Here you will find an extensive library of “real life” case stories of dogs I have helped.

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I hope you find the stories useful. 

Cocker Spaniel will now snap when the girl goes to touch her

(Online consultation) Pippa is a beautiful year-old Working Cocker Spaniel. She is affectionate and clever. The teenage daughter adores her – and I’m sure the feeling is mutual. However, a human’s way of showing affection isn’t necessarily the same as a dog’s. Dogs don’t do hugging for a start –

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Deaf dog Humphrey seems depressed since puppy arrived

Humphrey, a four-year-old Boston Terrier, is a deaf dog. He’s also has stomach problems. Depressed The arrival of puppy French Bulldog Pearl, now 14 weeks, has affected him badly. They also moved house a fortnight ago so everything is new and Humphrey likes routine. He seems depressed and he regularly

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Romanian rescue shakes with fear when out in the street

They only know a little about Milo’s past. The rest has to be guesswork based on his fearful behaviour. Away from the house and onto the street, he shakes. He must have started life in a home because he has obviously had training at some stage. He’s fine with the

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Recent increase in reacting to other dogs

(Online consultation) Here is Mia’s story. Mia is a Golden Labrador, age 5. Over the past few weeks her behaviour towards some other dogs has changed from friendly to reacting aggressively. Could it be pain? When only a year old poor Mia had two hip replacements which meant weeks of

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Buster’s fifth home. Does the lady need to be boss?

Cockerpoo Buster’s lady owner is the winner of my Facebook group competition:  “Me and my owner should win a free 1-2-1 because….” ‘Buster’ wrote, “I deserve a chance with a loving family after I have had 4 homes that didn’t want me”. I soon found out that six-year-old Buster was

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Easily excited and vocal. He whines and barks.

Some dogs, like some people, are more easily excited and more vocal than others! Genetics is involved and in the case of a dog this includes the breed. Dylan is a Border Collie, not one of the breeds I would say that’s renowned for being quite so over-excitable and vocal,

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  • I just wanted to message you and say thanks for your help when Dizzy was a pup. She’s turning out to be an amazing little thing!!! We literally couldn’t have asked for a better dog, thank you so much for setting us off on the right track from the very beginning!

    Puppy off to the best start

  • We are really pleased with progress far. Your guidance has been invaluable. Within the first week, we were all just feeling relieved at the improvement in his behaviour (and probably ours!) and we felt we could at least live with him.  Now, at the end of two weeks, I can honestly say it is a pleasure to be with him.  He is having fun, he is affectionate and more relaxed.

    He is having fun, he is affectionate and more relaxed

  • Very kind lady gave us the reassurance that we could give our dog a new start to life. He truly needed one. Theo was professional, approachable and extremely sensitive to our situation and our dogs terrible separation anxiety.

    Prompt, helpful and considerate

  • Was very impressed with Theo, she was very helpful and extremely easy to talk to. Theo explained everything very well to us both, making everything easier to understand

    Very helpful and extremely easy to talk to

  • She was absolutely fantastic and explained everything well. All our questions were answered in great detail. We couldnt ask for more. Warm and friendly. She gave us back our optimism that Polo isn’t a lot cause. I would have no hesitation in recommending Theo, already have!

    Both of us were very impressed with Theo

  • Having had a trainer over previously to help with Dollys biting and obsessive behaviour who had very negative methods in my opinion, we did a lot of research to find Theo and she lived up to our expectations.

    Theo lived up to our expectations

  • From her first phone call following my email enquiry, calling back with further suggestions even before she met us. Trudi has changed already, really calmed down, and we feel confident that with Theo’s support there is positive hope that we will get there.

    Theo has been very supportive

  • Extremely prompt telephone call after my initial email. I felt empowered following the visit, and confident I will learn good leadership! Delighted with Theo. William (our Dalmation) is already calmer. I wont give up on him now Theos in his and our lives.

    Extremely prompt

  • 3 weeks ago I was at the end of my tether and it was me or the dogs (and I suspect my husband may have chosen the dogs!). I didn’t know how to stop all the barking, dreaded callers to the house and generally wondered why on earth I had dogs. It has been hard, the first 10 days or so was stressful trying to remember all the things to do, I lost my temper, I shouted, the dogs seemed worse than ever before but now I am seeing results, it feels good, I feel good. The dogs are brilliant, I love them again.

    3 weeks ago I was at the end of my tether and it was me or the dogs

  • Thank you for coming to meet us. Both Michael and I expected someone judgemental and you were nothing like that at all. and made sure that we understood why we were to behave in a different way and see it from the dogs’ point of view. We both thought you were lovely!

    We really felt that you considered our emotions as much as the dog's

  • When I was at a point of crisis with my two rescue dogs. My thanks alone would never be enough.

    You gave me some incredibly helpful advice

  • I always praise you for the way Jess has turned out considering we were thinking of having her put down before you came.

    We were thinking of having her put down before you came

  • We would have no hesitation in recommending Theo to any other family with similar problems, I now have a more relaxed dog and the family is more relaxed!

    The service we received was prompt, informative, efficient and well explained

  • which I very rarely feel with a stranger in the house. I was very impressed with the service received. My only regret is not asking for help months ago!!

    Theo gave me confidence with my dogs

  • – and good follow up! Was very impressed with Theo, she was very helpful and extremely easy to talk to. Theo explained everything very well to us both, making everything easier to understand.

    Very friendly, pitched perfectly for the whole family

  • Almost instant calmer dog, just by looking at the situation from a different angle (ie dog angle)! Theo was a calming influence even when Ben gave his warning sign usually preceding aggression. We were impressed. Thanks again.

    Punctual and professional

  • My 9-month-old Bolognese puppy Bella was happy to tear up the stairs, but she would sit at the top crying for me to carry her down, too scared to attempt it on her own. With Theo’s brilliant wisdom and insight into the doggy mind, she has encouraged her with positive psychology and in less than a week Bella is now happy and confident to descend three-quarters of the way down the staircase  on her own and l am sure it will only be another few days before she can come down the last few steps all the way without fear. Before meeting Theo l had few expectations that the stair problem could be resolved, but in a calm and gentle way she has achieved remarkable results in a short period of time.

    Scared to go downstairs

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