My Six Weeks Comprehensive starts with a behaviour consultation of around two-and-a-half hours: a general behaviour ‘health-check’ followed by in-depth examination of the areas that require my help. I then email a written report and bespoke action plan followed by six weeks of full support and aftercare that will include telephone calls, emails and visits
My Six Weeks Comprehensive is all inclusive: visit(s), help, support, behaviour training: £285
Much of Beds, Herts, Bucks and Cambs. Please see the map on the Help page
I have three travel bands ranging from no charge at all to £40 for entire journey both ways. See map on the Help page
As with most things, you get what you pay for. A behaviourist with experience and qualifications will charge more than a novice. My own continuing training and development costs dearly and it’s vital that I keep up with new developments. Included in the charge are office and internet overheads, the running of a car, income tax and a lot more. Someone who belongs to reputable associations (which also costs them money) can be trusted. Unfortunately there is no NHS for dogs
DIAL is my ‘distance’ service (using Skype or telephone). Unless special circumstances, this is not an option I offer to people living within my area that I can go and see in person. £85 for the first DIAL hour, £65 for subsequent DIAL hours. Full details on the Help page (scroll down)
As yet dog training and behaviour is unregulated, but good professionals are represented by associations that require excellence.
  • Full and Founder Member of INTODogs; INTODogs Certified Canine Behaviourist .
The standards that must be met to be an INTODogs Certified Canine Behaviourist are stringent in the sector and cover not just the skills, knowledge and understanding but also the management of the organisation. Continual monitoring also ensures that those standards continue to be met for as long as membership is maintained.
  • VSPDT – The only accredited Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer in Bedfordshire and surrounding areas
  • IMDT – Full Member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers
  • ISCP – Tutor and administrator for the International School for Canine Practitioners
  • PDTE – Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, holder of the Certificate of Advanced Canine Communication and Certificate of Education
  • PPG – Member of the Pet Professional Guild
  • Dog Rescue Federation – Associate Member
  • NRDTB – Member of the National Register of Dog Trainers and Behaviourists
This is impossible. An outcome can never be guaranteed, but I can certainly guarantee the level of service and expertise that I provide. There has to be trust on both sides – and one reason I write my case stories and belong to the best associations is so that prospective clients know they can trust me. The degree of success is also largely due to you, the dog owner, and how much time and effort you put in with my support.
In the majority of cases there will be great improvements. In some cases the problem will indeed disappear. In others, work may need to be done for the rest of the dog’s life. If a different kind of specialist might have more to offer than myself, I would refer you to them. As with physical conditions, occasionally the dog is incurable. It may have a genetic issue, a medical problem or help may have been sought too late,

Very simply, a trainer teaches dogs and owners how to do things. A trainer can be very skillful. There are many things a dog can be trained in from simple obedience to agility, complicated routines, protection and so on.

A behaviourist usually changes underlying emotional states such as anxiety, stress and fear. A behaviourist will be concentrating more on the emotions that drive behaviours, particularly problem behaviours. Much behaviour work is about getting a dog to feel differently. Feeling differently will result in him behaving differently. Two examples are where fear or aggression are concerned. I incorporate some training in my behaviour work. The line between the two is blurred.

For a dog to happily accept training, he or she should have any behaviour issues worked with first.

Positive doesn’t mean permissive. Fair and force-free rules and boundaries are essential for a happy dog with self-control. The emphasis is upon teaching the dog what we do want and rewarding that. In times past the emphasis was upon dealing with the behaviour that we don’t want, and the dog complying by avoiding punishment or something aversive.
Time and commitment. To abandon any old-school habits that involve dominance or Alpha-type hierarchy and a will to understand your dog for what he really is. A few weeks of hard work to kick-start the process. Access to internet is required so we can exchange emails and clients can be sent videos to watch.
I am always happy to consider extending the time with the proviso that you are doing your best to follow my advice and are working hard
I will always extend the time by the time you are away, or if you or your dog is ill
Not necessarily. If I feel another professional would be more suitable because of an area that they specialise in, I would refer you on.

I may not take on someone who doesn’t have internet access, because without email I would be unable to give of my best in terms of prompt support, links to useful information, videos and so on.