Dog Behaviour

solving your dog behaviour problems

How our services work

Dog behavioural problems such as aggression can be due to different reasons, it may be from previous experience or because of a negative emotion. Our job is to help you understand why your dog is behaving in this way and help you alter their behaviour for the better!

Common problems, although not an exhaustive list is:

  • Aggression towards other dogs or people
  • Aggression around the house (guarding toys etc)
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fear related behaviour

If you are facing a problem with you dog(s), get in touch to book your consultation. There is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ when working with dogs therefore, Chorley Canine Solutions behaviour consultations are bespoke to you and your dog.

The first step is to get in touch by filling out the form below.

You will be sent a questionnaire to gather more information about your dog’s behaviour struggles, daily routine and basic health questions.

After this is completed, Nicky, our head behaviourist will be in contact to arrange an online assessment. This assessment will take place via Zoom and can last around 30-60 minutes. During this assessment we will discuss your dog’s behaviour problem and offer any safety / management strategies which you can implement right away.

Nicky will also advise you if a veterinary check is needed. Veterinary checks are used to rule out any medical factors that may be contributing to your dog’s behaviour. For a successful programme it is vital that no stone is left unturned to get to the route of your dog’s behaviour.

After the assessment if you’d like to go ahead with the behaviour modification process, Nicky will create a programme for you and your dog, then arrange a date suitable for your first personal visit.

This personal consultation it is held in the comfort of your own home (Chorley and surrounding areas) so that your dog can learn their new skills in a familiar environment.  During this consultation your behaviour modification programme will be explained to you fully and can last approximately 60-90 minutes.

This will include:

  • Why your dog does what they do so that you can understand them better
  • Control and management protocols to ensure safety measures are put in place
  • Your dog’s daily routine will be assessed and adjusted if necessary, so that you can make small, yet simple changes that will have a huge positive impact
  • An introduction into your dog’s body language so you can understand what your dog is trying to tell you
  • Guidance through the behaviour modification process so you can start to change your dog’s behaviour for the better

Continued Support

Nicky understands that when working with a dog’s behaviour it can be tough. You may feel isolated, embarrassed by your dog, and not know what to do. As part of the behaviour modification process, you will be fully supported by Nicky for 3 months.

The support will be a consistent review, re-capping any methods, advising you on the next steps or simply providing emotional support.

This support is delivered through various means such as two additional personal sessions, bi-weekly catch-up calls via Zoom and email/messenger support between sessions so that you get answers to any questions or get the support you need quickly.

If you would like to book your bespoke dog behaviour consultation, please complete the enquiry form below to get you started.

Behaviour assessments are priced at £280 (including 3 months support). A deposit of £90 is required to secure your booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a dog behaviourist do?

A dog behaviourist is a professional who specialises in understanding and modifying canine behaviour problems such as aggression and separation anxiety. Behaviourists work to identify the underlying causes of problem behaviours and develop customised behaviour modification plans.

Behaviour plans consist of implementing management strategies to prevent the unwanted behaviour being practiced. Improving a dog’s mood in general therefore helping them be more receptive to training protocols to assist in altering a dog’s behaviour for the better.

What training methods do you use?

My preferred methods utilise positive reinforcement. This type of training involves rewarding (food, toys, or praise) your dog for behaviours we like. Positive reinforcement is a highly effective method for training dogs and builds strong bonds between you and your dog.

What qualifications do you have?

I have completed a FdSc in Canine Behaviour at Myerscough collage and an accredited behaviourist with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDTB).

I regularly undertake continuing professional development (CPD) courses to keep me up to date with current canine behaviour and training knowledge.

How long does it take to see results from dog behaviour modification programme?

The timeframe for seeing results depends on various factors, including the severity of the behaviour problem, the dog’s individual temperament, and the owner’s commitment implementing the behaviour plan. Some behaviour changes can occur relatively quickly, while others may take more time and ongoing support.

What is the process of a dog behaviour programme?

The process typically begins with an initial consultation via an online call where we discuss your dog’s behaviour history, assess the problem, and gather relevant information about you and your dog. During the call you will be asked to implement management strategies where necessary and begin some foundation training.

From there, I develop a customised dog behaviour modification plan and arrange our first personal session where I will explain your plan and go through any training protocols to help you alter your dog’s behaviour.

The behaviour plans consist of personal one to one follow up sessions where we will work through your dog’s behaviour plan. During the behaviour plans you get unlimited support delivered over email, messages, or phone calls to help assist you through your training journey.

I am not sure if I need a dog behaviour plan?

If you are unsure if you require a behaviour plan or one to one training sessions, please contact me by filling out the enquiry form on our contact us page and I can recommend the best service for you.

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