You’re feeling completely frustrated and worried
You’ve trawled the internet for advice, but there’s so much conflicting information and you don’t know who to trust
All you want to do is help your dog and restore some calm to your life
You want to work with a qualified and accredited professional with the right skills, knowledge and experience, who is also empathetic, supportive and non-judgemental, and who works to the highest ethical standards
Dedicated to helping you with personal support
You need someone with the right academic qualifications, and the necessary practical skills, as well as someone who understands what it’s like living with a dog with behaviour challenges.
I am a qualified and Animal Behaviour and Training Council registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist who works on veterinary referral helping dogs and their owners resolve behaviour problems.
I also have my own personal experience of living with a very anxious, reactive and at times aggressive dog.
I’ve been there!
I understand how isolating and worrying it can be.
My goal with a behaviour case is to guide you through the process of understanding your dog’s behaviour, identifying the root cause/s and underlying emotional motivation, and then supporting you in addressing the problem/s.
The key to effective behaviour change is in addressing the dog’s emotional state.
If your dog is being reactive or aggressive because they are scared or frustrated, no amount of training will ‘fix’ the problem unless you work on the fear or frustration first.
I then support you through the process of reducing or eliminating those root causes, addressing the underlying emotional state, and coach you through any necessary management, behaviour modifcation and retraining, and help you get your dog back on track.
My job is to support you as well as your dog and I promise to do this with empathy and compassion.
Behaviour change takes time, patience and commitment. Beware of so-called trainers or behaviourists who promise quick fixes!
All behaviour cases are done on veterinary referral only.
You may be able to claim on your pet insurance for the cost of the behaviour consultation/treatment.
FREE DISCOVERY CALL
If you would like to know more and chat through your case please contact me to arrange a free 15-minute discovery call.
If your dog is struggling with any of the following:
- Resource Guarding
- Fear, phobias, anxiety
- Separation anxiety or other separation related behaviours
- Excessive excitement/over arousal
- Destructive behaviours
“Working with Lucy from Daniels Dogs has been priceless in understanding and working to help my extremely reactive 2 year old Black Lab cross.
Understandably it will take time and consistency to keep building on what we have learnt, but I saw a remarkable difference in his overall calmness in the first 2 – 3 weeks.
A much more relaxed and confident dog was beginning to emerge, and I felt a lot more sure about his reactive behaviour and Lucy helped me have a much better understanding of how to support him correctly and understand what was going on for him.
Thank you Lucy!”
Lisa with Loki
Your fully comprehensive package of behaviour support includes:
First steps towards support
Initial information gathering, from both you and your vet (pre-consultation questionnaire, video footage, vet referral form and vet history), so that I have a full history on your dog and the presenting problems
Consultation and assessment
The consultation can take place in your own home if you are within my local travel area (see footer below for areas covered).
Consultations are done online for those outside of my local area, or for dogs who are fearful of or aggressive towards unfamiliar people, in which case this part will be done virtually as well. I cover all areas of the UK for online consultations.
Report and support plan
Initial Follow up
Outcomes are greatly improved when clients commit to these regular updates and reviews.
YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CLAIM THIS ON YOUR INSURANCE
Travel to your home for in person visits is charged extra; £15 per 15 minutes travel time, or part thereof. See below for areas included for in person visits. Consultations and support is available UK wide online using Zoom or similar platforms.
Dog behaviour consultations are available UK wide remotely using Zoom or similar platforms.
Also in person locally Abergavenny, Usk, Raglan, New Inn, Pontypool, Blaenavon, Cwmbran, Monmouth and Chepstow
Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical research has shown that up to 80% of behavioural problems in dogs are caused by, or significantly exacerbated by, underlying medical issues and/or pain.
The behaviour problems are often the only symptoms that there is an underlying health problem. Dogs are exceptionally good at masking pain, and will carry on with their everyday life and activities. As a behaviourist I am also required as part of my professional Code of Conduct to work only on veterinary referral.
Simply put, a trainer is there to teach you something new, or to refresh a skill, such as recall or walking nicely on the lead. A behaviourist deals with problem behaviours with an underlying emotional motivation such as fear, aggression or frustration for example.
Behaviourists are also trained to work with a holistic approach, understanding how genetics, epigenetics, early life experience, physical and mental health, relationships and attachment, as well as current daily living and environmental influences all play a part in behaviour problems.
I am both a trainer and a behaviourist, so you are getting the best of both!
You will need to check with your own pet insurance company, but many policies now cover behaviour treatment as well as veterinary. Let me know if you need me to complete any necessary paperwork.
It’s fine, often behaviour cases are complex and have multiple issues. Sometimes just identifying and treating/supporting the main ones helps resolve the others. We can also book in more sessions if need be.
No, I can’t. Success is down to a number of factors, depending on the individual dog, factors that we cannot change, such as genetics, early life environment/experience etc, as well as how much you are able to implement the changes needed. Behaviour change is not easy, it takes time and understanding and empathy.
It’s about supporting our dogs, not fixing them! If you are looking for a quick fix then I am not going to be a good fit for you.
Because I use only the most up to date evidence based practice, as well as an empathetic and ethical approach to helping you and your dog.
Because I have the appropriate academic qualifications, the necessary knowledge and skills that have been assessed and accredited by the leading professional organisations, the practical experience and skills from 15 years of working professionally with puppies, dogs and their carers.
I also have the personal experience of living with a dog with multiple behaviour problems so completely relate and empathise with how you are feeling right now.
Because I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Canine Behaviour and Training, am a registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council, am a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, a fully accredited trainer with the Professional Association of Canine Trainers, and a pre-certified candidate member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians.
(That all may not mean very much to you, but simply put it means that I am highly qualified to do this job).
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