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

You can search all posts for specific words and this will bring up a list of stories containing the word (for example “aggression”), or you can browse from specific categories, or just browse the archive.

I hope you find the stories useful. 

Adolescent Unemployed Working Dog

Young working dog without a job. I have just met Sam who is seven months of age. Sam is so very like my own Working Cocker Spaniel, Pickle. I have had over five years with Pickle, learning how to give my alert and energetic working dog a sufficiently fulfilled life so that he’s

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Adolescent German Shepherd. Excitable. Biting

Adolescent German Shepherd Knight is a challenge. He is now nearly nine months old, wilful and strong. His owners do all they know to give him a good life – they walk him, feed him and love him. Unfortunately, living the life of a much-loved family pet just isn’t enough.

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Depressed. Lacking confidence; little enthusiasm for life

Poor Dexter seems depressed. He lacks confidence and is scared of many things. They told me he had Cocker Spaniel and Sharpei in him but I would guess Staffie and Labrador. He has some characteristics I’ve seen in Staffies. Depressed and shut down It’s like Dexter is depressed and a

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Little volcano. Intense emotion and excitement. Will baby be safe?

Everything came to a head the other day. Reggie, the little volcano, exploded. The house was full of visiting family – and someone brought a baby. The 14-month-old terrier, already stirred up, went mental. The curious thing about this is that his reaction to the visiting baby was very similar

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Self-control from Border Collie puppy – or external control?

Ollie, approached a bit differently, will learn self-control. The a four-month-old Border Collie lives with a lovely, gentle young lady and her two children. He is a gorgeous puppy and she is working very hard with him. In most respects his behaviour is exceptionally good. He’s already house-trained and he

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Sisters fight. At other times they are best of friends

Their two adored and adorable Cockerpoo sisters fight – but also get on fine much of the time. Lulu tries to control Elsie. Pushed – Elsie stands up for herself. About six months ago occasional squabbles between the two began to develop into full-blown fights which now are regular, even

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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