a little differently, please read on to see what is involved....

Here I will give you a word of warning. This is not click and treat because I don't give treats to dog owners for good behaviour, just lots of praise! It is your own behaviour and attention you will be learning to control and that is hard work. Please be assured I won't be offended if we don't work together as my teaching is not for everyone. Lasting change requires commitment and I would like to give you an example of the level of commitment required. Lasting change will happen during a course of up to three home visits and at least ten of my dog behaviour walks. If you can't commit to this level then please seek help elsewhere. If you can't get to my dog behaviour walks, monthly home visits are the next best thing because you will keep working towards your goal  to have a happy, well balanced and well behaved dog you can be proud of wherever you go together!  Dog Behaviourist or Human Behaviourist? One cannot work properly without the other!

If  your goal is to have your dog be calm and very well behaved and you have realised that treats are not effective enough and you are prepared to work hard then call 01530 242209 now and lets get started. You will have my dedicated support through the whole journey and that is my promise to you.

My mission is to help you and your dog live a happy life together without being dependent on a bag of treats. You are probably asking why I don't use treats as a dog behaviourist as all dog training seems to depend on treats? Dog trainers are usually teaching obedience so they use treats, as a Human behaviourist, I am teaching you and your dog to be calm and well behaved. When is a dog ever calm for a treat? If you reward with treats you are still rewarding excitement. These are not the things a well behaved dog gets rewarded for , a well behaved dog who has worked with me is a calm, well balanced and well behaved dog who can cope with whatever life throws at them because I have taught you how to behave. Dog behaviourist or Human behaviourist? Call 01530 242209 to see how I can help you to help your dog become well behaved.

I look forward to meeting you! I am in Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9RJ.



1: A 45 minute home visit to assess, explain and start training costs £42.00. More than one session will be required for you to change your behaviour sufficiently.

2: A 90 minute home visit to assess, explain and really get started costs £85.00. More than one session will be required for you to change your behaviour sufficiently.

3: A half day home visit to make sure you and your dog are really changing your behaviour costs £250.00. More than one session will be required for you to change your behaviour sufficiently.

4: A full day home visit that will change your life. A full day of intensive work costs £500.00 and follow up help and advice is available, More than one session will be required for you to change your behaviour sufficiently.

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intensive training for dog owners from the human behaviourist

Intensive training for dog owners? What is involved?

Intensive training for dog owners is like a dog training boot camp but for dog owners who need a quicker fix.

One to one intensive training from just me, the dog behaviourist working with just you and your dog or dogs as a human behaviourist.

This is the most intensive, challenging, demanding and stressful training you will ever undertake.

I will turn your knowledge of dogs on its head and rewrite it from your dogs point of view. Then you will clearly understand why your dog behaves the way he does.

Dog Behaviourist or Human behaviourist? Both are at full throttle during these five days. Only if you are brave enough to read on, do so!

The five days are intensive dog training if you want to use that phrase but I don't train dogs so we can't use that phrase. The five days are intensive dog owner training because you will be doing all the work. The hard work you will be undertaking is learning and relearning. Your head contains a great deal of information about dogs and how you think you should train them. Most of that learning will not apply when you are working with me.

Almost all of my work is counter intuitive to what you already know, it goes against how we are taught to think so how and why does it work?

I am a dog behaviourist but more of a human behaviourist because I teach you how to see your behaviour from your dogs perspective. Then you will understand just how your behaviour creates and reinforces behaviours in your dog.

During these five days, my goal is to retrain how you think about your dog, retrain how you behave with your dog and get you to truly understand your dog.

Intensive dog training? No. Dog Behaviour? A little. Human behaviour? 99%.

If you would like to know more about working with me for five days, please call for a chat. During the five days, I promise you and I will have a terrific, enjoyable, challenging and very productive time. Please call 01530 242209 now or fill in my contact form and we can have a chat!

What do the five days on intensive dog owner training consist of?

They will consist of situations and locations you need to work in to resolve the issues you are having trying to teach your dog how to behave.

Before the week starts, we will have a thorough telephone conversation about the problems you are experiencing, the level of the problems your dog is giving you, any contact with other dog behaviourists and any results.

We will then plan together which locations to use that will help you and I address and resolve the issues you are struggling with.

As a dog behaviourist I can help your dog learn to behave  in country parks, open spaces, around wild life and livestock, with runners, joggers, cyclists, other dogs, other dogs off lead, town centres, railway stations, airports or wherever your dog struggles.

As a Human behaviourist I can help you learn to understand why your dog behaves as he does in these situations, I can help you learn to be able to show your dog you know what you are doing so your dog can relax, I can show you how to be relaxed and in control in these situations and I will do all of this without treats or toys. I will use the power of your attention and teach you how to use it properly

My dog owner intensive training focuses on three core principles:

  1. For your dog to walk on a slack lead.

  2. For your dog to remain calm whatever the distraction.

  3. for your dog to come back when called, regardless of distraction

If  your dog will do these three things, you have a dog that is under full control whatever the situation. That is a dog you can be proud of and you are an example of a good dog owner.

It requires a dog behaviourist and a human behaviourist to achieve these three core principles so if your goal is to have your dog be calm and very well behaved and you are prepared to work hard then call 01530 242209 now and lets get started. You will have my dedicated support through the whole journey and that is my promise to you. 

The next intensive training for dog owners course starts on Monday 23rd January 2017. Ring 01530 242209 to book your place or use the contact form please. Please note only six intensive dog owner training weeks are available in 2019.

I look forward to meeting you! I am in Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9RJ.



The price for the full five days is £2,500.00.


Steven Havers dog behaviourist in the media:

Steven Havers is no stranger to working with the media. He is calm and relaxed when being interviewed or presenting, speaks fluently without notes and can take questions as they occur.

Steven has regular appearances  on BBC Radio Leicester as a professional contributor on all issues that are dog related.

Steven has appeared on BBC East Midlands today, a regional news TV programme on issues related to dogs.

Steven has been a guest on the Chrissy B chat show that is broadcast on Sky channel 203.

Steven wrote a weekly column for three years for the More magazine, part of the Leicester Mercury newspaper.

Steven has worked with Taylor Herring PR agency on a radio based promotion in association with 20th Century Fox to promote the film Marmaduke. 

Steven has worked with Direct Line Insurance as part of their Fit Fred campaign. See what Fred had to do in the video below....

David takes Fred to a recall training session. David is surprised that it's not just Fred who needs to change. To follow Fred's fitness journey visit:


Steven has worked with Direct Line pet insurance with the winner of their naughtiest dog competition. Have a look at the results in the video below....

Meet Hodge - the winner of our naughtiest pet competition. He's a Basset Hound who hates his lead. See how he got on when he took part in a dog training boot camp with dog behaviourist Steven Havers. For more information on lead training and other pet tips visit

If you are interested in talking to Steven, please ring 01530 242209 and he is able to, he will answer. If not, please leave a voicemail with a contact number and he will ring you back.

Steven is based in Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67 9RJ.



Happy Media Clients


November 2016:

Steven was a pleasure to work with and delivered amazing results in a short amount of time. We were very impressed with how well the dog picked up the new skills and learned plenty of interesting and useful tips throughout the session.

Steven was also great on camera and was very professional and helpful during pre-production and on the shoot day.

Charlotte Gabbitas, Creative Producer, Media Bounty.




CONTACT Steven Havers, the dog behaviourist


The best way to solve a problem is to understand it. The best way to understand a problem is to talk to someone who knows all about it because there is then hope of a resolution. There are several ways to contact me, my preferred method is you ring me on 01530 242209 so we can have a chat about your dog and how to address the problem.

You can email, you can contact me on Facebook or you could fill in the form below and you are very welcome to do so but I still prefer to speak to you please!  I am in Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9RJ.